Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: Shortlist of finalists revealed
edie is delighted to announce the shortlist of finalists for the 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards, which recognise the incredible people, initiatives and products that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 13 - Britain's great green policy progressives
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton are the special guests on this week's podcast episode which investigates London's ongoing air quality crisis, the Government's green policy priorities, and the role of business in delivering a low-carbon economy.
PepsiCo lifts lid on fresh green business goals
Global food and beverage company PepsiCo has unveiled a revamped list of climate commitments, incorporating plans to decouple emissions from business growth, have a positive water impact, and achieve zero waste to landfill.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 12 - From green apprentice to sustainability leader
As The Apprentice returns to our TV screens for its 12th series, edie speaks exclusively to a former candidate who has big renewable energy ambitions, and a sustainability leader who has developed a unique solution to the complex challenge of behaviour change.
The Body Shop creates 'powerful global change' through partnership with renowned street artist
Beauty products retailer The Body Shop has raised more than £325,000 to fund innovative social and environmental projects through a collaboration with one of the world's most renowned street artists.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 11 (Parts 1&2) - Circular economy dreams and responsible retail
What are the next steps that need to be taken to make the circular economy a reality? And are current retail business models fit for purpose if we are to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, resource-efficient future? Part two...
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.
The Paris effect: Are businesses ready for a new climate reality?
As the UK joins a growing list of nations pledging to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, a new report released today (21 September) reveals that more than 600 big businesses - worth $12tn - have already started to factor in the profound impacts the deal could have on their operations.
Climate Week 2016: Apple and Bank of America lead corporate charge towards net-zero economy
Climate Week New York City (NYC) 2016 has kicked off in style with America's largest tech firm and second-largest bank headlining a flurry of ambitious corporate commitments to a renewable energy-based future.
The best retailers for the world: Driving responsible retail and one-planet prosperity
Low-carbon, resource-efficient retail is the only way forward, but we might also need to dig deeper if we are to find one-planet prosperity. Ahead of Wednesday's Responsible Retail Conference, Mike Townsend explores the real challenges and opportunities - along with evidence of an innovative shift - taking place in Sweden.
Sky fall: Telecoms giant sees carbon intensity plummet following energy efficiency drive
Global media company Sky Group has made strong progress with its carbon intensity reduction target after ramping up investment in energy-efficient buildings, according to its latest sustainability report.
Familiar faces: World's most sustainable companies revealed
Unilever, LG and Sodexo have retained positions as industry leaders of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), while the likes of Nestlé and Philips have climbed to the top of the rankings.
Business leaders call for 'green growth narrative' to support climate action
Green business leaders from a range of industries have unanimously called for a narrative of "green growth" to be adopted by policymakers and the private sector alike, in an effort to ramp up climate finance and accelerate the shift towards a global low-carbon economy.
BEIS formation 'makes complete sense' for the green economy, says Aldersgate Group
EXCLUSIVE: The creation of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provides a key opportunity for Britain's energy-intensive businesses to develop and deliver ambitious low-carbon strategies, the Aldersgate Group's executive director has told edie.
Recycling contamination levels are on the rise: what happens next?
The waste and resource management industry is calling for a long-term, coherent regulatory framework to increase recycling and re-use rates in England after a Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed that the quantity of rejected recyclable waste has increased by 84% over the past four years.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 09 - Doddle deliveries and zero-waste restaurants
What happens when the sharing economy meets parcel delivery services? Have we reached a crucial tipping point in consumer awareness of key CSR issues? And what does the sustainable restaurant of the future look like?
Sustainability Leaders Awards: Final entry deadline on Tuesday
Individuals and organisations that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy now have a few days left to get their entry in for edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 08 - Sustainability without the fluff
It's time to discuss the elephant in the room: companies will only become truly 'sustainable' if they can embed sustainability into their products. But what are the skills required to deliver a comprehensive low-carbon, resource efficient business action plan?
edie launches Responsible Retail Conference to discuss business-critical sustainability challenges
Retailers will be equipped with the tools they need to influence and engage with stakeholders on sustainability and realise the commercial benefits of low-carbon, resource-efficient business models at a brand new edie conference in September.
Nationwide rewarded with Carbon Trust Triple Standard after exceeding sustainability targets
The world's largest building society, Nationwide, has become the first high street financial services provider in the UK to achieve triple re-certification to the Carbon Trust Standards for its "holistic approach" to managing carbon, water and waste.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 07 - How to win the war on waste coffee cups
As Hugh's War on Waste throws coffee cups into the spotlight, edie hears from the recycling experts, circular economy gurus and retailers at the heart of the debate to explore exactly what needs to happen to solve the great coffee cup conundrum.
