Arta Beikzadeh, Founder and Director, is one of Australia’s most experienced best practice experts in Corporate Social Responsibility. Arta is originally an Industrial Engineer, has a Global Executive MBA from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, is Certified in Governance, Compliance and Risk Management, and is a Fellow member at Governance Institute of Australia. She has been awarded the Silicon Valley Immersion Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation by the University of San Francisco, School of Management Executive Education. Additionally, she is a CSR and Licensed Sedex Trainer and CSCA (Certified Social Compliance Auditor) by APSCA (Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors ).
Arta has managed Business Assurance teams across various organisations and corporations and consistently achieved improvement in operational efficiency, resulting in increased revenue and profit.
Arta commenced her career as an Industrial Engineer and worked across the fields of sustainability, ethical sourcing and social compliance, Quality Management Systems, and process improvement. Widely regarded as the pioneer of CSR auditing in Australia, Arta is highly sought after as a speaker, consultant, and auditor, as well as a mentor and trainer of emerging CSR auditing talent.
Arta has guided over 500 organisations across the globe to perform at a higher level as they embrace best practice ethical and sustainable sourcing to grow their business.
Born in Tehran, educated in the UK, Canada, Australia, USA and now living and working in Australia, Arta has worked and studied across the globe. She traveled and studied in eleven countries across 5 continents as part of a Global Executive MBA between 2017 and 2019. She helps businesses to achieve improvement in their corporate responsibility requirements whilst increasing their revenue and profit and believes the two are not- and can not- be mutually exclusive.
Responsible Sourcing Consultant
Keith Tyler has spent his working life in manufacturing, the last 25 years in Asia.
He has held senior roles in Retail and Brands responsible sourcing programmes.
Keith has a deep understanding of the social and economic drivers, trends and risks involved in supply chains.
He has travelled extensively throughout Asia and fully understands the manufacturing environment, transparency and risks first hand.
Keith’s passion is to make sure workers lives are protected and improved, whilst ensuring retailers and brands risks are mitigated.
Responsible Sourcing Consultant
Daniel King has been assisting companies address sustainability risks in global operations since 2004.
This includes developing and implementing policies around areas such as Labour & human rights, Modern Slavery, Business Ethics and the Environment. He has carried out risk assessments; implemented strategies across functions and regions; and trained senior management, sales, procurement, and audit teams in the UK, Denmark, Singapore, China and Malaysia. He also worked for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in New Zealand where he was responsible for assisting businesses develop assurance systems to address labour rights in their companies and supply chains.
Adam is a client manager for Sustainable Assurance Solutions (SAS). He has conducted social accountability audits across multiple programs including SMETA, Fair Farms, and McDonald SWA. He is an APSCA auditor and has a wealth of experience.
Before auditing, he was a senior industrial officer in a trade union. He has over 10 years of experience conducting workplace assessments for compliance against local and national requirements and representing workers in the Fair Work Commission. He has conducted several recognised training courses in social accountability auditing. These courses are recognised by APSCA and SEDEX. He has completed a workplace health and safety representative course. He has done extensive training in interpreting modern awards in Australia.
Business Development Executive/Audit Admin
Swara is a business development executive and administrator positions for Sustainability Assurance Solutions (SAS).
She has a degree in mechanical engineering. She has a master’s degree from the University of Technology Sydney. She has worked with major certification bodies to understand and improve the operating system to deliver quality auditing and training services in the CSR field. She has worked with numerous local and international multi-site clients to provide unique solutions to ensure certification. Swara is a certified ISO 9001 auditor and has completed the CSR auditor training and SMETA Methodology workshop.
Project Planner/ Administrator
Sama is a project planner for Sustainable Assurance Solutions (SAS).
She is responsible for planning workshops, seminars, and training. She has a degree in industrial engineering. She has a master’s degree in operations engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). She has worked in different companies as a scheduler, project planner and coordinator. She has expertise in project management, sustainability, quality management systems, and process improvement. Sama has completed the CSR auditor training and SMETA Methodology workshop.
A message from Arta, our Founder and Director
For almost twenty years, I’ve helped businesses of all sizes and across all industries to develop quality Corporate Social Responsibility standards, policies and procedures that are the world’s best practice. In today’s corporate world, issues relating to labour, occupational health and safety, environmental standards and gender equality can have a global impact. Due to the global supply chain, the decisions we make locally and the policies and procedures we adopt within our organisations can cause unintended and unacceptable harm elsewhere, consequently putting the business at serious risk.
Corporate Social Responsibility is the means by which corporations minimise that risk. Sustainable Assurance Solutions holds full APSCA membership and is a Sedex affiliate member and provides gap audits, workshops and training with an end goal: to improve workplaces globally.
I’m passionate about people and cultures and believe wholeheartedly in the responsibility of a better life for all of us, regardless of geography and circumstances. My work is centred on Corporate Social Responsibility, and central to this is abolishing modern-day slavery and combatting gender inequality. They’re lofty goals, but my work with clients is evidence that they’re not unachievable and don’t have to come at the expense of profit.
In 2019, I completed my Global Executive MBA at one of the leading business schools in the world- Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. The program involved studying the key business hubs of the world. I travelled across five continents, visiting fifteen cities in eleven countries to gain insight into the different business cultures globally. Now, I lead a team of qualified CSR experts, licensed to deliver SMETA Audits and training, that provides the most up to date, best practice, sustainable solutions that help businesses meet their ethical and compliance requirements.
My clients want the confidence of robust ethical sourcing scrutiny in combination with a best practice Corporate Social Responsibility approach across their entire supply chain. This allows their day-to-day operations to have a core philosophy of fairness, best practice, and equality to meet legal obligations like the Modern Slavery Act Australia.