IGD appoints new Social Impact Director

Date : 14 January 2022

New Director takes the lead as Social Impact from IGD celebrates an incredibly successful 2021

Naomi Kissman has been appointed Social Impact Director at IGD, with immediate effect. In her new role, Naomi will lead IGD’s initiatives that are driving change and making a tangible difference to society, by uniting and inspiring the food and consumer goods industry and mobilising it as a force for good.

Susan Barratt, CEO of IGD, said: “I’m delighted that Naomi is taking the lead across all our Social Impact projects as we continue to navigate through these extraordinary times. Naomi joined IGD in October 2019 as our Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director and has done an excellent job building our Economics from IGD pillar and deepening relationships with key external stakeholders. Now, her focus will turn to delivering positive Social Impact across all our workstreams and on strengthening our reach across the food and consumer goods industry.”

Naomi takes on her new role as Social Impact from IGD is celebrating an incredibly successful 2021. Delivered across four areas – People, Health, Sustainability and Economics – some 4,800 companies engaged with IGD’s Social Impact initiatives in 2021.

From supporting more than 10,000 young people to develop their employability skills to saving 250,000 tonnes of food from waste via the IGD-WRAP Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, Social Impact from IGD made a tangible difference in 2021. Other successes include:

  • Championing inclusion and diversity through a new reverse mentoring scheme for industry leaders
  • Supporting over 1,400 business leaders with economic insight
  • Helping to shift consumer behaviour towards healthier and more sustainable diets by working collaboratively to test strategies in real-life settings
  • Developing a new, shared ambition to halve the environmental impact of all packaging systems by 2030

Naomi Kissman, Social Impact Director at IGD, said: “I’m enormously excited to have the opportunity to lead Social Impact at IGD. Having worked in this vital industry for over 15 years, I’m incredibly passionate about its ability to deliver lasting social impact. Never has it been more important for us to come together to ensure a thriving industry that delivers better health and environmental outcomes for the benefit of us all. I look forward to continuing to drive initiatives that unite and inspire businesses to make a difference.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. IGD is an organisation of two interconnected communities. The profits from Commercial Insight are reinvested into Social Impact, which together work to drive change that makes a tangible difference for society, business and the individual.

    Social Impact from IGD is delivered in four key areas:

    a. People – focussed on giving young people opportunities to develop their employability and life skills, and on building the knowledge and capability of food and consumer goods industry colleagues, to foster an inclusive and productive workforce;
    b. Health – nutrition experts use the latest research and behavioural science to develop practical tools that help the whole industry. IGD is collaborating with and inspiring companies to adopt best practice and implement change;
    c. Sustainability - focused on mobilising the industry to tackle climate change, reduce food waste, increase food surplus redistribution, develop sustainable packaging systems and accelerate the industry’s progress towards Net Zero;
    d. Economics – supporting better strategic planning and decision making, for the benefit of consumers, through economic analysis and engagement with policy makers.

    Commercial Insight is delivered through six core areas:

    a. Retail Analysis – providing trusted data and insight, straight from the heart of retail;
    b. ShopperVista – providing insight that creates the foundation for progressive shopper and category thinking;
    c. Events – providing compelling experiences that connect people and ideas together;
    d. MarketTrack – the most trusted, rigorous market read in the retail sector;
    e. Supply Chain Analysis – providing answers and unlocking potential;
    f. Solutions – personalised solutions that address the critical customer and commercial challenges.
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