Jeannie Renne-Malone leads the global sustainability function at VF Corporation,driving the company’s environmental sustainability strategy, goals, and actions, covering all aspects of VF’s footprint, including direct corporate impacts, supply chain environmental impacts, and impacts of materials and products. She sets goals and objectives, establishes strategies, engages stakeholders, tracks progress, and reports sustainability/ESG results. She leads various strategic initiatives including development of VF’s Science Based Targets roadmap, and development of VF’s Green Bond Framework, which led to the issuance of the apparel and footwear industry’s first green bond.
The pursuit of ever-greater economic growth has failed to deliver on the promise of prosperity for all, while also pushing our planet beyond capacity. The dual crises of COVID-19 and racial injustice, especially in the U.S., have laid bare deep inequalities and highlighted the extreme vulnerability of large portions of the working class, despite years of increased productivity and economic growth. Meanwhile, a near complete pause of business for months resulted in the greatest environmental gains since World War II, while also exposing how far we still are from meeting critical targets. Panelists from government, academia, and the private sector will discuss the paths forward, how we can rethink the traditional link between growth and prosperity, and implications in the face of climate change, persistent inequality, and now, massive unemployment.
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