Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.
This webinar will present a detailed look at Symphonization, a term designed to capture a new and more efficient approach to social compliance in the post-pandemic world. COVID-19 has presented the industry with an opportunity to re-set the supply chain social compliance management paradigm - moving away from duplicative proprietary auditing programs to an approach involving a handful of specialized, professional, independent organizations providing a menu-of-options for the supply chain as a whole. Learn about a better approach to responsible sourcing and to creating a more robust, more flexible, more resilient and, ultimately, more sustainable supply chain.
Attendees of this webinar will learn:
- About the opportunity presented by the pandemic to re-set the supply chain social compliance management paradigm.
- Strategies to move away from duplicative proprietary auditing programs to an approach involving a handful of specialized, professional, independent organizations providing a menu-of-options for the supply chain as a whole.
- Practical advice on making the shift to a more efficient supply chain social compliance management model.
President & CEO
WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production)
Avedis Seferian joined WRAP in 2004 and became its President and CEO in 2012. He has extensive knowledge of social responsibility issues within the highly complex worldwide supply chains of the apparel, textile and footwear sectors. A recognized expert in the area of social compliance and responsible sourcing, Mr. Seferian was named by Assent Compliance as one of the Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leaders for 2020. 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 is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) and sits on the Impartiality Committees of several audit organizations. He also served on the Board of Advisors of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar
Senior Vice President, Policy
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. 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.