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Corporate Responsibility

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Content and subjects focused on state and federal regulations. This area will focus on product, corporate, social and environmental responsibility. In addition to supply chain security. All of these sessions count towards the product safety awareness program. 

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: It’s Not Easy Being The Compliance Officer—How Not To Be The Bad Guy

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This panel discussion will take a frank look at the challenges of being a compliance officer. Panelists will share tips on how to build consensus; how to say no without damaging relationships; how to get buy-in from the top; and how to build a culture of product responsibility.

    This panel discussion will take a frank look at the challenges of being a compliance officer. Panelists will share tips on how to build consensus; how to say no without damaging relationships; how to get buy-in from the top; and how to build a culture of product responsibility. 

    Kim Bakalyar

    Chief Compliance Officer, PromoShop Inc.

    Kim Bakalyar, PromoShop Inc’s Chief Compliance Officer, started work in the promotional products industry in 1980 on the distributor side and joined forces with PromoShop, Inc. in 2004 as director of supplier relations. Kim has worked in all aspects on the distributor side while focusing primarily on research, sourcing, vendor relations and product safety and responsibility. Kim is a past president of SAAC and has previously volunteered on the PPAI Promotional Apparel Advisory Council and PPAI Distributors Committee. She is a current member of the PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG).

    Chris Pearson

    Director of Compliance, Spector & Co.

    Chris Pearson is the director of compliance for Spector & Co. Chris joined Spector 2017 after a long career in the highly regulated juvenile products industry.  

    Throughout his 20-year career within the Juvenile products industry, Chris specialized in Infant safety and security, and in the development and certification of infant restraints. He worked closely with regulatory bodies, manufacturers,  sales and marketing teams, as well as directly with clients—giving him exposure and an in-depth understanding of many facets of the business.  

    In August 2018, Spector appointed Chris as director of compliance and overseas operations—adding oversight of the company’s China operations to his portfolio. Chris travels abroad several times a year to personally review procedures with manufacture owners, local government and the Spector team to ensure that compliance standards are met and maintained.

    JillAnn Rogoz

    Senior Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance, Prime Line

    Jill Rogoz is an 12-year industry veteran and the senior director of compliance and quality assurance at Prime Line, Hard Goods Division of alphabroder, and a Top 10 supplier in the promotional products industry.  As senior director of compliance and quality assurance, she oversees the safety, compliance and quality assurance programs at multiple manufacturing facilities at Prime Line.  Prime is a founding member of QCA and Jill is the team leader for Prime’s QCA program.  

    Kyle Earing

    Director of Quality and Operations, Blink Marketing, Inc.

    Kyle Earing is the director of quality and operations at Blink Marketing, Inc. in Franklin, Tennessee. In his role, Kyle works to enhance the quality program at Blink Marketing and establish key partnerships within the supply chain to ensure quality, conformance and performance for their client’s products.    Kyle has over a decade of experience working within the quality and the promotional products arena. Kyle is a certified FSSC 22000 lead auditor. Under Kyle’s leadership, Blink Marketing achieved a significant accomplishment by recently becoming Mar’s Global’s highest rated premium and promotional products supplier.  

    Nat Bullock

    Product Responsibility and Global Services Manager, Geiger

    Nat Bullock is the product responsibility and global services manager for Geiger.  Nat is a 2001 graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration on operations management and was the winner of the 2001 Southern Maine Entrepreneurship Business Plan competition.                                            

    Prior to joining Geiger, Nat was the logistics and purchasing manager for a Fortune 500 manufacturer of technical fabrics where he oversaw production planning for multiple manufacturing locations in the U.S. as well as the purchasing of raw materials from sources in Canada, Asia, Europe, and South America.           

    Nat joined Geiger in 2011 as planning and logistics manager for their manufacturing division and has also held the position of project manager in their IT department before taking on the compliance roll in 2015.  Nat oversees the areas of product compliance as well as logistical compliance for international shipping and hazardous goods shipping and develops compliance related education programs for their sales partners and internal staff.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Intellectual Property

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What does it really take to protect your intellectual property and defend your rights? Copyrights, trademarks, patents abound – the tangible creations we humans want to protect from infringement and misuse are virtually endless. Lessons learned from a real-life experience will make you better prepared should you need to defend your IP rights.

    What does it really take to protect your intellectual property and defend your rights? Copyrights, trademarks, patents abound – the tangible creations we humans want to protect from infringement and misuse are virtually endless. Lessons learned from a real-life experience will make you better prepared should you need to defend your IP rights.

    Justin Miller

    Patent Attorney, Larson and Larson

    Justin Miller is a patent attorney with Larson and Larson concentrating on patent prosecution with an emphasis on mechanical devices. He also prepares infringement and non-infringement opinions in a multitude of fields, including medical devices and nutraceuticals. Justin has experience with challenging pending patent applications using third-party submissions and foreign filing options and strategy. His professional experience is in the field of petrochemicals, particularly liquefied natural gas. He now applies his piping skills to home improvements, with plans to build additional boats and fine furniture. He was fortunate enough to meet his wife Trista, whom he married in 2014.

