Gartner Expert

Laura Rainier

Sr Director Analyst

Laura Rainier is a Senior Research Director in the Talent and Sustainability team. Laura's research interests include sustainable supply chain, circular economy, responsible sourcing and supply chain climate strategies. She helps Gartner clients to understand and apply sustainability principles within the supply chain in alignment with their organizational requirements and goals. Her work aims to show how effective sustainability strategies can enable supply chain leaders to achieve their mission-critical goals and enhance profitability, while improving environmental and social impact.

Previous experience

She has more than 10 years of experience designing and embedding ESG strategies into core business practices in a large corporate environment. She has served on the Steering Committee of key business and multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the Global Fashion Agenda and the UN International Labour Organizations Global Business Network on Forced Labor.

Before joining Gartner, Ms. Rainier worked for a global supply chain solutions provider in the areas of supply chain sustainability, circular economy, responsible sourcing, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Professional background

Fung Group/ Li & Fung

General Manager, Sustainability

Takashimaya NY

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Areas of coverage

Procurement Management

CSCO Strategic Leadership

Executive Leadership: Sustainability

Education

M.B.A. Columbia Business School

B.S. University of Maryland RH Smith School of Business

Double Major: Logistics, Transportation, and Supply Chain Management; Marketing

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How to leverage sustainability to create value for an organization?

2How to understand, apply, and incorporate circular economy in end to end supply chains?

3How to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts?

4How to deliver sustainability programs and measure impact in complex global supply chains?

5How to deliver responsible sourcing strategies and programs to suppliers or across a supplier portfolio?