FMI-GMA Sustainability Summit 2011

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2011 FMI-GMA Sustainability Summit Program*

*Summit Directory at a Glance

Monday, September 12          

7:30 - 12:00 pm


FMI Sustainable Seafood Working Group Meeting
(committee members only)

8:00 - 12:00 pm


FMI Sustainability Executive Committee Meeting
(committee members only)

1:00 - 5:00 pm


FMI-GMA Industry Food Waste Committee Meeting
(committee members only)

1:00 - 5:00 pm


Pre-Summit 201- How to Put the "Sustainable" Into Your Product Sourcing

(pre-registration required)

An interactive session specifically designed for buyers and category managers and others interested in creating and procuring green products.  This session will provide attendees with the information and tools for maximum green and responsible sourcing, with special focus on life cycle analysis, products and packaging.  The session will include new consumer research as well as two exercises, (1) Pimp My Aisle will allow you to work together to develop a plan to showcase and promote sustainable products in the aisle, (2) Handprints and Footprints will allow you to work together to take sample products and “design” more sustainable characteristics into them by focusing on touch points both up and down the supply chain.  Your leaders include top industry consultants with a panel of retailers and suppliers.  You'll finish by sharing learning’s and dialoguing with speakers and fellow participants.

Sri Artham, Director, Strategic Accounts, Fair Trade USA

Catherine Greener, Co-Founder and Principal, Cleargreen Advisors

Amy Kirtland, Executive Director, Market Centre, Unified Grocer, Inc.

Marc Major, Co-Founder and Principal, ClearGreen Advisors

Katharine Maroney, Partner, Ecos USA

Pattie Olenick, Sustainability Specialist, Weis Markets, Inc.

1:00 - 5:00 pm


Sustainable Seafood:  How to Identify, Source and Communicate with Integrity

Sponsored by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

(pre-registration required)

This session will provide attendees with basic tools, examples and new ideas for developing their own sustainable seafood sourcing and communication strategies. Participants will hear firsthand accounts of how retailers, suppliers, government and NGOs are working on innovative partnerships and see how the model of multi-stakeholder engagement can be expanded to improve sustainability efforts in other perishables and product areas of the food industry.  Members of FMI's Sustainable Seafood Working Group will reflect on their company's sustainability activities and share their real world experiences to help you move forward faster.

Craig Appleyard, Vice President, Operations and Business Development, Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc.

Nadine Bartholomew, Consultant, The Good Foodie Organization

Richard Boot, President, FishChoice Inc.

Laurel Bryant, Chief, Office of Communications and External Affairs, NOAA Fisheries

Jeanne Colleluori, Communications and Media Specialist- Consumer Affairs, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Howard Johnson, Director, Global Programs, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Mike Kraft, Director, Sustainability, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC

Lisa Monzon, Program Director, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Tracy Taylor, Seafood Buyer, Ahold USA

5:30 - 7:00 pm


Summit Welcome Reception for All Attendees
(committee members only)

Sponsored by:

Tuesday, September 13   

7:00 - 8:30 am


Welcome Continental Breakfast

Co-sponsored by General Mills, Inc. and WhiteWave Foods

8:30 - 8:45 am


Summit Welcome from FMI and GMA

Robert Branham, Director, Customer Sustainability, General Mills, Inc.

Scott Faber, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Tom J. McIntyre, Director, Research and Development, Energy and Environmental, SUPERVALU Inc.

Jeanne von Zastrow, Senior Director, Sustainability and Industry Relations, Food Marketing Institute

8:45 - 9:45 am


The Triple Bottom Line

Savitz, a creative business leader, advisor and author, has over 20 years of hands-on experience assisting corporations to become leaders in sustainability and environmental performance and reporting. An internationally known expert on corporate social responsibility and sustainability, Savitz is the author of The Triple Bottom Line: How the Best Run Companies are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success - and How You Can Too.

Andrew Savitz, Business Leader/Author

9:45 - 10:15 am


Industry CEO Address

Alfred Plamann, Chief Executive Officer, Unified Grocers, Inc.

