Why participate?

Keynote speeches

on ESG due diligence will shed light on the present and future of sustainable businesses. They will also foster debate on industry collaborative initiatives as a key enabler to ensure that the high policy ambition is well  implemented. 

Panel discussions and workshops

will provide practical knowledge and insights into how sector specific partnerships can mitigate social and environmental risks in complex supply chains. Participants will hear inspiring sucess stories of our members and how amfori can support companies’ due diligence efforts in the future.

Networking

The amfori Annual Event is the ideal gathering for building and nurturing relationships in sustainable trade. Come and expand your professional network, toast the bright and promising future of your ESG journey while enjoying the company of like-minded people.

The amfori Annual Event will be held on 6 & 7 November 2023 in Berlin, Germany!

The amfori Annual Event brings together international businesses, stakeholders, policy-makers and sustainability practitioners to collaborate and exchange views on sustainable business and sustainable value chains. Join us on:

Monday, 6 November 2023 / 13:00 – 18:30 CET                                      Tuesday, 7 November 2023 / 9:00 – 17:30 CET

 

This year, the two-day event is themed:

“From CSR to ESG Due Diligence.”

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Register for amfori Annual Event 2023 Now!

The agenda and speakers’ list is being constantly updated, please come back for more information later.

Day 1 / 6 November

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12:00

Welcome Lunch and Registration

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13:00

Opening

Linda Kromjong, President, amfori

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13:15

Keynote Speech 'The Importance of Multistakeholder Collaboration in changing Policy Landscape'
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Keynote Speech: “The Importance of
Multistakeholder Collaboration in a changing
Policy Landscape”

Dr. Bärbel Kofler plays an influential role as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in the German Federal Government.
Her keynote presentation will set forth the general architecture and elements of the changing policy landscape on HREDD.
In a context where many companies ask themselves the same questions and face the same practical, organisational or technical challenges, Kofler will seize the opportunity to discuss the importance of multistakeholder collaboration.

Her speech will highlight LkSG, EU forced labour ban, EU CSRD as well as requirements companies will have to meet in this regard.

Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary, MP, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany

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Keynote Speech: “The Importance of
Multistakeholder Collaboration in a changing
Policy Landscape”

Dr. Bärbel Kofler plays an influential role as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development in the German Federal Government.
Her keynote presentation will set forth the general architecture and elements of the changing policy landscape on HREDD.
In a context where many companies ask themselves the same questions and face the same practical, organisational or technical challenges, Kofler will seize the opportunity to discuss the importance of multistakeholder collaboration.

Her speech will highlight LkSG, EU forced labour ban, EU CSRD as well as requirements companies will have to meet in this regard.

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13:45

Panel discussion 'Global Perspectives on ESG Due Diligence in Value Chains'
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Panel discussion “Global Perspectives on ESG
Due Diligence in Value Chains”

Different businesses – and value chains – require different actions and tools to ensure that their competitiveness and resilience are sustained and their business objectives are met.
In this panel, prominent speakers will discuss how they go the extra mile to bridge the gap between understanding and implementing ESG in their global value chain.
Furthermore, since the combination of forthcoming legislation, increasing investor demands and societal pressure means that a business’ value chain is coming under closer scrutiny, this panel is the right place to discuss the importance of a bottom-up process for decision-making that involves suppliers, building capacity and collaboration between all stakeholders.

Linda Kromjong, President, amfori

Gunther Beger, Managing Director, Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation,

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Thorsten Metz, Head of Global Programme, Initiative Global Solidarity (IGS), GIZ

Madhulika Sharma, Chief Sustainability Officer, ITC Limited

Moderator: Natasha Majumdar, Network Representative in India, amfori

 

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Panel discussion “Global Perspectives on ESG
Due Diligence in Value Chains”

Different businesses – and value chains – require different actions and tools to ensure that their competitiveness and resilience are sustained and their business objectives are met.
In this panel, prominent speakers will discuss how they go the extra mile to bridge the gap between understanding and implementing ESG in their global value chain.
Furthermore, since the combination of forthcoming legislation, increasing investor demands and societal pressure means that a business’ value chain is coming under closer scrutiny, this panel is the right place to discuss the importance of a bottom-up process for decision-making that involves suppliers, building capacity and collaboration between all stakeholders.

