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…

Sustainability-related trade wars, some useful Palm Oil stats/factoids and food companies and deforestation

Trade “wars” (actually skirmishes) are all over the news at the moment. Alongside the political posturing of Trump and his economically-unhinged cohorts, there may be, as mentioned before on this blog, a sustainability-related one brewing too. I’m referring, of course to palm oil, the EU and deforestation. This headline from the Asia Times gives you…

Our recent analysis: Palm oil transparency, food system collaboration, modern slavery litigation risk, plastic micro-fibres & circular strategies

So here’s some of our recent analysis, podcast and webinars published on https://innovation-forum.co.uk in recent weeks. I hope you find them useful. All designed to be short, sharp, insightful and practical. And all free. You can’t argue with that. See below. The radical supply chain transparency solution The latest palm oil supply disclosures from Unilever and…

  • Mar 21, 2018
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Are responsible investors taking palm oil more seriously in 2018?

While investors recognise the risks in the palm oil sector, there are some key things they can do to engage with the industry more effectively. Toby Webb meets with Abigail Herron, global head of responsible investment at Aviva Investors, and Clara Melot, SPOTT engagement and impacts manager at ZSL, to discuss how palm oil is…

Response to my post: 1000 days to go…the six most difficult questions for consumer brands around ‘zero’ deforestation palm oil by 2020

One of the things people find annoying about online comments and letters sections, is so few people see substantive responses to original postings. So here I’m posting one below, after my recent post: “Response to my post: 1000 days to go…the six most difficult questions for consumer brands around ‘zero’ deforestation palm oil by 2020“….

1000 days to go…the six most difficult questions for consumer brands around ‘zero’ deforestation palm oil by 2020

Palm oil is much in the news again early in 2018, with headlines appearing such as: EU heading for ‘zero palm oil’ in transport by 2021 Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand ready to retaliate on EU palm oil ban Palm oil: Malaysia can argue for exclusion from European ban Proposed ban on palm oil: Felda to…

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…

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’…

Palm oil debate, lawsuits, agri-tech & sustainability and Scott’s soapbox

Here’s the latest of the podcast series Scott Poynton, founder of TFT (The Forest Trust) and I are doing this year. In this edition we talked about the demise of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge, the IOI vs. RSPO lawsuit closure, Resolute vs. Greenpeace (briefly), why talking to critics is really the best way. We…

Did the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge succeed or fail? 

IPOP has been disbanded, but despite its demise companies say they will stick to their commitments  The Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge is no more. The six palm oil multinationals that comprised its signatories said on 1st July that they would phase out the arrangement because “recent groundbreaking policy developments in Indonesia have fulfilled the purpose of…

Palm oil: The IOI vs RSPO case – When do you sue an NGO?

(From the weekly Innovation Forum business brief. Sign up free, no registration needed, at: http://innovation-forum.co.uk We publish a piece like this, every week) IOI’s decision to take RSPO to court sets a dangerous precedent and brings established corporate-certification body relationships into question   The hot dispute between Malaysian palm oil business IOI Group and certification body the…

Podcasts on the role of business in deforestation, krill, smallholder farmers, palm oil and sustainable drinks

Innovation Forum now has a free podcast channel on various topics related to our events and publishing. The direct link is here  and there’s a few below. Here’s the iTunes link too. We keep them to 5-15 minutes generally, and focus on business roles in helping solve some of these very tricky problems. Here’s a few recent ones:…

Useful report & infographics on palm oil, beef, leather and soy supply chains

Chatham House have a new report, just out, titled: “Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains, Trade, Consumption and Deforestation” As with past publications by the think-tank, this report has some helpful insights within, and some great facts and figures one can make use of in a business. The report is here, and the summary is below. The infographics underneath…

Sustainability: Palm oil’s multiple choice solutions (free mini-briefing)

Campaigners have long called for the palm oil industry to cut its links with deforestation. Numerous strategies – not always complementary – are being adopted to improve standards across the industry’s complex supply chain. This three page mini briefing on the topic of sustainable palm oil, is taken from Innovation Forum’s new Supply Chain Risk &…

The Consumer Goods Forum and new sustainable palm oil sourcing guidelines – Q&A with Ignacio Gavilan

Last week the Consumer Goods Forum published some new palm oil sustainability guidelines. I sent their director of sustainability, Ignacio Gavilan, a few questions about them. Here’s his responses below: Tobias Webb: What do the new guidelines say? What’s new in them? Ignacio Gavilan: “This is the first time our industry has published a set of sustainable…