Global Head of Sustainability, C&A
Kate Heiny is the Head of Global Sustainability for C&A, a 175-year-old, family-owned fashion retailer with stores in Brazil, China, Europe and Mexico.
Previously, she led sustainability for Target Corporation, a Fortune 50 company with more than 1,700 stores in 49 states in the US, which included operational innovation, public policy and business integration. She was ranked #73 on ETHISPHERE Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2010. Prior to Target, she was a consultant with environmental consulting firms on the east coast. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies and M.S. in Environmental Science from Tulane University and her M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
President, Sai-Tex International
Sanjeev is an entrepreneur who has ventured into diverse businesses including Apparel, IT and Healthcare. Sanjeev is the President of Saitex, a state-of-the-art denim manufacturer in Vietnam that incorporates sustainability into product design and development from the beginning.
Sanjeev is also the founder of SAI-Digital, a fast growing Digital Product and Services organization. Giving back to the community and making a difference to humanity have been of great importance in life and business. Sanjeev’s future initiatives include bringing manufacturing back to the West.
General Manager – Corporate Quality & Sustainability, Crystal Group
Catherine has been supporting Crystal Group in starting the sustainability journey since 2007, and as the Head of Corporate Quality and Sustainability Department for over 10 years. Catherine is responsible for working with the Group Chairman, CEO and Executive Director in formulating the Crystal Group’s sustainability strategy – covering 5 line companies and over 20 factories globally. Catherine is also Chair of the Environment and Social Compliance Working Committee, under the Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee chaired by the CEO.
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.
Chief Content Officer, Danish Fashion Institute
Since 2011, Jonas Eder-Hansen has been the development director of Danish Fashion Institute. Jonas works on local, regional and global levels with responsibility for the pan-Nordic NICE project and Copenhagen Fashion Summit – the world’s biggest event on sustainable fashion.
Since 2002, Jonas has worked with sustainability within research and education. In 2005, Jonas became the Research Director at the Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at Copenhagen Business School, where he became a leading force for the establishment and development of the now-internationally-renowned research centre.
Jonas has a master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School.
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.
Director, Health Program, NRDC
Linda Greer is a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the largest environmental groups in North America, where she has worked for 25 years, focusing on toxic chemical pollutants in air, water, food, and shelter, as well as the scientific controversies in evaluating how chemicals cause harm to human health.
Over the past decade, Linda turned her focus abroad to address the sharp increases in pollution caused by globalized manufacturing. Focusing first on the apparel industry, a hot spot of water pollution from the dyeing and finishing of fabric, Linda created NRDC’s Clean by Design Program, a green supply chain initiative that promotes ten simple best practice improvements in production efficiency to significantly reduce the use of water, energy and chemicals in manufacturing while saving money. Clean by Design has been implemented in more than 50 facilities to date in China and is expanding to other countries in Asia as well as Italy.
Over the course of her career, Linda has done extensive technical work associated with a wide range of environmental advocacy, legal, and policy matters. Prior NRDC initiatives have most notably included a large and successful collaborative industrial efficiency/pollution prevention project with the Dow Chemical Company, a CEO-level multi-stakeholder negotiation on the future of the Superfund hazardous waste cleanup program, and the passage of a law (introduced by Senator Obama and signed by President Bush!) to ban the U.S. export of surplus mercury into global commerce.
For more than a decade, Linda taught a very popular intensive summer course, “Scientific Fundamentals of Risk Assessment” for law students and practicing lawyers at Vermont Law School, and she has taught a graduate-level course to scientists featuring applied environmental science and policy at the University of Michigan. Linda has also taught a number of short professional development courses for the National Association of State Attorney Generals and the U.S. Department of Justice Department of Environmental Crimes.
Linda has served on many expert panels, commissions, and boards, including the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Sciences and Toxicology, the National Academy of Sciences Board on Life Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Emerging Issues, and the Executive Committee of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board. She is currently serves on the Board of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. In China, she also has served on the Task Force on Environmental Health under the Ministry of Environmental Protection, where she was one of three foreign advisors.
