Michelle Mauthe Harvey
Director, Supply Chain
Areas of expertise: Corporate partnerships, green supply chain, chemical safety, zero waste
Michelle Mauthe Harvey joined Environmental Defense Fund in 2007 to open the Bentonville, AR office and launch EDF’s on-site partnership with Walmart. Harvey is focused on driving market-shifting environmental and human health commitments and collaborations throughout Walmart’s operations and the retail supply chain more broadly while sustaining business value.
As environmental subject matter experts for Walmart merchants and suppliers, the EDF team works with Walmart to identify, implement and scale solutions once priorities are defined. Harvey’s primary areas of responsibility include: health and environment, with an emphasis on minimizing harmful chemical exposures through products and food; business and sustainability integration; sustainable water use; and circular economy.
- Led initiative resulting in Walmart taking a first-of-its-kind corporate sustainable chemistry policy, mandating 100% on-line ingredient disclosure and targeting chemicals for elimination or substitution with proven safer ingredients in one out of 5 home and personal care products. Continue to guide implementation and category expansion.
- Co-led 18-month effort with 30+ major consumer goods representatives and others in developing metrics for GreenWERCS, which assesses formulated product chemistry. Resulted in 30% reduction in documented chemicals of concern.
- Active in Walmart-Target co-hosted summit to accelerate safer chemistry innovation in the beauty and personal care (BPC) sector. Currently serving on industry-based BPC steering committee focused on system change.
- In collaboration with Walmart and the New England Aquarium, changed the international certification system for sustainable aquaculture, setting the stage for Walmart to pursue credible certification of its farmed seafood.
- Led Walmart to agree not to count incinerated waste toward its zero-waste goal, but to keep searching for strategies that reduce or divert waste for beneficial reuse in other products and processes, enabling circular solutions.
- MBA, Fuqua School, Duke University, Durham, NC
- BSF, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
Harvey was a founding board member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, ensuring robust environmental and social metrics and commitments for more than one third of the global apparel supply chain, valued at $1.7 trillion. Harvey has also been a core contributor to the development and implementation of The Sustainability Consortium, which provides the science for Walmart’s Sustainability Index and is used to evaluate $135 billion dollars’ worth of products in the global supply chain. She previously served on advisory bodies to the University of Michigan Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; the US CDC National Center for Environmental Health; and the American Forest Foundation Center for Environmental Learning. She is a Society of American Foresters Fellow, and serves on the EDF Diversity Committee.
Prior to joining EDF, Michelle ran a Washington DC-area consulting business providing strategic planning, facilitation, and project management solutions for forestry and agriculture clients. Projects included developing a new state plan to sustain agriculture in Maryland and a new research agenda for the USDA Forest Service.
Previous employers include the Society of American Foresters; National Environmental Education Foundation; Management Institute for Environment and Business; Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment; and International Paper Company.