About.The Summit Series is designed to provide product compliance and corporate social responsibility education through a series of two-day conferences in London (United Kingdom), Chicago and San Diego. The collaborative setting of each conference means participants will benefit from connecting with subject matter experts, gaining actionable insights to improve their compliance programs and networking with industry peers.
Day 1.The first day of the Supply Chain Summit Series conference in Chicago provides attendees with targeted education on a variety of product compliance topics. Sessions will cover topics such as REACH, RoHS, full material disclosures (FMDs) and more. The conference will feature engaging presentations from industry experts and provide opportunities for workshops and networking with peers.
Day 2.The second day of the conference provides specialized education to help companies enhance their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Sessions will cover conflict minerals, EU conflict minerals, human trafficking and slavery, fair labor auditing, sustainability and environmental reporting, EU Non-Financial Reporting and other considerations. The conference provides attendees with opportunities to discuss topics with industry experts, participate in workshops with their peers and network to build strong relationships.
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The Supply Chain Summit Series was a rare occasion where I forced myself to push the pause button on everything going on at the office so I could really focus on the conference. The series offered me relevant information in a manner that I haven’t found anywhere else. The knowledge I gained was well worth the backlog of emails that accumulated while I was out of office. Choosing to attend was a valuable investment of my time.
Ben Gross, Microchip
Boris Kamstra's keynote presentation really reminded me why proper conflict mineral due diligence is so significant on a global scale. It's easy to lose sight of why conflict mineral regulation compliance is so important, but the presentation really drove home why I do what I do, and why this work matters. I left the conference feeling inspired.
Jill Othoudt, Pentair
From the engaging speakers to the informative talks and topics, the Supply Chain Summit Series was a very enjoyable conference from start to finish.
Shelly Gottschamer, Outerknown
Featuring engaging presentations from these speakers and more:
Mark Hunting is the Senior Counsel on the Regulatory Compliance team at BP, advising on bribery and corruption, money laundering and modern slavery matters. Mark’s practice includes managing internal investigations and developing policies and procedures to mitigate these risks across the BP business. Prior to joining BP, Mark was a solicitor in private practice with Ropes & Gray LLP, focusing on a mix of contentious and non-contentious bribery, corruption and money laundering matters.
Ropes & Gray
LONDON | CHICAGO | SAN DIEGO
For almost 30 years, Michael Littenberg has been active in advising leading public and private companies on supply chain compliance and corporate social responsibility matters. Michael advises a significant number of companies on compliance with U.S. and EU conflict minerals, human trafficking and product compliance, as well as other CSR-related regulations. He also advises clients on disclosure and compliance with legal requirements, the construction and implementation of compliance programs, mitigating client litigation and NGO and socially responsible investor risk.
David graduated as an Applied Scientist some years ago now, and has been involved with the metal mining industry for thirty-eight years, having spent twenty years with the Zambian Mining Industry providing technical and commercial services to one of the world’s largest refined copper and cobalt producers. For a significant portion of this time he was the Chief Executive of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (UK) Ltd before the industry was eventually privatised. David then worked with Mitsui & Co Ltd and provided consulting services in financial risk management and metals trading before working with Anglo American Corporation of South Africa specialising in the integration of base metal assets. He then moved into the Lloyd’s Insurance market and spent a number of years with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Ltd, the largest European based insurance broker, to specialise in managing all aspects of mining risks. David is now President of the Cobalt Institute, Director of the Cobalt REACH Consortium Ltd, REACH Metal Carboxylates Consortium and the Non-Ferrous Alliance. The Cobalt Institute represents a large part of the global cobalt industry and works to promote the sustainable and responsible production and use of this very special, technology enabling metal.
Deputy Head of Waste & Recycling
Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs
Steve Andrew is the Deputy Head of Waste & Recycling at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. His teams are responsible for UK government policy and European Commission Committee involvement associated with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, the Batteries and Accumulators Directive, the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive. The teams also have sponsorship responsibility for the UK’s Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and lead his department’s interests in all strategic broader waste, producer responsibility and product policy issues.
Chief Executive Officer
Alphamin Resources Corp.
Boris is a future-focused professional engineer with many years of investment, management and operational experience. He has experience in a range of industries at senior executive levels, including private equity, mining, venture capital and construction. He began his career at Grinaker Concrete Construction and became a director in 1999. Boris leverages strong business acumen, strategic ability and leadership skills to help innovative companies achieve optimal business outcomes.
Policy and Campaigns Director
After twenty years in the UK Civil Service, Mr Gerrard has been Policy and Campaigns Director at the world’s oldest co-operative business, the Co-op, since 2016 and leads their campaigning, ethics and sustainability work including on supporting survivors of slavery, which was recognised by the Stop Slavery award in 2017, and on tackling loneliness. Mr Gerrard is a Fellow of IEMA the global body of sustainability professionals.
LONDON | CHICAGO | SAN DIEGO
Travis is an international trade and compliance attorney specializing in ITAR/EAR/Sanctions; global anti bribery anti-corruption, human trafficking and slavery, code of conduct, environmental, and health and safety regulations; product stewardship (RoHS/REACH/Conflict Minerals); and corporate social responsibility (corporate ethics, CSR/CDP reporting, SEC filings). He manages Assent’s worldwide legal activities, such as advising the board of directors on legal matters and overseeing corporate compliance, governance initiatives and other commercial transactions. Travis provides legal support and insight to every team at the company, from sales to services, and partner organizations.
