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Webinar: Trends in Corporate Social Responsibility

This webinar will discuss pressing trends in CSR and explore their implications, solutions, and prospects for the future.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) matters at the forefront today include forced labor, working hours, and harmonization/convergence efforts. In this webinar WRAP will take a deeper dive into these three issues, looking at implications, solutions, and prospects for the future. We will discuss not only how they are being addressed in the apparel, textile, and footwear sectors, but will also explore what can be learned from other sectors.

Attendees of this webinar will:
  • Learn what your firm realistically can do to address forced labor.
  • Learn how working hours issues are at the center of attempts to increase transparency in supply chains.
  • Hear updates on how key harmonization/convergence initiatives are progressing.


Avedis Seferian
President & CEO

Avedis Seferian joined WRAP in 2004 and was named President & CEO in 2012. He has extensive knowledge of social responsibility issues within the highly complex supply chains of the apparel, textile and footwear sectors. A recognized expert in the area of social compliance and responsible sourcing, he often speaks on topics in this field at different forums around the world, and has contributed to many leading trade publications and news outlets. Mr. Seferian serves on the Board of Advisors of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, is Chairman of the Board of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) and sits on the Impartiality Committees of several audit organizations. He speaks five languages, has lived in four countries and holds degrees from three continents, including a JD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Mr. Seferian is a member of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar.

Clay Hickson
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

As Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at WRAP,Clay Hickson manages international operations and helps develop and refine WRAP’s strategy.  He specifically focuses on managing relationships with global brands and retailers and with governmental and other stakeholder organizations.  Mr. Hickson has extensive experience in international marketing, corporate communications, strategic planning, and cross-cultural communications.  He has developed and led seminars and other initiatives around the world in the field of social responsibility in collaboration with audit firms, manufacturing facilities, industry associations, government bodies and others, which initiatives have facilitated understanding of socially responsible and ethical practices as well as an understanding of how to implement social compliance programs. Mr. Hickson is an active participant in the AAFA Social Responsibility Committee, and he serves on the governing Steering Committee of the Social & Labor Convergence Project.  He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.


Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. Nate also leads the association’s work on sustainability, transportation, logistics, and customs issues. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992. 

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5/17/2018 2:00 PM - 5/17/2018 3:00 PM