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Businesses are missing out on attracting investment from the ever-growing number of investors that incorporate CSR information into their financial analysis and decision-making

Businesses must address 'internal disconnect' to deliver sustainability success

Sustainability and investor agendas are becoming increasingly intertwined, but gaps in knowledge and understanding are preventing companies and investors from sharpening their focus on long-term sustainable value creation, a new report has found.

Under Ambition 2025, FDF will develop a comprehensive online signposting tool to guide members in integrating sustainable sourcing into their supply chains

Food manufacturers unveil 2025 targets to deliver 'sustainable food system of the future'

McCain Foods, Cadbury, Coca-Cola GB and McVitie's are among a host of British food and drink manufacturers that have developed a series of ambitious new sustainability commitments this week.

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.

The report by Aecom and CDP discovered that 89% of cities now view climate change as a 'significant risk', but just 44% have climate action plans in place

Business-led collaboration key to delivering climate action in cities, says Aecom

The private sector must step up collaboration efforts with city and regional governments to create more robust solutions to combat the economic and environmental impacts of climate change in major cities, the co-author of a new report on the subject has told edie.

The Aldersgate Group event also commemorated the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change

Lord Stern: Business must build 'green growth' story to advance industrial strategy

Lord Nicholas Stern has called on businesses to make an effective case for low-carbon investment in the upcoming months to help construct an industrial strategy that is "green, sustainable and provides a leading example" to the world economy.

The research reveals a

Business must address 'timid action' to achieve SDGs

One year on from the launch of the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), new research has found that a majority of companies have been too slow to take tangible action.

Providing private financing initiatives could encourage energy efficiency improvements for households and help the EU achieve its energy-saving target of 20% by 2020.

Could the 'Energy Efficiency Mortgage' solve Europe's green building challenge?

Energy and building sector professionals from across Europe have united to forge a ground-breaking new initiative which offers better borrowing rates on mortgages for homebuyers that commit to purchasing more energy-efficient homes or carrying out energy-saving retrofits within properties.

In order to accelerate action on the SDGs, the report notes that companies will increasingly have to embrace the “age of digitalisation”

'Fruits of the fourth revolution' key for business to tackle struggling SDGs

Leveraging the power of connectivity and digitalisation will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the "fruits of the fourth industrial revolution" inspiring large-scale action, a new report has found.

The GAA brings together growers and producers, traders, agri-service providers, agri-tech suppliers, and a variety of other specialists to create a diverse and informed forum

New agri-business alliance formed to help deliver SDGs

A coalition of 36 leading agri-businesses have joined forces to launch the Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA), aiming to tackle environmental and social challenges affecting agricultural supply chains and rural communities worldwide.

Andrex has a key role to play in engaging employees, customers and consumers to take action on the global sanitation crisis

Sharing sustainability success: From selling to showing

Kimberly-Clark's head of sustainability for EMEA Tom Berry explores how some of the world's most intractable development issues, such as increasing access to education and improving sanitation, require effective behaviour change programmes to create real progress.

Electrolux's sustainability strategy aims to inspire better food consumption and cooking habits among consumers and professionals, while maximising sustainable health choices

Electrolux launches global food action plan in support of SDGs

Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer Electrolux has today (12 September) launched an ambitious and wide-ranging food sustainability action plan to address major global challenges, in support of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

A rise in social responsibility has seen corporate governance and environmental policy form a focal point for companies, and was the area with the highest scores for 2016

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.

Supported by the Sustainable Development Goals, retailers are now able to strengthen their individual CSR policies at a boardroom level

Policies, data and imports: tackling the trilemma of collaboration for Britain's retailers

In the wake of some key waste and resource efficiency issues being brought to light within the UK retail sector, edie's Matt Mace speaks to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) about how to drive collaboration in this highly-competitive market as a means to deliver low-carbon, resource-efficient ways of doing business.

Toyota’s total market capital reached more than $169bn for the most recent publicly available data, $40bn of which stemmed from clean energy revenue

Toyota tops list of greenest companies for clean energy revenue

Automotive giant Toyota has beaten Siemens, Schneider Electrics and Panasonic to the top spot of the first Carbon Clean 200 rankings, which lists the world's largest publicly listed companies by revenue generated from clean energy products.

