Manufacturer Forum: Bangalore

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We hosted our Manufacturer Forum: Bangalore in India, on December 4, 2023, under the theme “Catalyst for Change”

Date & Time
December 04 2023 | 09:00 - 17:40 (IST)
Location
The Grand Magrath Hotel, Bengaluru, India

Manufacturer Forums

Welcome to Cascale’s Manufacturer Forums! Our Manufacturer Forums are designed to empower business leaders like you to become Catalysts for Change. By participating, you’ll strengthen relationships with customers and value chain partners while championing positive change.

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Manufacturer Forums

Welcome to Cascale’s Manufacturer Forums! Our Manufacturer Forums are designed to empower business leaders like you to become Catalysts for Change. By participating, you’ll strengthen relationships with customers and value chain partners while championing positive change.

  • Program
  • December 4, 2023
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Check-In

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcome to the Manufacturer Forum: Bangalore

  • Dr. Laxmikant Jawale, Regional Lead, South Asia & Southeast Asia, Apparel Impact Institute

    Laxmikant is the Regional Lead for South Asia at the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii). In this role, he is responsible for creating and implementing a decarbonization strategy for the apparel sector within the South Asia region. Laxmikant’s primary focus is aligning Aii’s Carbon Leadership Programs methodology to drive facility-level impact and cultivate best practices and market insights tailored to the region. He actively participates in managing and executing Aii’s recruitment efforts and ongoing partnership initiatives with apparel brands, manufacturers, and service providers throughout the South Asia region. Additionally, Laxmikant takes charge of program management for the Climate Solutions Portfolio within the same geographic area. He has wide experience of audits, consultancy and providing bespoke training in South Asia and Southeast Asia Region. Laxmikant holds a Ph.D. (Tech) in Fibres & Textile Processing Technology from the University of Mumbai, India.

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9:05 am - 9:15 am

Opening Address

In this captivating session, Jeremy will shed light on the broader challenges confronting the industry and zoom in on the specific hurdles faced by manufacturers in India. Discover actionable solutions as Jeremy unveils the power of the Higg Index suite of tools and Cascale programs. Positioned at the forefront of the industry’s evolution, the Higg Index paves the way for manufacturers to overcome challenges, driving sustainable impact on a global scale.

  • Black and white headshot of Jeremy Lardeau
    Jeremy Lardeau, Vice President, Higg Index, Cascale

    Jeremy Lardeau is the VP of the Higg Index at Cascale. As part of the leadership team, he oversees the strategic direction and development of the Higg Index suite of tools. Jeremy is based in Barcelona, Spain.

    Before joining Cascale team, Jeremy was Senior Director of Sustainability Analytics, at Nike, Inc. where he led sustainability reporting, performance management, data products, and reporting. Prior to Nike, Jeremy was a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ sustainability practice, successively working out of the Paris, Mexico City, and San Francisco offices.

    Jeremy holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the Ecole Centrale Paris. In his free time he is known to love travelling, running and alpine climbing, but actually enjoys most horseplaying with his three young boys.

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Opening Keynote

  • Dr. Vidhura Ralapanawe, Executive Vice President, Epic Group

    Mr. Vidhura Ralapanawe has over 16 years of experience in apparel sustainability and has a background in climate research, energy transition, and renewable energy. Currently, he is dedicated to shaping Epic Group’s sustainability strategy and leading implementation across manufacturing, products, and the supply chain. Previously, he worked for 12 years at MAS Intimates. He is a contributor to resource efficiency, LCAs, green buildings, and sustainable product innovation.

9:30 am - 9:55 am

Cascale & Our Partners

Explore the dynamic collaboration between Cascale and the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) in this enlightening session dedicated to industry collaboration. Gain a deeper understanding of Cascale’s mission, purpose, and collaborative efforts propelling the entire industry forward. Tune in for insights into the strategic partnership between Cascale and Aii, with a special emphasis on the direct benefits extended to manufacturers. This session provides attendees with valuable knowledge on leveraging this impactful partnership to effectively tackle the challenges associated with decarbonization.

