Assheton L. Stewart Carter, Ph.D.
Assheton Carter is a pioneering consultant on business sustainability, a social entrepreneur and a responsible investment advisor. For the last 25 years he has dedicated his career to creating value through business that benefits both shareholders and society. He spent five years in the London financial markets and 20-plus years advising companies in the resources, manufacturing and luxury industries. He structured innovative ‘green’ supply chains — including the first fully traceable gold and diamond jewellery for the world’s largest retailer — and developed the only tracking system for ‘conflict-free’ metals from the DRC used by electronics manufacturers in Europe and the United States. He clients include Alcoa, Cartier, DeBeers, Ebay, Newmont Mining, RioTinto, Sam’s Club, Swarovski, Tiffany, Wal-Mart, and Xstrata. Assheton holds a first class honours degree in International Business and Resource Economics from the Royal Agricultural College, UK, as well as a Ph.D from the University of Bath’s School of Business. He has published over 20 book chapters, and also chairs and serves on a number of boards and expert panels for standard-setting organizations, NGOs and private companies.
Vivien Johnston, BA (Hons), FRSA
Vivien Johnston has in-depth experience of balancing commercial objectives and incorporating responsible and inclusive supply chain strategies. In particular, her experience of both small-scale sources and global supply chains has given her detailed expertise across the precious minerals sector. As both a practitioner and adviser, she has experience of Fairtrade and ARM’s Fairmined gold certification standards. Her understanding extends to policy creation and implementation at both business and government levels. Vivien has liaised closely with NGOs; including Alliance of Responsible Mining, Fairtrade International, WWF, The Asian Elephant Foundation and others on previous projects. She is experienced in working with corporate companies and SMEs; specifically in Asia, Europe, South America, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Vivien is the founder of Fifi Bijoux Luxury Ethical Jewellery. Established in 2006, Vivien sought to pilot a jewellery business model promoting positive ethics in mining and jewellery. Awarded ‘Young Social Entrepreneur Future 50 2013’ for her development of the Fifi Bijoux brand, Vivien understands the strength of relationship building and positive communications around supplier engagement. She has achieved international acclaim for her designs and brand integrity and was selected as a finalist for both Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award and Red Magazine’s ‘Red Hot Woman of the Year’ awards. Vivien is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Ambassador for UK Enterprise. She is also chairwoman of a UK ethics working group comprised of the National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG), the British Jewellers Association (BJA) and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A).
Paul Mitchell, Ph.D
Dr. Paul Mitchell has worked with industry, regulators, local communities and NGOs to design and implement appropriate solutions to environmental and social issues across a number of industrial sectors for nearly 25 years, with a particular focus on mining and oil and gas. His professional experience has encompassed work in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia, with particular expertise in designing and implementing environmental solutions in developing country contexts. He has extensive experience of desktop and site-based environmental, social, health and safety and human resource assessments and audits. Paul has spent many years working with and managing teams of technical and social specialists and coordinating consultation and engagement activities with regulators, technical specialists, local communities and other stakeholders. He has authored numerous technical reports and has a deep understanding of the need to present potentially complex concepts, information, analysis and management plans in a way that can be understood and used by non-technical audiences. Paul has been working on conflict mineral and certification issues since 2007, including the full spectrum ranging from strategic analysis to field studies and the development of management systems and guidance for mineral producers to enhance compliance with OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
Dr. Peter Whitbread-Abrutat, Ph.D
Dr. Peter Whitbread holds a Ph.D in the re-vegetation of mine wastes from the University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines, as well as a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. He is an environmental scientist with 25 years’ broad international experience in natural resource and sustainable development, with a focus on landscape restoration, mine closure and post-mining regeneration. He worked for 12 years at the UK’s Eden Project, including during the initial development and construction phase that involved converting a derelict China clay quarry into a state-of-the-art botanical visitor attraction and environmental education charity. Peter managed multi-year, large grants from the UK government and has advised and trained government technical staff in Thailand, Afghanistan, Morocco, the Seychelles and South Africa. He has completed many environmental audits and due diligence, environmental and social reviews, ESIAs and CSR activities to international best practice – including IFC and EBRD – on mining projects in Siberia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Chile and Cuba.
Emma Jane Hague, BSc
Emma has over ten years experience in the development sector, marrying economic and community development with her interests in natural resources, women’s rights and social enterprise. In 2008 she co-founded and directed the Peruvian non-profit Awamaki, a grassroots initiative working with indigenous artisan communities to harness both natural resources and traditional skills for sustainable livelihoods through collaborative product design and verticallly-integrated supply chains.
A creative practitioner herself, Emma understands aesthetics as well as ethics and since returning to the UK in 2013 has utilised this unique perspective to consult on product and business development for numerous creative businesses and social enterprises, most recently within the fine jewellery sector.
Emma is currently studying part-time for an MRes in Security, Conflict and Justice at the University of Bristol, with her academic focus being on natural resource conflict and community wellbeing.
Julija Menise, LL.M
Julija Menise has extensive onsite assessment experience conducing social and labor due diligence assessments, conflict mineral traceability assessments, CR management system and environmental management system assessments in industries ranging from industrial mining, smelting, manufacturing and retail to wood products and food and beverage. Using her academic background in human rights law and environmental management and policy, her field experience in over 20 countries in Europe and Central Asia, and expert knowledge of standards (such as the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards, OECD Conflict Minerals Guidance) and familiarity with various certification schemes (such as SA 8000 and RJC), Julija advises clients on due diligence assessments and related assessment tools. Julija also provides guidance to clients on development of responsible sourcing programs, including supply chain mapping and risk assessments, training, supplier monitoring and capacity building and continuous improvement. Julija has a B.A. in Public Law and M.A. in Jurisprudence from the Police Academy of Latvia and LL.M in Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property Rights from Lund University, Sweden. She is fluent in English, Russian and Latvian, and proficient in Swedish.
Joshua Read, BEng, ACSM
Joshua Read holds a first class Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines, and is currently undertaking an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at the Royal Agricultural University. Prior to entry in to the mining sector, Joshua was a clean energy and technology consultant, working on: energy management advisory, installation of renewable energy capacity projects, as well as construction of an energy management software, and a green supply chain initiative. Subsequent to this Joshua has experience in mines of varying sizes spanning a variety of commodities. Latterly Joshua worked with the Global Institute for Water Security on the remediation of the Canadian tar sands. Outside of the industrial mining sector, Josh has conducted industry contributing research on urban mining and artisanal scale mining.
Jamie Bechtel, Ph.D, JD
Dr. Jamie Bechtel holds a Ph.D in marine biology and was awarded a JD in environmental law from Boston College. She is an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2012, Jamie was honoured by Fast Company magazine as one of 60 women changing the world. Bechtel is an expert in gender development and has worked as a senior director at Conservation International, travelling to over 20 countries — including such diverse areas as Ecuador, Costa Rica, Madgascar, Fiji, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, and Papua New Guinea — tackling complex development issues such as mitigating destructive fishing practices, improving legal and policy frameworks, increasing enforcement efforts, developing market based solutions, improving community engagement and ensuring the scalability of projects.