Dr Leon Mol
Dr Leon Mol was educated as an agronomist at Wageningen University. He started his career establishing a large potato farm in Egypt, followed by international, technical and commercial jobs in the potato sector. Later, Leon was employed as Agronomist at Albert Heijn (The Netherlands) working on long term availability and sustainability of fresh fruit & vegetables, flowers and plants, with an emphasis on food safety, social compliance. Now, Leon is Director Product Safety & Social Compliance at Ahold Delhaize. The (global) scope of the activities includes product safety, social compliance, animal welfare and sustainability of animal and plant related products.
Dr Leon Mol
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Rogier studied international law at the Utrecht University. Before joining the European Commission, he worked several years at the Dutch Ministry of Finance. Within the Commission he dealt ia with issues relating to the accession of Central and Eastern European countries, copyright, clearing & settlement and insurance. Rogier currently works in the Unit “Corporate Reporting, Audit and Credit Rating Agencies” at DG FISMA. He is involved in the ongoing revision of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive.
Jean Johnson is the Director, Apparel and Accessories. She has more than 15 years of experience in the socially responsible apparel, home goods and giftware sector, including eight years as Director of Product Development and Merchandising for the fair-trade nonprofit SERRV. She also served as Country Director for Aid to Artisans in Macedonia, and has consulted with organizations around the world on issues related to export development, including marketing, product development, and ethical business practices. Jean has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of Yale University.
Trade Union Organiser, Trainer and leader has more than twelve years of experience in National Trade Union and 4 years of experience in Global Labour Movement, with specific three years in Advocacy, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of Projects in Multi Industries such as Steel, Ship Breaking, Ready Made Garments, Leather and Tanneries, Textiles and also ILO project of Child Labour in Rajasthan Mines. Presently as National Coordinator, All India Unorganised Workers Congress, working exclusively with informal workers-specifically Home Based Workers and Agricultural workers, deals in all aspects of poor income, illiteracy, ill health, gender inequality, and environmental issues. Basically, she has been interested to work for women and children education, health welfare and sustainable development. She has been in teaching profession for the past 17 years. She resigned from Jusco School, Tata Steel for her greed to enhance her skills and to focus more independently in social sector activities and societies. With educationist background and in depth knowledge of Organising, Rights advocacy of Gender issues she has experience in planning, designing projects, developing strategies for collective actions of multiple unions at Local, National and also Regional levels including Evaluation of all the projects. During four years’ extensive work in Global Union, she has been an integral part in planning, designing, implementation of project activities, advocacy and evaluation and future planning for sustainability were the core strength. Had also been an Evaluator in an ILO project on Child Labour in Mining sector. Has critical understanding and evaluation of RMG in EPZ’s in India and SriLanka, Textiles in Tamilnadu, Tanneries in Kolkata and Community work involving women in the downstream industry in India and Bangladesh.
- Joined the UK based international labour rights NGO Homeworkers Worldwide in 2017, initially leading a study of working conditions in UK apparel manufacturing, and completing Gender reviews for a major supermarket and a food distribution company for the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative.
- Currently leads HWW’s advocacy work with companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives through the Hidden Homeworkers programme – Improving Transparency and Traceability to Improve Working Conditions of Homeworkers in Apparel and Footwear Chains in India, Pakistan and Nepal, co-funded by the EC.
- Between 2017-18, Lucy worked alongside Jane Tate, our longstanding International Co-ordinator, co-ordinating work to improve working conditions for homeworkers stitching leather shoe uppers in footwear manufacturing supply chains in Tamil Nadu.
- Lucy’s doctoral thesis explored the situation of homeworkers within a globalising world, focusing specifically on homeworkers – and the NGOs working with them - in the UK and Chile.
- Prior to re-joining HWW as a staff member in 2017 Lucy worked for Oxfam managing their livelihoods programme in England between 2008-14, and as a researcher at universities in Bradford and Manchester.
As amfori's country Representative, Natasha has a rich background in the area of sustainability. Natasha worked with Bloomberg LP for 7 years, she was their South Asia Manager. In 2011-2012 she worked to build Bloomberg’s sustainability database across Environmental, Social and Governance parameters. In 2013, she co-funded her own social compliance consultancy. Here she gained insights into on-the-ground working conditions. She is experienced in assessing compliance across health & safety, compensation & benefits, occupational hazards, fire safety, child labour and bonded labour, among many other key supply chain issues such as gender equality and women empowerment. Since early 2015, Natasha has assisted in rolling out amfori trainings and capacity building efforts (pan-India). She assumed the role of amfori Network Representative India in 2016. She speaks fluent English, Hindi, Marathi and some French.
Jean-Marie works as an Environmental Sustainability Senior Expert at amfori, within the Strategy & Innovation department. He studied initially chemical and environmental engineering, and completed this academic background in 2010 by a specialized masters on eco-design and environmental management. Before joining amfori, we has worked for 19 years for 3M, mostly in Research & Development and Sustainability positions.
Elena works in the Unit of Corporate Reporting, Audit and Credit Rating Agencies at DG FISMA in the European Commission. Since the publication of the Commission’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance her field of expertise has been non-financial reporting, working in different policymaking initiatives such as the revision of the guidelines on non-financial reporting with regard to climate information, and the ongoing revision of the Non-financial Reporting Directive. She has previous experience in management controlling in the banking and consumer goods industry.
Mitsuru works as a Social and Environmental Policy Advisor in the Government & Public Affairs Team of amfori. After obtaining a degree in Law in Italy and pursuing a Master in European and International Law in the Netherlands, he has worked for the European Parliament, DG European Parliamentary Research Service, Comparative Law Unit, and for a branch of Moody’s Investor Service, where his responsibilities included analysing businesses’ sustainability reports and researching on sustainability trends.
Raquel de Paiva Seroa da Motta
Raquel works as a team at amfori. Her work at amfori is focused on two pillars: one is providing expertise for the strategic priority of Food & Agriculture, whereas the second is on providing expertise for the strategic priority on Transparency. She is involved in three of amfori’s Project Groups: Transparency, Sustainability of the Food Industry and Sustainable Wine Programme 2.0. Raquel’s previous experience was on multistakeholder projects on smart-agriculture for the livestock and commodities sectors. Her latest education endeavour is as an executive MBA candidate on Food & Agribusiness from Wageningen University.