Engagement Week 2021

Brought to you by the award-winning edie content team, Engagement Week 2021 (22-26 March) is our themed week of editorial content and events dedicated to supporting sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals build personal engagement and drive meaningful change through the work that they do. View all of the latest engagement-themed content below.

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ENGAGE 2021: The Sustainability Reporting and Communications Sessions

A recording of the sessions is available for those who register

Available to watch on demand: The ENGAGE reporting and communications sessions

Sustainability, reporting, and behaviour change experts from companies including Virgin Media, Aviva, Toast Ale and Clear Channel answered key question on sustainability communications as part of an afternoon of back-to-back live events that can still be watched on-demand.

#SustyTalk​: Electrolux's Vanessa Butani on embedding sustainability in business

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Electrolux Group's vice president for sustainability, Vanessa Butani. 

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Sustainable Business Covered Podcast: Engaging key stakeholders during Covid-19 and beyond

In episode 100 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, developed to round off edie's 2021 Engagement Week, senior reporter Sarah George delivers three exclusive interviews on engaging key stakeholder groups with sustainability.

#SustyTalk: Edie Lush on making the SDGs resonate with individuals

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues during Engagement Week with the aptly named journalist and communications trainer Edie Lush discussing how sustainability professionals can breakdown the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into human-centric stories.

#SustyTalk​: Dentsu's Anna Lungley on engaging consumers with sustainability

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Dentsu's chief sustainability officer Anna Lungley.

Community campaigns can cover all manner of environmental topics, from habitat creation and restoration to phasing out plastics and lobbying for stronger climate policy

Cutting through cynicism: Why are community-level environmental campaigns so effective?

The debate around individual choices versus action from nations and big businesses has been ongoing in the environmental space for decades. But, increasingly, campaigns that are somewhere in the middle, at community level, are leading the way when it comes to getting results.

The devil is in the ESG detail: How confidence in ESG reporting is rooted in transparency and authentic detail

As we go on our transformation journey, we have a clear purpose: to build A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of our business. If a company is committed to transformation, as we are, we need more than heart-warming stories to evidence this commitment and change.

Iceland is also exploring alternatives to soy, but Walker admits that there aren’t any commercially scalable solutions ready

Iceland boss Richard Walker: Collective business activism required to hold politicians to account

EXCLUSIVE: Iceland Foods' boss Richard Walker believes that 'collective business activism' is essential in driving policymakers to align with the sustainability movement, following a recent letter sent by food retailers to the Brazilian Government urging them to reconsider a new land bill that could increase deforestation.

The handbooks are free to download, providing best-practice advice in the time of Covid-19

edie launches free sustainability communications and reporting handbooks

As part of the Engagement Week 2021 editorial campaign, edie has published two new free handbooks providing best-practice advice and expert insight on supercharging sustainability communications and developing modern CSR reports.

#SustyTalk​: Nivea's Sophie Rock on avoiding purpose-washing

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Nivea's sustainability marketing lead Sophie Rock.

Communicating CSR strategy with Gen-Z: Byte-sized tips on engaging the next generation

Young people see tackling climate change and the preservation of the natural world as the defining issue of our time. Engaging with them, however, requires a different method of communication.

Ad Net Zero will aim to decarbonise the sector while advertising greener products and services

Carbon calculators and combatting greenwash: How will the advertising sector reach net-zero?

Last year, the advertising sector's trade body launched a new initiative to reach net-zero by 2030. To mark Engagement Week, edie explores how the sector is collaborating to meet this milestone while also spurring a wider culture change that informs the public on sustainable products and services.

The edie Sustainability and CSR Reporting Handbook 2021

This handbook, developed in partnership with UL as part of edie’s Engagement Week 2021, provides you with the advice and expert insight you need to implement modern, best-practices approaches to the development of your organisation’s sustainability reporting.

The edie Communications Handbook 2021

This handbook, developed as part of edie’s Engagement Week 2021, provides you with the best-practice advice and expert insight you need to relay the importance of sustainability to key stakeholders.

Engagement Week: Businesses need a renewed focus on social value with localisation at its core

Businesses are more focused than ever on becoming a vested citizen of the communities they operate in. And there is widespread agreement that companies need to help fix pressing problems, from social inequality to the climate crisis.

