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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.

A view from the bottom of the BT Tower in Fitzrovia, London. BT is labelled as the “leader of the pack” by Carbon Clear

Report: FTSE100 must go beyond compliance with sustainability reporting performance

The gap between corporations leading the way on sustainable business practices and those that are simply complying with legislation for their CSR programmes is "as large as ever", according to new research into the sustainability reporting performance of the UK's top 100 listed companies.

Dutch brewer Heineken USA and telecoms firm Virgin Media are adopting a 'show-not-tell' CSR reporting model to drive consumer engagement

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Next edie conference to showcase supply chain sustainability

Bringing together supply chain, procurement, and sustainability professionals, edie's fourth annual Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement conference will explore the challenges and opportunities of creating a truly sustainable and ethical supply chain.

Sustainability Leaders Awards: TWO days left to enter

Deadline day is almost upon us. Make sure you're in the running to pick up a one of the most prestigious award schemes in the sustainability sector...

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015: Meet the judges...

With deadline day fast approaching for one of the most prestigious award schemes in the sustainability sector, we take a closer look at this year's judging panel for the Sustainability Leaders Awards.

(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?

There are just a few days left for Sustainability Leaders Awards entrants to make use of the early-bird rate

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015: Early-bird deadline TODAY!

The early-bird deadline for one of the most prestigious awards schemes in the UK sustainability sector ends today (30 June).

There are just a few days left for Sustainability Leaders Awards entrants to make use of the early-bird rate

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015: Early-bird deadline approaching

Entry is now open and the early-bird deadline is fast-approaching for one of the most prestigious awards schemes in the UK sustainability sector.

Ashridge Business School in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The School launches the MSc in Sustainability in October

edie partners with Ashridge Business School for new feature series

edie has partnered with one of the world's leading business schools and leadership development providers for a series of articles focused on growing international debate and best practice around sustainability.

Unilever' CEO Paul Polman gave a full review of the company's progress on sustainability at the group's London headquarters

Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan drives business growth

The business case for sustainability couldn't be clearer: Unilever's 'Sustainable Living' brands accounted for half of the company's growth in 2014 and grew at twice the rate of the rest of the business, chief executive Paul Polman has revealed.

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.

The projections are based on interviews with 260 heads of sustainability and financial data from 5,662 firms.

Sustainability consultants face spending slow-down

Global spending on sustainability consultants will surpass $1bn for the first time in in 2019, but the projected growth rate of 4% is 'far below' original industry estimates.

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.

Mondelez's $200m Coffee Made Happy programme is currently in action in five countries

Mondelez takes 'bold step' with third-party evaluation of sustainable coffee programme

Mondelez International has unveiled 'a new way of approaching sustainability in the coffee industry' with the development of a more stringent and transparent supply chain evaluation framework to measure the impact of its global sustainability programme.

Within the next two to three years, the associates are aiming to open a pioneering plant in Delfzijl or Rotterdam

AkzoNobel to 'close the loop' by turning waste into commercial chemicals

Dutch paint and chemicals giant AkzoNobel is part of a team of companies looking to convert waste streams into synthesis gas - a useful starting material for making methane and ammonia.

Saint-Gobain laid out 2020 targets in energy and carbon, waste, and water

Saint-Gobain urged to step up CSR commitments by external advisory panel

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland should be setting more ambitious targets in the areas of energy and waste, and could take its sustainability reporting a step further by reporting more clearly on its overall environmental performance.

Sixty-seven per cent of organisations say cost management is the most important driver for becoming more sustainable

Businesses wake up to financial benefits of sustainability

The advantages of running a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme are becoming more tangible for businesses, with cost management emerging as the number one driver for firms looking to adopt more sustainable businesses practices.

Lessons learned: using GRI's G4 reporting guidelines

UPS director of sustainability, EMEA Peter Harris shares the challenges, solutions and lessons learned from adhering to the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 guidelines.

The companies include Kellogg, General Mills, Mondelez, ConAgra, Panera and Safeway. Most of them are food and beverage firms, supermarket companies and grocery store chains - some of the top 10 purchasers in the $44bn palm oil industry

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.

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!

