Phil Berry has spent his 35-year career developing management systems and implementing programs in businesses to advance sustainability, supplier development, worker engagement, and human rights programs for large corporations and governments.
Phil spent 11 years at Nike, from 1996 to 2007. In 1996, he founded and led Nike Footwear’s supply chain sustainability programs in Asia. His teams built and implemented programs in seven Asian countries to reduce impacts of waste, air quality, wastewater, toxics, and climate change. His teams also developed and implemented programs to advance supplier and worker engagement, community development, and NGO engagement programs.
Starting in 2001, Phil served as Nike Footwear’s first director of sustainability. In that role, he was part of the team that built Nike’s first products marketed as “more sustainable.”
After leaving Nike in late 2007, he founded the consultancy Sustainable Product Works, LLC. For six years, he consulted to large, international U.S., Asian, and U.K. companies. Phil worked with these companies to develop supply chain strategies and implement programs related to the environment, social sustainability, worker engagement, labor compliance, stakeholder and investor engagement, and human rights programs.
In 2013, Phil joined Stora Enso, Europe’s oldest and largest forestry, pulp, biomaterials, and packaging company, as Director of Sustainability in China. He worked for three years to build sustainability and human rights programs in Stora Enso’s US$2 billion investment in China, which was of great concern to investors, international NGOs, human rights advocates, and Nordic governments.
He built Stora Enso’s sustainability, community development, agro-forestry, human rights, labor compliance, stakeholder, and investor engagement programs, as well as a series of innovative NGO partnerships. He hired, trained, and led a team of 27 managers and specialists to develop and learn to operate these programs. The three years of work regained investor trust in the project, settled the legal accusations, and helped secure financing for the project from International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group.
In 2017, Phil returned to the U.S. and resumed consulting. His work with BSR is focused on advising and assisting member companies in development of practical, human rights business systems aligned with the “Respect, Protect, and Remedy” process.
Phil is based in the rural Willamette Valley south of Portland, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Portland State University.