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Prince Charles signs deal with Amazon Prime for channel highlighting sustainable business

A new channel on Amazon's Prime Video service, curated by the Prince of Wales, is set to launch, showcasing innovations and collaborations providing solutions to the climate crisis.

This episode recaps a busy week for global climate collaboration. Image left: WWF, a Climate Coalition member

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Climate Week NYC and Great Big Green Week

With less than six weeks until COP26 begins, episode 106 of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast summarises some of the last-push efforts on climate action taking place in the UK and US.

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Cosmetics giants team up to create environmental scorecards for product labelling

Unilever, L'Oreal, Henkel, LVMH and Body Shop owner Natura & Co have begun a new collaboration to develop an industry-wide system for measuring and communicating the environmental impacts of products to consumers.

The business-to-business media group will be guided through a rigorous certification process by B Corp experts Seismic

edie's publisher targets B Corp status with Seismic partnership

Faversham House, publisher of edie and Utility Week, has partnered with sustainability consultancy Seismic to support its mission of becoming a certified B Corporation.

Ready to follow in Zero Waste Scotland's footsteps? Entries for the 2022 Awards close on 1 October 2021

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet Consumer Engagement champions Zero Waste Scotland

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than a month away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Consumer Engagement Campaign' award, Zero Waste Scotland.

The 'Drive CO2 Neutral' campaign has been running in the UK as well as the Netherlands

Shell campaign promoting carbon offsetting is greenwashing, Dutch advertising watchdog rules

The Netherlands' advertising watchdog has urged Royal Dutch Shell to stop running a campaign promoting fuel purchases as 'carbon neutral', providing that customers purchase offsets.

Ready to follow in Forster's footsteps? Entries for the 2022 Awards close on 1 October 2021

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet our Consultancy of the Year, Forster Communications

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: the winner of our Consultancy of the Year Award, Forster Communications.

Products with the new labels will reach Lidl's Scottish stores this autumn

Lidl to trial traffic light 'eco-labels' this autumn

Lidl GB will add new on-pack 'eco labels' to dozens of its most popular own-brand product lines this October, giving shoppers more information about the carbon and biodiversity impact of their choices.

This new series will be running regularly, bringing you the key headlines, statistics and events in the run-up to COP26. Bottom-left image: David Mirzoeff 

COP26 Action Tracker: Nations urged to respond to IPCC report as Cambo oilfield row rolls on

With less than 100 days to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.

The scheme will roll out over the next six months and be delivered online

Deloitte to provide climate education scheme to all employees globally

Deloitte has partnered with WWF to deliver a climate learning programme to the entirety of its global workforce, totalling more than 330,000 people.

The scheme is preparing for a Europe-wide launch in 2022

Food giants to trial traffic light 'eco-labels' this year

Marks & Spencer and Nestle are among the food businesses backing a new on-pack 'eco-labelling' scheme for groceries, set to be trialled in the UK and EU from this autumn.

The UK's 2019 'State of Nature' report revealed that most UK species have declined since the 1970s, with 15% now facing extinction 

UK Government commits to 'nature-positive' future following landmark biodiversity review

Following the publication of the landmark Dasgupta Review, which argued the case for biodiversity considerations to be embedded in all economic decisions by the government, a new commitment for all large infrastructure projects to be 'nature positive' has been made.

The roundtable discussed the barriers and opportunities facing business

Net-zero and COP26: Achieving Mission Possible

Six months out from the COP26 summit, edie hosted an exclusive virtual roundtable discussion with a select group of sustainability leaders, exploring how businesses can accelerate the net-zero carbon transition in the run-up to the crucial climate talks.

Top industries for net job creation include industrial equipment, high tech, software, utilities, automotive, life sciences, and communications/media

Report: Investing in digital and sustainability could create 5.7 million jobs across Europe by 2030

European firms could create up to 5.7 million new green jobs by 2030 by investing in digital and sustainability transformations, according to a new report.

