President and CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC (SBI)
Sandra Taylor is president and CEO of Sustainable Business International LLC (SBI), a consulting business she launched in 2008. SBI assists companies at various stages of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. Taylor’s expertise provides innovative approaches to sustainability strategy, including supply chain sustainability, strategic philanthropy and partnerships for social investments. Previously Taylor was senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, Washington (2003 – 2008), where she led the strategic development and day-to-day direction of all global corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, including: community affairs; the Starbucks Foundation; disaster relief support; development of responsible, ethical and sustainable standards for procurement of coffee, tea, cocoa and manufactured goods; reduction of the environmental impact of business operations; and the publication of the company’s award-winning CSR annual report. During her Starbucks tenure Taylor led the creation of C.A.F.E. Practices, a code of conduct for coffee farmers worldwide; and also developed cause-marketing programs in Starbucks stores to fund clean drinking water programs in Africa, Central America and India, and to support literacy efforts for children in low-income communities in the United States. From 1996 until 2003, Taylor served as vice president and director of global public affairs for Eastman Kodak Company. As a corporate officer, she had overall responsibility for public affairs, international trade strategy, including directing the company’s pursuit of a WTO case against the government of Japan and Fuji. She also led corporate citizenship worldwide. Additionally, Taylor has held several senior leadership positions at top-tier organizations, such as vice president of public affairs for ICI Americas Inc. (the U.S. subsidiary of Imperial Chemical Industries Plc., a London-based chemical company). She also served as a legislative assistant in the United States Senate, focusing on international trade policy and legislation and worked as a Foreign Service Officer in the United States Department of State. She speaks French. Ms. Taylor serves on many nonprofit boards, including the Center for International Private Enterprise, a subsidiary of the US Chamber of Commerce; Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) in Seattle, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Island Press of Washington, DC Taylor has been as Expert in Residence at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. In April 2009, she was selected as a Fellow for Aspen Institute’s First Mover Fellowship in the inaugural class. From 2006-2011 she was a board director of Capella Education Company located in Minneapolis, a for-profit online education company traded on the NASDAQ. In June 2012 she joined the board of directors of D. E. Master Blenders 1753, an international coffee company headquartered in Amsterdam, where she served on the Sustainability Committee and Remuneration Committee. Taylor has a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law. In 2012 she earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Wine Management from the Bordeaux School of Management in France. In her spare time, Taylor volunteers for and supports numerous organizations devoted to the empowerment of women in Africa. Taylor is a wine collector, wine educator and founder of Fine Wine Divas of Washington, DC, a learning experience for women on the wine and food pairing.
"Sustainability and Resilience—Climate Adaptation"
In 2019 (as in years prior) momentum continued to build in terms of acknowledging, addressing, and adapting to climate change. Late in the year, however, our collective consciousness shifted to the crisis of the day, COVID–19. Still, climate change continues unabated, and every winegrower faces its immediate consequences. They realize that their continued success depends on rethinking business models in the face of climate-related events that represent a clear and present danger, not a future risk. What steps must the wine industry take to adapt?