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: 6
Civil society: 1
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER AND ADVISORY ORGANIZATIONS*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* These lists are not exhaustive.
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Manager, Business & Human Rights
Sarah is a human rights advocate who specializes in promoting human rights in business operations globally. Recently, she supported the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangladesh as it played a central role promoting labor rights reform in the garment sector following the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse.
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 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.
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.
Ilya is an attorney and senior consultant in Deloitte's Enterprise Risk Services group and Conflict Minerals Advisory and Assurance Services team. He has more than five years of professional experience, including supporting strategy and risk management initiatives at Fortune 500 corporations, federal government agencies, and large-scale nonprofits. He also offers readiness services related to the U.S. conflict minerals rule, providing end-to-end compliance program implementations and executions as well as program assessments. Additionally, he has developed internal policies and procedures for large program teams, including those for conflict minerals.**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.
Senior Procurement Administrator
Matthew Kirby is a Senior Procurement Administrator 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.
Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst
Ashley McIntyre is a Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst for Assent Compliance. She works closely with companies to achieve their corporate responsibility goals by helping them identify and mitigate issues relating to slavery and human trafficking in 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 Neary, Senior Staff 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.
Tom van Haaren
Senior Advisor, Responsible Sourcing
ICTI CARE Foundation
Tom van Haaren supports ICTI toy brands, retailers, and manufacturers in the strategic implementation of the ICTI CARE Process. Prior to joining ICTI CARE, Tom held the position of Senior Account Manager for North America at Sedex, where he worked directly with companies to develop and implement effective responsible sourcing practices. His professional experience also includes work for the US government and Calvert Investments, a socially responsible investment firm, where he contributed to the Uzbek Cotton Campaign to end the use of forced and child labour in the cotton supply chain. Tom is committed to the protection and advancement of worker's rights around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.