When setting and driving your Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals, maintaining a balance of these three objectives can be difficult. Traditionally, environmental protection or mitigation initiatives are more tangible than social ones. How can you develop and track both social and economic goals? How do those social and economic goals intersect with sustainability goals? Hear from sustainability experts across companies and industries on best practices to help you balance your environmental, social, and economic goals; including how fair trade can help deliver on your ESG goals, how to get internal buy-in, how to tell authentic stories, and more.
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Jane Franch is Vice President of Strategic Sourcing & Sustainability at Numi Organic Tea. In this role, Jane works closely with Numi’s supply ecosystem, from origin through manufacturing, to build strong partnerships and identify opportunities for shared impact. She supports new product development through formulation and supply chain development to ensure delicious, mission aligned innovation, and she guides the sustainability strategy, including climate action, packaging, and regenerative sourcing. Prior to Numi, Jane worked with clients large & small to develop, implement and maintain robust & credible ethical sourcing programs. Her work has taken her to 5 continents and countless villages, where she has had the privilege of getting to know the people and places that grow our tea, coffee, cocoa, hazelnuts, coconuts, mangos, and other delicious treats.
As Kroger’s head of sustainability for the past five years, Lisa Zwack leads and executes the company’s sustainability strategy, driving measurable change across a variety of topics, including climate impacts, product packaging, responsible sourcing, waste reduction and recycling. In this role, Lisa engages key external stakeholders and partners with leaders across the Kroger enterprise to advance progress toward the company’s ambitious sustainability goals.
Previously, Lisa served as Sustainability Manager for Staples, Inc., for nearly five years, where she played a key role in implementing and communicating the company’s global sustainability vision and goal progress. She has also worked across the corporate, non-profit and government sectors in roles focused on environmental policy, business development and communications.
Lisa earned master’s degrees in Business Administration and Sustainable Systems from the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Behavior from the University of Michigan.
Vik Giri is the founder of Gallant International, Inc. Gallant helps businesses and non-profits achieve their sustainability goals by supplying ethically and sustainably made products that are organic, fair trade, and with a traceable and transparent supply chain. In 2022, along with our factory partners, Vik and Gallant helped 771 farmers in India transition 3,574 acres of land to being Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC), making it one of the largest ROC projects in cotton globally. Gallant’s sister company, Terra Thread, will become the first of its kind, using exclusively ROC cotton, and thus the first bag company in the world specializing in ROC cotton bags and accessories.
Leilani Latimer is Fair Trade USA’s Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer, leading the organization’s commercial transformation and growth. Leilani Latimer is an energetic go-to-market executive and board advisor with a track record of taking nascent products, programs, and companies to scale and for her ability to balance today’s tactics with tomorrow’s strategies. Leilani is known for her unique perspective on corporate risk and reputation, shaped by her specialization in ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) and her systems-thinking approach to transformational, high impact change. Leilani holds a BA from UC San Diego, a certificate in Management for International Executives from UC Riverside and a certificate in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.