The Wild Fisheries Annual Review will allow the public to judge Asda on its track record for sustainable seafood

Asda lands world's first sustainable seafood report

Fresh from reporting on the wide-ranging impacts of climate change on its supply chain, Asda has achieved a 'global first' by giving a full disclosure on how and where it sources its fish.

Jonathon Porritt (centre-right) addressed M&S stakeholders at a Plan A update in London last week

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.

The majority of brands ranked in the report received a D‐label, meaning that they met less than 35% of the sustainability performance criteria

Consumer electronic brands sustainability reporting remains 'murky'

Electronic brands vary widely when it comes to sustainable performance with 75% of the top 20 brands guilty of some degree of 'greenwashing' according to new research.

The Sustainability Leaders Awards are open to all organisations, large or small, in the public and private sectors and across all business markets and activities

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.

Lack of data is hampering efforts to drive sustainable fashion

Despite claims that the fashion industry is starting to adopt more sustainable practices, the majority of brands are failing to back this up with hard evidence, new research has shown.

The Crown Estate's head of sustainability Mark Gough

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.

New standards urge financial sector to address sustainability issues

A new set of sustainability accounting standards, addressing the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues related to the financial sector, have been launched today.

CSR beds in as an essential ingredient to business performance

Sustainability is becoming more embedded into business operations - certainly among US firms where higher performing companies are more likely to have embraced CSR strategies, new research has found.

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.

Disruptive thinking: a step-change to corporate sustainability

To avoid 'commercially murdering' the sustainability agenda a strong jolt of corporate "disruption" from the very people who may be holding it back will be the defining step in the movement, Global Action Plan's Trewin Restorick tells Leigh Stringer

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.

With increasing competition for investment, companies need to demonstrate full transparency and resilience in their reporting

Potential investors motivating corporate GHG reporting

The quality of corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data is improving because increasingly stakeholders are looking to invest in companies who are accountable and transparent on environmental issues.

Being able to tell a positive story is important to manage stakeholders' expectations

The naked truth: Building greater environmental transparency for shareholders

It has become increasingly important to shareholders that companies are accountable and transparent on environmental issues which pose financial risks. Because of this, the quality of environmental reporting is radically changing. Leigh Stringer reports

BAM builds in greater transparency as it goes for cradle-to-cradle

One of the UK's leading contractors is set to enter into real-time sustainability reporting as it looks to shift its operations towards a cradle-to-cradle approach.

Business must aim 'higher than CSR' to unlock £100bn growth gains

Companies may have to go beyond their CSR and sustainability reporting remits to tap into the level of innovation needed to profit from delivering environmental and social value, new research has revealed.

Deadline for entry is Thursday July 4th at 17.00

Less than two weeks to enter Sustainability Leaders Awards!

With the July 4th deadline fast approaching, there is now less than two weeks to enter the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013.

Sustainability reporting is rising in value as it beds down

There is growing evidence that sustainability reporting is offering companies a competitive advantage as it evolves into a core business practice.

Is GRI's sustainability reporting framework G4 too ambitious for business?

The dust is still settling on G4, the GRI's latest update to its sustainability reporting framework that was announced at the GRI Global Conference in Amsterdam last week. But how will this latest version affect business, asks John Hsu.

Chief Executive of GRI, Ernst Ligteringen (left) and UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell

GRI launches new sustainability reporting guidelines for business

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched the fourth edition of its sustainability reporting guidelines, which helps businesses disclose information on the environmental, social and economic areas of their operations.

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EXCLUSIVE: RBS in move to save reputation through sustainability reporting

Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) deputy head of sustainability Duncan Young has highlighted the importance of sustainability reporting in shrugging off the negative reputation of his company.

Deborah Meaden has a well documented interest in sustainable business

Dragon's Den Deborah Meaden backs sustainability 'survival' tool

Entrepreneur Deborah Meaden is encouraging businesses to adopt smarter risk strategies around sustainability so they can capitalise on fast-changing operational environments.

L'Oréal's biggest challenge is making 'sustainability desirable'

L'Oréal's biggest challenge is getting consumers to come on board with sustainability, according to the cosmetics and beauty company's director of corporate social responsibility and sustainability Alexandra Palt.

