ELEVATE Leadership Series 2019
New York — Schedule

Our one-day program features ELEVATE’s top trends in corporate social responsibility, a challenging keynote address, panel interchanges among corporate leaders from the apparel, technology and financial sectors, as well as NGOs.

Enjoy the industry’s most celebrated networking with ELEVATE and friends at this year’s Leadership Series at the New York Stock Exchange at 2 Broad Street. And why not combine your industry inspiration with the RILA Responsible Sourcing Committee Meeting on July 31 in New York? Learn more below.

RILA Responsible Sourcing Committee
31 July 2019

The ELEVATE Leadership Series
1 August 2019

Back to back: RILA and ELEVATE key industry events

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is hosting its Responsible Sourcing Committee meeting on July 31, 2019, the day before The ELEVATE Leadership Series 2019 in NYC. It’s a yearly tradition to leverage the benefits of this meeting and the Leadership Series. All retailers are welcome to attend the RILA meeting to share leading practices for managing responsible sourcing, and to network with peers. Please contact [email protected] to learn more or register. And RILA Responsible Sourcing Committee meeting members attending the ELEVATE Leadership Series on August 1 are eligible to receive a 20% discount.

Please contact [email protected] for your discount code


 

Schedule — 1 August 2019


08:30 – 09:00  |  Registration and Continental Breakfast / Coffee / Tea


09:00 – 09:15  |  Andrew Savini, ELEVATE

Welcome to the ELEVATE Leadership Series 2019


09:15 – 09:45  |  Ian Spaulding, ELEVATE

2019 Top Trends in Corporate Social Responsibility


09:45 – 10:30  |  Dexter “Tiff” Roberts

Featured Speaker — From Factory of the World to Superpower: China’s Troubled Transition

Drawing from his forthcoming book The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: the Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World, Dexter Roberts will speak about how demography, growing income inequality, and unfinished reforms present huge obstacles to China’s continued economic development and could lock its huge migrant workforce into permanent second-class status. Plans to move from Factory of the World, to a more consumption-driven, value-added producer of world-class technology could derail, as workers push back and opposition grows overseas to China’s state capitalism.


10:30 – 10:50  |  Coffee and Networking


10:50 – 11:00  |  Andrew Savini, ELEVATE

Unethical Consulting Business in East Asia: An ELEVATE Exposé  


11:00 – 12:15  |  Session

Ratings, Rankings & Investors: How a strategic Sustainability program supports investor relations

CSR professionals are taking a strategic interest in how ESG ratings impact on attracting certain investor classes. In this session, we will evaluate how to align sustainability efforts more closely with your company’s investor relations department to improve ESG performance and company rankings.

    • Adrian Sherman, Vice President of Responsible Sourcing, The Children’s Place
    • Gail Glazerman, Sector Analyst, SASB – Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
    • Marissa (Pagnani) McGowan, Group Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, PVH Corp
    • Kilian Moote, Project Director, KnowTheChain.org, Humanity United
    • Tanya Levy-Odom, Director, BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) Americas
    • Mark Jones, Senior Vice President, Customer, ELEVATE (Moderator)

12:15 – 01:15  |  Lunch, Networking and NYSE Tours 


01:15 – 02:00  |  Oren Yakobovich, Videre

Featured Speaker: Hidden forces in the supply chain

We have very little visibility in the West over the reality on the ground for these workers and at times it can be difficult to comprehend the circumstances they are working under and what difference we can make.  But there is space to contribute to an equilibrium change, by supporting building resilience amongst those working at the frontlines for accountability and actual implementation of the rights and entitlements agreed on paper.


02:00 – 03:00  |  Session

Lessons from International Development: how to drive change with collective action

Deep in the supply chains of leading multinational companies, innovative and collaborative work is being done to finance and implement projects that help solve industry-wide problems. This afternoon session explores the benefits and challenges associated with multi-stakeholder collaboration and participation, and what we might learn about improving responsible sourcing program approach and effectiveness.
    • Steve Brunn, Senior Director – Private Sector Partnerships, Winrock International
    • Nicole Carta, Senior Private Sector Partnership Officer, UN International Fund for Agriculture Development
    • Jay Eizenstat, Director for Investment Funding & Global Programs, Mars
    • Margot Sfeir, Director, Strategic Accounts, ELEVATE (Moderator)

03:00 – 03:20  |   Coffee and Networking 


03:20 – 04:20  |   Session

Navigating Choppy Seas: What issues are we navigating today in this tumultuous trade environment?

Brands and retailers have been shifting sourcing away from China but the USA-China trade war has increased challenges for responsible sourcing in the regionIn this session we will speak to the risks businesses are facing with respect to the rise of subcontracting, increasing unknowns when sourcing from a new country, including monitoring compliance to migrant worker policies and fire and building safety.  


