Gary Forster, chief executive of industry charity Transaid and CSR judge of The Logistics Awards - brought to you by SHD Logistics - identifies an impressive example of CSR. If your company can demonstrate exceptional ethical standards, enter The Logistics Awards in 2017. Entry is free and opens on the 3 March 2017. Entry closes 19 May 2017.
Kirsty Adams: Gary, do you have a good example of how a logistics operation has gone ‘above and beyond’ in its corporate social responsibility agenda?
Gary Forster: One initiative which stands out for me is that of Clipper Group and their anti-modern slavery and human trafficking efforts. Clipper Group, like many logistics providers, recognises their role as a member of the local community where they operate, as a major employer, and as a company with a responsibility for ensuring environmental impact is minimised. However, the Group also understands that the supply chains it serves might start with manufacturing operations where the risk of slavery and trafficking is higher than here in the UK.
For a UK company to not only be aware of these risks, but also to act by introducing systems and policies, is admirable and quite unique. In the company’s own words: “Clipper Group are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Our Anti-slavery Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.”
Gary Forster, chief executive officer, Transaid
Gary Forster is Transaid's Chief Executive. Joining Transaid in 2006 from a logistics position at Procter and Gamble, Gary spent three years in Zambia and Nigeria before moving back to the UK to take on the role of Head of Programmes in 2009. Since then Gary has helped build Transaid's project portfolio to include projects in Nigeria, Madagascar and Uganda. Gary has presented Transaid's work to a range of international stakeholders including the UN, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization. Gary was appointed as CEO in early 2011, taking the helm on April 1st.
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Venue: Grange St. Paul's Hotel
Date: Thursday 21 September 2017
Entry to Awards opens: 3 March 2017
Entry to Awards close: 19 May 2017
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