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…

How can companies and donors work together more effectively on sustainable development?

It’s easy for companies keen to promote sustainability and resilience in their supply chains to neglect the potential of relationships with donor agencies, NGOs and governments. But if scale is the goal, collaboration is clearly the method. But these two words, scale and collaboration, are hugely over-used and not always well understood. To cut through…

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…

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,…

Agriculture emissions remain under the radar 

There is a massive need to address agriculture’s impacts, but existing initiatives aren’t ambitious enough  Looking at food production statistics can be depressing. In the United States in 2015, some 9bn chickens were raised for their meat. The corn and soy used to feed them amounted to more than 57m tonnes. In China in 2013, 715m…

How far do decarbonisation risks extend?

Many companies are risking their futures by not properly investigating how the shift to a low-carbon economy will affect them  The bankruptcy filing in April of Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private coal company, was a warning to those that disregard the risk to their business of decarbonisation. Peabody said it would be back because…

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…

Darian McBain of Thai Union on human rights, fishing and sustainability

Thai Union have been front and centre in the debate about both human rights and fishing, and seafood sustainability around the world in recent years. Greenpeace continue campaigning against the company on Tuna and fishing devices. Meanwhile the company has made significant progress on human rights issues, in a challenging operating environment. Some campaigners might…

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…

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…

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:…