Avedis Seferian is the President & CEO of WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production). A recognized expert in the area of social compliance and responsible sourcing, he was named by Assent Compliance as one of the Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leaders in 2020.
Mr. Seferian has extensive knowledge of social responsibility issues within the highly complex worldwide supply chains of the apparel, textile and footwear sectors, often speaking on topics in this field at different forums around the world and contributing to many leading trade publications and news outlets.
He is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA), sits on the Impartiality Committees of several audit organizations and served on the Board of Advisors of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.
Mr. Seferian speaks five languages, holds degrees from three continents (a BA from St. Stephen’s College in India, an MBA from the American University of Armenia, and a JD from Georgetown University in Washington, DC) and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar.
Mark Spears is an eternal optimist who believes meaningful progress results from inclusive collaborative engagement. Having retired from The Walt Disney Company after nearly thirty years, he devotes his current efforts to promoting positive Environmental and social change. In his spare time, he scours the world for emerging artisan coffee roasts and craft beer styles.
Along with supporting APSCA via membership on its Stakeholder Board, his focus areas include serving as the Co-Chair of Sustainable Brands Advisory Board Executive Council, supporting the social entrepreneurship program at his alma mater as board member, advisor and Senior Fellow and contributing as co-founder of the Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Officer Strategic Taskforce.
During his Disney career, Mark served in a number of senior business roles ranging from finance and strategic planning to corporate responsibility and sustainability. He served as Disney Consumer Products’ inaugural chief sustainability executive and led Disney’s involvement with The Sustainability Consortium as its first corporate Lead Director. Mark also directed Disney’s International Labor Standards program for ten years addressing labor standards and human rights in the Company’s licensing and vendor supply chains and serving as the Company’s primary spokesperson.
Before joining Disney, Mark was a senior consultant and audit professional at Arthur Young & Co. in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, specializing in the Firm’s media and entertainment, engineering and construction, and litigation consulting practices.
Mark holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a certified public accountant and a former member of the American Arbitration Association.
Laura Chapman Rubbo is Executive Director, Global Public Policy at The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Laura leads policy analysis, risk assessment, industry collaboration and external stakeholder engagement for a variety of CSR issues, including human and labor rights issues in the consumer products supply chain. She also led a number of audit and training functions in Disney’s International Labor Standards department and helped develop Disney’s Human Rights Policy.
With more than 20 years of experience in the field of business and human rights, Laura is also Chair of the Corporate Responsibility and Labor Policy Committee of the United States Council for International Business, a member of the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International and a two-time member of the United States delegation to the International Labor Organization’s International Labor Conference. She has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and German from the University of Connecticut.
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.
Justin Bettey acts as the Director of EMEA for Intertek’s supplier management business line. Key responsibilities include aligning Intertek’s portfolio of supply chain and responsible sourcing services with that of client and market needs. This includes understanding customers’ needs and providing a risk-based approach to support their business.
After initially working with environmental management systems Justin spent over ten years working with a number of monitoring and advisory firms in the FMCG sector. With a focus on risk and human rights subject matter Justin has been keen to develop the business case for supply chain investment and improvement.
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.
Anastasia is the Global Technical Governance Manager for Responsible Business Services (RBS), the second party assessments activity at SGS. Anastasia joined SGS in 2018 as the Global amfori BSCI scheme Manager, with the mission to revamp and lead the amfori BSCI Operations globally, which she completed successfully positioning SGS as a leading provider for amfori BSCI. Since her promotion in April 2021, she is responsible for the development and implementation of effective, fit for purpose procedures across the network to ensure delivery of services in line with SGS overall strategy and client expectations. Besides her technical governance role, Anastasia was appointed as the Global Product Manager for social second party audits, acting as the technical and business development point of reference for social audit services ensuring the social auditing activity is developed to meet the company’s overall strategy and goals and providing support to the SGS network.
Prior to joining SGS, Anastasia spent more than 15 years working at different positions with in the sustainability and social auditing space in different functions. Anastasia was part of amfori (formerly known as Foreign Trade Association – FTA) and worked as their BSCI Auditing Manager for several years. In her position, she was responsible for the development and maintenance of the BSCI auditing tools as well as the assurance of effectiveness of the auditing process.
In addition to her tenure at amfori, Anastasia served as a Social Auditor and Technical Manager for several schemes giving her a solid experience and a large expertise in social topics across different industries.
Anastasia earned her degree in Chemistry in 2004 from Patras University (Greece) and holds a Master of Science in Health & Safety and Environmental Management from the Madrid Engineering University (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid – Spain).
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 89,000 employees, we operate a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.
SGS has been executing second party assessments for over 50 years. When the emerging issues around social compliance arose in the 1990s, SGS started to supplement their second party assessments to include social issues, further expanding its portfolio to include quality, environmental, security and due diligence assessments. 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.
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.
Frank Dorssers is Vice President Systems, Customized Services 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.
Randy Rankin is currently the Global Client Development Director in the Consumer Products Testing Assurance Services practice at Eurofins. In this role, Randy is responsible for developing client relationships and leading service teams responsible for supporting client efforts to identify and mitigate risks in the supply chain considering social environmental, security and technical risks.
Randy has been an active participant and key architect of professional standards for social compliance auditors – having been a founding representative on the board of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA). Randy has previously served on both the APSCA Executive Board during his tenure with Bureau Veritas and the APSCA Stakeholder Board as an independent subject matter expert during the period that he was not directly employed by a firm providing audit services. In 2019, Randy was responsible for the development of the APSCA Code and Standards of Professional Conduct.
Prior to Eurofins, Mr. Rankin held positions in professional services as the Vice President of CSR Services at Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services; as the founder and CEO of Global Social Compliance LLC; and as a Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Randy earned a Bachelor Degree from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.
Eurofins is a global leader in testing, inspections and conformity with a market leadership position in food, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing. It is also one of the global market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, CDMO, advanced material sciences and in esoteric and molecular clinical diagnostic testing.
With over 48,000 staff across a network of more than 800 laboratories in over 50 countries, Eurofins’ companies offer a portfolio of over 200,000 analytical methods to evaluate the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability, and purity of a wide range of products, as well as providing innovative clinical diagnostic testing services.
As one of the most innovative and quality-oriented international groups in its industry, Eurofins is ideally positioned to support its clients’ increasingly stringent quality and safety standards and the increasing demands of regulatory authorities and clients around the world.
Rona Starr joined the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) in August 2016 as Executive Director, becoming the President & CEO when APSCA incorporated in the USA, January 2018. 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. APSCA has 55 Member Firms and over 4400 Member Auditors located in 102 countries.
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, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa in 2002; and became the global lead in 2009. In 2010, she gathered the audit firms used by McDonald’s 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.