Pins’ working life had involved both suits and muddy boots, and has focused on improving labour conditions within businesses and their supply chains, including the overlap with the climate crisis on topics such as migration, heat stress and piece rates impacted by low yields. Her 25-year experience has been wide-ranging, from agriculture to oil & gas, from Motherwell to Mali, from ASOS to Oxfam, working with large businesses and small producers, NGOs, multi-stakeholder and workers’ organisations and development finance institutions. Her most recent role was as Director of Human Rights at Natura &Co cosmetics (owners of Natura, Avon, The Body Shop and Aesop).
Pins is known for integrity, clarity of purpose and courageous leadership, transforming conversations, decisions and practice. She brings light and positive change to the deep structures and governance maps that organisations operate from, redesigning thinking and addressing challenging issues from the field and factory to the boardroom. In current practice this means understanding human rights and environmental due diligence needs and impact, covering topics including pollinator loss, modern slavery, wage underpayment, bullying and sexual harassment. Her approach is accompanied by generous portions of personal humanity, commitment, care for all stakeholders, and cake. To better tackle the future she’s currently embarking on further study in regenerative economics, seeking to understand how we can organise our economy around our ecology instead of vice versa.