Can People, Planet & Profit Coexist? Forced Labor & Global Supply Chains

February 19, 2019
12:40-2:00 pm
Granite State Room | MUB
FREE and open to all.



photos of people and productsJOIN US for this panel conversation with local and regional leaders who are working to educate about and eradicate forced labor in global supply chains.

While it is easy to celebrate the fact that unemployment in the developed world is at historically low levels, and that labor productivity around the world is rising, there remains a dark underside to the global supply chains which are responsible for many of the products we buy and consume every day including coffee, tea, chocolate and clothing.

The International Labor Organization estimates over 25 million people are exploited by forced labor practices globally and locally. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals call for the promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Learn about the prevalence of forced labor and ways business and policy leaders alike are helping to eradicate forced labor using innovative and ethical practices. Leading corporations today not only see this as a human rights issue, but as an issue of corporate sustainability and business competitiveness.

Sincere thanks also to Business Ethics Professors Jennifer Armstrong, Nina Windgaetter, and Betty Woodman, and Political Science Professor, Elizabeth Carter, for your collaboration to make this event part of your course curriculum! 


Ann C photoAnn Caron | Social Compliance and Reporting Manager, Timberland

Ann Caron is the Social Compliance and Reporting Manager for Timberland and has been a part of the Corporate Social Responsibility department since 2007.  Prior to that she had several roles at Timberland, including Retail Loss Prevention, Human Resources, and Licensing.  In her spare time Ann enjoys spending time with her 8 grandchildren, doing crafts and woodworking, and performing in her town’s community theater.  She is also a 1983 graduate of UNH.



Rink D photoRink Dickinson | Co-Executive Director, Equal Exchange

Rink was born in Columbus, Ohio, also spending some of his early years in Detroit and South Jersey, before entering college at SUNY-Binghamton. Shortly after graduating he found himself working in the regional distribution center for food cooperatives in New England called NEFCO/Northeast Coops. During his years here (1980-84) he worked alongside Michael Rozyne and Jonathan Rosenthal who would eventually co-found Equal Exchange with Rink in 1986. The start-up was created to challenge both the unjust prevailing model of international trade as well as classic capitalist corporate business structures. The result was a hybrid worker cooperative dedicated to building markets for organized groups of small farmers around the world. He has held nearly every job except Finance in his 30+ years and has served as both Sales Director and Co-Executive Director with Rob Everts since 1999.


Rob Everts | Co-Executive Director, Equal Exchange

Rob Everts joined Equal Exchange in 1997 and since 1999 has shared leadership responsibilities with EE co-founder Rink Dickinson. In the 1970’s Rob worked with the United Farm Workers under Cesar Chavez. In the 1980’s he was an organizer for the grassroots political organization Neighbor to Neighbor which worked to end the atrocities and reform U.S. policies in Central America.  After a receiving a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a 15 month stint with UNICEF in Costa Rica, Rob returned to the U.S. to join Equal Exchange.


Kim G photoKim Gray | Vice President Center Store Category Management, Merchandising, Pricing, Hannaford Supermarkets

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 188 stores in the Northeast, with locations in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Kim began her career in the grocery industry 20 years ago as a Health & Beauty Care Buyer at Food Lion in Salisbury, NC. For the first 5 years of her career, she focused on center store category management, pricing and merchandising. In 2008, Kim entered the meat & seafood world where she developed a passion around seafood sustainability and social responsibility and quickly began to influence the industry to take action around significant issues affecting the supply chain while leading the Meat & Seafood Category Management Team for Delhaize America.  Kim joined Hannaford banner in 2015 as they reorganized into local brands which led her to relocate to Maine. In her current role, Kim leads the center store merchandising for the Hannaford Banner. Kim lives in Scarborough, ME and currently resides with her two children and husband, Jim. They have a small ranch consisting of three horses, 2 cats, and more dogs than she cares to mention.

Also joining the conversation:
A Share photoAndrew L. Share | Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP

Andrew is a lifelong resident of the NH Seacoast and is currently the Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody’s Manchester, NH office as well as a co-leader of the firm’s Technology Transactions team.  Andrew concentrates his legal practice on counseling companies with respect to a wide range of corporate, commercial and business law matters, particularly in M&A, software, IP licensing and technology transactions, business process outsourcing and supply chain and procurement.  Prior to his move to private practice, Andrew served, for a number of years, as in-house counsel to Tyco International in Exeter, NH where he served Tyco’s corporate, Plastics & Adhesives and Flow Control units. Additionally, Andrew was Tyco’s primary supply chain counsel, helping to define Tyco’s legal strategy for its Strategic Sourcing group. 

Andrew regularly speaks and writes on the topics of mergers and acquisitions and matters concerning technology focused agreements as well as provides training in general contract and commercial agreements.  

Lead Hosts



Thank you to our Co-Hosts
Carsey School of Public Policy
Global Education Center
NH Human Trafficking Collaborative Task Force
NH Businesses for Social Responsibility
Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics
Students for Global Health
Sustainability Institute

Thank you to our Lead Sponsor

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Nixon Peabody LLP is a global law firm, with more than 650 attorneys collaborating across major practice areas in cities across the U.S., Europe and Asia.


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