Valentina Gurney, Associate Program Director
Phone: (212) 870-3039
Valentina’s focus is on engaging companies to adopt and implement fair hiring and recruiting policies to confront slavery and trafficking in global supply chains. Adopting fair hiring policies is one important part of responsible employment practices that include ethical recruitment of workers. The program takes a closer look at the commodities sector, in particular, Palm Oil and Seafood industries. Valentina’s research, analysis, and program evaluation are geared towards developing a set of tools for companies and investors to move business community towards more expansive traceability, risk assessment and remediation throughout supply chains.
Valentina’s experience bridges research and analysis of commodity market with work in labor and human rights. Having been involved in sustainable business development since 2004, Valentina got her start at the Social Accountability International (SAI) promoting human rights in workplaces around the world through SAI’s accreditation and training programs. Prior to joining ICCR, Valentina managed the award winning Cotton Program against Child Labor and Forced Adult Labor in the Uzbek Cotton Industry with The Responsible Sourcing Network, project of As You Sow out of San Francisco, CA and led engagement with the US and European apparel industry on the issues of human rights, responsible sourcing of raw materials and cotton traceability to producer. Valentina was also involved in a number of projects with the World Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Switzerland and United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka focusing on integrating sustainable and transparent practices into environmental and management systems as well as responsible business development in emerging markets and countries undergoing transition.
Valentina’s work includes publications on the topics of political and reputational risk, better business practices, supply chain management, traceability of raw commodities and environmental impact of development projects. She is fluent in French, Spanish and Russian and holds a Master’s of International Affairs Degree with a focus on Economic Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.