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…

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…

What have the end of the recycling chain, last mile logistics, deforestation and human rights abuse got in common?

They are all right at the end of their respective chains. They are often where the money isn’t, in a sense (no margins, low margins, desperate business models). Take last mile logistics for example, the desperate business models that make freelance cyclists and motorcyclists work on time-based piece rate models, is about as low end…

  • Dec 14, 2018
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The top ten business and human rights issues as we head into 2019

The respected Institute for Human Rights and Business has put together what it sees as the top ten business and human rights issues as we head into 2019. Here’s the list, and their website, with a series of guest posts from credible writers, explains the issues one by one. Eliminating Discrimination Within Workplace and Across Wider…

Useful infographic on cognitive biases

This below, from https://yourbias.is looks quite a helpful reminder for us all about biases in our thinking. As they put it: “Cognitive biases make our judgments irrational. We have evolved to use shortcuts in our thinking, which are often useful, but a cognitive bias means there’s a kind of misfiring going on causing us to lose objectivity….

How business can tackle modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking

Innovation Forum has just launched the 2019 Modern Slavery and Business series taking place in London (2nd – 3rd April, 2019) and New York (30th April – 1st May, 2019). Click here to see more on ‘How business can tackle modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking’ (LONDON) Click here to see more on ‘How…

Tips on facilitating sessions at conferences

My previous post “Simple tips on effective public speaking, particularly at conferences” got a few responses and comments. One respondee suggested I do a follow up on facilitating sessions at conferences and meetings, which made me think. Now, after facilitating five or so conferences and smaller meetings in the last few months, I’ve finally found…