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Assheton Carter


Assheton is an expert and NED on responsible sourcing, environmental markets, non-financial risk, and responsible investment in international and emerging markets. A track record of 25 years with a focus on the resources sector and international supply chains of luxury, auto and electronics OEM, wood and textiles.

He is CEO of TDI Sustainability, and he chairs and serves on several boards and expert panels for standard-setting organizations, NGOs and private companies. Dr Carter is an expert on corporate voluntary standard-setting and certification schemes, value-chain development from producer to product, and a metals-industry expert. Past executive positions include head of risk and performance at Althelia Ecosphere, an impact-investing firm investing in REDD+ and climate change solutions; SVP at PACT, a leading international social development NGO; and Chief Advisor Business Practices at Conservation International, where he led strategy development and execution of the business engagement programmes.

Assheton co-founded Spartacus Capital Mining Fund, an ESG-focussed private equity firm. He has built many significant public private partnerships between business, environmental and development NGOs, the donor community and government agencies, including structured innovative ‘green’ supply chains for the first fully traceable gold and diamond jewellery for the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart and the only tracking system for “conflict-free” metals from the DRC. He works with brand companies in Europe and the USA, including Apple, Brilliant Earth, Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, LVMH, Kering, Swarovski, Tiffany, Van Cleef Arples, and with natural resource companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including Anglo American, Barrick, Gemfields, Goldlake, Muzo, Newmont, and RioTinto. He has published over 20 book chapters and articles and holds a Ph.D from the Management and Development Schools of the University of Bath. He speaks English and Spanish.