Tips from leading companies on how to tackle forced labor and human trafficking

As some readers may know, business and human rights, and forced labor and human trafficking are a big area of focus for us at Innovation Forum. I recall first hosting a conference on this topic in 2003, and much has changed since, at least in terms of awareness. Looking at that 2003 agenda, here you can…

How closely is human health linked to ocean plastic pollution?

“Do a conference on oceans and human health”, said a good friend of mine to me a couple of years ago. “That’ll get people’s attention” he said, referring to the overall pollution crisis the world’s oceans face, which he and I care quite a lot about. We were discussing what it would take to drive…

Insights for readers: Palm oil, plastics, forced labour, embedding values, measuring progress

Here’s some of the interviews, insight and analysis, recently added to https://innovation-forum.co.uk The below is a mixture of written and audio content, usually recorded at/around our events from the first half of 2017. I hope there’s some useful insights here somewhere for readers. Happy summer break to all! HSBC’s noble stand on palm oil No…

Join us later in 2017 to debate deforestation, factory sustainability, ocean pollution, human rights, and sustainable sugarcane

Last month we wrapped our final conference of the first half of 2017, during which we covered smallholder farmer sustainability, sustainable apparel, deforestation prevention, and tackling modern slavery and forced labour, (in both London and D.C), measuring sustainability processes and outcomes. All our conferences are held under the Chatham House rule of non-disclosure, but here are…

“Human made, human served” may be the ultimate pointless product label

I read this today in a report I was sent: “In an article entitled The Relentless Pace of Automation, the MIT Technology Review indicates that in the United States, 83% of jobs earning less than $20 per hour have a likely risk of automation, compared to only 4% for jobs earning more than $40 per…

Nine events in sustainable business and supply chains for your diary in 2017

Here’s what we’re planning at Innovation Forum between now and the end of 2017. If you’d like to get involved just let us know at info@innovation-forum.co.uk or you can email me at tobias dot webb at innovation-forum.co.uk and I can send you on to one of our project directors. It should be an interesting remaining seven months…

An excellent short speech on why business should assist human rights defenders

We’ve written and held conference sessions on this above topic for a while now. And we’ll be covering it yet again in our business and human rights conference, held every year since 2014, which takes place again in London in November. (Hard to believe I first did one of these conferences in 2003. And yes,…

Traceability, digitalisation and the latest innovation in apparel supply chains

Here’s a quick update on our event ‘How apparel brands can transform supply chains’, taking place 13th-14th June in Amsterdam. Confirmed participants include senior representatives from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, VF Corporation, H&M Group, Kering Group, Eileen Fisher, Inditex, Lindex, Levi’s, G-Star Raw, Cotton Connect, C&A Foundation, the ZDHC Foundation and more. With a particular focus…

Notes on business issues in reducing deforestation

A few weeks ago we held one of our “How business can tackle deforestation” conferences in Washington, D.C. I was a bit concerned beforehand because it was the third year of the event and I wondered if we’d have too much repetition of previous years issues, comments and speakers. Happily this turned out not to…

Notes from a debate on CSR and terrorism, what can companies do?

We had a fascinating discussion last night at London Business School at the CSR Meetup London, organised by Martin Summers, who has written some excellent guest blog posts for me, a few of which you can find here and here. For the topic of this post his most relevant contribution is probably this post on why…

Reflections on engaging smallholder farmers, after our recent conference

Nick Kirby considers a recent conference on empowering smallholder farmers and how the lessons learned work on the ground The challenge of sourcing sustainably from smallholder farmers is as great as the distance from Diageo’s London headquarters to the coffee farms of Amazonas, Peru. Having recently made that trip after attending the Innovation Forum’s Sustainable Smallholder…

Insights: Supply chain commitments, forced labour, food security, smallholder farmers, palm oil and more…  

Here are some of the highlights from Innovation Forum’s audio channel over the past few months. To subscribe to the Innovation Forum webinar and podcast stream on iTunes click here. Business and deforestation – are companies going to meet their supply chain commitments? In this webinar, the findings from two new reports from Forest Trends’…

Sustainable smallholder development, some key points from our recent conference

This year’s theme was “How to empower farmers and deliver business solutions at scale” and we brought together 150 company executives, NGOs and others on  14th-15th March 2017, London to discuss this. Here are some of what our session moderators found were the main points along with some links to relevant Innovation Forum podcasts on…

How business can measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability

Here’s the latest brochure for our upcoming conference “How business can measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability” to be held on 21-22 June 2017 in London. This is one of those “Holy Grail” areas of corporate sustainability. Get this right, and we can convince any boardroom of the need for a…