Executive Update

Interview with Meghan Stasz, GMA Senior Director, Sustainability on the 2013 Global Sustainability S

On August 14-16 The Grocery Manufacturers Association will host the 2013 Global Sustainability Summit in Seattle, Washington with the Food Marketing Institute. The event will include 3 days of speakers, special events and breakout sessions designed to leave attendees with a deeper understanding of the environmental issues facing our world today. “I am excited about all of the presenters this year,it is one of the best programs we have ever had,” said Meghan Stasz, GMA Senior Director, Sustainability.

In a June 24 interview, Stasz spoke about her excitement surrounding the upcoming Global Sustainability Summit. “I am particularly looking forward to the session entitled Next Generation Collaboration.” This session, scheduled for Friday morning, will feature Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact and Brent Schulkin, Founder of Carrotmob. “Engaging the next generation of industry leaders and consumers is a topic we haven’t focused on at past Sustainability Summits. This session gives the CPG industry the opportunity to hear about an important audience and how to engage that audience in creative and innovative ways.”

In addition to the groundbreaking program being offered at the Global Sustainability Summit, GMA and FMI are also offering several special events, including 3 pre-summit sessions and a networking reception. “The pre-summit sessions are designed to allow an in-depth conversation about one of three sustainability issues; food waste, sourcing high impact ingredients (sugar, cocoa, and coffee), and deforestation,” said Stasz. These sessions will allow attendees to spend 3 hours with world renowned experts on some of today’s most important environmental issues.

“I had two main goals for the 2013 Global Sustainability Summit,” remarked Stasz. “I wanted to develop a program that lets attendees walk away with implementable tools to move their sustainability programs forward, faster. I also wanted to broaden the industries that we hear from and bring new voices to the conversation. This year we have added sessions on both finance and millennial involvement. We hope to continue to bring more industries to the conversation in future Summits.”

For more information on the GMA Global Sustainability Summit or to view the complete program, click here.