NewForesight is looking for an office assistant

Do you have a strong drive to make things work better? Are you customer oriented and do you like to work in a very dynamic, committed, ambitious and highly professional environment, where the passion of your colleagues is contagious? Then you are the person we would love to meet!

We are based in the Netherlands (Utrecht) and we are looking for an

Office Assistant (6 months)  for 32 or 40 hours a week

We offer a dynamic work experience for people who are looking to make an impact through their work. Our companies are growing fast, in terms of the size of our team, our client base and the professionalism of our internal organization. We are looking for people to join us in taking NewForesight Consultancy and SCOPEinsight to the next level!

As a team we are proud to have built a culture of personal and professional growth, continuous learning, and open and constructive feedback. Personal and professional development of each of the team members is what we strive for daily. Despite our busy schedule, we never forget to have fun and take care of each other. Some examples of how we do this include monthly professional chair massages, office parties, informal drinks and dinner, team events, and an annual office quiz.

Your responsibilities:

Assist and support the Office Manager with:

· Scheduling and organizing meetings and welcoming guests to the office

· Supporting the consultants with arranging travels. Flights, accommodation, and travel visa

· Optimizing internal functioning of the office, including catering

· Providing office and work spaces with IT supplies and be the contact person for IT (internal and with suppliers)

· Procuring equipment; evaluating products, service, troubleshooting failures, calling for repairs

· Maintaining professional appearance of the office

· Maintaining of administrative procedures

· Maintaining a well-oiled collaboration with the Financial department

We are looking for someone :

· Who is fluent in Dutch and English, written and spoken (other languages are a plus)

· who enjoys supporting internal client

· who is accountable

· with an ability to proactively pick up work

· with an affinity for IT

· who is not afraid of online tools and other digital solutions

· who is stress proof. Who stays calm if the printer is out of paper or the internet connection is lost

· with the ability to work accurately and independently on tasks

· who is not afraid to ask for help

· who is a creative team player

· who likes to suggest new ideas

· who has affinity with sustainability and social impact

What we offer:

· Your chance to make a difference whilst gaining experience in working in a team of a small, fast growing organization

· Working in international and multi-cultural working environment

· The satisfaction of making the office run like a well-oiled machine

· The option to start straight away!

· The option to work with us longer (upon evaluation of your work)

· Free lunches

If you are interested, please head to Breezy and send your CV, application letter (no more than 400 words), and availability to Tessa van der Meiden, before 20th October 2018 (extended) .

At NewForesight we turn tough sustainability challenges into shared opportunities. Since 2008 we have been supporting the world’s leading multinationals, multi-stakeholder platforms, governments, standard setting organizations, donors and NGOs in a wide range of agro-commodity sectors to turn vision into real-world and lasting impact. You can find a selection of our clients and example projects here.

At SCOPEinsight we believe that the professionalization of farmers and their business is critical to reaching your outcomes. SCOPEinsight has over 8 years of experience with the professionalization of farmer organizations and agribusinesses at large scale. We developed a unique and scalable model that measures and tracks professionalism of farmer organizations and agribusinesses. Our model generates meaningful data insights that have informed the policies and strategies of over 2500 farmer organizations and agribusinesses, 60 NGOs, donors, governments, corporations and financial institutions in 36 different countries and 26 sectors.


Changing the Game, One Chapter at a Time

On Thursday the 30th of August, a dynamic and diverse group of bright minds gathered at the INNAX headquarters in Veenendaal. The occasion? The second writers’ workshop for the upcoming book Changing the Game! For this sequel to Changing the Food Game, we gathered game-changers with a passion for sustainability from almost a dozen different industries ranging from textiles to tourism. These authors will share their sector expertise and reflect on sustainable market transformation in their own industries in their respective chapters of the book.

Co-author André Nijhof of Nyenrode University provided the writers with an in-depth workshop on best practices to help them further strengthen their chapter’s key message, and our very own NewForesight CEO Lucas Simons gave an engaging refresher course on Market Transformation Theory. These two main authors were featured recently in an article in the Dutch P-Plus magazine, where they give an in-depth explanation of the motivations and frameworks that form the basis for Changing the Game. During this intensive workshop, the writers also provided each other with critical feedback to strengthen their chapters and map out the next steps in their writing efforts, making this a truly collaborative effort.

