Upcoming #3BLchat: Building Sustainable Supply Chains from Farmer to Unilever | Tuesday September 2nd at 13:30 BST/8:30 ET

Upcoming #3BLchat: Building Sustainable Supply Chains from Farmer to Unilever | Tuesday September 2nd at 13:30 BST/8:30 ET

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CAMPAIGN: #3blchat: Your Voice, on Corporate Social Responsibility

CONTENT: Press Release

Mark Your Calendars!

When: Tuesday September 2nd at 13:30 BST/8:30 ET

Imagine the world being a better place - where the production of all agricultural materials we consume happens in an inclusive and sustainable way, with respect for people, planet and profit. Representatives from Unilever and Solidaridad lead the discussion of a sustainable supply chain in a #3BLchat on Tuesday, September 2nd at 13:30 BST (8:30 ET). Both organizations have been working hard to achieve responsible sourcing and recognize that it takes all of us working together to make it happen and be successful.

Unilever and Solidaridad invite stakeholders like farmers, competitors, suppliers, entrepreneurs, funders/investors, government agencies and anyone else involved in the global supply chain to participate in the #3BLchat chat. Only by working together can we achieve change that matters.

Join 3BL Media (@3BLMedia), as we chat with Dirk Jan de With (@Unilever), VP Procurement Ingredients & Sustainability while also serving as President of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and Sven Sielhorst (@Solidaridadnetw), International Programme Manager Sugarcane at Solidaridad and is also on the Board of Directors of Bonsucro, and international organization that fosters the sustainability of the sugarcane sector. They will have questions for the audience and invite the voices that make up the supply chain to be heard.

Learn more about Unilever’s Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.

Follow this #3BLchat to explore:

  • Why suppliers and others involved in the supply chain should care
  • What is needed for funding and investing
  • The importance of NGO’s in these programs
  • How companies like Unilever and Solidaridad are trying to accelerate these programs into action
  • How commodities like sugarcane, tea, and dairy are being impacted
  • How companies, NGO’s and governments can work together and build public-private partnerships to improve responsible production

If you have questions to ask of our panelists BEFORE the chat on September 2nd, or would like to share your organizations story, please let us know via an email (see below) or a tweet that includes #3BLchat.

To register, send this tweet:

I'll be @ #3BLchat Building a #Sustainable #SupplyChain http://3bl.me/aerxqg Tues Sept 2 13:30 BST/8:30 ET w/@Unilever & @Solidaridadnetw 

Tips to get the most from #3BLchat:

  • Follow the main participants and #3BLchat hashtag.
  • Submit questions before the event to promote a more dynamic discussion.
  • Use the #3BLchat hashtag on your comments that you want to share with the community.
  • Share tweets you think your followers will appreciate.
  • Follow interesting participants during and after the chat.


Dirk Jan de With has worked at Unilever for 25 years, in Supply Chain roles in Foods and HPC, and has been based in The Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Italy and Switzerland.

 In his current capacity he is responsible for global procurement of Ingredients and the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commitments on Sustainable Sourcing.

 Prior to this he was VP Procurement for Europe, as VP Business Integration he was setting up the Unilever Supply Chain Company and implementing SAP across all operations in Europe, VP Planning & Customer Service for the Ice Cream business in Europe and VP Supply Chain at Unilever Israel.
 He is also President of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and has been on the board since 2012. Learn more about Unilever: http://www.unilever.com/

Sven Sielhorst has been working with Solidaridad since 2009. He is based at The Netherlands (Utrecht office) of Solidaridad. Sven coordinates Solidaridad’s International Sugarcane Programme. He is responsible to ensure the consistency and strategic relevance of the program activities, as well as driving the sugarcane agenda and promoting internal learning and exchange. Sven is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bonsucro, an international organisation that fosters the sustainability of the sugarcane sector through a metric-based certification scheme and by supporting continuous improvement for members. His advisory work has mostly evolved around the shift from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy, including bio-energy. Read more: http://sugarcane-solidaridad.org/contact-sven-en



Suzanne Madore
3BL Media