The Landmark Project


Björn Claeson
| Electronics Watch

personal information:
Björn has more than 15 years experience addressing public procurement and labour rights in global supply chains.  He cofounded the US national advocacy network SweatFree Communities, which has been instrumental in dozens of state and local campaign successes aimed at using taxpayer money to protect workers’ rights in global supply chains.  He helped set up a US national network of public sector buyers, the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, to encourage public sector buyers to address labour rights in global supply chains collaboratively. Björn also served as Senior Policy Analyst with the Washington DC based International Labor Rights Forum, authoring several reports on labour rights and safety in Bangladeshi apparel factories.

Why do you participate at the conference?
Because I am eager to learn about policy and practice of socially responsible public procurement of ICT products in Germany—where public sector buyers, industry, and civil society all have advanced the field–and understand how Electronics Watch can help.

Contact: bclaeson@electronicswatch.org

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Heiner Genzken
| Intel GmbH

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As Business Development Manager, Heiner is consulting customers in public sector in developing and implementing state-of-the-art IT infrastructures – i.e. cloud computing, consolidation strategies, workplace of the future – thus increasing their customer orientation and business agility.

Why do you participate at the conference?
The socially acceptable production is very important for us, especially the usage of conflict free minerals.

Contact: heiner.genzken@intel.com

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Dr. Christoph Krönke
| Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

personal information:
Dr. Christoph Krönke works at the LMU Munich Faculty of Law, one of the largest and most renowned Law Faculties in Germany. He is specialised in public procurement law and administrative cooperation. Dr. Krönke gives lectures e.g. about „Legal Prospects for Socially Responsible Public Procurement after the German Reform of Public Procurement Law“ (2016), „Innovation in Green and Social Procurement under the New Directives“ (2016), „Opportunities for Socially Responsible Public Procurement after the German Reform of Public Procurement Law “ (2016) and „Principles of the New Public Procurement Law “ (2016).

Why do you participate at the conference?
I am interested in the practical implementation of public procurement laws.

Contact: christoph.kroenke@jura.uni-muenchen.de

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Christoph Oldenburg
| GIZ

personal information:
As a global company, GIZ supports the German Federal Government in international cooperation for sustainable development. The sector project ‘sustainability standards and public private responsibility’ provides advice on key policy processes in the area of sustainability standards, sustainable public procurement and corporate social responsibility to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The lecturer’s main tasks include advice on national and international processes on sustainable public procurement, the implementation of pilot procurement projects, as well as the processing of a step-by-step plan for sustainable textile procurement by the Federal Administration in accordance with the Federal Government’s sustainability program.

Why do you participate at the conference?
The reason why I will attend the conference is the presentation of the pilot project of the BMZ concerning sustainable procurement of IT products. Furthermore, I have a strong interest in the exchange of experiences in the field of sustainable public procurement.

Contact: christoph.oldenburg@giz.de

 

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Fahmi Panimbang
 | Sedane Labor Resource Center

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Fahmi Panimbang is a labor activist and researcher with LIPS (Lembaga Informasi Perburuhan Sedane/Sedane Labor Resource Center) in Indonesia. Fahmi worked with Asia Monitor Resource Centre in Hong Kong in 2010-2016 as a program coordinator on capital mobility. He graduated from Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta, Indonesia and earned his MA in sociology at Sungkonghoe University in Seoul, South Korea. His recent publications include “Global Supply Chains: Struggle within or against them?” a chapter in the book Lessons for Social Change in the Global Economy: Voices from the Field (2014, Maryland: Lexington Books). He is preparing an edited volume Resistance in the Continent of Labour: Workers’ Challenges against Capital in Asia to be published in 2017.

Contact: fahmi.panimbang@gmail.com

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Gale Raj-Reichert
| Queen Mary University of London

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Gale Raj-Reichert is a Lecturer in Economic Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Her research interests are on labour governance in the electronics industry global production networks in developing countries. Her current research focuses on how changing relationships and power dynamics between firms in the electronics industry, governments, non-governmental organizations and trade unions affect negotiations, strategies and activities around labour governance in Malaysia and China. Gale’s fieldwork is based in the US, EU, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Hong Kong. She recently completed a three year research project as part of a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship on ‘Understanding power relations to improve labour governance in the global production network of the computer industry’. She is currently working on a monograph based on this research titled ‘Improving labour conditions in the electronics industry: an exploration of governance in a global production network’ (Oxford University Press). Gale’s publications include papers in Regulation and Governance, Geoforum, and Competition and Change.

