Lakshmi M Bhatia
Country Director, Unity Earth
A result oriented professional with proven abilities in the field of human rights, corporate social responsibility, policy development & strategic thinking. Key strengths include both verbal and written forms of communication. Has extensive practical experience of stakeholder engagement at national and international levels combined with setting up strategic partnerships in order to leverage resources and enhance their effectiveness at both policy and field level. High level of comfort working with the corporate sector, media, the governmental and the non-governmental sector in the national and international arena. Have access to networks within UN organizations, NGO’s, worker rights groups & media in the US, Europe, Africa & Asia.
Advisor – Business, Human Rights & Ethical Trade, TRAIDCRAFT UK
Advisor – MSME Project, India
Director, U-Day Festivals INDIA for UNITY.EARTH
Co- Founder – Gender & Supply Chain Working Group
Honorary Director (India), Sustainability, U.K
Jan 2011- June 2012
Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Fair Labor Association (Washington D.C)
Managing FLA’s stakeholder engagement team for the Apparel & Footwear Sector globally, working on issues of ethical trade and labour rights in the formal and informal supply chain.
Alternate Director & Member, Sustainability Council, Sustainability, U.K
One of the only 2 Indians nominated on the Council.
Dec 2010- Dec 2011
Advisor, Strategic Partnerships & CSR, Gap Inc.
July1997- Dec 2010
Social Responsibility Department, Gap Inc.
Hired as one of the first Vendor Compliance Officers when Gap Inc. set up its Social Responsibility Team in 1996-97. Started with doing Social audits in North India and Nepal. Eventually became Global Director for Gap Inc., managing an international team working on complex Supply chain issues like Child Labor, Freedom of Association, Stakeholder Engagement as well as developing sustainable community level programs based on principles of Ethical Trade for Gap Inc. in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.