Corporate Social Responsibility
CDP's Climate A List: Highlighting the business case for low-carbon commitments
Companies that feature in global disclosure organisation CDP's annual Climate A List - such as Sky, Apple, Tesco and Unilever - are producing 6% higher returns on average compared to other brands.
Businesses must address 'internal disconnect' to deliver sustainability success
Sustainability and investor agendas are becoming increasingly intertwined, but gaps in knowledge and understanding are preventing companies and investors from sharpening their focus on long-term sustainable value creation, a new report has found.
How Britain's retailers can solve the Syrian refugee supply chain quandary
The shock revelation that Syrian refugee children have been found making clothes for a number of British fashion brands serves to highlight the desperate need for more robust procedures and increased collaboration among businesses to drive truly sustainable and ethical supply chains.
Tea value network delivering supply chain sustainability in Malawi
A multi-stakeholder coalition including Tesco, Marks & Spencer (M&S), and Unilever has made significant progress towards achieving a competitive Malawian tea sector where workers earn a living wage and smallholders earn a living income by 2020.
Industry leaders unite to develop deforestation guidance
Mars, L'Oreal and Tetra Pak are among a host of international businesses that have come together to form a new cross-sector initiative to help tackle deforestation and develop better climate change accounting methods.
Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds
In the same week the UK marked Anti-Slavery Day (18 October), a survey has found that more than half of construction businesses would not know what action to take if modern slavery was encountered in their supply chain.
SDGs underpin 'positive progress' of corporate sustainability reporting
Nearly a third (30%) of world-leading companies are now implementing the framework into their sustainability and integrated reports, as the push to mainstream non-financial reporting continues to gain momentum.
The Body Shop creates 'powerful global change' through partnership with renowned street artist
Beauty products retailer The Body Shop has raised more than £325,000 to fund innovative social and environmental projects through a collaboration with one of the world's most renowned street artists.
Tetra Pak cuts emissions during period of growth
Despite the number of packages sold rising by 16% over the last 12 months, Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has revealed that emissions have tumbled as it closes in on its 2020 climate goals.
Lidl pledges to remove single-use plastic carrier bags
German discount supermarket chain Lidl UK has today (28 September) pledged to remove single-use plastic carrier bags from sale across all stores in England, Scotland and Wales.
Business must address 'timid action' to achieve SDGs
One year on from the launch of the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), new research has found that a majority of companies have been too slow to take tangible action.
Unilever retains top spot in Fit for Purpose Index
Consumer goods company Unilever tops the list of the world's most purposeful companies in Radley Yeldar's (RY) 2016 Fit for Purpose 2016 Index for the second consecutive year, with the likes of Philips and Nestle making up the top 10.
Tarmac lays the foundation for concrete energy reduction
Construction firm Tarmac has ramped up its energy efficiency efforts through the roll out of on-site technologies, the uptake of demand-response, and the development of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiencies across the business.
Sky fall: Telecoms giant sees carbon intensity plummet following energy efficiency drive
Global media company Sky Group has made strong progress with its carbon intensity reduction target after ramping up investment in energy-efficient buildings, according to its latest sustainability report.
Sharing sustainability success: From selling to showing
Kimberly-Clark's head of sustainability for EMEA Tom Berry explores how some of the world's most intractable development issues, such as increasing access to education and improving sanitation, require effective behaviour change programmes to create real progress.
Electrolux launches global food action plan in support of SDGs
Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer Electrolux has today (12 September) launched an ambitious and wide-ranging food sustainability action plan to address major global challenges, in support of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Can sustainability professionals lead a 'social movement' to drive the green economy?
Environment and sustainability professionals can become the leaders of a new social movement that paves the way for a low-carbon, resource efficient future where fossil fuel consumption and air pollution are eradicated from human activities.
Jonathon Porritt: Business leaders are better placed than MPs to drive the green economy
EXCLUSIVE: Business leaders are "more predisposed" than politicians to drive sustainable development for the foreseeable future, according to leading British environmentalist Jonathon Porritt.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 08 - Sustainability without the fluff
It's time to discuss the elephant in the room: companies will only become truly 'sustainable' if they can embed sustainability into their products. But what are the skills required to deliver a comprehensive low-carbon, resource efficient business action plan?