Senior Business & Human
LONDON | CHICAGO | SAN DIEGO
Sarah is a human rights advocate and Chair of Assent’s Corporate Social Responsibility Steering Committee. She specializes in promoting human rights in global business operations. Recently, she supported the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangladesh as it played a central role promoting labor rights reform in the garment sector following the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University.
Corporate Social Responsibility,
Senior Subject Matter Expert
LONDON | CHICAGO | SAN DIEGO
Jared is an industry-leading subject matter expert on requirements associated with conflict minerals regulations. As a strategic influencer in the development of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT), he provides Assent with expertise on data formats and enhancing software. He helped pioneer Intel’s conflict minerals program through leadership on hundreds of on-the-ground smelter audits. He also has 10 years of CSR leadership experience on the topics of human rights, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, and environmental sustainability.
Agenda.DAY 1DAY 2
DAY 1 AGENDA
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Address
Future Look: Product Compliance & the Supply ChainCurious about which regulatory changes are coming over the next year? Hear expert opinion on what you need to know about REACH, RoHS, Proposition 65 and other product compliance regulatory updates occuring in 2018 and 2019.
Panel Discussion: Sectoral Guidance on SVHCs & GuidanceProduct compliance is all about alignment and establishing cohesive, uniform processes that support the collection, normalization and assessment of supply chain data against internal productions. Learn lessons from peers who have built sector-specific programs to tackle the challenges of biannual REACH SVHC disclosures.
Presentation: Words Matter — Aligning Terminology to IndustryWe all have a tendency to assume other people understand what we are saying. However, language nuances and variations often confound even the most linguistically gifted when dealing with global supply chains. Understand how to integrate industry standardized terminology and references into communication to improve response rates.
Workshop Gamified: Building a Compliance ProgramDivide into small working groups to build a compliance program. The scenario, budget, company size and revenue targets will be provided. It’s up to your team to make it work.
Case Studies: Responding to Requests Throughout the Supply ChainHear about regulatory compliance efforts from suppliers representing different tiers of the supply chain. Various companies of different sizes and with different perspectives explain how they respond to customer data requests.
Workshop: Analyzing the GapsUsing the program reports built in the morning workshop, each working group will audit the other team’s data for gap analysis.
Data Governance: Reducing Proprietary & Sensitive Data RisksComplying with product compliance regulations involves a significant amount of proprietary and sensitive data that can put companies in scope of data privacy laws. Join our discussion on how to best manage privacy and GDPR, U.S. controlled data and ITAR, and cybersecurity requirements and NIST.
Protectionist Policies: Don’t Get Stopped at the BorderBringing products to market requires more than materials compliance information. Gain insight from experts discussing market access and vendor risks associated with Brexit, tariffs/duties, NAFTA, and Country of Origin laws.
DAY 2 AGENDA
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Address
Presentation: Navigating the Legal LandscapeHear from an expert attorney on legislations your business should be watching closely to ensure your CSR program remains compliant.
Panel: Future Considerations in Third-Party Human Rights RiskIn this panel, hear from experts on human rights risks in the supply chain. They will examine human trafficking and modern slavery, global conflict minerals, duty of care laws and non-financial reporting, and what your business should be aware of for 2019.
Workshop: Scoping for Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery in the Supply ChainDivide into small working groups to analyze the different risks that can be found in the supply chain. What are the major risks in your supply chain? How do you manage and mitigate these risks?
Panel: Peer-to-Peer Insights on Building Successful Compliance ProgramsHear how program managers successfully run their programs with limited resources, prepare a budget and capture internal buy-in to move their programs forward. This is a great opportunity to ask your peers how they overcome some of the most common challenges in compliance.
Presentation: Future of Anti-Bribery & Anti-CorruptionJoin this discussion highlighting future considerations in industry practices and regulations surrounding anti-bribery and anti-corruption. This discussion will focus on how you can leverage existing practices and programs to ensure conformance with regulations such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act, and Chinese Anti-Unfair Competition Law.
Presentation: Looking Into the Future of Sustainability & Environmental ReportingNon-financial reporting has become a critical topic as once voluntary initiatives have shifted toward mandatory reporting obligations. This presentation will detail how companies are responding to man-datory requirements to disclose carbon use, water use, changes to ISO 14001, and lifecycle assessment requirements that require data from third parties.
Case Study: Importance of Standardization in Fair Labor AuditingThis presentation offers a unique opportunity to learn from the efforts of the apparel and footwear industry to modernize fair labor auditing in response to greater technology availability and increased requirements under the UK Modern Slavery Act and duty of care modeled legislation.
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The conference will take place at the W Chicago Lakeshore. Single occupancy rooms are $239 USD per night from November 13-15, 2018. Rate expires October 14, 2018, and is based on first-come, first-served directly through the hotel.
W Chicago Lakeshore
Dates: November 13-15, 2018
Room Type: Single Occupancy
Rate Expires: October 14, 2018
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