Bard MBA in Sustainability presents

Sustainable Business Fridays: Sustainable American-Made Foodwear

Kim Falkenhayn, President, Okabashi/Oka-B Shoes

Friday, November 17, 2017

Okabashi Shoes was founded in 1984 to manufacture quality shoes and provide good jobs for Americans. Focusing on sustainability, Okabashi chose Georgia as its home because for its central location to reduce fossil fuels needed to deliver shoes and sandals from the factory to consumers. Okabashi also produces 100% recyclable shoes in its plant, using a closed-loop recycling process to reduce the use of virgin material and offers customers a discount when they mail back their retired pairs of shoes. Okabashi President Kim Falkenhayn attributes much of the company’s success to their drive to create a better economy and environment in the United States.

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Sustainable Business Fridays (SBF) is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Spotify. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.

The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit

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