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Regular podcasts on sustainable business issues from Innovation Forum

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Weekly podcast: how data tools can deliver supply chain transparency, and viscose supply chain deforestation risks

February 14th, 2019


This week: Jamie Barsimantov from SupplyShift, Stefan Sabo-Walsh and Erin McVeigh from Verisk Maplecroft, and Steven Wuerth from Gilead Sciences on how to use data to proactively identify, quantify and mitigate risks …

Webinar – Procurement and social risk: how to make modern slavery a business priority

February 14th, 2019


Procurement departments are driven and incentivised by a range of KPIs. Unfortunately, social issues haven’t traditionally topped that list. But engaging procurement departments in modern slavery risk is key to tackling …

PepsiCo, Cargill and Proforest on the business-benefits of palm oil collaboration

February 14th, 2019


Cargill's Marie Lavialle-Piot, PepsiCo's Natasha Schwarzbach and Proforest's Sophie Higman discuss with Ian Welsh the benefits of a landscape-level …

Weekly podcast: how to save lives in tropical commodity supply chains, and JLL on mapping modern slavery risks

February 8th, 2019


This week: Jason Glaser, founder of La Isla Network, on how simple measures to allow farm workers access to water, rest and shade can save lives, and real estate services provider JLL’s global chief corporate …

Webinar – Actionable intelligence: combining data and tools to enhance supply chain visibility

February 7th, 2019


In this webinar hear expert discussion on how companies can blend different data streams to proactively identify, quantify and mitigate a wide range of supplier risks across complex global supply chains, and build a …

Cargill on how business can protect smallholder suppliers

February 5th, 2019


Kate Clancy, sustainability manager, cocoa, at Cargill, talks with Ian Welsh about how companies can work with their supply chains to help ensure the …

Weekly podcast: Marks & Spencer on the future for packaging and food supply chains

February 1st, 2019


This week: Louise Nicholls, head of human rights, food sustainability and food packaging at Marks & Spencer, on how to engage consumers on …

Why the future for drinks packaging might be aluminium

January 30th, 2019


Ramon Arratia, sustainability director, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, discusses with Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh the potential for aluminium cans in the beverage sector. Arratia outlines how the sector is growing, …

ZSL on palm oil’s commitments versus activity gap

January 29th, 2019


Michael Guindon, palm oil technical adviser with ZSL, talks with Ian Welsh about how the most recent SPOTT tool analysis, assessing palm oil, has …

Weekly podcast: how satellite data analysis can transform supply chains, and ETI, Coca-Cola and Walmart on point of recruitment risks

January 25th, 2019


This week: Sarah Middlemiss from Ecometrica on the potential of satellite data analysis for commodity sourcing monitoring. And, Ethical Trade …

How to link reporting to better decision-making

January 24th, 2019


Eric Hespenheide, chair of the Global Reporting Initiative, discusses with Ian Welsh how the globally-agreed language of the Sustainable Development Goals can help companies assess their impacts and how to communicate …

Freshfields on brands’ evolving modern slavery supply chain risks

January 23rd, 2019


Michelle Bramley, global head of knowledge, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, talks with Ian Welsh about evolving legislative requirements on modern …

The challenges of creating organic wine in Bordeaux

January 22nd, 2019


Thomas Duroux, CEO and winemaker Chateau Palmer, an organic winery in the Bordeaux region of France, talks with Innovation Forum founder Toby Webb about how he is developing more-sustainable wines.

