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Sustainable Food Trade Association Workshop - Sustainability 101
Monday, September 17, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
Workshop overview: Building the capacity for sustainability within the organic food trade through understanding, implementation, and reporting
Who should attend: This hands-on workshop is designed for professionals who are newly developing a formal sustainability program as well as those who want deepen their skills in sustainability and report writing.
What attendees will come away with: This workshop is aimed at providing attendees the ability to apply The Natural Step Framework, presenting the business case for sustainability, sustainability report writing skills as well as the opportunity to network with peers in the industry who are committed to sustainability.
Feedback from the recent workshop
"the SFTA workshop was a wonderful opportunity to consider the bigger picture of what we are trying to achieve in terms of a more sustainable food system while also giving practical skills on how to get there. Between relevant course content, excellent facilitation and networking opportunities, this is a workshop worth attending." Shauna Sadowski Annie's Inc.
The Sustainability 101 training is designed specifically to be a blend of education and hands on experiential learning.
The day starts out with an understanding of what sustainability is using The Natural Step framework as a guide for defining and articulating sustainability. Additionally we will look at the business case and how to build buy-in and capacity for sustainability within a company.
There is an increasing need for tools for companies to measure their level of integration and improvement to see the benefits of their sustainability program efforts. SFTA has a public set of metrics that were co-developed by members, and are utilized by members to write annual sustainability reports. We will review the steps leading up to writing an annual sustainability report, how to write your first report, and the next steps to analyze and prioritize future projects and strategy.
The workshop will include case studies from SFTA members on how they have addressed either data collection or how they used that data to drive improvements for sustainability into their operations. These case studies tie into exercises developed specifically around strengthening skills for the reporting process.
The workshop is lead by SFTA staff and industry experts in the organic food trade.
The Hall of the States building is located near Union Station Metro station:
There are a number of hotels in the Washington DC area, we do not have a recommended hotel, but suggest finding one that is near a Metro station.
9am – Welcome / Intro
9:20a - Overview of SFTA
9:40a - Fish Game (Exercise) – practical application of sustainability
10:05a – Personal Definition of Sustainability (Exercise) -
SFTA definition of sustainability
Mental Models transitions into the natural step
10:30 - Break
10:45 - The Natural Step Framework
11a - Food Product Violations (Exercise)
11:20a - TNS Vision Backcasting (Exercise)
TNS Benchmarking/Goal setting/Strategy
11:40a - Pathway to Sustainability
11:50a - Reflection / Wrap-up
1p – Taking theory to practice
1:15p – What does Implementation look like? – Member presentation
How to develop a process map
Understanding your business and how the SFTA declaration areas inform your reporting.
2:25p – Determining a baseline – Member presentation
How to measure and understanding metrics
(Exercise: Case Study)
3:25p – Reporting – Member presentation
Sharing best practices in report writing.
3:45 – 4pm – Break
4pm – Review
How to use your Sustainability report in communications, strategy
4:45 – closing / wrap up
Integrating sustainability in your business for success.
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Sustainable Food Trade Association
Sustainable Food Trade Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to helping the organic food trade transition to more sustainable practices and raise the bar across the food industry.
Our members include organic producers, processors, manufacturers, distributors and retailers across North America. We help members improve performance, communicate results and drive wider change through networking, education, consult and shared metrics. Our "Declaration of Sustainability in the Food Trade" provides a common framework for benchmarking performance and progress.