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Senior Vice President, Market Transformation
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
For his efforts to study and address the global social, environmental, and economic impact of a variety of commodities, and his cross-sector work to improve the sustainability and supply chain management of these commodities.
Dr. Jason Clay is World Wildlife Fund’s senior vice president for market transformation. He is a thought leader in the NGO community about global trends, supply chain management issues, and convening multi-stakeholder groups to work together on pre-competitive issues. Clay is a globally recognized expert on certification and food production. He created one of the world’s first ecolabels and helped develop standards for more than a dozen commodities through multi-stakeholder processes that reduce the impacts of production. Over the course of his career, Clay has run a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale Universities, worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, helped create hundreds of products such as Rainforest Crunch with Ben & Jerry’s, and spent more than 30 years working with environmental and human rights organizations. Clay studied at Harvard University and the London School of Economics, and received his Ph.D. in anthropology at Cornell University. He founded the award-winning Cultural Survival Quarterly and is the author of more than 300 articles and 15 books, World Agriculture and the Environment. In addition to his WWF role, Clay is the first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow of the National Geographic Society.