Category Archives: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & Sustainability Strategy

Thesis Submitted: Effect of Certification on Cacao Smallholders’ Net Incomes

I submitted my thesis for my M.S. in International Agricultural Development: “Evaluating the Effects of Certification on Smallholders’ Net Incomes, with a Focus on Cacao Farmers in Cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire.” I focused on evaluating smallholders’ agronomic and economic outcomes, … Continue reading

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Article: Digging Around for Sustainable Food

My latest GreenBiz piece focuses on the food sector, particularly organic and natural products companies. The article centers on the lack of cohesion and clarity in characterizing ‘sustainable’ food, the gap between perception, marketing and demonstrated outcomes, and the unsustainable … Continue reading

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Webinar Presentation: Sustainable Supply Chain Strategies

I coordinated and presented in another webinar for the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association, focused on “Sustainable Supply Chains: Purchasing Guidelines, Supplier Standards & Certifications.” My presentation focused on the background issues and business case, and slides are available as a PDF. … Continue reading

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Conference Presentation: Measuring the Environmental Impact of Food Products

The Sustainable Foods Summit was held 1/18-1/19 in San Francisco, CA. Conference write up to come…recap from conference site below. (Update: See GreenBiz article I wrote on this conference & others). I presented through my role at the Food Trade … Continue reading

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GreenBiz Article: Small Companies Offer Big Sustainability Lessons

My latest GreenBiz article is “Small Companies Offer Big Sustainability Lessons.” An excerpted version is below. The full piece is online. Small Companies Offer Big Sustainability Lessons Melissa Schweisguth, for GreenBiz The sustainability arena has been abuzz over the latest … Continue reading

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Conference Presentation: Sustainability Measurement and Reporting

On behalf of the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association, I participated in a workshop at Natural Products Expo East and All Things Organic: “The Sustainability Spectrum: Philosophy to Metrics.” My slides can be accessed here. Details on the session Description: Can sustainability be … Continue reading

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Webinar Presentation: Best Practices for Supply Chain Labor

For my work at the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association, I convened and presented at a webinar on “Fair Labor and Equitable Trade: Pathways for Socially Sustainable Supply Chains.” The webinar included a review of the business case and key … Continue reading

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