Landscape initiatives in which draw-down of water aquifers is primary driver

John Rogers from AB InBev and Charlotte Cawthorne from Innocent shared collective action initiatives—John in Guanajuato Mexico, and Charlotte in southern Spain. John’s take-aways were: Get started. Share with others. Let go of preconceptions about solutions. Find local ownership. Get some quick wins while also working on long-term solutions. Charlotte’s suggestions were: Do your homework…

Welcome and Scope 4

We choose this year’s theme intentionally – “leading into the future”. Both as an invitation for each of us to reflect on what is ahead for us as a cross sector community, but also to invite each of us to bring in our own questions of leadership. While there is no question that the work…

Momentum Builds for Landscape Level Sustainable Watershed Initiatives

On April 1, the California Department of Water Resources hydrologists are expected to announce the smallest snowpack ever in state history. This will mark the fourth year of an unprecedented drought that has strained the capacity of residents, farmers, business, and government to respond to the immediate crisis and to think strategically about the future of water…

Leveraging Science, Certification, and Impact Investment to Scale Climate Smart Agricultural Practices

Are your raw materials ‘climate smart’? A new Food Lab and CCAFS partnership tackles the challenge of scaling climate smart value chains. Since 2010, the Sustainable Food Lab has partnered with the University of Aberdeen, Unilever and many others to develop the Cool Farm Tool, an open source quantification tool for measuring GHG emissions in…

Scope 4 in Action: A Hopeful Example from the Amazon

There are many sustainability challenges that by their nature cannot be solved by one actor alone. Water shortage, water pollution, climate mitigation and adaptation, and deforestation are examples of supply chain sustainability challenges are often best and most efficiently addressed through collaborative, sometimes public-private, frameworks. Recent progress on reducing deforestation in the Amazon (below) highlights…

Measure to Manage Food Loss in Supply Chains

The shocking statistic that 33 percent of food is lost or wasted—one out of every three calories—begs the question, what can food and beverage companies do about food loss and waste in their supply chains? There is a long list of urgent and compelling issues that food and beverage companies are already grappling with in…

Coffee and Cocoa Companies Plan for Climate Change Impacts

As multinational companies grow more sophisticated in understanding their supply chains, the research community is also getting better at modeling and predicting future weather patterns, diseases, water availability and other climate change impacts. The question is, how well are these sectors supporting and feeding each other? Is the science on shifting crop suitability reaching the…

Welcome and Opening

Our collective work is at the dynamic intersection of sustainable sourcing, sustainable agriculture, and international development.  Jan-Kees Vis of Unilever, who is deeply engaged in most the industry forums grappling with these issues, shared his sense of the evolving “territory” of key approaches and issues as a context for the Summit.  Jan-Kees Vis, Unilever R&D…