    Justin is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stetson University College of Law and is board certified in intellectual property law by the Florida Bar. 

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Keynote: Modern Slavery And Human Trafficking—What Are Your Obligations?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Michael R. Littenberg, an attorney and partner with Ropes and Gray, will review why this issue is still relevant and who is at risk. Littenberg will review what is required to comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, as well as emerging regulations in Australia, Canada and other countries.

    Michael R. Littenberg, an attorney and partner with Ropes and Gray, will review why this issue is still relevant and who is at risk. Littenberg will review what is required to comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, as well as emerging regulations in Australia, Canada and other countries.

    Michael Littenberg

    Senior Partner, Ropes & Gray

    Michael Littenberg is a senior partner at Ropes & Gray.  As part of his practice, for almost 30 years, Michael has been active in advising leading public and private companies, asset managers and asset owners on ESG, corporate social responsibility and supply chain compliance matters, and he is widely viewed as a leading practitioner in this emerging area.  Michael advises clients on, among other things: compliance with a wide range of enacted, pending and proposed regulatory requirements, “soft law” instruments and industry and NGO codes of conduct, standards, frameworks and guidance; due diligence; risk and impact assessments; structuring and implementing tailored compliance policies, procedures, programs and codes of conduct; public benefit corporations; impact and socially responsible investing; green bonds; training; benchmarking; regulatory and voluntary disclosures and other communications; stakeholder engagement; crisis management; and grievance mechanisms.  Michael has authored over 100 articles and other thought leadership pieces on ESG, corporate social responsibility and supply chain compliance, is highly ranked on numerous top influencer lists and has been a member of numerous advisory panels on a range of issues in this subject area.  Michael can be contacted at michael.littenberg@ropesgray.com.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Voluntary Standards

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A panel of standards experts will address how voluntary standards affect safety. It will address how standards are formalized; the struggle to harmonize international standards and the considerations that must be made when selecting a new product that may not have established voluntary standards.

    A panel of standards experts will address how voluntary standards affect safety. It will address how standards are formalized; the struggle to harmonize international standards and the considerations that must be made when selecting a new product that may not have established voluntary standards.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is Senior Technical Consultant at QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection).  With over 30 years of experience, she is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods.  She has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars globally.  She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees.  She is also a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and a previous member of the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

    Ms. DeRagon received a B.S degree in business administration from Bay Path College, Magna Cum Laude.


    Leonard Morrissey

    Director of Global Business Development and Strategy, ASTM International

    Len Morrissey is the director of global business development and strategy with ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. 

    Len is responsible for the identification and development of new business opportunities and ventures across ASTM’s full spectrum of products and services.  He leads a team that creates and executes innovative, strategic organizational initiatives based on market trends, national/international priorities, emerging technologies, marketplace challenges and innovation.  

    Since joining ASTM in 1995, Len has served in a number of leadership roles in the Standards Development Division, ultimately directing a team that managed the standards activities for diverse portfolio of over 50 global industry sectors.  From 2007-2018, he oversaw all operational, strategic and regulatory initiatives related to the safety of consumers for a wide range of product categories. In this capacity, he worked closely with lawmakers, industry, regulators and consumer stakeholders to develop needed solutions to complex international trade and regulatory challenges. 

    He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Safety Organization (ICPHSO) and sits on the Standards Development Organization Advisory Committee under the auspices of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).   

    A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Len holds a bachelor of arts degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences with additional concentrations in Business and History and a masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Villanova University.

    Tom Blewitt

    Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, UL Connected Technologies

    Tom Blewitt is vice president and chief technical officer for UL's connected technologies businesses. He is based in New York and has spent the majority of his 40+ year career in engineering and engineering management roles involving product safety. 

    A William Henry Merrill Society member and corporate fellow, Tom is responsible for technical consistency, integrity and engineering quality for UL's standards and certification activities. He has extensive experience in the development of US, regional and international safety standards and was recognized with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Meritorious Service Award and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) "1906 Award."  He has been Convener of IEC TC61 WG31 (“Batteries”) and a member of the IEC Advisory Committee on Safety (ACOS).

    Tom has published numerous articles and has regularly presented to trade association and government audiences on product safety, standardization and international safety standards harmonization.  He holds a BSEE and MS Mgt. from Polytechnic Institute of NY.  He is also a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York and a member of the U.S. National Fire Protection Association. 

    Dana Baiocco

    CPSC Commissioner

    Dana Baiocco joined the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on June 1, 2018. She was confirmed by the Senate on May 22, 2018. Ms. Baiocco’s appointment by President Donald Trump is for a seven-year term, retroactively beginning on October 27, 2017.

    Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Baiocco was a partner at Jones Day, where she was a member of the firm’s Business and Tort Litigation Practice. She joined Jones Day’s Pittsburg Office in 1998 and, in 2011, she was among the first partners to join the Firm’s Boston Office when it opened. While at Jones Day, Ms. Baiocco provided strategic business advice for clients in high-intensity trials involving mass torts, consumer and industrial products, and medical devices at the federal, state, and international level. She counseled clients on risk mitigation, compliance with regulatory and reporting obligations, warranties, and product recalls. And she litigated on behalf of clients in antitrust, construction, and bankruptcy matters.


