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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 forests, and good story telling.

Here’s a bit about it:

“The essay addresses the challenges likely to be faced by corporations and non-governmental organizations as they collaborate to implement recent commitments to deforestation-free commodity supply chains. The essay takes as its inspiration and a source of lessons learned Theodore Roosevelt’s 1913-14 expedition to explore the River of Doubt, a tributary of the Amazon river in Brazil”.

Here’s the HTML version and here’s a one click link to a PDF.

Or, you could not read it, and waste time looking at your phone for the 150th time today or deleting largely pointless emails and learning much less.

Your call*.

(*Passive/aggressive blogging, is this a new genre?)

We’ll be debating this whole No Deforestation area with 40 leading brands, NGOs, suppliers, traders, farmers and others in Singapore on September 28-29. Email if you’d like to be involved in the conference. 

The Sustainable Sugar Forum (London, 16-17 June) will also look to assess the growing demand for sustainable sugar and how companies can build sugar supply chains that are ethical, resilient and secure from environmental pressures.
Speakers etc from the International Sugar Organisation, Bonsucro, SABMiller, Nordzucker, the International Finance Corporation, Mars, Shell, ED&F Man, AB Sugar, Fairtrade Foundation, ASR-Tate & Lyle, Cristal Union, Suiker Unie and Sainsbury’s.

You can see the full event details of speakers and agenda here.