2021 AWARD FINALIST
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Charlotte Rutherford is the Director of On Farm Excellence for Fonterra. She has been a key figure within the NZ sustainability industry for over 20 years. In her current role, she leads the design and implementation of many of Fonterra’s environmental sustainability and research programmes.
Externally, Charlotte represents Fonterra on numerous national bodies, strongly advocating and guiding the development of environmental policy in New Zealand as a member of the Land and Water Forum and the Steering Group for He Waka Eke Noa – The Primary Sector Climate Action Partnership. Charlotte works with farmers and in the interests of farmers to achieve the most sustainable outcomes for them and for all New Zealanders. She is regularly called upon to represent the wider agricultural industry in roles that cross a multitude of sustainability initiatives.
It takes significant personal commitment and integrity to be prepared to inspire change in an audience that can default to very conservative traditional positions, but Charlotte makes sure that her vision of change is brought about through instilling positive and aspirational goals.