Irene provides technical and quality oversight for NEPCon’s agriculture certification services, including Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture and UTZ. It comprises maintenance of related accreditations, audit management, auditing, and monitoring of NEPCon sustainable agriculture portfolios to ensure consistent implementation of related policies and procedures, and timely follow through on complaints.
Irene started her work in sustainability certification in 2009 with Sustainable Farm Certification Intl. Ltd., a subsidiary of the Rainforest Alliance (RA). In 2012, Irene became a SAN accredited lead auditor for the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM sustainable agriculture programme. In 2013, she joined the Rainforest Alliance to continue delivering agriculture certification services in Central America and the Caribbean. In 2015, she joined RA’s Quality Assurance team as the Agriculture Specialist.
She has a BSc in Biology from the University of Costa Rica. She has also successfully completed Lead Auditor of Integrated Management Systems as per ISO 19011:2011. She is an active auditor for internal quality monitoring and has experience as a lead auditor for Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture certification.
Irene joined NEPCon in 2018.
It is gratifying to work for an organization that promotes environmental and social sustainability in farms around the world, making a positive impact to increase biodiversity, protect natural resources and support communities. To this end, it is fulfilling to be part of the team that shapes the quality of the agriculture certification services delivered.
- Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture (RA SAS) auditor and trainer
- Assurance systems and sustainability standards development
- RA SAS technical expertise
- BSc in Biology
- Languages spoken: Spanish and English