How business can tackle deforestation – A make or break issue for Asia’s corporate reputation
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Investors assessment of sustainability activities
– Hear from investors how they value the sustainability policies
in portfolio companies
Smallholder farmers and rural development – Find out
what different stakeholders are doing to increase productivity,
creating equitable opportunities for smallholder farmers and
improving rural livelihoods
Integrated landscape management – Learn how integrated
landscape management can help develop security of supply
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
Beyond certification – In-depth critical analysis of
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Leverage supplier engagement – Learn how to communicate
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Vice President Procurement
Managing Director, Sustainability
Executive Vice President, Group
Sustainability and Quality Management
Vice President, Corporate Affairs,
Ambassador Stig Traavik
Norwegian Ambassador to ASEAN
Chief Sustainability Officer
Director of CSR and Sustainable
Environmental and Social Risk Manager
Asia Finance and Commodities Specialist
Three things you will get from this conference:
Focused sessions – discuss the issues that matter to you and
Senior participants – business leaders, key NGOs, investors,
research experts and government
Candid dialogue – open discussion between companies about
their experiences and off the record challenges
As everyone from the Pentagon to the Pope has seemingly
acknowledged climate disruption as a cause for significant
concern, the role of deforestation in the climate crisis is in focus.
Big business and brands, and their role in reducing deforestation
is getting more attention than ever. The other destructive impacts
of deforestation on pollution and natural ecosystems are also
gaining more attention.
An international accord on combating climate change may be
on the cards when the 21st Congress of the Parties to the United
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meets in Paris
in December. And it is more likely than ever to include a set of
commitments by countries to reduce emissions from deforestation
and forest degradation now that negotiators meeting in Bonn
recently agreed to a draft REDD+ deal.
A forest protection scheme of that magnitude not only includes
mechanisms for reducing the direct causes of deforestation,
but also for guaranteeing the rights of indigenous peoples and
forest-dependent communities, conserving habitat for rare
and endangered wildlife, and preserving so-called “ecosystem
The way we do business faces many challenges, none more
pressing than the need to drastically reduce deforestation
worldwide. Big business can meet this challenge head-on
– indeed, many companies already are. But it is a complex issue
that requires consideration of several factors.
Forests are an important global carbon sink, which means that
deforestation incurs a lost opportunity cost in terms of emissions
that won’t be sequestered by, say, a clearcut forest, in addition to
the direct emissions caused by the deforestation in the first place.
Researchers with the University of Edinburgh recently reported
that, were it not for destruction at the hands of man, the Amazon
would store 12% more carbon in its vegetation.
That translates to a net deficit of somewhere between seven
and eight billion metric tonnes of carbon in the Amazon’s above-
ground biomass – and the researchers didn’t even factor in the
carbon stored in the forest’s soil, so the deficit is likely higher.
With forests’ contribution to mitigating climate change clear,
negotiations around the REDD+ scheme for reducing emissions
from deforestation and forest degradation are proceeding apace.
But a climate treaty alone won’t get the job done. Forest Trends
has found that as much as half of all global deforestation for
commercial agriculture in the past 15 years was done illegally, and
it’s not clear how much of that illicit forest destruction a climate
accord can rein in.
Some of Forest Trend’s other findings are alarming. In Brazil, the
group found that up to 90% of deforestation could have been
illegal within the past 15 years, mostly forest cleared for cattle
ranches and soy plantations. And some 80% of land conversion in
Indonesia is estimated to have been done illegally, with oil palm
plantations and timber harvesting operations encroaching further
and further into the rainforest.
A recent report from Brussels-based environmental organisation
Fern points to the need for far stronger policies to reduce the
trade in agricultural commodities derived from illegal
deforestation, especially in the EU. In 2012 alone, the report
found, the EU imported $6.5bn worth of illegally sourced beef,
leather, palm oil and soy – nearly one-quarter of all global trade
in these commodities, representing some 2.4m hectares of forest
A number of the EU’s policies are driving illicit land conversion, the
report’s authors say – despite the EU Timber Regulation. To truly
halt deforestation, policies are required to curb illegal logging
alongside whatever mechanisms climate negotiators might adopt
for protecting forests.
The concern around deforestation’s role in climate change is
just one of many motivating factors behind pressure campaigns
launched by activists against companies and governments
accused of forest destruction. A wide range of industries and
regulatory bodies have come under fire in recent years.
