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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development report praises the 'leading light' companies that are demonstrating the best reporting practices among Council members

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 company recently announced ambitions to deliver more than 100 million packs of 100% recyclable, bio-based cartons to customers during 2016

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.

Initial 2020 commitments by Coca-Cola HBC were to reduce carbon emission intensity by 50% and to cut water use by 30%.

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.

CWG’s latest CSR report details a series of energy-efficient, low-carbon innovations established by the developer to improve sustainability in the Canary Wharf area

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.

In regards to energy-efficiency measures, 2015 saw Ball “enter the world of renewable energy” for the first time in its 135-year history

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 is preparing for a future in which the only successful business models will be those that can demonstrate a positive contribution to people and the planet

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.

The new targets will see Johnson & Johnson strive to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050 against a 2010 baseline

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.

In 2015, Virgin Media increased the data on its network whilst reducing its CO2 per terabyte by 35%

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.

Currently, around 12% of the conventionally-fuelled ground fleet is being replaced by these new fuel-mix vehicles

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.

The report highlights the company’s revamped commitment to sustainability, which has seen Caesars align its targets to eight of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

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 has established a 2020 goal to restore a volume of water equal to the volume of water consumed by breweries located in water-stressed areas

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.

For its 2015 CSR update, Kimberly-Clark revealed that it had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 7.2% against a 2010 baseline – exceeding its 5% target

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.

The survey revealed that 74% of respondents claim to favour suppliers that offer low-carbon products or demonstrate green credentials

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.

The zero deforestation pledge was revealed alongside the company’s reaffirmation that it had joined Climate Group's RE100 initiative

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.

The Prosper initiative covers “five shared imperatives” that tailor themselves to creating meaningful contributions to the SDGs

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).

The new Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal has tasked Interserve with constructing a modern and sustainable building in a water-scarce area

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.

Carpet is woven at Interface Europe's manufacuring facility in Scherpenzeel, the Netherlands. The company wants to ignite a green industrial revolution. Photo: Interface

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.

An ongoing commitment to lowering water consumption has seen Ford earn an “A” grade for water stewardship from global environmental disclosure agency CDP

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.

PAN UK, Solidaridad and WWF have urged all companies using large volumes of cotton to set, report and deliver on time-bound targets for cotton sustainability

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.

The company has announced that since 2005 carbon emissions have fallen by 14% per metric tonne of food produced, just short of its 15-20% target for the end of 2015

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.

The survey revealed that the number of women occupying senior roles within the sector increased by 7%

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.

In an attempt to drive innovation and best practice, the alliance will implement technological infrastructure to create a more readable and interactive platform for reporting

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".

CCE, which made its first ever appearance on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index last September, also made in-roads in its renewable energy sourcing target

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 has unveiled 2015 CSR results as well as new five-year performance targets against the core pillars of product, outdoors and community

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.

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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.

LOréal’s largest retail brand The Body Shop launched an ambitious new CSR strategy including an overarching goal to be the world's “most ethical and truly sustainable global business

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.

The Behind the Brands campaign has driven change amongst the Big 10 food and drink firms in specific areas of supply chain management. Photo: Oxfam

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.

BT, H&M, Heineken and Henkel have all turned to rap music as a way of spreading their CSR messages

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.

AccorHotels will create 1,000 vegetable gardens in its hotels by 2020

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 has committed to reducing annual carbon reductions by 3% each year by 2020

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.

More than 83,000 hectares of the Tesso Nilo National Park in Indonesia have been converted into illegal plantations

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.

The generally positive results in the 2015 Sustainability Report demonstrate an increasingly holistic sustainability strategy pursued by Heineken in recent years

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.

The issue of food waste in the UK was thrown into the spotlight late last year by chef-turned eco warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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.

Verizon's latest sustainability report includes a number of big changes in assumptions of carbon savings generated by the US firm's various products and services

'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.

The report findings highlight a broader trend of an increasing number of employee candidates who actively seek a career which is 'ethical' in nature

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 has remained dedicated in its commitment to developing innovative products and technologies that require less energy and produce fewer emissions

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.

Arguments have been made that audits are causing too much duplication and costs too much money

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.

The 2015 report marks the first time that Barclays had captured relevant environmental data from its top suppliers

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.

The supply chain mapping project will ensure that more than seven million tonnes of palm oil and kernels are sustainably sourced from GAR’s mills

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.

The GRI's new GOLD Community will be given exclusive benefits to help drive a sustainability shift

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.

The ongoing migration crisis stretching out across the globe is an emerging driver in forced labour occurring in company portfolios, according to the report

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 has pledged to donate at least £1m over a 12 month period, with proceeds going to CLIC Sargent, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Keep Wales Tidy

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.

A successful materiality assessment allows a business to prioritise its environmental efforts and spend accordingly, helping to maximise return on investment

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.

There is increased scrutiny for business practices and an amplified desire to work within the sustainability sector

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 .

Kye Gbangbola offers his top tips for writing a sustainability report

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.

With businesses facing a wealth of guidance and instruction frameworks it can be easy to become shackled by the reporting standards

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.

One third of respondents felt that their market would not be affected by external climate changes, so they do not need to incorporate any form of innovation

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.

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will head the global taskforce in an attempt to aid financial markets in understanding the growing climate-change risks

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.

The survey found that just over half of the companies stated carbon reduction targets in reports

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.

The multifaceted landscape of sustainability reporting has made 'double work' for companies seeking to satisfy stakeholders on their CSR efforts

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.

The Reporting Exchange platform will be available in open beta format at the end of 2016 to enable public users to share their feedback

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.

Paul Polman, who joined Unilever in 2009, received the award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category

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.

The Islamic Reporting Initiative is the first integrated CSR reporting framework built on Islamic principles

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's flagship Puma store in London. Photo: Manuel Schlüter

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.

The greenest of the green? Forest Green Rovers' New Lawn stadium. Photo: Geograph.org

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’ Sustainable in a Generation plan aims to make the company completely fossil-fuel free by 2040

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.

The report also revealed a normalised carbon-footprint reduction of 17% since 2011, a 28% reduction in water consumption since 2012, and 95% diversion-from-landfill rate

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.

No companies examined by WWF could provide provide evidence that they had carried out 'sufficient due diligence' in their timber sourcing

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.

Shaun Davis, director of sustainability at the Royal Mail, speaking at the Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference

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.

The European Directive for non-financial reporting came into force in December 2014 with around 6,000 organisations expected to be on-board by 2018

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.

Nelmara Arbex is the GRI's chief advisor on innovation in reporting

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.

The company saved 100 acres of rainforest in 2013 - equivalent to more than 49 football pitches or 1,500 tennis courts

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.

100% of diamonds purchased by Tiffany & Co. in 2013 were tracable to mine or source. pic: Oliver Hoffman/Shutterstock.com

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 is viewed as a growing remit for investment, but only 34% of asset managers look for ESG research in analyses

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.

Laura Sandys MP was speaking at the launch of the Circular Economy Taskforce Report in London

'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.

Affiliate membership to the ICRS is open to anyone with an interest in CR and sustainability

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%.

Green-minded consumers want more imaginative messaging from the products they buy

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

Greener footprints

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

Credible reporting

Lars-Olle Larsson, chairman of the FEE Sustainability Assurance Group, says assurance is key to the development of CSR reporting

Credible 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

Flexible reporting

Rob Bell investigates a software tool that promises to increase the practicality of sustainability reporting and transform it into a tool for changing business

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