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14:45

Coffee Break

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15:15

Presentations 'The Due Diligence Journey in Practice: Experience & Success Stories'
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Presentations “The Due Diligence Journey in Practice: Experience & Success Stories”

Success stories are an opportunity to learn from other change leaders. Several amfori members have already taken the leap on ESG Due Diligence. As such, they can legitimately share challenges they faced as well as decisions that continuously drive their evolution of ESG from CSR.
During this session, Bernardo Cruza, Head of Sustainability and CSR, El Corte Inglés (Spain) and Andreas Burmeister, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Wortmann (Germany) will discuss how they navigate their ESG journey.

Bernardo Cruza, Head of Sustainability and CSR, El Corte Inglés
Andreas Burmeister, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Wortmann

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Presentations “The Due Diligence Journey in Practice: Experience & Success Stories”

Success stories are an opportunity to learn from other change leaders. Several amfori members have already taken the leap on ESG Due Diligence. As such, they can legitimately share challenges they faced as well as decisions that continuously drive their evolution of ESG from CSR.
During this session, Bernardo Cruza, Head of Sustainability and CSR, El Corte Inglés (Spain) and Andreas Burmeister, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Wortmann (Germany) will discuss how they navigate their ESG journey.

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16:15

Panel Discussion: 'The Power of Collective Remediation for Zero Tolerance Violations in the Supply Chain'
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Panel Discussion: “The Power of Collective
Remediation for Zero Tolerance Violations in the
Supply Chain”

There is a very fine line between setting boundaries for acceptable behaviour and unconsciously creating a culture of fear.
In a conversation hosted by Aubree Evangelista, amfori Membership Manager Jonathan Thorngreen, amfori business partner Leong Siew Mui from Hartalega and Saskia Hans from TRIXIE will discuss the right steps to implement an amfori Zero Tolerance Protocol while underlining the advantages of a collective remediation approach.

Leong Siew Mui, Chief of Social Compliance, Corporate Development Department, Hartalega Holdings Berhad
Saskia Hans, Quality & Product Compliance, TRIXIE Heimtierbedarf GmbH & Co. KG
Jonathan Thorngreen, Interim Membership Manager, Zero Tolerance Lead, amfori

Moderator: Aubree Evangelista Product Manager (Social), amfori

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Panel Discussion: “The Power of Collective
Remediation for Zero Tolerance Violations in the
Supply Chain”

There is a very fine line between setting boundaries for acceptable behaviour and unconsciously creating a culture of fear.
In a conversation hosted by Aubree Evangelista, amfori Membership Manager Jonathan Thorngreen, amfori business partner Leong Siew Mui from Hartalega and Saskia Hans from TRIXIE will discuss the right steps to implement an amfori Zero Tolerance Protocol while underlining the advantages of a collective remediation approach.

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17:00

Coffee Break

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17:20

Panel Discussion 'The Case for Corporate Sustainability Reporting'
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Panel Discussion “The Case for Corporate
Sustainability Reporting”

Sustainability reporting is an essential piece of the due diligence exercise: one cannot exist without the other. This panel will lay out the case for transparency reporting in the ESG context from different angles. and discuss key opportunities and barriers for companies to advance in their reporting efforts. It will also discuss key tools companies can leverage to advance in their reporting efforts.

Richard Howitt, Strategic Advisor on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Business and Human Rights / Member of the Strategic Advisory Council, amfori
Emily Norton, Lead, Regulatory Engagement & Sustainability Initiatives, OECD
Andrea Perales Padron, ESG Analyst, AVIVA Investors
Katharina Wortmann, Director, Sustainability Legislation & Reporting, ALDI South Group

Moderator: Amanda Soler Guzmán, Advocacy & Engagement Advisor, amfori

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Panel Discussion “The Case for Corporate
Sustainability Reporting”

Sustainability reporting is an essential piece of the due diligence exercise: one cannot exist without the other. This panel will lay out the case for transparency reporting in the ESG context from different angles. and discuss key opportunities and barriers for companies to advance in their reporting efforts. It will also discuss key tools companies can leverage to advance in their reporting efforts.

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18:20

Conclusions

Leon Mol, Chair of the Board of Directors, amfori

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18:30

Networking Cocktail

Day 2 / 7 November

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8:00

Coffee and Registration

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9:00

Presentation 'Looking Ahead: amfori’s Future-Proof Services'

Helen Kaestner, Head of Operations, amfori

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9:10

Interactive Presentation 'amfori HREDD Portal: Embark on your Personal Sustainability Journey'
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Interactive Presentation “amfori HREDD Portal:
Embark on your Personal Sustainability Journey”

This session aims to introduce the amfori HREDD Portal. This portal ambitions to support members every step of the way in their due diligence journey. Members will be guided through the steps for identifying, assessing and mitigating their supply chain risks.

