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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The UK's fastest growing supermarket Aldi will align its future sustainability strategy "well below" the 2C target set by the Paris Agreement, the company's international managing director of corporate responsibility, Sven van den Boomen, has claimed.

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The Body Shop exploring 'back-up plans' to help reach energy targets

EXCLUSIVE: The Body Shop has introduced a new energy saving guide and is considering a carbon offset scheme as a "back-up plan” to meet its 2020 sustainability targets, following slow progress on its renewable power, energy efficiency and packaging innovation aims.

Sustainability and procurement experts from manufacturing and retail firms came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the supply chain

Supply chain roundtable: Going 'beyond audit' to drive sustainability action

Sustainability and procurement professionals from some of the world's largest businesses recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL to discuss the strategic steps required to take supply chain sustainability onto the next level.

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Is it time to kill off the standalone sustainability report?

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The programme will enable University of Bristol staff to track their positive actions and earn ‘green points’ through an online platform and mobile app

University of Bristol trials gamification in staff behaviour change scheme

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Signatories are calling on ministers to amend the Modern Slavery Act so businesses will be required to upload their statements to a central database

British retailers call for progress on ‘weak’ corporate anti-slavery commitments

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BT, Microsoft and Nokia team up to combat human trafficking in supply chains

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Robey believes the future of sustainable business will rely on “enhanced” collaboration between businesses and their competitors

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Home improvement retailer Kingfisher and food manufacturer William Jackson Food Group discussed how they are scaling-up sustainability effort and innovation in edie's latest webinar

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Energy blockchains, plastic pledges and coffee cup bans: Top 10 sustainability stories of April 2018

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It has been reported that UK firms could save as much as £1bn on their energy bills by changing the ‘energy behaviours’ of their employees, rather than relying on technical solutions.

RBS and Tesco extend employee engagement programmes

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The company’s first group-wide sustainability report outlines plans to share best practice in supply chains to train professionals growers

AB Sugar targets water, carbon and plastics under new sustainability commitment

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The platform will record, track and monitor paper usage to ensure an equivalent is replanted managed forestry projects

Xerox to offset customer paper footprints through reforestation platform

Printing services company Xerox is offering a "you print one, we'll plant one" offer to consumers, to ensure that individual paper usage is covered by planting new trees across numerous reforestation projects.

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Strong collective performance across the UK supermarket industry is held back by Iceland, Morrisons and Marks and Spencer (M&S)

Aldi tops UK supermarkets for sustainable seafood products

Aldi has edged out Sainsbury's and Lidl in offering the largest amount of sustainable seafood to UK customers, according to new findings from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

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TUESDAY AT 2PM: Live behaviour change webinar featuring Tesco and RBS

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P&G sets new package of 2030 sustainability goals

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Iceland pledges to stop using palm oil in own-brand food

Frozen food giant Iceland has vowed to remove palm oil from all of its own-brand food products by the end of 2018.

Olam's chief executive Sunny Verghese said the aim for a ‘net-positive’ impact towards the creation and restoration of natural and social capital would enable the company to operate a viable business

Olam unveils new 'net-positive' supply chain policy

Multinational agri-business Olam has launched a new sustainability strategy which supports a 'net-positive' approach to supply chain and landscape management.

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Hershey commits £355m to supply chain sustainability

Global confectionery company Hershey has committed $500m (£355m) to tackling child labour and links to deforestation in its supply chains, as part of a comprehensive new sustainability strategy.

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EXCLUSIVE: Businesses aiming to become sustainability leaders cannot ignore approaches to communication in an age where consumers and stakeholders are actively engaged on corporate approaches to societal and environmental needs, the chief executive of Nespresso has claimed.

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The needs of the many: Why Fibria's corporate plan has transformed to a 'shared value' approach

With the UK announcing a new £62 investment to combat deforestation across key areas of Brazil, one of the largest pulp companies from the country, Fibria, outlines its new corporate strategy that seeks to give back to society.

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UK retail giants sign up to collaborative SDG commitment

A group of major retailers, including Ikea, Debenhams and Sainsbury's, have signed up to a series of commitments to collaboratively tackle pressing societal issues by using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework.

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Apple moves towards greener supply chain with zero-waste and clean energy milestones

Apple has made progress in its ongoing effort towards a greener supply chain, with big achievements over the past year in key areas such as waste and low-carbon energy procurement.

