Happy New Year to all readers, and I hope you had a restful festive break.
I was in rural Somerset with the family, where it rained a lot, but the local food and (mostly imported) wines were superb.
Part of my New Year resolutions (along with more gym, fewer carbs and glasses of wine in the usual way) is to blog more.
The blog has fallen a bit flat in recent times, so I plan to re-invigorate it with more interviews, posts and opinion pieces. Let me know if you have ideas for any of those by emailing me here.
I’ve not written a “predictions for 2018” blog post this year. But if you want one of those, here’s a good one on trends from Mike Barry at M&S. If you are in a reflective mood personally, then this essay from Peter Drucker, which I read every year at this time, is a good one.
Meanwhile, here’s what we at Innovation Forum are up to for the first six months of 2018, below.
But so you don’t think this is a thinly veiled marketing post/email, there’s a lot of other useful articles and podcast interviews below, on subjects from human rights management, to tackling deforestation and sustainable agriculture and how brands can re-think plastics use. Just scroll down and have a look/listen.
Here’s the conference plan (all debate, no PPT, no speeches, no velvet covered tables, we promise)
How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour – 7-8 March 2018 – London
From legislation to real practice: How to manage risk and eradicate slavery from operations and supply chains
7th-8th March 2018, London
How business can make smallholder supply chains resilient – 13-14 March 2018 – London
Practical ways to use the Sustainable Development Goals
Can innovation and technology make agriculture sustainable? – 5-6 April 2018 – Washington DC
How to scale solutions that win for farmers, food and the planet
How business can tackle deforestation – 18-19 April 2018 – Washington DC
Build relationships, develop targets, and drive positive impact
How apparel brands can transform supply chains (contact us for more information, details will be published soon)
24th-25th April 2018, Amsterdam
How business can tackle forced labor and human trafficking (contact us for more information)
12th-13th June 2018, New York
Corporate sustainability measurement, impact and technology (contact us for more information)
June 2018, London
Indigenous people bear the violent brunt of the human impact of illegal logging in the Amazon Read more
Podcast: Bayer: business opportunities from sugar supply efficiencies – Stephan Brunner and Ian Welsh
Optimising production while minimising impacts – big targets for sugarcane supply chain
While voluntary for now, a UN deal on plastics use could herald binding global frameworks and the need for entirely new types of packaging
The UN’s guiding principles can help steer a path through human rights legislation – Listen here
Top down regulation pressure and a groundswell of litigation is increasing the pressure on companies to do more human rights – Listen here
While it’s no magic wand, developing blockchains can help supply chain transparency and companies meet no-deforestation targets – Listen here
Recent successes in soy and cocoa supply chains demonstrate a route forward for business and deforestation – Listen here
Cutting use of plastic requires smarter design and increasing circularity in waste management processes – Listen here
There is ever-more forest data available, so how can companies make sense of it all? – Listen here