THE SLAVERY & TRAFFICKING RISK
TEMPLATE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
ABOUT THE COMMITTEE
The Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template (STRT) Development Committee, operating under the Social Responsibility Alliance (SRA) initiative, is a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based consortium of organizations working together to support companies in their efforts to ensure respect for human rights. The Committee is focused on the eradication of human trafficking and modern slavery from supply chains around the world, and developed the STRT to help companies achieve this goal. To ensure they meet the robust needs of a broad variety of stakeholders, the Committee consults with external industry experts for their valuable insight when developing data collection tools such as the STRT. The Development Committee actively maintains and updates the STRT.
The Committee regularly adds new members and is recruiting for certain stakeholder categories. At this time, it is composed of members from the following stakeholder groups:
Legal firms, audit firms and other service providers: 9
Civil society: 2
Independent members: 11
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER AND ADVISORY ORGANIZATIONS*
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Vertiv designs, builds, and services critical infrastructure to enable vital applications for data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial facilities. With a supply chain spanning 15,000 vendor partners in 115 countries, Vertiv understands its potential for impact, and is committed to complying with applicable laws and regulations while taking action to mitigate human rights risk in its supply chain.
The STEM Institute brings together private sector, academia, government, and civil societies to grow organizations, develop leadership, and open doors of opportunity. The institute strategically establishes pathways to advance and develop business leaders, and aims to bring transformational change while enabling social impact. Its positive global track record around economic development and business environment advancement was built on a foundation of best practices and advocacy for business, gender, and humanitarian issues.
The Rainforest Alliance is an international, non-profit organization that leverages the power of the market to drive sustainable transformation in business, agriculture, and forests. The alliance works with stakeholders such as farmers, companies, and consumers to change the way the world produces, sources, and uses certain products, with a focus on cocoa, coffee, tea, bananas, and palm oil.
Polkima is a leading producer of advanced tooling solutions and finished composite parts based in Turkey. As an innovator in its space, the company has created proprietary production methods and processes for use in the automotive and other industries. Since its inception, Polkima has encouraged the presence of a trade union for its workers, which remains the only trade union in its sector to date.
Based in the UK, Morgan Sindall Group comprises nine complementary businesses, specializing in construction, infrastructure, fit out, property services, housing, regeneration and development. The group is a founding partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, and aspires to continuously improve all aspects of its knowledge and activities around human rights issues.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is a full-service international law firm with an industry focus on energy and natural resources, financial services (including financial institutions), real estate and construction, and technology. Based in the world's major financial, technology, and energy centers, Pillsbury counsels clients on global business, regulatory, and litigation matters.
The University of Bath received its Royal Charter in 1966 and is now established as a top 10 UK university with a reputation for research and teaching excellence. Its mission is to deliver world-class research and teaching, educate its students to become future leaders and innovators, and benefit the wider population through its research, enterprise, and influence. It has a population of more than 17,000 students, over 30 percent of whom come from outside the UK and represent more than 130 nationalities. It also has more than 100,000 alumni living and working in 169 countries.
Marshalls plc is the UK's leading manufacturer of natural stone and concrete hard landscaping products, supplying the home improvement and commercial markets. Marshalls is committed to ethical business practices, and continues to be widely regarded as a leader in its field in corporate social responsibility and sustainability. It is an active signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), and has a partnership with UNICEF, the world’s leading organisation for children, to help tackle child labour in India's poorest stone quarrying communities.
Illustro Consultancy Ltd. is an independent consultancy company registered in England and Wales. Illustro works with forward-thinking businesses to implement anti-slavery strategies in order to prevent forced labour within their operations and supply chains, protect brand reputation, improve investor relations, and avoid legal ramifications of non-compliance with the Modern Slavery Act of 2015.
STERIS is a leading provider of infection prevention solutions, and other procedural products and services. The company focuses primarily on healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device customers. Today, STERIS holds one of the broadest portfolios of products in the industry. It stands at the forefront in its efforts to prevent infection and contamination in healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device environments.
Xerox provides leading-edge document technology, services, software, and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size. Their expertise helps customers improve productivity, maximize profitability, and increase satisfaction. They cater to small and mid-size businesses, large enterprises, governments, graphic communications providers, and the partners who serve them. Through a broad portfolio of technology and services, they provide essential back-office support that helps their clients' businesses work better. Xerox is an $11 billion technology leader that innovates the way the world communicates, connects, and works.
