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Large European Retailers Share Their Experience On Integrating Corporate Responsibility Into Day-To-Day Business Strategy On September 25-27, 2002, In London At The Thistle Marble Arch

Submitted by: Ethical Corporation

Categories: Business Ethics

Posted: Sep 04, 2002 – 12:00 AM EST


Nestle, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's, Vauxhall, Dole Foods, Chiquita and Kingfisher Meet to Discuss Managing Sustainability in the Retail Supply Chain

Sep. 04 /CSRwire/ - London - Ethical Corporation, the global CSR information service for responsible business leaders, today announced new additions to the September 25-27, 2002 conference on managing sustainability for European Retailers. The Tea Sourcing Partnership, which represents 68% of tea imports into the UK and Nestle, the world's largest food company will deliver case studies based around implementing a complex, global monitoring programme and sustainability in agricultural raw materials.

Delegates will hear case studies of internal management systems, which are being developed to manage sustainable production and retailing, presented by:

· Marks & Spencer will discuss how to identify and prioritise what matters in sustainable sourcing and manufacturing

· Sainsbury's on how they managing supply chain issues beyond pure environment
· Nestle on how they are managing sustainability in agricultural raw materials
· H&M, how they are developing codes of conduct and managing supply chain monitoring
· The Tea Sourcing Partnership will discuss how they are successfully implementing a complex, global monitoring programme

· Chiquita Brands will discuss developing effective international labour standards and trade union relations
· Kingfisher how they are scaling up sustainability from B&Q to Kingfisher
· Dole Foods discuss the importance of managing sustainability

"Increasing customer expectations and extending supply chain networks present real challenges to profitable growth for retailers today," said Toby Webb, Editor of Ethical Corporation magazine." European retailers need to understand the changing demands with international standards and trade union relations along with the expectations of fund managers and developing and maintaining NGO partnerships."

An executive workshop on "Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethical Supply Chain Management" led by Warwick Business School's Corporate Citizenship Unit; Professor Alyson Warhurst will explain Key Performance Indicators along with factors that explain success & failure in ethical supply chain management.

The conference is organised in association with the British Retail Consortium. "Company and individual retail success depends on the ability to work collaboratively in partnerships and teams - sustainability is an issue that the retail sector can not longer ignore," said Jeremy Beadles from the British Retail Consortium.

NGO's and Academic organisations such as the International Business Leaders forum, The New Academy of Business, Amnesty International, British Standards Institute. The Ethical Trading Initiative and Warwick Business School will present: -

· Practical tools required under the Maximum Value project
· Practical development, adoption and implementation of effective human rights policies
· Successes and barriers to successful code implementation
· Ethical Supply Chain Management
· Social & Community Investment Programmes
· Social Auditing & Verification
· Social accounting - internal, external and target setting

The conference is being sponsored by PriceWaterHouseCoopers, the worlds largest professional services firm.

To register for the conference visit www.ethicalcorp.com/retail2002 or contact Peter Carkeek on +44 (0) 20 7375 7160 or email peter@ethicalcorp.com .

About Ethical Corporation

Ethical Corporation is a leading information provider on corporate social and environmental responsibility issues.

Ethical Corporation magazine is a FREE monthly global business publication dedicated to providing companies around the world with practical advice and examples of how to successfully implement and manage responsible corporate practice.

Ethicalcorp.com is a leading destination site for those with a professional interest in developing and integrating responsible business practice.

Ethical Corporation conferences and workshops, held across the world, bring together key industry players to discuss the latest developments in CSR. By holding a serious of conferences globally throughout the year, Ethical Corporation is able to provide attendees with fresh innovative information that they need to maintain a clear understanding of the latest CSR trends and the necessary tools to best implement them.

To subscribe FREE to Ethical Corporation magazine visit www.ethicalcorp.com/subscribefree.asp

For more information, please contact:

Sally Gobbert Ethical Corporation
Phone: [+44] (020) 7375-753


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