"Back, bigger and better than ever": edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards returns
The Sustainability Leaders Awards are back with a host of new categories and a revamped ceremony that will recognise the incredible people, initiatives and products that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy.
Communication a necessity for post-Brexit green business prosperity
The fear and uncertainty surrounding the vote to leave the European Union puts the UK Government under increased pressure to create a strong green policy framework, as sustainability professionals and environmentalists "go on the march" and communicate to create legislative prosperity.
The Business End of Climate Change: How collective action could help us realise a 2C world
Big business is not waiting around to play its part in tackling climate change. By 2030, companies will have together slashed emissions by at least 3.7 billion metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent (mtCO2e) every year - and this figure could almost treble within a more ambitious policy environment.
EU Referendum results: Red alert for the green economy as Britain votes to LEAVE the EU
BREAKING: Britain will no longer continue the fight against climate change as part of the European Union (EU), with the EU Referendum delivering shock win for the Leave campaign in what is seen as a significant blow to our environment and the green economy.
Climate Take Back: Inside Interface's bold new mission to reverse climate change
EXCLUSIVE: Just four years away from its ambitious Mission Zero deadline, global carpet manufacturer and sustainability leader Interface has decided to evolve its sustainability strategy, developing an unparalleled initiative that goes "beyond the boundaries" of any single company. edie's Matt Mace investigates.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 05 - IN or OUT of the European Union?
IN or OUT? In this episode of edie's weekly podcast, the editorial team rounds up everything that sustainability professionals need to know about the EU Referendum, with the help of some high-profile special guests...
M&S invites customers to invest in community solar project
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a unique collaborative initiative designed to generate renewable electricity from solar panels installed on the retailer's stores.
Unilever unveils sustainable start-up finalists for Foundry 50 competition
Consumer goods giant Unilever's innovation platform has included businesses that incorporate emerging sustainable business models as finalists of the Foundry 50 competition which searches for the world's top 50 marketing technology start-ups.
VIDEO: Inside Göss - the world's first major carbon-neutral brewery
Fancy a beer with a net-zero carbon footprint? Join edie editor Luke Nicholls high up in the Austrian mountains for a behind-the-scenes tour of the first large-scale carbon-neutral brewery in the world.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 04 - Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer
What keeps M&S's director of sustainable business Mike Barry awake at night? Which onsite sustainability solutions are best for achieving carbon neutrality? And how should UK businesses be building on the successes of the Paris climate talks?
'The world never stands still': M&S continues green business evolution with Plan A update
Nearly three-quarters of products now have an 'eco' or ethical quality; retail food waste has significantly declined, and energy and water efficiency have greatly improved, capping off another hugely successful year of progress for Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Plan A sustainability programme.
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.
Vodafone targets energy innovation with Sustainable Business drive
Off the back of rising greenhouse gas emissions, telecoms giant Vodafone is championing 'energy innovation' as one of three new 'global transformation goals' under a new, 10-year Sustainable Business strategy.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 03 - Sustainability skills special
In this special edition of edie's weekly podcast, we sit down with P&G's global sustainability director Virginie Helias, who provides an insight into the skills and expertise she's acquired after 28 years' experience with the FMCG firm.
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.
Procter & Gamble to eliminate phosphates from dishwasher tablets globally
Consumer goods firm Procter & Gamble has announced a new innovation which will end phosphate use from all retail and professional Fairy dishwasher tablets by 2017, significantly reducing the environmental footprint of its products in addition to improving cleaning performance.
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.
Why businesses need to take a 'bottom-up' approach to sustainability
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses must adopt a bottom-up approach to embedding sustainability within the company culture, according to the sustainability director of carpet tile manufacturer Interface.
Getting over peak delusion: Four strategies for sustainable prosperity within planetary boundaries
Our aspirations for sustainable growth and prosperity have little chance of being realised, if we don't manage within all our planetary boundaries. Mike Townsend explores how we need to get over our delusions, and find a new course for business success.
Sustainable Business Covered: edie launches brand new podcast for sustainability professionals
The edie editorial team brings you the latest news, insights and inspiration from the world of sustainable business in a brand new podcast, with the first episode broadcast directly from this week's edie Live exhibition in Birmingham.
Business as usual approach pushing the world past its environmental boundary, says IEMA
Companies operating with a "business as usual" approach are driving the planet past its environmental and social boundaries and will need to adapt to address the combined force of global megatrends, a new IEMA report has revealed.
Unilever's Sustainable Living brands delivering 'superior performance'
Unilever is continuing to reap the benefits of green business, with the consumer goods firm's 'Sustainable Living' brands contributing to half of its growth last year, and developing 30% faster than the rest of the business.
edie Live 2016: A look back at Day 1 (video) and a look ahead to Day 2
After a fascinating first day of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie explores what's in store today (18 May) for the second and final day of the 2016 edie Live exhibition at the NEC Birmingham. And there's still time to attend!
