Sustainable Herbs Program ToolKit V.2

Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit Version 2.0

Ensuring the long-term supply of the medicinal plants on which your company depends is crucial to your company’s success. But it can be overwhelming to know where to begin without a tool and a guidebook. That’s why the Sustainable Herbs Program Toolkit 2.0 (SHP Toolkit 2.0) was created.

The SHP Toolkit 2.0 is a user-friendly, expansive collection of tools and resources to generate awareness and engage industry leaders, including you, in implementing ecologically and socially responsible practices in the botanical industry. (And the rewards to a company for doing that work are extensive, both financially and ethically, and discussed in detail in Section 3 of the SHP Toolkit, Making the Business Case, Why Invest in Sustainability?)

The SHP Toolkit 2.0 is organized in a way that breaks down key areas related to implementing sustainability practices in your business making it easier to focus your time and/or your team on issues that are important to your company’s specific circumstances and needs

The 10-section, 86-page Toolkit serves as a roadmap for companies at any stage in the journey. The structure presents a program to use for regular meetings for all staff or explored by individuals. Use it as a resource for implementing sustainability practices in a company or to inspire individual responsibility.

The updated SHP Toolkit Collection includes the following:

  • A short self-assessment to gauge where your company stands in its sustainability journey.
  • Since we launched the first SHP Toolkit, we have hosted a series of webinars with experts diving into key topics explored in the Toolkit in particular on regenerative farming, wild plants, living income, and social equity. Insights from these discussions are incorporated into the revised toolkit as are links to summaries, video highlights, and the complete recordings.
  • Newly designed infographics and a new design.
  • Updated resources, especially summaries of certifications, new programs, and other information in this rapidly changing field.

And Version 2.0 still has these great resources from the original SHP Toolkit:

  • Videos highlighting stories from the field and/or case studies to learn about each topic in the SHP Toolkit through meaningful examples of best practices.
  • Discussion questions to reflect on those examples and how they apply to the unique challenges of each company.
  • Action steps in each section to deepen the learning experience.
  • Curated resources from different sectors organized around topics that are particularly relevant to sourcing medicinal plants.

Our own health and wellness is inextricably connected with the health and wellness of the human and ecological systems in which we live and on which we depend. Many of us as individuals and as companies are asking how we want to emerge from this current pandemic crisis. How can we put in place systems that recognize and build on our interdependence, practices that support biodiversity, social equity, healthy soils? This toolkit provides resources to begin or continue this journey.

These materials are provided for free through the generous support of our SHP inaugural underwriters and donors.