Doroux explains how …

Weekly podcast: BASF on innovation in precision agriculture, and how to engage on science-based targets

January 17th, 2019


This week: Geoff Mackay, sustainability director at BASF, on how innovation in precision agriculture techniques can boost yields and cut the sector’s …

GM’s zero-emissions transport ambition

January 17th, 2019


David Tulauskas, director of sustainability at General Motors, talks with Ian Welsh about how GM plans to achieve its "zero crashes, zero emissions, …

Why business should be more proactive on modern slavery

January 15th, 2019


Andrew Wallis, CEO, Unseen, discusses with Ian Welsh how slavery and forced labour risks are evolving. Wallis and his colleagues work with survivors …

Weekly podcast: Cargill, PepsiCo and Proforest on landscape-level palm oil supply chain collaboration

January 10th, 2019


This week: insight from Cargill, PepsiCo and Proforest on how brands and suppliers can work together effectively in the palm oil sector. And Goodera’s Richa Bajpai on how business can track sustainability projects in …

Cotton Connect on how gender empowerment strengthens supply chains

January 10th, 2019


Alison Ward, CEO of CottonConnect, talks with Ian Welsh about why developing better life skills in smallholder farmer communities, combined with …

Ocado on how to evolve plastic packaging business models

January 8th, 2019


Suzanne Westlake, head of corporate responsibility and corporate affairs at Ocado, talks with Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh about the care required to avoid the unintended consequences of removing plastic from packaging.

Weekly podcast: GRI on value from transparency and Global Agribusiness Alliance on what’s been positive in 2018

December 20th, 2018


This week: Ruth Thomas, director of the Global Agribusiness Alliance, reflects on her favourite innovations in sustainable landscapes from 2018, and what she wants to see in 2019. And Global Reporting Initiative …

The importance of soil health for sustainable wine production

December 18th, 2018


Anna Chilton, from agricultural producer, Camellia, owner of the Linton Park winery in South Africa, talks with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb about …

Business-led behaviour change on plastic packaging

December 17th, 2018


Andy Napthine, group marketing controller at UK food producer Cranswick, and Nick Green from Veris Strategies talk with Ian Welsh about how to …

Weekly podcast: Cargill on more-sustainable smallholder suppliers, and Freshfields on evolving modern slavery legal risks

December 13th, 2018


This week: Kate Clancy, sustainability manager, cocoa and chocolate, at Cargill discusses what business can do to strengthen smallholder farmers’ …

Do companies even want to know what’s material to them?

December 12th, 2018


Joe Arvai, professor of social enterprise and director of the Erb Institute, and Ian Welsh debate some of the challenges for business around how they measure their impact. Arvai argues that there is a degree of …

IJM: developing capacity for justice systems around the world

December 11th, 2018


David Westlake, CEO, International Justice Mission, talks with Innovation Forum founder Toby Webb about the IJM’s work helping deliver justice for …

Weekly podcast: General Motors’ zero-emissions future, and insight from modern slavery’s front-line

December 7th, 2018


This week: GM’s director of sustainability David Tulauskas on the customer-driven future for personal transportation, including full electrification, …

GAR on how to develop smallholder communities that thrive

December 6th, 2018


Gotz Martin, head of sustainability implementation, Golden Agri-Resources, talks with Ian Welsh about what future sustainable smallholder farmer …

Coca-Cola’s brand-led marketing on plastic recycling

December 5th, 2018


Joe Franses, vice-president, sustainability, for Coca-Cola European Partners, and Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh discuss why Coke has developed a …

Weekly podcast: ZSL on palm oil sector progress, and why non-plastic packaging works for drinks

November 29th, 2018


This week: Michael Guindon, palm oil specialist from the Zoological Society of London, gives his impressions from the recent RSPO general assembly in …

Are science-based targets ambitious enough?

November 29th, 2018


Nathan Shuler, sustainability solutions architect at Schneider Electric, and Ian Welsh debate the rise and rise of the science-based targets …

How water, rest and shade saves lives in tropical supply chains

November 28th, 2018


Jason Glaser, CEO, La Isla Network outlines to Ian Welsh his work combating kidney disease in tropical sugar cane workers, and why famers providing water, rest and shade to workers in the field can mitigate serious …

Weekly podcast: Ocado on the difficult choices around plastic packaging, and CottonConnect on supply chain resilience

