Hello lovely blog readers.
In case you were wondering (no doubt you were on the edge of your seat in anticipation, fingernails bitten to the quick) here’s our plan for events in 2016, up until June, that is.
As you can see from the below, we’re creating an ambitious agenda of meetings on focused areas of sustainability, which is what we do at Innovation Forum.
We got tired of seeing car companies sat next to chocolate companies discussing ‘sustainable supply chains’ a few years ago, given how non-transferable many of the lessons are, as companies dive deeper into real solutions over just policy, and focus on collaboration with peers and specific partners.
So from a few events in 2014, to ten or so in 2015, we’re planning around 20 in 2016.
All will be highly focused, all without the dreaded PowerPoint, corporate videos and PR fluff that other events seem to still allow.
We even ban speeches, asking our speakers to get the point in just a few minutes, before we open up to tough questions and debate.
All our events are held under the Chatham House rule.
We call it “edgy, but safe”. It works.
Alongside the below events in London, Washington D.C. and Jakarta, we’ll host sustainable business meetings in 2016 in Amsterdam, Singapore and perhaps even Abidjan. Watch this space for the details of beyond June.
We also do a fair bit of training for large companies (interactive video courses and face to face) and some bespoke research too, on trends in sustainable business and emerging risks. More on all that in another post.
Meanwhile, here’s the list of what’s planned from January to June 2016. I hope you can come along to some of them, and to meet you there!
I hope all readers have a lovely festive season (it used to be called Christmas in the UK but apparently that upsets the Guardianistas).
Innovation Forum – 2016 events and conferences
Sustainable performance in the drinks industry: Collaboration that matters and partnerships that deliver – 15 March – London
With: Diageo, Adnams, Greene King, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Scotch Whisky Association, Brown-Forman, Heineken, Pernod-Ricard, Bombay Sapphire, SABMiller, Chase Vodka, Chateau Palmer and many others
Sustainability for smallholders: How to build supply security and resilience with smallholder farmers – 22-23 March – London
With: Mars, SABMiller, TFT, IDH, Mondelez International, Opportunity International, Swiss Re, Initiative for Smallholder Finance, Root Capital, Yara International, Diageo, Barry Callebaut, Sime Darby, TechnoServe, Syngenta and many more. Click here for full details or to reserve a pass.
How business can tackle deforestation: How to implement COP21 agreements into corporate strategy and performance – 6-7 April – Washington, DC
With: 3M, McDonald’s, Greenpeace, Cargill, Domtar, Office Depot, Bunge, Georgia Pacific, Sime Darby, World Resources Institute, Procter & Gamble, Rainforest Action Network, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, WWF and many more
Sustainable apparel: How brands can improve their value chain environmental footprint, and make it pay – 19 April – London
With: Primark, Lindex, Nudie Jeans, Kapp Ahl, Solidaridad, Better Cotton Initiative, Cargill Cotton, BEPI, Gina Tricot and many more.
Sustainable extractives forum: How to manage risk and navigate uncertainty – 27-28 April – London
With: AngloAmerican, Statoil, Tullow Oil, Vedanta, Total, Africa Oil, Arcelor Mittal, Rio Tinto, IPIECA, DFID, World Economic Forum, International Alert, Oxfam, Greenpeace, BMO Global Asset Management, Credit Suisse and many others. Click here for full conference details or to reserve a pass.
Other upcoming events, details to be released soon:
How business can tackle modern slavery
5 May– London
A one day conference held in London on the latest legal and ethical requirement for companies to minimise exposure to this very difficult issue.
Oceans: How can business contribute to make them sustainable?
24-25 May – Washington DC
A meeting place in the policy heartland of the USA, with leading companies involved and real solutions debated.
How business can engage and empower smallholder farmers in Asia
8-9 June – Jakarta, Indonesia
A follow up to our London event, this will focus exclusively on capacity, engagement and improving the lives of farmers in the region, and the role of brands in doing so.
Sustainable sugar forum: Delivering on sustainability performance
13-14 June 2016 – London
A follow up to last year’s successful conference. We’ll debate the big and emerging supply chain and marketplace issues for sustainable sugar.
How will science and technology change sustainable agribusiness?
21-22 June – Washington DC
A new event in our portfolio, this will look at how technology is fast changing agriculture and agribusiness around the world and what it means for sustainability objectives.
More event details to be announced soon.