Grace Farms Foundation today announced its upcoming conversation series, The Demand for Ethical Supply chains, which will explore emerging strategies and sustainable business models in the fight against labor trafficking in supply chains. Moderated by former Justice Initiative Director Krishna Patel, Grace Farms Foundation will convene thought leaders from global corporations, transformative non-profits and best-selling authors.
“Tackling supply chain transparency is difficult, but not impossible” said Patel. “To eradicate contemporary slavery and build ethical and transparent supply chains, we must assess what’s working and learn how to effectively implement comprehensive, action-oriented strategies. It is important to also understand how we can deploy new technologies through-out the entire supply chain to create transparency so that the consumer understands where how her product is sourced.”
Starting on May 3, Patel will lead a panel discussion on Conscious Consumerism from 7-8pm. Featuring Doug Guiley, Senior Vice President of West Elm Global Sourcing and CSR Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Rebecca van Bergen, Founder and Executive Director of US-based non-profit Nest, and Pete Spain, Co-founder and COO of eye heart hand, the group will discuss innovative approaches that can promote transparency in supply chains.
The discussion on May 23 from 7-8pm, What A.I. Can Teach Us About Fairness, will feature Harvard researcher and best-selling technology writer David Weinberger. Attendees will discover the complexities hidden in the seemingly simple idea of fairness and learn how A.I. can generate difficult, yet necessary, discussions about our conflicting values and the future we strive to build.
Then on June 7 from 7-8pm, Grace Farms Foundation presents Blockchain as a Force of Global Good. Patel will be joined by Wharton School professor of legal studies and business Kevin Werbach to discuss his book, “The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust.” Together, they will discuss how this often-misunderstood technology holds the potential to become a powerful force for social good, enabling open business models that could contribute to transparent supply chains.