Photo: The i360 is expected to attract more than 700,000 visitors a year from existing tourists to the city, also bringing 165,000 to 305,000 new visitors. Photo: British Airways i360/Facebook

Brighton sets 'sustainability benchmark' for eco-tourism with i360 opening

The world's first vertical cable car, the British Airways i360, has opened on Brighton's seafront, with the developers "aiming to set a new global benchmark in sustainability".

Unlike their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs are universal and apply to all countries and peoples

MPs launch enquiry into Britain's implementation of the SDGs

An inquiry has been launched by the Environmental Audit Committee concerning the speed of implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK.

Ki-moon called on Governments to intensify voluntary efforts and engage with the business sector to drive change

Businesses urged to 'think differently' and adopt Sustainable Development Goals

The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) has called on business, governments and local authorities to adopt new ways of thinking that align the "critical challenges of our time" with operational models and frameworks.

There are still murmurs within sustainability departments (which develop into muffled screams in the marketing departments) that sustainability simply can’t do what sex can… sell

The 'S' word: A guide to communicating sustainability to consumers

In the final part of edie's 'guide-to' series for sustainable professionals, Matt Mace explores how to communicate sustainability to different business departments and consumers, and asks the experts whether it is time to disregard the 'S' word altogether.

The Prosper initiative covers “five shared imperatives” that tailor themselves to creating meaningful contributions to the SDGs

How the Sustainable Development Goals are shaping corporate responsibility at SABMiller

International brewing company SABMiller has revealed annual cuts to key environmental footprints, after tweaking its "Prosper" sustainability initiative to align to the global targets established in the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

According to the paper, biofuel could be used to power the food supply chain which would create vibrant employment systems for low-income, rural regions

Is biofuel production the long-term answer to enhancing food security?

With the United Nations calling for countries to mobilise efforts to improve food and energy security, new research has suggested that an accelerated push to generate sustainably sourced biofuel could actually eradicate long-term hunger.

According to the report, smart technology will fail to reach its potential without the aid of incentivised policies

Report: Digital technology uptake needed to reach Sustainable Development Goals

A host of technology frontrunners including Microsoft, BT and Verizon have urged countries to accelerate the uptake of digital technology, claiming that smart solutions and the Internet of Things (IoT) would be "indispensable" to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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.

Gardner – a self-proclaimed “honorary millennial – urged businesses to motivate the 1.8bn millennials on the planet by using “passion points” such as fashion and music

Businesses urged to 'make friends with disruption' and embrace the millennial movement

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses should do more to drive the sustainability agenda by embracing the willingness of the first "digital natives and a globally empathetic generation" in order to ignite behaviour change within consumers, the chief executive of collaborative organisation Collectively has said.

Jude Hughes (centre) collects her E&E Award from host Andrew Ryan (far left) and the Energy Institute's Sarah Beacock

Meet the E&E Award-winner: Energy Manager of the Year - Jude Hughes, NIBSC

Over the past seven years in her role as energy manager at NIBSC, Jude Hughes has achieved the following headline figures for this large and energy-intensive government research centre: a 17% reduction in carbon footprint, a 12% reduction in electricity consumption, a 20% reduction in gas consumption, and utilities cost savings amounting to £746,000. Meet the Energy Manager of the Year...

Many businesses are currently nowhere near even appreciating our planetary boundaries, let alone managing within them

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.

The report revealed that while 75% of professionals are struggling to implement a sustainable procurement process, the main barriers to contend with revolve around finances

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.

The new report acts as a follow up to IEMA’s Perfect Storm report, which highlighted the “state of unpreparedness” that companies were operating in

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.

Businesses that sell products with in-build sustainability credentials - and embrace innovative business models to sell those products - will lead the low-carbon transition

Why the new world of sustainability leadership lies in products

EXCLUSIVE: Companies that are tackling key environmental and societal issues through they way they design, make and sell products will become the leaders of the low-carbon economy, as customer-facing begin to diversify their services in favour of sustainable business.

Carillion aims to contribute £40m to profitability through sustainable actions by 2020

Carillion nets £33m profit from sustainability action

Carillion has added an additional £33.8m to its overall profits thanks to an increased focus on sustainable business practices, the British construction company has announced in its latest CSR report.

