Speakers

 

Anannya Bhattacharjee is one of the founder and the international coordinator of the Asia Floor Wage Alliance. Anannya works for the Delhi based labour rights organization Society for Labour & Development. She is the President of the GAWU (Garment and Allied Workers Union) and member of the Executive board of NTUI (New Trade Union Initiative).  Before to engage herself in this work, Anannya has been based in United States where she actively participated to social movements related to women, migrants and workers’ rights. Anannya has published several articles on the Living Wage issue.

   
Ivo Belet is a Belgian politician and Member of the European Parliament since 2004 with the CD&V, part of the European People's Party. During the previous legislature of the European Parliament, in his capacity as a member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), he has taken several parliamentary initiatives related to the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex in Bangladesh and to the violent crackdown of mass mobilisations of garment workers in Cambodia. Ivo Belet nominated the Schone Kleren Campagne, the Dutch speaking Belgian Clean Clothes Campaign for the European Citizen’s Prize. 
   
Phil Bloomer has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in 2013. Phil brings with him thirty years of experience in human rights and social justice. This includes leadership positions at Oxfam GB since 1995 and eleven years working in Latin America and the Caribbean on human rights and economic justice
   
 

Aleix Gonzalez Busquets is Global Head of External Stakeholder Engagement at C&A based in Brussels. He joined C&A in 2014 with the main objective to support a strong global sustainability strategy ensuring a continuous improvement to become a leader amongst fashion brands. He was previously the Senior Supply Chain Manager at Inditex Group for ten years. Aleix is responsible to work closely with the most significant stakeholders to help the company to influence and address the ongoing business, human and environmental challenges. In doing so, we will make an impactful contribution to the dialogue on sustainable supply chains in production countries. In 2013 and 2014, he was appointed as member of the “Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh” Steering Committee representing more than 200 brands signatories. Aleix holds a Political Science Degree as well as a International Economics Masters Degree

   
 

Michel Cermak works for the Belgian NGOs umbrella organization CNCD-11.11.11. where he has in charge the Decent work thematic and advocacy.

   
 

Carole Crabbé is the coordinator of the Clean Clothes Campaign national coalition in french-speaking Belgium (achACT). Carole is in charge of the EU flagship follow up on behalf of the CCC network.

   
 

Rudi Delarue is Deputy Head of Unit for external relations and enlargement at the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion since October 2013. He has been Director of the ILO Office for the EU and the Benelux countries between June 2008 and July 2013. Prior to taking up this function he was a principal administrator at the European Commission since 1999 where he held posts relating to EU external relations pertaining to employment and social affairs and to EU social dialogue and industrial relations. Between1987-1999 he was senior advisor at the Belgian Christian trade union confederation (ACV/CSC) dealing with regional, national, EU and international labour issues. He has been member (1989-1999) of the ILO Committee on the Application of Standards.

   
 

Abdulhalim Demir is the coordinator of the Clean Clothes Campaign in Turkey. He came in touch with the CCC while organizing the succesfull solidarity movement around the Turkish garment workers employed in denim manual sandblasting workshops. Abdulhalim Demir started to work as garment worker as child worker and domestic immigrant. He  got silicosis after 10 years in a sansblasting factory. Then he decided to fight for his rights and his friends rights. Because of this great campaign,  sandblasting is banned from Turkey, health care is free for silicosis victims and all victims get a pension from the government. 

   
 

Olivier De Schutter teaches at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at SciencesPo (Paris), and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University and at UC Berkeley. After four years as the Secretary-General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of human rights and economic globalization, he was elected the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, a mandate he assumed between 2008 and 2014. He is now a Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. His work focuses on economic and social rights and on the social and ecological transition. His most recent book is Trade in the Service of Sustainable Development. Linking trade to labour rights and environmental standards (Hart/Bloomsbury, 2015). Latest papers: Towards a Legally Binding Instrument on Business and Human Rights New book: Trade in the Service of Sustainable Development. Linking Trade to Labour Rights and Environmental Standards

   
  Yannick Etienne is the coordinator of the Haitian social movement Batay Ouvriyé including factory trade unions as well as plant workers, other workers associations and activists. In 2005, Batay Ouvriye and the factory trade union SOKOWA have been pioneers in the conclusion of the historically first collective bargaining agreement in a Haitian Export Processing Zone. More recently, Batay Ouvriye got another success against wage theft, in convincing brands and suppliers to pay the legal minimum wage to the workers.
   
