Andy Harner, Global Cocoa Director, Mars Chocolate, last month participated in The US Secretary of State’s Global Impact Economy Forum hosted by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.
Andy was part of a panel focusing on the topic of Sustainable Agriculture: Investing in Smarter Food Value Chains. He was joined by David Chen of Equilibrium Capital, Christopher Lee of USAID, and Peter Mehring of Intelleflex.
The panel and working group examined successful, innovative and sustainable business models and how to expand upon these successes in the agricultural sector. Andy was also interviewed by the State Department’s Office of Broadcast Services. Excerpts from his interview are available here and here.
The Global Impact Economy Forum stems from an announcement that Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton made in November 2011 to support and make a commitment to a shift in U.S. development assistance policy from donor-driven aid to catalytic investments that make up an innovation-based Impact Economy. To support this shift, The Secretary’s Global Impact Economy Forum will gather high-level investors, business executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics, and policymakers to promote greater coordination, collaboration, and efficiency in this emerging industry.
An article on cocoa sustainability, authored by Andy, also appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and provides an overview of the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative.