She 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 of the 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 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 practices of ethical and sustainable sourcing to grow their business.
Born in Tehran, educated in the UK, Canada, Australia, and the USA, and now living and working in Australia, Arta has worked and studied across the globe. She travelled 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 cannot- be mutually exclusive.
Afnan is an Administrator at Sustainability Assurance Solutions (SAS).
She has a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering. She has a Diploma in Project Management from TAFE. She is responsible for establishing and maintaining business standards for accuracy, productivity, and reliability. She has experience as an IT project manager in different project management disciplines as defining the project scope, creating a time management plan, allocating resources, monitoring and controlling data, managing communications and reporting, risk identification, analysis, evaluation and management, quality assurance and control, conflict resolution, and performance management. She also has experience in building prototypes of small projects using microcontrollers like Arduino, programming, and circuit testing and debugging at Western Sydney University.
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.