Vice Chair - Louise Nicholls

Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food sustainability and Food Packaging - Marks and Spencer


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Louise is Managing Director of Human Rights and Sustainability consultancy Suseco.org. Previously she worked for M&S, most recently as Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food sustainability and Food Packaging. She led M&S Corporate Human Rights programme for over 18 years from inception to their approach being consistently recognised for its leadership; Top of UK FTSE 100 modern slavery statements 2016, 2017, 2018 see Business and Human Rights Resource centre commentary and in global Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. She brings a broad breadth of understanding on modern slavery, from realities of supply chain implementation, to awareness raising from board to shop floor and in driving stakeholder coalitions, having played a key role in the development of UK licensing Authority; Gangmaster Licensing Abuse Authority (GLAA) and in championing for the UK modern slavery Act.

Louise is a fellow of Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and was also been part of M&S Food technology leadership team for over 26 years where she leads a fantastic team of Food sustainability and Award winning Packaging experts supporting buying teams and supply chain on a day to day basis with issues as diverse as Plastics, Food waste, Water stewardship, Fairtrade, Lean manufacturing and sustainable raw material procurement. She was instrumental in development of Sedex, sitting on the board for 16 years and chairing Sedex stakeholder forum (SSF) establishing SMETA, globally the most widely used ethical trade audit methodology. In addition Louise has held Board positions at the Ethical Trading Initiative, LOCOG Stakeholder oversight board, Consumer Goods Forum and is currently a trustee of the Bread and Butter thing and a director of IEMA.