Panel Discussion – Transparency in Business Supply Chains

Panel Discussion – Transparency in Business Supply Chains

The second panel discussion at IRBF 2018 is titled transparency in business supply chains.

When and where is it?

The session will take place at 1:30 PM on 27 February 2018 at Mantra Hall, first floor, The Park Hotel, New Delhi.

What is it about?

As public awareness about the true cost of our consumption increases, more and more people and institutions are putting pressure on companies to have transparency in their supply chains.

The last few years have seen laws being implemented on human rights due diligence in supply chains and this is slowly becoming a global norm. Some examples of such laws are UK Modern Slavery Act, California’s Supply Chain Transparency Act, The EU Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information and French Duty of Vigilance Law.

This panel will discuss whether Indian companies are responding to such legislation and if so, how do these laws impact their work. The main question will be how do companies and their stakeholders eliminate human rights risks from their supply chains.

Who are the panelists?

The session will be chaired by Anil Padmanabhan. You can learn more about the speakers here:


Anil Padmanabhan

Executive Editor, Mint

Anil Padmanabhan has been a journalist for over three decades. He is the Executive Editor at Mint, the business daily from the Hindustan Times group. He also writes a weekly column, Capital Calculus which focuses on the intersection of politics and economics.

Phil Bloomer

Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Phil Bloomer is Executive Director of the Business and Humans Rights Resource Centre. In the past, he was Director of Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam GB. He has also headed Oxfam International’s Make Trade Fair and Access to Medicines campaigns. Before Oxfam, he spent 11 years in Latin America and worked on human rights dimensions of business, including in food security, resource extraction, mega-projects and business relations with public and private security in difficult environments


Ajit Dange

Fund Manager & Head of PMS (Domestic), SBI Mutual Fund

Ajit Dange is working as a Fund Manager & Head of Domestic PMS since 2014. Prior to joining SBIFM, he was a sell side analyst with leading broking firms such as HDFC Securities and UTI securities for two years. Before that, Mr. Dange worked at SICOM Ltd. on various project finance assignments for eight years. He is an engineering graduate with specialization in Metallurgy and holds a Masters in Finance degree. He is also a Charter holder of the CFA Institute, USA.

Abhishek Jani

CEO Fairtrade, India

Abhishek Jani is the CEO of Fairtrade Foundation India. He has over ten years of experience working with start-ups, social enterprises and mid-tier corporations both in India as well as abroad. His role includes working with multiple stakeholders to help develop a Fairtrade movement in India, creating awareness about Fairtrade principles and concept, help develop market linkages for Fairtrade products in India and work with institutions, partner organizations and government bodies to engage in the policy dialogue on sustainable and ethical fashion Fair Trade.

Rishi-Sher-SinghRishi Sher Singh

Independent Supply Chain Sustainability expert

Rishi Sher Singh has more than 15 years of experience in supply chain management, manufacturing, capacity building and non-profit management. He is well attuned to supply chains of RMG, automotive & electronics sectors. Having worked in automotive supplier factories (gearbox & steering systems) in India, Mr. Singh fully understands issues such as industrial relations, environmental issues, supplier ownership and lower tier challenges. He has successfully completed consulting assignments in pharmaceutical, diamond polishing, retail and technology sectors.

How can you attend?

To attend this panel discussion, register here.

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