As a former Director of Responsible Sourcing Compliance for one of the Europe’s largest Grocery Retailers, Asda, and Director of Responsible Sourcing International Markets, for Walmart, Global, the world’s largest Grocery Retailer, Lisa is an expert in leading international teams operating across a complex stakeholder group and delivering projects on time, every time, across different continents and cultures. Her career has seen many highlights including the establishing of centralised responsible sourcing programs operating across global markets, developed and lead the modern slavery strategy, worked closely with Governments and NGOs, Chaired the British Retail Consortiums Ethical labour group and played a critical role in the delivery of Asda inaugural ESG report.
Growing up in Africa, Lisa first-hand experience as a consumer with regards reducing waste and utilising everything driven by need rather than the marketing leading over packaged products seen in many markets, Lisa believes there is a lot the first world can learn from rapidly developing countries when it comes to reducing waste.
She has spent her working life establishing programs that deliver fair and equitable outcomes for workers across the supply chain, recent examples include her role as board member for the Bangladesh Accord for Building Safety, an agreement supported by more than 200 brands improving safety and security for over 2m Bangladeshi factory workers. Regarded by many as the most effective campaign of the globalised era.
Operating often in new territories where there are no rules or past experiences, quickly understanding the situation and priorities for change are skills frequently demonstrated by Lisa. Collaboration, unity & shared goals all delivering improved social outcomes becoming the common objective.
She is a forceful advocate for having a positive impact on people’s lives, whilst delivering improved commercial outcomes through the better treatment of workers. On a personnel note, heritage and history is deeply valued and reflected in her approach to work. Lisa believes that businesses are well placed to contribute to the social well-being of their workers across direct and indirect supply chains, channelling that energy and resource is essential to achieve the desired outcomes whilst also expected by today’s socially aware consumer.
Within the growing focus on ESG, social responsibility is a key starting point for many businesses and brand owners.
She is clear in her view that all workers should have access to safe and fair working conditions across food and non-food production whilst recognising the importance of helping companies with their understanding of social responsibility and what it means to their business.
Lisa is pragmatic, questioning, and persistent. An experienced practitioner in responsible sourcing and a leader of high performing teams, she thrives in multi-cultural environments and is proud to have driven change and improvements across some of the largest grocery sourcing strategies globally covering Private label and branded goods whilst taking 1000s of manufacturers on the journey.
“My mantra is keep it simple, cut through the jargon and find common ground. Looking through someone else’s telescope makes you realise that your destinations are not mutually exclusive. It is possible to reach improved commercial outcomes whilst positively impacting lives of people in the supply chain. Collaborations are key to achieving sustainable change, and I am looking forward to working with Mark and the team at Prof G on this journey’