    Prior to joining Jones Day, Ms. Baiocco served as a federal law clerk to The Honorable Gustave Diamond, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
    Ms. Baiocco served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates, (2009-2011), during which she presided over all discussions, debates, votes, and the adoption of resolutions by this policy making arm of the Association and also held other bar association roles.


    Ms. Baiocco earned her law degree from Duquesne University, cum laude, and was awarded the Justice Louis Mandarino Honor Society for Achievement in Trial and Appellate Advocacy. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from Ohio University. Ms. Baiocco also holds a private pilot certificate.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: The Problem With Plastics

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This plastics pioneer will address not only the global problem with plastics, but will lay out solutions as well. Mike Biddle has patented a series of techniques for separating and refining plastic waste to produce quality materials for reuse in the industry. His innovative recycling process diverts plastic waste from landfills and the ocean while negating the need for new oil-based plastics.

    This plastics pioneer will address not only the global problem with plastics, but will lay out solutions as well. Mike Biddle has patented a series of techniques for separating and refining plastic waste to produce quality materials for reuse in the industry. His innovative recycling process diverts plastic waste from landfills and the ocean while negating the need for new oil-based plastics.

    Michael Biddle, PhD

    Managing Director, Ekok Innovations

    Dr. Mike Biddle is the managing director of Evok Innovations, an entrepreneur-led CleanTech venture fund that aims to increase the scale, diversity and quality of early-stage innovations focused on clean energy, reducing the time it takes to commercialize technologies. Evok accomplishes this by connecting entrepreneurs with flexible capital, mentors and industry partners. 

    Before Evok, Mike founded MBA Polymers—literally from his garage. He grew MBA to the world’s leading multi-national company recovering plastics from end-of-life durable goods, such as computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and now household waste. When the company was sold, it had a processing capacity of over 300 million lbs/yr in Europe and China.  Some of the largest manufacturers in the world have used MBA’s plastics to replace virgin plastics in their new products.   

    Mike worked for several large companies, namely General Electric, Cummins Engine Company and Dow Chemical, before striking out on his own in 1992.  Mike received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, both with high honors.  He was also a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, graduating with an MS in Management Science.

    Mike, who is often called the “Garbage Man” for his groundbreaking work in extracting valuable resources from highly complex waste streams around the world, has won numerous international awards.  In fact, he just picked up both the 2017 SME Circulars Award and the Davos Prize at this years’ World Economic Forum for the company he founded 

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Designing For Vulnerable Consumers—A Focus On Senior Safety

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Special safety considerations must be made when designing for vulnerable audiences. As Boomers age, the senior market will expand and with it so will the particular safety and accessibility issues for this demographic. CPSC Commissioner Adler will address the unique challenges and responsibilities associated with senior safety.

    Special safety considerations must be made when designing for vulnerable audiences. As Boomers age, the senior market will expand and with it so will the particular safety and accessibility issues for this demographic. CPSC Commissioner Adler will address the unique challenges and responsibilities associated with senior safety.

    Robert Adler

    Commissioner at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Robert S. Adler is a Commissioner at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He began serving as a Commissioner August 18, 2009. He was renominated by President Obama on May 14, 2014 and confirmed by the senate on December 2, 2014. His term runs through October 2021.

    Prior to Commissioner Adler's appointment, he served on the Obama Transition Team and co-authored a report on the CPSC for the Obama administration.

    Bob was previously a professor of Legal Studies at the University of North Carolina as the Luther Hodges Jr., Scholar in Ethics and Law at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. At the University of North Carolina, he served as the Associate Dean of the MBA Program and as Associate Dean for the School's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program. Bob was a professor, he taught courses in business law, business ethics, business-government relations and negotiation. He won a university-wide teaching award, the Tanner Award, in 1996, and the undergraduate program's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1990. In 2004, he received the Gerald Barrett Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and service to the MBA Program.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: California Proposition 65—What Do The Last 12 Months Tell Us?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    It’s been a little over 12 months since the new CA Prop 65 regulations went into effect. What can we learn from the notices, settlements and trends? Dan Herling will share what you need to do to ensure your internal procedures and practices continue are keeping up with recent litigation trends.

    It’s been a little over 12 months since the new CA Prop 65 regulations went into effect. What can we learn from the notices, settlements and trends? Dan Herling will share what you need to do to ensure your internal procedures and practices continue are keeping up with recent litigation trends.

