MR. NICK EARLAM, CEO, Plexus: Nick Earlam is the CEO of Plexus Cotton Group, a vertically integrated cotton producer that he founded in 1990. Today, Plexus turns over more than half a billion dollars annually and through its overseas operations, employs several thousand people worldwide with operations in numerous sub-Saharan African countries. Plexus Cotton focuses on sustainable practices, and has established Africa’s first vertically integrated sustainable cotton textile and garment operation in Uganda. This innovative “field-to-fashion” practice cuts out abuse and environmental waste in the supply chain. Nick is a trustee of the Cotton Made in Africa Foundation.