WEBINAR: Supporting Sustainable Agriculture Through Partnership and Responsible Sourcing

Watch the recording from the event below!

Agriculture is a primary land use of the Great Lakes region, growing ingredients that are feeding our world. 

For companies in the CPG (consumer packaged goods) industry, businesses are increasingly working together with farmers, as well as customers and governments, to meet their sustainability commitments while sourcing the ingredients they need for their products. In the interconnected business of food manufacturing, partnerships and responsible sourcing must go hand in hand.

This month’s webinar featured guest speakers from Kellogg Company, the multinational food manufacturing giant headquartered in the Great Lakes region, who shared the company’s approach to sustainability, particularly with respect to supporting sustainable food production, responsible sourcing, and equitable food systems. We also heard how they are working to support climate-positive agricultural practices that produce the ingredients they need in a way that is good for the planet and good for farmers.

Event Speakers: 

Janelle Meyers, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company

Janelle Meyers has +20 years of experience enhancing economic, environmental and social performance of global value chains, products and services.

Janelle joined the Kellogg Company in February 2016. Prior to becoming the Chief Sustainability Officer in Dec 2021, Janelle held several roles in Global Procurement, including leading Kellogg’s Global Supplier Relationship Management, Supplier Diversity and Responsible Sourcing programs.  

Before joining Kellogg, Janelle spent 11 years with Walmart in Merchandising and the Corporate Sustainability team. And five years in International Finance and Brand Management with General Motors.

Jennifer King, Senior Director, Supply Chain, Plant Based Protein, Kellogg Company

Ms. King leads a team of supply chain professionals managing operations spanning from the sourcing of ingredients and packaging materials to the delivery of goods to customers.  She is a member of the Plant Based Protein category leadership team. 

Ms. King influences and facilitates the sustainability and responsible sourcing efforts for the Plant Based Protein business. She has previous experience in procurement as a program leader for various sustainable sourcing initiatives at Kellogg and as an executive sponsor for multiple strategic and developmental supplier relationships.  

In 2019 she led a cross functional team that partnered Kellogg with Enel Green Energy in a VPPA to procure 50% of Kellogg North America’s electricity usage, achieving a significant advancement of Kellogg’s green energy commitments.

Event Moderator: 

Lora Shrake, Senior Program Director, Business and Sustainability, Council of the Great Lakes Region 

Lora Shrake is the Senior Program Director, Business and Sustainability for the Council of the Great Lakes Region. With over 20 years of experience, Lora has dedicated her career to the environment and sustainability issues. Her management and leadership spans across non-profit operations, environmental program management, stakeholder engagement, strategy, and research.

Prior to joining CGLR, Lora led a national green building council in the United Arab Emirates where she oversaw all aspects of the organization’s cross-functional development, including its impact and reach.

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