Allegion is a $2 billion global pioneer in safety and security, with their brands CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage®, SimonsVoss®, and Von Duprin ® being sold in over 130 countries. Focusing on security around doors and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools, and other institutions.
Palo Alto Networks is a next-generation security company, leading a new era in cybersecurity by safely enabling applications and preventing cyber breaches for thousands of organizations worldwide. Built with an innovative approach and highly differentiated cyber threat prevention capabilities, the platform delivers security far superior to legacy or point products, safely enables daily business operations, and protects an organization's most valuable assets.
The ICTI CARE Foundation is an ethical supply chain program for the global toy industry, focusing on the safety and well-being of workers by promoting fair working conditions throughout the supply chain. An independent, not-for-profit organization established in 2004, it collaborates with thousands of brands, retailers, suppliers, NGOs, and other civil society groups to monitor, manage, and fix social sustainability issues. ICTI CARE works to protect and improve labour standards and working conditions at its factories by implementing the ICTI Code of Business Practices.
Crowe Horwath LLP is an international accounting, consulting, and technology firm with offices around the world. Crowe combines its core purpose of “Building Value with Values®” with deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities while also helping clients reach their goals with tax, advisory, risk, and performance services. Crowe has been serving the public and private sector for over 70 years, and is recognized as one of the Top 10 public accounting and consulting firms in the United States.
MACOM, an analog semiconductor company headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, is a leader in industry, powering the infrastructure millions of people are dependent upon by delivering technology for optical, wireless, and satellite networks. MACOM is certified to the ISO 9001 international quality standard and ISO 14001 environmental management standard. MACOM is the partner of choice to the world's leading communications infrastructure and aerospace and defense companies, helping them solve complex challenges in areas that include network capacity, signal coverage, energy efficiency, and field reliability.
Cubic Corporation designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services that increase situational awareness for customers in the transportation and defense industries. Cubic has established a global reputation as innovative problem solvers and industry leaders for over six decades. With a presence in nearly 60 countries, Cubic is the trusted partner for government and commercial customers alike.
The Silicon Valley Conflict Minerals and Human Trafficking Forum began in 2013 with participation from legal members of several high-tech companies in the San Francisco Bay area. At the time, the forum allowed companies to share how their teams approach conflict mineral compliance in terms of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. As of 2016, the forum has broadened its scope to include human trafficking and coined the name “The Silicon Valley Conflict Minerals and Human Trafficking Forum.”
The University of Sheffield, founded over 100 years ago, was built on the desire to create a better future by developing the local economy, health, and future of Sheffield locals. Today, the university is a global community, with staff and students from all over the world. The University of Sheffield's focus on creating a positive impact and educating students to make a difference in the world is what makes them a valuable Advisory Organization for the STRT Development Committee.
Deloitte is a global network of member firms providing auditing, consulting, financial advising, risk management, tax and other services to its clients. The company places a focus on the impact they make on the world, and this is what makes them an essential member of the SRA Development Committee in an advisory capacity. They strive to help clients, their employees and members of society make a real difference in the world by achieving their goals.**Deloitte supports the SRA's work in an advisory capacity.
ECD Compliance (ECD Technology Ltd.) has been providing environmental compliance services to product manufacturers and suppliers across North America since 2004. The company helps identify regulatory requirements and implement environmental compliance programs, supporting RoHS, REACH, WEEE and ECD compliance teams across North America.
Assent Compliance is an industry-leading SaaS software and data management solution provider, working with a supplier network of more than a quarter million manufacturers. The Assent Compliance Platform's suites and modules help companies achieve compliance with a variety of regulations around the world. As part of the Development Committee, Assent's industry expertise and team of subject matter experts help ensure the STRT meets the needs of companies facing a challenging compliance landscape.
Ropes & Gray LLP is a world leader in business and finance, with extensive experience advising clients on compliance and governance issues such as SEC requirements and other complex laws and regulations. As an Advisory Organization, they bring a unique legal perspective to the STRT Development Committee, helping to formulate and update the template so it meets the evolving needs of companies and suppliers around the world.
