Events and insight for sustainability

How business can tackle deforestation

Monday 3rd April
Tuesday 4th April

Timeslots are provisional and exact timings may change

9.00

Opening remarks by conference chair

9.10

We’re failing to protect forests, so what needs to change to meet 2020 targets and long-term deforestation commitments?

Despite all the meetings, frameworks and certification, forests are being cleared at a staggeringly unsustainable rate and as things stand they will diminish within 50 years. The current gradualist approach of continued deliberation on policy and methodology is failing to halt the seemingly inexorable process of forests clearance.

In this opening session, we provide a reflection on what the last five years have achieved in terms of corporate and NGO engagement with deforestation. We ask what has worked, what hasn’t, and how this should inform the next five years in terms of broad strategy to protect forests around the globe.

  • NGO campaigners: Are NGOs to blame for the lack of progress? Have they focused too much on consumer-facing businesses letting traders and financiers off?
  • Politics: How will the conservative and populist political movement sweeping western countries affect the protection of forests?
  • Corporates: Are there any significant areas of progress that we can say are working?
  • Do we need a fundamental redirect or refocus of strategy and what will it mean for each actor (corporate, NGO, government)?
  • What are our ‘philosophical’ end-goals? What is the picture of the future that we are trying to work towards?
  • Are we seeing the limitations of northern multinational initiatives? How do we engage with “southern” multinationals and more importantly, small-medium enterprises in the domestic markets?

Type: plenary

Format: question time

Speakers:

  • Barbara Bramble, vice president, international conservation and corporate strategies, National Wildlife Federation
  • Rod Taylor, global forests director, World Resources Institute
  • Frances Seymour, senior fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Simon Lord, executive vice president, group sustainability & quality management, Sime Darby

10.00

Morning break

10.30

Climate change, the SDGs and deforestation: can companies tie it together?

Climate change is central to any meaningful discussion on forest conservation. Forests are a carbon sink and help to maintain the stability of the global atmosphere. Therefore, their protection and restoration is essential to hitting climate change targets.

In this session, we help to clarify the implications of global climate change efforts with deforestation. Is there a way that companies can be contributing to protecting forests and stopping climate change through the same sustainability strategy?

  • What is the role of forests in credible carbon offsetting?
  • How can companies align their climate change policies with their deforestation targets?
  • What is the role of forest projects in the pre- and post-2020 climate framework?
  • What the COP22 has meant for the zero deforestation and corporate/NGO/government partnerships agenda?
  • How can companies support national action plans in meeting climate targets?

Type: plenary

Format: live feedback

Presenters:

  • Stephen Rumsey, chairman and founder, Permian Global
  • Norbert Schmitz, managing director, GRAS Global Risk Assessment Services

Panel:

  • Chris Meyer, senior manager, forest policy, Environmental Defence Fund

11.30

NGOs and campaigners: what do they want and is it fair?

NGOs and campaigners and their work are a major driver pushing companies to engage with the issue of deforestation. NGO actions can affect the reputation of a business and negatively impact their market capitalisation, customer perceptions and overall commercial performance.

Understanding the NGO perspective and their plans is an essential part of overall strategy to keep your company out of the negative headlines. In this session, we will speak to three of the most influential NGOs in the deforestation debate to get their perspective on corporate performance and where their campaigning will focus 2017/18.

This session will also provide an objective, critical discussion on the corporate-NGO relationships and expectations.

Type: plenary

Format: panel

Speakers:

  • Lafcadio Cortesi, forest campaign director, Rainforest Action Network
  • Grant Rosoman, forest solutions team leader, Greenpeace
  • Richard Donovan, SVP and VP of forestry, Rainforest Alliance

12.30

Lunch

13.30

Commodity-specific discussions

In these highly-interactive, two-hour breakout sessions, we will split the conference into four tracks that focus on the key commodities that drive deforestation in different jurisdictions. The purpose of the format is to capture the unique socio-economic, environmental and cultural challenges of each commodity, the specific regional differences regarding where they are produced and how they can be addressed.

Experts will facilitate the sessions to tease out the most topical questions for each commodity and to encourage the audience to discuss solutions.

Palm oil in Southeast Asia                    

Speakers:

  • Rachel Davis, managing director and co-founder, Shift
  • Marcus Colchester, senior policy advisor, Forest Peoples Programme
  • Simon Lord, executive vice president, group sustainability & quality management, Sime Darby

 

Pulp, paper and timber in North America

Speakers:

  • Skip Krasny, sustainable forestry programs, global sustainability, Kimberly Clark Corporation
  • Sophie Beckham, manager, forest stewardship and sustainability, International Paper
  • Charles Barber, director, forest legality initiative, forests program, World Resource Institute
  • Paige Goff, VP, sustainability & business communications, Domtar

 

Cattle in South America

Speakers:

  • Francisco Beduschi, coordinator, sustainable livestock, Instituto Centro de Vida
  • Nathalie Walker, senior manager, tropical forest and agriculture project, National Wildlife Federation
  • Isabelle Aelvoet , global sustainability director, Mars Petcare
  • Marcio Nappo, director, corporate sustainability, JBS
  • Rachael Sherman, director, global supply chain sustainability, McDonald's

 

Soy in South America

Speakers:

  • Robin Barr, Director, Americas, TFT
  • Diego Di Martino, palm oil, general manager, Archer Daniels Midland
  • Glenn Hurowitz, managing director, Waxman Strategies

15.30

Afternoon break and networking

16.15

Significant investors: how concerned are they about deforestation really?

While the amount of environmentally-conscious capital is growing, is it organised enough in terms of providing a strong enough and clear enough message to companies? And, is it a significant amount of capital to initiate real change?

