According to Intuit’s 2020 Report, sustainability—balancing environmental, social, and economic considerations in business decision-making—will be a “competitive requirement for small business within the next ten years, moving from social novelty to business necessity.”
Join The Good Food Accelerator and The Hatchery for a Lunch & Learn event focused on building a sustainable, triple bottom line business!
Part 1: Sustainability Strategy for Your Business
Presenter: Reed Evans, Scale it Up! Sustainability
When incorporating sustainability in your business, you gain benefits and opportunities and mitigate risks that could affect your business in the future. Embedding sustainability into your core values and business strategy requires added skills that will ensure that your customers can trust you. In this presentation, the following topics will be addressed:
– A science-backed definition and approach to sustainability
– How and why businesses should plan strategically for sustainability
– Benefits, opportunities and challenges that come with integrating sustainability
– Analyzing your own products and services for their sustainability
Part 2: Building a Sustainable Brand: Lessons from Here
Presenter: Megan Klein, Here
Hear first hand from entrepreneur Megan Klein, President of Here, on building a successful and profitable sustainable brand. Here’s mission is to bring people closer to their food by making locally-sourced and locally-produced food that nourishes the body and our planet. All of Here’s products support Midwestern farmers, the local workforce, and your local grocer who chooses to source close to home. Learn how they are working to make that mission a reality!
About Reed Evans and Scale it Up! Sustainability:
Reed Evans is Founder and Program Director of Scale it Up! Sustainability Training for Women Entrepreneurs. She has provided sustainability strategy, training, stakeholder engagement and communications services to both private and public institutions since 2007. She has taught courses as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, the Rachel Carson Center, both in Munich, and at Concordia University in River Forest,IL. She holds a M.Sc. from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden and a M.A. in Teaching from National-Louis University.
About Megan Klein and Here:
Megan Klein is the President of Here. Born and raised in the Midwest, Klein received her bachelors degree in English from Boston College in 2001 and a juris doctorate degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2006. Klein has worked as an energy attorney at Chadbourne & Park, LLP, an environmental associate at Earthjustice, and most recently as the President of FarmedHere, formerly the largest indoor aquaponic farm in the United States.
The Here brand launched officially in March 2017 at the Good Food Festival hosted by Family Farmed in Chicago. Here brings people closer to their food by using Midwestern produce ingredients, producing locally, and distributing only in the Midwest. Produced 25 miles from Chicago in Carol Stream, IL, Here promotes local food that not only tastes better, but is better for you and the planet. Learn more at www.here.co.