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SXSW 2020

Using the Global Supply Chain as a Force for Good

You may think it is inconsequential how your coffee mug made its way into your kitchen, particularly when thinking about humanitarian aid & global warming. You couldn’t be more wrong. Global shipping is one of the most significant contributors to pollution & carbon emissions and the most substantial barrier to delivering aid, often taking up to 80% of an aid agency’s budget. In this session, three brands dedicated to tackling the two-sided problem of reducing our environmental footprint and responding to intensified humanitarian crises—Bombas, Cotopaxi, & Flexport will discuss how they are leveraging technology to create a more sustainable & socially conscious supply chain. They will also outline why it is crucial that we, as consumers, pay attention to how our favorite products get to us.

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  1. How can we leverage supply chain technology to tackle some of today’s greatest global challenges: climate change and humanitarian crises?
  2. What are the barriers to disseminating aid to folks in need, and how does Bombas deliver over 22M pairs of socks to people who need them most?
  3. Where does over 50% of a company's total carbon footprint typically come from and how can we work to offset those emissions?


  • Susy Schöneberg, Head of Flexport.org, Flexport
  • Annie Agle, Director of Impact at Cotopaxi, and Executive Director of Cotopaxi Foundation, Cotopaxi
  • Kelly Cobb, VP of Community & Giving, Bombas


Kassia Filkins, Associate, cred

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Climate & Social Action
  • Level: Beginner
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