Britain's retailers 'leading the way' on sustainable palm oil
Marks and Spencer (M&S), Associated British Foods (ABF) and Reckitt Benckiser (RB) are among a cluster of British-owned retailers, manufacturers and foodservice businesses that are "leading the way" on sustainable palm oil sourcing, while others appear to have fallen short of their commitments.
Korean palm oil firm accused of illegal forest burning in Indonesia
A Korean palm oil company has been dropped by buyers after footage emerged that allegedly shows the illegal burning of vast tracts of tropical forest on lands it holds concessions for in Indonesia.
Unilever refuses to reinstate IOI contracts until 'tangible progress' is shown
Consumer goods giant Unilever has announced that it will not reinstate the Malaysian palm oil supplier group IOI as a contractor until "tangible progress" is made evident of the groups desire to implement a new ethical sustainability action plan.
RSPO re-certifies IOI Group after initial suspension
Palm oil giant IOI has had its sustainability credentials re-certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) following its suspension by the certification body earlier in the year.
New transparency toolkit puts emphasis on investors to combat deforestation
A new online tool has been launched today (26 July) to highlight which global mutual funds and investment portfolios contain links associated to deforestation and palm oil holdings.
Could this new mapping toolkit solve the palm oil transparency challenge?
With rising transparency issues leading to supplier contracts being scrapped and green groups piling on the pressure to tackle the situation, a new World Resources Institute (WRI)-backed initiative could finally allow companies to gauge deforestation risks by evaluating satellite surveillance of global palm oil mills.
Biodieselgate? British industry leads EU on elimination of palm oil biofuels, says REA
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has revealed that UK importation and consumption of palm oil-based biodiesel for use as a feedstock for vehicles still stands at 'zero' for 2015/16, in light of new data which shows that cars and trucks were responsible for almost half of all of the palm oil used across Europe in 2014.
Top palm oil producer sues green group over deforestation allegations
One of the world's largest palm oil producers is suing the green body that suspended its sustainability certification last month because of allegations it had deforested Indonesian rainforests.
Palm oil giant sets 'fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020
The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has told edie it wants to achieve "greater awareness of the production practices in the supply chain" as it sets itself an ambitious goal of 100% traceability to plantation by 2020.
UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.
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.
Unilever cancels palm oil sourcing contracts over deforestation concerns
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has cancelled its contracts with a Malaysian-based palm oil producer and trader which has been suspended over deforestation and community conflict issues.
Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims
PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.
British retailers on track to meet energy, water and waste reduction pledges
The UK's biggest retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury's and Argos have collectively reduced carbon emissions by 19% over the past decade, with a 6% reduction in 2014 alone, according to new figures.
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.
Unilever and M&S offer 'preferential sourcing' to countries with sustainable forestry policies
Unilever and Marks and Spencer's have announced they will try and source commodities like palm oil, beef, soy and paper from countries and regions with ambitious climate and forestry initiatives, in a joint effort to end global deforestation.
McDonald's sources certified wood fibre for front end packaging
Fast-food giant McDonalds has announced that all of its European-sourced packaging is now sourced from chain-of-custody certified wood fibre, as the company continues on its journey to source 100% sustainable packaging in Europe.
Walmart and Target lead charge to get sustainable cosmetics on shelves
American retail giants Walmart and Target are two of the first companies to sign up to a new industry leadership group that aims to steer the beauty sector towards more sustainable products.
PepsiCo's green plan saves $375m
PepsiCo's sustainability initiatives on energy, waste and water have saved the soft drinks giant more than $375m since 2010, according to its latest sustainability report.
Indonesia to cut carbon emissions by 29% by 2030
Indonesia, one of the world's biggest carbon polluters, said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions 29% by 2030 compared to what it is currently on course for.
Starbucks under scrutiny for palm oil policy
Starbucks has become the latest major brand to come under fire from campaign groups for its palm oil policy, with a new video urging consumers to boycott the coffee shop chain.
New Climate Economy: 10 ways to generate low-carbon economic growth
Low-carbon economic growth can become the new normal and limit the impact of climate change, according to a new report released today (7 July).
Sainsbury's makes clear business case for sustainability
EXCLUSIVE: Behaviour change, on-site generation and smarter systems have helped Sainsbury's reduce its absolute energy consumption by 17% since 2005, whilst growing the business by 46% over the same period.
McDonald's to eliminate deforestation
Fast-food giant McDonald's has announced a commitment to ending deforestation across its global commodities supply chain.
KFC and Pizza Hut commit to responsible palm oil
Yum Brands - the parent-company of fast-food brands KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut - has committed to 100% sustainable palm oil for the first time following pressure from environmental activists.
Fast-food giants clogging up sustainable palm-oil progress
Nearly three-quarters of the world's biggest palm-oil users have improved their commitment to sustainable sourcing in the past year, but fast-food brands are evidently lagging behind.
