Ariel Kraten, Director
Co-founder GoBlu • Strategy • Change management • Sustainable development • Environmental mentoring • Training and tools • Sustainable fashion • Communication • Worked at Peace Corps, BBBS International, MADE-BY
Role at GoBlu
Ariel leads GoBlu’s ‘Pillar 1’ work with brands and retailers, including strategy development, training and capacity building, and implementation.
Serving with the Peace Corps in Suriname from 2004-2006, Ariel experienced firsthand what it feels like to have limited access to clean water, and how that impacted the health and wellbeing of her remote Amazon community. In addition to helping her village design, construct, and successfully switch on its first clean running water system, Ariel also led a number of other projects linked to sustainable development, leading to adventures such as a short stint with a United Nations disaster response team, representing her village to the national parliament, and accidentally running her first marathon.
Ariel then spent five years working with Big Brothers Big Sisters International, an NGO focused on mentoring, where she was fascinated by the challenge of rolling out a program in over a dozen different countries with different cultures and challenges. She then moved abroad again, this time to the Netherlands. She shifted her focus specifically to sustainability concerns linked to the apparel and textiles industry, working for four years at the sustainable fashion consultancy MADE-BY, most recently as a Senior Consultant, where her focus was on creating support tools for brands and helping them develop and apply the right sustainability strategy in light of environmental challenges. She enjoys making more technical topics, such as dyeing, approachable and interesting for product teams as well as CR teams, helping to build their knowledge, confidence, and impact.
Ariel was awarded a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Nonprofit Leadership/Leadership for Social Change and incorporates a group dynamics perspective into her work.
Ariel promotes more conscious decision-making in light of sustainability concerns and global interconnections, as well as business priorities.
+1 857 707 6088
Claire Hau, Director
Co-founder GoBlu • Projects lead • Designer • Environmental issues • Sustainability • Strategy • Apparel supply chain • Fashion • Outdoor • Communication • Training • Worked at H&M, The North Face, KPMG
Role at GoBlu
Claire oversees all services under GoBlu’s 3 Pillars; 1) Headquarters and Production Offices, 2) Supply Chain, and 3) Marketing and Communications.
Claire’s passion for sustainability began when, as a fashion design student, she learnt about the shrinking of the Aral Sea, “one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters”. Discovering that cotton farmers used its waters to boost production, she set about to find better ways to create and embed sustainability in everyday choices.
After completing her BA in Fashion Design and a short stint as a lingerie designer, Claire moved to Hong Kong to pursue an MA in Fashion Supply Chain Management, with an emphasis on sustainability. In 2010, Claire took on a summer internship in CSR at KPMG and shortly after, H&M employed her in its global production office to work on environmental issues. She managed projects from China to Bangladesh and India, supporting external sustainability communication along with developing training and education programs for internal staff as well as for factory suppliers. In 2013, she moved to San Francisco and took up a position at The North Face, where she worked on product sustainability, animal welfare and chain of custody issues.
Having worked in various countries and with people from different cultures and backgrounds, Claire has developed the ability to connect with people, understanding needs and constraints – especially when it comes to getting things done.
In today’s global market, integrating sustainability into businesses can be complex and often challenging, but Claire believes that many barriers can be eliminated if only we kept things simple. What we do needs to “speak” to people. There are many pressing issues to solve, leaving no room for yet more complexity. Being smart and bringing clarity to today’s sustainability challenges will be how we accelerate positive change.
+1 415 818 2255
Lars Doemer, Director
Co-founder GoBlu • 20+ years textiles industry experience • Environment • Supply chain • Certified dyer • Higg • ZDHC • PaCT • Chemistry • Technical • Worked at eco-tex Institute, gsm, TUV Rheinland, H&M, Lindex.
Role at GoBlu
Lars, who leads GoBlu’s ‘Pillar 2’, has worked in the textile and fashion industry for more than 20 years. Starting as a shift dyer in a German dyeing mill in the late 80s, he is the third generation of his family involved in textile production, visiting his first dyeing mill when was he just six-years-old.
Lars started his career in environmental supply chain work in 2000 working with a small consulting firm. In 2004, he moved to China to get a deeper understanding of Chinese industry.
Since 2006, he has lived in Hong Kong, from where he headed up H&M’s in Environmental Global Supply Chain Program for more than five years. At H&M, he took the lead for ZDHC work, was involved in developing the Bangladesh Water Program PaCT, and managed WWF’s Partnership program for water in the supply chain.
He was also involved as a Subject Matter Expert in the development of the Facility Module of the Higg Index.
Before founding GoBlu, he worked as the Global Sustainability Manager for Production at Lindex, where he still works as an external consultant.
He brings a unique perspective, with a wide spectrum of experience from production and supply chain consultancy to brand-level work. He has a wealth of experience working the textile supply chain, focusing on wet processing in Europe and Asia, where he has been involved in multi-stakeholder projects with both governments and NGOs. Lars has an extensive network encompassing brands, academia and industry platforms, as well as wet processing experts from all parts of the industry.
Lars believes strongly that the key for solving sustainability issues is to bring industry players together to develop solutions that address the needs of retailers as well as supply chain partners.
+49 179 1196917
Julia Hötte, Project Manager
Garment engineer • Social and environmental conditions • Transparency and traceability • Strategy and implementation • Supply Chain Management • Worked at GIZ, Ernsting´s Family and self employed as a garment technologist.
