Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

DEFINITION: A concept which encourages a company to take responsibility for its impact on environmental and social wellbeing. CSR is a broad movement which encompasses a variety of issues such as human rights, corporate governance, responsible sourcing and environmental footprints.

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A growing trend of rival companies joining the same global coalitions shouldn't negate the need for competition

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23 global companies such as Marks & Spencer (M&S), Tesco, Unilever and Walmart have committed to tackle soy-driven deforestation in Cerrado, Brazil

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In the UK, the general public throws away 1.4 million edible bananas every day

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To encourage a plant-based dietary shift, PwC employees will receive recipe cards and a dedicated portal on sustainable food

Peas Please: PwC commits to boost employee fruit and veg intake

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The production of lithium-ion batteries, commonly used for EVs, requires the use of materials such as cobalt, copper, nickel and bauxite, which are often sourced from a number of high-risk countries

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The UN Commission on Trade Development (UNCTAD) estimates that up to $7trn of investment will be needed annually to meet the SDGs by 2030

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The suits will be made with wool that M&S customers have donated through the retailer’s Shwopping clothes recycling scheme with Oxfam

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The company noted that it will explore additional certification as it moves towards it 2022 goal

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Tetra Pak believes it can contribute to nine of the SDGs, and is using the goals to build up progress and momentum towards its science-based targets

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The partnership will strengthen the links between farmers in more 60 countries supplying global markets that are part of the CFA and the global retailers enlisted in the TSC

Food and beverage giants agree to strengthen supply chain management

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Other retailers are being urged to follow suit and help their supply chain save time, money and resources

Asda and Co-op team up to share supply chain data

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Campaigners are calling on failing companies to set time-bound targets to source 100% sustainable cotton and report publicly on progress to stakeholders

Top brands doing 'little or nothing' about sustainable cotton

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Velvet owner accused of sourcing pulp from protected forest region

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A survey released earlier this week found that nearly two-thirds of Brits want to keep EU chemical safety standards after Brexit

Walmart strengthens commitment to slash chemical footprint

Walmart has pledged to reduce its chemical footprint by 10% over the next five years, in the same week that research found that nearly two-third of British citizens want to keep EU chemical safety standards post-Brexit.

The company is also trialling onsite solar panels at its Chapelfield shopping estate

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Research highlights that almost two-thirds of European fish stocks are overfished

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Recovering EU fish stocks to sustainable levels in the next decade could boost EU economies by almost €5bn a year and generate 92,000 new jobs, an international conservation group has claimed.

CISL also listed eight business-led approaches that can help deliver the SDGs, including treating the goals as a holistic agenda image: Campaña Latinoamericana

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has this week claimed that $3-5trn annual investment will be needed to finance the SDG agenda

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Chris Davis believes the takeover could spark a fundamental shift in boardroom executives favouring long-lasting responsible behaviour over short-term profit

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English Tea shop has seen orders for its teas and tisanes surge - last year the brand achieved revenues of £22m, including £8m in the UK

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The On The Hook campaign group has also raised concerns about MSC “developing commercial partnerships” with global retailers

Top retailers demanded to stop selling 'unsustainable tuna'

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M&M’s has launched its Fans of Wind energy campaign, using the Red and Yellow M&M characters to act as advocates for renewable wind energy

Kimberly-Clark and Mars make fresh moves to champion renewables

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The report calls for firms to apply financial capabilities to capture environmental opportunities and show investors a resilient business

CDP: Businesses failing to capture financial gains from environmental performance

Major telecommunications and consumer goods firms are failing to capture financial value from strong environmental performance, according to research, despite almost $500bn in disclosed value at stake.

Veolia’s desire to harness the potential of the younger generation forms part of its overarching ambition to become a company at the forefront of a resource revolution

Investing in business means investing in people, says Veolia

Businesses must diversify their workforce to nurture the next generation of CSR leaders, according to waste management firm Veolia's senior executive vice-president UK & Ireland.

The SDG Accord has already been endorsed by 30 supporting organisations from abroad prior to its launch

UK higher education facilities move to champion Sustainable Development Goals

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The Indian Elephant population has declined by 50% over the last 70 years, while numbers of Western Hoolock Gibbons have halved over the last 40 years

The Body Shop rolls out first Bio-Bridge project in India

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Launched in 1999, the DJSI was the first global index to track leading sustainability-driven companies

British American Tobacco added to Dow Jones Sustainability Index as familiar brands lead the way

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Tesco criticised for deducting £3.4m from plastic bag tax charity donations

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Leveraging the promoting power of one of the world’s biggest brands, M&M’s, Mars will call on consumers to champion renewable energy and combat climate change

Mars pledges $1bn to hit new sustainability targets

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RSPCA standards cover all aspects of cow welfare associate with milk production such as calf rearing, accommodation, feeding and grazing

M&S first major retailer to source RSPCA Assured fresh milk

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Old Royal Naval College, University of Greenwich - One of the members of the consortium

First ISO 20400 sustainable procurement assessment issued in the UK public sector

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Starbucks carried out an 11-week trial in 16 Manchester stores earlier this year

Starbucks launches leftover food discount scheme

Starbucks has launched a new food waste scheme which will see products near expiry sold at half price during the last hour of trading, with all profits going to help prevent child hunger.

