Retailers and restaurants stepping up to the plate on sustainable seafood
Fisheries, supermarkets and foodservice businesses are together driving up demand for traceable, sustainable seafood as a new report from the Marine Stewardship council (MSC) reveals that the volume of MSC-certified catch increased by a further 6% last year.
How can businesses change behaviours to drive energy efficiency?
UK energy managers can drive employee engagement with company-wide energy efficiency programmes through simple messages focused on the positive impacts of change and the effective internal dissemination of energy and environment management systems.
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.
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.
Lighting the match: A guide to employee engagement and behaviour change
In the second part of edie's 'guide-to' series for sustainability professionals, Matt Mace asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize otherwise unobtainable opportunities that present themselves when igniting behaviour change throughout an organisation.
Into the Dragon's Den: A guide to boardroom buy-in on sustainability
In this three-part 'guide to' series for sustainability professionals, edie asks the experts about how to overcome major challenges and seize hidden opportunities on the path to driving green business. First up: the daunting task of getting the board on-board.
Sustainability professionals must adopt 'courageous leadership' skills, says P&G
EXCLUSIVE: Integrating sustainability as a business strategy requires "courageous leadership" in a world with limited resources and environmental challenges, according to Procter & Gamble's (P&G) global sustainability director.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 02 - Monkey dating and the 'S' word
The edie editorial team brings you the latest news, insights and inspiration from the world of sustainable business, with this second episode featuring an exclusive interview with The Body Shop and going behind the scenes at this week's Sustainability Communications Conference.
The future's bright for sustainable business: 7 things we learnt at edie Live 2016
After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most important lessons taken away from edie Live 2016.
How The Body Shop is using 'monkey dating' to tackle deforestation
The Body Shop has today (24 May) officially launched its new Bio-Bridges programme, which aims to regenerate and reconnect 75 million square metres of damaged forests, as part of the beauty products retailer's ambitious new CSR strategy.
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.
Carbon psychology: 10 ways to change behaviours and keep energy costs under control
Ahead of edie's Effective Energy Management Conference, we have enlisted the expertise of a 'carbon psychologist' to bring you 10 innovative, non-technical methods to change behaviours, improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption.
MillerCoors toasts zero waste to landfill status after behaviour change drive
America's second-largest brewer has achieved landfill-free operations at all of its major breweries across the country, thanks to an enhanced focus on employee engagement and behaviour change.
Investors demand climate transparency from mining firms
Investors responsible for more than $8trn have called on mining giants Anglo American, Glencore and Rio Tinto to be more transparent over the climate risks and impacts of their businesses.
Businesses in the dark about climate risks in half their supply chains
Almost half of the key suppliers for global companies like Dell, Unilever and Walmart fail to respond to requests for climate information, new research from CDP has revealed.
British firms rolling out energy efficiency schemes at record rate
UK businesses are implementing energy efficiency schemes at the highest rate ever, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and energy analyst firm EEVS.
DECC asks energy sector for advice on boosting innovation
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a public consultation in a bid to ensure that regulation in the energy sector is encouraging innovation.
Top tips: 5 ways to create an effective behaviour change programme
Three-quarters of energy managers surveyed in a recent edie report claimed that employee engagement and behaviour change was a top priority this year. But they also listed it as one of the biggest barriers to getting their energy efficiency schemes off the ground...
Ambitious CR strategy could boost revenue by 20%
Companies that are fully committed to sustainability and corporate responsibility (CR) could see a potential revenue boost of up to 20% - equivalent to $1.8bn for some of the largest publicly-traded firms.
Food waste: Employee behaviour change campaign launched
Food and grocery businesses across the UK are helping their employees to reduce their household food waste through a month-long campaign co-ordinated by WRAP and food research firm IGD.
Business leaders shift strategic investments in light of green growth
Three quarters of CEOs claim they are developing new products and services to respond to climate change - and a third say it's already helping them grow their business.
Green business initiatives could save five hundred megatons of CO2e by 2020
The private sector could cut more than five hundred megatons of greenhouse gas emissions in the next five years, simply by scaling up existing green initiatives, according to a new report.
Zero Waste Scotland launches guide to office resource efficiency
The Scottish Government-funded Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new toolkit that aims to help businesses improve their resource efficiency.
edie launches brand new Sustainability Skills Workshop
The sustainability leaders of tomorrow will be able to enhance their existing skills and develop new ones thanks to a brand new edie workshop being launched next year.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
Report: One in five employees believe businesses 'act responsibly'
A mere one in five UK workers believe the majority of British businesses behave responsibly, according to new research by Ricoh announced today (29 July).
