As a member-driven and led organization, our Board is made up of member company representatives. They are experts in the fields of corporate responsibility, compliance and technology services with decades worth of experience. Our Board is actively engaged in the growth, sustainability, and expansion of our mission and innovations in our technology.
President and CEO of Autor Global Strategies LLC
Erik Autor is President and CEO of Autor Global Strategies LLC, which he formed in 2013 to provide business consulting services to companies, associations, and governments on public policy advocacy, legal/regulatory, and strategic communications with a focus on international trade/business, corporate social responsibility, transportation/global supply chain management, and customs issues. He is also affiliated as a partner with public affairs firm, Total Spectrum/Steve Gordon & Associates.
From 1998 to 2013, Mr. Autor was Vice President and International Trade Counsel to the National Retail Federation in Washington, DC, where he served as the principal advisor on international trade, customs, international transportation, and supply-chain management issues to the world’s largest retail trade association and its member companies in the retail industry. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Autor was International Trade Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance; from 1990 to 1992, he was an international trade associate in the Washington, DC office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and from 1988 to 1990, he was a law clerk at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York.
Mr. Autor received a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and two law degrees from Duke University. He is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, and currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two sons.
Vice President, Merchant Solutions for Heartland Payment Systems
Dave Hogan is recognized as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in Retail” by Executive Technology Magazine and has held senior leadership positions with several prominent organizations. He currently serves as Vice President, Merchant Solutions for Heartland Payment Systems and works with the extended merchant community on secure payment solutions.
Hogan also served as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations and Chief Information Officer at the National Retail Federation. He has directed numerous internal and retail industry information technology initiatives and managed NRF's CIO Council, a committee of retailing's most prominent chief information officers. He led a coalition of retailers to address weaknesses in Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and has testified to Congress on cybercrime and securing the payment’s eco-system.
Prior to joining the NRF, he served as Vice President and CIO of international retailer, Duty Free Americas, and held senior level positions with L Brands serving as a business unit CIO. David earned a computer science degree from The Ohio State University and earned his MBA from the University of Dayton.
Vice President, Supply Chain & Customs Policy National Retail Federation
Jonathan Gold serves as Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy for the National Retail Federation (NRF). Jonathan joined NRF in October 2007 and is responsible for representing NRF before Congress and the administration on supply chain and customs issues impacting the retail industry.
Prior to joining NRF, Jonathan served as a Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Jonathan joined CBP in May 2006 and was responsible for giving policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade related matters. Jonathan worked on implementation issues surrounding the SAFE Port Act and other issues within the agency including CBP intelligence reform, pandemic flu and trade facilitation.
Prior to joining CBP, Jonathan served as the Vice President, Global Supply Chain Policy for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, a position he was named to in 2005 after serving as RILA’s Director, International Trade Policy since 2000. He was responsible for representing the association before Congress and the Executive Branch on various international trade and supply chain issues. In 2005, Jonathan was appointed to the Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection and Related Homeland Security Functions (COAC) where he previously served as a technical advisor working on implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act and implementation of the Customs 24-Hour Rule.Jonathan graduated from The American University in Washington, DC in 1994. He graduated with a BSBA in International Business with a concentration in Finance.
Dr. Marsha Dickson
Chairperson - Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
Dr. Marsha Dickson is professor and chairperson in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies and co-director of the Sustainable Apparel Initiative at the University of Delaware. Her department offers undergraduate degrees in Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising, as well as an innovative graduate certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business and a master's degree in fashion and apparel studies.
Dr. Dickson is internationally known for her research and teaching on social responsibility in the apparel industry. She is lead author of the book Social Responsibility in the Global Apparel Industry and has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Fashion Marketing & Management. She has conducted research on social responsibility in the apparel industry in China, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Dickson is President of the international consortium of Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a non-governmental organization originally formed by President Clinton to improve working conditions in factories around the world. She also serves the FLA as executive committee member and chair of the monitoring committee.
In 2009, Dickson was recognized for her academic and industry contributions in social responsibility with the All Star Award from Apparel Magazine. She received the International Textile and Apparel Association's Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011.
Dr. Matthew Gardner
Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainserv
Dr. Matthew Gardner is a Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainserv (www.sustainserv.com), a Boston Massachusetts and Zurich Switzerland based firm that works with public and private sector organizations to design and implement sustainability strategies, programs and communications. His work includes a wide variety of sustainability strategy, data and communications focused projects across many sectors in many countries, including manufacturing, banking and financial services, logistics, chemicals, electronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer products.
