Book Chain Project Seminar 2018: The Story of Books
Book Chain Project will be holding its annual seminar in London. This is the second of a series of seminars, the first of which took place in Shanghai in April.
This year’s seminar will be looking at priority topics under three headings: forest impacts, material choices, and human rights.
Closing Date: 11 Jun 2018
Competing demands for forest fibre
Patrick Carty of Stora Enso, will be talking about the competing demands for fibre that is contributing to a rise in pulp and paper prices
We will be talking about the competing demands for forest fibre and how their businesses are responding with the development of new sources of fibre – both forest and non-forest.
Mapping the flows of forest sources for the publishing sector
Nick Sammons, Partner with Carnstone, will give an insight into paper mill engagement within the Book Chain Project showing where our mills are located and where pulp and paper fibre is originating from.
In this session we’ll also look at emerging fibre sources and their proximity to vulnerable intact forests.
Forest frontiers – the Greater Mekong sub region
Alexandra Banks, Programme Manager of NEPCON’s Sourcing Hub, will talk about their work in this region, carrying out risk assessments in the Greater Mekong Region, a fast-emerging source of fibre.
Turning Deforestation commitments into action
Anna Halton, Forest Policy Manager at WWF-UK, will talk about the challenges businesses are facing to meet their deforestation commitments, and the need for a new approach to half rising deforestation.
Jade Saunders, Senior Policy Analyst at Forest Trends, will talk about how the Consumer Goods Forum is looking to technology to provide greater transparency and promote action on deforestation caused by Cocoa production.
Material choices: plastic
Plastic as we know it has only existed for the last 60 to 70 years. One of the great advantages of many types of plastic is that they take a long time to degrade. Plastic bottles or plastic bags, for example, take on average almost 500 years to degrade. This is why plastic has been used extensively across all industries over the last few decades, transforming many industries, including retail. The majority of this plastic is designed for single use and each year around 8 million tons of it ends up in the ocean.
In recent years, growing pressures from legislators, governments, NGOs and the media have contributed to a new plastic free trend worldwide. We have all seen Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet episode on plastic pollution or heard about Sky Ocean Rescue, which contributed to raising awareness on this matter, especially for consumers. As a consequence, consumers are putting more and more pressure on businesses to reduce their use of single use plastic. Many businesses have responded to these expectations and have committed to reducing their use of plastic. As a result, businesses have started to introduce new alternative materials in the hope of tackling ocean plastic pollution and meeting their stakeholders’ expectations
For this section, we are securing speakers to talk about upcycling plastics and using alternatives to fossil fuel based plastics
Human rights: growing expectations to know and show
Rosie Howells, Head of Sustainability Performance for Waitrose, will be talking about her work to develop John Lewis Partnership’s reporting on Human Rights, and how the team engaged senior representatives within the business to move the dial on human rights reporting and their Modern Slavery Statement, looking not only at first tier manufacturing sites but beyond to upstream materials.
Patrick Anderson, Policy Advisor, Indonesia, for Forest Peoples Project, will be talking about the human rights impact of the pulp and paper sector with a particular focus on Indonesia. Patrick will look at how well the existing initiatives and commitments go in protecting the rights of forest communities, and the challenges ahead for the major pulp and paper companies operating in Indonesia.
This event is invite only and for participating organisations and guests of the Book Chain Project. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more.