Ethical Trading Manager, Marks & Spencer
Laura Hawkesford manages the M&S Clothing and Home global ethical trade program, supporting all sourcing offices in the implementation of compliance, beyond-audit innovations, and community and social development programs. Hawkesford provides insight on risk management and mitigation, emerging trends, and ideas for new innovation to senior leadership committees. Her professional interests are gender empowerment, how to take programs to scale, proving the business case for sustainability, and working with multi-stakeholders on joint collaboration. Before working for M&S, Hawkesford worked for Oxfam as a buyer for commercial product for Oxfam retail shops.