The Responsible Company:
Talk by Vincent Stanley

On Tuesday, March 12th at 8:00pm, come to the Pause Mane Stage and hear Vincent Stanley, the vice-president of marketing for Patagonia Inc., share the company’s experience with social and environmental responsibility and its efforts to provide meaningful work for its employees. Patagonia is an outdoor clothing and gear company with the mission to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” The company has been an industry leader in pro-environmental practices and co-founded 1% For the Planet, an international alliance of businesses that donate at least 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes. Drawing from the lessons Patagonia has learned since its inception, Stanley will discuss how a company can be successful while remaining dedicated to the environment and community, how responsible business can contribute to making work meaningful, why all businesses should look closely at their operations, and how they can begin to make positive change.

Stanley has been with Patagonia since it began in 1973. In addition to his role as vice-president of marketing, Stanley helped launch and manage some of the company’s sustainability initiatives, including The Common Threads Partnership, a program designed not only to recycle used clothing, but also to reduce consumption. He is the co-editor of The Footprint Chronicles, Patagonia’s interactive tool that tracks the environmental and social impacts of its products. Stanley recently co-authored The Responsible Company with Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard, which draws upon their experience atPatagonia over the past 40 years to articulate how businesses can ensure long-term success by treating the environment, their employees, and communities with respect.

There will be an opportunity for Q and A, so please come prepared with questions.