But why apply the market transformation across so many different sectors, each with their own dynamics? While the individual chapters serve as guideposts that map out change in different sectors, they are also part of a broader road towards systematic change described in the first and last parts of the book.

This macro-perspective is important for stakeholders to understand the issues they face within a bigger picture, argues Elze van Hamelen, who works for The Natural Step and is a co-author of the petrochemicals chapter. She believes that while the different sector perspectives on market transformation are highly informative, putting them all together within a common framework enhances the reader’s understanding of the underlying factors that drive (un)sustainability. For her, this overarching view is highly important as “in the end, sustainability is about learning to live within the planetary boundaries”, and that we need to ask ourselves: “what is the overall perspective or goal that we need for this?”

Norma Wouters, the founder of Noble Achievers and part of the textile team, explains one of the key messages of the book: the first step towards achieving sustainability is seeing oneself as an agent of change and thinking in systems! She argues that “the people in our industries have forgotten that they are the ones who have created these systems, and that it’s not the systems that determine what they do. It’s about taking responsibility for your own conduct, and therefore also ethical conduct.”

For Mariella Noto, from the same team and the founder of Linking Threads, “one of the interesting things about research in the sector itself was to see in which phase the different parts of the sector actually are, and it So that was a bit of a mood breaker! [laughter] But it was good to see and realize, and it makes you look at your own sector a bit differently.”

In their research, authors have also encountered numerous overlaps between their industries when it comes to sustainability challenges. For instance, the authors for the chapter on the textile industry remarked that similar issues around inclusivity affect both the construction sector and the textile sector, while major players in the chemical sector are also important downstream actors in the textile supply chain and therefore affect sustainability outcomes in both industries.

The contributing writers are also excited about sharing their vision of a more sustainable sector with their stakeholders. Dico Drost, an author for the agriculture chapter and and horticulture expert, explained his motivations for contributing to this book: “I’m trying to change my sector. […] If I have a book that I can give to clients or stakeholders, they can read what I want to do and can understand me better. It’s an explanation for what I want to achieve.”

We are just as excited as the authors to see how future readers will feel inspired to Change the Game after reading this book!

– Peter Williamson, Strategic Content for Changing the Game

P+ special met Lucas Simons & Andre Nijhoff over de opvolger van Changing The Food Game

Deze tekst verscheen op de P+ website.  P+ is een tonaangevend multimedium voor de praktijk van maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen (MVO) in Nederland

Hoe de markt te verduurzamen?Zoals een baby niet in een paar dagen opgroeit tot volwassene, zo kost ook het verduurzamen van bedrijven een bepaalde tijd. In het fascinerende project ‘Changing the Game’ brengen CEO Lucas Simons van NewForesight en hoogleraar André Nijhof van Nyenrode Business Universiteit op dit moment 11 verschillende bedrijfstakken in kaart. Bedrijven moeten 4 fases doorlopen, voordat hun markt echt verduurzaamd is.

De P+ Special van deze week presenteert het ‘Framework markttransformatie dat de fases van verduurzaming toont waarin bedrijven zich bevinden. Is dat nog de babytijd, die begon na rampen en schandalen? Of is de pubertijd al aangebroken en verliezen duurzame keurmerken aan kracht? Nog belangrijker: wat is op welk moment de rol van het bedrijfsleven, van de overheid, van ngo’s, van financiële instellingen en van onderzoekers? Wie doet wat?

Het Framework is een uitstekende gids bij het veroveren van markten met duurzame producten en diensten.

In het artikel wordt Lucas Simons (1971) van NewForesight gevolgd tijdens een gastcollege op Nyenrode. Op basis van het Framework zei Simons: “Als ik zie waar een organisatie staat, kan ik de toekomst zes tot acht jaar vooruit voorspellen, bijna als een script. Het is altijd hetzelfde.”

