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What does the future of corporate social responsibility actually look like? And how does sustainable procurement fit into that picture?

On April 12, Kathy Cheng, President of iconic Canadian brand Redwood Classics Apparel, will be taking part in a panel discussion to find those answers at ProcureCon 2017.

What is Procurecon?

The ProcureCon event series brings together a unique blend of Procurement, Purchasing and Supply Chain experts from across all industries to share their experiences and knowledge with a team of people who truly embrace the strategically important field of Procurement. Originally launched in North America 15 years ago to address direct purchasing strategies for manufacturing companies, ProcureCon has since expanded its focus to address the challenges and opportunities within non-manufacturing and corporate procurement at the ProcureCon Indirect East and West events, as well as the unique needs of managing the marketing category at ProcureCon for Digital and Marketing Services.

Register to attend the event and hear Kathy’s unique take on this important subject here.

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To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) has invited Canada’s leaders to contribute to an enlightening publication for Canada and the world by writing a letter to the future leaders of Canada. Kathy Cheng, President of Redwood Classics Apparel, knew exactly what she wanted to say.

Below, an excerpt from Kathy’s moving letter that will serve to inspire generations of Canadians:

It’s no secret that I’m a proud Chinese Canadian. As we stand by our neighbours to the south, here’s what it means to me to be Canadian.

Growing up, I took public transit from the suburbs to Toronto’s Fashion District to meet my parents at their respective factories. My mother was a seamstress and my father worked three jobs: he was a cutter by day, and in the evenings and weekends, he would wait tables at a Chinese restaurant or deliver pizza. Without surplus resources for daycare or summer camps, my father took me to work, housing me between rolls of fabric where I could overlook the factory’s production area.

In the late 90s, I joined a global financial intelligence firm, and worked my way up to becoming the Project Manager for one of the firm’s most notable Institutional Equity Market studies. After a year and a half of working an average of 14 hours a day (including weekends), my father asked me to join the family business. He said, “If you’re going to work so hard for someone else, why not work this hard for our family and all the families this factory provides for?”

Read the rest of Kathy’s moving letter here.

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Kathy Cheng, President of Toronto’s Redwood Classics Apparel, was recently asked by The Globe and Mail: are entrepreneurial pitch competitions a waste of time?

For Cheng, an alum of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, the answer is clear. Winning the EY contest offered opportunities for mainstream publicity, as well as exposure to financial and marketing pros, education and mentors that have helped to scale her company. For other entrepreneurs the prize might be a much-needed infusion of cash, or simply the boost that publicity can bring.

Cheng, along with other successful entrepreneurs, explain in The Globe and Mail the eight key ways that you can get your business noticed in competitions – and gain some all-important exposure to help you grow.

Read the full piece here.

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