RETAIL, FINANCE AND THE FUTURE OF FOOD
Seminar London, 28 April 2010
The role of the investment sector and retail to make the global food system more sustainable.
Focusing on the role and responsibilities of the retail and finance sectors in ensuring a sustainable future for the global food chain, this Future of Food seminar brought together speakers from four continents and fifty participants from ten different countries. Active in the areas of government, food industry, retail, NGOs, finance and science, these participants brought forward a multitude of views interests and experiences, but a shared conviction that it is urgent to act.
However, as there are many aspects to sustainability, there are a wide variety of goals and challenges at stake. Moving forward therefore requires dialogue and cooperation between stakeholders. This not only means that retail and other food chain parties have to find their share of sustainable solutions, but also governments, NGOs, and financial institutions.
A deeper cooperation among these parties means that new business and governance models have to be developed.
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Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality
On 22 February 2007 Ms Gerda Verburg (1957) was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Dutch government. In 2009 she chaired the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Prior to being minister she was a member of parliament for the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) from 1998 to 2007.
Before her entry in the political arena she was an entrepreneur running a business in communications and projects. She started her career in Dutch Christian Trade Union (CNV) of which she became board member in 1990.
President & Chief Executive, Agri & Food Supply Chain at Reliance Retail
Sanjeev Asthana is President and Chief Executive of the Agri and Food Supply Chain at Reliance Retail. Mr. Asthana has been given the mandate to develop an agri-supply chain business for Reliance Retail which will connect the ‘farm to fork’ and provide impetus to the rural economy of India.
Prior to Joining Reliance, Mr. Asthana was Director on the Board of Cargill India, heading their key business of Grains & Oilseeds. Under his leadership, Cargill set up the industry benchmark to do business in the most ethical manner. Mr. Asthana is a regular speaker at various national and International seminars on Commodity trade, Risk management, Food Supply Chain, Retail and Agriculture.
ASDA's External Affairs and Social Responsibility Director (UK)
Paul joined ASDA in August 2007 as External Affairs and Social Responsibility Director and is in charge of media and government relations, sustainability, corporate responsibility and regulatory policy. Paul also helps to shape ASDA and Walmart policy on a wide variety of issues including health, agriculture and sustainability.
Prior to joining ASDA he held a number of senior positions with Compass Group PLC and Granada Group PLC.
Paul Kelly is a board member of the British Retail Consortium and the School Food Trust. He is on the obesity and alcohol leadership groups for the Coalition for Better Health, and was a member of the Department of Health / FSA Nutrition Strategy Steering Group.
CSR-manager Rabobank Brazil
Daniela Mariuzzo is the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Rabobank International Brazil, responsible for the development and implementation of CSR policies for the Food and Agri sectors. In 2008 she coordinated the launch of the CSR Best Practices Manual for Brazilian farmers.
As CSR manager at Rabobank Brazil she supported the Asian Rabobank offices to kick off the CSR process. Daniela takes part in the Round Table on Responsible Soy and has large experience in farm inspections on international quality protocols, such as GlobalGAP. She is graduated as a Food Engineer (Campinas University, Unicamp). In addition she studied environmental issues in Barcelona and Hamburg, by which she gained her PhD.
Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability at Volkswagen Group
Gerhard Prätorius is the Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability at the Volkswagen Group. In the company for many years, he also has been Managing Director of several regional development agencies, working on technology transfers especially in the fields of new transportation systems and environmental technologies.
He began his career as a senior researcher in this field at the Institute for Ecology and Business Management at the European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel (Germany). Dr. Prätorius graduated in Economics, Political Science, and German Language and is also lecturer at the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina of Braunschweig.
Senior Vice President Market Transformations of the World Wildlife Fund
In addition to his position as WWF’s Senior Vice President of Market Transformation, Dr. Jason Clay (USA) manages the WWF Network’s private sector advisory board and led the development of WWF’s private sector engagement strategy. He is a leader within WWF and the NGO community more broadly on identifying global trends and issues as well as supply chain management.
Jason Clay has co-convened multi-stakeholder roundtables to identify and reduce the social and environmental impacts of such products as salmon, soy, sugarcane, and cotton and helped draft the RSPO principles and criteria for sustainable palm oil. Over the course of his career he has run a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale, worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and received his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1979 in anthropology and international agriculture.
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Kees van der Graaf
Kees van der Graaf currently is an Executive-in-Residence at the IMD Business Scholl in Lausanne, previously held the positions of President Europe and President Food within the Board of Unilever, until 2008. During this time, has was also member of the liaison committee of the CIAA, the Confederation of Food Industries in Europe. The 32 years of his Unilever career were spent at several top managerial positions.
He is now passing his experience to business students and young professionals focusing on leadership requirements. Apart from his professional activities, Mr. van der Graaf founded and presides the FSHD Foundation on muscular dystrophy.
- How can the global food system be both sustainable and profitable in 2025?
- What are the sustainability perspectives for the food retail sector in 15 years, specifically in relation to urbanization and consumer perspective?
- Which strategies are available to for the financial sector to help to increase the sustainability of the food system?
- How can emerging economies deal with these issues?
Schuttelaar & Partners organize the seminar in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Oxfam Novib, GECAFS and Oxford University.