Whether you're part of a small business or a large corporation, the due diligence portal is the platform that will structure and centralise relevant data that will help you develop actionable improvement plan and measure impact across your value chain.

Erika Sok, Senior Sustainability Expert, Product Development, amfori

Sebastiaan Vernimmen, Chief Sustainability Officer, ICAPPS

Nicolas Van der Wee, Digital Product Strategist UX Designer, ICAPPS

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Interactive Presentation “amfori HREDD Portal:
Embark on your Personal Sustainability Journey”

This session aims to introduce the amfori HREDD Portal. This portal ambitions to support members every step of the way in their due diligence journey. Members will be guided through the steps for identifying, assessing and mitigating their supply chain risks.

Whether you're part of a small business or a large corporation, the due diligence portal is the platform that will structure and centralise relevant data that will help you develop actionable improvement plan and measure impact across your value chain.

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9:45

Panel Discussion 'Environmental Due Diligence: A Key Component of your Successful Due Diligence Journey'
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Presentation “amfori BEPI: A Key Component of your Successful Due Diligence Journey”

During its first year of existence, amfori BEPI has gained a meaningful place in the amfori Sustainability Platform.
Designed for members, non BEPI users and external audiences, this session aims to highlight the importance of amfori BEPI within the platform and how it efficiently drives practical environmental improvements throughout one's supply chain.
The presentation will be supported by real-life examples shared by CESA - an important partner in China, a number of amfori members and a business partner. They will discuss the context of their holistic experience and their challenges, and share recommendations that could help others make a relevant use of amfori BEPI.

Anwarul Islam, General Manager, Pacific Jeans Group
Yolanda Kwok, Network Representative in Greater China, amfori
Annette Koch, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Gerry Weber

Moderator: Bruno Guemes, Product Manager (BEPI), amfori

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Presentation “amfori BEPI: A Key Component of your Successful Due Diligence Journey”

During its first year of existence, amfori BEPI has gained a meaningful place in the amfori Sustainability Platform.
Designed for members, non BEPI users and external audiences, this session aims to highlight the importance of amfori BEPI within the platform and how it efficiently drives practical environmental improvements throughout one's supply chain.
The presentation will be supported by real-life examples shared by CESA - an important partner in China, a number of amfori members and a business partner. They will discuss the context of their holistic experience and their challenges, and share recommendations that could help others make a relevant use of amfori BEPI.

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10:35

Coffee Break

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11:05

Panel Discussion 'amfori BSCI: 20 Years of Key Learnings on Social Due Diligence'
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Panel Discussion “amfori BSCI: 20 Years of Key
Learnings on Social Due Diligence”

In the 20 years of its existence, amfori BSCI has evolved from a compliance system to a Human Rights Social Programme. As such, it has progressively contributed to improving working conditions of its member companies.
One thing we've realised throughout these years is that it can be hard to detect and understand issues in an already complexified social world.
In this panel, together with its members and their business partners, amfori will go through the amfori BSCI evolution, their collaborative efforts as well as the next challenges to address.

Luke Smitham, Manager and Fashion Sector Lead, Kumi Consulting Ltd
Eftelya Akgun, Human Resources Assistant Expert, Tuzluca Tekstil
Tanya Todd, Manager, CTC Ethical Sourcing, Canadian Tire Corporation

Moderator: Elif Kalan, Senior Product Operations Expert (BSCI), amfori

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Panel Discussion “amfori BSCI: 20 Years of Key
Learnings on Social Due Diligence”

In the 20 years of its existence, amfori BSCI has evolved from a compliance system to a Human Rights Social Programme. As such, it has progressively contributed to improving working conditions of its member companies.
One thing we've realised throughout these years is that it can be hard to detect and understand issues in an already complexified social world.
In this panel, together with its members and their business partners, amfori will go through the amfori BSCI evolution, their collaborative efforts as well as the next challenges to address.

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12:00

Panel Discussion 'amfori Speak4Change: De-risking through effective Grievance Mechanism and Remediation'
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Panel Discussion “amfori Speak4Change: De-risking
through effective Grievance Mechanism and Remediation”

This year, the amfori Speak for Change Programme has developed into an official amfori service following the launch of the pilot project in May 2021. During the first launches in Türkiye, Bangladesh and India, amfori has successfully managed to reach half of the membership and bring the programme to their business partners locally.
How does amfori enable its members to remediate the cases received in the programme in collaboration with external experts? How can members use those results and data analytics to de-risk their supply chain and prevent bigger issues later on?
These questions and more will be addressed in the panel “amfori Speak4Change: De-risking through effective Grievance Mechanism and Remediation.”

