How are corporate sustainability veterans handling the ongoing challenge of going green? During this panel we’ll ask leaders to explain key focus points on sustainability in the supply chain. You’ll learn how to properly integrate your resources into suitable ecological modes, effectively disseminate topical information to your workforce, diversify your supply chain options to line up with current trends, and, ultimately, reduce your business’ carbon footprint! After all, you need to go green, to make green.
VP, Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.
Michael has led sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. since 2001. Through his leadership the company has been a pioneer on sustainability, through its Waterless(R) collection, Care for the Planet program, and Improving Workers’ Well-being initiative. Previously, he was a Vice-President at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and also worked at The Asia Foundation for ten years. Michael serves on the Board of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at the University of California at Berkeley, the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Program.
Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability, PG&E
Joan Kerr has played a pivotal role in PG&E’s supplier diversity success. Under her leadership, the company has more than doubled its MWBE spend to $2.3 billion. Kerr came into the supplier diversity field in a somewhat roundabout way. She began her career at Pacific Bell as a lawyer. Kerr is proud of PG&E’s innovative programs that are helping diverse businesses not only get the competitive edge, but also win bids. These include everything from industry trade show missions to technical assistance training on sustainability initiatives, global strategies, quality certification and employee safety programs. Its latest initiative is helping diverse businesses with emerging technologies in renewable energy and smart grid.
Director of Supply Chain Value Protection, Cisco
Kathleen is the architect of Cisco's sustainability and social responsibility strategy for global supply chain operations. She leads a global team of professionals dedicated to ensuring Cisco’s products and manufacturing practices meet Cisco’s supplier code of conduct for ethical governance, responsible labor practices and environmental stewardship. Kathleen also serves as the Board Chair for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). The EICC plays a critical role in driving collaboration in the electronics industry around the common goal of promoting social, ethical, and environmental responsibility in the electronics supply chain.
Co-Founder & CEO, Pulpworks
PulpWorks is the capstone in a 35-year career in supply chain management for Paul. Earlier, he held leadership positions in procurement, manufacturing, and logistics in ventures ranging from start-up to Fortune 100. Included among them are: The Clorox Company (consumer packaged goods), California Closet Company (home furnishings), Method Products (consumer packaged goods), Hepagen (vaccines), OM2 (supply chain consultancy), and the Reclipse Group (supply chain consultancy). His clients have included: Clif Bar, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Consumer Health, Borden Chemical, Dial Corporation, Unilever, and Industrial Light+Magic.
In 2008, Paul founded and continues to lead the San Francisco Bay Area Green Supply Chain Forum. He has authored many papers and presentations on supply chain sustainability and currently lectures on this timely topic in the MBA Program at San Francisco State University and Golden Gate University. He is an Industrial Engineering graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Boston University.
Event Time - Thursday, January 21, 2016
- 5:30 PM Registration and Networking
- 6:30 PM Buffet Dinner
- 7:00 PM Program Speakers plus Q&A
- 8:30 PM Program ends
Levi Strauss & Co. Corporate Headquarters
1155 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
- Levi's Parking Garage: 1425 Sansome St. (on left).
- Metered street parking (enforced until 6 p.m.)
Open lots within walking distance:
- Embarcadero and Broadway
- Embarcadero and Green
BART Embarcadero station – 20 minute walk along Embarcadero, left on Green then right on Battery.
CALTRAIN (if coming from peninsula) to Millbrea BART station. Transfer to BART. Get off at Embarcadero station.
Bring an any article of old clothing (any brand - clean and dry) to the event for recycling and receive a 20% discount coupon off one Levi's item (redeemable at Levi's stores or Levi's Outlet stores only).
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