Cross-Sector Collaboration for
​​​​​​​Sustainable Supply Chains​​​​​​​
9 April, Oxford

This Skoll World Forum 2019 Ecosystem jointly hosted by Acumen and Business Fights Poverty and sponsored by Hershey, will explore how corporations, social enterprises, and other critical intermediaries and allies can forge partnerships that make the sourcing of food and agriculture sustainable, inclusive, and a force for good.

The workshop will bring together 150 participants representing leading global corporations, innovative social enterprises, experts and intermediaries. It will explore different models of purposeful partnership between corporations and social enterprises and feature specific examples and case studies of corporations, governments, NGOs, and social enterprises working together to build more resilient supply chains while improving the livelihoods of those within them.
​This interactive workshop will include plenary and breakout sessions, including on the cocoa supply chain as a case study for ways in which corporations and social enterprises can work together to address an urgent need. Participants will come away with new insights, actionable ideas, and connections from across sectors that can be transformed into meaningful partnerships.

This is an invite-only event. Apply below.

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Opening Plenary
8.30 - 10:00AM

Yasmina Zaidman, Acumen
​​​​​​​Zahid Torres-Rahman, Business Fights Poverty


Panel Discussion: Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions in Cocoa: Why Adding Social Entrepreneurship to Your Toolkit Makes Sense (curated by Acumen)
With the cocoa sector as a case study for other agricultural supply chains, this discussion will allow four visionaries to share their stories and journeys, and relate these to challenges in the cocoa sector. We will dive into three distinct models of impact and hear varied perspectives on the roles of corporations, social entrepreneurs and local partners in the effort to improve farmer livelihoods and bring greater dignity and opportunity to cocoa farmers around the world.

Jeff King, The Hershey Company
​​​​​​​Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen
​​​​​​​Carlos Vela
sco, Cacao de Colombia
​​​​​​​Hugh Whalan, PEG Africa
Yasmina Zaidman, Acumen

Workshops: Round 1
10.30 - 11:30PM

1. Reimagining the Cocoa Value Chain: Learning from the Disruptors (curated by Acumen)
​While most cocoa is sourced and processed through large commercial firms, there are a growing number of chocolate industry players that take a different approach. What can we learn from new supply chain models that are prioritizing farmer incomes and shared ownership models? How can smaller players play a larger part in the global supply chain, and where can partnerships and collaboration yield greater impact and greater sustainability? 

Kristy Leissle, Cocoa Expert
Stasi Baranoff, Uncommon Cacao
Sophi Tranchell, Divine Chocolate 
Arjen Boekhold, Tony’s Chocolonely

Meghan Curran, Acumen

2. Beyond the Crop: Supporting Education in Rural Communities (curated by Acumen)
​​​​​​​Sustainable supply chains are not only the result of increased productivity for farmers, but also long term health of rural communities that can reduce urban migration, child labor, and low levels of investment in smallholder farms. This session highlights business models and social enterprises that focus on meeting the needs of smallholder farmers and their families through access to education. Learn from the challenges and opportunities of Eneza Education & Nestle, for example, who are providing tutoring services to students in rural cocoa growing regions, as well as the financial innovation of Advans, to increase access to education. This session will also highlight the collaboration between the International Cocoa Initiative and Chalkboard to improve access to education for children in cocoa growing communities.

Carole Attoungbre, Eneza Education 
Adrien Bouillot, Chalkboard Education
​​​​​​​Anne Laure Asboth, Advans
​​​​​​​Nick Weatherhill, International Cocoa Initiative

Lise Birikundavyi, TRECC

3. How can business partner with other stakeholders to support the success of smallholder farmers? (curated by Business Fights Poverty)

Many large companies support farmers in their supply chains in order to strengthen the quality, reliability and sustainability of critical supplies, for example through helping farmers improve their yields and reduce their costs. As companies and their partners explore how to do this most effective, a number of specific questions are being grappled with: How can we most effectively enhance farmer livelihoods - how are livelihoods defined, what are the roles and responsibilities of business, and what is the case for doing so? At the micro level, how can we increase farmer productivity, increasing yields while decreasing inputs? At the macro level, how can business partner with others to drive systemic change to tackle poverty and create resilience among smallholder farmers? This session will explore these questions through practical examples and drawing on the latest insights.
​​​​​​​Tomás Zaborowski, Bayer Crop Science
Heather Pfahl, Senior Socio-Economic Impact Manager and Lead, Farmer Income Lab, Mars Inc
Catherine Boyce, Director of Enterprise Development, CAMFED
David Norman, Business Fights Poverty​​​​​​​ 

