Corporate Social Responsibility
Mission Possible: The 2018 report
Welcome to the future of sustainable business. edie's Mission Possible 2018 report has landed, exploring the key commercial drivers, challenges and opportunities on the road to a low-carbon, resource-efficient planet.
Co-op to stop 'last-minute' fresh produce sales to tackle food waste
Co-op will stop 'last-minute' sales of fresh produce in a bid to reduce the volume of edible food going to waste in its stores every day.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Geothermal waterparks and rubbish cafes
Episode 42 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie travel to France to explore how geothermal energy is being used to heat a waterpark attraction at a Disney-owned resort, before visiting a café where food can be exchanged for waste plastics.
How behaviour change helped Capgemini meet its carbon goals three years early
EXCLUSIVE: Facilitating behaviour change has been "critical" to Capgemini's ability to surpass its 2020 carbon reduction and energy saving targets three years early, the firm's global head of corporate sustainability James Robey has revealed.
Investment drive sees Smurfit Kappa reach carbon goal three years early
EXCLUSIVE: Paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa has surpassed a target to reduce emissions by a quarter three years ahead of schedule, with the company's vice president of development outlining how investment cycles helped accelerate progress.
Achieving Mission Possible: 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.
Sustainable Living brands delivered 70% of Unilever's turnover growth last year
Unilever has continued to prove the business case for sustainability, with the firm's 'Sustainable Living' brands accounting for a record 70% of its turnover growth last year, and growing 46% faster than the rest of the business.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the green room with Polymateria's Niall Dunne
Welcome back to the green room - edie's exclusive interview hub for sustainability leaders, brought to you as part of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next to provide the insights of leading sustainable business: Polymateria's new chief executive Niall Dunne.
How the SDGs and stakeholder engagement can hold the key to sustainability leadership
EXCLUSIVE: Building strong relationships with stakeholders and aligning targets with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are some of the most effective ways of embedding sustainability into core business models, an expert panel of speakers has concluded.
Sustainability leadership, in action: edie's Mission Possible webinar available on demand
Sustainability figureheads from home improvement retailer Kingfisher and food manufacturer William Jackson Food Group will discuss how they are scaling-up effort and innovation to achieve their 'Mission Possible' in edie's next live webinar, taking place tomorrow (3 May).
Energy blockchains, plastic pledges and coffee cup bans: Top 10 sustainability stories of April 2018
It was a month of supply chain exploration, coffee cup recycling commitments and business-led climate advocacy. Take a look back at April's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.
RBS and Tesco extend employee engagement programmes
EXCLUSIVE: RBS and Tesco have both confirmed that their respective behaviour change initiatives are being rolled out across the wider workforce after successful trial periods saw increased efficiencies and reduced costs.
Xerox to offset customer paper footprints through reforestation platform
Printing services company Xerox is offering a "you print one, we'll plant one" offer to consumers, to ensure that individual paper usage is covered by planting new trees across numerous reforestation projects.
AB Sugar targets water, carbon and plastics under new sustainability commitment
Global sugar company AB Sugar has launched its first ever group-wide sustainability report, outlining bold new commitments to cut carbon emissions and water use by 30% and ensure all plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or bio-degradable by 2030.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The £1bn eco-community and Patagonia's climate action movie
This episode of the edie podcast takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of Eddington, a new 150-hectare, sustainable community developed by the University of Cambridge, as well as a trip to the cinema to talk brand purpose and climate activism with Patagonia's general manager Ryan Gellert.
Aldi tops UK supermarkets for sustainable seafood products
Aldi has edged out Sainsbury's and Lidl in offering the largest amount of sustainable seafood to UK customers, according to new findings from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
P&G sets new package of 2030 sustainability goals
The owner of household brands such as Ariel, Gillette, Fairy, Pampers and Head & Shoulders has unveiled a new suite of 2030 sustainability targets, having achieved many of its goals for 2020.
TUESDAY AT 2PM: Live behaviour change webinar featuring Tesco and RBS
Taking place today (17 April) at 2pm (BST), the one-hour webinar session will see experts from Tesco, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and EDF Energy provide their top tips on driving staff engagement on energy and sustainability.
What does it take to change behaviours? edie webinar taking place on TUESDAY
edie's next one-hour webinar session will take place on Tuesday 17 April 2018, with experts from Tesco, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and EDF Energy set to provide their top tips on driving staff engagement on energy and sustainability.
