New APSCA Members
APSCA's Executive Board are pleased to announce the acceptance of 3 new member organisations, bringing APSCA's membership to 22. The new members are Counter Human Trafficking Compliance Solutions, Extensive Standard Technical Services Co., Limited (ESTS) and Openview Service Limited.
These new members have demonstrated the competencies required via an application process, Third Party Due Diligence and an interview, to ensure all members are professional organisations which meet APSCA's standards.
APSCA is very excited to be growing at this pace, having 9 founding members in August 2016 and growing to 22 in April 2017.
Please join us in welcoming our new members!
New Stakeholder Board Member
APSCA is pleased to announce that Betsy Borrelli, Senior Vice President & Partner - FleishmanHillard New York has joined APSCA's Stakeholder Board.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Borrelli has more than 20 years of global experience focused on issue, reputation and crisis management. This includes stakeholder engagement, communications and corporate social responsibility. She is known for creating strategic alliances and mobilizing, leading and managing multi-stakeholder groups and internal cross-functional teams in addressing complex issues and initiatives. Her work has spanned across the consumer product, pharmaceutical, apparel, airline and financial services sectors.
APSCA's Executive Director was privileged to be invited to present "What's New Within APSCA" at both the Sedex Stakeholder Forum and AIM-Progress meeting, held in London in early April.
Rona Starr, Executive Director APSCA presenting at the AIM-Progress Meeting
(Photo taken by Transitional Media).
We also participated in two very informative sessions hosted by KPMG. The first was held in the House of Lords in London and later that day in the KPMG offices in London. These sessions focussed on Human Rights - Risk to People or Risk to Business? Both events started with an informative opening by Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick with reflections by various people including Richard Boele (Head KPMG's Global Business & Human Rights Network).
For access to "Addressing Human Rights in Business, Executive Perspectives" click the link below:
Addressing Human Rights in Business - Executive Perspectives
Closing out the week, APSCA participated in a working session with 20 other organisations, hosted by Consumer Goods Forum focusing on Forced Labour.
We are very excited about the opportunities to meet, hear what others are working on and discussing ways in which we can work together for the greater good of our industry and to improve the overall lives of those which we come into contact with.
Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Global Head of Corporate KPMG
and Rona Starr, Executive Director APSCA.
In February we published our milestones for how we were going to achieve our goal of establishing a certification process for Social Compliance Auditors. We have been tracking very successfully towards that goal, however, as we continued to make progress we realised the need to make a few changes to our plans. Our enhanced milestone goals see us taking all 3 Working Groups out to Public Comment in June, instead of our original plan of going individually - starting in March. So whilst it may be perceived as having missed a major milestone, this change will actually see us finalise earlier than anticipated. We are very grateful to our Working Group members as well as our Consultation Group members for their continued participation and feedback, which sees us grow and succeed.
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Industry Press Releases
Verite in partnership with the / UN Special Rapporteur on Human Trafficking held a workshop 31 October 2016 in New York, which many of APSCA members attended. Follow this link to see their press release. To get involved, contact Philip Hunter from Verite. http://www.verite.org/vision/November2016/Solutions?utm_source=November+2016+Newsletter&utm_campaign=November+Vision+Newsletter+Blast&utm_medium=email