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Election 2017 manifesto matrix: What the parties have said on energy and the environment

It's decision time. Tension is mounting among the green business community ahead of the UK election - but which party offers the most promising green policy approach? Here, edie has rounded up the most important inclusions (and exclusions) from each of the main parties' manifestos into a single, easy-to- read document.

Malnutrition and infectious diseases are cited as two of the climate-linked health challenges due to worsen in the near future

Report: Climate change could 'wipe out decades of public health gains', hitting children the hardest

Without more ambitious action to limit global warming in line with the Paris Agreement, children born today will face "persistent and pervasive" climate-related health impacts throughout their lives, a major new study has warned.

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P&G to donate 500,000 litres of clean water across the globe

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has launched a new campaign to donate up to half a million litres of clean water to in-need communities around the world, and is encouraging UK citizens to take part by watching and sharing a new docuseries.

The pilot is currently only available in the US, and Lego will explore an expansion in 2020

Lego launches reuse platform for old plastic bricks

The Lego Group has announced the launch of a pilot programme that will see the company partner with recycling charity Give Back Box to enable consumers to donate old lego bricks to be redistributed to children's non-profits in the US.

The sponsorship deal will conclude at the end of this year – more than two years early. Image Peter Cook (c) RSC

Royal Shakespeare Company to end BP sponsorship deal

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to end its sponsorship deal with BP amid growing opposition to fossil fuel companies' sponsorship of many of the UK's leading cultural institutions.

Ankita has been heading up Harrods' CR work for almost two years

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 class of 2019: Ankita Patel, Harrods

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. Next up: Ankita Patel, corporate responsibility manager at Harrods.

Burger King is approaching the phase-out with a take-back scheme, while McDonald's believes giving customers a choice is the best approach. Image: JKR

McDonald's, Burger King, begin phasing out plastic toys from kids' meals

Burger King has confirmed that it will no longer offer plastic toys with its King Junior Meals, in the same week that McDonald's has begun offering children the chance to swap their Happy Meal toys for a bag of fruit.

Unilever claims it is engaging with Changing Markets about their research

Unilever criticised over food nutrition claims

Unilever has been accused of offering food products that haven't been fortified to add necessary nutrients that mitigate health concerns, with a new report claiming that the companies Maizena and cornflour produce in Mexico fail to deliver on brand commitments.

More than 70,000 children and young adults, across 270 towns and cities globally, have been regularly taking part in climate strikes 

Ben & Jerry's, Patagonia, Lush and Seventh Generation to take part in global climate strikes

Major US firms Ben & Jerry's, Patagonia, Lush Cosmetics and personal care firm Seventh Generation have agreed to close stores on 20 September to join the worldwide day of climate strikes.

A spokesperson for the council said the move would widely be regarded as a “reasonable compromise”

Scottish school climate strikers limited to one day off for protests annually

The City of Edinburgh Council has brought in new measures to prevent schoolchildren from taking more than one day out of lessons per academic year for climate strikes.

'You did not act in time': Greta Thunberg's full speech to MPs

Read the full text of the speech Greta Thunberg gave to MPs at the Houses of Parliament, originally hosted by the Guardian.

Pentrehafod Comprehensive School project

In 2016 Morgan Sindall were appointed principle contractor on the Pentrehafod Comprehensive School project, which completed in November 2018.

The debate came after thousands of schoolchildren and teachers walked out of lessons to call for greater government action on climate challenges

MPs debate climate after school strike - but only a handful turn up

In the week that the UK experienced its hottest ever winter day, just a handful of government MPs attended a debate on climate change in parliament on Thursday (28 February).

The new kids on the climate block

If the climate-based protests from school children over the last week are anything to go by, the future of our world is in safe and caring hands. What kind of world we leave them will be dependent on the actions of the next generation of sustainability leaders.

In its report, the EAC highlights how food insecurity can lead to both malnutrition and obesity, with people forced to rely on the very cheapest foods, which are often nutrient-rich but calorie poor

MPs call for a new Minister for Hunger to tackle food insecurity 'scandal'

The UK Government has been urged to appoint a Minister for Hunger after MPs warned of a failure to deal with issues such as malnutrition and obesity in the UK.

The first programme will be located in Pakistan

UK Government to invest £26m in tackling modern slavery in Asia

The Government has announced that it will invest £26m into a string of initiatives aimed at combatting modern slavery and child labour across six Asian countries.