KFC urged to phase out harmful antiobiotics in meat supply
Consumer groups and shareholder investors are calling upon fast-food chain KFC to phase out harmful antibiotic use in its meat supply in order to combat the "catastrophic" global health threat of antibiotic-resistant "superbug" bacteria.
Virgin Media and Heineken USA revolutionise CSR reporting with gamification and 360-degree video
EXCLUSIVE: As investors, campaign groups and consumers continue to pile pressure on companies to accelerate progress towards ambitious climate goals, some of the stalwarts of sustainability reporting are beginning to look beyond traditional methods of disclosure to drive stakeholder engagement with their CSR reports.
Millennials will drive future value for energy providers, survey shows
A new survey has found that a strong consumer demand in new products and services from millennials will create a significant amount of value for energy providers who embrace the younger generations.
How The North Face is reshaping its supply chain through chemical responsibility
For the best part of a decade, outdoor wear giant North Face has been committed to a responsible chemistry programme which aims to create significant environmental savings that go beyond compliance, to identify environmentally preferable chemicals and to reduce overall chemical use in its supply chain.
Carbon Trust: The business case for proactive action in supply chain resource efficiency
Businesses can make huge investment returns through a transition from a business-as-usual approach to delivering proactive action when addressing resource efficiency within the supply chain.
Mars and Ford hit big zero-waste-to-landfill milestones
Multinational corporations Mars and Ford have announced zero-waste-to-landfill achievements across their respective factories in their latest sustainability reports.
Food giants show increased appetite for sustainable supply chains
Global food and beverage firms Nestlé and Mondelez International have both ramped up sustainable business efforts over the past year, with an increased commitment to supply chain transparency, according to their respective CSR reports.
Bacardi mixes perfect cocktail of water, energy and waste reductions
Global spirits giant Bacardi has surpassed annual targets in improving water use, energy efficiency and recycling rates and is on course to obtain 100% of sugarcane-derived products from sustainably certified sources by 2022.
BT's bold customer emissions target passes halfway mark
Telecoms giant BT is on course to help its customers reduce carbon emissions by three times the end-to-end carbon impact of its own operations by 2020, with the group's latest sustainability report revealing that it achieved a customer-to-business carbon reduction ration of 1.6 to one last year.
Retailers make landmark sustainable seafood pledge
Leading British supermarkets Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer (M&S) are among a cross-sector cluster of organisations that have voluntarily signed an agreement to protect a key Arctic region from industrial fishing, by preventing suppliers from expanding cod fisheries into pristine marine waters.
Nike says 'just do it' to the circular economy
Sportswear giant Nike aims to build on progress made in its latest sustainability report by integrating the circular economy into its business strategy, after becoming the latest major brand to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a global partner.
Mars shifts to 100% renewable electricity for UK operations
Mars Incorporated has committed to purchasing 100% renewable electricity to power all 12 of its UK factories as part of the company's vision to become carbon-neutral across its global operations by 2040.
Carillion nets £33m profit from sustainability action
Carillion has added an additional £33.8m to its overall profits thanks to an increased focus on sustainable business practices, the British construction company has announced in its latest CSR report.
Aldi jumps on sustainable bananas bandwagon
Supermarket Aldi UK has become the latest retailer to pledge to source its entire UK range of bananas from either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance-certified farms before the end of 2016.
Timberland pledges to 'preserve the outdoors' with fresh sustainability targets
Outdoor clothing company Timberland has set itself a new list of ambitious sustainability targets for 2020, including goals to plant 10 million trees and ensure that 50% of energy comes from renewable sources.
Palm oil giant sets 'fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020
The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has told edie it wants to achieve "greater awareness of the production practices in the supply chain" as it sets itself an ambitious goal of 100% traceability to plantation by 2020.
HP joins RE100, aims for 40% renewables by 2020
Technology giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reaffirmed its commitment to sustainable business by becoming the 55th company to join the Climate Group's RE100 initiative, pledging to source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations.
