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…

Is the Consumer Goods Forum turning collective commitment into action?

A guest post by Ignacio Gavilan. Also published here. As director of environmental sustainability at The Consumer Goods Forum, I get asked a lot about where our members are with regards to implementation, especially around our resolution to achieve zero-net deforestation by 2020. It was, therefore, with great interest that a number of third-party organisations have…

How far do decarbonisation risks extend?

Many companies are risking their futures by not properly investigating how the shift to a low-carbon economy will affect them  The bankruptcy filing in April of Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private coal company, was a warning to those that disregard the risk to their business of decarbonisation. Peabody said it would be back because…

NGOs, do they sometimes cross the line, and what can you do about it?

(This is a long post. Sorry, but sometimes longer stuff is worth reading. Remember books? They were there before Twitter, and much more informative) After my recent post “Should companies sue NGOs over financially-damaging campaigns?” (*more on this at end) which has had thousands of reads, two things happened. Firstly, I was attacked in the comments…

Darian McBain of Thai Union on human rights, fishing and sustainability

Thai Union have been front and centre in the debate about both human rights and fishing, and seafood sustainability around the world in recent years. Greenpeace continue campaigning against the company on Tuna and fishing devices. Meanwhile the company has made significant progress on human rights issues, in a challenging operating environment. Some campaigners might…

Can beef ever be sustainable? Cattle and climate change Q&A with Chris Wille

At our most recent conference on how business can prevent deforestation, in Washington, D.C, last month, I caught up with Chris Wille. If you don’t know about Chris’s work, you should. He is a true pioneer in sustainable business, who has created models used today all over the world, during a 40 year career, 24 of…

How far have we got in making cattle supply chains deforestation free, and what’s next?

Here’s some summary bullets from Innovation Forum’s “How business can tackle deforestation” conference session on this important topic.   About 25% of the world’s land surface is grazed by livestock, and much more land is used to grow crops to feed animals.   Cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in some areas, including the…

Free podcasts on leadership in mining, modern slavery, sustainable cotton, water, forests, and big data

We’ve gone a bit podcast crazy at Innovation Forum recently. Check out our podcast and webinar channel for the below and a lot more, on palm oil, pulp & paper, Krill and much more recently. All free, and no log in needed. You can also sign up on iTunes here. Lots of useful, practical podcasts…

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…

Nimble seafood start-ups catch the wave of innovation

From Innovation Forum’s weekly email newsletter. Sign up here for 500 words every Friday.  Savvy start-ups are developing sustainable solutions that can help meet booming demand for seafood Our oceans already provide 2% of the world’s food, but as the global population booms, demand for fish could quadruple in the next ten years putting further…

Some dates for your diary: Debate-based, edgy sustainable supply chain conferences in 2016

Following on from our first half 2016 conferences on sustainable drinks, smallholder farmers, preventing deforestation, sustainable extractives, apparel, sustainable seafood and next week’s tackling modern slavery conference, here’s what else is coming up from Innovation Forum during the rest of 2016. Hope to meet you at one of them. Remember, whilst most conferences are fairly…

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:…

Ten key supply chain sustainability stats and facts, April 2016

Innovation Forum’s Supply Chain Risk & Innovation briefing, published ten times a year and beautifully and simply laid out, analyses the latest supply chain sustainability news, digests need-to-know industry reports and looks at sustainable business innovations and key campaign trends to look out for. In the April issue, we examine the use of carbon credits by AkzoNobel, discuss…

Smallholder farmers and big business, some key conference takeaways

Innovation Forum recently held a conference on how business can engage smallholder farmers. For those who were there, or were not, here’s some of the take aways we cobbled together. Some of them might even be useful. The importance of smallholder farmers in so many commodity and other agricultural supply chains is increasingly recognised. As…

Climate change “has fundamentally altered French wine harvests”

(Originally published on my other blog: http://sustainablewineblog.com) The above makes a worrying headline on WineSpectator.com a few days ago. The news, they say, comes according to NASA and Harvard. According to Dana Nigro, writing on the site: “After looking at more than 400 years of harvest and climate data from France and Switzerland, researchers from Harvard University and…