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
  • Measurement
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Some key points on the latest deforestation debates

Last week Innovation Forum ran the latest in our series of conferences on how companies can prevent deforestation. This time it was in Washington D.C. and alongside it we published this free briefing. You can also see a number of tweets and quotes from the event at: https://twitter.com/InnovaForum and also at https://twitter.com/webb_tobias One of my favourite quotes from…

Greenpeace UK boss John Sauven on campaign priorities, deforestation, India, China, Shell, April and big banks

Here’s an interview I just taped with John Sauven, executive director, Greenpeace UK.In the interview we discuss Greenpeace’s campaigning priorities, funding, Shell and the Arctic, emerging markets such as China and India, and the growing pressure on NGOs We also discuss deforestation in general, and specifically companies such as APRIL, Asia Pulp & Paper, Santander,…

  • Mar 13, 2015
  • Deforestation
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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
  • Deforestation
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Dirty, ugly mining has lessons for hi-tech on CSR and sustainability

Guest post by Wayne Dunn. And Hi Tech should pay attention or it could feel the pain that mining felt when it started getting slammed by a rising tidal wave of social performance expectations.The mining industry has become relatively good at figuring out how to organize itself to create local benefits and value as a…

Lecture seven – Reputation, reporting and communications in sustainable business

Here’s my latest slide deck on the above topic. The presentation looks at the issues of reputation, reporting and communications in corporate sustainability. It focuses on drivers, practices, outcomes and emerging issues for large companies around the world. Case studies include Primark and Interface. Advertisements. Upcoming Innovation Forum conferences: Sustainable and ethical cotton sourcing –…

  • Feb 25, 2015
  • Reporting
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Lecture six: Working with Suppliers on responsible and sustainable business

Here’s my latest slide deck. This week, it’s supplier engagement in sustainable and responsible business. Th presentation was developed for teaching students at Kings College London and Birkbeck, University of London (BSc. and MSc respectively) on the case for supplier engagement, the issues, and how some companies are tackling the issue. We’ll be debating how…

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • Supply Chain
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Lecture five – Stakeholder engagement, internal, external and in emerging markets

Here’s the latest in my lecture series, this week on Stakeholder engagement, internal and external, and in emerging markets It’s embedded below too. Next week the lecture is on reputation, reporting and communications and I will post slides on here. Lecture Five – Stakeholders, external and internal from Tobias Webb

Ten key lessons on stakeholder engagement in emerging markets and two case studies

Here’s a short, rather obvious presentation taken from a recent workshop with 15 leading executives, CEO and experienced managers. I’m delivering it tomorrow (ok today almost) at this event. I’ll report back on anything relevant. 17 further lessons on stakeholder engagement in emerging markets can be found at: http://tobiaswebb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/

What 300 stakeholders think are the ten most critical issues for 2015

Guest post by Tara Holmes, communications manager, Future 500 Each year, Future 500 releases a report of what we predict will be the Top 10 most critical issues driving stakeholder engagement in the coming year. The report is a breakdown and summary of these issues based on our own internal research as well as feedback…

27 expert tips on engaging stakeholders in emerging markets

Last week we held a training workshop on engaging stakeholders in emerging markets. Below are the tips the dozen or so experts who assembled for the two day meeting came up with at the end. They are in no particular order. I hope they are useful. Some are of course blindingly obvious. 1. Training helps!…

  • Nov 1, 2014
  • Supply Chain
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Rainforest Alliance VP on the limits to certification, Forest Stewardship Council and consumer awareness of deforestation

Dominique Gangneux is the sustainable markets vice president at the Rainforest Alliance, where he is working on forestry, food & agriculture and tourism. I sent him a few questions recently. Here’s what he had to say. Dominique Gangneux What does Rainforest Alliance do today? What’s your elevator pitch?  It is easy for people to assume…

  • Oct 21, 2014
  • Deforestation
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Greenpeace vs. Lego, was the outcome worth the effort?

News that Lego firmly rejects the Greenpeace campaign against it working with Shell emerged the other day. See: here for the CEO statement. The real upshot?  Lego won’t work with Shell to promote Lego products to kids beyond the current deal. That suits both Greenpeace and Lego.  GP claims ‘victory’, whilst Lego says it hasn’t given…

15 tips on speaking at business events

I have an confession to make.  OK, an admission.  I’ve been responsible for about 100 conferences, maybe more, in the last 15 years. Scary, but manageable Sorry.  I know conferences sometimes (often?) have a bad reputation.  Many are dull. I get that. In my defence, I’ve always tried to make mine interesting.  Generally I hope…

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
  • NGOs
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