Magazine article Management Today

Future Leaders Awards: Highly Commended

Magazine article Management Today

Future Leaders Awards: Highly Commended

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Having to get the shortlist down to only five people led to heated debate among the judges, so rather than let achievement go unrecognised, these four were highly commended.

LOUISE HERRING, ETHICAL TRADE MANAGER, SAINSBURY'S - CORPORATE ACE

As the supermarket giant's leader for ethical trade, Herring is responsible for ensuring that workers along all its global supply chains are treated fairly. She has seen firsthand how injustices affect farmers and workers from Africa, India, Poland and Australia to the UK. 'I've talked to women in South Africa about the impact of not being paid a living wage, and I've seen the dramatic effect of rains coming at the wrong time on farmers and their families in Kenya,' she says. These experiences have shaped Herring's view of how business should behave. At Sainsbury's for less than two years, she is leading the rollout of its plan to improve the working lives of migrant and agency workers in the UK meat and poultry industry. All the judges commended her dedication to the cause.

HELEN MCTAGGART, SUSTAINABILITY DELIVERY MANAGER, M&S - CORPORATE ACE

A delivery manager in Marks & Spencer's award-winning Plan A team, McTaggart says her focus is 'on supply chain sustainability and building the capacity of our suppliers to be better environmental and social stewards'. What particularly impressed the judges about McTaggart was what she'd achieved outside her day job, namely the Future Sustainability Leaders Forum, which she founded this year. It's a network of young career sustainability professionals, whose events have attracted managers from Virgin, Tesco, SAB Miller and HSBC. 'The aim is to build connections early in our careers that will pay dividends in years to come. It will sharpen sustainability professionals' strategic thinking and influencing skills and make them forces to be reckoned with,' McTaggart says. …

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