Hoogleraar André Nijhof van Nyenrode Business Universiteit merkt dat de roem het project vooruit snelt: “We krijgen nu al de nodige vragen uit de praktijk. Help eens even met de analyse. In welke fase zitten we? Wat kunnen we nu het beste doen?”

Simons bouwde het Framework op vanuit zijn kennis en ervaringen in de voedingssector. Als gastdocent op de Nyenrode Business Universiteit leerde hij hoogleraar prof. dr. ir. André Nijhof kennen. In gesprekken kwam de vraag op: zijn deze vier fases van markttransformatie ook voor andere bedrijfstakken van toepassing?

Ja, constateerde Nijhof, nadat hij studenten gevraagd had verkennend onderzoek te doen. Dit framework is universeel. En nu het er eenmaal is, is het zo herkenbaar dat het lijkt alsof het er altijd al is geweest.

Maar dat maakt de toepassing nog niet meteen eenvoudig. Dat blijkt ook nu een fors team van deskundigen hard werkt aan een internationale publicatie. De titel van het boek van Simons ‘Changing the Food Game’(2014) wordt veralgemeniseerd tot ‘Changing the Game’. Het boek zal in de eerste helft van 2019 verschijnen bij de gerenommeerde internationale uitgever Taylor & Francis.

De 11 bedrijfstakken die ingedeeld gaan worden in fase van verduurzaming zijn:

+ Chemie
+ Toerisme
+ Bouw
+ Educatie
+ Gezondheidszorg
+ Autobranche
+ Sieraden (Goud)
+ Energie
+ Textiel
+ Financiële sector
+ Landbouw & Voeding

Transformatie is in de ogen van Simons en Nijhof geen duurzame markt die simpel doorgroeit tot het point of no return op duurzaamheidsgebied is bereikt. Simons in P+: “Ik geloof er niet in dat je voor alle sectoren kunt zeggen dat een groen marktaandeel van bijvoorbeeld 20 procent voldoende is om te kunnen spreken van een Tipping Point. Een proces van markttransformatie vraagt om actief management. De markt-incentives moeten worden veranderd en de randvoorwaarden moeten worden bepaald. Verschillende stakeholders hebben daarin verschillende rollen en verantwoordelijkheden per fase. Pas dan kan je uiteindelijk succesvol zijn.”

Download de nieuwe P+ ‘Framework markttransformatie’ met daarin een heldere infographic. Aan de hand van de babyfase, de kindertijd, de pubertijd en volwassenheid geeft dit schema de rollen aan van alle betrokken partijen. Volgens Nijhof past vooral de overheid de verkeerde instrumenten toe, met name door het moment van duurzaam inkopen verkeerd te kiezen.

NewForesight is looking for experienced consultants to join the team

Are you ready to tackle the toughest sustainability challenges of our time with the world’s leading multinationals, civil society and public organizations?

We are looking for Associate Consultants (2-5 years of experience), Consultants (5-8 years of experience), and Senior Consultants and above (more than 8 years of experience)

 In a time where we are confronted with increasingly complex and global sustainability challenges, the question is not whether we will deal with them, the question is how. At NewForesight we turn tough sustainability challenges into shared opportunities. Since 2008 we have been supporting the world’s leading multinationals, multi-stakeholder platforms, governments, standard setting organizations, donors and NGOs in a wide range of agro-commodity sectors to turn vision into real-world and lasting impact. You can find a selection of our clients and example projects here.

As a NewForesight Consultant you will be in the lead for the development and realization of strategies, partnerships, programs, governance, and business models to deliver structural, positive impact in global sectors. You will join a dynamic team of passionate consultants and experts with a varied background. Our team of 14 already includes 8 nationalities, all of whom have varied backgrounds, from working at the World Bank and in Afghanistan; at tier 1 strategy consultancies; academic backgrounds ranging from fusion physics, complexity science, and climate change and migration; operating a micro-brewery; competitive climbing, and sailing. We are all united by our passion for sustainability and our belief that business and markets can be leveraged as a source for good.

