Sustainable agriculture: Only farmers can change farming

There’s no substitute to working closely with farmers on-the-ground for real and effective transformation in agriculture, argues Chris Wille Many well-intended companies will not meet their 2020 zero-deforestation targets. The cattle agreement and soy moratorium in Brazil, which were already porous, may be upended by the election of Jair Balsonaro. The Cerrado manifesto likely will…

Innovation Forum’s recent sustainable apparel and textiles conference, a few key points

After our recent modern slavery conference in London, I and the team decamped to Amsterdam last week for our sustainable apparel and textiles conference at the Planetarium. It’s a lovely venue. It’s not often you speak on a conference session and a heron flies past the window, as Alison Ward from Cotton Connect, who sponsored the…

Our 2019 meeting agenda: Human rights, apparel, the future of food, positive impact measurement, biofuels, plastics and commodities

Here’s some of the upcoming meetings we at Innovation Forum have put together April – November 2019. We’ve got a couple more in the pipeline and I’ll post about those soon. How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour – 2-3 April – London Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference – 9-10 April 2019 –…

How do the leading companies frame their role in contributing to a sustainable world?

I had a conversation about this today with someone, for reasons I can’t go into. We were discussing this key question, which is not a new one, but is ever more relevant. I dashed off a few notes, without any further research, and so I’ve pasted them below, for better or worse. I was thinking…

Are biofuels a sustainable – and scalable – solution?

Innovation Forum would like to invite you to take part in our discussion-based webinar: Are biofuels a sustainable – and scalable – solution? Join us for an hour of interactive discussion with United Airlines, SkyNRG, WBCSD and IINAS on how businesses are taking steps to mitigate their carbon footprint using biofuels. Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2TOyJFo…

The Sustainable Landscapes and Commodities conference is back, 19-21 November in London

We have a date for your calendar: this year’s Sustainable Landscapes Conference will be taking place on the 20th-21st, November 2019 in London. Workshops will be held on the 19th. Following the success of last year’s event, this two day business conference will debate and showcase real world solutions to the most pressing and urgent challenges in commodity supply chains….

Want to know about sustainability in the wine sector? Check out these interviews then

Here’s some recent interviews from my wine blog, which you can find here. I hope you find them interesting and useful. I certainly enjoyed interviewing all these fascinating people and writing it up / adding the podcasts. The wine sector has some real and pressing sustainability issues. From basic economics to climate worries to circular…

Six questions for boards who don’t grasp sustainability (and who have had their chance)

1) What is our culture and do we understand its value? How can we find out? 2) How is our culture linked to morale, and how do we value what our people think? 3) How do we compare with sector peers on sustainability, and is that comparison important? 4) Investors are asking all large companies…

Plant-based, organic options, clean eating: The consumer trends driving food innovation

Here’s a webinar we’re hosting later this week you might be interested in. It’s more of a discussion conference call with live Q&A really. Details are below. Leading food companies will predict which key food trends and shifts are likely to stick over the next ten years and explain what changes they will bring about…

Positive Impact Forum announced

Here’s a date for your diary. Innovation Forum’s ‘Positive Impact Forum’ will take place in London on 18th-19th June. This two-day business conference will explore practical examples of companies demonstrating both purpose and positive impact across key areas of social and environmental performance. We’ll highlight leading initiatives and the systems in place to determine the full value of…

50 foods for healthier people and a healthier planet

Well done WWF and Knorr (a Unilever brand) for coming up with this. Really helpful reminder of how to combine healthier foods with a healthier planet. Their simple guide is here. It could have had a little more nuance, by pointing out the supply stats on these foods, and what the potential downsides of everyone…

  • Feb 27, 2019
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If anyone asks you “why bother with forests?”, then show them this

I saw this excellent piece when it came out a few months back, and then forgot to mention it on the blog, as I should have. The stats and facts here were debated at our Sustainable Landscapes conference in early November in London, of course. But it’s worth putting this here on the blog, for…

15 obvious points about sustainability strategy development (for comment)

After a chat today with some interested and interesting folks, I came up with a list of ways one might do a sustainability strategy development process. There are others. Thought I’d stick it on the blog and see what y’all thought. So here we go: Map issues Map stakeholders (internal and external) Engage Regroup and adapt…