CFOs act as barriers to sustainable development

Organisations must ensure chief finance officers (CFOs) are educated on sustainable development if they are to keep up with environmentally concious competitors.

Companies must ensure 'data is robust' when reporting GHG emissions

Companies that are affected by the carbon reporting regulation must establish robust systems to measure their greenhouse gas emissions, or risk heavy scrutiny, says WSP.

Europe's major utility companies failing on GRI guidelines

Many of Europe's major electric utility companies are not following reporting guidelines for environmental and social performance, despite claiming to abide by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Greater disclosure needed to 'cut the fluff' out of sustainability

Product transparency has the potential to transform sustainability in practice and effect long-term behavioural change across society, according to a leading authority on CSR.

Business case for sustainability not yet 'credible enough'

An inability to engage effectively with chief finance officers (CFOs) on the social and environmental merits of better resource management may be hindering the business case for sustainability.

L-r: compere Sue Perkins, md Paul Scott. Lucinda Hensman, Coca Cola Enterprises

Sustainability Reporting Winner: Coca Cola Enterprises

Through its latest Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report, Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) is taking broader accountability outside its own operations and is working across its value chain as it seeks to grow a low-carbon, zero-waste business.

Sustainability suffering as reporting becomes 'box-ticking exercise'

Companies around the world are losing sight of the bigger sustainability picture, according to research from the consultancy DNV Two Tomorrows.

Waste reporting accelerates up corporate sustainability agenda

Business leaders consider waste reduction to be the second biggest priority in driving better resource efficiency across their organisations, exclusive research has confirmed.

The public can now comment to help shape reporting on greenhouse gas emissions

GRI calls for public to comment on sustainability reporting guidance

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is calling for the public to comment on sustainability reporting guidance geared towards improving the way companies report on greenhouse gas emissions.

The guidance offers detailed help on carbon reporting for businesses

Guidance for businesses in reporting sustainability credentials

New guidance has been proposed to help UK companies demonstrate their sustainability performance.

IEMA executive director for policy Martin Baxter

GHG and sustainability reporting - next steps for business and government

IEMA executive director for policy Martin Baxter, offers his take on the recent mandatory reporting announcement and what he thinks could be on the reporting horizon...

All we need is a 750-word case study or explanation and up to three supporting files

Last day to enter edie awards!

Final deadline for entry into the Sustainability Leaders Awards is close of play today - Friday June 29th - so if you haven't yet entered there's still all of today to make sure you're in the running, the perfect Friday activity!

Mixing yellow and blue appears to have resulted in at least one green initiative as Clegg announces mandatory carbon reporting for the UK's largest companies

Carbon emissions reporting to be mandatory for listed companies

Confirmation last night by Deputy PM, Nick Clegg, that companies listed on the London Stock Exchange will be required to report on their carbon emissions from next year has been welcomed by organisations such as the CBI, Aldersgate Group and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Sustainability Leaders Awards - deadline extended!

The recent Diamond Jubilee (and the four-day weekend) was a great reason to celebrate... unless you were trying to put together an awards entry - so we've listened to you and extended the deadline!

Water next big 'sustainability threat' for business

Water scarcity will affect "every angle of our lives" and businesses must put board support at the top of their sustainable business plans.

Wales and Demark to collaborate on sustainability

Wales and Denmark have pledged to work together on sustainability opportunities ahead of the Rio+20 summit taking place later this month.

Businesses need policy consistency to drive green economy

Businesses can be "green and grow", but need consistent and clear messages from government - if they are to boost the UK's transition to a low carbon economy, according to leading environmental experts.

O2 unveils carbon footprint of its services

Telecoms giant O2 has joined forces with the Carbon Trust to measure the carbon footprint of its services - becoming, it has claimed, the first network operator to gain certification.

Sustainability reporting needs board level buy-in, says Defra

Businesses must take a long-term view to sustainability reporting if they want create cost savings, improve resource efficiency and attract investors, according to a Defra spokesperson.

Sustainable Development Bill considered for Wales

Welsh environment minister John Griffiths has unveiled proposals to introduce a Sustainable Development Bill for public services in Wales.

