Senior Program Manager, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Technology, Walmart
Holger Pokrandt is responsible for strategy, development and execution of technical program management for corporate sustainability at Walmart. These programs include Project Gigaton and the Sustainability Index (THESIS).
Project Gigaton is a Walmart initiative to avoid one billion metric tons (a gigaton) of greenhouse gases from the global value chain by 2030, and the Sustainability Index gathers and analyzes information across a product’s life cycle—from sourcing, manufacturing and transporting, to selling, customer usage and end of use. His team also develops new capabilities that effectively leverage large scale and impact to improve business decisions.
With over ten years of expertise in technical project management, Holger has held various positions within Walmart supporting technology efforts for a variety of business areas such as compliance, governance, international and the global back office.
VP of Corporate Social and Environmental Sustainability, Flex
Bruce Klafter is a respected leader in sustainability and environmental, health and safety (EH&S) circles. In 2013 he joined Flex, a socially-responsible, global leader in the design and manufacture of intelligent products, to provide strategic direction to the Company’s social and environmental responsibility initiatives. The global team lead by Bruce is responsible for sustainability strategy, standards and assessment, including Flex’s operations, product-level environmental compliance and human rights. His role includes regular consultation with senior management, the Company’s Board of Directors and major customers on sustainability and EH&S matters. A highly effective communicator, Bruce serves as a spokesperson for Flex’s sustainability programs and plays a key role in numerous industry and professional development efforts.
Flex was a founding member of the Electronics Industry Citizen Coalition (EICC and now “Responsible Business Alliance”) and Bruce previously served as an EICC Board member and as Vice-Chair for the organization. In 2018 Bruce received the APICS Catalyst Award for his leadership in supply chain sustainability initiatives. Previously, Bruce leveraged his unusual blend of business, environmental and legal expertise to help integrate sustainability strategy into Applied Materials’ worldwide operations and he had a distinguished legal career in public and private practice, specializing in environmental and natural resources law.
Director of Coffee and Sustainability, Philz Coffee
Andi Trindle Mersch is Director of Coffee and Sustainability with Philz Coffee. In this role, she oversees coffee sourcing and quality and leads company-wide sustainability efforts. Prior to joining Philz in April 2014, Ms. Trindle Mersch held a variety of responsibilities throughout more than 25 years in the specialty coffee supply chain. She has published numerous trade journal articles and lectured nationally and internationally on many topics in the coffee sector and more recently in sustainability. She has also held a number of leadership roles within the broader specialty coffee industry, including serving on the former Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) board, the Roasters Guild (RG) Executive Council, and as Past President of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance. She is currently serving on the Food 4 Farmers Board of Directors.
Ethical Compliance Manager, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Nathalie is currently the Ethical Compliance Manager at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, a cosmetics retailer headquartered in Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom. Lush produces vegetarian, vegan and cruelty free cosmetics, handmade by real people.
With a previous background in Fashion, completing the first MA in Ethical Fashion course available in the UK back in 2009 and working for New Look (UK based fashion retailer) and Impactt Limited, an ethical trade consultancy based in London, Nathalie joined the Lush Buying team in early 2013.
Initially, Nathalie was responsible for ensuring suppliers compliance with Lush’s Non-Animal Testing Policy. She has since built the team to ensure compliance with all internal ethical policies, REACH legislation, The UK Modern Slavery Act and external Fair Trade and Organic standards. A key focus of Nathalie’s role is working closely with suppliers and providing information on alternatives and best practice. Her work has also included the development and implementation of Lush’s first policy covering People Care, Earth Care and Fair Share.
Manager of Community & Environmental Impact, Seventh Generation
As a member of the Corporate Consciousness Team, Chris designs and implements programs and strategies that improve Seventh Generation’s upstream supply chain sustainability. His work ranges from guiding overall supplier engagement to implementing solutions to help Seventh Generation’s achieve their audacious 2030 Science Based Target goals. He also leads The Seventh Generation Foundation’s Climate Justice grant program and serves as Assistant Director of the foundation.
As a student of History and Anthropology at the University of Vermont, Chris’ developed a deep curiosity around the implications even simple decisions can have on a culture over time. He applies this perspective to his overall work and enjoys sharing in the possibility of what we can achieve together.
Chris prefers he/him pronouns.
