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Sustainable Packaging Forum
September 22-24, 2009
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atlanta, GA
West Chester, Pennsylvania
North America's Leading Conference on Sustainable Packaging Operations
Consumer packaging goods (CPG) makers are demanding more from today's packaging professionals to keep up with changing business models, government regulations, and innovations that affect their top and bottom-lines.
The fifth annual Sustainable Packaging Forum will bring together nearly 400 packaging professionals and sustainability executives from a variety of organizations including leading consumer packaged goods companies. In two and half days you will:
- Hear about the current and future economic realities of sustainable packaging and its impact on your innovation efforts, production and procurement initiatives, and supply chain
- Meet brand owners, CPG companies, packaging converters and suppliers who face the same challenges and could help boost your sustainability targets
- Understand current trends, issues, and technologies in package sustainability that will affect your future initiatives
- Network with attendees before, during, and after the Forum at the event AND on the Sustainable Packaging Forum's event page on Justmeans.
The Sustainable Packaging Forum is produced by Packaging Strategies. Since 1983, Packaging Strategies has delivered unbiased, industry news and analysis to the world's packaging leaders via our semi-monthly newsletter, conferences, and industry studies and reports.
CSR Video Updates: Interview with Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
Kathy Abusow is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. (SFI®), a fully independent, non-profit organization. The SFI® program is a comprehensive and rigorous sustainable forestry certification standard that covers more than 160 million certified acres (over 65 million ha.) in the U.S. and Canada and includes over 800 organizations that use the SFI forest certification, chain of custody and fiber sourcing standard or are SFI on-product label users.
In her leadership role at SFI, Kathy works with government organizations, both small or large companies, and conservation groups to promote forest certification along the entire supply chain.
Previously, Kathy managed a forest certification and market acceptance consultancy where she worked with government, trade organizations, and corporations around the world on marketplace issues such as procurement policy design, and green building rating tool’s acceptance of wood and certified products. Over the past 15 years, Kathy has authored numerous publications related to forest certification and responsible procurement and is internationally respected for her technical expertise on forest certification standards including SFI, CSA, FSC and PEFC.
Kathy has served on several CSA committees, as well as the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) ASQ National Accreditation Board Committee of Experts for Sustainable Forestry accreditation and is past chair of the Society of American Foresters’ Sustainability and Certification Working Group.
She is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Canadian Green Building Council, and a supporter of the GreenGlobes green building rating tool’s inclusive approach to forest certification standards. Kathy is a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and serves on the boards for the Canadian Forestry Association and the World Forestry Center. Kathy is chair of PEFC’s US governing body and is a member of the PEFC Canada governing body.
Kathy’s understanding of forest certification standards, chain of custody, conformity assessment and accreditation on both a technical and strategic level has contributed to the market acceptance and inclusive procurement of a variety of standards in use in North America. Kathy is active member of the CSA Sustainable Forest Management Technical Committee and a past member of FSC Canada’s Great Lakes St.-Lawrence standards development committee.
She earned an undergraduate degree from McGill University with studies at Leningrad State University in Russia and a master’s degree from Harvard University in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, with a concentration in sustainable development and natural resources.
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