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Afternoon Event: Sustainable Palm Oil

  • Central Bristol Bristol (map)

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.

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.

More details to be announced.


13:00 - 13:10 - Registration and coffee

13:10 - 13:15 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

13:15 - 13:35 – Katie Major, Bristol Zoo

13:35 – 13:55 – Amy Staff, University West of England

13:55 - 14:15 - Hazel Culley, Marks and Spencer

14:15 - 14:25 - Q&A

14:25 - 14:30 - 60 Second Pitches

14:30 - 14:35 - Close

14:35 - 15:00 Networking and Nibbles

Get To Know Our Speakers!

Katie Major, Conservation Psychologist and Campaigns Manager, 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.

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