Friday morning’s keynote, “Transformative leadership,” featured Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. As CEO, Polman has set goals to reduce the company’s environmental footprint while doubling in size. In his keynote, Polman discusses his ambitious plans while outlining how the plan impacts everyone from rural farmers to end-consumers.
Saturday morning’s keynote, “Debating the future of food,” was moderated by Marc Gunther of Guardian Sustainable Business US, and featured Natalie DiNicola, Vice President of Sustainability and Signature Partnerships for Monsanto, and M. Jahi Chappell, Director of Agroecology and Agricultural Policy at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. The two speakers shared their unique insights into the steps needed to feed an estimated 9 billion global citizens by 2050.
Both “Transformative leadership” and “Debating the future of food” can be seen here.
FoodEssentials also had the chance to meet with Meriwether Hardie of the Rainforest Alliance. In a session titled Overcoming Obstacles in Environmentalism, Hardie outlined how Rainforest Alliance builds local partnerships, conducts audits, and partners with large and small manufacturers to create a trusted sustainability certification.
The closing keynote, “Leaving boundaries behind,” featured three amazing women: Shazi Visram, Founder and CEO of Happy Family Brands (LabelINSIGHT); Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University; and Sheryl WuDunn, author of A Path Appears. Shazi Visram recounted the story of how Happy Family Brands grew to be an industry leader in the children’s health segment. Temple Grandin discussed how her unique insights and work in the beef industry have resulted in significant progress, and Sheryl WuDunn closed the conference with a message of encouragement and ideas for being a better global citizen.