SAI PLATFORM ANNUAL EVENT 2021
Recognising the value of agriculture for a thriving future
9-11 JUNE 2021
Virtual event

Schedule of events

 

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Conference ‘Recognising the Value of Agriculture for a Thriving Future‘ – Open to all

Time Content Speakers

Ensuring shared value in global food systems

Global food systems are one of the largest drivers of climate change and nature loss and has a significant impact on the livelihoods of billions of people around the world. At the same time, agriculture also provides opportunities to address climate change. Building solutions through collaboration is paramount for transforming and catalysing change.

14:00 – 14:10 CET Welcome
  • Adrian Greet, Director General, SAI Platform
  • Sasha Twining, Master of ceremony
14:10 – 14:20 CET Keynote speaker Arianna Giuliodori, Secretary General, World Farmers’ Organisation
14:20 – 15:30 CET

Panel discussion: Looking at the potential of regenerative agriculture

  • The crucial role that farmers can play in the transformation to sustainable food systems.
  • Incentive and offsetting mechanisms – potential of carbon sequestration and carbon credits.
  • Economic impact of regenerative practices.
  • Improving the ecosystem through regenerative: impact and examples.
  • Alfonso Chico de Guzmán, Farmer, President, AlVelAl
  • James Ede, Sustainability Manager EMEA, Cargill
  • Trey Hill, Owner and Manager, Harborview Farms, Rockhall, Maryland
  • Sarah Mock, Agriculture and rural issues writer and researcher

Moderator: Sven Sielhorst, Systems Director, SAI Platform

15:30 – 15:45 CET Coffee break
15:45 – 17:00 CET

Panel discussion: Connecting with all links in the value chain

  • Sustainability starts with resilience – from both large scale to smallholder farms. How can we work effectively with farmers?
  • The UN SDGs are a guiding framework – but can any one company or organisation achieve meaningful impact on their own?
  • Collaboration is essential, but it takes trust, time and creative conversations – how do we build “high impact collaboration”?
  • How can we align “brand purpose” with “living incomes”? And, how can we create shared sense of responsibility?
  • How do we accelerate? How can we make SAI Platform a “high performance turbo” to drive impact?
  • Laurence Briand, Sustainable Development Manager, Symrise
  • Elijah Perkins, Purchasing – Field Agent, Norwest Ingredients, LLC
  • Duncan Pollard, Founder, Duncan Pollard & Associates
  • Abhijeet Sharma, Program Manager (Shubhmint project), Tanager
  • Ben Summers, Director, The Innocent Foundation

Moderator and speaker: Hamish Taylor, Senior Advisor on Sustainability, Symrise

17:00 – 17:15 CET Conversation with AlVelAl 
  • Alfonso Chico de Guzmán, Farmer, President, AlVelAl
  • Sasha Twining, Master of ceremony
17:15 – 17:30 CET Reflections from day 1 
  • Rob Meyers, Director Sustainable Agriculture, PepsiCo
  • Sasha Twining, Master of ceremony

Conference ‘Recognising the Value of Agriculture for a Thriving Future‘ – Open to all

Time Content Speakers

Systemic change for a sustainable thriving future

2020 was a landmark year for many sustainable business targets and was also a strong reminder that our current systems are not transforming at the speed and scale needed. What radical action is needed to influence, change and shift the whole system?

14:00 – 14:10 CET Opening remarks Sasha Twining, Master of ceremony
14:10 – 15:20 CET

Activating the agri-food industry to invest more in sustainability

  • How does the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategy and other regulatory measures such as mandatory corporate due diligence motivate companies to shift to a more sustainable future?
  • What is the role of the government and how can we ensure that it is encouraging and pushing the private sector to invest more in sustainability?
  • The Farm to Fork strategy is an opportunity to set the direction towards a more sustainable agri-food system – but what does this look like in practice?
  • How will legislation effect smallholders in emerging markets?
  • Are regulatory measures the right approach?
  • Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General for Food Safety & Sustainability, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Alan Johnson, Senior Operations Officer, IFC
  • David Pendlington, Global Sustainable Sourcing Associate Director, Mars

