Reflections on engaging smallholder farmers, after our recent conference

Nick Kirby considers a recent conference on empowering smallholder farmers and how the lessons learned work on the ground The challenge of sourcing sustainably from smallholder farmers is as great as the distance from Diageo’s London headquarters to the coffee farms of Amazonas, Peru. Having recently made that trip after attending the Innovation Forum’s Sustainable Smallholder…

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…

Why supply chain sustainability matters for business

Here’s a slide deck I wrote this week for a lecture at Kings College London, covering why companies should care about human rights, deforestation, agricultural sustainability, CSR and supply chain sustainability. It’s mostly pictures with captions and a conclusions slide at end. I hope it’s useful in some small way. Why Supply Chain Sustainability Matters…

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…

How business can tackle modern slavery, London meeting, April 25-26 2017

I wanted to share with you the latest on our upcoming conference ‘How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour’ that will take place in London on 25th-26th April 2017. The two days will provide delegates with the guidance to proactively mitigate risk and effectively respond to discovered cases of slavery. You can see the latest…

Webinar: what are the sustainable agriculture trends that will scale?

Innovation Forum would like to invite you to participate in a complimentary webinar on ‘The future of food: what are the sustainable agriculture trends that will scale?’. The webinar is taking place on Tuesday 7th February at 3pm GMT (10am EST). You can register for the webinar here. If you are not able to listen live, but would still like…

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…

How business can tackle deforestation, some conclusions from our recent London event

At our recent conference on 21st-22nd November, in London, we focused on the themes of “Implement policy, meet targets and manage supply chain/procurement risk”. We’ve distilled and combined the key comments, along with some podcasts recorded at the event and other content from Innovation Forum that you might find useful. The notes below are unattributed. These…

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…

Some key points about tackling modern slavery, forced labour and human rights in general

At Innovation Forum, we held another of our conferences last week. We brought together about 160 company executives, NGOs, government agencies and other experts to debate the thorny topics in the title of this post. Here’s a few of the bullet notes I took that sum up some of the key questions companies taking part are…

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…