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The Equitable Food Initiative has hired Karla Cook as certification manager.

Cook brings extensive experience with compliance programs, and her addition will expand EFI’s capacity to certify farms across the Americas, according to a news release.

“Karla brings extensive knowledge of compliance programs, a deep experience with the industry and the problem-solving and team collaboration we look for in all team members at EFI,” Kenton Harmer, managing director at EFI, said in the release. “She understands the perspectives from each aspect of the supply chain, which is essential with EFI’s multi-stakeholder approach.” 

Cook, according to the release, will support certified operations, guide new farms through the certification process and help evolve the EFI standards by providing oversight to the multi-stakeholder standards committee. 

Previously, Cook worked on social compliance programs for major brands and most recently ran her own compliance and human resources consulting firm, according to the release. Cook spent more than a decade as the divisional manager of operations for Latin America at Walmart Global Sourcing, according to the release, where she was in charge of Walmart’s compliance program for the region’s supply chain.

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