Jan Kees Vis was trained as a chemist and received a PhD in Heterogeneous Catalysis in 1984. He joined Unilever in 1985, in Research & Development. For more than 10 years, he worked on Environmental Life Cycle Analysis, Environmental Management Systems, environmental auditing, standard setting, training, reporting and preparation of policy proposals on environmental issues.
From 2001 to 2010, he was Global Supply Chain Director Sustainable Agriculture for Unilever. In 2010, his job title changed to Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development, making him responsible for developing and maintaining sustainability standards and assurance mechanisms for all of Unilever’s renewable raw and packaging materials purchases.
Jan Kees has been involved in, and holds or has held board positions in, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform, Sustainable Food Laboratory, Roundtable for Responsible Soy and Cool Farm Alliance. He is also a member of the Programme Coordination Board of the IDH Initiative Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA).
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. How do we measure improvement in such a way that it is useful rather than burdensome for farmers, and meaningful for consumers?