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Footprint Forum: Is your supply chain as ethical as you think it is (really) in association with Tate & Lyle Sugars

December 7, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sustainability to some organisations is about box-ticking. The fear is that those not meaningfully engaged will be left behind as sustainability gathers more and more pace as a principle mandatory to efficiencies, reputational success and the resulting increase in profitability.

The boundaries of which are constantly shifting. What 5 years ago was considered avant-garde, today is the bare minimum and whilst the issues remain much the same, the level of the debate and resulting operational practice has, however, elevated considerably.

The debate over ethics and ethical marks remains one of the most sensitive, opaque and little-understood topics in the out of home market. Members of Footprint Forum have convened a number of times addressing this subject. Once to discuss calls for a “Change in the Ethical Landscape”  and once more to answer calls to "Cut the Clutter” Confusion is as prominent as ever. In pursuit of learning from the debate so far, Footprint Forum is convening to tackle the problem at grass-roots by evolving the definition of ethics in operational supply chains.

The objective of this forum is to challenge the ethical marks, operators and the foodservice supply chain to collaboratively drive awareness and transparency of ethical supply chains. This Footprint Forum seeks to address the lack of knowledge regarding truly ethical supply chains. Members seek to define what a modern ethical supply chain should look like, how we can challenge and indeed proof the supply chain and take it further in order to be ahead of the curve.   The one overriding aim is to provoke thought as to whether your organisation is doing enough to interrogate the complexities of an ethical value chain and how you can take what you are doing further by means of answering the following questions;

  • Is there a definition of a sustainable supply chain – what is it
  • Is there too much box ticking when it comes to ethics in the out of home sector?
  • Are the ethical marks and those leading the debate making enough knowledge available?
  • Are we all challenging our supply chains enough or are we just coasting?
  • Are we making a difference?
  • Are we interrogating processes?
  • How can we create more progress?
  • How can we maximise partnerships with the ethical marks we work with?
  • How can we take things that one step further?

Speakers & Panelists:
Geraldine Gilbert – Principle Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future
Cyrus Todiwala – Chef Patron, Café Spice Namaste
Mike Hanson – Head of Sustainable Business, Baxter Storey
Shirley Duncalf – Head Safety & Sustainability, Bidvest
Julia Clarke – Fairtrade Manager, Tate & Lyle Sugars
James Bennett – Head of Brand and Out of Home at The Fairtrade Foundation


December 7, 2015
3:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Soho Hotel
4 Richmond Mews
London,W1D 3DHUnited Kingdom
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