Economisrt Kate Raworth (speaking) has developed the ‘doughnut’ of planetary and social boundaries - a playfully serious approach to framing the global resource challenge

Could the circular economy salvage Britain's struggling steel industry?

The ongoing debate over the UK's escalating steel crisis has failed to consider the circular economy as a potential solution, with Tata Steel's Port Talbot production plant well-positioned to become a national remanufacturing hub as a way of securing a more sustainable future.

A recent Queen's Award survey found that 76% of companies which won an award reported increased commercial value

Queen's Awards recognise sustainable development among British business

Seven companies including Premier Sustain Division, the British Land Company and the Fairtrade Foundation have been awarded Queen's Awards for Sustainable Development in honour of Her Majesty's 90th birthday today (21 April).

LOréal’s largest retail brand The Body Shop launched an ambitious new CSR strategy including an overarching goal to be the world's “most ethical and truly sustainable global business

L'Oréal chases "carbon-balanced" commitment as footprints shrink

Cosmetics giant L'Oréal has made significant progress in its sustainable development plan, with figures showing the company is on course to reach targets to reduce emissions, water consumption and waste generation by 60% by 2020.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

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.

Renewables, excluding large hydro, still represent a small minority of the world’s total installed power capacity (16.2%), but that figure continues to climb (up from 15.2% in 2014).

Renewables revolution in full swing as global investment smashes records

Renewable energy sources added more generation capacity than all other technologies combined in 2015, with a world record total of £286bn invested in renewables across the globe, a major new UN-backed report has found.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will frame the UN's policies and agenda over the next 15 years

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).

Cargill works to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and simultaneously secure the sustainable supply of cocoa and chocolate products

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.

Store emissions have been reduced by 35% since 2005 meaning they are more than halfway to a 50% target for 2020

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.

The ongoing migration crisis stretching out across the globe is an emerging driver in forced labour occurring in company portfolios, according to the report

Supply chain ethics and traceability among biggest business human rights issues, report finds

Increasing supply chain traceability and integrating human rights into the adaptation and mitigation of climate change impacts are among the most significant human rights issues effecting sustainability and CSR professionals.

The report said a new alliance is emerging between progressive businesses and civil society actors

Businesses are 'the new activists', claims UN research

An increasing number of businesses are looking beyond their own short-term interests and working to create the sustainable society they want to operate in.

The commission will look to capitalise on the significant economic rewards that can be gained through emerging markets and innovations

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.

RE100 projects that the current group of 53 signatories will reach an average of 80% renewable electricity by 2020

RE100 companies halfway to 100% renewable target

The 53 companies that have signed up to the RE100 pledge to source 100% renewable energy are on average, halfway to their goals, a new report by The Climate Group and CDP shows.

The initiative will see the River Thames used as a renewable energy source to provide affordable heat via a heat pump

London selected for €25m smart city innovation trial

London is uniting with cities across Europe as part of a €25m project which will explore how innovative technologies including heating homes through the River Thames can improve the standard of living for city residents.

COP21 negotiators worked through Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights to draw upand agree the final climate deal

COP21: World leaders agree legally-binding climate deal in Paris

History has been made at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris as world leaders agreed to adopt an "ambitious and balanced" final deal, including a "legally-binding" agreement to keep global warming "well below 2C".

IBM Green Horizons research scientist Dr. Baoguo Xie in front of the Green Horizons Project overview panels. Photo credit: IBM

IBM to scale up big data environment programme

Global IT corporation IBM has announced plans to expand its Green Horizons programme which uses big data to help cities and companies make informed environmental decisions.

Kit Kat, which is part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, was certified was first certified by Fairtrade in the UK in 2013

Greener Kit Kats on the way as Nestlé achieves 100% sustainable cocoa

Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland has become the first major confectionary company in the hospitality and foodservice sector to source 100 certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate and biscuits.

Each of the nine LCTPis presents an action plan that focuses on

153 corporations unveil new low-carbon action plans

More than 150 companies have unveiled low-carbon plans which they say can collectively deliver 65% of the emissions reduction needed to limit global warming to two degrees.

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.

There looks set to be a 76% increase in the global consumption of meat by 2050

Could cutting meat from our diets bridge a post-Paris 'emissions gap'?

