Session Information

Transformational Companies: Role of Business in delivering Solutions

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Format: Leadership Forum

What is the role of business in society?  Transformational companies act on emerging needs of all stakeholders and deliver environmental, social, and economic solutions.  This session aims to inspire delegates to understand how business can in fact transform entire systems through power decentralization and scale impact through policy advocacy to reshape entire markets.  The journey requires transparency and authenticity.  It requires removing market barriers to scale solutions and cross sector collaboration to create shared value and resiliency.

Topic Speakers

Judy Glazer is Global Head of Product and Service Sustainability for HP. Her team is accountable for product and supply chain social and environmental management and compliance with technical regulations for safety, telecomm and electromagnetic compatibility. To accomplish these objectives, Glazer and her team work with product development and supply chain management teams to ensure HP delivers safe, legal and sustainable products. This team has been responsible for many of HP’s social and environmental responsibility leadership efforts, including achievements such as lifecycle assessment, and enabling circular economy solutions such as manufacturing of printing supplies with closed-loop recycled plastic and development of innovative product take back and recycling solutions in both developed and developing economies. The team also supports sales and engages customers on social and environmental responsibility topics.

Previously, Glazer directed pan-HP product and supply chain sustainability programs including RoHS and other materials and substance management programs and HP’s internationally-recognized program to implement the company’s code of conduct for labor, ethics, health and safety, and environmental standards in its supply chain.

Judy joined HP in 1989. She holds BS degrees in Materials Science and Electrical Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, all from the University of California, Berkeley. Her past roles encompassed electronics assembly manufacturing technology and reliability and a variety of leadership positions in engineering and supply chain.

Michael Kobori has led sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. since 2001.  Through his leadership, the company has been a pioneer on sustainability. 

Under Mr. Kobori’s tenure, the company has brought sustainable products to the market through its Levi’s® Water<Less™ and Waste<Less™ collections and Dockers® WellThread™ collection.  It has engaged consumers in sustainability through its Care for our Planet™ program and clothing take-back programs.  It has advocated industry collaboration through its leadership on the Better Cotton Initiative, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals group, and Sustainable Apparel Coalition. 

On labor rights, the company was one of the first companies to publicly disclose its manufacturing supplier locations, led the industry in banning sandblasting, and has recently launched its Improving Workers Well Being program, which goes beyond compliance to improve the lives of people who make its products.

Based on its sustainability work, Levi Strauss & Co. was named as one of the most innovative companies in the world in 2014 by FastCompany magazine, which also named Mr. Kobori one of its 1000 Most Creative People in Business.

Michael serves on the Board of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at the University of California at Berkeley, the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Program.

He previously served as Chair and Council member of the Better Cotton Initiative, Board member of the Levi Strauss Foundation, and Advisory Board member of the ILO’s Better Work program.

Prior to working at Levi Strauss & Co., Michael was a Vice-President at Business for Social Responsibility and spent nearly ten years at The Asia Foundation.

Michael holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also received his undergraduate education in Psychology and Asian Studies.

Michael lives in Berkeley, California, with his spouse, Sachiko Nagai.  They have two grown daughters, Anne and Ellen.  In addition to his work and family, Michael is passionate about cooking, gardening, the San Francisco Giants and the California Golden Bears.