Executive Director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Topic: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The clothing and footwear industry has been working to create guidelines and standards to deal with environmental and social concerns for many years. These initiatives have tended to be duplicative, which has created a confusing situation for brands, suppliers and consumers alike. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from global apparel and footwear companies, together with leading environmental and social organizations to unify this myriad of solutions and create a standard Index for sustainability and social responsibility that unites, and is functional across, the apparel and footwear industry supply chains in their entirety.
Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear product sustainability performance that will spotlight priorities for action and opportunities for technological innovation. Jason will be presenting on the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and will discuss the unique and constructive culture behind the SAC that is driving this group to achieve its vision and purpose. This will be followed by an in depth look at SAC’s first major project, the Sustainable Apparel Index. This is a common, industry-wide tool for measuring the environmental and social performance of apparel products and the supply chains that produce them.
Jason graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Environmental Economics and Policy and Religious Studies. He received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in May 2008. While at business school, Jason worked at Patagonia developing Freedom to Roam and quickly became the launch interim Executive Director of this non-profit initiative that brings together people, organizations and businesses to enhance and protect wildlife corridors and landscape connectivity in North America. Jason started his career as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked on turnaround and product strategies for high-tech companies. Until recently, he was the CEO and co-founder of PACT, an apparel company combining design, sustainability, and philanthropy. Jason was appointed Executive Director of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition in January.