Sustainability report

DEFINITION: A report published by a business about the economic, environmental and social and governance performance of its operations. It is aimed at enhancing an organisation’s commitment to sustainable development in a manner that can be verified to both internal and external stakeholders.

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The sustainability communications handbook: Engaging with different audiences

Communication is a vital component of any organisation’s strategy – and an aspect which businesses of all sizes and sectors will have to continually fine-tune as digitisation progresses. Similarly, sustainability is now widely considered to be a business-critical consideration and a must-have for staff, consumers and investors alike.

100 board-level employees at the UK's largest companies were surveyed by IPSOS Mori, on behalf of the Carbon Trust

Survey: Two-thirds of UK businesses will include climate risks in this year's financial reports

Two-thirds of the UK's largest 100 companies are planning to incorporate climate risks in their annual financial or combined report this year as client, investor and customer demand for transparency on sustainability issues grow.

The GRI chair claimed that a cooperative approach would be essential in spurring action towards the SDGs

GRI calls for business and governments to partner on SDGs

The chairman of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) had called for greater collaboration and cooperation between businesses and national governments in order to achieve the aims of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

edie Explains: Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)

What is the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework? What do businesses need to know about this new piece of legislation? And what compliance issues will arise from the new framework? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

More than 9,000 companies have pledged to support the SDGs to date, but reporting is yet to be unified

Corporate reporting bodies launch framework championing SDG alignment

A coalition of corporate reporting framework providers and CDP have published new advice aimed at unifying the business community's approach to reporting in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Carlsberg is one of four companies to have set science-based targets in line with 1.5C, along with BT, Tesco and Pukka Herbs

Carlsberg progressing towards carbon-neutral status

Onsite renewable arrays and low-carbon packaging innovations have helped Carlsberg to achieve a 20% reduction in its relative carbon emissions since 2015, as it strives to become a 'net-zero' carbon business by 2030.

The majority of survey respondents (65%) believed that corporates already had to include sustainability impacts in profit calculations

Survey: Consumers want corporates to include sustainability in profit calculations

Around four in ten members of the UK public believe that corporations should include social and environmental impacts in their profit calculations, a new survey has found.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: A Blueprint for Business Leadership

This brand new edie insight report provides clear, practical steps that can be taken by sustainability and CSR professionals to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation’s business strategy.

Most corporates are failing to meet all requirements of the EU’s Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) Directive, the report warns

CDSB: European corporates failing to track climate change impacts

Less than half (44%) of European corporates are currently tracking how climate challenges will affect their business models in the future or disclosing the full extent of their environmental impacts.

PwC has warned that businesses are still failing to set measurable KPIs relating to the Global Goals, three years after the framework was created

PwC: Business still failing to turn SDG ambition into action

Just over a quarter (28%) of businesses have set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to help them measure and disclose their positive contributions towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), despite repeated warnings that corporate action has been slow and weak.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Shenzhen's e-bus network and 'climate-positive' homes: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The EAC's request for greater disclosure has been sent to Amazon UK, Asos, Boohoo, Misguided and PrettyLittleThing

MPs urge online fashion giants to disclose environmental and social impacts

In letters to five of the UK's largest online-only fashion retailers, including Amazon and ASOS, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has called on brands within the so-called "fast fashion" industry to disclose the full extent of their environmental and social impacts.

Kellogg, Diageo, Nike and Groupe PSA are among the companies to adopt the newly launched standards

Business giants to support new SASB reporting standards

Food and drinks giant Kellogg, sportswear brand Nike and beverage manufacturer Diageo are among a group of 11 businesses who have pledged to adopt a new sustainability reporting standard, in a bid to give clarity to investors.

Through the scheme, the bodies have committed to support the Taskforce on Climate Related Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations

Corporate reporting bodies launch project championing TCFD alignment

A coalition of corporate reporting bodies including CDP and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched a new scheme aimed at unifying the business community's approach to sustainability reporting.

edie rounds up the key findings of from WBCSD and Radley Yeldar's recent corporate sustainability reporting survey

In numbers: The state of corporate sustainability reporting

Over the past 12 months, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has worked with consultancy Radley Yeldar to survey 158 corporates on their approach to sustainability reporting. Here, edie rounds-up the key findings.

(L-R): Presenter Corporate Register’s director Paul Scott; the Co-op team; and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Co-op - Sustainability Reporting 2018

With entries now open for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this new feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Sustainability Reporting winners, Co-op.

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Plastics, Pledge Walls the potential 'death' of CSR: Top 10 sustainability stories of September 2018

Another month has passed which means it's time to remind ourselves of September's most-read sustainability stories and standout pieces of content from September - from massive plastic phase-outs and circular economy masterclasses to new supply chain commitments and a discussion about the future of CSR.

Delegates discussed the key drivers that would impact sustainability reporting in the near future

TCFD, SDGs and pop-up squads: What the future holds for sustainability reporting

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and reporting and assurance firm DNV GL to discuss how new standards, systems and stakeholder demands are together revolutionising sustainability reporting.

The UNGC believes that reporting on the SDGs must be

UN Global Compact: Corporates must stop 'cherry-picking' the SDGs

EXCLUSIVE: Large businesses will soon risk losing investor interest and stakeholder trust unless they stop "cherry-picking" which of the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they report on and omitting negative impacts from their sustainability reports.

The debate around whether it is time to make the annual CSR report “disappear” continues to crop up among sustainability professionals

Academics call on businesses to drop standalone sustainability reports

A new report has urged corporates to drop standalone sustainability reports in favour of integrated reporting methods, to better showcase how sustainability can act as a holistic driver for growth and value across a business.

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Should businesses communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?

EXCLUSIVE: As more companies pledge to support and report on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), should businesses also examine and communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?

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Climate captains and sustainability strikers: Virgin Media unveils football-themed sustainability report

With England capturing the hearts of the nation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, telecoms giant Virgin Media has released a new sustainability report utilising football themes to engage key stakeholders with its latest efforts.

The latest sustainability report from the retailer reveals mixed progress on its Enrich Not Exploit goals

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.

The EAC does not believe that a voluntary approach will be effective in the medium-term

MPs urge UK Government to make climate risk reporting mandatory

Ministers have urged the UK Government to make it mandatory for companies and asset owners to report on climate-related risks by 2022 in order to "fix" the short-term mindset of the current financial system.

BT maintained its share of electricity generated from renewable sources at 82% last year - contributing a 5.4% year-on-year fall in its overall operational emissions

BT generates £5.3bn in revenue through carbon-combative products, again

BT's range of consumer operations and products which contribute to carbon savings were worth more than £5.3bn last year for the second year running, while the company also increased the amount of carbon it helped customers avoid by 1.3 million tonnes year-on-year.

Mission Possible: The 2018 report

Welcome to the future of sustainable business. edie's Mission Possible 2018 report has landed, exploring the key commercial drivers, challenges and opportunities on the road to a low-carbon, resource-efficient planet.

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Understanding Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting: edie launches free guide for businesses

Organisations looking to understand the new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting framework (SECR) due to come into force from April 2019 now have access to a new edie Explains guide which breaks down everything you need to know about compliance with the legislation.