Head of Sustainable Sourcing & Nature Initiatives, Kering
Dr. Helen Crowley is the Head of Sustainable Sourcing & Nature Initiatives at the French company Kering. In this role she advises and supports Kering’s portfolio of luxury brands to implement best practices in sustainability. Specifically, she focuses on developing innovative approaches for raw material sourcing, improved manufacturing processes and she leads on implementation of animal welfare standards and the integration of biodiversity, planetary boundary and circular economy principles into the business. Helen’s experience, over 20 years, spans the evolution of business engagement on environmental challenges from ‘environment, health & safety’ approaches to more sophisticated corporate sustainability strategies that includes evaluation of impact and dependency on natural capital.
Prior to Kering, Helen worked with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for over a decade on conservation strategy, program management and market-based approaches as well as ‘bottom of the pyramid’ enterprise development in Africa and Madagascar. During a sabbatical year in 2020 Helen was the Liu-Walton Fellow and Senior Advisor for Resilient Supply Chains at Conservation International and an advisor to the World Economic Forum’s New Nature Economy initiative.
Helen has a PhD in Zoology from the Australian National University and has been on non-profit Boards including Textile Exchange, Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. She is also an Ambassador for the London College of Fashion’s Nature Values initiative, co-chairs Working Groups for the Task Force on Nature-related Risk Disclosure and the UN Fashion Charter for Climate, is on the advisory boards of the GEF Planet Gold Program and Alante Capital and is a member of the WEF’s Global Futures Council for Nature-based Solutions.