Articles

We hope you enjoy these articles, and will join our mailing list, or use the contact form below or linkedin to connect.

Thank you for any likes, shares, and comments.
Join the SupplyESChange Responsible Sourcing enewsletter

Insights, Updates for how Responsible Business can continue Ethical Trade in the Corona Virus crisis, for Economic & Environmental Sustainability & Social Impact.

Writer Expertise and Experience

Scroll down to read Articles by the Founder of SupplyESChange Kate Larsen who has been featured on the BBC, in Vogue, TRT World TV, was named a “UK Top100 Modern Slavery corporate influencer” 2018, and regularly speaks at Conferences,  Events, Salons or conducts Seminars and Workshops. http://www.linkedin.com/in/katelarsen

Use our Contact Form below to hear more or invite Kate Larsen to speak on ESG, Sustainability, business and Human Rights Due Diligence in supply chains, China supply chains Environmental and Social risk management, modern slavery risk management, or Social Impact.

Featured on the BBC Business Podcast on risk of forced labour in China Supply Chains, Jan 2020. 

BBC China Podcast on Uighur forced labour

What businesses buying from China suppliers should be doing in terms of business human rights due diligence regarding the internment of perhaps one million Uighur people in PR China’s Xinjiang Province, and some in forced labour across China.

The importance of investigation and collaboration, and use of leverage inline with expectations of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and emerging new law. Also features the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) which works on Environmental Sustainability and labour rights.

Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csy7f

Featured on Sustainability in Fashion in Vogue, Jan 2020. 

 

In the developed world, legislation with the potential for sanction has changed the behaviour of some brands.

Larsen points to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act and California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which led to action from companies that had made only limited voluntary improvements.

Some have implemented ethical trade policies or commissioned audits on labour conditions at suppliers or recognised unionisation efforts as, for example, Asos did with a major 2017 agreement. “We don’t have anything like that… on the environmental side,” she says. 

Available at:  https://www.voguebusiness.com/sustainability/how-fashion-can-avoid-blowing-up-the-paris-agreement-circular-economy

Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements, Features

Facilitator on Child Labour risk management at Innovation Forum Ethical Trade and Human Rights Forum, London, 18-19 March 2020:

https://www.innovationforum.co.uk/conferences/ethical-trade-and-human-rights-forum/agenda

Speaker on ESG at Chartered Governance Institute for Directors conference London, July 2020: https://www.icsa.org.uk/annual-conference

Speaker on ESG, HRDD towards the SDGs podcast series for Investors Brighttalk, March-June 2020: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/1570/370843

Subscribe to be updated about upcoming ESG and Environmental Social risks management articles

We are increasing our ESG Insights updates from our global network, so Subscribe here to receive updates.

We do not sell our subscribers data to third parties.

Other Past and Recent Speaking Engagements, Features

In 2015 developed, delivered, facilitated, and presented Workshops for The World Bank on women’s empowerment initiatives in garment supply chains, Bangladesh:

  • In Dhaka, July 2015 for 2 days: Presented, then arranged and facilitated Panels of NGOs, Minister of Labour and his representatives, brand CSR Managers, Donors, etc;
  • In London for half day: Presented then facilitated speakers from Trade Unions, Bangladesh government, Brand CSR Managers, The World Bank, etc, and breakouts;
  • In New York for a half-day presented then facilitated speakers from brand CSR etc.

Industry Speaking:

  • From late 2013-July 2015 Chaired Worker Empowerment for Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Led conference calls and discussions toward realising delivery of an NGO (Phulki and GoodWorldSolutions) run worker helpline “Amader Khotha” (Our Voice) reaching over 500,000 workers, etc http://www.bangladeshworkersafety.org/what-we-do/worker-helpline
  • Representative for the Alliance in London meet with Accord, Ethical Trading Initiative, ILO.
  • Led Supply Chain worker rights industry Workgroups 2006-2012:
    • Facilitated for BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) Mills & Sundries Work Group events Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, China, etc with GAP, M&S, Walmart, etc;
    • Setup and led WorkGroup on foreign contract worker rights with Nike, etc, hosting events in China and Tokyo, of 10-100 attendees, speaker.
  • For The Body Shop annual Supplier Conference China: Why improve factory CSR (Chinese).

Contact us for ESG, Sustainability or business Human Rights due diligence Advisory , Training , or Support:

    More Experience Speaking on ESG related Environmental and Social risks management, etc:

    • Green Drinks in London on supply chain wastewater risk management, circa 2015.
    • Invited to attend and input at ILO-OECD Paris Conference Due Diligence in Garment & Footwear Supply Chains, 2014 and 2015.
    • SOAS (School of Oriental & African Studies) University of London alumni event, 2014.
    • Speaker on Climate change prevention and Environmental Sustainability at event at the Old Vic Theatre, London, 2015.

    Asia Speaking included:

    • Panel Facilitator & Speaker Ethical Corporation Supply Chain CSR conference 2006, Hong Kong (re-invited for 2008)
    • ADB Conference: Revitalizing CSR in Asia (supply chain labour standards) Tokyo, 2006
    • EU-China CSR Roundtable on supply chain factory labor standards, Beijing, 2005
    • Delivering Workshops and Trainings to groups of 10-100 Suppliers across Asia and co-delivery in UK, Italy, HK, Singapore for Burberry 
    • Delivering Workshops and Trainings to groups of 10-100 Suppliers across Asia for retailer “The Children’s Place” as Global Director Responsible Sourcing
    • Seminar for China NGOs on CSR and environmental programs, Beijing, circa 2005.
    • At Peking University on “What is CSR”, circa 2005 for AIESEC in China
    • As AIESEC China Extension Manager 1999 and 2000 ran workshops and presented constantly in China, across Asia, the USA, and at AIESEC International Congress, Scotland.

    Invited to speak (unable due to travel and prior commitments) :

    • On “Corporate Sustainability” Panel at Oxford Saïd Business School Social Impact Careers Conference Feb 2016 (unable to attend due to travel)
    • Invited by AllianceTrust Investment Corporate Governance to speak at event KPMG on “Investing in the changing Apparel sector: focus on worker rights and water management in global supply chains” (event postponed);
    • Invited to speak at ILO Better Work Asia worker helplines event 2014 (could not attend).
    • Invited to speak on panel on factory “Capacity Building” (particularly re worker engagement) for BSCI (Business for Social Compliance) German brands partnership conference Brussels, late 2014 (could not attend), etc.

    Supply Chain worker rights related & human rights charity involvement:

    • Appointed Fellow to Fashion Revolution 2016 http://www.fashionrevolution.org/ , Fellow to UK anti-slavery Charity Unseen 2016;
    • Trustee/Board member for UK Charity “The Rights Practise” 2015.
    • Founder SuavEco eco-fashion social enterprise for HIV women Cambodia suaveco.uk
    • Founding Advisor to “Handshake-INNO” social enterprise for worker helplines and migrant worker “left-behind” children, China;
    • Advisor to social enterprise Lensational on women’s empowerment through photography Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, etc;
    • Rotary Hong Kong member then Secretary (Wanchai), circa 2009-11.

    Also featured: