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 London, UK, will provide attendees with targeted education on a variety of topics relevant to their product compliance programs. 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, 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:
Legal & Compliance Analyst
London Bullion Market Association
Rachel Hart is the Legal and Compliance Analyst at the London Bullion Market Association. She works closely with the Compliance Officer in running the Association’s Responsible Sourcing Programme, which covers Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium and 100 of the world’s largest precious metal refineries located in over 30 countries. Rachel also deals with legal and compliance matters affecting the precious metals market, including corporate,commercial and financial regulatory work. She has taken responsibility on a number of initiatives, such as the Gold Bar Integrity project, which explores the potential of technology to improve supply chain integrity. Before joining the LBMA, Rachel worked in the Finance Knowledge team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialising in structured finance and debt capital markets. She read law at University of York and University of Law, London.
Senior Program Leader
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Scott Gordon is the Senior Project Leader for Supply Chain Regulatory Compliance at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he is responsible for developing and managing the company’s conflict minerals compliance program. Previously, he was an Import/Export Compliance Officer for the same company, and has extensive knowledge of FDA, EPA, FCC, IATA and FTR regulations, as well as experience qualifying products for free trade agreements.
Global Supply Chain
GRC Program Manager
Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Carlos oversees global supply chain due diligence at Baker Hughes, a GE Company, based in Houston, Texas. He was involved in the ground-up design and implementation of the Conflict Minerals program at Baker Hughes, which has consistently earned top benchmarking scores in its industry sector. He is also responsible for the bottom-up review of the legacy modern slavery due diligence programs at Baker Hughes, Inc. and GE Oil & Gas, and will be involved in designing and implementing a combined program.
Carlos has been active in the discussion and development of Conflict Minerals best practices at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Conflict Minerals Task Force, the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) Multi-Stakeholder Group, and the Oil and Gas Services Working Group of industry sector-based companies.
He currently sits on the Development Committee for the Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template, intended to standardize due diligence reporting of modern slavery, human trafficking, as well as forced and child labor in supply chains.
He has been honored to be named in the top 25 of the “Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders" for the past 3 years. He was also named in “The 2017 Human Trafficking & Slavery Influence Leader List”, as well as the 2018 Top 100 CSR Influence Leaders List.
Carlos earned a BA from St. Mary’s University, and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center.
Expert – Guidance and Practice
Since joining GRI, Katja has been working as a project manager on several sustainability topics, including e.g., human rights, land tenure rights, biodiversity, GHG emissions, or supply chain in the technical division of GRI. Current work topics at GRI’s Guidance and Practice unit include reporting on conflict minerals and modern slavery. Previously to joining GRI, she gained work experiences in different regions, including the Middle East and Africa. Katja studied in Germany, Poland and Australia. She holds a Master of Business Administration (University of Greifswald, Germany), and a Master of International Relations (Macquarie University, Australia).
Product Compliance Professional
Peter Wheeldon is an expert in Practical Product and Supply Chain Compliance.
He has worked in the compliance space since 1994, beginning his career in Environmental Product Responsibility (Packaging), and has extensive experience in a wide range of product compliance challenges and issues. Most recently at Premier Farnell Peter was the head of a team responsible for RoHS, REACH, Conflict Minerals, WEEE and battery compliance, CE marking and other global product compliance.
Senior Materials Engineer
A career chemist with a patented PhD, Jim Mallon currently works as a materials specialist in the sensor industry. Previously, he worked at Bombardier Aerospace as an Environmental Chemist and REACH specialist within the Materials and Process group, where he created the structures required to protect Bombardier from emerging supply chain issues. He represented the company on International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) workgroups and as a representative on the Global Chromates Consortium for Aerospace (GCCA).
Prior to joining Bombardier, he spent 12 years as a surface treatments and failure analysis SME within the hard disk drive industry, and set up a UKAS-registered toxicology laboratory. He has also been involved in TSB/Innovate UK-funded projects and was instrumental in the creation of the Chrome Free Bond Primers project.
Anti-Corruption and Global Governance
United Nations Global Compact
Christina Koulias serves as Senior Manager, Anti-Corruption and Global Governance at the United Nations Global Compact (“UN Global Compact”), the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. As part of her portfolio, Christina leads the UN Global Compact’s work on the 10th Principle on Anti-Corruption and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals and includes the recently launched Action Platform for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, Christina worked at one of Australia's top tier law firms and served as Senior Associate to the Hon. Justice Almond at the Supreme Court of Victoria. She also has over 12 years of commercial experience at one of Australia's largest banks where she served in operational risk and compliance, among other disciplines.
She earned her Master of Laws (L.L.M/JD) from Monash University in 2010 and Bachelor of Business Management (B.B.A) from the University of South Australia in 2002.
