Prior joining Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) as the lead author of Mining the Disclosures 2017 and 2018, Raphael Deberdt worked for Global Witness in Washington D.C. focusing on Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Previously, he supported a Congolese NGO involved in indigenous rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and helped monitor violence between communities in the Katanga province. He is now working for an auditing and service providing company on minerals supply chains and performs cobalt audits in the DRC on treatment units and mine sites. He also supports research at the University of Ottawa on international cooperation frameworks and extractive industries.
Raphael holds an MA in International Relations from Sciences Po Lyon, an MA in African Studies from Stanford University, and LLM in African Legal Studies from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and an MA in Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).
Liz is currently assisting in developing RSN's YESS program. Liz helps companies and industries develop sourcing strategies and protocols, implement standards and audit programs, and train supply chain actors and brand sourcing teams. She has worked extensively in the cotton and minerals industries. On behalf as Gap Inc., she acted as the first chairperson of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). As a consultant, Liz helped BCI design the Better Cotton supply chain system to support the production of—and demand for—Better Cotton.
Liz has evaluated climate change risks and resilience-building opportunities in the cotton apparel supply chain for Oxfam America. She has supported cotton merchants’ by advising on the development of their sustainability strategies and exploring vertical sourcing partnerships with global brands. Liz’s expertise extends to other commodities as well. She has evaluated market drivers in African agriculture supply chains. Liz also led a team that conducted smelter audits under the Conflict-free Smelter Program (CFSP) for over five years.
Cotton Program Intern
Katie Chappuis is a sustainable fashion researcher and consultant currently based in Berlin, Germany. Her work focuses on the analysis and mapping of textile supply chains and the development of more environmentally and socially responsible sourcing strategies for raw materials within the fashion industry.
She has recently her MA in Sustainability in Fashion. In partnership with hessnatur Stiftung, her thesis was developed as a decision-making tool, The Sustainable Cotton Atlas, which can aid fashion brands looking to shift their raw material sourcing towards more sustainable practices. Through doing so, it empowers a brand to use their purchasing power to affect positive change in the countries and farming communities they source from.
Since then, Katie’s work includes projects with the following organizations: Cotton Diaries, Fashion Revolution, UpNovation Berlin, Drip by Drip, and hessnatur Stiftung.
Stefanie Spear is a communications and marketing consultant at RSN. She has been working to educate and motivate people to care about human health and the environment for nearly 30 years. Stefanie has founded several companies, including EcoWatch, Expedite Renewable Energy and Stellar Consulting. She continues to fight the good fight through her consulting business by working with people and organizations who are leading the charge for change.
When Stefanie is not in front of her computer, she is likely paddleboarding Lake Erie.
Conflict Minerals program Intern
Sarah Frechette is a conflict minerals intern at RSN. She is a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing a BA in Global Studies with an emphasis in Global Development and a minor in Journalism. Her geographic areas of interest are Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and she hopes to continue doing research in these areas. She is currently assisting with research and providing support for the minerals campaign at RSN.
Revi Schlesinger has 25 years of experience as an apparel industry professional, corporate transformation consultant and sustainability entrepreneur. Supporting the execution of strategic business initiatives for global companies, Revi’s work centers on implementation of process innovations as a foundation for success in a dynamic marketplace. Revi brings deep expertise in optimizing strategy, business processes, infrastructure, and technologies specifically for end-to-end product lifecycle management of apparel and related products. She is the founder of Kids Organic Clothing Company, a multi-brand manufacturer and vendor of organic fair trade kids clothes. Offering a strategic perspective, project management skills, technical experience, and operations knowledge to YESS, Revi has provided high level support to the RSN team since April 2016 and has sat on the YESS Working Group since its inception.