10:15 - 10:45 am


Networking Break in Sustainability Showcase Foyer

Sponsored by:

10:45 - 11:45 pm


Concurrent Interactive Workshops

Eco-babble – Challenges and Implications of Eco-Labels and Certifications

Recent shifts in the ecolabeling landscape are dramatic.  Consumers are indicating they are confused by environmental and social labels on products.  Some suppliers are developing their own green product scorecards and NGO’s also have a variety of labels.  Amidst these changes, the Federal Trade Commission is finalizing its guidelines for communicating environmental claims.  Hear about the implications for retailers and suppliers and the trends that will affect how retailers can work with their suppliers to procure greener products.  How are claims substantiated?  This session will provide some best practice examples both within and outside the grocery and consumer goods product sector to show how companies are strategically addressing these issues head on.

Moderator: Karen Meleta, Vice President, Consumer and Corporate Communications, Wakefern Food Corp

Laura Flanigan, Consultant, PE INTERNATIONAL, Inc. and Five Winds Strategic Consulting

Graham Mitchell, General Manager, North America, UTZ Certified

T.C. Redd, Manager, Consumer Science, The Sustainable Consortium

Katharine Maroney, Partner, Ecos USA


How Two Companies Strategically Partner on Key Sustainability Initiatives

Learn how two companies have partnered successfully in very different ways and take home ideas and advice on new ways to think about and implement a variety of sustainability partnerships in your own company.  SUPERVALU has partnered with World Wildlife Fund and set an aggressive goal to absolute reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 10% over 5 years with a baseline of 2007.  They are also working aggressively to promote a zero waste theme throughout the organization.  HEB has a 105 year history of partnerships with the community, NGO's and farmers.  You'll hear their story of how nurturing long term relationships with small to midsize farmers and creating partnerships with local and statewide environmental organizations has helped build a powerful synergy between their employees, customers, suppliers and the community.

Moderatror: Jeanne von Zastrow, Senior Director, Sustainability and Industry Relations, The Food Marketing Institute

Matthew Banks, Senior Program Officer – Climate Change Business and Industry Program, World Wildlife Fund US

Susan Ghertner, Director, Environmental Affairs, HEB

Pete Pearson, Director, Sustainability and National Accounts, SUPERVALU INC.


Getting Employees Engaged and Committed to their Own Sustainability Plan

A major part of a company's success with sustainability is getting employees educated, engaged and enthusiastic both with company initiatives and with sustainability activities in their own lives.  This session will help you with ideas and models to take home and customize for your own companies.  Companies across the globe and here at home have learned that engaged and passionate advocates at all levels are the key to organizational success with a culture of sustainability.  We've also learned that employees naturally take the learning's on how to improve their own and the planets health up to the organizational level as they become aware and activated.

Elizabeth Keck, Senior Director, Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Patti Olenick, Sustainability Manager, Weis Markets, Inc.

Michael Smith, Director, Real Estate and Sustainability, Hy-Vee, Inc.


Practical Application of the Global Packaging Project’s Sustainability Metrics

The Global Packaging Project is a voluntary effort by some of the largest global retailers and brand owners to develop a common language and common measurement system to communicate and share information about packaging sustainability. Our panelists present a role-play which will demonstrate how questions a retailer asks will determine which environmental, economic and social metrics apply.  The role play will illustrate communications and information sharing between a retailer and consumer goods company and illustrate how partners in different positions along the supply chain will collaborate to determine which metrics apply based on the questions asked and the data required.

Moderator: Bob Chant
, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Loblaw Brands Limited

Ellen Feeney, Vice President, Responsible Livelihood, WhiteWave Foods Company

Kim Lymn, Senior Manager, Packaging, Target Corporation


Enhancing Sustainability by Preventing Food Waste

We live in a wasteful world and food is no exception. Americans produce approximately 34 million tons of food waste annually, compromising 25% of all food produced and about 14% of the total municipal solid waste stream in the U.S. As a result of the environmental effects of this material in landfills, food waste has become one of the U.S. EPA's top waste issues. In this session, we will explore the devastating social, environmental and economic impacts of food waste. We will report sources of food waste across the supply chain and discuss strategies for preventing food waste that enhance sustainability. We will also demonstrate how life cycle thinking can be used to translate these strategies into internal programs that reduce waste and realize tangible cost benefits.

Jean Schwab, US EPA National Food Recovery Initiative, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Ron Cotterman, Executive Director, Sustainability, Sealed Air Corporation

12:00 - 1:15 pm


Networking and Idea Exchange Luncheon

Your opportunity to engage in dialogue about important issues as you get acquainted and share ideas and success stories with a table host who will help facilitate the conversation.