Information black hole suppresses supply chain sustainability, says CDP
EXCLUSIVE: A lack of information is hindering companies' attempts to make sustainable decisions in their supply chains, according to the head of Supply Chain at the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
PepsiCo defends Doritos' palm oil policy
Doritos parent company PepsiCo has fired back at an environmental campaign which attacked the snack brand's 'destruction of rainforests' and 'unsustainable use of palm oil'.
Snack attack: Doritos under fire for palm oil provenance
The consumer group SumOfUs has launched an international ad campaign slamming Doritos and parent company PepsiCo for its 'destruction of the rainforest' and 'unsustainable use of palm oil'.
Sainsbury's reaches sustainable palm oil benchmark
Sainsbury's has burnished its green credentials today, by sourcing 95% of its palm oil from certified sustainable suppliers.
Sustainable palm oil sourcing guide launched for food and drink firms
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has drawn up a new guide to help food and drink manufacturers switch to sustainably-sourced palm oil.
Krispy Kreme follows competitor into sustainable palm oil commitment
US doughnut supplier Krispy Kreme has made a pledge to only source 100% responsible, deforestation-free palm oil less than 24 hours after rival firm Dunkin' Donuts made its own commitment.
Dunkin' Donuts commits to 100% sustainable palm oil
The largest doughnut supplier in North America has pledged to only source responsible, deforestation-free palm oil for its production process.
Mondelez hits sustainability targets, turns focus to supply chain
Mondelez International, the company behind Cadbury, Kenco and Oreo, has released its first Well-being Progress Report, which shows progress in nine of 10 key sustainability targets.
Big business increasingly being held to account on climate from shareholders
Twenty global corporations have set goals to cut GHG emissions and source sustainable palm oil to in response to 150 climate-related resolutions filed by their shareholders this year.
AkzoNobel turns to renewable oils for sustainable product development
Global chemicals manufacturer AkzoNobel is making strides towards replacing petroleum and palm oil-derived chemicals used in its products with renewable algal oils.
Danone commits to zero-deforestation palm oil
Multinational food supplier Danone has pledged to buy all of its palm oil from known and traceable sources by the end of 2015 as part of its target to become completely deforestation and exploitation-free.
Emissions from 10 food and drinks companies 'higher than Scandinavia'
Cereal and softdrinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report for not doing enough on climate change.
McDonald's unveils ambitious global sustainability strategy
McDonald's has launched its first ever international sustainability framework, containing an array of environmental targets, as part of the fast food firm's annual sustainability report, released today (1 May).
New monitoring platform to 'fundamentally change' how businesses manage forests
A new online monitoring and alert system that encourages better forest management will help tackle deforestation - an issue that poses a "material risk to businesses".
Cutting down on illegal logging through supply chain controls
Businesses with forest products in their supply chains have an environmental, economic and ethical obligation to do their part in cutting illegal logging, says APP's Aida Greenbury.
Major palm oil firm Wilmar vows to end supply chain deforestation
Major agri-business group Wilmar International has vowed to end its part in deforestation by driving its new policy to advance a responsible palm oil industry, the largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia.
Business community 'largely unaware' of deforestation risks
Businesses are threatening shareholder value because they remain largely unaware of the deforestation risks in their own supply chains, according to a new report.
Unilever to source all palm oil from traceable sources by 2014
Unilever has made a pledge to buy all of its palm oil from known and traceable sources by the end of 2014, a part of its target to procure the controversial oil from certified sources by 2020.
Coca-Cola vows to axe suppliers guilty of land grabbing
Drinks firm announces zero-tolerance policy and encourages other companies to follow UN's responsible governance rules
Major skincare companies linked to the destruction of tropical rainforests
Some of the biggest brands in skincare including Clarins, Estée Lauder and Superdrug, as well as 'ethical' brands Jason skin-care and Avalon skin-care, have today been criticised over links to deforestation.
Unilever ahead of target on sustainable sourcing
Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, exceeding the interim milestone of 30% it set itself in 2010 under its Sustainable Living Plan.
Company forest footprint disclosures on the rise
The number of companies voluntarily disclosing their forest footprint has increased by almost 15% compared to last year, according to a report.
McDonald's commits to sustainable beef supply chain
McDonald's has committed to improving the sustainability of its beef production - and much more besides
Asda targets increase in sustainable agriculture
As part of its parent company's sustainable programme, Asda will be sourcing more food from British producers
Algae is proving itself as one of the most productive sources of biofuel. Frank Rogalla of Aqualia reveals EU demonstration projects being undertaken to enhance efficiencies in the process
Unilever unveils ambitious green targets
Global consumer goods giant Unilever has announced ambitious plans for its sustainable business, aiming to double sales while halving its environmental impact.
Palm oil research project could halt rainforest destruction
A research programme to map how the UK uses imported palm oil could halt the loss of rainforest thousands of miles away, according to the Government.
Algae offers biofuel boost
The production of biofuels from biocrops is mired in controversy, but Frank Rogalla of Aqualia sees a third way - using wastewater to support fast-growing algal biomass
Great ape plight laid out in atlas
Great apes are doomed to extinction unless conservation efforts in the countries where they are found can be linked with programmes to address human poverty.