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Kingfisher's Caroline Laurie believes that the way the DIY retailer promotes products to customers will enable it to continue to grow revenue through sustainability

Price and performance dominant factors for sustainable products, says Kingfisher

EXCLUSIVE: Companies that "plaster their products with 'eco'" are unlikely to make the same connection with consumers, compared with those creating sustainable products that offer other tangible benefits such as better price and enhanced performance.

The Net Positive Project will provide guidance to companies in continually reducing their negative impacts or footprints

Major businesses join new coalition to go 'net-positive'

Dell, Hewlett Packard (HP) and Kingfisher are among a host of major businesses to form a cross-sector coalition that aims to increase the number of companies that go beyond reducing negative sustainability impacts to provide "net-positive" contributions to society, the environment and the global economy.

The B&Q owner is embedding accountability for sustainability delivery into the heart of its business. Photo: Kingfisher

Kingfisher shakes up sustainability department in Net Positive 'evolution'

Two of Kingfisher's most senior sustainability executives have left the DIY retailer within the space of a month, as part of a radical restructuring of the group's management team to integrate CSR into the core of the business, edie can reveal.

The Antibes store has been fitted with 1,245m of photovoltaic solar panels

Kingfisher builds 'energy-positive' hub in France

Kingfisher-owned tools and hardware firm Castorama France has reopened a store in the South of France after undergoing a two-year transformation that has seen the site streamlined into an energy-positive green building design hub.

The investment will see the roll-out of photovoltaic solar panels across selected stores in the UK and France

Kingfisher makes £50m renewables investment to reduce grid energy consumption

International home improvement firm Kingfisher, whose brands include B&Q and Screwfix, has unveiled an ambitious new £50m investment into renewable energy.

Akzonobel eyes global shift to water-based paints

EXCLUSIVE: Dutch paint manufacturer AkzoNobel is set to begin a global, industry-wide push to move away from solvent-based paints towards more environmentally-friendly water-based paints.

Both IKEA and B&Q are making strides towards the adoption of non-linear, more sustainable business models

Kingfisher and IKEA poised for business model shake-up

EXCLUSIVE: DIY retailer Kingfisher and flat-pack furniture maker IKEA have both indicated a strong desire to move towards the sharing economy and servitisation, as a "natural progression" of their business models.

For the first time in its five year history, the report provides an overall analysis of business sectors as well as individual companies

'Game-changers': BT and M&S top FTSE100 on carbon management

Telecommunications giant BT has secured top spot in a report of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100).

What I want from Paris: 21 climate leaders on COP21 - Part two

EXCLUSIVE: In the second of our two-part feature, sustainability leaders from the likes of Mars, Heineken and IKEA tell edie what they want to see from the Paris climate talks.

(L-R): Rachel Bradley, B&Q, host Alistair McGowan, Ben Smith, B&Q and Charlotte Doyle, Sounds Commercial

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?

Kingfisher's customers are now saving an estimated £600m a year through energy-efficient products and services sold through its brands, which include B&Q

Kingfisher collaborates to innovate for Net Positive progress

A collaborative approach to responsible sourcing, packaging and the circular economy has taken DIY giant Kingfisher to new heights in the second year of its Net Positive sustainability plan.

Matt Sexton spent 14 years with B&Q, helping to launch a number of major CSR initatives

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.

The Compact commits businesses to ten environmental and sociallly responsible principles

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.

Businesses' websites will be updated to encourage consumers to 'use less, waste less and pay less'. (Image shown is a mock-up version).

Big Energy Vision: Nationwide campaign launched to encourage greener thinking

Kingfisher, Global Action Plan and the National Trust are among a host of big businesses and charities that have united to launch a major campaign which encourages UK households to control rising energy bills and reduce emissions.

Sixteen firms authored an open letter to EU leaders

Energy firms demand clear EU objectives for 2030

DuPont and Kingspan have joined a chorus of big businesses, energy firms and trade associations calling on EU heads of state to deliver a binding renewable energy target of at least 30% by 2030.

EU loopholes allow more than half of timber imports to come from illegal sources

UK firms make sustainable timber pledge

Tesco, M&S, Homebase and Sky are among a coalition of big businesses that have signed up to a new WWF-UK commitment to use 100% sustainable timber by 2020.

Big businesses throw weight behind sustainable timber

Ikea, Tetrapak and Kingfisher are the founding business partners of the 'Value and Impact' (VIA) initiative, which aims to promote the benefits of legal, responsibly sourced, sustainable timber.

A circular economy would decouple economic growth from resource consumption

10 things you need to know about the circular economy

A working circular economy could be a practical solution to the planet's emerging resource problems. Here's 10 facts you should know.

Kingfisher launched Net positive in October 2012 with an ambition to drive greater sustainability around timber, energy, innovation and communities

Kingfisher's Net Positive approach stimulates circular economy transition

DIY giant Kingfisher has made 'exciting progress' in the first year of its Net Positive plan; helping customers reduce energy usage by over 5TWh and cutting its own energy intensity by 10%.

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