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Ikea boosts sustainable products and renewable energy sourcing

The world's biggest furniture retailer has made strides in its mission to deliver sustainable products and transition to renewable energy, Ikea's latest global sustainability report has shown.

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Job satisfaction within the sustainability sector continues to outperform the national average, with factors such as pay rises, stable employment and career mobility all contributing to a "highly satisfied" workforce, a new survey has found.

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Top 10 sustainability stories of February 2018

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New research has revealed that businesses within the purpose-driven B Corp movement are growing 28 times faster than the national economic growth of 0.5%.

Lloyds has launched a £1bn fund to help real estate owners improve the energy efficiency ratings of their buildings

Lloyds aligns 2020 goals with SDGs in bid to 'help Britain prosper'

Banking giant Lloyds has vowed to "help British people and businesses prosper" with a set of 2020 CSR targets which are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The report will be updated over time as new practices emerge to help businesses avoid risks of SDG

Best-practice guide for business action on SDGs launched by WWF and Gold Standard

Businesses have been urged to capitalise on the benefits of delivering against ambitious goals on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in a report which provides a host of best-practices for business leaders to inform their strategies going forward.

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HS2 was the project first to engage with BRE in the development of BREEAM Infrastructure, working with BRE to pioneer a new approach to a sustainability strategy

HS2 awarded UK's first BREEAM infrastructure certificate

HS2 has become the UK's first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure Scheme Certificate for its sustainability on Phase 1 of the project.

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Brewer Heineken has today (12 February) unveiled a new sustainability strategy that commits to ramping up renewable energy production, piloting an internal carbon price and setting science-based targets across distribution, cooling and packaging.

Patagonia and its business programme ‘1% for the Planet’ has raised nearly $90m for environmental organisations worldwide

Patagonia's new digital platform connects environmental activism community

American clothing firm Patagonia has launched a new digital platform which connects customers with local environmental groups to encourage grassroots activism.

Cranshaw, who led the creation and implementation of the Tread Lightly strategy, noted that Eurostar had been examining its own use of plastic since last summer

Eurostar to set science-based target and halve use of plastic

High-speed rail service Eurostar has pledged to halve the amount of plastic it uses over the next two years, with the organisation's energy and environment lead Rebecca Cranshaw revealing that a science-based target to reduce emissions should be in place later this year.

The JUMP employee engagement programme, led by Green Rewards, rewards individual and team prizes for implementing positive sustainable business changes

University of Winchester targets carbon reductions through behaviour change programme

Following a successful four-month trial, the University of Winchester has rolled out a behaviour change programme to all staff members in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and boost wellbeing.

The launch comes in response to the Government’s call last November for banks to make it easier for people to access social impact investments

Triodos pioneers sustainable crowdfunding platform

Sustainable lender Triodos has become the first UK bank to launch its own crowdfunding platform, which will enable people to invest directly in equity or bonds issues by organisations delivering positive social and environmental impacts.

Sixteen industry experts came together in London to discuss how to drive engagement and move from ambition to action on the SDGs

SDG roundtable: Five ways to move from ambition to action

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 UL EHS Sustainability, which explored the steps required to take the lead on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This episode features interviews with Kaitlin Crouch from ING, Bill Eyres from O2, Alexandra Stubbings from Talik & Co and the Forum’s chair Simon Cohen

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edie dusts off the podcast recorder to bring listeners a range of interviews from the Forum and the Sustainability Leaders Awards for part one of this returning episode

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: We're back and at the Sustainability Leaders Forum (Part One)

After a short winter break, edie's Sustainable Business Covered podcast returns to bring you a two-part episode featuring a range of interviews from speakers and delegates and the Sustainability Leaders Forum.

From expert insights on gaining strategic boardroom buy-in to messages the importance of leadership at every level of business, we've rounded up the best of the quotes from the 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Forum

The sky is the limit: Five inspiring messages from the 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Forum

After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most inspirational messages taken away from the 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Forum.

PwC exceeded its 25% carbon reduction target for 2017, which was set against a 2007 baseline

PwC sets carbon reduction and business growth targets

Professional services firm PwC has targeted a 40% reduction in carbon emissions and a switch to 100% renewable electricity while continuing to expand its business.

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From environmental expert to CEO: E.ON boss Michael Lewis reflects on his remarkable sustainability journey

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Lewis explains how his rise to the top at E.ON has intertwined with the company's transition from a fossil fuel-based power generator to a provider of sustainable energy solutions.

