GEMI Meeting -Supply Chain Sustainability

GEMI invites corporate sustainability leaders to join us in Louisville to engage in an interactive discussion on supply chain sustainability.

GEMI is convening key industry groups and corporate supply chain sustainability leaders to share information on industry approaches to supply chain sustainability harmonization, and identify potential opportunities to promote harmonization across efforts.

The workshop has been designed to outline opportunities to promote mutual recognition/increased harmonization across efforts, while supporting common cross-industry goals.

The meeting will be held on November 15-16 in Louisville, KY, and will be hosted on Living Lands & Waters floating classroom barge moored on the downtown Louisville Riverfront (pictured).

The meeting will be held in a truly unique facility that is used in cleaning up America’s rivers, and built using a variety of sustainably sourced materials.

In conjunction with the meeting, meeting participants will have the opportunity to work together as a group and join in a cleanup of the Ohio River in downtown Louisville with Living Lands & Waters. Please contact us to learn more about participation in the event.


Please complete the following form to request a guest invitation for the meeting.

GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability Project

GEMI Supply Chain Sustainability Project

We are pleased to announce that GEMI is now launching a new Supply Chain Sustainability (SCS) project, designed to research and promote increased harmonization in supplier sustainability expectations across industry sectors.

The project is being co-led by Dawn Krueger, Sustainability Supply Chain Manager, 3M and Anne-Cecile Remont, Global Purchases Sustainability Leader, Procter & Gamble, and will be managed by sustainability consultant Mary Beth Jordan. Through a 2-phase process, the project is planned to benchmark key SCS efforts and identify opportunities to promote increased harmonization across efforts, while supporting common cross-industry goals.

GEMI will hold a conference call on April 19 to kick-off Phase 1 of the project. GEMI believes this project will be most successful and beneficial to all with participation from a variety of business types, and have opened the opportunity to participate in the effort to a wider set of companies outside the GEMI membership. We welcome additional companies across industries to consider engaging as a project participant. The project tasks, schedule and participation fee ($3,000) are described in the attached document.

We are very pleased to have 3M, Ashland Inc., Becton Dickinson (BD), Carnival Corporation & plc, Charleston Orwig, FedEx, Gannett Fleming, Koch Industries, Merck, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Perdue Farms, Schlumberger, Sealed Air, Smithfield Foods, Tennant Company and Tyson Foods engaged.

If you would like to learn more, please contact Kellen Mahoney at

Smithfield Foods and United Suppliers Partner to Advance Precision Agriculture in Supply Chain

PRINCETON, Mo., Feb. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smithfield Foods, Inc. and United Suppliers, Inc., today announced a collaboration to advance on-farm conservation practices and the use of innovative precision agriculture tools across Smithfield’s sourcing regions in Iowa and Missouri. Smithfield’s initiative will focus on deployment of SUSTAIN™, United Suppliers’ sustainability platform, with agronomic and sustainability guidance from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The ultimate goal of the project is to work with farmers along all points along the food supply chain to reduce fertilizer runoff, safeguard the environment, and ensure farm productivity.

“At Smithfield, we are committed to sustainability, and to finding solutions where we can both make the environment better and create value,” said Kraig Westerbeek, vice president of environment and support operations at Smithfield Foods’ Hog Production Division. “Farmers spend up to half of their input costs on fertilizer, so keeping more nutrients where they belong helps growers save money and improve yields. We’re excited to offer the SUSTAIN platform to our Midwest growers because it’s a true win-win.”

United Suppliers is a cooperative of 560 locally owned and controlled agricultural retailers who operate nearly 2,500 retail locations, and who serve growers spanning 45 million acres in the U.S. and Canada. United Suppliers developed the SUSTAIN platform, in coordination with EDF, which combines a set of proven, effective technologies, practices and products that improve nutrient use efficiency and reduce soil erosion while enhancing productivity.

“We’re excited to announce this collaboration at today’s grower meeting hosted by South Central Cooperative, one of United Suppliers’ authorized SUSTAIN retailers,” said Matt Carstens, vice president of United Suppliers. “This is a great example of how food companies, ag retailers, and growers can work together to achieve success in the realm of ag sustainability that ultimately meets the demands of the consumer.”

Although fertilizer is essential for producing food across the globe, on average 50 percent of nutrients applied are not taken up by crops. The resulting fertilizer runoff can cause water pollution and transform into air pollution in the form of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas nearly 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

This collaboration will:

  • Optimize nutrient use efficiency and improve soil health in Smithfield’s Midwest sourcing regions.
  • Expand the reach of the SUSTAIN platform in the Smithfield sourcing region to help United Suppliers meet its goal of 10 million acres enrolled in SUSTAIN by 2020.
  • Protect yields while reducing nutrient and soil loss, thereby achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions and water quality improvements.
  • Improve the resiliency of the U.S. food production system.

Smithfield is the first protein company to use this program, and joins General Mills, Campbell’s Soup, and Unilever in using the platform in sustainable sourcing efforts.

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