Reese Witherspoon, Michael J. Kowalski and Dudu Douglas-Hamilton joined panel to discuss ‘The Art–and Protection–of the Wild: Preserving Earth’s Treasures.’

NEW YORK, NY (April 21, 2017)

Tiffany & Co. hosted an intimate breakfast and ‘In Conversation’ panel discussion at NeueHouse Penthouse focused on the theme of sustainability.

Panelists included Oscar® award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, who wore Tiffany HardWear; Tiffany & Co. chairman & interim CEO Mike Kowalski; and Save the Elephants Activist Dudu Douglas-Hamilton. The discussion was moderated by Tiffany & Co. chief sustainability officer Anisa Kamadoli Costa.

Discussion topics ranged from the rising demand for corporate responsibility and the role of business and brands to the journey of Tiffany jewels and the protection and preservation of wildlife. Mike discussed Tiffany’s commitment to environmental issues, which began 20 years ago and led to the brand paving the way for sustainable practices in the luxury industry. Reese touched on the growing importance of women’s rights and diversity in film, as well as the role of celebrity and influencers in raising awareness for crucial causes. Dudu gave a personal recollection of her family’s role in pioneering elephant conservation across Africa, combatting criminal elephant poaching syndicates, and recent successes as China begins to shut down its ivory trade.

Select quotes from the panel discussion are included below.

“I think it’s so important that we are making these films that represent different types of women. We aren’t black and white. We are a whole rainbow of colors and complexities, and we need to recognize that,” said Reese Witherspoon.

“It’s important to leverage the power of celebrity, the power of business and the power of consumer to ignite change,” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Tiffany & Co. chief sustainability officer.

“The world is changing. [Consumers] can’t hide behind lack of knowledge anymore,” said Mike Kowalski, Tiffany & Co. chairman & interim CEO.

“The elephant crisis is too great for any one conservationist, NGO or even government to tackle. We need the support of everyone, including brands, celebrities and especially consumers, to save elephants from extinction,” said Dudu Douglas-Hamilton, Save the Elephants activist.

Reese also confirmed that she has been discussing a second season of Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman, saying “It’s definitely a possibility!”

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Nathan Strauss
Director, Corporate Communications
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