The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has been pleased to welcome a new addition to its Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) team. As the new Senior Manager of the SSCI, Luiza Reguse, a Brazilian native, brings more than five years of experience in supply chain quality management and certification to the CGF and the SSCI.
Luiza has built a rich career in the organic certification landscape to focus on the impact of food production on the environment and society. After studying food science and technology at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Luiza served as a quality manager and auditor with Ecocert Group both opportunities which allowed her to develop in-depth knowledge of the rules of organic production and also in quality matters, especially the ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 19011. In her career, Luiza has been based in Brazil, Germany and France, and has worked to implement different schemes from various countries including the, Mexico, Chile, Japan, China, and Taiwan. She has also supported Ecocert Group on the implementation of emerging sustainability standards such as GlobalG.A.P and Rainforest Alliance.
In addition, Luiza is also the co-founder of OrganicosPro, the first Brazilian database for organic inputs, based on Brazilian Law Requirements for organic agriculture, which offers an open platform aiming to democratise access to information and promote the growth of sustainable agricultural production in Brazil.
Through her global professional experiences, Luiza speaks Portuguese, English, German, French, and Spanish. With her multilingual background and extensive experience in the organic certification field, Luiza joins the SSCI at a critical moment where her knowledge will be instrumental in the development of the SSCI’s environmental benchmark criteria.
Luiza said, “Like food safety standards in the 2000s, different sustainability-related certifications have emerged in recent years. However, making the right decisions about which standards to use has become more difficult given the complexity of sustainability topics. This is one of the many reasons I find the purpose of the SSCI – to improve comparability and harmonisation of third-party sustainability certification programmes – truly fascinating.”
She added, “With this new role at the SSCI, the CGF provides me a unique opportunity for me to be an agent of transformation by acting to unite the interests of big players across industries and create a more sustainable future for the planet.”