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Board and Committee Leadership

The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) is sponsored at Board level by Mike Coupe, CEO of Sainsbury’s and Richard Smucker, CEO of The J. M. Smucker Company. As Board sponsors they actively drive and support the work of the SSCI and present the team’s progress to their peers during our bi-annual Board of Directors meetings.

The SSCI Steering Committee is co-chaired by Hugo Byrnes, Vice President Product Integrity of Ahold Delhaize and Vineet Khanna, Vice President Supply Chain of Nestlé.

The Steering Committee has the mission of shaping the agenda and driving the development of the SSCI. It is also ensuring a streamlined approach to benchmarking across the CGF, by overseeing the alignment with the Global Food Safety Initiative benchmarking workstream.

The Steering Committee’s role is to recommend corresponding actions to the Board, steer the broad implementation of the SSCI across the industry, create meaningful collaborations with external stakeholders, and act as champions of our projects within their own companies all for the overarching objective to drive impactful change.

Under the strategic guidance of the SSCI Steering Committee, two Technical Working Groups have worked to develop the content for the benchmarking and recognition of schemes as well as the underlying benchmarking process and methodology.

SSCI Steering Committee Members


  • Co-chair: Ahold Delhaize
  • Co-chair: Nestlé
  • AEON
  • Ajinomoto
  • Barilla
  • Campbell Soup
  • Carrefour
  • Clarks
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Danone
  • Driscoll’s
  • El Corte Ingles
  • Essity
  • Heineken
  • Henkel
  • Jerónimo Martins
  • Kao Corporation
  • Kellogg Company
  • Land O’Lakes Incorporated
  • Loblaw
  • McCain Foods
  • Merck Animal Health
  • METRO AG
  • Migros
  • Naturipe Farms LLC
  • NBC Universal
  • NorgesGruppen ASA
  • PepsiCo
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Robinson Fresh
  • Sephora
  • Target
  • Tan-Viet International
  • Tetra Pak International
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • The J.M. Smucker Company
  • Tokmanni
  • Unilever
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Wakefern
  • Woolworths
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