Business & Environment: Eat with the Experts

On Wednesday of TFD Week 2014, a collection of 35 students from across Yale had the chance to meet with participants from TFD’s “Understanding Deforestation-Free” Scoping Dialogue in intimate lunch conversations about topics at the intersection of business and the environment.  Participants from Yale’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, School of Management, and other programs had the chance to dialogue with global leaders in frank discussions on the triple bottom line, innovation within traditional organizations, and how to create meaningful change in product supply chains. This event was hosted by TFD in collaboration with Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment and the Yale School of Management’s Business and Environment Club. Students participating in the event said that they enjoyed the opportunity to talk to business leaders in an informal setting, and emphasized the importance of these discussions in contributing to their research and understanding of practical strategies for environmental change.

TFD wishes to thank the following dialogue participants, who shared their experiences with students:

Michael Chung, Senior Manager of Product Stewardship, Johnson & Johnson

Darrel Webber, Secretary General, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Matt Daggett, Director of Strategy, Greenpeace

Uta Jungermann, Forest Solutions Group, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Peter Gardiner, Natural Resources Manager, Mondi

Paivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President of Environmental Affairs, UPM – The Biofiore Company