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SGS will host a break-out session on Management Systems at the Sedex 2015 Global Responsible Sourcing Conference.


March 25, 2015


March 25, 2015


London, United Kingdom

Sedex is a non-profit membership organization and one of the largest collaborative platforms for sharing ethical supply chain data, helping protect company reputation and improving supply chain practices. On March 25, 2015, SGS Sustain will sponsor the Sedex 2015 Global Responsible Sourcing Conference & AGM at the QEII Conference Centre in London.

Following a resounding success at the Sedex 2014 conference, which attracted around 450 delegates from over 40 countries, the 2015 edition will focus on the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and explore the challenges and opportunities they will create for businesses as part of the global supply chain. Under the slogan ‘Supplying the future: supply chains and the post-2015 development agenda,’ Sedex 2015 will be expecting over 500 visitors at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

SGS Sustainability Manager Effie Marinos will host a 30-minute break-out session on the topic “Management Systems - the solution to compliance with social standards or another distraction?": Although SMETA contains a section on Management Systems, it has not historically given specific and detailed guidance on how this should be checked. Non-compliances (NCs) & Observations in labour standards look at performance and outcomes against that standard, rather than specifically checking the system which underpins it.

This session which will be led by Effie will highlight the different understandings of companies and auditors in this regard and respond to the following issues: During her speech, Effie Marinos will highlight the different understandings of companies and auditors with regard to management systems, and respond to the following issues:

  • Without specific guidance on system checks how can users of the reports place reliance on the findings?
  • How do good management systems underpin ongoing compliance with the 4 pillars of Sedex?
  • Is it time to start taking a more systems-based approach, not only to measure outcomes but also sustainable performance? Or is this another paperwork exercise placing more work on small companies to “form fill” instead of focussing on creating a good place to work?

This break-out session will explore the benefits and drawbacks of using management systems to enhance social compliance approaches calling on expertise from both an auditing and implementing perspective.

For more information, please contact:

Emilie Viengchaleune
Sustainability Services - Global Marketing Coordinator
29, avenue Aristide Briand
94111Arcueil Cedex
t: +33 1 41 24 87 49
f: +33 1 41 24 89 90

Event location: QEII Conference Centre in London