Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing (SM&S) Regional Director
SE Asia for Nike Inc.
Sandra Cho is the Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing (SM&S) Regional Director, SE Asia for Nike Inc. In this role, Sandra is responsible for leading programs and policies in environment, health & safety, labor rights and hazardous material, providing a fair and safe workplace for 500,000 workers in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Nike Inc. is a $36 billion company, and manufacturing in Vietnam accounts for approximately 47% of total Nike Brand footwear and 28% of total Nike Brand apparel. Since Nike Vietnam was established in 1995, there has been continuous growth and a critical part of Nike’s sourcing strategy is managing approximately 95 independent contract manufacturers.
Sandra has been in the corporate responsibility and sustainability field for 20+ years and joined Nike five years ago as the SM&S Licensee Manager, where she launch a long-term strategy to enhance Nike licensee corporate responsibility performance. Then, Sandra moved on to the SM&S Labor team where she managed relationships with external partners and integrated HRM into Nike’s LEAN manufacturing ecosystem. Prior to Nike, she was at Columbia Sportswear, where Sandraled Columbia’s licensee and Mountain Hardwear programs, partnership and adoption of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index, engagement strategy for various industry groups, and managed relationships with NGOs and the media.
In addition, Sandra has chaired the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) Sustainability Working Group; served on the board of Executive Development Institute; and is a recipient of Portland Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Sandra holds a bachelors degree from University of Oregon in Journalism and Women’s Studies.
Sandra, her husband (Judd), and six-year-old daughter (Olivia) are Portland, Oregon natives but have been living in Vietnam for two years.
Vision for AmCham
My vision for AmCham is to work with fellow Governors and Members towards promoting a business environment that leverages social and environmental responsibility for sustainable future growth. I believe that sustainability fuels business innovation to create long-term value for customers, investors and the environment. I look forward to working with AmCham by using my 20+ experience driving toward the triple bottom line through collaboration and engagement of various stakeholders in order to help push Vietnam toward becoming the investment-country of choice.