Sustainable food value chain man­age­ment - beyond stand­ard­ized frames of sustainability?!

  Thursday, October 21, 2021

This seminar is targeted at both academic and non-academic audiences to generate novel perspectives on the future of sustainable food value chain management.

We observe sustainable supply chain management to be usually approached with standardized frames of responsible and ethical sourcing, or due diligence practices for risk mitigation. In this seminar, we want to think beyond current standardized approaches.” 

There is widespread acknowledgement among practitioners, NGOs, scholars, and regulators that sustainable supply chain management is indispensable for business success and legitimacy, as well as that securing the availability of quality foods and fresh water supply will be key challenges of the future. Amidst such challenges with inherent environmental and socio-economic complexities, we observe sustainable supply chain management to be usually approached with standardized frames of responsible and ethical sourcing, or due diligence practices for risk mitigation.

In this seminar, we want to think beyond current standardized approaches and ask: what novel perspectives and governance mechanisms – as part of industry self-regulation and regulation - will be required for the management of sustainable food value chains in the future, and what knowledge and solutions will be required to facilitate further transitioning of the food sector? Representatives from business, academia, civil society and government will provide insights on challenges and potential solutions, and allow for sufficient discussion time to jointly reflect on presented ideas.

This seminar uses a flipped discussion format, i.e. the discussion time after each presentation is followed by a 20-minute discussion time, the first half of which is taken up by three discussants who are speaker elsewhere in the seminar, the remaining 10 minutes being reserved for open, general discussion. The discussion is ‘flipped’ to the extent that speakers from academia will mostly be discussed by speakers from outside of academia, and vice versa. The seminar will be recorded and made publicly accessible on this webpage of the University of Helsinki.

The following speakers presented (in alphabetic order):

Julian Fox, Director Sustainable Sourcing & Operations, Tetra Pak

Dr. Janina Grabs, Assistant Professor, ESADE Business School

Dr. Minna Huttunen, Ministerial Adviser, Food policy, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland

Annika Lilliestam, Senior Advisor, Knowledge Management For Market Instruments, WWF

Moray McLeish, Global Director, Sustainable Food Systems, Oatly

Dr. Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit Sustainable Agri-Food systems and Fisheries, Directorate F Green Deal, Digital Agenda, DG International Partnerships, European Commission

Prof. Dr. Ivan Russo, Professor of Supply Chain Management & Logistics, University of Verona

Sigmund Walbaum, CEO, Naturata

Event host
University of Helsinki, Department of Economics & Management
Management & Organizations For Sustainable Food Systemsresearch group

Prof. Dr. Bodo Steiner & Dr. Jean-Pierre Imbrogiano