DuPont Hosts Food Security Forum

DuPont News, February 3, 2012


DuPont announced its food security goals at an event yesterday in Washington, D.C., that brought together key stakeholders in the effort to respond to the challenge of feeding the world.

The forum kicked off with a welcome from DuPont Global Public Affairs Director Anthony Farina. He introduced DuPont Chair & CEO Ellen Kullman, who set the context for the company's goal-setting in a keynote address.

“Each of us can commit to doing our part and hold ourselves accountable to make a meaningful contribution to this global challenge,” Ellen said during her remarks. “Establishing specific, measurable goals for what we can do to address that challenge is key to turning talk into results.”

Executive Vice President Jim Borel announced the DuPont Food Security Goals before joining a panel moderated by Roger Thurow of the Chicago Council. The panel included:

  • Jim Borel, DuPont executive vice president
  • Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senator from South Dakota and chair of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity
  • Jo Luck, president and former CEO of Heifer International
  • Gene White, founder, Global Child Nutrition Foundation

Howard Buffett, president of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, who had been slated to join the panel, was unable to do so because of fog-related travel restrictions in Illinois.

Using @DuPontNews on Twitter, DuPont Public Affairs employees in Wilmington, Del., and Johnston, Iowa, managed significant social media engagement with influencers, stakeholders and employees around the world about food security.

The event was broadcast live via webcast and panelists received questions submitted by viewers.