School of Earth and Environment

Christopher Mccann Christopher Mccann

Postgraduate Researcher

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Room: 9.157

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute



Chris has over twenty years experience managing social and environmental programmes for the supply chains of national and multi-national Fortune 500 companies. His background includes Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia, and his areas of expertise cover responsible sourcing, corporate affairs, and corporate social responsiblity. In 2018 he was formally recognised as one of the UK's Top 100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers.

Chris has served in a number of senior corporate roles- he was Head of Responsible Sourcing at Asda/ Wal-Mart for 9 years, a member of the core team that developed and implemented the responsible sourcing programme for Philip Morris International supporting 500,000 farmers in 32 countries, and served as Principal Consultant (EMEA) at BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions- Corporate Social Responsiblity.

Chris is Founder and owner of Resilient.World, a consultancy that supports clients in sustainability, business and human rights, productivity, change management and in the provision of remediation and software tools. He is a member of the Commission for Ethics and Sustainable Development at the Royal Institute of Britiish Architects, a member of the Committee on Sustainable Consumption and Production at the British Standards Institution (currently developing a Chain of Custody standard), and a founder member of the UK Construction Industry Coalition on Responsible Sourcing (developed an industry Charter, and protocol for engagment with UK policing agencies). Chris supported the Building Research Establishment in the development of its Ethical Labour Standard, and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in the revision of its global Code of Conduct specifically relating to Ethical Procurement.

Highlights and Appointments

Chris has served in a number of national and multinational initiatives- as one of a team representing international retailers he was involved in the development and implementation of the Paris-based Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), a governance structure for business and human rights in the international retail sector. Appointed to the steering group responsible for the creation of the World Banana Forum endorsed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, he and that team were tasked with the development of sustainable production practices in the global banana sector. And working with the UK Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) he engaged with business and civil society groups on projects that included:

- Environmental Justice Foundation and Anti-Slavery International: Eradication of child labour in the Uzbekistan cotton sector

- UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, Unite (union) and UK retailers: Labour standards in the UK meat sector

- NGO Bananalink: Promoting labour standards in Costa Rica banana industry

- NGO Hope Worldwide: Establishing schools in Bangladesh

Appointed by the UK's Minister for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to represent the British Retail Consortium, Chris is a past-Board member of the UK Gangmasters Licencing Authority (GLA). As a member of the ETI Temporary Labour working group that lobbied successfully for the introduction of the UK's Gangmaster Licencing Act, Chris sat on DEFRA's Gangmasters Consultative Committee prior to the establishment of the GLA. Following a House of Lords recommendation that the UK government develop a new strategy on business and human rights, Chris was appointed to the UK Minstry of Justice Human Rights steering committee. Invited to sit on the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) Poverty Reduction Forum, he was a member of that forum's Procurement for Development group and the Decent Work and Labour Standards steering group, and was appointed to the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission's Business and Human Rights group. Appointed by the Director General of the UK's Health and Safety Executive, he was a member of that body's Agricultural Industry Advisory Committee. Chris has served as a member of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Ethical Standards group, and following the phase out of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement system of quotas Chris was a member of the international Multi-Fibre Arrangement Forum.

Conference Addresses

Multiple conference addresses, including:

- United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome
- United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva
- Royal Geographic Society 'Global Retailers, Global Responsibilities'
- UK Oxford Farming Conference
- Supply Chain Risk Management Conference, Rotterdam
- World Food Technology & Innovation Forum, Rotterdam
- International CIES Conference, Amsterdam
- International Supply Chain and Logistics conference
- International Food Technology and Innovation summit
- International Innobev Global Congress


MSc Quality Management: University of Lincoln
BA (Honours) Business: University of Humberside


Nuffield Scholar
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

Research Interests

Chris is particularly interested in the development of resilience in global supply chains, with particular emphasis on supporting developing communities. His current research thesis investigates the development of analytical tools and soft skills required to empower the managers of (typically) multinational organsiations as positive agents for change.

Project details

Project title

Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chains


Dr Anne Tallontire and Professor William Young

Start date

1 October 2017