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SCS staff will be speaking and/or attending several conferences sharing our latest insights about the sustainability marketplace.

Upcoming Events

PMA Food Service

July 25-27, 2014

Monterey, CA, USA
Contact: Jane Atkins Franch

The PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo brings together 1,700 professionals from across the supply chain to meet at the only event focused on fresh produce in foodservice. The event offers networking for connecting with today's decision-makers.

Educational Session | "It Pays To Be Socially Concious"

Jane Atkins Franch

SCS Presenter: Jane Atkins Franch, Manager, Sustainability, Food and Agriculture, SCS Global Services
Time: July 26th, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm PDT

Around the globe, the trend toward social responsibility continues to grow. Are you ready to adapt to increasing consumer demand for greater business transparency and environmental sustainability? Now is the time to outpace the competition. Gather best practices that will help you appeal to this unique customer – from tips for responsible food sourcing to packaging and services.

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Past Events

Green Sports Alliance Summit

Jul 21-23, 2014

Santa Clara, CA, USA
Contact: Joseph Kochanski

The Green Sports Alliance Summit serves as a platform for the sports community to unite around sustainability and discuss environmental practices and solutions that help to advance the green sports movement. SCS is attending Green Sports Alliance Summit and is available to set up individual meetings during the show.

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Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Event

Jun 25, 2014
Contact: Lawrence Nussbaum

As Europe is increasingly incentivizing biodiesel from waste materials, producers and collectors of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) should evaluate the benefits this expanding market offers. RSB is holding a webinar to educate UCO collectors, aggregators, processors and international traders about the latest certification requirements to sell UCO into different countries within the EU. The flexibility, operability and low cost of the RSB Voluntary Scheme for UCO will also be presented.

Webinar | "Accessing the EU Market for Used Cooking Oil"

Neil Mendenhall

SCS Presenter: Neil Mendenhall, Manager, Supply Chain Services, SCS Global Services
Time: 8am - 9am PDT

Neil will provide advice and opinions from an auditors perspective. Additional presenters include Patrick Lynch, Biofuels Sustainability Manager for biofuel producer, Greenergy, as well as Matt Rudolf and Melanie Williams from RSB (pictured: Neil Mendenhall).


IFT14 - Annual Conference + Food Expo

Jun 21 - 24, 2014
New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, USA
Contact: Ned Halaby

The IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo brings together professionals involved in both the science and the business of food — experts in R&D, product development, and QA/QC, as well as executive management, marketing, procurement, sales, and more — from industry, academia, and government. IFT is an opportunity to learn about the most recent product, ingredient, and technology developments, and their potential business impact, as well as to identify trends that will shape the industry.

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International Precious Metals Institute Annual Conference

Jun 7 - 10, 2014
JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort, Florida, USA
Contact: Lawrence Nussbaum

The International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) is the largest and most well known association focused on precious metals in the world. IPMI is an international association of producers, refiners, fabricators, scientists, users, financial institutions, merchants, private and public sector groups, and the general precious metals community formed to provide a forum for the exchange of information and technology. SCS will be attending the IPMI 38th Annual Conference and is available to set up individual meetings during the show.

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World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014

Jun 7 - 11, 2014
Adelaide, South Australia
Contact: Elise Hunter

World Aquaculture Adelaide 2014 incorporates the biennial Australasian Aquaculture conference and trade show. The show is attended by thousands of academics, industry researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials, policy makers and industry representatives from the international aquaculture community as a convening space to present work, exchange ideas, and develop a vision for the future of the aquaculture industry.

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Carbon Expo

May 28 - May 30, 2014
Cologne, Germany
Contact: Elise Hunter

Carbon Expo is the global platform to explore the detailed development of carbon markets and carbon footprint related activities worldwide. At the Carbon Expo, you can explore interrelated carbon policies and measures that will shape the international climate regime of the future. Carbon Expo is the place to find out about Climate Finance Projects and Sustainable Supply Chain Management as well as Corporate Social Responsibility. SCS will be attending this event and is available to set up individual meetings during the show.