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    Erlinda Lee, Director, Corporate Membership Development, Cascale

    Erlinda Lee is the Director, Corporate Membership Development at Cascale. In her role, she ensures the growth of Cascale’s corporate member base. She will develop and foster proactive engagement within the apparel and footwear industry, educating non-member companies about the value of membership and its associated benefits, so that they join and further strengthen our coalition.
    Before joining Cascale team, Erlinda was the Development Manager at GoodHout BV, an impact startup company producing a wood alternative bio-composite material made from coconut husk fibers. She led the business development process, and created strong contacts while opening up new opportunities to expand the business. Additionally, she created marketing communication tools for the launch of the material and the ‘go-to-market’ strategies. As a curious person, Erlinda spends her time analyzing information and translating them into actionable plans.
    studied at the University of New South Wales.

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  • Dr. Laxmikant Jawale, Regional Lead, South Asia & Southeast Asia, Apparel Impact Institute

    Laxmikant is the Regional Lead for South Asia at the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii). In this role, he is responsible for creating and implementing a decarbonization strategy for the apparel sector within the South Asia region. Laxmikant’s primary focus is aligning Aii’s Carbon Leadership Programs methodology to drive facility-level impact and cultivate best practices and market insights tailored to the region. He actively participates in managing and executing Aii’s recruitment efforts and ongoing partnership initiatives with apparel brands, manufacturers, and service providers throughout the South Asia region. Additionally, Laxmikant takes charge of program management for the Climate Solutions Portfolio within the same geographic area. He has wide experience of audits, consultancy and providing bespoke training in South Asia and Southeast Asia Region. Laxmikant holds a Ph.D. (Tech) in Fibres & Textile Processing Technology from the University of Mumbai, India.

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9:55 am - 10:20 am

Catalyzing Climate Action: Manufacturer Climate Action Program

Join this session to hear about our newly launched Manufacturer Climate Action Program (MCAP). Discover how we’re spearheading and amplifying industry initiatives for combating climate change. Explore the fundamental components of this program and gain insights into the pathways available for your active involvement. Join us to be a part of this impactful journey towards a more sustainable future.

  • Ringo Yu, Manager, Manufacturer Climate Action Program (MCAP), Cascale

    Ringo Yu is the Manager of Manufacturer Climate Action Program at Cascale. He is responsible for building, implementing, maintaining, and improving this capacity building program to accelerate the efforts of apparel, footwear and textile manufacturing companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As one of Cascale’s key climate action drivers, Ringo delivers crucial support directly working with manufacturers on setting and validating science-aligned targets (SATs) for commitment and disclosure. He is based in Hong Kong.

    Prior to joining Cascale, Ringo was the Senior Manager of Sustainability at Concept4 Limited, where she worked on science-aligned targets (SATs) application for verification, B Corp Certification and EcoVadis assessment and Climate Disclosure Project (CDP)’s climate change survey. He got substantial working experience in sustainability compliance, supply chain sustainability, climate resilience and mitigation, net zero strategy formulation, complex stakeholders collaboration, marketing the sustainability initiatives from various industry sectors, substantial consultancy involvement of sustainability reporting covering the businesses in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Asia Pacific Countries.

    Ringo holds a MSc in occupational safety and health from University of Greenwich. He is an ISSP Sustainability Excellence Associate certified by International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), a Professional Member of World Institute of Sustainable Development Planners (WISDP), an EFFAS certified Environmental Social and Governance Analyst (CESGA®) certified by the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies and a Chartered Sustainable Supply Chain and Logistics Professional (CSSCLP™) certified by Chartered Institute of Professional Certifications.

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10:20 am - 10:55 am

Coffee & Networking

10:55 am - 11:20 am

Charting the Policy Landscape for Manufacturers
In this engaging session, we’ll zoom in on the critical policy aspects that manufacturers need to consider. We’ll explore the intricacies of policy challenges in the textile industry, anticipate what’s on the horizon in terms of policy shifts, and delve into the practical aspects of policy implementation.