Lena Peleikis, CR Lead Human Rights, Otto Group
Özgül Baz, Social Compliance Manager, Mango

Ines Kaempfer, CEO, Centre for Child Rights & Business
Ruben Korevaar, Policy Advisor, Mondiaal FNV

Moderator: Laura Wauters, Sustainability Expert, amfori

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Panel Discussion “amfori Speak4Change: De-risking
through effective Grievance Mechanism and Remediation”

This year, the amfori Speak for Change Programme has developed into an official amfori service following the launch of the pilot project in May 2021. During the first launches in Türkiye, Bangladesh and India, amfori has successfully managed to reach half of the membership and bring the programme to their business partners locally.
How does amfori enable its members to remediate the cases received in the programme in collaboration with external experts? How can members use those results and data analytics to de-risk their supply chain and prevent bigger issues later on?
These questions and more will be addressed in the panel “amfori Speak4Change: De-risking through effective Grievance Mechanism and Remediation.”

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13:00

Lunch

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14:30

Panel Discussion 'Due Diligence in Natural Disasters Impacted Areas: a Focus on Responsible Practices'
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Panel Discussion “Due Diligence in Natural Disasters
Impacted Areas: a Focus on Responsible
Purchasing Practices”

While human rights and environmental due diligence is about preventing harm, it also needs to adjust to changing circumstances.
Natural disasters such as earthquakes are external factors that might be difficult to anticipate. When they do occur, however, they need to be factored into a company’s due diligence process and will most likely result in an update to the company’s Risk Assessment.
This session will share practical experiences of supply chain partners in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that shook Türkiye in February 2023.
The session will also draw lessons on what it means to do due diligence in natural disasters impacted areas with a strong emphasis on the need to conduct responsible purchasing practices.

Ali Cevani, Board Member, Yıltem Konfeksiyon
Elif Arabacıoğlu, Quality Assurance Manager, Metro AG
Aysegul Yalcin Eris, Deputy Executive Director, Association for Social Development and Aid Mobilization
Muge Tuna, Network Representative in Türkiye, amfori

Moderator: Valentina Bolognesi, Senior Advocacy & Engagement Advisor, amfori

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Panel Discussion “Due Diligence in Natural Disasters
Impacted Areas: a Focus on Responsible
Purchasing Practices”

While human rights and environmental due diligence is about preventing harm, it also needs to adjust to changing circumstances.
Natural disasters such as earthquakes are external factors that might be difficult to anticipate. When they do occur, however, they need to be factored into a company’s due diligence process and will most likely result in an update to the company’s Risk Assessment.
This session will share practical experiences of supply chain partners in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that shook Türkiye in February 2023.
The session will also draw lessons on what it means to do due diligence in natural disasters impacted areas with a strong emphasis on the need to conduct responsible purchasing practices.

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15:30

Panel Discussion 'Vulnerable Workers in Asia – Going Beyond Mandatory Compliance'
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Panel Discussion “Vulnerable Workers in Asia – going beyond mandatory Compliance"

The challenges of migration in Asia can only be tackled through cooperation of government, businesses and multiple stakeholders. Among all, businesses have the heavy responsibility of implementing all rules, regulations and best practices to protect migrants in global supply chains.
As an international business association focusing on driving responsible trade and sustainable supply chains for over 40 years, amfori continuously supports members in engaging their suppliers/producers in sourcing countries across Asia.
Migrants in and from this region are at the heart of this regional trade, therefore, their rights should be properly protected.
Participants will discuss a practical approach to addressing this workforce migration trend. It will shed light on what stakeholders can do to break gender lens on migrant workforces and share ideas to facilitate women empowerment in this context.

Maximilian Pottler, Head of Labour Mobility and Social Inclusion Unit, IOM
Phoebe Ewen, Human Rights Manager, Woolworths Group
Saiful Millat, Network Representative in Bangladesh, amfori

Moderator: Joyce Chau, Director Asia Pacific, amfori

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Panel Discussion “Vulnerable Workers in Asia – going beyond mandatory Compliance"

The challenges of migration in Asia can only be tackled through cooperation of government, businesses and multiple stakeholders. Among all, businesses have the heavy responsibility of implementing all rules, regulations and best practices to protect migrants in global supply chains.
As an international business association focusing on driving responsible trade and sustainable supply chains for over 40 years, amfori continuously supports members in engaging their suppliers/producers in sourcing countries across Asia.
Migrants in and from this region are at the heart of this regional trade, therefore, their rights should be properly protected.
Participants will discuss a practical approach to addressing this workforce migration trend. It will shed light on what stakeholders can do to break gender lens on migrant workforces and share ideas to facilitate women empowerment in this context.

