Big brands and forest pledges – No easy road ahead

(The below is from Innovation Forum’s first weekly business brief e-newsletter. Similar devastating insight will be published each week on a Friday. Sign up for it here. No deforestation commitments are welcome, but the hard work is still to do  There have been some significant wins in recent months in the battle against deforestation. In…

Some useful reading on sustainable palm oil

Here’s a few selected interesting pieces below from the site I help run on sustainable palm oil: http://betterpalmoildebate.org I hope readers find them useful, there’s a free regular newsletter on the site you can sign up to too. Not too late to spare Africa from palm oil’s trail of forest destruction The development of Africa’s palm…

Some good articles on palm oil sustainability

Forest cleared for oil palm, Riau, Indonesia, January 2014 The next stage for palm oil reformers Corporations whose profits rely on the sale of products containing palm oil should not be allowed to hide behind supplier codes of conduct. What companies need now is more responsibility coupled with higher transparency, says Hilary Stauffer. How can…

How can Latin America contribute to sustainable palm oil production?

This is an important question. And so we are debating the issues around this conundrum on the site betterpalmoildebate.org, which I help run with Mallen Baker and Nadine Hawa for the RSPO. It’s a showcase of different views from around the word, collected, collated, edited and promoted by us. So how could the Latin American…

  • Jan 22, 2014
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Here’s some essential new reading about sustainable palm oil

Here’s some essential reading about sustainable palm oil, selected from the betterpalmoildebate.org website, which I run with Nadine Hawa and Mallen Baker for the RSPO.  1) Feeding the world without costing the earth  Palm oil itself isn’t the problem. It’s how much is being produced and at what cost, says Emily Dunstan  2) How GreenPalm is underselling…

  • Nov 30, 2013
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An integrated supply chain for palm oil

PNG and Palm Oil, a growth market (sorry) New Britain Palm Oil are an unusual company. Not least because they have created an integrated, traceable supply chain for palm oil. This is something all the retailers and FMCG companies say is the future, at least on the traceability side. They are also working in a…

New palm oil sustainability debate site launched

I’ve been working with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for a while on the notion of open debate about responsible and sustainable palm oil. I think a forum is needed where all the views are aired and we can get into some granular, practical detail. Today, I’m very happy to tell you we’ve set…

Sustainability and suppliers, don’t engage, transform…

Having spent some time writing about palm oil and interviewing the Unilever CEO recently, I’m convinced, as I have been for a while, that large companies need to go much further than many do on supplier engagement. Consumers are very hard to engage, as we know. Supply chains, particularly Tier One suppliers, are where much…

  • May 7, 2012
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22 key sustainability challenges for Unilever

I”ve just come back from a conference on Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan progress on year on. I did warn readers that this week is “Unilever week”. No other large company would get this many tweets or blog posts about it written by me. But Unilever is the exception. No other company of its size has…

Interesting announcements from Unilever tomorrow

If you are looking for soundbites, stats and real corporate progress this week on sustainability, you’ll get it in spades tomorrow and the next day from Unilever. Remember this is the company with the most ambitious business plan in the world on sustainability. I met the CEO Paul Polman last week and he said, “it’s…

Ethical Corporation podcasts now fixed on iTunes

After much gnashing of teeth and beating of brow, we’ve finally been able to fix our iTunes podcast channel. It’s been broken since we switched to a new website earlier in the year. So if you listen to us on iTunes, the podcasts were not downloading until today. Now though, our podcasts are fixed. Hooray….