7th Annual Sustainable Business Forum 2017

Fixing food:

How disruption will save the system

8th November 2017

The system's broken. Now let's fix it.

We all know that we consume too much, we don't produce enough and, by destroying the environment, we are effectively biting the hand that feeds us. From production to consumption, the food system is creaking but fixing just one part of it will not suffice. A holistic approach is needed. And it's happening. From blockchain to alternative meat sources; from agroforestry to urban farms, bold new innovation is taking place all around us and it will radically change the way we grow, consume and, more importantly, think about food.

Join Salterbaxter and a collection of the world’s leading companies from across the food system, academics, NGOs, policymakers and disruptors at the 7th Sustainable Business Forum to explore and debate the fundamental challenges facing the system and learn about the solutions which will facilitate and accelerate vital transformation across the entire food chain.

  • Portrait of Dr Juan Gonzalez-Valero
    Name
    Dr Juan Gonzalez-Valero
    Title
    Head of Public Policy and Sustainability
    Brand
    Syngenta
    Biography
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  • Portrait of Claes Johansson
    Name
    Claes Johansson
    Title
    Head of Sustainable Development
    Brand
    Lantmännen
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Mario Abreu
    Name
    Mario Abreu
    Title
    Vice President Environment, Product Management and Commercial Operations
    Brand
    Tetra Pak
    Biography
    Mario has been a member of Tetra Pak’s Environment management team since 2003. He leads functional teams which are currently responsible for Tetra Pak’s strategic priority to Drive Environment Excellence, one of the 4 Group Priorities approved by the Board for the period 2010-2020. Key activities include driving global recycling of post-consumer beverage cartons; reducing the environment footprint of the company’s product portfolio including value-chain climate emission reduction; and sourcing policies and planning concerning renewable and credibly sourced materials.
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  • Portrait of Daniel Vennard
    Name
    Daniel Vennard
    Title
    Global Program Director
    Brand
    World Resources Institute
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Anne Babkine
    Name
    Anne Babkine
    Title
    Communications Director
    Brand
    Elior Group
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Nigel Topping
    Name
    Nigel Topping
    Title
    CEO
    Brand
    We Mean Business
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Sarah Borchers
    Name
    Sarah Borchers
    Title
    Head of Partnerships UK
    Brand
    World Food Programme
    Biography
    Sarah currently wears two hats at the World Food Programme, serving as both Head of Partnerships UK and Global New Business Lead. Passionate about the role that private sector can play in achieving Agenda 2030, Sarah works with companies to identify opportunities to make a transformative impact on SDG 2 - Zero Hunger while also helping meet their business objectives. Prior to this role, Sarah served as global Head of Digital Fundraising based at WFP HQ in Rome.
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  • Portrait of Professor Tim Lang
    Name
    Professor Tim Lang
    Title
    Professor of Food Policy
    Brand
    City, University of London
    Biography
    Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City, University of London’s Centre for Food Policy. He was a hill farmer in Lancashire UK in the 1970s which confirmed his interest food as a link for health, environment, culture and political economy. This became his work from 1980 first academically, then in the public sector and civil society, and for the last quarter century back in academia. He was food advisor to the EU Environment Commissioner (1988), food commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2006-11), and a member of UK Council of Food Policy Advisors (2008-10) and the London Food Board advising the Mayor of London (since 2009, reappointed 2017). He is author or co-author of numerous journal articles and ten books. His latest book is Sustainable Diets (with Pamela Mason), published in March 2017. He is a member of the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (reporting Spring 2018). He is advisor to the European Economic & Social Council’s current inquiry into a comprehensive food policy.
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  • Portrait of Simon Hampel
    Name
    Simon Hampel
    Title
    CEO
    Brand
    Leaders' Quest
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Dr Lee Howell
    Name
    Dr Lee Howell
    Title
    Member, Managing Board & Head of Global Programming
    Brand
    World Economic Forum
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Nick Molho
    Name
    Nick Molho
    Title
    Executive Director
    Brand
    Aldersgate Group
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Gavin Milligan
    Name
    Gavin Milligan
    Title
    Director of Sustainability
    Brand
    William Jackson Food Group
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Anthony Pralle
    Name
    Anthony Pralle
    Title
    Senior Partner & Managing Director
    Brand
    Boston Consulting Group
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Marc Zornes
    Name
    Marc Zornes
    Title
    Founder and CEO
    Brand
    Winnow Solutions
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Jessica Alsford
    Name
    Jessica Alsford
