The EcoVadis Expert Series of Webinars

From Myths to Mastery
Insights and Expertise for a Sustainable Supply Chain
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Deep dives into vital topics featuring experts and global thought leaders at the intersection of sustainability and supply chain.

Businesses -- and their supply chains -- have a global footprint that poses daunting challenges. Awareness is increasing, but reports show that with human trafficking being the third most profitable criminal activity in the world, over 40 million people may be currently caught up in the grip of slavery. Thus, companies that have not yet committed to sustainable practices will fall behind.

Are you ready to have meaningful conversations with your trading partners? Join an all-star panel of speakers revealing key insights on the importance of sustainability topics as key focus areas for global organizations.

Watch an example from our previous series on "Navigating Sustainable Procurement":

 
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Session 1:

Debunking Three CSR and Sustainable Procurement Myths

January 15
5 pm CET
11 am EST
8 am PST

The fast-evolving role of sustainable practices across a turbulent, global economic and political landscape over the last 20 years has given rise to some myths around CSR and sustainable supply chain. New indicators and standards have emerged, public sentiment has ebbed and flowed across responsible business themes, with some segments or regions advancing, while others are falling behind. The expert panel will put some context around the discussion presenting highlights from the EcoVadis Global CSR And Performance Index and insights on where and how companies are embracing and benefiting from sustainable business practices.

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David McClintock

Marketing Director, Ecovadis
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Peter Rau

Senior CSR Analyst, EcoVadis
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Michael Smith

Senior CSR Analyst, EcoVadis
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Session 2:

The State of Anti-Corruption in the Supply Chain: Highlights of the EcoVadis Study on 20,000 Companies

February 12
5 pm CET
11 am EST
8 am PST

Corruption is an elusive demon that touches businesses in a wide range of sectors in the supply chain. For example, payoffs through a relatively small travel agency in China brought a 400 billion FCPA fine on a world leading pharmaceutical company. Corruption is also correlated with other risks such as human trafficking. With regulations and enforcement getting tighter, risks and liability are rising -- along with the blood pressure of procurement managers. What sectors are most at risk, and how are they performing? Which countries are the hotspots, and how are businesses managing in those locations compared to others? EcoVadis' team of analysts cracked open our database to look into the level of quality of the anti-corruption management system of 20,000 companies worldwide, who are all trading partners of major international groups.

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David McClintock

Marketing Director, Ecovadis
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Bettina Grabmayr

CSR Analyst, EcoVadis
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Sylvain Guyoton

Senior Vice President Research, EcoVadis
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Session 3:

Combating Modern Slavery: Understanding Workers' Plight Deep in the Supply Chain

February 27
5 pm CET
11 am EST
8 am PST

Political and economic conditions around the globe have driven an estimated 40 million people into modern slavery, with an some 16 million employed in the private sector producing goods for multinational organizations. Motivated by increasing regulatory and consumer demands, companies continue to seek strategic approaches to preventing modern slavery in their supply chains. In order for companies to eradicate modern slavery, they must first understand the plight of workers across their supply chains, and that requires first-hand expertise of NGOs.

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David McClintock

Marketing Director, Ecovadis
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Michael Smith

Senior CSR Analyst, EcoVadis
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Rosey Hurst

Founder and Director, Impactt
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Session 4:

Megatrends: The Biggest Forces Changing the World, Business and Supply Chains

March 27
5 pm CET
11 am EST
8 am PST

Leaders in purchasing and supply chain across every industry are seeking innovative ways to optimize value creation beyond cost savings and to elevate the role of procurement in their organizations. Mega-trends cited by Andrew Winston, author of Green to Gold and The Big Pivot, resonates as good positioning for corporate leaders to act now.

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David McClintock

Marketing Director, Ecovadis
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Andrew Winston

Advisor, speaker, writer (Green to Gold, The Big Pivot)
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Session 5:

Is your sustainable procurement program oriented toward outcomes and impact?

April 17
5 pm CET
11 am EST
8 am PST

Embedding sustainability into the supply chain makes good business sense. Embracing sustainable procurement practices can help companies manage business risks, achieve costs savings through material efficiency gains, enhance their brand reputation, and manage suppliers more effectively. Ever more regulations focusing on social aspects (e.g., human rights, slavery) further reinforce the need to embed sustainability into the supply chain. But success requires a focus on real-world impact rather than primarily compliance-based activities.

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David McClintock

Marketing Director, Ecovadis
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Uwe Shulte

Leader Global Sustainability Center, The Conference Board
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Session 6:

CSR Criteria in Contract Clauses: A Vital Step to Translate Sustainable Supply Chain Vision Into Action

April 30
5 pm CET
11 am EST
8 am PST

This webinar presents the highlights of a significant piece of research on CSR contract clauses, summarizing the findings of a survey of over 500 suppliers and 50 buyers. It defines a framework of six dimensions of contract clause performance, exploring common shortcomings as well as best practices on how to craft and integrate CSR clauses in a way that can foster supplier performance improvement.

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David McClintock

Marketing Director, Ecovadis
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Wendy Lawson

Senior Director Member Services and Technology, IACCM
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Yann Queinnec

General Director, Affectio Mutandi