Management development

By: Julie Thorpe

Management development 

Management Development, Mentoring and Strategic CSR Design

for Constructing and Maintaining an Ethical Supply Chain

A company’s ethical behaviour starts at the top.  It is essential that ethical trading receives fullest support from leading managers in the company and that this support is not only driven by received policy but reinforced by understanding and personal buy-in from managers down through the company.  A company’s CSR policy is not a bolt-on extra and does not lend itself to packaged solutions.  Successful implementation will require that the unique values and aims of the company are reflected in a uniquely written and presented set of policies and trainings.  We specialise in developing an ethical attitude as the preferred operating methodology of the managers who come on our courses.

Examples of our activities in this field include:

China – Training a leading apparel brand’s internal personnel to promote dialogue-based solutions in the factories of its Chinese suppliers.

  • Training the management and supervisors of a major international footwear company to install workplace dialogue including freely-elected workplace reps in the operations and supporting the transformation process.
  • Mentoring and training support for in-house compliance managers for local suppliers in the stone sector.

Russia – A series of workshops and consulting support for managers and executives of a leading international bank in strategic visioning and ethical leadership in the country’s fast-growing financial sector.

Bulgaria – Intensive training for managers of ten supplier factories producing for global brands in the purpose, philosophy and implementation of compliance codes.

Egypt – Conducting a workshop under the auspices of the Cairo Industrial Management Center (IMC) (a private/public institution) to introduce ethical management into key sectors of the national economy in a time of rapid change.

Papua New Guinea – Working with managers in the fish-canning sector in the implementation of ethical codes in their factories prior to meeting requirements of various audits, including SA8000 certification, BSCI and ETI/Sedex code audits.

Vietnam – Advising on design and implementation of a major sector-based programme to improve workplace dialogue alongside LEAN production activities in the clothing and footwear sectors.