Edwin Koster


CEO Max Value

Topic: Social Accountability, better safe than sorry

Tuesday, October 11th - 10.40-11.20am



Corperate Social responsibility is not only about product but probably more importantly about people and morality. In today's smaller world with its greater understanding of the common good and open information companies need to ensure that their and their suppliers employees rights are upheld. Not only is this becoming a legal requirement but a brand value necessity as the internet can turn a local rumor into front page headlines overnight. Social Accountability international and  The Ethical Trading iniative (eti)  will both look at how brands can integrate this CSR requirement into their business practices.


Edwin Koster is the European Representative of Social Accountability International. He advises and trains companies, standard setting organizations and not for profit organizations on Corporate Responsibility and sustainable supply chain management. In his career he worked together with organizations like H&M, C&A, G-Star, Rabobank, the Better Cotton Initiative, WWF and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. While working for Solidaridad and MADE-BY, he managed projects on sustainable agriculture, clean production and labor rights in China, India and Africa. He developed policies related to the benchmarking of social standards and assessed the environmental performance of fibers used in the fashion industry. He was member of the Advisory Board of Social Accountability International in New York and the Stakeholder Board of the Business Social Compliance Initiative –BSCI- in Brussels. Before he started working in the field of corporate responsibility, he worked as buyer and buying manager for several international fashion retailers.

Social Accountability International
SAI is a non-governmental, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to advance the human rights of workers around the world. SAI works to protect the integrity of workers around the world by building local capacity and developing systems of accountability through socially responsible standards. SAI established one of the world's preeminent social standards—the SA8000 standard for decent work, a tool for implementing international labor standards--that has improved the lives of over a million workers in 65 countries. SAI is one of the world's leading social compliance training organizations, having provided training to over 20,000 people, including factory and farm managers, workers, brand compliance officers, auditors, labor inspectors, trade union representatives and other worker rights advocates.

Conference presentations
On average 1 presentation per two months to international audiences over the past 6 years. Examples include:
· Course Sponsor: MADE-BY
Presentation: Social Compliance for Ted Baker; Issues, standards, internal strategy and management system - Ted Baker office, London - September 2010.
· Course Sponsor: G-STAR
Presentation: The Business Case for Social and Environmental Compliance - G-Star Office, Amsterdam - June 2010.
· Course Sponsor: Solidaridad
Presentation: What’s Green? What are green fibers and how do you integrate them in your supply chain? - Krasnapolsky Hotel, Amsterdam - December 2009.
· Course Sponsor: European Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association
Presentation: The Business Benefits of CSR - Hilton Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany - May 2011.
· Course Sponsor: Chinese Ministry of Agriculture
Presentation: Potential added value of Better Cotton for the Chinese Cotton Sector - Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China - November 2010.
· Course Sponsor: Social Accountability International
Presentation: UN ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework - UN Global Compact, New York, USA.


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