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How business can tackle deforestation London 2015 conference

On November 2 - 3 in London Innovation Forum will bring together many of the leading companies, NGOs and experts on how business can tackle deforestation in supply and value chains. With Mondelez, Mars, M&S, JP Morgan, Robertsbridge, Rainforest Alliance, SCA, Golden Agri Resources, Golden Viroleum, IOI Loders Croklaan, International Paper and many many others.

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How business can tackle deforestation London 2015 conference

  1. 1. Book now at www.innovation-forum.co.uk/deforestation-london-2015 or call +44 (0) 20 3780 7434 LEAD SPONSOR: MEDIA PARTNERS: www.innovation-forum.co.uk/deforestation-london-2015 Hearfromthese leadingexperts: Howbusinesscan tackledeforestation Innovationinsustainableforestry: technology,riskandcollaboration 2nd-3rdNovember2015 | London  Implementation and collaboration – Find out how far corporate-NGO collaboration has come and what needs to happen next to drive sustainable change  Smallholder farmers and rural development – Find out what different stakeholders are doing to increase productivity, creating equitable opportunities for smallholder farmers and improving rural livelihoods  Corporate progress – Hear how leading brands are making progress implementing their deforestation policies  Investors assessment of sustainability activities – Hear from investors how they value the sustainability policies in portfolio companies  Beyond certification – In-depth critical analysis of certification’s limits, and how to go beyond them  Technology – Preventing deforestation via pulp, paper and palm oil innovation Jonathan Horrell sustainability director MondelēzInternational Sarah Schaefer global corporate sustainability director Mars Mike Barry director of sustainable business (Plan A) MarksandSpencer Tony Juniper co-founder Robertsbridge Paul O'Connor executive director, global environmental and social risk management JPMorgan Richard Donovan senior vice president and vice president of forestry RainforestAlliance Agus Purnomo managing director for sustainability and strategic stakeholder engagement GoldenAgri-Resources Lina Palm public affairs director, energy, forest and fibre policy SvenskaCellulosaAktiebolaget(SCA) Ben Vreeburg director, sustainability IOILodersCroklaan Sophie Beckham global forest stewardship and sustainability manager InternationalPaper Three things you will get from this conference: Focused sessions – discuss the issues that matter to you and your peers Senior participants – business leaders, key NGOs, investors, research experts and government Candid dialogue – open discussion between companies about their experiences and off the record challenges 1 2 3
  2. 2. Even as corporate zero deforestation policies proliferate, we continue to lose far too much of the world’s forests every year. To be sure, we have made great progress. Many companies have assumed vital leadership roles in efforts to prevent deforestation. The global business community is working collaboratively with governments and non-governmental organisations on innovative new approaches to conserving what remains of our forests. But making pledges to eliminate illegal logging or remove deforestation from a corporate supply chain is the easy part. There are many barriers to making those pledges work in the real world, which requires sustained effort and diligence guided by a clear vision of the future. Just25%left Between 2001 and 2013, the world lost nearly 230m hectares of forest, or almost 6% of its tree cover, according to Global Forest Watch. Recent analysis suggests the rate of deforestation in the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon, is at a seven-year high. We now have just one-quarter of original old-growth forest left on the planet. Major companies that produce and trade commodities from pulp and paper to beef and leather to palm oil and viscose are adopting new wood- and pulp-sourcing policies to clean up their supply chains. Major consumer brands – makers of everything from high fashion to breakfast cereal and toothpaste – are doing the same. There is a sea change in a number of industries and how they operate in regards to forest ecosystems and forest-dependent communities. It is for reasons such as these that Innovation Forum has developed a series of focused conferences to explore in depth how business is tackling deforestation’s challenges. And over the course of our two-day conference in London this November, we will explore how those companies – such as Mondelez, Mars, Golden Agri-Resources and International Paper – are putting deforestation targets into action in their day-to-day operations, the challenges they’ve faced and how they’ve overcome them. We’ll look at a wide variety of issues. Do genetically modified organisms have a role to