Show doors open for first day of edie Live - here's what's in store...
Representatives from DECC, National Grid, Forum for the Future and WRAP are all set to grace the stages of the NEC Birmingham today (17 May) as the edie Live 2016 exhibition officially opens - and there's still time to get your own free pass for the show!
edie Live 2016: Last chance to register before the show doors open!
Thousands of energy managers, sustainability professionals and resource efficiency experts are set to descend upon the NEC Birmingham on Tuesday (17 May) for the first day of the edie Live 2016 exhibition.
Companies must look 'beyond the storm' and embrace long-term strategies, says IEMA
Companies failing to account for looming long-term megatrends are at risk of becoming "unviable businesses", unless a transformative switch away from short-term thinking can be introduced, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment's (IEMA) policy and practice lead has claimed.
Wyke Farms becomes first UK dairy to earn Carbon Trust triple certification
The UK's largest independent cheese producer and milk processor has become the first British dairy farm to hold a Carbon Trust Standard triple certification for improving environmental performance across carbon emissions, water use and waste.
Timberland pledges to 'preserve the outdoors' with fresh sustainability targets
Outdoor clothing company Timberland has set itself a new list of ambitious sustainability targets for 2020, including goals to plant 10 million trees and ensure that 50% of energy comes from renewable sources.
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.
How Jacobs and Dunlop are engineering a green industrial revolution
EXCLUSIVE: With question marks still looming over the Tata Steel crisis, manufacturers large and small are taking steps to ensure that energy-intensive industries aren't left behind in the global movement to a low-carbon future.
Nestlé Waters UK switches to 100% renewable electricity
Bottled water producer Nestlé Waters will now source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources at its UK bottling plant in Buxton as part of the group's commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its global operations.
Earth Day & Paris Agreement signing ceremony: As it happened
Earth Day 2016 was one of the most important days for the future of our planet, with more than 170 political leaders signing the Paris climate change agreement. Re-live all of the action and reaction as it happened in edie's live green business blog.
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.
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.
Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk unveils highly-anticipated 'affordable' electric car
UPDATED:Tesla founder and chief executive Elon Musk reveals that pre-orders of the firm's much-anticipated Model 3 electric car currently total 276,000.
HP joins RE100, aims for 40% renewables by 2020
Technology giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reaffirmed its commitment to sustainable business by becoming the 55th company to join the Climate Group's RE100 initiative, pledging to source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations.
Renewables industry faces Brexit 'paradox'
The renewable energy industry faces a "huge paradox" in the event of Brexit, according to legal experts from a UK-based international law firm.
Willmott Dixon to power all UK offices with renewable energy
Construction group Willmott Dixon has announced a new partnership with green energy supplier SmartestEnergy, which will see more than a dozen UK offices across the company's portfolio powered with renewable energy.
Businesses 'dared' to embrace circular economy as ING prepares for new era of green finance
EXCLUSIVE: Companies should be ready and willing to shake up their business models in favour of the circular economy, with Dutch multinational banking group ING indicating a strong desire to provide more financial support for the low-carbon movement.
WRAP calls on UK SMEs to take 'circular leap of faith'
Liz Goodwin, the soon-to-depart chief executive of the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), has today (8 March) provided new evidence of how the circular economy is beginning to make a big difference for small businesses across the UK.
UN Global Compact seeks 'change agents' to accelerate action on SDGs
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) has launched a 'pioneers programme' to accelerate grassroots leadership on the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The importance of measuring and evaluating your CSR impact
Taco Terheijden, director of cocoa sustainability at global chocolate supplier Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, explains the new approach the organisation is taking to monitor, measure and evaluation its wide-ranging sustainability strategy.
edie Live 2016 opens for registration
Registration is now open for the UK's leading event for energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals, offering visitors a host of new features, networking events and high-level keynote stage.
IN or OUT? How the green economy will vote on Britain's EU referendum
Energy and environment ministers, green NGOs and sustainable businesses groups have revealed their stance on Britain's European Union (EU) membership, with the overwhelming majority agreeing that remaining IN the EU is crucial for our transition to a low-carbon future.
Green makeover: The Body Shop enters new era of sustainable business with bold CSR strategy
The Body Shop has today (2 February) launched an ambitious new CSR strategy including an overarching goal to be the world's most ethical and truly sustainable global business".
The time is NOW for green innovation and creative destruction, says Forum for the Future
EXCLUSIVE: The world needs to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to incrementalism and embrace innovation and creative destruction if we are to achieve the bold emission reduction pledges set out at the Paris climate talks.
