2019 agenda 

WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER

LEADING WITH WORKER VOICES.  KEY REFLECTIONS, PRIORITIES, AND LESSONS LEARNED IN HUMAN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

 

8:15     Registration opens

9:00    Welcome and goals for Day 1

9:10     Film

9:45    Welcoming keynotes. What has been achieved in the past year in business and human rights, and what do we need to focus on in the year to come?

  • Permanent Secretary U Myo Aung (Myanmar Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population)

  • Deputy Permanent Secretary (Patana Bhandhufalck, Thai Ministry of Labor)

 

10:15    Expert intensive primer. Empowerment

  • Ana Maria Soto Bernal (Issara Institute) 

10:45    Break and networking​

11:15   Trade union perspectives.  Is your 'worker engagement' activity supporting or supplanting worker power and worker organizing efforts?

  • ​U Maung Maung (Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar – CTUM)

  • Laxman Banset (South Asian Regional Trade Union Council – SARTUC)

  • Dy Thehoya (Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights – CENTRAL)

  • Facilitator: Daw Ohnmar Ei Ei Chaw (Issara Institute)

12:00   Grassroots and donor perspectives. Trends and lessons learned for protecting and empowering workers in global supply chains 

  • Olivia Windham-Stewart (C&A Foundation)

  • Daw Mar Mar Oo (Association of Labor and Development - ALD)

  • Kyaw Than Tun (Ratanamahal)

  • Facilitator: Mike Dottridge (Independent / Issara Board of Directors)

 

13:00   Lunch


14:00    Breakout discussions 

  • 4 breakout discussions led by workers and civil society partners

 

14:30   Working coffee break, followed by report-back

15:00   Supply chain perspectives. Implementation of corporate codes of conduct and migrant worker policies: Sharing lessons learned

  • U Myat Thu (Myanmar Overseas Employment Agency Federation - MOEAF)

  • Thanat Rakpetch (Betagro)

  • Narisra Subkum (Castle Peak Holdings)

  • Kitty Potter (Apple)

  • Facilitator: Tim Pilch (Issara Institute)

16:00   Multi-stakeholder perspectives. How wide is the gap between the priorities of workers in supply chains, and the actions of business, government, and NGOs to address worker needs?

  • Evy Peña (Centro de los Derechos del Migrante - CDM)

  • Mom Sokchar (Legal Support for Children and Women - LSCW)

  • Rev. David Schilling (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility - ICCR)

  • Daw Ohnmar Ei Ei Chaw (Issara Institute)

  • Facilitator: Dr Lisa Rende Taylor (Issara Institute)

17:00   Day 1 closing and hosted happy hour reception 

THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER

LEADING WITH DATA: MAKING A BUSINESS CASE FOR ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAINS

8:15     Registration opens

9:00    Welcome and recap of Day 1; Goals for Day 2

9:15    Film.  What are jobseekers and migrants looking for in a job?

  • Discussants from the worker community

9:30  Expert intensive primer.  What drives worker turnover, and why business should care more: linkages between production demands, human resources, and human rights

  • Ana Maria Soto Bernal (Issara Institute)

  • Prof. Joann de Zegher (MIT Sloan School of Management)

10:00  Break and networking

 

10:15  Breakout discussions.  Why workers turnover, and why business should care more

11:30  Report-back

12:00  Lunch

13:00  Multi-stakeholder perspectives.  Is there a business case for ethical supply chains? 

Debating the evidence - Part I.

  • Jill Tucker (C&A Foundation)

  • Shelly Han (Fair Labor Association - FLA)

  • Rachel Munns (Tesco)

  • Marife Casem (Walmart)

  • Kitty Potter (Apple)

  • Yann Wyss (Nestlé)

  • Facilitator: Mark Taylor (Issara Institute)

14:30  Lightning rounds.  Where do data and technology need to be in the future to drive remedy and make more ethical supply chains possible and scalable?

  • Evy Peña (Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM)

  • Amber Ehrke (IREX)

  • Natalie Tellwright (Ocean Mind)

  • Tyler Esch (Verifik8)

  • Nadia Pralitasari (WageIndicator Foundation)

  • Dr. Bama Athreya (Open Society Fellow)

  • Dr. Lisa Rende Taylor (Issara Institute)

  • Facilitator: Jarrett Basedow (Issara Institute)

15:30  Multi-stakeholder perspectives.  Is there a business case for ethical supply chains? 

Debating the evidence - Part II.

  • Dr. Dominique Gautier (Seafresh Group)

  • Tun Min Latt (International Focus)

  • Tim Pilch (Issara Institute)

  • Facilitator: Olivia Windham-Stewart (C&A Foundation)

17:30   Wrap-up discussion and closing

FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER

ETHICAL RECRUITMENT IN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS: EMERGING MODELS AND LESSONS LEARNED

 

9:00   Welcome and recap of Day 2, Goals for Day 3

9:40  Expert intensive primer.  Ethical recruitment: Costs, trends, and a comparative analysis of business responses in 2019

  • Jarrett Basedow and Mark Taylor (Issara Institute)

10:15   Break and networking

 

10:45   Breakout discussions.  How should the costs of ethical recruitment be distributed across supply chains?

  • Prof. Joann de Zegher (MIT Sloan School of Management)​

11:30    Report-back

12:15    Lunch

13:15   Supply chain perspectives.  Why is (or is not) ethical recruitment catching on?

  • Dr. Darian McBain (Thai Union Group)

  • U Myat Thu (Myanmar Overseas Employment Agency Federation - MOEAF)

  • Pathompongs Apiakkaratanavich (TMCL Management Company)

  • Engkakada Danh (Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies - ACRA)

  • Facilitator: Tim Pilch (Issara Institute)

14:30   Ethical recruitment marketplace.  Ethical recruitment programs, research, and technologies

  • Marketplace booths with sections on Worker to Worker Communication, Government-Led Initiatives, Industry-Led Initiatives, Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations, and Optimizing the Recruitment Marketplace

16:00   Global perspectives.  How are industry groups advancing and monitoring progress on ethical recruitment?

  • Didier Bergeret (Consumer Goods Forum - CGF and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil - RSPOS)

  • Shelly Han (Fair Labor Association)

  • Rev. David Schilling (ICCR Investor Alliance for Human Rights)

  • Facilitator: Dr. Bama Athreya (Open Society Fellow)

16:45   Duty-bearer perspectives. Creating an even playing field and incentivising ethical recruitment

  • Theingi Swe (Myanmar Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population, Department of Labor)

  • Amnaj Sangsrikaew (Thai Ministry of Labor, Department of Employment)

  • Maung Maung Zaw Min (Myanmar Overseas Employment Agency Federation)

  • Rachel Munns (Tesco)

  • Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Rende Taylor (Issara Institute)

17:30   Event wrap-up and closing remarks

*This working agenda will be updated with speakers and moderators as they are confirmed.

Mom Sokchar (Legal Support for Children and Women - LSCW)

Amber EhrkeDidier Bergeret (Consumer Goods Forum - CGF and Roundtable on Sustainable
Palm Oil - RSPO)
Maung Maung Zaw Min (Myanmar Overseas Employment Agency Federation)

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