As a team we are proud to have built a culture of personal and professional growth, continuous learning, and open and constructive feedback. Personal and professional development of each of the team members is what we strive for daily, by providing a clear career path, dedicated internal ‘mentors’ for each team member and buddies for new colleagues, twice-yearly 360-degree evaluations, and an extensive system of trainings to further develop each other’s knowledge and skills, including opportunities for external trainings and coaching. Despite our busy schedule, we never forget to have fun and take care of each other. Some examples of how we do this include monthly professional chair massages, office parties, informal drinks and dinner, team events, and an annual office quiz.

Our company is growing fast, in terms of the size of our team, our client base and the professionalism of our internal organization. We are looking for people to join us in taking NewForesight to the next level!

Are you up for these challenges?

The Challenge: It is poorly understood what type of support structurally improves the livelihoods of farmers in developing countries, and what are the economic, social, and environmental returns on investment of this support.

Your assignment: Dive into the business model and strategy of a major multinational and support them by developing an analytical model that will help to compare different intervention practices and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their sustainability efforts. Under which conditions can farming for a certain commodity by economically, socially and environmentally sustainable? What is needed to make that happen? Go one step further by designing the model to provide complete financial statements that enable the client to take well-informed investment decisions.

 The Challenge: Certification of sustainable production of coffee, cocoa, palm oil, and other commodities is not delivering on its promise for structural improvement of livelihoods and tackling sector-wide problems. Organizations want to move ‘beyond certification’, but do not know what the alternatives are.

Your assignment: Develop an approach that ensures all producers in a region are incentivized to adopt responsible practices, while creating the right scale for tackling sector-wide problems with broad stakeholder buy-in, and offering a value proposition to involve both industry and local governments. Drive impact on a global scale by making the approach replicable in other regions and sectors, with an innovative financing structure that leverages new instruments such as (Social) Impact Bonds.

What do we offer?

  • Fast-paced learning environment
  • Clear and ambitious growth opportunities
  • Passionate and diverse colleagues who also know how to have fun
  • Room for developing own thought leadership and profile
  • Diversity of experiences
  • Intellectual challenges through highly relevant and rewarding work
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities in helping to grow the company

Enthusiastic? If so, you could be our new colleague. We are looking for:

·  Senior Consultant: 8+ years work experience, preferably in consulting and/or (agro-commodities) sustainability

·  Consultant: 5+ years work experience, preferably in consulting and/or (agro-commodities) sustainability

· Associate Consultant: 2+ years work experience, preferably in consulting and/or (agro-commodities) sustainability

For all roles, we are looking for consultants who are passionate to:

 Develop NewForesight’s domains, models and thinking;

  • Take the lead in client acquisition and advising senior-level counterparts, from the strategic to the practical;
  • Go the extra mile to serve our clients and deliver industry leading outcomes, with a focus on building long-term partnerships;
  • Play an active role in the growth of the organization with internal (e.g., recruitment, trainings) and external roles (e.g., business development, communications);
  • Be a mentor and a teacher to the rest of the team, through mentoring, training, guidance, and on-the-job brainstorming.

 Our Senior Consultants are expected to have the following profile:

  • Have 8+ years of experience, of which several years were spent in strategic positions in the sustainability sector and/or in strategy consulting (with a preference for both)
  • Are thought leaders in commodity sector(s) and sustainability in general
  • Have a large and active network in commodity sector(s)
  • Have excellent client interaction skills, a collaborative working style, strong interpersonal skills, and leadership capabilities
  • Have experience in leading effective teams, balancing a high quality of work, a strong client relationship, and the growth, development and of the team, and providing management and mentoring support to our consultants
  • Think globally and assess issues from multiple aspects and points of view
  • Respect, appreciate, and can convene different personality styles, thinking, backgrounds, and cultures
  • Have the ambition to be part of the growth plan of NewForesight for the coming years.

