Building Ethical and Environmentally Responsible Food Supply Chains–Fall 2021

Sustainable food systems give your food business a competitive edge!

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NEXT SESSION STARTS OCTOBER 11th, 2021!
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Course Description: As leaders in food business, how will you identify, evaluate, and (when necessary) develop procurement policies and ingredient specifications that will function in accordance with your mission, enable you to support sustainable food systems, and give your food business a competitive edge? Consumers are increasingly savvy about where their food is grown and what goes into it and they pay attention to signals before they make a purchasing decision. They are not alone. Environmental organizations are pressing for sustainable use of the earth's resources, while government agencies around the globe re-examine their approach to food policies.

What You Will Do: Building Ethical and Environmentally Responsible Food Supply Chains will present content and opportunities designed to help food business leaders design supply chains through a systems approach—one that takes into account these interconnected forces of climate change, global food production, responsible sourcing, and distribution. This mini-course will help you develop tool sets needed to map out existing supply chains in order to analyze them for advantages and inefficiencies. You'll learn how state-of-the-art procurement systems can help your food business build a competitive edge while actually strengthening the health of our food system. Best of all, you'll finish the course with your own supply chain roadmap that can guide the real decisions you make for your business as you put it on a path to profitable sustainability.


How You Will Do It: Participants will learn from recorded lectures delivered by an expert in the field and will work through a series of independent targeted activities. You'll have the opportunity to learn from and share ideas with one another, and participate in occasional live huddle sessions with your dedicated course navigator and occasional guest lecturers with expertise in mentoring start-ups at all levels of engagement.


Your Instructor


Helene York
Helene York

One of the most accomplished experts in food supply chain design and implementation in the world, lead faculty Helene York has had numerous business leadership roles with leading food companies: Chief Procurement Officer, Head of Social and Environmental Responsibility, Global Director of Responsible Business, and Director of Strategic Initiatives. She has developed supply chains and lectured to students and professionals around the world and teaches the Supply Chains, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Legal Contracts course as part of the master’s degree program at the CIA’s Food Business School. Helene graduated from Harvard College and the Yale School of Management.



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts October 11th, 2021–with new content being released every week–for five additional weeks. We design our courses with busy people in mind–and encourage you to take the course at a pace that works best for you. The forums will remain available until December 26th, 2021, allowing you ten full weeks to engage with your fellow learners.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. The forums won't remain active past December 26th, 2021, but you can always access the content!
What will I get at the end of the course?
In addition to the incredible opportunity to learn from subject matter experts–connect with your fellow food system learners–and build your network–you will also receive a certificate of achievement and a badge that you can post to your LinkedIn profile or other social media.

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