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Concurrent Interactive Workshops


Challenges and Opportunities for Waste: What Will and Won’t Work!

Companies are increasingly devoting efforts to make their packaging lighter, more recyclable and using recyclable content. Recycling rates are going up, but challenges remain. With tight economic times, however, a debate has emerged as to whether progress will continue and whether a new waste system is needed. This panel will explore our current system, the progress that's been made, and what will and won't work going forward.

Moderator: Jane Adams (Invited), Senior Director, State Government Affairs, SPI 

Lee Anderson, Director, State and Local Government Relations, General Mills, Inc.

John Shanahan, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Steve Swartz (Invited), Partner, McKinsey and Company


Footprints & Handprints – Building Sustainability into Products

Companies and people create sustainability impacts through our footprints and our handprints. A footprint implies unintentional negative impacts on others and on the environment. It’s good to minimize our footprint.  A handprint implies deliberate craft, through which we create positive impacts in the world - e.g. by improving environmental and social outcomes in conjunction with economic outcomes. Our handprint is a positive thing, and we should seek to maximize it. 

The interactive footprint and handprint exercises have the audience “build” sustainability into products and create positive energy; help group understand and apply sustainability; and make design thinking and design principles visible and accessible to all functions of an organization - designers and non-designers alike.

Moderator: Nate Shepley Streed, SustainabilityContractor, The Kroger Co.

Catherine Greener, Co-Founder and Principal, Cleargreen Advisors

Marc Major, Co-Founder and Principal, Cleargreen Advisors


Sustainable Agriculture – Toward Shared Value for All Players in the Food Supply Chain

This session will focus on sustainable agriculture performance and metrics in the supply chain and will bring producer and suppliers voices into the conversation.  Participants in the session will learn from the experience of piloting sustainability metrics in specialty crops, bulk commodities, dairy and other livestock products.

Erin Kathleen Fitzgerald, Vice President, Sustainability, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Hal Hamilton, Director, Sustainable Food Lab

Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Health and Safety, Kellogg Company

Elizabeth Keck, Senior Director, Sustainability, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


Marketing Sustainability: Tools for Launching and Promoting BEtter Products to Consumer

In this interactive session, BBMG will share fidnings from their latest research into the 70MM U.S. consumers who purchase with purpose and pragmatism. These findings will be paired with the real-world experiences of two national retailers and Fair Trade USA in launching and promoting natural, organic and ethical products to reveal actionable lessons for participants. Finally, panelists will lead the audience through simple steps they can take to market sustainability in a way that engages and delights their customers.

Sri Artham, Director, Strategic Accounts, Fair Trade USA

Raphael Bemporad, Founding Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, BBMG

Christry Consler, Vice President, Sustainability, Safeway Inc.

Pete Pearson, Director, Sustainability and National Accounts, SUPERVALU INC.

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Networking Break in Showcase Foyer

3:00 - 4:00 pm


Win! Win! Win!  The Business Case for Building Resilient Socially Responsible Supply Chains and Community Partnerships

Developing strategic partnerships helps to build resilient supply chains that are proven to provide positive economic, environmental and social benefits to all.  As more companies adapt to understanding and engaging with sustainability issues, social sustainability should play a central role in the long-term executive vision and strategy, yet it is often far less developed, measured and communicated – and its opportunities are left untapped.  Genuinely innovative social and community engagement with stakeholders and customers alike is perhaps the strongest and most enduring catalyst for brand value and differentiation.  This session presents industry case studies showcasing visionary, cross-sector partnerships that have created “wins” for all players engaged.

Kai Robertson, Director, Food Beverage and Agriculture, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)

Jhana Senxian, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Guild International

4:00 - 5:00 pm


Stakeholder Partnerships 2.0

It’s time to go beyond the entry level discussion on NGO/corporate partnerships and start asking the hard questions behind these relationships.  Is the concept of a “mutual value proposition” sustainable?  Why do the relationships fail and what can you do to keep them from running off the rails?  Is there an exit strategy for each side and when do you put it in place?  What are the ‘over the horizon’ issues that companies should worry about and do they require a whole new set of partners?  Tackle these questions and more to promote discussions between the audience and the NGO panelists who are ready to go to Partnerships 2.0.

