THE HTRT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
ABOUT THE COMMITTEE
The HTRT Development Committee is a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based consortium of organizations working together to support companies in their efforts to ensure respect for human rights, with a particular focus on the eradication of slavery and human trafficking from supply chains. The Development Committee actively maintains and updates the HTRT template, and puts forth updated versions each year.
The Committee regularly adds new members and advisory organizations, and is recruiting for certain stakeholder categories. At this time, it is composed of nine member and advisory organizations from the following stakeholder groups:
Legal firms, audit firms and other service providers: 4
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER AND ADVISORY ORGANIZATIONS*
Baker Hughes, a top-tier oilfield service company for over a century, provides solutions that help companies to make the most of their oil and gas reservoirs. The company is committed to corporate social responsibility and to conducting their business ethically and responsibly. As such, they continuously work to create an ethical and safe work culture. As an Advisory Organization for the Human Trafficking Risk Template (HTRT), Baker Hughes commits to protecting human rights in their business practices and advises on the development of the template.
Ropes & Gray LLP is a world leader in business and finance, with extensive experience advising clients on compliance and governance issues such as SEC requirements and other complex laws and regulations. As an Advisory Organization, they provide a unique legal perspective to the HTRT Development Committee, helping to formulate and update the template so it meets the evolving needs of companies and suppliers around the world.
Assent Compliance is an industry-leading consolidated SaaS software and data management solution provider, working with a supplier network of more than a quarter million manufacturers. The Assent Compliance Platform’s suites and modules help companies to achieve compliance with a variety of regulations around the world. As part of the Development Committee, Assent’s industry expertise and team of subject matter experts help to ensure the HTRT meets the needs of companies facing a challenging compliance landscape.
ECD Compliance (ECD Technology Ltd.) has been providing environmental compliance services to product manufacturers and suppliers across North America since 2004. The company helps to identify regulatory requirements and implement environmental compliance programs, supporting RoHS, REACH, WEEE, and ECD compliance teams across North America. ECD Compliance is instrumental in the creation and maintenance of the HTRT.
Deloitte is a global network of member firms providing auditing, consulting, financial advising, risk management, tax, and other services to its clients. The company places a focus on the impact they make on the world, and this is what makes them an ideal member of the HTRT Development Committee in an advisory capacity. They work constantly to help clients, their employees, and members of society make a real difference in the world by achieving their goals.**Deloitte supports the HTRT's work in an advisory capacity.
The University of Sheffield, founded over 100 years ago, was built on the desire to create a better future through developing the local economy, health, and future of Sheffield locals. Today, the university is a global community, with staff and students from all over the world. The University of Sheffield’s focus on creating a positive impact and educating students to make a difference in the world is what makes them a valuable Advisory Organization for the HTRT Development Committee.
The Silicon Valley Conflict Minerals and Human Trafficking Forum began in 2013 with participation from legal members of several high-tech companies in the San Francisco Bay area. At the time, the forum allowed companies to share how their teams approach conflict mineral compliance in terms of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. As of 2016, the forum broadened its scope to include human trafficking and coined the name “The Silicon Valley Conflict Minerals and Human Trafficking Forum.”
Cubic Corporation designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services that increase situational awareness for customers in the transportation and defense industries. Cubic has established a global reputation as innovative problem solvers and industry leaders for over six decades. With a presence in nearly 60 countries, Cubic is the trusted partner for government and commercial customers alike.
* These lists are not exhaustive.
Senior Business & Human Rights Analyst
Kate’s work experience spans 13 countries and four continents in civil society organizations, UN agencies, International NGOs and the private sector. She is committed to being a part of the fight against human trafficking by providing companies with the tools and support to eradicate these activities from their supply chains.
Program Manager, Supply Chain GRC
Baker Hughes Inc.
Carlos manages all program activities related to conflict minerals, modern slavery, due diligence practices and disclosures. Carlos has extensive experience in designing due diligence and supply chain mapping programs for a variety of regulations such as the UK Modern Slavery Act and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.
