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UNC Sustainability Distinguished Alumnus: Bennett Wetch

Bennett Wetch, UNC-CH Class of 2007, consistently mentors our students, visits our classes, speaks with faculty and helps ACES maximize our impact. Bennett exemplifies an intense dedication to his alma mater and positive sustainability impact.

I am incredibly grateful to be recognized at the intersection of two of the biggest passions in my life – UNC and sustainability. We are all on the same team when it comes to addressing the environmental and socioeconomic challenges facing people around the planet, and it is an honor to support fellow Tar Heels as they embark on a career in sustainability. I look forward to many more years of collaboration with UNC to catalyze sustainability across industries and geographies.”

As the Senior Director of Sustainability Analytics at Nike, Bennett leads their Global Sustainability Data & Analytics team. His team utilizes the best available environmental science to create data-driven roadmaps to guide Nike’s journey toward zero carbon and zero waste to help protect the future of sport.

Prior to this role, he was Chief Innovation Officer at Fair Trade Certified where he was responsible for designing and scaling data technologies to increase socioeconomic and environmental sustainability across complex global supply chains spanning a wide range of industries. In this work he led teams who designed systems to collect impact data in some of the most remote parts of the planet, tools to enable traceability in supply chains, and programs to efficiently deliver sustainability insights to hundreds of brands.

Bennett is an experienced leader at the intersection of sustainability, social impact and data technologies leading teams spanning strategy, operations, design, engineering, data science and product management to implement technologies which empower organizations to be better stewards of people and the planet. He has developed partnerships and measurement frameworks to restore the environment and has created models to improve socioeconomic resiliency and community empowerment. Bennett holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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