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Insight Webinar Series: China

This free webinar for LRN members will focus on driving improvements for workers in supply chains in China. Two of our members - a local Chinese-based advisor and a multinational with supply chain operations and a social equity project - will discuss how they are working to achieve improvements in the region.

22nd September 2016, 10:00 - 11:00am CEST
Free for LRN members. Please register using link below.
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Qing Zhang, Executive Director, TAOS Network

Qing Zhang serves as the Executive Director of TAOS Network. Prior to joining TAOS, Ms. Zhang was the founding China Program Director for Verité (1997-2005). She developed some of China's most innovative programs on worker education for several international brands. She has conducted extensive compliance trainings based on audit findings and interviews with over 5000 workers for corporate clients. Ms. Zhang was a leader in a pioneering research study in 2003 into overtime practices in factories in Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu provinces. She has also been chief organizer of a China-Suppliers Conference held annually in China since 1998. Before working in the social compliance field, Ms. Zhang was a business journalist and newspaper editor in Tianjin, China.

The TAOS Network (the Training Auditing Organization Systems Network) is a Chinese-based organization providing social compliance monitoring, training, research, and consulting services to companies working globally through extensive supplier networks. Established in 2005, its mission is to help improve the workplace conditions and welfare of factory workers. The organization is composed of professionals with over 50 years collective experience in training, research, organizational management, social development, human and labor rights, and social compliance in the Asian region. Over the past six years, TAOS has implemented hundreds of social compliance audits all over China, and provided remediation training to over 100 Chinese supply factories and CSR trainings to suppliers and international buyers.


Julia Thimm, Manager Social Responsibility, WE Programme, Tchibo GmbH

Julia Thimm is responsible for the Human Rights strategy in the supply chain for the German retailer Tchibo. Before joining Tchibo five years ago, she worked for a German partner of the Clean Clothes Campaign advocating for better working conditions in the garment and textile industry. 

The WE (Worldwide Enhancement of Social Quality) Programme at Tchibo GmbH is a supplier training programme which is built on an innovative, dialogue-oriented approach. WE aims at improving working conditions in facilities producing consumer goods in developing and emerging countries. The successful methodology was piloted in a Development Partnership with the Private Sector between Tchibo GmbH and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since the pilot, Tchibo has been scaling up the programme to all strategic suppliers, 320 in total now. GIZ and Tchibo continuously work on making this successful approach accessible to all interested parties.


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