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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Optional Ag Metrics Workshop 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM (Limited to 60 participants)

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM 

Welcome

Ag Metrics Workshop Introduction 

 

1:30 PM to 2:15 PM 

Sustainable Ag Metrics: From Farmers to CPGs and Retailers

Agriculture supply chain partners are facing increasing regulatory, consumer and investor demand for agriculture metrics and data. This panel will explore the mechanisms, motivations, barriers, and opportunities for sharing sustainability data of interest in agri-food supply chains. 

Moderator:

Teresa Garcia-Moore, The Sustainability Consortium

Speakers:

Michelle Zackin, Walmart

Rebecca Bartels, Farm Journal’s Trust in Food

Ryan Vroegindewey, Campbell Soup Company

Jamie Glydon, Ocean Spray

 

2:15 PM to 2:30 PM 

Q&A

2:30 PM to 2:45 PM 

Networking Break

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM 

Breakout Topic 1: Regenerative Agriculture

Metrics are emerging to monitor progress on regenerative agriculture commitments.  What are these metrics and how are companies planning to use them? 

Speakers:

Greg Bohrer, Walmart

Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute (SHI)

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM 

Breakout Topic 2: GHG Emissions

How are companies adjusting to the GHG Protocol-Land Use Sector guidelines?  What is still needed to drive harmonized data collection and consistency?  

Speakers:

Ben West, Farmers for Soil Health (FSH) 

Joshua VanDeWalle, Bayer

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM 

Breakout Topic 3: Nature

The Science Based Targets Network and Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) have released guidance on nature metrics. Can we translate existing farm data to meet these needs or are we asking more from growers? 

Speakers:

Challey Comer, The Nature Conservancy

Ariel Larson, IPM Institute

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM 

Networking Break

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM 

Presentation of Key Findings and Discussion

4:30 PM to 4:45 PM 

Wrap Up + Dismissal

Welcome Activities

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 

Mountain Bike Ride powered by Verogy: Unwind and Network

Mountain Bike Ride powered by Verogy: Unwind and Network

Embark on an easy or challenging (you choose!) bike journey with fellow Summit attendees. Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Northwest Arkansas while fostering meaningful connections during this mountain bike ride along the region’s award-winning trail system. All skill levels are welcome. 

*Participants will be responsible for their own bike rental fees, details are below. If you are planning to attend, please fill out this form ahead of time so we can get an accurate headcount.

Bike Rentals:

Before arriving in Bentonville, please secure your rental from Phat Tire Bike Shop

  • Pick up at the Bentonville Square location by 2:45 p.m.
  • Mountain Bike Rates: Full suspension is $80 per day and a hardtail is $60

Meet at 3:00 p.m. at the Compton Gardens parking lot trailhead:
Compton Gardens Parking, 308 N Main St, Bentonville, AR 72712  

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM 

City Hike/Scooter Ride

Meet at Compton Gardens trailhead and join us for a walk through Downtown Bentonville, ending at Bike Rack Brewery

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

Member Welcome Happy Hour powered by Verogy Solar at Bike Rack Brewing Co.

Stop by for a casual beer or seltzer at one of our favorite breweries Bike Rack Brewing Co. in Northwest Arkansas. Help us kick off TSC Summit in good spirits with a toast from our friends at Verogy.

801 SE 8th St #61, Bentonville, AR 72712
The patio is reserved for TSC members and special guests.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 AM to 9:25 AM

Welcome and 2023 TSC Insights

Join TSC’s CEO Christy Slay for an update on our strategic pillars, trends we are seeing, 2023 takeaways and more

  •  TSC CEO’s Review of impact, strategy, and retail trends.
  • TSC Impact Report
  • Strategic Pillars
  • State of Retail

9:25 AM to 9:55 AM

KEYNOTE: Codex Planetarius: Transforming Global Food Production for Sustainability and Resilience

The global production of food has had the largest impact of any human activity on the planet. Jason will share his insights into the paths forward to drive progress faster and at scale. His concept, Codex Planetarius, is a means to agree on key impacts and global performance standards to resolve the long-standing issue of metrics harmonization for global food production. He will also share a novel idea for how to pay for the transformation required to rapidly move the bottom producers who have the largest impacts. These new concepts could redefine the way we address agricultural impacts, end habitat destruction, meet climate reduction targets, and finance the transition to a more sustainable and resilient global food system. 

Speaker:

Jason Clay, World Wildlife Fund

 

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Working Together for Sustainability: Supplier Engagement Amid Diverse Demands and Systems

Suppliers are being asked to meet many different retailer requests for information in addition to making progress on their own sustainability goals.  During this session, suppliers and retailers will share how they are working together to manage demands for data, information, and impact. 

