Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain?

Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain?

Chris Grayer, Head of Supplier Ethical Compliance at NEXT PLC, will be presenting the topic ‘NEXT on Modern Slavery – The Importance of Transparency’ at the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017. The presentation will provide an overview of the issues NEXT has faced as an organisation to tackle modern slavery.

The UK Modern Slavery Act (MSA) is a game changer.  For the first time, accountability of supply chain corporate responsibility has been taken through the door of the Board Room, as the responsibility of the new legislation requires specific ethical commitments by the Board, to then be made public through a viable MSA statement. When combined with the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGP) of Human Rights, investors have for the first time been provided with a tangible metric for the measure of companies’ corporate responsibility performance.

The Transparency in the Supply Chains (TISC) included within The MSA is not just a legislative requirement. Achieving supply chain transparency is vital to achieve the process of effective management of due diligence to reduce the salient risk to human rights.

Today’s fast fashion and polarised customer demand periods are changing purchasing practices, as well as supply chain structure and procurement processes in our fashion retail sector. Current supply chains are complex, multi layered and will inevitably involve sub-contracting, agency, migrant workers, as well as the risk of complicity, exploitation and even criminality and slavery.

This presentation will provide an overview of the brutal reality of the issues NEXT has faced as an organisation to tackle modern slavery. It covers the realisation and the impacts that modern slavery has had on NEXT, as well as the pathway and process NEXT has taken to provide transparency, implement due diligence and ensure effective remediation. This presentation shows how these actions will provide a sustainable assurance of workers’ human rights and protect the value of the NEXT brand.

 

About Chris Grayer

Chris has been involved in corporate responsibility and quality assurance for the last 30 years during a career spanning 20 years in the manufacturing sector and 17 years in the retail sector. 

Throughout his career Chris has worked for a number of prominent companies including Dewhirst, GUS, Burberry, Talbots Inc (USA) and for the last 6 years for NEXT PLC as Head of Supplier Ethical Compliance.

View Chris Grayer’s online profile.

 

The Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017 is sponsored by Stahl, Smit & zoon and TFL, and is supported by Lonza. The half-day conference will be held on Thursday 16th November at One Great George St., Westminster, London and is jointly organised by BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd (BLC) and International Leather Maker (ILM).

Register your place today - Complete the registration form.

Find out more about the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017.

 

Conference Agenda

This year’s recently confirmed conference agenda incorporates exciting and forward-thinking leather sustainability topics:

12.15      Registration Tea/Coffee

12.45      Opening Remarks

13.00      NEXT on Modern Slavery - The Importance of Transparency
Chris Grayer, NEXT PLC

13.30      Modern Slavery Act Update
Michelle Linderman, Crowell & Moring

14.00      Full Traceability in Cattle Supply Chains, New Opportunities in Brazil
Simon Hall, National Wildlife Federation

14.30      Product Passport – Transparency in Chemistry
Pim Wilgenburg, Smit & zoon

15.00      BREAK

15.30      Cleaning up the Ganges: A Public Private Partnership for the Kanpur leather cluster
Michael Costello, Stahl

16.00      ZDHC: The Implementation Experience
Frank Michel, ZDHC

16.30      Introducing ChemMAP – a new system to verify upstream chemical formulations
Peter Gregory, Vert-Tex

17.00      Open Panel Discussion – Sustainability: The Big Picture - Sponsored by TFL
Panel Members:

               Dr. Jürgen Christner, TFL 
               Hugues Pichon, LVMH 
               Phil Townsend, Marks & Spencer 
               Tara Luckman, ASOS
               Michelle Linderman, Crowell & Moring                                     

17.30      Close

View the agenda and find out more about the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017.

 

Prices

The cost of the conference is £310 + VAT per delegate and will be invoiced at the time of registration.

Discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same company:

  • 5% discount for the second delegate registered
  • 10% discount for the third delegate and any subsequent delegates registered

A 3.5% administration fee will be applied to all credit card payments. Payment must be received prior to the date of the conference otherwise attendance may be refused.

 

Register Your Place Today

Don't miss out on this leading leather sustainability conference. Register your attendance today by completing the registration form and returning it to Deborah Taylor at: deborah@blcleathertech.com

 

View the agenda and find out more about the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017.

1 November 2017

Latest News

Two Weeks to go until the... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain?

Two weeks to go before the Leather, Compliance and Sustainability Conference - November 13th, New York – Register...

30 October 2019
MICROPLASTICS - The unseen... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain?

MICROPLASTICS - Join the Leather, Compliance and Sustainability Conference - November 13th, New York to understand how you...

23 October 2019
Concerned about deforestation... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain?

Deforestation – Mauricio Bauer, Senior Corporate Engagement Specialist at National Wildlife Federation (NWF) will...

22 October 2019
DNA traceability. Learn about... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain?

DNA Traceability – MeiLin Wan, Vice President for Textiles at Applied DNA Sciences speaking about the latest...

8 October 2019
The Online Member Toolkit –... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain?

One of the many benefits of being a Eurofins | BLC Member is online access to Member Toolkits, created by technical experts...

27 September 2019
Chromium(VI): Get the Latest... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain?

Brands, retailers and manufacturers of leather products can gain a legal perspective on managing chromium(VI) risk to their...

23 September 2019
Agenda Announced for the... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain? 19 September 2019
Understanding Recycled... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain? 19 September 2019
Register for a FREE... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain? 12 September 2019
International Training... Do You Know How Modern Slavery Impacts Your Supply Chain? 9 September 2019

Send An Enquiry

Contact Eurofins | BLC to discuss your enquiry with friendly and helpful experts and to get a quotation. For Eurofins | BLC to receive your enquiry, you must complete all 3 sections of the contact form below. To receive the Technical Update email, you simply need to complete this form. Eurofins | BLC aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours Monday to Friday.

  • Step 1 Tell us about your enquiry
  • Step 2 Tell us about your business
  • Step 3 Tell us how we can contact you

Select your enquiry category








Type your enquiry

Tell us about your business

Tell us how we can contact you