UBS is a wealth management firm dedicated to working with companies and individuals who play a role in creating sustainable solutions for some of the world’s challenges, the press release states. The UBS Global Visionaries program selects leading innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing ways to create positive impact working towards one or more of the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. The visionaries named this year include Chris Kerr, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, and Chad Sarno, Co-Founder and Chief Culinary Officer, both of Gathered Foods. The two were chosen as a result of their efforts to preserve and protect the planet’s resources through sustainable and plant-based products.
Those selected as Visionaries are offered support and exposure to UBS experts and amplification across social media and marketing channels, the press release notes, which will help propel the brand forward.
Kerr has worked with and helped launch many plant-based companies, including Beyond Meat, Daiya, Alpha Foods, Wicked Foods, and NUMU, among others. He is the Chief Investment Officer for Unovis Asset Management and its New Crop Capital portfolio, an active investor in the plant-based foods and cellular agriculture technology sectors.
"I am incredibly honored to be represented on this list of extraordinary people doing exceptional and necessary work," said Kerr. "As we continue to propel change, this recognition by UBS will allow our team at Gathered Foods to amplify our impact on the plant-based food industry."
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"As a plant-based chef and vegan, the work we are doing at Good Catch is of the utmost importance on my journey to make a real, positive influence for many generations to come," said Sarno. "This recognition is such an honor, and I am confident that it will help our work have a greater global impact, and us to grow as innovators in the plant-based industry and beyond."