Mixing sustainability and technology in the name of food innovation

November 22, 2018 - News

SE Forum had the pleasure of taking part in last week’s Sustainology Summit, organised by the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York, engaging in discussions focused on food, innovation, technology and sustainability, and hosting a workshop on creating value by caring for soft values.

The Sustainology Summit, previously known as the Green Summit, From Farm to Fork, has been running since 2008 as an initiative to focus on sustainability and the most pressing eco-related issues of contemporary society such as production, waste, consumption and clean tech.

This year, the focus was on innovation to explore how technology can support the food industry to become sustainable and revolutionise our everyday life. The conference, that took place in New York on 13 November, brought together some of Stockholm and New York’s brightest entrepreneurs, decision-makers, and disruptive companies to focus on UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #17.

Creating value

Our Interim Executive Director Thomas Kanestad, and Board Member Katarina Strandberg, joined Sustainology and hosted a workshop exploring how to create financial value by caring for soft values. Both Swedes and Americans joined the workshop and it was great to see and hear such engaging discussions on the topic, as a mix of people from star-ups, investment firms and large global corporations joined in, sharing real-life examples and potential solutions.

SE Forum workshop


“We had a couple of really inspiring days in New York amongst dedicated people passionate about important challenges such as food waste, recycling, and how to inspire regular people to change behaviour. The pre-conference dinner was hosted by the Consul General of Sweden, Annika Rembe, and we truly enjoyed an all vegan dinner and great discussions on food in the future, entrepreneurship and accelerator programmes. SE Forum was the only NGO invite, which was an honour for us, and we were very pleased with how the event turned out and how engaged all the speakers and delegates were”.

– Thomas Kanestad, Interim Executive Director, SE Forum


Many thanks to the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York for arranging an interesting conference and for giving us the opportunity to explore sustainability and financial values as a way to do business for good.


Photo credit: Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York