Kate Larsen has been featured on BBC World News TV and radio and other media providing insights from dealing with Uyghur forced labour in fashion export factories in her time in China, and advising action companies and governments can take to influence freedoms. Kate speaks Chinese and lived and worked in China 11 years. Kate has worked in Sustainability, Ethical Trade and business human rights due diligence (HRDD) for over 17 years, written for Drapers and Apparel Insider and is often quoted in VOGUE Business.
Kate was the first Burberry Corporate Responsibility lead Asia 2006-12, has been an Ethical Sourcing and Sustainability advisor to Kering, NEXT, WhiteStuff, and other companies, Director Responsible Sourcing for the USA’s largest children’s wear retailer, and has led fashion industry supply chain labour conditions workgroups, especially in Asia, for the World Bank, and on investigating and remediating modern slavery. Kate also worked in Human Rights Watch on apparel supply chains.
Kate was a UK Top 100 corporate Modern Slavery influencer 2018, and has input to Fashion Revolution Transparency Index. She is a Trustee of charity The Rights Practise, an advisor to UK anti-slavery charity Unseen, Handshake worker helpline China and Asia for 10,000s workers, and Japanese NGO G-ASSC (Global Association for Sustainable Supply Chains) for Chinese, Burmese, Vietnamese and other migrant workers in Japan and Asia at risk of modern slavery.
Kate is Director at SupplyESChange advising and training companies and investors on ESG Environmental and Social in supply chains, Responsible Sourcing, and advocating for change.