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Will fears of a recession slow sustainability progress? Learn how industry experts are navigating these changing times.

Will fears of a recession slow sustainability progress? Learn how industry experts are navigating these changing times.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022
12:30pm EDT / 9:30am PDT / 5:30pm BST / 6:30pm CEST
Sponsored By
Fair Trade USA
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The past two years have brought numerous challenges to our global economy and to companies large and small. Now, fears of a potential recession are dominating media headlines and sustainable professionals' minds alike, prompting the question: will this recession slow down our progress on sustainability?

Sustainability experts across companies and industries will share their perspective. Learn how pioneers have navigated previous economic downturns and how they continue to overcome obstacles to advancing their sustainable and ethical supply chain goals. Hear why brands are making new commitments and why they are optimistic for the future despite gloomy news and learn best practices for giving your sustainability programs the best chance of success.

What you will learn:

  • How pioneering brands with long-running commitments have maintained while weathering recessions
  • Why brands with new, bold commitments are confident in their path forward
  • What has led to success over time with sustainability claims, and why now is the time to seize the moment
  • How to put sustainability at the core of your business model and strategies for them to 'stick'

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Bob Garver
Wicked Joe Organic Coffees

Bob Garver is the owner of Wicked Joe Organic Coffees and Bard Coffee in Portland, Maine. 30 year veteran of the coffee industry. Former WBC Sensory Judge, USBC Head Judge, SCA Lead Instructor and Subject Matter Expert. Worked in many facets of the industry including Coffee Roaster Barista and Green Coffee Buyer and overseeing business operations and development.

Leilani Latimer
Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer

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.

Jami Lewchik
VP of Sustainability

Jami Lewchik is the Head of TAZO and Portfolio Sustainability at ekaterra Americas, bringing more than 15 years in brand management in the food and beverage industry, ranging from the halls of Harvard to CPG giant, Unilever. She has a passion for creating inspiring consumer products and driving transformative brands with purpose. At the helm of TAZO, Jami has overseen celebrated brand initiatives from the founding of climate-justice jobs program TAZO Tree Corps, to the release of an album of guided meditations with Wu-Tang Clan's The RZA. Most recently, Jami has led the brand’s transition to a regenerative organic model, in partnership with Fair Trade USA, 1% for the Planet, Rodale Institute and the Regenerative Organic Alliance. Jami has a Graduate Certificate in Publishing from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of Delaware. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.