Stakeholder Board Representatives to the Executive Board
Chair – Avedis H Seferian
Avedis H Seferian joined WRAP in 2004 and became its President and CEO in 2012. He has extensive knowledge of social responsibility issues within the highly complex worldwide supply chains of the apparel, textile and footwear sectors. A recognized expert in the area of social compliance and responsible sourcing, he often speaks on topics in this field at different forums around the world, and has contributed to many leading trade publications and news outlets. Avedis serves on the Board of Advisors of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, as well as the Stakeholder Board for the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA).
Specifically with regards to APSCA, Avedis has been involved from the very beginning of the initiative and has been a strong advocate for the need for such an entity from even before he took the helm at WRAP. With over a decade of practice in the social compliance audit space – including experience in various different facets, from conducting audits to training auditors to running an audit program to heading a certification organization – Avedis can speak to the broad range of issues relevant to professionalization of social compliance auditors.
Avedis began his career working for a business research and development organization before migrating over to legal research. Prior to joining WRAP, he was with a small law firm in Washington, DC. Avedis has also taught in various capacities in the business and legal arenas. He speaks five languages and holds three degrees from three separate continents - a Bachelor’s in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University in India; an MBA from the American University of Armenia; and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center in the United States, where he was a Law Fellow and made the Dean’s List.
Avedis is a member of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. He resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and 2 sons.
Vice Chair – Wesley Wilson
Wesley Wilson has extensive experience translating some of the world’s most complex social and environmental issues into practical approaches and actionable initiatives. Experienced across the public and private sectors, he builds support for these efforts by engaging a wide network of stakeholders for action. Wesley develops teams to their full potential by creating collaborative environments and facilitating a shared sense of accomplishment. He drives change as a hands-on strategist, coalition builder, communicator, and program developer, and is comfortable working from the farm and factory to the board room.
Wesley serves as a trusted advisor, thought leader, and board member across multiple industries. In addition to APSCA, he has served as the Co-Chair of the produce industry's Joint Committee for Responsible Labor Practices, Board Secretary of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety; and a Steering Committee Member of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment. Wesley worked as a senior policy advisor to two heads of agency at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and developed an advisory board for the Board of Directors at Mars, Incorporated.
Wesley designed and implemented the global strategy for responsible supply chains at Walmart, with a focus on advancing human rights by combatting modern slavery through collaborative efforts in high-risk industries. Prior to this he built the first comprehensive strategy for Walmart International's social and environmental responsibility programs. His experience in government included the start-up of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the creation of a flagship USAID initiative that became a Service to America Medal Finalist, as well as service at NASA.
Wesley is a Managing Partner of +Valorum, which creates practical results for complex social responsibility issues as a think tank, convener, and advisor. He holds his MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas. Wesley enjoys mountain biking and music; and lives with his wife Kerry and their five children.
Randy Rankin has over 25 years experience in the risk and supply chain management field serving top-tier consumer products companies. During this period, Randy has been involved in the development of industry standard methodologies for consideration of working conditions in the supply chain; and the development of company perspectives on supply chain risk management issues including social compliance. Randy has significant broad business experience and expertise in strategy, operations and finance in his roles as a consultant, as the owner of a global enterprise, and as an executive in a global testing and inspection firm.
Most recently, Randy led the global social compliance service stream at Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS) as the Vice President of CSR Services. In this role he was directly responsible for the global provision of supply chain social compliance services – and the associated client relationships. At BVCPS, Randy was also involved with the development and implementation of the product line strategy for Inspections, Audits and Consulting services. In this role, Randy was responsible for the development of service strategies to enhance client’s product quality through services provided outside of BV laboratory facilities including factory technical audits and product inspection services.
Prior to BVCPS, Randy held positions in professional services as the founder and CEO of Global Social Compliance LLC and as a Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
A Member Representatives
Rajan Kamalanathan - Vice President for Sustainability and CSR for Bureau Veritas is based in the USA with a global mandate. Responsible for developing and managing a robust, industry leading, social, environmental and sustainability program to service the needs of suppliers, brands and retail customers.
Rajan is globally recognized as a pioneer and thought leader in supply chain sustainability.
Previously, Director of Sustainable Supply Chain for C&A based in Hong Kong, where he led C&A’s Sustainable Supply Chain (SSC) program to secure both social and environmental compliance throughout its supply chain, including developing, implementing and managing C&A’s zero discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC) program.
Prior to that he was VP Ethical Sourcing for Walmart where he directed all sourcing-related ethical and social responsibility activities, including Walmart’s Code of Conduct, as well as ethical sourcing policies and procedures, and implemented a comprehensive social and environmental monitoring and capacity building programs.
In addition, Rajan was an executive board member of Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) and was actively engaged in the development of the program to reduce audit fatigue and encourage retail and brand collaboration.
Rajan is a graduate of University of London, Kings College. He is also the recipient of the Sam Walton Entrepreneur of the Year Award – for his work on a Sustainable Supply Chain.