Matt received his doctorate in Chemistry from Michigan State University, was a postdoctoral researcher in Chemistry at MIT, where he spent five years as the Executive Director of the Earth System Initiative. He currently teaches sustainability strategy and entrepreneurship in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard University Extension School and is one of the faculty of the Youth Encounter on Sustainability, a Swiss-based training program for young professionals and graduate students, where he lectures and leads interactive workshops on climate change, climate policy and sustainable entrepreneurship.
Michael S. Greene
Ernst & Young LLP, Partner Advisory Services
Michael is a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services practice. He is based in Boston and serves as Client Service partner for numerous assurance and advisory services engagements. Michael has over 20 years of experience in providing audit and advisory services to clients, including financial statement audits, internal control evaluations, Sarbanes Oxley Section 404 Readiness Assessments, third party attest reporting examinations, busines process assessments, information security assessments and implementations and application security and control reviews.
Michael has served numerous Fortune 1000 and global multi-national clients in a broad range of industries with a specific focus on the retail and consumer products sectors. He also has extensive experience serving small and emerging growth companies in the technology sector. Michael currently serves as E&Y’s Retail Advisory Leader for the New England area marketplace as well as the Third Party Assurance Champion for the Northeast region, In these capacities, he is responsible for coordinating all Advisory and Trust Services, SAS 70 and Agreed Upon Procedures examination initiatives.
Michael currently represents E&Y on the AICPA/CICA’s Trust Services working committee, responsible for updates to the Trust Services (WebTrust for CA) program as well as supporting industry specific audit and third party assurance initiatives.
Executive Director, Fair Factories Clearinghouse
Founding Board Member, Fair Factories Clearinghouse
Peter Burrows has more than 40 years of IT executive management in diverse industries including consumer goods, footwear and apparel, and high-tech electronics and manufacturing industries.
The original concept for a comprehensive IT system to help companies manage their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives developed when Peter was Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Reebok International, a recognized Industry leader in the area of business and human rights. The Reebok “Human Rights Tracking System” was identified in the year 2000 as one of the world’s most groundbreaking new technologies by Computerworld and the Smithsonian Institution, and a complete description of the Reebok system and why it was so innovative was placed in the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent history collection to help document the world’s most significant technology developments.
In 2002, Peter and others volunteered their time to transform the Reebok technology into a new system that could help other companies improve their commitment to human rights and collaborate on supplier capacity building. By 2004, with the assistance of a grant from the US Department of State, the nonprofit Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) was born. Today, the FFC serves the corporate social responsibility needs of many of the world’s most recognized brands and retailers. In addition, FFC uses their system development expertise to help other non-profits with similar missions meet their system development challenges. Peter has served on the FFC Board since their founding in 2004, and has always been FFC’s Chief System Architect. When Peter retired as CIO of the adidas Group in 2010, he chose to continue working when he took on the FFC Executive Director responsibility
Peter received a bachelor's degree in management from Northeastern University. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of i-Mediation, based in Paris, France, and was a member of Private Sector Council, based in Washington, DC. He was Chairman of the National Retail Federation's CIO Council (2006-2008). He is an active board member for the Association of Retail Technology Standards (ARTS). His technology innovations have been written about in textbooks, and many business publications including the Economist, Business Week and Industry Week. He is the recipient of many industry technology innovation awards including: The Interop Achievement Award, the Communication Week's O.N.E Award, The Babson College Center for Information Management Studies (CIMS) "IT Achievement Award" in 2001, and The Bobbin Apparel Industry All-Star Award in 2002. Peter was named "Most Influential Consumer Goods Executive" by Consumer Goods Technology in 2004, in May 2005 was cited one of "Five to Watch" in the field of retail information technology by Women's Wear Daily, and in 2006, received the Retail Systems Achievement Award for Best in Corporate Systems. In 2006 Peter received the National Retail Federation’s Silver Plaque award, the highest award NRF issues to a non CEO for public service to the retail industry.
Compliance Manager, VF Corporation
Phil Marsom is VF's Corporate Social Compliance Manager with responsibilities for the Americas and Europe. He directs audit planning, Coalition Compliance Managers, and is the Global Administrator for the FFC. Brands included in the compliance program include: The North Face, Wrangler, Lee, Vans, Nautica, Jansport, Reef, amongst others. The VF Compliance program is also responsible for licensees of VF's brands.
