D02 - How Manufacturers Can Achieve Transparency in Social Justice

Thursday, November 21 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | B312 « Back

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has evolved from an overall relationship between companies and shareholders to the concept of social justice – a more personal connection with employees, the communities where they operate, and ultimately, their consumers. How can we define and qualify what social justice means? Companies increasingly are obligated to identify their social purpose and craft policies to achieve it globally. The process can seem daunting. A social justice label such as JUST provides a matrix for policy goals, evaluation and measurement that is transforming how companies view and conduct their businesses. The process of achieving the JUST label challenges and empowers us to embed it within business strategy, to use this global tool to gather data in order to judge ourselves and improve.

• CSO Rochelle Routman will explore why social justice and worker welfare are increasingly important to investors and end users and how her company’s longstanding relationships with their Chinese manufacturing partners enabled them to become fully transparent in social justice metrics.
• Simon Xia, a manufacturing insider at the factory, will delve into the evolution of a corporate culture and the employee programs and practices that enabled the first-ever JUST label given to his Chinese facility.
• CSO Jane Abernethy will document her company’s successful process of achieving transparency in social justice in multiple markets despite separate and distinct local cultures and business approaches, and its potential impact upon their business.

Following a real-time audience survey, the panel will lead the conversation with the goal of debunking myths and identifying how social justice is advancing business practices and policies in China and beyond. Participants will be challenged to identify their companies’ social purpose and the steps to achieving it within the JUST framework. This session is sponsored by The Home Depot

Learning Objectives:

Learn from two manufacturers that have immersed their businesses in social justice transparency why this is the vanguard of building products transparency.

Understand the components of the JUST label and various methods that global manufacturers use to gather social justice information and evaluate social impacts.

Learn firsthand from a Chinese product supplier why social justice is both an ethical and financial consideration in the Chinese business climate of today.

Understand the impact specifying and manufacturing can have on global supply chains and how a social impact evaluation benefits architecture, design and engineering firms.

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Education Tracks: Carbon|Materials|Circularity

Event Type: Conference Session > Session