The company's latest sustainability report outlines key progress to decarbonise and achieve zero waste

More than a single moment in time: Virgin Media's approach to sustainability reporting

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media has today (25 May) launched its latest sustainability report, detailing efforts towards a new net-zero target. The company's head of sustainability Katie Buchanan outlines how the standalone report is evolving into an interactive extravaganza.

In a bid to appease increasingly environmentally-minded consumers, many businesses are overstating their positive impact, the CMA believes 

'Be clear and upfront': CMA urges UK businesses to avoid greenwashing

After finding that 40% of sustainability-related claims by businesses online could be misleading, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set out recommendations on avoiding greenwashing.

With the sustainability conversation evolving rapidly, what does a modern document, produced in line with best practice, look like?

Integrated and innovated: What's next for the sustainability report?

Against a backdrop of changing environmental science and disclosure legislation, compounded by changing public sentiment, the corporate sustainability conversation is evolving rapidly. After strings of new social and environmental targets were set over the past 12 months, many firms are also evolving ways of reporting progress.

Miriam has been with the University for more than four years, leading its sustainability-related collaboration, engagement and partnerships

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Miriam Webb, University of Gloucestershire

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: Miriam Webb, sustainability engagement manager at the University of Gloucestershire.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

Carbon footprint calculator tool provider Doconony also works with the likes of Mastercard

Klarna to show consumers the carbon footprint of their shopping

'Buy now, pay later' platform Klarna has launched a new tool that lets customers track the carbon footprint of their purchases.

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Patagonia launches campaign urging Brits to support community renewable energy

After successful campaigns on renewable, community-owned energy projects in the US and EU, Patagonia has begun supporting UK residents to follow suit.

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Coldplay, ClientEarth and children's media: Pop culture giants strive to boost environmental engagement

Several big names in music, including Coldplay and Alt-J, have launched new playlists designed to spark environmental action, in the same week that new children's climate engagement schemes were launched by broadcasters and authors.

Consumers have lost trust due to past instances of brands over-stating their positive impact, the survey found

Two-thirds of Brits sceptical of sustainability-related business communications

Two-thirds of adults in the UK say they are wary of business communications relating to environmental and social purpose because they feel most brands are not yet 'walking the talk'.

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 announcement builds on Unilever's confirmation of a €1bn climate and nature fund and €2bn pot for supporting suppliers from marginalised social groups

Unilever Beauty & Personal Care targets 1.5 million hectares of nature conservation by 2030

Unilever's Beauty & Personal Care arm, which owns brands like Dove and Vaseline, has committed to conserving and restoring 1.5 million hectares of habitat by 2030 as part of a new sustainability strategy.

#SustyTalk​: Spotlight on the World Cement Association's gender focus network

To mark International Women's Day 2021, edie's latest #SustyTalk interview is with the WCA's communications and policy coordinator Manon Burbidge.

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Virgin Media targets net-zero carbon operations for 2025

Virgin Media has committed to achieve net-zero operations by the end of 2025 and to transition its entire fleet to electric vehicles by 2030, as part of a sweeping new sustainability strategy.

edie also hosted a bespoke roundtable discussion with sustainability representatives present at the Forum, sponsored by EDF

Sustainability Leaders Forum: Five top tips for turning climate ambition into action

With the dust settling on three days of thought-provoking conversations at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum (SLF), edie rounds up how businesses can make 2021 a super year for climate action, which turns ambition into action for corporate sustainability.

What Jackie Weaver and Handforth Parish Council can teach us about sustainability leadership

Unrivalled chaos. That is one way to describe the viral footage of the Handforth Parish Council meeting that has seen Jackie Weaver become an overnight sensation. But even amongst the discord on how not to run a meeting, there are lessons for CSR professionals looking to engage others on the climate crisis.

Members will collaboratively contribute to a new standard carbon footprint measurement for newsrooms

BAFTA assembles UK's biggest news broadcasters for climate coalition

The BBC, Sky News and ITV News are among the first members of a new initiative designed to help the UK's news broadcasting sector minimise its environmental impact and engage viewers on topics like climate change.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (right) and edie's Sarah George (left) present SIG with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet reporting & communications champions SIG

With less than two weeks until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Sustainability Reporting & Communications award, SIG.

