On Purpose

Katherine Hewetson

Inspired by the potential of CSR as an intern for the Mulberry Bottletop Campaign, Katherine spent the first 4 years of her career working at Business in the Community (BITC), challenging and working with corporate members to take action on key social and environmental issues. She developed and managed a new national programme to drive business engagement in improving adult literacy and numeracy, engaging with over 70 national employers, changing the lives of over 3,500 people by improving their basic skills. With a passion for fair trade, textiles and design she went on to set up her own fair trade company, Mi Mariposa, which combines British design with traditional Ecuadorian embroidery and provides a team of 20 embroiderers with a regular living wage. Since 2010 she has balanced the needs of her business with those of a freelance business manager, working with various commercial and not for profit organisations on improving service delivery and capacity, managing operations and systems, and leading on new business and partnership development.