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Clay E. Hickson

Senior Vice President

As Senior Vice President at Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Mr. Hickson manages international operations and helps develop and refine WRAP’s strategy, specifically focusing on managing relationships with global brands and retailers and with governmental and other stakeholder organizations.  He has developed and led seminars and other initiatives around the world in the field of social responsibility in collaboration with audit firms, manufacturing facilities, industry associations, government bodies and others, which initiatives have facilitated understanding of socially responsible and ethical practices as well as an understanding of how to implement social compliance programs.

Previously, Mr. Hickson was Executive Director of TowsonGlobal Business Incubator as well as Managing Director of Rhôton Hill Group, a management consulting firm he established.  He also was Director of International Business Services for International Technology and Trade Associates, Director of International Programs for the World Trade Center Boston, and Account Director with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Taiwan).  He worked with the 1993 Seattle Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and US-Philippine Business Committee.   Mr. Hickson has served on the governing Steering Committee of the Social & Labor Convergence Project.  He is Chairman Emeritus of the Maryland-China Business Council and has served on the board of the National China Garden Foundation.  Other current and past affiliations include the U.S. Council for International Business, the American Apparel and Footwear Association, and the U.S. Fashion Industry Association.

Mr. Hickson received his MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University and received his BA in International Relations from The George Washington University.  He also studied Chinese at Columbia University.

Sessions

August 24, 2016
Global Ethical Manufacturing of Apparel and Textiles | featuring Wrap & Testex Executive Panelists
11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
August 21, 2017
International Government Roundtable Discussion – China, India, Bangladesh, Canada
10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
August 22, 2017
Sustainable, Ethical Apparel Practices – The Canadian Way
3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM
May 21, 2018
China Moving West: From Beijing to South Florida
10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM
The Role Social Compliance Plays in Globally Competitive Markets – a Global Sourcing Imperative
11:45 AM  -  12:30 PM
August 20, 2018
China’s Changing Role as a Front-runner in the Global Textile and Apparel Supply Chain
11:00 AM  -  12:00 AM
Sustainable Sourcing and The Bottom Line Supply Chain Panel Discussion
3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
May 30, 2019
Optimizing your Supply Chain for Compliance, Waste Minimization & Sustainable Sourcing
Main Stage
11:15  -  12:00
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