Making supply chains deforestation free

Track Record Global seminar & workshop

Said Business School, Oxford, OX1 1HP

27th February 2020, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm


The topic

Global Canopy’s report on the 2018 Forest 500 assessment found that:

163 of the most influential companies in forest-risk supply chains have 2020 deforestation commitments for at least one of the forest-risk commodities in their supply chains, none of these companies will be able to guarantee that their supply chains are deforestation-free by 2020.

151 of the most influential companies in forest-risk supply chains have not even recognised the need to address deforestation risk.

130 of the companies that do have a commitment, do not apply that commitment across all of the forest-risk commodities in their supply chain. Which means the majority of the companies that could help solve the problem of deforestation are not doing anything about it.’

Forests are essential to address climate change, provide crucial habitat for biodiversity and enhance water security.

The major businesses identified above have committed to remove deforestation from their supply chains but are failing to do so thereby making it more likely that governments will impose regulations.

This seminar identifies the nature of the problem; the regulations that may be imposed; and how businesses can act now to qualify, manage and mitigate risk of deforestation in their own supply chains.

Speakers and Sessions

9.30 Registration and Coffee

10.00 Welcome Frank Miller (Managing Director, Track Record Global)

10.15 Forest 500 report – findings, implications and why businesses are failing Sarah Rogerson (Senior Researcher, Supply Chain Programme, Global Canopy)

10.45 Q+A

11.00 Coffee

11.15 What consumer-country deforestation legislation is in the pipeline? Jade Saunders (Senior Policy Analyst, Forest Trends)

11.45 Q+A

12.00  A Case Study:  Due diligence vs independent third party audits vs internal audit teams  – a financial analysis of cost effectiveness. Speaker TBC

12.30 Lunch

1.15 Due diligence as a tool for identifying and then mitigating deforestation risk in supply chains Frank Miller (Managing Director, Track Record Global)

2.00 Group work – exploring practical approaches to eliminating deforestation in supply chains

3.00 Closing remarks Rene Olivieri (Chair, Track Record Global) and Steve New (Associate Professor in Operations Management, Said Business School)

3.30 END

Participants will leave the seminar and workshop with a practical understanding of:

  • What makes supply chains likely to contribute to deforestation
  • Deforestation related regulations – what, where, and when
  • Case study: the challenges of managing a supply chain with deforestation potential
  • Practical and cost efficient methods for identifying deforestation risks in supply chains and for managing/mitigating those risks

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