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JCK Las Vegas Show

May 30 - Jun 2, 2014
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Contact: Lawrence Nussbaum

JCK Las Vegas is the leading jewelry event in North America open to all jewelry professionals. Each year, the industry gathers where the latest awe-inspiring domestic and international designers and most sought after trends are showcased in a secure environment. SCS will be attending this industry event and is available to set up individual meetings during the show.

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Coverings Trade Fair and Expo

Apr 29 - May 2, 2014
Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada, USA
Contact: Lawrence Nussbaum

Coverings is the premier international trade fair and expo dedicated exclusively to showcasing the newest in tile and stone and is produced by the industry, for the industry. In addition to over 70 educational sessions, the Coverings show floor features live demonstrations, installations and workshops, and more than 900 global exhibitors showcasing the latest tile and stone innovations.

Seminar | "Health Product Declarations: How to Address the Demand for Radical Transparency With Respect to Tile and Tile Installation Products"

Rob Shimp

Speaker: Rob Shimp, SCS Global Services, consultant
Date: Apr 30th, 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Location: S228
Rob Shimp will address the current landscape for Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for the tile and stone industry. Many HPD disclosures are not addressing implied health risks, logistics, nor confidentiality. Rob will describe the importance of assessing the potential hazards disclosed under HPDs for actual risks.

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Flavor and Food Sensory Analysis Webinar

Apr 2, 2014 | 11am - 12pm PDT
Online Event - Complimentary
Contact: Ned Halaby

Whether you are bringing your new product into a crowded marketplace and adjusting its flavor profile, or developing a new seed variety that needs to produce great flavor, Flavor Sensory Analysis is an essential component of the Research and Development process. SCS Global Testing Services has a proven track record with companies large and small, delivering expert guidance for everything from seed genetics and raw produce to meat substitutes.

Dr. Heidi Wright, SCS Global Services’ Manager of Testing Programs, will be hosting a webinar to explain how independent food sensory analysis contributes to building a better food product. Learn about SCS’ methodology and apply these methods to your research and development process, including seed variety validation, competitive product analysis, shelf life study, and analysis of test kitchen recipes.  Sensory evaluation and testing provides quantitative and qualitative data points illuminating how and why your product tastes the way it does.

Topics Covered

  • Orientation to SCS Global Services
  • Introduction to Sensory Evaluation
  • The Role of the Panelists in Sensory Testing
  • Sensory Evaluation Methods
  • Scorecard Development
  • Flavor Mapping
  • Factors Influencing Flavor
  • Trained Panel Evaluation
  • Small Scale Consumer Tests


Navigating the American Carbon World

Mar 26 - 28, 2014
Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA, USA
Contact: Elise Hunter

Navigating the American Carbon World (NACW) is the longest running conference for climate policy and carbon markets. As the largest carbon event, it brings together colleagues from the business, government, nonprofit and academic sectors. In its 12th year running, NACW 2014 will focus on established and emerging carbon markets around the world, the status of potential linkages between markets, national climate change policy and other innovative initiatives. Visit SCS at booth # 31.

As a kick-off to the show on March 25th, SCS is co-hosting a day-long tour of the Lompico Forest Carbon project with the Climate Action Reserve and Sempervirens Fund. Developed and maintained by the nonprofit land trust Sempervirens Fund, this Improved Forest Management project has reduced more than 12,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2007, the equivalent of permanently taking 2,500 cars off of the road. Lunch and transportation are included for a registration fee of $65.

Conference Details  Lompico Forest Carbon Tour

Biomass Conference and Expo

Mar 24, 2014
Orange County Convention Center, Florida, USA
Contact: Elise Hunter

The Biomass Conference and Expo, the largest biomass conference in North America,  unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s biomass utilization industries—biobased power, thermal energy, fuels and chemicals.

Best Practices for Implementing and Documenting Sustainable Forest Management
Panel Session: 10am - 10:45am

Adam Wiskind, SCS’ Director of Chain of Custody services, will demonstrate value of FSC certification to the wood pellet fuels industry, discussing drivers such as consumer choice and recent EU policy changes.