WWF says that every two seconds an area of forest the size of
a football pitch is clearcut by illegal loggers somewhere in the
world, and the illegal timber trade accounts for 30% of the global
market. That’s led to more than 50% of tropical deforestation in
central Africa, the Amazon and southeast Asia.
Groups such as Canopy and the Rainforest Action Network have
had campaigns targeting fashion companies, calling on them
to join H&M, Levis Strauss, Marks & Spencer and a host of other
companies in adopting supply chain safeguards. These can make
sure that wood cellulose fabrics, such as Rayon, used in consumer
products, aren’t connected to deforestation and human rights
abuses. Greenpeace, TFT and the Rainforest Alliance are also
playing vitally important roles in forest value measurement
and conservation across the world.
Industrial agriculture – from cattle ranches to palm and soy
plantations – continues to be the subject of numerous campaigns.
Groups are also calling out what they see as false solutions
to climate change that are impacting forests – or at least not
producing meaningful conservation results. Some groups have
targeted biofuels, for instance, while many conservationists
are concerned that a major new threat to tropical forests has
emerged in the form of hydroelectric dams.
Much of the dam-building activity in the coming decades is
expected to take place in tropical river basins including the
Amazon, Congo and Mekong, and they’re being proposed as
sustainable development projects. Critics of those plans say they
will not only wipe out millions of hectares of forest, but that the
climate impacts are being drastically underestimated.
Many companies have already stepped up and committed to doing
their part by eradicating deforestation from their supply chains
or business operations, including, most recently, 3M and APRIL.
And governments are beginning to catch up – Indonesia’s renewed
moratorium on new palm oil concessions is welcome, if criticised
by activists for a lack of real teeth.
At the same time modern mapping and other technologies
are increasingly enabling the tracking and verification of
deforestation – and what companies are doing to stop it.
The reality is that deforestation is a risk to corporate reputation
as much as to human health and the environment. But which
corporate policies are truly sustainable solutions to reducing
deforestation? Is zero deforestation possible, and how do
companies go about it? These, and many others, are the sort
of questions we will be posing and answering in September at
Innovation Forum’s next deforestation conference.
We’re bringing together a select group of companies, NGOs
and other experts to debate how business can work with NGO
partners, governments and other key stakeholders to help
prevent deforestation. The event will cover the latest trends in
regulation and enforcement, but will also be a hands-on, practical
conference, with controlled attendance so that the right people
to drive change are in the room. We hope you can join us.
Support independent debate and progress
Innovation Forum is looking for a small number of partners to
work with and push forward the anti-deforestation agenda.
The conference, along with our publishing of analysis and
briefings on the subject, provide the perfect platform to
promote debate, innovation and action to remove deforestation
from the corporate supply chain.
Three key reasons why to sponsor this executive conference:
1. Promote innovation and action amongst a room filled with
business executives and decision-makers.
2. Highlight your work in front of industry media, practitioners,
government and thought leaders.
3. Build relationships with key organisations to help promote
the concept and develop business for your own organisation.
sustainability and public
managing director, sustainability,
Norwegian ambassador to ASEAN,
vice president, corporate affairs,
• DariusSarshar, director,
investments and operations,
vice president procurement,
senior policy advisor,
Indonesia country director,
senior sustainability analyst,
REDD+ and sustainable land use,
Asia finance and commodities
chief sustainability officer,
senior advisor programme
development and private sector
engagement in agribusiness,
social risk manager,
director of CSR and sustainable
Australia and Oceania
Agrigroup sustainability director,
executive vice president group
sustainability and quality
senior policy adviser,
general manager group
facilitator for southeast Asia,
lead analyst and policy
advocate, tropical forest
and climate initiative,
director – corporate affairs,
Asia Pacific regional director,
head of global network of
Indonesia forest campaign,
• Focused debate
• Senior participants
• Candid dialogue
Welcome and opening remarks
Brendan May, chairman, Robertsbridge
Tobias Webb, founder, InnovationForum
International cooperation – ASEAN agreement
on Transboundary Haze Pollution
Indonesia formally ratified the ASEAN Agreement on
Transboundary Haze in 2014, the last country to do so. And then
in May 2015, Indonesia’s moratorium on palm oil concessions was
What are governments doing to work together to counter
deforestation? And how much do these recent developments
reflect a willingness on Indonesia’s part to engage and cooperate
with other regional governments to tackle the haze problem, and
its roots in slash and burn deforestation?
