James is Head of Corporate Responsibility at Trafigura, having joined the company in 2010 to help establish a Corporate Affairs team.
Responsible for driving the Group’s responsibility agenda worldwide, James’ focus has included developing the company’s leadership positon on transparency and stakeholder engagement in the commodity trading sector. In 2015, Trafigura became the first privately owned commodities trader to release an annual Corporate Responsibility report and to disclose payments to governments for oil in accordance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative standard. More recently, James has led Trafigura’s efforts in pursuit of the responsible sourcing of metals and minerals and, more widely, the assimilation by Trafigura of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
James graduated from Lancaster University with a BA (Hons) in Management and Organisation Studies before joining De Beers as a management trainee in 2001.