play in stopping deforestation, as much controversy as that might incite? And what of alternatives to traditional forestry – how much can fast-growing species like bamboo be used to replace wood as raw fibre? What impact will these technologies have on the future of business? Certification’sfuture Forestry certification schemes such as FSC, PEFC and SFI have undoubtedly made a positive impact since they first came on the scene two decades ago – but how much of an impact? Some of the schemes are controversial, with active pressure campaigns underway right now calling on them to tighten up their standards. How are forestry certification schemes adapting to the times? How will they provide value in the future? Is there even a future beyond certification? During the forum, we’ll also hear from environmentalists, conservationists and other forest advocates who are not just pressuring companies to be part of the solution, but partnering with companies to build those solutions as well. The capabilities for technology to usher in a new era of conservation and local protection of forests are being explored by a number of organisations in their own right. Breakingbarriersandbuilding deforestationsolutions We’remakingprogressontacklingdeforestation,butthe starktruthisthattheworld'sforestsarestilldisappearing. Businessmustcontinuetoleadthesearchforproperly sustainablesolutions
  3. 3. Transparencyfromtechnology Some NGOs are developing and promoting the use of new technologies for detecting and preventing illegal logging, or using satellite mapping to monitor forests. Some are going straight to local communities and equipping them to monitor their forests using drones and a range of other technologies. As well as senior executives from the top companies and brands, and from the right, relevant NGOs, during the forum we’ll be joined by a representative of an indigenous organisation in Peru via live video chat to get his thoughts on how zero deforestation pledges are affecting his community on the ground. We’re ready for discussion and debate, and to continue to develop a better understanding of best practices to help save the world’s forests. We hope you can join us. Support independent debate and progress Innovation Forum is looking for a small number of partners to work with and push forward the anti-deforestation agenda. The conference, along with our publishing of analysis and briefings on the subject, provide the perfect platform to promote debate, innovation and action to remove deforestation from the corporate supply chain. Three key facts: 1. Promote innovation and action amongst a room filled with your peers and wider stakeholders 2. Highlight your extensive, leading work in front of industry media, peers, NGOs, suppliers and government 3. Build relationships with key organisations to help promote action through collaboration Speakersinclude: • MarcelloBrito, commercial and sustainability director, Agropalma • SkipKrasny, manager, sustainable forestry programs, Kimberly-ClarkCorporation • RichardDonovan, senior vice president and vice president of forestry, RainforestAlliance • TonyJuniper, co-founder, Robertsbridge • MikeBarry, director of sustainable business (Plan A), Marks&Spencer • FionaWheatley, sustainable development manager, Marks&Spencer • AndrewSimms, advisor on development alternatives, GlobalWitness • MichelleDesilets, executive director, OrangutanLandTrust • TroyWiseman, CEO, EcoPlanetBamboo • SimoHonkanen, senior vice president sustainability and public affairs, NesteOil • JonathanHorrell, sustainability director, Mondelēz International • ChristopherNorton, partner, HoganLovells • ElizabethClarke, business and biodiversity programme manager, ZoologicalSociety ofLondon • UtaJungermann, manager, forest solutions group, WBCSD • MiriamSwaffer, corporate policy advocate, Unionof ConcernedScientists • DrStanleyHirsch, group CEO, FuturaGeneGroup • ChristineSchneider, manager, global sustainability, Henkel • HenrikNorlin, CEO, Re:newcell • SarahSchaefer, global corporate sustainability director, Mars • LinaPalm, public affairs director, energy, forest and fibre policy, SvenskaCellulosa Aktiebolaget(SCA) • RichardGeorge, forests campaigner, Greenpeace • PaulTrianosky, vice president, conservation and external affairs, SustainableForestry Initiative(SFI) • BenVreeburg, director, sustainability, IOILoders Croklaan • IainHenderson, REDD+ and sustainable land use, UNEP FinanceInitiative • ChrisHenschel, program manager, ecosystem services, ForestStewardshipCouncil (FSC) • PetraMeekers, director of CSR and sustainable development, MusimMas • BruceDuguid, equity ownership services, HermesInvestment • RussellCooper, brand integrity and sustainability research manager, Sainsbury's • JagoWadley, senior forest campaigner, Environmental InvestigationAgency(EIA) • PaulO'Connor, executive director, global environmental and social risk management, JPMorgan • SarahPrice, head of projects and development, PEFC International • VincentCrasnier, nature director, Danone • AgusPurnomo, managing director for sustainability and strategic stakeholder engagement, Golden Agri-Resources • JuliaYoung, manager, global forest and trade network programme UK, WWF • Anne-MarieFleurie, former director, InternationalCouncil onMiningandMetals • MarkEadie, sustainability advisor and former senior executive with Shell, JPMorgan and VedantaResources • AlisonLHoare, senior research fellow, energy, environment and resources, ChathamHouse • BastienSachet, director, TFT • NicoleRycroft, founder and executive director, Canopy • SophieBeckham, global forest stewardship and sustainability manager, InternationalPaper • Erik Meijaard, coordinator, Borneo Futures Initiative • Dr Tom Griffiths, coordinator, responsible finance programme, Forest Peoples Programme
  4. 4. • Focused debate • Senior participants • Candid dialogue DayOne:Monday2ndNovember2015 Welcome and opening remarks Tony Juniper, co-founder, Robertsbridge Tobias Webb, founder, Innovation Forum And now for the hard part: implementing deforestation policies by overcoming collaboration challenges Zero deforestation targets are now ten a penny. The tricky bit comes now. Implementation faces huge hurdles, with the rewards being business sustainability and the respect of corporate peers. This opening debate session will look at how we actually, practically, break down the barriers to driving change and improving conditions at the end of the supply chain. Critics say that high conservation value (HCV) assessments are weak and cursory, that competition between companies holds back progress, laws and rules conflict and that there’s still a major trust and performance gap on the ground and with governments All of these things may be true to a degree. But as a senior forest expert said at Innovation Forum’s London deforestation event in 2014: “If you’d told me we’d be where we are today a few years ago, I’d have asked what you were smoking.” So great strides have been made, considering how many companies are on board and playing key roles in preventing deforestation. To open the conference, we’ll debate just how far collaboration has come – and what needs to happen next to help companies, NGOs and others drive sustainable change. Panellists: Richard George, forests campaigner, Greenpeace Marcello Brito, commercial and sustainability director, Agropalma Richard Donovan, senior vice president and vice president of forestry, Rainforest Alliance Also featuring an update on the Consumer Goods Forum perspective from Mike Barry, director of sustainable business (Plan A), Marks & Spencer, and co-chair of the sustainability steering group, the Consumer Goods Forum Corporate progress, where the rubber meets the road: just how are big brands actually getting on with implementation of bold policy and targets? In the last few years an increasing number of companies have made commitments to remove deforestation from their supply chains. However, making the pledge and actually implementing it are quite different. In this session we will ask leading company executives about their progress on bringing deforestation targets into action in their businesses. What are the key challenges they have encountered? We’ll ask how they have overcome them, or plan to. Speakers will make brief remarks, followed by discussion and Q&A. Jonathan Horrell, sustainability director, Mondelēz International Skip Krasny, manager, sustainable forestry programs, Kimberly-Clark Corporation Sarah Schaefer, global corporate sustainability director, Mars Russell Cooper, brand integrity and sustainability research manager, Sainsbury’s Critical commentary from: Miriam Swaffer, corporate policy advocate, Union of Concerned Scientists Moderator: Tony Juniper, co-founder, Robertsbridge Can certification deliver for companies seeking deforestation-free footprints? There’s no doubt that in the 20 or so years since forestry certification schemes such as FSC, PEFC and SFI came to market, they’ve made a significant and positive difference. However, certification has not grown substantially beyond 10% of forests globally. Systems have been criticised for being too complex, too costly, lacking innovation and incapable of adapting to new challenges and needs in the market place, in particular in light of fast-emerging deforestation-free policies. In this session we will ask some leading experts to discuss: • How does certification add value in light of recent developments? • What does it take to bring certification to scale, to push certification beyond the 10% ceiling? • How are the certification systems adapting to the new realities and expectations in the market place? • Where are the bottlenecks? Does existing certification hold back change and innovation needed to manage natural resources more responsibly? • How can certification systems cooperate in the development and implementation of emerging technologies? Paul Trianosky, vice president, conservation and external affairs, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Chris Henschel, program manager, ecosystem services, Forest Stewardship Council Sarah Price, head of projects and development, PEFC International Critical commentary from: Uta Jungermann, manager, forest solutions group, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  5. 