Events and insight for sustainability

How business can tackle deforestation

How business can tackle deforestation

Implement policy, meet targets, and manage supply chain/procurement risk

21st – 22nd November 2016, London

This debate-driven business conference is the latest of Innovation Forum’s global series of events in combating deforestation.

It builds on previous robust meetings in London, Washington DC and Singapore and is designed to provide practical guidance for the implementation of zero deforestation policies.

This event will bring together key players from business, government, NGOs and the investment community. We’ll discuss the challenges faced in removing deforestation from corporate supply chains and how to overcome them.

We will have focused debates and practical working sessions on:

  • Latest trends, campaigns and how leading companies are tackling deforestation
  • Landscape approaches; the next big thing or a passing fad?
  • Carbon stock methodologies: Is the battle coming to an end?
  • The regulatory environment: Risks are rising, enforcement increasing
  • Supplier and supply chain engagement in traceability and transparency
  • Partnerships on the ground: How to build relationships that last and deliver
  • What the COP21 Paris agreement means for the zero deforestation and corporate/NGO/government partnerships agenda
  • Stranded assets in forestry: How long before climate change means agricultural and forest assets become ‘stranded’?

Speakers include

Jonathan Horrell

Jonathan Horrell

sustainability director

Mondelēz International

Stewart Lindsay

Stewart Lindsay

vice president, global corporate affairs


Jeff Seabright

Jeff Seabright

chief sustainability officer


Fiona Wheatley

Fiona Wheatley

sustainable development manager

Marks and Spencer

Jussi Viitanen

Jussi Viitanen

head of FLEGT & REDD Unit

European Forest Institute

Anita Neville

Anita Neville

VP of corporate communications, sustainability and external affairs

Golden Agri Resources

Feedback from previous conferences

"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

Who will be there?

This conference is designed specifically for organisations operating in the following sectors:

  • Food and beverage companies, agribusiness, soft commodity traders and retailers
  • Civil society organisations, certifiers and charities
  • Donors, financial service providers and insurers
  • Government, aid agencies and inter-governmental organisations

There will be 100-150 senior professionals attending

How is this conference different?

  • More time for genuine discussion –  the agenda and timings have been built to provide time for in-depth debate and meaningful exchange beyond introductions and superficial outlines of initiatives. There will be a lot of experience in the room and therefore we intend for the discussions to be participatory.
  • Held under the Chatham House rule – this event is not intended as a PR platform – we hold the event under a covenant of confidentiality to promote honest exchange.
  • Content is designed for action and practice – the agenda and event structure is designed to provide actionable tools and practical insights that can be applied. We will also be sharing post event notes from all sessions to all participants.


We are currently looking for a small number of sponsors to work with, to push forward progressive discussion on sustainable agriculture.

If you would like to discuss further being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate. Please contact Charlenne Ordonez:

Charlenne Ordonez
+ 44 (0) 203 780 7433
+44 (0) 795 649 7294  

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