Responsible Procurement Compliance
Johnson & Johnson
Elise leads the Responsible Procurement Compliance program at Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she manages their Human Rights in the Supply Base and Conflict Minerals programs. Prior to this role, Elise has held roles of increasing responsibilities across Johnson & Johnson, including overseeing and performing compliance audits of suppliers. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Technology Management and a Master of Science in Information Systems both from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Rutgers Business School.
Ropes & Gray LLP
Rohan Massey leads the firm’s privacy and data security practice in Europe and focuses his practice on data protection, data security, brand protection, e-commerce, and IT. Rohan specialises in international data transfer issues and advises clients on global compliance programs and reactive solutions, including breach data management issues. His industry-focused expertise covers private equity, financial services, retail, life sciences and clinical trials. His client base is international in scope, as he works extensively across Europe and the U.S.
Pauline Lecoursonnois works for Hermes Equity Ownership Services, one of the world’s leading engagement resources, advising on £330.5 billion on behalf of over 40 international institutional investors. She is sector co-lead for consumer goods and retail. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, she worked as a research analyst at Institutional Shareholder Services, focusing on governance matters, and as a research assistant at the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Pauline holds a Master in Management & Sustainable Development from Sherbrooke University and the ESCEM School of Business and Management.
Business & Human Rights Lead
An advocate of the world’s largest sustainability platform, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Elaine has detailed knowledge & expertise in responsible & ethical supply chains, sustainable procurement, business & human rights, labour rights children’s rights & business principles, women’s empowerment, anti-corruption, reporting & monitoring and UNGC engagement & SDG contribution.
She is Business & Human Rights Lead for Marshalls plc (12 years +) - https://www.marshalls.co.uk/ - the UK’s leading hard landscape company serving both the commercial and domestic construction markets and with business operations in the UK and supply chain across the globe. In this capacity she develops human rights strategy including the organizations response to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA), implements and embeds MSA activity both in UK business operations and challenging overseas supply chains including India, Vietnam, Europe, China, Turkey and Brazil. While Elaine engages with governments, UN agencies and develops strategy, she equally spends much of her time hands-on in supply chains dealing with the complex range of issues and stakeholders who must be engaged to make meaningful and lasting change which results in improved conditions for vulnerable individuals & groups, workers, their families and the wider community.
Elaine sits on the UNGC Global Compact UK Advisory Group; UNGC Global Compact UK Modern Slavery Working Group; UNGC Global Compact UK Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. She represent Marshalls at the ILO International Platform for the Elimination of Child Labour: Child Labour Platform and is actively engaged in the development of a programme in India along with other global brands. She is engaged with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery and has recently been asked to contribute to the newly established All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights.
Director and COO
Michelle has 15 years’ experience working in the environmental compliance sector building an extensive knowledge of the industry. After graduating from Cardiff University in 2002, she has developed her career by specialising in product stewardship, producer responsibility programs and their impacts on the producers.
Co-Founding Lorax Compliance Limited in 2014, Michelle supports a diverse range of businesses with specialist Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) reporting services as well as tailored consultancy covering all aspects of this environmental legislation. The award-winning solutions offered by Lorax Compliance improve methods of data management, provide comprehensive knowledge and present complete transparency into the costs of EPR compliance.
EPR is a frequently changing and growing global field illustrated by increasing complexity and cost. Michelle’s focus within Lorax is to promote and simplify the vast range of reporting requirements their clients find themselves obligated by.
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
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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 has worked in a number of different posts in the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) covering both policy development and project responsibilities, before his team was transferred to Defra (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) in April 2016.
Steve is now a Deputy Head of the Resources & Waste Division at Defra. His teams have responsibility for UK Government policy on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, the Batteries & Accumulators Directive, the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive and the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive. The teams also lead the UK negotiations on the EC’s proposals for a Directive to tackle the issue of the waste from single-use plastics; policy on the implementation of the EC’s Circular Economy package; have sponsorship responsibility for the UK’s Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP); and lead his Department’s interest in all strategic broader waste, recycling, producer responsibility and product policy issues.
Despite the UK’s decision to leave the European Union at the end of March next year followed by a period of transitional arrangements, Steve and his team members continue to represent the UK on the European Commission’s Expert Committees for the RoHS, WEEE, Batteries, ELV and Packaging Directives, including discussions about any proposed changes to this set of legislation and ongoing monitoring & 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.
