2014 Global Sustainability Summit


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

11:00 am - 7:00 pm Registration
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pre-Summit Session: Sustainable Sourcing
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Ed-U-Venture: Innovation Tour of MIT
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Ed-U-Venture: Food Waste and MORE Retail Tour
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Ed-U-Venture: Sustainable Seafood Tour
4:30 pm - 4:35 pm Welcome and Conference Overview
4:35 pm – 5:25 pm The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World
Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
5:25 pm - 6:00 pm The Future of Food: How to Feed our Growing Planet
Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor for the Environment, National Geographic
6:00pm – 7:30pm Welcome Reception in the Sustainability Exhibitor Showcase
Sponsored by: Skip Shapiro Enterprises, LLC

Thursday, August 14, 2014

7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by: Covanta
8:15 am - 9:00 am Sustainable Value Networks for the Global Food System, Why and How?
Dr. Sally Uren, President and CEO, Forum for the Future
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Bridging the Gap Between Procurement and Sustainability
Jonathan Atwood, Vice President, Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, Unilever
Meghan Hellstedt, Vice President, Sustainability, Delhaize Group
Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Director, Sustainability, The Kroger Co.
Shelly Van Treeck, Global Chief Procurement Officer, Kellogg Company
Dr. Sally Uren, President and CEO, Forum for the Future

10:00 am – 10:45 am Networking Break in the Sustainability Exhibitor Showcase
Sponsored by: The Hershey Company
10:45 am – 11:45 am Concurrent Breakouts
  The Strategic Imperative for Water Stewardship
  Disrupt and Delight: Rethinking Food Waste
  Pre-Competitive Partnerships in Action
  Science of Shelf Life
  Secret to Social Success: Shared Passion
  EPA and Climate Change Policy: Engagement at all Levels
11:45 am – 1:15 pm Lunch 'n Learn
  Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA)
  Back to School: Cutting Edge Research and Partnerships from Leading Academics
  Exhibiting Partner Resources in the Sustainability Exhibitor Showcase
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Concurrent Breakouts
  App-ifying Sustainability
  Design with Intent
  Sustainable Supply Chains as Risk Mitigation
  Sweet Successes in Cocoa Sourcing
  Unlock the Secrets in the Soil
  FSMA Animal Feed Rules Q&A
Sponsored by: Skip Shapiro Enterprises, LLC
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Concurrent Breakouts
  Love Food? Hate Waste?
  Landfill Bans Leading to Partnerships: The MA Supermarket Recycling Certification Program
  Why Regional Food Hubs Will Transform Your Supply Chain
  The Nuts & Bolts of a Successful Sourcing Program
  Gaining Value from External Campaigns
  Managing Food Waste - What's Right for You
Sponsored by: Covanta
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break in the Sustainability Exhibitor Showcase
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Value Any Way You Slice It: Economic, Environmental and Social
Donald Reed, Managing Director, PwC Sustainable Business Solutions (Moderator)
Jason Jay, Ph.D.,Senior Lecturer and Director, Sustainability Initiative, MIT Sloan
Bruce Karas, Vice President, Environment and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Refreshments
Steve Polski, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Cargill
Harrison Thomas, Client Relationship Manager, Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
John Wilson, Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research, Cornerstone Capital Group
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Conference Reception - New England Aquarium

Friday, August 15

7:00 am – 11:00 am Registration
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 am - 9:15 am Building Trust in the Food Supply Chain 
Charlie Arnot, CEO, Center for Food Integrity
Jeanne Colleluori, Communications and Media Specialist, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
9:15 am - 10:15 am Rapid Fire: Inspiration and Innovation!
Michael Hewett, Director, Environmental and Sustainability Programs, Publix Super Markets, Inc. (Moderator)
Kavita Shukla, Founder, President and CEO, Fenugreen
Doug Rauch, CEO, The Daily Table
Ryan Begin, CEO, FEED Resource Recovery
10:15 am – 10:45 am Networking Break in the Sustainability Exhibitor Showcase
10:45 am – 11:45 am Concurrent Breakouts
  Making the Business Case
  Shark Tank Attack on Food Waste
  Food of the Future
  Sustainability and Big Data
  Zero Waste to Landfill: A Practical Approach
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Trust. Courage. Dare to Risk It All
Eric Alexander, Renowned Mountaineer and Adventurer
1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Closing Remarks





Pre-Summit Sessions and Ed-U-Ventures
Wednesday, August 13  ♦  1:00pm - 4:00pm

Start your Sustainability Summit experience off right with Pre-Summit Sessions and Ed-U-Ventures.  A variety of different opportunities will be offered in advance of the official start of the 2014 Sustainability Summit to help meet the needs of various attendees. 

*Pre-registration is required and additional fees apply.

Pre-Summit Session

Select and participate in a 3-hour deep dive into hot topics in sustainability.

  • Going Beyond the Surface: A Deep Dive into Sustainable Sourcing
    Sustainable Sourcing is a common term in sustainable and business circles. We know that a changing environment and business climate will effect where, how, and from whom we grow and purchase the elements that make up our products. It’s important, many say it’s imperative- so what’s next? Come learn from some of the country’s leading practitioners as we take a “deep dive” into the nuts and bolts of building supply chains that are effective, flexible, and most importantly, sustainable with an eye on the future.  

Jeff Malcolm, Manager, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund
George Parmenter, Manager, Sustainability, Delhaize America
Steve Peterson, Director Sourcing Sustainability & CSR, General Mills
Rod Snyder, President, Field to Market


Select and participate in an off-site educational adventure with local hosts focusing on different hot spots in the sustainable supply chain.

Ed-U-Venture tours will depart from the Plaza Level Entrance of the Seaport Hotel PROMTPLY at 1:00pm.  Pre-purchased tickets will be included with your badge or can purchased on-site (if space available) at the registration desk (Plaza Level).

  • Innovation Tour of MIT
    Walk the MIT campus as we visit and meet with professors and students at the Sloan School of Management and the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship.  We’ll then visit the Media Lab where you will get a sneak peek at future innovations under development including the MIT CityFarm.  Walking tour will take us by the famous Stata Center and Infinite Corridor to Killian Court.  Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the most historical parts of Boston on our way to and from MIT.

  • Food Waste and MORE Retail Tour
    Explore two local stores, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods Market, paying special attention on how they handle organic waste.  Tour includes experts from their store and sustainability teams, time to learn about other initiatives including energy and design, sustainable sourcing and more.  En route, Chris Flynn, President of the Massachusetts Food Dealers will brief you on how the State of Massachusetts and the food industry have worked together on training and infrastructure to meet the new law requiring the closure of landfill to commercial organic waste

  • Sustainable Seafood Tour
    Visit Wegmans new Chestnut Hill Store, where Carl Salamone, Vice President for Seafood Sustainability and Jeanne Colleluori, Communications and Media Specialist, will walk you through the store with a special focus on the seafood department.  Be informed about their sustainable seafood policies, internal engagement and education and consumer communications.  In addition, we’ll visit Nor-Easter Seafood which is the wholesale division of Legal Seafood Restaurants.

Lunch ‘n Learn

Spend your lunch hour by self-selecting the session that appeals most to you. Carry out lunches will be provided in the Sustainability Showcase.  

  • Back to School: Cutting Edge Research and Partnerships from Leading Academics
    Harborview Ballroom (Plaza Level)
    Academic institutions are at the forefront of sustainability innovation and research. Come hear from three leading scholars who are developing tools and strategies to help companies: manage climate and water risk, identify opportunities to increase food production while reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment, and make supply chains more sustainable in the U.S. and around the world.

Moderator: Amy Braun, Sustainability Manager, Kellogg Company Paulina Concha Larrauri, Staff Associate, Earth Institute's Columbia Water Center, Columbia University
Ethan Schoolman, Dow Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan Erb Institute, Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources
Paul West, Chief Collaboration Officer, Institute on the Environment Global Landscapes Initiative

  • Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA)
    Waterfront Ballroom (Harbor Level)
    The FWRA is a joint FMI, GMA and National Restaurant Association collaboration to reduce food loss, feed more hungry people, and keep unavoidable food waste out of landfills.  Come join FWRA leadership as we premier new benchmarking research and outline opportunities, challenges and new tools to help you manage and reduce food waste..

Michael Hewett, Director of Environmental and Sustainability Programs, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Gail Tavill, Vice President, Sustainable Development, ConAgra Foods, Inc.

  • Sustainability Exhibitor Showcase
    Commonwealth Complex (Harbor Level)
    Spend time and interact with the Sustainability Showcase Exhibitors in a relaxed atmosphere.  Tables will be provided in the Exhibit Hall for a deeper discussion over lunch.



The FMI/GMA Global Sustainability Summit is designed by your peers. Together, this team of highly respected industry leaders in the food, beverage and CPG retail industry, have put together a robust education and networking program that meets your professional and educational needs. The Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association are grateful for their insight and hard work in developing this summit.

2014 Committee Members

Jonathan Atwood
John Laughead
Delhaize America
Joseph Berman
Price Chopper Supermarkets
Suzanne Lindsay-Walker
The Kroger Co.
Amy Braun
Kellogg Company
Patti Olenick
Weis Markets, Inc.
Matt Foley
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Christopher Ratto
Safeway Inc.
Susan Ghertner
John Reilly
Daymon Worldwide Inc.
William Gill
Smithfield Foods Inc
Jihad Rizkallah
Ahold USA
Jim Hanna
Starbucks Corporation
Nathan Shepley Streed
The Kroger Co.
Michael Hewett
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Meghan Stasz
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Amy Kirtland
Nature's Best
Jeanne von Zastrow
Food Marketing Institute
Steve LaBard
Unified Grocers, Inc.
Jason Wadsworth
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.