Sedex Conference 2016
We have a packed agenda for both days of the conference, with a fantastic mixture of plenary sessions, masterclasses, workshops, debates and spotlight talks to entertain and inform. 

Please note that the agenda is subject to change up until the day of the Conference. 

Day 1: Wednesday, 2nd March 2016

12:30 - 1:00 pm


1.00 - 1.20 pm  


Welcome address 

Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman, CEO, Sedex 

Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing, M&S


1:20 - 1:40 pm

1:40 - 2:25 pm

Keynote address
A personal journey of sustainability – a supplier’s story

Gillian Haythornthwaite, Bakkavor

Keith Stamp, KSSA

Plenary session
The future of auditing 

Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam

Louise Nicholls, M&S

Ian Spaulding, Elevate

Stephen Russell, TUC

Peter McAllister, ETI

2:25 - 3:00 pm

Introducing the AAG working groups

3:00 - 3:20 pm

Afternoon coffee and networking

3:20 - 3.30 pm

Breakout sessions
Introducing the break out sessions

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Breakout session
Human rights & due diligence

Steve Gibbons, Ergon

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Breakout session
Integrity: uncovering hidden practices

Amanda Lockley, Matrix APA

Aidan McQuade, Anti-Slavery International

Muriel Johnson, Sedex

Kevin O'Neill, BBC Worldwide

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Breakout session
Joint action: collaborating on change

Dionne Harrison | Impactt

4:15 - 4:40 pm

Panel session
Critical debate: Sharing key points from the breakout sessions

4:40 - 5:00 pm

Concluding speech
Wrap up and reflections on the day

Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman | Sedex

Louise Nicholls | M&S

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Drinks reception and networking

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Special event
Sedex VIP Networking Dinner

Wine, dine and make valuable new connections at an exclusive dinner event in the heart of the City of London. 


Day 2: Thursday, 3rd March 2016

8:30 - 9:00 am


9:00 - 9:25 am Welcome 
Welcome from Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman, CEO, Sedex

9:25 - 9:45 am

Keynote speech
Leadership keynote - Simplifying supply chain sustainability 
Alistair Hirst, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain, Kellogg Company

9:50 - 10:50 am

Masterclass Q&A session
Simplification through collaboration 

Amanda Lockley, Head of CSR, Matrix APA

Aisha Aswani, Ethical Trade Manager, The Co-operative

David Lawrence, Executive Director & Chairman, AIM-PROGRESS

Nikhil Hirdaramani, Director, Hirdaramani Industries

This masterclass Q&A session will bring together a cross-section of Sedex members who will use their collective power to help other members simplify and tackle their common responsible sourcing issues. 

9:50 - 10:50 am

Simplifying carbon measurement 
Jonathon Counsell, International Airlines Group, Group Head of Sustainability

Dexter Galvin, Head of Supply Chain, CDP

Laura Steele, Responsible Business Manager - Environment and Supply Chain, The Bigger Picture Sky

Aleyn Smith-Gillespie, Associate Director, Business Advice, Carbon Trust

This masterclass will show you how to measure carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions in your own business operations and your supply chain, as well as demonstrating how businesses can use the new SAQ module Sedex has developed with CDP to help companies report on their emissions.

9:50 - 10:50 am

What’s new at Sedex? 
Charlotte Robinson, Head of Operations, Sedex 

This workshop will give you a chance to see what’s new on Sedex Advance as well as some of the features which will be introduced in the coming months. You will have the opportunity to question to the Sedex Product Development Team on the new features as well as see demos of recent additions.

10:50 - 11:15 am

Morning coffee and networking

11:20 am - 12:15 pm

Plenary session
Simplifying compliance with modern slavery legislation 
Kevin Hyland OBE, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Colleen Theron, Director, CLT envirolaw

James Swenson, Head of Operations and Delivery, Thomson Reuters 

Marianne Voss, Stakeholder Engagement, Sedex

This session will give you an overview of the recent UK Modern Slavery Act and other international modern slavery legislation and advise on how to ensure that your business meets the requirements as well as going beyond compliance.

12:15 - 12:45 pm

Non-Sedex members session
An introduction to the Sedex journey 
Dan Murray, Director of Marketing and Client Development, Sedex 

Kerry Francis, Business Development Manager, Sedex

The Sedex team will introduce the Sedex journey and demonstrate how Sedex can support you on your responsible sourcing journey, while a new member will discuss how they are using Sedex and their experience so far.

12:15 - 12:45 pm

Sedex members only session
Sedex Annual General Meeting

Sedex members will review official business and elect new Sedex Member Board Directors

12:45 - 2:00 pm


1:25 - 1:55 pm

Optional break-out session 
Hear from our sponsor FLOCERT on "Sustainable Supply Chains and Certification: Trends and Outlook"

2:00 - 2:20 pm

Spotlight talk
Simplifying multi-stakeholder initiatives 
Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)

2:20 - 3:20 pm

Plenary session
Simplifying social impact 
Tom Smith, Director of Strategy and Planning, Sedex

Mary Teakle, Head of Ethical Trade, The Body Shop                           

Richard Boele, Partner, KPMG Banarra

Elaine Cohen, Founder, Beyond Business

How can organisations quantify, value, and improve their impact on society? This plenary session will bring together experts in the field and leading companies to share their expertise and advice.

3:20 - 3:40 pm

Spotlight talk

Simplifying sustainability communications

Thomas Kolster, Author, Speaker, Critic in Sustainable Communication, Mr. Goodvertising

3:40 - 4:05 pm

Afternoon coffee and networking

4:10 - 5:10 pm

Sedex resources 
Katrin Kircheis, Sedex

Oliver Jackson, Sedex

Nora Wolters, Sedex 

This workshop will talk you through the resources available on the Sedex website, on the Resources Hub and on the Sedex Knowledge Hub. It will be a practical session with plenty of time for Q&As.

4:10 - 5:10 pm

Simplifying responsible business practices 
Benet Northcote, Director Corporate Responsibility, John Lewis Partnership

Anil Kariwala, Managing Director, Kariwala Industries

Piers Knuckey, Environment & Supply Chain Risk Manager, WPP

Greg Gardner, President & CEO, Arche Advisors  

From environmental, to social, to governance issues; when working with supply chains it can become clear that areas of sustainability are closely interconnected with one another. What is needed is a fresh approach to simplify the issues and our approach to tackling them. How have leading organisations gone about doing this? Find out in this masterclass session.

4:10 - 5:10 pm

Simplifying measurement of agricultural sustainability
Peter-Erik Ywema, General Manager, SAI Platform

Jim Bracken, Sustainability Director, GS1 Global Office 

Alistair Djimatey, Manager, Blue Skies Foundation 

Stephan Morris, Technical Manager, Blue Skies Foundation  

Nathalie Ritchie, Senior Manager Sustainability, Mondelez International                             

This masterclass will show you how to measure data and report on progress at agricultural sites within your own business operations and your supply chain, as well as demonstrating how businesses can use the new SAQ module Sedex has developed with the SAI to help companies report on sustainable agriculture. 

5:15 - 5:30 pm

Closing address 
Closing address from Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman, CEO, Sedex

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Drinks reception and networking