Laura McManus is a business and human rights practitioner with a keen interest in how companies develop and embed meaningful human rights due diligence in global supply chains.
Beginning her career in the NGO sector, Laura has worked in issues of child rights and youth participation in peacebuilding in Nepal and the Netherlands. As a researcher, she co-authored Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains, a publication by the Walk Free Foundation, where she harnessed an interest in the role of business in human rights.
Transitioning to the corporate sector, Laura first worked with Konica Minolta Australia to develop and implement its Ethical Sourcing Roadmap and Human Rights Position Statement. For this work she was recognised by the Australian Institute of Management as NSW Young Leader of the Year in 2017.
Today, Laura is Human Rights Manager at Woolworths Group, where she oversees the implementation of the company’s human rights and anti-modern slavery programs.
Laura holds a Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation from the University of Sydney and is currently completing the AICD Company Directors Course.