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Indonesia International Wood & Wood Machinery Show

Mar 14 - 17, 2014
Jakarta, Indonesia
Contact: Todd Frank

The Indonesia Wood Show is the hallmark exposition for wood products such as timber, hardwood, softwood, plywood, hardboards, MDF, wood and timber flooring, treatment products, spraying equipment and raw wood materials in the South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand region. The Indonesia Wood Show 2014 provides a platform for visitors to meet with potential business partners and suppliers from Indonesia and overseas.

Contact Todd Frank to schedule a meeting during the show and discuss how SCS' suite of third party verification and certification services can help your business.

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Natural Products Expo West

Mar 6 - 9, 2014
Anaheim, CA, USA
Contact: Heidi Wright

Natural Products Expo West is the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, attracting over 60,000 industry professionals and 3,000 exhibits to the Anaheim Convention Center. Rated as one of the top 200 trade shows in the US by Tradeshow Week, Natural Products Expo West identifies today's bestsellers and trends of tomorrow.

Please contact Heidi to schedule a meeting during the show.

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Climate Leadership Conference

Feb 24 - 26, 2014
San Diego, CA, USA
Contact: Elise Hunter

The Climate Leadership Conference is an annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community convene to share energy and climate related solutions, introduce new opportunities, and provide support for those addressing climate change in their operations.

Visit SCS at Booth #10, or contact us in advance to schedule a meeting during the conference. We will be highlighting our carbon footprint verification services.

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Feb 5 - 7, 2014
Berlin, Germany
Contact: Ned Halaby

FRUIT LOGISTICA is the leading international meeting place of the fresh produce trade. This specialist trade fair offers the sectors connected with the fresh fruit and vegetable business an ideal opportunity to present their products across the entire added-value chain, from growing to the point-of-sale. Products on show include fresh, unprocessed fruit and vegetables, dried fruit, nuts, herbs and spices, organic products and self-service flowers and potted plants.

We will be exhibiting our Certified Sustainably Grown certification program in addition to other food-related certification services. Visit us at Hall 23, booth F-07.

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14th National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)

Jan 28 - 30, 2014
Washington, D.C.
Contact: Tobias Schultz

This year's NCSE conference brings together 1,200 key individuals from many fields of sciences and engineering, government and policy, business and civil society to advance solutions to climate change. The conference will be organized around two areas: 1) the Built Environment, and 2) Agriculture and Natural Resources.

SCS Global Services is co-hosting a 1.5 hour Symposium and 3 hour Workshop aimed at addressing the scale of response needed to abate warming in Arctic and other regional "hot spots", and the importance of applying updated climate accounting metrics that integrate the latest climate science. These metrics allow for more accurate modeling of the benefits of various mitigation options, and pinpoint the countries and sectors in which concerted action can be most effective.  The symposium and workshop will engage policymakers, industry representatives, scientists, and other stakeholders in a lively discussion of the realistic options at hand.

Conference Details  Symposium & Workshop

Sustainable Foods Summit, 4th North American edition

Jan 22 - 23, 2014
San Francisco, California
Contact: Ned Halaby

The Sustainable Foods Summit is a series of international summits that focuses on the leading issues the food industry faces concerning sustainability and eco-labels. Each edition brings together key stake-holders in the food industry to debate sustainability issues in a high-level forum. Topics on the 4th North American edition agenda include food safety & traceability, GM food labeling outlook, sustainability scorecards, biodiversity impacts, carbon footprints & water management, sustainable packaging innovations, green marketing communications, retailers perspectives, consumer insights, etc.

Thursday, Jan 23 at 11:45am - SCS Senior Vice President, Linda Brown, will present "Creating a Level Playing Field with a National Sustainable Agriculture Standard." This presentation will provide an overview of the standard development process, its key provisions, and how it will support and complement current sustainable agriculture initiatives.

Summit Details  Presentation Details



Dec 8 - 11, 2013
Accra International Conference Center, Africa
Contact: Richard Bonsi

ECOBUILD GHANA is an event hosted by the Ghana Green Building Council. The Ghana Green Building Council is committed to helping create sustainable buildings and communities in Ghana using energy savings, water conservation, resource management and cost-efficient techniques.This year's theme for ECOBUILD is "Sustainability of the Built Environment: It’s Impact on the Future Growth of Cities in Ghana."