Baker Hughes, a top-tier oilfield service company for over a century, provides solutions that help companies make the most of their oil and gas reservoirs. The company is committed to corporate social responsibility and to conducting their business ethically and responsibly. As such, they continuously work to create an ethical and safe work culture. As an Advisory Organization for the STRT, Baker Hughes commits to protecting human rights in their business practices and advises on the development of the template.
Arlo is an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer of home security solutions. The company’s deep expertise in product design, wireless connectivity, cloud infrastructure, and cutting-edge AI capabilities deliver a seamless, smart, user-friendly security experience for clients. As a company that takes a firm stand against both forced labour and human trafficking, Arlo contributes a range of resources to combat and eliminate these issues in its supply chain — and influence peers to do the same.
Ardea International is a specialist sustainability, business and human rights consultancy with expertise in modern slavery. The group supports organizations to mitigate risk through the development of best practice procedures, and delivers training, online guidance, and consultancy services. This enables clients to meet their compliance obligations and develop best practice voluntary standards
Optum is a leading health services innovation company, aspiring to improve experiences and outcomes while reducing the cost of care. The company’s core services include population health management, pharmacy care services, and health care delivery and operations. Optum opposes and prohibits the use of human trafficking, child labour, and slavery, and expects the same from its business partners and suppliers.
KFC is a global chicken restaurant brand with more than 23,000 restaurants in over 135 countries and territories. The company is committed to conducting its business with the highest degree of integrity and takes a corporate as well as personal responsibility to combat modern slavery. Acknowledging that the agri-food sector is a risk area, KFC works to assure the well-being of its employees and suppliers by managing performance, continually improving through innovation, and conducting diligent risk management.
Gigante Restaurant Group represents 48 years of tradition and making history in Mexico. They currently have 208 restaurants across five brands in the country: Toks Restaurants, Beer Factory Restaurants, Panda Express, El Farolito Taco Shop, and Shake Shack Mexico. Last year, they served more than 30 million customers. They are committed to providing their customers with the best experience in food and service, and to developing actions of social responsibility and sustainability for the benefit of their stakeholders and the planet.
The Mekong Club is one of the first not-for-profit organizations of its kind in Asia to use a “business-to-business” approach to fighting slavery. Bridging the gap between the public and private sectors, the Mekong Club helps companies of all sizes understand the complexities of human trafficking and reduce their vulnerability within their supply chains/business environment. Together with their business partners, the Mekong Club is spearheading innovative and strategic projects to achieve a slavery-free world.
SupplyESChange offers advisory and advocacy around environmental and social risk management in supply chains, and performance toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including modern slavery risk management. They have a global network of associates with considerable experience in Asia and the apparel sector. They write, speak, and advise from field and corporate experience — especially in Asia — on how companies can reduce slavery and trafficking risk, and remediate cases in supply chains.
* These lists are not exhaustive.
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Supply Chain Compliance Manager
Rita joined Allegion PLC in 2014 to implement their conflict minerals program, and quickly assumed responsibilities as Supply Chain Compliance Manager for all regulatory activities, including EU RoHS, EU REACH, Proposition 65, the UK Modern Slavery Act, and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. She also completed the development and automation of Allegion’s supply chain Slavery and Human Trafficking Program. She is excited to move forward with designing improved due diligence and continued internal and external awareness training activities for social responsibility programs. Prior to her current role, Rita spent 21 years in the automotive industry, where she developed business processes and managed subcontract assembly and supplier development activities.
Assent Compliance USA
Travis is an attorney and environmental scientist who specializes in turning regulatory complexity into actionable business solutions. In his career, he developed cutting edge technology solutions to international trade, supply chain data exchange and corporate governance regulations in Silicon Valley. Travis has the unique distinction of leading both professional services and corporate compliance departments for multi-billion dollar blue chip corporations. Some organizations Travis has worked with include St. Jude Medical, Foresite U.S. Group, Inc. and Microchip Technology.
Senior Business & Human Rights Analyst
Kate's work experience spans 13 countries and four continents in civil society organizations, UN agencies, International NGOs and the private sector. She is committed to being a part of the fight against human trafficking by providing companies with the tools and support to eradicate these activities from their supply chains.
Program Manager, Supply Chain GRC
Baker Hughes Inc.