04:20 – 04:45  |  Dr. Kevin Franklin, ELEVATE

Responsible Sourcing Data for Enhanced Program Effectiveness


04:45 – 05:00  |  Wrap Up 


05:00 – 07:00  |  Networking Reception 


 

 

RILA Responsible Sourcing Committee
31 July 2019

Back to back: RILA and ELEVATE key industry events

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is hosting its Responsible Sourcing Committee meeting on July 31, 2019, the day before The ELEVATE Leadership Series 2019 in NYC. It’s a yearly tradition to leverage the benefits of this meeting and the Leadership Series. All retailers are welcome to attend the RILA meeting to share leading practices for managing responsible sourcing, and to network with peers. Please contact [email protected] to learn more or register. And RILA Responsible Sourcing Committee meeting members attending the ELEVATE Leadership Series on August 1 are eligible to receive a 20% discount.

Please contact [email protected] for your discount code


 

The ELEVATE Leadership Series
1 August 2019

Schedule — 1 August 2019


08:30 – 09:00  |  Registration and Continental Breakfast / Coffee / Tea


09:00 – 09:15  |  Andrew Savini, ELEVATE

Welcome to the ELEVATE Leadership Series 2019


09:15 – 09:45  |  Ian Spaulding, ELEVATE

2019 Top Trends in Corporate Social Responsibility


09:45 – 10:30  |  Dexter “Tiff” Roberts

Featured Speaker — From Factory of the World to Superpower: China’s Troubled Transition

Drawing from his forthcoming book The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: the Worker, the Factory, and the Future of the World, Dexter Roberts will speak about how demography, growing income inequality, and unfinished reforms present huge obstacles to China’s continued economic development and could lock its huge migrant workforce into permanent second-class status. Plans to move from Factory of the World, to a more consumption-driven, value-added producer of world-class technology could derail, as workers push back and opposition grows overseas to China’s state capitalism.


10:30 – 10:50  |  Coffee and Networking


10:50 – 11:00  |  Andrew Savini, ELEVATE

Unethical Consulting Business in East Asia: An ELEVATE Exposé  


11:00 – 12:15  |  Session

Ratings, Rankings & Investors: How a strategic Sustainability program supports investor relations

CSR professionals are taking a strategic interest in how ESG ratings impact on attracting certain investor classes. In this session, we will evaluate how to align sustainability efforts more closely with your company’s investor relations department to improve ESG performance and company rankings.

    • Adrian Sherman, Vice President of Responsible Sourcing, The Children’s Place
    • Gail Glazerman, Sector Analyst, SASB – Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
    • Marissa (Pagnani) McGowan, Group Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, PVH Corp
    • Kilian Moote, Project Director, KnowTheChain.org, Humanity United
    • Tanya Levy-Odom, Director, BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) Americas
    • Mark Jones, Senior Vice President, Customer, ELEVATE (Moderator)

12:15 – 01:15  |  Lunch, Networking and NYSE Tours 


01:15 – 02:00  |  Oren Yakobovich, Videre

Featured Speaker: Hidden forces in the supply chain

We have very little visibility in the West over the reality on the ground for these workers and at times it can be difficult to comprehend the circumstances they are working under and what difference we can make.  But there is space to contribute to an equilibrium change, by supporting building resilience amongst those working at the frontlines for accountability and actual implementation of the rights and entitlements agreed on paper.


02:00 – 03:00  |  Session

Lessons from International Development: how to drive change with collective action

Deep in the supply chains of leading multinational companies, innovative and collaborative work is being done to finance and implement projects that help solve industry-wide problems. This afternoon session explores the benefits and challenges associated with multi-stakeholder collaboration and participation, and what we might learn about improving responsible sourcing program approach and effectiveness.
    • Steve Brunn, Senior Director – Private Sector Partnerships, Winrock International
    • Nicole Carta, Senior Private Sector Partnership Officer, UN International Fund for Agriculture Development
    • Jay Eizenstat, Director for Investment Funding & Global Programs, Mars
    • Margot Sfeir, Director, Strategic Accounts, ELEVATE (Moderator)

03:00 – 03:20  |   Coffee and Networking 


03:20 – 04:20  |   Session

Navigating Choppy Seas: What issues are we navigating today in this tumultuous trade environment?

Brands and retailers have been shifting sourcing away from China but the USA-China trade war has increased challenges for responsible sourcing in the regionIn this session we will speak to the risks businesses are facing with respect to the rise of subcontracting, increasing unknowns when sourcing from a new country, including monitoring compliance to migrant worker policies and fire and building safety.  


04:20 – 04:45  |  Dr. Kevin Franklin, ELEVATE

Responsible Sourcing Data for Enhanced Program Effectiveness


04:45 – 05:00  |  Wrap Up 


05:00 – 07:00  |  Networking Reception 


 

 

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