    Title
    Managing Director, Head of Sustainability Research
    Brand
    Morgan Stanley
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Ilana Taub
    Name
    Ilana Taub
    Title
    Founder
    Brand
    Snact
    Biography
    Ilana graduated with an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London before working at ICAEW lobbying for finance to play a bigger role in sustainable development. She was part of the team that launched The Food Assembly in the UK and was selected as a London Leader by the GLA & the Mayor of London. In 2016 she was voted as one of the top 10 female entrepreneurs to watch in the UK and Snact was part of the Ellen McArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 SME programme.
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  • Portrait of Kate Hofman
    Name
    Kate Hofman
    Title
    CEO and Co-Founder
    Brand
    GrowUp, Urban Farms
    Biography
    Expand
  • Portrait of Mark Saxon
    Name
    Mark Saxon
    Title
    Head of Public Affairs
    Brand
    Coca-Cola Company
    Biography
    Expand
Portrait of Dr Juan Gonzalez-Valero
Name
Dr Juan Gonzalez-Valero
Title
Head of Public Policy and Sustainability
Brand
Syngenta
Biography
Portrait of Claes Johansson
Name
Claes Johansson
Title
Head of Sustainable Development
Brand
Lantmännen
Biography
Portrait of Mario Abreu
Name
Mario Abreu
Title
Vice President Environment, Product Management and Commercial Operations
Brand
Tetra Pak
Biography
Mario has been a member of Tetra Pak’s Environment management team since 2003. He leads functional teams which are currently responsible for Tetra Pak’s strategic priority to Drive Environment Excellence, one of the 4 Group Priorities approved by the Board for the period 2010-2020. Key activities include driving global recycling of post-consumer beverage cartons; reducing the environment footprint of the company’s product portfolio including value-chain climate emission reduction; and sourcing policies and planning concerning renewable and credibly sourced materials.
Portrait of Daniel Vennard
Name
Daniel Vennard
Title
Global Program Director
Brand
World Resources Institute
Biography
Portrait of Anne Babkine
Name
Anne Babkine
Title
Communications Director
Brand
Elior Group
Biography
Portrait of Nigel Topping
Name
Nigel Topping
Title
CEO
Brand
We Mean Business
Biography
Portrait of Sarah Borchers
Name
Sarah Borchers
Title
Head of Partnerships UK
Brand
World Food Programme
Biography
Sarah currently wears two hats at the World Food Programme, serving as both Head of Partnerships UK and Global New Business Lead. Passionate about the role that private sector can play in achieving Agenda 2030, Sarah works with companies to identify opportunities to make a transformative impact on SDG 2 - Zero Hunger while also helping meet their business objectives. Prior to this role, Sarah served as global Head of Digital Fundraising based at WFP HQ in Rome.
Portrait of Professor Tim Lang
Name
Professor Tim Lang
Title
Professor of Food Policy
Brand
City, University of London
Biography
Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City, University of London’s Centre for Food Policy. He was a hill farmer in Lancashire UK in the 1970s which confirmed his interest food as a link for health, environment, culture and political economy. This became his work from 1980 first academically, then in the public sector and civil society, and for the last quarter century back in academia. He was food advisor to the EU Environment Commissioner (1988), food commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2006-11), and a member of UK Council of Food Policy Advisors (2008-10) and the London Food Board advising the Mayor of London (since 2009, reappointed 2017). He is author or co-author of numerous journal articles and ten books. His latest book is Sustainable Diets (with Pamela Mason), published in March 2017. He is a member of the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (reporting Spring 2018). He is advisor to the European Economic & Social Council’s current inquiry into a comprehensive food policy.
Portrait of Simon Hampel
Name
Simon Hampel
Title
CEO
Brand
Leaders' Quest
Biography
Portrait of Dr Lee Howell
Name
Dr Lee Howell
Title
Member, Managing Board & Head of Global Programming
Brand
World Economic Forum
Biography
Portrait of Nick Molho
Name
Nick Molho
Title
Executive Director
Brand
Aldersgate Group
Biography
Portrait of Gavin Milligan
Name
Gavin Milligan
Title
Director of Sustainability
Brand
William Jackson Food Group
Biography
Portrait of Anthony Pralle
Name
Anthony Pralle
Title
Senior Partner & Managing Director
Brand
Boston Consulting Group
Biography
Portrait of Marc Zornes
Name
Marc Zornes
Title
Founder and CEO
Brand
Winnow Solutions
Biography
Portrait of Jessica Alsford
Name
Jessica Alsford
Title
Managing Director, Head of Sustainability Research
Brand
Morgan Stanley
Biography
Portrait of Ilana Taub
Name
Ilana Taub
Title
Founder
Brand
Snact
Biography
Ilana graduated with an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London before working at ICAEW lobbying for finance to play a bigger role in sustainable development. She was part of the team that launched The Food Assembly in the UK and was selected as a London Leader by the GLA & the Mayor of London. In 2016 she was voted as one of the top 10 female entrepreneurs to watch in the UK and Snact was part of the Ellen McArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 SME programme.
Portrait of Kate Hofman
Name
Kate Hofman
Title
CEO and Co-Founder
Brand
GrowUp, Urban Farms
Biography
Portrait of Mark Saxon
Name
Mark Saxon
Title
Head of Public Affairs
Brand
Coca-Cola Company
Biography

