Lara Koritzke

Since joining ISEAL in 2011 I have worked to build the organisation’s profile among international donor organisations and other stakeholders. I have revised our communications strategy, met with our donor-partners, written funding proposals, edited our first two annual reports, spoken to reporters about our work and overseen the development of new and improved communications vehicles including our new web site. I am part of the senior management team at ISEAL and take a special interest in good internal communications and fostering staff well being. 

Before ISEAL...

I worked for 11 years at Rainforest Alliance, one of ISEAL’s member organisations. At Rainforest Alliance my last role was as Director of Institutional Giving where I developed  global strategy for foundation, corporate, government and multilateral partnerships.  During my time there, I helped grow the organisation from a budget of USD 3 million to over USD 40 million. I graduated from Yale University and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnership from the University of Cambridge’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership. For several years, I served as a faculty member of the Kinship Conservation Fellows.

Ask me about:

Press inquiries, how ISEAL is funded, partnership opportunities, and anything else to do with ISEAL’s work.

I am based in:

Toronto

Looking back, pushing forward: ISEAL memories from 2016

While 2016 was a painful year for the world in so many ways, we nonetheless reflect on what made 2016 an important year for the evolution of the sustainability standards movement. As we look forward to our many ambitious goals as an Alliance, we know that 2017 will be a challenging one, but we are ready.

ISEAL unveils new strategy to 2020

ISEAL's Board has signed off on its new strategy from 2017-2020 focusing on how ISEAL members will drive sustainability at scale.

Call for impact data loud and clear at forum for business leaders

The bulk of the evidence on sustainability standards is now coming together in a public web portal that was launched this week at Sustainable Brands in Boston.

Comments sought on draft certification standard for beef production in US and Canada

The Grasslands Alliance, set up by a coalition including Rainforest Alliance, has released for public consultation the first certification standard for cattle in North America, providing a sister standard to Sustainable Agriculture Network’s standard for beef in the tropics. Comments are due by 31st December, 2016.

ISEAL receives Swiss government support for its innovations programme

Earlier this year ISEAL announced it would be driving innovation in standards systems through a new programme and a dedicated fund. That fund has now gotten a significant boost through support from the Swiss government.

Comprehensive literature reviews of standards' impacts

Here you can find links to the current comprehensive literature review publications that bring together a bulk of evidence on the impacts of standards systems

Podcast: UNDP's plan for cocoa in the Dominican Republic to boost yields 200%

In this interview with Leif Pedersen, Senior Commodities Adviser for UNDP's Green Commodities Programme, he shares the National Action Plan for cocoa in the Dominican Republic and how sustainability standards can play a strong role in transforming sectors.

Eight Certifications Sign Agreement to Drive Pesticide Reduction

ISEAL has seen eight of its full members sign a historic agreement to work together to reduce the use of pesticides. The agreement also sets out a consistent plan to move towards eliminating highly hazardous pesticides, finding alternatives, and creating common tools for producers to use.

Target on responsible sourcing: 'We need a critical mass of companies to step forward.'

We spoke with Kelly Caruso, President of Target's Sourcing Services about how the retail giant is meeting the increasing consumer demand for sustainable products, their work with ISEAL member GoodWeave and what responsible sourcing really looks like from a business perspective.

Conference Sneak Peek: 3 Questions with Golf Environment Organisation's Chief Executive, Jonathan Smith

We spoke with Jonathan Smith, CEO of the Golf Environment Organization (GEO), one of our newest full members and the only sport-focused member in ISEAL, about the importance of sustainability standards, assurance and certification to the golf sector.
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