Additional to the Executive Board, APSCA is serviced by a dedicated, multi-stakeholder Board with independent, brand, retail and initiative representation.
The Stakeholder Board shares three members with the Executive Board and represents the interests of all stakeholders. In addition, the Stakeholder Board:
- develop recommendations which support APSCA’s mission and objectives
- review and consult on disciplinary matters
- nominate the Independent Chairman and Stakeholder Board representatives for the Executive Board
Stakeholder Board Representatives
Laura Chapman Rubbo
Laura Chapman Rubbo is Director, International Labor Standards in the Global Public Policy department of The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Laura leads policy analysis, risk assessment, industry collaboration and external stakeholder engagement for 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.
Bernardo Cruza is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at EL CORTE INGLES, a leading department store and retail chain in Spain and Portugal. He joined the company in 1986 and developed his career in the buying department. This experience led him to address human rights and social compliance issues in global value chains.
He also chairs the Steering Committee of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and is a Board member of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA). He was deeply involved in producing sustainable changes in the Bangladesh garment industry and has taken part in the Rana Plaza Compensation Arrangement Committee and in the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. In June 2016, he was part of the Spanish employers’ delegation at the 105th International Labour Conference, on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains.
A graduate in Linguistics, Bernardo holds qualifications in sales and marketing, international trade, food safety, quality management systems and corporate social responsibility.
Jan Saumweber joined Walmart in September 2013 as Vice President of Responsible Sourcing. Prior to that, she spent 25 years in Sales and Marketing for Consumer Products companies. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President, Global Wal-Mart Team, for Sara Lee Corporation. Prior to that assignment, she served in leadership roles in both sales and marketing at Sara Lee. Before joining Sara Lee, Jan was an executive with ConAgra Frozen Foods and the Minute Maid division of the Coca-Cola Company.
Jan is currently a member of BYU’s Marriott School of Management National Advisory Council and served on the board of directors for Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise). She also serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.
Jan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
Jan and her husband, Les, have three children. They enjoy sailing, scuba diving, gardening and cooking, traveling and working out.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Borrelli
Elizabeth (Betsy) Borrelli is Senior Vice President and Partner with global communications agency FleishmanHillard. She has more than 20 years of global experience focused on issue, reputation and crisis management. 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. Ms. Borrelli was Executive Director of the Toy Industry Association's Toy Safety Certification Program and Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to that, she led public affairs and corporate social responsibility at apparel and home retailer Eddie Bauer, where she developed and directed the company’s Global Labor Practices Program. She served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Communications Committee of the Fair Labor Association, a non-profit organization, combining the efforts of industry, NGOs, colleges and universities to improve worker rights.
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.
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.
Christian Ewert is the Director General of amfori. Prior to this role, Christian worked as President and CEO of ICTI CARE Foundation, the International Council of Toy Industries' (ICTI) program, to promote social compliance in the supply chain producing for the toy and children's products industry. Christian previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of Zapf Creation, Europe's leading manufacturer of branded play & function and collector dolls and doll accessories. For more than 10 years he held the position of Managing Director and Chairman of North Sails Lanka which is the leading manufacturer of products for the windsurfing industry, operating two factories and employing more than 1000 staff. Christian had previously held the position of CEO of Mistral Sports, the market leader in the windsurfing industry.
As Senior Director of Standards and Impacts, Rochelle Zaid oversees the development and implementation of the SA8000® Standard, its certification system, and related tools and programs. She leads SAI’s collaboration with other standards organizations and brands, spearheading innovative initiatives to advance the human rights of workers around the world.
Zaid previously served as the Executive Director of SAI’s affiliate organization Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS) for almost a decade. Under her leadership, SAAS grew into a leading organization evaluating, accrediting, and monitoring firms that audit and certify organizations to social standards. Prior to her tenure at SAAS, Zaid had worked in various roles with SAI – most recently as Director of Training and Accreditation.
Zaid has a background in promoting sustainability in the fashion industry. She worked as project administrator for social accountability at Eileen Fisher, where she helped establish the company’s first social compliance system. In this role, she collaborated with a progressive and visionary team in a company that was among the first ones to adopt the SA8000 Standard.
Earlier in her career, Zaid served for eight years with the clothing company Country Miss, managing its product development department that included the company’s factories and outsourcing facilities in the United States, China and Hong Kong. Respect towards workers’ rights was an inherent part of the company’s culture.
Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Responsible Business Alliance. Jonathan has overall responsibility for ensuring that the RBA achieves its strategic objectives, working with the President, and the RBA board, with a clear view to meeting the needs of RBA members worldwide.
He has considerable experience working with businesses at different stages of the supply chain, including being the previous Chief Executive Officer of Sedex. He is an expert in corporate technology, large scale data analytics, and operational general management, and has worked across a number of industries and vertical markets in his varied career in supply chain management.
In the 18 years before joining the RBA, he was the CEO of Sedex, and he worked extensively within large organisations, giving him a clear view of the supply chain issues facing companies and the corporate and social responsibility that comes with a being reputable and sustainable brand. Companies he has worked with include SAP, Centrica, Deutsche Telekom, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), Rexam, T-Systems, Ebiquity Plc and, more recently, EMCOR Group Plc and Sedex Group, as both independent non-executive director for technology, then as CEO.
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.