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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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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Lecture six: Working with Suppliers on responsible and sustainable business

Here’s my latest slide deck. This week, it’s supplier engagement in sustainable and responsible business. Th presentation was developed for teaching students at Kings College London and Birkbeck, University of London (BSc. and MSc respectively) on the case for supplier engagement, the issues, and how some companies are tackling the issue. We’ll be debating how…

  • Feb 23, 2015
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If you are interested in sustainable and ethical cotton, then read this

This post is to alert you our new March 2105 event, all about ethical and sustainable cotton sourcing, production, manufacturing, transportation and retail. The event, called “Sustainable and ethical cotton sourcing – How to get it right, and make it pay for your business“, will be on 16th-17th March, 2015 in London. The Sustainable Cotton Forum will…

  • Dec 18, 2014
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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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A useful overview of the stake of play RE deforestation

Growing economies while avoiding deforestation Stephen Donofrio, Principal & Founder of Greenpoint Innovations, examines the important role that avoiding deforestation and degradation plays in mitigating climate change, and describes the benefits to businesses from tackling forest risk. First published on the Corporate Citizenship blog here. Thanks for permission to reproduce. I usually only publish original…

Greenpeace exclusive on High Carbon Stock land use, and what it means for business

Grant Rosoman offers an update on what’s happening in this complex and highly important area for businesses concerned about deforestation and sustainable land use Market transformation is happening: a growing number of companies involved in palm oil and pulp and paper have adopted No Deforestation policies, and have declared they will implement these commitments through…

Unilever, WRI and transparency in supply chains: Five questions for Dhaval Buch, chief procurement officer, Unilever

The world lost 2.3 million square kilometers (230 million hectares) of tree cover from 2000 to 2012, equivalent to 50 soccer fields every minute of every day for 12 years. So now Unilever and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have announced a new partnership that will increase transparency in agricultural commodity supply chains with the…

  • Sep 11, 2014
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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
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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…

Five questions for Alison Ward, CEO, CottonConnect

Ahmad Kadiwaz 1) What does CottonConnect do, and what’s your job? What does a typical week look like for you? I am the CEO of CottonConnect and joined the business around three months ago.  CottonConnect is a social enterprise which was set-up to create a more sustainable cotton sector.  Our vision is a cotton supply…

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…

Tesco and Bangladesh: 10 points about improving corporate responsibility communications

Here’s a statement from Tesco from around a month ago concerning Bangladesh. Many of you will be aware of the tragic building collapse there at the end of April. Tesco had no connection with that incident, but given Tesco is a large company that sources from the country, they felt the need to say something….

  • Jun 18, 2013
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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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