This two day 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.

Forests

This track will break down the challenges faced in removing deforestation from company supply chains, and look at the steps necessary for business to implement policies beyond 2020

Farmers

This track will assess how business can build resilience in smallholder supply chains and ensure social, environmental and economic sustainability for farmers

Finance

This track will explore the role of finance in driving behaviour change and transforming landscapes into sustainable systems

Land 

This track will highlight leading sustainable agriculture practices and explore initiatives driving climate resilience within supply chains 
350+ attendees | 60+ speakers | 30+ practical sessions

The speakers

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Jesslyne Widjaja

Golden Agri-Resources

Executive Director

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Pablo Perversi

Barry Callebaut

Executive Board Member, and Chief Innovation, Sustainability and Quality Officer

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Ian McIntosh

Louis Dreyfus Company

CEO

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Jonathan Horrell

Mondelēz International

Director Sustainability

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Nisrine Zaaraoui

L'Oréal

Global Head of Raw Materials Sustainable Sourcing

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Lucita Jasmin

APRIL

Director of Sustainability & External Affairs

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Abyd Karmali

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Managing Director, Climate Finance

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Mariane Crespolini

Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil

Director of the Department of Sustainable Production and Irrigation, Secretariat for Innovation

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Agenda highlights

  • The landscape approach to sustainable commodities: Is this the most effective way to drive resilient rural communities
  • Social and economic outcomes: How business can embed sustainable practices, boost livelihoods and drive resilience amongst smallholder farmers and local communities 
  • Reframing the narrative: Should business move from enforcing zero-deforestation to incentivising sustainable development when engaging producer countries?
  • Business and biodiversity: How to effectively monitor, protect and promote biodiversity throughout operations and supply chains
  • Cross commodity learning: In-depth case studies into leading initiatives, programs and partnerships across a range of commodity supply chains
  • 2020 targets and beyond: What’s been achieved and where next for business objectives around deforestation?  
  • Sustainable land management: How business can enable better water management, tackle the soil crisis, engage in climate smart agriculture and embed sustainable agriculture techniques
  • The decade of ecosystem restoration: The possibilities and what it means for climate change, offsets and re-invigorating nature
  • Finance that drives sustainable performance: How is the finance and investment sector engaging in sustainable commodities 
  • Landscapes 101: In-depth practical workshops into the fundamentals of the landscape approach and how business can get started
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Why attend?

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Discover best practices from industry leaders and get in-depth guidance on how to effectively implement policies

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Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors

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Benchmark company performance amongst a room of your peers and discover where you should be focusing efforts

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
Rainforest Alliance
Olam International
Nestlé
PEFC International
Co-op
IKEA
Interholco
Nordzucker
General Mills
World Cocoa Foundation
L'Oréal
The Nature Conservancy
Pirelli
3M
World Resources Institute
Neste
Bunge
Asia Pulp and Paper
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
PWC
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 AG
ALDI
Louis Dreyfus Company
Bank Of America
Global Witness
BNP Paribas
Rainforest Alliance
Conservation International
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Cargill - sponsor page only

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Narni Brooke-Adil
Project Director
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3780 7435

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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
Business Development
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3780 7433

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Important update: Innovation Forum's first half conferences go virtual

 
As a result of the significant public health concerns around COVID-19, we are excited to announce that this year’s first half conferences will be moving to an interactive virtual conference held on the same dates. 
 
Innovation Forum is committed to enabling debate, dialogue and collaboration in these critical areas. Without being able to meet in person, we are doing everything we can to ensure these conversations still take place and business momentum is kept up in these extremely challenging times.
 
We are currently designing a sophisticated virtual platform to ensure that the discussions and debates still take place in a dynamic, engaging and interactive way. We’re also placing an real emphasis on ensuring attendees great networking opportunities via the platform. Over the two day conferences, you will have access to rich and interactive plenary and breakout sessions with high-level speakers and moderators from around the world. Live chat functions will also allow you to connect with any attendee at the event. 
 
This interactive and virtual feature also gives us the opportunity to add new formats and live discussions that really dig into the specific real world challenges faced by companies. So this year’s conferences will still deliver the same in-depth, practical and honest dialogue around each of the key issues.
 
Please get in touch for more information on the virtual conference, or for details on how to join.
 
Warm regards, 
Oliver
 
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Oliver Bamford | Managing Director
Innovation Forum: events and insight for sustainability
+44 (0) 203 780 7431
[email protected]
www.innovationforum.co.uk