5. The supplier perspective: understanding on-the- ground challenges and how to tackle them Corporate policies and NGO pressure is all very well. But it is the suppliers who have to implement and manage a policy of eliminating deforestation. Here we’ll ask major forest product suppliers to discuss opportunities and challenges in working to improve sustainability performance. Petra Meekers, director of CSR and sustainable development, Musim Mas Ben Vreeburg, director sustainability, IOI Loders Croklaan Marcello Brito, commercial and sustainability director, Agropalma Sophie Beckham, global forest stewardship and sustainability manager, International Paper Breakout groups – case studies Breakout one The buyer perspective: engaging emerging market suppliers Companies implementing deforestation policies must engage with their suppliers, not only in order to build a sustainable, deforestation-free supply chain, but also to assure the availability of raw materials in the future. We will ask a panel of buyers how they are developing the right incentives for their smallholder suppliers so that they do not simply clear more land to grow more crops. Christine Schneider, manager global sustainability, Henkel Lina Palm, public affairs director, energy, forest and fibre policy, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) Simo Honkanen, senior vice president sustainability and public affairs, Neste Oil Breakout two Community perspectives on company forest policies and zero deforestation commitments: impacts of deforestation on indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon The Peruvian Amazon is one of the world’s largest expanses of tropical rainforest, much of it still undisturbed. The country’s 69m hectares of rainforest cover approximately 54% of its land area and are home to more than 300,000 indigenous peoples belonging to numerous ethnolinguistic groups. In this session we will hear, via video link, from a representative of the Organización Regional de Aidesep Ucayali (ORAU) an indigenous organisation from Ucayali, Peru, that is working with the Forest Peoples Programme, an international advocacy group that works to protect the rights of forest communities. We will ask how ORAU perceives the zero deforestation pledges made by companies operating in the Peruvian Amazon and how the communities are being impacted by them. With commentary from Dr Tom Griffiths, coordinator, responsible finance programme, Forest Peoples Programme. Breakout three Investor values: impact of sustainability strategy on markets and market access There is a growing concern amongst investors that they must minimise their risks of financing potentially socially and environmentally damaging projects. Global banks and international institutional investors have created their own sustainability research departments in order to address the risks within their investment portfolios and clients. But banking and finance executives, and the decisions they make, are frequently disconnected with impacts on the ground. Banks are increasingly in the cross hairs of campaign groups – and some are responding positively. In this session, banking experts will assess the state of play in the finance sector regarding deforestation. Bruce Duguid, equity ownership services, Hermes Investment Iain Henderson, REDD+ and sustainable land use, UNEP Finance Initiative Commentary from: Richard George, forests campaigner, Greenpeace Moderator: Paul O’Connor, executive director, global environmental and social risk management, JP Morgan DayOne:Monday2ndNovember2015
  6. 6. Breakout groups Breakout one High conservation value assessments: how they work and how to get them right HCV assessments are increasingly being used to assess which areas of forest should be protected and which areas of secondary forest may be used. But there are some disagreements about methodology. In this session we’ll discuss how HCVAs are being used and debate the issue of standardisation with Erik Meijaard, coordinator, BorneoFuturesInitiative, and Elizabeth Clarke, business and biodiversity programme manager, Zoological Society of London. Breakout two Smallholder farmers and rural development: a multi-stakeholder approach. Partnerships to develop alternative zero-deforestation livelihoods The two billion people who live and work on small farms in developing countries have an enormous potential to increase food production. And while contributing