Stakeholder Board

Additional to the Executive Board, APSCA is serviced by a dedicated, multi-stakeholder Board with independent, brand, retail and collaborative program 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

Brands / Retailers

​Collaborative Programs

Independent Members

Mark Spears

 

 

Elisabeth Bystrom

 

Data Privacy Advisor

Jonathan

Ivelaw-Chapman

 

Brands/Retailers

Laura Chapman Rubbo

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.

Todd A. Nash

Todd Nash is the Director of Responsible Sourcing at The Home Depot in Atlanta, GA.  Todd has over 20 years of Retail experience in the areas of regulatory compliance and responsible sourcing.  He joined The Home Depot in January 2011 and is responsible for working with teams throughout The Home Depot, their affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, and supply chain partners to conduct business in a responsible and ethical manner.  Todd also leads the effort for The Home Depot to comply with the SEC Conflict Minerals rules.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Todd led the Global Product Compliance teams at Amazon.com, was responsible for regulatory compliance at West Marine, and partnered with multiple U.S. government agencies as a consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton.

A native of Rhode Island, Todd holds a B.A. degree from the University of Rhode Island in Political Science and English.  Todd also received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Florian Schütze

Florian Schütze is Director Corporate Responsibility at Schwarz Group and overseeing the CR-Strategy at International Group Level.

A globally respected professional, Florian has a proven track record of understanding and working with global supply chains from a retailer perspective, focusing on the integration of social and ecological developments in international food and nonfood supply chains.

Starting over a decade ago, Florian has been overseeing as Head of Supply Chain Compliance at Lidl International the development and integration of a systemic monitoring system to measure and development the corporate responsibility performance of international Food and Non-Food suppliers in risk countries. Auditing as an instrument through BSCI, SEDEX and other global food standards such as Global GAP have become a central cornerstone to evaluate the CSR performance of business partners. As business decision depend upon this, it is essential to ensure a high level of quality standards for auditors.

Prior to 2006, Florian held various leading positions in the international sales department of Lidl and was Head of Technical Buying at Lidl Sweden being responsible for the negotiations and the quality assurance of capital goods for internal operations at store/ warehouse level.

Florian began his professional career in 2002 at Lidl International having completed an International Bachelor Degree in Business Studies and Marketing at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom.

Zameer Pasha

Zameer Pasha is the Director of Responsible & Sustainable Sourcing at Target. Zameer leads the regional teams based out of different countries of production for oversight & remediation.  In his current role Zameer is responsible for the regional strategy, program prioritization, stakeholder engagement and oversee overall implementation of social and environmental programs.  With over 18 years of experience in retail industry, Zameer has worked in different functions including Finance, operations, administration and responsible sourcing. 

His previous experience include working as a Director for Global Supplier Compliance at Walmart leading the responsibility of administering Social Compliance / Supply Chain Security monitoring solutions, Risk monitoring through assessment of audit reports, Third-party audit firm administration, driving alternate monitoring solutions & Remediation.

Zameer holds a Chartered Accountant degree and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.  He resides in Bangalore with his wife and daughter.

Genevieve Taft-Vazquez

Genevieve Taft-Vazquez is a Global Director in the Human Rights Dept. at The Coca-Cola Company. The Global Human Rights department oversees the implementation of the Company’s human and workplace rights expectations throughout the value chain. Genevieve’s role is focused on providing strategy, governance and policy oversight and support to the global team and global operations.  She works with external stakeholders and peer companies to develop partnerships.

Genevieve has spent much of her career working in the area of corporate sustainability, responsible sourcing and the intersection between business and human rights from a range of perspectives. Before joining Coca-Cola, she worked at the Fair Labor Association and also in Bolivia with a fair-trade artisan organization to improve operational capacity and to develop market opportunities.  Prior to that, she worked for Gap Inc in the company’s Social and Environmental Responsibility department. 

Genevieve holds a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania as well as a MA from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). 

Collaborative Programs

Avedis H Seferian

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.

Linda Kromjong

Linda Kromjong became president of amfori per 1 January 2022. In this role she continues driving positive impact by enabling organizations to enhance human prosperity, use natural resources responsibly and advocating for open and responsible trade globally.

