Herbert worked in the tea industry from 1994 to 2010 and was part of the team that setup a marketing department for Eastern Produce Kenya, Eastern Produce Malawi and Kakuzi Ltd under the Linton Park Plc Regional Office in Nairobi.
This was a first for the company which prior had outsourced all its tea marketing, sales and logistics services. With time and growth progressed this also came to incorporate Eastern Produce South Africa as well. Markets served were in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America among others.
After of 12 years of tea marketing as Regional Sales and Marketing Manager, Herbert embarked on another interesting and challenging journey of setting up a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department within the company becoming the pioneer Regional Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. This brought considerable success with CSR internal structures being introduced, setup and implemented and this culminated in a production of a company CSR manual which was indeed a first.
On external CSR matters Herbert ensured that as team leader certification was achieved for Fairtrade (FLO), ISO 2200 and Rainforest Alliance (Environmental). Other compliance standards undertaken were GlobalGap, ETP, BSCI and regular Health and Safety and Environmental audits. As well as the international standards compliance to local law and regulation was adhered to especially with heavy reference to matters environment and occupational health and safety. In addition Herbert was involved in Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation within the company and its associated outgrowers.
He has worked for such companies as Linton Park Regional Office (Eastern Produce Kenya/Malawi); TetraPak; Bellerive Foundation; M+E Consulting Engineers and Securicor Kenya Ltd. He has also facilitated working relationships with Fair-trade Labeling Organization (FLO), Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), Rainforest Alliance, ISO, SGS, among others. At Bellerive Foundation which was an Environmental and Energy Conservation NGO, Herbert managed a nationwide program concurrently with Plan International, DFiD and the Ministry of Environment that ensured energy conservation practices were adopted in schools, colleges, seminaries and hospitals. A similar program was started in Malawi through Herbert’s initiative.
He has over 18 years’ experience in Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental matters, Public Relations and Marketing; Herbert provides expertise in consulting that blends his regional exposure covering Eastern and Southern Africa region and project initiation and management. Among the thematic issues he has dealt with include Corporate Governance, Environment, Climate Change, Employment, Health and Safety, Training, Communities, Human Resources, Anti-Corruption and Labour issues.
A graduate of Moi University, Eldoret Herbert is a registered NEMA Lead Expert, ISO 22000 Lead Expert, certified EDES Expert, Health and Safety Expert as well as a JICA certified Trainer of Trainers. A pioneer Global Compact proponent Herbert is a member of the KEBS ISO 26000 National Mirror Committee as well as a Director at the Institute For Education in Democracy (IED). Herbert joined the EIK Council in 2013.
Current Chairman KFS Coast Conservancy and a member of the KEPSA Governing Council as a Board Director. Herbert is also passionate about sports where has held several portfolios both as a player and an administator.