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Webinar: Addressing Forced Labor Risks

Learn how companies can start extending their supply chain risk assessments to pre-employment stages of recruitment.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Companies are under increasing pressure to identify that there is no forced labor in their supply chains and to carry out proactive risk-assessments of their suppliers. Many corporate social responsibility compliance programs and interventions focus on the employment stage, poor working conditions in the farm or factory setting, and exploitation of workers. However, the reality is that these risks often begin long before a worker arrives at a factory during the recruitment process. This webinar will introduce participants to major global legal trends, the implication of such legislation for the supply chain, and discuss how companies should start extending their risk assessments to pre-employment stages of recruitment.

The webinar will feature supply chain risk consultants from BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions, as well as a representative from the International Organization of Migration (IOM). BSI and IOM are currently working together to develop ethical recruitment trainings in line with the IRIS Standard.

Attendees of this webinar will learn about:
  • Increased awareness of forced labor legislation, and what to expect.
  • What ethical recruitment is and what it looks like.
  • How ethical recruitment ties into forced labor legislation.


Philippa Williams
Supply Chain Risk Advisor
BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions

Philippa is a Supply Chain Risk Advisor with BSI Group based in Mexico City. She works with multinationals, regional suppliers, governments and international organizations, providing bespoke risk management solutions across complex supply chains with significant social responsibility, security and business continuity challenges. Her key areas of focus include social and security risk investigations, anti-bribery and anti-corruption program development, business and human rights best practice. 

Philippa has spent the past decade working across the private, public and civil society sector in Europe, Asia and Latin America. She holds a first-class MA in Conflict, Security and Economic Development from the War Studies Dept. at King’s College London, a BA Hons from Trinity College Dublin. Philippa is a regular speaker at security and supply chain risk events in the Americas and Europe. 
Kimberly Rodriguez
Supply Chain Risk Associate
BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions

Kimberly is a Supply Chain Risk Associate at BSI’s Advisory team focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility risks. She supports the development of CSR/responsible sourcing programs across multiple industries. This includes conducting current state analyses of company programs, benchmarking assessments against customer requirements and industry peers, and awareness trainings on CSR risks such as modern slavery and human trafficking.

Kimberly received her Master’s in Business Administration from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where she participated in research projects with the NYU Center for Business and Human Rights and the Center for Sustainable Business. She has further experience working at PepsiCo developing their Sustainable Sourcing Program, and spent her years before business school in Abu Dhabi engaging in ethical recruitment issues in the Gulf construction industry. 

Pawel Szalus
Program Manager
International Organization for Migration

Pawel is a Program Manager at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration Agency. He  is responsible for overseeing the development of the International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS).  IRIS is a social compliance scheme that is designed to promote ethical international recruitment.  It does this by defining and setting a benchmark for ethical international recruitment (the IRIS Standard), and by establishing a voluntary certification scheme for labour recruiters and a monitoring and compliance mechanism.  IRIS will serve as a due diligence tool for employers and workers by helping to identify ethical international labour recruiters.

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5/23/2018 12:00 PM - 5/23/2018 1:00 PM