Some festive reading and listening, from wine sustainability, to deforestation, plastics and modern slavery

I know I know, it’s the festive season, so who wants to get bogged down with serious sustainability stuff? But I know many of you, like me, get bored of less important things after a few days rest, and want to read more about our favourite subject, how to make the world (more) sustainable. So…

What have the end of the recycling chain, last mile logistics, deforestation and human rights abuse got in common?

They are all right at the end of their respective chains. They are often where the money isn’t, in a sense (no margins, low margins, desperate business models). Take last mile logistics for example, the desperate business models that make freelance cyclists and motorcyclists work on time-based piece rate models, is about as low end…

The top ten business and human rights issues as we head into 2019

The respected Institute for Human Rights and Business has put together what it sees as the top ten business and human rights issues as we head into 2019. Here’s the list, and their website, with a series of guest posts from credible writers, explains the issues one by one. Eliminating Discrimination Within Workplace and Across Wider…

Useful infographic on cognitive biases

This below, from https://yourbias.is looks quite a helpful reminder for us all about biases in our thinking. As they put it: “Cognitive biases make our judgments irrational. We have evolved to use shortcuts in our thinking, which are often useful, but a cognitive bias means there’s a kind of misfiring going on causing us to lose objectivity….

How business can tackle modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking

Innovation Forum has just launched the 2019 Modern Slavery and Business series taking place in London (2nd – 3rd April, 2019) and New York (30th April – 1st May, 2019). Click here to see more on ‘How business can tackle modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking’ (LONDON) Click here to see more on ‘How…

The Future of Food – new business conferences for Chicago and London

Innovation Forum has just launched a new conference series on The Future of Food, taking place in Chicago (21st-22nd May 2019) and London (4th-5th June 2019).   Click here to see more on The Future of Food US.   Click here to see more on The Future of Food Europe.   These conferences will cover the…

Tips on facilitating sessions at conferences

My previous post “Simple tips on effective public speaking, particularly at conferences” got a few responses and comments. One respondee suggested I do a follow up on facilitating sessions at conferences and meetings, which made me think. Now, after facilitating five or so conferences and smaller meetings in the last few months, I’ve finally found…

Some thoughts after our recent sustainable landscapes conference (now updated)

A couple of weeks ago we held our first sustainable landscapes conference in London. It was a combination of conferences and a culmination of four years work in some ways. We merged our smallholders, deforestation and elements of our agriculture conferences together and somehow it worked. Huge thanks to our many sponsors and supporters of…

Can Bordeaux become a sustainable landscape for viticulture and winemaking?

Can Bordeaux become a sustainable landscape for viticulture and winemaking? One top CEO thinks it can. Here’s an exclusive interview on my wine blog: http://sustainablewineblog.com/2018/10/30/thomas-duroux-ceo-chateau-palmer-on-making-bordeaux-sustainable/ 

Some recent insight from Innovation Forum you may have missed

Here’s some of what we’ve been publishing on Innovation Forum’s website and podcast channel recently. I hope you find them useful. Not login or registration or paywall stuff here, just click and read, or listen… Why business must make climate its business now It’s in everyone’s interest for companies to lead the drive towards a…

How can palm oil companies help create sustainable rural communities? Here’s some ideas

A few months back, I facilitated a session with Goetz in Accra, Ghana, at the TFA 2020 conference, on rural sustainability initiatives that will scale. It was a fascinating 45 minutes or so, and his company, *Golden-Agri Resources, seems to me to be leading the way, with a few others, in this area. The evolution in…

The sustainable soy story

Here’s our take on the latest in and around Soy sustainability. Proud to work with colleagues Ian Welsh and Tom Idle on this piece, although I must say I had little to do with it, other than suggesting we go more in-depth than the usual 500 words. Tom and Ian have delivered some excellent analysis…

21 key issues in…Sustainable commodities sourcing and landscape approaches to sustainability

Following my previous posts: “The ten most important issues in…business and plastic pollution/innovation“ and “The 13 most important issues in…business, modern slavery, forced labour and human rights” let’s move on to the topic of sustainable commodities sourcing and landscape approaches to sustainability. So here’s what our research came up with as some of the key issues…

The 13 most important issues in…business, modern slavery, forced labour and human rights

Following my previous post: “The ten most important issues in…business and plastic pollution/innovation“, moving onto the topic of business, modern slavery, forced labour and human rights, here’s what our rigorous and market-tested research came up with as some of the key issues. (Excuse the click-bait headline but it got your attention) It’s not all of…

The ten most important issues in…business and plastic pollution/innovation

At Innovation Forum, the team and I spend a lot of time working out the complex answers to one simple question in each of the areas we work in. That question is: “What are the most difficult issues/challenges in this particular area?”. We then spend months, often longer (given events are often repeated) working that…