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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Some thoughts after our recent sustainable landscapes conference (now updated)

A couple of weeks ago we held our first sustainable landscapes conference in London. It was a combination of conferences and a culmination of four years work in some ways. We merged our smallholders, deforestation and elements of our agriculture conferences together and somehow it worked. Huge thanks to our many sponsors and supporters of…

Can Bordeaux become a sustainable landscape for viticulture and winemaking?

Can Bordeaux become a sustainable landscape for viticulture and winemaking? One top CEO thinks it can. Here’s an exclusive interview on my wine blog: http://sustainablewineblog.com/2018/10/30/thomas-duroux-ceo-chateau-palmer-on-making-bordeaux-sustainable/ 

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…

The sustainable soy story

Here’s our take on the latest in and around Soy sustainability. Proud to work with colleagues Ian Welsh and Tom Idle on this piece, although I must say I had little to do with it, other than suggesting we go more in-depth than the usual 500 words. Tom and Ian have delivered some excellent analysis…

Podcast frenzy & lots of no-cost insight, from human rights, to strategy, to sustainable landscapes

I haven’t posted on here for a while. We’ve been busy publishing on the main Innovation Forum site, which has hugely increased traffic in the last few months. We think this is due to our audio content, which is proving extremely popular, we think because a) its pretty good and b) its a flexible format…

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…

Sustainable commodities: The depressed and disempowered vs. the angrily incoherent – some ideas for real change

It’s not often I sit down to write a post that could well annoy almost everyone I know. This is one of those. But it’s a risk worth taking. Someone needs to say, I think, what I am going to say here. Scott Poynton blogged about this area recently, and I had the same conversation…

Deforestation-free supply chains: Four trends to watch

Chris Meyer from the Environmental Defense Fund has put together an insightful blog post on the above topic, which is particularly timely, given this week is the TFA 2020 AGM in Accra, Ghana, where I am moderating a panel session on scaling up zero deforestation initiates, with speakers from Golden Agri Resources and Mondelez. I’ve…