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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 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 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 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.

(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.

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.

Sustainable business strategies will help advance a post-2015 development agenda, the White Paper finds.

WEF blueprint defines the corporate sustainability spectrum

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released a White Paper on business sustainability to deepen understanding of its breadth and potential impacts.

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%.

Joe Franses is director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Coca-Cola Enterprises

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.

BT's 2020 goals are based on three focus areas: Connected Society,  Net Good and Improving Lives

BT cuts emissions by a quarter

BT says 'being a responsible and sustainable business leader remains at the heart of what we do' as the telecommunications giant reveals it has slashed operational carbon emissions from its global business by 25.5% over the past year.

Dell aims to use AirCarbon for its laptop packaging

Dell unveils new packaging made from greenhouse gas-based plastic

Computer giant Dell has announced that it will be using packaging made from greenhouse gas-based plastic to protect its products.

The benefits of a Net Positive approach are being felt by a growing number of big businesses

Net Positive 'route map' launched as signpost for business

The principles that should be applied if companies want to take a Net Positive approach to their business have been defined for the first time, as interest in this methodology grows.

Earthshine's Michael Townsend says businesses need to prepare to take on the 'de-growth' challenge

Growth - the real elephant in the room?

EXCLUSIVE Is the pursuit of continuous growth the single biggest issue for our businesses and our economies? Will the circular economy provide the silver bullet, or do we need to go further? Michael Townsend investigates.

Dax Lovegrove will join Kingfisher in June 2014 as director of sustainability and innovation

Kingfisher appoints WWF's Dax Lovegrove director of sustainability and innovation

Kingfisher has appointed WWF's head of business and industry Dax Lovegrove as its new director of sustainability and innovation, the company has announced.

Sustainability practitioners are filling their twitter timelines and linkedin updates with high-brow terminology

Is sustainability getting too clever for its own good?

Every month there appears to be a new buzzword on the block, seeking to define the trends shaping green business. But as the language evolves, could it be in danger of becoming too self-serving and elitist? Maxine Perella reports

Trucost believes that sustainability metrics is needed

Firms are struggling to make progress on sustainability, says new report

Companies across the globe are struggling to make progress on climate change, resource efficiency and natural capital dependency, according to new research.

EXCLUSIVE: Circular economy confidence lies in 'boosting the bottom line'

There needs to be a concrete business case if companies are to collaborate and innovate on circular economy models in order to scale up activity within this space.

BT experiments with Net Positive product innovation

BT has held up its Home Hub wireless broadband routers as a shining example of how its Net Good vision is being delivered in practice.

BT, Coca-Cola and Kingfisher sign up to build Net Positive movement

A number of brand leaders have joined forces with NGOs to build momentum around Net Positive in bid to scale up the agenda.

The cork-based shoes have a carbon-negative impact

Funding sought to give 'net positive' footwear legs

Investment is being sought to fund commercial scale production of carbon-negative footwear, which if given the green light, could be a world first.

High profile swap: Richard Gillies will leave M&S for Kingfisher at the end of this month

Kingfisher poaches M&S Plan A chief to lead on Net Positive

Marks & Spencer's director of Plan A Richard Gillies is to leave the company after nearly 30 years to join Kingfisher as group sustainability director.

BT's Kevin Moss upbeat on taking Net Positive forward

BT reveals strong desire to be Net Positive frontrunner

BT's head of Net Good Kevin Moss has said his company has received "overwhelming support" for its Net Positive agenda and will now look to take the lead on forging the types of collaboration needed to build on this momentum.

Kingfisher steps up product innovation with 'closed loop' power tools

Kingfisher is looking to develop a "closed loop power tool" that would be economically feasible to produce on a commercial scale.

BT looks to 'shift mindsets' to scale up sustainable consumption

Companies not only need to rethink their own business models but redefine consumer models too if they are to meaningfully contribute towards a more sustainable future.

Sally Uren: Businesses need to understand the different time horizons at play

EXCLUSIVE: Demand will grow for systems thinkers, predicts Forum for Future chief

Systems thinking skills will be critical if sustainable business is to retain its competitive edge going forward, Forum for the Future's newly appointed CEO Sally Uren tells edie.

Sally Uren: Businesses must increasingly prepare to be disrupted

The sustainable systems thinker: Interview with Sally Uren

Digital, Social, Disruptive: these are the mega-trends coming over the horizon that will challenge sustainability managers yet gift them with powerful new perspectives, Forum for the Future's new CEO Sally Uren tells Maxine Perella

Kingfisher cuts property energy use by 4% despite opening 169 new stores

Kingfisher, whose UK businesses include B&Q and Screwfix, has cut total energy use at its properties by 4% from a 2010/2011 baseline, according to the company's latest sustainability report.

In conversation: Talking Resource Revolution with the creatives

Two leading systems thinkers discussed how best businesses can break out of their linear mindset and work towards greater lifecycle thinking at a recent Sustainable Business resource scarcity conference. Maxine Perella chaired the session

Supply chain detox is sparking demand for cradle-to-cradle materials

A huge opportunity exists to develop new, safer materials as companies look to phase out hazardous substances and textiles from their supply chains.

Crowdsourcing inquiry gives strategic steer on Net Positive

Businesses looking to embark on Net Positive strategies need to gain a thorough understanding of how they can generate value through their operations before attempting to set targets.

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