Phil has been with VF since 1981 and has been working in compliance since 2002. Previous responsibilities as Engineer, Plant Manager, Sourcing Manager, and Quality Control Manager help bring a wide range of manufacturing experience to his social compliance responsibilities. He is also currently a member of the American Apparel and Footwear Association's Social Responsible Committee. He has a BS in Economics from Kent State. Phil also speaks fluent Spanish and makes his home in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Robbert de Kock
World Federation Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), Secretary General
WFSGI is our latest trade association member and wants to actively promote the FFC to their members who are not already members of the FFC. Robbert has agreed to join our board as a trade association member.
The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) was founded in 1978 and is the world authoritative body for the sports industry officially recognized by the IOC as the industry representative within the Olympic family. The WFSGI is an independent, non‐profit and non‐ governmental association formed by sports brands, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, national federations and all sporting goods industry related businesses. The WFSGI plays a strategic role in the support and promotion of the sporting goods industry worldwide. The WFSGI promotes free and fair trade and provides platforms for the intergovernmental cooperation with regards to the International Organizations interested or affected by sports. Our aim is also to expand the cooperation on the protection of intellectual property rights and improve human rights issues related to working conditions. All this can be done through contacts with International Organizations such as the ILO, WTO, WHO, UN but also through International Sports Federations (FIFA, IAAF, FIVB, etc.) and the IOC, via the exchange of information and clearing house on issues and topics developed by WFSGI’s various committees.
Senior Director, Social and Environmental Affairs, Program Operations Global - adidas group
Selcuk Buyukozer has been working in the Social and Environmental Affairs (SEA) department of the adidas Group since 2002. He started as a field manager conducting supplier audits in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and in 2008, he was relocated to the USA to develop the program operations in the Americas. Since 2013, he has been directing this program globally.
Selcuk’s responsibilities include driving the Strategic Compliance Planning for the Group’s own brands, business units and licensees, managing the Group’s licensees and indirect supply chain monitoring program, developing and revising SEA Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures, and managing compliance data and reporting.
Selcuk has been involved in the development of Sustainable Compliance Initiative (SCI) Core questions tool, the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) project aiming seamless data interfacing between different platforms, SEA’s Responsible Purchasing Practices framework, and several brand collaboration initiatives. Besides his board membership role in the FFC, he is a Monitoring Committee member in the Fair Labor Association (FLA).
Selcuk has a BA in Economics from Bogazici University and an MBA from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. Since 2015, he takes sustainability courses at Harvard Extension School.
Doug Cahn, Advisory Board Member
Principal, The Cahn Group, LLC
Founding Member, Fair Factories Clearinghouse
Doug Cahn is the principal of The Cahn Group, LLC (www.thecahngroup.com) a corporate responsibility consultancy dedicated to creating sound business practices that are consistent with societal needs and stakeholder expectations. He is also founder and president of Clear Voice Hotline Service (www.clearvoicehotline.net), an independent and confidential communication channel for workers.
Mr. Cahn has been a corporate responsibility and public policy executive for nearly 30 years. During that time, he has implemented corporate programs that address supply chain labor standards, human rights, environment, government relations, community relations, advocacy and communications. As vice president of human rights programs at Reebok International for 15 years, Mr. Cahn led the implementation of Reebok's corporate commitment to international human rights, both through the company's business practices and philanthropic endeavors. He developed a child labor free soccer ball factory in Pakistan and human rights training programs, worker communication systems, and assessment tools in over a dozen countries. Prior to joining Reebok, he served as chief of staff and legislative assistant for human rights and foreign policy to US Representative Barney Frank and legislative assistant for human rights and foreign policy to US Representative Robert Drinan.
Doug served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fair Factories Clearinghouse, a non-profit initiative of global retail companies, consumer brands and retail trade associations dedicated to creating a system for managing and sharing information about workplace conditions. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Verité, a non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to humanizing the global workplace.
Scott Greathead, Advisory Board Member
CEO, World Monitors Inc.
Partner, Wiggin and Dana LLP
Scott Greathead is a partner in the New York City office of Wiggin and Dana LLP, where he practices commercial litigation, and the CEO of World Monitors, Inc., a consulting firm affiliated with Wiggin and Dana that works with global companies on strategies for responsible business practices.
Greathead is a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First (formerly, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), which he helped to found in 1978. Human Rights First is a New York-based organization that works to promote international human rights and refugee law in the United States and abroad. He has visited more than a dozen countries on human rights fact finding missions for Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, the International League for Human Rights, and other organizations. Since 1982, he has represented the families of four American church women who were murdered in El Salvador in December, 1980. He also represented U.S. Jesuit organizations in connection with the November, 1989 murders of six Jesuits and two members of their household staff by elements of the Salvadoran army.
In addition to Human Rights First, Greathead serves as an officer or director of Human Rights in China, the American Conservation Association and the Sperry Fund. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.