From Ambition to Action: The Sustainability Debate

From Ambition to Action: The Sustainability Debate

The world’s forests could all be gone within a century if the current rates of deforestation continue. This has major implications for our planet.

Not only are tropical forests home to half of all known life on land and the indigenous communities who depend on them. But 15 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions are directly caused by deforestation, and up to one third of climate mitigation efforts depends on preserving forests.

Members of the Consumer Goods Forum in 2010 made a milestone promise to end ties with suppliers linked to forest clearance by 2020. But a report from Greenpeace released earlier this year found that many are struggling to live up to their promises.

This 14th June, Eco-Business and Mars will be unveiling a new, exciting event that will debate the motion: “This house believes that consumer goods companies cannot meet their zero deforestation commitments by 2020.”

Come and hear from leading sustainability experts as they argue their case and look critically at the complex issue of deforestation and sustainability targets.

The debaters are:

  • Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, Mars Inc.
  • Anita Neville, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Sustainability Relations, Golden Agri-Resources
  • Leonie Lawrence, Technical Advisor - Commodities, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Emmanuelle Wargon, SVP, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Integration, Danone
  • Sumi Dhanarajan, Associate Director, APAC, Forum for the Future
  • Malavika Jain Bambawale, Partner, Dalberg Advisor

Following the debate, we will convene a dialogue looking more broadly at the challenges faced by companies in creating, implementing and meeting their sustainability commitments.

The forum, on the sidelines of the Consumer Goods Forum - The Global Summit 2018 in Singapore, will be held at Marina Bay Sands on 14 June.

Both local and international media will be invited to cover the forum.

The event is by invitation only. If you are interested to attend, please write to

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