  • Gauri Sharma, Assistant General Manager, Communications & Sustainability Innovation, Shahi Exports Pvt Ltd.

    Gauri Sharma is leading Communications & Sustainability Innovation at Shahi Exports, India’s largest apparel manufacturer employing over 100,000 people, mainly women. She has nearly a decade of experience building and managing multi-stakeholder projects in areas such as sustainable cotton, workers’ well-being, circular economy, innovation, and buyer-supplier collaboration. From 2018 to 2021, she ran India’s first sustainable fashion community (SUSS), hosting several workshops and masterclasses on the topic. Gauri holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and a master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.

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    Mousumi Sarangi, Country Manager India, Fair Wear Foundation

    Mousumi joined Fair Wear in 2017. She is responsible for the Gender Equality and Inclusion programme in Asia and Country management in India. She has over 17 years of experience in managing gender & inclusion programmes in South Asia. She focuses on stakeholder engagement and offers strategic support to Fair Wear in cooperation pertaining to India. She is liaising the supplier engagement work of all Fair Wear active production countries.

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11:20 am - 11:50 am

Higg FEM: Enabling More Accurate Reporting

Join us for a dynamic session on Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) 4.0, relevant to all users — new, current and future. Discover its vital role in standardized measurement and how it recently evolved in the November update. This session promises valuable insights, ensuring you’re well-equipped to maximize the potential of Higg FEM 4.0 for your sustainability journey.

  • Black and white headshot of Angela Ng
    Angela Ng, Director, Higg Facility Tools, Cascale

    Angela is Cascale Higg Facility Tools Director. Previously, she worked at Cascale brand member Columbia, where she focused on sustainability in the social and labor program. Angela was also responsible for managing Columbia’s supply chain sustainability performance and initiatives. Implementing the Higg Facility Environmental Module was central to Angela’s efforts, from scaling adoption of the tool to integrating Higg FEM into Columbia’s business functions. Angela has been working with the Higg Index since its inception. She brings years of supply chain and industry experience. Angela lives by the mottos, “Make a difference” and “pay it forward.”

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    Janne Koopmans, Head of Collaboration, ZDHC

    Taking the lead in collaboration of facility programmes between ZDHC and like-minded organisations and manages and accelerates the collaboration with the apparel alliance. Besides running the day-to-day operations, she is involved in developing strategies to advance the collaborations. Working closely with the rest of the team and contributors, all from varying walks of life, and from diverse backgrounds, driving the translation of the vision and strategy into concrete results. What Janne does, in research, goes into action in reality. With over a decade of experience at brands, prior to joining ZDHC, she worked at Mexx as the Quality, Trim & Colour Coordinator, G-Star RAW supporting where she supported the first Raw Organic Collections and moved later to Tommy Hilfiger (PVH) as a Quality Assurance and Technical Support Manager. Her last position before joining the team was the British Burberry, as part of Sustainable Manufacturing.

  • Black and white photo of Yashinth Wijerathne
    Yashinth Wijerathne, Manager - Environmental Sustainability, Hirdaramani Apparel

    Yashinth Wijerathne is the Environmental Sustainability Manager at Hirdaramani Apparel. He overlooks environmental performance across Hirdaramani manufacturing in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. He is a sustainability professional with a background in climate science, energy management and renewable energy. Yashinth has successfully consulted and facilitated environmental programs & projects such as energy audits, cleaner production audits, green building certifications, and various environmental certifications for multiple organizations.Yashinth holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in project management as well as in energy management. Further he is an associate member of Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA).

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11:50 am - 12:20 pm

The Evolution of Verification

Our final morning session presents an in-depth exploration of the evolving landscape of sustainability verification within the industry. Following a presentation on verification, we open up the stage for a dynamic collaborative Q&A session.

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    Dhawal Mane, Director, Training and Verification, Cascale

    Dhawal is Cascale Senior Manager of Training and Verification and is based in Bangalore, India. He is responsible for building, maintaining, and improving verification and training programs for the Higg Index suite of tools and ensure that the Higg Index is a trusted and credible measure for sustainability performance and benchmarking.

