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Can sustainability help retailers overcome a 'trust deficit'?

EXCLUSIVE: With the retail sector battling against low trust-levels, high-street closures and a transition to e-commerce, delegates at edie's Responsible Retail conference claimed that embedding sustainability as part of a holistic brand purpose can drive prosperity for businesses.

The Alliance launch coincides with the UN General Assembly’s Global Goals Week in New York, which aims to drive action and raise awareness of the SDGs. Photo: Neil Baynes

The World Benchmarking Alliance launches to rank businesses on SDGs

A global multi-stakeholder initiative has been launched to measure and incentivise business efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the build-up to Green GB Week and beyond, businesses will be encouraged to make new commitments to edie’s Mission Possible Pledge Wall

edie partners with BEIS to drive climate action through Green GB Week

EXCLUSIVE: edie has agreed a new partnership with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to encourage businesses to seize the opportunities of sustainability and clean growth during Green GB Week (15-19 October 2018).

edie's weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Carbon-negative goals and hydrogen-powered trains: 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.

This episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast features not one, not two but three exclusive interviews

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Snap packs, green dry-cleaning and SDG cities

Episode 49 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie discuss plastic-free packaging with Carlsberg, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with Canary Wharf Group and features a whistle-stop tour of a new and ultra-green dry-cleaning facility in Watford.

edie's insight editor George Ogleby launched the report at the 2018 edie Responsible Retail event

Responsible Retail: edie launches sector insight report at conference

edie has this week launched a new report providing an in-depth look at the practical steps that can be taken by sustainability professionals in the retail industry to achieve a sustainable future, today.

The pyjamas made using the sustainable cotton were one of the first products placed on Primark shelves with a clearly labelled sustainability message attached

Primark expands Sustainable Cotton programme to Pakistan

EXCLUSIVE: Primark has announced it is expanding a sustainable cotton sourcing programme to key suppliers in Pakistan, after more than 4.4 million pairs of pyjamas made with the cotton were sold by the retailer in the UK over the last 12 months.

Mars has invested almost $1bn in a string of measures aimed at transforming its approach to corporate sustainability

One year on: What has Mars' new $1bn sustainability strategy achieved so far?

Food and drink giant Mars has revealed the progress it has made towards the aims of its new $1bn Sustainable in a Generation Strategy, which notably saw the company adopt science-based emissions targets last year.

The LFW shows have set the scene for a more sustainable, ethical and inclusive industry - but there is still work to be done

How London Fashion Week can set the stage for a sector-wide sustainability revolution

The catwalk shows for London Fashion Week may be over, but with the event's annual festival set to begin on Thursday (20 September), critical eyes will focus on the environmental and ethical impacts of fast fashion. Here, edie explores four ways that the show can champion sustainable alternatives.

(L-R): Presenter edie’s senior reporter Matt Mace; the UBS
team; and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Sustainable Building of the Year - UBS

With the entry deadline for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards extended until 21 September, this feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Sustainability Building of the Year winners: UBS.

The sheep on Bare Ranch are raised using land management techniques that allegedly trap more CO2 than the herd emits

The North Face expands 'Climate Beneficial' clothing line

Outdoor clothing brand The North Face has expanded its line of carbon "net-negative" products to include scarves and jackets, after successfully designing a "Climate Beneficial" wool beanie earlier this year.

Ceres estimates that an area of tropical forests the size of Maine is lost to deforestation every year, with 65% of tree loss accounted for by cattle

Big-name investors call on food industry to tackle supply chain deforestation

A group of 44 global investors have called on food companies which source beef from South America to mitigate and eliminate deforestation risks from their supply chains.

edie's weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Deforestation monitoring and £50m EV investments: 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.

Entries must be submitted by the extended deadline of Friday 21 September

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019: Entry deadline EXTENDED to Friday 21 September

Due to popular demand, the entry deadline for the revamped Sustainability Leaders Awards has been extended by one week to Friday, 21 September 2018. So, if you want your green business project, strategy or team to get the recognition it deserves, you now have an extra week left to enter.

Launched in 1999, the DJSI was the first global index to track leading sustainability-driven companies

29 UK businesses highlighted on Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

The global 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices has named 29 UK businesses as sustainability leaders, adding alcoholic beverage giant Diageo and removing Samsung Electronics from its rankings.

