Kevin Myette

kevins-new-bio-picKevin Myette is the Director of North America for bluesign technologies AG the Swiss based, globally influential, supply chain EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) organization with a particular focus on better, safer, chemistry. The bluesign organization exists to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the entire textile and related supply chain and shift towards resource saving production.

bluesign takes a systems approach to EHS by stitching together key supply chain partners such as chemical suppliers, manufactures and brands to create a positive input stream strategy to delivering high quality products that are also chemically conscious. In this role, Myette oversees the implementation of the bluesign system for North America. Further, drawing on particularly strong product development and performance skills, he is optimizing the bluesign system for brands globally.

Kevin developed his product and supply chain experience while directing Product Integrity, Product Development and then as Supply Chain Sustainability for REI, a national premium retailer of high quality Outdoor Gear and Apparel for muscle powered sports. During his 27 years at REI, Myette was responsible for managing the organization’s product sustainability programs—both private and wholesale brands. Prior to the exclusive sustainability role, he oversaw product performance, quality, safety, research & testing and materials development. He has extensive international, supply chain, product development and information systems experience.

Kevin has participated and remains an active a member in, a number of multi-stakeholder groups including: SAC, OIA, AATCC, GC3 (Green Chemistry and Commerce Council), AFIRM (Apparel and Footwear International Restricted Substance Management), ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) in order to promote better understanding, standards, testing, safety, chemistry/environmental and social/fair labor assurance for products and supply chains.

He is a co-founder of the effort to develop a cross outdoor industry ‘eco Index’ under the industry trade organization Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). This work has gone on to become known as the Higg Index under the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and has quickly become the most influential global initiative to improve apparel and footwear product and supply chain sustainability.

He was a Director on the Board of the SAC as well as a member of the Advisory Council to the OIA Sustainability Working Group with a particular strong involvement in the development of better chemical management practices.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and lives in Portland, OR.