Friday, April 17, 2020

Interview: Bethany Salgado COVID-19, Covid-19, Supply Chains, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, for Upcoming Webinar "COVID-19 and International Affairs" (17 April 2020)

In the run up to the Webinar Conference Roundtable, Coronavirus and International Relations, a number of participants and contributors agreed to give short interviews around the conference themes and their own interventions. All Zoom interviews will be posted to the Coalition for Peace and Ethics You Tube Channel COVID-19 Conference Playlist.

For our first interview, Flora Sapio spoke to the issues of COVID-19 in Italy and its wider implication. For our second interview, Larry Catá Backer spoke of COVID-19 and meaning making. Yuri Gonzalez was interviewed about COVID-19 and the developing situation in Cuba, which has been able to project medical assistance outward even as it faces the challenges of a developing state.  Alice Hong provided insight on COVID-19 from the perspective of a foreign student in the US. GAO Shan spoke to the way that the COVID-19 pandemic from a comparative context of Wuhan (where his family lives) and the US Midwest (where he now resides).  Keren Wang considered the ways in which each system framed the pandemic in ways that could be understood, noting how differences in those understandings could produce very different responses. Jonathan Kiwana spoke to issues of COVID-19 and Africa, focusing on Uganda and the region.  Pini Miretski spoke to the situation in Russia, Israel and states of the former Soviet Union, and the enhanced use of technology for meeting the challenge of COVID-19.  And Nicolas Scholz spoke to the situation in Germany, from the perspective of a European federal republic, within the historical context of European shocks of the last century and on the contradictions of nationalism and globalization.

For our next interview, Bethany Salgado speaks to issues of the challenges of COVID-19 for business with particular focus on the consumer products industry. She considered COVID-19's effects on supply chains, on supply chain diversification, and on the possibility of returning supply chains "home." Lastly she spoke about business and human rights in two respects: the first was relating to corporate responsibility for the integrity and welfare of stakeholders in its supply chain; the second touched on the responsibility of enterprises for worker protection in the form of PPE and obligations to sanitize workplaces.  

Bethany Salgado currently works in demand planning and customer logistics within the consumer products industry while she is completing her master's in international affairs at Pennsylvania State University. During her graduate program, Bethany has focused on corporate governance and responsible business conduct in addition to attaining a certificate in supply chain management. Prior to starting her graduate degree, Bethany worked at the State Department where she helped U.S. companies implement best practices for social and environmental responsibility across global supply chains. She also has experience with a variety of think tanks, nonprofits, and in state and federal government.

The interview may be accessed HERE:  Bethany Salgado interview

Conference Concept Note HERE

Registration (Free) HERE

onference Website HERE.

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