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GreenBuild 2013 International Conference & Expo

Nov 20 - 22, 2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contact: Elise Hunter

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Greenbuild 2013 celebrates the 20th anniversary of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and provides opportunities for LEED education.

Visit SCS at Booth #1949 and view furniture and flooring that is SCS certified!

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West African Clean Energy & Environment Exhibition & Conference

Nov 12 - Nov 14, 2013
Accra, Ghana
Contact: Richard Bonsi

WACEE Exhibition and Conference 2013 is an international showcase for scientific innovations and technologies in the field of energy, electronics and renewables. WACEE is organized by AHK Ghana-Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana and the German trade fair specialists is organized by AHK Ghana-Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana and the German trade fair specialists fairtrade.">fairtrade. Contact SCS' local representative, Richard Bonsi, for information on SCS Global Services' 3rd-party certifications for sustainable biofuels, bio-products, and biomaterials.

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ECOWAS Trade Fair 2013

Oct 31 - Nov 11, 2013
Accra, Ghana
Contact: Richard Bonsi

The 7th ECOWAS regional fair promotes the exchange of ideas to boost intra-community trade and improve implementation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS). The fair is intended to empower local industrialists, investors, manufacturers, commercial operators, public and private sector organizations and stimulate commerce within Member States. Contact Richard Bonsi to schedule a meeting and learn how SCS Global Services' auditing, testing and 3rd-party certifications can give your business a competitive advantage in your region.


FAGRO - The National Food and Agriculture Show

Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2013
Accra, Ghana
Contact: Richard Bonsi

FAGRO brings together local and international agriculture copmanies from Brazil, USA, Israel, Spain, Burkina-Faso and Nigeria. This year FAGRO is focusing on trade and exports as a standard in the commercialization of agriculture in the region. Richard Bonsi is available to schedule meetings with show attendees to discuss how independent testing, auditing, and certification can propel your business.

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PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo

Oct 18 - 20, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contact: Chip Wood

More than 21,000 participants throughout the global fresh produce and floral supply chains come together as a community to learn, network, build relationships and do business.

Visit the SCS Education Center at Booth #1414 to learn more about key food safety and quality issues of interest to the industry!

Education Session Schedule

American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA)

Sept 30 - Oct 3, 2013
Orlando, Florida
Contact: Tobias Schultz

Tobias Schultz will present "Upgrading Greenhouse Gas Accounting Frameworks with the Draft LEO-SCS-002 Standard under ANSI" on October 1st during the Impact 2 Session.

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Sept 23 - 25, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada
Contact: Chip Wood

PACK EXPO is the world's largest packaging and processing event. PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 will bring together over 26,000 packaging and processing professionals and more than 1,600 exhibitors.

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Accessing the Growing Market for Sustainable Forestry Products

Sept 6, 2013, 9:00 - 17:00
City Express Queretaro, Mexico

Please join SCS Global Services for an informational session on FSC Chain of Custody certification.  Topics will include:

  • General overview of SCS Global Services and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Benefits of FSC Chain of Custody certification
  • Certification and Auditing Process
  • Review of the Standards
  • Trademark Uses and Promotion

Charles Pope, Chain of Custody Technical Associate, will lead the discussion.  Mr. Pope is certified to ISO 9001:2008 - Quality Management Systems.  He also has an MBA from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in International Relations with a focus on international environmental policy from the University of California, San Diego.

For more information and to register for the event, please contact:

Oscar Morales
+52. 442.295.6513 direct

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Launch Event

1 - 2:30pm EST, Wednesday, Jul 23, 2013
Contact: Tobias Schultz

A group of leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organizations and NGOs are joining forces to solve the biggest obstacle to sustainable institutional purchasing: a lack of standardization in how sustainable purchasing is defined, guided, measured and rewarded. On July 23, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council will launch with a live webcast from Washington, DC.

