“Human made, human served” may be the ultimate pointless product label

I read this today in a report I was sent: “In an article entitled The Relentless Pace of Automation, the MIT Technology Review indicates that in the United States, 83% of jobs earning less than $20 per hour have a likely risk of automation, compared to only 4% for jobs earning more than $40 per…

An excellent short speech on why business should assist human rights defenders

We’ve written and held conference sessions on this above topic for a while now. And we’ll be covering it yet again in our business and human rights conference, held every year since 2014, which takes place again in London in November. (Hard to believe I first did one of these conferences in 2003. And yes,…

Traceability, digitalisation and the latest innovation in apparel supply chains

Here’s a quick update on our event ‘How apparel brands can transform supply chains’, taking place 13th-14th June in Amsterdam. Confirmed participants include senior representatives from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, VF Corporation, H&M Group, Kering Group, Eileen Fisher, Inditex, Lindex, Levi’s, G-Star Raw, Cotton Connect, C&A Foundation, the ZDHC Foundation and more. With a particular focus…

Notes on business issues in reducing deforestation

A few weeks ago we held one of our “How business can tackle deforestation” conferences in Washington, D.C. I was a bit concerned beforehand because it was the third year of the event and I wondered if we’d have too much repetition of previous years issues, comments and speakers. Happily this turned out not to…

Notes from a debate on CSR and terrorism, what can companies do?

We had a fascinating discussion last night at London Business School at the CSR Meetup London, organised by Martin Summers, who has written some excellent guest blog posts for me, a few of which you can find here and here. For the topic of this post his most relevant contribution is probably this post on why…

Insights: Supply chain commitments, forced labour, food security, smallholder farmers, palm oil and more…  

Here are some of the highlights from Innovation Forum’s audio channel over the past few months. To subscribe to the Innovation Forum webinar and podcast stream on iTunes click here. Business and deforestation – are companies going to meet their supply chain commitments? In this webinar, the findings from two new reports from Forest Trends’…

Sustainable smallholder development, some key points from our recent conference

This year’s theme was “How to empower farmers and deliver business solutions at scale” and we brought together 150 company executives, NGOs and others on  14th-15th March 2017, London to discuss this. Here are some of what our session moderators found were the main points along with some links to relevant Innovation Forum podcasts on…

How business can measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability

Here’s the latest brochure for our upcoming conference “How business can measure the impact – and ROI – of corporate sustainability” to be held on 21-22 June 2017 in London. This is one of those “Holy Grail” areas of corporate sustainability. Get this right, and we can convince any boardroom of the need for a…

Business and deforestation – are companies going to meet their supply chain commitments?

The latest reports from TFA 2020 and Supply Change analyse corporate progress and track the latest trends around deforestation. (We’ll be debating these with 100+ experts from business and NGOs in D.C. April 3-4. Brochure here and conference website here.) In the webinar below, the findings from two new reports from Forest Trends’ Supply Change initiative and…

Brief review of the year, a look forward to 2017 and the best of our podcasts

Festive greetings readers. In this post there’s a link to Innovation Forum’s review of some of the high points and low points of 2016. More importantly perhaps, we also take a look forward to next year and attempt to predict some of the big issues for 2017. Also below are some of most popular podcasts and webinars…

Webinar: High Carbon Stock – a breakthrough in stopping deforestation?

We would like to invite you to participate in a complimentary webinar we are hosting on the recent developments from the High Carbon Stock convergence working group in reaching an agreement on the implementation of a collaborative approach in the palm oil sector to stop deforestation. You can register for the webinar here. Innovation Forum will be…

Some of our latest analysis on deforestation, agri-business, human rights

Hello readers, I hope you are all well and pushing through to the end of the year successfully. At Innovation Forum, we’ve got two conferences left this year, on Nov 21-22 on how business can tackle deforestation and then on sustainable sugarcane with Bonsucro on Dec 1-2. Both of them are in London and I…

How should companies respond to populist politics?

It seems to me that Anglo-Saxon capitalism and globalisation has failed millions of people. In two recent episodes (one barely needs to name them as the Brexit vote and the US election result) many of these citizens decided to vote decisively in protest, for what they hope is change. When you have little to lose, you are…

Should the G in ESG also stand for Government relations?

(A guest post by Martin Summers) McKinsey research suggests it should. Investors increasingly recognise that companies need to have the right governance in place and the ability to manage environmental and social factors (ESG) if they are to mitigate risk and create value over the long term. It’s also becoming increasingly obvious that some of…

Brands and campaigning, a couple of good examples

Big companies often find it hard to come across as sincere. When it comes to difficult social and environmental issues, doing so is even more difficult. So when you come across an example or two of companies taking on a challenging social or environmental issue and communicating in a compelling way, it’s worth stopping to…