    Dan Herling

    Consumer Product Litigation Attorney

    Dan Herling is a leading defense attorney focused on product liability issues relating to consumer products. Dan has successfully defended clients in class actions alleging false or misleading labeling or advertising of foods, cosmetics, over the counter drugs and dietary supplements. These claims have involved probiotics, “natural” ingredients, “clinically-proven” results, lack of efficacy, lack of substantiation, and failure to disclose. His trial work also encompasses defense of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, commercial litigation and privacy and data security. Dan advises international companies in the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic remedies, and dietary supplement industries. He has served as defense counsel in over 3,000 product liability cases and represented companies in both state and federal courts in California and the U.S. Dan routinely advises clients on regulatory matters as well as the selection of local counsel and lead trial attorneys. His commercial litigation practice has covered a wide spectrum of issues and included representation of several international companies based in Italy, Mexico, India, United Kingdom, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Australia, and Switzerland.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Button Cell Batteries And Other Choking Hazards

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Many electronic products contain button batteries in the household setting, and these pose a serious risk if placed in the ear canal, nasal cavity, or swallowed. When lodged within the body, they can cause severe, potentially life-threatening injury in a matter of hours. In this session, participants will learn about the spectrum of button battery injuries and mitigation strategies. Medical evaluation and management of other types of foreign bodies of the ear canal, nasal cavity, aerodigestive tract will also be discussed in this session by Dr. Kris Jatana.

    Many electronic products contain button batteries in the household setting, and these pose a serious risk if placed in the ear canal, nasal cavity, or swallowed.  When lodged within the body, they can cause severe, potentially life-threatening injury in a matter of hours. In this session, participants will learn about the spectrum of button battery injuries and mitigation strategies.  Medical evaluation and management of other types of foreign bodies of the ear canal, nasal cavity, aerodigestive tract will also be discussed in this session by Dr. Kris Jatana.

    Dr. Kris Jatana

    associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital

    Dr. Kris Jatana is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jatana has been an author on more than 80 manuscripts and book chapters, and in excess of 100 presentations at scientific meetings.  Since 2012, Dr. Jatana has served a leadership role on the National Button Battery Task Force. Dr. Jatana is the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology Quality Improvement at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and he has served in surgical subspecialty leadership role for the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric.  He is a recognized medical expert and consultant for consumer product safety.  Over the years, numerous national and international media outlets have interviewed Dr. Jatana, which has had an impact on consumer education.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Remarks by CPSC Acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Keynote CPSC update by CPSC Acting Chair Anne Marie Buerkle regarding the perspective, realities and priorities of this independent Federal agency.

    Keynote CPSC update by CPSC Acting Chair Anne Marie Buerkle regarding the perspective, realities and priorities of this independent Federal agency.

    CPSC Acting Chair Anne Marie Buerkle

    Acting Chair at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Ann Marie Buerkle has served as a Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) since July of 2013. She was named Acting Chairman of the agency on February 9, 2017. On July 24, 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Ms. Buerkle to be permanent Chairman and to an additional seven year term to the Commission.

    Prior to joining the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ms. Buerkle served the people of Upstate New York’s 25th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in Congress, Ms. Buerkle served on the Oversight & Government Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. She served as Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health. While in Congress, Ms. Buerkle was also appointed by President Obama to serve as a United States Representative to the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.


    While in Congress, Ms. Buerkle strived to work across party lines on policies that would improve the nation’s economy, reduce wasteful government spending, provide tax relief to the middle class, and ensure veterans had access to the resources and care that they earned.


    Prior to being elected to Congress, Ms. Buerkle was appointed, in 1997 by then Attorney General Dennis Vacco, as an Assistant New York State Attorney General representing the State of New York on behalf of Upstate Medical University, a role she held for 13 years.


    Ms. Buerkle graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1972 and in 1977 she graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Science Degree. In 1991, Ms. Buerkle attended Syracuse University College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1994.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Sourcing Beyond China

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The recent focus on tariffs has driven many companies to seek new sources for product manufacturing, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. This panel will address the many issues you’ll need to consider including the regulatory climate of the country, logistics, known human rights issues, availability of raw materials and much, much more.

    The recent focus on tariffs has driven many companies to seek new sources for product manufacturing, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. This panel will address the many issues you’ll need to consider including the regulatory climate of the country, logistics, known human rights issues, availability of raw materials and much, much more.

    Nathan Cotter

    Vice President of Compliance, Hit Promotional Products, Inc.

    Nathan Cotter is the vice president of compliance at Hit Promotional Products, Inc., ranked among the top 5 promotional product suppliers in the nation.  The compliance team at Hit is comprised of 5 full-time members responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance, and social responsibility throughout a diverse supply chain.  Nathan holds a BA from Monmouth College, is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group and also serves on the QCA Compliance Committee.  

    Cassi Wright

    Training and Capacity Manager, FLA

    Cassi Wright is the training and capacity building manager for FLA. Cassi joined the FLA in 2017 to build and develop the training and capacity building program for the FLA’s 2,500+ affiliates. Her goal is to help companies implement and sustain higher labor standards through various forms of guidance, training, resources, and tools. She focuses on identifying supply chain gaps in order to employ capacity building where the risk is greatest to workers. Previously, Cassi worked as a CSR/Sustainability consultant at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), a global non-profit, where she advised global Fortune 500 companies on strategy, remediation, and integration efforts focused on manufacturing and sourcing, labor rights, supplier engagement, and human rights impact assessments. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Mars & Co., working in multiple industries and markets to develop high-level strategies for multi-national companies. Cassi served as rotary ambassador in the Dominican Republic and was a business Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholar in Mexico, where she worked at Scotiabank. She obtained her B.A. in organizational development and spanish from Claremont Mckenna College in 2003 and her M.B.A. from The Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University in 2004.

