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Webinar: Supply Chain Corruption - The Elephant in the Room

Thursday, June 01, 2017

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM ET


Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.

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Commercial corruption is common the world over but is a specific challenge in the developing world where major consumer brands and retailers manage sourcing operations.  

Such corruption has enormous potential consequences, with risks ranging from poorly qualified suppliers entering the sourcing network, factories with egregious labor issues joining the supply chain, and defective shipments making it to market. In addition to these concerns, companies face the real potential of reputational damage for being linked to a tragedy and financial consequences of a major product recall. 

In Omega’s experience, many brands and retailers have underdeveloped risk mitigation systems and implement reactive strategies. While there is no magic solution, it is critical that organizations take proactive, holistic measures to ensure employees and suppliers understand what is expected of them from an ethical standpoint, how to handle gray areas, and exactly what to do when confronted by unethical dilemmas.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  1. Hear about specific and real cases of commercial corruption

  2. Understand the underlying causes of corruption

  3. Learn of practical and effective actions to manage corruption challenges


Kareen Smoke
Director of Ethics & Integrity
Omega Compliance

Kareen Smoke is the Director of Ethics & Integrity for Omega Compliance. She has 20 years of broad experience in the integrity risks industry. With a strong background in investigations and integrity risk advisory and management as well as her project management skills, Kareen adds a special skill set to the Omega team and to helping her clients meet their integrity risk management objectives. She is based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Omega Compliance, Kareen worked in the U.S. and Asia with organizations in the private and public sectors such as Starbucks, Hill & Associates, and the Washington State Gambling Commission. She graduated from the University of Washington Foster School of Business and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). 

Jon White
Managing Director
Omega Compliance

Jon has held senior leadership positions overseeing global supply chain compliance for more than 15 years. He has extensive experience developing supply chain compliance and ethical programs for some of the most well-known brands and retailers in the world. Jon has been the Managing Director at Omega since its inception and continues to lead the company as its services grow. Jon has lived in Asia for more than 30 years and is fluent in Cantonese. He was a Senior Inspector with the Royal Hong Kong Police for seven years before moving to the private sector.


Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. Nate also leads the association’s work on sustainability, transportation, logistics, and customs issues. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992.

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