Sustainability Leaders Awards: Deadline Day TOMORROW!
There's just 24 hours to go: the final entry deadline for edie's 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards closes tomorrow (Thursday, 30 July).
Climate change: world's wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat
People living in the world's wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.
What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: University of Reading
With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards closing on Thursday (30 July), we take a closer look at the outstanding energy efficiency initiative from the University of Reading that won over last year's judges.
Sustainability Leaders Awards: 7 days left to enter...
Following yesterday's deadline extension, there is now just one week left to enter edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards.
What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: Whitbread Group & Waterscan
With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards later this week, we take a closer look at the outstanding water management initiative from Whitbread Group and Waterscan that won over last year's judges.
Minimising your carbon footprint: Knowledge sharing and inclusion
With Make Holidays Greener month in full swing, Arnaud Herrmann, vice president of sustainable development at AccorHotels, explores the carbon reduction and employee engagement initiatives hospitality businesses should undertake to go green.
Why the time is NOW for sustainable business practice
James Deacon, head of corporate responsibility at technology company Ricoh UK, offers his advice for businesses looking to become more sustainable in 2015 and beyond
National Grid: UK likely to miss decarbonisation targets
The UK hits its decarbonisation targets in only one of four 'credible future scenarios' envisioned by the National Grid.
What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: B&Q
With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards fast approaching, this new series of articles profiles the businesses, people and initiatives that won over last year's judges. And where better to start than 2014 hat-trick winner B&Q?
Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction
The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.
edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 officially open!
Entry has now opened for one of the most prestigious awards schemes in the UK sustainability sector - the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.
Driving sustainability through collaboration
Dr Martyn Kenny, director of sustainability at Lafarge Tarmac, explains how closer collaboration across the whole construction supply chain has become key to embedding sustainability and driving innovative ways to meet UK infrastructure and carbon reduction targets.
BT slashes water use and waste to landfill on path to Better Future
Telecoms giant BT has released its 2014/15 progress report, revealing a 34% year-on-year cut in waste-to-landfill, a 12% cut in UK water use and a 4% cut in energy consumption.
Empowering change: Three steps to improve employee engagement
The recent flurry of ambitious new behaviour change programmes from big business shows no signs of abating, with sustainability professionals citing it as one of their top priorities this year.
One million E.ON customers analysing their energy use
More than one million UK customers have now signed up for E.ON'S web-based Saving Energy Toolkit.
Edinburgh University rejects calls to divest from all fossil fuels
Climate change campaigners reacted with disappointment as Edinburgh University announced on Tuesday that it would not fully divest from fossil fuels.
M&S embarks on new behaviour change plan
UK retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a new behavior change campaign to help it cut energy use by 50% across UK operations by 2020.
#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.
Retailer engagement brings huge environmental benefits for shopping centre
Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough has successfully engaged with its retailers to achieve significant reductions in energy, waste and water use.
Brand substance: Study reveals sustainability marketing mismatch
Practising sustainability does not translate into business success unless properly marketed, according to a new study from brand-engagement agency Given London and Ashridge Business School.
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.
Social media drives era of 'soft sustainability'
This is the era of 'soft sustainability'. That's the key finding of a new report which ranks how well companies spread their sustainability message on social media.
Green Alliance calls for 'Citizen Voice' on UK infrastructure planning
Environmental think tank Green Alliance is calling for a new body to engage the UK public on proposed infrastructure and improve the current 'failing' infrastructure planning system.
Shell urges shareholders to accept climate resolution
Shell is set to confront the risk that climate change may pose to its future, after backing a resolution from activist shareholders. The move came on the same day it announced $15bn (£10bn) in cost cutting due to plummeting oil prices.
UN expels 657 companies from Global Compact initiative in 2014
The UN Global Compact ousted 372 companies in the second half of 2014 - including 14 UK firms - for failing to report on their progress against the scheme's 10 environmental and social principles.
Collaboration and board support vital for sustainability success
The key to a successful sustainability program is collaboration with other companies and support from the executive board, according to a new report from the MIT business school.
Waste and resource management sector outlines key priorities for next Government
The major trade bodies representing the UK's waste management and recycling sector have written to the main political parties in England summarising the key policy proposals that they would like to see implemented after the May 2015 General Election.
Party Conference round-up: What are the big green ideas?
While the party leaders themselves gave climate change a short shrift at their respective conferences, a closer look at the environmental 'problems and solutions posed by the 'big three' political parties reveals the true extent of their green ambitions.