The tool has already proven successful in France

Green beauty: Garnier to launch digital sustainability labelling

L'Oreal-owned brand Garnier is set to launch a digital tool enabling UK customers to track the environmental and social impact of its haircare products.

The award-winning edie editorial team delivers three early Christmas presents in the form of interviews

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The Christmas 2020 special episode

Episode 95 of edie's Sustainable Business Covered podcast is now streaming, providing exclusive festive interviews about sustainability storytelling, conscious consumerinsm and the green recovery movement.

The report features insight from an array of sustainability leaders

Sustainability leaders craft 10-point plan to revamp corporate purpose

Businesses in the vanguard of sustainability, including Unilever, Interface, Ikea and DSM, have come together to craft a new set of recommendations as to how the wider corporate community can embed a purpose aimed at tackling the climate crisis and social inequalities across the business.

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.

Industry specialist Jo Coombes and strategy advisor Tricia Duffy spearheaded the creation of the framework

UK's advertising sector charts course to net-zero by 2030

Trade body the Advertising Association has launched a collaborative initiative to support the UK's advertising industry to reach net-zero within a decade.

Global Action Plan's Chris Large (left) and compere Julia Bradbury presenting the Barry Callebaut team with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet employee engagement champions Barry Callebaut

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our employee engagement initiative of the year, Barry Callebaut.

#SustyTalk: Mastercard's Kristina Kloberdanz on collaborating and communicating for sustainability

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Mastercard’s chief sustainability officer Kristina Kloberdanz discussing the company's collaborative work on issues like plastics pollution, deforestation and financial empowerment.

Hannah has dedicated her career to date to making the UK's higher education sector more sustainable

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Hannah Biggs, UCL

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: Hannah Biggs, sustainability projects lead at UCL.

#SustyTalk: Quorn CEO Marco Bertacca on plant-based diets and carbon labelling

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Quorn Foods' chief executive officer discussing the importance of purpose-led business post-Covid-19 and the future of carbon labelling for groceries.

Forum for the Future's Hannah Pathak (left) and compere Julia Bradbury (right) present the City to Sea team with the Award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet consumer engagement champions City to Sea

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Consumer Engagement Campaign of the Year: City to Sea.

Gudrun Cartwright, environment director, Business
in the Community (second right) and compere
Julia Bradbury (furthest at right) present the Given team with their award

What makes a sustainability leader? A look at award-winning consultancy, Given London

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of our Consultancy of the Year, Given London.

Martin Baxter, chief policy advisor, IEMA (second right) and Julia Bradbury (far right) present the Willmott Dixon team with the award.

What makes a sustainability leader? Get to know Willmott Dixon's award-winning team

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up first: The winner of our Team of the Year award, Willmott Dixon Group.

5 sustainability communications lessons from David Attenborough's Extinction: The Facts

David Attenborough's latest BBC documentary has been called both "heartwarming" and "gut-wrenching" since it aired on Sunday evening (13 September). But beyond the striking facts and shocking images, it provides viewers with several lessons on how to get environmental communications right, edie's senior reporter Sarah George explains.

Get the recognition you and your organisation deserves by entering the Sustainability Leaders Awards

Sustainability Leaders Awards open for entries ahead of virtual ceremony

edie is proud to announce that the UK's largest and most prestigious sustainable business awards scheme has opened for entries, offering organisations and individuals the opportunity to be recognised and celebrated for leading on sustainability, energy and climate action.

Over the past seven days at least, it seems the businesses are refocusing on plans to reduce single-use plastics that took up much of corporate CSR efforts between 2018 and 2020

Flurry of corporate plastic announcements hints at a new normal for the circular economy

In what has been a bumper week for news stories on single-use plastics, edie explores how corporates are forging ahead with new collection and take-back schemes for recyclable packaging that had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

#SustyTalk: Velux's Ingrid Reumert on lifetime emissions and the ecological crisis

edie's SustyTalk series continues with Velux's VP for global communications, sustainability & public affairs Ingrid Reumert discussing how the window and blind manufacturer plans to account for its historic carbon emissions in order to become "lifetime carbon neutral".

