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

Better pineapples are possible, suggests Costa Rican platform

Thousands of Costa Ricans depend on pineapples for their livelihoods. But pineapple production has been criticised for causing environmental damage and following unfair labour practices. Lara Koritzke looks at how the Costa Rican government, with the help of the UNDP's Green Commodities Facility, is making the pineapple sector more responsible.

What makes a standard credible? Allowing complaints and appeals

How does a standard-setter know when a stakeholder feels that their position or point of view has not been adequately taken into account? How does that standard ensure mechanisms that allow for recourse and consideration of that position? In the third article in our series about ISEAL's thirteen Credibility Principles, Lara Koritzke discusses the importance of a clear Complaints & Appeals Process to provide necessary checks and balances that a standard is working.

Sustainability Standards: How to Choose the Credible Ones

For companies looking to improve their sourcing policies to ensure a sustainable supply over time and to reduce their global environmental and social impacts, one of the first steps is to opt for raw materials from a certified source. Written for for the European trade magazine, Food & Beverage International, we explore the state-of-play of certification and how it has become a major vehicle for companies to reduce their social and environmental footprints.

What Makes a Standard Credible? Learning and Continual Improvement...

How does a standard understand if its strategies are working? How does it know that the practices being transformed in order to reach compliance with that standard are actually delivering an impact on poverty, on biodiversity, on the climate, on water? How can a standard ensure that it has a monitoring and evaluation system that allows for refinement of those strategies over time, in order to improve effectiveness?

What Makes a Standard Credible? Local Applicability and Global Consistency

How does a standard make sure that when its auditors start working in a new country that the criteria fits the local situation? What if a standard used first in family-owned cocoa farms in Ecuador tried to apply the same criteria to grapple with child labour in cocoa farms in West Africa? How can a standard used in boreal forests in Canada apply its criteria to assess a forestry operation facing alleged human rights abuses in Borneo?

New report: Improving small-scale producer access to certification

Growing demand for certified products reflects a positive shift in consumers’ awareness of sustainability issues but how can this demand be met in sectors, such as agriculture and forestry, which are dominated by small-scale producers? How can individual farmers, fisherman and forest users meet the rigorous and complex requirements of certification programmes?

Governments as Users of Sustainability Standards: a Re-visit of Two Groundbreaking Studies

As ISEAL begins to prepare for a new project in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) with a special focus on scaling up the use of sustainability standards in emerging economies, we re-visit two important studies that focused on governments’ use and support of standards.
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