A dietary change that relieves the demand for animal protein could play an instrumental role in plugging the post-Paris emissions gap, according to a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House.

Is the profit-over-planet business model dead?

EXCLUSIVE: The business model of the 20th century that considers the services rendered by nature to be free, available and infinite is dying.

Eileen Donnelly admitted that consumers are driven by price rather than product messages

Selling sustainability: Business culture more effective than 'green' products

EXCLUSIVE: Companies should stop 'selling' sustainability and focus on creating products and brands that have green credentials embedded as a core value, industry experts have argued.

20,000 refugees die prematurely each year as a result of pollution from fuel burning, cooking techniques

Refugee camps' energy bills over $2bn due to neglected energy efficiency

The energy consumption of refugee camps has been neglected by international governments and humanitarian agencies, costing an estimated $2bn annually, according to a consortium of NGOs and think tanks.

Branson believes that a long term goal can transform industries and create a lasting impact

Branson's B Team calls for long-term climate goals beyond Paris

An environmental coalition of 22 business leaders including Sir Richard Branson and Unilever's Paul Polman have penned an open letter ahead of the crucial Paris talks calling for an 'actionable' global commitment of 'Net-Zero by 2050'.

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.

Signatories agreed that actively supporting a clear agreement appealing to business investments in a low-carbon economy is a vital factor

Finance ministers urged to deliver strong climate deal in Paris

G20 and EU finance ministers have been urged to 'step-up' their efforts to arrange a strong agreement at the COP21 UN climate conference next month, by a group of leading international business organisations.

The report stated that the lack of adequate systems has led to two million preventable deaths each year

UK urged to take global lead on cold economy

Researchers have urged the UK Government to establish a lead department dedicated to developing new clean-cold technology as a new report highlights the rising demand in cooling and refrigeration systems.

Water is a forgotten factor of production...the primary challenge is therefore to make the forgotten unforgettable

Collaboration and innovation vital to solve 'forgotten problems' of water scarcity

Both the public and private sectors need to realise there is no 'silver bullet' to deal with the rising yet largely ignored water scarcity crisis, a panel of industry experts has concluded.

A gecko's pads can reportedly support 132 kilograms

Ford to boost recycling by mimicking gecko 'stickiness'

American car company Ford has announced plans to mimic the sticky toe pads of geckos to help it boost the recyclability of its car parts.

Jaguar Land Rover's Nigel Clarke talks to a young boy from Visionary Academy School in Kenya while he fills a cup with water from a LifeStraw purifier

Jaguar takes 'Environmental Innovation' to Kenya

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has embarked upon a new five-year CSR initiative in Africa which will see the carmaker provide 300,000 Kenyan schoolchildren with access to safe water.

Unilever's innovation platform aims to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration

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.

The UN is to formally adopt the set of 17 new Sustainable Development Goals for 2030

Sustainable Development Goals: Businesses urged to take the lead

Sir Richard Branson, Unilever's Paul Polman and Professor Stephen Hawking are among those that have thrown their support behind the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to be authorised today (25 September).

193 world leaders will commit to 17 Sustainable Development Goals on 25 September 2015

Sustainable Development Goals: The role of business

The excitement around the launch of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has reached stratospheric levels. The Pope and even Beyoncé are on board. The next 15 years will require a massive effort to deliver the goals - not least by companies that are expected to play a central role in delivery.

Several high-profile businesses have pledged the support for the UN scheme, including Microsoft, Sony, Adidas and Marks & Spencer's

Sony, Microsoft, Adidas back new UN emission offset initiative

The UN has launched a major new initiative designed to get businesses and consumers to voluntarily become 'climate neutral'.

Paul Polman, who joined Unilever in 2009, received the award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category

Unilever's Paul Polman receives UN's highest environmental accolade

Unilever's chief executive has been named as one of the winners of the United Nations' Champion of the Earth Award for his work as a 'tireless advocate' for sustainable business models.

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.

Guests staying at any hotel in the vicinity of Ile-de-France will have any carbon footprint covered by AccorHotels

Hotel operator to offset CO2 footprint of all Paris trips for COP21

AccorHotels will offset the carbon footprint of all overnight stays in the Ile-de-France region - including those at rival hotels - for the two-week duration of the Paris climate conference in December.