 Do you have what it takes to be a NewForesight Senior Consultant? Then convince us!
Please apply with your cover letter and CV by 31st  August 2018 through 

 Our Consultants are expected to have the following profile:

  • Have 5+ years of professional experience in the sustainability sector and/or in strategy consulting (with a preference for both)
  • Are knowledgeable in on the commodity sector(s) and sustainability topic in general and have the ambition to become the thought leaders in foreseeable future.
  • Have experience in leading effective teams, balancing a high quality of work, a strong client relationship, and the growth, development and of the team
  • Are building a large and active network in commodity sector(s)
  • Have excellent client interaction skills, a collaborative working style, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Think globally and assess issues from multiple aspects and points of view.
  • Respect, appreciate, and can convene different personality styles, thinking, backgrounds, and cultures
  • Have the ambition to grow into a senior consultant role in the foreseeable future.

Do you have what it takes to be a NewForesight Consultant? Then convince us!
Please apply with your cover letter and CV by 31st  August 2018 through Breezy

Our Associate Consultants are expected to have the following profile:

  • Have 2+ years of experience professional experience (preferably in the strategy consulting and/or sustainability sectors);
  • Are passionate to learn about the commodity sector(s) and sustainability topic in general and have the ambition to be the future thought leaders.
  • Have excellent client interaction skills, collaborative working style, strong interpersonal skills.
  • Think globally and assess issues from multiple aspects and point of views.
  • Respect, appreciate, and can convene different personality styles, thinking, backgrounds, and cultures
  • Have the ambition to grow into a consultant role in the foreseeable future.

Do you have what it takes to be a NewForesight Associate Consultant? Then convince us!
Please apply with your cover letter and CV by 31st August 2018 through 

What gets measured gets done: Four success factors to effectively incorporate performance measurement for long-term sustainability change

This was featured in our quarterly NewForesight Update. Not receiving our updates yet? Register here. 

As a professional in the field of sustainability, measuring performance is all around you and with the ‘beyond certification’ debate in full swing, reporting on output level is no longer enough. More than ever, performance measurement is considered a driver for change that can serve as a tool to guide decision-making and help organizations achieve their goals in sustainability more efficiently and effectively. As mentioned in our recent blog on the Key Elements of Sustainable Market Transformation, performance measurement should be part of a holistic approach, and should itself be subject to continuous improvement. But how can you effectively integrate this in your organization?

In this NewForesight Update, we take a closer look at performance measurement by sharing what, in our experience, are four success factors and best practices of performance measurement approaches in the field of sustainability.

  1. Measure long-term improvements instead of one-time results

Performance measurement on sustainability issues has had a tendency to focus on tracking the “before and after” of interventions. However, a more powerful approach is to continuously track project results over the long-term. A useful tool as a guiding compass for continuous tracking is a Results Framework. This pins down your long-term vision, your supporting objectives and a way to track performance and progress across your activities.

We have developed a number of Results Frameworks for clients, ranging from Cargill to the sector-wide strategy of CocoaAction for WCF, and most recently a supporting KPI framework for The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO).  The ICCO KPI framework, which we presented at the  World Cocoa Conference, measures the progress and impact of the Global Cocoa Agenda, a strategy for the entire cocoa sector which covers the private and public sectors of consumer- and producer countries. This framework creates transparency and accountability related to actions and commitments of the various stakeholders that will all need to contribute if we are to achieve a sustainable cocoa sector in the future.

  1. Report on holistic impact, not just project impact

Tracking the performance of sustainability interventions tells you whether you carried out your activities and whether they achieved what you intended them to. Yet, most organizations do not just want to know about the results of a single intervention; they are interested in how well the activities of their organization are doing as a whole to achieve their goals in sustainability. With the right tools, you can synergize monitoring and evaluation across your organization to track not just how well individual activities are performing, but how your activities work together and interact as a cohesive unit. This requires a great deal of internal coordination and collaboration, as well as the commitment to a common vision and learning strategy over time.