Carlos manages all program activities related to conflict minerals, modern slavery, due diligence practices and disclosures. Carlos has extensive experience in designing due diligence and supply chain mapping programs for a variety of regulations such as the UK Modern Slavery Act and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.
Ropes & Gray
Michael is a leading practitioner on supply chain compliance and corporate social responsibility, regularly advising leading public and private companies on this emerging area of compliance. Clients turn to Michael for advice on a variety of topics, such as disclosures and compliance with legal requirements; the construction and implementation of compliance programs; mitigating customer, regulatory, litigation, NGO and socially responsible investor risk; and interactions with these constituencies and other stakeholders.
Walter has worked for over 12 years with product manufacturers, suppliers and certification bodies on product compliance with global environmental regulations such as RoHS, REACH and ecodesign. He has extensive experience with conformity assessment of products according to environmental performance standards and ecolabels. Walter has also contributed to the development of several IEC environmental standards and is the Working Group Chair of IEEE 1680.1, the environmental assessment standard for computers, tablets and displays.
Founder & Moderator
Silicon Valley Conflict Minerals and Human Trafficking Forum
Lydia Hultquist has worked with industry-leading companies to develop programs that reduce costs, improve production and ensure compliance, and has more than 20 years of supply chain experience. She has presented on conflict minerals at industry workshops, has been featured in multiple issues of Corporate Responsibility Magazine and has co-authored a number of articles on modern-day slavery, risk management, and supply chain best practices. She was recently named a CR Magazine 2017 Superstar Winner for Best of the Best Providers and Practitioners in Corporate Responsibility, and was nominated for Assent's 2017 Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders List.
Senior Manager, Sustainability
Christine helps clients assess the environmental and social impacts of their business and supply chain, including conflict minerals readiness and reporting. She has acquired the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)’s Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential, which connects material sustainability information with financial performance. She also has experience aligning sustainability programs with Global Reporting Initiative standards, the GHG Protocol, and the UN Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).**Deloitte supports the STRT's development committee in an advisory capacity.
Kristen leads Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited's (DTTL) Sustainability Risk Advisory and Assurance services, including their Supply Chain Social Compliance services. She works with clients to address their sustainability disclosure needs. Kristen's vast experience in sustainability, risk assessment, reporting, and assurance gives her unique insight into the needs of companies and suppliers working to improve their human trafficking and slavery programs using the Slavery & Trafficking Risk Template.*Deloitte supports the STRT's development committee in an advisory capacity.
Senior Lecturer, Politics
University of Sheffield
Dr. Genevieve LeBaron is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Co-Chair of the Yale University Modern Slavery Working Group. Her research focuses on the global business of forced labor and governance initiatives to combat it.
Supply Chain Compliance Analyst
Matthew Kirby is a Supply Chain Compliance Analyst at Cubic Corporation, with a focus on ethical supply chain compliance. At Cubic, he works to protect human rights by creating and maintaining supply chain compliance programs. Matthew was elemental in the creation of Cubic's first risk-based anti-human trafficking program, and is proud to work with a company where he has the freedom to share his knowledge and values.
Ashley McIntyre was previously a Customer Success Manager at Assent Compliance, with a specialty in corporate social responsibility. She worked closely with companies to navigate the compliance landscape and achieve their program goals by helping them identify and mitigate issues relating to their supply chains. Ashley obtained her Master of Science in Human Rights & International Politics from the University of Glasgow, and her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Senior Manager, Global Compliance & Quality Systems
Therese Deane is Senior Manager, Global Compliance & Quality Systems at MACOM, the analog semiconductor company powering infrastructure used by millions. She manages teams in multiple time zones across America, Europe, and Asia. Responsible for MACOM's global Environmental Product Compliance, Conflict Minerals and Anti-Human Trafficking programs, Therese has significant experience in analysing and communicating complex legislative requirements and implementing meaningful and practical compliance programs.
Crowe Horwath LLP
Rebecca Miller, Senior Manager at Crowe Horwath LLP, is an expert in the development and management of compliance programs for Human Trafficking Regulations, EU RoHS, EU REACH, Conflict Minerals, and California Prop 65. Prior to her time at Crowe Horwath, she managed supply chain and environmental compliance for a global manufacturer and a Fortune 500 distributor, and has spent time working for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Rebecca advises clients on their global regulatory compliance risk and works to develop compliance strategies to address and mitigate these risks. In addition, she assists clients in implementing compliance plans, from performing due diligence to drafting compliance documentation and disclosures.
