Heather White – Who Pays the Price? (November 6, 2014)
Heather White is presently a Network Fellow at Edmond Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University. She is also President of New Standards, a consulting network focusing on China and supply chain issues relating to labor and environmental standards.
Heather is an international expert on global corporate social responsibility (CSR) having provided social risk advisory and in-factory trainings for stakeholders since 2000. Her research reports and recommendations on ethical sourcing standards have been recognized by United Nations agencies, EU parliament and several government ministries of Labor and Finance.
In 2012 she has been interviewed by The New York Times, Bloomberg TV and online, The Philadelphia Inquirer, National Public Radio Talk of the Nation, Mother Jones and European newspapers: Paris, New Observer; Oslo, The Norwegian Business Daily; Copenhagen, Weekendavisen, as well as German TV/ARD.
She is the Founder, former Executive Director of the non-profit organization Verité. Prior to starting Verite, she spent 15 years consulting to U.S. firms doing business in China.
Heather consults widely on the importance of sustainable outsourcing practices, having supervised over 1000 social audits of U.S. and European corporations’ supplier networks in sixty countries.
Profiles of her work and interviews been included in Voices for Sustainability, BLU Communications, 2011; Street Smart Sustainability, Berrett Koehler 2010, Branded! How the ‘Certification Revolution’ is Transforming Global Corporations, New Society Publishers, 2006.
Ms. White holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies and a M.S. in International Political Economy from Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. She has done extensive research on outsourcing practice, labor issues and human rights standards and has won awards from Scientific American magazine, as one of the “Scientific American 50” ,and is a recipient of the “Social Capitalist Award” from Fast Company magazine.