7-10 billion tonnes of urban waste is produced each year, with 3 billion people across the globe lacking access to efficient waste disposal facilities

UNEP: 'Urgent response' needed to avert global waste crisis

The first ever worldwide waste report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says immediate action is required to shift from 'take-make-use-waste' to a circular economy.

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.

edie explains: Sustainable Development Goals

Earlier this week, the UN agreed on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will frame its policies and agenda over the next 15 years. What are they? How will they be funded? And how will they impact the UK?

The Sustainable Development Goals are scheduled to be formally adopted at a meeting of world leaders in New York in September

UN agrees 'transformative' sustainable development blueprint

The UN has agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals that aim to tackle climate change and reduce global poverty over the next 15 years.

Replacing inefficient air conditioning units around the world could prevent billions of tonnes of CO2

Improving air conditioner efficiency could reduce global warming, report finds

Improving the energy efficiency of air conditioners could save up to 100 billion tonnes of CO2 by 2050, according to new research from the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD).

Accor's PLANET21 initiative set out 21 new commitments to the environment and sustainability

Minimising your carbon footprint: Knowledge sharing and inclusion

With Make Holidays Greener month in full swing, Arnaud Herrmann, vice president of sustainable development at AccorHotels, explores the carbon reduction and employee engagement initiatives hospitality businesses should undertake to go green.

The report's lead author Dr Ana Gonzalez Pelaez argues that as many people as possible need to have access to insurance

Insurance industry 'essential policy instrument' to help those at climate risk

The insurance industry must be utilized to protect citizens at risk from climate change, a new report from the University of Cambridge's Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has claimed.

The journal argues cutting short-term pollutants is vital to boosting support for further climate change initiatives

Report: Kill short-lived pollutants to curb climate change

Global governments must work together to cut short-lived climate pollutants as well as tackling long-lived CO2 emissions, according to a report published in the journal Nature Climate Change published today (13 July).

Harry, Niall, Liam and Louis are trying to rally 1D fans into action on climate change and poverty

VIDEO: One Direction call on army of fans to 'change the world'

Boyband One Direction have called on fans around the world to push governments to address climate change and poverty.

 Prince Charles has called for profound changes to how businesses are run and economies are managed

Prince Charles: rewire the global economy to stop climate change

Prince Charles has said that "profound changes" to the global economic system are needed in order to avert environmental catastrophe, in an uncompromising speech delivered in front of an audience of senior business leaders and politicians.

Companies are turning to apps to make renewable energy and sustainability more accessible

VIDEO: New IRENA app puts green data at your fingertips

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched a new smartphone app which gives the public direct access to up-to-date information on renewable energy potential worldwide.

Global renewable installed capacity reached 1.712 GW in 2014, an 8.5% year-on-year uptick

Global domination: 164 countries now have renewables pledge

Twenty new countries set renewable energy targets in 2014, meaning that 164 countries around the globe now have some form of commitment or support for clean energy.

The Task Group is made up of major companies challenged with delivering zero carbon non-domestic buildings from 2019

Green Building Task Group formed to identify zero-carbon solutions

John Lewis, Whitbread and Saint Gobain are among the big businesses that have formed a new Task Group to help inform the upcoming zero-carbon building standards in the UK.

Effectively managing your triple bottom line builds credibility, improves relationships and enhances brand awareness

Why sustainability is more important than ever

Sustainability: a key factor that most organisations in today's society strive to achieve. But why is it so important? Why should you care? And why should you be working with suppliers that are certified to British standards for sustainability? Stone Group's Martin Ruston investigates.

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.

Jaguar Land Rover received the award for its development of a 'whole-lifecycle' approach to manufacturing while cutting the environmental cost of production

Queen Elizabeth awards sustainable business achievement

Automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover and surplus food re-distributor Company Shop have been recognised as sustainability leaders by receiving a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development today.

Jonathon Porritt spent years working on green energy projects with BP and Shell but has since said engagement is pointless

Investing in fossil fuels goes against health charities' aims, says Jonathon Porritt

Charities that work on solving problems connected to climate change should not invest in fossil fuel companies that are "out of kilter" with their charitable aims, according to top environmentalist Jonathon Porritt.