Bureau Veritas (BV) was founded in 1828, and today has leading positions in its eight business divisions via a network of 850 offices and laboratories and more than 140 countries with over 70,000 employees worldwide. The Consumer Products Services Division of BV (BVCPS) is a global division working with retailers and manufacturers of consumer products worldwide to assess their products and manufacturing processes for compliance with regulatory, quality, and performance requirements. BVCPS tests products, inspects goods, assesses factories, conducts social audits and trains personnel. BV’s proactive solutions throughout the supply chain help clients better manage risk, protect their brands, reduce costs, and cut time to market.
BV’s social compliance team consists of thought leaders and has substantial experience with social compliance program development services and auditing for many of the companies considered most active in the supply chain social compliance arena.
Dr Kevin Franklin
Dr Kevin Franklin - Senior Vice President, Consulting & Product for ELEVATE. Kevin leads the global consulting, product and analytics functions. He has 20 years experience advising business on global risks, analytics and management systems. This includes extensive senior level engagement with many of the world’s largest companies on corporate strategy, sustainability, metrics-driven risk management and award-winning integrated reporting.
Prior to ELEVATE, Kevin was the Chief Operating Officer of Verisk Maplecroft where he also oversaw the product and supply chain management practice. This included work on supply chain strategy, organizational resilience, responsible sourcing, human rights due diligence and compliance across a range of sectors including consumer goods, manufacturing, electronics and extractives.
Kevin has a Master’s degree in Policy and Planning, and a PhD from Warwick Business School with a focus on systems theory, collaborative decision-making, and the role of data / analytics in performance management. He is an experienced auditor and has authored numerous reports / delivered key note sessions at numerous high-level international forums.
ELEVATE is the leading business risk and sustainability solutions provider. They deliver improved organizational performance through sustainability and supply chain assessment, consulting, program management and analytics.
As Vice President of Business Assurance – Supplier Management based in Stockholm, Christophe supports Intertek Supplier Management global portfolio of clients in identifying, managing and mitigating their supply chain risks.
Christophe has been working in the field of Responsible, Sourcing, Sustainability, 2nd and 3rd party certification for Social, Security, Quality and Environment for more than 18 years and held successive positions within Intertek where he supported client’s supply chain risk management strategy from the design to its implementation on a global basis.
Intertek is a FTSE 100 company listed in London since 2002. With a capitalization of 5 Billion, a global network of 42,000 Employees, 1000 Laboratories and offices in more than 100 countries, Intertek is a global leader in the Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification industry sector.
Pierre-Yves Dupont is the Vice President, SGS Consumer and Retail, globally responsible for Supply Chain Assessments & Solutions, which includes social auditing services. In addition, Pierre-Yves is also responsible for the Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household strategic business unit within SGS Consumer and Retail division. Before joining SGS in 2005, Pierre-Yves worked for Arthur Andersen for 10 years in various auditing and business consulting roles. He is holding a degree in political economy from the University of Geneva Switzerland. .
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world.
SGS has been involved in social accountability since 1996. Having one of the largest networks of social auditors and being committed to quality and integrity, SGS is supporting APSCA with the objective to enhance the professionalism and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits.
Fred Waelter is the Global Business Lead for UL’s Responsible Sourcing group. Fred has over 13 years of experience in responsible sourcing, having conducted more than 500 social audits and 200 C-TPAT security audits in 13 countries and territories in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Fred has experience managing investigations of general media allegations, child labor, unauthorized subcontracting and sandblasting, illegal transshipment and other forms of concealment of true country of origin, prison labor, homework, chain of custody, worker death exposés, migrant labor abuse, attempted bribery to skew social audit results, and gray market diversion.
Fred has worked in a variety of roles in the responsible sourcing space including: Full-time auditor, focusing on audits in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, and Thailand; conducting ad hoc labor law research in Japan, Croatia, and Serbia; recruiting and mentoring auditors in Vietnam; building new social audit and remediation programs for clients in Asia, Europe, and the United States; serving as a technical liaison for industry initiatives, such as the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), Initiative Clause Sociale (ICS) Sedex, Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), as well as a number of larger-scale client-specific programs; directly managing client programs with a total of more than 20,000 audits as well as connected remediation services taking place worldwide; providing training in English and Chinese to brands / retailers, vendors, agents, and factories in Asia, Europe, and North America; and managing the Brand Protection, Supply Chain Security (C-TPAT), and Capacity Building and Continuous Improvement (CBCI) programs at UL.
Fred has an undergraduate degree with a triple major in German, Chinese, and International Business from Georgetown University, and an MBA in International Business from National Taiwan University. Fred is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, with working knowledge of French, German, and Japanese.
