Fresh from Edinburgh, our latest staff member is a founder of Creative Carbon Scotland…
Name Gemma Lawrence
Job title Consultant
Practice area Sustainable Commodities
Qualifications Undergraduate degree – Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews
Welcome to 3Keel! How have your first days been so far?
It’s been a brilliant first month at 3Keel – everyone has been incredibly welcoming and I have been busy developing my understanding of the Sustainable Commodities practice area and projects that I will be working on over the coming months. I was lucky enough to join the annual company away day in September, in Devon, which was an amazing opportunity to get to know the wider team and learn about the evolution of 3Keel and its current areas of work.
What have you started working on?
My work is currently focused on a project relating to palm oil supply chain mapping, with the aim of improving traceability and supporting the client to meet its deforestation target. So far, this has included analysing the potential exposure risk of palm oil supply chain materials to the European Union Deforestation Regulations, which are coming into force in 2024. I’m also supporting the team as we gear up for the next round of supply chain deforestation-free reporting.
What are you looking forward to most about working for 3Keel?
I’m really excited to be joining the 3Keel as an organisation with such a diverse and varied set of backgrounds and experiences of working on sustainability challenges in areas including land use, climate risk and supply chains. I’m particularly looking forward to building my knowledge in the Sustainable Commodities practice area and the opportunities for leveraging the greatest impact in building more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable supply chains.
Who or what inspired you to work in sustainability?
Sustainability was always a live conversation growing up as my dad spent his career researching the impact of industrial farming on animal welfare, so at dinner, we would often talk about where our food had come from and what impact our food choices were having. During my undergraduate degree in Sustainable Development, I became particularly interested in building participation in environmental issues through creative approaches. I was then able to develop this interest as one of the founding members of Creative Carbon Scotland, a charity initiated to support Scotland’s cultural sector to meet net zero and play its full role in building a more sustainable society.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy working on creative projects and spending time in nature hiking, cycling and swimming with friends.