Dr Simon Tay, chairman, SingaporeInstituteofInternationalAffairs
Indonesia palm oil pledge – the road to
deforestation-free palm oil. Will it really make
In September 2014, at the UN climate summit in New York, Wilmar,
Golden Agri-Resources, Cargill and Asian Agri – four of Indonesia’s
largest palm oil producers – alongside the Indonesia Chamber
of Commerce (Kadin), signed a landmark commitment to further
efforts to eliminate deforestation and peatland destruction in
Indonesia. The companies reaffirmed their commitments to
eliminate deforestation in their supply chains.
In this session we will debate what the pledge means in practice.
We’ll ask our expert panel to explain whether it really is a game-
Bruce Blakeman, vice president corporate affairs, Asia-Pacific, Cargill
Nurdiana Darus, executive director, IndonesiaPalmOilPledge
Bustar Maitar, head of global network of Indonesia forest campaign,
Commentary by: Ambassador Stig Traavik, Norwegian ambassador to
Moderator: Jeremy Goon, chief sustainability officer,
Impact of sustainability strategy on markets,
market access and how/whether investors value
There is a growing concern amongst investors to minimise
their risks of financing potentially socially and environmentally
damaging projects. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, for
example, has expectations for its portfolio companies to reduce
deforestation and forest degradation in their operations and supply
chains. In this session we will ask our panellists their views on:
• the role of regulation in terms of disclosure on deforestation
• how to stimulate greater investor engagement in Asian
companies, especially consumer goods companies that have not
committed to deforestation-free supply chains – thus far most
of the engagement has been focused on international brands.
• the extent that investors understand the real impact on access
to markets on their portfolio companies – or is there still a
view that India, China and Indonesia continue to be a dumping
ground for unsustainable commodities and deforestation.
Darius Sarshar, director, investments and operations, NewForestsAsia
Gabriel Thoumi, senior sustainability analyst, CalvertInvestments
Vemund Olsen, senior policy adviser, RainforestFoundationNorway
Iain Henderson, REDD+ and sustainable land use, UNEPFinance
Commentary by: Jeanne Stampe, Asia finance and commodities
Case study: Deforestation's causes and rates of
destruction – separating fact from fiction
There is much ambiguity about the rates of deforestation and
especially the direct and ultimate causes. Different industries
have been blamed over the years for causing most deforestation,
but rarely has data been available to substantiate these claims.
On the basis of long-term studies on Borneo this session will
present new insights into these issues to support the debate
about causes of and possible solutions to loss and degradation of
Erik Meijaard coordinates the Borneo Futures initiative, a science-
based programme that aims to inform policymakers and the
public about the possible future for Borneo and the short- and
long-term social, economic and environmental impacts and
consequences of different choices and actions.
Erik Meijaard, coordinator, BorneoFuturesInitiative
Smallholder farmers and
rural development – a multi-
Partnerships to develop
Growing population and price instability
in international markets are putting
pressure on global food security. Climate
change and land-use conversion to bio-
fuels are leading to less availability of
arable land and water for food crops. This
means that the world will need to produce
more food using fewer environmental
The two billion people who live and work
on small farms in developing countries
have an enormous potential to increase
food production. At the same time they
can improve their lives and contribute to
greater food security for all.
But how to help them develop? Innovative
multistakeholder collaboration is crucial.
In this breakout session we will hear
what different stakeholders are doing
to safeguard sustainable land use and
increase productivity while creating
equitable opportunities for smallholder
farmers and improving rural livelihoods.
Kavita Prakash-Mani, executive director,
Ruslan Krisno, Agrigroup sustainability
Petra Meekers, director of CSR and sustainable
Fitrian Ardiansyah, Indonesia country director,
Reconciling forest protection
with development needs
The current level of development of
industrialised societies has been achieved
to a considerable extent by deforestation.
But continued deforestation and ruthless
exploitation is no longer an option.
Instead governments, companies and
civil society must encourage long-term
forest conservation and sustainable use
of natural resources.
In this session Dharsono Hartono CEO of
PT Rimba Makmur Utama, an Indonesian
based company developing a 110,000
hectare peat-land forest REDD+ project
in central Kalimantan and Johan Verburg
from Oxfam Novib, will talk about the
social and economic benefits of forest
protection and restoration.
