Textiles Sustainability Specialist (Garments / Textiles / Environmental / Clothing / Manufacturing) – Nairobi, Kenya

Eastern Africa
Posted 2 years ago

Reference No. CDTSSL

Sustainability Specialist  (Supply Chain / Quality Assurance  / Clothing / Manufacturing) – Nairobi, Kenya


Reference Number: CDTSSL


Job Description:

An International clothing manufacturing client of ours is looking for a Sustainability Specialist who will be responsible for supporting and advising the business to ensure that all supply chain operations vendors lead in social and environmental sustainability. They will Implement all activities aimed at assuring cutsewfinishlaundary fabric millssundries suppliers meet TOE and legal requirements. They will also Operationalize Sustainability in Value Chain- upstream, instream and downstream, and Manage all works on Sustainability so as to support North East Asia growth as a source base and key market. They will need to positively influence and educate vendor partners, other stakeholders and employees, on environmental and social issues.


Job Purpose:

  • Person to provide business support and advice on Terms of Engagement, legal compliance as well as verify that all the company’s approved garment and fabric manufacturers are in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Build and manage the companies relationships with Sustainability related external stakeholders, including NGOs, third-party providers, government, and other brands.
  • Monitor changes in local social, Health & Safety and environmental sustainability laws and regulations and works with his/her Manager to ensure the companies policies and standards evolve to meet local requirements.
  • Manage potential alerts driven mainly by external request or out of the companies monitoring programs.
  • Ensure timely and successful Implementation of the Sustainability Programs- Sustainability Vendor Model, Worker Well- Being, Supply Chain Scope Expansion, Chemical Management, Water Strategy, SAC- HIGG Index Self-Assessment, any other as developed by Global.
  • Ensures that supply chain vendors are consistently capturing and reporting social Health & Safety and environmental sustainability data to the companies data systems.
  • Reporting to the different internal and external stakeholders to assure legal and TOE compliance, as well Key Performance Indicator’s assuring accuracy and according to the deadlines requested.
  • Overviews and manage to external consultants, external monitors North East Asia for Environmental, Health&Safety knowledge and capacity building.  
  • Support partnership with ILO Better Work for Cambodia and Vietnam.




Ensure supply chain operations and vendors meet the companies social and environmental, health and safety standards and policies (approximately 70%)


  • Works with suppliers, GSC partners – PD&S, third party service providers, other brands, government, and civil society to understand & improve the overall sustainability status of supply chain. 
  • Collaborates with suppliers, GSC and other stakeholders to analyze supplier performance, identifying areas for improvement.
  • Works with suppliers, GSC and other stakeholders to enhance supplier management systems, management and worker training and capacity building projects (e.g. BSR, ILO, IFC projects) to ensure continuous improvement on the companies social and environmental standards.
  • Works with suppliers to ensure timely, accurate reporting on the companies Sustainability data requirements.
  • Investigate any allegations against the reputation of the company in terms of sustainability related activities & provide recommendation to resolve the issues in a sustainable manner.
  • Support in developing & rolling out sustainability related programs
  • Follow up, manage, report on sustainability related programs independently
  • Provides advice, guidance, and education to GSC functions on social and environmental sustainability standards, procedures, and program initiatives.


Manage external information and relationships (approximately 30%)*


  • Monitor relevant changes in social and environmental sustainability laws and regulations.
  • Work with Director Asia and regional project managers to ensure that the companies policies and standards are relevant to local laws and practice.
  • Build and manage the companies relationships with Sustainability related external stakeholders, including NGOs, third-party providers, government, and other brands.
  • Lead response to Sustainability Alerts with advice of Director Sustainability Asia and Sub Sahara 


Key relationships/Peers:


  • External: Code of Conduct and Environmental Managers for other Global Brands, NGOs, Trade Unions, External Service Providers on Terms of Engagement, ILO, BSR.
  • Internal: Regional Managers, SSM, Legal, Community Affairs Managers, Foundation regional manager  and  fabric sourcing manager, Quality assurance, Finishing Engineer and Corporate Communication .



Requirements: Qualification and Skill

  • Master’s degree in Business Management Social Work with specialization in Labor Laws & Industrial relationshipsEnvironment Health & Safety. 

  • 5 years’ experience in the same or related field with other brandsretails reputed buying houseNGO or third party service provider.
  • Experience of performing Social and Environmental Health & Safety assessments independently, Knowledge of textile industry, local laws & other legislations.
  • Good communication skills – Writing and speaking  – English and local language, Good computer knowledge, Good  inter personal relationships, Good analytical skills 


Primarily works from home.  Position will require domestic and international (geo scope) travel to suppliers and global programs (approximately 25% of time)


Job requires the following physical activities: travel to geographical countries, computer use.


If you wish to apply for the position, please send your CV to Chalden Du Toit at Cdutoit@caglobalint.com


Please visit www.caglobalint.com for more exciting opportunities.


Chalden Du Toit

Recruitment Specialist 

CA Global Finance


CA Global will respond to short-listed candidates only. If you have not had any response in two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful however your CV will be kept on our database for any other suitable positions.

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