Amirul Haque Amin is the president and co-founder of the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), the largest national trade union in Bangladesh. Amin is a long date partner of the Clean Clothes Campaign and is the recipient of this year's International Nuremberg Human Rights Award.
   
AgnesJongerius Agnes Jongerius

From 1987 until 1997 member of the (regional) board of the Transport Union FNV. In 1997 she became member of the Federal board, charged successively with the portfolios social protection, the coordination of collective employment agreements,and as vice-president. From 2005 until 2012 she was president of the FNV. From 2012 until 2014 she was a research associate at the knowledge centre Institutions of the Open Societies at Utrecht University. Member of the European Parliament since 2014. Member and vice-president of the Committee employment and social affairs. Deputy-member of the committee of international trade. Member of the delegation South-East Asian countries and ASIAN. Deputy-member of the delegation for the relations with India. In the European Parliament Agnes Jongerius will mainly be working on employment, social affairs, working conditions, and trade. During her career at the Dutch Trade Union, Jongerius has gained substantial expertise on the topics of employment and working conditions. With its 25 million unemployed people, Europe faces the great task to create more jobs in the near future. The quality of the jobs that are being offered has to be carefully assessed: Europe has to maintain a reputation in the field of protection of the rights of employees, here and abroad.

   
 

Dwight W. Justice has served on the staff of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and one of its predecessor organisations, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, (ICFTU) since 1990. His main responsibilities have been in the areas of multinational enterprises, industrial relations and responsible business behaviour. He has served as the advisor to the Workers’ Group on various committees of the International Labour Conference. Dwight Justice was instrumental in formulating the ICFTU/GUF Basic Code of Labour Practice - the precursor to the best known supply chain labour practice codes. He has been involved in a variety of CSR related activities including the Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative, and the ISO Working Group that developed ISO 26000.

   
 

Athit Kong is the vice-president of the Cambodia Garment Union C.CAWDU.

   
 

Jean Lambert was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 as the Green Member for London, representing the views of those who want an environmentally sustainable fairer society. She was re-elected for a fourth term in the May 2014 European Elections. Jean currently is a full member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs where she focuses on social inclusion, workers' rights, immigration, social security, and the European semester process. In 2014, Jean was re-elected for a second term as the Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia. Within this delegation, she leads on the Parliament’s external relations with Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. She is also a substitute on the India and Afghanistan delegations.Jean Lambert is a British Member of the European Parliament (Greens group). She is the Chair of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and Member of the Committee on employment and Social

 

Carin Leffler works for the Norwegian organisation Framtiden. She is the CCC coordinator in Norway and lead the country focal point for Cambodia.

   
Raisa Liparteliani is a Head of The Legal Departament of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation (GTUC) the since September 2008. She is actively involved in the American Solidarity Center`s Georgian Program since 2008. She is a Member of the Human and Trade Unions (HTUR) Network of International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC ) since 2009. She is certificated lawyer with the huge experience of working in human rights advocacy organizations, such as Article 42 of the Constitution;. Georgian Lawyer for the Independent Profession (GLIP), Women for Social Justice and etc. She is a qualified trainer on labor and social-economic rights and on gender equality issues. She is member of the Tripartite Social partnership Commissions Working Group since 2010.
   
 

Deborah Lucchetti is the coordinator of the Clean Clothes Campaign coalition in Italy. She is also the President of FairCoop. Deborah is one of the authors of the CCC report “Can you earn a living wage in fashion in Italy” published in 2014.

   
  Christa Luginbühl works since 1998 in the NGO-sector and was employed in various institutions (Service Civil International, National Youth Council of Switzerland, Incomindios). Since 2008 she works for the Berne Declaration and coordinates the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) in Switzerland. Together with Bettina Musiolek, Christa has written the CCC report “Stitched up: Poverty wages for garment workers in Eastern Europe and Turkey” (2014).
   
  Danielle McMullan, a UK national, is Senior Researcher at the Business and Human Rights Resource Center. Danielle joined the BHRRC in 2011.  She is the main researcher for freedom of association and responsible for research and outreach in the UK & Ireland.  She is also responsible for the BHRRC work on business & conflict and labour rights.  Danielle has also undertaken business and human rights missions to Israel and Palestine.  She is a human rights lawyer and her experience includes representing asylum seekers as a caseworker at Refugee & Migrant Justice.  She has experience working with businesses on ethical and supply chain issues from her time at Business in the Community.
   
