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…

Sustainability: How improved trade rules can encourage better business behaviour

Keynote speech delivered by Lord Mandelson, Chairman, Global Counsel, at the Innovation Forum conference,”How business can tackle deforestation”, 28th-29th October, 2014, London From Birmingham to New York Lord Mandelson “As Brendan May said, you might ask what I am doing here with you this morning.  The last time I spoke at an event similar to…

  • Nov 13, 2014
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Free management briefing on what business can do to tackle deforestation

Here’s our new management briefing on what companies can do to minimise their deforestation footprints, work with NGOs and manage legal and reputational risk. It features contributions from Greenpeace, TFT, Marks & Spencer, Neste Oil, Canopy, Robertsbridge and many others. There’s some really useful insight in there into how to deal with risk, manage transparency,…

  • Sep 15, 2014
  • Deforestation
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Indigenous/community rights a good example of where green meets social

Social drivers to protect – or cut down forest – are vital to grasp (photo taken by the author, January 2014, Sumatra, Indonesia) Traditionally, in the CSR field, social and environmental issues were handled by different sets of executives. One group of more science-based folk worked on environment, whilst another, more community and philanthropy-oriented executives…

  • Aug 6, 2014
  • Deforestation
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Business and Human Rights – Time for a Global Fund

Here’s my column from the latest edition of Ethical Corporation. Not yet even off the presses. The print edition will be out next week. You should sign up. It’s great. We actually do journalism, analysis and editing, (so traditional) unlike some others, who will publish any old rubbish*.  I argue in my column that there’s…

Eight pros and cons of the horsemeat scandal for ethical/sustainable business

The horse meat scandal, rapidly spreading around Europe, is helpful for the ethical/sustainable business community. But it also has some serious cons for companies with regard to trust. First, the upside: 1)    No-has been hurt. This is clearly important. 2)    It has put supply chain integrity right on the consumer, media and business agenda. 3)   …

  • Feb 26, 2013
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Resilience or sustainability? Really?

It’s a nice simple idea: rather than engage with the complexities of say, changing energy systems, we focus on surviving climate changes and their consequences, because doing so is easier to contemplate. This is the argument that will be increasingly used in the years to come by those who prefer not to change complex embedded…

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,…

Trust measurement is going micro

I’ve been hosting business meetings and conferences which have discussed “trust” and how to improve and prove it, for some years now. Thus far, I’ve yet to see or hear much that is compelling on meaningful trust measurement*. I know why this is. It’s about inputs. The methodologies, and time spent, and resources allocated, have…