Small holder famers & deforestation in southeast Asia – Podcast with Dr Nirarta Samadhi, country director, Indonesia, World Resources Institute

Helping smallholders be sustainable is key Companies are making zero deforestation pledges, and putting an emphasis on transparency. But what can government and NGOs do? And how can small holder famers be incentivised to stop burning forests?   Dr Nirarta Samadhi, country director, Indonesia, World Resources Institute, talks about how business is tackling deforestation An…

  • May 25, 2015
  • Deforestation
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Some difficult questions for Unilever about sustainable growth – and some answers

 So last week Unilever said it was revealing “growing evidence that integrating sustainability into its business is driving growth, cost efficiency and resilience for the future.”They sent me the below highlights. Which sound very good.I had a few questions, which you can find underneath the headline results just below, and the responses from Unilever. Their…

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…

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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Five questions for Dr Simon Lord, group director of sustainability at New Britain Palm Oil

Dr Simon Lord 1)    New Britain Palm Oil is known as an ethically minded palm oil business. Where did that ethos come from? NBPOL’s journey to become more sustainable started in the late 1990’s. At a seminal strategic meeting with our downstream processors we highlighted the growing European discontent with the way some players…

  • Mar 23, 2015
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Ikea and suppliers in India, some good stats, and cotton sustainability numbers/case studies

According to this article Ikea’s work on sustainability continues to gather pace. Amidst the gloom of stories about how badly some large companies are treating their suppliers, despite ethical protestations when in trouble, or in their CR reports, it’s nice to see a bit of better news about a supply chain. Pinched from the above article,…

  • Feb 9, 2015
  • Supply Chain
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Complex biofuel supply chains and the deforestation risks – Q&A with Neste Oil’s Simo Honkanen

Simo Honkanen In an exclusive interview with Innovation Forum, (my new business) Neste Oil’s Simo Honkanen explains to Ian Welsh, Innovation Forum editor, why supplier transparency and knowledge where your resources come from are essential for tackling deforestation Which supply chains are most at risk from deforestation impacts? How can a company check for deforestation…

How business can tackle deforestation

Yes, deforestation free products are possible “Collaborate effectively with suppliers and NGOs, understand policy and enforcement trends” Yes, that’s part of how it’s done.  The other part is around redesigning tracking and traceability systems, reformulating incentives and a whole lot of other work.  Removing deforestation related supplies, suppliers, components and products from your supply chain…

Tesco gets into CSR as smarter business

Well done Tesco.  That’s not a phrase people working in sustainable business* say very often. More on why I say “well done Tesco”, below.  First, some context.  It’s not that the company is a true laggard in responsible business.  Behind the scenes (or PR as some might say) Tesco have had a large ethical trading…

Excellent insight on Walmart’s sustainability impact in China

This article is from nearly a year ago, but I doubt it’s been bettered since. Titled: “How Walmart Is Changing China” it’s essential reading. It’s from the Atlantic, one of the few magazines left that do thoughtful, balanced, long form reporting and analysis. It’s a long piece, but nothing good is easy. If you are…

  • Oct 30, 2012
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12 learnings from Ethical Corporation’s sustainable supply chain conference 2012

At Ethical Corporation we’ve just finished two fascinating days this week with 130 sustainable supply chain folks in London. Our subject, obviously, was corporate supply chains and how to make them more sustainable. Speakers came from Nike, Marks & Spencer, Skanska, B&Q, Ericsson, Lend Lease, Nestlé, Greenpeace, Oxfam, The Forest Trust, Solidaridad, Golden Agri Resources,…

Microsoft pushed to engage suppliers, but it may help

This looks like part of a significant shift: Microsoft to Require Annual Sustainability Reporting by Vendors. I wouldn’t put Microsoft in the top tier of leading responsible companies, but they are not that far off either. (2010’s Russia incident was a major black eye) As a massive company with a lot of influence, though, this news…