The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear, and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production.
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Head of Sustainability, H&M
Pascal Brun has more than 15 years of experience in the apparel and textile industry within multinational corporations such as H&M and Camaieu, with experience spanning across execution and strategic management roles. After having worked in Europe, China and Bangladesh, across a variety of roles such as country manager, and global supply chain manager, he is now responsible for leading and managing H&M’s Global Sustainability for Production and is currently based in Hong Kong.
Brun’s expertise lies in his experience from integrating key business performance indicators with those of sustainability. Under his leadership, H&M has achieved and implemented several key sustainable initiatives. Formerly, he sat on the Board of International Cotton Association and Better Cotton Initiatives as the brands representatives for the industry. Currently, in addition to sitting on the board of the SAC, he is also a board member of the Organic Cotton Accelerator and ZDHC Roadmap to Zero.
Senior Policy Advisor Sustainable Fashion, Solidaridad
Tamar Hoek is Senior Policy Advisor Sustainable Fashion for Solidaridad. Her European and global agenda on policy influencing and market uptake focuses on influencing the private sector to commit to and implement responsible environmental management, decent work and fair value distribution within their supply chain, and the public sector to enforce national norms and regulatory frameworks for sustainability and due diligence. Important platforms for her policy influencing work are multi-stakeholder initiatives around sustainable fashion, like the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the Policy Hub.
Solidaridad’s cotton and textiles programs focus on working with brands/retailers, factories, farmers and other stakeholders in the supply chain to improve the environmental and social performance of the textiles wet processing sector and the Read Made Garments (RMG) sector, and to increase the uptake of sustainable cotton.
Chief Operating Officer, Better Cotton Initiative
In her role as Chief Operating Officer at BCI, Lena leads Better Cotton’s global operations and ensures the day-to-day work delivers positive change and impact for cotton farmers around the world. Lena joined BCI during its first year of operation and has helped guide the organisation towards becoming the largest cotton sustainability initiative in the world with programmes in multiple countries reaching millions of smallholder farmers.
Head of Sustainability, Arvind Limited
Abhishek is Head of Sustainability at Arvind Limited and is leading various Sustainability initiatives of the group companies. He is devising the strategy to reduce the Energy, Water, Cotton, Carbon & Chemical footprint of the organization and leading several innovative practices in the textile manufacturing. Prior to this position, he has worked in the Sustainability & Environmental Consulting domain for more than ten years. He is actively involved in leading global Textile Sustainability and Innovation initiatives.
Chief Development & Policy Officer, Global Fashion Agenda
Jonas Eder-Hansen is Chief Development & Policy Officer at Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), the foremost leadership forum for industry collaboration on sustainability in fashion.
Eder-Hansen oversees GFA’s public affairs, stakeholder engagement, business development, Summit and educational activities. With more than ten years of tenure with GFA, Eder-Hansen has deep insights in driving industry change, specifically within circular systems. Recently, Jonas has spearheaded GFA’s increased strategic focus on engaging policymakers to accelerate the fashion industry’s urgent transition to a circular economy.
With a long career in sustainability, Eder-Hansen is a frequent public speaker and is regularly interviewed by media to provide his expert insights on key issues. Eder-Hansen was formerly Development Director for Danish Fashion Institute. Prior to that, he was Research Director at Copenhagen Business School’s Centre for Sustainability, where he was a major driving force in the establishment and development of the now internationally acclaimed research centre.
VP GM Technical, Quality and Sustainability, Walmart
Executive Vice President, Epic Designers Ltd.
Vidhura heads sustainability strategy & execution for Epic Group with focus on emissions, water, chemicals and sustainable product innovation. He comes with 15 years of experience in apparel sustainability and is also a renewable energy and climate activist.
His experience covers facility design, product LCA and standards design. He is an advocate for equal partnership in the apparel industry as it transitions towards sustainability.
As an SAC Board Member, he is a Director in the manufacturer category.
Director, Global Business Industry Sector and Corporate Sustainability Lead, Esri
Cindy Elliott heads Esri’s business industry marketing team. She helps to shape the role of geospatial analytics within the manufacturing industry related to new market analysis, supply chain operations, and advanced services. For more than fifteen years, Cindy has worked with global manufacturers and enterprise class technology companies to influence customer-focused business transformation. Her work has been pivotal in building awareness for location technology’s ability to meet the growing complexities in global networks. Cindy is an advisory member of the USC Marshall Center Global Supply Chain Management Program (MCGSCM) and of the TCU Neeley School of Business Center for Supply Chain Innovation (CSCI) and is an established thought leader on the digital supply network and manufacturers’ advanced services. She earned a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird Graduate School and completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.
Co Founder, Good On You
Sandra is the co-founder of Good On You, an established and trusted source for sustainability ratings in fashion. Since 2015, Good On You has rated over 3,000 brands for their impact and empowered millions of consumers to buy better. With years of experience in corporate social responsibility and governance, Sandra has long been concerned with supply chain issues in big business. She started Good On You because she sees huge potential in using the power of consumers to drive industry change.
Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Responsible Sourcing VF Corporation
Sean Cady is Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Responsible Sourcing at VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories. VF had 2015 revenues of $12.4 billion and is owner of iconic brands, including The North Face®, Vans®, Timberland®, Wrangler® and Lee®.
Under Cady’s leadership, VF’s Global Responsible Sourcing function – which is part of VF’s Global Supply Chain organization – leads product stewardship initiatives for all VF products, creates supply chain sustainability improvements across the entire supply chain, and accelerates factory social and environmental leadership. He manages teams that partner with each VF supplier to drive continuous improvement and leadership on life safety, social and environmental performance.
Cady is also responsible for VF’s environmental sustainability strategy and results for products, and the global supply chain. He leads the implementation of programs to continuously improve sustainability performance in four key areas of sustainability: water, energy, chemicals and cotton.
VF’s product stewardship team, which is managed by Cady, ensures best-in-class management of product and environmental impacts through design and manufacturing due diligence, regulatory compliance and government relations, reduction of product environmental impacts, and management of VF’s Restricted Substance List (RSL) and innovative CHEM-IQSM program. Additionally, Cady leads VF’s trade strategy and engagement, representing VF’s interests to eliminate barriers to free trade.
Cady holds an M.B.A. in International Business and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety.
For 15 years, Rick was the VP of Environmental Affairs and then VP of Public Engagement at Patagonia. During his tenure, he worked with teams to develop environmental and sustainability initiatives including: Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign and Worn Wear. He is the founding chair of the SAC.
In addition, Rick is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. He has written seven books, and his memoir Life Lived Wild will be released in October 2021. National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award, and today he serves on six boards of conservation organizations.