Gap Inc. has increasingly sought to build connections between social and environmental responsibility and to integrate this work throughout the company. Our organizational structure supports these efforts, enabling us to translate our vision into action.
In February 2011, Bobbi Silten was promoted to Senior Vice President of Global Responsibility and President of Gap Foundation, replacing Dan Henkle in overseeing the Social and Environmental Responsibility team. Recognized as a leader with significant global experience, Dan has moved into the role of Senior Vice President of Human Resources to support the company’s global growth agenda.
In her new role, Bobbi will continue to run Gap Foundation, which she has been leading as Chief Foundation Officer since 2005. Bobbi’s new role bridges key areas in which we are working throughout the world. Bobbi reports to Eva Sage-Gavin, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, who reports to Gap Inc. CEO Glenn Murphy.
In 2009, the Board of Directors approved a change in focus of the Governance and Nominating Committee, which resulted in the full board overseeing the company’s Social and Environmental Responsibility program (vs. the Governance and Nominating Committee), receiving the updates directly from Bobbi Silten.
Kindley Walsh Lawlor, Vice President of Social and Environmental Responsibility, now reports to Bobbi, heading a team of four directors who manage approximately 70 people in the field and at headquarters. Kindley has been with Gap Inc. for 15 years, 10 of which were with the Gap and Banana Republic brands in production, where she gained unique insights into how social and environmental stewardship can support business operations.
But acting responsibly is not limited to one team or even one department at Gap Inc. It is a business strategy and a cultural pillar of our company that extends broadly to our leadership, the running of our day-to-day operations, and initiatives that involve employees at every level.
Our Environmental Council, for example, includes business leaders from across the company who are working to improve our environmental practices. Dan Henkle further links our social and environmental work to the rest of the company, helping to instill responsible practices into Gap Inc. operations, such as bringing social and environmental responsibility training into Gap Inc.’s Retail Academy (an in-depth introduction to all aspects of our business for new Gap Inc. employees).