Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Heather White

  • Network Fellow, 2011-2013

White’s investigative work on transparency in global supply chains has led to improved industry standards in social auditing and verification practices. She is founder of Verité, a non-profit organization which has won international recognition for its efforts to reduce labor violations in factories producing for American consumer brands. She has received awards from Scientific American and Fast Company magazines for her work to eliminate sweatshops and improve labor standards. Her articles and interviews on the need for independent oversight of corporations’ global supplier networks in 2012 have appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg tv and online, CNN, The Philadelphia Inquirer, National Public Radio Talk of the Nation, Mother Jones, and European newspapers: Paris, New Observer; Oslo, The Norwegian Business Daily; Copenhagen, Weekendavisen. An advisor to the socially responsible investment community for over a decade on labor and human rights issues, she served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Monitoring International Labor Standards committee, and was lead consultant on labor standards performance of the State of California (CalPERS) and NYC pension funds from 2001-05. She currently runs New Standards, a consulting network with audit and training teams based in China and South Asia.