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…

How far have we got in making cattle supply chains deforestation free, and what’s next?

Here’s some summary bullets from Innovation Forum’s “How business can tackle deforestation” conference session on this important topic.   About 25% of the world’s land surface is grazed by livestock, and much more land is used to grow crops to feed animals.   Cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in some areas, including the…

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…

Is sustainability certification fit-for-purpose? The pros and cons

….. Here’s another excerpt from our fab new Supply Chain Risk & Innovation publication, out ten times a year, sign up blah blah, it’s brilliant, blah blah blah. You get the idea. But here’s some good free stuff below, before you get annoyed with the marketing messages. Given we at Innovation Forum have a reputation for being a bit anti-certification (not…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

How can big data help deliver sustainability strategies?

The rapid growth of “big data” presents companies with real opportunities to improve business performance. Here are ten Guest post By Prof William Young Over the last few years there has been much talk about how so-called “big data” is the future and if you are not exploiting it your company is losing its competitive…

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…

The Consumer Goods Forum and new sustainable palm oil sourcing guidelines – Q&A with Ignacio Gavilan

Last week the Consumer Goods Forum published some new palm oil sustainability guidelines. I sent their director of sustainability, Ignacio Gavilan, a few questions about them. Here’s his responses below: Tobias Webb: What do the new guidelines say? What’s new in them? Ignacio Gavilan: “This is the first time our industry has published a set of sustainable…

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…