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Belinda Howell achieves Cert IoD
Tue, 11 Aug 2015
As organisations improve the diversity, performance and independence of their Boards, executive and non-executive directors are increasingly being required to be qualified as Chartered Directors.
Decarbonize managing director, Belinda Howell, who acts as a non-executive Director on the Boards of several other organisations, decided to refresh her knowledge and skills by enrolling on the fast-track IoD Chartered Director programme. The first stage is the modular Certificate in Company Direction course, which includes the role of the Director in Corporate Governance, Finance, Strategy and Marketing and Leadership. Taking the examination in June together with 150 international candidates, Belinda was delighted to be awarded the Cert IoD with Distinction.
The programme resumes in September with an intensive Developing Board Performance course and Diploma examination.
Retailers requirements for soy
Wed, 07 May 2014
The Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS) annual conference RT9 is being held in Foz do Iguaçú, Brasil, 7-8 May 2014.
The Retailers’ Soy Group – a group of 10 RTRS retailer members – is sharing their minimum requirements for responsible soy at RT9.
Supply chains for soy are complex. Around 70% of the volume of soy production of 253 million metric tons (MT) globally is used in animal feed, with the remainder for human food and biofuels. Thus soy is in the supply chain for Beef, Dairy, Pork, Poultry, Eggs and Aquaculture.
However around only 2% of global production - approximately 5 million MT - is certified as responsible soy. There are 40 standards for responsible production of soy. These standards are competing with each other for both growers and markets, which dilutes their effectiveness and impact in avoiding deforestation and promoting sustainable development.
By setting out their minimum requirements for responsible soy, the Retailers’ Soy Group hopes to see much needed consolidation around a limited number of standards, which can then grow in scale and impact. International standards for responsible soy which currently meet their requirements are RTRS and ProTerra.
For more information, see the attached Retailers’ Soy Group – Minimum requirements for responsible soy.
View Retailers Soy Group - minimum requirements for responsible soy.pdf
NBPOL annual & sustainability reports
Sat, 03 May 2014
New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL) has launched the Group’s Annual Report and Sustainability Report, developed as integrated set of disclosures.
NBPOL has created these ‘partner reports’ to underline the Group’s commitment to sustainability. The reports cover all of NBPOL’s global operations, including the New Britain Oils palm oil refinery in Liverpool, UK.
Decarbonize's Belinda Howell provided an independent review of the NBPOL Sustainability Report.
Both NBPOL Annual and Sustainability reports can be downloaded from here: http://www.nbpol.com.pg/?p=1304
re-converting illegal oil palm to rainforest
Sun, 17 Nov 2013
An innovative project in the village of Halaban in the Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, is reverting an illegal oil palm plantation back to natural forest.
Read about it here: http://belindahallam.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/
from palm oil to high value by-product?
Fri, 28 Jun 2013
Can carotenoids be extracted from crude palm oil to create a higher value by-product, rather than being down-cycled into a waste stream?
See my blog here: http://belindahallam.wordpress.com/2013/6/28/24/