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Vice President Social and Environmental Responsibility Gap Inc.
Kindley Walsh Lawlor is Vice President of Social and Environmental Responsibility for Gap Inc. In this role, Kindley is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to further integrate social and environmental objectives into the company’s Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands. She works closely with the company’s social responsibility specialists around the world to insure that workers on the ground making the company’s products are seeing positive change and experiencing fair, safe and healthy working conditions.
Kindley has been with Gap Inc. for 13 years. Prior to joining the Social Responsibility team in 2007, Kindley served as senior director of Gap Adult Production where she focused on ethical sourcing, product quality and fit as well as long term placement strategies. In her tenure with Gap Inc. Kindley also led the Banana Republic Men’s Production team as well as Quality and Technical Design teams.
Currently, Kindley sits on the National Sustainable Agriculture Standard Committee, an effort to establish a comprehensive, continual improvement framework and common set of economic, environmental and social metrics by which to determine whether an agricultural crop has been produced in a sustainable manner.
Kindley graduated with a degree in Apparel Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. She and her husband Adam live in San Francisco with their two young children, Annabella Kai and Makoa Thomas.
Senior Vice President for Sustainability Research and Policy Calvert InvestmentsBennett Freeman leads the social, environmental and governance research, analysis, policy and shareholder advocacy work of the largest family of sustainable and responsible mutual funds in the U.S., based in Bethesda MD. Freeman is Vice Chair of the Board of the Save Darfur Coalition/Genocide Intervention Network,a Trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, a founding member of the Board of the Global Network Initiative, Chair of the Board of EG Justice, and serves on the Governing Board of the Revenue Watch Institute and on the Business and Economic Relations Group of Amnesty International USA. He served on the Board of Oxfam America from 2002-10 and represented Oxfam on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board from 2007-09. Before joining Calvert in 2006, Freeman led Burson-Marsteller’s Global Corporate Responsibility practice advising multinationals on policy development, stakeholder engagement and communications strategies related to human rights, labor rights and sustainable development. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999 to early 2001, Freeman directed U.S. bilateral human rights diplomacy and led the development of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the global human rights standard forged by governments, companies and NGOs for the extractive sectors operating in zones of conflict.Freeman directed the State Department’s diplomacy and historical research related to Nazi-looted gold and Holocaust-era assets as Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Stuart Eizenstat from 1997-1999 and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and chief speechwriter for Secretary of State Warren Christopher from 1993-1997. He earned an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford, where he was an English-Speaking Union Churchill scholar at Balliol College, and an AB in History from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979.
VP, Partnerships and Development 1% for the Planet
Rebecca Calahan Klein is a lifelong social entrepreneur, focused on building and scaling organizations working to create a more just and sustainable world.
She has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, on issues and projects affecting people and the planet at the local, national and global level. During the past twenty five years, she has worked with companies including Alcan, Clif Bar, Ford Motor Company, Gap, HP, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Target and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. on a broad range of environmental and sustainability issues. She has extensive experience building business networks at the local, state, national and international level for organizations including 1% for the Planet, Organic Exchange, Business for Social Responsibility and the Massachusetts Green Business Alliance. These organizations have helped companies adopt more sustainable business practices, and leverage millions of dollars of investment in non-profit organizations throughout the world. She also served as a policy advisor to Governor Bruce Babbitt of Arizona and Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts.
Currently, Rebecca is the Vice President for Partnerships and Development for 1% for the Planet. 1% for the Planet is a global alliance of more than 1400 companies that donate 1% of their annual sales to non-profit organizations working on sustainability issues around globe. In her role, she is responsible for leading 1%’s work with high impact partnerships and raising resources to support the organization’s strategic growth strategy.
Rebecca lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is active in her community. She is involved in the local food movement and runs interfaith community supported agriculture projects serving over 200 families in the East Bay region. She is a co-leader of the Temple Isaiah Winter Nights program team. Winter Nights is a program of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County that provides food, shelter and skills development programs to homeless families. She is an advisory board member for the Responsible Sourcing Network, a Bay Area based project of As You Sow, focused on eliminating forced and slave labor from commodities production and increasing transparency in global supply chains.
Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Finance, and graduated with a Master’s In Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.