Agribusiness CEOs Launch Council on Sustainability and Innovation

Taylor Truckey

bipartisan policyLeading agribusiness CEOs, with the assistance of the Bipartisan Policy Center, have announced a new joint effort aimed to identify and promote innovative approaches to improving sustainability in agriculture and food production.

The CEO Council on Sustainability and Innovation will officially be launched on Thursday, October 29 by leaders of DuPont, Elanco, Kellogg Company, and Land O’ Lakes. Over the next several months, the council will research, collect and amplify innovative approaches within the agribusiness industry to combat and adapt to the realities of a changing climate and its impacts on food production.

As the event is open to the public, the details are below for the official launch.

WHO:
Jeff Simmons
President, Elanco
@JeffSimmons2050

John A. Bryant
Chairman and CEO, Kellogg Company
@KelloggCompany

Chris Policinski
President and CEO, Land O’ Lakes
@LandOLakesInc

Secretary Dan Glickman
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Senior Fellow, BPC
@DanRGlickman

WHEN: Thursday, October 29th 2015 02:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. ET
WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20005

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Dupont Pioneer, Land O'Lakes

Comments 6

  1. The evolution of sustainability, from it being viewed as a technical problem, then scientific, then political, continues to evolve toward what Rittel defined in 1973 as a wicked problem. The wicked solutions are transdisciplinary in nature, in a world will many disciplinary silos. Of course, many sectors are collaborating. A bit more on resolving wicked problems: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/resolving-wicked-problems-tim-gieseke?trk=pulse_spock-articles

  2. The evolution of sustainability, from it being viewed as a technical problem, then scientific, then political, continues to evolve toward what Rittel defined in 1973 as a wicked problem. The wicked solutions are transdisciplinary in nature, in a world will many disciplinary silos. Of course, many sectors are collaborating. A bit more on resolving wicked problems: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/resolving-wicked-problems-tim-gieseke?trk=pulse_spock-articles

  3. Having missed the forum itself, what is the nature of this initiative; or was it a single event? Are there agreed upon go-forward strategies? organization? field projects?

    1. It seemed to be a single event with the three CEOs and Glickman discussing the core of the sustainability issue. It concluded with Glickman saying he will bring back their insights to the Council and attempt to create a path forward. In my opinion, the major corporations are taking a too narrow of an approach to defining sustainability as “efficiency in production”. This is, of course, is a necessary component and the low-hanging fruit, but it appears they are paving this path as the beginning of the sustainability journey and they will again be dumbfounded. The Climate Smart path is field-based and the sustainability path is landscape based. I guess they are not steps in the wrong direction, but a bit misguided.

  4. Having missed the forum itself, what is the nature of this initiative; or was it a single event? Are there agreed upon go-forward strategies? organization? field projects?

    1. It seemed to be a single event with the three CEOs and Glickman discussing the core of the sustainability issue. It concluded with Glickman saying he will bring back their insights to the Council and attempt to create a path forward. In my opinion, the major corporations are taking a too narrow of an approach to defining sustainability as “efficiency in production”. This is, of course, is a necessary component and the low-hanging fruit, but it appears they are paving this path as the beginning of the sustainability journey and they will again be dumbfounded. The Climate Smart path is field-based and the sustainability path is landscape based. I guess they are not steps in the wrong direction, but a bit misguided.

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