Human rights risk is no longer someone elses' problem. New cases of worker exploitation and malpractice are being highlighted at an alarming rate, and often it occurs in the supply chains of world-class leading brands.
Boards are in a unique position to effect real and positive change and to embrace UN Sustainable Development Goal 8 - that is, decent work and economic growth. They can help to foster an organisational culture that really encourages positive business choices.
Consumers. investors, employees and other stakeholders now expect action to be taken to by the board to ensure ethical supply chains are at the heart of business.
In this session you will hear from a panel of experts in business and practice who will share how they have led their businesses and clients down the path of good governance, the challenges they faced and how they were overcome.
- Chair: Elizabeth Richards, ICAEW
- Sarah Brennan, Pentland Brands
- Latifa Kapadia, PwC
- Janet Williamson, TUC
Sara is tasked in looking at how Pentland and its portfolio of brands, can accelerate its commitment to take action for people and our planet. Sara started her career in regulatory affairs and later moved into sustainability and CSR, while working in the petrochemical industry.
Latifa is a senior corporate sustainability, business and PR leader with more than 15 years’ strategic and operational experience. She is an advisor to PwC’s Global Corporate Sustainability team and sits on the firm’s Fair Business Working Group. After leaving a career in PR, Latifa joined PwC in 2005 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Elizabeth is a solicitor with a Masters' in International Law. For 20 years she has specialised in professional ethics and business policy, on behalf of the Law Society, Gambling Commission, OECD and Prosperity Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. At ICAEW she leads on public policy and thought leadership on corporate governance.
Janet leads the TUC’s work on corporate governance and capital markets. She has written widely on corporate governance, executive pay, employee share ownership, shareholder engagement and collective bargaining. Janet authored ‘All Aboard - Making worker representation on company boards a reality’ and is also the founder and Chair of Trade Union Share Owners.
Protecting human rights: the role of good governance
When it comes to business, the issue of human rights is no longer someone else's problem. That's certainly the view of Sarah Brennan, Positive Business Director at Pentland Brands, shared in this ICAEW Insights interview.Read the article
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