Businesses as Agents of Change

​Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

 

In conjunction with UNH’s Reuse and Repair Fair, a day of programming around the Worn Wear Truck (10:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m.), the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise is hosting an early evening keynote and panel event (5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) for UNH students, staff, faculty, alumni and local community members which will feature both a short keynote address by Vincent Stanley, Patagonia’s Director of Philosophy, and a dialogue (panel) among experts from other apparel companies committed to sustainable practices.

UNH has been selected as one of 21 top "Zero Waste" - focused campuses in the country by Patagonia and the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) to be a stop on the Spring 2017 “Worn Wear College Road Tour.” Worn Wear is an initiative by Patagonia to encourage individuals to become "owners" rather than "consumers" of products, by taking care of the things that they buy, valuing their durability, and repairing them when possible rather than consuming new resources to buy a new product.

This tour of college campuses highlights Patagonia's Worn Wear initiative, a free program that offers free repairs of used clothing and outdoor adventure gear. As part of this initiative, they have a mobile repair vehicle, the Worn Wear Truck, which will be coming to UNH for a day of related programming.

UNH’s Reuse and Repair Fair
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Mills Courtyard

Join us at the Worn Wear Truck for repairs, outdoor adventure gear, games and info tables.

Evening Events
5:00 p.m. to  6:30 p.m. | Granite State Room:

Better than New: Patagonia’s Journey Toward ResponsibilityKeynote Address by Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy, Patagonia
Vincent Stanley will tell the story of Patagonia’s early support for environmental activism and its journey towards progressively more responsible environmental and social practices. He’ll explore key turning points in the company’s 40-year history—and lessons learned from them. He’ll also define some of the challenges Patagonia—and all businesses—will face over the working life of the next generation.
 

A Dialogue on Businesses as Agents of Change
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has a vision for the apparel, footwear, and home textiles industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities. Members are fueled by a shared commitment to deep transparency, deep collaboration, and improvement. Industry players of all sizes—from multi-billion-dollar apparel holding companies to niche fashion brands grow and improve by sharing best practices and pooling collective knowledge. In this panel, New England members of the SAC will engage in a frank dialogue about the opportunities – and very real challenges – of the next frontier of sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. Learn how leading companies are already making innovative strides towards reducing their footprint on the earth, but also hear about the game-changing potential for SAC members to do much more to transform the industry from the ground up.

Panelists:

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Colleen Vien
Director of Sustainability, Timberland

As Timberland’s Sustainability Director, Colleen is responsible for setting strategic direction for CSR at the company globally, focused on product and climate sustainability, enrichment programs for our partner factory workers, and community and employee engagement - including internal and external stakeholder engagement, public relations and transparency communications.  Colleen has been with Timberland since 2005 and prior to being promoted to Sustainability Director in 2014, she led the company’s Code of Conduct / Supplier Sustainability program.  Colleen’s experience leading the global Supplier Sustainability team and her ability to align and influence many in the leadership team and across businesses, along with her strong commitment to Timberland’s values are further leveraged in this new role.  Colleen reports directly to the President of Timberland with dotted line to VF Corporation’s Sustainability Director.  

Over the years, Colleen has a variety of leadership, Board or Advisory seats in several collaborative multi-stakeholder industry groups, such as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Social Accountability International (SAI), Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA’s) Social Responsibility Working Group (SRWG) and Sustainability Working Group (SWG), the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), and Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS).  She is currently a member of the SAAS Board of Directors, on the Advisory Board for SAI, a member of the Advisory Council for the OIA SWG, and on the Steering Committee for the SAC’s Social/Labor Convergence project.   

 

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Director of Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER

As Director of Social Consciousness and a member of the Leadership Forum for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, Amy supports the company’s efforts to practice “business as a movement.”   Amy collaborates internally and externally to guide the company toward ever-increasing human, environmental and economic sustainability, including co-leading the company’s Vision2020 work.  Amy played an instrumental role in shepherding the company toward its highly-anticipated B Corporation Certification.

Amy came to EILEEN FISHER in 1993, following a fundraising career with Asian-American cultural, educational and social service organizations in New York City.  Her educational background includes a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Teachers College-Columbia University, and a sustainable MBA from Green Mountain College.  She currently chairs the advisory board of Social Accountability International and serves on the boards of Made-By, the American Sustainable Business Council, and the New Conversations Project of Cornell University.  Amy teaches “Sustainability in Fashion Merchandising” at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and is a frequent guest speaker on CSR and Sustainability-related topics.

In 2011, Amy rode from New York City to Washington, DC, on her self-built bamboo bike as part of the Brita Climate Ride.  She also plays the bassoon in the Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  Together with their two daughters, Amy and her husband Rob raise honeybees and enjoy adventures on land and water. 

 

Image of StewartStewart Sheppard
Fabrics sustainability team, W.L. Gore & Associates

Stewart Sheppard, supports product and supply chain sustainability within W.L. Gore & Associates’ Fabrics Division Sustainability Team. His remit includes a focus on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the implementation of LCA-thinking and environmental labelling. Stewart joined Gore in 2012 and is currently located at the company’s facilities in Putzbrunn, Bavaria. Stewart comes to Gore with an extensive background developing and implementing sustainability programmes within the outdoor industry; as an independent consultant focusing on sustainability in ski resorts and LCA for outdoor sports brands. Most notably he developed two yearly guides for a French NGO called “Mountain Riders”. One guide focused on sustainability in ski resorts and the other on outdoor sports gear & apparel. He started his professional career as a financial analyst for large tech companies including Apple and Verizon in Paris (France). Stewart maintains a business degree from the University of Dundee in Scotland and a Masters in Sustainability from SKEMA business school in France. In his spare time, Stewart enjoys freeride skiing & surfing and is the father a 1-year-old little boy.

 

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Betsy Blaisdell
​Vice President, Product, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Betsy Blaisdell is the Vice President of Products for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a collaborative effort of leaders within the footwear apparel and footwear industry whose vision is to evolve the apparel supply chain to have a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities.

In her role, Betsy supports SAC’s membership in developing the strategy, tools (Higg Index) and programs needed to standardize social and environmental performance across the industry’s supply chains and products; benchmark performance, and develop programs that scale best practices.

Betsy joined SAC after leading environmental stewardship at Timberland for ten years. During her tenure she developed industry-leading sustainability programs around climate, product and supply chains. She also helped launch several multi-stakeholder initiatives designed to change entire industries. The Leather Working Group, Outdoor Industry Association Sustainable Working Group, and SAC are all examples of organizations that she’s helped found and grow.

Prior to working in the apparel and footwear industries Betsy served as the Industrial Energy Manager under NH governors Benson and Shaheen. She also co-developed the nation's first mixed plastics recycling/manufacturing facility under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Betsy's other work experience includes international environmental policy development with the U.S. Department of State and environmental education with the National Park Service.

A native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Betsy earned her BS in Environmental Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and her MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She is a globetrotter who maximizes her time outdoors on sailboats, skis, and in hiking boots.

 

Moderator:

Fiona Wilson
Executive Director, UNH Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise/Clinical Associate Professor of Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

 

Panel will be followed by a reception for students and participants to meet the speakers.

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