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Friday, March 30, 2012

Transforming Markets to Save Forests

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Session Description

Location: Lecture Theatre 5
People have long lamented the destruction of the world’s pristine forests. But to date, no one has had much success stopping destruction in the name of “progress”. This may be changing, however. The reason? Big companies are starting to fully realise the importance of finding more sustainable ways of doing business, which includes halting deforestation. Learn how multinationals may be the key to feeding the world’s 7 billion people…without destroying precious land.

When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, March 30

Session leaders

  • Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Business Development, Banco Rabobank International Brasil S.A.
    Daniela Mariuzzo is the Head of CSR and Sustainable Business Development at Rabobank International Brazil and the Chair of the Brazilian Working Group on Sustainable Beef. Daniela trained as a food engineer and subsequently obtained a PhD in Environmental Bioremediation. She represents Rabobank in several initiatives, including the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Financial Initiative. She also participates in the Roundtables on Responsible Commodities, such as the Round Table on Responsible Soy.
  • Gavin Neath Speaker
    Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Unilever
    Gavin Neath is the Senior Vice President responsible for Unilever’s sustainability programmes around the world. He comes at the issue from a business perspective having previously been the Chairman of Unilever Foods in the UK and Lever Ponds in South Africa. He co-chairs the Global Consumer Goods Forum’s work on sustainability which has a strong focus on deforestation. He was awarded the CBE for services to the Food Industry in 2007.
  • Jason Clay Speaker
    Senior Vice President, Markets & Food, World Wildlife Fund US
    Jason Clay Senior Vice President, Markets and Food Jason Clay leads the work of WWF-US on Markets and Food and has just launched the Markets Institute to identify global issues and trends more quickly so that they can be addressed in more timely, cost-effective ways. Over the course of his career he has worked on a family farm and in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has taught at Harvard and Yale and spent more than 35 years with human rights and environmental organizations. Dr. Clay invented Rainforest Marketing, one of the first fair-trade ecolabels in the United States, and was responsible for co-creating Rainforest Crunch and more than 200 other products with combined sales of $100 million. Since then he has co-convened (with the IFC and others) multi-stakeholder roundtables of producers, investors, buyers, researchers and NGOs to identify and reduce the social and environmental impacts of such products as salmon, soy, sugarcane, cotton, and beef. Dr. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics before receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology and international agriculture from Cornell University.
  • Marcos Jank Speaker
    President and CEO, UNICA - Sugarcane Industry Association
    Marcos Jank is the President and CEO of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). He was the founding president of the Brazilian Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE), Professor at the School of Economics of the University of São Paulo and has worked as special expert in trade at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC.
  • Pat Venditti Speaker
    Deputy Forest Campaign Director, Greenpeace
    Pat Venditti is Deputy Forest Campaign Director at Greenpeace and one of the primary architects of Greenpeace's current forest strategy. Over the past decade, he has been responsible for the development and execution of a number of Greenpeace's most successful corporate campaigns, including McDonald’s, Nestle, and Mattel. The corporate action resulting from these campaigns has made a significant contribution to the likely future of the world's last rainforests.