(L-R): Presenter Claudine Blamey from The Crown Estate; Rachel Hawskworth (NSPCC); Bill Eyres (O2); Hattie Fitzgerald (NSPCC); and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: O2 & NSPCC - CSR, Charity and Community Initiative 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 CSR, Charity and Community Initiative winners, O2 & NSPCC.

The Climate Coach: Renewable Energy

I have a dream, of a society where children play safely outside in green, common areas, where there are no cars. People travel to work in electric powered trains, buses and through electric car share. They walk and cycle to school, to the local shop and to meet friends. A dream where renewable energy sources provide all the power we need - for heating, electricity and transport - in businesses as well as in homes.

How technology can power our connection to the natural world

Humanity continues to find new ways of pushing the limits of technology, to discover the edges of innovation. Whether it's sending a car into space, exploring the potential for nanotechnology to support hyper-targeted drug therapies, creating virtual worlds or an artificial intelligence that responds to our spoken commands; most of these ideas were solely in the domain of science fiction 30 years ago.

The public mood is changing – how can business talk to customers about sustainability?

The public mood appears to be changing. David Attenborough's emotive Blue Planet backed by on-going campaigns in the Daily Mail and on Sky has focussed attention on single use plastics. Michael Gove, eager for a positive post-Brexit platform, has sensed an opportunity and started talking about new legislation. Sustainability is creeping up the agenda, customers are getting inquisitive about company behaviour. How should business respond?

The latest phase of the partnership aims to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children across 63 tea gardens in Assam, which have a total population of 350,000

How Twinings is championing women's rights in the tea supply chain

EXCLUSIVE: Twinings' decision to increase its funding initiative with UNICEF for vulnerable tea farmers in Assam was built on a belief that improving skills, health and wellbeing is critical to securing the long-term security of the supply chain, the company's head of social impact has revealed.

Taking the measure of sustainability

Managing what you measure remains as true a maxim as ever in the world of sustainability, especially given the additional impetus provided to governments, businesses and civil society by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, measuring progress on sustainability - whether for businesses or cities - is a complex task.

Valentines special: All that glitters is not gold

Are you considering buying a piece of jewellery for someone close to you this Valentines day? Gold and diamonds are frequently bought as gifts on special occasions. It is reported that Americans spend more than $10bn dollars on jewellery on Valentines Day and Mothers day.

How gaming can not only teach but inspire to action in sustainability

Imagine someone stuck with her head in her mobile phone, playing a game. Totally absorbed, the world around her barely exists. Not very hard, is it? We see these people all the time; on the bus, the train and even walking on the street.

As Black Friday approaches, let’s remember the need to eliminate forced labour

November sees some of the busiest days in the shopping calendar, Singles' Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Businesses will be focusing on meeting the extraordinary levels of consumer demand by studying their supply chains and eliminating any inefficiencies, making the most of technological tools like data analytics.

Don’t waste this Halloween

London Metropolitan University's Sustainability Manager, Rachel Ward, speaks to us about the hidden wastage behind Halloween costumes and pumpkins.

Deep breath: change the conversation

Air quality in our towns and cities is a critical issue but action and progress will be sorely limited unless we grasp the challenge of awareness, behaviour and pro-active communications.

As part of the SDG alignment, Cargill has added five 2030 goals to the initiative

Cargill targets zero deforestation as part of SDG alignment for cocoa sourcing

Food and agricultural company Cargill has updated its sustainable cocoa sourcing strategy to align with the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to boost farmer prosperity, reduce environmental impacts and enhance the traceability of its supply chain.

Helping young people get to grips with the UN’s Global Goals

The scale and ambition of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can sometimes seem daunting, even for us sustainability professionals who know them well.

Sector insight: The state of sustainability in manufacturing

This edie Insight report explores some of the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainability in UK manufacturing.

Why the SDGs are a big thing for SMEs

Did you know that the UK has adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? If you do, you are one of few - just one in 10 UK citizens know about the SDGs. Why do so few people know what they are?

Aligning with the SDGs can bring power to the people

In formulating its approach to being a responsible business, a company should look first to its strengths and attributes rather than adopting a "nice to do" philosophy. For example, it makes sense for a technology and innovation-led business such as ours to use appropriate and smart technology to change people's lives.

edie Energy Insights 2017

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: edie's latest report offers an insight into business energy procurement, planning and purchasing priorities from efficiencies to onsite generation.

