Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Sourcing Beyond China
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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