From left to right: FHF's Paul Afshar, activist Chidera Eggerue, RockCorps' Stephen Greene, Innocent's Katie Leggett and NatCen's Roger Harding. Photo: FHF

Is CSR dead? How millennials are driving demand for authentic brand purpose

EXCLUSIVE: By 2025, three-quarters of the UK's working population will be millennials that want to buy from companies that have a purpose beyond their products and operations. With that in mind, edie explores what comes next for the traditional CSR strategy.

Bacardi has fresh 2020 commitments on water, emissions and packaging as part of the alignment

Bacardi to align CSR strategy with SDGs in bid to have 'net-zero' impact

Beverage giant Bacardi has pledged to align its corporate responsibility strategy with the targets of the United Nations' (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of an ambition to have a "net-zero" impact on the environment.

(L-R): Presenter EIC executive director Matthew Farrow;
Verco’s team; and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Verco - Consultancy of the Year 2018

The Verco team is a unique and exceptional blend of consultants, engineers and software developers dedicated to mitigating the impacts of climate change and shaping the future of the low-carbon economy. Its aim is to help clients become sustainability leaders in their sectors which is achieved by regularly checking their progress against Verco's proprietary maturity matrix.

edie's weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

World's largest windfarm and women in boardrooms: 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.

(L-R): Presenter Global Action Plan partner Chris Large; the Virgin Atlantic team; and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Virgin Atlantic - Employee Engagement and Behaviour Change

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 Employee Engagement and Behaviour Change winners, Virgin Atlantic.

edie's Matt Mace and Ball Corporation's Ramon Arratia discuss the new resource efficiency paradigm

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the Green Room with Ball's Ramon Arratia

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 a leading sustainable business: Ball Corporation's sustainability director Ramon Arratia.

How to create the right foundation for corporate activism to thrive

We've entered a new era of corporate activism. From US retailer Patagonia suing President Trump over proposed changes to Utah's national monuments, to the Salesforce chief executive who threatened to withdraw investment from the state of Indiana if an anti-LGBT law was not withdrawn, businesses are getting better at balancing commercial goals with social responsibility.

Triodos Bank believes the study proves that •	millennials are driving a new ‘resist investing’ trend

UK's ethical investment market to reach £48bn by 2027

An increased focus on sustainability within the UK's investment community will result in the national socially responsible investing (SRI) market growing by 173% by 2027 to reach £48bn.

edie's weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Dyson's EV hub and Unilever's solar partnership: 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.

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself

SDG blueprints, wonky veg boxes and plastics action: Top 10 sustainability stories of August 2018

As the summer holidays draw to a close, we take a look back at August's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up - covering wonky produce boxes, plastics debates and a solar-powered cheese manufacturing plant.

edie's weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

PepsiCo's recycling drive and Lego's plant-based bricks: 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.

Future thinkers: 20 sustainability and CSR experts have shared their views on what the future holds for green business

Thinking forward: 20 business leaders define the next 20 years of sustainability - Part two

EXCLUSIVE: In the second half of a two-part feature, edie brings you the voices of 20 sustainability professionals and political activists to discuss what will define the next two decades of corporate sustainability and business leadership.

The report calls for a string of global policy changes in order to mobilise the amount of investment needed to reach the aims of the SDGs

Report: Global green finance levels insufficient to underpin SDGs

Despite strong growth in the green finance market in recent times, the current global economic system will not be able to underpin the level of public and private financing needed to meet the United Nations' (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Moody's Corporation integrated TCFD recommendations throughout its governance and reporting framework after its chief credit officer was invited to sit on the TCFD board

How the TCFD recommendations are reshaping Moody's CSR efforts

EXCLUSIVE: Moody's Corporation's global head of CSR Arlene Isaacs-Lowe believes that adopting the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has enabled the company to become green finance "standard-setters" and champion the benefits of transparency to the wider industry.

