The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) is sponsored at Board level by Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury’s, and Richard Smucker, Executive Chairman 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 of Product Integrity of Ahold Delhaize, and Vineet Khanna, Vice President of Supply Chain of Nestlé.
The Steering Committee has the mission of shaping the agenda and driving the development of the SSCI by working together with other CGF Coalitions, including the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the Human Rights Coalition – Working to End Forced Labour (HRC), and Forest Positive. It is also ensuring a streamlined approach to benchmarking across the CGF, by coordinating with the Global Food Safety Initiative benchmarking.
The Steering Committee’s role is to recommend corresponding actions to the Board, guide 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.
Additionally, under the strategic guidance of the SSCI Steering Committee, Technical Working Groups work to develop the content for the benchmarking and recognition of schemes as well as the underlying benchmarking process and methodology.