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…

Here’s what we’re up to for the rest of 2018 @ Innovation Forum: Plastics, Modern Slavery, Landscapes and Commodities, Measurement and ROI

Here’s what we’re up to for the rest of 2018 @ Innovation Forum. Plastics, Modern Slavery, Landscapes and Commodities, Measurement and ROI conferences in London, Amsterdam, Detroit: How business can measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability How to make the business case to your board, define materiality, and measure the impacts…

Plastics and human health – overblown or a coming crisis, we just don’t know yet

Reading this from WEF, “Are you breathing plastic air at home? Here’s how microplastics are polluting our lungs”, all it needs is a few credible studies to confirm this, and global textile, home furnishing and manufacturers could have a major issue on their hands, and fast. Research needed into scope of the problem, and viable…

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…

Business sustainability: We need to talk about measurement

First, and for a long time, we had philanthropy, and there was no need to measure that, except in cash given, and tax breaks received. Then we had early CSR, let’s say at some point in the 1980s, and that was about happier communities, some more motivated employees, the odd bit of PR and some…

Notes on the role of technology and innovation in sustainable agriculture

For the last two years, we at Innovation Forum have held conferences on this above topic in Washington D.C. Firstly with the Pew Centre and in 2018 with the Nature Conservancy, at their offices in Arlington. Thank you for the support to both organisations. Here’s some of the anonymised notes from the conference. A couple…

Some recent podcasts, engaging farmers, gene editing, missed deforestation targets, slavery and impact measurement

As you might know, we love a good old podcast at Innovation Forum. We find they get a lot more interest and listens/downloads than text articles, perhaps because they are convenient, and human-centered. So here’s quite a few we’ve taped recently, with executives from leading companies and other experts, on a whole host of sustainability…

Asking some tough questions about plastics

Later in 2018, we’re convening a meeting about plastics and sustainability in Amsterdam. So what? You might say, you and everyone else, too. Well, yes, good point you might raise, but our plan is a different one. We don’t seek to demonise plastics, as so many are doing right now. We’re taking a more nuanced…

Date for your diary: 6th-7th November 2018, London – Innovation Forum’s Sustainable Landscapes conference 2018

As some readers and customers of Innovation Forum may know, we’ve been running conferences on various supply chain issues since we started. To date, we’ve run around 10-12 events per year in recent years, and perhaps 30 since we started in 2014. These are generally events of 80-150 business folks, NGOs, and others, over two…

  • May 8, 2018
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Agro-food companies and tackling water risk management

Paul Reig is responsible for managing the World Resources Institute’s corporate engagement on water and their Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas In advance of our conference next week tackling this: “Can innovation and technology make agriculture sustainable? – 5-6 April 2018 – Washington DC ”  we thought we’d send him a few questions about his work, and…

Discussion with fashion brands Stella McCartney & VF Corporation, on circular approaches to sustainable fashion

In case you missed last week’s webinar, “Circular fashion: The state of play in the apparel industry” (actually more of a discussion based conference call) you can listen to it here: http://bit.ly/circularapparelwebinar Here’s what we aimed to discuss: Circularity is inching its way into the fashion industry, but how close is it to mainstream application?…

  • Mar 27, 2018
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43 stats, facts, comments and notes, about smallholder farming resilience, engagement and the SDGs

Here’s some notes from our recent conference on How business can make smallholder supply chains resilient which we held on 13-14 March in London, where we were generously hosted by Diageo at their London HQ. Their work on smallholders is commendable, and can be seen here. Here are my notes from a few sessions. It by no means…

Notes on modern slavery and forced labour, including leaders and laggards

Here are some of my notes from our recent conference on this subject. These are just from a few sessions, so only represent a snapshot of the conference, which was fascinating. To get the full notes or experience, you’d need to attend. Sorry, but publishing is like the music industry now: It’s all about the…

Our recent analysis: Palm oil transparency, food system collaboration, modern slavery litigation risk, plastic micro-fibres & circular strategies

So here’s some of our recent analysis, podcast and webinars published on https://innovation-forum.co.uk in recent weeks. I hope you find them useful. All designed to be short, sharp, insightful and practical. And all free. You can’t argue with that. See below. The radical supply chain transparency solution The latest palm oil supply disclosures from Unilever and…

  • Mar 21, 2018
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Supply chain transparency and blockchain. If this story is right, it’s highly significant…

The story I’m talking about is this one: Chinese insurer ZhongAn plans blockchain chicken coup Poultry-tracking ledger technology can improve country’s food safety, says chief From the Financial Times today. In case you can’t read it (the curse of paywalls, media in search of a business model) here’s what it says, in quotes: “An insurance…