A recent best practice in doing this, in our experience, is the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA). SFSA aims to create a thriving and inclusive agricultural market system by driving the innovation, delivery, and scale-up of sustainable solutions to precommercial farmers. To gain insights into this overall impact of SFSA across geographies and departments (Agri-services, Insurance, and Access to Seeds) we supported SFSA with the development of a Performance Measurement System. After supporting a process of internal alignment around the SFSA Theory of Change, we worked with SFSA to develop a KPI tree made up of impact, outcome and output indicators. This KPI framework is designed to enable different SFSA departments to choose relevant indicators to track activity-level performance while ensuring enough standardization so that cross-department results feed into a set of integrated indicators that enable Foundation-wide tracking and reporting of performance and impact.

  1. Look beyond your organization, and seek to collaborate

Next to your overarching strategy, a success factor of performance measurement is to go beyond the areas right in front of you. This means maximizing your impact as an organization by developing data-driven approaches in areas that seem more difficult to influence. When you proactively seek to incorporate the indirect impacts you have as an organization in your measurements, both positively as well as negatively, you learn about the progress you are making in reaching your outcomes and about the barriers in doing so.

A great example here is Commonland, with whom we have worked closely over the years on many topics, including exploring the challenges and opportunities of our current food system in the New Horizons study. Commonland has made it their mission to create an investable large-scale landscape restoration industry, aligned with international guidelines and policies through a results-based management approach. We supported Commonland in the development of their Results Framework, which has been guiding their 4 returns landscapes approach as both a project design and management tool. Commonland combines within their approach the input of local teams, investors, and partners, and measures overarching as well as landscape-specific goals.

  1. See performance measurement as a learning journey and continuously improve

Your vision and Theory of Change should guide your operations, but these also need to be benchmarked against performance data through a Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle. When you continuously use performance data to learn and you remain flexible to adjust and improve along the way, you will receive higher results. Defining ownership of information streams and internal communication lines also helps to create a learning culture that is organized for impact.

The best practices mentioned in the paragraphs above all include in their own way a mechanism to ensure continuous improvement. ICCO’s KPI framework has been designed as a ‘living document’ to be continuously improved and adapted to pressing challenges in the wider sector and will be revised as more appropriate and better indicators, measurements, tools and new pressing topics arise. Commonland uses their M&E framework to guide their learning agenda and has organized numerous learning sessions within the organization to, where needed, adapt each strategy to the right outcomes per landscape. Similarly, the Syngenta Foundation sees performance measurement as a starting point and is committed to processes that facilitate direct feedback loops between different streams and levels of the organization, to continuously improve performance. With a forward-looking Learning Agenda that supports long-term collaboration and coordination, this integrated approach is serving to effectively align the organization and its partnerships across activities to support the overarching aims of SFSA as a whole.

In reality, no performance measurement strategy functions the same. Are you unsure how to integrate performance measurement strategies within your organization? Plan a call with William Saab, our Senior Consultant. He is an expert on this topic.

Three changemakers are CEO for a day at NewForesight high-potential changemakers in the agri-food sector visited our office today to share some thoughts with our CEO and Founder, Lucas Simons. A great learning experience!

For starters, these changemakers are not new to the world of sustainability. Daniela Rojas (Sustainable Business Advisor at Nature’s Pride), Pieter van Hout (Project Lead Innovation at ZLTO) and Susan Drion (Intern strategic projects at Triodos) know each other of the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) and are listed in the Food100.  This list counts 100 influential changemakers in food sustainability both below as above the age of 30. Today, this new generation got to chance to learn the ropes in becoming future CEO’s in the field of sustainability.

But what does this next generation want to learn about working in sustainability? The answer surprised us. Instead of tagging along to the meetings we have with clients here at NewForesight, the group decided they wanted a four hour long meeting with Lucas to discuss setting up your own business and how to incorporate personal development.

Pieter: “I am specifically interested in food systems and how to transform them towards better outcomes. This starts from the more abstract, but leads to more concrete steps to take. This is interesting to me. Most beneficial for me is to learn how I can set up my own business that contributes to a more sustainable food system.”

