What does “zero deforestation” really mean?

A couple of weeks ago we debated this point with 160 company, NGOs and other experts in Washington D.C.  A brief summary of some key points from that meeting is here. The point was raised by Tensie Whelan of the Rainforest Alliance.  Mongabay.com has published an article looking at the term, and the problems with…

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
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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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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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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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Big brands and forest pledges – No easy road ahead

(The below is from Innovation Forum’s first weekly business brief e-newsletter. Similar devastating insight will be published each week on a Friday. Sign up for it here. No deforestation commitments are welcome, but the hard work is still to do  There have been some significant wins in recent months in the battle against deforestation. In…

Some useful reading on sustainable palm oil

Here’s a few selected interesting pieces below from the site I help run on sustainable palm oil: http://betterpalmoildebate.org I hope readers find them useful, there’s a free regular newsletter on the site you can sign up to too. Not too late to spare Africa from palm oil’s trail of forest destruction The development of Africa’s palm…

Some good reading and watching on palm oil

Here’s a couple of interesting bits of content about palm oil sustainability. They are from the BetterPalmOilDebate.org site which I help run. First up here’s a Q&A with Ellen Behrens of Orkla, on curbing appetite for palm oil Orkla is a group of companies within the food and branded consumer goods industry which uses palm…

Some good articles on palm oil sustainability

Forest cleared for oil palm, Riau, Indonesia, January 2014 The next stage for palm oil reformers Corporations whose profits rely on the sale of products containing palm oil should not be allowed to hide behind supplier codes of conduct. What companies need now is more responsibility coupled with higher transparency, says Hilary Stauffer. How can…

How can Latin America contribute to sustainable palm oil production?

This is an important question. And so we are debating the issues around this conundrum on the site betterpalmoildebate.org, which I help run with Mallen Baker and Nadine Hawa for the RSPO. It’s a showcase of different views from around the word, collected, collated, edited and promoted by us. So how could the Latin American…

  • Jan 22, 2014
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Here’s some essential new reading about sustainable palm oil

Here’s some essential reading about sustainable palm oil, selected from the betterpalmoildebate.org website, which I run with Nadine Hawa and Mallen Baker for the RSPO.  1) Feeding the world without costing the earth  Palm oil itself isn’t the problem. It’s how much is being produced and at what cost, says Emily Dunstan  2) How GreenPalm is underselling…

  • Nov 30, 2013
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An integrated supply chain for palm oil

PNG and Palm Oil, a growth market (sorry) New Britain Palm Oil are an unusual company. Not least because they have created an integrated, traceable supply chain for palm oil. This is something all the retailers and FMCG companies say is the future, at least on the traceability side. They are also working in a…

New palm oil sustainability debate site launched

I’ve been working with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for a while on the notion of open debate about responsible and sustainable palm oil. I think a forum is needed where all the views are aired and we can get into some granular, practical detail. Today, I’m very happy to tell you we’ve set…

Most read on Ethicalcorp.com in the last 12 months

I had said the blog was taking a break, but I just can’t help myself, can I? I thought these articles were worth drawing your attention to. They are the most popular free articles on Ethicalcorp.com in the last 12 months: Essay: Is there an optimal degree of sustainability? Big business on the sustainability offensive…