Dharsono Hartono, CEO, RimbaMakmur
Johan Verburg, senior advisor programme
development and private sector engagement
in agribusiness, OxfamNovib
High carbon stock approach
In recent years several companies – many
of them multinationals with supply chains
that span the globe – have announced
their commitments to removed
deforestation form their operation and
supply change. However, the lack of a
consensus in the definitions of forest
and deforestation make it challenging
to monitor and verify progress
towards meeting deforestation-free
The HCS Approach Toolkit: No
Deforestation in Practice was launched
in April 2015. The toolkit provides
guidance for producers on how to identify
high carbon stock forests and integrate
them with other land use planning
approaches such as high conservation
value areas, the protection of peat-lands,
and respect for the rights of indigenous
and traditional communities to their
In this session we will discuss how the
toolkit offers a practical way to achieve no
deforestation together with recognition
of community land rights. We will ask
the value to suppliers from reporting on
deforestation and how they can make
a significant impact on the ground in
assessing forested areas.
Dr Marcus Colchester, senior policy advisor,
Calen May-Tobin, lead analyst and policy
advocate, tropical forest and climate initiative,
Grant Rosoman, interim chair of HCSA steering
Can certification schemes ever deliver sustainable forestry?
If they can, why it hasn’t happened? If they can’t, what other tools do we need?
Certification has been a useful tool for companies and brands that are beginning to tackle their deforestation impacts. But as we move
to the next stage of tackling how to preserve and protect our forests – in ways that make sense for all stakeholders, including business
– we need to ask if they would ever be able to deliver or if they have become a major part of the problem.
In a quick fire debate-based session, we will discuss what certification has achieved and what may be the next step forward.
Scott Poynton, executive director, TFT
Simon Lord, executive vice president group sustainability and quality management, SimeDarby
Alistair Monument, Asia Pacific regional director, ForestStewardshipCouncil
Investor commentary by: Nina Roth, environmental and social risk manager, UBS
The management briefings that complement our deforestation conferences are the result of extensive cross-industry
research with the leading experts in the field. Written by expert contributors, the reports cover in detail the current
state of play in the industry as well as assessing and analysing the practical steps companies can take, and the
challenges/ opportunities that will result.
The reports are useful tools themselves, but also work well to set the scene for discussion at this and other conferences.
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Brand attitudes to sustainable sourcing:
What does it take to convince them to buy again
from companies they have de-listed?
One of many drivers for producers and suppliers of pulp, paper,
palm oil and many other commodities to embed sustainability into
operations has been brand purchasing pressure.
In this keynote Q&A session we’ll ask Dhaval Buch, chief
procurement officer at Unilever, to discuss how his company,
which buys 2% of global palm oil, considers bringing back
companies into the supply chain that were previously excluded
for sustainability reasons.
Biswaranjan Sen, vice president procurement, Unilever
Is there a role for business in supporting
institutional capacity building?
Government enforcement, and particularly the capacity to
enforce and the systems to support laws, is a key issue for
sustainable forestry. Yet in so many countries there is a lack of
capacity, sometimes coupled with national, regional or local
political will. As more and more governments start to see the
value of their natural forests, is there a role for business in helping
them deliver against capacity challenges?
We’ll ask some leading players for their views on whether business
can ever go beyond just “good lobbying”.
Ambassador Stig Traavik, Norwegian ambassador to ASEAN, Royal
Simon Lord, executive vice president group sustainability and quality
Aida Greenbury, managing director, sustainability,
Constant van Aerschot, executive director, BusinessCouncil
Breakout groups – case studies
Implementing social commitments – towards
a road map for strengthening social license in
the pulp, paper and palm sectors
In Indonesia, some 44% of palm oil is produced by smallholder
farmers. And with the bulldozers switched off by many large
companies in the region now much deforestation comes from
A major factor is land ownership and operations and the frameworks
and laws surrounding that. Companies are in many cases
becoming key players in these conflicts, which can take place on
or around their concession land. For both palm oil and pulp and
paper companies, what’s a responsible way to approach these
conflicts? In particular, what kind of resources and time frames do
companies need to apply to resolve such matters and make sure the
requirements of free prior and informed consent are adhered to?