    Prior to joining Cascale, Dhawal worked with C&A’s sustainable chemicals management team as a senior specialist. His role involved working with manufacturers of varying complexities and building their capacity to implement environment management systems. He has worked with vertically integrated textile manufacturer Pratibha Syntex as a sustainability manager and was responsible for executing sustainability projects like GHG accounting and reporting, life cycle analysis, internal and external sustainability communications.

    Dhawal has been recognized in the 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 cohort of global sustainability professionals. Through Sustainability Drinks Bangalore, he convenes the city’s sustainability community for networking and collaboration opportunities.

  • Black and white headshot of Jeremy Lardeau
    Jeremy Lardeau, Vice President, Higg Index, Cascale

    Jeremy Lardeau is the VP of the Higg Index at Cascale. As part of the leadership team, he oversees the strategic direction and development of the Higg Index suite of tools. Jeremy is based in Barcelona, Spain.

    Before joining Cascale team, Jeremy was Senior Director of Sustainability Analytics, at Nike, Inc. where he led sustainability reporting, performance management, data products, and reporting. Prior to Nike, Jeremy was a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ sustainability practice, successively working out of the Paris, Mexico City, and San Francisco offices.

    Jeremy holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the Ecole Centrale Paris. In his free time he is known to love travelling, running and alpine climbing, but actually enjoys most horseplaying with his three young boys.

12:20 pm - 12:25 pm

Morning Wrap Up

12:25 pm - 1:25 pm

Lunch & Networking

1:25 pm - 3:25 pm

Higg FEM 4.0 Training
4 hours total

Unlock the full potential of Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM) 4.0 through our immersive 4-hour in-person workshop. This course is meticulously crafted to empower participants with practical skills and insights essential for successful Higg FEM self-assessment and verification.

What to Expect:

  • Hands-On Training: Navigate the tool hands-on, providing a comprehensive understanding of its functionalities.
  • Skill Development: Acquire the skills needed to seamlessly complete the Higg FEM 4.0 self-assessment and verification, ensuring a smooth transition for your facility.
  • Expert Insights: Hear firsthand from industry experts who have successfully transitioned from 3.0 to 4.0, gaining valuable insights into the process.

This training includes engaging presentations by our expert team, a live Q&A session, and an opportunity for members to share their experiences. Join us in this transformative workshop to future-proof your facility and confidently embrace the transition to Higg FEM 4.0.

  • Black and white headshot of Angela Ng
    Angela Ng, Director, Higg Facility Tools, Cascale

    Angela is Cascale Higg Facility Tools Director. Previously, she worked at Cascale brand member Columbia, where she focused on sustainability in the social and labor program. Angela was also responsible for managing Columbia’s supply chain sustainability performance and initiatives. Implementing the Higg Facility Environmental Module was central to Angela’s efforts, from scaling adoption of the tool to integrating Higg FEM into Columbia’s business functions. Angela has been working with the Higg Index since its inception. She brings years of supply chain and industry experience. Angela lives by the mottos, “Make a difference” and “pay it forward.”

  • Black and white headshot of Deepak Kashyap
    Deepak Kashyap, Senior Manager, Higg Facility Tools, Cascale

    Deepak Kashyap is the Senior Manager, Higg Facility Tools at Cascale. His key responsibilities include: project management of the Higg FEM and FSLM, collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders, and facilitation and coordination of Cascale members’ involvement. This role will also continue the development of adoption resources that support the global scaling of the Higg Facility Module, QA testing in cooperation with technical teams, and coordination of communications and case studies. He is based in New Delhi, India.

    Prior to joining Cascale team, Deepak was a senior member of the sustainability compliance team at IKEA, India, where he led the development and maintenance of Social & Environment requirements and more sustainable agenda at South Asia supply chain. He has been a key contributor to sustainability projects and Supplier Sustainability Index for textile supplier at South Asia level working together with business partners. Deepak was also responsible for tools related to risk mapping, planning, supplier review at South Asia level and a tool related to supply chain traceability and impact assessment at the global level in IKEA. He studied Environment Law and Policy at National Law University, Delhi.

