Zoë Leeming helps lead Article One’s human rights advisory work. With a focus on responsible supply chain management and labor rights, Zoë brings a diversity of experience to help Article One’s clients implement rights-aware decision making and transformative social impact strategies across their operations and value chains. Whether it is interviewing workers in factories or farms or developing strategies to promote human and labor rights, Zoë brings a keen eye to both the needs of business and the experience of rightsholders.
From 2018 to 2020, Zoë was Head of Advisory at Partner Africa, a Cape Town-based NGO focused on improving working conditions in African supply chains. She worked with multinational companies and multi-stakeholder organizations to identify, address and report on the labor and human rights risks in their operations and supply chains and facilitate the adoption of responsible business practices. Her research and risk management experience was gained over nearly six years with S-RM Intelligence and Risk Consulting, where she helped to establish the firm’s office in Cape Town and managed a team of analysts producing integrity due diligence and strategic intelligence reports for sub-Saharan Africa. Her extensive knowledge of the salient risks of businesses operating in the Global South means Zoë is well-placed to offer expert advice on human rights due diligence, sustainability programs, and social license to operate.
Zoë holds a Master of Arts in Politics and Spanish from the University of Edinburgh and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She has also completed the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Prince of Wales’ Business and Sustainability Programme and a Master’s Course in Business and Human Rights at the University of Bergen, Norway.