Another example of the trade offs we face in finding sustainability

The New York Times reports that: Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials In its decision to approve two drugs for orange and grapefruit trees, the E.P.A. largely ignored objections from the C.D.C. and the F.D.A., which fear that expanding their use in cash crops could fuel antibiotic resistance in humans….

Sustainable socks, and other insights from brands, innovators and experts

We’ve shifted over to our new website at Innovation Forum. It’s much easier to find your way around now. Check it out here. Now, you can browse and listen/read by a number of categories. For example: If you want to delve into some business innovation analysis, go here. But if its brand and other expert…

Is sustainable intensification a myth or an inevitability?

This is a key question for the future of food, some materials and even some fuels. According to at least one academic journal, the term is ill-defined, and lacks accepted guidelines. The recent Sainsbury’s funded report, on the future of food, quoted in the Guardian, claims that: “Jellyfish suppers washed down with algae milk and…

Join us to talk about how to demonstrate purpose – and measure impact

On 18-19 June we are bringing together a group of companies in London, to discuss and debate how to demonstrate purpose – and measure impact, when it comes to sustainability and responsible business. This two-day business conference will explore practical examples of companies demonstrating both purpose and positive impact across key areas of social and environmental…

What are the most significant business management issues around plastics?

Last year we held a conference called “How business can tackle plastic pollution”. It was very popular, in the end. Some attendees objected to the title, which was deliberately provocative. I had to point out to them, that when we originally launched the event, it was called “Why plastics are essential, and how to make…

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…

A quick note on modern slavery ‘progression’ after our recent London conference

A couple of weeks ago (it seems like yesterday, time flies this time of year) we held our now-annual European conference on how business can tackle modern slavery in London. We hold another in New York too, that one will be the week after next, also generously hosted by Freshfields. Details on that conference, where…

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…