Pins Brown

Ethical trade consultant and diversity trainer

Pins Brown is a senior consultant at Ergon Associates labour rights consultancy, and a freelancer on labour rights and ethical trade issues. Pins has worked for the Ethical Trading Initiative, Anti-Slavery International and The Body Shop, as well as for the UN Refugee Agency and Plan International. She is based in Brighton, UK.

Bread and roses

Pins has a strong commitment to labour rights and is particularly interested in those working in agriculture, women workers, and invisible workers and producers at the bottom of international supply chains.


  • Research and report writing
    Areas of expertise include multi-stakeholder initiatives, small farmers and homeworkers, African export agriculture, purchasing practices, child labour, gender, discrimination, migrants
  • Training
    Developing and giving ethical trade and labour rights training
    Experienced diversity trainer
  • Advising
    …stakeholders from supplying countries regarding the ethical trade field
    …commercial stakeholders on how to develop an ethical trade strategy.
  • Implementation
    Practical, collaborative and innovative ways to implement labour standards in international supply chains, especially in challenging areas lower down supply chains and management of long-term projects
  • People
    Worked with range of stakeholders from homeworkers to government ministers, large multi-national suppliers to small workers� organisations


  • Extensive understanding of ethical trade and perspectives of different stakeholders
  • Project management skills, including remote management
  • Ability to communicate ethical trade ideas clearly, accessibly and persuasively, both orally and in written reports
  • Thorough and analytical research skills
  • Dynamic trainer and advocate
  • Pragmatic and diplomatic
  • Native English speaker, fluent in French and Italian, basic German and Spanish.

Recent freelance work

  • Developed strategy for Delhi-based Indian National Homeworker Group
  • Research into African agribusiness for Better Work Programme (partnership between ILO and International Finance Corporation) including rapid in-country research in Uganda, Zambia and Madagascar, through Ergon Associates consultancy
  • Wrote extensive briefing on bonded labour and forced labour in retail supply chains for Ethical Trading Initiative, UK
  • Research on supply chain labour standards in the electronics industry
  • Advised high street clothing retailer re developing an ethical supply chain strategy, UK (in collaboration)
  • Wrote report on multi-stakeholder initiative governance for Special Rapporteur on Business and Human Rights (

About Pins

Pins is grateful for her education of a BA at Cambridge University and MA at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She was a project manager for the Ethical Trading Initiative for five years, developing and managing projects on labour standards in retail supply chains.

Pins has also worked as Child Labour Advocacy Officer for Anti-Slavery International; Human Rights Campaigner and Researcher for The Body Shop International and an administrator at UNHCR and Plan International. She is on the advisory panel of the Better Cotton Initiative. She is a member of Amnesty, Anti-Slavery International, the Howard League for Penal Reform and UNISON trade union. She has travelled extensively for work in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Contact Pins

Tel: + 44 (0)7967 965189