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Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA)

On Thursday, 15 September, more than 300 delegates gathered in Singapore to attend Olam’s Building Sustainable Futures Forum.

Held in the exquisite setting of the Gardens By The Bay nature park, the event was organised as part of Olam’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

Our intent was to gather our peer group together, with participants from different parts of the agri-value chain to see how we can collaborate to make the step change required to resolve the issue of global hunger and nutrition.

Leading voices in the world of sustainability met to discuss how companies and other organisations can contribute to the delivery of the United Nations’ Sustainable Developments Goals, or SDGs, by 2030, either individually or through collaboration.

Representatives from the agri-business sector were invited to the Forum and to witness the launch of the
Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA).

This has been set up to tackle the SDGs but, in particular, focusing on SDG2: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”.

To date, 36 companies have signed up to the GAA, with more members in the pipeline.

Among the speakers at the Forum were Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute; Jeremy Oppenheim, Director, Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development; Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); David Shukman, Science Editor of the BBC.

After a day of panel discussions, interactive sessions and networking, the event was rounded off with a presentation by keynote speaker Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever.