Tobias Webb is the founder of the Innovation Forum, a sustainability events and publishing company based in London. Innovation Forum facilitates debate-driven events to help drive innovation and dialog. Through collaborative events with partners, the company focuses on addressing the most difficult questions companies are facing today to assure sustainable supply chains. Tobias has also spent eight years teaching Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, and is now a visiting lecturer on corporate sustainability, supply chains and innovation at King’s College London. From 2006-2009, he was co-chair of the Independent Working Group on Corporate Responsibility.
In this fascinating interview, we take a deep dive with Tobias on the importance (and challenges) assuring sustainable agricultural value chains. Toby talks about the four key drivers forcing companies to address issues within their global supply chains: generational changes, consumer expectations, technology, and regulations. Based on the Innovation Forum’s in-depth research, Toby discusses the progress and (complex) challenges associated with the drive to produce (and certify) sustainable palm oil –and assesses progress with respect to sustainability and governance for other commodities. He is optimistic that transparency, traceability, and technology will come together and help drive change in agricultural supply chains, provide assurances to consumers that they are receiving sustainably sourced products, and in turn help generate momentum to address the sustainable production of other commodities.