Iceland pledges to stop using palm oil in own-brand food
Frozen food giant Iceland has vowed to remove palm oil from all of its own-brand food products by the end of 2018.
Olam unveils new 'net-positive' supply chain policy
Multinational agri-business Olam has launched a new sustainability strategy which supports a 'net-positive' approach to supply chain and landscape management.
Hershey commits £355m to supply chain sustainability
Global confectionery company Hershey has committed $500m (£355m) to tackling child labour and links to deforestation in its supply chains, as part of a comprehensive new sustainability strategy.
Supply chain roundtable: Going 'beyond audit' to drive sustainability action
Sustainability and procurement professionals from some of the world's largest businesses recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL to discuss the strategic steps required to take supply chain sustainability onto the next level.
Sustainability a competitive advantage for business, says Nespresso boss
EXCLUSIVE: Businesses aiming to become sustainability leaders cannot ignore approaches to communication in an age where consumers and stakeholders are actively engaged on corporate approaches to societal and environmental needs, the chief executive of Nespresso has claimed.
Behaviour change: Tesco and RBS to discuss engagement strategies in edie's next webinar
Individuals and organisations looking to drive staff engagement on energy and sustainability are encouraged to tune into a free webinar next month, featuring expert insight from the likes of Tesco, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and EDF Energy.
Telling your sustainability story: edie launches communications handbook
Sustainability and CSR professionals looking to boost stakeholder engagement through effective communications now have access to a new 'handbook', which provides expert advice and insight into how to tell your sustainability story.
UK retail giants sign up to collaborative SDG commitment
A group of major retailers, including Ikea, Debenhams and Sainsbury's, have signed up to a series of commitments to collaboratively tackle pressing societal issues by using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework.
Apple moves towards greener supply chain with zero-waste and clean energy milestones
Apple has made progress in its ongoing effort towards a greener supply chain, with big achievements over the past year in key areas such as waste and low-carbon energy procurement.
Ikea boosts sustainable products and renewable energy sourcing
The world's biggest furniture retailer has made strides in its mission to deliver sustainable products and transition to renewable energy, Ikea's latest global sustainability report has shown.
Job satisfaction for sustainability professionals outperforms national average
Job satisfaction within the sustainability sector continues to outperform the national average, with factors such as pay rises, stable employment and career mobility all contributing to a "highly satisfied" workforce, a new survey has found.
Is it time to kill off the standalone sustainability report?
This week's Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference saw a number of industry experts discuss the evolution of the sustainability report, with some going so far as to argue that an individual annual report no longer carries the necessary impetus to drive change. So, is the age of the standalone sustainability report finally over?
Top 10 sustainability stories of February 2018
It was a month of big plastic pledges, electric vehicle (EV) excitement and the launch of Mission Possible. Take a look back at February's biggest sustainability stories in this brand-new round-up.
B Corp businesses grow 28 times faster than national average
New research has revealed that businesses within the purpose-driven B Corp movement are growing 28 times faster than the national economic growth of 0.5%.
Lloyds aligns 2020 goals with SDGs in bid to 'help Britain prosper'
Banking giant Lloyds has vowed to "help British people and businesses prosper" with a set of 2020 CSR targets which are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Thames tours with Tideway
edie visits London Bridge for a boat tour with the Tideway team, the company behind London's massive development project to improve pollution and plastic levels in the city by enhancing the sewage system.
HS2 awarded UK's first BREEAM infrastructure certificate
HS2 has become the UK's first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure Scheme Certificate for its sustainability on Phase 1 of the project.
Drop the C: Heineken outlines science-based targets ambition
Brewer Heineken has today (12 February) unveiled a new sustainability strategy that commits to ramping up renewable energy production, piloting an internal carbon price and setting science-based targets across distribution, cooling and packaging.
Patagonia's new digital platform connects environmental activism community
American clothing firm Patagonia has launched a new digital platform which connects customers with local environmental groups to encourage grassroots activism.
Eurostar to set science-based target and halve use of plastic
High-speed rail service Eurostar has pledged to halve the amount of plastic it uses over the next two years, with the organisation's energy and environment lead Rebecca Cranshaw revealing that a science-based target to reduce emissions should be in place later this year.
University of Winchester targets carbon reductions through behaviour change programme
Following a successful four-month trial, the University of Winchester has rolled out a behaviour change programme to all staff members in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and boost wellbeing.
