corn growing in Gothenburg, Nebraska
corn growing in Gothenburg, Nebraska © Chris Helzer / TNC


Stewart Lindsay Joins The Nature Conservancy as Head of Global Corporate Engagement for Agriculture and Food

Stewart Lindsay
Stewart Lindsay Lindsay named Head of Global Corporate Engagement, Agriculture and Food. © TNC

The Nature Conservancy has hired global sustainability leader Stewart Lindsay as the Head of Global Corporate Engagement, Agriculture and Food. In this role Lindsay will spearhead TNC’s work with companies in the agriculture and food sectors.

Lindsay spent the past fifteen years with Bunge Limited, most recently as Vice President of Sustainability and Government Affairs. He led the development and execution of Bunge’s global sustainability strategy; shaped the company’s sustainability governance, policies and goals; represented Bunge in high-level stakeholder dialogues and collaboration platforms, including the Soft Commodities Forum, World Economic Forum and Field to Market; and built a team that spanned North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Lindsay directed the creation of Bunge’s global zero-deforestation commitments, and worked in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy on related projects: a financing mechanism for agricultural production that aims to reduce conversion of native vegetation, and Agroideal, a planning tool that informs smarter decisions on where to expand soy production in South America.

Lindsay previously worked at Edelman, a leading global communications firm, eventually serving as Vice President. Lindsay created and implemented communications strategies that spanned media, public affairs and stakeholder outreach, for U.S. and multi-national firms, governments and non-profit organizations.

“Stewart recognizes the critical role business can play in conservation and he brings valuable perspectives from the private sector,” said Heather Zichal, managing director of corporate engagement at The Nature Conservancy. “His expertise in food and agriculture is an incredible asset for TNC as we work across sectors and industries to provide food and water sustainably.”

“The agriculture and food sectors sit at the nexus of some of the world's biggest environmental opportunities and challenges," said Lindsay. "TNC has built an impressive track record of partnership with leading companies, and I am excited to contribute to that work, creating and applying approaches that generate positive impact on the ground.”

Lindsay earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and master’s in business administration from Northwestern University. 

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