Why do you participate at the conference?
Having worked on labour governance in the electronics industry global production network for several years, the topic of socially responsible procurement is largely neglected. Yet, public buyers are important sources of revenue for electronics firms and have the potential to make a difference with their market power. I am interested in exploring and discussing this topic further.

Contact: g.raj-reichert@qmul.ac.uk

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Niclas Rydell
| TCO Development

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Niclas Rydell works for TCO Development, a nonprofit organization. For 10 years Niclas Rydell has been working as the Director for the sustainability certification “TCO Certified” for IT products. Six years prior to this he had been working in the field of international standardization and testing of IT products. Niclas Rydell gives annual lectures at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm where he also holds a degree in electrical engineering. In his current position, he is very much involved in the development of criteria for socially responsible manufacturing. Through his work, he has gained great insight into the situation of the industry as well as the challenges of buying more fair and sustainable IT products.

Why do you participate at the conference?
I want to share my experiences on this important topic and collect feedback from buyers, NGOs and other stakeholders for our development work with the next generation of “TCO Certified” that will be launched in the end of 2018.

Contact: niclas.rydell@tcodevelopment.com

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Oliver Sendelbach
| FairLötet

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A founding member of the non-profit FairLötet, I help  to raise awareness for working conditions and environmental issues of the international electronics production. FairLötet wants to convince consumers and businesses alike to take responsibility for the disadvantaged participants of global supply-chains. Using real-world examples, we show how it can be done.

Why do you participate at the conference?
The conference is a great opportunity to work together with people from purchasing and from sustainability-oriented suppliers. If we get active, we can really make a big difference.

Contact: o.sendelbach@fairloetet.de

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Thomas Stark
| Europa-Universität Flensburg

personal information:
I am working as procurement operator for IT products at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. As member of an ITSH.edu working group I am working on a general agreement on the procurement of IT-products for all universities of Schleswig-Holstein.

Why do you participate at the conference?
Universities are aware of their social responsibility concerning the procurement of such a large quantity of IT-products. Therefore we are happy having Electronics Watch by our side helping us preparing the general agreement mentioned above.

Contact: starck@uni-flensburg.de

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Christian Weis
| IG Metall (Industrial Union of Metalworkers Germany)

personal information:
Christian Weis, Globalisation Policy Manager of the IG Metall directorate, Frankfurt/Main.
IG Metall aims to improve working and living conditions worldwide. Therefore we need to establish transnational union coalitions to secure social standards and jobs – also in Germany. Our key activities are: 1. We fight for human rights, employment rights and union rights. 2. We support the establishment of strong unions all over the world. 3. We connect workers, work councils and unions throughout the supply chains.

Why do you participate at the conference?
I am committed to a socially responsible procurement of IT products. I have witnessed the miserable working conditions in Asia and the scandalous exploitation of workers there and hope that we can contribute to changing those circumstances.

Contact: christian.weis@igmetall.de

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Felix Zimmermann
| Bitkom

personal information:
Bitkom is Germany’s digital association that represents more than 2.400 companies in the digital economy. Felix Zimmermann is responsible for public procurement and E-Government. Bitkom promotes social standards in ICT-production.

Contact: f.zimmermann@bitkom.org

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Our interpreters:


Stephanie Hopp

Stephanie Hopp holds a Diploma (MA) as a Conference Interpreter from the University of Mainz / Germersheim. Since 2016 she lives in Berlin and works as freelance English translator and interpreter in various professional fields.

Contact: sthopp@gmail.com

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Dr. Birgit Mayer

Dr. Birgit Mayer graduated in psychology/sociology and translating/interpreting (English and Spanish) at the University of Graz, Austria. Based in Wiesbaden, Germany. 25 years of freelancing experience in interpreting (all types) and translating. Specialised in psychology and related fields, medicine, nature & the environment, social matters, intercultural developmental cooperation, labor law. Volunteer for AFS Intercultural Programs in Germany.

Contact: b.mayer@web.de

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