Triodos pioneers sustainable crowdfunding platform
Sustainable lender Triodos has become the first UK bank to launch its own crowdfunding platform, which will enable people to invest directly in equity or bonds issues by organisations delivering positive social and environmental impacts.
SDG roundtable: Five ways to move from ambition to action
Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses across the country recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and UL EHS Sustainability, which explored the steps required to take the lead on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Day Two at the Sustainability Leaders Forum
Following on from yesterday's podcast covering day one of the Sustainability Leaders Forum, edie's senior reporter Matt Mace brings listeners a range of interviews from the likes of O2 and ING.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: We're back and at the Sustainability Leaders Forum (Part One)
After a short winter break, edie's Sustainable Business Covered podcast returns to bring you a two-part episode featuring a range of interviews from speakers and delegates and the Sustainability Leaders Forum.
The sky is the limit: Five inspiring messages from the 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Forum
After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most inspirational messages taken away from the 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Forum.
From environmental expert to CEO: E.ON boss Michael Lewis reflects on his remarkable sustainability journey
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Lewis explains how his rise to the top at E.ON has intertwined with the company's transition from a fossil fuel-based power generator to a provider of sustainable energy solutions.
Mission Possible: 8 charts that show how business leaders are building a sustainable future
Hundreds of sustainability professionals gathered in London for edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week. Throughout the two-day event, delegates were asked to reflect on their thoughts on key drivers, and the results show that a sustainable future is possible.
PwC sets carbon reduction and business growth targets
Professional services firm PwC has targeted a 40% reduction in carbon emissions and a switch to 100% renewable electricity while continuing to expand its business.
'Probably the best job for the world': Carlsberg launches young scientists community
Global brewer Carlsberg is seeking to create a community of young scientists to develop new projects and set industry standards for science-based and sustainability-driven research that will help the company deliver its CSR strategy.
Bournemouth University widens staff engagement programme after fall in energy and carbon levels
Bournemouth University is rolling out an organisation-wide project to boost sustainable behaviour among employees after a successful pilot saw the institution slash energy consumption by 14.6% across active departments.
Heroes of change: How Innocent Drinks is empowering its staff to drive sustainability
EXCLUSIVE: Innocent Drinks is on a mission to build a workforce of sustainability superheroes. Here, edie explores the innovative approaches the smoothie and fruit juice manufacturer is taking to put people at the heart of its new CSR strategy.
Transparency, Trump and tipping points: The key trends that could define sustainability in 2018
EXCLUSIVE: The green economy in 2018 will likely be shaped by a corporate drive to increase financial disclosure, a "tipping point" for major clean technologies, and a pendulum swing in global sustainability leadership towards the developing world.
Boots reaches carbon goal three years early
Following the implementation of behavior change and energy monitoring programmes, Boots UK has surpassed a 30% carbon reduction target three years ahead of schedule.
Sky boss Jeremy Darroch lands WWF ambassador role
Broadcaster Sky's chief executive Jeremy Darroch has today (4 January) become a WWF ambassador to assist the organisation in its efforts to safeguard the natural world.
Circular and digital transformations 'key' to enabling business growth
A growth in circular innovation and digital transformation are the "keys to a more sustainable future" that is currently being hindered by businesses that still view sustainability as an "add on" that requires additional resources and finances.
New Year Honours 2018: Sustainability champions make Queen's list
The 2018 New Year Honours list has recognised the outstanding achievements of a number of senior figures across the UK's green economy.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: LandSec and Costa get into the Christmas community spirit
LandSec invites edie to its Community Employment Awards to discuss job growth and community engagement, while Costa covers 10 years of its Foundation work to boost social aspects in developing countries.
Sustainable cotton fund reached 600,000 farmers in past year
More than 600,000 farmers have benefited from a Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) fund thanks to an almost doubled membership size in the past year.
Marks & Spencer is first supermarket to publish data on antibiotics in supply chain
Marks & Spencer has become the first supermarket chain in the UK to publish details of the use of antibiotics in its farm supply chain, in a step towards reducing the use of vital human medicines in livestock-rearing.
Corporates set to miss zero-deforestation targets for 2020
A new report has found that no sector is on track to achieve a deforestation-free supply chain by 2020, with individual companies adopting a "piecemeal approach" by largely ignoring big contribution areas to deforestation, such as cattle production.
