Are you looking for ways your business could have a positive impact on the community in which you operate? This session, proudly presented by American...

Sustainable Supply Chain


140 George St
2000 NSW


Kayla Cannon

Kayla Cannon

Program Manager and Sustainable Swag Enthusiast, Atlassian

As program manager and Foundation Council member at tech giant Atlassian, mum of two, Kayla optimises the company value “be the change you seek.”

Working closely with sustainable and ethical suppliers in Cambodia, Kayla developed her female-centric At-lass swag clothing line (as seen in Business Insider). This project was non-technical winner at Atlassian’s innovation ShipIt event last year. At-lass swag pushed the envelope on what is possible with sustainable and ethical sourcing and reinvented the power tie to provide an identity for women in technology. Not bad for a line of dresses.

At-lass swag is influencing how people looking at sustainable products, in 15 cities and 6 countries around the globe. Last year At-lass swag made its debut to Atlassian customers at their summit in the US and will be making an appearance at Atlassian’s European summit in September.

Most recently Kayla’s passion in this field has spearheaded the importance of embracing sustainable and ethical sourcing, in all areas within the tech industry. Atlassian’s annual design week event last month was the most sustainable it has ever been with Kayla’s influence and excitement. What drives Kayla is her passion to impact change, to push the boundaries and influence a shift in mindset for what it means to be sustainable in a disposable world.

Rob Caslick

Rob Caslick

Two Good Founder

Rob started his career as a marine engineering officer in the Royal Australian Navy. After six years and including active service in the Persian Gulf he retired from the navy and commenced working as a mechanical engineer in the construction industry.

His grandmother introduced him to soup kitchens when he was 12 and throughout his career he has always spent significant time volunteering. In 2010, he founded an organic soup kitchen in Sydney's Kings Cross and in 2016 he founded social enterprise Two Good Co initially as a way to scale the soup kitchen. Last year he quit engineering to focus on Two Good Co and a mission to support every women’s domestic violence service in the country.

He likes to talk about:

The power and value of understanding someone without judgement. True human connection in a world of ‘connectivity’.  Commensality — the act of sharing a meal together.

The collective impact we can make when social enterprises work with large corporations. The challenges of competing with standard businesses and the passion and drive that comes from the social impact you are achieving.

David Knowles - Sustainable Supply Chain - Vivid Ideas - Vivid Sydney 2018

David Knowles

Head of Philanthropy & Social Capital

David heads Koda’s Philanthropy & Social Capital advice team. Prior to joining Koda in 2015, David worked for Coutts and Merrill Lynch in the UK and held senior advisory and leadership positions at Perpetual, where he was Head of Philanthropy and JBWere, where he was a Managing Director and Head of Philanthropic Services. David is a member of the Centre for Social Impact’s advisory council, Raise Foundation’s patron’s advisory council and a Director of the charity BoardConnect. David also sits on the editorial advisory board of Generosity magazine. He has completed the AICD’s Governance Foundations of Non-Profit Directors course and the Harvard Business School’s Governing for Non-Profit Excellence executive education course. David recently co-founded Plus One, a pro bono initiative providing free professional development opportunities to non-profit leaders.

Olivia Tyler

Olivia Tyler

Director Sustainable Business Services, Commercial Services, Westpac

As Westpac Group’s director of Sustainable Business Services, Olivia has accountability for the Group’s approach to managing environmental, social, ethical and governance risks across its supply chain. She is also responsible for the Group’s supplier inclusion and diversity program and management of it direct environmental footprint. A passionate advocate for change and collaboration for outcome she works to rethink and reframe current challenges for longer lasting, more sustainable impact. Prior to Westpac, Olivia held senior corporate responsibility and sustainability positions including at Woolworths Supermarkets, Treasury Wine Estates, Foster’s Group, Coca-Cola Amatil and Goodman Fielder.

Event Details

Are you looking for ways your business could have a positive impact on the community in which you operate? This session, proudly presented by American Express, will explore some simple steps which can bring about significant social change through re-evaluating your supply chain. Through procuring goods, services and utilities in a way that not only benefits your organisation, but also society, the economy and the environment. The panel will bring together a variety of views – from social enterprise to big business, as well as CSR experts – to provide you with the tools you need to take your next steps towards purposeful procurement.

This session is open to anyone who believes that big business has a responsibility to work towards bettering the communities in which they operate; anyone with a passion for making positive changes to their own organisation’s supply chain; anyone interested in learning more about inclusive procurement and the powerful impact it can have on society.

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