4. How can companies build the systems to drive intrapreneurship? (Curated by The League of Intrapreneurs)

Corporate social intrapreneurs develop profitable new products, services, or business models that create value for society and their company.  This session will​​ bring together social intrapreneurs from companies at the forefront of embracing social innovation to share what they are learning about how to enable intrapreneurs to develop and launch their ideas, and ensure they flourish over the long-term. This highly-interactive session will build on a toolkit recently launched by the League of Intrapreneurs and Business Fights Poverty.
Justin DeKoszmovszky, League of Intrapreneurs
Miriam Turner, Friends of the Earth​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Vitto Cerulli, Purpose House

Workshops: Round 2
12.30 - 1:30PM

1. Mind the Gaps: Social Enterprise Models to Address Gaps in the Agriculture Ecosystem (curated by Acumen)

To increase farmer productivity and profitability, products and services designed to serve smallholder farmers are badly needed. This session shares examples of corporate/social enterprises partnerships and direct engagement between social enterprises and farmers to deliver financing, data, market linkages, logistics and transparency. Though still in the early stages, many of these enterprises can help close the market gaps faced by farmers and set them on a path to realize sustained increases in income.
Alloysius Attah, Farmerline
Beatrice Moulianitaki, The Hershey Company
rancis Obirikorang, Agrocenta
​​​​​​​Thomas Vaasseen, Meridia

Tamer El-Raghy, Acumen

2. Is It Working? Let’s Ask the Farmers: Perspectives on Measuring Impact (curated by Acumen)

As programs to support sustainable supply chains grow, and creative new partnerships proliferate, it is critical to understand which of these programs are having a meaningful impact on the incomes and lives of smallholder farmers. This session will share approaches that have been used to understand the impacts on farmers of agricultural initiatives and partnerships, as well as insights from those working closely with farmers. Acumen’s Lean Data approach will be discussed as well as measurement strategies employed by leading industry players, with specific examples including a case study of Ethiochicken, the largest poultry producer in Ethiopia and a leader in enhancing rural livelihoods and nutrition. We will focus on how impact measurement and data collection can support corporate supply chain concerns, as well as how incorporating user feedback and the farmer voice is key to serving smallholder farmers and their families.

Venu Aggarwal, Acumen
Warren Sako, Farmgate Cocoa Alliance
Ulric Daniel, EthioChicken
Paul Macek, World Cocoa Foundation

Joanne Sonenshine, Connective Impact

​​​​​​3. ​What can large businesses do to strengthen small business ecosystems in frontier markets? (curated by Business Fights Poverty)

Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) are the lifeblood of many communities and a critical source of employment and livelihoods.  Larger companies rely on their effective operation and success in their value chains as suppliers, distributors, retailers and customers but many MSMEs struggle to survive on a daily basis.  They face multiple challenges and the solutions often lie beyond a large company’s ability to implement on their own. As a result, a growing number of large companies are recognising that small enterprise support can best be delivered through a more collaborative, joined up approach between government, business and development partners with the goal of strengthening the underlying system that MSMEs operate in. This session will look at how large companies can enhance the effectiveness of the support they provide MSMEs by taking a more holistic, ecosystem strengthening approach.​​
​​​​​​​​​​​Henning Ringholz, Small Foundation​​​​​​​
Sinead Duffy, Bayer
​​​​​​​Katharine Teague, AB Sugar

4. How can we collaborate at a systems level to transform the garment industry? (curated by The League of Intrapreneurs)

This workshop will explore a real case on how to build a cross-sectoral coalition for sustainable supply chains. WWF is currently developing a cross-industry program together with H&M and 7 major fashion brands to transform wood energy use in the garment supply chain and secure over a million hectares of the most important natural area in IndoChina. The intention is to define a joint target for the industry around traceable and sustainable woodfuel and to build a commercially viable route for sustainable resource use including carbon payments. The session will share openly about the work-in-progress and invite participants to help think through the main challenges in a highly interactive format.  
Michel Bachmann, League of Intrapreneurs
​​​​​​​Paul Chatterton, WWF Landscape Finance Lab ​​​​​

Closing Plenary
1.45 - 3:00PM

​​​Panel Discussion: Transformative Partnerships for Responsible Supply Chains (curated by Business Fights Poverty)

It is widely recognised that to deliver responsible supply chains, we must all partner more effectively and more deeply than ever. An important trend is the shift in the model of corporate-NGO partnerships, from transactional to transformational. As partnerships evolve, we observe a ‘dialling up’ of the success factors across five pillars: towards one that involves convening partners around an ambitious shared purpose in a way that drives mutual value; a process that is based on co-creation; and an authentic approach to both internal communication and external communication. This session will explore these trends through practical examples.
​​​​​​​Clive Allison, Unilever​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Nick Martell-Bundock, Cargill
​​​​​​​Mark Muckerheide, CARE Social Ventures

Hina West, Head of Managed Partnerships, WWF
Katie Hyson, Director of Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty   

Closing Remarks and Reflections

Yasmina Zaidman, Acumen
​​​​​​​Zahid Torres-Rahman, Business Fights Poverty