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…

Two short videos on the history of CSR and sustainability in business, 1720 to date

Here’s two short videos I taped a couple of years ago on the history of CSR and sustainable business. Each is about five minutes and they were the most popular ones on the online course I used to run with Mallen Baker (at least, out of the videos I taped) I have given this as a…

15 key issues for business tackling deforestation

Does the internet REALLY need another listicle, I hear you ask? Probably not. But readers do click on stuff like this, hence the headline. I think it’s because you know it’s not going to be very long (or deep) and you might have time to get to the end. My guesswork aside, this listicle (it’s better…

Genetic-editing technique could be a real agri-tech breakthrough

Hopes are high for CRISPR, an emerging genetic technology that has been called “ground-breaking”, “jaw-dropping” and a potential boon for sustainable agriculture. CRISPRs – clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – are DNA sequences that can be used like scalpels to edit genomes, the genetic material of living things. Using the technique, precise cuts can…

How Thai Union, Intel and Nestle manage human rights risk (free, in-depth insight)

In case you missed our webinar on human rights risk management with Thai Union, Nestle and Intel that took place last Friday, you can find the webinar recording here to listen to at your leisure: http://bit.ly/2bIWuXy Also, we are running two relevant conferences on human rights and business in London and Washington DC that may be of…

Webinar on Friday August 19th, on human rights, with Intel, Nestle, and Thai Union

Dearest reader, I hope you are rather well, Innovation Forum is holding a complimentary webinar on human rights risk management approaches with Intel, Nestle and Thai Union this Friday. We’d like to invite you to join in. The webinar is taking place this Friday 19th August. The discussion will explore collaboration and partnership approaches being…

Six ways companies can support human rights and environmental campaigners

I wrote in my recent post: Should business defend environmental and human rights campaigners? that I would pen a follow up on this difficult question. In that post I tried to make the case for deciding your business should defend campaigners where your values align with theirs. In this one I want to talk about what that looks…

How Diageo and Golden Agri Resources engage smallholder farmers

Here below are four recent podcasts we taped at events we at Innovation Forum held earlier this year. The focus is all about smallholder farmers and how companies can better engage them, tackle capacity challenges, improve yields and overcome the limits to certification. (Many more podcasts can be found here) And this upcoming conference should…

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…

Palm oil debate, lawsuits, agri-tech & sustainability and Scott’s soapbox

Here’s the latest of the podcast series Scott Poynton, founder of TFT (The Forest Trust) and I are doing this year. In this edition we talked about the demise of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge, the IOI vs. RSPO lawsuit closure, Resolute vs. Greenpeace (briefly), why talking to critics is really the best way. We…

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,…