Unilever retains top spot in Fit for Purpose Index
Consumer goods company Unilever tops the list of the world's most purposeful companies in Radley Yeldar's (RY) 2016 Fit for Purpose 2016 Index for the second consecutive year, with the likes of Philips and Nestle making up the top 10.
Knorr calls on consumers to consider the 'hidden' impacts of water in food consumption
During World Water Week, food producer Knorr has launched a new behaviour change campaign to drive awareness of the "hidden" water waste impacts in food production, encouraging consumers to take action to reduce their water footprint.
Unilever refuses to reinstate IOI contracts until 'tangible progress' is shown
Consumer goods giant Unilever has announced that it will not reinstate the Malaysian palm oil supplier group IOI as a contractor until "tangible progress" is made evident of the groups desire to implement a new ethical sustainability action plan.
Ignoring innovation is the biggest risk companies can take, warns Unilever
EXCLUSIVE: A failure to utilise innovation and take risks is "arguably the biggest risk a company can take" in the global transition to a low-carbon economy, the senior vice president of global marketing at Unilever has said.
Unilever and Hubbub launch 'Joint Ambition for Zero Food Waste Britain'
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has teamed up with social enterprise charity Hubbub to launch a collaborative, social media-driven project aimed at eliminating food waste.
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.
Could this new mapping toolkit solve the palm oil transparency challenge?
With rising transparency issues leading to supplier contracts being scrapped and green groups piling on the pressure to tackle the situation, a new World Resources Institute (WRI)-backed initiative could finally allow companies to gauge deforestation risks by evaluating satellite surveillance of global palm oil mills.
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.
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.
Unilever cancels palm oil sourcing contracts over deforestation concerns
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has cancelled its contracts with a Malaysian-based palm oil producer and trader which has been suspended over deforestation and community conflict issues.
On wings of waste: Plane fuelled by recycled plastic wins Attenborough's approval
A plan to fly across America in a plane powered by recycled plastic has been welcomed by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a "sign of hope in a very depressing world".
Unilever forges new crowdsourcing partnership to deliver 'consumer-championed products'
Consumer goods giant Unilever has becomes one of the first global corporations to tap into the potential of crowdfunding for sustainability projects after it established a new partnership to accelerate green innovation and create 'consumer-championed products'.
Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims
PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.
More than 600 Unilever sites reach zero waste to landfill status
Unilever has today (9 February) revealed that more than 600 of its sites across 70 countries have achieved zero waste to landfill status, after the company identified alternate routes for non-hazardous waste streams in its operations.
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.
Businesses in the dark about climate risks in half their supply chains
Almost half of the key suppliers for global companies like Dell, Unilever and Walmart fail to respond to requests for climate information, new research from CDP has revealed.
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.
Tesco leads new food-waste fighting coalition
Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis will chair a new food waste reduction coalition, launched Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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.
Unilever and National Grid labelled 'true leaders' in post-Paris policy push
Unilever and National Grid are among the select few companies to be heralded as 'true leaders' for their support of the policies set in place in Paris last month, according to corporate analysts InfluenceMap.
Paul Polman: Paris deal represents greatest business opportunity of the century
The chief executive of one of the world's most sustainable corporations has hailed the adoption of the historic climate change accord in Paris as "an unequivocal sign to business and financial communities" that a zero-emissions economy is now a realistic future.
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.
Unilever and M&S offer 'preferential sourcing' to countries with sustainable forestry policies
Unilever and Marks and Spencer's have announced they will try and source commodities like palm oil, beef, soy and paper from countries and regions with ambitious climate and forestry initiatives, in a joint effort to end global deforestation.
Unilever to be carbon positive by 2030
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has announced a new target to be carbon positive across its operations by 2030.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi unite on the road to Paris
With less than a week to go until COP21, global beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have thrown their weight behind a business-led push for global leaders to secure a robust international climate agreement in Paris.
