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Webinar: How Levi's and IFC are Turning Suppliers Sustainability Compliance into Financial Gains

  • 12 Nov 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Webinar

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How Levi's and IFC are Turning Suppliers Sustainability Compliance into Financial Gains

 

Learn about the first program of its kind that provides financial incentives for apparel suppliers to improve performance on labor and environmental standards!

The Global Compact Network Canada in partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC) & Levi Strauss & Co brings to the network an informative & transformative webinar on Sustainability Compliance and its link to Financial Gains.

 

Tune in to this Webinar on Thursday, November 12th from 1 PM to 2 PM EST!

 

More about the Webinar:

In 2014, Levi Strauss & Co. partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to launch the Global Trade Supplier Finance Program.  This is the first program of its kind that provides financial incentives for apparel suppliers to improve performance on labor and environmental standards.  Under this program, Levi’s suppliers who score higher on the company’s code of conduct assessments qualify for a lower interest rate on their short-term trade financing.  Since the program was begun in December 2014, a number of Levi’s suppliers have participated in the program, their sustainability performance has improved, and the IFC is engaging other brands in the industry to expand the program.In 2014, Levi Strauss & Co. partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to launch the Global Trade Supplier Finance Program.  This is the first program of its kind that provides financial incentives for apparel suppliers to improve performance on labor and environmental standards.  Under this program, Levi’s suppliers who score higher on the company’s code of conduct assessments qualify for a lower interest rate on their short-term trade financing.  Since the program was begun in December 2014, a number of Levi’s suppliers have participated in the program, their sustainability performance has improved, and the IFC is engaging other brands in the industry to expand the program.


Webinar Information and Registration:

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

This webinar is $75 to non-GCNC Participants and free to all GCNC Participants. 
After your registration on Eventbrite, you will be sent a registration link two days prior to the webinar. 


The Presenters:

About Micheal Kobori:

Michael Kobori has led sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. since 2001.  Through his leadership, the company has been a pioneer on sustainability. Under Mr. Kobori’s tenure, the company has brought sustainable products to the market through its Levi’s® Water

 
On labor rights, the company was one of the first companies to publicly disclose its manufacturing supplier locations, led the industry in banning sandblasting, and has recently launched its Improving Workers Well Being program, which goes beyond compliance to improve the lives of people who make its products.
 
Based on its sustainability work, Levi Strauss & Co. was named as one of the most innovative companies in the world in 2014 by FastCompany magazine, which also named Mr. Kobori one of its 1000 Most Creative People in Business.
 
Michael serves on the Board of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at the University of California at Berkeley, the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Program.
 
He previously served as Chair and Council member of the Better Cotton Initiative, Board member of the Levi Strauss Foundation, and Advisory Board member of the ILO’s Better Work program.
 
Prior to working at Levi Strauss & Co., Michael was a Vice-President at Business for Social Responsibility and spent nearly ten years at The Asia Foundation.
 
Michael holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also received his undergraduate education in Psychology and Asian Studies.
 
Michael lives in Berkeley, California, with his spouse, Sachiko Nagai.  They have two grown daughters, Anne and Ellen.  In addition to his work and family, Michael is passionate about cooking, gardening, the San Francisco Giants and the California Golden Bears. 

 

About Farzin Mirmotahari:

Farzin Mirmotahari is a member of Global Trade Supplier Finance (GTSF), a $500 million joint advisory and investment program that provides short-term financing to SME suppliers of large multi-national buyers. The advisory component of GTSF works directly with suppliers to improve their knowledge of working capital management and facilitate their use of financial products such as supplier finance.

Farzin joined IFC's Central and East European Department in 1994 and managed a number of food and beverage supply chain development projects jointly with IFC's investment clients in Russia. From 2003 - 2006 he managed an IFC program in Azerbaijan to increase the participation of local and JV firms in large oil and gas supply chains. This work included the development of financing facilities for suppliers in the country and led to a ten-fold increase in local content.

Farzin is a Graduate of Carleton University (Canada) and School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.


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