Future thinkers: 20 sustainability and CSR experts have shared their views on what the future holds for green business

Thinking forward: 20 business leaders define the next 20 years of sustainability – Part one

EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie hears from 20 sustainable business leaders, CSR experts and climate activists who together provide a revealing insight into how the next two decades of corporate sustainability will be shaped and defined.

edie brings you five exclusive interviews featuring sustainability and procurement experts from the Sustainable Supply Chains conference

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: How to build a sustainable supply chain

Episode 47 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie interview speakers at the Sustainable Supply Chains conference, to explore how corporates are future-proofing supply chains to boost resiliency against global megatrends.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Australia's clean energy plan and Carlsberg's waterfall-powered pub: 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.

(L-R): Presenter IEMA’s chief executive Tim Balcon with Ben Orchard and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Adnams' Ben Orchard - Sustainability/CSR Manager 2018

With less than a month to go until entries for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards close, this feature series showcases the achievements of last year's winners. Up next: our Sustainability/CSR Manager award-winner, Ben Orchard from Adnams.

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together to discuss the potential methods to engage with the Global Goals

The SDG roundtable: Getting engaged with the Global Goals - Part Two

edie brings you the second part of an exclusive roundtable discussion hosted in association with DNV GL which explored how businesses can drive engagement with the Government, consumers and suppliers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UNGC believes that reporting on the SDGs must be

UN Global Compact: Corporates must stop 'cherry-picking' the SDGs

EXCLUSIVE: Large businesses will soon risk losing investor interest and stakeholder trust unless they stop "cherry-picking" which of the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they report on and omitting negative impacts from their sustainability reports.

Palm oil is a $50bn-a-year commodity, but traditional plantations have driven widespread destruction of tropical rainforests

Big-name investors make joint call for stronger palm oil certification standards

More than 90 institutional investors representing more than $6.7trn in assets under management have jointly urged the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its draft certification standards before they are finalised in November.

The free entry guide offers advice on submitting an entry worthy of winning a coveted 2019 Sustainability Leaders Award

How to win a Sustainability Leaders Award: A guide to entering

The deadline to enter the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards is now just one month away. With that in mind, edie has created a free online guide outlining our top tips to make your entry stand out from the crowd.

This 21-page report offers clear, practical steps on how businesses can advance global progress towards achieving all 17 SDGs by 2030

A blueprint for business leadership: edie launches Sustainable Development Goals report

Sustainability and CSR professionals looking to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation's business strategy now have access to a comprehensive new report which breaks down everything there is to know about the global Goals.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Solar-powered breweries and Ikea's electric rickshaws: 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.

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together to discuss the potential methods to engage with the Global Goals

The SDG roundtable: Getting engaged with the Global Goals - Part One

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL to discuss how the private sector is stepping up efforts to drive engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The debate around whether it is time to make the annual CSR report “disappear” continues to crop up among sustainability professionals

Academics call on businesses to drop standalone sustainability reports

A new report has urged corporates to drop standalone sustainability reports in favour of integrated reporting methods, to better showcase how sustainability can act as a holistic driver for growth and value across a business.

edie brings you a joint interview with HP and Kingfisher as well as a plastics chat with Surfdome

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: HP, Kingfisher, Surfdome and a 20th birthday party!

Episode 46 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees a host of special guests join the edie team to discuss the latest developments in the world of sustainable business - including a live chat with Surfdome's head of sustainability Adam Hall.

This new weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

A Living roof drive-through and Senegalese windfarms: 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.

The winning team ‘Pankhurst’ claimed victory following its winning presentation on gender inequality and gender stereotypes, titled ‘Equality for All’

Canon educates youth on the importance of SDGs

Global imaging manufacturer Canon has this week worked with the University of the Arts London to help students harness the power of visual storytelling to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The average UK-based sustainability professional is set to earn around £29,000 more than the British average salary this year

How do sustainability professionals' salaries compare to the national average?

The average salary for UK-based sustainability professionals has fallen over the past two years after a period of overall low wage growth for the nation, a new survey has found. But, how do the industry's levels of pay, job satisfaction and gender equality compare to the national average?

The hour-long webinar is available to watch on demand

Should businesses communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?

EXCLUSIVE: As more companies pledge to support and report on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), should businesses also examine and communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?

More than 70 corporations have now signed the Cerrado Manifesto in a bid to protect the biodiversity hotspot

Investors commit to tackle deforestation in Brazil's Cerrado savanna

A string of big-name investment corporations including Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM), APG and Robeco have pledged (31 July) to act to prevent deforestation in Brazil's tropical savanna.