Selfridges has worked with charity partners and 300+ brands to develop and deliver the 'Project Earth' initiative

Resale, repair and environmental labelling: Selfridges accelerates efforts to sustainably 'reinvent retail'

Selfridges has outlined a string of new commitments and pilot projects around sustainable materials sourcing, environmental communications and resource-efficient business models like repair, resale and rental.

Upfield joins the likes of Quorn Foods in opting to roll out carbon labelling

Flora owner to roll out carbon labelling to 100 million packs

Major food firm Upfield, which owns Flora and Proactiv, has revealed plans to introduce on-pack carbon labelling to 100 million packs by the end of 2021.

O2 has installed 5G in 60 UK locations to date

O2: 5G will play 'huge role' in decarbonising energy, transport and manufacturing

Telecoms giant O2 has published a new analysis of the role which ultrafast 5G could play in decarbonising the UK's economy, predicting that it could mitigate 269 megatonnes of CO2e emissions through to 2035.

Delaying reporting or strategy development in light of Covid-19 was “never a question” for Virgin Media, Buchanan said

Beyond disclosure and towards enablement: A deep dive into Virgin Media's new sustainability report

EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Media's latest sustainability report provides not only quantitative information for investors, customers and other stakeholders, but descriptive advice for other sustainability professionals. Here, edie speaks with the firm's head of sustainability Katie Buchanan to find out why and how her team are evolving their reporting practices.

The secondhand luxury fashion market is currently worth $24bn and is growing more rapidly than the primary luxury fashion market

Fashion footprint: Farfetch's new tool to highlight the environmental impact of clothing

Luxury fashion platform Farfetch has launched a new tool helping online customers to choose products with lower environmental impacts, including secondhand goods and those made using innovative renewable materials.

The move builds on 1.5C-aligned emissions targets 

Logitech to roll out carbon labelling

Electronics giant Logitech is set to introduce labels communicating the carbon footprint of products to its entire portfolio, starting this year.

Just 3% of environmental professionals identified as non-white minorities

How will the CSR community respond to the Black Lives Matter movement?

The Black Lives Matter protests arrived in the UK this weekend, raising uncomfortable and sobering considerations for all communities and races. As the CSR profession continues to drive the world towards a green and just transition, how individuals and businesses respond to racism is critical.

EP&L assigns a monetary value to environmental and social impacts

Gucci cuts negative environmental impacts by two-fifths

Luxury fashion house Gucci has reduced its overall negative impact on the environment by 39% since 2015, putting it on track to exceed its 2025 target of a 40% reduction.

The sessions can be watch on-demand

Seven top tips to engage on sustainability during a global pandemic

edie recently hosted an afternoon of back-to-back online events exploring best-practice advice into communicating, engaging and reporting on sustainability. Against a backdrop of a global pandemic, panellists outlined their thoughts on how businesses can keep sustainability high up the corporate agenda.

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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

From Engagement Week and Net-Zero Week, to the Mission Possible 2020 report and more #SustyTalks – edie will bring you a jam-packed programme of exclusive online content in May

Engagement, Net-Zero & Mission Possible: edie gears up for bumper month of online content and events

With the UK lockdown continuing into May, edie is keeping up the positive sustainability and climate action with a host of exclusive interviews and reports, two themed weeks of free online events, and the launch of the flagship Mission Possible 2020 report.

There are plenty of business announcements to coincide with Earth Day 2020

SodaStream's 67 billion plastics pledge and Timberland's letter to nature: The Earth Day success stories

To mark Earth Day 2020 edie has rounded up some of the shining examples of business commitments to delivering sustainable products, services and campaigns.

