Saks appoints Cara Chacon as its first Senior Vice President, ESG. Ms. Chacon brings more than two decades of experience in corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability across multiple industries globally, including more than 10 years with Patagonia, Inc.
Saks CEO Marc Metrick said, “Bolstering our ESG efforts will enable us to make an even more positive impact on our industry and communities. We are committed to developing a cohesive, thoughtful approach to strengthening our environmental, social and governance efforts across all functions of our business. With Cara’s deep experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability, I am confident that she is the right leader to spearhead these pivotal efforts.”
Ms. Chacon previously served as Vice President, Social & Environmental Responsibility at Patagonia, Inc. from January 2010 through February 2021, where she led an international team of professionals in setting strategy and implementation of Patagonia’s global human rights and environmental sustainability efforts, including climate commitments, material and supplier traceability, and reporting.
She also held several board directorship and advisory roles with key sustainability non-profits that have helped drive impact across the apparel industry. Prior to this, she served as Global Director, Training & Education at STR Responsible Sourcing, a sustainability advisory firm currently known as UL-Responsible Sourcing. In this role, she led a global team dedicated to the development and execution of corporate responsibility programs and training across many industries.
Ms. Chacon added, “Saks has a strong reputation for using its platform to champion causes that matter to its customers, employees and communities. Within the fashion industry, there remains a greater opportunity for Saks to play a role in making a positive environmental and social impact. I am honored to be a part of the team that is paving the way for luxury online and look forward to leading efforts to make our business more sustainable and socially responsible overall.”
Jeanel has 15 years of retail, marketing and brand management experience. She has started an ecommerce business in 2019, after working in corporate retail and real estate as a senior managing director and former consultant. She's traveled all over the world, speaks at world renowned trade shows and events, holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce (B.Comm) and a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate. You can connect with her on Linkedin.