This three day virtual business conference will debate and showcase real world solutions to the most pressing and urgent challenges in commodity supply chains. We’ll look at what’s driving value chain change and how business is working to deliver on increasingly difficult sustainability targets.

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The speakers

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Barry Parkin

Mars

Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer

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Harold Poelma

Cargill

President, Cocoa & Chocolate

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Abyd Karmali

Bank of America

Managing Director, Climate Finance

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Kate Schaffner

Kellogg Company

Global Sustainable Agriculture Lead

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Sophie Beckham

International Paper

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Bey Soo Khiang

APRIL

Chairman of APRIL Group and Vice Chairman of RGE

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Frances Seymour

World Resources Institute

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Forest and Governance Issues

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Hugo Schally

European Commission

Head of Unit, Multilateral Environmental Cooperation, DG Environment

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Agenda highlights

  • Board-level perspectives: Senior insights into the future of sustainable sourcing and what’s required to drive successful collaboration at board level 
  • Natural climate solutions: How business can make them effective – and cost efficient 
  • Soil restoration and regenerative agriculture: How business can engage farmers and implement sustainable agriculture initiatives at scale
  • Zero-deforestation commodities: Practical, cross-commodity case studies that highlight success on the ground and assess the implementation of No Peat, No Deforestation, No Exploitation commitments 
  • The role of investment in driving company decisions: How will finance support 2030 targets and the journey towards them?
  • Smallholder resilience and diversification: The necessary steps to improve farmer incomes and livelihoods
  • The landscape approach to sustainable sourcing: What does success look like today?
  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity: Company case studies of progress made to monitor, protect and preserve biodiversity and natural habitats  
  • Collaboration and scale: How do we remove the barriers to effective coalitions which drive real transformation in commodities? 
  • Government action and mandatory due diligence: How is the EU set to influence business sourcing from high deforestation risk regions?
  • Evolving consumer demands: How consumer outrage about unsustainable sourcing can be made useful
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Why attend an IF virtual conference?

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Discover best practices from industry leaders and get detailed, practical guidance on how to effectively implement policies

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Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders through speed networking sessions and pre-planned 1:1 meetings

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In-depth problem solving around the key issues within hands-on deep dive workshops and face to face discussion

Making connections at The Sustainable Landscapes and Commodities Forum

How can attendees network virtually?

Speed networking

No need to hang around the coffee cart to begin making connections - join our virtual speed networking for a series of quick-fire 1:1 meetings. Often the highlight of our virtual events, you will have the opportunity to meet a range of attendees within a short amount of time. Then, follow up with new connections and schedule longer, private meetings to continue the discussion.

Group networking

During group networking sessions, attendees are placed in small groups for more relaxed, informal networking. Groups are rotated so you have the chance to meet a variety of people and leave with fresh connections and potential partners. 

Schedule meetings

Often at our online events, discussions begin in the chat boxes during sessions and continue behind closed doors for more in-depth conversation between interested parties. Our platform enables you to reach out to other attendees and arrange 1:1 and group meetings. Maximise your impact at the event, and effectively manage your day. 


Working groups

During working group sessions all attendees join intimate, face-to-face calls to enable a genuine dialogue and ensure engagement. These sessions are a great opportunity to connect with other attendees who share a common interest and kick-start the conversation. 

"It’s hard to imagine a virtual conference running more smoothly or effectively – congratulations to the entire Innovation Forum team."
Kevin O’Donnell / Global Director, Sourcing & Operations Sustainability / General Mills
"The Innovation Forum team practiced what they preached and innovated to create a really excellent virtual event. The diversity of sessions both in terms of content and technical style kept the audience engaged so that there was real user experience of attending a conference. Upsides such as the "speed networking" should remain part of the conference formula if /when we all meet face to face"
James Streeter / Founder and Director / Viridian Advisory
"I very much enjoyed the virtual conference - from plenary sessions to working groups. There was a great variety of topics and such knowledgeable industry speakers."
Jeffrey Engels / Director, Livelihoods & Economic Opportunities / Pact Inc.
"...the team did a fantastic job and I was blown away by how engaging and effective the virtual format was...the virtual speed networking was wildly effective and should be used at all events moving forward. Virtual or in person."

Than Baardson / CEO / Unseen
"The conference was very valuable use of my time; increasing my network, reminding me of some key areas of focus to consider and learning from others."
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What’s different about this forum?

Innovation Forum is:
  • Candid: Entirely off-the-record discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience.
  • Practical: A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains.
  • Focused: We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion.
Innovation Forum is NOT:
  • A PR platform: Enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues.
  • A talking shop: This is NOT an opportunity for a group people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes.
  • All promise, no delivery: We will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues.

Who attends

Sime Darby
Olam International
Nestlé
PEFC International
Co-op
IKEA
Nordzucker
General Mills
World Cocoa Foundation
L'Oréal
The Nature Conservancy
Pirelli
3M
World Resources Institute
Neste
Bunge
The World Bank
BASF
Mars
Unilever
The Body Shop
Consumer Goods Forum
Reckitt Benckiser
Barry Callebaut
The Coca-Cola Company
Danone
H&M
British American Tobacco
ING
WWF
ICMM
Solidaridad
Pernod Ricard
Rainforest Action Network
 McDonald’s
Syngenta
Marks and Spencer
PepsiCo
Primark
J.P. Morgan
Department for International Development (DFID)
Lidl
METRO
ALDI
Louis Dreyfus Company
Bank Of America
Global Witness
BNP Paribas
Rainforest Alliance
Conservation International
IDH - the Sustainable Trade Initiative
Cargill - sponsor page only
APRIL

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Tanya Richard
Project Director
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3780 7435

Sign up

Registration for the conference is currently open. To sign up, you can do so online here, or get in touch directly for details of group discounts. 


Sponsorship

For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Anita Thomson
Head of Partnerships
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3780 7433

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The Value of Virtual

 
This year’s conference will take place virtually to ensure progress around these critical sustainability issues. It is more important than ever that these discussions take place now, to enable business to rebuild better, more sustainable supply chains going forward.
 

Benefits of a virtual conference:

 

Our virtual platform has been designed to ensure an engaging and interactive experience that best replicates the value of a physical conference.
 
If you have any questions please email Narni Brooke-Adil on [email protected] or Tanya Richard on [email protected]