Helene York

Head of Social and Environmental Responsibility at ISS Guckenheimer

Currently the head of social and environmental responsibility for Guckenheimer, a leading US contract management company, Helene York is a supply chain innovator with global and national experience. She previously served as Guckenheimer’s chief procurement officer and as global director, responsible business, for Compass Group at Google, where she led a supply chain team in an extremely dynamic environment. Prior to being embedded in Google, she was national director of purchasing strategy and director of strategic initiatives for Bon Appétit Management Company.

Ms. York has developed new produce, seafood, meat, chocolate, and coffee supply chains for large-scale contract catering services. Impatient with supply chains “as is,” she works to understand what motivates suppliers, and partners with them to make significant improvements. She has visited countless farms, fisheries, and processors in pursuit her passion to help create channels for byproducts dismissed as “waste.” She takes pride in having coached numerous emerging food business leaders and smallholder farms get a foothold supplying contract food service.

She started her career in food promoting sustainable seafood to chefs who, along with supply chain managers, are the “choice editors” of our food system and can be the real levers of change. Ms. York has also written for The Atlantic online magazine. She graduated from Harvard College and the Yale School of Management.

Courses, Events & Writings

INNOVATION INTENSIVE: Building Supply Chains for a Sustainable Future

Building Supply Chains for a Sustainable Future will help food business leaders design supply chains through a systems approach that takes into account the interconnected forces of climate change, global food production, responsible sourcing, and distribution. Advantages and inefficiencies of existing supply chains, state-of-the-art procurement systems, and practical roadmaps for profitable sustainability will all be covered in this course.