About Pamela J. Gordon

Pamela J. Gordon founded Technology Forecasters Inc. in 1987, and today is CEO of both TFI and TFI Environment--strategic consulting firms serving some of the world's best known high-tech companies in best-practice supply chain and profitable environmental steps. In 2001 she wrote the book Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment, published by Berrett Koehler Publishers. With TFI Environment’s High-Return Environmental Partnerships with Technology Companies, clients work in partnership with clients to reduce environmental impact of facilities, products, supply chains, and logistics—and share in the success. Since 1997, TFI has conducted dozens of environmental benchmarking studies chronicling the most profitable approaches to meeting environmental requirements and—beyond that—proactively becoming environmental leaders. TFI Environment trains engineers in designing their products for leading-edge “design-for-environment” rules, coaches executives in setting strategic goals for environmental leadership with products and facilities worldwide, and executes on environment-and-social-responsibility roadmaps for select clients. Before founding Technology Forecasters, Inc., in 1987, Pam was a senior analyst at Gnostic Concepts, Inc., an electronics industry market research firm at the time owned by McGraw-Hill. She is a Certified Management Consultant by the Institute of Management Consultants, and was Chair of the IMC's Northern California chapter. A prolific author, Pam has published nearly 500 articles for trade and business journals. She also is quoted in more than 100 journals and newspapers, is a popular guest lecturer at universities, and is interviewed on radio and television regarding outsourcing and profitable, environmental business practices. She is a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society graduate from San Jose State University.

How to Make Money in Plastics Recycling

by Pamela J. Gordon, CEO at Technology Forecasters Inc. and Senior Consultant at Antea Group The device on which you are reading this blog (or on which you printed it) likely contains plastic, in addition to some precious and non-precious … Continue reading

The Electronics Supply Chain Can Thrive in the Circular Economy

(Part 1 of 3) By Pamela J. Gordon, Technology Forecasters Inc. CEO and Antea Group Senior Consultant One of my happiest moments on the job since joining TFI’s services with those of Antea Group, a Circular Economy 100 member, was … Continue reading

Mexico’s Booming Automotive Electronics Industry Necessitates a Parallel Boom in EHS & Sustainability

By Pamela J. Gordon In one month alone — August 2015 — automakers produced nearly 300,000 vehicles in Mexico, exporting 80% of them. This production level is 7.7% higher than in August 2014. In fact, 30% of Mexico’s exports are … Continue reading

In the Competition for Best Sustainability Practices, Tech Plays a Key Role

by Pamela J. Gordon With the potentially pivotal UN Climate Change Conference just weeks away, I’m seeing more and more governments — large and small — lead sustainability practices by example: … Continue reading

Klafter and Gordon on Climate Change Solutions in the Electronics Supply Chain

by Pamela J. Gordon, CEO, Technology Forecasters Inc. This week Flex VP Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Bruce Klafter and I co-presented on EBN’s webinar “Climate Change Mitigation: How the Electronics Supply Chain Can Do So — Profitably.” When viewing … Continue reading

Cisco, Flex and TFI discuss Climate Change and the Tech Industry

by Pamela J. Gordon Isn’t it time that we in the Tech Industry talk openly about Climate Change? Joe Johnson from Cisco, Bruce Klafter from Flex (Flextronics), and I think so. We will do so during two webinars, produced by … Continue reading

West Coast Port Headaches: Your Contingency Plan?

By Jonathan Gilbert, TFI Senior Logistics Consultant Contingency Planning in the Supply Chain — Are You Prepared? Labor issues at Long Beach and Los Angeles ports are causing major headaches for supply chain managers. Again. A volatile labor environment, record-setting … Continue reading

Product Designers’ Shotgun Wedding to Supply Chain

Hands Forced by Environmental and Worker Protection By Pamela J. Gordon For 20 years, consultants (I among them) have attempted to wed product companies’ Design functions to the Supply-Chain side of the business. We’ve educated executives about achieving cost savings … Continue reading

Regional Manufacturing: from Philosophy to Practice

(Third in TFI’s “Supply-Chain Rescue” series) An interview with Craig Carlson, Director, Commodity Management & Contract Manufacturing, at TFI client Outerwall by Pamela J. Gordon, TFI CEO Moving supply chains closer to end customers — for cost savings and customer … Continue reading