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.
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.
WEBINAR: How to uncover savings and improve your operational performance through energy insight
Our expert panel will discuss how to use advanced energy insights to help you to uncover savings and improve your operational performance.
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.
edie Explains: The circular economy
This brand new edie Explains guide breaks down everything there is to know about achieving a circular economy for your business.
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?
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.
edie Explains: Frequency response
How does frequency response work? What are the business benefits of adopting frequency response technology? And how will National Grid's planned overhaul of balancing services impact the frequency response market? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.
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.
edie Explains Demand Response
This guide to demand response, produced in association with edie’s supporting partner Flexitricity, explores and explains demand response for energy and sustainability professionals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doe v Nestle or should I say David v Goliath?
In the 11-year-long legal battle of Doe v Nestle, Archer-Daniels-Midland Co and Cargill Inc, there has been some movement towards this case finally being settled.
How Britain's retailers can solve the Syrian refugee supply chain quandary
The shock revelation that Syrian refugee children have been found making clothes for a number of British fashion brands serves to highlight the desperate need for more robust procedures and increased collaboration among businesses to drive truly sustainable and ethical supply chains.
Tackling water scarcity: The key barriers and enablers
I recently spoke on a panel at World Water Week (WWW) alongside Charles Iceland of the World Resources Institute and Bessma Mourad of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where we talked about how new data and partnerships are helping P&G and other companies create meaningful goals and holistic water programmes.
Society needs a reboot
By making kids tech-literate, we give them the tools to change the world.
Sharing sustainability success: From selling to showing
Kimberly-Clark's head of sustainability for EMEA Tom Berry explores how some of the world's most intractable development issues, such as increasing access to education and improving sanitation, require effective behaviour change programmes to create real progress.
Wonky fruit & veg: turning an environmental problem into a social solution
Once considered the 'ugly sisters' of the fresh produce world, imperfect fruit and wonky veg have been firmly in the media spotlight for a while now, and if a recent survey of supermarket managers proves to be correct, they may even turn out to be the saviour in our collective fight against food waste. Certainly, retailers have reported that wonky veg boxes are flying off the shelves.
Better together on sustainability, better together in the EU?
Last week, I was sat in a bar in the beautiful (and very green) Austrian village of Göss, about 100 miles south of Vienna.
From pledges to purposeful action and long-term change: reflections on International Women’s Day
This year, the UN chose #pledgeforparity as its theme for International Women's Day, encouraging individuals to take tangible steps to help tackle gender inequality worldwide.
No breaks for Nestlé in its relentless pursuit of global supply chain sustainability
If you're one of the thousands of people across the globe heeding Nestlé's advice to 'have a break, have a KitKat' this lunchtime, it might be worth taking an additional moment to consider exactly how the world's largest food company is working to ensure its snacks are sustainably and ethically produced.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... the spring of hope, the winter of despair." Charles Dickens' words feel current and vivid as we think about our world today. We may have at last some energy towards meaningful international agreement on climate action.
Does Christmas excess challenge your values?
Claudine Blamey, chair of the ICRS and head of sustainability and stewardship at the Crown Estate, reflects on the importance of living our values at Christmas.
Smart is beautiful: Low-carbon cities, as if people mattered
In 2015, humanity reached a significant tipping point with over 50% of people now living in cities, yet this half of the population account for as much as three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions (depending on what you include in the measurement).
Business leaders need to set a course to prevent corporate titans from sinking like the Titanic
Imagine a ship going full steam ahead into dangerous waters. The captain stands on the deck with a telescope in hand, but is not looking through it to watch for dangers that could lie just over the horizon.
edie backs 'clean cooking' through emissions offset partnership
edie is supporting the rollout of efficient cooking stoves in the developing world thanks to a partnership with ClimateCare.
Curiosity and courage: Why we all have to prioritise time for learning
Claudine Blamey, chair of the ICRS and head of sustainability and stewardship at the Crown Estate, on why we all need to make time for learning.
Time for the use of lead compounds to come to an end in all paints
The negative health effects from exposure to lead are well known, the most severe being lifelong irreversible effects on children's brains, yet in some parts of the world lead compounds are still added to paints as coloring pigments and drying agents.
Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative
Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.