The SHP Toolkit webinar series, held monthly, will be a series of conversations with experts in particular botanical sustainability topics. Topics will include: The Business Case for Sustainability, Creating a Culture of Sustainability and Regeneration, Sourcing Raw Materials, Relationships through the Supply Network, among others.
Other than the first of the series, these free webinars will be held live on Zoom on Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 EDT. Participants will be invited to submit questions in advance. Recordings will be shared here once the webinar is complete.
Certifications as a Path to Sustainability? A Conversation about the Opportunities and Limits of Certification
This webinar will focus on the social and economic dimensions of growing and harvesting botanical raw materials for the global market. We will talk about economic inequities in the industry, especially for producers; the role of certifications (both B Corps and those specific to products/sourcing) to address those inequities; and the limitations and risks of those certifications.
Speakers: Jan Von Enden, Martin Bauer Group; Kevin Casey, Banyan Botanicals; Yuca Waarts, Wageningen University.
Thursday, April 22, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST.
Jan Von Enden is Head of Group Sustainability – Supply Chains at Martin Bauer Group. He has a background in tropical agriculture and spent most of his career in coffee producing countries, such as Peru, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea and others. As part of the Executive Management of a coffee focused family foundation, he has been designing and leading industry – governments supported sustainability programs with the objective to enhance the economic and social well-being of small-scale coffee farming families worldwide. Having joined the botanical sector recently, he is now dedicated to apply his experience in a new setting.
Yuca Waarts holds and MSc in Agricultural and Environmental Economics from Wageningen University (2003) after which she worked at an NGO to ensure rural economic development while conserving or enhancing biodiversity. Yuca works at Wageningen University & Research since 2008 as a Senior Researcher and Project Manager for sustainable value chain development.
Kevin Casey grew up in Southern California and studied Philosophy and Business at the University of San Diego. He was first introduced to yoga and meditation on a trip to India and deepened his practice while on surfing adventures in Central America, Indonesia and Australia. He attended The Ayurvedic Institute where he studied with Dr. Vasant Lad and later worked on staff in their herbal pharmacy before going on to start Banyan Botanicals with Scott Cote in 1996.
In this webinar SHP Director, Ann Armbrecht, speaks with four farms growing medicinal plants in different regions of the US (North Carolina, Vermont, Oregon, and Hawaii) about their vision for farming, some specific practices they follow, and the unique challenges they face. We talk about what is needed to shift towards a more equitable system, create more resilient models and what the responsibilities are of botanical companies and buyers of herbal products.
In this webinar, SHP Director Ann Armbrecht speaks with the managers of three certified organic farms leading the way in practicing methods that care for the health of the soil and biodiversity as a whole.
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In this webinar, SHP Director, Ann Armbrecht speak with Puspa Ghimire, from ANSAB, Nepal; Tarun Prajapati from Cultivator Natural Products, India; and Paulo Barriga from Pebani, Peru about the challenges of the past year in producing and supplying high quality, sustainable, and fairly traded botanicals to the global market.
In this webinar, Thomas Leonard of Gaia Herbs, Matt Dybala of Herb Pharm, and Bethany Davis of MegaFood, showcase three models of how companies are approaching and implementing regenerative agricultural practices, discuss how other companies can apply these or similar practices, and highlight strategies that can work for the industry as a whole. Viewers will walk away with ideas and tools about where to start and/or continue programs in regenerative farming for their own companies and supply network.
A conversation with Loren Israelsen, President, United Natural Products Alliance; Angela McElwee, President and CEO of Gaia Herbs; and Ajay Patel, Founder and CEO of Verdure Sciences. In this conversation, industry leaders will discuss the challenges the botanical industry is facing in terms of supply and sourcing and steps companies can take to ensure sustainability practices are not compromised.
What does it take to create and nurture a culture of sustainability and regeneration within a company? What is the role of leadership? A strong and clear mission? How do certifications fit in? In this conversation, Tal Johnson, CEO of Herb Pharm, and Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs, will discuss the responsibilities and challenges of bringing values into a business and the balance of staying true to the mission of a company and also evolve to continually meet changing circumstances.
In this webinar, SHP Director Ann Armbrecht speaks with Brian Zapp, Creative Director at Applied Food Sciences, and Andrea Zangara, Scientific Marketing Manager at Euromed, two companies that are Inaugural Underwriters of SHP, about why investing in sustainability is essential to sourcing high quality botanicals.
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