Joleen Ong

Joleen is a human rights and sustainability professional with diverse experience in the nonprofit and corporate sector, helping to improve working conditions throughout the value chain. As Sustainable Manufacturing Manager at Columbia Sportswear Company, she leads its supply chain sustainability program focused on improving factory performance and climate action to reduce its manufacturing carbon footprint. Prior to this role, Joleen was the social responsibility lead for Columbia’s Licensing Corporate Responsibility program, working to improve the social performance of its indirect supply chain factory partners. At CSC, she co-founded the Women’s Leadership Initiative Employee Resource Group to increase employee engagement around women’s leadership at the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Prior to CSC, Joleen served in the nonprofit sector, starting her career at Social Accountability International (SAI). She established SAI’s first communications strategy and supported the development of initiatives including a gender equity training program in the Indian garment sector, training of civil society organizations on the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, and Global Living Wage Benchmarks. After SAI, she was the Marketing and Publications Director at NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network where she supported its community of over 70,000 members in using technology to meet their missions and drive social change.

Originally from New York, she earned her Master’s degree from the New School in Nonprofit and Sustainability Management. She is a published writer on the topic of human rights and edited two award winning short documentaries. Joleen is a seasoned public speaker on the topic of human rights and sustainability in the supply chain, speaking globally at conferences and academia including Georgetown Law, the New School for Public Engagement, NYU Stern School of Business, and the University of Oregon Sports Product Management Program.