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 can companies and donors work together more effectively on sustainable development?

It’s easy for companies keen to promote sustainability and resilience in their supply chains to neglect the potential of relationships with donor agencies, NGOs and governments. But if scale is the goal, collaboration is clearly the method. But these two words, scale and collaboration, are hugely over-used and not always well understood. To cut through…

Webinar tomorrow on deforestation-free supply chains

“Everyone loves a good webinar”. That’s what my dear old grandmother used to say. Actually, she didn’t. For her the internet was something that happened to other people. But she would have loved this one, as she was a big fan of deforestation-free supply chains (that’s true, she spent a lot of time in Malaysia…

Did the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge succeed or fail? 

IPOP has been disbanded, but despite its demise companies say they will stick to their commitments  The Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge is no more. The six palm oil multinationals that comprised its signatories said on 1st July that they would phase out the arrangement because “recent groundbreaking policy developments in Indonesia have fulfilled the purpose of…

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…

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…

Smallholder farmers and big business, some key conference takeaways

Innovation Forum recently held a conference on how business can engage smallholder farmers. For those who were there, or were not, here’s some of the take aways we cobbled together. Some of them might even be useful. The importance of smallholder farmers in so many commodity and other agricultural supply chains is increasingly recognised. As…

The security of your supply from smallholder farmers cannot be achieved through good corporate responsibility alone

A guest post by Jim Kirke Progressive companies’ concerns about security of supply are driving much greater focus on their supply chains involving the smallholder farmers they depend on. This often leads to a realisation of the need for closer relationships with those farmers, such as direct contracting, support and assistance on the ground and…