Marcela Manubens is global vice president for integrated social sustainability at Unilever. She joined in 2013 and led the social impact strategy and the expansion of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan “Enhancing Livelihoods” ambitions, specifically driving Unilever agendas on human rights and women’s empowerment. In 2016, her role was expanded to assume new responsibility for all areas of supply chain social sustainability, in addition to continuing to lead the company’s human rights agenda. Prior to joining Unilever, Manubens was corporate social responsibility officer at PVH Corp., notably establishing one of the first human rights and social responsibility programmes in the early 1990s. She participated in initiatives to eradicate sweatshops and advance human rights. She was a member of the Fair Labour Association board of directors and its executive committee, and she also chaired the board of the Global Social Compliance Programme for three years. Manubens gave testimony in the United States Congress as an expert witness upon the invitation of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and represented U.S. business in the launching of the Global Report on Child Labour
by the ILO at the United Nations. In September 2013, she spoke alongside the U.K. Foreign Secretary and the U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills at the unveiling of the U.K. Action Plan to implement the UN Guiding Principles.
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