In this session, we will hear from two organizations working on generating positive social impact through procurement.
Diana Sheedy from Harvard University will present the work of an emerging coalition of large US higher-education institutions addressing social impacts and labor standards in their supply chains. Building on the anti-sweatshop movement that reformed licensed goods, universities are bringing together a fragmented field of social standards, as well as coalitions of students, faculty, staff, NGOs, and other experts to create common ethical procurement standards, and to support innovative business models that can incorporate human rights without harming their business success.
Melodie Kinet from Samasource will present their work with companies to drive massive impact along supply chains – amplifying their mission of poverty alleviation by partnering with corporations to drive impact along their supply chain, and quantifying the social value & ROI of sustainable sourcing for the business. To provide you with a tangible example, Melodie will describe a case study of Samasource’s work with global manufacturer Flex, and how it created both positive business and social returns.
This session is moderated by Clare Hobby, Manager, Global Outreach and Communications, TCO Development.