    Larry Whitney

    Director, Global Compliance, PCNA

    Larry Whitney has been with Polyconcept since 2005. As director, global compliance, he provides guidance to Polyconcept’s business units – PCNA in North America, PFCI in Europe and Polyconcept GBS in Asia—on issues related to corporate social responsibility, product safety, and import regulations.   Larry also manages PCNA’s North American import operations, including the logistics teams moving cargo to the US from over a dozen countries around the world.

    Larry is a past president of the Board of Directors for Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), and serves on QCA’s compliance committee.   He also serves on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group. In addition, for a number of years he has participated in PPAI’s L.E.A.D. meetings on Capitol Hill, educating members of Congress on key issues related to the promotional products industry.
    Larry is a Certified Supply Chain Professional through APICS, and has a certificate in Product Safety Management from the John Cook School of Business at St. Louis University.  He has spoken on issues related to product safety and regulations governing imported products at events held by the International Product Health and Safety Organization, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and PPAI.

    Oliver Knack

    CEO, Asia Quality Focus (AQF)

    Oliver Knack is the CEO of Asia Quality Focus (AQF), a quality control solutions company offering product inspection, factory audit and lab testing to clients importing promotional products and other consumer goods from Asia. Originally from Australia, Oliver has worked in manufacturing, sourcing and quality control in various capacities and visited and worked in hundreds of factories in the Asia Pacific region.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Social Responsibility

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What drives social responsibility initiatives? What are the key issues our clients need answered?

    What drives social responsibility initiatives? What are the key issues our clients need answered?

    Frank Vasquez

    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Hanesbrand, Inc.

    Frank Vasquez is the director of corporate social responsibility for Hanesbrands Inc. He received his B.S. in systems design engineering from ITESM (Monterrey Technological Institute) In Monterrey, Mexico. He started his career with Hanes (Sara Lee at the time) 20 years ago as an engineer at the Dominican Republic operations. In 2003, he was moved to the corporate headquarters to lead the underwear operations in the safety and environmental areas. In 2006 when Hanes spun from Sara Lee, Frank was part of the team that started the corporate social responsibility initiative for the new company. As global director of CSR, Frank leads the company initiatives in ethics, compliance sustainability and community relations. Since 2010, he has led Hanes’ global community relations flagship program Green for Good with the implementation of life changing programs in the areas health, environmental sustainability and education in the communities where Hanes is located around the globe. In Winston Salem, where he resides, he is actively involved with the Hispanic League sitting on their education committee working with youngster to stay in school.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: End Buyer Panel

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What keeps our customers up at night? What do our customers expect when sourcing promotional products? We all know what the client needs in order to rest assured when they hand out promotional products to their own customers…or do we? We’ll start with some general insight questions, venture a bit more in-depth, and then let participants ask the questions we may not have considered. Get the inside dish as a panel of end buyers shares their perspectives during this moderated discussion.

    What keeps our customers up at night? What do our customers expect when sourcing promotional products? We all know what the client needs in order to rest assured when they hand out promotional products to their own customers…or do we? We’ll start with some general insight questions, venture a bit more in-depth, and then let participants ask the questions we may not have considered. Get the inside dish as a panel of end buyers shares their perspectives during this moderated discussion.

    Tabatha Bauer

    Tabatha Bauer is the Director of Logistics & Compliance for Staples Promotional Products, one of the largest distributors in the promotional products industry.  She is responsible for managing a North American expanded team who oversee logistics operations, product safety, social responsibility, C-TPAT compliance, import and export trade compliance for both the US and Canada.  Tabatha interacts with clients who are some of the most well-known brands in the world to learn of their unique compliance needs and implements those throughout the supply chain. Tabatha has been in the promotional products industry since 2000 and has worked both on the manufacturer and distributor sides of the business.  She is on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO (International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization), a member of PPAI PRAG (Product Responsibility Action Group) and the ICPA (International Compliance Professional Association). 

    Cathy Choffin

    McDonald's Corp.

    Cathy Choffin is part of the global safety and security department at McDonald’s Corp. and is focused on safety in the areas of  consumer products, restaurant (employee and customer), packaging, seating & decor and PlayPlace. Additionally, she has responsibility for standards development and emergency response preparation coordination.

    In this role, Cathy is responsible for assessing safety risks from a global and US perspective, developing strategies and safety standards, and communicating best practices designed to protect people, customers and the brand.  She strongly believes in the need for collaboration, sharing best practices and getting to a better “yes.”  

    Manny Grace

    Associate General Counsel, The Walt Disney Company

    Manuel G. Grace is associate general counsel to The Walt Disney Company, the world’s largest entertainment company. Manny is head of the environmental, health and safety practice group, which is part of the Corporate Legal Department.  Manny’s responsibilities include a broad array of legal matters including, products liability, environmental compliance and occupational safety. Manny supports Disney’s product integrity team, which is charged with reviewing the safety of all Disney-branded products sold or distributed to the public by Disney to confirm that those products meet all applicable requirements.  

