Businesses as Agents of Change

03/21/2017 - 5:00pm

Businesses as Agents of Change
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
5-6:30 p.m. 

MUB | Granite State Room

Keynote and Speaking Panel 
Better than New: Patagonia’s Journey Toward Responsibility: Keynote 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. 

•    Colleen Vien, Director of Sustainability, Timberland
•    Amy Hall, Director of Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER 
•    Stewart Sheppard, Fabrics sustainability team, W.L. Gore & Associates
•    Betsy Blaisdell, Vice President, Product, Sustainable Apparel Coalition 

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


The evening event is co-sponsored by the UNH Women's Studies ProgramNew Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility and Post-Landfill Action Network.

The full day is co-hosted by the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) and Net Impact along with the Sustainability InstituteUNHInnovation and the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise.


For more information, contact Faina Bukher at