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OFA Short Course

Jul 13 - 15, 2013
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Contact: Chip Wood

OFA Short Course is the largest horticulture trade show in North America. Discover SCS certified growers and retailers. Contact us to set up a meeting during the show.

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NeoCon 2013

Jun 10 - 12, 2013
The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, USA
Contact: Julie Gengo

NeoCon is North America's largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with nearly 100 CEU-accredited seminars, association forums and top-notch keynote speakers.

Discover SCS certified products in showrooms and booths of our clients at NeoCon. Contact us to set up a meeting during the show.

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Sustainable Brands 2013

Jun 3 - 6, 2013
San Diego, CA
Contact: Chip Wood

Sustainable Brands is an international community of learning and action focused on understanding and leveraging the role of brands in shaping a flourishing future.

Chip Wood will be representing SCS Global Services during the show and is available for in-person meetings.

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Carbon Expo 2013

May 29-31, 2013
Fira Barcelona Venue, Barcelona, Spain Booth 201
Contact: Nick Kordesch

Carbon Expo is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Barcelona. The Carbon Expo remains world's leading global Trade Fair & Conference providing an interface between Climate Finance and Carbon Markets, Industry and Technology.

Visit SCS at Stand #201, attend our REDD+ presentation or contact us for a meeting.

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Webinar: European Traceability Requirements for Yellow Grease and Other Waste Oils

May 21, 2013, 11 AM - 12 PM EDT
Contact: Nick Kordesch

In order to sell waste greases for export to the UK market, renderers and waste grease companies must include chain-of-custody documentation, verified through an EU-recognized certification. RSB Services Foundation and SCS Global Services are hosting a webinar to provide rendering and waste oil companies with interest in selling into the UK market a description of the procedures and documentation that will be required of them by international traders.



Navigating the American Carbon World

April 16-18, 2013
Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA, Booth 31
Contact: Nick Kordesch


Sustainable Packaging Coalition Spring Meeting

March 20-23, 2013
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, CA
Contact: Nick Kordesch

Executive Vice President Robert Hrubes and Director of Chain of Custody Adam Wiskind will attend.

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Training workshop: EU Timber Regulations and new FSC certification requirements

March 14, 2013: 8:30AM to 2PM
Wood Industry Training Center at Ejisu, Ghana
Contact: Dr. Richard Bonsi, SCS Global Services

Dr. Attah Alhassan, Director, Timber Industry Development Division – “Ghana’s Preparation towards Meeting the EU Timber Regulations”
Mr. Gustav Adu, Director, Kumasi Wood Cluster – “Due Diligence Documentation in Meeting the EU Timber Regulations”
Dr. E. A. Abeney, Director, FSC Working Group – “Overview of Ghana’s Approved FSC Forest Management Standard”
Dr. Richard Bonsi, West Africa Regional Director, SCS Global Services – “EU Timber Regulations and New FSC Chain of Custody Requirements”

Training on the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and FSC certification

February 13, 2013: 9AM to 3PM
Wood Industry Training Center at Ejisu, Ghana
Contact: Dr. Richard Bonsi, SCS Global Services

Dr. E. A. Abeney, Director, Ghana FSC Working Group
Mr. Gustav Adu, Director, Kumasi Wood Cluster
WWF Ghana

Sustainable Foods Summit

January 22 - 23, 2013
San Francisco
Contact:  Chip Wood

SCS’ Sustainability Manager, Ashley Foster, will present “Measuring the Environmental Impact of Foods,” at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd.

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13th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment

January 15-17, 2013
Washington, DC
Contact:  Ashley Foster

Dr. Stan Rhodes, panelist on Breakout Workshop 12, "An Action Program for Reducing the Likelihood for Arctic Disasters"

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The National Green Centre conference

January 6 - 7, 2013
America's Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Contact:  Chip Wood

At this conference, which is billed as a “next generation” green industry event, Dr. Michael Keyes presented, "What Does The Future of SITES Look Like for Growers." In addition, Dr. Keyes lead sessions on reducing waste and recycling organic matter on construction sites.

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4th Annual NLS Food Quality Symposium

December 4 - 5, 2012
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa, Indian Wells, California
Contact:  Chip Wood

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