Daryl Brewster, Chief Executive Officer of Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)
Katherine Bostick, Senior Advisor, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)
Moderated by Ritse Eruimi, Program Officer, Future of Work(ers), Ford Foundation
Wednesday, March 23rd
9am PT / 12pm ET
From demanding work environments to declining mental health, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted frontline workers, especially those from communities of color. As we look to collectively learn from the hardships of the past two years, it’s important to understand how frontline workers have struggled and the difficulties they continue to face before we can advance towards recovery.
For companies actively navigating this unique time, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose’s (CECP) recent report, Frontline Worker Well-Being in a Time of Crisis, examines corporate support for critical roles during the pandemic and beyond, helping companies in the consumer staples industries better support their key stakeholders: the workers on the frontline. Join us at this Virtual Gathering to hear from moderator, Ritse Erumi, Program Officer at Ford Foundation, Daryl Brewster, CEO, and Katherine Bostick, Senior Advisor to CECP, as they share insights and provide recommendations from CECP’s recent report, offer advice for conscious leaders to better protect and support essential workers, and explain why these measures will relate to corporate resilience for the future.
Daryl is the CEO of Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) where he spearheads the effort to engage a coalition of CEOs who believe that a company’s social strategy — how it engages with key stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and customers —determines company success. He has 30+ years of corporate executive experience in the US and abroad, including as an officer for several Fortune 500 companies the turnaround CEO of a publicly-traded company, and the head of five multi-billion-dollar business units. Daryl currently serves on several public and private company boards. He served as:
--President of Kraft’s $6 billion North American Snacks, Confections, Cereal, and Pet portfolio; successfully led the business to record top and bottom-line growth.
--President of the Planters Specialty Products Company; more than doubled the portfolio to $1.6 billion over a four-year period.
--The turnaround CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.; reversing financial declines, clearing up a myriad of financial and accounting difficulties, reducing debt, and expanding globally.
--Managing Director of Campbell’s $300 million UK operations; doubled revenue and quadrupled profits.
Katherine Bostick is an independent consultant specializing in operational strategy and stakeholder engagement related to environment, labor, and supply chain responsibility. She has 20+ years of experience in multi-stakeholder impact initiatives, supply chain sustainability, non-profit management, and international development. Her work has spanned many countries and commodities in the agricultural, seafood, and apparel and home goods sectors, allowing her insight into a myriad of sustainability challenges and impact opportunities across a wide range of supply chains.
Katherine is the former Vice President of Standards and Impact at Fair Trade USA, the leading fair trade certification program in the U.S. There, she led the teams that managed the organization’s certification requirements and monitoring and evaluation system, with the aim to minimize social and environmental risks in supply chains, build equitable conditions for trade, and support farmers, fishermen, and workers on a journey of empowerment.
Ritse Erumi is a program officer on the Future of Work(ers) team at the Ford Foundation. She leads Ford’s work on advancing more fair economies through new approaches to technology and innovation, narrative change, and business engagement. Ritse joined the foundation as a fellow working at the intersection of technology, economic opportunity, and equity.
Prior to Ford, Ritse served as a strategist and advisor to civil society groups, development agencies, governments, and businesses on models for digital innovation and systemic change. As a public interest technologist, her work explores the socioeconomic implications of emerging technologies among marginalized and underserved communities.
Ritse holds a PhD in policy and management and a masters in information systems, with a concentration in social change, innovation, and gender, from the University of Manchester.
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