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Webinar: Working Hours Best Practices

This webinar will tackle the vexing issue of excessive working hours in advance of the guidance document jointly authored by AAFA and WRAP


Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


This webinar will tackle the vexing issue of excessive working hours, in advance of the release of a guidance document jointly authored by AAFA and WRAP (as their Corporate Social Responsibility Partner). The industry’s historic approach to this problem has created a misalignment of incentives, with factories striving to “pass” audits by showing auditors the kinds of numbers they think the schemes/brands/programs want to see. The resulting fear is that telling the truth would actually harm their chances of getting an order. Multiple books have cast doubt on assessments of whether workers are being paid properly as wage calculations are almost always based on hours worked. WRAP will discuss the role that all stakeholders in the supply chain play in achieving the goal of transparency that focuses on improving working conditions and creating sustainable business models throughout the value chain.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • Specific recommendations (do's and don'ts) for brands/retailers
  • The role of capacity planning
  • Consequences of the issue


Avedis Seferian
President and CEO
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

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 and Business Development
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

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 has served 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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9/20/2018 2:00 PM - 9/20/2018 3:00 PM