to greater food security for all, they can, at the same time, improve their own lives. But how should large companies help them develop? Innovative multistakeholder collaboration is crucial. In this breakout session we will examine what different stakeholders are doing to safeguard sustainable land use and increase productivity while creating equitable opportunities for smallholder farmers and improving rural livelihoods. Leading the session will be Richard Donovan, senior vice president and vice president of forestry, Rainforest Alliance, and Christine Schneider, manager global sustainability, Henkel, who will discuss her company’s experience working on the ground with international NGOs and smallholders. Moderator: Tony Juniper, co-founder, Robertsbridge Breakout three Fashion and the apparel industry’s role in deforestation Until recently, the relationship between the fashion industry and deforestation was largely undocumented. Recent research by Canopy found that forests in Indonesia, Canada’s boreal and temperate rainforests, and the Amazon are being logged for the manufacture of pulp that is dissolved to produce fabrics such as rayon/viscose, modal and lyocell. This undoubtedly puts more pressure on already strained forest resources. Additionally, dissolving-pulp (the base material for rayon/viscose) wastes approximately 70% of the tree and is a chemically intensive manufacturing process. Leading brands such as Marks & Spencer are developing forest-friendly purchasing policies, tracking which forests their fabrics originate from, taking steps to eliminate controversial forest fibre and investing in innovative alternatives. We will hear about the company’s work and debate the challenges it faces in implementation. One of the alternatives to using virgin fibre is a method developed by Re:newcell that recycles cellulosic textile fibres into dissolving pulp that can be used to produce new textile fibres of high quality. This innovation has the potential to minimise textile waste and at the same time increase the textile production in an environmentally friendly way, thus solving the problem of increased demand and waste simultaneously. Fiona Wheatley, sustainable development manager, Marks & Spencer Henrik Norlin, CEO, Re:newcell Nicole Rycroft, founder and executive director, Canopy DayOne:Monday2ndNovember2015
  7. 7. Breakout groups Breakout one Next generation technology: preventing deforestation via pulp, paper and palm oil innovation The use of GM is controversial. On the one hand it is the use of science to help feed the planet and lower environmental damage through agricultural chemical use. On the other it is seen as interfering with natural processes, which may have unforeseen consequences. In this session we’ll ask Dr Stanley Hirsch from FuturaGene Group to outline how GM technology can play a role in preventing deforestation. Breakout two Materials and inputs innovation: what’s the role for bamboo and other traditional forestry alternatives? Bambooisagrasswithwoodcharacteristics.Thisparticularkindof grassisthefastestgrowingplantonearth–uptoonemetreperday intropicalregions.Bamboo’sfastgrowthrateandhighproductivity resultsinsignificantvolumesoffibreproducedperareaandinput. Newtechnologyenablesbamboo’suseinthemanufacturingofmost productsthatcurrentlyrelyonwoodastheirrawfibre. In this session, we’ll ask Troy Wiseman, CEO, EcoPlanet Bamboo to talk about how bamboo can be grown on degraded land, providing positive restoration properties while at the same time reducing deforestation and degradation through the provision of a sustainable source of fibre. We’ll also ask him to address the challenge of scale and how large companies can source and use such fibres sustainably. DayOne:Monday2ndNovember2015 Don’t just take our word for it – here’s what delegates thought of 2014’s London conference "It’s easy to suffer from conference fatigue so it was a breath of fresh air to participate in IF’s deforestation event. The right people from a broad range of backgrounds were gathered to have a rich, challenging debate on policy, practice, partnership and campaigning. I left the event feeling stimulated and excited about the potential to stop deforestation." Mike Barry, Marks & Spencer "The conference attracted a high calibre of participant which resulted in lively debate during the Q&A sessions. The conference organisers had clearly thought about the most engaging format for both speakers and attendees which helps the discussion stay fresh and the networking flow." Abigail Herron, Aviva Investors "I was highly impressed with the calibre of the speakers and attendees, not the least for their wide variety of areas of expertise." Michiel Hendriksz, Archers Daniels Midland "Innovation Forum's recent deforestation conference was really excellent. Not only was there an impressive range of speakers, the organisers ensured a great flow of topics, and good preparation ensured speakers remained on-topic and hugely interesting." Scott Poynton, TFT
