London conference: how to build credible and robust human rights strategies for business

In a couple of weeks we’re bringing 150 companies together to discuss how the leaders are managing human rights and modern slavery risk in their value chains. Amongst those speaking and attending are senior executives from: Nestle, Primark, Clarks, HPE, IKEA, Thai Union, Anglo American, Hilton, Walmart, PVH, Danone, Cargill, AB Sugar, Volvo, Neste, MARS, Whitbread, GSK, and…

Brands and campaigning, a couple of good examples

Big companies often find it hard to come across as sincere. When it comes to difficult social and environmental issues, doing so is even more difficult. So when you come across an example or two of companies taking on a challenging social or environmental issue and communicating in a compelling way, it’s worth stopping to…

Two short videos on the history of CSR and sustainability in business, 1720 to date

Here’s two short videos I taped a couple of years ago on the history of CSR and sustainable business. Each is about five minutes and they were the most popular ones on the online course I used to run with Mallen Baker (at least, out of the videos I taped) I have given this as a…

Webinar: Can supply chain technology deliver improved human rights?

Innovation Forum would like to invite you to join a complimentary webinar on the potential of new technologies to change the game in the management of human rights risks for companies. This one-hour discussion will take place on Wednesday the 21st of September and will provide you with a focused debate on the uses of…

Webinar on climate smart agriculture with Kellogg, Bunge & Environmental Defense Fund

Innovation Forum is holding a webinar on climate smart agriculture with Kellogg, Bunge & Environmental Defense Fund that I would like to invite you to join. The webinar is taking place Tuesday September 13th. We will address the future of food production in our changing climate, discussing the role of business, technology and climate smart…

Webinar on Friday August 19th, on human rights, with Intel, Nestle, and Thai Union

Dearest reader, I hope you are rather well, Innovation Forum is holding a complimentary webinar on human rights risk management approaches with Intel, Nestle and Thai Union this Friday. We’d like to invite you to join in. The webinar is taking place this Friday 19th August. The discussion will explore collaboration and partnership approaches being…

Six ways companies can support human rights and environmental campaigners

I wrote in my recent post: Should business defend environmental and human rights campaigners? that I would pen a follow up on this difficult question. In that post I tried to make the case for deciding your business should defend campaigners where your values align with theirs. In this one I want to talk about what that looks…

How Diageo and Golden Agri Resources engage smallholder farmers

Here below are four recent podcasts we taped at events we at Innovation Forum held earlier this year. The focus is all about smallholder farmers and how companies can better engage them, tackle capacity challenges, improve yields and overcome the limits to certification. (Many more podcasts can be found here) And this upcoming conference should…

Business benefits from Thai labour progress

The US government has recognised improvements in tackling trafficking in Thailand’s seafood sector, but the endemic labour abuses will be tough to eradicate From Innovation Forum’s weekly business newsletter. Sign up free at: http://innovation-forum.co.uk In issuing its updated Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the US Department of State upgraded the country from a “tier 3” to “tier 2”…

Tech, innovation and sustainability: How can big food and retailers hit their targets?

Big food and FMCG brands and retailers have set important and game-changing targets in sustainable agriculture. Achieving these are amongst the biggest challenges that companies face in the next decade. Much has been done in recent years, but we’re a long way from overall success. So how will companies get there ‘on time’? Which techniques,…

Supply chain risk, how to get useful insight for your business

At Innovation Forum we’re now helping companies understand risk in a cost effective way, that’s not just through edgy, focused conferences which get to the heart of the issues. Several companies has asked us to provide them with a quarterly, cost effective risk briefing service via PDF report, and face to face meetings. These focus…

Palm oil debate, lawsuits, agri-tech & sustainability and Scott’s soapbox

Here’s the latest of the podcast series Scott Poynton, founder of TFT (The Forest Trust) and I are doing this year. In this edition we talked about the demise of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge, the IOI vs. RSPO lawsuit closure, Resolute vs. Greenpeace (briefly), why talking to critics is really the best way. We…

Should business defend environmental and human rights campaigners?

There are a few questions in the world of responsible business which always get attention. These are the thorny, difficult, riddled-with-potential-conflict-of-interest-and-controversy questions. One of them is: “How should companies responsibly engage and persuade Governments to think longer term in a sustainable way?” Another is this, the title of this post: “Should business defend environmental and human…

Thai court case that’s redefining corporate-activist relationships

The case of an activist being supported by a Finnish company testifying against a former supplier in Thailand shows how the progressive business landscape is changing Relationships between companies and campaigners have evolved over the last few years. Still often adversaries, multinationals and NGOs now also work together towards common sustainability goals. Now, a case…

Sustainable packaging innovation, audio file of a recent speech

Here’s a speech I gave recently at the Sustainable Packaging Innovation conference in Seoul, South Korea. (The picture above is of another speaker, but it shows you the conference title well)  It was organised by the impressive and energetic Lewis Patterson from Latitude, a Seoul-based consulting firm. I was asked to set the scene and…