Louke works as a Global Sustainable Sourcing Manager for Mars Food. From her master programme she has learned that to make a change in communities, it is important to understand what their difficulties are and how to work with them to improve the situation.
What did you do before you started working for Mars?
“I worked at MDF Training & Consultancy for over six years. After working at their head office in the Netherlands for three years, I moved to one of their regional offices in Indonesia. This was a valuable experience. I got more insight in cultural differences and challenges in project management.”
What was it like to have this job?
“My job was very diverse. One week I was training people in personal management skills. Another week I flew to Bangkok to assist a UN institution in improving their knowledge management. Or I wrote proposals for the European Commission, NGOs, or the World Bank.”
After more than six years at MDF Training & Consultancy you decided to leave?
“I was looking for a new challenge. Then I found my current job as Global Sustainable Sourcing Manager for Mars Food.”
What does a Global Sustainable Sourcing Manager do?
“I’m in charge to drive a change for our actors in the value chains. We go beyond certification and aim to make a change on greenhouse gas, water, land, human rights and income. I’m involved in mapping supply chains, doing impact assessments, developing a sustainable sourcing strategy and managing improvement programmes. In addition, I take part in a number of international Sustainable Platforms.”
How did your master’s at Wageningen University & Research prepare you for your career?
"My master programme gave me insight in network theories and social development. I learned that change processes (especially behaviour) need time and careful planning. If you want to make a change in communities or (local) governments, it is important to understand what they need, what their difficulties are and how they can contribute to make improvements. Once you understand the actual situation you are better able to plan your intervention.”