Susan: “I agree with Pieter. I find systems thinking very interesting, this is something we apply within the Slow Food Youth Network as well. For systems thinking, of course,  Lucas is the one to go to. I’m very happy to have had the chance to talk more thoroughly about his vision on sustainable food systems.”

Lucas, as our ‘Chief Inspiration’, did not disappoint: “It was a very open conversation and he gave many insights on how to set your path as a changemaker”, Daniela mentioned. We as NewForesight believe we will hear more from these three young, entrepreneurial people and look forward to meeting them as the CEO’s of frontrunning organizations in the future.

Are you set on becoming a changemaker,  but want to learn more about sustainability and consulting first? Register for notifications on the next Young Agent of Change event of NewForesight here!

Webinar recording – The role of data-driven approaches in the cocoa sector

This webinar has been held on the 25th of June 2018, below you can play the recording. 

The cocoa sector will not be able to know whether its efforts are sufficient until we understand the size of the problems and measure and improve our approaches. There is a positive trend in research being used more consistently, and in some cases being made publicly available. Much of the available information has been collected by NGOs and development organizations, while also many major companies collect comprehensive sets of data. But how can we combine data and insights to measure progress? And in what ways can we make sure data is used in an effective way? In this 90 minutes webinar, we sort the hype from the hope on data in cocoa.

Speakers in this webinar:

  • Friedel Huetz-Adams, Senior Researcher at SUEDWIND-institute, Co-author of the Cocoa Barometer
    Where are we now: the current state of data-driven approaches in the cocoa sector
  • Antonie Fountain, Managing Director at VOICE Network, Co-author of the Cocoa Barometer
    The Cocoa Barometer: Holding the sector accountable through data and insights and how we can move towards collective progress measurement within the sector 
  • Anna Laven, Senior Advisor at The Royal Tropical Institute
    Using data to demystify the cocoa sector: how one of the most comprehensive household surveys in the cocoa sector in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire provided interesting insights into cocoa realities
  • William Saab, Senior Consultant at NewForesight
    Towards a market-driven and evidence-based approach to sustainability: how the industry can approach farmers as entrepreneurs

 Download the presentation here, or watch the recording:

Webinar recording – Sustainability at scale: Landscape approaches and ‘beyond certification’

This webinar has been held on the 20th of June 2018, below you can play the recording. 

Sustainable production and long-term positive impact on structural issues such as deforestation and HCV protection can be meaningfully achieved when approaches move beyond the level of individual producers and projects, and take on a more integrated and scalable scope. To this end, “Landscape approaches” have gained prominence, and we are seeing the first initiatives where partnership and collaboration are starting to facilitate the move towards sustainable agricultural production at a landscape scale.

This webinar aims to discuss what it is exactly that we expect landscape approaches to do, which problem we envision that they solve, what is required to realize them, what the envisioned role of the different stakeholders is, and how we incentivize action. We will do this by discussing first how the different organizations view landscape approaches, identify best practices from current efforts, and discuss how to translate theory to practice.

Speakers in this webinar:

  • Peter D’Angremond, CEO and President of Fairtrade Netherlands
    The value of certification in sustainability and what more is needed to create systemic change
  • Daan Wensing, Program Director Global Landscapes at IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative
    Building partnerships towards the realization of sustainable sourcing regions
  • Guus ter Haar, Consultant at NewForesight
    Experiences in designing landscape approaches in palm oil, coffee, and fisheries

Download the presentation here, or watch the recording:



Collaborating with ICCO on the most interactive edition of World Cocoa Conference

Picture by ICCO

How to engage 1500 cocoa stakeholders from over 60 countries all with different viewpoints and interests and still create a common vision and agenda that accelerates action? This was the challenge we were faced with in supporting the facilitation of the 4th World Cocoa Conference.

It should come as no surprise for you that the cocoa sector is facing a number of severe sustainability challenges. Already for more than 15 years, the sectors largest stakeholders are struggling to turn this around. The challenges in cocoa are systemic in nature and therefore require a sector-broad and world-wide coordinated approach that understands the root causes of unsustainable outcomes. One organization dedicated to achieve better outcomes is the International Cocoa Organization, (ICCO); a global organization that represents governments of cocoa producing and consuming countries and, among other things, coordinates countries’ production policies and programs.