Midwest Forensic Leader
Crowe Horwath LLP
Christopher McClure leads the Midwest Forensic Accounting Practice at Crowe Horwath LLP, bringing significant expertise in his work on regulatory matters for SEC registrants. He leads Crowe's efforts around Conflict Minerals and Anti-Human Trafficking, and is a frequent speaker on emerging compliance and audit issues, most recently for the AIAG, CFSI, and other industry and professional groups. His articles have appeared in Industry Week and other periodicals in the US and EU.
Advisory Services Manager
Crowe Horwath LLP
Meghan Rzepczynski, Advisory Services Manager at Crowe Horwath LLP, has significant experience assisting manufacturing clients with all aspects of conflict minerals RCOI, due diligence, reporting, and audit assistance. Meghan manages the collection of data for conflict minerals engagements involving large manufacturing clients. She develops standardized process flows for various purchasing departments within the company, analyzes provided parts and supplier data, and conducts internal and external electronic trainings for client use.
Senior Vice President, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement
ICTI Ethical Toy Program
Mark Robertson is Senior Vice President, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, at the ICTI Ethical Toy Program. A member of the Senior Leadership Team, Mark is responsible for communications and leading the Ethical Toy Program’s engagement with sustainability stakeholders around the world. Mark is passionate about sustainability, and a firm believer that being more responsible creates better businesses.
Supply Chain Compliance Manager
Palo Alto Networks
Shae Trautwein, Supply Chain Compliance Manager at Palo Alto Networks, joined the company to help build and maintain an effective conflict minerals program. She quickly grew to take on other social responsibility programs, including slavery and human trafficking. Prior to her current role, she worked at a compliance software company, where she helped others in various industries collect compliance data and manage their programs.
Manager, Business & Human Rights
Sarah is a human rights advocate who specializes in promoting human rights in business operations globally. As an architect of Assent Compliance’s human trafficking and slavery solution, she provides direction to Fortune 500 companies on human rights due diligence. She joined Assent after supporting the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) in reforming working conditions in the Bangladesh garment sector following the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse.
Manager for Supplier Diversity and Sustainability
Michele graduated with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. She then began working at Xerox in the Supplies organization as a Product Development Engineer, domesticating color toner formulations from Fuji Xerox and scaling up processes into manufacturing. During this time, she returned to school and earned a Master's of Applied Math & Statistics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She moved into supplier quality assurance and product verification testing in the Xerox manufacturing organization, and then back into product development for custom media products. For the past 13 years, Michele has been in the Global Procurement organization at Xerox and has held various roles as Supplier Manager for Marketing/Advertising and Consumables, Project Manager for Labor Services, and, most recently, as Manager for Supplier Diversity and Sustainability.
Victoria A. Hradisky
Senior Manager, Compliance
Victoria Hradisky has 33 years of experience in the areas of accounting, audit, ethics and fraud investigations, and compliance. She has been with STERIS for more than 10 years, first in internal audits before transferring to the compliance department in January 2020. In this capacity, Victoria oversees global compliance with laws and regulations related to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), anti-bribery, conflict minerals, human trafficking and slavery, commercial compliance, and more.
Manager, Sustainability & Compliance
Chris Demers is the Sustainability Manager at Supermicro Computer, where he advances the company’s environmental and social practices. Previously, he was Senior Manager of Sustainability at SunPower Corporation. In federal service, Chris advanced aid effectiveness reforms within foreign assistance. A systems thinker, he believes successful companies will rapidly embrace the circular economy.
Illustro Consultancy Ltd.
Tony Dunkerley is a former UK Police Detective and Force Practitioner on Modern Slavery who managed and provided strategic guidance on numerous modern slavery investigations, including trafficking for forced labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, and benefit fraud. He also wrote policies and best-practice methodologies on modern slavery prevention and investigation. In 2014, he assisted the Office of the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) to develop nationalised standards of overt and covert practices for the prevention and detection of human trafficking offences. He established Illustro Consultancy Ltd., where he now provides independent consultancy and training services to companies operating in sectors at high risk for modern slavery.
