Smartwool Names Director of Sustainability

Smartwool has appointed Robin Hall to the newly created role of director of sustainability. Through this new post, Hall will work with all of the teams at Smartwool including product development, operations, supply chain and sourcing, said the company. Hall will liaise with her counterparts at other VF Corp. brands and with VF’s sustainability group.

Hall has worked for Smartwool for a decade, most recently as the director of retail. She has also held roles in finance, project management and strategy.

“Robin has helped grow this brand to where it is today, with over 10 years of living and breathing the culture while serving the company in various roles,” said Jennifer McLaren, president of Smartwool.  “Because she has a deep understanding of all areas of the company, she is the ideal person to ensure that sustainability is considered in every decision we make.”

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Hall added, “My task is to deeply embed sustainability into everything that we do at Smartwool – from weaving sustainability initiatives into employee goals and objectives, to turning the lights off and reducing single use plastic at the office. I’m excited to lead our efforts in sustainability.”

Hall said she will baseline current and accelerate future wool farming regenerative practices by collaborating with and strengthening Smartwool’s partnership with New Zealand Merino, find natural alternatives to virgin nylon, polyester and elastane, and work more deeply with Smartwool’s supply chain operations and logistics to ensure the company is reducing carbon emissions around transportation, packaging materials, and distribution.