Sustainable socks, and other insights from brands, innovators and experts

We’ve shifted over to our new website at Innovation Forum. It’s much easier to find your way around now. Check it out here. Now, you can browse and listen/read by a number of categories. For example: If you want to delve into some business innovation analysis, go here. But if its brand and other expert…

Join us to talk about how to demonstrate purpose – and measure impact

On 18-19 June we are bringing together a group of companies in London, to discuss and debate how to demonstrate purpose – and measure impact, when it comes to sustainability and responsible business. This two-day business conference will explore practical examples of companies demonstrating both purpose and positive impact across key areas of social and environmental…

What are the most significant business management issues around plastics?

Last year we held a conference called “How business can tackle plastic pollution”. It was very popular, in the end. Some attendees objected to the title, which was deliberately provocative. I had to point out to them, that when we originally launched the event, it was called “Why plastics are essential, and how to make…

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…

A quick note on modern slavery ‘progression’ after our recent London conference

A couple of weeks ago (it seems like yesterday, time flies this time of year) we held our now-annual European conference on how business can tackle modern slavery in London. We hold another in New York too, that one will be the week after next, also generously hosted by Freshfields. Details on that conference, where…

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 –…

How do the leading companies frame their role in contributing to a sustainable world?

I had a conversation about this today with someone, for reasons I can’t go into. We were discussing this key question, which is not a new one, but is ever more relevant. I dashed off a few notes, without any further research, and so I’ve pasted them below, for better or worse. I was thinking…

The Sustainable Landscapes and Commodities conference is back, 19-21 November in London

We have a date for your calendar: this year’s Sustainable Landscapes Conference will be taking place on the 20th-21st, November 2019 in London. Workshops will be held on the 19th. Following the success of last year’s event, this two day business conference will debate and showcase real world solutions to the most pressing and urgent challenges in commodity supply chains….

Want to know about sustainability in the wine sector? Check out these interviews then

Here’s some recent interviews from my wine blog, which you can find here. I hope you find them interesting and useful. I certainly enjoyed interviewing all these fascinating people and writing it up / adding the podcasts. The wine sector has some real and pressing sustainability issues. From basic economics to climate worries to circular…

Six questions for boards who don’t grasp sustainability (and who have had their chance)

1) What is our culture and do we understand its value? How can we find out? 2) How is our culture linked to morale, and how do we value what our people think? 3) How do we compare with sector peers on sustainability, and is that comparison important? 4) Investors are asking all large companies…

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…

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…

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…