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself

Cup innovations, blockchain trials and the Sustainability Leaders Awards: Top 10 sustainability stories of July 2018

Aside from the never-ending heatwave, it was a month of climate-positive pledges, battery storage boons and the official launch of edie's 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Take a look back at July's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.

edie at 20: How did sustainability become so business-critical?

edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand is an ideal opportunity to remind ourselves of the past two decades of corporate sustainability, which have seen it evolve from an environmental add-on to a fundamental aspect of growth.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Olympic EVs and compostable coffee pods: This week's top 5 sustainability success stories

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.

Four speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long webinar, which is being hosted in association with DNV GL

Available on demand: The SDG 'power hour' webinar

Sustainability experts from BT, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) and DNV GL are all featured in edie's webinar focused on business engagement with the SDGs, which is now available to watch on demand.

edie Explains: Onsite solar

What is onsite solar and how could it work for a business? What are the business benefits from installing onsite solar? And what considerations and funding opportunities need to be examined to build the business case? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

(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.

On the Mission Possible sofa with Interface's Jon Khoo and Kingfisher's Caroline Laurie

The eighth and final episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees Interface's innovation partner Jon Khoo joined by Kingfisher's head of sustainability Caroline Laurie to discuss how sustainability can be embedded across the business, including at boardroom level.

Fashion and textiles are considered the second largest contributors to pollution in the world accounting for 10% of global carbon emissions

Luxury sector unites to create roadmap for sustainability

Major luxury firms such as Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Chanel have developed a sustainable roadmap to help the sector address the challenges posed by climate change, biodiversity loss and rising economic inequality.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Science-based buildings and plastic-waste football kits: This week's top 5 sustainability success stories

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.

(L-R): Presenter Corporate Register’s director Paul Scott; the Co-op team; and compere Rufus Hound

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Co-op - Sustainability Reporting 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 Sustainability Reporting winners, Co-op.

The programme will enable University of Bristol staff to track their positive actions and earn ‘green points’ through an online platform and mobile app

University of Bristol trials gamification in staff behaviour change scheme

The University of Bristol has launched an employee engagement scheme to encourage staff to improve sustainability and wellbeing both on campus and at home.

This 30-minute masterclass offers a taster of the full Sustainability Leadership Programme that has been developed by Cranfield University for edie's network of sustainability professionals

30-minute masterclass: Seven tips to influence the board on a sustainability strategy

During a 30-minute masterclass webinar hosted by edie last week, Cranfield University's module leader for Managing Corporate Responsibility, Rosina Watson, outlined the key skills needed to promote a sustainability strategy at board level. Here, edie rounds up the key points.

Aldi’s sustainability report updates progress towards a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated per m2 of sales floor by 30%

Aldi exploring emissions reduction goal aligned to Paris Agreement

The UK's fastest growing supermarket Aldi will align its future sustainability strategy "well below" the 2C target set by the Paris Agreement, the company's international managing director of corporate responsibility, Sven van den Boomen, has claimed.

Darian has implemented significant programmes within the company to provide safe and legal labour – within Thai Union Group’s own facilities and in its wider supply chain

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Darian McBain - Sustainability Leader of the Year 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. First up: our 2018 Sustainability Leader of the Year, Thai Union Group's global director of sustainable development Dr. Darian McBain.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses and nations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Panda solar parks and Uber’s e-scooter scheme: This week’s top 5 sustainability success stories

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.

edie brings you four interviews with UPS, the Seabin Project, Airlabs and the Impact Investment Network

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Seabins, Airlabs and EV tours with UPS

Episode 45 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie travel to UPS' Camden depot to discuss the electric vehicle revolution, before heading to the Greentech Challenge to see how innovators are combatting air pollution and ocean plastics.

Virgin Media is no stranger to using themed reports to make sustainability more revelant and accessible for stakeholders

Climate captains and sustainability strikers: Virgin Media unveils football-themed sustainability report

With England capturing the hearts of the nation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, telecoms giant Virgin Media has released a new sustainability report utilising football themes to engage key stakeholders with its latest efforts.