Role at GoBlu
Julia is GoBlu’s Project Manager, based in Germany. In addition to ensuring that clients’ projects run smoothly, Julia works closely with GoBlu team members on program implementation, workshop delivery, strategy & communications, and outreach to the European market.
Julia’s passion for sustainability began when she started to work as a seamstress, and was inspired to upcycle the resulting waste material. Later in her studies, she learned about international garment production, international trading, and the social & environmental problems associated with the garment industry. After her first visit to garment factories in Asia, she decided to take on the challenge to find better solutions. She completed her BS, and was offered a position working with Indian suppliers to improve their social performance, and their quality and productivity. She gained experience in monitoring & evaluation, capacity building/training, public relations, and sustainable garment production. Julia then went back to university to earn her Master’s degree, while simultaneously working as an independent garment engineer, pattern maker and tailor for different fashion designers and small brands around Berlin.
During her last semester, she started working with Ernsting´s Family, a German retailer, applying her professional experience to her Master’s thesis investigating the traceability and transparency of international supply chains. While working with Ernsting´s Family she was responsible for the social and environmental conditions in their production facilities, and she implemented new strategies to gain more transparency and ensure better social and environmental conditions.
She managed internal projects, supporting external sustainability communication along with developing training and education programs for factory suppliers. Communication with suppliers and traders, as well as different organizations like Fairtrade, Cotton made in Africa, GOTS, and CPI2, was part of her daily job.
Julia believes that sustainability problems can be solved step by step, starting with transparency, and incorporating clear communication along the whole supply chain. She believes in building relationships characterized by trust and respect between supply chain partners, and developing clear IT solutions to reduce administrative burden and streamline up- and downstream information flows.
While studying Communication, Sophie saw first hand the increasing importance and relevance of sustainability, both in general society, and within the corporate environment.
During her internship for a major German chemical company, Evonik, she was surprised to learn how much emphasis the industry was already placing on sustainable production processes, understanding environmental impacts, and improving transparency to support positive conditions for both production and consumption. Inspired by these observations, Sophie wanted to continue contributing to these developments in the industry herself, which is why she is especially happy to have found her place at GoBlu.
Sophie has an international background; she spent four years of her adolescence living in Shanghai, where she learned to be adaptable and flexible, and appreciate different environments.
Based on these experiences, Sophie’s goal at GoBlu is to find the best solutions for both clients and the environment. Sophie believes in promoting a constant exchange of new ideas on sustainability, particularly regarding product development. This is why she is passionate about interacting and communicating with clients, keeping them updated on current developments and innovative solutions.
Stephen Frost, PhD
Stephen Frost, PhD
Stephen Frost, PhD, Director
Co-founder, co-founded CSR Asia - Asia's first boutique CSR consultancy, consulted Fortune 500 to SMEs, advised 100+ companies on sustainability strategies, PhD in Asian Studies.
Role at GoBlu
During the early 80s, Stephen rode a bicycle from Kathmandu to Colombo, and across Indonesia (from Kupang to Jakarta), activating a lifelong interest in the region and sustainability.
After completing a PhD in Asian Studies and Communication (funding himself by tutoring, lecturing and editing academic papers), he moved to Hong Kong in early 2000, working for Asia’s oldest and most respected labour rights NGO, the Asia Monitor Research Centre. Returning to academia (where he taught, researched and published widely on labour law, health and safety, sustainability and worker rights in supply chains), he co-founded and managed Asia’s first CSR boutique consulting firm, CSR Asia.
Stephen has a wealth of experience consulting with companies in the Asian region, from Fortune 500 firms to SMEs. He has held advisory board positions assisting organizations on sustainability for Solidaridad, HP, and the GSCP. He worked on the first iterations of the labour indicators for GRI, and has written dozens of academic and popular articles and CSR reports. He has advised hundreds of companies on sustainability strategies, and is a recognized pioneer in sustainability in Asia. He is an Honorary Institute Fellow at the Asia Pacific Institute of Business (at The Chinese University of Hong Kong), and a visiting lecturer for an annual summer module on sustainability and business at the Rotterdam School of Management.
Stephen is a firm believer that if solving sustainability issues was easy, it would have been done by now. As with most things, it’s not just about technical solutions; it’s about people.
+852 9772 326
Environment, EHS, Supply Chain, Audit, Compliance, worked at GSM, supported Migros
Ann was recruited by Global Sustainable Management (gsm), where she spent 9 years overseeing eco-audits and providing monitoring support for a major European retailer.
Ann brings a business-savvy perspective and also has formal training in accounting. Ann is based in Hangzhou, China and loves the challenge of working directly with mills and factories to support them to become more sustainable.
Ann studied Accounting and International business at Zhejiang University of Technology.
10+ years in textiles processing education, technical textiles, wet processes, India, Ethiopia, worked at Clariant, ICT, 50+ publications.
Dr. Sujata Pariti has over 10 years of experience in textiles processing education, business development and communications.
Between January 2011 to July 2015, Sujata was an adjunct Professor at the Department of Fibers and Textiles Processing Technology at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT). Prior to this she worked for Clariant Chemicals (India) Ltd., in various capacities, particularly in its ‘Communication’ and ‘Technical Textiles’ Businesses.
Since 2013, Sujata has been working on an ongoing project for a partnership between the Ethiopian Textiles Industry Development Institute (ETIDI) and ICT to help suppliers implement industry best practices.
Sujata is a Member of the Society of Dyers and Colorists (SDC), London, for Mumbai Region since2001. She also has more than 50 publications.