    In his free time Deepak enjoys watching movies and exploring sustainability initiatives around the world.

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  • Black and white headshot of Demith Gooneratne
    Demith Gooneratne, Senior Manager, Higg Facility Tools, Cascale

    Demith Gooneratne is the Senior Manager – Higg Facility Tools at Cascale. His Key Responsibilities include; Project Management of the Higg FEM and FSLM, in collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders, and facilitation and coordination of Cascale members’ involvement. This role also continues the development of adoption resources that support the global scaling of the Higg Facility Module and QA testing in cooperation with technical teams and coordination of communications and case studies. He is based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Prior to joining Cascale team, Demith was the Senior Manager – Environmental Sustainability at Hirdaramani International Exports (Pvt) Ltd; Sri Lanka , where he was largely responsible for the development of their Environmental Sustainability Department, and managing the environmental sustainability initiatives primarily in Sri Lanka for more than a decade and overlooking strategy level implementation in Bangladesh and Vietnam. He Holds a BSc Degree in Physical Science and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka).

    In his free time Demith enjoys swimming, watching Sci-Fi Movies and reading articles on new technologies and research findings related to Environment, Renewable Energy and Space Science.

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    Sudalaimuthu vs, Sustainability-Head, South India & Lab Operations, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

    Sudalaimuthu is the Head- sustainability chemical, Environmental programs at the Bureau Veritas, Bangalore. He is responsible for maintaining & driving Sustainability services such as ZDHC WWT, Higg Index, BVE3 the tool which suites for chemical inventory management, MRSL testing & training consultations, etc.

    • Approved ZDHC Accredited Training provider
    • Qualified Cascale HIGG FEM Trainer and Higg Index FEM
    • Approved Amfori BEPI Auditor in Environmental and Chemical Management system
    • Certified professional in Life Cycle Assessment
    • Certified professional of GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESG Reporting)
    • Act as Speaker and panelist on subjects like sustainability, sustainable chemical management, product stewardship (product safety)

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  • Black and white photo of Yashinth Wijerathne
    Yashinth Wijerathne, Manager - Environmental Sustainability, Hirdaramani Apparel

    Yashinth Wijerathne is the Environmental Sustainability Manager at Hirdaramani Apparel. He overlooks environmental performance across Hirdaramani manufacturing in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. He is a sustainability professional with a background in climate science, energy management and renewable energy. Yashinth has successfully consulted and facilitated environmental programs & projects such as energy audits, cleaner production audits, green building certifications, and various environmental certifications for multiple organizations.Yashinth holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in project management as well as in energy management. Further he is an associate member of Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA).

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1:25 pm - 3:25 pm

Science-Based Target Training
4 hours total

Embark on a transformative journey with our Science-Based Target Training, a 4-hour in-person workshop designed to equip participants with the essential knowledge and skills for setting impactful, science-based targets.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Importance of Setting Science-Based Targets: Grasp the significance and advantages of establishing science-based targets in driving global decarbonization efforts.
  • Practical Application: Develop a greenhouse gas inventory and set emission reduction targets using the SBTi’s target setting tool, ensuring practical application of acquired skills.
  • Strategic Positioning: Enhance your strategic positioning by aligning with the growing demand for global decarbonization efforts.

This comprehensive training features engaging presentations by seasoned sustainability professionals, interactive activities, and guided exercises for hands-on learning. Participants will also gain valuable insights into the newly launched Manufacturer Climate Action Program (MCAP). The course concludes with an online test to assess participants’ ability to apply acquired knowledge and skills, with a course certification awarded upon achieving a passing rate of at least 70%. Elevate your sustainability journey and contribute to a more sustainable future by mastering science-based targets.

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    Chu Ching, Decarbonization Program Coordinator, Cascale

    Chu Ching is a coordinator of the Decarbonization Program at Cascale. She ensures that Cascale’s collective action strategy and programs are planned, implemented, and monitored, while also collaborating with the program team, Higg Index team, and global membership team to conduct research, respond quickly to member inquiries, and update communication platforms. She is based in Hong Kong.