Transparency focus helps Kraft Heinz accelerate towards supply chain goals
EXCLUSIVE: Food processing company Kraft Heinz has enrolled in a journey of transparency to help deliver its CSR strategy, with the company's first ever sustainability report highlighting achievements with palm oil sourcing and challenges related to water consumption.
Redrow targets biodiversity 'net gain' at new developments
UK housebuilder Redrow has announced that a "net gain" approach to biodiversity will be adopted across all new developments, following a trial period that successfully enhanced the ecological land value of certain projects.
EXCLUSIVE: Lidl challenges 'misconceptions' of discount retail in sustainability report debut
Lidl has strived to "challenge any misconceptions" about the relationship between sustainability and discount business models in the retailer's first ever CSR report, which outlines ambitious targets in areas such as food waste and responsible sourcing.
Employee engagement programme records one million positive actions
More than one million positive actions have been recorded by an employee engagement project which encourages workforces to carry out behaviours that boost sustainability and wellbeing.
Report: Corporate action on SDGs stalling two years on
The global business community has slowed momentum on adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the past 12 months, according to alarming new research.
Top car manufacturers launch sustainable raw materials partnership
Some of the world's biggest global carmakers, including BMW, Ford and Toyota, have teamed up to launch a project to address the sustainability issues in the sourcing of raw materials.
Fairtrade: Competition law hinders food supply chain sustainability
New research from the Fairtrade Foundation reveals that businesses are wary of working with rivals to strengthen supply chains as they fear falling foul of competition law.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the green room with Unilever's Tony Dunnage
Welcome back to the green room - edie's exclusive interview hub for sustainability leaders, brought to you as part of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. Up next to provide the insights of leading sustainable business: Unilever's group director of manufacturing sustainability Tony Dunnage.
Black Friday: An ideal selling point for sustainability-conscious retailers?
Black Friday, which has since birthed its tech-savvy offspring Cyber Monday, is upon us again, but while retailers attend to whip up a frenzy to boost sales some companies are using the commercial event to highlight their commitments to sustainability.
Global firms accused of importing timber linked to Amazon massacre
More than a dozen US and European companies have been importing timber from a Brazilian logging firm whose owner is implicated in one of the most brutal Amazonian massacres in recent memory, according to a Greenpeace investigation.
Corporates risk $941bn due to deforestation failure, CDP warns
The business community is risking up to $941bn on commodities linked to deforestation, according to research, but the vast majority of corporates are reportedly failing to take action.
Homebase pledges ban on bee-harming chemicals amid green group pressure
Retail giant Homebase has committed to phase out toxic pesticides from its garden plant range after months of heavy pressure from green campaigners.
2 Sisters chicken scandal a 'wake-up call' for food watchdog, MPs warn
MPs have issued a "wake-up call" to monitoring bodies in the food supply chain after an investigation revealed breaches of health and safety procedures at 2 Sisters Food Group.
The needs of the many: Why Fibria's corporate plan has transformed to a 'shared value' approach
With the UK announcing a new £62 investment to combat deforestation across key areas of Brazil, one of the largest pulp companies from the country, Fibria, outlines its new corporate strategy that seeks to give back to society.
Ikea UK's resource-efficiency drive blossoms as revenues surge
Ikea UK has made strides to become a "truly circular retailer", with the company's annual report highlighting resource-efficiency progress and a second consecutive year of zero waste sent to landfill during a period of economic growth.
The North Face design wool beanie with carbon 'net-negative' production
The North Face has addressed climate change with the launch of its new wool beanie, with the production said to be carbon "net-negative".
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Ikea house parties and SDG gamification
Gaming for good company Playmob discuss how it is raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while Ikea throws a house party celebrating 30 years of operating in the UK.
Furniture retailer becomes first UK company to be fined under illegal logging laws
Designer furniture retailer Lombok has become the first UK business to be fined for breaching restrictions on the importing and sale of illegally harvested timber.
Will the role of a sustainability professional ever become obsolete?
As sustainability becomes more embedded in core business operations, will the role of a sustainability professional ever become obsolete? Not in the eyes of Asda's sustainable business director Chris Brown, who believes an ever-changing CSR agenda makes the role more important than ever.
Top firms act on deforestation as UK urged not to 'turn a blind eye'
A pioneering study has illustrated the overseas impact of UK imports on forests, wildfire and nature, as a host of global firms make pledges to help prevent deforestation in Brazil's tropical savanna.
