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How business can tackle deforestation

How business can tackle deforestation

A make or break issue for Asia’s corporate reputation?

28th-29th September 2015, Singapore

How business can tackle deforestation – A make or break issue for Asia’s corporate reputation? is the third in our global series of events in combating deforestation and designed to be an annual meeting place that discusses the trends, debates the issues, connects the key players and drives change. Through an interactive and engaging agenda, and by bringing together the corporate practitioners and NGOs that make a difference, the conference is designed to bring maximum value and maximum action. 

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

How business is responding – Hear how leading firms are putting targets into action.

Develop credible policy – Find out how to fit deforestation into your sustainability framework.

Beyond certification – In-depth critical analysis of certification’s limits, and how to go beyond them.

Leverage supplier engagement – Learn how to communicate with and incentivise your suppliers for improved traceability.

Successfully engage with government – How can business effectively engage with government to close the enforcement gap?

Speakers include

Bruce Blakeman

Bruce Blakeman

vice president, corporate affairs, A-P


Aida Greenbury

Aida Greenbury

managing director, sustainability

Asia Pulp & Paper

Jeremy Goon

Jeremy Goon

chief sustainability officer

Wilmar International

Biswaranjan Sen

Biswaranjan Sen

vice president procurement


Simon Lord

Simon Lord

executive vice president, group sustainability and quality management

Sime Darby

Brendan May

Brendan May



Speakers also include:

Adrian Suharto, sustainability and public affairs manager, Neste Oil

Alistair Monument, Asia Pacific regional director, Forest Stewardship Council

Ambassador Stig Traavik, Norwegian ambassador to ASEAN, Royal Norwegian Embassy 

Anita Neville, Australia and Oceania representative, Rainforest Alliance

Anne-Sophie Gindroz, facilitator for South East Asia, Rights and Resources Initiative

Calen May-Tobin, lead analyst and policy advocate, tropical forest and climate initiative, Union of Concerned Scientists

Christopher Samuel, director - corporate affairs, Monsanto

Constant van Aerschot, executive director, Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore

Darius Sarshar, director, investments and operations, New Forests Asia

Dharsono Hartono, CEO, Rimba Makmur Utama

Dr Marcus Colchester, senior policy adviser, Forest Peoples Programme

Erik Meijaard, coordinator, Borneo Futures Initiative

Fitrian Ardiansyah, Indonesia country director, IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Grant Rosoman, interim chair of HCSA steering group, High Carbon Stock Approach

Iain Henderson, REDD+ and sustainable land use, UNEP Finance Initiative

Jeanne Stampe, Asia finance and commodities specialist, WWF International

Kavita Prakash-Mani, executive director, Grow Asia

Fitri Arianti Sukardi, Indonesia coordinator, Rainforest Action Network

Nina Roth, environmental and social risk manager, UBS

Nurdiana Darus, executive director, Indonesia Palm Oil Pledge

Petra Meekers, director of CSR and sustainable development, Musim Mas

Tony Wenas, president director, PT. Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper - APRIL Group

Ruslan Krisno, Agrigroup sustainability director, Great Giant Pineapple

Scott Poynton, executive director, TFT

Simon Siburat, general manager group sustainability, Wilmar International

Dr Simon Tay, chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs

Vemund Olsen, senior policy adviser, Rainforest Foundation Norway

Yueyue Wang, global chocolate sustainable sourcing insight manager, Mars

Bustar Maitar, head of global network of Indonesia forest campaign, Greenpeace

Michelle Desilets, executive director, Orangutan Land Trust

Agus Purnomo, managing director for sustainability and strategic stakeholder engagement, Golden Agri-Resources

Who is attending?

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. 

Conference objectives

  • To explain why deforestation is one of the top business issues in the next decade.
  • To analyse the latest trends, campaigns, and what business is currently doing to tackle deforestation.
  • To explain how to design and implement better anti-deforestation policies and practices.
  • To showcase and debate current best practice in removing deforestation from corporate supply chains.
  • To highlight the partnerships that help deliver that.
  • To understand the regulatory environment around legality and sustainable forestry.

Feedback from London

Feedback from London

"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

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 forum 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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