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,…

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,…

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…

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 Apple’s supply chain sustainability work actually making a difference?

Below is an excerpt from our new Supply Chain Risk & Innovation  publication, out ten times a year. As a result of its industry-leading position, tech giant Apple’s efforts on sustainability have come under significant scrutiny – especially when it comes to working conditions at factories in China. Now, via audits, reporting and increased engagement, it is…

Modern slavery & the fashion revolution – Earthworm’s Scott Poynton and Toby Webb discuss sustainability

In the second fortnightly podcast discussion between Earthworm Podcast host Scott Poynton and Innovation Forum founder Toby Webb the focus of discussion was on the interface between business and human rights – and the issue of modern day slavery. Listen to the podcast here. Toby and Scott begin by discussing the launch of the new Earthworm.net website – which has been…

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…

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,…