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Food & Beverage ESG: The Sustainability Mandate

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Organizations in the food & beverage industries are under increasing pressure to improve ESG and sustainability performance – from internal leadership and employees to external stakeholders such as investors, creditors, policy makers, supply chain partners, and consumers. This presents many challenges depending on your internal competencies and knowledge of material reporting topics and KPIs for the Food & Beverage industry.

First, it is important to understand what ESG and sustainability is (and what it is not), where it came from, and why it’s only going to grow as an expectation in the future.

Second, it is crucial to understand your own unique business drivers and challenges. Only then, can you easily sift through the “alphabet soup” of ESG and sustainability frameworks, standards, and rating agencies to focus on what truly matters.

Finally, you can identify and prioritize material topics, KPIs, and performance expectations of key stakeholders in the Food & Beverage industry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn key definitions and the history of ESG and corporate sustainability, gaining insight into where trends are heading
  • Recognize the top 5 business drivers of ESG and sustainability in North America, and which apply to their organization
  • Know the 5 steps in the ESG and sustainability cycle for Food & Beverage firms, and where they are on their journey
  • Understand the priority material topics and KPIs for the Food & Beverage industry (MSCI, SASB, etc.), and how they compare today

Who Should Attend:

• Individuals responsible for ESG and sustainability strategy
• Individuals responsible for ESG and sustainability performance
• Individuals responsible for ESG and sustainability reporting and communications
• Food and beverage professionals interested in the topic of ESG and sustainability


Adam Hammes

Adam Hammes
ESG Director
SGS North America

Adam has 20 years of experience as a corporate ESG and sustainability consultant, author, and instructor. A founder of multiple sustainability organizations, he earned his MBA with international education and leadership experience integrating ESG and sustainability in strategy.

• GRI Certified Professional
• FSA Credential—Level I (SASB)
• AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Practitioner
• Integrated Reporting Credential

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