    Prior to joining Cascale, Chu worked as sustainability development assistant at Allied Sustainability And Environmental Consultants Group Limited. She was specialized in ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) consulting, green building, and decarbonization strategies planning. She graduated with a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Hong Kong.

    Chu enjoys public engagement that enhances people’ environmental awareness. Besides joining regular beach cleaning, Chu designed and launched an online educational game-based project to educate the public about local agriculture in Hong Kong recently. The program drew 16,000 site visitors in two months and the project was covered by the local newspapers.

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    Dr. Joyce Tsoi, Senior Director, Decarbonization Program, Cascale

    Joyce Tsoi is the Senior Director, Decarbonization Programs, Cascale. She leads Cascale’s Decarbonization programs and activities. She works closely with Cascale members and ecosystem partners to integrate sustainability into their business strategies, prioritize actions on climate change, accelerate sustainable environmental and social impacts and transform our industry into one that gives more than it takes- to the people and the planet.

    She brings over 17 years of diverse global industry experience, leading global supply chain sustainability program for multinational companies, driving key corporate and industry-wide sustainability strategies and efforts through the adoption and verification of Higg tools, water and wastewater compliance program, Science Based Targets (SBTs), energy efficiency and renewable energy program across multiple industry sectors including apparel and footwear, electronics, hardgoods, home goods, food and beverage, home goods and toys industries globally. She is also a Honorary Senior Lecturer of the Sustainability Leadership and Governance Program at the University of Hong Kong.

  • Ringo Yu, Manager, Manufacturer Climate Action Program (MCAP), Cascale

    Ringo Yu is the Manager of Manufacturer Climate Action Program at Cascale. He is responsible for building, implementing, maintaining, and improving this capacity building program to accelerate the efforts of apparel, footwear and textile manufacturing companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As one of Cascale’s key climate action drivers, Ringo delivers crucial support directly working with manufacturers on setting and validating science-aligned targets (SATs) for commitment and disclosure. He is based in Hong Kong.

    Prior to joining Cascale, Ringo was the Senior Manager of Sustainability at Concept4 Limited, where she worked on science-aligned targets (SATs) application for verification, B Corp Certification and EcoVadis assessment and Climate Disclosure Project (CDP)’s climate change survey. He got substantial working experience in sustainability compliance, supply chain sustainability, climate resilience and mitigation, net zero strategy formulation, complex stakeholders collaboration, marketing the sustainability initiatives from various industry sectors, substantial consultancy involvement of sustainability reporting covering the businesses in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Asia Pacific Countries.

    Ringo holds a MSc in occupational safety and health from University of Greenwich. He is an ISSP Sustainability Excellence Associate certified by International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), a Professional Member of World Institute of Sustainable Development Planners (WISDP), an EFFAS certified Environmental Social and Governance Analyst (CESGA®) certified by the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies and a Chartered Sustainable Supply Chain and Logistics Professional (CSSCLP™) certified by Chartered Institute of Professional Certifications.

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    Yasotharian Manavel, Manager, Decarbonization Program, Cascale

    Yasotharan Manivel is the Manager of the Decarbonization Program at Cascale. He is based in Chennai, India. He ensures that to drive large-scale, industry-wide environmental and social sustainability programs aimed to deliver exponential positive impacts to people and environment in the value chain. He will play a key role in setting Science Based Target and developing GHG/ carbon reduction roadmap, facilitating dialogue among stakeholders with diverse perspectives, build key short to mid-term plan based on consensus collected from the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.

    Before joining Cascale team, Yasotharan was the Operation Process Manger – Sustainable Development at Decathlon for India. Where he is responsible for the implementation of Decathlon’s overarching Sustainability Strategy with a special focus on Labour, Health & Safety, Worker Well Being, and Environment management to the supply chains. He responsibly implemented decarbonized supply chain programs to identify useful solutions and develop strategy to deploy plans for textile & Footwear industries such as CO2 Measurement, Target Set, and Energy efficiency Project & Renewable energy procurement. He developed and monitor the Supplier Autonomy Projects (Human Rights & Environment) and adopt the programs based on regional.

