Business benefits from Thai labour progress

The US government has recognised improvements in tackling trafficking in Thailand’s seafood sector, but the endemic labour abuses will be tough to eradicate From Innovation Forum’s weekly business newsletter. Sign up free at: http://innovation-forum.co.uk In issuing its updated Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the US Department of State upgraded the country from a “tier 3” to “tier 2”…

Tech, innovation and sustainability: How can big food and retailers hit their targets?

Big food and FMCG brands and retailers have set important and game-changing targets in sustainable agriculture. Achieving these are amongst the biggest challenges that companies face in the next decade. Much has been done in recent years, but we’re a long way from overall success. So how will companies get there ‘on time’? Which techniques,…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Nimble seafood start-ups catch the wave of innovation

From Innovation Forum’s weekly email newsletter. Sign up here for 500 words every Friday.  Savvy start-ups are developing sustainable solutions that can help meet booming demand for seafood Our oceans already provide 2% of the world’s food, but as the global population booms, demand for fish could quadruple in the next ten years putting further…

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…

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…