Manufacturer Forum: Shanghai

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Join us this June in Shanghai, China for the next Cascale Manufacturer Forum.

Date & Time
June 28 2024 | 09:00 - 17:30 (CST)
Shanghai, China
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Advancing Sustainability and Industry Excellence

Welcome to a community that transforms challenges into opportunities. At the Manufacturer Forum: Shanghai we’re the driving force behind change – committed to combating climate change, forging a nature-positive future, and ensuring decent work for all. Together, we will raise the voice of manufacturers by addressing the local challenges faced and provide innovative solutions through our Higg Index tools and Impact Programs.

The Theme: Catalyst for Change

In a world of constant change, manufacturers are the architects of transformation. Our theme, “Catalyst for Change,” reflects our commitment to engage with manufacturers, listen to their challenges, and work together to create shared goals and solutions. We’re giving manufacturers a voice and influence over the evolving global consumer goods industry. They are the “catalysts for change”.

Why Join?

Engage with industry experts for the latest developments

Connect with organizations sharing your goals

Discover how to maximize the benefits of the Higg Index suite of tools and our program

Participate in hands-on sessions for actionable insights

Topics of Discussion

  • Exploring Decarbonization Strategies and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Establishing Effective Science-Based Targets
  • Navigating Future Legislation: Implications for Manufacturers
  • Examining Critical Data: A Comparison of Higg FEM 3.0 and 4.0
  • Prioritizing Workplace Health and Safety Initiatives
  • Sharing Insights: Best Practices from Cascale Members and Stakeholders

Who will attend?

  • Manufacturers
  • Service Providers
  • Industry Stakeholders
  • Strategic Partners
  • Brands & Retailers
  • NGOs
  • Academia
  • Government Officials
  • Expert Cascale Team
  • June 28, 2024
9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcome to the Cascale Manufacturer Forum: Shanghai

9:05 am - 9:25 am

Opening Address

Executive Vice President Andrew Martin will deliver the opening address, setting the stage for our event under the theme “Catalyst for Change.” In his address, he will share the strategic vision behind Cascale, emphasizing the imperative need for transformation and the organization’s role as a driving force for lasting impact in the consumers good industry.

9:25 am - 9:45 am

Opening Keynote

Led by a prominent industry expert, this session will explore the pivotal role of collective action in achieving our shared industry objectives. Discover why fostering unity within the industry is not only imperative but also strategically vital for Chinese Manufacturers. Gain insights into actionable steps and the transformative power of collaboration.

9:45 am - 10:05 am

Empowering Industry Transformation through MCAP

The Cascale Decarbonization team presents a comprehensive update on the Manufacturer Climate Action Program (MCAP) to Chinese Manufacturers. Discover the latest advancements and achievements within MCAP, illustrating its effectiveness in fostering collective action and achieving shared sustainability goals. Through engaging demonstrations, learn how Chinese Manufacturers can actively participate in MCAP initiatives and contribute to the global effort towards decarbonization.

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Forging Industry Decarbonization: Collective Action through Strategic Partnerships

Join us for an exciting fireside chat as we unveil a project set to launch in July, jointly developed by Aii and Cascale. Gain a better understanding how these shared programs, alongside other decarbonization initiatives, support the industry’s collective goals. Gain insights into the transformative potential of these collaborative efforts and learn how manufacturers can actively participate in shaping a more sustainable future.

10:35 am - 11:05 am

Coffee Break

11:05 am - 11:25 am

Industry Policy Engagement: What Manufacturers Need to Know

Join us for an insightful session on Industry Policy Engagement, where we’ll touch on the upcoming legislation and its implications for manufacturers. Explore key legislative developments and understand how they impact industry operations. Additionally, gain valuable insights into the proactive efforts of Cascale’s Public Affairs Team in implementing solutions to support manufacturers in navigating regulatory changes in the future.

11:25 am - 11:55 am

Measuring Progress: Higg FEM 4.0 & Core Verification Approach

Join us for a session where the Higg Facility team will share insights gathered over the past six months with Higg FEM 4.0, providing manufacturers with valuable comparisons to its predecessor, 3.0. Explore key data points and trends to better understand the evolution of Cascale’s core verification approach. This session is a pre-cursor to a deeper dive into specifics during our workshop later in the day.

11:55 am - 12:00 pm

Morning Wrap Up

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch & Networking

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Higg FEM 4.0 Knowledge Sharing & Roundtable Discussion
3 1/2 hours

Since the launch of the Higg Facility Environmental Module (FEM 4.0) in November 2024, significant strides have been made in implementing the updated framework. This workshop aims to provide a platform for sharing insights and experiences gathered during this transformative period.

The session will commence with a brief update from the Cascale Higg Facility Team, highlighting key changes from Higg FEM 3.0 to 4.0 and offering an overview of observed data points since its launch. Following this, industry peers, including brands and manufacturers, will share firsthand accounts of their experiences and lessons learned in adopting Higg FEM 4.0.

