Join us later in 2017 to debate deforestation, factory sustainability, ocean pollution, human rights, and sustainable sugarcane

Last month we wrapped our final conference of the first half of 2017, during which we covered smallholder farmer sustainability, sustainable apparel, deforestation prevention, and tackling modern slavery and forced labour, (in both London and D.C), measuring sustainability processes and outcomes. All our conferences are held under the Chatham House rule of non-disclosure, but here are…

“Human made, human served” may be the ultimate pointless product label

I read this today in a report I was sent: “In an article entitled The Relentless Pace of Automation, the MIT Technology Review indicates that in the United States, 83% of jobs earning less than $20 per hour have a likely risk of automation, compared to only 4% for jobs earning more than $40 per…

Nine events in sustainable business and supply chains for your diary in 2017

Here’s what we’re planning at Innovation Forum between now and the end of 2017. If you’d like to get involved just let us know at info@innovation-forum.co.uk or you can email me at tobias dot webb at innovation-forum.co.uk and I can send you on to one of our project directors. It should be an interesting remaining seven months…

An excellent short speech on why business should assist human rights defenders

We’ve written and held conference sessions on this above topic for a while now. And we’ll be covering it yet again in our business and human rights conference, held every year since 2014, which takes place again in London in November. (Hard to believe I first did one of these conferences in 2003. And yes,…

Notes on business issues in reducing deforestation

A few weeks ago we held one of our “How business can tackle deforestation” conferences in Washington, D.C. I was a bit concerned beforehand because it was the third year of the event and I wondered if we’d have too much repetition of previous years issues, comments and speakers. Happily this turned out not to…

Notes from a debate on CSR and terrorism, what can companies do?

We had a fascinating discussion last night at London Business School at the CSR Meetup London, organised by Martin Summers, who has written some excellent guest blog posts for me, a few of which you can find here and here. For the topic of this post his most relevant contribution is probably this post on why…

Reflections on engaging smallholder farmers, after our recent conference

Nick Kirby considers a recent conference on empowering smallholder farmers and how the lessons learned work on the ground The challenge of sourcing sustainably from smallholder farmers is as great as the distance from Diageo’s London headquarters to the coffee farms of Amazonas, Peru. Having recently made that trip after attending the Innovation Forum’s Sustainable Smallholder…

Insights: Supply chain commitments, forced labour, food security, smallholder farmers, palm oil and more…  

Here are some of the highlights from Innovation Forum’s audio channel over the past few months. To subscribe to the Innovation Forum webinar and podcast stream on iTunes click here. Business and deforestation – are companies going to meet their supply chain commitments? In this webinar, the findings from two new reports from Forest Trends’…

How business can measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability

Here’s the latest brochure for our upcoming conference “How business can measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability” to be held on 21-22 June 2017 in London. This is one of those “Holy Grail” areas of corporate sustainability. Get this right, and we can convince any boardroom of the need for a…

Why supply chain sustainability matters for business

Here’s a slide deck I wrote this week for a lecture at Kings College London, covering why companies should care about human rights, deforestation, agricultural sustainability, CSR and supply chain sustainability. It’s mostly pictures with captions and a conclusions slide at end. I hope it’s useful in some small way. Why Supply Chain Sustainability Matters…

Business and deforestation – are companies going to meet their supply chain commitments?

The latest reports from TFA 2020 and Supply Change analyse corporate progress and track the latest trends around deforestation. (We’ll be debating these with 100+ experts from business and NGOs in D.C. April 3-4. Brochure here and conference website here.) In the webinar below, the findings from two new reports from Forest Trends’ Supply Change initiative and…

How can business measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability?

This is one of those “Holy Grail” questions in business and society. What do you say in that board meeting when that senior director asks “what kind of payback are we getting here?”. The obvious answer is to say: “It’s about hanging on to what we’ve got – and turning innovative ideas into cost savings…

Some analysis, podcast debates and what’s coming up from Innovation Forum soon

Here’s some recent analysis published on our website and in our newsletter each week. I hope you find some of them useful and interesting. More of all this kind of thing can be found on https://innovation-forum.co.uk updated a few times a week. Why companies reject ‘pro-business’ Trump As French corporate human rights laws tighten, the opposite is…

Traceability, digitalisation and innovation in apparel supply chains

I wanted to let you know about our upcoming forum ‘How apparel brands can transform supply chains’, taking place 13th-14th June in Amsterdam. With a particular focus on traceability, digitalisation and the latest innovations in technology, the two days will look at the opportunities for business in both the social and environmental side of apparel production….

Webinar: what are the sustainable agriculture trends that will scale?

Innovation Forum would like to invite you to participate in a complimentary webinar on ‘The future of food: what are the sustainable agriculture trends that will scale?’. The webinar is taking place on Tuesday 7th February at 3pm GMT (10am EST). You can register for the webinar here. If you are not able to listen live, but would still like…