Business & Human Rights Lead
Elaine Mitchel-Hill has detailed knowledge and expertise in a variety of corporate social responsibility areas, including responsible supply chains, sustainable procurement, labour rights, anti-corruption, and UNGC engagement and SDG contribution. As Business & Human Rights Lead for Marshalls plc, she develops human rights strategy, including the organization’s response to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA), and implements and embeds MSA activity in both UK business operations and challenging overseas supply chains. She also engages with governments and UN agencies to develop strategy.
Professor of Business and Society
University of Bath
Andrew is a Professor of Business and Society, and Director of the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society (CBOS) in the School of Management at the University of Bath. He is a leading author, researcher, educator, and commentator on corporate responsibility. His books include an award-winning textbook on business ethics, the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility, and Social Partnerships and Responsible Business.
Sahar J Hafeez
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Sahar Hafeez practices international trade law. She advises U.S. and global companies across multiple industries on various trade matters, including trade remedy laws; import/export regulations; and compliance with human trafficking laws, customs laws, trade negotiations, and U.S.Department of the Treasury sanctions, including Global Magnitsky sanctions. Among other matters, Sahar advises U.S. utilities in Department of Commerce Section 232 national security investigations and a trade remedy proceeding involving uranium imports. She also counsels leading manufacturing companies in U.S. trade representative proceedings concerning tariff increases on Chinese imports, and has counseled a foundation on the development of a sustainable travel initiative.
Director of Sustainability
Desta Raines is the Director of Sustainability at Sephora Americas. She is a globally recognized CSR leader with a proven track record of developing and operationalizing innovative approaches to sustainability and supply chain challenges that focus on measurable impact, advocacy, and multi-stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining Sephora Americas, she served as the Senior Director of Fair Trade USA’s Apparel and Home Goods team, leading the company’s factory support services. She has also held roles at Apple, where she led their work on labor and human rights, supply chain stakeholder engagement, and responsible sourcing of materials; the Jones Group, where she managed their social compliance efforts around the world; and American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, where she served as Executive Director.
*Desta is a member of the committee in an individual capacity and does not represent Sephora Americas.
Senior Compliance Manager
Arlo Technologies, Inc.
Ashish Jain is the Environmental Compliance Manager at Arlo, leading the company’s product compliance program and supply chain audits. He has on-the-ground experience auditing factories in areas including China and Vietnam. Ashish holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pune, India, and is a certified Responsible Business Alliance and ISO 9001 lead auditor. Before joining Arlo, Ashish held similar roles in companies such as NETGEAR and Harmonic.
Jeni is a chartered procurement and contract management professional with a passion for sustainable, ethical, and socially responsible sourcing. She helps organizations proactively mitigate the risk of human rights violations in their supply chains through the tender process and supply chain due diligence. She has a Master of Supply Chain Management from the University of Melbourne, and a Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement & Supply from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.
Colleen is a tri-qualified solicitor and founder of Ardea International, a specialist consultancy. She is an Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) fellow and a research fellow of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. Colleen has more than 25 years of legal and commercial experience of working with business, organizations and NGOs across sectors on both a strategic and operational level, and provides training and online resources on modern slavery, human trafficking, and sustainability issues. Colleen has an LLM (with distinction) in Environmental Law from the University of Aberdeen.
Director, International & US-Domestic Compliance Programs
Eric is an expert on leadership and general management roles in regulatory compliance, and overseeing broad, international programs. He currently leads international and US-domestic compliance programs at Optum, a division of UnitedHealth Group. Eric recently led the company’s internal due diligence efforts for reporting under the UK Modern Slavery Act. He has also held partner development and interim general counsel roles, and carries a law degree from Mitchell Hamline (St. Paul, Minnesota) and undergraduate degrees in Economics and German from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
*Eric is a member of the committee in an individual capacity and does not represent Optum.
Subject Matter Expert, Business & Human Rights
Abiola Okpechi supports companies in their efforts to integrate human rights into corporate risk management frameworks and supply chain risk analysis. Prior to joining Assent, she worked as a consultant, providing expert guidance to companies on UN Guiding Principles around human rights and corporate social responsibility. She also served as lead specialist on human rights at AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. In this role, she developed and led implementation of the company's human rights strategy, addressing sustainability risks and ensuring compliance with internal and external standards for several corporate offices. Abiola holds a Ph.D. in Public Law (Human Rights).
