Anthesis Group grows its social sustainability expertise in the Apparel Sector with the addition of Alison Murphy, an Associate Director in North America and Ramesh Panavalli, a Principal Consultant in Europe.
The disruption from the global pandemic in 2020 has led to a heightened awareness around the interplay between social and environmental issues, particularly in supply chains. Anthesis recognises the critical importance of intersectional sustainability strategies that address social and environmental considerations, highly relevant to the Apparel sector which has seen significant turbulence this year. To better serve clients as their priorities evolve, Anthesis is broadening its sustainability expertise with the addition of Ramesh Panavalli and Alison Murphy to the Apparel team. Both Ramesh and Alison bring extensive social expertise, bolstering the capacity for Anthesis to drive integrated action across issues.
“Simply put, I joined Anthesis to work with leading companies who are ready for action. I’m passionate about supporting changemakers to deliver best-in-class programs that support social, environmental and business goals.“
Alison is a social and environmental impact leader with over 15 years of combined private sector experience in corporate impact strategy, program development, and marketing communications. Alison has built social and environmental programs and campaigns for consumer, business and government audiences. She has worked in-house at companies including lululemon, serving as Global Social Impact Manager, and Lime, serving as Director of Sustainability and Impact, working to integrate impact across the value chain, driving strategy and programs from concept to creation. Alison also completed a certificate in Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality from Columbia Law School & UCLA this summer. On joining the team, Alison says, “Simply put, I joined Anthesis to work with leading companies who are ready for action. I’m passionate about supporting changemakers to deliver best-in-class programs that support social, environmental and business goals.”
“Anthesis has given me an opportunity to deep dive into sustainability and link environmental and human rights together. I am motivated to contribute in this journey.“
Ramesh joins Anthesis with strong expertise in responsible sourcing and ethical sustainability having worked in-house with brands and retailers including Debenhams, Sedex and ASDA. His previous role with Sedex brings unique insight into responsible sourcing platforms. From onboarding suppliers into initiatives and launching projects on home textiles to competitor mapping and creating a materials guide, Ramesh has a wealth of experience in sustainability. More specifically, he has worked on topics of human rights, gender equality, modern slavery, packaging, BCI cotton and mapping leather and mills. He recently shared insights into the mandatory human rights legislation and how it impacts businesses in the EU. On his new position, Ramesh says, “Anthesis has given me an opportunity to deep dive into sustainability and link environmental and human rights together. I am motivated to contribute in this journey.”
Alison’s community impact and marketing skills complement Ramesh’s deep supply chain expertise. On this combination, Retail & Consumer Products Lead, Honor Cowen, says “with social and ethical issues so important in the Apparel Sector, their collective insights and experiences of implementation will help clients address these issues holistically as part of an integrated approach to sustainability.” Anthesis is proud to welcome Alison and Ramesh who will no doubt help Anthesis clients to take ambitious social action alongside environmental action.
The Anthesis Apparel team are trusted advisors to some of the most well-known clothing companies – including Target, Gap, Holt Renfrew, GUESS Inc., Aritzia and 4 of the top 10 most valuable Apparel brands in the world. To learn more, visit our Apparel, Footwear and Textiles webpage.