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With hard-hitting topics featuring industry leaders, CPG Speaks sessions are packed with relevant, actionable insights for each sector of the consumer goods industry. We’re continually curating some of our series’ most impactful moments — as they happen.

Evolving the Focus of Innovation in a COVID World

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Sean Connolly, president and CEO of Conagra Brands, discussed the steps Conagra has taken to ensure workers in manufacturing facilities and corporate offices remain safe and are able to provide for consumers’ needs. He also shared how Conagra has rebalanced its innovation focus toward the supply side of the business and talked about how some of these changes may stick even in a post-COVID world.

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Grounding Leadership in Purpose

 

 

Bea Perez, chief public affairs, communications and sustainability officer of The Coca-Cola Company, discussed the steps the company is taking to be a global leader in ESG (environment, social and governance). Perez also shared insights on how Coca-Cola is leading with purpose while driving economic growth and strengthening communities through partnerships and ambitious sustainability goals.

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Building Direct Consumer Relationships

 

 

The Honest Company Founder Jessica Alba and CEO Nick Vlahos revealed how their brand found success by leveraging a “start-up mentality” to authentically understand and connect with consumers.

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Building the Business Through Equality & Inclusion

 

 

Carolyn Tastad, Procter & Gamble’s Group President – North America and Chief Sales Officer and Vice Chair, Consumer Brands, discussed steps Procter and Gamble is taking to address bias and advance equality both within and beyond its walls. Tastad will share how P&G drives visibility, accountability and action across its brands, employees, partners and communities — and why industry collaboration and commitment is critically important to accelerate progress.

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Setting the Sustainability Standard

 

 

Colgate-Palmolive and McCormick & Company took to the ‘screen’ to discuss how their companies view sustainability holistically, how they set high-level environmental and sustainability goals, the path to achieve these goals and how you can start working toward having an influence in your company’s practices now.

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Managing Local Outbreaks

 

 

Leaders from Conagra Brands, The Hain Celestial Group and Hormel Foods Corporation shared steps their companies took to prevent the spread of COVID-19; how they handled testing as well as other issues; ways they worked with employees and local public health officials; and how this experience permanently changed their company protocols for the future.

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Managing Unprecedented Demand

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When the COVID-19 pandemic began, cleaning and sanitizing products became some of the most sought-after CPG products – and the demand continues as consumer behavior adapts to today’s realities. The Clorox Company’s Benno Dorer, chairman and former CEO, and Troy Datcher, senior vice president and chief customer officer, experienced this surge first hand. Hear what steps Clorox took to address this unprecedented demand while focusing on their mission as a health and wellness and values-led company.

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Maneuvering During a Pandemic

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Drew Facer, president and CEO of Idahoan Foods; Ryals McMullian, president and CEO of Flowers Foods; and Al Williams, president and CEO of Bush Brothers & Company discussed COVID-19’s impact on food production facilities, including how their companies are navigating supply and operations challenges, leaning into changes in consumer behaviors and buying habits, brand responsibility and thinking about what this all means for the future of food production.

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Choosing to Lead

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In our first CPG Speaks session, Jeff Harmening, chairman and CEO of General Mills and chairman of Consumer Brands’ board of directors, outlined how the company remained nimble in an ever-changing environment during the onset of COVID-19, what consumer behavior he was most surprised to see, the leadership lessons he learned in guiding his team and how they are planning for the future.

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