Unilever and Tesla identified as faces of sustainable business ahead of Paris
Consumer goods firm Unilever and Elon Musk's Tesla have been identified by global sustainability experts as having made the biggest contribution to climate solutions over the past five years.
Top tips: 5 ways to create an effective behaviour change programme
Three-quarters of energy managers surveyed in a recent edie report claimed that employee engagement and behaviour change was a top priority this year. But they also listed it as one of the biggest barriers to getting their energy efficiency schemes off the ground...
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'.
H&M joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation to 'revolutionise' clothing fibre recycling
International fashion brand H&M has pledged to take ideas from the paper industry to improve the circularity of its clothing fibres, after becoming the latest Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Global business coalition could get us two thirds of the way to 2C target
The collective action plans of more than 140 major businesses could deliver two thirds of the carbon reductions need to limit global warming to two degrees, according to new analysis from PWC.
Ambitious CR strategy could boost revenue by 20%
Companies that are fully committed to sustainability and corporate responsibility (CR) could see a potential revenue boost of up to 20% - equivalent to $1.8bn for some of the largest publicly-traded firms.
Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration
Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.
Land Securities commits to 100% renewables
The UK's largest commercial property company has pledged to procure 100% renewable electricity by April 2016.
Global food firms unite to demand climate action
The chief executives of 10 multinational food and beverage companies including Mars, Nestlé and Unilever have come together to urge political leaders to forge a robust climate deal in Paris this December.
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.
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).
'Game-changers': BT and M&S top FTSE100 on carbon management
Telecommunications giant BT has secured top spot in a report of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100).
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.
Scientists call for outright ban on microbeads to avert 'plastic crisis'
Wildlife and resources used for human consumption need to be protected by implementing an outright ban on the use of microbeads, according to new analysis from a group of conservation scientists.
Half of world's blue chips 'obstructing' climate policies
Ground-breaking new research has revealed that 45% of the 100 world's largest industrial companies are thwarting climate change legislation, while 95% are current members of trade associations accused of the same obstructionist behaviour.
Dow Jones reveals worlds most sustainable companies
The 2015 edition of the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has been released, with Unilever, LG, AkzoNobel and Volkswagen ranking among the industry leaders.
Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP
Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.
Food giant General Mills announces 10-year plan to slash emissions by 28%
US food producer General Mills has announced that it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% across the entirety of its value chain in the next 10 years.
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.
Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach
Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
Majority of banks fail to encourage sustainable forestry, UN finds
The majority of financial institutions do not have policies requiring clients to comply with forestry regulations, according to a study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) revealed today (29 July).
Linking sustainability and responsibility: participation toward social justice
Leading businesses now connect sustainability not just with being 'green', but with being a proactive force for good in a globalised economy.
Unilever's supply chain chief: Employee engagement holds key to long-term success
EXCLUSIVE: Unilever's chief supply chain officer Pier Luigi Sigismondi believes a "lack of focus and understanding" and short-termism is holding back the global transition to a more sustainable economy.
Selfridges stops selling plastic water bottles to save oceans
London retailer Selfridges has stopped the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in its shops as part of a campaign to reduce pollution of the oceans.
WWF and Unilever announce campaign to protect one million trees
WWF and Unilever have launched a one-year partnership to engage consumers in the fight against deforestation, it was announced today (7 July).
New Climate Economy: 10 ways to generate low-carbon economic growth
Low-carbon economic growth can become the new normal and limit the impact of climate change, according to a new report released today (7 July).
Sustainable product revenue growing six times faster than alternatives
Revenues from sustainable products or services are growing up to six times faster than 'normal' equivalents, according to new research from the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi).
Unilever launches global crowdsourcing campaign for sustainable innovation
Unilever's innovation platform, Unilever Foundry, has launched a new global crowdsourcing community to find new ways to tackle global sustainability problems.
WRAP calls for 'Resource Revolution' with new 5-year plan
The UK Government's resource efficiency body has unveiled details of its strategic plan for the next five years, with an aim to "create the step-change needed to meet the demands of future generations".
