Embedding Sustainability Across the Value Chain

Thursday, November 8th 2012, 8:00am-10:30am PT/ Streamed Panel Discussion: 8:30am-10:00amPDT/ 11:30am-1:00pm EDT/ 5:30pm-07:00pm (Paris-Frankfurt)

Meeting in San Francisco

According to a June 2012 Deutsche Bank Report (which analyzed over 160 studies), companies with high sustainability performance have a lower cost of capital in terms of debt and equity, and higher market and financial performances. Such benefits can only be achieved by collaborating with multiple business partners across the value chain (upstream and downstream).


In order to untangle the complexities related to embedding sustainability across the value chain, the first question to ask is:

  • What does embedding sustainability in value chains actually mean, and what is the business case?

To illustrate the significance of embedding sustainability, this roundtable will focus on the food value chain and fresh produce waste. The food system represents 50% of US land use, 10% of the US energy budget and 80% of freshwater consumption. However, 40% of food, the equivalent of $165 billion, is wasted each year (NRDC Issue Paper, Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill, Dana Gunders, August 2012). Some questions for discussion will include:

  • What forces are at play that cause undesirable and costly food waste problems in the US?
  • How can we realign these forces with environmental, social and economic progress?

Finally, tracking information along the value chain is essential to identify the root causes of food waste and to implement effective solutions. Innovative IT infrastructure and software solutions are available to better manage resources, reduce waste, and integrate sustainability into the value chain. Therefore, the following question will also be debated:

  • How can information systems be leveraged to enable the realignment between food waste and environmental, social and economic progress (eg production planning, traceability, secondary markets)?



8:00 am - 8:30 am Welcome breakfast and networking

8:30 am - 10:00 am Panel Discussion

10:00 am - 10:30am Networking




The Hearst Building - 5 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 

Attendees list
44 people will attend this meeting, among them
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CSRware, Inc.
Strategy Manager
Sustainable Concepts Studio
Lawrence Berkeley National L
Head, Strategic Development
Program Manager
ClearBridge Advisors
Project Manager
Responsable optimisation énergétique
Del Monte Foods
Manager, Sustainability Programs
Director, Sustainable Business Solutions (SBS), West Coast
Providence Hospital
Senior Director of Sustainability
Advisory, Sustainable Business Solutions
City of Philadelphia
Energy Analyst
City of Palo Alto Utilities
Utility Account Representative
Program Manager
California Air Resources Boa
Air Pollution Specialist
Google Inc. Food Services
Global Program Chef
Del Monte Foods
Demand Manager
Environmental Science Associ
Senior Associate
Future 500
Communications Manager
Mountain Hardwear
Corporate Responsiblity Manager
New York Power Authority
Sr. Electric Transportation Specialist
Director of Product Strategy
Chief Sustainability Officer
Got Grease
Leading Light in Leadership
Head Light
Malk Sustainability Partners
Managing Partner
Bernard, Nickels and Associa
SVP, Cleantech Sector Lead
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Senior Associate
Got Grease
Account Manager
Clif Bar
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Encendia Biochar
Agni Corporation
Sr. Process Engineer
Sales associate
Association of Home Applianc
Director of Energy Analysis
Sustainable Apparel Coalitio
Environmental Sustainability Manager
San Jose Department of Trans
Sustainability Officer
Chef de projet Innovation Achats Durables
Intertrust Group
Vice President
Food Marketing Institute
Senior Director, Sustainability and Industry Relations
VP, Business Development
Sustainable Apparel Coalitio
Index Manager
See the report & presentations
Jon Chorley
Oracle Corp.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Vice President, Product Strategy Oracle ...
Dana Gunders
Project Scientist
Clinton Moloney
Managing Director