The webinar will be free to watch live at 2pm on Thursday 26 July and will be available on-demand afterwards.

Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's SDG 'Power Hour' webinar

Sustainability experts from BT, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) and DNV GL are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on business engagement with the SDGs, taking place on 26 July.

Thai Union has said it would like to extend the partnership for a further four years to drive further action in the tuna sector

How collaborating with WWF helped Thai Union drive sustainability sector-wide

EXCLUSIVE: More corporations should consider partnering with public-sector organisations if they wish to go beyond improving their own sustainability strategies to drive industry-wide improvements, according to Thai Union’s award-winning global director of sustainable development, Darian McBain.

Almost one-fifth of sustainability leaders think 100% of their range will be low-carbon by 2028

Majority of products to be low-carbon within a decade, say firms with science-based targets

The majority of executives at global corporations which are leading the transition to a low-carbon economy believe most of their company’s branded products or services will be classed as low-carbon by 2028, new research has revealed.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Plastic-free supermarkets and lessons in leadership: This week’s top 5 sustainability success stories

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.

Sandrine Ricard told edie that all 17 SDGs will be applied across the firm's operations, from offices to its supply chains

Pernod Ricard to embed SDGs in sustainability strategy

EXCLUSIVE: Beverage giant Pernod Ricard is set to align its sustainability strategy, which also applies to its owned brands such as Chivas Brothers, Malibu and Absolut Vodka, with the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals "in the near future".

Signatories are calling on ministers to amend the Modern Slavery Act so businesses will be required to upload their statements to a central database

British retailers call for progress on ‘weak’ corporate anti-slavery commitments

Several big-name British retailers, including Marks and Spencer (M&S), Tesco and the Co-op, are among the 35 organisations to have signed a joint statement calling on the UK Government to set up a central registry for companies' modern slavery statements.

Tesco will purchase carbon offsets as part of the first phase of its new soy plan

Tesco commits to new zero-deforestation soy policy

Supermarket giant Tesco has made a fresh sustainability pledge to ensure that the soy it sources for its own-brand products and animal feed is verified as "zero deforestation" by 2025.

The UN's International Labor Organisation claims that 25 million people were in forced labour in 2017

BT, Microsoft and Nokia team up to combat human trafficking in supply chains

Communication and technology giants BT, Microsoft and Nokia are part of a group of organisations that have partnered with the United Nations (UN) to develop technologies that help tackle modern slavery and human trafficking in supply chains.

Take a look through all of the month's most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself

Black plastic recycling, circular fashion and the FIFA World Cup: Top 10 sustainability stories of June 2018

It was a month of circular economy investments, plastics debates and FIFA World Cup excitement. Take a look back at June's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.

edie talks sustainability leadership and plastic revolutions with Whitbread's James Pitcher

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: In the green room with Whitbread's James Pitcher

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 a leading sustainable business: Whitbread's director of sustainability James Pitcher.

Several of the named supermarkets told edie they have put additional human rights measures in place

Report: UK supermarkets failing to protect supply chain workers' rights

The UK's largest supermarkets "routinely" implement weak human rights policies in their supply chains, "exerting relentless pressure" on their suppliers while "trapping" overseas workers in poverty, a new report from Oxfam has claimed.

Through a partnership with Thread International and the First Mile Coalition, HP purchased 170 tonnes of PCR plastic from Haiti last year

HP used eight million 'ocean-bound' plastic bottles in products last year

HP has revealed that it has diverted 170 tonnes of plastic from the oceans over the past 12 months, after pledging to recycle "ocean-bound" plastic bottles for use in its range of ink cartridges.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

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.

(From l-r) WorldGBC's Victoria Burrows, Canary Wharf Group's Martin Gettings, House of Fraser's Dorothy Maxwell and edie's Luke Nicholls

On the Mission Possible sofa with Victoria Burrows, Martin Gettings & Dorothy Maxwell

The fifth episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees World Green Building Council's project manager of Advancing Net Zero Victoria Burrows joined by Canary Wharf Group's head of sustainability Martin Gettings and House of Fraser's head of sustainability Dorothy Maxwell to discuss the built environment.

