Rachel Wilshaw

Ethical Trade Manager

Rachel Wilshaw

Rachel is the Ethical Trade Manager for Oxfam GB, and a board member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). Her role involves providing advice to business on best practice in managing supply chain labour standards. Rachel works with a range of multinational companies, and has developed a programme of Ethical Trade workshops both for sourcing companies, and for MBA students at business schools.

In 2005, Rachel qualified as a procurement professional with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and served on its Council from 2008-10. From 2004-08 she was Oxfam GB's Purchasing Strategy Manager, responsible for infrastructure, competences, policies and procedures.

From 2000-04, Rachel led on the implementation of Oxfam GB's Ethical Purchasing Policy with the charity's own suppliers, from retail and campaign products to cleaning services. The policy includes the ETI Base Code as well as environmental standards. She qualified as an ethical auditor with Social Accountability International in 2000 and led audits in the UK and India. Rachel established Oxfam GB's first environmental programme, Oxfam Green, in 2002 leading campaigns to highlight usage of paper, electricity and air travel to staff.

Rachel spent the 1990s with Oxfam GB's Fair Trade programme, first as a customer-facing Communications Officer, later as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, testing approaches to monitoring crafts, for which no Fairtrade label was available. In 2000 she led an evaluation of the changes to Oxfam's Fair Trade business, reporting findings to Oxfam Trustees and to an international conference. Rachel has an English Literature degree from the University of Cambridge and a diploma in Fine Art from the University of Oxford.


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UK construction workers

Living wage: what happens when companies put well-being before profits

As Oxfam celebrates becoming a living wage employer, Oxfam GB's ethical trade manager Rachel Wilshaw explains what a living wage means for Oxfam - and why it is so desperately needed by workers...

Preparing roses for export in a Kenyan packhouse. Credit: Gerry Boyle/Oxfam

What’s the poverty ‘footprint’ of cut flowers? Oxfam’s new report with IPL

In our latest Poverty Footprint report, released today, we've teamed up with IPL (owned by ASDA and the biggest importer of fresh produce into the UK).  Our report aims to help IPL and their...

Tea picking in Mulanje, Southern Malawi Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

A living wage for tea pickers: are we there yet?

The tragic collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh has put a spotlight on the poor pay and working conditions endured by millions of people who make our clothes or grow our food. ...

Woman bottling wine in the Stellenbosch district, South Africa

Buyers beware: audit idiocy

Some companies go to crazy lengths to cheat auditors. But Rachel Wilshaw, shows that there may be room for optimism.  ...