Transforming Markets to Save Forests
Fri, March 30, 2012; 09:00 - 10:30
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Sustainability
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.
Author and Speaker
Senior Vice President, Markets
World Wildlife Fund US
Jason Clay leads private sector engagement strategy on supply chain management for WWF US. He has co-convened multi-stakeholder roundtables on the social and environmental impacts of salmon, soy, sugarcane and palm oil. He ran a family farm, worked on human rights, taught at Harvard and Yale, and worked in the USDA. Clay has a PhD in Anthropology from Cornell, and has authored more than 250 articles and 15 books.
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.
Deputy Forest Campaign Director
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.