Book Chain Seminar 2019: "Telling the Supply Chain Story" Seminar
This year we look at "telling the supply chain story". What expectations are there on transparency, and how can we tell an authentic story about our products and where they're from?
We have an inspiring collection of guest speakers for the morning, and will split into smaller group discussions in the afternoon.
We wrap up with a tour of the venue, followed by drinks in a local pub.
Attendance is by invitation for the publishers involved with the Book Chain Project.
Arrival and registration
Meet your fellow seminar-goers over pastries and coffee.
The transparency juggernaut: What does it mean?
What do different audiences expect from product and supply chain transparency? How do they differ and what might they want to see from us in the future?
Supply chain stories
How do we share product and supply chain stories? What do we say, and how do we say it? And are there times where we might be more transparent?
Debbie has led the Product department at Finisterre for the last ten years, heading up the design, development and sourcing of all Finisterre product ranges. Debbie’s passion lies in understanding and unravelling supply chains and seeking solutions to the environmental impact of textiles through good design and customer engagement.
Finisterre is a clothing brand, born from the needs of hardy British surfers, designing sustainable products for those that share the brand’s love of the sea. The Finisterre range covers mens and womens apparel and accessories made from regenerated nylon and polyester, organic cotton and wool.
As Social Impact Manager for John Lewis & Partners, Nadia is responsible for the development and delivery of pioneering supply chain initiatives. These initiatives have a positive impact on the lives of people working in the John Lewis supply chain all around the world.
Nadia holds a Masters in Sustainability, specialising in collaborative consumption and the circular economy, which she completed whilst working full time for a boutique recruitment consultancy. She then took up positions coordinating sustainability and change communications programmes in the consumer goods and charity sectors before joining John Lewis & Partners in 2015.
Inspiring projects: Learning from other sectors
What innovations can we see in other sectors' supply chains? What can we learn? These talks will prepare us for the small group discussions in the afternoon.
Co-owner of Calverts, a London based worker co-operative of graphic designers and printers founded on values of self-help, equality, and social responsibility. The Calverts environmental policy has evolved over 40 years as an ethical business helping clients meet their own environmental targets when choosing papers, formats and finishes. Calverts holds ISO 14001 and Forestry Stewardship Council certification. Visit https://www.calverts.coop/environment/ for more information.
Mark Robertson is Senior Vice President at the ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP) and has been with the organization since August 2015. A member of the Leadership Team, Mark leads on the development of IETP’s worker well-being programs, stakeholder engagement, and global communications. Mark also works closely with IETP’s brand and retailer members providing advice and support to strengthen responsible sourcing strategies and drive collaboration across the industry.
Before joining the Ethical Toy Program, Mark was Head of Marketing & Communications at Sedex Global where he led the organization’s press, public relations, and marketing work. Prior to that Mark was Head of Communications at responsible investment research firm EIRIS Vigeo. Mark is a graduate in Environmental Science and is a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM).
This event is invite only and for participating organisations and guests of the Book Chain Project. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more.