Petra Meekers, director of CSR and sustainable development, MusimMas
Lafcadio Cortesi, Asia director, RainforestActionNetwork
Anne-Sophie Gindroz, facilitator for southeast Asia,
Buyer perspective – engaging emerging market
Engaging with emerging market suppliers has long since been
one of the key challenges in building a sustainable, deforestation-
free supply chain. In this session we’ll discuss how companies can
engage with their suppliers through a combination of education
and incentivisation, to ensure policy is being implemented on the
We will ask how the big buying companies are developing the right
incentives for their smallholder suppliers so that they don’t simply
clear more land to grow more crops.
Adrian Suharto, sustainability and public affairs manager, NesteOil
Yueyue Wang, global chocolate sustainable sourcing insight manager, Mars
Land rights, land use policies, use of mapping and
Most sustainability standards and zero deforestation pledges
include commitments to respect the rights of indigenous peoples
and local communities to their lands, aligning them with the UN
Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Participatory
mapping allows companies to understand current systems of land
use, avoid land conflicts and helps communities plan a future
where they benefit from investment without forfeiting local food
security and cultural integrity.
Many companies that acquired lands in the past without
community consent, now face entrenched land conflicts.
Community mapping and renegotiated land use plans can chart
the path to reconciliation. This helps companies avoid long term
litigation and loss of income. In Malaysian Borneo, the courts are
clogged with hundreds of land disputes. In Indonesia, the National
Land Bureau estimates there are some 4,000 land conflicts in the
palm oil sector alone.
In this breakout session Dr Marcus Colchester will outline the key
challenges their organisations have encountered, and some of the
best solutions to them.
Dr Marcus Colchester, senior policy adviser, ForestPeoplesProgramme
Integrated landscape management and
restoration commitments – what will they mean
for business policy and practices?
As more and more companies and brands move towards no
deforestation commitments, practical and scalable methods of
achieving this are being developed through cooperation between
business and NGOs.
Now, high conservation value and high carbon stock approaches
are being combined with the principles of free, prior and informed
consent, and other social rights, in the concept of integrated
In this moderated session, we will ask experts for their insight
and analysis of what an integrated landscape management policy
means for business, and how this is a tool in developing properly
sustainable security of supply across value chains.
We will also examine restoration commitments – APP has
committed to restore one million hectares in ten distinct areas,
for example. We will discuss what those restoration commitments
will look like on the ground, and how long they will take to make a
Aida Greenbury, managing director, sustainability, AsiaPulp&Paper
Dharsono Hartono, CEO, RimbaMakmurUtama
Petrus Gunarso, conservation director, AsiaPacificResources
Moderator: Jeremy Goon, chief sustainability officer, WilmarInternational
Supplier perspective – understanding on the
Corporate policies and NGO pressure is all very well. But it is
the suppliers who have to implement and manage a policy of
eliminating deforestation. Here we’ll ask key experts in supply
chain engagement to discuss opportunities and challenges in
working with suppliers to improve sustainability performance
on the ground.
Simon Siburat, general manager group sustainability,
Anita Neville, Australia and Oceania representative,
• 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 best practice
• To understand the regulatory environment around legality and sustainable forestry
Who will be in the room?
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.
Is it just another talking shop? Will there be outcomes?
The conference has been specifically designed to promote action by providing the practical tools necessary to
implement zero deforestation targets. By bringing together an intimate group of corporate practitioners, the
conference provides a strong platform for delegates to take away actionable insight that can be implemented
from the first day back on the office.
The conference will be an annual event. Our regularly published briefings reflect progress and highlight areas
for effective action.
Isn’t deforestation just about palm oil?
Palm oil is a major issue that has seen significant media attention in recent years. But palm oil is far from the sole
cause of deforestation. With pulp and paper, packaging, clothing and trading companies all committing to zero
deforestation targets, it’s evident that the issue of deforestation is a far reaching one.
Illegal logging practices, highlighted by campaigners for decades, have long been a major cause of deforestation
before palm oil became such a dominant issue. Today, leading apparel brands such as H&M and Inditex are also
making no deforestation commitments. This event is designed for any sector or industry serious about removing
deforestation footprints from its value chain.
Why will this event be different from others?
Innovation Forum has a clear philosophy – focused events, senior participants and candid dialogue. By bringing
together highly experienced practitioners around such a focused topic, we are able to get to the core of the
challenges and opportunities for companies in this space. The agenda is designed to be interactive and engaging
so the issues discussed are those that matter to you and your peers.
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