Summary presentation of “No Deforestation” progress, challenges and opportunities for companies

This morning I gave a presentation to the Quebec Forestry association about ‘No Deforestation’ commitments by companies. I tried to look at the drivers, the companies, the NGOs, the responses, challenges and opportunities. It’s very visually oriented and took me about two days to put together. I hope readers find it of some use. Here’s…

  • May 14, 2015
  • Deforestation
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NGO ‘accountability’, or at least performance, under the microscope

NGO accountability is a dance as old as time itself (a phrase used regularly, at least the last part, on the excellent Bugle podcast) Accountability as a word is a bit like transparency. Unless we get really quite specific it’s hard to know what it can actually mean that’s any use. And now there seems…

  • May 12, 2015
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A brilliant essay on the road to corporate commitments to Deforestation-Free supply chains

Frances Seymour recently gave a superb opening speech to our No deforestation conference in Washington, D.C. Here’s a bullet point summary of some key points from that event. With her colleagues at the Centre for Global Development she’s now written it up as a short essay. It’s really something you should read if you care about…

  • May 12, 2015
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How business can tackle deforestation – another management briefing from Innovation Forum

Our latest management briefing on deforestation is now available here for free for blog readers. That’s how special you are people. Don’t say I never give you anything. This one, like the last, is a little cracker. With contributions from Wilmar, Future 500, Permian Global, Rainforest Alliance, APP, Mongabay.com, Global Canopy Programme, IOI Loders Croklaam,…

  • Apr 9, 2015
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Q&A with Glenn Hurowitz: On RSPO failings, brands and ‘no deforestation’ pledges, and more

1) Are you a campaigner or a consultant? What’s the deal there? My work is primarily as a campaigner, as the chair of Forest Heroes, a global campaign working to break the link between deforestation and agriculture. As a Managing Director of Climate Advisers and a co-founder of the Chain Reaction Research project, I also advise…

  • Apr 3, 2015
  • Deforestation
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Forest governance and big natural resource companies. Q&A with Charles Barber at WRI

Five (ish!) questions for Charles Barber, director, forest legality alliance and government relations, forests program, World Resources Institute1) First of all, what is forest governance all about? Chip Barber Governance in the forest context is usually taken to mean strengthening the rule of law (e.g., to eradicate illegal logging), decentralizing forest governance, clarifying land tenure,…

  • Mar 15, 2015
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Stakeholder engagement and sustainable forestry at International Paper

Q&A with Sofie Beckham, Manager Forest Stewardship and Sustainability at International Paper 1) Many of our readers won’t know your latest targets and objectives relating to sustainable forestry, can you give us an overview? First and foremost, as the largest procurer of fiber in the world, IP supports close to 30 million acres of productive…

  • Mar 12, 2015
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Lecture four – campaigning NGOs, their role and trends for business

Here’s my latest slide deck, this time on campaigning NGOs. I am using these in my teaching at Birkbeck, University of London and at King’s College London. This year I have 160 students, from undergraduates to mature business students / working executives, who are studying for a variety of Master’s degrees. This is probably my…

  • Jan 30, 2015
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Good article on the costs of poor stakeholder engagement in the extractive sector

This article notes that: “Researchers at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining interviewed employees at several dozen major international corporations who are involved with extractive activities, and found that companies are increasingly having to deal with the social and environmental impacts of their work, and that it’s hurting them where it hurts most: their…

  • Oct 8, 2014
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A useful overview of the stake of play RE deforestation

Growing economies while avoiding deforestation Stephen Donofrio, Principal & Founder of Greenpoint Innovations, examines the important role that avoiding deforestation and degradation plays in mitigating climate change, and describes the benefits to businesses from tackling forest risk. First published on the Corporate Citizenship blog here. Thanks for permission to reproduce. I usually only publish original…

So how DID Marks & Spencer gain £145 million from sustainable business?Q&A with Adam Elman

Marc Bolland in the suit some other CEOs get annoyed about  If you are familiar with the concepts of sustainable business (actually it should be “more sustainable”) and corporate responsibility then you will be familiar with iconic British-based brand Marks & Spencer. There are probably three main reasons for this. First, they’ve made serious commitments…

  • Jul 17, 2014
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Business/NGO partnerships: Six key lessons from Oxfam America

Chris Jochnick I put five questions to Chris Jochnick, director, private sector department at Oxfam America. Here’s what he had to say in response. 1) What are you guys, corporate campaigner or collaborator/partner? Do some folks get confused? Oxfam straddles the divide between campaigner and collaborator, and yes – this can be confusing. But we…

  • Jan 2, 2014
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Ten tips for activists when engaging companies

A guest post by Danna Pfahl and Erik Wohlgemuth from the Future500.  Listening matters Activists provide the critical checks and balances on the corporate sector, serving as one of the core drivers of progress across the globe. Holding companies  accountable for their social and environmental footprint is critical in addressing some of the greatest challenges…

Does social media mean NGOs can campaign AND collaborate?

I think it probably does. But it’s not going to be easy. Most NGOs, as discussed by folks working in corporate responsibility, fall into camps of either campaigner or collaborator. Those that try to do both have often struggled. They have been undermined by other NGOs who are against working with business, or by others…

  • Jun 17, 2013
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