09 May 2016

CEO of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand to speak on ethical procurement at #CPOForum16!

We have good news and bad news. The bad news first: due to a family medical emergency, we’re sorry to announce that Dr Jean Baderschneider (CEO, Global Fund to End Slavery) will no longer be appearing at #CPOForum16. 

However, the VERY good news is that we’re delighted to have secured Molly Harris Olsen, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, as our new keynote speaker. An internationally-recognised leader in global sustainability with experience spanning over 30 years, Ms Olson has strengthened Asia-Pacific markets and regional Fairtrade supply chains, growing Fairtrade revenue and bolstering environmental and economic sustainability practices within the Fairtrade system. 

Ms Olson’s work has been at the forefront of leadership on sustainable business and development for three decades. Her previous roles include Director and Co-Founder of Eco Futures, an Australian-based international policy firm working on building sustainable strategies with business, government and civic leaders, Founder and Convenor of the National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development, President and CEO of The Natural Step USA, a non-profit environmental education organisation working with business leaders, and Co-Founder of Earthmark. She has convened, led and been a member of numerous business leadership and sustainability initiatives. She brought Al Gore to Australia for his first visit as the keynote at the National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development in 2003 and was the US representative on the steering committee of Sweden-based organisation, The Natural Step International. 

Ms Olson also worked for President Bill Clinton as the Founding Executive Director of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. She has served on the Boards of The Australia Institute, Global Action Plan, the Green Building Council of Australia, the AMP Sustainable Investments Alpha Advisory Board, Australia 21, Clean up the World, Clean up Australia, “G” Magazine Editorial Board, and was the Founding Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of Ecos Magazine (CSIRO Publishers). Molly has also served on the Australian Building Energy Council, the Environment Management Industry Association of Australia, the Australian National Committee for the Earth Charter, the International Advisory Council for the Foreign Policy Association (NY), and the Premier’s Climate Council of Queensland under the Hon Anna Bligh.

Molly will share with delegates her vast knowledge of social and ethical procurement, and how to fight slavery in global supply chains.

The Faculty will be hosting their ninth Asia-Pacific CPO Forum, the region’s premier procurement event dedicated to accelerating commercial leadership at the highest level. 

For more information on The Faculty Roundtable or CPO Forum, contact Program Manager, Belinda Toohey.​