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. We'll also discuss forest and nature positive strategies on the route to net zero, and the practicalities of these targets on the ground.

The speakers

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Magdi Batato


Executive Vice President , Head of Operations

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Lauren Richardson


Chief Procurement Officer

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Christine McGrath

Mondelēz International

Vice President and Chief of Global Impact

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Stéphane Engelhard

Carrefour Brazil

Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability

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Simone Gourguechon


Global Impact, Director, Sustainability and ESG Strategy

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Martin Huxtable


Sustainable Sourcing Director

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Barry Parkin


Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer

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Victoria Sjardin

The Kraft Heinz Company

Vice President of Marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa

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Agenda highlights

  • Current landscape approaches: Which landscape approaches are already working now, and what can be learned and improved on?
  • Scope III and the SDGs: How a joined up approach to corporate procurement can deliver progress and the impact on the future of commodity sourcing
  • Transformational change: What does ‘transformational change’ mean in practice for key commodity landscapes?
  • Forest positive: What the shift from ‘less harm’ to ‘more good’ actually looks like on the ground
  • Market access for smallholders: How sourcing companies can really drive impact
  • Landscape and forest restoration: Examples that have worked to date and the role of sourcing companies and suppliers
  • Sustainable rural development: Can direct sourcing deliver on corporate SDG targets?
  • Farmers as partners: What do producers, farmers, smallholders and processors want to tell you about what they need?
  • Communicating complexity: How brands can educate marketing teams and engage consumers in sustainable sourcing
  • Regenerative agriculture: How do you make it happen, measure, monitor and count the benefits?
  • Farmer productivity and income diversification: The role of brands to truly improve livelihoods for smallholders and communities
  • KPIs count: How will we define measurable outcomes via Key Performance Indicators on supply chain engagement by 2025?
  • Cross-industry collaboration on landscape approaches: Why mining, agriculture, power and other industries can begin real collaboration
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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. The dynamic format and range of networking options make this top sustainability conference a must attend event.

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."

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
PEFC International
General Mills
World Cocoa Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
World Resources Institute
The World Bank
The Body Shop
Consumer Goods Forum
Reckitt Benckiser
Barry Callebaut
The Coca-Cola Company
British American Tobacco
Pernod Ricard
Rainforest Action Network
Marks and Spencer
J.P. Morgan
Department for International Development (DFID)
Louis Dreyfus Company
Bank Of America
Global Witness
BNP Paribas
Rainforest Alliance
Conservation International
IDH - the Sustainable Trade Initiative
Cargill - sponsor page only

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference:

Narni Brooke-Adil
Project Director
[email protected]

Or for more information about sponsorship options:

Anita Thomson
Head of Partnerships
[email protected]

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. 

Long term resource

This event is one of the leading sustainable agriculture conferences within the industry. You will network with 300+ senior sustainability and procurement professionals through virtual speed networking, open discussions and private meetings. Conference content is available to registered participants for 12 months after the event and can be used as a long term learning resource.

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