Bruce Klafter, Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility, Flextronics International Ltd.
Bruce Klafter is a respected leader in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and sustainability circles. In 2013 he joined Flextronics, a socially-responsible, global leader in design, manufacturing, distribution and aftermarket services, to provide strategic direction to the Company's social and environmental responsibility initiatives. His role includes regular consultation with senior management on sustainability and EH&S matters, including participation in the Compliance Council and facilitation of the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Committee (CLSC). Flextronics was a founding member of the Electronics Industry Citizen Coalition (EICC) and Bruce currently serves as an EICC Board member and as Vice-Chair for the organization.
Previously, Bruce leveraged his unusual blend of business, environmental and legal expertise to help integrate sustainability strategy into Applied Materials' worldwide operations. Among other efforts, Bruce created a safety culture initiative that helped reduce injury rates continuously over a seven-year timeframe. He developed Applied's high-level sustainability policy and guiding principles, published the company's first non-financial external reports, initiated an award-winning product energy efficiency strategy and led the formation of a social and environmental supply chain program. A highly effective communicator and team leader, Bruce served as the principal spokesperson for Applied's sustainability programs and played a key role in numerous industry and professional development efforts.
Prior to joining Applied Materials, Bruce had a distinguished legal career in public and private practice, specializing in environmental and natural resources law. Bruce began his legal career as a California Deputy Attorney General, representing various state agencies, including the Water Resources Control Board, the Air Resources Board, Parks and Recreation, Fish and Wildlife and others. Bruce also practiced law for a number of years with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a top 100 U.S. law firm. Among his specialties, Bruce was a recognized expert in transactional due diligence.
Bruce has been active with numerous organizations in leadership roles, e.g. Sustainable Silicon Valley (Advisor); Silicon Valley Leadership Group (Executive Advisor); Acterra (Board Member); Association of Climate Change Officers (Advisor); State Bar Environmental Law Section (former Chair and Advisor); Presidio Graduate School (Expert in Residence).
The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. As the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers, we provide peer-led educational conferences and an active network for sharing solutions to today's corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges. Visit NAEM online at www.naem.org.