This virtual business conference will highlight the practical steps key actors can take to build more sustainable supply chains and resilient food systems. We’ll assess practical strategies to drive climate resilience and supply chain transformation through climate action, innovation, sustainable nutrition, and regenerative food systems.

Future proofing our global food systems is imperative, for people, for the planet and for business to reach ambitious climate targets and ensure supply chain resilience.

All timings are in BST

Past speakers include

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Rebecca Marmot


Chief Sustainability Officer

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Chris Daly


Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo Europe

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Michelle O'Neill


Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Cocoa

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Robert Coviello


Chief Sustainability Officer and Government Affairs

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Emma Keller


Head of Sustainability at Nestle UK&I

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Sophie Throup


Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing

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Nicko Debenham

Barry Callebaut

Vice President, Head of Sustainability and Chairman Cocoa Horizons Foundation

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Anna Turrell


Head of Environment

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Agenda highlights

  • Regeneration in action: What does a regenerative food company look like in practice? 
  • Direct sourcing, de-commoditisation and sustainable procurement: How food brands and traders can add value AND make food sustainable 
  • Decarbonising agriculture: How leading food brands can adapt practices to reduce supply chain emissions and hit climate targets
  • Right to food: How can business lead to ensure food is available, accessible and adequate for all? 
  • Food system transformation: How will climate ambition and a just transition impact the future of food?
  • Science-based targets: Are they really making a difference? 
  • The carrot (and the stick): How carbon accounting can incentive and accelerate action within agriculture and land use 
  • Supply chain innovation: How brands can incentivise and enable suppliers to develop solutions and adopt sustainable innovations
  • Trust, traceability and transparency: Can a tech revolution reconnect consumers with their food?  
  • Renewed commitments on forests: How business can tackle deforestation 
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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

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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 during sessions and continue behind closed doors for more in-depth conversation. Our platform enables you to easily view, search and filter the full audience by organisation, job title or expertise. Maximise your impact at the event, and effectively manage your day by reaching out to the most relevant delegates to arrange 1:1 and group meetings.

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. 

'Excellent content, great options for meetings, great networking'
'I was really impressed there were no technical glitches and the whole thing worked really well. Not sure holding the event in person would have added much!'
'The ease, cost and convenience of joining the virtual conference makes me question whether in person conferences make sense. I was so impressed with the technical, communication, organizing and facilitation skills of the IF team.'
'The best congress I've attended in term of options to network in 40 years. I will be attending Innovation Forum virtual congresses again and hopefully we can arrange for some of our board/ or network to attend also.'
'I have to say the platform is fantastic. I’ve been listening in to some of the other sessions – some live and some later on and it’s brilliant to be able to access the content and videos at a time that suits! I’ve also had quite a few people reach out through messages on the platform.'

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

World Cocoa Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
Rainforest Alliance
World Resources Institute
Rainforest Action Network
Olam International
Novo Nordisk
Sime Darby
Consumer Goods Forum
Pernod Ricard
J.P. Morgan
The Coca-Cola Company
Barry Callebaut
Carlsberg Group
Marks and Spencer
SAI Platform
Aberdeen Asset Management
Soil Association
BNP Paribas
Mondelēz International
Kellogg Company
Anheuser-Busch InBev
The Mullion Group
Bayer Crop Science
One Acre Fund
Anuvia Plant Nutrients
Credit Suisse
Allianz Global Investors
Taylors of Harrogate
Cargill - sponsor page only

Supported by

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Natasha Bodnar
Project Director
[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. 


For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Anita Thomson
Head of Partnerships
[email protected] 
+44 (0) 20 3780 7431

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