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.
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.
Coca-Cola bottler extends 2020 sustainability targets
One of Coca-Cola's leading bottlers, Coca-Cola HBC, has on Friday (30 September) unveiled seven new sustainability goals to build on the company's initial 2020 targets made last year.
Canary Wharf Group slashes emissions through technology and ISO frameworks
Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has boosted its energy efficiency credentials during the past year through improved building energy performance and the implementation of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiency across the business.
World's largest canmaker updates sustainability goals to account for Rexam acquisition
The world's largest canmaker Ball Corporation, has outlined a new sustainability agenda which will see it adopt science-based carbon targets and lead the field in next-generation spacecraft propulsion systems.
Diageo reports 'good progress' towards environmental goals
Multinational alcoholic beverage company Diageo has reported "notable improvements" in the management of water efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions and waste materials, as well as taking new steps to promote responsible drinking, in the group's latest CSR report.
Johnson & Johnson aims to remedy global trends with new 2020 targets
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is facing up to new megatrends, such as an aging population and an increase in climate-related deaths, by announcing new "Citizenship and Sustainability" goals for 2020.
Virgin Media hails 'biggest carbon reduction ever' following major efficiency drive
Telecoms giant Virgin Media has recorded its "biggest ever" annual carbon reduction, with emissions falling by 6.1% between 2014 and 2015 as a part of the firm's 'Digital for Good' sustainability programme launched last year.
UPS reaches one billion miles target for 'Rolling Laboratory' green fleet one year early
Logistics company UPS has revealed it has passed the one billion miles milestone for its "Rolling Laboratory" of electric, natural gas, biofuel and hybrid delivery trucks one year ahead of schedule.
Caesars bets big on corporate sustainability goals
American gaming goliath Caesars Entertainment is going "all in" on its CodeGreen environmental performance targets, after outlining reductions to energy use, waste and emissions in its latest corporate sustainability report.
MillerCoors raises a glass to water stewardship efforts
The second-largest brewing company in the US has reduced water consumption in its breweries, including those in water-stressed California, by 128m gallons last year, while greenhouse gas emissions and waste produced also tumbled.
Kimberly-Clark sets 'aggressive' new sustainability targets
Personal care consumer product manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has established a new six-year sustainability strategy to build on the success of the "aggressive goals" the company has just surpassed, as revealed in its latest sustainability report.
Three-quarters of UK construction firms operate a low-carbon strategy
New research has revealed that the UK construction industry recognises its long-term duty to the environment, with 75% of companies now operating a low-carbon or carbon reduction strategy.
HP pledges zero deforestation by 2020
Technology giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has built upon its recent commitment to go 100% renewable by announcing a bold zero deforestation by 2020 - alongside two other ambitious goals - as outlined in the company's latest sustainability report.
How the Sustainable Development Goals are shaping corporate responsibility at SABMiller
International brewing company SABMiller has revealed annual cuts to key environmental footprints, after tweaking its "Prosper" sustainability initiative to align to the global targets established in the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Decoupling emissions from economic growth: the Interserve success story
With a number of global reports recently highlighting that national carbon reductions are being achieved while economies are growing, one of Britain's biggest construction firms is proving that sustainability and profitability can also go hand-in-hand for businesses.
Climate Take Back: Inside Interface's bold new mission to reverse climate change
EXCLUSIVE: Just four years away from its ambitious Mission Zero deadline, global carpet manufacturer and sustainability leader Interface has decided to evolve its sustainability strategy, developing an unparalleled initiative that goes "beyond the boundaries" of any single company. edie's Matt Mace investigates.
Ford focuses on innovation as energy use and emissions tumble
US car manufacturer Ford has unveiled the results of its ongoing sustainability push, with reductions in water and energy use and carbon emissions highlighted in its 17th annual Sustainability Report, which was largely focused on a renewed innovation drive.
Majority of global companies 'failing to deliver' on cotton sustainability
An overwhelming majority of global companies using the highest volume of cotton internationally have "failed to deliver" on sourcing sustainably, with industry experts calling on companies "serious about sustainability" to source 100% more sustainable cotton by 2020.
Kellogg's pours 'heart and soul' into new science-based targets as footprints shrink
Food manufacturer Kellogg's has unveiled new reductions across key operational footprints that the "business depends on", as the company drives towards its new science-based sustainability targets.
Gender gap in sustainability shrinks as job satisfaction continues to thrive
The gender gap in the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CRS) sector shrunk last year, with pay disparities shortening and the number of women occupying "top jobs" increasing, a new salary survey has revealed.
GRI aims to streamline sustainability reporting through new Digital Alliance
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has unveiled a new programme aimed at streamlining sustainability reporting for businesses by using digital platforms to "enable transformational change".
Coca-Cola Enterprises closes in on 2020 footprint reduction targets
Soft-drinks bottlers Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is celebrating its 10-year sustainability journey by revealing wholesale reductions in carbon emissions, packaging use and water consumption, as the company strides towards its 2020 targets.
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.
