How business can measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability

Here’s the latest brochure for our upcoming conference “How business can measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability” to be held on 21-22 June 2017 in London. This is one of those “Holy Grail” areas of corporate sustainability. Get this right, and we can convince any boardroom of the need for a…

Webinar: what are the sustainable agriculture trends that will scale?

Innovation Forum would like to invite you to participate in a complimentary webinar on ‘The future of food: what are the sustainable agriculture trends that will scale?’. The webinar is taking place on Tuesday 7th February at 3pm GMT (10am EST). You can register for the webinar here. If you are not able to listen live, but would still like…

Sustainable packaging innovation, audio file of a recent speech

Here’s a speech I gave recently at the Sustainable Packaging Innovation conference in Seoul, South Korea. (The picture above is of another speaker, but it shows you the conference title well)  It was organised by the impressive and energetic Lewis Patterson from Latitude, a Seoul-based consulting firm. I was asked to set the scene and…

What CEOs say about sustainability strategy in 2016

So according to the biggest and most rigourous study of its kind, “eighty-seven percent of chief executive officers (CEOs) say the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an essential opportunity to rethink approaches to sustainability, and nearly half (49 percent) say businesses will be the most important actor in their delivery”. This is…

Agriculture emissions remain under the radar 

There is a massive need to address agriculture’s impacts, but existing initiatives aren’t ambitious enough  Looking at food production statistics can be depressing. In the United States in 2015, some 9bn chickens were raised for their meat. The corn and soy used to feed them amounted to more than 57m tonnes. In China in 2013, 715m…

Ten sustainable supply chain insights from Apple, Golden Agri-Resources, DuPont and Heineken

What are the need-to-know highlights for supply chains this month? Here are our top ten insights In the May issue of Supply Chain Risk & Innovation, we analyse the IOI Group’s falling out with RSPO and the latest supplier checks by Primark. We examine the latest tech innovation, looking at collaboration between the UN Food…

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:…

Sustainable wine podcasts and posts: The limits to organics and what is “conflict wine”?

Here’s a couple of posts from my other blog, on sustainable wine, which readers may find of some vague interest: Sustainable wine, the limits of organics and biodynamics, a podcast with Chris Scott: http://sustainablewineblog.com/2016/03/29/sustainable-wine-the-limits-of-organics-and-biodynamics-a-podcast-with-chris-scott/ The ethics of conflict wine: http://sustainablewineblog.com/2016/03/29/the-ethics-of-conflict-wine/

Get up to speed on sustainable supply chain, key data and reports summarised

Hello readers, just wanted to offer you a free three month trial to our new publication, Supply Chain Risk & Innovation. Supply Chain Risk & Innovation (SCRI) is the subscription publication from Innovation Forum. Packed with concise, practical insight into global supply chains, with all the essential information pulled together for your convenience. Published 10 times…

WWF UK on sustainable business in 2016. Five questions for Stuart Poore

Here’s another Q&A with an influential NGO. This time it’s Stuart Poore at WWF-UK. I asked him about his work, priorities for 2016, why biodiversity is lower down the agenda than one might expect, and WWF’s role and their expectations of business in general. His responses are below. TW: What do you do, day to day?…

Supply chain risk & innovation – free sample edition from Innovation Forum

Happy New Year readers. I hope you had a lovely festive break. I certainly took some time out in glorious Somerset, a jewel of the UK countryside. On Boxing day I was watching a Victorian-era steam train chuff its way across the Somerset Levels from the top of the Quantock hills, a view hard to…

Toxic clothing, 2020 targets not ambitious enough for Greenpeace

Greenpeace wants brands to eliminate the use of PFCs when making clothes – and setting 2020 targets is not ambitious enough, says Mirjam Kopp, project leader of the Detox Outdoor campaign. See the full PDF article here. Brands urged to cut out toxins from clothes from Innovation Forum Taken from Innovation Forum’s new Supply Chain…

Circular economy management briefing

Here’s our new management briefing, on the circular economy, trends, company actions and how to take it to scale. Sponsored by Accenture Strategy. Thanks to them for that. Download it here.

Defining the circular economy

From the Innovation Forum weekly business brief. Sign up and join 10,000 weekly subscribers here. The new EU proposals on circular economy regulation, if they are properly ambitious, could have real positive impact on how business operates Jean-Claude Juncker: Kingmaker for Circular Economy ‘Package’ What will the circular economy look like in practice? That, in effect,…

Circular economy and finance industry – what’s the connection?

IF recently held a webinar on the circular economy and the role that the financial industry can play in the movement.  We wanted to ask the following questions: • Circular economy is about material products, modern finance is immaterial, what relation is their between the circularity movement in business and the financial industry? • Is…