"The training you led for our senior staff proved to be a great resource for Sodexo. Our leadership teams working on sustainability, organizational change, and efficiency efforts gained a better understanding of the application of tools like systems thinking to our work and the larger issues of building a sustainable and global food and agriculture system. We came away inspired and better equipped with immediate next steps for improving our work."

Arlin Wasserman
Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility





Tools & Methods

The Food Lab team has designed and facilitated initiatives with a wide range of organizations—multinational food companies, values-driven entrepreneurial brands, environmental and social NGOs. Over the years we have developed close relationships with very diverse key players. 

The Food Lab Staff team has deep knowledge and experience with strategic planning, supporting cross-functional teams to refine sustainablity goals, design and project management of value chain initiatives, facilitation and convening of pre-competitive industry groups, carbon footprint quantificaion and reduction and design and faciliataion of sophisticated learning events with diverse stakeholders. Please see a detailed description on our Professional Services page. 

Brief descriptions of useful processes and practices, theory of change including the U Process used by the Food Lab.


Books, papers, articles all relevant to our work.

Agriculture and Development papers and case studies can be found at the bottom of this page.


A growing number of case studies describe the efforts of Food Lab members to assess and improve the social or environmental performance of specific supply chains. Some of These cases come from the Linking Worlds collaboration between Sustainable Food Lab, Oxfam, Catholic Relief Services, IIED, Unilever, Rainforest Alliance, and CIAT.

  1. Innovations for Healthy Value Chains: Cases, Tools, and Methods, a compilation of the written cases so far, followed by a draft framework of tools and structural innovations that were used in those cases.

Learning History and Meeting Reports

A Food Lab learning history documents the path of learning the Food Lab has traveled through the questions asked, the issues focused on and the evolution of strategies participants have employed to change global food systems. Each chapter captures a stage in this journey through the words of the participants themselves as they experience the work and face the challenges of the global food system. Reports and presentations from Food Lab meetings are also available here.




JUNE 7-11, 2015
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