    Prior to joining Disney in December of 1992, Manny was with the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where he was head of the environmental law group since 1990. At Milbank, Manny specialized in the environmental aspects of energy development as well as the representation of multinational companies and banks with regard to environmental matters. Prior to that, he was associated with the law firm of Sidley & Austin where his experience included environmental work on federal, state and local levels since 1986.  

    Manny graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 with a B.A. in Psychology. He earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1982, where he was Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.  Manny also clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Hon. Lawrence W. Pierce.

    Manny is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Notre Dame University Alumni Association and a current board member of the California State Parks Foundation. He is also a former Chairman of the Board of the Society of Product Licensor’s Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE). Manny is a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. In addition, he is a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the California Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.  Manny is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.  

    Rick Brenner, MAS+

    President/CEO, Logical Advisors

    Rick Brenner, MAS+, is president/CEO of Logical Advisors which provides advisory services to leading industry distributors and suppliers. This year marks the seventh year Rick has co-chaired PPAI’s Product Responsibility Summit. A 19-year veteran of the promotional products industry, 12 as president and CEO of industry supplier Prime Resources, he has long history of industry leadership as well as advocacy for product safety and responsible sourcing. He is a former chairman of PPAI. He was a founder of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), a member of QCA’s governance committee and served for seven years as chair of QCA’s compliance committee. Rick has also served as president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, the preeminent global product safety organization.

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  • Safety of Battery-Powered and Laser-Embedded Devices in the Home and Workplace

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Battery safety has become critical as mobility becomes a requirement for common devices used in the home and in the workplace. As the market learns and evolves from past incidences in the field, battery requirements have also been keeping up in addressing potential hazards and risks. As manufacturers develop products for home and the workplace, it becomes most critical that proper battery evaluations are conducted referencing the proper industry standards for batteries as a component and as it operates safely with the end product. Use of lasers in end products can present hazards and concerns for consumers. We will cover basics of laser safety compliance. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Battery safety has become critical as mobility becomes a requirement for common devices used in the home and in the workplace. As the market learns and evolves from past incidences in the field, battery requirements have also been keeping up in addressing potential hazards and risks. As manufacturers develop products for home and the workplace, it becomes most critical that proper battery evaluations are conducted referencing the proper industry standards for batteries as a component and as it operates safely with the end product. Use of lasers in end products can present hazards and concerns for consumers. We will cover basics of laser safety compliance.

    In this webinar, we will cover
    • Current battery cell and pack standards and requirements used in consumer products both at home and at work
    • A general overview of how battery cell and pack standards are applied in end-product safety standards
    • An update on recently announced requirements from Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    • Basics of laser safety


    This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Michael Sakamoto

    senior global business development manager for UL

    Michael Sakamoto is the senior global business development manager for UL, a global accredited compliance testing and certification company. He manages the development of global services with focus on consumer product safety.  He has been with UL for nine years and brings a commercial and business development background from working at Sony Electronics for over 15 years managing sales distribution, supply chain and logistics. Current projects include development of programs to certify and test batteries and battery-powered devices such as electronic cigarettes, e-bikes, hoverboards, and certification and testing laser products for optical radiation safety.

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  • EU Market Expansion

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In the promotional products industry, there is a high awareness of how national legislation applies to the goods that are both made and sold. But how does compliance translate into expanding your market to include European countries? This presentation by Jennifer Barbarisi and Melanie Schubert is designed to look into the applicable EU legislation for toys and children’s products, common promotional product categories and will include chemical requirements like REACH, including SVHC and RoHS. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    In the promotional products industry, there is a high awareness of how national legislation applies to the goods that are both made and sold. But how does compliance translate into expanding your market to include European countries? This presentation by Jennifer Barbarisi and Melanie Schubert is designed to look into the applicable EU legislation for toys and children’s products, common promotional product categories and will include chemical requirements like REACH, including SVHC and RoHS. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Aware program.

    Jennifer Barbarisi

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Jennifer Barbarisi is part of TÜV Rheinland’s North America retail team. In her role as a senior regulatory and product compliance consultant, Barbarisi supports clients based in North America with compliance to national and international regulations affecting the toy and promotional products industries. In addition, Barbarisi works closely with TÜV’s global laboratories on alignment and interpretation of U.S. federal and state regulations. Barbarisi has over 10 years of hands-on technical experience in product safety and compliance for consumer products. Formerly working for UL and STR, Barbarisi held the position of North American toy technical lead and has served as the global account manager for several toy companies. Barbarisi has been involved with committees, including the ASTM F15.22 subcommittees, ASTM F15 juvenile product subcommittees, Safety Standards and Technical Committee (SSTC) and TS TAG to ISO/TC 181 on Toy Safety. Barbarisi completed Saint Louis University’s Advanced Product Safety Management course in September 2017. 

    Melanie Schubert

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Melanie Schubert is a board approved food chemist, who received her master's degree from a leading German University. She has been responsible for food contact material services at the TÜV Rheinland Shanghai lab for five years. In 2015, she joined the North America retail team as a regulatory and compliance manager for food contact articles and other chemical services.

