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Rachel Wilshaw

Ethical Trade Manager

Rachel Wilshaw

Rachel Wilshaw is the Ethical Trade Manager for Oxfam GB and a board member of the Ethical Trading Initiative. Her role involves advocacy and advice to companies on best practice in relation to labour rights in global supply chains. She is based in the Private Sector team of Oxfam's Campaigns, Policy and Influencing Team. Rachel co-authored 3 Oxfam reports published in 2013: 'Labour Rights in Unilever's Supply Chain: from Compliance Towards Good Practice' with Unilever, 'Understanding Wage Issues in the Tea Industry' with Ethical Tea Partnership and 'Bouquets and Beans from Kenya', a poverty footprint study with IPL/Asda. 

Rachel worked previously as Oxfam GB's purchasing strategy manager, responsible for procurement infrastructure, competences, policies and procedures. She qualified as a procurement professional with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in 2005. Prior to that, she was the lead on the implementation of Oxfam's ethical purchasing policy with the charity's own suppliers, from retail and campaign products to cleaning services. 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. She spent the 1990s with Oxfam GB's Fair Trade programme, first as a customer-facing communications officer, then later as a monitoring and evaluation officer, developing standards for Fair Trade crafts, for which no Fairtrade label was available. She has also organised exhibitions of modern art, following an English Literature degree from Cambridge University and a Diploma in Art History from University of Oxford.

In June 2013, Rachel's work was profiled by The Financial Times in the article The Supply Chain Inquisitor and by the website Business Fights Poverty.

All posts by Rachel Wilshaw

A ‘chat with management’ session at Unilever’s factory in Cu Chi. There was no dialogue between management and workers when Oxfam’s research team first visited the factory. Photo: Unilever Vietnam.

Labour rights in Unilever’s Vietnam supply chain: what has changed since the first Oxfam study?

LEARNING: Rachel Wilshaw, Ethical Trade Manager for Oxfam, introduces their latest report on labour rights in Vietnam, a unique study done in conjunction with Unilever.  ...

Flowers at a pack house in Kenya. Credit: Gerry Boyle/Oxfam

Supplier treatment: why Tesco and other supermarkets should integrate business and ethics

The actions that large companies take to source their products have direct implications for workers in their supply chains. In the wake of a critical report about Tesco's treatment of its suppliers,...

Behind the brands campaign poster

How the Behind the Brands campaign has driven change in corporate policy

Over the last three years Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign has leveraged the power of consumers to persuade the world's largest food and beverage companies to account for what happens in...

Inside a garments factory, Bangladesh.

Rana Plaza: a catalyst for progress on living wage

Following our recent paper looking at the steps being taken towards delivering a living wage across global supply chains, Aleix Gonzalez Busquets of C&A and Andy York of N Brown Group explain...

Cambodian garment workers travelling to work in Phnom Penh (Credit: Emma Hardy/Oxfam)

What would it take to deliver a living wage in supply chains?

The concept of a living wage is not something new, but with recent reports warning of the lag between wages and productivity and outlining the failures in trickle down economics, it is in the spotlight....

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.  ...