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Heifer International will host its first corporate partnership conference today and tomorrow, at Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock. The summit, referred to as “Beyond the Bottom Line: Creating Shared Value Through Partnership,” will discuss the opportunities in public and private collaborations with a focus on values-based development and market-driven development. Visiting corporate partners include Elanco Animal Health, Danone Ecosystem, Garnet Hill and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Participants of Heifer International-Green Mountain Coffee partnership

“Everyone attending this summit has the shared belief that truly sustainable development requires collaboration across all sectors,” said Pierre Ferrari, Heifer International’s President and CEO. “We need to develop real solutions and concrete actions to achieve our collective goal of ZERO hunger, ZERO poverty, and ZERO ecological damage.”

The keynote speaker is John Elkington, a respected thought leader in corporate sustainability and the founding partner & executive chairman of the Volans, a future-focused business working at the intersection of the sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship movements. Elkington is also a visiting professor at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management and UCL Energy Institute.

Topics for the conference include discussion on emerging trends and best practices in sustainable development, value chain collaboration, corporate philanthropy, cause-related marketing, employee engagement and impact measurement.


Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She and her husband raise two daughters in a house way too small for their four pets. They spend a lot of time sweeping.