    He holds a Master Degree (MBA) in Environmental Management from Bharathidasan University. He is certified ISO 140001 Lead Auditor and he recently completed Strategy & Sustainability course from IESE Business School, University of Navarra. He enjoys spending time with family and kids and running.

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1:25 pm - 3:25 pm

Empowering Workers and Ensuring Equity Workshop

Join this dynamic workshop focused on empowering workers and ensuring equity in Indian manufacturing during this 4-hour breakout session. Dive into data insights specific to India, engage in discussions on health and safety standards, and explore strategies to enhance scoring methodology adoption—all with a dedicated focus on social labor rights.

What to Expect:

  • Driving Social Labor Excellence: Cascale & SLCP Collaboration: Gain insights from Cascale and Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) teams, setting the stage for an enriching session dedicated to worker empowerment through Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (FSLM) and Converged Assessment Framework (CAF).
  • India Performance Trends Through Data Insights: Delve deep into data insights tailored to the unique landscape of Indian manufacturers, offering valuable perspectives for informed decision-making that prioritizes social labor rights.
  • Ensuring Health and Safety: Remediation Planning: Explore the current health and safety standards for Indian manufacturing companies through a panel discussion with a focus on worker well-being and equity.
  • Peer to Peer Learning: Next for this session we will head firsthand anecdotes from industry experts, offering practical learnings and best practices to empower workers and ensure equity in the manufacturing sector.

Immerse yourself in this interactive and informative session designed to empower workers, prioritize social labor rights, and drive positive change in Indian manufacturing.

  • Alagesan Senniappan, Sr. Vice President, Quality Assurance, Sustainability, CSR, Eastman Exports
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    Angela Ng, Director, Higg Facility Tools, Cascale

    Angela is Cascale Higg Facility Tools Director. Previously, she worked at Cascale brand member Columbia, where she focused on sustainability in the social and labor program. Angela was also responsible for managing Columbia’s supply chain sustainability performance and initiatives. Implementing the Higg Facility Environmental Module was central to Angela’s efforts, from scaling adoption of the tool to integrating Higg FEM into Columbia’s business functions. Angela has been working with the Higg Index since its inception. She brings years of supply chain and industry experience. Angela lives by the mottos, “Make a difference” and “pay it forward.”

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    Arindama Banerjee, Associate Director, Client Services, ELEVATE

    Arindama Wankhede is with ELEVATE as Associate Director- Client Services based in India. She works with clients to help them shift from reactive to proactive when managing and monitoring their supply chains. Previously, Arindama was the lead for Tesco’s Responsible Sourcing program in India and Sri Lanka. She shaped the strategy and developed the team to implement the strategy. She brings together a well-rounded experience of working with suppliers, brands, factories, NGOs and auditing bodies. Beyond monitoring programs, she has contributed to many social supply chain initiatives, including financial literacy, worker health and wellbeing and implementing grievance mechanisms. Her extensive experience gives her unique perspective to design pragmatic solutions for complex supply chain issues creating win-win for all stakeholders.

    Arindama holds an Engineering degree in Fire Technology and Industrial Safety. She was the first female Safety Officer at an Indian factory. She is actively involved in enhancing social entrepreneurship and social responsibility programs in India and frequently serves as a guest lecturer.

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    Joseph Julian, Senior Director, Swasti

    Julian is a Senior Director in Swasti, a non-profit entity, working in public health for the past two decades and more. With close to 22 years of experience, Julian has been working with range of stakeholders in the South Asia/South East Asia and West/South Africa Region implementing programs related to strengthening supply chain through worker related trainings with multiple brands and buying houses, and other development project initiatives with Bilateral and Multilateral organizations. Julian is the Project Director of Walmart Vriddhi program, implemented by Swasti in partnership with Walmart, which intends to develop and train 50,000 MSMEs in India over a period of 5 years, focusing on their business growth and in the process create market connect opportunities. The program has trained more than 40,000 MSMEs across India and has supported in onboarding more than 9000 MSMEs on E-commerce platform.