Speaking out on sustainability

Recently, my son's school invited me to come in and give a presentation on what I do as the global sustainability director at Mars. I've spoken with business leaders inside and outside of Mars, policy makers, NGOs and journalists on multiple continents. But I've never had to tell that story to 30 kids between the ages of 8 and 13 (with my son watching, no less...)

Will climate change litigation force companies to start acting like grown-ups?

My interest in climate change and concern for the future state of our planet goes back to 2006. Over the last decade, my concern has intensified, especially now I have two young daughters to worry about. As a parent, I want to teach my children to be considerate, and to think about the impact their behaviour has on others and the environment.

Donald in Wonderland - US withdrawal from the Paris agreement

Trump just wishes that climate change would go away. We would all like climate change to be a dream. Some hard choices could be avoided, and we could keep environmentally damaging luxuries, such as fast cars and golf resorts.

If we’re to protect vital peatlands, we must also protect peatland communities

There is now a global scientific consensus that the world is in a race against time to halt catastrophic and irreversible climate change. The incoming UN secretary general has said it's the biggest crisis facing humanity and the biggest curse we could bequeath our children.

The work also shows that, even if diesel cars did meet emissions limits, there would still be 70,000 early deaths per year

38,000 people a year die early because of diesel emissions testing failures

The global human health impact of the diesel emissions scandal has been revealed by new research showing a minimum of 38,000 people a year die early due to the failure of diesel vehicles to meet official limits in real driving conditions.

Next generation sustainability: The Feed Children Well campaign

"Just think: if we could teach this generation of children how to eat, we'd solve the obesity crisis for good - because they'd teach their kids, and so on. Chefs can really help, by wooing them with delicious veg."

Smart Growth: bringing together business and society to tackle climate change

Last week I was honoured to be a key note speaker at Business in the Community (BITC) Smart Growth Summit supported by EDF Energy during Responsible Business Week, marking the 10th anniversary of the Prince of Wales' call for businesses to address climate change.

In practice: Gatwick Airport's 'world-first' waste management plant

Gatwick's pioneering energy-from-waste plant represents a huge step forward for sustainable aviation. Find out how it works, who was involved and the key results the facility is driving in this new 'in practice' case study.

World Water Day: the ongoing mission to provide access to clean drinking water

Today (22 March) marks the 25th anniversary of World Water Day, an annual date to encourage action to tackle the global water crisis. For Procter & Gamble (P&G), this means providing clean drinking water to those who need it most, increasing safe sanitation and hygiene behaviours, and reducing water use.

A survey of 2,000 parents with children aged 18 and under found that seven in 10 parents still have baby clothes their children have outgrown

Mothercare launches baby clothing redistribution scheme with Hubbub

Mothercare has partnered with sustainability charity Hubbub to launch a pilot campaign aimed at supporting families to reduce textile waste, as research shows that UK homes are storing 183 millions items of outgrown baby clothing.

Megatrends: The game-changers that are shaping the future of sustainable business

What will the world look like in five, 10, 50, or 500 years' time? It's a question that ultimately underpins the raison d'etre of corporate sustainability. But a definitive answer can be incredibly difficult, and in some instances impossible, to be sure of.

When combining the T-Charge with the Congestion charges, motorists could be faced with costs of around £21.50 daily

London to enforce world’s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan

The "toughest" emission standard of any world city will enter into force in London from October 23, after London Mayor Sadiq Khan today (17 February) confirmed a £10 T-Charge to help curb air pollution in the capital.

Recycling gets its time to shine at EFRA inquiry

The food waste debate has largely revolved around methods to cut back on the amount of waste produced, and as new initiatives are introduced on a seemingly weekly basis, it's time that recycling is seen as a viable option.

Supermarket food waste grabs headlines but the bigger story is in the supply chain

Food waste may not be the most glamorous of topics, yet in the last year it has been the focus of a BBC1 series, made front page news in the London Evening Standard on a near-nightly basis and, perhaps most surprisingly, caused Tesco CEO Dave Lewis to hug Sainsbury's CEO Mike Coupe live on stage at last month's Consumer Goods Forum in Paris.


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