Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Cara Chacon

Senior Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility, Patagonia

As Patagonia’s Senior Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility, Cara Chacon leads a team of sustainability professionals in setting strategy and implementation of Patagonia's social and environmental supply chain, brand and product sustainability initiatives. Responsibilities include guiding Patagonia's social and environmental supply chain programs that protect people and our planet (factories, mills, farms), ensuring animal welfare, traceability and content claims assurance of sustainable materials, maintaining footprint metrics, B-Corp/B-Lab certification and reporting, and development of sustainability website content.  She is the co-chair of Patagonia's Footprint Council, a group of executives that set Patagonia’s corporate wide sustainability strategy. Cara also sat on the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) from 2012 through late 2016.

Since 1998, Cara has worked in the corporate responsibility industry as an executive, consultant, trainer and auditor at STR Responsible Sourcing, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bureau Veritas C.P.S. and CSCC. At STR, Cara held the position of Global Director, Training & Education and led a large global team dedicated to the planning, development and execution of sustainability educational and capacity building engagements around the world for brands and suppliers and internally for over 300 auditors. In her career, Cara has conducted over 1,000 supplier social and environmental compliance assessments and capacity building engagements in over 35 countries across 25 different industries.

She has a Master’s degree in International Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento.  She has lived abroad in Madrid, Spain and has traveled to over 50 countries around the world.