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Social Compliance and Environmental Programs - Best Practices for Licensors and Licensees

Date: Thursday February 07, 2013
Time: 8.30 am Pacific | 11.30 am Eastern
Duration: 1 hour

Global brands' and licensors' brand reputation is linked to how well they manage and monitor their social and environment compliance programs across supplier factories where licensed goods are manufactured. More and more companies in the licensing industry are re-defining strategies and adopting proactive programs to address the root causes of noncompliance.

Even though licensors have the utmost interest to ensure licensees uphold social and environmental standards, licensees also play a critical role in promoting the same in their supply chains. Licensors not only expect licensees to assess their manufacturing facilities but also ensure that their own suppliers, agents, and subcontractors involved in the production of licensed goods comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and relevant standards, including licensors' codes of conduct.

Join this session with Laura Gitman, Managing Director of Advisory Services at BSR and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President of Industry Solutions at MetricStream as they discuss best practices for licensors and licensees to effectively manage their supply chain social and environmental compliance programs. Salient points of discussion are:

  • Manage licensors and licensees expectations
  • Integrate social and environmental compliance into business relationships with suppliers
  • Identify and understand compliance risks
  • Auditing and monitoring supplier's social and environmental compliance
  • Remediate and improve working conditions


Laura Gitman - Managing Director of Advisory Services, BSR

Ms. Gitman spearheads the Advisory Services practice in BSR's New York office, working with multinational companies across a range of industry sectors and sustainability issues. In addition, Ms. Gitman leads BSR's global Financial Services practice, including strategy work with financial services clients and with multiple industries on understanding investor trends. She also serves on BSR's global Advisory Services Management team, which oversees BSR's consulting and membership strategy and operations.

Ms. Gitman's expertise includes sustainability strategy, responsible supply chain management, stakeholder engagement, and CSR reporting. She facilitates senior-level strategy workshops and multistakeholder forums globally, and has published reports on ESG integration in mainstream investing. From 2006 to 2010, Ms. Gitman facilitated the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, leading the collaborative initiative to grow from 15 to more than 50 electronics companies working to improve conditions in their supply chains.

Ms. Gitman previously worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she acquired extensive strategy experience advising multinational financial services companies. She also managed a community development project in Ecuador, developed the business strategy for social venture MobileMedia, and worked with the biotechnology sector in Chile for the development organization Endeavor Global.

Ms. Gitman holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

Sonal Sinha - Associate Vice President of Industry Solutions, MetricStream

As Associate Vice President of industry solutions, Ms. Sinha is responsible for driving solutions and strategy for MetricStream in industries such as Consumer Packaged Goods, Retail, and Technology. Ms. Sinha has over a decade of experience as a Risk Management, Audit, Advisory, and Compliance Leader at consulting and technology companies including Google, Visa and KPMG.

Ms. Sinha holds a B.Sc. from the University of Texas, Arlington and a joint M.B.A. from University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School in New York. She is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

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