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
  • Agriculture
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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…

Why climate resilient crops must be the future

From the recent Innovation Forum newsletter, written and edited by professional writers and editors with long experience in sustainability.  There is huge potential value in transforming agriculture production, but more companies need to start developing climate-resilience now The recent EAT-Lancet review of the global food system has been widely welcomed. By connecting, for the first…

Can Cannabis become legal, and sustainable?

Toby Shillito, CEO of Sunshine Labs, a provider of legal Cannabis flowers and derivatives based in Europe, reflects on what it will take to make cannabis sustainable, as well as legal Prohibition has prevented the normal growth of corporate social responsibility issues in the Cannabis industry. With prohibition in retreat, there are emerging opportunities for…

Plans and trends for 2019 in sustainable business

Hello readers, I hope you’ve had a great start to the year. We’ve got quite a lot on at Innovation Forum, with the below events planned, and our free publishing there to support them all and debate some of the key issues publicly. So here’s what we’ve got planned, and I hope to see some…

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…

  • Dec 14, 2018
  • CSR and Sustainability
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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…