Firms advised to ameliorate environmental supply chains
Businesses must think differently about their supply chains and the 'costs' attached to going green according to a report by president of the lharrington group LLC Lisa Harrington.
Coca-Cola launches scheme to help communities Keep Scotland Beautiful
Coco-Cola Enterprises has joined forces with Keep Scotland Beautiful to give people and communities more control in improving their local areas.
Climate investment at risk as young adults shun banks and savings
A high level of scepticism among young adults of the benefits of investing, both from a personal finance perspective and in terms of sustainability, is becoming a cause for concern according to new research.
Caterpillar seeks to push remanufacture into restricted markets
Caterpillar is examining how it can increase global access to its remanufactured products, especially in developing markets where trade barriers exist.
Businesses failing to extract best value from sustainability
As corporate sustainability becomes a core business issue companies are struggling to maximise its value, particularly around reputational and performance management.
UK circular economy inquiry calls for stronger levers on tax and landfill
MPs are calling for new fiscal and regulatory measures to be drawn up to help stimulate the UK's circular economy. These include a lower rate of VAT for recycled products, extended warranties for consumer goods, and a landfill ban for food waste. DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT below.
Deadline extended: FINAL date announced
You asked us to give you more time - and we've done all we can. The volume of requests we've received means we're extending entry deadline by one week to July 25th - but this is the final deadline.
Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline today!
If you want to get your project, initiative, product or person in front of the judges, if you want to be eligible for a Sustainability Leader Award, if you want the recognition, marketing opportunities and media coverage that brings, and if you want access to the European Business Awards for the Environment - Enter today!
M&S and Sainsbury's unite to increase plastic tray recycling
A consortium of organisations from UK packaging, retail and recycling industries, led by Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer (M&S), are to launch a market trial aimed at recycling up to 1.3 billion plastic food trays each year.
Jonathon Porritt: Investors still not convinced by sustainability reporting
Convincing investors about the value of corporate sustainability programmes remains an 'agonisingly slow process' for businesses, but there are signs that things are about to change.
Nestlé Waters keen to price cost of recycling into bottle sales
Nestlé Waters is seeking to implement a market-based recycling model for its business whereby the cost of recycling its bottled water packaging is offset against the product retail price.
M&S puts green customer engagement in the spotlight
Customer engagement has been singled out by Marks & Spencer (M&S) as one of the biggest challenges facing the global delivery of the retailer's Plan A 2020 sustainability programme.
Majority of online consumers will pay more for sustainability
Consumer appetite for sustainable brands is growing as new research reveals that more than half of online shoppers are prepared to pay a premium for socially responsible products and services.
BIS minister Michael Fallon tasked with championing 'waste-led bioeconomy'
Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Energy, is to take the lead on developing a high value waste-based bioeconomy under new plans announced by the Government.
Flood defence funding 'at bare minimum'
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee (Efra) has urged Government to ensure flood protection takes priority over cost-cutting in its winter floods report published today (17 June).
Mitie reports strong sustainability performance in 2014
FTSE 250 strategic outsourcer Mitie has claimed a significant increase in sustainability performance for the ninth consecutive year and "strong progress towards its 2020 targets".
Arts and culture industry reaps benefits of sustainable business
The business benefits of being environmentally friendly have been made clear in the creative and cultural sector, with a new industry report revealing a significant financial boost for firms that have put sustainability in the spotlight.
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.
In Conversation with Coca-Cola's Joe Franses
From recycling commitments to revamped water strategies, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) is putting sustainability firmly in the spotlight. Edie talks with director of corporate responsibility and sustainability, Joe Franses, to find out more about the group's various green initiatives.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014: Entry now open
The Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014 are now open and entries will be accepted until the July 11th earlybird deadline.
Managing your energy: Five top tips for businesses
With increasing energy costs and legislation pushing energy management further up the corporate agenda, edie brings you five 'light-bulb moments' to improve energy efficiency and boost margins.
Water risk factor now 'closing in' on global coal industry
Businesses need to urgently address unmanaged water risks as new research highlights that more than half of the world's largest coal-producing and consuming countries are now facing high levels of water stress.
Industry benchmark reveals benefits of energy efficiency for hospitality businesses
Energy is now the second highest controllable cost factor for the UK hospitality industry, with leading pub and restaurant groups dually investing an average of 9% of their annual energy spend in efficiency initiatives.