Senior Subject Matter Expert, Corporate Social Responsibility
Since 2006, Jared Connors has supported companies in their efforts to develop corporate responsibility initiatives, and is a thought leader on conflict mineral reporting requirements. Jared served on the development committees for IPC-1752A and IPC-1755, as well as programs for the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA). During his time with the RBA, Jared was instrumental in developing the original Risk Assessments (Levels 1 and 2), the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CRMT), and the tantalum and gold smelter audit protocols for conflict minerals. Today, Jared provides Assent with valuable expertise on data formats and enhancing software.
Director of Sustainability & Procurement
Morgan Sindall Group PLC
Graham Edgell has been with Morgan Sindall since August 2001. There, he is responsible for the sustainability and supply chain strategy for the nine businesses comprising the group, including materials, plants, subcontractors, and indirect spend. Graham also participates in the UK Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, and chairs a labour group of contractors within the Supply Chain Sustainability School to ensure standards are maintained.
Founder & Chairman
Anthony Gallia founded Polkima in 1988 with a mission to manage an ethically exemplary and socially conscious company, and has been an active Chairman since. He recognizes the challenge to maintain high standards in a fast-paced world and is committed to tackling modern slavery. Educated in Turkey and the UK, Anthony graduated from Imperial College as a Mechanical Engineer in 1980.
Rachel Phillips Rigby
Global Lead, Forced Labor
Rachel Phillips Rigby has been the Global Lead on Forced Labor at the Rainforest Alliance since January 2019. There, she designs and implements strategies to address forced labour through the Rainforest Alliance’s Agricultural Standard and Chain of Custody Standard, and through on-the-ground programming in origin countries. Before joining Rainforest Alliance, she worked at the U.S. Department of Labor, where she led the development of two landmark publications on forced labour — the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor, and Comply Chain: Business Tools for Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains.
Shaila Rao Mistry
Founder & President
Shaila Rao Mistry is the founder and president of the STEM Institute, an organization that brings together the private sector, academia, government, and civil society to develop organizations and leadership. An avid social impact advocate, Shaila is a Signatory for the United Nations Global Compact. She has also participated at every Commission for the Status of Women since Beijing, and worked on anti-trafficking measures, including passing legislation and co-authoring the charter on human rights in the digital domain. Currently, Shaila serves on several boards, including California State and the University of California.
Director, Supply Chain Solutions
Robert Heine has spent more than 20 years leading supply chain teams in manufacturing and service businesses, focusing on building new organizations and capabilities, continuously improving processes, and driving business intelligence and compliance programs. He has led service parts logistics, customer service, manufacturing materials management, finished goods distribution, Oracle supply chain implementation, and shared services. Currently, Robert oversees a variety of operations at Vertiv, including compliance, shared services, and business intelligence for Vertiv Global Procurement.
KFC UK & Ireland
Demi Smoloktou is a sustainability professional with expertise in responsible sourcing and trade, sustainability, and human rights in operations and supply chains. She is also a researcher at the University of Liverpool in the UK. She focuses on modern slavery in supply chains, global production networks, and global value chains, providing analyses on modern working practices and human rights. Her research addresses anti-slavery legislation and implementation, as well as different forms of contemporary forced labour as a management practice.
After obtaining a B.S. in chemical engineering, Jennie Hubert joined a rotational program at Ingersoll Rand, where, in one of her key roles, she was introduced to supply chain management. She focused on this area across her various roles with Ingersoll Rand, including significant time in manufacturing facilities. When Ingersoll Rand created Allegion, she joined the newly created company, where she has had the opportunity to lead a procurement team and manage commodities.
Robert Allen Jolly
Independent Advisor ESG
Until September 2019, Robert was a non-executive director and Chair of the UTA Trustee Board. Prior to retirement, he was also Chair of the ESG Committee and Chair of the UTA Investor Relations Committee, and held the role of Commissioner of the Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Rob is also a former Treasurer of the Victoria Government, where he previously held the roles of Research Officer and Industrial Advocate for the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
Global Compliance Manager
Since starting his career as an electronic design apprentice, Ben has worked in product development, new product introduction, operations management and now manages the VIAVI team responsible for all aspects of product regulatory compliance. He has also run his own product realization consultancy and has been the chairman of the Kindu Trust charity, which provides homes for Ethiopian street children.