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  • ICPHSO 2019 Recap: United for Safety

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join Susan DeRagon for this session, where she will share information from the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s 2019 annual meeting and training symposium. This year’s conference included tutorials on social media and consumer product misuse as well as concerns over product safety and privacy in an interconnected world. Some of the breakout sessions included topics such as mitigation strategies related to foreign body hazards and proactive safety engineering. The plenary topics of the sessions included ensuring the safety of products sold online and evolving approaches for innovation and technology. The annual CPSC day included updates on the impact of the new makeup of the Commission and some of the commissioners’ policy views regarding education campaigns, voluntary vs. mandatory standards and a variety of other issues that come before the Commission. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Join Susan DeRagon for this session, where she will share information from the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s 2019 annual meeting and training symposium. This year’s conference included tutorials on social media and consumer product misuse as well as concerns over product safety and privacy in an interconnected world. Some of the breakout sessions included topics such as mitigation strategies related to foreign body hazards and proactive safety engineering. The plenary topics of the sessions included ensuring the safety of products sold online and evolving approaches for innovation and technology. The annual CPSC day included updates on the impact of the new makeup of the Commission and some of the commissioners’ policy views regarding education campaigns, voluntary vs. mandatory standards and a variety of other issues that come before the Commission. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is Senior Technical Consultant at QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection).  With over 30 years of experience, she is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods.  She has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars globally.  She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees.  She is also a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and a previous member of the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

    Ms. DeRagon received a B.S degree in business administration from Bay Path College, Magna Cum Laude.


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  • It Pays To Prepare: Know Your State’s Chemical Regulations To Mitigate Risk

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/23/2019

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session by Jennifer Barbarisi and Danielle Iverson will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session qualifies as an "elective" under the Product Safety Aware Program.

    Increased regulations of chemicals and consumer products containing regulated chemicals continues to significantly impact all industries. This session will focus on state chemical regulations impacting key sectors in the promotional product industry and will provide chemical management strategies that manufacturers can take to mitigate risk. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Jennifer Barbarisi

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Jennifer Barbarisi is part of TÜV Rheinland’s North America retail team. In her role as a senior regulatory and product compliance consultant, Barbarisi supports clients based in North America with compliance to national and international regulations affecting the toy and promotional products industries. In addition, Barbarisi works closely with TÜV’s global laboratories on alignment and interpretation of U.S. federal and state regulations. Barbarisi has over 10 years of hands-on technical experience in product safety and compliance for consumer products. Formerly working for UL and STR, Barbarisi held the position of North American toy technical lead and has served as the global account manager for several toy companies. Barbarisi has been involved with committees, including the ASTM F15.22 subcommittees, ASTM F15 juvenile product subcommittees, Safety Standards and Technical Committee (SSTC) and TS TAG to ISO/TC 181 on Toy Safety. Barbarisi completed Saint Louis University’s Advanced Product Safety Management course in September 2017. 

    Danielle Iverson

    Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant

    Danielle Iverson, Senior Regulatory and Product Compliance Consultant with TÜV Rheinland of North America, provides guidance and recommendations to clients regarding testing and quality assurance programs. Iverson also helps to implement protocols designed to protect clients’ brands, ensure compliance with national and international compliance regulations and minimize risk for apparel, textiles and footwear. Before joining TUV Rheinland, Iverson was the Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Iverson also served as Director of Government Affairs with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). She received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Japanese language and literature from George Washington University and an associate’s degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.

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  • Expo 2019: Blockchain Supply Chain Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/14/2019

    Blockchain was a buzzword in 2018, attend this session with Anne Stone to understand what it is, how it works and why more and more retailers are adopting this model to manage supply chain transparency. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Blockchain was a buzzword in 2018, attend this session with Anne Stone to understand what it is, how it works and why more and more retailers are adopting this model to manage supply chain transparency. This session is an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.  

    Anne Stone

    Director of Public Affairs

    Anne Stone is the director of public affairs at PPAI, responsible for guiding PPAI's legislative and government relations efforts, which includes taking a contingent of PPAI members to Washington, D.C., to advocate directly to U.S. lawmakers on issues important to the promotional products industry. Stone also oversees the Association's product responsibility programs, including the development of industry best practices and the PPAI Product Safety Summit, a two-day education event focused specifically on product responsibility issues. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Advisory Council and the Product Responsibility Advisory Group.

    Maurice Norris

    Public Affairs Manager

    Maurice manages both product responsibility and the government relations program for the Association. A recent transplant from Atlanta to Fort Worth, Maurice is a graduate of Herzing University and Keller Graduate School.

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  • How The Section 301 Tariffs Are Affecting The Promotional Products Industry

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/04/2018

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs.

    PPAI has enlisted the help of an experienced trade counsel to translate the Section 301 tariff list into a plain language guide about the items that are on the list. The third group of products that were named in the Section 301 investigation listed several items that are prevalent in the promotional products industry, specifically. This session will offer an in-depth look at the products listed and offer best practices for managing the effect of the tariffs. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Josh Teitelbaum

    Counsel, Public Law & Policy

    Joshua Teitelbaum serves as counsel in the public law and policy practice and advises clients across diverse industries on issues related to trade and health policy, among others.

