The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has named Philip Chamberlain, the head of sustainable business development at C&A Europe as its new chair.

Philip, who formally began in the post late last year, brings a wealth of retail experience to the role, gained working with European clothing retailer C&A. He has held a number of senior positions within the company including Singapore-based general manager for sourcing in Asia, and head of global sourcing for C&A Europe..

He is also a corporate representative on the Bangladesh Accord Steering Committee, which was established to improve work and safety conditions within Bangladesh's garment sector. He established the Mondial Initiative for Social Development (a pre-cursor to the C&A Foundation), which financed a significant number of social projects in C&A's sourcing countries.

Most recently, Philip was part of a delegation of brands and trade unions that met with the Cambodian government, voicing support for raised wage levels in the garment sector. He has also served as a corporate representative on ETI's board.

"It's a pleasure to welcome someone of Philip's calibre as our new chair," says ETI director Peter McAllister.

"He brings an in-depth knowledge about the complexity of global supply chains, and experience of working in partnership with diverse groups of stakeholders to improve working conditions. This is an exciting phase in ETI's development as we finalise our strategy to 2020, and we know we'll benefit tremendously from Philip's stewardship."

Chamberlain adds: "In this world of rapidly changing consumer preferences and retail models, we must all work harder than ever to uphold the rights of those producing the goods and services we consume. As an alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs, ETI brings together the knowledge, networks and commercial leverage needed to catalyse change for workers in global supply chains. I look forward to playing a leading role, as ETI charts a course for the future."