Episode 26 – Change Starts With Your Underwear (An Interview with PACT’s Jason Kibbey)
August 11, 2011
You’ve got to love a sustainable business whose slogan is “Change Starts With Your Underwear.”
PACT is a Berkeley, California-based company that makes organic underwear with a social mission. Listen to PACT co-founder and CEO Jason Kibbey in a discussion that traces this company’s path from a business school idea to a thriving company with a national distribution on the internet and in boutique retail outlets.
In Episode 26 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on August 6, 2011, on Green 960 AM radio), Jason shares with show host Dick Lyons how the company’s values for sustainability and social impact affect all aspects of the supply chain, including sourcing the organic cotton, product manufacturing, distribution and packaging.
The company initially launched as an e-commerce product and is now found in about 50 stores, including boutiques and Nordstrom’s. Not only do they make a sustainable product (even the shipping bags are 100% compostable), in addition their social impact mission includes incorporating business solutions such as working with a third-party logistics service that offers employment training and paid work opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities.
Other discussion topics include the PACT model for impact giving, what the company did as a start up to tap into early funding sources, and the desire to add fun to environmental activism.
Want to know what the name PACT represents? You’ll have to listen to the show to find out.
Listen to the interview with Jason Kibbey: Episode 26 of The Wendel Forum (27 min 36 sec)
PACT company website: http://www.wearpact.com/
About show host Dick Lyons: www.wendel.com/rlyons
Green 960 AM radio website: www.green960.com