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.

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Meet the Sustainability Leader: Reporting and Communications - PepsiCo and MerchantCantos

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Reporting and Communications award - PepsiCo and MerchantCantos.

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.

TCFD uses scenario analysis to map company performance against various global warming trajectories

Can TCFD recommendations communicate a business response to the 'climate emergency'?

Against a backdrop of Extinction Rebellion protests and declarations of a "climate emergency", businesses will need to articulate their role in combatting climate change. Could the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures' (TCFD) recommendations create the ideal framework to do so?

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.

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.

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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 new quarterly Business Energy Barometer has been developed to spark new ideas and actions among the forward-thinking energy specialists within edie's Energy Leaders Club

Energy managers reveal biggest challenges and priorities in edie's new 'Business Barometer' report

EXCLUSIVE: The biggest challenge facing energy managers right now is behaviour change, whilst energy efficiency technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) hold the biggest opportunity for businesses looking to drive down emissions – according to new survey results published today (22 May) by edie.

The guide to SEC is now available for all edie readers to download for free

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.

The masterclass will be available to watch on-demand afterwards for those who have registered

One week left to register: edie's masterclass on Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting for business

edie's next 45-minutes masterclass, taking place on Wednesday 25 September at 2 pm BST, will see experts from Inspired Energy outline how businesses can get to grips with the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework.

More than 500 businesses across the world have publicly committed to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with climate science through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND: edie's Scope 3 emissions webinar with Multiplex, CDP and Carbon Credentials

Sustainability and energy professionals looking to gain key insights on tackling Scope 3 emissions as part of the science-based targets process can tune into a free one-hour webinar featuring Multiplex Construction Europe, CDP and Carbon Credentials, on-demand.