About Christine Archer
Christina has been involved in both overseas development and the private sector for over 25 years, working with NGOs, businesses, and community groups, across Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
Her career started in Peru, where she set up and managed an integrated rural development programme, working with indigenous communities. She then joined Save the Children in Cuba, one of the first international NGOs allowed to operate in the country, setting up the programme that focused on the environment, child protection and health. This was followed by a few years as part of their Senior Management Team for South Asia, providing management and technical support on a range of child rights issues such as livelihoods, child labour, and education.
To learn more about the positive impact that business can have through responsible sourcing, she joined the Community Trade team of The Body Shop and managed their Latin America ingredient supply chains for a number of years. She also provided expert advice for the parent company L’Oreal, helping them develop their first ever fair trade sourcing guidelines.
Christina now works as a freelance consultant, providing support and advice to clients in the private, NGO, and donor sectors on a range of sustainable sourcing issues. Current projects include research on how to define and apply a Living Income concept to smallholder supply chains; best practice recommendations for engaging next generation farmers in the coffee sector of Latin America; assessing and supporting community enterprise development for biodiversity conservation in Asia and Latin America. She has been a Trustee of the Innocent Foundation for four years.