February 20, 2013 | Palo Alto, California: MetricStream, the market leader in enterprise-wide Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) solutions, will join Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification services to host the West Coast Compliance and Supply Chain Sustainability Roundtable on February 21, 2013. The roundtable will be held at the Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto, California, where eminent panelists will provide strategies and insights on how organizations can structure effective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and social compliance programs tocomply with labor laws and compliance mandates, increase transparency over complex supply chains, and protect brand and reputation.

Leading global retail, consumer electronic, and manufacturing organizations have recently come under fire for ethical and social compliance issues, impacting their brand image and resulting in significant monetary loss. Compliance monitoring and audits have not been effective nor frequent enough to really address the challenges resulting from global and expansive supply chains in new high-risk markets. Added to the complexity are the extensive requirements of quality and safety regulations that organizations must comply with. To ensure brand reputation, build customer loyalty, and increase social performance, organizations today must redefine their CSR and social compliance programs, as well as better manage their product safety and compliance programs.

During this roundtable, the experts will discuss strategies and best practices to structure ethical and sustainable compliance programs, detailing exactly how organizations can effectively integrate their quality, safety, and compliance programs. Speakers at this event include:

  • Keri Dawson, Vice President of ComplianceOnline Advisory Services, MetricStream
  • Randal H. Rankin, Vice President CSR Services, Bureau Veritas
  • Rick Horwitch, Vice President Strategy, Solutions Business Development, Bureau Veritas
  • Laura Wittman, Vice President of Corporate Compliance and Human Rights, Jones Apparel Group
  • Zoe McMahon, Director, Social and Environmental Sustainability & Compliance, Hewlett-Packard
  • Susan Pifer, Chief Compliance Officer, Meijer
  • Delrick Majors, Sr. Manager Quality/Compliance, Williams-Sonoma
  • Dilip Lokre, Director Product Integrity, VF Outdoor Inc/ The North Face

The three key sessions at this event include:

  • Maintaining a sustainable and ethical supply chain - Identifying and addressing the fundamental problems causing violations within CSR and social compliance programs.
  • Managing compliance in outsourced supply chains - Avoiding recalls and reducing costly penalties by setting quality, safety, and compliance standards with vendors across the supply chain.
  • Ensuring brand reputation - Implementing effective ethical corporate programs across the supply chain to comply with various regulatory requirements and uphold brand image.

About MetricStream

MetricStream is the independent market leader in enterprise cloud applications for governance, risk, compliance (GRC), and quality management. MetricStream apps and software solutions improve business performance by strengthening risk management, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, audit management, vendor governance, and quality management for organizations across industries, including banking and financial services, health care, life sciences, energy and utilities, consumer brands, government, technology, and manufacturing. MetricStream is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with an operations and GRC innovation center in Bengaluru, India, and sales and operations support in 12 other cities globally.(www.metricstream.com).

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