Moderator: Don Reed, Sustainability and Climate Change, PricewaterhouseCoopers US

Jonathan Kaplan, Senior Policy Specialist, Natural Resources Defense Council

Elizabeth Sturcken, Managing Director, Environmental Defense Fund

Irit Tamir, Senior Advocacy and Collaborations Advisor, Oxfam America




5:30 - 7:00 pm

Evening Reception in Sustainability Showcase

Sponsored by:




9:00 - 10:00 pm


Movie Screening: Carbon Nation

Join us for popcorn and this outstanding and uplifting documentary.

CARBON NATION is an optimistic discovery of what people are already doing, what we as a nation could be doing and what the world needs to do to stave off climate change by moving to a low carbon economy. At the heart of the movie is a range of well-known figures such as former CIA director R. James Woolsey, columnist Thomas L. Friedman, and entrepreneur Richard Branson to little-heralded personalities such as Cliff Etheredge, a West Texas wind and cotton farmer; Dan Nolan, a former colonel and activist in Green Hawks; and various energy-company executives and corporate CEOs who speak to the wisdom of weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels.

Wednesday, September 14


7:30 - 8:30 am 


Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 10:30 am


General Session - Focus: Food Waste

Approximately 34 million tons of food waste is generated annually in the U.S., according to the U.S. EPA, and other estimates are even higher. While data on the amount and sources of food waste vary, food sent to landfill does represent lost opportunities to realize processing and waste management efficiencies, feed the hungry, and divert this material to beneficial alternatives. In this session, pariticipants will hear examples of cross-industry partnerships and innovation to address the issue.

Meghan Stasz, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Robert Branham, Director, Customer Sustainability, General Mills, Inc.

Michael Erlandson, Vice President, Government Affairs, SUPERVALU INC.

Scott Faber, Vice President of Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacuterers Association

Michael Hewett, Director, Environmental and Sustainability Programs, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Erik Olson, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Feeding America

9:30 - 10:30 am


Perspectives From Industry “Sustainability Gurus”

This panel will feature leading retail and supplier sustainability executives that will share their insights, challenges and goals with taking sustainability to the next level in their companies.This will be a fast paced interactive panel that will provide you with a “heads up” on some of the land mines to avoid and some of the unexpected resources and wins that have been invaluable to their success.

Moderator:  Hal Hamilton, Director, Sustainable Food Lab

Christy Consler, Vice President, Sustainability, Safeway Inc.

Harriet Hentges, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ahold USA

Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Health and Safety, Kellogg Company

Dave Stangis, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Campbell Soup Company

William Sweet, Vice President, Engineering and Construction, Price Chopper Supermarkets

Dennis Treacy, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods

10:30 - 11:00 am

Networking Break in Sustainability Showcase

11:00 -12:00 pm

Concurrent Workshops


Food Waste Opportunities and Challenges: A Cross-Industry Partnership

A cross industry team of sustainability leaders are joining forces in a three year project to better understand our shared issue of how to address food waste in America. Join our panel of representatives from manufacturing and retailing along with Feeding America as they share the initiative’s goals to reduce waste while increasing food to feed the hungry and solicit your input on issues, challenges and guidance as to what would be helpful for your organization.

Robert Branham, Director, Customer Sustainability, General Mills, Inc.

Karen Hanner, Director, Manufacturing Partnerships,Feeding America

Michael HewettDirector, Environmental and Sustainability Programs, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Chris Moyer, Manager, Conserve Program,National Restaurant Association

Meghan Stasz, Grocery Manufacturers Association


Partnerships and the ROI of Socially Responsible Sourcing

(follow up to Tuesday’s general session)

This workshop builds on Tuesday’s general session by giving attendees an opportunity to dive deeper into some of the case studies. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in direct dialogue with the three facilitators and company representatives about the value and learnings gained from harnessing strategic partnerships to build resilient supply chains and communities. Learn more about how companies have developed business and community value, lessons learned, and explore how you can develop cross-sector partnerships that provide positive economic, environmental and social benefits to all.

