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Starbucks pressed for more details on cocoa supply chain sustainability

living wage plan for the cocoa supply chain. According to Oxfam, some 90% of cocoa farmers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast do not earn a living income. They receive…

B3Living: Sustainability-linked loan with Lloyds Bank supporting energy-efficient homes

…provided that B3Living meets key green targets. How the project works B3Living will receive discounted funding relative to its performance against three KPIs. The first KPI relates to retrofitting existing…

Four top tips to build resilient, sustainable supply chains

wage policies, adherence to these policies is not universal. An estimated 266 million wage earners receive compensation below the minimum wage, either due to ineligibility or non-compliance. Sassetti pointed out…

Waitrose partners with Tony’s Chocolonely for ethical cocoa sourcing initiative

Waitrose has become the first UK-owned retailer to join the Tony’s Open Chain initiative, committing the retail giant to five sourcing principles, including enhanced traceability, paying the living income reference…

Monitoring UK sewage from space

Madeline Dahm is a curious Planeteer working to make the Earth’s changes visible, accessible, and actionable. In 2022, untreated sewage was pumped into the United Kingdom’s creeks, rivers, and beaches…

Sewage spills: UK Government and water regulator may have broken environmental law

…sewer overflows. During combined sewer overflows, sewage is allowed to spill – usually into rivers or oceans – to prevent the spill from going into buildings and roads. The practice…

Scientists call on UK Government to fast track climate mitigation to respond to cost-of-living crisis

living in the UK. The report notes that the UK can harness economic opportunities by fast-tracking renewables and other low-carbon measures to reduce emissions. It also notes that the UK…

Thames Water turns to ‘poo power plants’ to provide electricity for homes

Thames Water has this week announced that two of its STWs have been retrofitted to convert sewage sludge into biomethane. The Hogsmill STW in Syrret and the Beddington STW in…

Government accused of ‘deep-rooted complacency’ on water industry sustainability

…£10bn had been pledged in relation to sewage discharges and overflows by water companies. Who pays? The letter notes that changing regulatory architecture to boost investment in stopping sewage spills,…

More renewable energy, fewer private jets for Ministers: Seven green announcements from the Labour Party Conference

…enhanced community benefits for those living near new clean energy projects. These could include discounted bills. Reeves also stated her Party’s intention to “fast-track” the planning process for other projects…

GrowUp Farms: SME of the Year

…and finance team. GrowUp Farms is a benefit company that is certified as a B Corp and as a Living Wage Employer. In 2023, it was named as a Sunday…

We cannot achieve the SDGs without accelerated commitment from the private sector

…to work towards halving global emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero by 2050. Additionally, they will be asked to ensure that all employees earn a living wage, and work…

What will it take for the UK to deliver a Just Transition?

…all and a living wage. “Government, companies and investors, such as pension funds and private equity firms, need to question norms. Partnership, which is essentially what a Just Transition is…

Forster Communications targets net-positive environmental and social impact

…to fair pay for staff and suppliers by March 2026. Forster will also encourage its own suppliers to make such commitments. Forster is notably participating in the Living Wage Campaign….

Authors against fossil fuels and a new wind farm for Amazon: The sustainability success stories of the week

…per year, and will improve air quality for the city, creating a cleaner, greener environment for people to live, work and enjoy.” THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: Dutch housebuilder to adopt ‘Living

Survey: Most shoppers still willing to pay extra for sustainability, despite cost-of-living hike

…integrate sustainability-focused practices into their consumption habits. Despite concerns over rising living costs and inflation, consumers remain steadfast in their preference for greener products and services. While one-third (31%) of…

Ikea’s second-hand sales and York’s solar ‘living lab’: The sustainability success stories of the week

‘living lab’ completed at the University of York Last April, the University of York featured in this weekly round-up after announcing plans to host a solar ‘living lab’, comprising both…

Dirty Dozen: The 12 businesses responsible for 70% of litter in the UK

…on 17% of the items collected. Surfers Against Sewage also named another 11 businesses with the UK’s most commonly littered packaging. Rounding out the top three are McDonald’s and PepsiCo….

Campaign group launches legal case against Government over microplastics

In documents submitted to the High Court, the group contends that the EA acted unlawfully by reneging on its previous commitment to legislate on toxic sewage sludge by 2023, a…

Water companies plan £96bn investment to overhaul sewers and cut back on leakage and spills

…sewage regulation, first published in March. On investment, the report stated that Defra’s pledge to raise £56bn from the private sector to reduce and improve storm overflow discharges was yet…