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16:20

Coffee Break

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16:40

Fireside Chat 'Tackling Forced Labour in Global Supply Chain – a Sisyphean Task?'
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Fireside Chat “Tackling Forced Labour in Global
Supply Chain – a Sisyphean Task?”

EU legislation that will ban products made from forced labour is coming. In a fireside chat hosted by Stuart Newman, Advocacy and Engagement Advisor at amfori, Matt Friedman, CEO at The Mekong Club will discuss how importers (members), and suppliers, can adjust to this new reality.

Matt Friedman, CEO, The Mekong Club
Stuart Newman, Senior Advocacy and Engagement Advisor, amfori

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Fireside Chat “Tackling Forced Labour in Global
Supply Chain – a Sisyphean Task?”

EU legislation that will ban products made from forced labour is coming. In a fireside chat hosted by Stuart Newman, Advocacy and Engagement Advisor at amfori, Matt Friedman, CEO at The Mekong Club will discuss how importers (members), and suppliers, can adjust to this new reality.

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17:20

Conclusions

Meet our first speakers

Linda Kromjong
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Linda Kromjong, President, amfori

Linda Kromjong became President of amfori per 1 January 2022. In this role she continues creating positive impact by supporting business to enhance responsible conduct in their supply chain. amfori’s view is that trade should deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits for everyone.
From October 2018 through December 2021, she served as Global Labour & Human Rights Directorate Samsung Electronics. In this role she focused on establishing the company’s labour & human rights framework to drive corporate and supply chain improvements and on strengthening the company’s relationships with key international policymakers and opinion formers.
Prior to her role at Samsung, Linda Kromjong was Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva from 1 May 2015to 1 October 2018. Before the IOE, she was the Vice-President, Labour Relations International & Human Rights for Deutsche Post DHL. Linda started her career in the Hospitality Industry with Sodexo in the Netherlands and has many years of experience in senior positions in general management, HR, Labour Relations and Business & Human Rights. She currently serves as a Member of the Stakeholder Board of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors Inc.
(APSCA). She was a member of the UN Global Compact Advisory Board from 2015 to 2018.
Linda Kromjong is a Dutch national and completed Hotel Management School and
Business Management studies in the Netherlands.

President

amfori

Dr. Bärbel Kofler
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Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary,
MP Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and
Development of Germany

Dr. Bärbel Kofler is currently a Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. Before this appointment she was serving as Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance at the Federal Foreign Office and worked as SPD Spokesperson on Development Policy. Since September 2004 she was a member of the German Bundestag, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

In her early career she used to teach German as foreign language as well as Russian.

Mrs. Kofler studied computer science at Rosenheim University of Applied Science later linguistics, Russian and Spanish language and literature at Salzburg University.

Full biography: https://www.bmz.de/en/ministry/leadership-ministry/kofler-100036

Parliamentary State Secretary, MP

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany

Matt Friedman
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Matt Friedman CEO, The Mekong Club

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 30 years’ experience. He is CEO of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong’s leading businesses which have joined forces to help end all forms of modern slavery. Mr. Friedman previously worked for USAID and the United Nations in over 40 countries. Mr. Friedman offers technical advice to numerous governments, banks and corporations working to eliminate all forms of modern slavery and is the author of twelve books. In 2017, Mr. Friedman won Asia’s prestigious “Communicator of the Year”
Gold Award.

CEO

The Mekong Club

Gunther Beger
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Gunther Beger, Managing Director, Directorate of
SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation United Nations Industrial Development Organization

As Managing Director, Mr. Gunther Beger is heading the Directorate for SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation, responsible for the development of innovative services in areas of agro-industry, sustainability standards, fair production, and climate-improving technologies, and the development of innovative technical cooperation concepts, identification of new sources of finance and partnerships.

Until March 2022, he served as Executive Director for Germany at the World Bank Group. From 2013-2021, Mr. Beger served as Director General in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany. From 2000-2013, he held several leadership positions in the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. From 1995-2000, he served as Head of Division for Agriculture at the German Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Mr. Beger holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics.

