Latest sustainability and human rights analysis: Unilever, BNP Paribas, Big Data, Plastics, Eileen Fisher, Clarks and more…

Here below are some recent analysis and podcasts from us at Innovation Forum. It’s all free. You don’t need to register or anything. Just click and enjoy. We’ve got a lot coming up in the second half of 2017 and if you enjoy our analysis, please consider attending one of our events and supporting our…

Insights for readers: Palm oil, plastics, forced labour, embedding values, measuring progress

Here’s some of the interviews, insight and analysis, recently added to https://innovation-forum.co.uk The below is a mixture of written and audio content, usually recorded at/around our events from the first half of 2017. I hope there’s some useful insights here somewhere for readers. Happy summer break to all! HSBC’s noble stand on palm oil No…

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…

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…

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…

Electronics still not switched on to forced labour

New benchmarking research on IT manufacturers reiterates that better labour practices require robust policy and transparent disclosure  The sponsors of the Euro 2016 football tournament in France are in most cases the usual suspects, including Adidas, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Orange. One unfamiliar name to many people however is Hisense, a Chinese manufacturer of electronic goods,…

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…

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…

Should companies sue NGOs over financially-damaging campaigns?

Picture the scene. Your company is under attack. A campaign has happened that has cost you millions of dollars in lost business. Big brands, fearful of their reputations and their own sustainability commitments, have cut you out of the their supply chains, or will do shortly. You know that doing this is a serious shift,…

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…

Local Content – a missed multi-billion dollar opportunity

Guest post by Martin Summers Local Content policies already drive billions of dollars of spending on local suppliers and enterprise development initiatives by foreign investors in the extractives sector. But the latest industry guidance from IPIECA misses the opportunity to set out a clear and positive agenda for reform. Reforming Local Content is crucial at…

Modern slavery and human trafficking: What companies can and should do about it

Here’s an in-depth excerpt from our new Supply Chain Risk & Innovation publication on modern slavery, trends, actions, and examples of how companies can tackle the issue. Click the link to check it out. We publish 250 pages a year of insight, analysis and examples of better practice, campaign trends and key stats and acts each year,…

Ten key supply chain sustainability stats and facts, April 2016

Innovation Forum’s Supply Chain Risk & Innovation briefing, published ten times a year and beautifully and simply laid out, analyses the latest supply chain sustainability news, digests need-to-know industry reports and looks at sustainable business innovations and key campaign trends to look out for. In the April issue, we examine the use of carbon credits by AkzoNobel, discuss…

Get up to speed on sustainable supply chain, key data and reports summarised

Hello readers, just wanted to offer you a free three month trial to our new publication, Supply Chain Risk & Innovation. Supply Chain Risk & Innovation (SCRI) is the subscription publication from Innovation Forum. Packed with concise, practical insight into global supply chains, with all the essential information pulled together for your convenience. Published 10 times…

Seven success factors for meaningful community engagement

As someone who is a bit of a ‘jack of all trades’, for some years in the field of responsible business in general, and more recently specialising in supply chains, I’m constantly amazed at how incurious executives in almost all sectors of big business are, about lessons learned the hard way in others. I’ve conducted various…