Willmott Dixon's chief executive Rick Willmott called on the sector to make carbon a priority on the business agenda

Willmott Dixon cuts carbon emissions by 13% in a year

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has called on the industry to "strive to find less carbon-intensive ways to operate", as the company's latest sustainability report details a 13% reduction in carbon emissions over the last 12 months.

Skipjack tuna from the western Pacific is common on supermarket shelves, but a new coalition argues its certification as sustainable is illusory

Consumers 'betrayed' over sustainability of world's biggest tuna fishery

Consumers of tuna from the world's biggest fishery are are being "betrayed" over its sustainability, according to a coalition of scientists, retailers, politicians and campaigners, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

The company recently became the first automaker to pledge to the Business Alliance for Water and Climate’s Improve Water Security initiative

Ford focuses on water stewardship as it approaches key carbon target

Automotive giant Ford will place an increased focus on improving water security, as the company's latest sustainability report reveals that it is within touching distance of a 30% carbon reduction goal originally scheduled for 2025.

IHG's vice president for global corporate responsibility Kate Gibson sat down with edie's senior reporter Matt Mace at the hotel group’s London offices

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Heinken UK's storybook notes a series of achievements in its attempts to reduce water and energy consumption

Heineken UK reports CSR progress in sustainability storybook

Sustainable sourcing and mental health awareness are some of the key areas touched upon in Heineken UK's new 'sustainability storybook', which outlines the brewer's progress on tackling major social and environmental issues.

The new M&S range is fitted with biodegradable leather patches and recycled thread and zip tape

Sustainability sewn in: M&S launches low-impact jeans

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is introducing new men's jeans that have been produced using five time less water than conventional methods, as well as having a reduced energy and chemical footprints.

AB InBev has aligned its sustainability strategy to the SDGs, focusing on water, carbon and human rights goals as a result

World's largest brewer saves £50m through sustainability strategy

The world's largest brewer has saved $60m (£46.5m) in the past four years through energy-efficiency improvements, while also passing key water stewardship and carbon reduction targets.

When family members of the farmers are accounted for, CmiA reaches more than 6.7m people on the African continent

Brands driving economic boon for sustainable cotton in Africa

A growing focus on sustainable procurement from textile companies such as ASOS, Aldi and Jack & Jones has helped the largest label for sustainable cotton from Africa increase licensing revenues by 47% over the last 12 months.

Carnival's AIDAprima is the first cruise ship in the world with a dual-fuel engine that can be powered by LNG when in port

World's largest cruise operator closes in on 2020 emissions target

The world's largest leisure travel company, the Carnival Corporation, looks set to achieve a 25% reduction in carbon emissions before a 2020 deadline, after championing liquefied natural gas (LNG) on cruise ships.

Sophie Walker became JLL UK's head of sustainability in 2016, joining from the firm's Upstream Sustainability Services division

Flexibility essential for post-Brexit sustainability, says JLL UK

Sustainability professionals must be flexible in their pursuit of long-term CSR goals during the current period of political and business uncertainty created by Brexit, the head of sustainability at property and investment management firm JLL UK has said.

Currently, around one in three women’s pyjamas in the UK are purchased from Primark stores, potentially creating a wide market for the new range

Pyjamas become first products made using Primark's Sustainable Cotton Programme

Cotton sourced from Primark's Sustainable Cotton Programme, which has helped rural female farmers increase average profits, is being used in production for the first time.

Olam’s 29% carbon reduction was driven by “upstream productivity” and a carbon positive agenda at plantations in Gabon

Olam International pairs sustainability and financial reporting for the first time

Agri-business supplier Olam International has announced cuts to carbon intensity and water usage in its own operations in a sustainability report that has been merged with its annual financial report for the first time.

Green & Black's new edition bars will be sourced using Mondelez International's Cocoa Life initiative

Green & Black's removes Fairtrade from new UK chocolate range

Mondelez International is expanding the new branding initiative of its sustainable sourcing commitment, after it was revealed that a new edition of a Green & Black's bar would go on sale without any Fairtrade branding.

