Better Work 2016 Business Forum

21 Oct 2016

Let’s discuss how to place sustainable development at the centre of core business models

Global brands and business partners are invited to join us in a day-long event to discuss the future of the global garment industry and the roles different actors can play. If you are not able to join us, follow @Better_Work on Twitter to get live updates on the event and join our discussion.

Join us to discover and discuss

♦ Insider tips on the 2030 Agenda and why it matters: High-level panel discussion with business and policy leaders on the Sustainable Development Goals and the vision for the apparel sector in the future

♦ Better Work Fast Forward: A sneak-peak at our 2017-2022 global strategy and where our future vision is taking us.

♦ A presentation on the ground-breaking findings of Tufts University’s impact assessment on the Better Work programme. This includes themes such as business productivity and sourcing practices, supervisory skills training, and Industrial Relations.

♦ Deep-dive interactive sessions covering both thematic and country-level issues.

♦ Identification of shared opportunities for working across the supply chain.


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[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion c_icon=”triangle” active_section=”” collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”08:15–08:45 Registration” tab_id=”1476364018794-23e33901-e362″][vc_column_text]During this time, participants will also be able to get a light breakfast.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”8:45–9:30 Welcome remarks” tab_id=”1476364018830-eaea7b76-8e3d”][vc_column_text]Setting the stage for the discussions is:

♦ Thomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs (on video)

♦ Michael Green, Executive Director, Social Progress Imperative[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”9:30-10:45 Interactive Panel Discussion: How to place sustainable development at the center of core business models” tab_id=”1476364351342-b54164b7-afab”][vc_column_text]Dan Rees, Chief of Better Work, will moderate the discussion with the following panellists:

♦ Ivanka Mamic, Senior Director, Responsible Sourcing, Target
♦ Joe McGowan, Senior Vice-President, Global Supply Chain – Heritage, PVH Corp.
♦ Shirendra Lawrence, Managing Director MAS Active Pvt Ltd.
♦ Sanal Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, Classic Fashion[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”10:45-11:00 Break” tab_id=”1476364523296-0df4a52d-8e77″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”11:00-12:00 Maximizing Impact and Bridging the Public-­Private Divide: How to challenge the role of government and leverage the WB/IFC/ILO partnership” tab_id=”1476364525764-a5b3fa50-9cc7″][vc_column_text]This session will be about Better Work’s impact and vision from the perspective of brands and factories. Joining us on the discussion are:

♦ Mary Porter Peschka, Director, Advisory Solutions, IFC
♦ Dan Rees, Chief of Better Work

Discussant: Michael Green, Executive Director, Social Progress Imperative[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”12:00-13:00 Lunch” tab_id=”1476364782319-d026dcb0-90ca”][vc_column_text]Participants can pick one of the UNHQ restaurants for their lunch.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”13:00-14:30 Country and Thematic Deep Dive Sessions: Opportunities and Challenges” tab_id=”1476364808128-18ecaaed-ba5c”][vc_column_text]Participants will be split in groups to discuss opportunities and challenges according to their interests in the programme.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”14:30-15:00 Spotlight on Ethiopia and Special Projects ” tab_id=”1476364809285-35f33f9a-44ac”][vc_column_text]♦ Conor Boyle, Global Manager, Better Work
♦ Dan Fibiger, Director, Global Sustainability at Gap Inc.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”15:00-15:15 Wrap- up ” tab_id=”1477501345402-f29305bc-b0bb”][vc_column_text]After the discussion, it’s time for participants to ask their final questions and make their closing remarks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][vc_column_text]

Partner’s only session

[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion c_icon=”triangle” active_section=”0″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”15:30-17:00 Operationalizing the New Better Work Strategy” tab_id=”1476365335243-57d40760-a2dd”][vc_column_text]A focus on the 2017-­2022 strategy, including linkages with the SDGs and deepening partnerships for change.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”17:00-17:30 Q&A and closing remarks” tab_id=”1476365335292-96d11574-ed19″][vc_column_text]After the discussion, it’s time for participants to ask their final questions and make their closing remarks.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


The event is located in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. A Security pass is needed to enter UNHQ. First go across the street from the UN to the Visitors Check-in Office at 801 First Avenue (Corner of 45th Street) before going through UN Security Screening and entering the UN.

The United Nations Visitors Entrance is at 46th Street and 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017.

The Conference Room 12 is located on the first basement of the General Assembly building, close to the UN Postal Administration.

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