How can we produce the right food in the right place, the right way and in the right amount? We spoke to Ivo Mulder, Head of the Climate Finance Unit at the UN Environment Programme and Dorothy Shaver, Global Food Sustainability Director for Unilever’s food and ice cream brands about the issues with our complex food supply chains and how we can address them – both with producers and consumers. This is the first podcast in our series Spilling the Beans; produced in partnership with The Sustainable Foods Conference.
Ivo Mulder leads UNEP’s Climate Finance Unit (CFU), and oversees a growing portfolio of various initiatives and finance facilities that actively unlock public and especially private capital towards sustainable land use with positive impacts for the climate, nature and people.
Since its inception, CFU has raised more than $70 million in public funding for a variety of blended finance facilities, unlocking more than $200 million in private capital for long-term impact lending and impact investment, with a target of reaching +USD 1 billion in private finance for ‘net zero, nature positive’ agriculture, forestry and land restoration by 2025.
He co-founded together with Global Canopy the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA) that was launched at the Rio+20 Earth Summit and signed by CEOs of more than 40 finance institutions. It paved the way for the newly-created Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosure (TNFD), the nature equivalent to the TCFD. Ivo also sits on various steering committees.
He has over sixteen years of professional experience working for UNEP, private consulting firms and with non-governmental organisations. He has published more than fifty reports, blogs and articles and sits on the Steering Committee of a number of initiatives. Ivo is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a member of the Dutch Association of Sustainable Investors (VBDO). During his free time, he pursues a variety of outdoor sports such as triathlon, diving, alpine skiing and mountain hiking.
Dorothy Shaver is a passionate food system thought leader with unique experience in driving change for positive health and environmental outcomes, dedicated to creating a world where nutritious food that is good for the people and the planet is accessible and desirable to all. She is a Registered Dietitian with a master’s degree in health education and promotion and eighteen years of cross-industry experience focused on fixing the food system with deep expertise in nutrition, agriculture, and overall food system sustainability working across the industry in media, retail, health care, marketing, AI, and fitness.
Dorothy’s current role is Global Food Sustainability Director for Unilever’s food and ice cream brands, in addition to a founding board member of The Food for Climate League and Senior Nutrition and Wellbeing Advisor for syd (iamYiam).
Dorothy received her undergraduate degree from Framingham State University and her master’s degree in Public Health Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
To see Ivo Mulder or Dorothy Shaver speak at Sustainable Foods London click here.
- State of Finance for Nature Report
- Good Food Finance Network (initiative launched at the UN Food Systems Summit together with WBCSD, EAT, FAIRR, Food Systems for the Future)
- AGRI3 Fund (with Rabobank): guarantee fund to enable long-term / impact lending to farmers and companies focused on improving rural livelihoods + forests/nature + climate
- Restoration Seed Capital Facility: grant fund to stimulate impact investing in the forest and landscape restoration space
- &Green Fund: impact fund that UNEP has been supporting for some time (we helped raise funding for them from GEF, but Unilever has also invested in it, as has the Norwegian Government and Dutch Development Bank)
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- How we will grow our ingredients in harmony with nature | Unilever
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- The world’s food system needs to change | Unilever