Moderator and speaker: Francesco Tramontin, Vice President EU Institutional Relations and Group Public Policy Center, Ferrero 

 

15:20 – 15:40 CET Coffee break
15:40 – 16:45 CET

Panel discussion: Changing buying behaviour: value proposition of sustainability

  • Why sustainability stories must be matched by action.
  • Incentivising behaviour to drive systemic change.
  • Andrew Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle
  • Emilie Stephenson, Head of Force for Good UK & I, innocent drinks
  • Shazia Hussenbux, Global Sustainable Sourcing Lead, Oatly

Moderator: Katharine Teague, Head of Advocacy, AB Sugar

16:45 – 17:15 CET Reflection on day 2 and ending keynote: No true impact without real transitions
  • Sasha Twining, Master of ceremony
  • Jan Kees Vis, Global Director Sustainable Sourcing Development, Unilever
17:15 – 17:30 CET Closing remarks
  • Sasha Twining, Master of ceremony
  • Adrian Greet, Director General, SAI Platform

General Assembly – Members Only

Time Content and Speaker
14:00 – 15:00 CET SAI Platform General Assembly
15:00 – 15:15 CET Coffee break

Members’ Focus Space – Members Only

Time Content Speakers
15:15 – 15:40 CET

SAI Platforms Approach to Developing Industry Solutions

SAI Platform has a growing range of tools available to help businesses in agricultural value chains engage and support farmers and other business partners in an aligned approach to driving on-farm sustainability. What are the commonalities behind these industry solutions, and how do we tailor them to the needs and set-up of specific sectors?

  • Sven Sielhorst, Systems Director, SAI Platform
15:40 – 17:15 CET

Breakout session 1. Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA)

 

  • Welcome & introduction. Moderated by Sven Sielhorst, Systems Director, SAI Platform.
  • Panel discussion: Reflection on the FSA development. Moderated by Joe Rushton, FSA Manager, SAI Platform.
    • Daniela Bogner, Global Strategic Sourcing Manager, AGRANA
    • Iver Drabaek, Head of Sustainability, Nordzucker
    • Brian Kramer, Senior Director, Global Sustainable Sourcing, PepsiCo
  • Ensuring uptake: how to create buy-in for using the FSA? Best practice examples. Moderated by Sven Sielhorst, Systems Director, SAI Platform.
    • Megan McKerchar, Sustainability Manager Agriculture, Nomad Foods
    • Brian Nash, Vice President, Sustainability, Ingredion
15:40 – 17:15 CET

Breakout session 2. European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability (ERBS)

 

  • Welcome & introduction. Moderated by Bulle Pouzoulet, ERBS Manager, SAI Platform
  • Panel discussion: Reflection on the ERBS development. Moderated by Jane Duncan, Operations Director, SAI Platform.
    • Claire Donoghue, Operations Director and European Head of Sustainability, OSI
    • Nigel Edwards, Group CSR Director, Hilton Food Group
  • Ensuring uptake: how to create buy-in for using the ERBS? Best practice examples. Moderated by Sven Sielhorst, Systems Director, SAI Platform.
    • Michael Houlihan, Sector Manager for Dairy, Beef, and Lamb, Bord Bia
    • Clara Maffei, Vice President, Sustainability, Inalca
15:40 – 17:15 CET

Breakout session 3. Sustainable Dairy Partnership (SDP)

 

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Panel discussion: Reflection on the SDP development
    • Hansel New, Director of Sustainability Programs, Dairy Farmers of America
    • Audrey O’Shea, Head of Environment and Sustainability Compliance, Glanbia
    • Klaas Jan van Calker, Global Sustainable Sourcing Manager, Unilever
  • Ensuring uptake: how to create buy-in for using the SDP? Best practice examples.
    • Emma Constable, Sustainable Sourcing Senior Associate, Reckitt
    • Aurelie Letortu, Senior Corporate Sustainability Manager, FrieslandCampina

Moderated by: Patricia Garcia Diaz, Livestock Director, SAI Platform

17:15 – 17:30 CET Wrap up TBC