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How business can tackle deforestation

How business can tackle deforestation

Innovation in sustainable forestry: technology, risk and collaboration

2nd-3rd November 2015, London

How business can tackle deforestation – innovation in sustainable forestry: technology, risk and collaboration is the fourth in our global series of events about how companies can combat deforestation. The conference will bring together corporate practitioners, key NGOs and community representatives to discuss the trends and debate the issues in the deforestation space.

The event in London is designed to bring maximum value for delegates and inspire collective action through an interactive and engaging agenda.

Implementation and collaboration – Find out how far corporate-NGO collaboration has come and what needs to happen next to drive sustainable change.

The legal and reputational risk of not knowing your supply chain – The latest trends and what they mean for business.

Corporate progress – Hear how leading brands are making progress implementing their deforestation policies.

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. 

Speakers include

Skip Krasny

Skip Krasny

manager, sustainable forestry programs

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Vincent Crasnier

Vincent Crasnier

nature director


Sarah Schaefer

Sarah Schaefer

global corporate sustainability director


Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper



Marcello Brito

Marcello Brito

commercial and sustainability director


Speakers also include:

  • Mike Barry, director of sustainable business (Plan A), Marks & Spencer
  • Christopher Norton, partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Simo Honkanen, senior vice president sustainability and public affairs, Neste Oil
  • Jonathan Horrell, sustainability director, Mondelēz International
  • Troy Wiseman, CEO, EcoPlanet Bamboo
  • David Rothschild, executive director, board member, Golden Veroleum
  • Agathe Grossmith, CSR manager, Carrefour

Feedback from London 2014 conference

"The London forum not only provided a platform for a frank and honest exchange of opinions but ‎laid out in clear and simple terms what steps responsible businesses should be taking."

Simon Lord, executive vice president, group sustainability and quality management, Sime Darby

"The format allows to get straight to the heart of the issues and creates a safe discussion zone where constructive exchange of ideas can happen."

Bastien Sachet, director, TFT

"A first rate conference with many take outs and options for solutions."

John Clague, technical manager compliance, Waitrose

"The right people from a broad range of backgrounds were gathered to have a rich, challenging debate on policy, practice, partnership and campaigning."

Mike Barry, director, Plan A, M&S

"The event brought people together in a way that encouraged blunt speaking and action-oriented dialogue."

Richard Donovan, senior vice president, Rainforest Alliance

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 business focused. Lots of events are about policy and academic studies. We look at solving problems via how companies make sourcing and traceability decisions.

We bring big companies and the challenging campaigners together. We believe this helps produce insight and drive solutions.

We provide genuine debate: We don’t do waffle, PowerPoint or corporate videos.  Instead we facilitate short sharp debate sessions, Q&As and moderated dialogue.

We’re completely pragmatic and 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 highly connected with 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 is attending?

There will be 150 senior professionals attending, who represent 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. 

Deforestation: The business challenge of the next decade

If you are looking to learn more about what business and government can do to end deforestation while engaging with the key stakeholders, then this is the conference for you. For the full background and all the information on our expert speakers and detailed agenda, download the brochure on the right hand side now.

Any questions, please do get in touch!

Charlenne Ordonez

Innovation Forum

+ 44 (0) 20 3780 7433

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