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Mitigating the Water Crisis: Industry Leaders Dive Into Water Efficiency

Alaina Harkness July 13, 2022

During this fireside chat, learn creative approaches to tackling water stewardship. Sustainability leaders in the food and agriculture industry will share how they create and accomplish their ESG goals. This session will be moderated by Alaina Harkness, Executive Director of Current, Chicago’s water innovation hub.

Current launched a first-of-its-kind Inclusive Blue Economy Strategy in summer 2022. This strategy outlines the critical programs, investments, and cross-sector leadership needed to make Illinois a global leader in water innovation. A key part of this strategy is recognizing the companies leading cutting-edge water-ESG strategies and creating opportunities to collaborate across industries to solve challenging water issues together.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Accelerate Climate Action

  • Accountability

  • Reimagine Systems


ESG, Water Stewardship

Purpose and Desired Outcome

We will explore the following questions with our speakers and audience members: For corporate water users and stakeholders: • What are your company’s major water-related risks over the next 10 years? How did you identify them and what is your plan to manage them? • How do you connect ESG goals and priorities with core operational targets and create incentives to meet them? • How do you source and deploy new methods or technologies for water management? • How can water stewardship build positive relationships with your company’s workforce and local communities? For government and policy experts: • How can you collaborate with industry to protect our health and environment, strengthen the Inclusive Blue Economy, and create opportunity for all? • How do you infuse water expertise into decision making at every level, from corporate governance to regulatory?


  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Government


  • NameAlaina Harkness
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationCurrent
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMichelle Frey
  • TitleGlobal Manager, Water & Wastewater
  • OrganizationArcher Daniels Midland
  • StatusInvited
  • NameJonah Smith
  • TitleGlobal Head of Environmental Social Governance & President of the Kraft Heinz Foundation
  • OrganizationKraft Heinz
  • StatusInvited
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