November 22nd, 2018


This week: Suzanne Westlake, head of corporate responsibility and corporate affairs at Ocado, outlines the challenges for the online retailer on cutting plastic waste. And CottonConnect CEO Alison Ward on partnerships …

Baroness Young on how to move from talk to action on modern slavery

November 22nd, 2018


Baroness Lola Young talks with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb about her frustration at the lack of progress on human rights and modern slavery and how …

Why the plastics debate needs to focus on avoiding waste

November 22nd, 2018


Felix Gummer, director, Sancroft, and Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh debate why brands are becoming more fully engaged on packaging and focusing on …

Detroit: how local storm water management grows business opportunities

November 21st, 2018


Anika Goss-Foster, executive director of Detroit Future City, discusses with Ian Welsh how local renewal projects are helping neighbourhoods in the …

Weekly podcast: how to measure business outcomes and impacts, and capacity building to eliminate modern slavery

November 15th, 2018


This week: Toby Webb and Davd Westlake, CEO of the International Justice Mission debate how companies can help build capacity to tackle modern …

Greenpeace’s business solutions to cut plastic waste

November 15th, 2018


Louise Edge, European campaign coordinator at Greenpeace, discusses with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb why there’s been such an explosion in interest in tackling plastic waste.

Edge calls on companies to go beyond …

Dow on how to define materiality and drive strategy

November 13th, 2018


Erica Ocampo, global sustainability strategy manager, Dow Chemical, talks with Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh about how the company identifies its …

Weekly podcast: Coca-Cola on how to cut plastic waste and GAR on the future for rural communities

November 8th, 2018


This week: Coca-Cola’s Joe Franses on what Coke is doing to develop better plastic recycling rates and to leverage the power of its brand to …

Why Mondelez takes a holistic approach to supply chain risks

November 8th, 2018


Christine McGrath, chief well-being, sustainability, public and government affairs officer at Mondelez, and Meghann Jones, senior vice president, corporate sustainability and citizenship at Ipsos, talk with Ian Welsh …

Weekly podcast: modern slavery progress frustrations and business plastics trends

November 1st, 2018


This week: Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey, speaks with Innovation Forum's Toby Webb about what business must do now to move from talk to …

Tackling global textile waste and moving to circular supply chains

October 30th, 2018


Speaking to Innovation Forum’s Tanya Richard, Cyndi Rhoades, CEO of Worn Again Technologies, outlines the process she and her colleagues are …

Microsoft and Hilton on sustainability’s business case and how to save $1bn

October 29th, 2018


Daniella Foster, senior director for global corporate responsibility at Hilton, and Jennifer Marsman, principal software development engineer at Microsoft, talk with Innovation Forum's Ian Welsh about how to make the …

Weekly podcast: Greenpeace on plastics pollution and Dow on corporate materiality

October 19th, 2018


This week: Louise Edge, European campaign coordinator at Greenpeace, talks to Toby Webb about some of the key actions companies need to take on …

Investment community engagement on modern slavery

October 17th, 2018


Phil Bloomer, executive director of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, talks with Ian Welsh about why there are still only a small number of corporate leaders working effectively on human rights. Bloomer …

Webinar – Sustainable commodities: is the landscape approach the future?

October 15th, 2018


With 2020 fast approaching, companies are facing increasing pressure in cleaning up their supply chains and ensuring the sustainable sourcing of …

Weekly podcast: Mondelez’s deforestation impacts in west Africa

October 11th, 2018


This week: Christine McGrath from Mondelez International and Meghann Jones from Ipsos talk with Ian Welsh about the impacts of Mondelez’s Cocoa Life …

Plastic pollution: design products so they can be made again

October 11th, 2018


Sara Wingstrand, new plastics economy research analyst from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, talks to Ian Welsh about plastics and the essential …

Why palm oil is about more than deforestation

October 8th, 2018


Anita Neville, Golden Agri-Resources’ vice-president of corporate communications and sustainability relations, talks with Ian Welsh about GAR’s new …

