Gina is in the new wave of corporate managers who seek to bring the triple bottom line approach—people, planet and profit—into standard business practice.
As the supply chain vice president at Ariat International, an equestrian footwear and clothing company based in the San Francisco Bay area, Gina Del Vecchio ’08 oversees the complex train of events that brings products to the market at the right time, at the right place, and at the right price. She’s also part of the new wave of corporate managers who seek to bring the triple bottom line approach—people, planet and profit—into standard business practice.
She joined Gymboree as senior director of international logistics and global customs compliance shortly after enrolling in GMC’s sustainable MBA program. “There were many schools that began introducing sustainability out here on the west coast, but I was attracted to GMC because of the many businesses in the northeast that were already incorporating triple bottom line into their operations,” Gina said.
As part of her GMC capstone project she developed a plan at Gymboree to uphold social accountability and product safety standards in every country where the company did business. While the financial bottom line is still the most compelling metric for CEOs and investors, Gina has seen big changes over her 20-year corporate career.
“People coming into business are really passionate about social and environmental sustainability,” she said. “In the end, change will be driven by consumer demand. As customers ask more questions about how a product is produced and sold, it will drive corporate behavior in the direction we need to go.”