International Advisory Council

Vicky Bowman

Vicky Bowman

Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

Vicky Bowman has been the Director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since July 2013. Prior to that, she led global mining company Rio Tinto's policy approach to transparency, human rights and resource nationalism/resource curse issues from 2011. She was Director of Global & Economic Issues and G8 sous-Sherpa for the United Kingdom from 2008-2011 and Head of the Southern Africa Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Government from 2006-2007.

Vicky served as ambassador of the UK to Myanmar from 2002-2006 and as second secretary in the Embassy from 1990-1993. She has also worked in Brussels as Member of Cabinet of European Commissioner Chris Patten (1999-2002) and as press spokeswoman for the UK representation to the EU (1996-1999).

Vicky has an MA in Natural Sciences (Pathology) from University of Cambridge, is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of University of Bradford (Division of Peace Studies and International Development). She speaks Burmese and is married to Myanmar artist Htein Lin.

We believe we can achieve far more by working with others. The Employer Pays principle is a good example of this - by bringing our voices together, we have the opportunity to create momentum and awareness on an important issue which to date has not been well understood, working to promote a model of ethical recruitment and fairer treatment of migrant workers. Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing, M&S

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Commentary: Five Years On - Translating the UN Guiding Principles into Myanmar

On June 16th 2011, the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights. The Guiding Principles were unprecedented on many levels, including by reaffirming and clarifying state duties to protect...

16 June 2016

By Vicky Bowman, Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

On our visit to Ball’s site, we saw prominent signs attached to the fence announcing that their construction subcontractor, a local company SKO Myanmar, was looking for local hires.

Commentary: New reports under the US State Department’s Burma reporting requirements underline the importance of thorough due diligence

Coca Cola’s third report under the US Reporting Requirements for Burma confirms them once again as far ahead of their US and international peers in disclosure of the human rights and business integrity challenges they face in Myanmar. 

It provides...

03 July 2015

By Vicky Bowman, Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

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