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 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The latest sustainability trends in the extractives industry, free briefing

This management briefing, published by Innovation Forum, sets out the latest sustainability trends in the extractives industry, with a data digest and the low-down on current and upcoming NGO and activist investor campaigns, finishing with a Q&A with Statoil. Also see our upcoming Sustainable extractives forum – 27th-28th April – London with many of the top industry…

Supply chain risk & innovation – free sample edition from Innovation Forum

Happy New Year readers. I hope you had a lovely festive break. I certainly took some time out in glorious Somerset, a jewel of the UK countryside. On Boxing day I was watching a Victorian-era steam train chuff its way across the Somerset Levels from the top of the Quantock hills, a view hard to…