FedEx plans to deliver 'future of aviation' with biofuels drive
The world's largest express transportation company is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass.
Asda uses carrier bag charge to fund social enterprise scheme
Asda has used money it has generated from the carrier bag charge to fund a ground-breaking new scheme in Scotland which aims to increase the availability of supermarket products that have a positive social or environmental impact.
Intel achieves conflict-free supply chain
Products and packages shipped by American technology giant Intel will be 'conflict free' in 2016, the company's chief executive announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Marriott helps 'Clean the World' with groundbreaking soap recycling scheme
London Heathrow Marriott Hotel has become the first hotel to partner with social enterprise Clean The World to recycle discarded soap.
Environmental pollution - is your business watertight?
Business owners and site managers need to ensure that their facilities are protected from water pollution and flooding. How will spill containment systems work in a real-life emergency? Would regulatory authorities be satisfied that containment systems are effective? David Cole from Hydro Consultancy finds out.
Manchester Airports Group reports rapid descent of carbon emissions
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has seen the total carbon emissions from all of its airports fall by 16% over the past year, according to its latest CSR report.
Next edie conference to showcase supply chain sustainability
Bringing together supply chain, procurement, and sustainability professionals, edie's fourth annual Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement conference will explore the challenges and opportunities of creating a truly sustainable and ethical supply chain.
Co-operative Bank offsets 100,000 tonnes of CO2 in 'beyond carbon-neutral' scheme
The Co-operative Bank has reported reductions in its waste and water use and sourced 99% of its electricity from renewable energy in the company's latest values and ethics report.
Linking sustainability and responsibility: participation toward social justice
Leading businesses now connect sustainability not just with being 'green', but with being a proactive force for good in a globalised economy.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in June 2015
June has been a month of major investments, policy change and landmark decisions. Take a look back at the month's major stories with edie's gallery round up.
Unilever launches global crowdsourcing campaign for sustainable innovation
Unilever's innovation platform, Unilever Foundry, has launched a new global crowdsourcing community to find new ways to tackle global sustainability problems.
VIDEO: New IRENA app puts green data at your fingertips
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched a new smartphone app which gives the public direct access to up-to-date information on renewable energy potential worldwide.
Microsoft turns to gamification to tackle water crisis
Tech giant Microsoft has taken its corporate social responsibility to the world of smartphones, with the launch of a new mobile app designed to raise awareness of global water issues.
The importance and benefits of corporate social responsibility
Global mining firm Vedanta has taken a new approach to corporate responsibility: it now claims to embed sustainable values across all of its activities; working with local communities, organisations and NGOs to design programmes that improve their quality of life.
#Sustainability: Five ways social media is driving CSR
With key sustainability credentials often hidden deep within long annual reports, businesses are increasingly embracing the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to communicate directly with their customer base.
Sustainability reporting: Employee engagement critical to overcome 'treacle layer' troubles
Communicating and embedding sustainability throughout an organisation is often hampered by a 'treacle layer' at operational level which can make it harder for businesses to develop new environmental strategies and produce succinct corporate social responsibility reports.
CSR director Matt Sexton leaves B&Q
Matt Sexton has left his position as director of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at B&Q, following a restructuring of the DIY chain's sustainability division.
Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist
Engaging with major fossil fuel companies on climate change has become futile, according to one of the UK's most esteemed environmentalists who spent years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell.
Carlsberg faces up to 'tough' circular economy changes
The uptake of a circular economy business model at Carlsberg has been admittedly difficult as the brewing company battles the perfect storm of poor government engagement, a lack of industry collaboration and in-house habitual change.
CSR is a win-win for brands and consumers
Businesses and consumers share the cost burden of companies becoming more socially responsible, but they also share the 'warm glow' of reward when it goes well, according to new research.
Krispy Kreme follows competitor into sustainable palm oil commitment
US doughnut supplier Krispy Kreme has made a pledge to only source 100% responsible, deforestation-free palm oil less than 24 hours after rival firm Dunkin' Donuts made its own commitment.