Ikea pledges €1bn for climate action
The world's largest furniture retailer has today (4 June) pledged to spend €1bn on renewable energy and tacking climate change in the next five years.
Unilever makes 100% renewables pledge after saving a million tonnes of CO2
Unilever has revealed that its factories have saved more than a tonnes of carbon since 2008, as the consumer goods giant today (18 May) made a major commitment to switch to using 100% renewable energy.
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.
Unilever throws weight behind mass sustainability movements
Consumer goods giant Unilever has yet again reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability, this time going beyond its own business practice by partnering with two global sustainability campaigns.
Unilever fast-tracks deforestation pledge into 2015
Consumer goods giant Unilever has pledged to sustainably source 100% of its wood-based packaging by the end of 2015 - five years ahead of schedule.
Worlds' most sustainable food and drink companies revealed by Oxfam
Unilever has finished first in Ofxam's 'Battle of the Brands' campaign which takes a look at the agricultural sourcing policies of the top 10 food and beverage companies.
Social media drives era of 'soft sustainability'
This is the era of 'soft sustainability'. That's the key finding of a new report which ranks how well companies spread their sustainability message on social media.
Unilever forms behaviour change partnership to tackle 'shocking' UK recycling rates
Unilever UK is seeking to promote green behaviour beyond its own operations in the form of a new recycling incentivisation partnership.
Unilever achieves zero waste to landfill across global manufacturing network
Unilever is now sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its global factory network of 240 factories in 67 countries, saving more than €200m in waste costs.
Global 100: World's most sustainable corporations revealed
Household products firm Reckitt Benckiser leads the 11 UK companies that have been named amongst the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world today (22 January).
EU must limit carbon permits, says Corporate Leaders Group
The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) must be reformed to include a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) by 2017 at the latest, to keep the continent on track for developing a low-carbon economy.
Nestle and Unilever look to create food packaging circular economy
Unilever and Nestle are part of a collaborative project that aims to improve the recyclability of 'flexible packaging' such as sweet and crisp wrappers.
Northumbria University to help Unilever meet sustainability targets
Northumbria University has announced a formal alliance with Unilever to help the company establish new ways of meeting its packaging, water-use and energy sustainability targets.
Unilever promotes sustainable living to combat food waste and food poverty
Unilever UK will advertise its corporate umbrella brand on prime-time television to raise sustainability issues and highlight the paradox of food waste versus food poverty in the developed world.
Global brands unite for digital sustainability platform
Coca-Cola, Google and Nike are among a coalition of some of the world's biggest companies that are sponsoring a global digital platform which aims to drive behaviour change among millennials by making more sustainable living 'the new normal'.
Tesco tackles child exploitation in tea trade supply chain
Tesco is leading a partnership to support children in tea-growing communities who may be vulnerable to trafficking and abuse.
Unilever allies with British Government to help developing nations
Unilever has joined forces with the Department for International Development (DFID) to create jobs, improve water and sanitation, and improve sustainable supply chains in developing countries.
Big business leads the way on carbon pricing
Major corporations are outpacing governments by preparing for a financial future with carbon pricing.
Unilever to run start-up sustainability 'hackathon'
Unilever is offering up to £30k of funding for an established start-up technology business with a sustainability solution it is looking to scale.
World's most sustainable businesses revealed
Unilever, Siemens and Akzo Nobel are among 24 companies that have been topped their respective industries in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review.
Unilever's Climate Summit campaign goes viral
A digital awareness campaign which aims to encourage global leaders to adopt a more ambitious and urgent approach to addressing climate change has surpassed expectations ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.
Unilever eyes non-pesticide methods of tea crop protection
Unilever is initiating a major scientific study to evaluate the feasibility of applying biological methods for plant protection of tea crops in India.
Wall's develops ultra-efficient ice cream freezers
Scientists at Unilever have announced the development of a new ice cream freezer cabinet capable of a 70% energy reduction for retailers worldwide.
