12 Nov '11, 10am

Tiffany's CEO: How to Keep a Supply Chain Sparkling

Tiffany's CEO: How to Keep a Supply Chain Sparkling

Sitting in his sun-soaked office at Tiffany & Co.'s Manhattan headquarters, chairman and chief executive officer Michael J. Kowalski reminded me of Breakfast at Tiffany's . In the 1962 classic, Audrey Hepburn coos over Tiffany's 5th Avenue flagship store, "Nothing very bad could happen to you there ." It's a moment few CEOs could resist repeating. Kowalski mentioned it not just to remind me of Tiffany's enduring image, but to make a point about sustainability. "That's certainly the spirit our brand promises," Kowalski said. "We believe in acting in a responsible manner across a range of issues." That Tiffany's has not only survived but thrived in the 50 years since the movie was made was never a sure thing. In recent decades Tiffany and the broader jewelry industry have had to navigate through a series of environmental and human rights challenges that could have easily hav...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/11/12/tiffanys-ceo-how-...

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