Businesses wake up to financial benefits of sustainability
The advantages of running a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme are becoming more tangible for businesses, with cost management emerging as the number one driver for firms looking to adopt more sustainable businesses practices.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group achieves plastic lightweighting target one year early
Drinks giant Dr Pepper Snapple Group has announced that it has achieved its sustainability target of conserving more than 60m pounds of plastic through lightweighting and packaging redesigns one year early.
MEP urges business to inform European CSR policy before August 15 deadline
Labour MEP Richard Howitt has appealed to business leaders to make corporate social responsibility an EU priority.
World's top PR companies rule out working with climate deniers
Ten firms say they will not represent clients that deny man-made climate change or seek to block emisson-reducing regulations.
UPS doubles carbon reduction targets for 2020
Packaging and transportation giant UPS has announced it is doubling its carbon intensity reduction target from transportation to 20% by 2020.
Proctor & Gamble launches Kenyan solar-powered clean water project
Proctor & Gamble have launched a new CSR initiative to help bring 240,000 litres of clean water per day to Kibera in Nairobi.
VIDEO: Starbucks and Marks and Spencer join new CSR social network
Starbucks and M&S have signed up to a new social networking site specialising in helping companies support charitable community and sustainability projects.
IKEA sets sights on making sustainable cotton affordable for all
IKEA is aiming to secure 100% cotton from more sustainable sources by the end of 2015 as it looks to broaden its impact and make sustainable cotton a mainstream commodity.
Brands 'not trusted' yet to deliver on socially responsible products
Brand leaders are at risk of losing one-third of their customers over the next few years if they don't align their product portfolios more closely with responsible consumption.
BBC hits 20% energy reduction target following relocation
The BBC has cut thousands of tonnes of CO2 and reduced its energy consumption by 20%, according to the broadcaster's Corporate Responsibility (CR) report released today (21 July).
'Box-ticking' approach compromises sustainable business
Businesses are operating 'on the border of compliancy' when it comes to sustainable business practice, with more than three quarters primarily concerned about their corporate image when introducing sustainability measures.
'Coherent narrative' needed to drive circular economy movement
British business hasn't organised itself properly and lacks coherence when it comes to making the transition to a circular economy, according to Conservative MP Laura Sandys.
UK's first professional body for corporate responsibility and sustainability launched
The UK sustainability sector now has a professional body for establishing standards, developing a code of conduct and creating learning and development opportunities with the launch of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS).
Taking stock of green business
The advent of sustainable strategy continues to have an unprecedented impact on the stock market. Today, the environmental policy of a business and future energy forecasts are a vital consideration for financiers in determining just how investable a company is. Schneider Electric's Richard Badham investigates how to ensure your sustainable strategy is aligned to profit potential.
EU launches Green Action Plan for SMEs
On the same day as revealing a new Circular Economy Package, the European Commission has published its new Green Action Plan for SMEs in a bid to improve resource efficiency among smaller firms.
Banks may take a generation to get sustainability right
Royal Bank of Scotland's chief sustainability officer Andrew Cave has said it may take an entire generation in banking to overhaul the culture within the industry to make it fit for purpose with regards to sustainability.
Marks & Spencer outlines challenges for Plan A global scale-up
Marks & Spencer has announced it is extending its Plan A commitments to 2020 in a bid to scale up sustainability across its international operations.
Companies failing to recognise role of HR in delivering sustainability
Human resources departments could act as a valuable lever in driving forward employee engagement on corporate sustainability issues but they often remain sidelined, one CSR expert has said.
Scottish distilleries in good spirits with new energy efficiency fund
A Bacardi distillery in Scotland is set to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 90% with an energy efficiency project it is able to bring to life with new funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB).
McDonald's unveils ambitious global sustainability strategy
McDonald's has launched its first ever international sustainability framework, containing an array of environmental targets, as part of the fast food firm's annual sustainability report, released today (1 May).
Brand protection: engaging with suppliers for a more ethical supply chain
While most businesses have an understanding of what's happening with their first-level suppliers, it can be much more difficult to gain the same amount of insight from further down the supply chain, says Jon Williams.
Halfords launches recycling initiative to help charity
Unwanted bicycles will be donated to several countries in Africa under a new initiative launched by Halfords.