  8. 8. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: what can forest companies learn from other sectors? Palm oil and pulp and paper companies find it challenging to use the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights effectively. But there is much that they can learn from oil, gas, mining and other high impact companies about managing community and local conflicts. In this opening session of day two we’ll ask leading sustainability expert Mark Eadie, who has worked in senior roles with Shell, JP Morgan and Vedanta Resources, to share some of his experience working in Africa and Asia on community and social engagement.We’ll focus on prevention, conflict and disagreement management and have an open debate about practical solutions for companies in the pulp, paper, palm oil and natural resource sectors. Mark Eadie, sustainability adviser and former senior executive with Shell, JP Morgan and Vedanta Resources Legal and reputational risk: the European Union Timber Regulation Do European Union members have plans to robustly enforce the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR)? Given it applies to timber originating in the domestic EU market, as well as from non-EU countries, what are the implication and legal/criminal risks for both operators and traders? In addition, other companies are still accidentally buying illegal timber, despite traceability efforts. What are the reputational implications for brands from this, and what can they practically do to demand and drive genuine traceability and legal compliance in their European supply chains from traders and operators? We’ll ask Christopher Norton, partner at Hogan Lovells, and Julia Young, manager, global forest and trade network programme UK, WWF, to address these difficult issues and offer some insights from their experience. Tackling illegal logging: international efforts to improve forest governance The recent Chatham House report – Tackling Illegal Logging and the Related Trade. What Progress and Where Next? – is the culmination of the long running "indicators of illegal logging" project, in which Chatham House has sought to monitor and understand the progress being made in global efforts to improve forest governance and address illegal logging. In this session Alison Hoare from Chatham House will present the report’s findings and insight from her work on illegal logging and forest governance, and environmental crime and climate change. Alison L Hoare, senior research fellow, energy, environment and resources, Chatham House Commentary: Jago Wadley, senior forest campaigner, Environmental Investigation Agency DayTwo:Tuesday3rdNovember2015 Downloadourreportsforfree The management briefing that complements this event has been put together as a result of extensive cross-industry research with the leading experts in the field. Written by expert contributors, the report covers in detail the current state of play in the industry as well as assessing and analyzing the practical steps companies can take, and the challenges/ opportunities that will result. The report is an incredibly useful tool in itself, but also works well to set the scene for discussion at the conference. For more information contact charlenne.ordonez@innovation-forum.co.uk
  9. 9. Breakout groups Breakout one Biodiversity in palm oil: how to really scale up In this session we will focus on practical ways to make a difference on biodiversity, and discuss what makes for a good initiative. How, for example, can these involve and engage the big industrial companies, connect business and NGOs and achieve their aims of protecting biodiversity? We will discuss with Michelle Desilets from the Orangutan Land Trust why preventative collaboration initiatives are just good business sense and consider the other benefits they offer, including in water sustainability. We’ll also hear from Elizabeth Clarke from the Zoological Society of London about the organisation’s work, and the tools it uses to assess biodiversity in and around oil palm plantations, including how to ensure compatible with the RSPO’s biodiversity criteria. ZSL’s SPOTT satellite mapping technology, for example, offers in-depth performance assessments of 25 of the largest publicly listed oil palm growers, including 20 RSPO members and five non-members. Michelle Desilets, executive director, Orangutan Land Trust Elizabeth Clarke, business and biodiversity programme manager, Zoological Society of London Breakout two Case study: Danone’s work on eliminating deforestation Danone has committed to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain by 2020. This is a challenge that will need bold and effective cooperation all along the supply chain. In this session we’ll ask Vincent Crasnier from Danone to share his experiences, discuss the company’s