The last several years have seen the formation of many industry, cross-industry, and multi-stakeholder collaborations dedicated to solving big global challenges, such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Empower@Work, and BSR’s own Future of Fuels. In a world disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, how are collaborations helping participants to drive progress on near-term and long-term goals? What happens when partners in the vison for long-term system change are side-tracked by immediate disruption and downturn? This panel will share insights on challenges that multi-stakeholder initiatives and companies are currently facing, and discuss solutions that can make collaborations a source of resilience and busines continuity even during a time of disruption.
Additional speakers to be announced.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Amina Razvi is the executive director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Under her leadership, the SAC’s 250+ members develop the Higg Index, a suite of tools that measure environmental and social impacts in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry. Previously, Razvi was the vice president of membership at the SAC. Prior to joining the SAC, she led environmental initiatives on Gap Inc.’s global sustainability team.
Director, Global Government Affairs
Biography coming soon.
Lead Corporate Relations Practice
Adam Tomasek leads USAID's corporate relations practice, guiding a global portfolio of private sector relationships. He led coordination of private sector engagement for USAID’s COVID-19 Task Force. He was appointed into the U.S. Global Development Lab in 2014, and has represented the U.S Government in partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and multistakeholder initiatives such as the Tropical Forest Alliance.
Previously, Tomasek spent 13 years with the World Wildlife Fund, was an author for the United Nations Environment Programme, an adjunct professor at American University, founded two social enterprises, and began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer. He has been a contributor to three U.N. conventions, served on more than a dozen international scientific and policy committees, and advised multilateral organizations and regional development finance institutions.
Sara applies her management consulting and international development experience to BSR’s collaboration and inclusive economy work. She also directs the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition.
Previously, Sara worked at Business Call to Action—a multistakeholder platform of the United Nations Development Programme focused on inclusive business innovations in support of the Millennium Development Goals—recruiting and advising companies and social enterprises developing products and services to address the needs of low-income populations. She also worked at McKinsey and Company, consulting global companies and development organizations on projects related to strategy, corporate social responsibility, economic development, and philanthropy. Sara has also contributed to social and environmental justice programs in Latin America through the Inter-American Dialogue, the Sierra Club, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. She speaks English and Spanish.
Sara has an M.B.A. from IE Business School in Spain, and a B.A. in Plan II and Latin American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.
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I felt this conference was life changing. I am truly inspired and am plotting both career and personal changes to live up to the great lessons I learned. Both the sessions and the networking were vital.