Senior Business & Human Rights Analyst
Sarah is a human rights advocate who specializes in promoting human rights in business operations globally. Recently, she supported the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangladesh as it was playing a central role promoting labor rights reform in the garment sector following the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse.
Ropes & Gray
Michael is a leading practitioner on supply chain compliance and corporate social responsibility, regularly advising leading public and private companies on this emerging area of compliance. Clients turn to Michael for advice on a variety of topics such as disclosures and compliance with legal requirements, the construction and implementation of compliance programs, mitigating customer, regulatory, litigation, NGO and socially responsible investor risk and interactions with these constituencies and other stakeholders.
Walter Jager has worked for over 12 years with product manufacturers, suppliers and certification bodies on product compliance to global environmental regulations such as RoHS, REACH and ecodesign. He has extensive experience with conformity assessment of products to environmental performance standards and ecolabels. Walter has also contributed to the development of several IEC environmental standards and is the Working Group Chair of IEEE 1680.1 – the environmental assessment standard for computers, tablets and displays.
Assent Compliance USA
Travis is an attorney and environmental scientist specializing in turning regulatory complexity into actionable business solutions. In his career, he developed cutting edge technology solutions to international trade, supply chain data exchange and corporate governance regulations in Silicon Valley. Travis has a unique distinction of leading both professional services and corporate compliance departments for multi-billion dollar blue chip corporations. Some organizations Travis has worked with include St. Jude Medical, Foresite U.S. Group, Inc. and Microchip Technology.
Ilya is an attorney and senior consultant in Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services group and Conflict Minerals Advisory and Assurance Services team. He has more than five years of professional experience, including supporting strategy and risk management initiatives at Fortune 500 corporations, federal government agencies, and large-scale nonprofits. He also provides readiness services related to the U.S. conflict minerals rule, , including end-to-end compliance program implementations and executions as well as program assessments. Additionally, he has developed internal policies and procedures for large program teams, including those for conflict minerals.*Deloitte supports the HTRT's development committee in an advisory capacity.
Kristen Sullivan leads Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Sustainability Risk Advisory and Assurance services, including their Supply Chain Social Compliance services. She works with clients to address their sustainability disclosure needs. Kristen’s vast experience in sustainability, risk assessment, reporting, and assurance gives her unique insight into the needs of companies and suppliers working to improve their human trafficking and slavery programs using the Human Trafficking Risk Template.*Deloitte supports the HTRT's development committee in an advisory capacity.
Senior Lecturer, Politics
University of Sheffield
Dr Genevieve LeBaron is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Co-Chair of the Yale University Modern Slavery Working Group. Her research focuses on the global business of forced labor and governance initiatives to combat it.
Founder & Moderator
Silicon Valley Conflict Minerals and Human Trafficking Forum
Lydia Hultquist has worked with industry-leading companies to develop programs to reduce costs, improve production and ensure compliance, and has more than 20 years of supply chain experience. She has presented on conflict minerals at industry workshops, has been featured in multiple issues of CR Magazine and has co-authored a number of articles on modern day slavery, risk management, and supply chain best practices. She was recently named CR Magazine’s 2017 Superstar Winners – Best of the Best Providers and Practitioners in Corporate Responsibility, and was nominated for Assent’s 2017 Top 100 Conflict Mineral Influence Leaders List.
Senior Procurement Administrator
Matthew Kirby is a Senior Procurement Administrator at Cubic Corporation, with a focus on ethical supply chain compliance. At Cubic, he works to protect human rights by creating and maintaining supply chain compliance programs. Matthew was elemental in the creation of Cubic’s first risk-based anti-human trafficking program, and is proud to work with a company where he has the freedom to share his knowledge and values.
Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst
Ashley McIntyre is a Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst for Assent Compliance. She works closely with companies to achieve their corporate responsibility goals by helping them identify and mitigate issues relating to slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains. Ashley obtained her Master of Science (M.Sc.), Human Rights & International Politics from The University of Glasgow, and her Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.