Paul Brauer, Chief Operating Officer, Brown's Super Stores

Jeff Fielkow, Vice President, Sustainability and Recyclign Programs, TetraPak

Roberta MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Cabot Creamery Cooperative

Kai Robertson, Director, Food Beverage and Agriculture, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)

Jhana Senxian, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Guild International

Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability - Global Public Policy, PepsiCo, Inc.

Marianne Voss, Manager, Private Sector Department, Oxfam America


Groundbreaking Innovations in Packaging Recovery

Your product has made it safely to the consumer, and packaging has played a critical role in that success.Your company worked hard to reduce its environmental footprint through packaging reductions. Individual companies and industries are stepping up efforts to increase recycling. Two speakers will discuss their companies packaging innovations and two speakers will discuss successful efforts to inrease consumer recycling rates.

Moderator: Ellen Iobst, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Technology Chief Sustainability Officer, Sunny Delight Beverages Company

Mark Mikol, Director, Packaging, Henkel Consumer Goods Inc.

Steve Thompson, Program Director, Curbside Value Partnership

Scott Vitters, Director of Sustainable Packaging, The Coca-Cola Company

Preston Read (Moderator), Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Recyclebank


The Latest Consumer Trends in Sustainability: Where Are The Opportunities?

Based on the connection between personal and planetary health, the LOHAS (Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability) concept is one of the hottest trends in today’s mainstream marketplace and one of  the latest consumer trends in sustainability. LOHAS describes an integrated, rapidly growing market for goods and services that appeal to consumers who have a meaningful sense of environmental and social responsibility and incorporate those values into their purchase decisions. New research from NMI’s LOHAS Consumer Trends Database® will be highlighted based on research among 500,000+ consumers. Learn about the latest market trends, global consumer insight, the LOHAS consumer segmentation model, and much more. Explore new, breakthrough ways in which you can leverage LOHAS trends into your business strategy to become part of this revolution.

Moderator: Jeanne von Zastrow, Senior Director, Industry Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Steve French, Managing Partner, Natural Marketing Institute

12:15 - 1:45 pm


Luncheon Speaker: Using Social Media to Energize Your Sustainability Communications

Patricia Martin is one of the leading consultants and speakers on social media, marketing and consumer behavior in the digital age.  She's the author of, RenGen:Renaissance Generation-The Rise of the Cultural Consumer and What it Means to Your Business, and her new e-book, Tipping the Culture.  Patricia will give specific examples both inside and outside our industry for how companies are successfully using social media to communicate their sustainability messages.  Additionally, she'll provide examples and ideas on how you -- whether you are affiliated with the marketing/communication department or not -- can become the corporate "shaman" of social media around the sustainability pillar.

Patricia Martin, Chief Executive Officer, LitLamp Communications and Author, RenGen and Tipping the Culture

Sponsored by:

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Workshops


Why Water Matters – A Water Stewardship Strategy

Water is not only essential for life but for food production and farming. Experts warn that demand for freshwater is soon expected to outstrip supplies. A panel of expert will discuss why water matters, including the risks facing food manufacturers and farmers and the steps industry and policymakers can take to meet our water quality and quantity challenges.

Moderator: Eric Eckl, Founder, Water Words That Work

Jeff Fulgham, Chief Sustainability Officer and Ecomagination Leader, GE Energy

Kevin Matthews, Director Health and Environmental Affairs, Nestlé Waters North America

Walter Reid, Director, Conservation and Science Program, Packard Foundation

Robert ter Kuile, Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability - Global Public Policy, PepsiCo, Inc.


Harnessing Waste for Better Economic Outcomes

Improving resource productivity is increasingly a major challenge for society.  A lot of focus has been put on the role of recycling in “keeping molecules in play,” but what about the role of energy recovery?  Additional economic value exists in achieving a closed loop lifecycle for resources and CPG and retail companies can help shape the pathway towards a more circular resource economy.  This discussion will cover how to change waste management practices to maximize economic value to society and practical approaches to breaking through bottlenecks preventing optimal recovery.