Subsequently, attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to contribute their insights on the evolution of Higg FEM. Through a series of structured discussions, participants will provide feedback on four proposed changes solicited from our Cascale community. These discussions will culminate in a sharing of opinions and the collation of results. Our expert Cascale Facilities Team will then synthesize this information to inform the development of future iterations of the tool.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Science-Based Target Training
3 1/2 hours

Prepare for a hands-on learning experience with our Science-Based Target Training, a comprehensive 3 1/2-hour session designed to empower participants with essential knowledge and skills for setting impactful, science-based targets.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the Significance: Understand the vital role and advantages of establishing science-based targets in driving global decarbonization efforts.
  • Practical Application: Bring your laptops and get ready for interactive sessions where you’ll develop a greenhouse gas inventory and set emission reduction targets using the SBTi’s target setting tool. Prior to the training, participants will receive a pre-read to prepare for the session.
  • Strategic Positioning: Elevate your strategic positioning by aligning with the increasing demand for global decarbonization efforts. Explore how science-based targets can enhance your sustainability initiatives and set you apart as a leader in your industry.

This training includes captivating presentations by seasoned sustainability professionals, interactive activities, and guided exercises for practical learning. Participants will be expected to take an online exam at the conclusion of the workshop to assess their comprehension and application of the material. A passing rate of at least 70% will earn participants a course certification, validating their mastery of science-based targets. Join us and take the first step towards a more sustainable future.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Empowering Workers and Ensuring Equity Workshop
3 1/2 hours

Join this workshop focused on empowering workers and ensuring equity in Chinese manufacturing. During this 3 1/2 hour workshop we will dive into data insights specific to China, engage in discussions on health and safety standards, and hear firsthand case studies from manufacgturers and service providers on how they’ve elevated their business strategies to amplify their workers’ voices.

What to Expect:

  • Cascale & SLCP Collaboration: China Performance Trends Through Data Insights: Gain insights from Cascale and Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) teams, setting the stage for an enriching session dedicated to worker empowerment through Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (FSLM) and Converged Assessment Framework (CAF). Delve deep into data insights tailored to the unique landscape of Chinese manufacturers, offering valuable perspectives for informed decision-making that prioritizes social labor rights.
  • Peer-to-Peer Learning: Amplifying Workers’ Voice in Manufacturing: Here participants will engage in peer-to-peer learning opportunities centered around amplifying the voices of workers in the manufacturing sector. Industry experts will share firsthand experiences and insights, offering valuable learnings and best practices aimed at fostering worker empowerment and participation. Through interactive discussions, attendees will gain deeper insights into the challenges and successes encountered in promoting workers’ voice within manufacturing environments. Additionally, the session will explore the role of service providers in addressing these challenges and enhancing FSLM user scores. By examining the offerings of service providers, participants will discover innovative solutions to empower workers and elevate workplace standards.
  • Interactive Q&A: Finally, we will finish the session with an interactive Q&A discussion aimed at supporting our attendees in developing a plan to apply the solutions that they’ve learned from today’s sessions into their business models and day-to-day operations. Here, they will be given the opportunity to ask questions to the distinguished speakers from the workshop.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Higg FEM 4.0 Knowledge Sharing & Roundtable Discussion continued
  • Science-Based Target Training continued
  • Empowering Workers and Ensuring Equity Workshop continued

Practical Information

Plan your trip to the Manufacturer Forum: Shanghai

June 28, 2024

9:00 am – 5:30 pm local time

The Manufacturer Forum: Shanghai will be hosted primarily in English with Mandarin translations. All presentation materials will be shared after the event. Please note that these materials will only be available in English.


📍SNIEC (Shanghai New International Expo Center)
2345 Long Yang Road, Pudong Area, Shanghai, China

ISPO Shanghai

We are excited to announce the Manufacturer Forum: Shanghai will take place alongside ISPO Shanghai.

The decision to host our events side-by-side is rooted in our commitment to:

  • Maximize value for participants
  • Foster meaningful connections
  • Promote sustainability

Please be aware that in addition to our event ticket, attendees will require a ticket to ISPO Shanghai for venue entry. Entry to ISPO Shanghai is complimentary, and registration will open on May 1, 2024.

Why Sponsor?

Increased Brand Visibility

  • Boost brand image and create value through dynamic promotion.
  • Increase social media reach and expand follower base for heightened brand exposure.
  • Showcase your commitment to sustainability and gain exposure to a dedicated audience.

Accelerated Lead Generation

  • Achieve meaningful results and gain valuable returns on investment.
  • Meet potential customers, future partners, and high-level decision-makers.
  • Engage your target audience meaningfully to meet your objectives.

Thought Leadership

  • Showcase your sustainability leadership and innovative solutions.
  • Collaboratively shape impactful sponsorship activities.
  • Shape the future of sustainability by influencing industry norms through innovation.

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Do you have any questions?

Our dedicated team is always available to meet with you to discuss and explore together which opportunities best suit your company to maximize your impact and gain the exposure it deserves.


Tickets include:

  • Full access to the presentations, panel discussions and knowledge sessions
  • Opportunities for exclusive networking with industry experts and stakeholders
  • Networking breaks with complimentary refreshments
  • Access to post-event and workshop materials


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