The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) is pleased to welcome human rights lawyer Maria Isabel Cubides Sanchez to the sustainability team as Senior Manager of the Human Rights Coalition – Working to End Forced Labour (HRC).
Originally from Colombia, Maria Isabel is admitted to the bar both in Colombia and France, and brings a rich background focused on the fields of human rights, transitional justice, social and environmental conflicts, and business and human rights, to the CGF. Prior to joining the CGF, Maria Isabel led the globalization and human rights team of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), most recently serving as Acting Director. Maria Isabel has extensive experience in international and public policy advocacy, strategic litigation, and engagement. She has worked across all continents and over 30 countries to redefine corporate practice and strengthen standards and practices to protect human rights and the environment. The HRC welcomes her expertise in social sustainability as it progresses in its mission to create good and fair working conditions for workers worldwide.
Maria Isabel holds a double degree from Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II) and Rosario University, in addition to a Master’s degree in legal anthropology from Sorbonne – Paris I, and a LL.M in public international law from Leiden University. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
“Joining the CGF’s Human Rights Coalition — Working to End Forced Labour is an opportunity to practically define the scope and depth of companies’ human rights due diligence,” Maria Isabel said. “I hope to bring a critical multi-cultural and bottom-up perspective to challenge the current assumptions, overcome the current limits of existing practices, and support businesses in effectively addressing human rights and environmental issues in their operations and throughout their value chains.”