Indonesia’s forest moratorium – renewed if not reformed

  While Indonesia’s continued moratorium on new forest commercial activity is welcome, it is time for more progress on enforcement  On 13 May, Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, signed a “presidential instruction” that has the effect of extending for another two years a moratorium on new commercial activity in the country’s primary forest and peatland. It…

  • May 29, 2015
  • Deforestation
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Free webinar: Strategies to develop smallholder farmers’ livelihoods and productivity

This webinar explores how companies can create strategies to develop the smallholder bases that supply their soft commodities. Listen to it here.The webinar had a particular focus on sugar cane farming but also explores the transferrable lessons that can be taken from other crop experiences. The speakers addressed such questions as: What is the general…

  • May 26, 2015
  • Supply Chain
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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
  • Deforestation
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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
  • CSR and Sustainability
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A simple presentation on the business case for supplier engagement in sustainability performance improvements

That’s the longest blog post title I’ve probably ever written. Sorry, not very punchy. But usefully descriptive I hope. As some readers know, I also run online training courses on CR/Sustainable business with Mallen Baker of Business Respect/Daisywheel Interactive. Right now we have 70 or so managers signed up and halfway through our first online…

  • Jun 11, 2013
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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…

12 tips on engaging suppliers on sustainability in China

MIT Sloan Management Review has published an excellent recent article called: “Improving Environmental Performance in Your Chinese Supply Chain“ Here are the 12 top tips they base the article on. All very relevant to engaging your suppliers in sustainability progress: 1. Provide incentives for identifying, disclosing and addressing problems. 2. Collaborate with nongovernmental groups to…

  • Feb 14, 2012
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