Aldi joins World Banana Forum to strengthen supply chain
Aldi UK and Ireland has backed its commitment to sourcing 100% sustainable bananas by joining a global forum that promotes fair working conditions and environmental standards for banana production.
Peas Please: PwC commits to boost employee fruit and veg intake
PwC has become the first professional services firm to make a pledge to increase the amount of fruit and veg eaten by employees, a move which it hopes will create a healthier and more sustainable workplace.
Evolving global supply chain risks must raise 'red flag' for EV manufacturers
As the demand for raw materials grows over the next 15 years, EV manufacturers must prepare for greater supply chain risks or face brand damage and regulatory penalties from emerging legislation.
Investors urged to engage with Sustainable Development Goals
Investors have been urged to support the "world's most pressing environmental, social and economic issues" by using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a capital allocation guide.
New M&S menswear suit crafted with recycled wool
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new menswear wool blend suit made with 55% recycled wool, which includes materials donated in-store by its customers.
Sustainable Business Covered podcast: What makes a responsible retailer?
The world of retail is competitive, but sustainability has emerged as a viable way for companies to differentiate themselves. At edie's recent London-based event, the question on everybody's lips was...what makes a responsible retailer?
Target shoots for 100% sustainable cotton by 2022
Clothing giant Target has set a new goal to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2022 for its owned and exclusive national brands across apparel, home and essential products.
Food and beverage giants agree to strengthen supply chain management
Companies such as Unilever, Mars and PepsiCo are part of a new collaborative partnership aiming to develop free science-based decision tools that improve farm-level sustainability reporting metrics and data collection.
From climate science to global goals: How Tetra Pak is realigning its sustainability strategy
As Tetra Pak's latest sustainability report reveals that the company looks set to outperform its original goals, the firm's vice president of environment Mario Abreu explains how the food packaging company is preparing to shoot for approved science-based targets.
Top brands doing 'little or nothing' about sustainable cotton
Major brands such as Next and Ralph Lauren are failing to make sufficient progress on sourcing sustainable cotton, according to the findings of a new report.
Asda and Co-op team up to share supply chain data
Competing retailers Asda and the Co-op have taken collaborative action to drive supply chain efficiencies by aligning the environmental data they request from mutual suppliers.
Walmart strengthens commitment to slash chemical footprint
Walmart has pledged to reduce its chemical footprint by 10% over the next five years, in the same week that research found that nearly two-third of British citizens want to keep EU chemical safety standards post-Brexit.
Velvet owner accused of sourcing pulp from protected forest region
The owner of well-known UK-based toilet paper brands Velvet and Cushelle is facing accusations of sourcing pulp from protected areas of the Great Northern Forest in Sweden.
The Reporting Exchange: Global platform launched to streamline sustainability reporting
As more companies switch to integrated reporting linking sustainability actions with financial filings, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched a free, online platform to help businesses navigate the increase in reporting requirements.
Report: Policy action on overfishing could boost EU economies by €5bn a year
Recovering EU fish stocks to sustainable levels in the next decade could boost EU economies by almost €5bn a year and generate 92,000 new jobs, an international conservation group has claimed.
Could an 'SDG100' raise the bar for business action on global goals?
The formation of a movement that champions the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a similar fashion to how the RE100 drives commitment to renewable energy is just one of the potential solutions being explored by business leaders to move away from a "business as usual" approach to sustainability.
SDGs: 'Glaring gap' between business intentions and actions
As research suggests that many businesses are failing to follow through on commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new report has provided a blueprint for global firms to navigate the risks and opportunities reflected in the SDG agenda.
The Body Shop takeover could mark 'major turning point' in corporate sustainability movement
The recent takeover of The Body Shop by an ethically-minded global cosmetics firm could represent a "major turning point" in the transition towards the private sector operating as a "force for good".
How the English Tea Shop's shared value approach has coupled ethics with profits
EXCLUSIVE: A UK-based independent speciality tea company is calling on the rest of the industry to mirror its focus on ethical sourcing after achieving a 60% annual growth rate in the last seven years.
PepsiCo makes slow progress as it embeds new sustainability strategy
Food and beverage company PepsiCo has made inroads into its new set of sustainability targets, although a year of calibrating on new baselines means that progress will have to accelerate to reach key goals.