Businesses call on Clegg to introduce carbon reporting

Leading UK businesses and NGOs have called on the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to introduce mandatory carbon emissions reporting (MCR) for big companies.

IEMA executive director of policy Martin Baxter

GHG Reporting and Rio+20 - an international context

Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) executive director of policy, Martin Baxter, considers how delaying the decision on mandatory carbon reporting will impact on international sustainability commitments.

Restaurant guide publishes sustainability ratings

Harden's and the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) have joined forces in a bid to measure the sustainability credentials of UK restaurants, with Carluccio's and Wahaca among those gaining a rating.

NHS faces new sustainability reporting mandate

NHS trusts will be required to produce annual sustainability reports as from this year under new laws announced by the Department of Health.

Sustainability is now driving brand value for businesses like M&S

Plan A underpins rise in brand value for Marks & Spencer

Plan A has helped secure Marks & Spencer's position as the second most valuable retail brand in the UK according to an index survey released yesterday (February 21).

Counting the cost of mandatory reporting

Mandatory carbon reporting is looming - but opinion remains divided over whether this additional regulation is an effective way of driving emissions down or just extra red tape. Mike Scott reports

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

Who's best at reporting?

The ACCA UK Awards for Sustainability Reporting has, for the past 17 years, provided a good measuring tool for businesses producing non-financial reports. Tom Idle attended this year's ceremony to find out who won and why

Getting the message out

Sustainability reporting within the public sector is on the rise. And the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy wants to highlight its importance. Rhiannon Soper reports

AccountAbility 1000 - Accountability for sustainable development

Launched in 1999, the AA1000 Framework was developed to improve organisational accountability and sustainability performance by learning through stakeholder engagement. It outlines how to design and manage an organisation's social and ethical accounting, auditing and reporting processes. Since the launch, stakeholder feedback surfaced a need for a modular approach that would allow individual elements of the process to be explored further, leading to the creation of the AA1000 Series.

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

Taking it on

Rachel Jackson, ACCA head of social and environmental issues, gives the association's view on driving corporate social responsibility

Going global

The Sigma Project has completed its much-needed sustainable management guidelines. Flemmich Webb looks at what they are and how they will help

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

Ensuring quality

A new independent standard for auditing sustainability reports could provide a much-needed boost to their credibility, reports Anne Sayer

Reasons for reporting

Reporting on your company's environmental and social performance may no longer be an optional extra. Peter Hughes looks at the latest thinking on reporting policy

Reporting medium

With nearly every Tom Ltd and Harry plc producing an environmental statement on exactly how green they are, the need for a central reporting resource has never been more necessary. Next Step Consulting Ltd is developing a register of thousands of published reports that can be accessed and downloaded free from the web. Steve John explains.

Death by 1,000 audits

With recent, and significant, revisions to ISO 9000 and EMAS adding to the increasing burden of environmental, health and safety, human rights and social legislation, the key difficulty, says Ai Associates' Ian Roberts - the first and only individual in the UK to have gained UKAS Accreditation as an EMAS Verifier - is in balancing all of the relevant aspects in an affordable and convincing manner.

Standard to deliver

On 15 November 1999, the ISO Central Secretariat in Switzerland finally released the new ISO 14031 standard, entitled Environmental Management ­ Environmental Performance Evaluation Guidelines. Matthias Gelber, technical director of 14000 & ONE Solutions Ltd and member of ISO TC 207, SC 4, the committee which developed the standard, casts some light.

Companies asked to submit environmental reports to Benchmark 2000 survey

Firms that publish environmental reports are being asked to consider participating in the Benchmark Survey 2000, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and private companies.

International collaboration starts on measuring and reporting business greenhouse gases

An international group of business, governmental, and environmental organisations has formed a partnership to develop an international protocol for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from business.

International protocol planned to cover measuring and reporting business greenhouse gases

An international group of business, governmental, and environmental organisations has formed a partnership to develop an international protocol for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from business.

Global Reporting Initiative launched in London

The first global standard for corporate sustainability reporting was launched at a conference at Imperial College London this week.

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