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Nike has taken the call for corporate social responsibility seriously, particularly when it comes to working with suppliers. In this university podcast, Nike’s director of global logistics, Dawn Vance, talks about the company’s journey to integrate sustainability into the supply chain from design through delivery to the retail marketplace. She discusses collaborative models with factory partners, logistics providers, stakeholders, and industry conditions, as well as the organization’s work on business models that will be responsible for the fate of products from cradle to grave. Vance spoke at the fourth annual Socially and Environmentally Responsible Supply Chain Conference convened by the Global Supply Chain Management Forum and the Center for Social Innovation, both departments of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dawn Vance is director of global logistics, infrastructure sustainability at Nike. A 12-year veteran of Nike, much of her career has been focused on the future of Nike’s supply chain. Vance’s first assignment at the company was to lead the Global Y2K program, at that time the single-largest program Nike had ever undertaken. After securing the operational viability of Nike’s existing IT and business process infrastructure, she shifted efforts to the newly designed Nike Supply Chain Program as global transition director. Once a successful Go-Live was achieved, Vance joined the U.S. region to help establish a small team known as “Supply Chain Innovation,” where she currently directs the sustainability strategy and programs for Nike’s global logistics infrastructure. Prior to arriving at Nike, Vance spent 20 years in senior leadership positions in IT, manufacturing, procurement, marketing, and strategic planning in the high-tech industry.