Regular podcasts on sustainable business issues from Innovation Forum.
Weekly podcast: Why optimisation of business strategy is essential to tackle climate change
Scott Steedman, director general standards at BSI, outlines the background to the new London declaration commitment to embed climate science in all standards. He explains how standards – designed to be bodies of knowledge on what best business practice looks like – can assess carbon footprints, environmental impacts and all the climate change challenges that must be front and centre as the world economy decarbonises.
Plus: some reporting from this week’s future for plastics conference, picking up on some of the emerging themes from the event’s sessions and networking. There was a lot of positivity around the collaboration potential, but equally sober realism at the challenges involved in tackling plastic pollution, and developing the waste collection infrastructure systems, that can then lead to reuse and recycling at scale.
And: detail about what’s coming up on 20th October at free-to-attend half-day workshop on how business can empower, educate and build community resilience on climate change and human health. Event participants WBA’s Una Kent and Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb highlight how the discussion will focus on where the role of the private sector can make a real difference. Click here for full details and to register.
Host: Ian Welsh
Decarbonising your business? Just get on with it
Alan Kroeger, head of supply chains and natural climate solutions at Satelligence, and Ian Welsh talk about the open dialogue that can lead to the cooperation required for companies to tackle their emissions at pace and scale.
Kroeger argues for better incentives for companies to act quickly – government and multilateral finance can help growers deliver so their buyer clients can themselves meet targets. They discuss the role of radical solutions such as scaling carbon credits using remote sensing data to leverage funding for forest communities worldwide.
Satelligence was a sponsor of Innovation Forum's future of food conference series.
Weekly podcast: Why carbon market growth is driven by corporate ambition
This week: Stephen Donofrio, co-author of the new State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2021 report, and director of Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace project, talks about why the voluntary carbon markets are set to top $1bn in 2021, and the drivers for this. Primarily these are corporate awareness of emissions and desire to set in place how to achieve a net zero footprint. Donofrio also argues that it is a “myth” that businesses are engaging in offsetting without decarbonising operations and supply chains concurrently.
Plus: Mars, McDonald’s and Marks & Spencer announce new and challenging decarbonising targets; why palm oil buyers may have inadvertent timber deforestation risks, says Aidenvironment; and, embedded sustainability management practices leads to better overall company performance, according to Accenture and the World Economic Forum, in the news digest.
Host: Ian Welsh
The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project
With discussion on how companies can build a market-driven solution to finance forest and wildlife conservation, benefit local communities and meet SDGs, this webinar was broadcast live from the Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project in Kenya.
The project protects over 200,000 hectares of dryland forest, an important ecosystem with rich biodiversity. Located between the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, the region serves as a vital corridor for more than 300 species of wildlife, including 2,000 wild elephants.
The emerging marketplace for REDD+ carbon offsets provides funds for the project to support social programmes that impact around 120,000 local people. Long-term jobs for local communities have replaced unsustainable and destructive sources of income such as poaching, subsistence agriculture and illegal tree harvesting.
In 2011, the project was successfully validated and verified under the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard. It was then the world's first REDD+ project to receive issuance of carbon credits and also the first Verified Carbon Standard REDD+ mega-project, in that it will result in the avoidance of over 1.5m tonnes of emissions per year for 30 years.
Joining live from the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project were:
Lenjo Mwandoe, community relations manager
George Thumbi, agribusiness and forestry manager
Seraphine Charo, carbon committee representative
Mercy Ngaruiya, founder of an environmental women’s group
Eric Sagwe, head ranger
Host and moderator: Ian Welsh, Innovation Forum
Weekly podcast: Big brands and their scope 3 emissions challenges
This week: Oliver Hurrey, founder of the scope 3 peer group and the sustainable procurement pledge, and Ian Welsh discuss some of the talking points from Innovation Forum’s climate action conference. While tackling the climate crisis is clearly daunting, there is a sense of urgency and positivity, with business beginning to get to grips with tough scope 3 emissions. And big brands are increasingly requiring their suppliers to have clear decarbonising plans in place – getting to net zero is going to be a necessary license to trade.
Plus: all the latest about the upcoming future of plastic event from Innovation Forum’s Natasha Bodnar.
Dole Foods: hi-tech sustainability marketing in practice
Xavier Roussel, sustainability and marketing director at Dole Foods, and Innovation Forum’s Toby Webb discuss how augmented reality experiences from QR codes and other technology solutions can help brands use sustainability messages to market products. Roussel explains how the next steps will involve providing consumers information to calculate carbon footprints – many customers are now engaged with the full story behind the products they buy.