AnnaMcMullen Anna McMullen is a human rights campaigner and policy coordinator for the campaign group Labour Behind the Label. She has co-authored a number of reports about wages in global fashion supply chains, and works closely with Asian networks to improve conditions and empower workers in the garment industry. Anna sits on the steering body of the Asia Floor Wage Alliance and coordinates the European company lobbying working group for the Clean Clothes Campaign.
   
   

John Morrison is the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Business. He has extensive experience working with leading companies on issues of corporate responsibility and human rights. He worked previously with The Body Shop International plc and led the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights from 2003 to 2009. He has also worked for a number of civil society and governmental organisations on issues of migration, human trafficking and forced labour. John has acted as an advisor to a number of governments during their presidencies of intergovernmental organisations and has chaired a wide range of conferences and initiatives in many parts of the world.

   
   

Dominique Muller previously worked for Amnesty international as the China Campaigner and Researcher based in both London and Hong Kong International Secretariat focusing on human rights, the death penalty, refugees and workers. After spending some time working with local Hong Kong based labour groups and as vice chair of Amnesty International Hong Kong, Dominique worked for the International Trade Union Confederation as the Executive Director for the ITUC Hong Kong liaison office responsible for ITUC work on labour rights in China, Hong Kong and Macao.  Since moving to the Netherlands in 2011 to take up work as International Coordinator for the Clean Clothes Campaign, Dominique has been working within the CCC's corporate accountability program including the development of company-related strategy and lobby work. She currently is the European coordinator for the CCC global network and is responsible for developing capacity of partners and activism in the network. She also coordinates several thematic areas of work including UNGP, migrants and sandblasting. Dominique coordinates the learning agenda for the fair Green and Global Alliance of NGOs in the Netherlands and has authored numerous reports and campaign materials over the years. 

   
  Bettina Musiolek, PhD, is cofounder of the Clean Clothes Campaign Germany in 1995 and had been coordinating the work of the CCC in Turkey and Europe's post-socialist countries since 1998. She wrote various reports on the situation of garment workers in this region. 2014 she co-authored CCC's major report "STITCHED UP - Poverty Wages of Garment Workers in Eastern Europe and  Turkey".
   
Jyrki Raina was elected as General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union at its founding Congress on 19 June 2012. Previously he was the General Secretary of the International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF), elected at its 32nd World Congress in May 2009.
   
   

Ashim Roy is one of the founders of the Asia Floor Wage Alliance and a member of its International steering committee. He is the General Secretary of New Trade Union Initiative - a trade union centre in India founded as an independent initiative from political parties. Ashim Roy has over 25 years of experience in the trade union movement. He has a long and rich association with social, political and human rights movements.

   
 

Klaus Rudischhauser is the Deputy Director-General - Directorate-General Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid (DEVCO) responsible for Directorates dealing with EU development policy, Human and Society development and Sustainable Growth and Development. Klaus Rudischhauser is chairing the European Flagship for a Responsible Management of the Supply Chain. Klaus works for DG DEVCO since 2007. He has a professional experience within the EU Commission as negociator (revision of the Cotonou agreement, UN initiative “Sustainable Energy for All”, notably).

   
 

David Seligson started working for the ILO in 2008 and is currently the Head of the Manufacturing, Mining and Energy Unit at the Sectoral Policies Department. Before joining the ILO he worked in the fields of adult education, development cooperation and trade unions in his home country Finland and in Geneva. He has a Masters degree in political sciences from the University of Turku (Finland) and has undertaken postgraduate studies in the University of Helsinki (Finland).

   
  Ineke Zeldenrust is one of the original founders of the Clean Clothes Campaign, Ineke Zeldenrust has worked for the CCC in different capacities since it began in the Netherlands in 1989. Ineke has helped spearhead the campaign from its original beginnings into the global network it is now, covering over 250 partners worldwide with 16 European offices. Currently Ineke acts as International Coordinator at the CCC International Secretariat. Her extensive expertise lies in the oversight of the CCC's corporate accountability program including the development of company-related strategy and lobby work. Ineke also coordinates CCCs urgent appeal cases which work with partners throughout the world to bring about real change for workers on the ground. She represents CCC as witness signatory in the Steering Committee of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, is member of the Rana Plaza Arrangement Coordination Committee, and of the Steering Committee of the Fair, Green and Global Alliance. She also is member of the international advisory network of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. Ineke graduated from the University of Amsterdam with an MA in Human Geography.  Co-author of several books on labour rights issues and transnational corporations, she has also authored numerous reports and campaign materials over the years.

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