Finance & Supply Chains Theatre

The Social License to Operate: Supply Chains Compliance and Accountability

Day 2 : 16:10 – 17:00

The concept of social license has emerged as a significant consideration for businesses seeking to run ethically and sustainably. Furthermore, companies are now required to operate a responsible supply chain to fulfill compliance and regulatory requirements. How companies navigate the complicated compliance in different jurisdictions?

From labour employment to supplier management, and from manufacturers to local communities, our expert panellists will explore the importance of social license, and share their experience working with companies to implement a more responsible supply chain.


  • What is social license, and why is it important for businesses seeking to operate ethically and sustainably?
  • What are the metrics and measures for social impact for supply chain and how to evaluate them?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities associated with building and maintaining social license in a supply chain context?
  • How can businesses leverage technology and innovation to improve supply chain transparency and accountability, and build trust with their stakeholders?

Post-event Actions

  • Review your organization’s supply chain management practices to identify areas where social license considerations can be integrated.
  • Engage with stakeholders, including local communities, regulators, and civil society groups, to build trust and acceptance for your organization’s supply chain operations. Consider collaborating with stakeholders to develop shared goals and metrics for measuring and reporting on sustainability performance.


Sally Peng

Senior Managing Director

Sally Peng leads the Export Controls, Sanctions & Trade practice in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region at FTI Consulting. Ms. Peng is an expert in export controls, economic sanctions, international trade strategy, global supply chain optimization and trade compliance.
Ms. Peng has been a trusted advisor for many MNCs on their international trade supply chain and Customs issues. She advises clients on their supply chain operations related to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). During the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, Ms. Peng is sought after by her clients to advise them on mitigating strategies against U.S. Section 301 and 232 retaliation tariffs, free trade agreements, trade preference programmes and country of origin issues. She is also highly involved in the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, serving on the Board of Governors and on several com. Ms. Peng is admitted to the Bar of Washington D.C. and to the Massachusetts Bar.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Smart city with a comprehensive sustainability goals for all layers of society.

Myriam Mwizerwa

Head of Office

With extensive global and technical experience, Myriam works with governments, civil society and the private sector to collaboratively design and deliver innovative programs to strengthen responsible business. Her current priorities include promoting business and human rights, ethical recruitment of migrant workers, facilitating the safe movement of vulnerable migrants, and continuing engagement with public and and private sectors to realize the many positive benefits of labour migration.

Andrey Sawchenko

Regional Vice-President, Asia Pacific

Andrey Sawchenko currently serves as Regional Vice President in Asia Pacific, leading IJM’s programs working with governments, corporations and civil society partners to demonstrate effective models to eradicate forced labour from key industries and recruiting corridors in Southeast Asia, including addressing the most recent issues of forced scamming. Andrey serves as an expert on sustainable supply chains via Justice System Strengthening pathway and prior to this role, Andrey was the Regional Director for IJM in Southern India, working with Indian authorities to end forced labour slavery in the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Andrey previously also spent 10 years in Thailand and the Philippines leading teams to fight sex trafficking which led to a stunning 72% decrease in the availability of children for commercial sex. Before joining IJM, Andrey was a lawyer in Seattle, USA.

My Sustainability Goals for 2023:

Asia is of high influence and has great opportunities to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships for sustainable supply chains where workers are treated fairly and has the freedom of movement. To enable systemic change, we would need to see an increase in collaborations between businesses, investors, governments and NGOs to create safe communities, where both migrant and local workers in poverty are protected from any potential threats of violence and forced labour slavery.

Yu Hang Walter Tsui

Co-founder and CEO

Mr. Walter Tsui is the Co-Founder and CEO of CareER. Walter, though visually impaired, is an adventurer at heart, and has a strong commitment to support highly educated people with disabilities or special education needs in Hong Kong. Established in 2014, CareER was recognised by the Vienna-based Zero Project Award 2021 of being the Innovative Practice for Employment from Civil Society. It was also awarded by HKCSS as the Most Impactful Small and Medium-sized Non-subvented NGO in 2019.

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