Sustainability Analyst, General Mills – Natural & Organic Division
As a Sustainability Analyst for the Natural and Organic Division at General Mills (comprised of Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, EPIC, and Muir Glen), Sara focuses on improving supply chain transparency and embedding environmental and social impact data into daily business processes. Sara’s ten years in sustainability has focused on operational efficiency, manufacturing, and employee engagement. Prior to General Mills, Sara worked at Northstar Recycling, coordinating waste diversion for over one hundred manufacturing facilities, including Starbucks, Mars, and US Foods.
Associate Director, Procurement, Gilead Sciences
Steven is currently an Associate Director in Procurement at Gilead Sciences, a research-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines. Steven is passionate about building diverse and environmentally conscious supply chains. His current responsibilities involve leading the Supplier Inclusion and Responsible Sourcing programs. This has included developing Gilead’s first Supplier Code of Conduct and initiating its first supplier risk assessment.
Prior to Gilead, Steven held similar roles at Intel and T-Mobile. In a previous life, Steven worked in Finance at KPMG & Ernst & Young. Steven lives in Santa Cruz with his partner Margaret and two kids Elan and Amaya. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and has recently started practicing Jiu Jitsu.
Chief Executive, The Sustainability Consortium
Euan Murray became Chief Executive of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in December 2016 with a focus on driving implementation of TSC tools by retailers and large purchasers, and working with TSC members on innovative solutions to supply chain sustainability problems. Murray joined TSC in 2012 and has held a number of leadership positions, most recently COO. Prior to joining TSC, Murray was Director of Footprinting at The Carbon Trust. There, he led projects with PepsiCo, Unilever, M&S, CDP and many other TSC members, focusing on product and supply chain carbon footprinting. He has held a number of other roles in sustainability, financial services and strategy consulting. Murray has a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSc. in Materials Science & Metallurgy from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is married to Emily and has two sons, Oscar and Zac.
Managing Director, BSR
Tara leads BSR’s global supply chain sustainability practice. She advises chief product officers and senior directors at leading global companies on the development of supply chains that create business value and address urgent and long-term risks and opportunities. She drives strategy and implementation projects across industry sectors covering sustainable procurement, supply chain strategy, collaboration, supplier engagement, traceability, blockchain and supply chain finance.
She has authored several reports, including The Supply Chain Leadership Ladder 2.0, Win-Win-Win: The Sustainable Supply Chain Finance Opportunity, The Future of Supply Chains 2025, the UN Global Compact Supply Chain Sustainability Guide, and the UN Global Compact Guide to Traceability. Tara also teaches on the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Sustainable Business certificate courses. She is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom, has lived in five countries, and speaks fluent French. Tara holds an M.B.A. from London Business School and a B.A. in International Studies and French from Northwestern University.
Director, Strategic Engagement and Corporate Partnerships, North America, CDP
George’s responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with sustainability and procurement executives in major corporations and other purchasing entities. George and his team assist companies with the development of strategic plans that enable the integration of CDP environmental criteria into their key sustainability decisions.
Prior to CDP, George worked with NGO’s and non-profit organizations on consulting engagements that enabled companies to integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into their business operations. He also has a background in business development and spent more than 10 years in sales and operations management roles at multinational companies.
George holds two degrees from Columbia University, including a master’s degree in Human Rights and International Law.
Head of Risk Analytics, Verisk Maplecroft
Sam Haynes leads Verisk Maplecroft’s Risk Analytics team, a division of the company’s wider Research team. The team is responsible for the production and expansion of Verisk Maplecroft’s 150+ country risk indices, covering economic, environmental, human rights and political risks, as well as its industry and commodity datasets. The team helps businesses to understand how they can use this data to screen for risks in their operations or supply chains. In addition, he provides analytical expertise on a range of consulting projects and has experience with clients from a range of sectors.
For six years prior to joining Verisk Maplecroft, Sam worked for a consultancy in a client-facing role, where his responsibilities included project management, market analysis and strategic advice.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics and a master’s degree in International Relations, both from the University of Bristol. The focus of his studies was the relationship between human rights, the environment and civil conflict.
Alex received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, with a focus on climate science and policy. Alex is a well-known expert in responsible sourcing, sustainability, carbon accounting, environmental policy, and economics. Alex is a published author and a frequent speaker at conferences that focus on responsible sourcing and supply chain management.
