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…

Sustainable supply chains: Some dates for your diary later in 2016

As we move into the summer break, here are some upcoming meetings from Innovation Forum that readers might want to think about coming to later in 2016. Remember, we take away all the boring bits of conferences and emphasise the useful. So our events are all about debate, the right people in the room, focus,…

Some musings on progress around deforestation in business supply chains

Yesterday I took part in a webinar hosted by Forest Trends / Supply Change and our company, Innovation Forum. Our brief was to discuss progress made on tacking deforestation in corporate supply chains. I made a few remarks in an attempt to offer some challenge to current thinking, and to think about where we need…

Webinar tomorrow on deforestation-free supply chains

“Everyone loves a good webinar”. That’s what my dear old grandmother used to say. Actually, she didn’t. For her the internet was something that happened to other people. But she would have loved this one, as she was a big fan of deforestation-free supply chains (that’s true, she spent a lot of time in Malaysia…

Did the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge succeed or fail? 

IPOP has been disbanded, but despite its demise companies say they will stick to their commitments  The Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge is no more. The six palm oil multinationals that comprised its signatories said on 1st July that they would phase out the arrangement because “recent groundbreaking policy developments in Indonesia have fulfilled the purpose of…

Is the Consumer Goods Forum turning collective commitment into action?

A guest post by Ignacio Gavilan. Also published here. As director of environmental sustainability at The Consumer Goods Forum, I get asked a lot about where our members are with regards to implementation, especially around our resolution to achieve zero-net deforestation by 2020. It was, therefore, with great interest that a number of third-party organisations have…

NGOs, do they sometimes cross the line, and what can you do about it?

(This is a long post. Sorry, but sometimes longer stuff is worth reading. Remember books? They were there before Twitter, and much more informative) After my recent post “Should companies sue NGOs over financially-damaging campaigns?” (*more on this at end) which has had thousands of reads, two things happened. Firstly, I was attacked in the comments…

Can beef ever be sustainable? Cattle and climate change Q&A with Chris Wille

At our most recent conference on how business can prevent deforestation, in Washington, D.C, last month, I caught up with Chris Wille. If you don’t know about Chris’s work, you should. He is a true pioneer in sustainable business, who has created models used today all over the world, during a 40 year career, 24 of…

How far have we got in making cattle supply chains deforestation free, and what’s next?

Here’s some summary bullets from Innovation Forum’s “How business can tackle deforestation” conference session on this important topic.   About 25% of the world’s land surface is grazed by livestock, and much more land is used to grow crops to feed animals.   Cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in some areas, including the…

Free podcasts on leadership in mining, modern slavery, sustainable cotton, water, forests, and big data

We’ve gone a bit podcast crazy at Innovation Forum recently. Check out our podcast and webinar channel for the below and a lot more, on palm oil, pulp & paper, Krill and much more recently. All free, and no log in needed. You can also sign up on iTunes here. Lots of useful, practical podcasts…

Palm oil: The IOI vs RSPO case – When do you sue an NGO?

(From the weekly Innovation Forum business brief. Sign up free, no registration needed, at: http://innovation-forum.co.uk We publish a piece like this, every week) IOI’s decision to take RSPO to court sets a dangerous precedent and brings established corporate-certification body relationships into question   The hot dispute between Malaysian palm oil business IOI Group and certification body the…

Ten sustainable supply chain insights from Apple, Golden Agri-Resources, DuPont and Heineken

What are the need-to-know highlights for supply chains this month? Here are our top ten insights In the May issue of Supply Chain Risk & Innovation, we analyse the IOI Group’s falling out with RSPO and the latest supplier checks by Primark. We examine the latest tech innovation, looking at collaboration between the UN Food…

Some dates for your diary: Debate-based, edgy sustainable supply chain conferences in 2016

Following on from our first half 2016 conferences on sustainable drinks, smallholder farmers, preventing deforestation, sustainable extractives, apparel, sustainable seafood and next week’s tackling modern slavery conference, here’s what else is coming up from Innovation Forum during the rest of 2016. Hope to meet you at one of them. Remember, whilst most conferences are fairly…

Podcasts on the role of business in deforestation, krill, smallholder farmers, palm oil and sustainable drinks

Innovation Forum now has a free podcast channel on various topics related to our events and publishing. The direct link is here  and there’s a few below. Here’s the iTunes link too. We keep them to 5-15 minutes generally, and focus on business roles in helping solve some of these very tricky problems. Here’s a few recent ones:…

When to cut the supplier ties 

If a supplier’s actions are causing concern, the choice to cancel contracts or not is never clear cut  The suspension of Malaysia’s IOI Group from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in early April should hardly have come as a surprise. The original complaint against the company was filed a year earlier in April 2015,…