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Sustainable Food Trade Association Webinar Series

Mitigating Social and Environmental Risks in Your Supply Chain

July 26, 2017 at 10am PT / 1pm ET
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Many companies see their supply chain as a key lever to increase the quality, sustainability, and reliability of their product. Professionals focused on advancing the social and environmental sustainability of their product, in particular, have a variety of risk mitigation tools and models at their disposal to help avoid any concerns in these areas from the get-go.

In this webinar, Nova Sayers of NSF will review a five-step responsible sourcing methodology, and how it can be used to reduce social and environmental risks of a new product or ingredient. She will also review how publicly available supply chain information and risk assessment tools can be used in tandem with this methodology to assess the social and environmental impacts of existing products and/or their formulations. Case studies will be presented by NSF and Nature’s Path to show how risk mitigation sourcing models have been successfully implemented by companies. In particular, Jason Boyce of Nature’s Path will discuss their implementation of the SFTA Code of Conduct. Topics to be addressed include how they modified the Code to suit particular business and product needs, stakeholder responses, and expected and unexpected triple-bottom-line results it has produced. Concluding the webinar will be a “Lessons Learned” discussion by both presenters, with a time for Q&A.


Nova Sayers
Business Development for a Sustainable Food Supply Chain

Jason Boyce
Continuous Improvement Manager
Nature’s Path
Cost: Free for SFTA Members; $25 for Non-Members
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Selecting Products and Communicating Their Impact

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET
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As food companies, one of the most important sustainability statements to make – and communicate to your customers— is product and ingredient selection. Having internal tools to ensure your purchasing reflects company and consumer priorities is key, as is being on top of emerging consumer priorities to maintain your competitive edge.

This webinar takes a unique view at how these two considerations meet through discussion from a retailer, manufacturer, and food data/labeling company. First, Meghan Dear of Localize! will provide an overview of the evolution of the food data industry, the consumer trends it is identifying, and how this translates into competitive challenges faced by food businesses. Next, our panel of experts, including Ben Couch of Traditional Medicinals, and Anne Vedder of Outpost Natural Foods Co-op, will discuss who their stakeholders are and what traits they see as being key when selecting or developing new products. They will then review the tools (policies, matrices, databases, etc.) that they use to honor customer priorities. Finally, they will discuss how these and other tools (i.e. labeling) can be used to ensure that the sustainability value in these products are communicated to their customers.

We have had fascinating and robust discussion in preparation for this webinar; attendees will have a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about of our food industry and how they connect. to your competitive edge. We hope to have you there!


Benjamin Couch, Sustainability Manager, Traditional Medicinals
Ben Couch started at Traditional Medicinals (TM), a Northern California herbal wellness company, in 2010 as a social business consultant to support TM’s Revive! community development program and engagement in TM’s global supply chain. With MBA from Middlebury International Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Ben worked in Procurement and now leads the Sustainability department at TM, managing strategy for standards, reporting, risk assessment, operational sustainability.

Meghan Dear, CEO & Founder, Localize!
Meghan Dear is the founder of Localize, a business which is changing the way that people explore food information. Localize is emerging as a leading data provider for socially-relevant food attributes, digging deeper and collaborating broadly to satisfy our vision of better food everywhere. Founded in 2011, Meghan has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40, won the 2016 Emerging Innovator Award, 2015 Star Woman of Grocery, and 2014 Fast Growth Grand Prize Winner of the Alberta Venture Prize. Meghan is a Professional Biologist and her career has always revolved around agriculture, including farming with her family, working in international agriculture development in West Africa, and agriculture research.

Anne Vedder, Purchasing Director, Outpost Natural Foods Co-op
Anne Vedder, Director of Category Management for Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative, leads a team of managers and purchasing specialists based at the co-op’s central office. Central Purchasing staff combine hands-on retail experience, analysis skills and principles of category management to determine assortment, pricing, and promotions to successfully achieve the co-op’s mission, vision, and ongoing strategic directive. Anne also conducts training seminars for store staff and serves on cross-functional planning committees. Anne celebrates 28 years with Outpost this Fall.

Cost: Free for SFTA Members; $25 for Non-Members
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Past Webinar presentations are free for SFTA members and can be downloaded in the Member Center.