    Practice & Background

    Prior to joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Teitelbaum served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials with the International Trade Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). While serving in this role, Teitelbaum was a policymaker for and public advocate of the Obama administration’s highest international trade priorities. His work included substantial contributions to the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the DOC’s implementation of the conflict minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, among other multilateral, regional and bilateral trade initiatives. His work spanned a broad cross section of U.S. industries, including textiles, apparel, home furnishings, processed foods, distilled spirits, recreational transportation, cosmetics, chemicals and building materials. Teitelbaum also served as the chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, which supervises the negotiation and implementation of textile and apparel contracts.

    Prior to his role at the DOC, Teitelbaum served as staff director for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children & Families; as legislative assistant to Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC); and as legislative counsel to Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), where he advised on a range of issues, including health care, education and financial services.  Teitelbaum’s experience with health care policy, in support of members of both the House and Senate, includes navigating the passage and subsequent implementation of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 to reauthorize and modify the review processes for drugs, devices and biologics. He worked closely with constituent health care providers, including nursing and physician practices, hospital systems and patient advocates.

    Teitelbaum received his law degree. from The George Washington University Law School in 2008 and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 2005.

    Suzanne Kane

    Counsel, International Trade

    Suzanne E. Kane is a member of the international trade practice.

    Practice & Background

    Suzanne Kane counsels clients on U.S. laws and policies affecting international trade and business, including customs and import control laws.

    Prior to joining Akin Gump, Kane served for over six years as a Senior Attorney Advisor at the Office of International Trade, Regulations and Rulings of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In that capacity, she served in the Penalties, Trade and Commercial Regulations; Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) & Restricted Merchandise; and Valuation & Special Programs branches. She issued binding rulings, advisory opinions, internal advice and other agency decisions to various importers and other businesses regarding penalty determinations; the eligibility for NAFTA and other duty preference programs; the proper methods of customs valuation (covering transfer pricing and additions to, or deductions from, transaction value); and country of origin marking and other origin determinations, among other issues.

    Kane played a key role in the administration of CBP’s enforcement of IPR at U.S. borders; for example, she drafted and issued agency decisions regarding seizures of merchandise-infringing trademarks and copyrights and International Trade Commission patent exclusions orders. Kane also conducted IPR enforcement training for CBP officers at various U.S. ports of entry.

    Kane also has experience in CBP’s enforcement of consumer product safety laws. In 2008, the Commissioner of CBP awarded her the Commissioner’s Award for her role in drafting the Importer Self-Assessment Product Safety Pilot Program, which is a trade partnership program jointly administered by CBP and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    Kane received her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in 2007, where she was a senior staff member of the Administrative Law Review.

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  • Closing The Gaps

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/28/2018

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. The architects of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts.

    This session will walk you through the process of conducting a gap analysis on your company’s product responsibility policies and procedures. An architect of PPAI’s 2018 Product Responsibility Summit workbook, Shamini Peter will provide an outline the framework and implement the necessary processes to close the gaps in your compliance program. The content of this session is designed to deliver actionable tools to improve your company’s compliance efforts. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative. 

    Shamini Peter

    Chief Operating Officer

    Shamini Peter currently serves as chief operating officer for Axis Promotions and continues to also head product safety and compliance. She has worked with the Axis for 11 years. Her area of expertise is in supply chain and logistics. She oversees the vetting of suppliers, product testing and the logistics of Axis’s large, custom orders. Peter interfaces directly with Axis Promotions Inc. clients as needed throughout the production cycle, including pre and post-delivery. Peter attended The University of Western Australia where she graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree in accounting and finance, with a minor in law.  After graduation she returned to Malaysia where she worked for a large Australian manufacturer before joining her family’s freight forwarding business in New York, gaining her first hands-on experience in international commerce and logistics.  She currently is a member on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG).

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  • Country Risk Assessments In Responsible Sourcing

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/31/2018

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards.

    Are there any practical steps for responsible sourcing and ensuring compliance with the new rules surrounding social responsibility? Yes! This session will cover the realities and challenges of managing social responsibility obligations and help inform key decisions about partnerships and sourcing. This course qualifies as an elective under the Product Safety Aware Program. This webinar will focus on product safety, identifying hazards, product responsibility resources, and an overview on recalls and compliance standards. 

    Tom van Haaren

    Tom van Haaren is the program manager for Business Affiliates (EMEA) at the Fair Labor Association. Van Haaren is responsible for supporting the Fair Labor Association’s Participating Companies and Suppliers in the strategic implementation of the FLA Principles. He also works to raise awareness of the FLA and drive collaboration wherever possible. He is committed to the protection and advancement of worker’s rights throughout the global supply chain.

    Prior to joining the FLA, he served as the senior advisor for Responsible Sourcing at ICTI CARE. Van Haaren also held several positions that included working for the National Labor Relations Board as well as Calvert Investments, a socially responsible investment firm, where evaluated how companies can generate value from addressing risks in their global supply chains. He was also the senior account manager for North America at Sedex where he worked directly with companies to develop and implement effective responsible sourcing practices.
     
    He received a BA in History from Cornell University and a Master’s of Industrial and Labor Relations from the ILR school also at Cornell.

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