Wednesday 21 April, 19:15 – 20:00 CEST (13:15 – 14:00 EDT)

Financing food system transformation

We will not see food system transformation until the economics add up- when doing the right thing for business equates to doing the right thing for society. Fortunately, 2021 presents key opportunities to realign the risks and incentives of food system investments, paving the way to a new food economy.

WBCSD’s Vision 2050 outlines “A regenerative and equitable food system producing healthy, safe and nutritious food for all” -and a pathway towards this objective that includes action on three areas that will be discussed in this panel:

  1. Equitable distribution of value throughout the food value chain
  2. End-to-end transparency is built from farm to fork
  3. The true value and cost of food is acknowledged and accounted for.

The 2021 Food System Summit presents an unprecedented opportunity to progress towards this vision by furthering awareness and policy that promotes a better understanding of business impacts on people and nature (including the true value of food), and channel flows of public, private, and blended finance to the most sustainable companies and activities. WBCSD provides a key interface with the activities of the 2021 Food System Summit, including curating the Finance Network for the Summit.

This session will explore finance as a key enabler of food systems transformation, understanding how we can correct under-investment in long term sources of value creation- including building thriving communities and protecting and enhancing the carbon sequestration of agriculture.


  • Diane Holdorf, Managing Director & Senior Management Team, WBCSD
  • Candace Laing, Vice President of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, Nutrien
  • Pierre Rousseau, Strategic Advisor Sustainable Business, BNP Paribas
  • Shalini Unnikrishnan, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
  • Ben Valk, Global Head, Multilateral Development Banking, Rabobank Group

21 April, Day Three - Americas (repeat): All sessions and Overview agenda

17:15 – 18:00 CEST / Global Network meeting

Wednesday 21 April, 17:15 - 18:00 CEST (11:15 – 12:00 EDT) Global Network meeting The WBCSD’s Global Network is an alliance of more than 60 CEO-led business organizations worldwide. The Network, encompassing some 5,000 companies, is united by a shared commitment to...

18:15 – 19:00 CEST / Corporate investment in nature and Net-zero

Wednesday 21 April, 18:15 - 19:00 CEST (12:15 – 13:00 EDT) Corporate investment in nature and Net-zero Business is critical to catalyzing the investments in nature required to meet Paris Agreement targets whilst simultaneously transitioning to net-zero pathways...

19:15 – 20:00 CEST / Circular Electronics Partnership

Wednesday 21 April, 19:15 - 20:00 CEST (13:15 – 14:00 EDT) Circular Electronics Partnership According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2017, in one year, a staggering 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated. Of this total amount, 40 million tonnes of e-waste...

19:15 – 20:00 CEST / Implementing TCFD recommendations

Wednesday 21 April, 19:15 - 20:00 CEST (13:15 – 14:00 EDT) Implementing TCFD recommendations To bring climate risks and resilience into the heart of financial decision-making, climate disclosure must become comprehensive, climate risk management must be transformed,...