Jaguar Land Rover sets out community welfare strategy
Jaguar Land Rover has announced that it aims to create "opportunities for 12 million people around the world" by 2020 by creating a range of humanitarian, conservation, environmental and educational initiatives.
Rexam teams up with Carlsberg in new sustainability initiative
Beverage can maker Rexam has become one of the founding partners of Carlsberg's new group corporate social responsibility initiative - the Carlsberg Circular Community.
TOMS Shoes CEO joins Richard Branson's sustainability group Plan B
Global non-profit organisation, Plan B, set up by Sir Richard Branson and Puma chairman Jochen Zeitz, has recruited TOMS Shoes CEO Blake Mycoskie as the latest edition to 'the B Team'.
MEPs vote for tougher environmental reporting requirements for large firms
A key committee of the European Parliament has today voted in favour of mandatory environmental and social reporting for large companies.
Caesars deals out cuts to emissions and energy use
Casino and hotel giant Caesars Entertainment has cut its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 11% from 2007, surpassing its target of 10% by 2013.
Corporate responsibility risk 'not sufficiently tied' to remuneration
Just one in ten (10%) companies are linking their corporate responsibility (CR) performance to remuneration, suggesting that many are failing to incentivise executives to manage environmental and social risks effectively, according to a new report.
Business must drive collective action and face up to 'underlying water risks'
Companies only undertaking water-related activities from a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) perspective, are unlikely to address the underlying water risks they face, nor harness the potential opportunities, a new report claims.
Corporate responsibility must get tougher and more transparent
Businesses must ask some "tough questions" and become more transparent if they wish to scale up their CSR commitments, PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) corporate responsibility leader Shannon Schuyler has said.
In conversation with Aviva's Zelda Bentham
Aviva's Zelda Bentham talks to edie about what areas of sustainability the insurance company is focusing on and why climate change sceptics are "brave".
Heathrow recycling pilot could set benchmark for aviation industry
A trial to encourage greater recycling of airport waste at London Heathrow could prove hugely influential by transforming the way the aviation sector treats airline and terminal waste around the world.
Breakthrough technology could increase sustainable product choices
A new technology being developed will allow consumers to count the cost of a product's impact on the environment.
CEOs in powerful position to unlock sustainable transformation
CEOs should take advantage of their ability to create "powerful mechanisms" that can drive meaningful change across the corporate sustainability landscape, a leading CSR authority has said.
G4S surpasses 2012 carbon reduction target by 3%
Global security services firm G4S has achieved a 16% reduction in carbon emissions since 2009, largely due to a decrease in energy consumption by employees.
BSkyB chief looks to give sustainable values a creative edge
BSkyB CEO Jeremy Darroch has acknowledged that while the broadcast industry has been slow in waking up to corporate sustainability, on a strategic level it has proved beneficial for his company.
Bacardi reduces water use but energy consumption up 7%
Bacardi improved its water efficiency per unit of product by 11% in 2012 compared to 2011, due to increased production volumes and water efficiency measures.
Nordea behind schedule on energy targets due to fewer full time employees
Nordea has increased its energy consumption by 2.6% in 2012 compared to 2011 and is 'behind schedule' in meeting its 15% 2016 energy reduction target.
GlaxoSmithKline's increased sales result in bigger carbon footprint
GlaxoSmithKline's carbon footprint has increased by 7% from 2010 levels due to increased sales of the company's inhalers.
Carlsberg demonstrates CSR credentials with reduced energy consumption
Global brewer Carlsberg has reduced its energy consumption and agreed a new strategy for sustainable packaging, according to its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report released today.
Corporate Social Responsibility of SME's must be political priority
Accounting for 90% of Europe's businesses, SME's can play a fundamental role in promoting the uptake of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), according to the European Parliament.
L'Oréal's biggest challenge is making 'sustainability desirable'
L'Oréal's biggest challenge is getting consumers to come on board with sustainability, according to the cosmetics and beauty company's director of corporate social responsibility and sustainability Alexandra Palt.
Company forest footprint disclosures on the rise
The number of companies voluntarily disclosing their forest footprint has increased by almost 15% compared to last year, according to a report.