Prior to starting SupplyShift, Alex was a professor of Policy and Science at San Jose State University and a co-founder of an environmental consulting firm that focused on climate and carbon consulting for enterprise and government clients.
Received his doctorate in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz with a focus on environmental economics and resource management. Jamie has extensive consulting and academic experience in sustainability, climate action strategy, responsible supply chains and is a frequent speaker in academic and corporate venues.
Before co-founding SupplyShift, Jamie co-founded EcoShift Consulting, taught environmental economics and sustainable design at UC Santa Cruz, conducted nation-wide research at the Urban Institute, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama. Jamie is the driving force behind connecting SupplyShift with its customers and partners, and ensuring successful outcomes and continuous improvement in supply chain operations.
Member Manager and Forests Coordinator, Earthworm Foundation
Rachel Baker is a Member Manager and Forests Coordinator at Earthworm Foundation (EF; formerly TFT). Rachel manages EF relationships with international brands and commodity processors, supporting development and implementation of responsible sourcing commitments in the palm oil and soy sectors. She leads EF’s Engagement for Policy Implementation (EPI) program— a vehicle for brands and refiners to evaluate and track the responsible sourcing efforts of direct suppliers, and engage suppliers in dialogue and action planning. EF collaborates with SupplyShift as the digital platform hosting EPI. Rachel also coordinates EF’s global strategy on forest products, including pulp and paper, charcoal, and biomass.
Before joining EF, Rachel was the Forest Campaign Manager at the Bank Information Center, where she led campaigns advocating for forest conservation and the rights of forest-dependent peoples in multilateral development bank investments, working in coalition with civil society and indigenous peoples groups. Rachel’s prior experience includes field research in Latin America focused on Mexico’s Payment for Environmental Services program, and on forest resource use of indigenous peoples in Panama’s Darien rainforest.
Rachel holds a Master of Environmental Management and a Master of Forestry from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
Staff Scientist, Global Programs, Rainforest Alliance
Dr. Leah Samberg is a scientist with the Rainforest Alliance’s Global Programs department and a member of the Accountability Framework initiative’s Backbone team. In addition to providing technical support and content development for the full Framework, she leads the AFi’s workstream on Reporting and Assessment. Prior to her work with the Rainforest Alliance, she was a Research Associate with the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, where she worked to link agricultural production, conservation, and human wellbeing using ecological and social data. Leah has a doctorate from the Environmental Studies program at UC Santa Cruz, and a BA in Ecology from Dartmouth College.
Senior Director of Technical Development, The Sustainability Consortium
Christopher Cooke is the Senior Director of Technical Development at the Sustainability Consortium where he oversees the creation TSC’s tools for sustainability measurement and reporting. Prior to joining The Consortium, Christopher developed an energy sustainability strategy and action plan for the government of Hawaii Island. While with the New York Academy of Sciences, he investigated clean technology policy for New York State. Christopher holds a Master of Environment Science degree from Yale University, where he studied industrial ecology and conducted research in life cycle assessment. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from New York University.
Executive Director, Sustainable Growers
Ruth Coleman serves as the Executive Director of Sustainable Growers, a
professional training and trading program helping women farmers build prosperity.
Ms. Coleman oversees the organization’s operations and manages its strategic relationships. In 2013 Sustainable Growers was selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to bring its inclusive relationship model of development to low-income rural women based in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sustainable Growers’ community includes farmers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers. Ms. Coleman manages a multi-year project to improve the livelihoods of over 30,000 low-income women coffee farmers from Rwanda and DRC. In its first full year, the program succeeded in doubling yields and income for its graduates.
Prior to joining Sustainable Growers, Ruth served for ten years as Director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Earlier in her career she worked for the California Legislature as a fiscal analyst, a natural resources policy advisor and a legislative director.
Ruth was a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland. She is a graduate of Occidental College and has a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Technology M&E Manager, Sustainable Growers
Richard is responsible for managing the development and execution of systems to track and report on the impact Sustainable Growers-Rwanda delivers to its program beneficiaries. He has a strong background in technology and management of development projects. Prior to joining Sustainable Growers, he served as a tech consultant for Vitae Homes, a California-based real estate firm. Prior to that, Richard spent seven years in technology, business analysis, and M&E roles at Grameen Foundation. Richard is an alumnus of the International Institute for Local Development in Cape Town, South Africa, in Result Based M&E, and a graduate of Makerere University in Information Technology.
