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Some recent insight from Innovation Forum you may have missed

Here’s some of what we’ve been publishing on Innovation Forum’s website and podcast channel recently. I hope you find them useful. Not login or registration or paywall stuff here, just click and read, or listen…

Why business must make climate its business now

It’s in everyone’s interest for companies to lead the drive towards a low carbon economy. Paul Hohnen explains why

Weekly podcast: Greenpeace on plastics pollution and Dow on corporate materiality

This week: Louise Edge, European campaign coordinator at Greenpeace, talks to Toby Webb about some of the key actions companies need to take on plastics pollution. And Erica Ocampo, global sustainability strategy manager, Dow Chemical and Ian Welsh discuss how to define corporate materiality and measure impact. Plus: Lidl’s sustainable soy sourcing switch; why companies are not yet using modern slavery statements as a catalyst for better reporting; and more questions about processing plastics waste.
Hosted by Ian Welsh

Investment community engagement on modern slavery
Phil Bloomer, executive director of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, talks with Ian Welsh about why there are still only a small number of corporate leaders working effectively on human rights. Bloomer highlights, however, the increasing awareness of the investment community about operational and supply chain modern slavery and human rights risks as a real driver of change.

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

Audio discussion: Sustainable commodities: is the landscape approach the future?

With 2020 fast approaching, companies are facing increasing pressure in cleaning up their supply chains and ensuring the sustainable sourcing of commodities.. In this webinar, experts from Olam, Coca-Cola and Unilever debate the landscape approach – where companies spanning multiple sectors work together to address land use issues – and how it can help solve this incredibly complex and sensitive issue. But how can we ensure that we are not only focusing on environmental impact, but also on the social and economic outcomes across regions and jurisdictions?


Christopher Stewart, head of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Olam
Ulrike Sapiro, senior director, water stewardship and sustainable agriculture, Coca-Cola Company
Melissa Miners, senior global advocacy manager – forests, Unilever
Hosted by Toby Webb, founder, Innovation Forum

Webinar: what will a sustainable rural community look like in 2030?

Sustainable rural communities are critical to the sustained success of global agri-businesses. After all, smallholder farming accounts for the largest share of food production worldwide. However, these farmers and their local communities lack opportunities to improve their income, food security and livelihoods. To drive resilience and safeguard supply, business must work to deliver positive social outcomes for rural communities.

Leading discussion on what business can do to ensure sustainable agricultural communities, focusing in particular on palm oil supply chains, are:

Anita Neville, vice president of corporate communications and sustainability relations, Golden Agri-Resources
Rashyid Anwarudin, principal sustainability officer, Sime Darby
Ruth Thomas, director, strategy and operations, Global Agribusiness Alliance
Introduced and moderated by Ian Welsh, Innovation Forum


Weekly podcast: Mondelez’s deforestation impacts in west Africa

Cocoa sector forest impacts and apparel supply chain circularity

This week: Christine McGrath from Mondelez International and Meghann Jones from Ipsos talk with Ian Welsh about the impacts of Mondelez’s Cocoa Life programme in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire and debate why a holistic approach is required to achieve corporate deforestation and social goals. And Innovation Forum’s Tanya Richard speaks to Cyndi Rhoades, CEO of Worn Again Technologies, about the apparel sector’s circular economy potential and impacts on plastic pollution.

Plus, in the news digest: what business must do to achieve the IPCC 1.5C goals; investor fossil fuel divestment; and, the good and bad from Know the Chain’s new food and beverage benchmark.

Hosted by Ian Welsh