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Product Traceability: The Tools, Technologies, and Benefits

Join BV as they discuss the business case for evidence based traceability and the available tools that make it possible.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Brands are being held increasingly accountable for actions taken by parties throughout their supply chains. Tariff and duty pressures along with Covid-19 have made those supply chains more dynamic than ever. The ability to quickly and demonstrably identify the parties involved with bringing that product to retail is essential.  The good news is that a variety of tools and technologies are now available to make it possible to maintain the required level of evidence-based traceability. Join Bureau Veritas to understand the market forces driving the increased demand for traceability, the tools and technologies that make it possible, and a market study on what can be learned from implementing evidence-based traceability.
Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • Market drivers for traceability in the apparel and footwear industry.
  • Available tools for evidence-based traceability.
  • Benefits from implementing evidence-based traceability.



Rajan Kamalanathan
Vice President - Sustainability and CSR Services
Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services

Rajan Kamalanathan, Vice President for Sustainability and CSR for Bureau Veritas (2017 - present) is based in the USA with a global mandate. Responsible for developing and managing a credible and robust social and environment audit program to service the needs of suppliers, brands and retail customers.  He is focused on developing strong Sustainability programs including Chemical Management and capacity building to meet the needs of the customers.

Previously, Director of Sustainable Supply Chain for C&A (2014 -2017) based in Hong Kong, where he lead C&A’s Sustainable Supply Chain (SSC) program to secure both social and environmental compliance throughout its supply chain.  Established a team and program to achieve zero discharge of hazardous chemicals through a comprehensive evaluation of the environmental performance of how its supply base disposes of and manages chemicals, water, energy and waste.
Prior to that he was VP Ethical Sourcing for Walmart (2002 -2014) where he directed all sourcing-related ethical and social responsibility activities, including Walmart’s Code of Conduct, as well as ethical sourcing policies and procedures, and implemented a comprehensive social and environmental monitoring and capacity building programs.  

He was an executive board member of Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) and was actively engaged in the development of the program to reduce audit fatigue and encourage retail and brand collaboration.

Chuck Rogers
Director - Supply Chain Solutions
Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services

Chuck Rogers is the Americas Director – Technical Consulting and Supply Chain Solutions for Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services.  Chuck has over 25 years’ experience in supply chain and quality management both at the brand and retail level.   

His retail experience includes both compliance and quality assurance roles with Dollar General and Wal-Mart covering all general merchandise categories including appliances, tools, furniture, apparel, and footwear.  On the brand side, he was involved with manufacturing quality assurance as well as product reliability and safety assurance with Sunbeam Household products.  In all of these roles he was heavily involved in sourcing a wide variety of products from factories all around the world.

Since joining Bureau Veritas in 2012, He has been heavily involved in developing supply chain quality and compliance solutions including traceability. 

Chuck received his Bachelor of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1978.  He was awarded the Masters degree in Business Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University in 2007.

Dr. Katherine Jones
Senior Scientist
Oritain Global Limited

Dr Katherine Jones (Kate) has a background in earth systems sciences and biogeochemical modelling. She received an Honours Bachelor in Sciences degree in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. While an undergrad, she also worked as a research assistant and research SCUBA diver for the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences. Following graduation, Kate left the US and worked abroad, with stints at the University of Otago in Dunedin and as an Environmental Engineer and Scientist for International Groundwater Technologies in Singapore from 2006 to 2008.

In the middle of 2008, Kate returned to the University of Otago to undertake a PhD in Chemical Oceanography. After completion of her PhD in 2012, Kate took up a 2 year Postdoctoral position at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. In 2015, she returned back to Dunedin and began working at Oritain as a Scientist. As Oritain began to partner with cotton producers and advance its chemical fingerprinting technology within the Fibre and Fashion sectors, Kate became the lead scientist within these products and was named Senior Scientist in 2018.

Outside of work, Kate lives with her husband and her young children on their small farm outside of Dunedin. When not looking after the family or the animals, Kate enjoys trail running with her german wired-hair pointer, skiing, swimming, and reading.


Kristen Kern
Manager, Supply Chain & Sustainability Initiatives

As Manager of Supply Chain and Sustainability Initiatives, Kristen leads the AAFA Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. She also leads the AAFA Product Safety portfolio, collaborating with stakeholders to create best practices and regulations for safe, quality products for consumers. Kristen holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Design, and French, with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

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6/30/2020 2:00 PM - 6/30/2020 3:00 PM