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  • Alan Atkisson
  • Founder - AtKisson Group
  • http://alanatkisson.com
  • Alan AtKisson has been working at the forefront of sustainability research, management, policy, and strategy since 1988. He has developed tools and approaches to sustainability work that are now used around the world by corporations, governments, and educational institutions. He has advised many leaders in business, government, civil society, and the United Nations on sustainability and change. His books are widely used in universities and professional training programs. In 2013, Alan was inducted into the Sustainability Hall of Fame by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. He is the former Executive Director of Earth Charter International; co-founder and president of the Center for Sustainability Transformation GmbH (Germany); former Executive Director of the new economics think-tank “Redefining Progress”; and a former personal advisor to the President of the European Commission (José Manuel Barroso) on issues of science and technology.
  • Dante Pesce
  • Chair of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • http://www.ohchr.org/
  • Dante Pesce is the Founder and Executive Director of the VINCULAR Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development at the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile, working in 14 Latin American countries in outreach, capacity building and advisory services related to sustainability and responsible business practices, including business and human rights, sustainability reporting, corporate sustainability strategy. He has actively collaborated in the development of international standards such as ISO26000, OECD Guidelines for multinational corporations and GRI G3, G3.1 and G4. Mr. Pesce is Special Advisor on Public Policy to the United Nations Global Compact, a Member of the Stakeholder Council to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group within ISO26000.
  • Runa Khan
  • Co-Founder
  • www.friendship-bd.org
  • Runa Khan co-founded Friendship in 1998 to provide health care through a mobile floating hospital to the poorest of the poor of the chars of the River Brahmaputra. She graduated from Lady Brabourne College in Calcutta and later completed another Bachelor's degree from Eden College in Dhaka. Before moving into the NGO sector, Runa engaged into a variety of other activities, such as teaching, writing textbooks (for which she was awarded Ashoka Fellowship for innovative teaching methodology in 1994) and story books for children, setting up a fashion house, a security firm, and Contic, a tourism company which renovated old country boats. For her work on traditional boat building in Bangladesh she was awarded a Rolex Award in 2006.
  • John Morrison
  • Executive Director, Institute of Business and Human Rights
  • http://www.ihrb.org/
  • John Morrison has extensive experience working with leading companies on issues of corporate responsibility and human rights. He worked previously with The Body Shop International plc and led the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights from 2003 to 2009. He has also worked for a number of civil society and governmental organisations on issues of migration, human trafficking and forced labour. John has acted as an advisor to a number of governments during their presidencies of intergovernmental organisations and has chaired a wide range of conferences and initiatives in many parts of the world.
  • Louise Nicholls
  • Head of Responsible Sourcing, Marks and Spencer
  • http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/plan-a
  • Louise Nicholls was part of the small team that developed Marks and Spencer’s groundbreaking Plan A to address a wide range of environmental and social issues. In her current role as Head of Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability, she is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Marks and Spencer’s food sustainability plan. On a day-to-day basis, her team deals with issues as diverse as sustainable raw materials, labor and environmental standards in factories, animal welfare, food miles, genetic modification, fair trade, and climate change. Nicholls was a board member on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) and has sat on the Sedex board since its inception.
  • Parvathi Madappa
  • Programme Officer - Cividep
  • http://cividep.org/
  • Parvathi has worked with several non-governmental organisations and has been associated with Cividep as a Programme Officer for the Garment Sector since February 2015. At Cividep, she works on projects with migrant hostel workers, promoting childcare, reducing economic discrimination and workplace violence in garment factories. Parvathi holds a post graduate degree in Social work from Pondicherry University. Her
  • Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen
  • Vice President - BSR
  • http://www.bsr.org
  • A member of BSR’s executive team, Peder Michael leads BSR’s activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa as well as the organization’s global partnership and development activities. An experienced sustainability executive, Peder Michael works with the world’s leading companies to help them manage sustainability opportunities and risks. Peder Michael directs BSR’s women’s empowerment team including the HERproject, a global women empowerment workplace program that promotes reproductive health, improved financial inclusion and better gender relations. He is a member of the UN Women/UNGC Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group and has previously served on United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women. He also serves on the Advisory Group of Women Deliver 2016.
  • Jonathon Porritt
  • Founder Director - Forum for the Future
  • http://www.jonathonporritt.com/
  • In 1996, Jonathon founded Forum for the Future, which is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. Among several functions, Jonathon is also Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Programme which runs Senior Executives' Seminars in Cambridge, Salzburg, South Africa and the USA. In 2005, he became a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He has served as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, the Government's principal source of independent advice across the whole sustainable development agenda. In 2000, he received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
  • Norma Snell
  • Founder - Noble Achievers
  • http://nobleachievers.nl
  • Norma Snell is the Founder of Noble Achievers, a consulting firm that provides services to clients who want to launch sustainable initiatives successfully in their organisations. Prior to her role at Noble Achievers, Norma was the CSR Manager at De Bijenkorf, playing an active role in their BSCI participation. Norma's engagement with BSCI continues as she has held the position as the BSCI Dutch Representative since 2014.

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains. FTA promote over 1,700 retailers, importers and brands to promote and defend free trade and supports their international business by providing information and practical solutions towards sustainability in the international supply chain. http://www.fta-intl.org