Arta Beikzadeh, our Founder and Director, is one of Australia’s most experienced leading best practice experts in Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethical Sourcing and Gender Equality. Arta is originally an Industrial Engineer, has a Global Executive MBA by the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, Certified in Governance, Compliance and Risk Management and a Fellow member at Governance Institute of Australia. Also, 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 Registered Social Compliance Auditor by APSCA (Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors ).
Arta has managed Business Assurance teams across a wide range of 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 has 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 can not- be mutually exclusive.
Taña Cooklin Cevallos
Inclusion and Equity Consultant
Taña is a solicitor and Inclusion and Equity Consultant. She has managed projects within the legal sector, government, and the not-for-profit sector, with the aim of empowering women and ensuring their access to positions of leadership.
Taña began her career in family law, where she examined fair financial outcomes for women. She then moved into a consultancy to increase the participation of women in politics, during the 2019 Panamanian national election. She is a strong proponent of intersectional equity, with a particular focus on gender, ethnicity, and accessibility.
Born in Peru, Taña has lived and worked all over the world, including Panama, The U.K., Hawai’i, and Australia.
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.
A message from Arta, our Founder and Director
For almost eighteen years, I’ve helped businesses of all sizes and across all industries to develop Quality, Corporate Social Responsibility standards, policies and procedures that are 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. Our services, Sustainable Assurance Solutions, provides audits, consultancy 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 and ethical sourcing practices globally. Now, I lead a team of qualified CSR experts that provide the most up to date, best practice, sustainable solutions that help businesses meet their ethical sourcing and compliance requirements.
My clients want the confidence of robust ethical sourcing scrutiny because of potential brand impacts, in combination with defined Corporate Social Responsibility approach across their entire supply chain. Meaning their day to day operations have a core philosophy of fairness, best practice and equality in order to meet legal obligations like the Modern Slavery Act Australia.