The ICCO organizes bi-annual World Cocoa Conferences attended by all stakeholder groups (government, industry, civil society, academia, financial institutions and farmers) from as many as 65 countries. This conference is a major event that convenes the sector to set the agenda, discuss challenging topics and indicate next steps on the road towards sustainability. A great opportunity to trigger collaboration in the sector and to collectively set measurable goals. NewForesight was given the assignment to co-organize and facilitate the fourth World Cocoa Conference on 23-25 April 2018 in Berlin with a new, interactive and actionable format.

A content driven and actionable agenda for the cocoa sector

What does the World Cocoa Conference need, in order to accelerate sector change? At NewForesight we support our clients to develop approaches to tackle complex sustainability challenges: such strategies often including defining a vision, setting clear roles & responsibilities and monitoring and evaluating progress (see also our blog on the Six Key Elements of Sustainable Transformation). Therefore, NewForesight was delighted to accept the invitation by ICCO to make the 2018 World Cocoa Conference more high-energy, interactive and action-oriented, leveraging the input of the audience on the critical issues the sector is faced with.

How did we include the audience of the conference in decision making and agenda setting? With Lucas’ moderation, the use of polling technology and through interactive and engaging breakout formats, it was ensured that each participant could contribute. Such participant engagement enabled ICCO to directly integrate input from the audience into the Berlin Declaration; the policy document presented at the end of the conference.

Our team, consisting of Lucas Simons, Renée Engelsman and Marlien Sneller, looks back to a successful conference where cocoa stakeholders added their critical perspectives and together formed an energized crowd dedicated towards action, and so did our client. We are looking forward to seeing the bi-annual World Cocoa Conferences becoming increasingly central and actionable towards guiding the progress needed within the sector.

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Do you have similar ambitions in organizing a high-energy and engaging event? We are happy to support. Amongst the possibilities are the delivery of a Master of Ceremonies, delivery of (multiple) facilitators of parallel sessions, development of interactive formats and social media management. Feel free to contact us for discussing the options.

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NewForesight and Nyenrode are looking for a Strategic Content Contributor for their upcoming publication

  • Are you looking for a summer project?
  • Do you have the analytical skills to crunch information into easy to read insights and do you have the ability to easily adopt conceptual frameworks in your writing?
  • Are you that logistical hero that easily leads the coordination in a fast-paced project?

Then you should join us as a strategic content contributor to an exciting new publication. NewForesight is developing the sequel to the popular book, Changing the Food Game, together with Nyenrode Business University and a pool of over 40 sector experts. These experts are currently applying market transformation thinking to their respective sectors, including, apparel, construction, energy, mining, education, and tourism. The book is due to be published internationally by Taylor and Francis in mid-2019.

We are looking for someone to support and coordinate the final and most important phase of the book. The role will involve working closely with a team at NewForesight including with Lucas Simons (CEO) but also with Andre Nijhoff, Professor of Sustainable Business & Stewardship and coordinator of the MBA programs at Nyenrode Business University. The main work will be helping to develop the first chapter of the book which highlights the current sustainability trends and gives an overview of market system dynamics. You will be asked to conduct research around different topics, coordinate with the other authors and help with the drafting of the content. In addition to this, you will get to build your network in the sustainability world, through supporting the ongoing guidance of the sector-writers, including reviewing and re-writing their work.

The right person will need to:

  • Be available for 2-3 months, five days a week, beginning in August and ending in October
  • Have excellent research, organizational and writing skills
  • Be able to understand complex theories quickly
  • Be passionate about sustainability across different sectors

What is in it for you:

  • Experience of working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Great opportunity for building your network within sustainability
  • Direct exposure to leaders in sustainability
  • Mentoring and skill development from the Changing the Game team
  • Acknowledgment of your contribution in the book
  • Remuneration of 1250 euros per month

Apply for this position by sending your CV, motivation letter and an example of your writing by 31st July through breezy.