Director of Advanced Sustainability Analytics, Nike
Jim is the Director of Advanced Sustainability Analytics at Nike. He leads the team responsible for creating insights from data to provide a sustainability perspective for Nike’s business decisions. Previously, he directed the development and launch of the Nike Materials Sustainability Index (Nike MSI) which uses a combination of publically available LCI data, environmental materials attributes, and supplier environmental best practices to evaluate more than 80,000+ materials available within Nike. He also led the IT development and implementation of Footwear and Apparel Sustainability Indexes, which product creation teams use to drive decisions that reduce the environmental impact of all of Nike Brand’s footwear and apparel.
Jim has been Nike’s representative to the SAC since its founding. He co-chaired working groups and was elected to the inaugural Board of Directors. He has been Chair of the Board since October 2013.
Jim has been with Nike since 1996. He started by designing the equipment for Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program which has recycled more than 20 million pairs of shoes. He led Nike’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program. Jim directed analysis and planning for Nike’s packaging reduction, retail sustainability, and corporate waste reduction programs. He has been responsible for corporate environmental reporting metrics as well as long term sustainability strategy and innovation.
Jim is a licensed professional engineer and earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Portland State University. He also has 12 years’ experience as an engineer in industry, government, and consultancies.
Technical Fellow, The Chemours Company
Bob Buck is a Technical Fellow with The Chemours Company (formerly part of DuPont). Over his 28 year career, Bob has held research and development, marketing and management positions in the textile fibers and chemicals businesses. Bob leads a multi-disciplinary program to understand the life-cycle sustainability of Chemours’ products. This work includes advocacy, global collaboration, communication and interaction with academic, regulatory, NGO and industrial scientists. He is a co-author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Bob is a recognized global thought leader in chemicals management and contributed to the creation of the Chemicals Management Module (CMM) that is part of the Higg Index.
Vice President, Institutional Strategy & Development, World Resources Institute
As Vice President for Institutional Strategy and Development at the World Resources Institute, Elizabeth Cook works with WRI’s board and staff to scale up the organization’s priority initiatives. This includes expanding external partnerships critical to WRI’s financial and programmatic success. Cook has played a leadership role in growing WRI’s budget from $20 million in 2005 to over $70 million today.
A staff member since 1994, Cook has held several diverse positions within the institute. Prior to her current role, she directed WRI’s Markets and Enterprise Program, which harnesses the power of business to create profitable solutions to environment and development challenges. Before that, she led WRI’s interdisciplinary Climate Protection Initiative, which worked in partnership with companies to identify policies and business strategies for achieving strong climate goals. Cook has over twenty-five years of experience working with industry on innovative responses to environmental issues. She has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on how to strengthen corporate commitments to the environment, including GE, Nike, Wal-Mart, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Alcoa, Shell, and Caesars Entertainment. She serves on the board of Future Harvest: Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
In September 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Cook its “Best of the Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award” in recognition of the most exceptional global contributions in the first two decades of the Montreal Protocol.
Global Head of Sustainability, C&A
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Director, Hirdaramani Industries
Nikhil Hirdaramani is a Director of the Hirdaramani Group which is a 4th generation family business. The group’s Headquarters are in Sri Lanka and its main business interest is the manufacture of apparel in its 28 facilities spread across Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam. The group has in recent years diversified into other sectors such as Hospitality, Sustainable Power and Retail.
Nikhil has been in the business for over 15 years and has been involved in marketing and supply chain, developing and managing relationships with many customers and suppliers from such markets as Europe, USA, India and Japan. In recent years Nikhil has taken a leading role in the group’s sustainability initiative, which has become a key aspect of the overall group’s strategy. Mihila, one of its newer facilities in Sri Lanka is the 1st ever carbon neutral facility in Asia. Many of the other facilities are LEED Certified and it is the aim of the board to have the entire group carbon neutral by 2020.
Nikhil is a strong advocate in sustainability specifically from the angle of the supplier. He has been the chairperson at the Sri Lanka Sustainability Forum, which is part of the annual Sri Lanka Design Festival, bringing together stakeholders from across the supply chain to discuss current issues. Nikhil has previously served as a director on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka and currently serves on the Sri Lanka advisory committee for the British Asian Trust in the UK as well as a Trustee of the Harrow School Development Trust. Nikhil has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University in the USA and a MBA from Imperial College, London UK. Nikhil presently serves on the Nominations Committee for SAC.
Senior Vice-President, Public and Corporate Affairs, Gildan Activewear Inc.
Peter Iliopoulos joined Gildan as the head of its taxation department in July 2002 and has since assumed additional responsibilities, including the overall management of the governmental affairs, customs and duties, corporate social responsibility and human resources functions. Prior to joining Gildan, Peter previously held similar head of tax positions with a publicly traded company in the manufacturing industry as well as a mutual fund company. Mr. Iliopoulos is a member of the Quebec Order of Chartered Professional Accountants and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Textile Organizations.
VP Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.
Michael Kobori is Vice-President of Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co.
