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Keynote lecture: Hard truths, Sacred cows and Animal Spirits - making nature count in fashion supply chains, Cambridge, 27 February

As part of the Embedding Natural Capital Sustainability Leadership Lab, Dr Helen Crowley will be sharing her insights into how companies can support building natural capital into their business with a specific focus on biodiversity in sourcing and supply chains.
When Feb 27, 2020
from 05:45 PM to 06:45 PM
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Join CISL alumni and faculty for a Gala dinner and keynote lecture from Helen Crowley, as part of the Embedding Natural Capital Leadership Lab.

Dr Crowley is currently on a sabbatical year from Kering ( where she was Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation. She is a Lui-Walton Fellow and Senior Advisor at Conservation International and an Advisor to WEF.

Helen CrowleyDr Helen Crowley is the Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation 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.

Dedicated to incorporating evolving trends and new learning into her professional life, Helen has decided to take a year-long sabbatical from Kering starting in October 2019. During this time, she is focusing on developing new approaches for business to address climate and biodiversity challenges and is a 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 is on the Boards of non-profit organizations including Textile Exchange, Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. She is also on the advisory boards of the GEF Planet Gold Program and Alante Capital and is a member of the WEF’s Global Futures Council.

Register here to attend the lecture or click here to apply for the Embedding Natural Capital Leadership Lab.

Dates and time

27 Feb, 17.45–18.45 


Madingley Hall, Cambridge, UK, CB23 8AQ


The lecture is free to attend and open to anyone. Network members may also attend the gala dinner, for a fee, by emailing


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