Craig Cookson, Director, Sustainability & Recycling, American Chemistry Council

Greg Jason, Assistant Vice-President, Energy and Environment, Cargill

Andrew Soulier, Tax Senior; Climate and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young

Steve Swartz (Moderator), Partner, McKinsey and Company


Responsible Sourcing: A Global Perspective

AIM-PROGRESS (PROGram for RESponsible Sourcing) is a forum of leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods Manufacturers (“Participating companies”) assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains. We aim to be globally recognized as the leading FMCG/CPG business forum for responsible sourcing, by improving the sustainability of the businesses and communities with whom we work,by collaboratively deploying leading practices and building ownership throughout the supply chain. AIM-PROGRESS is a global initiative supported and sponsored by the FMCG industry associations in Europe (AIM) and North America (GMA).  Learn from key leaders of AIM-PRROGRSS, through a supplier-buyer simulation, how to address and perhaps overcome typical supplier objections to CSR Audits and engagement with Sedex.

Moderator: Meghan Stasz, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Stuart Kyle, Director, Workplace Accountability, Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company

Russ Wood, Director, Responsible Sourcing, PepsiCo, Inc.


Red, White and Shades of Green: the Evolution of the California Wine Community’s Sustainability Program

A case study of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program (SWP), a sector-based sustainability educational program, and Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW-Certified), a related and recently launched third-party certification option for CA wineries and vineyards.
The SWP is based on the concept of a “Cycle of Continuous Improvement,” which ensures extensive participation and collective progress along the continuum of sustainability.  A comprehensive “Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices” workbook and educational workshops provide how-to information on sustainable winegrowing.  As a next evolution of the SWP, CSWA launched Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW-Certified) a voluntary statewide certification program that provides third-party verification of a winery or vineyard’s adherence to a "process of continuous improvement" in the adoption and implementation of sustainable winegrowing practices.

Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

Chris Savage, Senior Director, Global Environmental Affairs, E & J Gallo Winery


Animal Welfare: Supply Chain Management, Employee Communications, and Public Relations

Animal welfare has been a hot-button topic in the food industry for more than a decade, and the issue is rapidly evolving. In his 2011 trend predictions, supermarket Guru Phil Lempert wrote, “Move over local. Move over organic. Humane is stepping in.” Through this workshop, industry professionals can gain a better understanding about the various animal welfare issues currently being discussed in the public, political and corporate spheres and learn how to determine potential ways to capitalize on them. Utilizing the experience and partnership of Compass Group (the world’s largest foodservice company) and The Humane Society of the United States (the world’s largest animal protection organization), participants will understand ways to incorporate animal welfare into existing business frameworks and supply chains, and how to utilize those commitments to strengthen employee relations and bolster communications efforts.

Moderator: Scott Faber, Vice President for Federal Affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Dr. Gail Golab, Director, Animal Welfare Division, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Matthew Prescott, Director of Corporate Policy and Supply Chain Strategy, The Humane Society of the United States

Janet Riley, Vice President for Public Affairs,American Meat Institute

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Networking Break in Sustainability Showcase

3:30 - 4:30 pm


Walking the Sustainability Talk:  Aligning Practice and Policy

All too often, a misalignment between company claims and company actions tarnishes corporate reputation and erodes hard won credibility among stakeholders and consumers.  This session highlights the dos and don’ts in this regard, drawing on the experiences of companies, investors and public interest groups who know that no good deed goes unscrutinized.  The panel will highlight resources for companies to align their messaging on climate and energy policies with their sustainability goals and hear the experience of other companies that have done the same.  You will also have an opportunity to hear from the investor perspective on why this alignment is important not just for your company’s image but also its perception among the growing ranks of investors and even consumers who are taking climate and energy into their investment or buying decisions.

Moderator: Anne Kelly, Director, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy (BICEP), Ceres

Bob Chant, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Loblaw Brand Limited

Michael Hewett, Director, Environmental and Sustainability, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Karen Meleta, Vice President, Consumer & Corporate Communications Wakefern Food Corp.

Chris Miller, Director, Corporate Conciousness, Seventh Generation

George Parmenter, Manger, Corporate Responsibility, Hannaford Bros. Co.

4:30 - 5:30 pm


Inspiration - Through the Lens

For 20 years Joel has contributed award-winning imagery to National Geographic, and is among the magazine's most well-known and well-loved figures as he speaks on sustainability from both the environmental and social lenses.  Don't miss this visually stunning, humorous yet provocative presentation and call to action.  It will be an entertaining closing to tie things together and motivate and inspire you as you return home and go into action.

Joel Sartore, Photojournalist, National Geographic

7:30 - 10:00 pm


Closing Round-Up Reception and Dinner