Supply Chain Compliance Manager
Rita joined Allegion PLC in 2014 to implement their conflict minerals program, and quickly assumed responsibilities as Supply Chain Compliance Manager for all regulatory activities, including EU RoHS, EU REACH, Proposition 65, the UK Modern Slavery Act, and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. She also completed the development and automation of Allegion’s supply chain Slavery and Human Trafficking Program. She is excited to move forward with designing improved due diligence and continued internal and external awareness training activities for social responsibility programs. Prior to her current role, Rita spent 21 years in the automotive industry, where she developed business processes and managed subcontract assembly and supplier development activities.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Travis Campbell leads the social responsibility and communication programs under Corporate Responsibility at AMD. In this role, he manages their supply chain risk assessment process, advises on diversity and inclusion efforts and leads their corporate sustainability reporting program. Prior to AMD, Travis worked for Dell in their enterprise sourcing department as a senior. advisor for strategic sourcing, and in a variety of corporate affairs functions at Altria/Philip Morris USA.
Joe Langton is the Senior Manager for Procurement Compliance with Xylem. He has worked in consulting roles for the past 15 years, implementing comprehensive compliance solutions for restricted substances, product lifecycle management and electronics recycling. He has also delivered environmental management systems and restricted substances auditing, implementation and training services in the electronics manufacturing field for numerous organizations. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and is a certified quality manager system lead auditor.
Manager of Customer
Alexandra Frederick is the Manager of Customer Success Management at Assent Compliance. In her role, Alexandra maintains her own book of business comprised of Fortune 500 companies across different industries as well as manages the CSM team to ensure that all of Assent's clients are reaching their strategic business objectives and are successful. She delivers hands-on support, and is dedicated to nurturing client engagement and relationships. Alexandra earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, and leverages her experience in corporate and securities law to help her clients achieve success.
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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
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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
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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.
DAY 1 AGENDA
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Address
Future Look: Product Compliance & the Supply Chain
Steven Andrews, Department for Environment, Food & Rural AffairsCurious about the regulatory changes that 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 occurring in 2018 and 2019.
Fireside Chat: Building a REACH Program
Jim Mallon, Schrader Electronics, and Travis Miller, Assent ComplianceProduct 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: Circular Economy
Michelle Carvell, Lorax ComplianceExtended Producer Responsibility programs across the EU are gearing up for significant change under the EU Circular Economy Package. This presentation covers the expectations of the EU Circular Economy package and how the requirements will impact businesses both in product design and waste reporting complexity.
Workshop Gamified: Building a Compliance Program
Alexandra Frederick, Assent ComplianceDivide 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 Chain
Scott Gordon, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Travis Miller, Assent ComplianceHear tips from compliance specialists on how to rapidly respond to an evolving regulatory climate by leveraging industry standards and strategic partners, and engaging with their supply chains.
Workshop: Analyzing the Gaps
Alexandra Frederick, Assent ComplianceUsing 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 Risks
Rohan Massey, Ropes & Gray LLPComplying 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, GDPR, and cybersecurity requirements.
Presentation: CE Marking: A Look Forward
Peter Wheeldon, Product Compliance ProfessionalCompleting a CE Mark and technical files is key to maintaining access to EU markets, but as Brexit looms, the process may seem more complicated than ever. This presentation will focus on the critical steps and available resources that can guide you through the complex series of laws required to meet the mark and sell into the EU.
DAY 2 AGENDA
Registration & Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Address
Boris Kamstra, Alphamin Resources
Presentation: Navigating the Legal Landscape
Michael Littenberg, Ropes & GrayHear 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 Risk
Moderator: Travis Miller, Assent Compliance
Panelists: Paul Gerrard, the Co-Op, and Elaine Mitchel-Hill, MarshallsIn this panel, experts on human rights risks in the supply chain examine issues around 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 Chain
Lead Facilitator: Travis Miller, Assent ComplianceDivide 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: Responsible Minerals: Past, Present, Future
Moderator: Jared Connors, Assent Compliance
Panelists: Rachel Hart, London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), and David Weight, Cobalt InstituteWill new minerals, such as cobalt, be included in this year’s supplier survey process? Hear about industry efforts to streamline due diligence, data collection and reporting on additional mineral sources, as well as new auditing processes used to validate mineral sources of origin, and environmental and labor practices.
Fireside Chat: Future of Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption
Jared Connors, Assent Compliance, and Mark Hunting, BPIn this discussion, two experts explain 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
Panel: Looking into the Future of Sustainability Reporting
Moderator: Jared Connors, Assent Compliance
Panelists: Katja Kriege, GRI, and Pauline Lecoursonnois, Hermes InvestmentSustainability reporting has become a critical topic as once voluntary initiatives have shifted toward mandatory reporting obligations. Whether it be regulatory or stakeholder mandated demonstrating good corporate citizenship is a critical element to annual reporting. This presentation will detail how companies are using standards to develop their reporting and gather information from the supply chain in order to meet investor expectations and add value to their organization's brand image.
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