A chance field trip with Susan's sustainability students to Patty's company's offices marked the beginning of a long-term friendship and business partnership.

With many years of combined experience in the fashion industry, Patty and Susan dreamed of ways to make the companies' supply chains cleaner, more ethical, and better.

EthoWork's genesis was a combination of ingenuity, hard work, and over 30 years of combined experience in production, quality assurance, sustainability program development, social and environmental responsibility, product development, merchandising, teaching, and corporate training

They figured that if they couldn't try their hand at making the world a better place, then who would?


Founder, Managing Partner, Consulting

Patricia (Patty) is a strategy and capacity builder with over 35 years experience driving change at senior levels. She has extensive experience in sustainability, working with the world’s leading companies in the apparel industry. Her areas of expertise lie in supply chain risk management, ethical sourcing, product sustainability programs, CSR management strategy, worker well-being initiatives, and global regulatory compliance.

Patty holds a degree in industrial engineering with a specialization in Human Resources, and a post-graduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) certificate from Cornell University.

A native of Lima, Peru, she is also a certified life coach, and co-founder of ICF-Peru (International Coaching Federation). Patty's also taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Patty loves to travel and is an expert beach walker and amateur golfer.

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Founder, Managing Partner, Learning 

As a learning designer with a sustainable fashion background, Susan designs and develops EthoWork's social and environmental training and strategic communications programs.

 Susan has been an adjunct faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles for over 15 years, teaching merchandising, sustainability, and product development courses.

 Aside from her fashion industry and educational background, Susan has created corporate learning experiences for Fortune 500 companies such as Google, WPP, GroupM, Saks Fifth Avenue, Petco, and CPA.com's ESG Accelerator program. She holds a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology, a Master of Public Policy, and a post-graduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) certificate from Cornell University. An avid learner, Susan is currently taking graduate-level sustainability courses at Harvard Extension School. She is also the author of Next Level Instructional Design: Master the four competencies shared by professional instructional designers.

When not working, she's either traveling or learning more (about something).

LinkIn with Susan at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susannelsonspencerlearningdesigner/


Our Vision, Mission, and Values

Our vision is a world in which every person is entitled to an ethical and decent work environment, regardless of their job title or location. We strive to empower businesses through education, training, and hands-on, practical tactics to reduce their environmental footprint and worker abuses in every stage of the product lifecycle.

Our mission is to build healthier businesses by helping companies to develop and implement ethical environmental, social, and governance standards throughout their supply chains.

Our core values are:

Our Code of Ethics



We anticipate that all colleagues will adhere to this code of ethics, and we also anticipate that those representing our interests, including contractors and advisors will conduct themselves in a manner aligned with our code.



Fees and expenses

Integrity and respect 


Human Rights

Corruption, bribery, gifts and entertainment

Our thoughts on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

EthoWork Consulting, LLC

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Policy 

EthoWork Consulting, LLC (“EthoWork") is committed to creating an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable where all staff, partners, vendors, and clients are treated with respect and dignity. 

For the purposes of this statement, Diversity refers to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual identity, familial status, age, disability and socio-economic status; Equity is a process that ensures all people have the opportunity to contribute, develop, and grow despite historical, structural, legislative, racial, and socio-economic inequities; and Inclusion refers to valuing, respecting, and encouraging the full participation of each individual in the life and leadership of EthoWork. 

As a small minority and woman-owned consultancy located in Southern California, we value the diversity of the greater Los Angeles area. Discrimination, harassment, biases, or bullying of any kind will not be tolerated. Regardless of socio-economic status, age, religion, race, sexual orientation, nationality, gender, disability, or marital status, EthoWork celebrates the richness of our community. We agree to be guided by these principles and pledge that they will be reflected in EthoWork’s vision, mission, strategic planning, programming, governance, and consulting engagements. Our deep commitment to DEI extends to both our internal and external stakeholders, including our staff, vendors, contractors, clients, and the surrounding community at-large.