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Kate A Larsen

Expert in Responsible Sourcing and Supply Chains, Environmental and Social issues management.

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Kate A Larsen is Founding Director of SupplyESChange which guides companies and investors in how to better cause positive Environmental and Social Impacts through engaging global Supply Chains for Change. A BlueEarth Summit Ambassador and Speaker three years running who delivered Responsible Sourcing workshops, Kate is a featured Faculty speaker for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in recognition of her 20 years experience on the issues.

A Chinese (and basic Japanese) speaker, Kate has worked in China and Asia 11 years, in roles as head Corporate Responsibility Asia for a leading UK apparel/fashion brand, as Director Responsible Sourcing Innovation and Engagement for a USA retailer, in Human Rights Watch women’s team, and as a Principal Consultant ESG and Human Rights for ERM (Environmental Resources Management). Kate has worked with and/or advised most lead brands in the outdoors, apparel, retail, food and more industries, and is especially experienced in explaining China and Asia supply chain risks, and how leaders engage responsibly to ensure Decent Work, cleaner water and air emissions, and other SDG, Sustainable Development Goal Environmental and Social Impacts. 

Kate is a Trustee for UK Charity The Rights Practice (working with China and Asia human rights defenders), promoter and supporter of Unseen UK Modern Slavery Helpline and INNO Handshake China and Asia worker helplines, a voluntary Green Party town Councillor in Newquay Cornwall, Clean Cornwall member, and holds an MSc Environmental Management on what works to engage China and Asia suppliers for water emissions reductions. 

As Founder, Kate leads the ESG and Human Rights in Supply Chains online course for Investors, and the Responsible Sourcing Online Course. 

In August 2023 Kate started a 100 mile hike to promote 10 leading Environmental and Social charities for each of the 10 days. She’ll host a walk on Day 3 of BlueEarth Summit explaining Why and How Companies benefit from working with Environmental and Human Rights organisations to drive real Change faster.

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