Managing Director, Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Bernardo Cruza
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Bernardo Cruza, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility EL CORTE INGLES

Bernardo Cruza is the Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility at EL CORTE INGLES, a company he joined in 1986, and he reports to the Sustainability Committee of the Board.
Having developed most of his career in the buying department, this experience led him to address human and labour rights, social compliance and sustainability in global value chains. As a result, he chaired for 4 years (2014-2017) the former Steering Committee of BSCI – Business Social Compliance Initiative- and served as an Amfori Board member until 2021.
In June 2016, he was part of the Spanish employers’ delegation at the 105th International Labour Conference, on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains.
He has represented El Corte Inglés as a Board or Steering Committee member in a number of both international and national initiatives, including:
– The Bangladesh Transition Accord
– The Ready-made-garment Sustainability Council in Bangladesh
– IFS (International Featured Standards)
– APSCA (Association of Social Compliance Auditors)
– ACI (Association Commerciale Internationale)
– Worldwide Retail Exchange, later AGENTRICS (B2B platform)
– AITEX (textile research institute)
– SERES Trust in Spain
– the Sustainability Committee of AECOC (GS1 Spain)
– the CSR Committee of CEOE (Spanish Employers’ Confederation)
– the CSR Committee of ANGED (Spanish Retail Federation)
– the Social Sustainability Committee of the Consumer Goods Forum.
A graduate in Linguistics, Bernardo holds other degrees in sales and marketing, international trade, food safety, quality management systems and corporate social responsibility.
EL CORTE INGLES Group of companies, is the leading department store and retail chain in Spain and Portugal. Its retail formats include supermarkets, hypermarkets,
convenience stores and fashion stores under the Sfera banner. The Group also includes the leading travel agency Viajes El Corte Inglés, as well as other subsidiaries.

Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

El Corte Inglés

Andrea Perales Padron
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Andrea Perales Padron, ESG Analyst, Aviva Investors

Andrea is the ESG specialist for consumer at Aviva Investors. She is responsible for the research and analysis of consumer names’ ESG performance, covering a wide range of topics such as deforestation, plastics, human rights in supply chains, water risks, and the decarbonization of the auto sector. She leads individual and collective engagements with consumer companies to explore ESG risks and opportunities and ensure alignment with Aviva’s key thematic issues.
Andrea is also the ESG partner for the high yield credit desk, where she assists with developing and implementing ESG integration and monitoring outcomes.
Andrea previously worked at the sustainability consulting firms KKS Advisors, ICF Consulting, and at Ceres, the non-profit leading corporate and investor cooperation on climate and nature. She has also worked at the Council of the European Union, and the European Savings and Retail Banking Group.
She holds a Master’s in International Business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

ESG Analyst,

Aviva Investors

Phoebe Ewen
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Phoebe Ewen, Human Rights Manager,
Woolworths Group, Australia

Phoebe Ewen is a member of the amfori Board of Directors and Human Rights Manager for
Woolworths Group, Australia’s largest retailer by revenue. Based in Hong Kong, Phoebe works closely with supply chain partners spanning multiple food and non-food categories. Her priorities at Woolworths Group in Asia include driving responsible recruitment practices for migrant worker populations, increasing access to worker voice across supply chains, enhancing human rights due diligence in high-risk commodities, and building sustainable strategies targeting the root cause of human rights non-conformances. Prior to joining Woolworths, she worked in the non-profit sector in Asia focusing on business engagement to address modern slavery. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Phoebe Ewen
Human Rights Manager,
Woolworths Group

Richard Howitt
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Richard Howitt, Advisor on Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Business & Human Rights;
Senior Associate Law firm Frank Bold LLP

Richard Howitt served for 22 years as a leading Member of the European Parliament, was its longstanding Rapporteur on Corporate Responsibility and proposed and negotiated Europe’s first rules for corporate sustainability reporting. Subsequently he served as Chief Executive Officer of the global body which merged to form what is today the International Sustainability Standards Board.
Currently, Richard is Strategic Advisor on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Business and Human Rights, and Senior Associate at the public interest law firm Frank Bold LLP, for whom he hosts the podcast on responsible business, ‘Frankly Speaking’. Richard serves as Board member at both the sustainable investment pioneer, the Eiris Foundation and at the sustainability think-tank, r3.0. He has been an independent member of amfori’s Stakeholder Advisory Council since 2020.

Advisor on Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Business & Human Rights;
Senior Associate

Law firm Frank Bold LLP

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