Speakers:

Jennifer Silberman, Dollar Tree

Deb Ryba, NicePak

Jamie Glydon, Ocean Spray

Pat Perry Werneiwski, Tractor Supply Co

Ame Igharo, Ulta Beauty

Mark Eastham, Ahold Delhaize USA

11:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Networking Break

11:15 AM to 12:00 PM

Sustainability Leadership Institute: Using systems tools to tap into Scope 3 Strategy

TSC’s Sustainability Leadership Institute (SLI) teaches people how to use system thinking tools to make progress on “wicked problems” and understand the points of leverage that they have to create change in an organization. This session will highlight some of SLI’s most useful tools from the Human Systems Dynamics Institute (HSDI) and demonstrate how to use them on Scope 3 strategy.

Speakers:

Jennifer Park, The Sustainability Consortium

 

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Art + Nature Tours

Join Crystal Bridges and Ozark Natural Science Center staff on guided tours of the museum’s nature trails, exquisite art collection. Participants will also get to explore the new temporary Exquisite Creatures exhibit. *All fees for these exhibits and private tours are covered by TSC.

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

TSC Members' Celebration and Awards

Celebrate the achievements of our outstanding members while enjoying a reception filled with networking, good company, and well-deserved accolades with the backdrop of a stunning art museum. The galleries of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will be open for private viewing by attendees (see Rosie the Riveter and more!). It’s a time to honor excellence and strengthen connections within our TSC member community – Cheers!  

Speaker:

Christy Slay, The Sustainability Consortium

Thursday, May 2, 2024

7:30 AM to 8:30 AM

Bird Walk on Crystal Bridges Trails

Join three local expert birders to walk the grounds of Crystal Bridges during peak migration. Prepare to see and hear migrating songbirds and learn how to use tools to support citizen science. You’ll also see blooming Ozark wildflowers and other sights and sounds of spring. Binoculars provided on a first come first serve basis (12 pairs). Meet by the LOVE statue just outside the Great Hall.

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Registration

8:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Join us for breakfast to hear from our Summit sponsor about the Farmers for Soil Health program and how you can get involved to start purchasing climate smart commodities supported by USDA Climate Smart Commodities funding.  

8:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Retailer Breakfast

Exclusive retailer-only breakfast: TSC retailer attendees are invited to discuss common issues they are facing and opportunities to work together. 

9:30 AM to 9:40 AM

Welcome Day 2

Speaker:

Christy Slay, The Sustainability Consortium

9:40 AM to 10:10 AM

KEYNOTE: The Nexus of Disclosure: Navigating the Landscape of Scope 3 Emissions, Nature Disclosure Trends, and the SBTi Influence on Sustainable Value Chains

Speaker:

Julia Silberman – CDP

10:10 AM to 10:20 AM

CommodityMap Goes Live!

Experience TSC’s newly released CommodityMap with a live demonstration of key features and learn how you can use this new tool to address your sustainable commodity sourcing questions.

Speaker:

Christy Slay, The Sustainability Consortium

10:20 AM to 10:40 AM

THESIS Evolution: Learn how TSC members will be involved in THESIS 2024, metrics alignment, supplier support, and more

THESIS Evolution: Learn how TSC members will be involved in THESIS 2024, metrics alignment, supplier support, and more.

Learn how TSC members will be involved in THESIS 2024 including:

  • THESIS Evolution
  • THESIS Benchmark
  • Metrics Alignment
  • Supplier Support and Motivation

Speakers:

Erin Killeen, The Sustainability Consortium

Myriam Fessi, The Sustainability Consortium

 

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

The “S” Word – Unearthing Hidden Sustainability Narratives and Success Stories in Corporate Operations

Explore impactful decision-making in sales, design, and procurement departments, where Sustainability speaks a silent language. 

Speakers:

Regina Bailey, Menasha

 

11:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Networking Break

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Breakout 1: Dynamics of Scope 3 GHG Emissions Policy

We will discuss the latest policy requirements regarding Scope 3 (supply chain) GHG emissions disclosure. This will include the latest policy implications from EU and SEC Climate Disclosure policies, and California SB 253. 

Speakers:

Kristina Wyatt, Persefoni

Jacob Madsen, Persefoni

Dr. Daryl Sabourin, ASR  

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Breakout 2: Future Forward: Advanced Technology Solutions for Optimizing Data Collection and Driving Transparency

Learn about new technologies that are transforming the way companies approach data collection.  In this session, visualize a showcase of cutting-edge solutions that are poised to disrupt traditional data tools. 

Speakers: 

Doug Hutchings, Delta Solar

Stephen Hearn, DTN

Jessie Dzura, GreenGasUSA

Lauren Cooper, Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Location

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – Bentonville, Arkansas

600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712

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Speaking Opportunities

If you are interested in being a speaker at TSC Summit 2024 contact: Jessica Leonard

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Sponsorship

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General Inquiries

For general questions or comments about the Summit contact: Jessica Leonard