Gaining insight into impact is in many ways the next frontier in supply chain accountability. Companies working to promote responsible practices need ways to track the effects their programs are having, both to determine whether problems are in fact being solved (and resources well spent), and to identify ways to improve existing programming. With demands for more and better transparency from companies on their supply chain efforts, the need to demonstrate authentic impact grows. Evaluation of social impact can be difficult to do well, however, particularly where programs are multi-dimensional and ongoing, and attribution of observed changes to particular interventions is not straightforward.
Links to articles we’re talking about in November 2017.
Last month, Verité Senior Director Jon Pitoniak spoke to a group of students at Pope Francis High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts about labor rights. This presentation was an opportunity to engage not only Verité’s local community but also a younger generation about the universal issue of labor rights and modern day slavery. Jon presented to Ms. Leslie Perreault’s Holocaust and Human Rights class, an elective that Ms. Perreault has been teaching for many years at the former Cathedral High School.
Verité is pleased to welcome new board member Laura Leedy Gansler. Ms. Gansler, a lawyer and author, previously served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Prior to that, she practiced securities law in private practice and served in the Division of Enforcement and the Office of the General Counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission. She served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia.