13-14 OCTOBER 2021
Global Conference

The Sustainable Retail Summit 2021


This programme may be subject to change
All times are in Central European Time
9:00 am - 10:30 am
9:00 am - 9:05 am
Welcome to Day 2 of SRS 2021!

Join us for the second day of SRS 2021 to deep dive into some of the pressing concerns taking place in the industry. Delegates will hear from leading company CEOs on how business can go even further in embedding sustainability and health into its business practices and discover more about the important work being carried by key stakeholders in the health, waste, climate and human rights landscapes.

Conference Moderator: Freelance Broadcaster & Journalist
The European Commission - Transitioning to a Circular and Green Economy

Join Emmanuelle Maire to learn more about the core activity of the European Commission’s Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption team and how it is supporting the transition to a circular and green economy within the broader context of the European Green Deal.

Conference Moderator: Freelance Broadcaster & Journalist
Emmanuelle MAIRE
Directorate General for the Environment, Head of Unit Sustainable Production, Products and Consumption
European Commission
Special Keynote from EuroCommerce
Juan Manuel MORALES
Join the Race To Zero - Climate Transparency Ahead of COP26
Conference Moderator: Freelance Broadcaster & Journalist
Andrew Griffith MP
UK’s Net Zero Business Champion
Health & Sustainability - A View from Asia

Join Mr. Takaaki Nishii, President & Chief Executive Officer of Ajinomoto Group, to learn more about how business can play its part in providing consumers and employees with delicious and sustainable foods that support and form the foundation to healthy and nutritious diets in Japan and the Asian region more broadly.

Mr. Nishii will share Ajinomoto’s purpose and vision and introduce some of the company’s important health and wellbeing initiatives, all within the framework of societal collaboration and partnerships with academia, local governments and authorities, with the objective of building unified action and shared goals to improve the health of both people and planet.

Takaaki NISHII
Member of the Board, Representative Executive Officer, President & Chief Executive Officer
Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
10:05 am - 10:30 am
Fireside Chat with Emmanuel Faber
Conference Moderator: Freelance Broadcaster & Journalist
Emmanuel FABER
Former CGF Co-Chair
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Networking Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Special Session: Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board) - What Consumers Expect in a More Sustainable Future

In September 2021, Bord Bia, The Irish Food Board published the results of one of the most extensive global surveys ever undertaken of thought leaders’, consumers’ and trade buyers’ attitudes to sustainability. The Origin Green Global Sustainability Survey was undertaken in 13 markets to understand existing attitudes to sustainability and emerging trends among three groups; agenda setters (advocacy groups, policy makers, industry leaders), customers (trade buyers, sustainability leads, operations leads) and consumers. The survey finds clear differences in what each group prioritises and how they see the topic of sustainability. This special session will share the key consumer insights around sustainability expectations based on >11,000 grocery shoppers aged 18-65 in 13 markets globally.

Deirdre RYAN
Director of Origin Green
Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board)
Thought Leadership on Sustainability with ICA Gruppen

Per Strömberg will talk about how ICA Gruppen as a leading grocery retailer and an influencer in society, responds to and leverages the increasing interest in sustainability – and how climate and health constitute key drivers for innovation, new business opportunities and internal commitment.

Conference Moderator: Freelance Broadcaster & Journalist
ICA Gruppen
Activating Solutions to Net Zero Carbon

This session will bring together practical examples and solutions from across the globe on how businesses can accelerate their own Net Zero Carbon Journey with both retail and manufacturing organisations sharing their stories alongside Paul Crewe, Anthesis Groups’ Chief Sustainability Officer.

Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer
Anthesis Group
Head of Environment
Tesco plc
Global Director, Sustainability, Environment & Human Rights
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Networking Break
Tech Talk: Maersk - Now There Is Choice: Decarbonizing Logistics

Mads Stensen, Senior Sustainability Developer at Maersk, addresses the nature of the sustainability challenges that supply chains face today and how brands can overcome them by decarbonising their logistics.

Senior Sustainability Developer
1:05 pm - 1:20 pm
Tech Talk: Merck Animal Health

More to be announced soon!

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Special Session

More to be announced soon!

From Shareholder Capitalism to Stakeholder Interests: Opportunities to Advance Wellbeing
Sharon BLIGH
Health & Wellness Director
The Consumer Goods Forum
Alden LAI
Executive Advisor, Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation & Assistant Professor, New York University
Public Health Researcher
Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation
A Unique Partnership to Eradicate Forced Labour

The CGF’s Human Rights Coalition – Working to End Forced Labour (HRC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This milestone commences a five-year technical collaboration that will help HRC members advance in their objective to help achieve fair and decent working conditions worldwide by driving individual and collective action in their businesses and supply chains to eradicate forced labour. This session will serve as an introduction to the HRC Coalition with a focus on concrete, implementation projects. Join the FLA, IOM and the Coalition’s Committee Co-Chairs, Veronika Pountcheva and Paul Lalli, to learn more about this unique partnership and why it matters to the industry.

Director Social Sustainability & SSCI
The Consumer Goods Forum
Global Director Corporate Responsibility
Global Head of Human Rights
The Coca-Cola Company
Senior Director of Supply Chain Innovation and Partnerships
Fair Labor Association (FLA)
Maximilian POTTLER
Project Manager
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Global Supply Chain Strategy: Addressing the Triple Challenges of Resilience, Sustainability and Transparency

The architects of the world’s consumer goods supply chains are in the midst of responding to an unprecedented combination of external challenges. Geopolitical uncertainties, along with more immediate Covid-related disruptions are forcing companies fundamentally to rethink their approaches to resilience. At the same time, the demands of environmental and social sustainability – from the first mile to the last mile – have become paramount. Meanwhile, consumers, ESG investors, governments and NGOs are effectively pushing for vastly increased transparency on the entire chain.

In this session we will explore the extraordinary wave of strategic innovations that these challenges are beginning to unleash and how those innovations might play out over the coming years. We’ll discuss for example: the pluses and minuses of more “closed” versus “open” supply chains; the role of verification technologies like satellite imaging and social media monitoring; and the realities versus the promises of the new breed of traceability services.

Spring Impact
Steven JAMES
Senior Director Commodities, Oils
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Networking Break
Tech Talk: PEFC and SFI - Forest Positive Collaboration Through Forest Certification

PEFC and SFI are on a forest positive journey – learning, adapting, and collaborating – advancing climate neutral and nature positive outcomes through sustainable forest management.

As the world looks for impactful pathways to address climate change, biodiversity and other sustainability and ESG related goals, forest certification programs like PEFC and SFI provide many scalable nature-based-solutions.

Hear from Fabienne and Jason as they offer solutions and insight into forest positive collaborations.

Head of Marketing
PEFC International
Senior Vice President, Customer Affairs
Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Special Session: Transparency-One and Danone - Scaling regenerative agriculture: how to unlock impact across supply chains

Regenerative agriculture has been embraced by many consumer goods companies as a key lever to drive environmental and social impact while strengthening supply chain resilience. But the challenge to transitioning entire supply chains is a daunting one.

This session will focus on Danone’s regenerative agriculture journey, including how it has defined practices and tested them via pilots around the world. It will explore how Danone is moving towards scale, building innovative initiatives with partners like Transparency One, and leveraging technology to capture and analyse data. Finally, it will look at the impact achieved to date, at farm level and in business.

Yann-Gaël RIO
Vice-President Nature and Agriculture/CEO Ecosystem Fund
Leading Standards and Companies Change the Future of Seafood Traceability

Retailers face some of the largest risks when it comes to brand reputation, and robust, full-chain product traceability is an excellent tool for companies to bring more transparency to their supply chains and validate the legality, sustainability, and social responsibility claims being made by their suppliers. In the seafood industry, the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) has developed groundbreaking standards for electronic and interoperable traceability that enables effective, reliable, and affordable solutions across the supply chain. This session will bring together industry leaders to share their stories of why implementing the GDST standards is a business-smart decision, has helped them reduce various risks in their supply chains, and how utilization of the standards has already provided numerous benefits across their company and to their customers.

Manager, Global Seafood Traceability
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Principal Quality Standards Advisor, Seafood
Whole Foods Market
Head of Corporate Responsibility
4:55 pm - 5:25 pm
Unsustainable Investment: Global Impacts on Future Generations - with Richard Curtis, British Screenwriter, Producer, and Film Director

With a warming planet and a natural environment under threat, the decisions we make on how our money is invested will impact on future generations for decades to come. There’s $50 trillion invested in pensions globally, and that’s money owned by all of us. But while investing in many vital businesses, pensions have also been fuelling some of the most unsustainable industries on the planet. From tobacco to fossil fuels, weaponry to gambling, pension funds have invested trillions on our behalf without asking us the crucial question – do these investments create a world we actually want to live in?

Conference Moderator: Freelance Broadcaster & Journalist
Richard CURTIS
Director, Writer and SDG advocate
5:25 pm - 5:30 pm
SRS 2021 - Conference Closing Remarks
Conference Moderator: Freelance Broadcaster & Journalist