Book your free expert advice clinics at edie Live
Visitors to edie Live are being given the chance to book free, one-to-one advice clinics to help them plan all aspects of their sustainability strategies.
L'Oréal chases "carbon-balanced" commitment as footprints shrink
Cosmetics giant L'Oréal has made significant progress in its sustainable development plan, with figures showing the company is on course to reach targets to reduce emissions, water consumption and waste generation by 60% by 2020.
Behind the Brands: Unilever tops Oxfam's 'Big 10' supply chain rankings
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has overtaken nutrition business Nestlé to claim the top spot in Oxfam's 'Behind the Brands' campaign, which measures and ranks the social sustainability of the 'Big 10' global food and drinks companies.
Rap battle: Sustainability's latest Millennial marketing trend
From BT laying down a track about minimising emissions to a Dutch hip-hop star freestyling about Heineken's reduced water consumption, edie explores the latest trend in CSR reporting: rap music.
Accor to plant 1,000 vegetable gardens to tackle food waste
AccorHotels will plant 1,000 vegetable gardens at its properties, as the world's largest hotel operator ramps up its sustainability commitments in a bid to curtail the environmental impact of its operations.
Adidas 'strives for sustainability' with new 2020 targets
German sportswear company Adidas has revealed how it plans to "create responsibility", by unveiling numerous footprint reduction targets for 2020, which have been outlined in its latest sustainability report.
Palm oil giant to address 'serious issues' of alleged illegal sourcing
The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has revealed that it is engaging with individual supplier mills which have allegedly been using 'tainted and illegal' palm oil sources, in an attempt to clarify revelations uncovered in a recent report.
Heineken slashes key footprints as production volume surges
International brewer Heineken has revealed reductions in both water consumption and carbon emissions, despite a growth in production, as it drives towards its 2020 sustainability targets.
Vacherin summons wonky veg army to fight war on waste
London catering business Vacherin is striving to bring cosmetically rejected - but still perfectly edible - fruit & vegetables back into the foodservice supply chain with a three-fold increase in its sourcing of produce that would not ordinarily meet the exacting standards of larger retailers.
'Painful learning process' for Verizon as it downgrades carbon reduction projections
America's largest wireless telecoms provider has drastically reduced estimations of the environmental impact of the products and services it offers after previously using 'over-optimistic' assumptions to inform its sustainability report.
Why you LOVE your job: Sustainability professionals report record levels of career satisfaction
Environment and sustainability professionals are among the happiest workers in the UK, according to the latest annual Practitioner Survey from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).
RB exceeds waste reductions targets as emissions lag
Health and hygiene company RB, which owns brands including Durex, Calgon and Gaviscon, has revealed it has reached its waste management goals five years early, although improvement on carbon reductions is still needed.
Supply chain audits at risk of becoming 'Frankenstein monsters', experts warn
Supply chain audits are in danger of compromising working conditions and creating unnecessary costs unless a new model is introduced, industry experts have cautioned.
Barclays surges past carbon reduction target
Barclays is now beginning to shift its focus to supply chains and scope-three emissions after the British bank's latest sustainability report reveals it has reduced its carbon footprint by 37% - far exceeding a two-year target of a 10% reduction.
Palm oil giant completes extensive supplier maps for sustainable palm oil
The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has today (25 February) completed the mapping and traceability of its supply chain through to each of its 489 mills in Indonesia.
GRI launches GOLD community of transparent sustainability reporting
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched a new membership programme aimed at aiding businesses that offer greater transparency on sustainability issues in their CSR reports.
Supply chain ethics and traceability among biggest business human rights issues, report finds
Increasing supply chain traceability and integrating human rights into the adaptation and mitigation of climate change impacts are among the most significant human rights issues effecting sustainability and CSR professionals.
Lidl uses plastic bag charge to help Keep Britain Tidy
German discount supermarket chain Lidl has today (19 February) pledged to donate a minimum of £1m raised from its 5p plastic bag charge to charity, in a bid to educate children on litter prevention.
Sustainability reporting: Why conduct a materiality assessment?
In the third part of edie's sustainability reporting feature series, we explore how CSR reports can be used to monitor and manage the most important environmental issues affecting your company.
Generation S: Survey reveals employment benefits of sustainable business
Firms accused of 'unethical' practices such as poor environmental performance are missing out on more than half of 'Generation S' candidates, who are more selective about their employer's approach to sustainability .
Sustainability reporting: 10 secrets to success
The concept of developing meaningful, effective and engaging sustainability reports has started to weigh anchor in the business sphere, evolving from a swept-aside entrée to the meaty bulk of fundamental corporate social responsibility.
Sustainability Reporting: Taking the first steps
Convincing stakeholders - and perhaps even yourself - to undertake your company's first sustainability report is a daunting task. What are the key first steps you must take to embark upon a successful sustainability reporting journey.
Businesses putting off low-carbon innovation in hope of policy 'silver bullet'
European industrial firms are overlooking the importance of innovation in curbing emissions, a new study from the EU's innovation agency has found.
Michael Bloomberg to head up new climate task force
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is to lead a new industry-led task force which will offer climate change-related financial risk disclosures to companies and investors.
KPMG: Lack of consistency clouds carbon reporting
Carbon reporting from the world's largest 250 companies lacks consistency and makes it practically impossible for stakeholders to compare performances, according to the 2015 edition of the KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting.
Sustainability Reporting: More goals, more targets, more frameworks, more reporting
Ahead of edie's Sustainability Reporting Conference which takes place in February, conference chair Elaine Cohen examines the challenges and opportunities of the current reporting landscape, with an insight into what we can expect in the coming year.
New web platform to streamline sustainability reporting
A trio of global sustainability organisations are creating a new reporting platform which aims to help businesses make sense of the reporting requirements that affect them on a regional, national and international level.
Unilever's Paul Polman receives UN's highest environmental accolade
Unilever's chief executive has been named as one of the winners of the United Nations' Champion of the Earth Award for his work as a 'tireless advocate' for sustainable business models.
Islamic Reporting Initiative: Aligning local culture with CSR
A 'one-size-fits-all' approach to CSR reporting is becoming irrelevant and impractical, writes Daan Elffers, who has launched a new framework to align sustainable business with local principles and values.
Kering: Monetising environmental impacts helped secure our future
EXCLUSIVE: Putting an economic value on the whole range of a company's environmental impacts is the best way to get business executives to understand sustainability issues, according to luxury goods and sporstwear firm Kering.
Premier League sustainability: Creating the world's greenest football club
The Premier League season got underway this weekend with a winning start for Manchester United and dropped points for Arsenal and Chelsea.
Mars slashes environmental impact with renewable energy surge
Global confectionary giant Mars has released its 2014 sustainability report, highlighted by a 54% year-on-year increase in the amount of renewable energy used by the company.
Carillion sustainability efforts net £27m profit
UK construction giant Carillion added £27.2m to its bottom line in 2014 thanks to sustainability efforts, according to the firm's latest CSR report.
UK consumers 'in the dark' over timber provenance
British consumers are being 'kept in the dark' about the sourcing practices of some of the UK's largest timber users, according to a new report from WWF.
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.
Green noise: Is sustainability reporting becoming too complex?
The multifaceted landscape of sustainability reporting has become overwhelming for businesses and is leading to a general lack of engagement around CSR communication.
Sustainability reporting: GRI to develop sector-related indicators
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will next year be focusing on the development of specific sector-related indicators under its G4 Guidelines in a bid to encourage businesses to be more transparent with their reporting of sustainability issues and challenges.
Office Coffee Company saves 26,000 tonnes of CO2
A sustainability-focused business model adopted by a Gloucestershire-based coffee supplier has helped its business customers slash more than 26,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the past year.
Tiffany committed to new sustainable mining standard
Tiffany & Co. has reaffirmed its sustainability commitments through its work as a founding member of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), according to the jewellery company's latest CSR report.
Sustainability grows in importance for investment firms
The majority of investment companies consider sustainability to be integral to investor relations outreach, according to a new survey by Thomson Reuters.
'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).
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.
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.
Opportunities to arise as mandatory GHG reporting comes into force
Changes to the Companies Act which come into force today will mean that businesses now have a legal requirement to integrate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) with their financial reporting.
EXCLUSIVE: Inaccuracy in Orange's CSR report reveals increase in water consumption
Telecommunications giant Orange has revealed that its water consumption increased by 7.8% in 2012 from 2011, despite the company reporting a reduction of 36%, an error uncovered by edie.
Waitrose advances towards off-grid with flagship energy centre
Waitrose has opened the first of two low carbon energy centres that will power its stores using locally sourced woodchip biomass in a bid to cut total emissions by 15%.
VIDEO: Brands must wise up to influence greener thinking
More intelligence is needed around tailoring green messages to consumers if brand-owners are to influence behaviour change on a significant scale.
Fashion brand launches with 100% transparency policy
A fashion brand has launched with what it claims is a 100% transparency policy in a bid to prove its sustainability credentials right down the supply chain.
10 reasons NOT to write a CSR report
The pressure to report may be increasing - but that doesn't mean your company has to jump into the reporting pool. Elaine Cohen outlines ten valid arguments for the debut CSR report to be put on hold
Paper manufacturer M-real aims for a no-skeletons approach to developing new recycled papers, as John Haven found out
A waste of paper
Ethical business campaigner Helen Middleton asks some hard questions about the worth of Corporate Social Responsibility reports
Lars-Olle Larsson, chairman of the FEE Sustainability Assurance Group, says assurance is key to the development of CSR reporting
Lars-Olle Larsson, chairman of the FEE Sustainability Assurance Group, says assurance is key to the development of CSR reporting
Getting the message across
Graham Sprigg looks at how companies can improve the way that they communicate their environmental and social initiatives outside the business
Rob Bell investigates a software tool that promises to increase the practicality of sustainability reporting and transform it into a tool for changing business