The Greenwashing Scourge: Ways that well-meaning businesses can avoid it

I've previously spoken to Edie.Net about English Tea Shop's unique business model which is based on the premise of Creating Shared Value (CSV) and how it has propelled our business to rapid growth. Since this, I've called for companies to adopt sustained and ethical business growth and to make 2018 the year of Creating Shared Value.

The latest sustainability report from the retailer reveals mixed progress on its Enrich Not Exploit goals

The Body Shop exploring 'back-up plans' to help reach energy targets

EXCLUSIVE: The Body Shop has introduced a new energy saving guide and is considering a carbon offset scheme as a "back-up plan” to meet its 2020 sustainability targets, following slow progress on its renewable power, energy efficiency and packaging innovation aims.

Our weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

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.

edie's George Ogleby sits down with Futerra's Solitaire Townsend to discuss sustainability leaderships

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: edie Live review, susty superheroes and a World Cup quiz

Episode 43 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees edie reflect on its flagship event in Birmingham - featuring interviews from the likes of Futerra, Global Action Plan and Adnams - before the team are quizzed on the sustainability of the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

Driving towards an all-electric future

The EV transition is gathering pace, and the question has turned from if to when uptake will reach a tipping point - current industry studies suggest that this is likely to occur between 2025 and 2035.

(L-R) BSRIA's chief executive Julia Evans, former Committee on Climate Change chief executive Matthew Bell and former DONG Energy chair Brent Cheshire

Birthday Honours: Sustainability leaders make Queen's 2018 list

The Queen's 2018 Birthday Honours list has recognised the outstanding achievements of a number of senior figures across the UK's sustainability and energy sectors.

Dow has set a target of generating £750m ($1bn) from

Dow generates £90m from natural capital projects

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has continued to prove the business case for measuring impacts on nature, generating almost £90m ($120m) from putting an economic value on natural resources in 2017.

First launched 10 years ago in France, the Harmony scheme provides farmers with a financial incentive to conserve water, protect biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions

Mondelez to use 100% sustainably-sourced wheat in EU

Confectionary giant Mondelēz International has committed to making 100% of the biscuits it manufactures in the European Union with sustainably-sourced wheat, a 40% increase from the company's biscuit production last year.

This new weekly round-up explores how oranisations across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

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.

Mike Barry discussed plastic pledges, stores closures and consumer demand following the release of the retailer's Plan A sustainability update

Paradigm shift: How ‘unsatisfied customers’ are driving M&S’s sustainability progress

With Marks & Spencer (M&S) publishing the latest update to its Plan A sustainability strategy this week, the retailer’s director of sustainable business Mike Barry explains how mounting consumer pressures have helped to accelerate progress towards delivering sustainable products and packaging.

Ikea’s climate positive ambition aims to fulfil the retailer’s contribution to the Paris Agreement through an emissions reduction across the value chain that is aligned to climate science

Ikea to ban single-use plastics, targets 'climate-positive' status under new strategy

Removing all single-use plastics products from its range globally, eliminating more greenhouse gas emissions than its value chain emits, and generating more renewables than it consumes are all headline goals of Ikea's updated People and Planet Positive strategy.

This new weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

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.

Helias noted that all business applications will eventually be working on sustainability as an everyday consideration

'Stimulating and inspiring': How P&G made sustainability business critical

EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble's (P&G) vice president of global sustainability Virginie Helias believes that internal behaviour change helped the company transform a sustainability strategy into an "unstoppable" and holistic ethos.

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.

The scheme will be rolled out across its 2,500 retail outlets by the end of the year, following a successful trial in 50 of its stores. Photo: Co-op

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.

edie's senior report Matt Mace speaks to Ecover's head of long-term innovation Tom Domen at the 'Rubbish cafe'

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.

Robey believes the future of sustainable business will rely on “enhanced” collaboration between businesses and their competitors

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.

Stoffer revealed to edie that he will spend much of the year formulating “challenging but obtainable goals” for the future

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.

This new weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

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.

The update reveals that Unilever is on track to meet around 80% of its Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) commitments

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.

edie talks sustainability leadership and plastic revolutions with ex-BT sustainability chief Niall Dunne

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.

Home improvement retailer Kingfisher and food manufacturer William Jackson Food Group discussed how they are scaling-up sustainability effort and innovation in edie's latest webinar

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.


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