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SAC appoints Nike executive Jeremy Lardeau VP Higg Index

Oct '20
Jeremy Lardeau
Jeremy Lardeau
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a leading association representing apparel, footwear and textile industry in sustainability, has appointed ex-Nike executive, Jeremy Lardeau, as its new VP of Higg Index, the suite of tools that were developed by the organisation to standardise tracking and measuring social and environmental sustainability. 
Lardeau joins the SAC executive team and will lead the ten-year-old organisation in its integration and continued evolution of the Higg Index tools and act as the key liaison point with Higg Co, the technology company which spun out of the SAC in 2019 to accelerate tool digitalisation and develop new products and services to scale up industry adoption.
“As the SAC embarks upon our second decade driving innovative and measurable social and environmental progress for the apparel industry, we are excited to bring on an experienced leader like Jeremy to oversee the Higg Index,” Sean Cady, VF Corporation global vice president for sustainability, responsibility and trade, and the SAC board chair, said in a press release. “Lardeau has the technical experience and industry expertise needed to drive transformative change by enhancing and executing upon the Higg Index Roadmap.”
“On behalf of the entire SAC staff, I’m thrilled to bring Jeremy on board to champion the Higg Index and help us achieve exponential impact throughout the apparel industry,” Amina Razvi, executive director of the SAC, said. “When we began the search for this particular role, we knew we needed someone who had a deep understanding of the Higg Index tools and the industry, coupled with a passion for this work and the determination to embark on the next decade of this work. Lardeau has proven he’s up for the task. His leadership experience within a global brand, subject matter expertise and understanding of the current landscape make him an exceptional choice to fulfil this critical role for our organisation, and we can’t wait to get started.”
With 17 years of corporate sustainability experience at companies like PwC and Nike, Lardeau brings a breadth and depth of subject matter expertise to the SAC. He is a recognised thought leader in the industry with a genuine dedication to business sustainability. In his most recent role as senior director of sustainability analytics at Nike, he invested considerable time in SAC and Higg as a champion for the Higg Index, believing that the suite of tools have the potential to change the industry more than any other initiative. Through his relationships, knowledge, and expertise, Lardeau will help guide the Higg Index to fulfill its ambitious promise. 
“This is a critical moment for our industry, and I believe that the Higg Index is the key to achieving the ambitious goals needed to protect the future of our planet,” Lardeau said. “I’m excited to join the SAC’s leadership team in charting the next chapter of the Higg Index for our organization, our shared ecosystem, and across our industry.”

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