The majority of sustainability professionals are able to work from home without much disruption, but this majority are also having to postpone sustainability and CSR announcements for the time-being

In charts: How coronavirus is impacting sustainability professionals across the UK

EXCLUSIVE: An edie survey of more than 100 sustainability professionals across the country has revealed exactly how the global pandemic of Covid-19 has impacted day-to-day working for those leading the CSR agenda for their organisations. Here are the results...

Haverkamp claims that firms which do not see supply chains as value chains are worst-placed in both the short and long-term 

WBA: Companies with embedded sustainability best-placed to weather coronavirus storm

EXCLUSIVE: Reports of business failures to safeguard employee livelihoods or the environment amid the coronavirus pandemic are emerging at a near-hourly basis - and those best-placed to avoid the impending storm from consumers and investors are those that have already taken ambitious action.

Implementing the labelling would require Government intervention, which campaigers are keen to see before COP26 in November

Study: Climate-wrecking products 'should come with smoking-style warnings'

Cigarette packets with grisly warnings of the consequences of smoking are intended to deter smokers. Now a group of public health experts says similar warnings should appear on high-carbon products, from airline tickets and energy bills to petrol pumps, to show consumers the health impacts of the climate crisis.

Coronavirus: Now is not the time for environmental grandstanding

The Covid-19 pandemic should urge us to couple environmental and social sustainability, not pit them against each other, edie's senior reporter Sarah George argues.

These top tips will help readers pivot their engagement strategies and use transferrable skills for the greater good during this trying time

Six ways CSR professionals can communicate through the coronavirus outbreak

As the Covid 19 outbreak continues across the globe, CSR and sustainability professionals, like most, will be grappling with changes to their working schedule and job remit. Here, edie rounds up six pieces of best-practice advice for evolving engagement with key contacts during these uncertain times.

All MPA members have backed the new commitments

Film and TV giants are phasing out red meat, ditch plastic bottles and save energy

Netflix, Warner Bros. and Sky are among the businesses to have received praise for taking action on environmental issues such as plastics, food waste and energy efficiency.

Pictured: One of the Refill stations at London Euston. Image: Network Rail

Network Rail helps passengers to ditch three million plastic water bottles

By installing drinking fountains at its stations as part of the Refill campaign, Network Rail has helped to mitigate the use of three million single-use plastic water bottles over the past two years.

Weihl launched the new venture on Saturday (22 February). Image: ClimateVoice

Facebook's former sustainability chief now helping staff pressure corporates on climate

Facebook's former sustainability director and Google's former clean energy czar Bill Weihl has launched a new venture aimed at helping staff at corporates press their employers for more ambitious climate action.

Foods included on the list range from grains, sweet potatoes and pulses, to seaweed and cacti

'Encourage and enable': How Unilever is walking the talk on plant-based diets

EXCLUSIVE: After its report detailing 50 foods which consumers should eat more frequently to help tackle environmental issues went viral last year, Unilever's largest food brand Knorr has detailed its work to embed the campaign's aims across its own supply chain.

Helena Helmersson spent more than five years in H&M’s sustainability team before taking the helm as CEO

Journey to the top: Are today's sustainability professionals tomorrow's chief executives?

H&M's appointment of Helena Helmersson as chief executive marks the first time a global corporation has appointed a former sustainability manager to lead the company. Could this be a sign that sustainability is becoming so integral to business that today's CSR professionals are tomorrow's corporate leaders?

Dr Megan Morikawa (left) at Iberostar's first coral nursery. A second nursery is due to open this year.

Science and storytelling: How Iberostar is engaging staff and guests with ocean issues beyond plastics

EXCLUSIVE: In the wake of 'Blue Planet 2', hospitality and leisure companies found themselves at the sharp end of the so-called war on plastics. But now that the sector's plastic phase-out is underway, how can it use its many touch-points to drive engagement across a broader range of environmental issues?

