COMPLYING WITH LICENSORS' SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS: PRACTICAL STEPS FOR CREATING AN INDUSTRY APPROACH

Monday, June 11

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Social and environmental compliance is becoming a more important priority for the licensing industry. In 2011, the Licensing Working Group created a guide full of good practices and practical tips on how licensees can take steps to comply with licensors’ social and environmental requirements. Moderated by Laura Gitman, BSR’s Project Director for the Licensing Working Group, this session will provide an introduction to the guide and will include direct perspectives from both licensors and licensees. It will also include an interactive discussion of key challenges and steps licensees can take to comply with licensor requirements and to improve working conditions in their manufacturing operations and supply chain.

MODERATOR:
LAURA COMMIKE GITMAN
Managing Director, Advisory Services
BSR

Laura spearheads BSR's CSR initiatives in our New York office, primarily working with multinational companies in the financial services, information and communications technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech, and media and entertainment sectors. Laura leads BSR's global Financial Services practice, including strategy work with financial services clients and with multiple industries on understanding investor trends.

Laura's expertise includes responsible supply chain management, CSR strategy, stakeholder engagement, and CSR reporting. She facilitates senior-level strategy workshops and multistakeholder forums globally, and most recently published a report on ESG integration in mainstream investing.

Laura previously worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she acquired extensive strategy experience advising multinational financial services companies. She also managed a community development project in Ecuador, developed the business strategy for social venture MobileMedia, and worked with the biotechnology sector in Chile for the development organization Endeavor Global.

Laura holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

 

JENNIFER SHUCHAT
Licensing Manager
NTD Apparel Inc.

Jennifer Shuchat started her career at NTD in 2006 working in both the Licensing & Production Departments. In 2010, she took on the role of Licensing Manager and oversees NTD’s global license portfolio of over 40 properties. Jennifer’s responsibilities include; managing day to day licensor relationships, contracts, and retail business development.

 

KAREN TIONGSON
Manager of Social Responsibility Programs
NBC Universal

Karen Tiongson has 8 years of international experience, including 5 years at NBCUniversal.  She currently serves as the Manager of Social Responsibility Programs for Universal Studios Partnerships, Licensing & Digital (UPLD), NBC TV Distribution and Bravo. UPLD secures consumer product and digital content licenses, theatrical promotions and corporate sponsorships by major corporate brands. As manager of the Social Responsibility Programs, Ms. Tiongson supervises the administration of environmental, health, safety, labor factory audits and product safety programs for licensed products.

Ms. Tiongson began her international career as a teacher in Japan where she worked and traveled for 3 years. This experience expanded her international business knowledge as well as provided invaluable insight into Asian business culture. Such knowledge and insight are particularly helpful as Ms. Tiongson works with agents, brokers, factory managers, licensees, and other foreign individuals to protect the NBCUniversal brand. To do so, she oversees the approval process for both product manufacturing and safety, audit reporting, supervises remedial action plans, helps set NBCUniversal Compliance Policies, and determines the levels of reputational, financial and legal risk for UPLD.

Ms. Tiongson graduated from the University of Victoria, Canada, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Studies. Her studies focused on medical and social wellbeing.

 

MICHAEL J. WIDMAN
Vice President, Corporate Citizanship/International Labor Standards
The Walt Disney Company

Mr. Widman oversees The Walt Disney Company’s International Labor Standards Group (ILS).   His responsibilities include developing the Company’s strategies and policies relating to international labor standard issues, overseeing the Company’s global factory monitoring program to assess compliance with the Company’s Code of Conduct for Manufacturers and managing the Company’s external stakeholder engagement, collaboration and communication activities.  In addition, Mr. Widman manages a global team of professionals involved in the Company’s ILS program that works with the Company’s business units, licensees and vendors.

Following several years of private practice with the International law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, Mr. Widman initially joined The Walt Disney Company in 1990.  As Vice President of Business Development for Disney’s Corporate Alliances Department, Mr. Widman was responsible for the successful development of Disney’s global sponsorship and marketing joint ventures with companies such as American Express, Nestle, GM, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. 

Following his initial engagement with Disney, Mr. Widman was Senior Vice President at Simon Marketing, the global consumer products, marketing services and manufacturing company specializing in entertainment and sports-related marketing, licensing and promotional products production.  At Simon, Mr. Widman oversaw the company’s manufacturing operations in Asia, including the implementation of Codes of Conduct for several large brands.

Mr. Widman has also served as a consultant to several prominent companies.

Mr. Widman holds a JD/MBA from New York University and is a member of the Bars of California and New York.