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Some festive reading and listening, from wine sustainability, to deforestation, plastics and modern slavery

I know I know, it’s the festive season, so who wants to get bogged down with serious sustainability stuff?

But I know many of you, like me, get bored of less important things after a few days rest, and want to read more about our favourite subject, how to make the world (more) sustainable.

So here’s some recent analysis from our website and podcast channel, and at the bottom, some wine sustainability interviews I did recently, which I found fascinating, and hope you do too.

Happy festive/Christmas season, and I wish all readers the very best for 2019!

Reading and listening:

Deforestation’s hidden legal risks: The statutory risks for companies from deforestation go beyond environmental law. Investors should take note

Podcast: Weekly podcast: Cargill on more-sustainable smallholder suppliers, and Freshfields on evolving modern slavery legal risks – Ian Welsh

Podcast: Do companies even want to know what’s material to them? – Joe Arvai and Ian Welsh

Podcast: Developing capacity for justice systems around the world – David Westlake and Toby Webb

Interview: Coca-Cola’s brand-led marketing on plastic recycling
Joe Franses, vice-president, sustainability, for Coca-Cola European Partners, and Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh discuss why Coke has developed a ‘world without waste’ strategy and debate the pros and cons of deposit return schemes.

Baroness Young on how to move from talk to action on modern slavery
Baroness Lola Young talks with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb

Tropical deforestation: where’s the beef?
Increasing demand is driving beef-sector growth in the Amazon and elsewhere – and a shift in market incentives, alongside technology and innovation, appear necessary to slow deforestation

How different is the RSPO’s future now?
The RSPO’s revised Principles and Criteria have been universally welcomed. How they are implemented and enforced is now the challenge

The sustainable soy story
As companies develop specific soy programmes as part of zero-deforestation commitments, can regional roundtables help develop bottom-up solutions?

And from my wine blog at

Here’s a recent interview I did with Anna Chilton, who is studying to be a master of wine, and works for an agricultural producer, Camellia, which owns a winery (Linton Park) in South Africa.
In the podcast we discuss what sustainability means in wine today, soil health and better practices, and what other industries, particularly in agriculture, might learn from the studies and practices in the wine sector, particularly around sustainability.

Meeting the mad professor of far-north winemaking
Making wine at 57 degrees North, in Latvia.

Thomas Duroux, CEO, Chateau Palmer, on making Bordeaux sustainable

Our forthcoming events

How business can tackle modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking – 2-3 April – London

Sustainable Apparel and Textiles Conference – 9-10 April 2019 – Amsterdam

How business can tackle modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking – 30th April – 1st May – New York

The Future of Food, USA – 21-22 May 2019 – Chicago

The Future of Food, Europe – 4-5 June 2019 – London

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