Unilever and Novelis collaborate to educate on circular economy
Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has launched two new online tools designed to help businesses embrace the circular economy, following partnerships with consumer goods firm Unilever and the world's biggest aluminium can recycler Novelis.
Unilever's Paul Polman launches Global Commission to accelerate sustainable business methods
Unilever CEO Paul Polman and former United Nations deputy secretary-general Mark Malloch-Brown are working to articulate and quantify the massive economic rewards that could be available to businesses who become leaders in poverty reduction and sustainable development.
Christiana Figueres: The hard work starts NOW for sustainable business
One month on from the successful Paris climate summit, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres says businesses must now act as the catalyst in a "virtuous and self-reinforcing" transition to a low-carbon global economy.
A Better Future: How BT is using ICT to drive behaviour change
As eyes turn from global goals to golden globes, it is perhaps surprising just how quickly COP21 has fallen off the radar in the space of a month.
BT launches 7-step supply chain assessment tool
UK telecoms giant BT has collaborated with French firm Sagemcom - the manufacturer of the BT Home Hub - to pilot a new supplier sustainability assessment tool.
Business leaders prepared to build on Paris agreement with climate action, survey finds
With the ambitious climate deal secured in Paris being hailed as "the greatest business opportunity of the century", it appears international business leaders are already beginning to factor climate change issues into their decision-making.
Paris climate deal: The reaction
The momentous climate deal achieved at COP21 in Paris has been met with excitement and relief from green groups and sustainability professionals alike. But there are a few notable exceptons...
European Commission opens up €24bn circular economy funding for businesses
The European Commission has announced modifications to credit access that opens up a €24bn financial funding tool for businesses looking to transition to a circular economy model.
Companies pledge support to vulnerable supply chains through Fairtrade Carbon Credits scheme
Logistics company DHL and retailer Marks & Spencer are among a host of businesses backing a new Fairtrade initiative which offsets 'unavoidable' emissions by supporting rural supply chains.
COP21 Paris Climate Conference: Everything you need to know
The most important climate talks ever start on Monday (30 November), with 138 heads of state and 25,000 official delegates expected to be in attendance. Here's our simple guide to the negotiations over the next two weeks.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 winners revealed
National Grid, Willmott Dixon and M&S are among the big winners of edie's 2015 Sustainablity Leaders Awards, announced at a glittering ceremony in London.
Businesses urged to deliver 'net-positive' sustainability plans
Businesses have been urged to push for 'net-positive' in order to bridge the gap between a 'probable future' deprived of natural assets and a 'preferred future' where companies can prosper as sustainable leaders.
HSBC injects $1bn into green bond portfolio
HSBC has become the latest bank to ramp up its commitment to sustainable business with the launch of a new $1bn green bond portfolio that will be used to fund projects in the renewable energy sector.
Feeling green: Food firms urged to get emotional over sustainability
Using "emotional drivers" and financial incentives is the quickest way to spark corporate interest in sustainability initiatives, leading food industry experts have claimed.
Report: Executive boards failing to 'walk the walk' on sustainability
Corporate board directors are failing to deliver tangible environmental impacts despite incorporating sustainability into a company's ethos, a new report has found.
Land Securities commits to 100% renewables
The UK's largest commercial property company has pledged to procure 100% renewable electricity by April 2016.
Willmott Dixon pledges to halve emissions by 2020
Construction group Willmott Dixon has unveiled ambitious plans to slash its carbon emissions in half by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.
Unilever unveils innovation competition winners
The development of modular water sanitation infrastructure; an iron-deficiency educational programme and a water-saving shower have been announced as the three winning ideas from Unilever's global innovation crowdsourcing campaign.
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.
Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015: Finalists revealed
A record-breaking year for entries saw a huge array of organisations large and small vying for a place on the shortlist for this year's Sustainability Leaders Awards. Find out who has made the cut...
Record entries for Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 as judging begins
edie is celebrating another record-breaking year for entries to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards, with our esteemed judging panel now facing the tough task of whittling down the shortlist of finalists.
What I want from Paris: 21 climate leaders on COP21 - Part one
EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie brings you the voices of sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists on what they want to see from the Paris climate talks.
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.
It's not easy being green, according to Britain's biggest consumer panel
Nine in 10 UK consumers care about 'being green', but the same number admit to throwing away food, according to a major new survey carried out by Asda.
Sustainability Leaders Forum 2015 agenda & speakers revealed
The annual edie Sustainability Leaders Forum, now in its ninth year, brings together ambitious international business professionals looking to move beyond environmental objectives; deliver transformational change in society and create more value within their organisation.
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: 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...
19% of Asia's blue chips disclose green performance
Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are slowly improving their carbon reporting measures, but the emissions of those companies are continuing to rise.
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
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.
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?
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).