From October 2018 through December 2021 she served as Global Labor & Human Rights Director at Samsung Electronics. In this role she focused on strengthening the company’s relationships with key international policymakers and opinion formers, and supporting Human Resources and other relevant business departments in driving corporate and supply chain improvements.

She represented Samsung in among others the Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI), the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Working Group on Diversity & Gender and connected on a regular basis with international institutions and civil society.

Prior to her role at Samsung, Linda Kromjong was Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva from 1 May 2015 to 1 October 2018.  Before the IOE, she was the Vice-President, Labor Relations International & Human Rights for Deutsche Post DHL. Linda started her career in the Hospitality Industry with Sodexo in the Netherlands and has many years’ experience in senior positions in general management, HR, Labor Relations and Business & Human Rights.

Linda Kromjong is a Dutch national and completed Hotel Management School and Business Management studies in the Netherlands.

Rochelle Zaid

Mrs. Rochelle Zaid serves as Senior Director for Standards and Impacts at Social Accountability International. She is responsible for the management of the SA8000® Standard for decent work, overseeing its applications and impacts.
Mrs. Zaid has previously served as Executive Director for Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS), which evaluates, accredits and monitors organizations that demonstrate competency to audit and certify organizations that conform to social standards. Prior to joining SAAS, Mrs. Zaid worked as outsourcing manager with Country Miss Inc. and was the project administrator for social accountability at Eileen Fisher.

Allison Hudson

Allison Hudson is the Director of Customer and Member Relations at Sedex. In this role Allison leads the management of relationships with the global customer base, driving improvements in service delivery, understanding customer needs and identifying opportunities to improve our products and services.

Allison is a key member of the executive team, setting the overall direction and strategy of Sedex. She leads the Sedex community programme, bringing members, customers and stakeholders together to raise awareness, convene discussions on customer and industry challenges and drive best practice. Throughout her time at Sedex, Allison has worked on multi-stakeholder projects to develop tools and programmes to support the Sedex vision. She now leads the Sedex Audit Quality programme, working closely with APSCA, Audit partners and members to drive improvements in audit quality.

Independent Members

Mark Spears

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.

Elisabeth Bystrom

Elisabeth Bystrom is the Senior Director of Programs, New Sector Development and Capacity Building at GoodWeave International. She is leading the work to implement the GoodWeave model for ending exploitative labor in supply chains beyond the carpet sector. Elisabeth is responsible for managing GoodWeave’s role in the Better Bricks Nepal program, developing and implementing the Better Brick Nepal Standard aimed at improving labor conditions for brick kiln workers in Nepal.

Prior to joining GoodWeave, Elisabeth worked with trade justice and voluntary sustainable standards and certification systems in her role as Senior Manager in Standards at Fairtrade International where she led the development of the Fairtrade Textile Standard and managed the Hired Labor Standard. She also has a background in training and education and worked at University of California Davis Extension, Center for Program Innovation.

​Elisabeth holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Economics from the Swedish University of Agriculture at Uppsala, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis.

Data Privacy Advisor

Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman - Data Privacy Officer

Jonathan has been APSCA’s Data Privacy Officer and a member of the Stakeholder board since July 2018. In this role, Jonathan drafted and supported the APSCA adoption of data best practice legal framework analysis for GDPR compliance, together with providing APSCA and its members, ongoing review and direction for compliance with the various laws and restrictions facing our members.

Jonathan works closely with the President and CEO of APSCA, and with the day operational Code and Compliance requirements within the APSCA team. He is committed and passionate about APSCA having been instrumental with the start of the association, when he was the CEO of Sedex Plc.

Jonathan has worked in the IT and data industry specifically with supply chains for over 25 years, as head of SAP in Europe, as well as being CEO and COO of 2 of the leading multi-stakeholder initiatives in the last 8 years. Companies he has worked with include SAP, Centrica, Deutsche Telekom, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), Rexam, T-Systems, Ebiquity Plc and, more recently, EMCOR Group Plc, Sedex Group, as both independent non-executive director for technology, then as CEO before moving to RBA as Chief Operating Officer.

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