Marcela Manubens

Global VP Of Social Impact, Unilever

Ms Manubens is Global Vice President for Social Impact at Unilever. In this role she is responsible for leading the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Ms Manubens leads the strategy for the Enhancing Livelihoods ambitions of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, with a special focus on fairness in the workplace and women’s empowerment.

Prior to joining Unilever, Ms Manubens was Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at PVH Corp., notably establishing its Human Rights programme in the early 1990s.

Ms Manubens is Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Human Rights. She has also been a member and chaired the Board of Global Social Compliance Programme and participated in the Fair Labor Association, an initiative to eradicate sweatshops established by President Clinton, since its inception in 1996. She sat on its Board of Directors and was a member of its Executive Committee.

Ms Manubens gave testimony in the United States Congress as an expert witness upon the invitation of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and represented U.S. business in the launching of the Global Report on Child Labor by the ILO at the United Nations. She was a member of the US Delegation to APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) led by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  In September 2013 she spoke alongside the UK Foreign Secretary and the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills at the unveiling of the UK Action Plan to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In March this year she discussed expanding Women’s Enterprise Opportunities, Building Business and Social Value at the 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles event at the United Nations.

Ms Manubens taught “Human Rights and Multinational Corporations in a Global Economy” at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, New York, and “Macroeconomics” at the Business School of Universidad de Belgrano, Argentina. She has been a lecturer and guest speaker at numerous national and international conferences.