The edie content team will deliver a week of exclusive content focused on sustainability engagement

Engagement Week 2021: edie kicks off bumper week of sustainability reporting and communications content

From 4-7 May, edie brings its readers Engagement Week 2021, a series of podcasts, blogs, live events and interviews all focused on helping sustainability professionals achieve excellence when it comes to reporting and communications.

Penguin Random House is the UK's largest publisher and has a multinational value chain

Penguin Random House targets climate-neutral value chain by 2030

Publishing giant Penguin Random House is aiming to deliver a carbon-neutral global value chain by 2030, as part of an updated sustainability policy.

The sessions will be availble to watch on repeat

Engagement Week 2021: edie gears up for week of sustainability reporting and engagement content

Sustainability and reporting experts from a host of business and organisations look set to contribute edie's Engagement Week 2021 (3-7 May) – a themed week of digital content and events focused on communications, reporting, engagement and behaviour change to drive a more sustainable future. 

The approach is based around gamification, with participants using an app to log actions and claim points

Jump: Sustainability engagement schemes prevent 4,200 tonnes of carbon emissions in 2020

One of the UK's biggest sustainability engagement schemes captured three million positive changes from employees and students during 2020, which collectively mitigated 4,200 tonnes of CO2e emissions.

Rivett-Carnac worked with the UN to develop the Paris Agreement before serving as president at CDP North America. Now, he co-runs Global Optimism. 

Tom Rivett-Carnac: In the face of the climate emergency, we must all be stubborn optimists

EXCLUSIVE: Paris Agreement architect Tom Rivett-Carnac used his platform at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum (2 February) to urge listeners to remain solutions-focussed, courageous and optimistic in the face of the world's biggest environmental challenges.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021: Meet the Finalists

After a record-breaking year of entries, the judges have convened, decisions have been made and edie is proud to unveil the well- deserved finalists for the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards. This report outlines the who's who of sustainability excellence.

#SustyTalk: Epson's Daniel Quelch on employee engagement and climate expectations

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive interview with Epson Europe's sustainability manager Daniel Quelch, who discusses how climate expectations and employee engagement have changed during 2020.

Julie studied Business Administration but soon discovered that her passions lie in delivering positive outcomes for people and planet, too

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Julie Dang, Canary Wharf Group

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Canary Wharf Group's CSR programme coodinator Julie Dang.

The Sustainability Reporting and Communications Handbook 2020

Updated in September 2020, the Sustainability Reporting and Communications Handbook provides expert advice on engaging key stakeholders with your sustainability strategy; along with fresh insights to shape, deliver and share a compelling sustainability report.

The sessions are available to watch on-demand

Available to watch on-demand:All three online events from the CSR reporting and communications sessions

edie ran a series of back-to-back online events on sustainability reporting and communications during the coronavirus pandemic, featuring speakers from Innocent Drinks, British American Tobacco, Toast Ale, Capgemini and more. All three sessions are now available to watch on-demand. 

ENGAGE 2020: The Sustainability Reporting and Communications Sessions (on-demand)

Hosted during edie’s special Engagement Week of online content and events, the Sustainability Reporting and Communications Sessions offer up an afternoon of live, interactive webinar presentations and discussions – all dedicated to helping sustainability and CSR professionals enhance their engagement strategies from the comfort of their own working environment.

#SustyTalk: AB InBev's Ezgi Barcenas on sustainability innovation during lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with brewer AB InBev's global vice president for sustainability Ezgi Barcenas discussing how the supply chain engagement will change as a result of the coronavirus and how innovation can help unlock a new green economy.

The report is based on a co-creation roundtable of sustainability leaders and investor representatives 

The Disclosure Digest: edie launches top tips on aligning sustainability with investor needs

With more investors looking to focus on green and low-carbon financing to push the economy out of the slump caused by the pandemic, edie is releasing an exclusive outlining how sustainable businesses can overcome language barriers to engage with a new market of green investors.

Ten sustainability signals for the new normal

While the overriding requirements for sustainability do not change as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, new priorities have emerged with implications for both action and communications.