Executive Managing Director, Social Impact & Sustainability, RF | Binder
Annie Longsworth, Executive Managing Director of the Social Impact & Sustainability practice at RF|Binder, is a brand and communications leader committed to positive change through business. As a strategic communicator, Annie engages companies to develop a purpose-led approach to sustainability
that aligns with corporate goals, audience values, shareholder ambition and societal needs. She has worked across a variety of verticals, with emphasis in sustainable apparel, hospitality and consumer brands, and financial services.
She is a lifetime member and head of the Diversity Equity & Inclusion council of the Sustainable Brands Advisory board, and was one of the original partners on WPP’s Global Green Brands study, an annual survey that assessed attitudes and buying behaviors of more than 9,000 consumers. Annie led the
research for six years and served as a key spokesperson to share the insights.
Prior to joining RF|Binder, Annie was the Founder of the award-winning Siren Agency, which she launched in January 2015 after three years as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S. Prior to S, Annie spent nine years as President of Cohn & Wolfe, San Francisco, where she launched and led the global sustainability
practice. Annie was named CSR Professional of the Year in 2016 by PR News, has been recognized by TriplePundit as one of the most influential women in CSR, and by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business.
Director, Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops
Alison Edwards is the Director of The Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, a multi-stakeholder collaborative, which spans the food industry including brands, buyers, growers, industry groups, and environmental NGO’s. In her role, Alison facilitates collaborative solutions across supply chains, leading to measurable improvement of natural resource stewardship on the ground.
By helping companies design programs for competitive advantage and reduced environmental impact, her work builds policies and practices to enhance the resilience of the food industry. Ms. Edwards has a history of working at the center of collaborative efforts to build more resilient futures. Over the last 20 years, she has helped build more sustainable systems with corporations, communities, local and regional government agencies, and large nonprofits. Drawing from her experience at the intersections of food and agriculture, organizational development and leadership, and sustainability and resilience she helps organizations collaborate to build the healthy future they want to see.
Managing Director, allianceHR/Fast Forward
David Camp is Chief Executive of allianceHR, a consultancy delivering collaborative programmes to drive systemic human rights improvements at scale in global supply chains and the founder of:
Stronger Together, a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative supporting organisations to tackle modern slavery within their businesses and supply chains.
Fast Forward, a next generation, labour standards improvement programme to uncover hidden exploitation and drive collaborative continuous improvement in supply chains.
Clearview, a global responsible recruitment certification scheme for labour providers.
Responsible Recruitment Toolkit, a one-stop capacity building online toolkit to support supply chains to embed responsible recruitment management systems
David is also Chief Executive of the Association of Labour Providers, a trade association promoting responsible recruitment in the UK consumer goods supply chain.
David is the current holder of the Marsh Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Fight against Modern Slavery”.
Director of Business Development, Ulula
Arisa Goldstone is the Director of Business Development at Ulula, a worker voice solution dedicated to the continuous improvement of labor conditions to achieve transparent and responsible supply chains. With projects in over 20 countries, Ulula is used worldwide across diverse sectors to anonymously gather data from workers using simple mobile phones and translating insights into real-time visual analytics. Overseeing global business development, Arisa is responsible for cultivating and developing new strategic partnerships to scale impact and compliment partner solutions. Arisa also works directly on select client projects to design and implement worker voice programs across the globe in diverse sectors including agriculture and manufacturing.
Prior to Ulula, Arisa worked at the Rotman Centre for Global Health with a team providing community engagement advisory services to global health projects funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work involved developing community engagement frameworks to introduce new health care interventions in addition to participating in a global anti-malaria consortium based in East and West Africa. Arisa holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Toronto and an MBA with a specialization in strategy and sustainability from the at the Schulich School of Business.
Project Director, FishWise
Jen Cole is a Project Director at FishWise, a nonprofit sustainable seafood consultancy. Through her role, Jen works with companies to develop and implement practices that advance social responsibility in seafood. She also engages in multi-stakeholder initiatives which bring human rights, labor, and counter-trafficking experts into the world of seafood sustainability. Uniting expertise from seafood businesses, government, and civil society, this work charts a new course for a truly responsible seafood industry via collaboration, development of new tools, and promotion of best practices.