Joe Sutcliffe

Joe Sutcliffe

Role: Advisor – Dignified Work

Team: Women's Economic Empowerment team

Profile:

I provide technical expertise for CARE globally on Dignified Work – CARE’s strategy for promoting access to gender-equitable, economically empowering jobs for women – with a focus on Asia. I joined CARE in 2016 and have led the development of our theory of change for Dignified Work and a regional Dignified Work strategy for Asia. I support CARE’s country offices with strategy development, new partnerships, programme design, knowledge management and learning.

Before joining CARE, I worked as an ethical trade consultant for three years, managing programmes across Asia and Africa to improve working conditions in global supply chains including: garments, footwear, electronics, home-furnishings and horticulture. I started my career in the international trade union movement, providing research support to global and national level trade unions.

My current priority is launching our new strategy on Dignified Work in Asia, focusing on improving women’s leadership, collective voice and representation in the garment industry.

One good thing I’ve read

There are a few books I always refer back to whenever I feel too caught up in the detail to see the broader picture. Ha-Joon Chang’s Bad Samaritans: The myth of free trade and the secret history of capitalism debunks the myth of free trade as a model for economic development; whilst Ronaldo Munck’s Globalisation and labour: The new “Great Transformation” is essential reading for anybody who wants to understand the impact of globalisation on work, economics and politics.

Email: Sutcliffe@careinternational.org 

Blog posts

Four years have passed since Rana Plaza collapsed, but are workers any safer? The short answer is yes, but there is still a lot of work to do to make sure their working conditions are truly safe and to ensure workers’ rights are respected