Partnering With Innovators To Transform Corporate Value Chains-IHB23

Carolina Garcia Arbeláez

Global Sustainability and Innovation Director at Anheuser-Busch InBev

as recorded on 14 April 2022 as part of Innov8rs Connect on Climate & SDG's

100+ Accelerator was created to speed the green transition of global business and supply chains. Founded in 2018 within AB InBev, 100+ Accelerator was born to engage startups that could solve key sustainability challenges for large corporate partners. The program was built to help those startups validate their solution within AB InBev's operations and, if successful, scale the solution globally. In addition, the program offered expert training, mentorship, preferred payment terms, access to tools and funding. In 2021, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company and Unilever partnered with AB InBev in the further development of the 100+ Accelerator. Collaboration is key as no one company can solve today’s sustainability challenges alone. Together the four corporate partners can overhaul supply chains and scale innovative solutions to the world to create a better, more sustainable world and a new way of doing business, as Carolina García Arbeláez will share in her session.

About the speaker

Carolina García Arbeláez is a leader with over 10 years of experience working for a more equitable and sustainable world. Currently she works as Global Sustainability and Innovation Director for AB InBev and as Operations Director for the 100+ Accelerator. She has been working for AB InBev over the past four years in Sustainability at a local, regional and global scale. She graduated as a lawyer from Los Andes University and later from a specialization in Economics from the same university. She is a One Young World Ambassador and one of the 88 women around the world chosen for the Homeward Bound leadership program and its Antarctic Expedition in 2019. She is the founder of Still New, a sustainable fashion for children start up. She is a fellow from the Aspen Institute Early Movers Fellowship. She has published several articles in national and international media. For more than 3 years she worked in WWF in the international climate negotiations (from COP19 to COP22) and in local climate advocacy. She has taught international environmental law courses at Rosario and Externado University. She is the author of the climate change book “Cambio climático: lo que está en juego” and author of the booklets “El Acuerdo de París: así actuará Colombia frente al cambio climático”, amongst others.

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