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…

What do CEOs think about climate change and COP21? An infographic

This infographic below is a useful guide to some of the latest business thinking on climate change. See below. I will be in Paris 4-7 December at the Global Landscapes Forum and the Caring for Climate (awful name, nice idea), event. Any readers who’d like to catch up, email me at tobias DOT webb AT innovation-forum.co.uk. Hope…

Why business needs to embrace institutional reform at long last

Martin Summers makes the case for engagement and offers seven steps for companies seeking to embrace change. The sustainability community’s love of system thinking and public-private partnerships has so far stopped short of embracing an agenda for the institutional environment. This is the network of institutions and processes by which public policy is implemented and public…

Measurement and valuation of sustainable business – some conclusions

In late June we held a conference entitled “The Measurement and Valuation of Corporate Sustainability – does it all add up? – How to put hard numbers on sustainability risk and quantify opportunity” It was generously sponsored by EY and Trucost.  Here’s a few of the conference takeaways from the 100 or so companies,   investors and…