Unilever re-wrote its purpose in 2010, first began labelling its brands as purpose-led in 2015 and, this year, combined its business and sustainability strategies. Image: Rachael Rothman

Purpose and profit: Unilever on how to drive benefits across the triple bottom line

Last summer, the chief executives of more than 180 corporates signed a declaration stating that the purpose of big businesses is no longer to simply generate profit for shareholders - that action must also taken to address social and environmental issues. But how can businesses without purpose "built-in" begin this transformation?

Pictured: 'Hope', the blue whale skeleton, in the Museum's Hintze Hall 

Natural History Museum declares 'planetary emergency'

London's Natural History Museum has unveiled a new sustainability vision for the next 11 years, centred around tackling what it has declared as the "planetary emergency".

Chief executives need to embrace employee activists

Anyone attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos this week will be left in no doubt, that the success of their business, depends on thinking different. But as they seek to turn ambition into reality, do they have the support of the stakeholders that really matter?

Nestlé will use the investment commitment to spur the market for food-grade recycled plastics. Image Neste, Flickr

Nestlé commits £1.6bn to food-grade recycled plastics, pledges to cut virgin plastics use by a third

Food and beverage giant Nestlé has committed £1.59bn to source food-grade recycled plastics to be used in its packaging, alongside a pledge to cut the amount of virgin plastics it sources by a third.

The plan builds on the firm's existing pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2021 

Forster Communications targets 'climate-positivity' by 2023

Social change PR agency Forster Communications has pledged to become 'climate-positive' by 2023, reversing and mitigating more negative environmental impacts than it generates through its direct and indirect actions.

Quorn claims the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of its Mycoprotein is 90% lower than beef

Quorn rolls out carbon footprint labelling

Quorn Foods is introducing labels detailing the carbon footprint of its products to some of its most popular lines, as consumer interest in the climate impact of groceries rises.

The roundtable heard from experts representing organisations across the retail sector value chain

Servitisation and social media storytelling: How retailers are approaching sustainability in 2020

January is now probably just as synonymous with retail discounts as it is with New Year's resolutions. But following a year of unprecedented climate activism, how are retailers planning to increase sustainability action and embed a 'purpose-beyond-profits' approach in 2020?

New report reveals surge in employee engagement on energy issues

EXCLUSIVE: The UK's declaration of a climate emergency combined with the recent climate strikes and protests has fuelled a surge in awareness of energy issues among employees across the country, according to the latest Business Energy Barometer conducted by edie.

Phoebe has been with Virgin Media for more than two years and now leads its portfolio of social impact campaigns

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2019: Phoebe Whittome, Virgin Media

This 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: Phoebe Whittome, sustainability manager at Virgin Media.

Sky launched Ocean Rescue in 2017 and has since engaged more than 33 million people with its #PassOnPlastic social media campaign. Image: Sky

Sky debuts plastic-free café as part of Ocean Rescue campaign

Media giant Sky has today (4 November) opened a plastic-free café at its headquarters in Brentford, as it strives to remove all single-use plastics from its products and operations by 2020.

The publisher has not yet outlined how it will get to net-zero. Image: GMG

Hold the front page: The Guardian targets net-zero by 2030

Guardian Media Group - the publishing house behind titles including The Guardian and The Observer - has pledged to become a net-zero business by 2030.

Gutowski will appear at day one (4 February) of edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020, to deliver a workshop on developing circular economy business models which engage all stakeholders

Pret-A-Manger: We can't greenwash our way out of the war on plastics

EXCLUSIVE: As consumers continue to push hard for food-to-go brands like Pret-A-Manger to ditch plastic packaging altogether, the firm's global director of strategy & sustainability has urged the sector to avoid "over-simplified" announcements or token phase-outs.

Katie is one of a six-person sustainability team and spearheads innocent's human rights work and sustainability communications

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 class of 2019: Katie Leggett, innocent Drinks

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: Katie Leggett, innocent Drinks' sustainability manager.

The pop up opened on Thursday (26 September) and will run for three weeks. Image: Patagonia

Action Works: Patagonia opens pop-up activist café in London

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has opened a pop-up café in central London, which will play host to climate activist training courses.

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.


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