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CARE to Lead Concordia Panel on Gender and Global Supply Chains



ATLANTA, GA. SEPTEMBER 18, 2023—At the 2023 Concordia Annual Summit, CARE USA President and CEO Michelle Nunn will lead a discussion examining how some of the world’s leading companies are addressing gendered challenges to global supply chains.

The September 19th Concordia event – Women in Supply Chains: Addressing Gendered Risks for Women and Businesses – will feature Nunn alongside panelists Michelle Grogg, vice president of corporate responsibility at Cargill; Amber Johnson, global vice president – cocoa for Mars; and Alicia Vermaele, executive director, The Starbucks Foundation, and director, Global Coffee, Social Impact and Sustainability, Starbucks.

The speakers, each of whom represents a CARE Women’s Economic Justice partner, will discuss the critical role that women play in supply chains, as well as the challenges that they face and how industry can address them.

“While women grow and make so much of the food and goods that we use every day, women are facing challenges that inhibit their potential. Every day, women in the workforce are facing harassment and violence, dangerous working conditions, lack of access to education and healthcare – as well as hunger and malnutrition. Women who grow so much food for the world often don’t have enough to eat themselves,” said Nunn.

She added: “All of the risks facing women can lead to decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, lower presenteeism, and higher turnover—not to mention reputational damage, legal and compliance risks. However, when gendered risks are addressed we find that negative effects are mitigated. And moreover, productivity and retention increase, as do long-term relationships with suppliers, and overall brand reputation.”

CARE is a 2023 Concordia Annual Summit Lead Programming Partner.

To learn more about how CARE is working towards ensuring 50 million women have more equitable access to and control over economic resources and opportunities by 2030, please read the Women’s Economic Justice 2023 Impact Report.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls. Equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. This year, CARE and partners worked in 111 countries implementing 1,600 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects and initiatives that reached 174,000,000 people

To learn more, visit www.care.org

About Concordia

Concordia is a global convener of heads of state, government officials, C-suite executives, and leaders of nonprofits, think tanks, and foundations to find cross-sector solutions that address the biggest challenges of our time. The Concordia Annual Summit is the largest and most inclusive nonpartisan forum alongside the UN General Assembly, while Concordia also hosts regional summits with a focus on the Americas, United States, Europe, and Africa. Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.

Media contact: Ashley Shackleford, CARE USA, Press Officer,  ashley.shackleford@care.org

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