Ben & Jerry's turns to 'carbon insetting' to reduce emissions
Values-led ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's is stepping up its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions with a move towards 'carbon insetting' to improve supply chain resilience and resource efficiency.
Sky debates business advantage of social value
Sky has attempted to gain a better understanding of how companies can use social value to their advantage, given business appetite to connect more meaningful with society.
Unilever calls for business 'mindfulness' on consumption
Unilever CEO Paul Polman has questioned whether businesses are in denial over the growing trend for mindful consumption, as he called for companies to widen their understanding on the issue.
Unilever looks to secure sustainable future for tea
Multinational consumer goods firm Unilever has once again put sustainability at the heart of its research and development programme with the launch of a new project to develop natural tea varieties and secure international tea supply for the future.
Emissions from 10 food and drinks companies 'higher than Scandinavia'
Cereal and softdrinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report for not doing enough on climate change.
Shell points to 'resource resilience' for future cities
Shell has called for more co-operation and collaboration within cities to build resilience to growing pressures on global energy, food and water systems.
Growth - the real elephant in the room?
EXCLUSIVE Is the pursuit of continuous growth the single biggest issue for our businesses and our economies? Will the circular economy provide the silver bullet, or do we need to go further? Michael Townsend investigates.
Walmart joins forces with multinational companies to develop recycling fund
US retail giant Walmart has brought together members of its supply chain with the aim of developing a $100m 'Closed Loop Fund' to improve the US' recycling record.
Unilever creates first soap bar using sustainable oil
Global consumer goods brand Unilever has announced the introduction of sustainable Algal Oils for one of its biggest soap brands, Lux.
Dove Body Wash bottle to contain 15% less plastic
Unilever has announced that its Dove Body Wash bottles will contain at least 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology.
Unilever: 200 sites now achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill
More than three-quarters of Unilever's global factory network no longer sends non-hazardous waste to landfill, up from 20% three years ago.
EXCLUSIVE: Awareness growing around environmental benefits of cross-sector collaboration
There is a growing awareness of how cross-sector partnerships are providing environmental benefits to business, particularly in the automotive industry, says Toyota's Steve Hope.
New monitoring platform to 'fundamentally change' how businesses manage forests
A new online monitoring and alert system that encourages better forest management will help tackle deforestation - an issue that poses a "material risk to businesses".
Unilever halves size of male deodorant cans to cut carbon footprint
Unilever has announced that it is halving the size of its male deodorant brands to minimise its impact on the environment.
Unilever becomes latest global partner to Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has announced Unilever as its latest Global Partner, joining a group of key industry players working to pilot and test circular economy practices at scale.
The futuristic shower that recycles water 'while you wash'
A prototype shower system has been developed that claims to offer massive water and energy savings by recycling water while you wash.
Beauty brands commiting to microbead phase out as environmental threat grows
Growing evidence around the environmental impact plastic microbeads in beauty products are having on oceans is seeing some of the industry's major brands committing to phasing them out.
Microbeads pollution - a drop in the ocean for the beauty industry
The threat plastic pollution poses to marine wildlife is now a recognised issue amongst consumers, businesses and governments, but is the damage from microplastics, found in many beauty products, a problem literally being washed down the drain? Leigh Stringer investigates
Major palm oil firm Wilmar vows to end supply chain deforestation
Major agri-business group Wilmar International has vowed to end its part in deforestation by driving its new policy to advance a responsible palm oil industry, the largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia.
Global brands back recycling network to combat waste in Chile
Nestlé, Walmart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Unilever have joined forces to improve waste management in Chile by supporting a new recycling network.
Unilever targets parents as 'unlockers' of behaviour change
Unilever is following up its Sustainable Living Plan with the launch of Project Sunlight, an initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.
Business community 'largely unaware' of deforestation risks
Businesses are threatening shareholder value because they remain largely unaware of the deforestation risks in their own supply chains, according to a new report.