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[ Sedex APAC Virtual Conference 2020 ]

For the first time ever, Sedex’s leading sustainable supply chain conference will be a live, virtual event.

As a global membership organisation, Sedex continuously engages members and stakeholders worldwide to understand their on-going requirements. This helps Sedex adapt to the wider responsible and sustainable supply chain sector trends.

The Sedex Conference provides a unique opportunity to embrace stakeholders in the supply chain, to discuss and share the best practice in the responsible and sustainable chain. Besides our members, the conference also attracts prospective representatives, NGOs and multinational corporations.

Responsible Business in Action

Responsible business is becoming an increasingly important agenda for the global business community. It is being driven by the UN guiding principles, national action plans, investor market demand and consumer expectation. Businesses must be able to align their economic growth with their impact on people and the environment.


In 2020, the ongoing pandemic has created a wide variety of supply chain challenges for the business community, including employee health risks, production shortages, reduced labour capacity and factory closure. Although we are starting to see some positive change and uplift of the lockdown, the social and economic effects of Covid-19 will last well beyond the initial recovery.

  • Will this prevent businesses from taking proactive actions toward being a responsible business?
  • What short-term or mid-term plan companies could consider making progress even during the pandemic period?
  • What support or collaboration will businesses need from the wider community and stakeholders?
  • As a global membership organisation, what can Sedex do more to better support the international business community?

We hope this virtual conference could bring everyone into the discussion to learn and define better ways to go for the next steps.

[ Previous Attendees ]

[ Agenda ]

Below is a draft agenda, we will continue to update it. Agenda is displayed in Indian Standard Time (+05:30GMT). You could see your own timezone in conference community after we approve your registration.

09:00 - 09:25
09:30 - 11:00

Every business is looking for a thriving, profitable business model ,while gradually responsible business is becoming an emerging trend for many companies and organisations globally recent years. Responsible Business means running a business in an efficient and responsible way, good corporate governance or management system, meets and exceeds legislation , always considers its impact on people and the environment. The UN have put its SDGs agenda, the financial market has integrated ESG element into the investment or finance decision, the consumer have increasing demand on companies’ good social and environmental behaviours etc. This session will help the audience(mainly from Multinational Company to Small and Medium size enterprise)  could gain a better understanding of responsible business ,and its connection with the SDGs, ESGs, consumer expectation etc. Also understand the importance of responsible business.


11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 12:55

“Responsible business in the supply chain” is the management of environmental, social and economic impacts, and the encouragement of good governance practices, throughout the lifecycles of goods and services. The objective is to create, protect, and grow long-term environmental, social and economic value for all stakeholders involved in bringing products and services to market. In recent years, many companies have gradually realized the importance of responsible supply chain management, no matter from external pressure or internal motivation, but they have found it quite struggle to start with this journey, how to carry out this, how to integrate into the overall business strategy, how to value the effectiveness etc.  This session will invite guests from different perspectives to share the practical experience, best practice and challenges they have seen so far, so that the audience to learn and take away with some useful suggestions put into their own companies. 

09:00 - 09:55

As we approach the deadline for submission of the first Modern Slavery Statements under Australia's Modern Slavery Act, Jessica Casben will share her observations on implementation and broader progress. She will also discuss areas for potential improvement and the general direction of the ABF's activities in the area.

10:00 - 11:00

Join us for a panel discussion involving buyers and suppliers from across the region as we explore the key elements in effective collaboration. We will take a practical look at timelines, communication and what has proved effective. The panel will also consider the implications of COVID-19 and how it has impacted collaborative efforts

11:00 - 11:10
11:10 - 11:35

The keynote session will focus on the following topics

  • The growing discourse in ASEAN and more broadly in Asia around policies on Responsible Business.
  • The ongoing efforts to draft National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia.
  • A case study on the process to draft and the content of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights of Thailand.
  • A reflection on how the growing support within the EU Member States and at EU level to introduce Mandatory Environmental and Human Rights Due Diligence will have implications for the supply chain of European Companies based in Asia.
  • A reflection on the specific Human Rights risks faced by companies in Asia in times of COVID-19 and a review of the UNDP’s tool Human Rights Due Diligence a Rapid Self-Assessment tool in times of COVID-19.
11:40 - 13:00

With internal and external drivers towards sustainability,more and more companies getting serious about their supply chains, this led to suppliers finding themselves buried by different information requests from their customers. In this session it will talk about:

  • How can suppliers strike a balance between fulfilling customer requests and achieving their own sustainability initiatives?
  • How can buyers and suppliers collaborate to efficiently share data and drive sustainability progress forward?
  • How can you communicate the value of supply chain sustainability to bring leadership and other internal stakeholders on board?


[ Speakers ]

Alexander Walrut

Alexander Walrut Head of Office Australia

Amerley Amartey

Amerley AmarteyGlobal Ethical Sourcing Coordinator

Anil Kariwala

Anil KariwalaCEO

Brian CHAN

Brian CHANHuman & Workplace Rights Director

Fredy Guayacan

Fredy Guayacan Programme Manager

Hugh Yu

Hugh YuSenior Manager, Responsible Sourcing

Gabriel Amouyal

Gabriel AmouyalAudit Services Manager

Jessica Casben

Jessica CasbenDirector

Jingjing CHEN

Jingjing CHENPolicy Advisor & Country Lead (China)

Katherine KANG

Katherine KANGManaging Director

Kimberly Yong

Kimberly YongRegional Paper Business Manager

Livio Sarandrea

Livio SarandreaGlobal Adviser for Business and Human Rights

Måns Carlsson

Måns CarlssonHead of ESG Research

Mardee Job

Mardee JobTechnical Officer

Meng LIU

Meng LIUHead, Asia Pacific Networks

Ninh Bui

Ninh BuiDirector of Bureau for Employers’ Activities

Sebastian Conley

Sebastian ConleySourcing Operations Manager

Simon McCalla

Simon McCallaChief Executive Officer

Sridevi Kalavakolanu

Sridevi KalavakolanuSenior Director

Sunita Roy Dias

Sunita Roy DiasPurchases Manager – Global Supplier Citizenship

Tara Dermott

Tara DermottHead of Sub-Office, Hong Kong SAR, China

Vishal Londhe

Vishal LondheHead of India Office

Walter LIN

Walter LINManaging Director, Asia

Yew Huat CHUA

Yew Huat CHUAGroup Risk Management and Compliance Manager

[ Sponsors ]

- Principal Sponsor -

- Promotion Sponsor -

- Online Exhibitor -

Sponsoring the Conference offers a great opportunity to promote your organisation to a large network of supply chain and CSR professionals, prior to, during and after the event. Please contact to understand our sponsorship packages.

About Sedex

Sedex is a global membership organization for responsible business. Together with companies in the global value chain, we are committed to promoting responsible and sustainable business practices. We provide tools, services and a global community network to enable companies and organizations to better mitigate their business risk, manage their social and environmental performance, and bring the positive impact to the wider community. Sedex has over 60,000 members in 180 countries, across 35 sectors. For more information,Please visit Sedex Website.


[ Exhibitors ]

International Labour Organization
International Organization for Migration(IOM)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
United Nations Global Compact