FDF's Convention: Ensuring Sustainable Supply Chains

Developing a secure, sustainable supply chain is key for all food and drink producers, its importance for the future and the need for a collaborative approach cannot be under-estimated.

The global food system is set to face unprecedented pressures over the coming decades. Competition for land, water and energy will intensify and perhaps most concerning of all, the effects of climate change will become increasingly apparent. In conjunction with these pressures, the global population is predicted to reach 9.3 billion by 2050 and food demand is projected to increase by 50-70%. Against this uncertain backdrop, the challenge of securing access to nutritious, affordable and high-quality food will become more acute in the future unless action is taken. As such, there is a growing realisation for the need to build resilience and responsibility into supply chains to manage these risks.

This year's FDF sustainability convention looks at the food security and business risks from climate change, how companies can tackle the challenges collaboratively and drive new opportunities as well as the key security and sourcing issues for the future such as natural capital.

Join us to hear from world-leading food and drink producers, business risk experts and Government policy makers and find out what these critical issues mean for your business.

Who might benefit from this event?

  • Sustainability managers, executives and advisers from food and drink producers
  • Sourcing and supply chain managers
  • Business development managers
  • Purchasing managers/buyers
  • Quality and food safety managers
  • CSR teams
  • Communications and corporate affairs specialists (in-house or agency)

Five great reasons to join us:

  • Understand the sourcing challenge faced by food and drink businesses and their implications
  • Learn from colleagues across the supply chain that have managed these opportunities and risks
  • Find out how to put sustainable sourcing at the heart of the business
  • Hear about the Government's plans and what it means for future value chains 
  • Network with like-minded peers
  • Be ahead in understanding natural capital and other issues you need to prepare for

Speaker include :

Anna Turrell, Senior Public Affairs Manager for Sustainability, Nestlé UK & Ireland ; Nick Vermont, President Great Britain & Ireland, McCain Foods and Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group ; Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing, Packaging and Plan A, Marks and Spencer ; Beatrix Richards, Head of Forest Policy and Trade, WWF ; Michael McDermott, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Warburtons Ltd ; Rob Wright, Head of Distribution, Pladis Global ; Karen Fisher, Technical Specialist, WRAP ; Professor Tim Lang, City University; and many more…

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