In this era of post-truth politics, the social aspects of sustainable business have never been more crucial. But, as the least quantifiable part of sustainability and the triple bottom line, how should a company’s ethical practices be effectively monitored and measured throughout the supply chain?

From the Sustainable Development Goals to the Modern Slavery Act, the frameworks and drivers are now in place for ethics to be fully embedded in corporate sustainability by delivering social good, managing reputational risks and creating positive brand value.

This expert webinar will examine the social impacts of sustainability and discuss how and why ethics has become so important for sustainability and CSR managers.

Key discussion points:

•Working with your supply chain to enhance social sustainability

•Managing reputational risks and creating positive brand value

•Using global frameworks and regulations to shape ethical sustainability strategies

Presenters Include

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Luke Nicholls

Editor, edie.net

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Luke is the editor of edie.net, covering the latest green business news, features & reports for sustainability and resource efficiency professionals.

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Louise Nicholls

Corporate head of human rights, food sustainability (Plan A) & food packaging

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Louise Nicholls leads M&S Corporate Human Rights as well as Food sustainability and Food packaging technology teams. M&S is currently ranked as the leading Global business for both Food and Apparel by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. Louise’s background is more than 25 years in M&S initially as Food Technologist, then worked in HR, IT before establishing the Foods Ethical trade and sustainability team.

She was part of the small ground breaking team that developed M&S award winning Plan A, Eco and ethical plan.
Louise has held board roles in Ethical Trading initiative 2004-2007, Global Social Compliance Programme board 2011- 2013 LOCOG stakeholder oversight 2010-2013 and IHRB leadership group 2016 - ongoing.
Louise founded SEDEX and sat on the Board from inception (2001) until April 2016, as well as chairing Sedex stakeholder Forum which developed the most widely used Ethical Auditing Methodology.

A key part of her role is interaction with a wide range of stakeholders and suppliers. In the last 12 months, she has travelled to America, South Africa, Kenya and Europe meeting with over 800 suppliers and local stakeholders to understand their issues and perspectives.

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Charlene Collison

  Associate director of sustainable value chains and livelihoods, Forum for the Future

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Charlene leads Forum’s work to create systemic change across supply chains and industries such as cotton and tea. She leads Cotton 2040, an ambitious cross-sector collaborative initiative to scale up the use of sustainable cotton and address challenges to long term resilience in the cotton and apparel industries. Charlene has a background in futures and change agency, and was awarded an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility from Ashridge Management College.


Bill Skeates

Senior compliance and supply chain manager, Sky

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Bill is responsible for implementing the Modern Slavery Act and conflict mineral requirements for Sky’s product division. He has worked in sustainability since 2000 with the London Fire Brigade and auditied supply chains since 2004 with M-Real (Now Stora Enso). In 2007, Bill joined Thales and was elected chair of the Aerospace, Defence & Security (ADS) Environment Working Group. In 2011, Bill joined Samsung as head of sustainability and chaired the Resource Efficiency Cluster Group for Digital Europe, engaging with the European Commission on conflict mineral legislation. Bill is now chair of the Complex Set Top Box Voluntary Agreement and chair of the IEEE CSTB Sustainabiltiy Standard.

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