The disclosure digest - Five steps to align sustainability with investor needs

This report is based on a session of discussions and co- creation hosted in association with edie’s 2020 Sustainability Leaders Forum. The half-day event took place on 3 February in London and saw sustainability managers from a wide range of businesses take part in collaborative roundtables. During the discussions, sustainability managers outlined key challenges and discussed the exciting new opportunities in the areas that mattered the most.

The podcast features three exclusive interviews

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Engagement, communicating and sustainability reporting

Episode 85 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast takes place during a week of action around sustainability engagement. As such, edie speaks to experts from Nespresso, Thai Union and Mondi on how to engage with supply chains and excel at sustainability reporting.

Covid-19 has taught us that actions speak louder than words

The havoc wreaked by the Covid-19 pandemic has been lightning fast and utterly comprehensive, but many businesses are seeing their culture shine through their actions.

The series will run in Autumn 2020

Green buildings on the BBC: Is the built environment about to have its 'Blue Planet' moment?

The aftermath of BBC's Blue Planet 2 series sparked an unprecedented public outcry against single-use plastics, where businesses were firmly in the crosshairs. The nature document skirted around the issues of plastic waste in the ocean, but even just a fleeting lock at its impact sparked global change.

#SustyTalk: Bournemouth University's Neil Smith on sustainable behaviour change during lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Bournemouth University's sustainability manager Neil Smith discussing how he has adapted a university-wide sustainable behaviour change scheme to account for home working and how the organisation is explaining its net-zero target.

#SustyTalk: City to Sea's Rebecca Burgess on combatting single-use plastics during lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with not-for-profit campaigning organisation City to Sea's chief executive Rebecca Burgess discussing how the organisation is communicating with the public on the issue of single-use plastics during the coronavirus lockdown.

Because of the coronavirus, more than 1.5 billion children globally are unable to attend school

New kids on the block: How Minecraft is shaping the next generation of green workers during lockdown

With 1.5 billion children globally unable to attend school during the lockdown, companies including TEDEd, EIT InnoEnergy and the makers of gaming sensation Minecraft have rolled out engaging online content aimed at harnessing the momentum of the 2019 climate strikes.

The report is free to download for sustainability professionals

edie launches Sustainability Reporting and Communications Handbook to drive engagement during lockdown

edie has today (4 May) published a brand-new, free report detailing how sustainability professionals can relay the importance of sustainability to key stakeholders during the coronavirus pandemic; along with fresh insights to create, deliver and share a compelling sustainability report.

The Sustainability Reporting and Communications Handbook 2020

Launched during edie’s Engagement Week (4-8 May), the Sustainability Reporting and Communications Handbook 2020 provides readers with expert advice when it comes to relaying the importance of sustainability to key stakeholders; along with fresh insights to create, deliver and share a compelling sustainability report.

ENGAGE is a week of online content focused on sustainability communications and reporting 

Innocent, Toast Ale, World GBC and more featuring in edie's ENGAGE Week (4-8 May)

Sustainability and reporting experts from a host of business and organisations have contributed to edie's ENGAGE Week of online content around communications and reporting, in the form of exclusive interviews, #SustyTalks and a free online event.

The group discussed how they and their teams are championing the aims of Earth Day and maintaining momentum on key projects

#SustyTalk: Earth Day 2020 special with Mike Barry, PwC, Virgin Media & Business Growth Hub

To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (22 April), edie brings you a bumper episode of #SustyTalk, with four sustainability and environmental experts connecting to discuss how businesses can continue championing climate action and enhancing sustainable development through lockdown and beyond.

Jo says the positive reaction to Covid-19 serves to highlight just how quickly governments and businesses are able to mobilise around an existential threat, like climate change

#SustyTalk: Kier Group's Jo Gilroy on communicating sustainability through and beyond Covid-19

Our series of at-home video interviews continues with episode three featuring Jo Gilroy, head of sustainability and environment at the construction firm Kier Group. Jo discusses how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting sustainability communications and engagement, now and in the future.

As part of its ‘Make Travel Matter’ campaign, Travel Matters partnered with Climate Perks in 2019 to encourage behaviour change and promote sustainable travel

Travel Matters partners with JUMP sustainable behaviour change scheme

Travel agency Travel Matters has launched a new partnership with the sustainable behaviour change scheme JUMP, to engage with sector workers in order to respond to the climate emergency.