Laura Hawkesford manages the M&S Clothing and Home global ethical trade program, supporting all sourcing offices in the implementation of compliance, beyond-audit innovations, and community and social development programs. Hawkesford provides insight on risk management and mitigation, emerging trends, and ideas for new innovation to senior leadership committees. Her professional interests are gender empowerment, how to take programs to scale, proving the business case for sustainability, and working with multi-stakeholders on joint collaboration. Before working for M&S, Hawkesford worked for Oxfam as a buyer for commercial product for Oxfam retail shops.
BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Visit www.bsr.org for more information about BSR’s 25 years of leadership in sustainability.