Profiles in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability
Dr. Ritika Burman
Dr. Ritika Burman is Corporate Responsibility Associate in the Supply Chain Assessment and Solution division of SGS North America in Fairfield, New Jersey. In her current role she provides support to clients in developing their social and security audit programs. Recently she has been closely involved with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Social and Labor Convergence Project and has acquired expertise of different social standards and schemes applicable to the industry. Ritika’ s research interest is in the field of Sustainability and in her doctoral dissertation she developed a framework that can be used by textile, apparel and footwear industry to measure and report progress towards sustainable development. While pursuing Ph.D. she worked on projects related to different aspects of sustainability for companies based in New Jersey and New York area. She was also the Course Instructor and Teaching Assistant at College of Textiles in North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Ritika spent four years teaching Fabric & Apparel Science to graduate students at University of Delhi and Indraprastha University in India.She was a founding member of a non-profit organization in New York which empowers low-income immigrant women by providing them vocational training.
Yevette is a people and planet-friendly clothing designer.
She believes that socially responsible clothing does not have to be dowdy or off-beat: it can be anything from classic, to glamorous, to wild, to ethereal and dazzling. One has so many resources at their fingertips if they simply look, and then they have the capability to do amazing things.
Her dream is to help spread fair trade, sustainable clothing all throughout the US; help entire communities become economically independent; give back to those in need; and in turn, assist folks in looking quite dapper.
She takes great pride in her work and hold herself to high standards: She uses eco-friendly and socially responsible materials; She recycle fabrics to give them new life; and employs as many couture techniques as possible. This is her craft, and what rumbles in her heart everyday. And this craft– this pursuit of conscientious fashion– is her means to a beautiful end.
Yevette graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in General Business and Apparel Design, with a minor in Studio Art From St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas.