2015 Global Sustainability Summit


Visit the 2016 Global Sustainability Summit website for information on next year's event.

Know Before You Go

The 2015 FMI/GMA Global Sustianability Summit is just around the corner.  We have prepared some last minute notes for you before you head out.  See you in Denver!

Q&A With Featured Summit Speakers

We sat down with some of the speakers presenting at this year's Sustainability Summit. Learn more about the topics that these speakers will explore in their sessions. Featured speakers include:

  • Elisabeth Comere, Director of Environment and Government Affairs- US and Canada, Tetra Pak
    Session: Optimizing Resource Efficiency and Waste Management in Today’s Circular Economy 
    Read Elizabeth's Q&A about her session
  • Cheryl Baldwin, Vice President of Consulting for Pure Strategies
    Session: Digging Into Positive Performance from Farm to Fork 
    Read Cheryl's Q&A about her session

Official Mobile App Now Available! 

Get up-to-the-minute information such as the latest agenda, updates from the conference planner, speaker information, networking and gaming opportunities, maps, exhibitor and sponsor details, attendee list and more. Download the app by searching "FMI/GMA 2015 Sustainability Summit" in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or by going to this address (Blackberry, Windows, laptop users):  https://fmisummit15.gatherdigital.com/

Don't forget to play the badge game on-site by loggin in, checking-in to sessions, and visiting exhibitor booths. Check out the Info section in the app for rules of play, and view the Leaderboard to see how everyone is doing and to size up your competition. Top players could win a prize, so check-in often and you could be a winner! 

New this year is the photo stream feature--visit the Photos tab in the app to upload your favorite photo moments from the Summit and to comment and view photos from your fellow attendees.

Food Waste Innovation Zone and Start-Up Challenge Companies Announced!

Please visit the Innovation Zone tab to learn more about the companies participating in the Innovation Zone and the Food Waste Start-Up Challenge.

Lunch n' Learn Sessions Added

Spend your lunch hour on Thursday by self-selecting the opportunity that appeals most to you.  Use the hour to discuss recycling myths and myth-busters finding ways to develop truthful solutions with your company and consumers. Or devote the hour to stuffing backpacks for kids in need in the Denver area as we team up with Hunger Free, Colorado.  Both opportunities offer something for everyone.  For detailed descriptions and more information please visit the Program tab.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!


The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have developed the Sustainability Summit to give companies the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level.

What will this event cover?

The Global Sustainability Summit is designed to help companies with all levels of awareness, expertise and global reach incorporate sustainability into every aspect of their business model.

Keynote sessions will feature some of the world’s leading thinkers and change agents focused on the most pressing issues in the industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to tailor their conference experience by selecting sessions from different Strategic Areas of Focus, including:

  • Emerging Issues and Trends

    Engaging consumers with sustainability, unique opportunities with millennials, sustainable proteins and the future, new concepts on the CSR side of sustainability

  • Technology and Innovation

    Worldwide food security and the sustainable food supply chain, proving the value of capturing and reporting sustainability metrics

  • Packaging and Waste

    Multi-stakeholder collaboration and best practices in food and packaging waste reduction, innovations and solutions for protecting the oceans

  • Education and Communication

    Creating and maximizing stakeholder relationships

  • Natural Resource Challenges

    From water to pollinators to soils and fertilizers

  • Sustainable Supply Chain and Sourcing

    Sourcing high impact commodities: lessons learned and what will be the next Palm oil, chemicals and additives under scrutiny, emerging hot spots

  • Sustainable Agriculture

    Dialogue with farmers and ranchers, animal welfare issues, emerging innovations and strategies to reduce inputs and maximize productivity

Who Should Attend?

Your company's sustainability leadership group should attend, along with senior executives looking to incorporate sustainability into strategic business planning and representatives from the affected functional areas of operations including marketing, communications, and procurement. Key officials from government, NGOs and advocacy groups that are interested in partnerships with the CPG and retailing industries should also attend.

Who Attends?

The following people are attending the 2015 Global Sustainability Summit--see who you can meet and network with this year!

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