Weekly podcast: why engaging the C-suite requires more than ‘greed and fear’

October 5th, 2018


This week: Daniella Foster, senior director for global corporate responsibility at Hilton, and Jennifer Marsman, principal software development engineer at Microsoft, talk with Ian Welsh about how to piece together the …

Weekly podcast: how business can really cut plastic use, and the key deforestation questions

September 27th, 2018


This week: insight from the recent Innovation Forum webinar on the business challenges in developing realistic alternatives to plastic packaging, with Iceland’s Ian Schofield, Surfdome’s Adam Hall and CupClub’s Safia …

How sanctions are nudging business on forced labour

September 26th, 2018


Stephanie Brown Cripps global sanctions counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, talks with Ian Welsh about how governments – particularly the US …

Weekly podcast: why there’s been a transformation in corporate action on modern slavery

September 20th, 2018


This week: Phil Bloomer, executive director of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, on why companies just can’t afford to have modern slavery in their operations or supply chain, not least because the …

Webinar: what will a sustainable rural community look like in 2030?

September 19th, 2018


Sustainable rural economies are critical to the sustained success of global agri-businesses. After all, smallholder farming accounts for the largest …

Diageo's business case for social and environmental impact engagement

September 19th, 2018


Harriet Howey, global sustainability reporting executive at Diageo, explains to Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh how the company measures return on investment on its programmes across water and other resource use, gender …

Weekly podcast: designing plastics to be used again, and palm oil’s human stories

September 13th, 2018


This week: Sara Wingstrand from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on how better plastic product design can help business develop essential more-circular …

Deforestation: can we separate the food and fuel debates?

September 13th, 2018


Speaking at the recent RSPO meeting in Paris, Mickael Blais from the French Alliance for Forest Preservation and Toby Webb, Innovation Forum, discuss how different commodity supply chains – including palm oil, rubber …

Webinar: how brands can drive sustainable innovation in plastics and packaging

September 12th, 2018


In this webinar, practitioners from Iceland Foods, Surfdome and CupClub take a pragmatic look at what brands are doing to face the challenges around plastics, packaging, and sustainable innovation. They discuss the new …

Investor protocols to avoid funding modern slavery

September 11th, 2018


Valentina Gurney, associate programme director, Interfaith Centre on Corporate Responsibility and Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh discuss trends in how the investment community is dealing with potential forced labour risks …

Weekly podcast: what to do about point-of-recruitment modern slavery risks

September 6th, 2018


This week: some highlights from Innovation Forum’s recent webinar on what business needs to know about forced labour risks at the point of …

Palm oil’s complex impact on biodiversity

September 5th, 2018


Erik Meijard, founder of Borneo Futures, discusses why the palm oil sector has such a bad reputation on biodiversity impacts with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb. Meijard shares some of the highlights from recent research, …

Weekly podcast: Diageo’s return from social and environmental investment

August 30th, 2018


This week: Harriet Howey from Diageo talks to Ian Welsh about how the business tracks the impacts of its social and environmental programmes and the return on investment the company achieves. And another chance to hear …

Webinar: how can materiality drive sustainability reporting and strategy?

August 30th, 2018


There are many factors that have lead to the increased awareness of environmental, social and governance – or ESG – issues. These sustainability challenges are changing the way companies go about financial reporting and …

All you need to know about materiality

August 29th, 2018


Judy Kuszewski, chief executive of Sancroft, and Toby Webb from Innovation Forum debate approaches to corporate materiality. Kuszewski outlines the …

How to go all in on corporate sustainability

August 29th, 2018


David Grayson, emeritus professor of corporate responsibility, Cranfield University, speaks with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb about how understanding and expectations have changed over the past two decades around …

How BNP Paribas promotes sustainable palm oil

August 23rd, 2018


Elisabeth Hipeau, senior industry analyst, BNP Paribas, explains to Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb the bank’s approach to dealing with deforestation …

Weekly podcast: changing corporate deforestation commitments and impact of slavery sanctions

