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Regular podcasts on sustainable business issues from Innovation Forum

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Weekly podcast: Hugo Boss on supply chain transparency and the challenges of industry 4.0 automation

May 17th, 2019


This week: Andreas Streubig from Hugo Boss discusses how pre-competitive collaboration can work to counter fragmentation in the apparel sector, and …

Why peer collaboration on auditing works

May 15th, 2019


Yves Nissim, vice-president and head of transformation and operations in CSR for Orange, discusses with Ian Welsh the benefits for the company and its 77,000 tier-one suppliers of cooperating with other telecoms …

Asia Pacific Rayon on how to source sustainable pulp for apparel

May 14th, 2019


Cherie Tan, vice-president for communications and sustainability at Asia Pacific Rayon, talks with Innovation Forum's Toby Webb about the challenges inherent in developing a sustainable viscose supply chain. Tan …

How corporate transparency on modern slavery drives change

May 10th, 2019


Jaya Chakrabarti, founder of TISC Report, talks with Ian Welsh about her work analysing data on corporate compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act. She explains the clear correlation between those companies – with …

Weekly podcast: what business leaders need to know to drive innovation and productivity

May 9th, 2019


This week: Tensie Whelan, former Rainforest Alliance president and now professor at Stern School of Business in New York, and Toby Webb debate what …

How to regenerate fishing nets into socks

May 8th, 2019


Eric Roosen, owner of Star Sock, explains to Toby Webb how ocean waste can be regenerated into yarns for making socks. With a business selling over 25 million socks a year, Roosen outlines how the company’s exclusive …

Weekly podcast: Veja’s recycled plastics supply chain, and apparel sector factory engagement

May 2nd, 2019


This week: François-Ghislain Morillion, co-founder of sustainable sneakers brand Veja on innovation in sourcing to find the right materials for the company’s products. And Sebastian Siegele, managing director, …

Why sustainable supply chains need thriving supplier communities

April 29th, 2019


Alison Ward CEO of CottonConnect and Ian Welsh discuss the benefits of transparency in helping monitor corporate impacts in apparel supply chains. Ward also highlights how better story-telling in communications with …

How Nestlé links social and environmental supply chain goals

April 29th, 2019


Anna Turrell, head of sustainability for UK and Ireland at Nestlé, talks with Ian Welsh about the challenges in tackling modern slavery issues, and why the business’s first step was to align, as far as possible, with …

Weekly podcast: Blockchain solutions for modern slavery risks, and development finance in apparel supply chains

April 26th, 2019


This week: Sabine Schlorke, global manufacturing manager at the International Finance Corporation, talks about how the IFC works with big apparel sector brands in Bangladesh, Vietnam and other countries providing their …

Satelligence on how satellite data can drive the right sourcing decisions

April 25th, 2019


Niels Wielaard, founder, Satelligence, discusses with Ian Welsh how using remote sensing data can help brands with tropical commodity supply chains reduce deforestation and other supply chain risks, and how such data …

Weekly podcast: APR’s approach to deforestation-free pulp, and Orange on telecom sector audit collaboration

April 17th, 2019


This week: Cherie Tan from Asia Pacific Rayon talks with Toby Webb about how to develop sustainable wood-pulp supply chains for the apparel sector. …

Bayer on how to ensure all agricultural land is used wisely

April 16th, 2019


Stephan Brunner, global key relation manager at Bayer Crop Science, speaks with Ian Welsh about some of the company’s business partnerships that are helping to drive strategy and impact. Brunner argues that the first …

Weekly podcast: CottonConnect on why transparency is crucial for effective supplier impact analysis

April 11th, 2019


This week: CottonConnect CEO Alison Ward speaks with Innovation Forum’s Ian Welsh about the role of enablers in apparel supply chains, and how to …

Global Canopy on why no company will be deforestation free by 2020

April 10th, 2019


Sarah Rogerson, from Global Canopy Programme talks with Ian Welsh about the latest Forest 500 report that identifies and ranks the biggest companies that have tropical deforestation risks in their operations and supply …

