LIMA to Present Webinar on Managing Social and Environmental Compliance in the Supply Chain

Posted October 04, 2010

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In today’s business environment, licensees are faced with a sometimes dizzying array of contractual requirements from property owners and retailers dealing with the working conditions under which licensed products are manufactured, and the environmental impact of the manufacturing process. A major challenge facing those licensees is to manage and monitor their own factories as well as those of outside suppliers as they try to meet their obligations.

LIMA, in partnership with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Hasbro, Mattel, NBC Universal and The Walt Disney Company, will tackle this subject in the upcoming webinar, “Managing Social and Environmental Compliance in the Supply Chain.” To accommodate attendees in various parts of the world, the session will be offered at two different times on Wednesday, October 20: from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. U.S. Eastern time, and again at our normal webinar time of noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. This webinar is part of a larger effort by LIMA to help companies in the licensing business meet business challenges more efficiently, while maintaining the highest standard of business practices.

The webinar will be presented by Cody Sisco and Blythe Chorn of BSR, along with representatives from among the four partner companies. The session, intended primarily for licensees, but also for licensors who are working with their licensees on these compliance issues, will provide a high-level overview of management approaches and highlight best practices in building collaboration with suppliers to address and manage social and environmental issues in manufacturing.

Other topics to be covered in the webinar include:
*  Approaches to managing factories and suppliers
*  Tools for evaluating compliance
*  Resources for building supplier capabilities
*  Setting and using compliance performance indicators

A leader in corporate responsibility since 1992, Business for Social Responsibility works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research and cross-sector collaboration. With offices in Asia, Europe and North America, BSR uses its expertise in environment, human rights, economic development and governance and accountability to guide global companies toward creating a just and sustainable world.

Cody Sisco, Manager, Advisory Services at BSR, works with multinational companies on the design and implementation of responsible sourcing policies and programs and advises them on human rights, sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement. As project manager for BSR’s Beyond Monitoring Working Group, he also helps companies define emerging best practices related to responsible sourcing strategies, supplier ownership of compliance and continuous improvement, worker education and empowerment initiatives, and environmental supply-chain leadership.

Blythe Chorn, Associate, Advisory Services at BSR, works with companies from a wide range of industries on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy design and implementation, supply chain sustainability and program design and corporate responsibility reporting. Chorn has authored several BSR research reports, including the “UN Global Compact Guide to Supply Chain Sustainability.”

As a benefit of LIMA membership, participation in this webinar is free to current members! The cost for non-members is $99 per session. Please note that registration will only be accepted until 3:00pm EDT on Monday, October 11.

To register for the 6:00am EDT session, click on the following link to sign up online:  http://www.licensing.org/events/view-details.php?uid=549
To register for the 12:00pm EDT session, click on the following link to sign up online:  http://www.licensing.org/events/view-details.php?uid=543

LIMA will announce other webinar dates and topics in the coming weeks. Future topics will include:
*  The “green” side of licensing
*  Challenges and opportunities in emerging markets
*  Case studies in sports, art and corporate brand licensing
*  Effective social media strategies for licensors and licensees