UL was founded in 1894, and based in Northbrook, Il, USA, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a global leader in advancing safety science and has been at the forefront of innovating safety solutions — from the public adoption of electricity to breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology. Founded in 1894, UL’s mission is to “promote safe living and working environments that meet the evolving needs of people” through research, standards development, education & advocacy, certification, testing, inspection, auditing, training, validation, and consultation services. UL’s global network consists of 11,615 employees, 170 laboratory and certification centers based in 40 countries, and a diverse client base located in 104 countries. In 2015, 22 billion UL safety certification marks appeared on over 72,000 manufacturers’ products, and in its safety messages reached more than 1 billion consumers.
B Member Representatives
Antonio Astone is the Global Sustainability Manager in DNV GL - Business Assurance. In his position, Antonio has the global responsibility for the technical development and management of all services in the Sustainability area. Antonio is based in Milan and has a long track record of delivering certification and assurance services to Global Customers.
His areas of expertise include ethical supply chain, sustainability reporting and accounting, stakeholder engagement, sustainability risk management, management system certification, climate change, business ethics and auditing practices.
With an economic background, Antonio is an influential author of publications on sustainability issues at the interface of finance and environment. Antonio is also an active member of international working groups for the development of standards and best practices in the area of sustainability and auditing. He is member of international technical Committees for the development of ISO standards in the domain of sustainability, such as the ISO 20400 - “Sustainable Procurement” and the ISO26000 on Social Responsibility.
Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. Operating in more than 100 countries, our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers in the maritime, oil & gas, energy and other industries to make the world safer, smarter and greener.
DNV GL is one of the world’s leading certification bodies. We help businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services. Partnering with our customers, we build sustainable business performance and create stakeholder trust across all types of industries.
Frank Dorssers is Senior Manager CSR Europe at TÜV Rheinland. In this position he is responsible for developing TÜV Rheinland services portfolio in 3rd party supply chain auditing. Frank has extensive on the ground experience in social auditing working on behalf of various production and services industries. Pro-actively working with corporations and compliance initiatives at the highest level enabled him to have an effective network of decision makers. Frank is convinced that through constructive positive dialogue APSCA will deliver the results that the industry and stakeholders are looking for.
The TÜV Rheinland Group is a leading provider of technical services worldwide. Founded in 1872 and headquartered in Cologne the Group employs well over 20000 people. It generates annual revenues of 1.88 billion euros.
The Groups mission and guiding principle is to achieve sustained development of safety and quality in order to meet the challenges arising from the interaction between man, technology and the environment.
C Member Representative
Treasurer – Greg Gardner
Greg Gardner is President & CEO of Arche Advisors. Gardner has spent the last 23 years helping global retailers and brands do the right thing for their businesses by improving working conditions and protecting workers' rights around the world. Greg is a respected leader, visionary, and strategic thinker in the Corporate Social Responsibility industry, supporting 500+ clients throughout the span of his career. Starting as an auditor, Greg worked his way up through the organization and served as President & CEO for 8+ years.
Greg has audited over 2,300 factories, farms, and processing plants for Fortune 500 companies in over 80 countries since 1995. He has audited coal mines in Siberia, NGOs in Burkina Faso, state-owned factories in Iraq, Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, more recently conducting various training to law enforcement officers on human rights within Nigeria. Greg has managed a global team of 350 professionals doing 22,000 CSR assessments in 150 countries each year. Greg has worked on supply chain and traceability projects in 14 African countries. His best day at work is out in the field, interviewing owners, managers, and workers in the continuous effort to better business by improving working conditions.
He earned his BA in Political Science from San Diego State University, his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and completed the Executive Education Program me in International Management at Stanford/National University of Singapore.
Our experts have always been at the forefront of the corporate responsibility industry. Starting as supply chain auditors in 1995 just as child labor controversies engulfed Nike and Guess, our team has been dedicated to helping brands manage the social and environmental impacts of globalized supply chains ever since.
Our experts have been credited with establishing industry-standard protocols and leading supplier compliance programs. Our roster contains published and recognized experts who are invited to speak at industry events and participate in government policy decisions.
President & CEO
Rona Starr joined the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) in August 2016. She oversees the organization’s development and the advancement of APSCA’s mission to enhance the professionalism and credibility of the individuals and organizations performing independent social compliance audits.
Prior to joining APSCA, Rona worked for McDonald’s for 21 years in a variety of roles. She was part of the roll out of McDonald’s social compliance program within Asia in 2002; and became the global lead in 2009. In 2010, she gathered the audit firms used by McDonald’s together to form an advisory board to focus on improvement within the industry. From there, numerous projects were undertaken, which included the implementation of a train the trainer program for auditors where she travelled the world to ensure calibration and continuous improvement among the service providers – which included many of the now APSCA member firms.
Rona is an accomplished and globally networked business leader with the capacity to influence at all levels of an organization. A specialist in transformational environments, she has defined expertise in risk management across emerging markets, combining a track record of success in supply chain management, administration, international business coordination and workplace compliance.
Starr has a MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.