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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Sustainability can sweeten sugar farmers’ prospects

   The end of EU beet sugar quotas could spark a growth in fairtrade certification in cane production    The sugar sector is set for a shake-up. In 2017, a 45 year old European Union system of quotas for the sweet stuff will come to an end, with potential significant implications for the sugar market….

  • May 10, 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
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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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Sustainable and Ethical Cotton Sourcing Management Briefing

Our new management briefing, on sustainable and ethical cotton, has just been published. Here’s a direct link to the briefing, I hope you find it useful. It’s designed to be concise independent analysis from Innovation Forum about how brands are responding to the sustainable and ethical cotton sourcing agenda. Also covers their partnerships with NGOs…

  • Feb 26, 2015
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Progress in the forests for APP

Rainforest Alliance’s Richard Donovan welcomes the ‘moderate’ progress made by Asia Pulp and Paper towards its conservation commitments First published on Innovation Forum In October 2014, when Scott Poynton of TFT, Simon Lord of New Britain Palm Oil and I got together for a panel at Innovation Forum’s deforestation conference in London, we had a…

Deforestation: Greenpeace picks on Santander in campaign against APRIL

A casual observer might be forgiven for thinking that the NGO campaigner battle against large companies on deforestation has been won.Charts like the below from the excellent Mongabay.com are clearly great cause for optimism. However, whilst many of the large brands and their big suppliers formerly accused of deforestation are now trying to implement policy…

  • Feb 17, 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
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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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Sustainable cotton brief: The latest trends, stats and activities

By Ian Welsh, editorial director, Innovation Forum Cotton has been associated with human development for centuries – perhaps for as much as 7,000 years. More recently, the trade and processing of cotton fibres helped drive industrialisation in Europe, and made the plantation owners of the emerging southern US states rich and powerful. Throughout the history…

  • Jan 26, 2015
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