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  • Lavanya Garg, Director, Partnerships, People Operations, Good Business Lab

    Lavanya is passionate about and has experience working in sustainability and its many intersections, specifically well-being, gender, labor, fashion supply chain, and people-centric work cultures. She loves turning ideas into something concrete and has done this both as a founder and early employee. She believes in leading with kindness, trust, and authenticity.

    She works as Director (Partnerships & People Operations) at Good Business Lab (GBL), a not-for-profit proving the business case for worker well-being in low-income settings. She joined GBL as the first employee and spearheaded its growth to 100+ global employees. She provides strategic inputs on GBL’s operations, development, and international expansion as part of the senior leadership team, develops and implement organizational policies & culture as the People Operations vertical head, and builds critical stakeholder relationships as the Partnerships vertical head.

    Previously, she co-founded a rural India-focused not-for-profit student volunteer organization (Asmat) and India’s first sustainable fashion community (SUSS). She studied economics at Lady Shri Ram College and Yale University.

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    Murali Kumaraswamy, Worker Engagement Specialist, Ulula Inc
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    Orine Dsouza, Senior Manager, Higg Facility Tools, Cascale

    Orine Dsouza is the Senior Manager of Higg tools for Cascale, the apparel, footwear, and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production. She will be responsible for managing and improving the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM) and their suite of resources. The goal of this position is to continue integrating the input of Coalition members, facilities, and stakeholders into the tools and resources through effective engagement and facilitation, in order to scale the adoption of these tools globally. She is based in Bangalore/India.

    Before joining Cascale team, Orine was the Supply Chain Sustainability Manager for India and Sri Lanka at H&M. This includes setting the strategy, planning, controlling and analysis of impact for the supply chain. She has been a key contributor, providing guidance on strategy, policies, and planning for long-term sustainability. Orine was responsible for leading the team in implementing the Annual Action Plans (Validation, Program and Projects) in cooperation with the business team and suppliers. She also handled any escalation that came from the supplier level, and provided support in managing and mitigating issues.

    Orine has a Master’s degree in Social Work. In her free time, Orine loves to see new places and bake/ cook new cuisine.

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    Pradeep Paul, Sr. Director, Client Excellence, Labor Solutions Global

    With a career spanning 13 years in the realm of account management and client relations, Pradeep stands as a professional in fostering client partnerships and driving business growth through strategic account management.

    In his role as the Senior Director of Client Excellence at Labor Solutions, Pradeep has spearheaded pivotal initiatives to drive worker engagement and tailored bespoke solutions that align with brand and manufacturer objectives across countries.

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  • Reshma K T, Support Lead - India, Social & Labor Convergence Program

    India Support Lead, Social & Labor Convergence Program | SLCP

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    Shankar AG, Director, Programs, Swasti

    Shankar serves as the Director of Programs at Swasti, a global public health organization that incubates innovative and scalable social and business impact solutions through multi sectoral collaborations and partnerships. It also influences policies nationally and internationally. Over the past two decades, Shankar has been involved in research, system building, and institutionalizing a caring culture in supply chains, creating pathways for thousands of workers to experience well-being at their workplaces. Shankar heads Health@Work, an initiative of Swasti that drives towards shaping businesses by making their supply chains and workforces ‘Inclusive, Healthier, and Resilient. Shankar has worked in various development sector organizations, including at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences. He is passionate about public health, gender equity, women’s empowerment, and worker well-being.

    Shankar speaks about the gap between workers’ contribution to society and how little society takes care of them. He brings in an honest and real experience of how investing in workers’ health and wellbeing can lead to social return on investment for both workers and business.

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3:25 pm - 4:00 pm

Coffee & Networking

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Higg FEM 4.0 Training continued

Science-Based Target Training continued

Empowering Workers and Ensuring Equity Workshop continued

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