In 2016, CFP found that 42% of participants calculated chemical footprints

Chemical footprinting 'moves to the mainstream' for big businesses

Companies with more than $670bn in revenue, including Adidas, HP and Walmart, have collectively reduced the use of hazardous chemicals in products by around 416m pounds in the last two years, according to a new report.

The majority of shareholder resolutions were withdrawn because companies agreed to make changes following preliminary engagement

Shareholder demands driving commitments on deforestation, report finds

Shareholder resolutions are an increasingly viable way to drive company action on deforestation, with more than half of proposals to address risks leading to business commitments from the likes of Kraft, DuPont and Mondelez, according to new analysis.

28% feel that ESG issues should be considered to legally protect the company

Survey: Nearly half of UK workers feel sustainability and profits can grow hand-in-hand

A quarter of UK workers would by "unwilling" to sacrifice profitability for the sake of higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, although almost half feel that standards can be improved alongside benefits to a company's bottom line.

Capgemini also has goals in place to reduce office energy use by 20% by 2020 and by 40% by 2030 against a 2014 baseline

Capgemini closes in on science-based emissions reduction target

Global IT consultancy Capgemini is three-quarters of the way towards its verified science-based target for 2020, and has also launched a supplier assessment tool and case studies to push towards a Net Positive goal.

Other notable achievements include a 70% waste recycling rate at JLL UK’s Norwich and London headquarters

JLL UK targets 100% renewables and zero waste to landfill in new 2020 targets

Real estate specialists and investment management firm JLL is chasing 100% renewable electricity and zero waste to landfill offices as part of a new corporate sustainability agenda for 2020.

Just under half of respondents said they would not work for a business that they considered to act unethically

Put purpose ahead of profit, say more than a third of British public

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All projects certified under the Gold Standard for the Global Goals will have to contribute to at least three SDGs, with the Climate Action goal being a mandatory requirement

New standard launched to certify business commitments to SDGs

A new standard was launched on Monday (10 July) to quantify, certify and maximise the business contributions to the development of climate change mitigation and other key targets listed by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Waitrose has said that its customers are

Waitrose commits to 100% Fairtrade tea amid Sainsbury's alternative scheme controversy

British supermarket chain Waitrose has strengthened its commitment to source Fairtrade tea, as fellow retailer Sainsbury's continues to face criticism for launching its own 'Fairly Traded' sustainability standard.

Mars has acknowledged that farmer poverty poses a serious risk to long-term business reliance and growth

Mars launches Farmer Income Lab to help eradicate smallholder poverty

Nutritional giant Mars has today (10 July) launched a programme which aims to foster cross-sector collaboration to improve smallholder farmer incomes across agricultural supply chains.

Twelve industry experts came together in London to discuss how a sustainability report can effectively produced and disseminated to build trust and maximise engagement

Sustainability reporting: 10 steps to build trust and increase engagement

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses across the country recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL, which explored the steps required to take sustainability reporting onto the next level.

Previous Bio-Bridge projects have successfully attracted wildlife back to the area, such as the Muntjac deer in Malaysia

The Body Shop allocates £2m for 'World Bio-Bridges Mission'

As part of its latest efforts to "re-wild the world", The Body Shop has today (4 July) launched a new funding platform aiming to raise more than £2m to add ten more regenerative Bio-Bridges around the globe by 2020.

Research shows that the SDGs could add $12trn to the global economy by 2030

Mastercard and HP pledge support to SDG principles

Financial services provider Mastercard and global tech firm HP have this week shown their commitment to the doctrines of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with respective pledges around food poverty and education.

The aim from Virgin is to share the report via “assets that are timeless” – that aren’t tied to a particular launch day

Gift of the GIFs: Virgin Media unveils 'highly shareable' sustainability report

Telecoms giant Virgin Media released its latest sustainability report update on Wednesday (5 July), utilising social media and GIFs to engage people about the latest sustainability efforts, which included a 7.5% annual reduction in carbon emissions.

A commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was identified as key reasons why companies are considered to be leaders in corporate sustainability

Sustainability will distinguish leading businesses in next decade, survey finds

The world's leading organisations in the next decade will be defined by their ability to integrate sustainability into their core business model, according to a new survey conducted by strategy consultancies Globescan and SustainAbility.

CCEP continues to ensure that all of its packaging is recyclable

Coca-Cola European Partners closing in on 100% renewables target

Multinational bottling company Coca Cola European Partners (CCEP) has almost cut emissions in half over the past six years, as it closes in on a target to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.