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Business Breakfast: Sustainable Palm Oil

  • Tuesday, 3 March, 2020 - 07:45 to Tuesday, 3 March, 2020 - 10:00
  • Future Leap, 1-3 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AA
  • Bristol
  • The Future Economy Network
  • sme, start up, business, professionals, individuals


In celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight and World Wildlife Day, The Future Economy Network is delighted to announce we will welcome representatives from Bristol Zoological Society, Marks and Spencer, and our subscribers University of the West of England to speak at this event to discuss problems associated with unsustainable production of palm oil & increasing awareness & positivity of sustainable palm oil.

Amy Staff, BSc Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science Student at University West of England

Join Amy and delve into the story of palm oil. This talk will discuss the history and properties of this versitile oil-seed crop, currently used in 1/2 of all supermarket products. Discover the problems associated with unsustainable production, but why supporting sustainable palm oil (and not a boycott) is the answer. Amy will also be speaking about her successful lobby to get both UWE, it's Students' Union and HEI's across the country to commit to using only RSPO certified palm oil, as well as Dr Farnon Ellwood's research working to improve the biodiversity of oil palm plantations in Malaysia.

Katie Major, Conservation Psychologist and Campaigns Manager at Bristol Zoological Society

Bristol Zoological Society is committed to helping shift the demand from non-sustainable to sustainable palm oil and believes that all products containing sustainable palm oil should be clearly labelled. This talk will discuss the need for clear labelling of sustainable palm oil and positive public stories on sustainable palm oil. It will also touch upon the work undertaken by Bristol Zoological Society, particularly on the Supporting Sustainable Palm Oil campaign and work in Papua New Guinea.

Hazel Culley, Senior Sustainability Manager at Marks and Spencer, will be covering Marks and Spencer’s history and future with sustainable palm oil. Hazel will cover why they use palm oil, why they believe that removing palm oil is not the right answer, and finally, the length that Marks and Spencer go to to ensure that the supply chain is fully sustainable.


07:45 - 08:00 - Registration and coffee

08:00 - 08:10 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

08:10 - 08:25 – Amy Staff, University West of England

08:25 – 08:40 – Katie Major, Bristol Zoo

08:40 - 08:55 - Hazel Culley, Marks and Spencer

08:55 - 09:20 - Q&A

09:20 - 09:25 - 60 Second Pitches

09:25 - 09:30 - Close

09:30 - 10:00 – Networking and breakfast

Get To Know Our Speakers!

Katie Major, Conservation Psychologist and Campaigns Manager at Bristol Zoological Society

Katie manages the Supporting Sustainable Palm Oil campaign, leads the Global Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil, and is part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Palm Oil Working Group and the Soil Association’s Deforestation and Palm Oil Task and Finish Group. With an MSc in Primate Conservation, she has also worked with indigenous hunter-gatherers in the Philippines.

Amy Staff, BSc Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science Student, University West of England

Amy was The Students' Union's first female Sustainability Officer. Through her time in post; she lobbied for and co-created University West of England's sustainable palm oil policy - the first of its kind in the UK. She has since toured around the UK encouraging other higher education institutions to follow suit. Following a placement at the Eden Project, where she worked on quantifying the impact of their palm oil exhibit, and at Bristol Zoological Society, developing the Supporting Sustainable Palm Oil alliance for businesses, she was awarded EAUC's 2018 Student Sustainability Champion. She is now in her final year studying BSc Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science, and is working as a Green Team Assistant for The Students' Union at University West of England.

Hazel Culley, Senior Sustainability Manager at Marks and Spencer

Hazel is an experienced Sustainability Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry. She is skilled in Corporate Social Responsibility, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Retail, Strategic Planning, and Business Development. Hazel is Marks and Spencer’s go-to for sustainable palm oil expertise.

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