Disruption is the key

We all know the challenges facing our global food supply and the strain the system is under. We could discuss the problems in depth but it’s been done before and let’s face it we need answers and we need them soon.

We want to embrace the change that is necessary and the change that is already on its way. We want to talk about this and talk to some of the companies, innovators, NGOs and policymakers disrupting the system and shaping the future of the food: the global changemakers who are leading the way across every stage of the supply chain. Some of the issues and topics we’ll explore will include:

The caviar of the future

Our meat-based diet is not only costly but taking its toll on the planet. The livestock sector uses a third of the Earth’s croplands to grow feed, a third of all fish landed from the seas whilst generating close to a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to cut meat consumption by 50% over the next 40 years we’ll need to turn to alternative protein sources from insect farmers such as Edible Bug Farm to plant-based technologies from companies such as the US-based Ocean Hugger Foods which has created plant-based versions of tuna, eggplant-based eel and carrot-based salmon. Will these interventions radically transform how we perceive and consume proteins?

Innovate or die

A sustainable increase in food production, especially proteins, is needed to maintain global development in line with the SDGs and seafood undoubtedly has some of the greatest potential in terms of protein sources. But fisheries are under stress so aquaculture might have its time. To transport seafood, companies such as SEAtrue have developed smart 'robot containers' using sophisticated cooling techniques to extend shelf life. Can technology disrupt the supply chain to deliver sustainable solutions?

Transparency in the food chain

Improving traceability of the global food supply chain forms part of the Tyson Foods Inc strategy for sustainable growth; traceability forms an important part of this and it has joined a group of other leading companies across the global food supply chain in a major 'blockchain' collaboration that includes IBM, Dole, Driscoll’s, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick & Company, McLane Company, Nestlé, Unilever and Walmart. Together they are working to make blockchain strengthen consumer confidence in the global food system. In trials in China and the US, IBM and Walmart recently demonstrated that blockchain can be used to track a product from the farm through every stage of the supply chain, right to the retail shelf, in seconds instead of days or weeks. Are we about to see a new era of end-to-end transparency in the global food system, delivering more effective traceability and food safety, and will it promote responsible actions and behaviours?

Regional collaboration

The Bonn Challenge aims to restore 150 million hectares of the world’s degraded and deforested lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030. It is a vehicle for addressing national priorities such as water and food security and rural development while contributing to the achievement of international climate change, biodiversity, and land degradation commitments. It builds on previous initiatives, is overseen by 20 institutions and has commitments across regions in excess of two-thirds of the 2020 goal.

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel, adopted by the African Union is a regional strategy to create a mosaic of green and productive landscapes across North Africa, the Sahel, and the Horn. Farmers will manage the natural regeneration of forests, croplands, and grasslands. The Wall will cross arid and semi-arid zones to the north and south of the Sahara: a 15km wide belt of 7,775km from Dakar to Djibouti, with a core area of 780 million hectares, supporting 232 million people. Around 10 million hectares will need to be restored each year.

Are these regional collaborations and disruptive approaches going to fix the system?

Turning policy into practice

In 2014, India became the first nation in the world to adopt a national agroforestry policy, which promotes the practice of integrating trees, crops, and livestock on the same plot of land. Agroforestry has the potential to achieve sustainability in agriculture while optimizing its productivity. The policy also talks about security of land tenure, promoting research and capacity building, felicitating participation of industries dealing with agroforestry produce and offering incentives to farmers. Can policy interventions deliver the necessary disruption and innovation?