The new partnership forms part of Heineken's efforts to achieve the commitments set out in its 'Brewing a Better World' sustainability strategy

Heineken partners with UNIDO to tackle water scarcity in developing markets

International brewer Heineken is teaming up with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to accelerate the deployment of water stewardship initiatives in countries and regions classified as 'water-scarce'.

The UN goals reportedly address challenges in isolation from one another

Less than a third of UN's sustainability targets are well-developed, scientists claim

The UN's sustainability targets are too vague and diffuse to be effective, according to an independent asessment carried out by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

The Environmental Audit Committee says David Cameron's Government must have its mind set on de-coupling economic growth from polluting and unsustainable resource use

Sustainable development goals must not be undermined, say MPs

With UN negotiators eventually reaching a watered-down deal in Peru over the weekend, the UK Parliament's green watchdog is now warning the Government to uphold its Sustainable Development Goals ahead of Paris 2015.

FEAD president David Palmer-Jones urges Commissioner Vella to keep circular economy package

FEAD president urges new Environment Commissioner to back circular economy package

The president of European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, David Palmer-Jones, has written to the new European Commissioner for the environment Karmenu Vella urging him to back the European Commission's circular economy package.

Value networks prompt people and businesses to share information which will benefit a national transition to a circular economy

Value networks hold key to enabling circular economy

The transition to a circular economy can only be achieved if businesses are prepared to engage and collaborate with competitors in the form of 'value networks' which will help scale-up ideas and bring more sustainable products to market.

Former Energy Minister Greg Barker is the new chairman of the London Sustainable Development Commission

Cameron's Climate Envoy to head up London Sustainable Development Commission

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (13 November) appointed former DECC Minister Greg Barker as the new chairman of the London Sustainable Development Commission.

A materiality assessment is designed to help your company analyse the impact of material issues

Edie explains: Materiality assessments

In this week's 'edie explains' we've brought together everything you need to know about materiality assessments and what they might mean for your business.

The criteria require biomethane plants claiming support under the scheme to demonstrate a minimum 60% greenhouse gas saving

Biomethane industry must show '60% greenhouse gas savings', says Government

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published further details on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), detailing how biomethane plants claiming support under the scheme must demonstrate a minimum 60% saving in greenhouse gas emissions.

Information on energy-efficiency measures, such as loft insulation, are available from Resource Efficient Wales

Carbon Trust and WRAP team up to deliver resource efficiency support for Welsh firms

WRAP Cymru and the Carbon Trust have announced that they are to work in partnership to help Welsh businesses and public sector organisations to become more resource efficient.

Full divestment will mean the reallocation of around £18m of current investments over a 10-year period

Glasgow pioneers academic fossil fuel divestment in Europe

The University of Glasgow has become the first scholastic institution in Europe to pledge to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

The new classification method combines elements of existing ratings systems

Vodafone and O2 join forces to create mobile phone eco-rating system

Vodafone and Telefónica O2 have teamed up with UK sustainable development organisation Forum for the Future to create the Eco Rating 2.0 - an industry-wide ratings system that compares the green credentials of different mobile devices.

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.

The global population is catching fish faster than the oceans can restock

Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats.

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.

Over half of UK businesses are not confident in the veracity of their overseas supply chains

Government tackles food and drink supply chain efficiency

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is among a group of organisations investing in a new 'competition fund' which seeks to improve the resource efficiency and resilience of the UK food and drink supply chain.

The biofuel mixture powering the trial flight is partly manufactured from cooking oil recycled from restaurants

Finnair flies to Climate Summit using recycled cooking oil

Finnish airline Finnair will operate a demonstration flight from Helsinki to New York with an Airbus A330 that uses sustainable biofuel.

The coalition believes the talks in New York and Paris will have a real impact on tackling climate change

NGOs push for 'vital' global agreement on climate change

Prime Minister David Cameron is being urged to push for a global countdown to zero emissions ahead of his expected attendance at the New York climate summit later this month.

Water and energy are interdependent in more ways than not, and an increase or decrease in one will immediately affect the other

Energy and Water communities 'must co-operate to meet global challenges'

The organisers of World Water Week have claimed that there is 'an urgent need' for a closer relationship between the energy and water industries in order to tackle issues of global scarcity and poor quality.

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