Webinar: Meaningful Worker Engagement through Voice Tool Integration
September 30, 2021
2:00 PM EST to 3:00 PM EST | Online


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


Worker engagement is a crucial part of supply chain due diligence and can provide meaningful insights into supply chain working conditions. Access to remedy is a key pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, a principle found in all new and emerging Supply Chain Due Diligence legislation. Additionally, the current pandemic has highlighted the need to stay connected to - and hear from - workers in global supply chains, while onsite visits are not possible, and conditions are increasingly challenging. Join QIMA and Ulula, one of QIMA’s Worker Voice expert partners, to hear how companies can implement and integrate effective tools on worker engagement.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • About the different types of worker voice tools.
  • How these tools work and where/when they are best used.
  • Ways to integrate these tools into your due diligence and auditing processes.
Anouschka Jansen
Director Sustainability Solutions


Anouschka Jansen is the Director Sustainability Solutions at QIMA, a leading provider of supply chain compliance solutions, that partners with brands, retailers and importers to secure, manage and optimize their global supply network. In this role she supports the company in delivering sustainability solutions for QIMA’s clients and their supply chains.
Anouschka brings 20+ years of experience in supply chain sustainability, with a particular focus on the textile industry. Prior to joining QIMA, Anouschka worked at amfori, a business-driven membership organization. At amfori she worked with her team in delivering innovation through new sustainability products, tools and services to the organisation and its member companies, including the amfori BEPI initiative and topics such as access to remedy, impact assessment, responsible purchasing practices and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Before amfori, Anouschka was a global Sustainability Manager at Levi Strauss & Co., dealing with social and environmental sustainability.

Vera Belazelkoska
Director of Programs
Vera Belazelkoska is the Director of Programs at Ulula where she leads the design and implementation of programs to monitor human rights impacts in global supply chains, together with partners from the public, private and civil society sectors. Since 2014, Vera has directed Ulula's projects in the textile, mining, agriculture and electronics sector, and manages strategic partnerships with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and amfori. She has 10+ years of experience in international work, focusing on community engagement, financial inclusion and education in parts of Asia, Africa, Central and South America. She holds a Masters in Political Economy of International Development from the University of Toronto, and a specialization in Social Economy and Local Development from the University of Buenos Aires School of Economics. Vera is the Vice Chair of the Commonwealth 8.7 Network's management committee, and is passionate about developing transformative partnerships at company, grassroots and systems level to advance the achievement of dignified and just work for all.

Nate Herman
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.

Kristen Kern

Manager of Supply Chain and 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.