The Forum provided valuable insight into how sustainability professionals plan to deliver a thriving low-carbon, resource-efficient future

Mission Possible: 8 charts that show how business leaders are building a sustainable future

Hundreds of sustainability professionals gathered in London for edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week. Throughout the two-day event, delegates were asked to reflect on their thoughts on key drivers, and the results show that a sustainable future is possible.

Launched under the job-posting, “the best job for the world. Probably”, the community roles will target climate change mitigation and water scarcity solutions

'Probably the best job for the world': Carlsberg launches young scientists community

Global brewer Carlsberg is seeking to create a community of young scientists to develop new projects and set industry standards for science-based and sustainability-driven research that will help the company deliver its CSR strategy.

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Bournemouth University widens staff engagement programme after fall in energy and carbon levels

Bournemouth University is rolling out an organisation-wide project to boost sustainable behaviour among employees after a successful pilot saw the institution slash energy consumption by 14.6% across active departments.

Rugarli said that potential rental schemes were part of VF Corporation’s move to capture new business opportunities while placing sustainability at the forefront of product design

VF Corporation exploring servitisation to champion circular economy

EXCLUSIVE: Global clothing giant VF Corporation is exploring rental and service-based business models to promote the circular economy to its consumers, as the company pushes ahead with a new corporate strategy that commits to science-based targets and 100% renewable electricity.

The smarter sustainability reporting handbook

A new era is upon us: the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) and the Task Force on Climate- related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have together paved the way for an entirely new approach to corporate sustainability.

Britvic has also made major strides in its bid to develop a viable bottle from sustainable wood fibres

Britvic on course for zero-waste status

Soft drinks company Britvic looks set to become a zero-waste company by 2020, with the firm's latest sustainability report revealing recent efforts to cut down on plastic waste, carbon emissions and water use.

The handbook offers advice on creating an engaging sustainability report and sharing it with key stakeholders

Seven steps to success: edie launches the smarter sustainability reporting handbook

With more stakeholders, staff and consumers demanding knowledge and information on corporate commitments, edie has published a handbook to help create an engaging and informative sustainability report.

Innocent Drinks has provided a more enabling environment for staff at its Fruit Towers headquarters in London to champion sustainability

Heroes of change: How Innocent Drinks is empowering its staff to drive sustainability

EXCLUSIVE: Innocent Drinks is on a mission to build a workforce of sustainability superheroes. Here, edie explores the innovative approaches the smoothie and fruit juice manufacturer is taking to put people at the heart of its new CSR strategy.

Carbon Trust chief executive Tom Delay gazes into his sustainability crystal ball to look at the major trends that could shape the green economy in 2018

Transparency, Trump and tipping points: The key trends that could define sustainability in 2018

EXCLUSIVE: The green economy in 2018 will likely be shaped by a corporate drive to increase financial disclosure, a "tipping point" for major clean technologies, and a pendulum swing in global sustainability leadership towards the developing world.

One of the major success stories of an energy drive is the EnergyCare scheme, implemented in Boots UK stores in 2012

Boots reaches carbon goal three years early

Following the implementation of behavior change and energy monitoring programmes, Boots UK has surpassed a 30% carbon reduction target three years ahead of schedule.

Darroch joins the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Ben Fogle in WWF’s council of influential people dedicated to solving urgent issues that face the planet

Sky boss Jeremy Darroch lands WWF ambassador role

Broadcaster Sky's chief executive Jeremy Darroch has today (4 January) become a WWF ambassador to assist the organisation in its efforts to safeguard the natural world.

Vyvyan noted that a successful corporate strategy relied on embedding sustainability into day-to-day situations, the same way that a company would for employee engagement and satisfaction

Circular and digital transformations 'key' to enabling business growth

A growth in circular innovation and digital transformation are the "keys to a more sustainable future" that is currently being hindered by businesses that still view sustainability as an "add on" that requires additional resources and finances.

(L-R): Tom Delay, Sally Uren, Shaun Kingsbury and Dr Joanne Wade were all recognised in the 2018 New Year's Honours list

New Year Honours 2018: Sustainability champions make Queen's list

The 2018 New Year Honours list has recognised the outstanding achievements of a number of senior figures across the UK's green economy.

BCI is the largest farm-level cotton sustainability programme in the world

Sustainable cotton fund reached 600,000 farmers in past year

More than 600,000 farmers have benefited from a Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) fund thanks to an almost doubled membership size in the past year.