In this session, we will hear from some of the   biggest investors in the world to gauge how concerned they are about deforestation and climate change risks for companies in their portfolio and their future investments. 

Type: plenary

Format: panel

Speakers:

  • Nathalie Wallace, senior manager, investor program, Ceres
  • Olivia Watson, head of environmental and social issues, Principles for Responsible Investment

17.00

Jurisdictional and government engagement: how can companies engage the most important and difficult stakeholders to protect forests?

Government engagement is crucial to bringing real change and scale to any effort. This session will provide a pragmatic guide for companies to understand the best way to work with governments.

We will look to reflect on different examples of government engagement by companies on sustainability issues, how they have fared and what lessons have emerged.

  • Everyone is talking about jurisdictional approaches, but what are we really talking about? Is it realistic for suppliers to engage in such an approach and what are the early lessons from initial examples of its implementation from companies and governments?
  • How should a company manage the different approaches such as certifications and a jurisdictional approach to meet its commitments?
  • How do we collectively demonstrate that delivering on the zero-deforestation agenda is in local and national self-interest?
  • What does the demise of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge tell us about future private-sector-driven sustainability initiatives?
  • Can we create genuine bottom-up engagement to circumvent issues relating to nationalism and sovereignty ‘defensiveness’ on the part of forest-hosting developing countries?

Type: panel

Format: presentations followed by workgroup exercises

Speakers:

  • Frances Seymour, senior fellow, Center for Global Development
  • More speakers TBC

18.00

Evening networking reception

9.00

Implementing a workplan to a zero-deforestation commitment - who is making real progress?

One of the main criticisms of company engagement on deforestation is that most are stuck at the policy phase, which is the first and easiest thing to do. Writing a policy doesn’t stop deforestation; acting on the commitment does. In this session, we will have a cross-industry panel of three leading companies have gone about bringing their commitments into their operations.

We will have a pragmatic discussion on what actions companies with a zero-deforestation commitment need to take, and the best practices that are emerging as they get to grips with the reality of implementation.

  • What KPIs are companies using to monitor progress?
  • What incentives and dis-incentives are in place to encourage serious internal engagement?
  • Who do you have to engage internally? Is it just about engaging your procurement department?
  • What will it take for sustainability ‘characteristics’ to be as integral to a commodity as it’s physical ones?

Type: plenary

Format: question time

Speakers:

  • Karimah Hudda, global procurement sustainability lead, Mondelez International
  • Rachael Sherman, director, supply chain sustainability Asia, McDonald's
  • More speakers TBC

10.00

Morning break

10.30

Supply chain transparency and traceability: can technology finally deliver?

In this session, we debate the current approaches that companies are using in palm oil, beef and timber to drive transparency, traceability and transformation down their respective value chains. We will then discuss the innovations in technology that could be leading to breakthroughs in achieving these.

The second part of the session will give an overview of the key technologies from parameter detection to satellite scanning of forests to understand how these monitoring tools are faring in piloting and implementation.

  • What new technologies are being implemented companies to protect forests?
  • How should this data and information be used by governments, NGOs and companies to enforce compliance?

Type: plenary

Format: panel

Speakers:

  • Robin Barr, Director, Americas, TFT
  • David Gaveau, scientist, Center for International Forestry Research
  • Jillian Gladstone, senior manager, forests, CDP

11.30

Collaboration and partnerships: how can companies work both with NGOs and their competitors to scale impact?

Working in partnership towards a shared goal can reduce the burden for all, lower the cost for each partner and increase the scale of impact relative to a disjointed, individualistic approach. However, a lack of initiative, incompatibility of cultures and/or competitive instincts mean that there are few examples of companies properly engaging in effective collaborations with NGOs and competitors at any scale on sustainability issues.

In this session, we look to break down the barriers that prevent partnerships from forming on deforestation through a participatory set of multi-stakeholder tasks that will ask attendees to plan how to work with their potential partners.

  • How do you define the partnership, the goals and who to work with?
  • How do you structure a multi-stakeholder initiatives, where do you begin, what drives it and how can you ensure it does not run out of steam?

Type: plenary

Format: presentations followed by workgroup exercises  

Speakers:

  • Ethan Budiansky, director, environment, World Cocoa Foundation           
  • Paige Goff, VP, sustainability & business communications, Domtar
  • Christine Riley Miller, senior director, CSR, Dunkin' Brands
  • Kelly Goodejohn, director, ethical sourcing, Starbucks

12.30

Lunch

13.30

Case-study breakouts

In these concise 50-minute sessions, we outline highly informative case studies from the corporate and NGO world where organisations have made significant progress.

  1. Breakout one - Mondelez International

Karimah Hudda, global procurement sustainability lead, Mondelez International

  1. Breakout two – Starbucks

Bambi Semroc, senior strategic advisor, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, Conservation International

Kelly Goodejohn, director, ethical sourcing, Starbucks 

  1. Breakout three – 3M

Dawn Krueger, sustainability supply chain manager, 3M

  1. Breakout four – APP

Michael McManus, VP Corporate and Government affairs US, Asia Pulp & Paper

  1. Breakout five – McDonalds and JBS

Rachael Sherman, director, gloabl supply chain sustainability, McDonald's

Marcio Nappo, director, corporate sustainability, JBS

  1. Breakout seven – Citi

Frazer Lanier, environmental and social risk management associate, Citi

  1. Breakout eight – Greenpeace

Grant Rosoman, forest solutions team leader, Greenpeace

16.30

Closing remarks by Tobias Webb, founder, Innovation Forum

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