Renee Paris

Associate Category Manager, Sonoco

Originally from Augusta, GA, Renee graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor’s in International Affairs and Economic Development. She spent years working for various non-profits before returning to school to get her International MBA from the University of South Carolina. As a Master’s International MBA student, she served in the Peace Corps for two years as a Community Economic Development Advisor in the rainforests of Cameroon instead of completing the typical internship. During this time, she worked on Fairtrade projects with cocoa and coffee farmers (among many other projects). Upon completion of her MBA program, she was hired at Sonoco, a global packaging company.  Sher currently serves as an Associate Category Manager, where she manages specialty paper, aluminum foil, and labels and leads the supplier sustainability team. She is married to a Cameroonian who shares her passion for corporate sustainability and economic development issues and they have a feisty two year old daughter.

My Sessions

“Buying recycled” was the beginning of many sustainable purchasing programs and such provisions are baked in to many sustainable purchasing policies and specifications. Recycling has grown over the past 40 years into a large and global activity. However, recycling systems have been recently severely disrupted by China’ stopping accepting imports of used plastics and paper … read more >>

Lightning Talk

This session open to Private Sector Purchasers only. Sometimes the most valuable part of a conference occurs when you have an opportunity to just talk with your peers and hear about the challenges they are facing, share solutions, and hear what they are doing to keep moving forward. This session is an opportunity to gather … read more >>

Interactive Workshop