Weekly podcast: how Nestlé tackles palm oil and plastic packaging challenges

April 5th, 2019


This week: Anna Turrell, head of sustainability for UK and Ireland at Nestlé on business risks from modern slavery, and how the brand is continuing to develop its commodity supply chains and engage with its consumers’ …

How Eileen Fisher builds apparel supply chains from the ground up

April 5th, 2019


Amy Hall, vice-president social consciousness, Eileen Fisher talks with Ian Welsh about why it is so hard for the apparel sector to look deep into its supply chain given companies simply have, traditionally, so little …

Weekly podcast: Bayer on how food supply chain innovation will feed growing populations

March 28th, 2019


This week: Stephen Brunner, global key relation manager for Bayer Crop Science, explains what the future of food supply will look like. He explains why climate change is the great urgent challenge that the entire value …

Are biofuels a sustainable – and scalable – solution?

March 28th, 2019


In this webinar experts from IINAS, WBCSD, SkyNRG and United Airlines join Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb to discuss the sustainability of biofuels and who will be using them by 2025 and beyond.

They debate the scale …

How Ikea will become a circular business by 2030

March 27th, 2019


Eleonora Tieri, project leader for circular supply chains at Inter Ikea, talks with Ian Welsh about innovation in circular economy models, and in …

Weekly podcast: Global Canopy on why palm oil, soy, cattle and timber supply chains look set to miss 2020 deforestation targets

March 21st, 2019


This week: Global Canopy’s Sarah Rogerson, lead researcher on the just-launched 2018 Forest 500 report, on how far companies are implementing tropical deforestation commitments and why even the leading companies are not …

Bunge on why future palm oil supply chains should focus on value not price

March 21st, 2019


Ben Vreeburg, director, sustainability, at Bunge Loders Croklaan, speaks to Ian Welsh about transparency challenges in palm oil supply chains …

Webinar – Impossible Foods, Barilla and Mondelēz on the consumer trends driving food innovation

March 20th, 2019


Leading food companies are continually working on what they think will be the key food trends and shifts in consumer patterns that are likely over …

Weekly podcast: Eileen Fisher on apparel sector business model innovation

March 14th, 2019


This week: Amy Hall, vice-president social consciousness at apparel brand Eileen Fisher, on supply chain impacts and supplier collaboration, and …

How a landscape approach helps offsetting deliver

March 13th, 2019


Jessica Verhagen, vice-president business development and strategy at Ecosphere+, talks with Ian Welsh about how developing impact investment projects that value natural capital can help companies deliver on their …

Weekly podcast: Ikea on the potential of circular economy business models

March 7th, 2019


This week: Inter Ikea’s circular supply chain project leader Eleonora Tieri on how and why the furniture brand is working hard to develop circular …

Marks & Spencer on evolving food packaging and giving consumers what they want

March 7th, 2019


Louise Nicholls, head of human rights, food sustainability and food packaging at Marks & Spencer, talks with Ian Welsh about the brand’s trial of …

Webinar – Campbell Soup, Mars and Kellogg on reducing GHGs in agriculture

March 6th, 2019


Investors and shareholders, amongst other key stakeholders, are showing more and more interest in companies’ climate performance. With the clock …

Weekly podcast: BT and Total on modern slavery procurement risks, and how to hit corporate carbon targets

February 28th, 2019


This week: BT's head of governance and sustainability Tony Roy and Total's director of global procurement Christophe Sassolas debate how to make …

How to extract easy-to-action insight from satellite data

February 27th, 2019


Sarah Middlemiss, space programme manager at Ecometrica, talks with Ian Welsh about trends in how companies are using satellite and other Earth-monitoring data to counter environmental risks.

They discuss how business …

Weekly podcast: Bunge on traceability challenges in palm oil supply chains

February 21st, 2019


This week: Ben Vreeburg, director, sustainability, at Bunge Loders Croklaan discusses how to achieve transparency to plantation level in palm oil …

BASF on why precision agriculture is the future

February 20th, 2019


Geoff Mackey, corporate affairs and sustainability director, BASF, speaks with Ian Welsh about the importance for agriculture’s supply chains of …

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 …

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