We want to facilitate conversation around this urgent issue, share ideas and hopefully uncover solutions across the entire food system, so please join us in London to learn from a wide variety of experts on the subject and make your voice heard.

 

Programme

  • From
    08:45
    To
    08:55

    Introduction by Nigel Salter, CEO, Salterbaxter

  • From
    08:55
    To
    09:15

    Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

  • From
    09:15
    To
    09:35

    Sarah Borchers, World Food Programme and Mastercard

  • From
    09:35
    To
    09:50

    Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business

  • Session 1: The Business Response to the Challenge

  • From
    09:50
    To
    10:10

    Dr Juan Gonzalez-Valero, Head of Public Policy and Sustainability, Syngenta

  • From
    10:10
    To
    10:25

    Claes Johansson, Head of Sustainable Development, Lantmännen

  • From
    10:25
    To
    10:35

    Anne Babkine, Communications Director, Elior Group

  • From
    10:35
    To
    11:00

    Panel discussion

    Claes Johansson, Head of Sustainable Development, Lantmännen

    Anne Babkine, Communications Director, Elior Group

    Dr Juan Gonzalez-Valero, Head of Public Policy & Sustainability, Syngenta

    Simon Hampel,CEO, Leaders Quest

  • From
    11:00
    To
    11:15

    COFFEE

  • Session 2: Policy Context

  • From
    11:15
    To
    11:35

    Dr Lee Howell, Member, Managing Board & Head of Global Programming, World Economic Forum

  • From
    11:35
    To
    12:05

    Mark Saxon, Head of Public Affairs, Coca-Cola Company

  • From
    12:05
    To
    12:45

    Panel discussion

    Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group

    Gavin Milligan, Director of Sustainability, William Jackson Food Group

    Dr Lee Howell, Member, Managing Board & Head of Global Programming, World Economic Forum

    Mark Saxon, Head of Public Affairs, Coca-Cola Company

  • From
    12:45
    To
    13:45

    LUNCH

  • From
    13:00
    To
    13:30

    Breakout session hosted by Huw Maggs, Salterbaxter

    Anthony Pralle, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

  • Session 3: Challenging the Industry: Disruption through innovation and action

  • From
    14:15
    To
    14:35

    Speaker TBC

  • From
    14:35
    To
    14:55

    Marc Zornes, Founder and CEO, Winnow Solutions

  • From
    14:55
    To
    15:05

    Jessica Alsford, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability Research, Morgan Stanley

  • From
    15:05
    To
    15:30

    Panel discussion

    Mario Abreu, VP Environment, Tetra Pak

    Jessica Alsford, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability Research, Morgan Stanley 

    Marc Zornes, Founder and CEO, Winnow Solutions

  • From
    15:30
    To
    15:45

    COFFEE

  • Session 4: What does it mean for the consumer?

  • From
    16:05
    To
    16:20

    Daniel Vennard, Director, Better Buying Lab, World Resources Institute

  • From
    16:20
    To
    16:25

    Ilana Taub, Founder, Snact  

  • From
    16:25
    To
    16:30

    Kate Hofman, Ceo and Co-Founder, Grow-Up Urban Farms

  • From
    16:30
    To
    16:55

    Panel discussion

    Ilana Taub, Founder, Snact

    Sean Murphy, Head of Global Strategic Marketing, Nescafé

    Daniel Vennard, Director Better Buying Lab, World Resources Institute

    Kate Hofman, CEO and Co-Founder, GrowUp, Urban Farms

  • From
    16:55
    To
    17:00

    Conclusion by Nigel Salter, CEO, Salterbaxter

What to expect

The day will be divided into four distinct discussion areas:

1. We’ve got a problem

Big picture assessment of key challenges and issues at a domestic and global level.

2. Rising to the Challenge

How are the largest food producers and retailers responding to the challenges in the system.

3. Unlocking the key

What is the role of policy in addressing system change? How do you effectively influence policy for system transformation?

4. Consumers as disruptors?

How to turn consumers into changemakers.

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Haymarket Hotel is situated in the heart of London's theatre district next door to the famous Haymarket Theatre Royal. It is surrounded by some of London's best restaurants and bars and just moments from the new Dover Street Market on Haymarket. The hotel is also within easy reach of the city's financial centre.

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