The Sustainable Table - Business Leaders Talk Welfare

Join Elissa Lane, the dynamic CEO of Global Food Partners, on her podcast
In this enlightening series, "The Sustainable Table - Business Leaders Talk Welfare", Elissa engages with top business leaders at the forefront of integrating animal welfare and sustainability into their corporate ethos and operations.
Each episode features a new guest sharing their personal and professional journey towards more ethical business practices. These conversations illuminate the practicalities and challenges of adopting sustainable and animal-friendly policies, revealing how these leaders are influencing positive change within their industries.
Listeners will be inspired by stories of innovation, from implementing responsible sourcing strategies to leveraging cutting-edg technologies for sustainable sourcing. The podcast highlights the business benefits of such practices and delves into their broader societal and ecological impacts.
"The Sustainable Table - Business Leaders Talk Welfare," hosted by Elissa Lane, is a must-listen for anyone interested in how contemporary businesses are navigating the path to a more sustainable and humane future.
Season 1, Episode 4 – Leading the Way: Marriott International's Cage-Free Commitment in Asia with Richard Tan
In this episode, we sit down with Richard Tan, the Vice President of Procurement for the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Greater China) at Marriott International. With over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Richard shares his journey, successes, and valuable advice on transitioning to cage free eggs as a hospitality leader in Asia. He recounts eye-opening visits to conventional caged farms, and how seeing the condition of the animals in cages instilled in him a personal conviction to create change and do the right thing.

Richard talks about Marriott's cage-free progress in Asia, and outlines three pivotal actions that have helped him instil supplier confidence. He shares Marriott's goal of achieving 50% cage-free implementation within the next 12 months, and imparts strategic advice for those implementing similar commitments in the hospitality sector.

As the episode concludes, Richard leaves us with a piece of advice that helps keep him grounded: "how you do business is as important as the business that you do," advocating for introspection and purposeful change in the pursuit of a sustainable and humane future.
Season 1, Episode 3 – Advancing Poultry Welfare Globally with Ryan Bennett
Join us in this insightful episode as we sit down with Ryan Bennett, the Executive Director of the International Poultry Welfare Alliance (IPWA) and the US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs. Ryan talks to us about IPWA's mission to elevate poultry welfare worldwide, and the organisation's outcomes-based key welfare indicators.

Ryan shares his personal journey, growing up surrounded by livestock and ultimately stepping into leadership roles at two influential organisations. He also talks about the challenges faced by U.S. egg farmers going cage free, the confidence-building factors during the transition, and lessons applicable to Asia.
Furthermore, Ryan also shares key actions that have enabled food businesses to successfully transition to cage free in the United States, including: 
  • Providing certainty and financial signals to farmers, including long-term buying commitments 
  • Full supply chain engagement 
  • Working closely with technical experts
Tune in to learn how a collaborative approach can drive positive change in the egg industry and beyond.
Season 1, Episode 2 — Sustainability Insights from Ron Pohl, President of International Operations at BWH Hotel Group: Thinking Globally to Create Impact for the Planet and Animals
Meet Ron Pohl, the visionary leader driving corporate sustainability at BWH Hotel Group and World Hotels. As President of International Operations at BWH Hotel Group and President of WorldHotels, Ron shares how sustainability and doing the right thing are not just corporate goals, but a very personal commitment. In our captivating chat, Ron uncovers the details of BWH's latest initiative, "Because We Care", designed to make a positive impact on the environment and society, across the 100 countries in which they operate globally. This initiative falls perfectly in line with their global cage-free egg commitment, reinforcing the company's mission to improve animal welfare. 

Tune in to hear more about Ron's sustainability journey, the cage-free challenges and opportunities Best Western is experiencing in Asia, and the company's localised approach to creating impact, while respecting local differences and communities.
Season 1, Episode 1 — Pioneering Cage-free Sourcing in China: A Conversation with Christine Wen, Compass Group China
In this inaugural episode of "The Sustainable Table - Business Leaders Talk Welfare," host Elissa Lane, GFP CEO and co-founder, welcomes Christine Wen, Procurement and Supply Chain Director at Compass Group China. Based in the city of Shanghai, Christine has been a key player in revolutionising sourcing strategies to embrace sustainability and animal welfare.

Join us as Christine shares her journey over the past year and a half, working closely with Elissa and her team at Global Food Partners. This collaboration has been instrumental in developing Compass Group China’s cage-free implementation roadmap, marking a significant step towards successful implementation of their cage-free policy and sustainable and ethical food sourcing in China.

Christine delves into the challenges and successes of initiating and executing this groundbreaking shift to cage-free eggs in one of the world's largest markets. This episode offers a rare glimpse into the complexities of integrating cage-free policies in a corporate setting and its ripple effects on suppliers, consumers, and the industry at large.

Tune in for an inspiring story of change, leadership, and commitment to a more sustainable future in the food and hospitality industry.

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