Scottish businesses urged to make resource efficiency pledge
Businesses in Scotland are being urged to join a new scheme that aims to help them reap their share of an estimated £2.9bn worth of savings by using energy, water and raw materials more efficiently.
video: Students want jobs with businesses that 'value sustainability'
EXCLUSIVE Today's students want to gain employment with companies who truly value the importance of sustainability, says National Union of Students (NUS) senior project officer Jesse Scharf. Scroll down for video
Nestle: honesty 'breaks down' barriers to stakeholder engagement
Transparent, honest reporting and communication is essential if businesses want to effectively engage with stakeholders, Nestle's global head of public affairs has said.
Leading cultural change through senior leadership
Senior leadership is acknowledging that societal and environmental challenges are bigger than us all, says John F Brock
UN report: Investment in forest conservation will accelerate sustainable growth
Sustainable economic growth can be accelerated by investing $30bn per year in tropical forest conservation, according to a new UN report.
Veolia calls on Government to back UK waste projects
The Government must support recycling and waste projects to encourage inward investment, according to Veolia Environnement UK and Northern Europe executive vice president Estelle Brachlianoff.
IHG reduces water and carbon 'per occupied hotel room'
Global hotel franchise InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) reduced its carbon footprint and water consumption per occupied room in 2013, largely due to more hotels signing up to the company's online 'green' engagement system.
Why water must be on par with energy and carbon issues
The energy intensity of water is rising, which makes understanding the synergies between the two a priority for business and governments. But is enough being done? Leigh Stringer investigates
Cola-Cola looks beyond water targets to wider policy challenge
Coca-Cola's director of global water stewardship Greg Koch has revealed that policy engagement is the fastest growing area of the company's work on water as he called for greater government intervention on the issue.
Crown Estate's integrated approach to sustainability result of 'ripping up strategy'
After ten years, The Crown Estate's award-winning sustainability strategy had become so embedded in operations it was no longer needed. Instead it now simply informs all aspects of one holistic business plan according to head of sustainability Mark Gough.
EXCLUSIVE: Complex supply chains 'no excuse' for poor traceability says APP
Timber product supply chains are notoriously complex but this cannot be used as an excuse to avoid the issue of deforestation and unsustainable practices, says Asia Pulp and Paper's (APP) Aida Greenbury.
Luxury brand Burberry commits to end hazardous chemical discharge
British brand Burberry has committed to eliminate the discharge of hazardous chemicals used in its manufacturing processes by January 1st 2020.
UK firms could save £300m a year by engaging staff in sustainability
UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300m a year in savings that could be achieved by engaging employees in energy efficiency and waste reduction, according to new research.
Sainsbury's CSR chief applauds rising culture of 'challenge'
Sainsbury's head of corporate responsibility & society Sarah Ellis has said that taking an open-source approach to sustainability is helping to challenge the company go beyond its 20x20 targets.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013 breaks all records!
With more entries from more unique organisations, more winners and more guests than in any year since the awards began eight years ago, 2013 really has been the best yet for the Sustainability Leaders Awards.
Barry Callebaut educates farmers to establish sustainable cocoa supply chain
Global chocolate and cocoa manufacturer Barry Callebaut is aiming to take farmer engagement to the "next level" by addressing the gaps in knowledge, materials and funding that are seen as barriers to sustainable cocoa supply chains.
In conversation with Autodesk's Emma Stewart
In this week's 'In conversation', edie speaks to one of the company's leading innovation in 3D design, engineering and software. Autodesk's head of sustainability solutions, Emma Stewart, talks about the next steps in sustainable innovation.
Sainsbury's staff campaign to cut electricity by 3%
Sainsbury's hopes that a new staff engagement campaign will help reduce its electricity use by 3% within two years. This will save the company "millions" in energy bills.
Sky cuts carbon but waste to landfill increases
Sky has reduced its 'carbon intensity' by 33% since 2008-9 as the broadcaster begins to "realise the gains" made from its long-term investment in renewable and low-carbon sources of energy. Absolute carbon emissions remained stable at 100,045 tonnes.
In conversation with O2's Bill Eyres
From rolling out smart meters across the UK to developing technology that changes consumer behaviour, O2 is looking to push sustainability out to the masses. edie talks to head of sustainability, Bill Eyres.
Gap widens between green pioneers and the rest
The performance of the most sustainable companies on the planet has improved, according to an extensive corporate assessment.
A positive paper cut: Bloomberg's journey to responsible publishing
With the acquisition of Businessweek in 2009 and The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) in 2011, paper consumption at Bloomberg has gone from a secondary environmental consideration to one of the company's most prominent issues. Leigh Stringer reports