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Sustainable Food Trade Association Webinar Series

Participation Award: Key Policy Updates and Action Opportunities in the Organic and Carbon Sectors

June 13, 2018 at 10am PT / 1pm ET
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Knowledge of and participation in sustainability-related governmental policy plays a large role in advancing a company’s ability to deepen its sustainability commitment, and open up new political, financial, and environmental advantages for companies.

Join SFTA’s June webinar to receive an update on two of these most critical areas — organic policy and carbon management — with experts from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). Attendees will leave this webinar with a strong idea of the policy and coalition work that is being forwarded for organic and carbon management, and have the information and tools they need to influence company action and policy in these areas!

The OTA will address the state of organic policy in the United States, fresh off of the OTA’s impactful Organic Week in Washington, D.C. (May21-24, 2018). Organic policy topics that are framed in the proposed Farm Bill will be discussed, such as organic research funding, and the oversight of organic imports and fraud enforcement. OTA will also analyze the reactions of Senators and Members of Congress to these proposals during Hill Visits Days with OTA members. Efforts and involvement opportunities related to these topics, such as the OTA’s Task Force on global organic supply chain, will also be highlighted.

The ASBC will discuss policy considerations and coalitions that are fomenting and gaining ground around carbon pricing, and initiatives to incentivize responsible carbon management across multiple business sectors. Attendees will walk away understanding what carbon pricing is about and why it is important, and how it works.


Megan DeBatesMegan DeBates is the director of legislative affairs and coalitions at The Organic Trade Association. Prior to this, DeBates was senior legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (Ore.-D) a co-writer of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, which established national organic standards. She has advised and helped develop legislative strategy for DeFazio on key agriculture, defense, trade, foreign affairs, small business, homeland security and natural resource policy issues. She has also served as the lead staffer for the House Organic Caucus.
Chris BlacksburnDr. Chris Blackburg is has spent most of her career working on sustainable resource use and conservation issues at both the state and federal level. As the Policy Director for the American Sustainable Business Council, Chris works with leading companies to develop and advocate for policies that advance a fair and sustainable economy. Prior to joining ASBC, Chris served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management and Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she oversaw work on sustainable resource use, climate science and adaptation, and resilient communities. Prior to that, she was the Program Director for the California Ocean Protection Council. Chris holds a Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego and a B.S. from the University of Chicago.
Cost: Free for SFTA members; $25 for non-members
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Make it Count: How a Focus on Materiality Drives Results

April 25, 2018 at 9am PT / 12pm ET
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As the practice of sustainability grows to include a plethora of best practices, reporting frameworks, and KPIs, companies must double-down on efforts to ensure their sustainability efforts are material (relevant, important) to their strategic business success. SFTA takes a special look at materiality and materiality assessment tools through the lens of the GRI, CDP, and SFTA reporting frameworks in its April webinar — Make it Count: How a Focus on Materiality Drives Results.

Speakers from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Good Company set the stage by highlighting the overall structure and key standards in the GRI and CDP reporting frameworks. Linkages between the GRI and CDP standards will be highlighted, along with how the CDP framework can help track sustainability indicators over time in global supply chains.

While reviewing these frameworks, presenters will highlight materiality tools and approaches as that range from the general to specific, including specific tools recommended by the GRI for their framework. Good Company will also highlight tools that they have used to help members focus in on the most material aspects of SFTA reporting.

Throughout the webinar, case studies, CDP financial performance data, and other examples will illustrate how a strong focus on materiality can result in improved business performance.


Justin OverdevestJustin Overdevest leads the food practice for Good Company, a 16 year old sustainability consultancy. Justin’s recent work includes international supply chain management, climate risk management, and CSR reporting (CDP, EcoVadis, Oregon benefit company, Walmart). Prior to Good Company Justin served as an agroforestry Peace Corps volunteer working in Peru and on the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Justin earned a Sustainable Business Practices MBA program and MS in interdisciplinary studies (landscape architecture/planning) at the University of Oregon.
Francesca PalamidessiFrancesca Palamidessi is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the GOLD Community members, GRI’s core global supporters. Francesca is also project manager of the Corporate Action Group on the SDGs, a business engagement and peer learning forum created together with UNGC.

Previously, Francesca worked at Fairfood International as a Project Analyst and Advocacy Manager. In this role, she supported the implementation of projects in Central America and Morocco and conducted research on supply chains and social sustainability. Francesca holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Florence and she studied at the University of Madrid. She also holds a Master’s degree in Urban Sociology from the University of Amsterdam.
Cost: Free for SFTA members; $25 for non-members
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