Marshalls strengthens human rights focus

New people at Marshalls

Nasriah Jamaludin (left) and Emma Crates have joined landscaping products specialist Marshalls to strengthen its human rights activities.

Marshalls PLC has been actively working to improve human rights in global supply chains for almost two decades. To strengthen its work in this area, the hard landscaping materials supplier has appointed Emma Crates as Group Business & Human Rights Manager and Nasriah Jamaludin as Business and Human Rights Executive.

Emma is a former business journalist and modern slavery researcher who most recently worked as prevent policy lead for UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton, DBE QPM.

In this role, she led private sector engagement, collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders including government, businesses, investors and NGOs to promote best practice in addressing forced labour risk in supply chains.

Emma has written several reports on business and modern slavery for the Chartered Institute of Building and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Her specialist interests include the construction and agricultural sectors, transparency in supply chains and investor strategy.

Nasriah speaks English, Malay, Indonesian and Mandarin. At University, she represented her native Singapore on international youth forums, leading in international relations. She later taught English in Henan province in China. After graduating with a Masters in Culture, Society & Globalisation from the University of York in 2020, Nasriah worked for an e-commerce organisation.

In their new roles, Nasriah and Emma will analyse and address human rights risk in Marshalls’ UK operations and international supply chains, support audit functions, and lead worker and supplier engagement initiatives. They will also support the business to capture and share vital data.

Emma says: “I’m delighted to be part of Marshalls, a company that continues to invest in and expand its human rights strategy at home and abroad. I look forward to exploring and developing best practice in due diligence and data collection in the rapidly evolving human rights space.”

Nasriah says: “I’m excited to be joining Marshalls and working with exceptional professionals. I look forward to being part of its mission to create a sustainable future through positive change.”

These new roles are based in the team run by Elaine Mitchel-Hill, ESG and Human Rights Director at Marshalls.

She says of the new appointments: “I am thrilled to have two people of such excellent calibre join our team. This further strengthens our ability to understand human rights risks in our operations and supply chains and work with procurement colleagues and suppliers to uphold international standards.”

Marshalls has proactively worked to improve human rights since 2005. In 2016 it became the first company to achieve BRE ELS 6002 for ethical labour sourcing, an accreditation it retains. As well as working globally, Marshalls also runs programmes to tackle modern slavery in the UK. It launched its sector-wide Power of Logistics programme in 2019.

Marshalls is a long-standing member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Child Labour Platform and has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) since 2009.