ACT Welcomes New Executive Director Jennifer Schappert

Jennifer comes to ACT with over 10 years of experience in the garment sector. While at the OECD, Jennifer led the development and implementation of the Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector to inform government policy in the apparel supply chain in both producing and importing countries. Within this role, Jennifer’s work focused on practical guidance for companies in the field of responsible purchasing practices as a component of pursuing living wages through industrial relations.  Prior experience includes being a manager at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and consulting on large-scale government-funding development projects.

Jennifer Schappert is looking forward to working with ACT members to take bold steps towards living wages in the garment and footwear sectors linked to brand purchasing practices.

“In these times, as the COVID-19 virus throws the global garment industry into turmoil, the mission of ACT is more important than ever. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Payal Jain, Social Sustainability Manger responsible for Global Production at H&M Group says: “We are very happy that Jennifer is taking this role at such a critical time. She has vast experience from working with factory workers as well as considerable expertise on relationship building.

Jennifer truly understands how to build a successful partnership for efficient impact. We are eager to continue the ACT journey together with her.” Jennifer Schappert replaces Dr Frank Hoffer who has served as Executive Director since 2017, during which time ACT was established as the leading global initiative on linking wages in the garment and footwear sector to responsible brand purchasing practices.

Jenny Holdcroft, IndustriALL Assistant General Secretary, recognized the contribution made by Frank in developing the ACT program from the MOU signed between IndustriALL and brands to a fully developed strategy to raise garment workers’ wages. “The structures and relationships between unions, brands and manufacturers at national level that Frank helped establish are proving invaluable as platforms for agreements on protecting workers through this period of crisis. Frank is a passionate believer in the ACT approach and we are fortunate to have had him as the founding Executive Director.

The ACT Member Council thanks Frank Hoffer for his hard work and dedication and wishes him all the best in his retirement.