Responsible sourcing standardization - Stakeholder forum

Free event

Date: Monday 21 October 2013

Location: etc.venues, One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London, SW1A 2QQ

Take a driving seat on our journey towards responsible sourcing standardization. Help us find out whether the development of standards initiatives in the area of responsible sourcing has a potential to benefit the sustainability industry in the UK, and advance businesses and the way they source responsibly and cost effectively.

Recent research commissioned by BSI suggests a number of directions in which standards and related products/services might be developed. An expert panel of speakers will share the outcomes of this research and we would like your opinion about the findings.

This event provides a unique opportunity to get together with your peers and colleagues, and explore the needs and options for subsequent standards development in specific areas of responsible sourcing and how such standards could benefit industry.

Your expertise, knowledge and opinions matters to us, and will enable us to gain a better understanding of how to:

  • Reduce consumer confusion, consolidate and build upon existing effort, and advance responsible sourcing initiatives
  • Improve consumer confidence
  • Expand responsible sourcing networks and principles to enable producers to manage their costs effectively
  • Advance the market development in responsibly sourced products/commodities.

Finally, by actively participating and sharing your experiences, we will explore opportunities for collaborative standardization initiatives and try to answer questions such as:

  • Is there a need for a framework standard on responsible sourcing?
  • What are the key issues and potential solutions for standardization?
  • Do we need to establish UK leadership in sustainable production, supply and consumption?
  • How could we assist the government in employing the right strategies in the responsible sourcing market and enable UK industry to capitalize on new opportunities?
  • Are there any gaps in the current standard landscape and what might the role of UK stakeholders be in addressing these gaps?

Who should attend?

All those accountable for responsible sourcing within their organizations including:

  • Heads of sustainability
  • Responsible sourcing managers
  • Heads of compliance
  • Buyers
  • Academics
  • Standards and scheme developers
  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Ethical trading professionals
  • Sustainability managers
  • Environment managers
  • Procurement managers.


09:15   Registration and refreshments
10:00   Welcome
    David Fatscher, Head of Market Development, Sustainability, BSI 
10:10   Keynote address
    Mike Berners-Lee, Director, Small World Consulting 
10:30   Achieving Net Positive through responsible sourcing
    Becky Coffin, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Kingfisher
10:50   Responsible sourcing challenges and potential solutions – a view from the sustainability standards sector

Karin Kreider, Executive Director ISEAL Alliance

11:00   Tea and coffee break
11:30   Key findings of BSI responsible sourcing research

Ben Vivian, Co-founder and Director, the Vivian Partnership Ltd


Amanda Kiely, Committee Manager, Sustainability, BSI

12:00   Breakout session:
  • What does responsible sourcing look like?
  • What are the main challenges and opportunities to responsible sourcing?
13:00   Buffet lunch and networking

Breakout session:

  • What is needed to support your responsible sourcing objectives? E.g. tools, knowledge networks, collaboration
  • What is the role of standards in supporting your responsible sourcing objectives?
15:30   Tea and coffee break


  • Consolidation of key findings from breakout sessions
  • Outcomes and next steps
16:30   Close