School of Earth and Environment

Christopher Mccann Christopher Mccann

Postgraduate Researcher

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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, including Wal-Mart, Burberry and Philip Morris International. His background includes Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia, and his areas of expertise cover supply chain, corporate affairs, and corporate social responsibility. Chris is currently owner and Director 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.

Highlights and Appointments
- Developed international governance structure for labor standards (Global Social Compliance Program), working with such retailers as Wal-Mart, Tesco, Carrefour, Woolworths and Royal Ahold
- Successfully advocated, along with a coalition of retailers and unions, for the introduction of a UK Act of Parliament (Gangmasters Licensing Act) regulating the activities of labor providers in UK agriculture
- Appointed by the UK’s Minister for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the newly-formed Board of the UK Government’s Gangmaster Licencing Authority, representing the British Retail Consortium
- Appointed by the UK Director General, Health & Safety Executive to the Agricultural Industry Advisory Committee
- Appointed to the World Banana Forum steering group, endorsed by United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization Inter-Governmental Group (IGG) on Bananas & Tropical Fruits
- Following the UK House of Lords recommendation that the UK government develop a new strategy on Business and Human Rights, appointed to the UK Ministry of Justice Human Rights steering committee


- Appointed to UK Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Business and Human Rights group
- Appointed to Decent Work and Labor Standards Forum steering group
- Appointed to UK Department for International Development’s Procurement for Development forum
- Representative on the International Multi-Fiber Arrangement Forum (comprising retailers, unions and NGO’s supporting countries following phase-out of the Multi-Fiber Arrangement system of quotas)
- Member of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Ethical Standards group, sharing ‘best practice’ within UK retail
- Representative at the UK Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

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. Previous projects have included:

- Addressing child labour in the Uzbek cotton industry, working with the NGO Environmental Justice Foundation and Anti-Slavery International
- The equalization of labour standards between temporary and permanent workers in the UK meat sector, working with the union Unite
- Promoting labour standards in the Costa Rican banana industry, working with the NGO Bananalink
- Establishing schools in Bangladesh, working with the NGO Hope Worldwide
- Development of a global Agricultural and Labor Practices program in 32 countries, addressing a contract grower base of 500,000 farmers

Project details

Project title

Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chains


Dr Anne Tallontire and Professor William Young

Start date

1 October 2017