progress so far, and outline the key challenges – and plans to overcome them – that the company is working on with its partners. This will include work on HCS, HVC, peatlands avoidance and mapping of supplier impacts, FPIC and reporting. Vincent Crasnier, nature director, Danone Breakout three Avoiding and managing community conflicts Migrant labour and its impact on community conflicts is a genuine challenge for forestry and palm oil companies, particularly given their complex operating environments. The mining, oil and gas and other sectors have long experience of this. Both Anne-Marie Fleurie, formerly with the International Council on Mining and Metals, and Mark Eadie in his roles with Shell, JP Morgan and Vedanta Resources, have spent decades between them examining these issues. We’ll ask them to offer practical insights from their experience in an off-the-record environment. Anne-Marie Fleurie, former director International Council on Mining and Metals Mark Eadie, sustainability advisor, former senior executive with Shell, JP Morgan, and Vedanta Resources Closing panel Africa – the next frontier for sustainable forestry Sustainable forestry across Africa is a looming opportunity. But all eyes are on natural resource companies as they expand their operations, often in some of the poorest nations in the world. In this session we’ll ask those researching and working across Africa to offer their insights and views on how companies can get their approaches right, engage stakeholders and build successful and sustainable operations, which offer social and shareholder benefits. Jago Wadley, senior forest campaigner, Environmental Investigation Agency Alison L Hoare, senior research fellow, energy, environment and resources, Chatham House Andrew Simms, advisor on development alternatives, Global Witness Bastien Sachet, director, TFT DayTwo:Tuesday3rdNovember2015
  10. 10. Keyquestionsyou maybeasking 2 3 4 ? What’s different about this conference? Lots of people ask us about this. “There are lots of events, what’s different about yours?” is a common question we hear. Here’s why Innovation Forum’s events are different:  We’re highly businessfocused. Lots of events are about policy and academic studies. We look at solving problems via how companies make sourcing and traceability decisions.  We bring bigcompaniesand the challenging campaigners together. We believe this helps produce insight and drive solutions.  We provide genuinedebate: We don’t do waffle, PowerPoint or corporate videos. Instead we facilitate short sharp debate sessions, Q&As and moderated dialogue.  We’re completely pragmaticand solutions focused. We don’t allow our events to get bogged down in overly technical arguments.  We’re global. We work in Europe, the US and Asia and our agendas reflect global trends and bring in companies from emerging markets.  We’re highlyconnectedwith big business. We have a database of more than 20,000 executives all focused on sustainable business. We bring new parties to traditional areas in a different style. Who will be in the room? Attending will be 150 senior professionals representing large corporations from corporate responsibility, sustainability and supply chain job functions. We’re also bringing together the NGOs that can help you make a real difference. We’re actively restricting the number of service providers to ensure a minimum of 80% of attendees are corporate practitioners and key NGOs to ensure the conference delivers maximum value – and maximum action. Is it just another talking shop? Will there be outcomes? The conference has been specifically designed to promote action by providing the practical tools necessary to implement zero deforestation targets. By bringing together an intimate group of corporate practitioners, the conference provides a strong platform for delegates to take away actionable insight that can be implemented from the first day back on the office. The conference is an annual event, and part of Innovation Forum's global series. Our regular reports that complement our conferences reflect progress and highlight areas for effective action. Isn’t deforestation just about palm oil? Palm oil is a major issue that has seen significant media attention in recent years. But palm oil is far from the sole cause of deforestation. With pulp and paper, packaging, clothing and trading companies all committing to zero deforestation targets, it’s evident that the issue of deforestation is a far reaching one. Illegal logging practices, highlighted by campaigners for decades, have long been a major cause of deforestation before palm oil became such a dominant issue. Today, leading apparel brands such as H&M and Inditex are also making no-deforestation commitments. This event is designed for any sector or industry serious about removing deforestation footprints from its value chain. ?
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