August 23rd, 2018


This week: Mickael Blais from the French Alliance for Forest Protection talks to Toby Webb about how company commitments on deforestation across different commodities are changing. And Stephanie Brown Cripps, …

Business benefits of the natural capital approach

August 23rd, 2018


Mark Gough, executive director of the Natural Capital Coalition explains to Ian Welsh how the natural capital protocol has been developed and why it …

Webinar – Responsible recruitment: tackling forced labour at the root

August 23rd, 2018


Recruitment is often the stage at which workers in supply chains can be most vulnerable to falling into modern slavery and bonded labour. They are …

Is slavery the greatest human rights risk for business?

August 21st, 2018


Yousuf Aftab, principal at Enodo Rights, explains to Innovation Forum's Ian Welsh why modern slavery is both a salient and material risk for companies. Given the legal trends – slavery is the area that legislators …

Weekly podcast: why investors expect more on modern slavery, and palm oil's biodiversity impact

August 16th, 2018


This week: Valentina Gurney from the Interfaith Centre on Corporate Responsibility talks to Ian Welsh on trends in disclosure and behaviour change that investors expect from companies on modern slavery. And Erik …

Capacity building to enforce modern slavery laws

August 16th, 2018


Tim Gehring, director of global policy and partnership, International Justice Mission and Ian Welsh discuss why governments worldwide require help to …

How to achieve supply chain trust

August 15th, 2018


Antoine Heuty, founder and CEO of Ulula, talks with Ian Welsh about what is required to effectively develop transparency for workers in supply …

Weekly podcast: the future of business leadership, and what you need to know about materiality

July 25th, 2018


This week: David Grayson, emeritus professor from Cranfield School of Management, takes Toby Webb through five key attributes of business leaders. …

How positive community impact is good for business

July 23rd, 2018


Terry Nelidov, managing director of the Erb Institute for Sustainable Business, describes to Ian Welsh trends he sees in how companies approach their …

The risks from hidden companies in palm oil supply chains

July 23rd, 2018


Aid Environment’s Tim Steinweg talks to Toby Webb about the new report from Chain Reaction Research that highlights the use of shadow companies in the palm oil sector. Steinweg argues that a number of large players in …

Why smallholder land tenure is a key supply chain challenge

July 23rd, 2018


IDH Indonesia’s Fitrian Ardiansyah speaks to Toby Webb about how companies can best work with smallholders to boost farm livelihoods and counter …

How to capture supplier data more effectively

July 23rd, 2018


Laura Houghton, manager, global customer success and marketing for Segura and Simon Nicholls, managing partner, Weir T-S, talk with Ian Welsh about …

Weekly podcast: how to use natural capital accounting to drive success, and what the finance sector can do for palm oil

July 19th, 2018


This week: Mark Gough from the Natural Capital Coalition explains to Ian Welsh the real benefits for companies to include natural capital …

Is the ICT sector tackling forced labour risks?

July 19th, 2018


Kilian Moote, project director for Know the Chain, takes Ian Welsh through his organisation’s latest research benchmarking the world’s 40 largest hi-tech companies and what they are doing about the human rights and …

Novo Nordisk: how the SDGs are shaping the future of corporate behaviour

July 19th, 2018


Susanne Stormer, vice-president corporate sustainability, Novo Nordisk explains to Ian Welsh why the sustainable development goals seem to have caught the imagination, arguing that they provide the roadmap that business …

How to deliver data-driven impact decisions

July 18th, 2018


Richa Bajpai, founder of Goodera, talks with Ian Welsh about the challenges companies face measuring the impact of their sustainability functions and programmes. Bajpai outlines some trends in how businesses are …

The sprint to 2020: Partnerships in action to end commodity-driven deforestation.