He has led the function since 2001. Under his tenure, the company has been a pioneer, reducing the environmental impact of its products through its Levi’s® Waste<Less™ and Water<Less™ collections, Dockers’® WellThread collection, Care for Our Planet program, and leadership on the Better Cotton Initiative.
In addition, the company has gone beyond labor compliance by publicly disclosing its manufacturing supplier locations, leading the industry in banning sandblasting, and partnering with NGOs and key suppliers to support programs that improve workers’ lives.
Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Michael served as Vice President at BSR and before that spent nearly a decade at The Asia Foundation, supporting human rights and economic development in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Michael is a lecturer on sustainability at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School and is on the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group. He is past Chairman of the Better Cotton Initiative and served on the ILO Better Work program advisory committee and the Board of the Levi Strauss Foundation.
Vice Chairman, Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC)
Anderson Lee is the Business Director of the Hong Kong Non-Woven Group; Business Director of Hong Kong Bonding Fabric Co. Ltd; CEO of Pinneco Research Limited; Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC); Executive Committee Member/Director of the Hong Kong Intimate Apparel Industries’ Association (HKIAIA); Convenor in the Fashion Industry Development Committee of the HKSAR Legislative Council (FIDC); General Committee Member of The Textile Council (TC), A Board Member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition(SAC); Sustainability Working Group Voting Member of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA); Compliance Committee of the Global Apparel, Footwear and Textiles Industry (GAFTI); steering member of the Global Recycle Standard; speaker at CCBF’s and China Water Risk’s 2°C+ Water and Prime Source Forum; and international judge of EcoChic Design Awards 2012 and 2013.
Social Sustainability Coordinator, H&M
Maritha Lorentzon has worked at H&M since 1982. She has been part of H&M Sustainability Department since 1998, and primarily been responsible for developing the social auditing program for H&M’s supply chain. Recently her focus has changed to coordinate H&M’s memberships and partnerships in various global organizations such as Better Work, FLA, SAC etc and represent H&M at various global forum. Prior to that Maritha worked as a buyer at H&M, Young Division, and thereafter posted in H&M production office in Hong Kong, responsible for production planning in various Asian countries.
Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
Dara O’Rourke is a professor of environmental and labor policy at the University of California, Berkeley and co-founder and Chief Sustainability Officer of GoodGuide. Dara’s research on the environmental, health, and social impacts of global supply chains has led to a series of investigative reports, three books, and dozens of academic and popular articles.
Under Dara’s leadership, GoodGuide has been named: one of the World’s “50 Most Innovative Companies” by Fast Company; the New York Times “App of the Week”; and the TechCrunch startup “Most Likely to Make the World a Better Place.” Dara recently completed his term as the Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption, and currently serves on the Apple Academic Advisory Committee. Dara was previously a professor at MIT and holds an MS and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
VP Environmental Affairs, Patagonia, Inc.
Rick Ridgeway is Patagonia’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs where he oversees the company’s philanthropy and chairs an internal council of the company’s vice-presidents and C-Suite executives that advise corporate sustainability. In this role, he and the council guide Patagonia’s vanguard environmental and sustainability initiatives such as Worn Wear and the Footprint Chronicles. Rick was co-founder and founding chair of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. In addition to business, Rick is recognized as a mountaineer and adventurer, making the first American ascent of K2. He has produced and directed several documentary films, written dozens of magazine articles and six books. National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. Rick lives with his wife in Ojai, California, and they have three grown children.
Executive Director, Outdoor Industry Association
Amy Roberts is the Executive Director of Outdoor Industry Association, which is the trade association and voice of the outdoor recreation industry, serving more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers.
Prior to leading OIA, Amy was Director of Sustainability and Business Innovation at Mountain Equipment Co-op where she led the Canadian outdoor retailer’s commitment to business and product sustainability. During her time at MEC, Amy focused on helping MEC lessen the impact of its operations and products on the environment and improving the lives of the people who make MEC goods. Amy started her career with MEC in 2012 as Manager of Social Responsibility and Compliance.
Amy has a background in government relations and also facilitated the development of the outdoor industry’s Eco Index, a tool to measure the environmental footprint of products. Amy also serves on the board of The Conservation Alliance.
Founder, Metanoia Fund
Ralph Taylor is a private investor and philanthropist that since 1982 has sought to assure that his entire portfolio delivers superior environmental and social performance. His early investments in the fledgling community development finance industry in the United States in the eighties, as well as his seed funding of the Global Reporting Initiative and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol in the nineties were, were examples of his efforts to build the necessary institutional and social infrastructure for the measurement of that performance, as well as deal flow in a variety of asset classes.
In 2000 he and his brother Jack seed funded Root Capital, a pioneer in rural finance for small holder farmers in Latin America and Africa, providing its entire operating budget for its first five years and a third of its loan capital during that time. Root Capital has subsequently become a critical catalyst in the creation of The Initiative for Smallholder Finance, a multi-donor effort designed to demonstrate how specific products and services can expand the reach of financing for the world’s 450 million smallholder farmers.”
Ralph’s board service has included the CERES (1996-99) and the World Resources Institute (2000-2009). He is a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Divinity School.
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