Fireside Chat: What Does it Take to Build a More Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chain?
  • Explore what it takes to execute and accelerate action on sustainability issues such as climate, nature and waste across a complex value chain of a multicategory retailer
  • Discuss how Walmart’s Project Gigaton platform helped seed the way for galvanizing sustainability action with its suppliers and where it sees the journey headed
  • Examine the role of data in helping evolve these efforts and how the team has continually evolved the platform to help suppliers go faster and further in their sustainability efforts

Ron Voglewede
Group Director, Sustainability
Walmart

Ron Voglewede is currently the Group Director of Sustainability at Walmart, Inc. With over 15 years in sustainability across consumer products, he has led the field by delivering world-class strategies that enhance business value. At Walmart, he leads the Sustainable Retail strategic initiatives team covering supplier sustainability including the retailer’s landmark Project Gigaton initiative, zero waste and climate strategies.  An innovator at heart, he is an inventor on 45 patents. Ron prides himself on demonstrating how sustainability can be the unlock for License to Grow and making sustainability attainable for everyone. Prior to Walmart, Ron led Global Sustainability at Whirlpool Corporation, transforming the company’s approach to sustainability. In 2021, Ron was appointed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve on the Council for Climate Solutions where he helped develop and deliver an economy wide carbon neutral growth plan. Ron holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

David Allen
VP, Chief Sustainability Officer
PepsiCo Foods North America

David Allen is Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for PepsiCo Foods North America (PFNA), which includes Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) and Quaker Foods North America (QFNA). In this role, he is responsible for helping PFNA execute its sustainability vision of building a more sustainable food system and reducing environmental impact. The company’s pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) sustainability commitments span three key pillars:  Positive Agriculture, Positive Value Chain, and Positive Choices.

David began his career with PepsiCo as an engineer in 1996.  He then spent the next 20 years in various field manufacturing and distribution roles in multiple locations, giving him significant breadth and depth of supply chain experience. Prior to his current role, David served as the Senior Director of Quality and Food Safety for PFNA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.