Karen E. Woody
Washington & Lee University School of Law
Karen Woody is an assistant professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law. Prior to this, she was a faculty member in the Business Law and Ethics department of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Before entering academia, she practiced law in Washington, D.C. and advised clients on corporate compliance related to anti-corruption laws, securities disclosures and anti-fraud measures. Her scholarship focuses on issues related to anti-corruption measures and corporate disclosures. Her work on conflict minerals is widely cited, and she testified for the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee regarding federal disclosure regulations related to conflict minerals.
Social Responsibility Advocate
Chirag Amin has worked to promote labour rights in supply chains and disability rights (as outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities) through the use of data sourcing, analytics, and reporting tools. Prior to this, Chirag held program management roles in the tech sector. Chirag holds an MBA in Sustainable Development from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.
Chief Executive Officer
Than Baardson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Unseen, a non-profit that accelerates the fight against human trafficking and its root causes. This role allows him to work with leaders across the world who are fighting some of today’s greatest injustices. He began his career as a firefighter and he continues to work as a broadcast journalist, speaker, documentary filmmaker, photographer, writer, and communications specialist.
Gustavo Pérez Berlanga
Corporate Social Responsibility, VP
Gigante Restaurant Group (Mexico)
Gustavo implements high-impact sustainability projects in one of Mexico’s leading restaurant chains. He has eradicated poverty for thousands of people nationwide, and his programs have attained the UN’s 16 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is a worldwide speaker, guest professor at Harvard University, and Master's degree lecturer at Anahuac University in Mexico. Formerly, he served as member of the Board of the Global Compact NY and was the president of the network in Mexico. He is a counselor in several NGOs and the author of three books. Gustavo has received accolades and awards for his leadership in social responsibility, including the Social Leadership Award from the Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Research Institute. He was also named by Spain’s Corresponsables magazine as one of the most influential leaders in the sector. He holds three master’s degrees, and a bachelor's degree in Administration and Finance from a major university in Mexico.
Andrea Michelle Pinto Rueda
Productive Projects Leader
Gigante Restaurant Group (Mexico)
Since 2019, Michelle has been the Productive Projects Coordinator at Restaurantes Toks. She has a degree in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Management from Anahuac University in Mexico. She is currently working toward becoming a Glance Master in Sustainable Transformation at the CapacitaRSE´s Campus. Since embarking on her career in sustainability in 2017, she has completed internships at Fundación Pro México Indígena IAP, General Electric, Grupo Promesa, and SEMARNAT.
The Mekong Club
Matt Friedman, CEO of the Mekong Club, is an international expert in combating human trafficking, with more than 30 years of experience. Matt previously worked for USAID and the United Nations in over 30 countries. He offers technical advice to numerous governments, banks, and corporations working to eliminate all forms of modern slavery, and is the author of 12 books. Matt has provided training to over 35,000 private sector professionals in 11 countries around the world on the topic of modern slavery.
Kate Larsen, Founding Director of SupplyESChange, is a supply chain ESG advisor of over 17 years. She has extensive experience in training and monitoring across 17 countries, including remediating modern slavery in Malaysia, Japan, and China. Kate created the Asia Corporate Responsibility program for Burberry, and was then Director of Responsible Sourcing for a US retailer. She was also a Human Rights Watch team member, led World Bank and other projects engaging the retail sector, has trained for the Ethical Trading Initiative, and provided input on OECD guidelines. She was named a Top 100 Modern Slavery Corporate Influencer UK 2018, and was featured in BBC podcasts on China’s forced labour risk.
Why Join the Committee?
I am so proud to be a member of the STRT Committee. This has provided an opportunity to collaborate with a consortium of like-minded individuals and organizations — all with a united mission of eradicating human trafficking from the supply chain. For companies that are in search of a solution that can be used to assist with compliance of human trafficking regulations, look no further. The STRT is a powerful tool that helps companies and the industry as a whole address human trafficking and slavery risks in the supply chain. Together, we CAN make a difference in improving the lives of others.