Building Supply Chains for a Sustainable Future

Building Supply Chains for a Sustainable Future

Online Courses

Oct 3 - Nov 4

5 weeks

Brief Description

Today, more than ever, food supply chains matter. Consumers are demanding more transparency about where their food comes from and how it’s farmed; environmental organizations are pressing for sustainable resource use; and governments around the globe are reexamining their approach to agricultural development. Together these trends provide a clear mandate for food business leaders to address the health and sustainability of food product sources, increase the transparency of their procurement practices, and to do it in a way that is profitable. Building Food Supply Chains for a Sustainable Future will empower you to take a proactive approach on this complex issue and help you create an actionable blueprint for creating your business’ procurement pathway.

Helene York

Lead Faculty


Helene York oversees a procurement team as well as water, waste, and energy initiatives as Global Director, Responsible Business, for Compass Group at Google. Previously she was national director of purchasing strategy, and director of strategic initiatives, for Bon Appetit Management Company.

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Locations, Dates & Fees

All Online
Oct 3 - Nov 4
$295 USD before September 21
$450 USD after September 22

Special tuition pricing available for CIA Alumni.
For more information, contact our Admissions Team at admissions@foodbusinessschool.org or 1-866-242-9876.


This course is all online and asynchronous, at your own pace, with weekly deadlines and occasional weekly meetings. Please plan to commit to 3-5 hours per week.

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Personalized Mentorship
Available to all enrolled learners and our alumni, the FBS 1:1 Mentor Network connects you to top leaders in the food industry. See our full list of mentors and learn more about the platform here.

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Who It's For

Food industry innovators, business leaders, directors of procurement, and leaders of sustainability initiatives within companies who want to understand, shape, and drive supply chains to make them environmentally responsible and strategically practical.


As leaders in the food business, how will you identify, evaluate, and (when necessary) develop procurement policies that will function in accordance with your mission, enable you to build sustainable systems, and give your food business a competitive edge?

  • Helene York

    Global Director, Responsible Business, Compass Group at Google, Former Director of Purchasing Strategy, Bon Appetit

    Lead Faculty

  • Helene York

    Global Director, Responsible Business, Compass Group at Google, Former Director of Purchasing Strategy, Bon Appetit

    Lead Faculty

Overview

Todays’ consumers are increasingly savvy about where their food is grown, what goes into it, and how many miles it has to travel before it arrives on their grocery store shelves. 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 agricultural development. Building Supply Chains for a Sustainable Future will 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. The course will help you develop toolsets 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 you 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.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to ethical questions in supply chains and the difficulty of getting clear truths
  • Lifecycle product assessment—from crop to product to packaged food to waste
  • How values-based businesses set procurement policy in meat production systems
  • Design and management of sustainable, strategic supply chains
  • How re-shaping existing supply chains can achieve new goals and outputs
  • Methods of responsible sourcing
  • How food business leaders make competitive and mission-driven procurement pathway decisions to drive system-wide change in a values-based food business
  • Positioning a values-based business with respect to catalyzing and shaping supply chains for today and the future
  • Best practices for supply chain management to maximize nutritional and ecological health

One of the most accomplished experts in food supply chain design and implementation in the world, lead faculty Helene York oversees a procurement team for Compass Group at Google. Previously Helene served as national director of purchasing strategy, and director of strategic initiatives, for Bon Appetit Management Company. Helene graduated from Harvard College and the Yale School of Management.

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