July 12th, 2018


In this webinar, the expert panel discuss examples of partnership in action to end commodity-driven deforestation, something that is particularly …

Weekly podcast: how to boost smallholder livelihoods, and modern slavery risk trends to watch

July 12th, 2018


This week: IDH Indonesia’s Fitrian Ardiansyah speaks with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb on how companies can best work with smallholders to boost farm …

Palm oil’s implementation versus commitments gap

July 12th, 2018


Imperial College’s Josh Lyons-White discusses with Toby Webb a new study into barriers for palm oil sector companies to implement their zero …

Mars: using science-based targets to reduce impacts

July 12th, 2018


Ashley Allen, climate and land senior manager, Mars, talks with Toby Webb about the company’s stretching commitments on climate change. To achieve its ‘sustainable in a generation’ plan, Mars has set ambitious targets …

Weekly podcast: shadow companies in palm oil supply chains, and business’s social licence to operate

July 6th, 2018


This week Aid Environment’s Tim Steinweg talks with Toby Webb about the work of Chain Reaction Research and its new report into shadow companies in …

Cocoa sector’s joined up thinking in west Africa

July 4th, 2018


Speaking in Accra, Ghana, the World Cocoa Foundation’s Ethan Budiansky and Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb discuss progress in the cocoa sector, …

Supply chain data – why 100% standardisation doesn’t work

July 4th, 2018


Supply Shift’s Jamie Barsimantov talks with Ian Welsh about trends in how companies are engaging on data with their supply chains in the pulp and …

Weekly podcast: Intel best in new tech sector forced labour benchmark

June 28th, 2018


This week Know the Chain director Kilian Moote takes Ian Welsh through his organisation’s new benchmark research into what the ICT sector is doing to engage on forced labour risks in supply chains. The top 40 companies …

Has certification lost its way?

June 27th, 2018


Nusa Urbancic, campaigns director, Changing Markets, debates the challenges for certification schemes and the findings of the NGO’s recent report – False Promise of Certification – with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb. In …

Fast fashion’s viscose deforestation impact

June 27th, 2018


Nicole Rycroft, director, Canopy, outlines the links between the apparel sector and forest destruction for the production of viscose fabrics. Over …

Anglo American: using targets to catalyse action

June 27th, 2018


Jon Samuel, group head of social performance and engagement talks with Ian Welsh about AngloAmerican’s new sustainability strategy, designed to …

Weekly podcast: Novo Nordisk on why the SDGs are a tectonic shift for business

June 22nd, 2018


In this week’s podcast, Susanne Stormer, vice-president for sustainability at Novo Nordisk, talks with Ian Welsh about development of the sustainable development goals and how companies can leverage them for better …

Why Mars thrives when its farmers thrive

June 22nd, 2018


Francesca New, global sustainability manager at Mars, explains to Ian Welsh how the company engages with smallholder farmers through a Farmer Income …

How and why genome editing can transform agriculture

June 21st, 2018


Joining Innovation Forum's Toby Webb are Jon Entine from the Genetic Literacy Project, Perry Hackett from Recombinetics and Kevin Folta from the …

Weekly podcast: how to focus business effort on modern slavery

June 15th, 2018


Tim Gehring from the International Justice Mission gives insight to Ian Welsh into IJM’s work developing capacity to tackle modern slavery, government response to labour issues around the world, and what companies …

Collaboration’s positive impact on apparel supply

June 15th, 2018


At Innovation Forum’s sustainable apparel conference, Alison Ward, CEO CottonConnect, spoke with Ian Welsh about the state of play for sustainable apparel supply chains. Ward argues that there is significant brand-led …

Due diligence versus disclosure on human rights

June 15th, 2018


Alexandra Channer from Verisk Maplecroft talks with Ian Welsh about how companies can make sense of human rights laws. Given the emergence of different types of legislation, Channer advises that a risk-based approach …

Weekly podcast: why audits don’t work, plus innovation in the cocoa supply chain

June 7th, 2018


This week: World Cocoa Foundation director, environment, Ethan Budiansky talks with Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb about cocoa supply chain innovation. …

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