Phil Berry

SUPPLY CHAIN: Making Supply Chains More Sustainable
Thursday Instructor: Phil Berry, Founder & Principal, Sustainable Product Works, LLC

Biography

Phil has worked for more than 25 years to help businesses around the world make dramatic reductions in the environmental and social impacts of their products and supply chains. He started his career improving the product quality, environmental performance and defining the social impacts of factories.

Much of Phil’s work has focused on improving the environmental and social performance of the Asian, South American and African supply chains of large U.S., European, and Chinese companies. Some of his clients include Boeing, World Bank, Adidas, Yves Rocher, Cisco Systems, Sodexo, Natural Resource Defense Council, TJX Companies (TJ Maxx, Marshalls), Allstate and more.

Until recently Phil was Nike’s Director of Footwear Sustainability. His success there led to the production of many sustainably constructed shoes, Business Ethics Magazine’s 2006 recognition of Nike as the “best corporate environmental program in the U.S.”, and Nike’s winning the prestigious Gold IDEA award from IDSA [Industrial Design Society of America] in 2005 for Nike’s first “more sustainable” product, the “Considered Boot”.

Prior to Nike, Phil worked in a variety of roles managing environmental programs and issues, including as a consultant to businesses and governments on the issues of business efficiency and environmental impact in China, Thailand and India, and developing, implementing, and managing environmental programs for private sector employers in the electronics, semiconductor, aerospace, and chemical coatings industries.


 

Speaking and Publishing

Phil taught Resource-Efficient Manufacturing to Portland area businesses for the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality, the state environmental regulatory agency, from 1990-1995. He is a frequent speaker, including at Sustainable Brands Conference, and others.

In 2007, Phil Berry founded Sustainable Product Works [SPW]. SPW helps clients increase the economic value of their businesses by reducing environmental and social impacts in ways that drive innovation in their suppliers, materials, owned-operations, and products.

SPW provides sustainable sourcing and supply chain services, including sustainable and domestic U.S. sourcing strategies; baselines to track the impact and cost of climate change impacts, energy, waste and toxics in the raw material and product supply chains; systems to monitor outsourced factories – directly and through brokers; and creation of shared benefit projects with outsourced factories to reduce impact and cost. SPW also performs climate change services, including developing strategies for competitive advantage; climate baselines to track a business’ services, products, materials, manufacturing, logistics, supply chain and operations; guidance in creating plans for real reductions in emissions and impacts with the best ROI/NPV; and planning for how, and when, to talk publically about new initiatives.


 

Education

Phil has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Portland State University.

Phil lives with his wife and daughter and three dogs in the rural Willamette Valley south of Portland, Oregon. They have a son attending college in Portland and another daughter who recently graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle.


 

Sustainable Product Works: 

www.sustainableproductworks.com

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