Linda is the author of over a dozen technical and policy articles on environmental matters and has frequently testified before the U.S. Congress. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology (U of Maryland), a M.S.P.H. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering (UNC School of Public Health, Chapel Hill), and a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology (Tufts University).
Chief Sustainability Officer, Aditya Birla Group
Tony is a UK Chartered Electrical Engineer who spent his early working life building and commissioning subway trains in South Korea, Portugal and for the London Underground. He received my MBA from the Manchester Business School in 1988, graduating with a Distinction.
After introducing Japanese management techniques into three different manufacturing companies, saving two from closure, he left manufacturing for a new life in Bolivia where he joined Transredes – Bolivia’s oil and gas pipeline company and a Shell joint venture, as Vice President of Corporate Planning and Analysis. In 2000, Transredes suffered a 29,000 barrel oil spill on the high altiplano and after 8 months as Incident Commander in charge of the clean up and the compensation of 126 indigenous communities, he returned to head office and created the Vice Presidency of Health, Safety, Environment and Social Affairs with a mandate to improve the company’s performance in these areas. Transredes became the first company in Bolivia to have an integrated Business Management System certified to ISO 9001, 14001 and OSHAS 18001 in 2003.
Appointed Vice President of Sustainability for CEMEX SA in 2007, he was instrumental in developing a sustainability model and strategy whilst improving stakeholder engagement through new NGO partnerships based around the company’s Conservation Book programme and the management of the 500,000 acre EL Carmen Transboundary Park which spans the border between the USA and Mexico.
Tony joined FTSE 100 mining company Vedanta Resources plc as Chief Sustainability Officer in November 2010 where he implemented his Sustainable Business Model and led the company’s sustainability programme. He created the Vedanta Sustainability Framework of Policies and Standards that is leading to improved operational performance and a growing reputation as a leading company operating to the recognized international performance standards set by the International Finance Corporation.
In April 2013, Tony joined the Aditya Birla Group, a premium global conglomerate with revenues of $42 billion and 120,000 employees in 34 countries (www.adityabirla.com) to help the group formalize and integrate the principles and standards required to develop and enhance their sustainable businesses. His team of subject matter experts has developed the ABG Sustainability Framework of Policies, Technical and Management Standards plus Guidance notes and Training Courses aligned to the International Standards of IFC, OECD, UNGC, ISO, OHSAS and GRI to support the development of good governance structures and practical roadmaps to help the Group’s businesses survive and thrive in our changing world and in doing so achieve the Aditya Birla 2017 Sustainability Vision, “By 2017, the Aditya Birla Group endeavours to become the leading Indian conglomerate for sustainable business practices across its global operations.” Tony also sits on the WBCSD India Advisory Panel and the GRI India Advisory Board.
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.
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.
Global Operations Manager, Better Work
Tara Rangarajan is a Global Operations Manager for Better Work, based in the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva. In her role, she is part of Better Work’s Senior Management Team and oversees the Better Work programmes in Haiti, Indonesia, Nicaragua, and Vietnam. She is also responsible for working with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and for coordinating Better Work’s factory level services. Prior to her role on the global team, Tara started and led the Better Work Vietnam program for five years.
She came to the ILO after 10 years of working on corporate social responsibility at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). She has worked extensively on international labour standards issues with the apparel, electronics, automotive and agriculture sectors around the world. Her focus has been on improving working conditions through facilitating dialogue between international companies, local enterprises, unions, governments and civil society representatives. Tara also worked as a journalist, covering international development in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States. She has a master’s degree in international economic and political development from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Vice President of Public Engagement, Patagonia
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.
Senior Director, Sustainability, Avery Dennison Corporation
Helen Sahi is Senior Director of Sustainability for Avery Dennison Corporate, Retail Branding and Information Solutions and Printer and Fastener Solutions divisions. Most recently, Sahi led the company in the development of its 2025 sustainability goals. Sahi builds effective partnerships with external organizations and NGOs to support and advance Avery Dennison’s sustainability efforts. She serves as primary contact to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, BSR, the Rainforest Alliance and more. Sahi’s career in sustainability spans nearly 30 years and has included roles in consulting, small business and corporate environments. Her background includes significant responsibility and achievement in the technical, operational and strategic aspects of sustainability policies and initiatives.