Today I am writing to announce exciting further details of the Risk Management Summit we will be hosting at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam on 10th May 2012, Forum Room, starting at 12:00pm. 

As the global demand for food increases, food and labor issues in developed countries are still burning matters that need to be tackled. Long delivery times, short product shelf life and food borne pandemics, such as the recent EHEC crises, are challenges which remain more pressing than ever. The question is not if, but rather when, these problems will strike again. And the question for both businesses and consumers is how to face these challenges.

The Risk Summit will create a forum for major global brands such as Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Metro, Accor and others to answer some of those questions and showcase their strategic thinking on Risk Management practice in the areas of Food Safety and Labour Safety.

Diversey-organized Risk Management Summit
Laurentien van Oranje-Nassau will be Keynote Speaker at the Diversey-organized Risk Management Summit

The closing speaker at the Summit will be Laurentien van Oranje-Nassau. Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands has a long track record on literacy issues, as UNESCO’s Special Envoy on Literacy for Development and other responsibilities. Her speech will be titled “Driving long-term value: the human dimension of risk management”. Many of the critical sectors in the food distribution chain such as Retail, Food Service and Facility Management employ low-skilled labour, and with a low level of literacy, these types of workers are exposed to a significant number of risks. Her Highness will use practical examples from the areas of both literacy and sustainability, highlighting the link between employee safety and literacy.

First Session: Food safety – Managing the Impact on People and Profitability.

Speakers at the Food Safety panel discussion include: 

-        Neil Marshall, Global Director of Quality and Food Safety at The Coca-Cola Company

-        Suzan Horst, Corporate Quality Director at Royal FrieslandCampina

-        Nicki Crayfourd, Global Director of Health, Safety and Environment at the Compass Group

-        Peter Overbosch, Vice President of Corporate Quality for Metro

These top executives from different sectors will share valuable insight gained from their experiences and challenges in managing food chains. Discussion topics will include how these business leaders are adapting to new food safety regulations and operational challenges; how food service and catering operators ensure perfect food quality at the point of consumption; and how companies can measure the impact of their investments in food safety in their P&Ls. 

Second Session – Labor Safety -The Virtuous Circle of Efficiency and Safety.

In order to ensure the health of consumers, managers must establish a focus on workers’ safety. Employers are obliged to provide a safe workplace for their employees, including the provision of adequate infection control procedures as well as the right equipment and training. Five senior executives from key sectors will discuss their goals, systems and the way they minimize the risks associated with managing people. 

-        Richard Short, Health, Safety and Environment Director at Accor

-        Dr. Bizhan Pourkomailian, Director of Food Safety and Supplier Workplace Accountability at McDonald’s Europe

-        Joseph Nazareth, Group Vice President, Head of Group Health, Safety and Environment and Corporate Responsibility for ISS

-        Andrea Zironi, Global Strategic Sourcing Director at Autogrill

-        Andreas Voss, Professor of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control at the Radbound University, Nijmegen Medical Centre, the Netherlands, will provide his insights about the healthcare related risks

We are organizing this Summit to expose our customers to the most innovative initiatives on business risk management. We have already received a lot of interest for the Summit and thanks to the Interclean exhibition also taking place at the RAI Exhibition Center, we expect to have outstanding attendance from European business leaders. The event will be moderated by Martin van Putten, an experienced journalist and communications consultant. It will be highly interactive, in several different languages, with opportunities for open questions to the speakers and individual interviews by request.

For more information on the Risk Management Summit, including a detailed agenda and the registration process, please visit:

See you next Thursday!