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Biden's offshore wind plans and France's plastic packaging ban: 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.

Most marketers (75%) are talking about sustainability to some extent, the survey found 

Survey: Half of UK marketing professionals fear greenwashing accusations

Half (49%) of UK-based marketing professionals communicating the sustainability ambitions and actions of companies are worried their work may be perceived as greenwashing, amid increased consumer demand for - and scrutiny of - environmental claims.

NatWest Group was formerly RBS, and has cited an increase in environmental ambitions as a key driver of its rebrand

NatWest promises £100bn for climate and sustainability by 2025, with SME focus

Banking giant NatWest Group has pledged to provide £100bn of climate and sustainable funding and financing by the end of 2025, after surpassing its previous ambition in this field.

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Make your business a force for good: Seven top tips for B Corp certification

More than 4,000 businesses have certified as a B Corp, with the mark widely recognized as the highest standards of purpose-led business and sustainability. Here, edie outlines seven top tips for joining the B Corp community.

Scientists have warned that Earth is on the brink of a sixth mass extinction 

Commitment to halt nature loss not enough, big businesses warn world leaders

Businesses including Unilever, Natura & Co and H&M Group are urging world leaders to use the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity to commit to reversing nature loss by 2030, lest they risk a "dead planet" in the near future.

Ford's $11bn EV investment and net-zero hotels: 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 Climate Week to COP26: Three ways we'll get it done

Dentsu International's chief sustainability officer Anna Lungley reflects back on Climate Week and how corporates can build momentum on sustainability as COP26 approaches.

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Compass Group adds environmental labels to meals served at workplaces

Catering giant Compass Group is introducing eco-labels to all meals served through its business and industry (B&I) arm in the UK and Ireland, in the hopes of encouraging workers to choose options with a lower environmental impact.

The survey reveals that many businesses are still approaching sustainability in a compliance-focussed manner 

Just 1 in 5 businesses clear on how to achieve their sustainability commitments, survey finds

While half of businesses are headed up by leaders supporting long-term environmental sustainability ambitions, only one-fifth have a clear roadmap for delivery, a new survey has found.

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Built for Better: Walmart launches online platform to highlight sustainable products

Walmart has created a new online platform for shoppers looking to purchase more sustainable and healthier items that meet an array of recognised standards.

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What makes a sustainable business leader? Meet Bakkafrost CEO Regin Jacobsen

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards on Friday (1 October), this series showcases the achievements of previous winners. Up next: Winner of our 'Sustainable Business Leader of the Year' award, Regin Jacobsen.

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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.

Everything you may have missed: The sustainability success stories of Climate Week NYC 2021

As Climate Week NYC comes to a close, edie highlights the numerous new green commitments and announcements made by businesses.

The bond comes a month after Walmart finalised its internal green finance framework 

Walmart raises $2bn through first green bond

US-based retail giant Walmart has announced the closing of its inaugural green bond issuance, raising $2bn for initiatives that will decrease emissions and resource use, increase resource efficiency and conserve nature.

The first project to benefit is planting 22 million trees across Italy, including in Milan (pictured)

Amazon promises €20m for nature-based climate solutions in Europe

E-commerce giant Amazon has pledged to spend €20m (£17.2m) on nature-based projects across Europe, in a bid to improve carbon sequestration, boost climate resilience and improve biodiversity and wellbeing.

Purpose beyond profit: 100 businesses to report on efforts to benefit society

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has confirmed that more than 100 businesses have voiced support for its Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics initiative, which is encouraging businesses to report, in a unified manner, on their efforts to realise societal purpose beyond profit-making.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet green investment champions Cyan Finance

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards just one week away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Investor of the Year' award, Cyan Finance.

Globally, food and agriculture account for more than one-third of annual emissions

World's biggest food companies accused of failing on climate action, human rights protections

Less than 10% of the world's largest food companies are aiming to reduce their emissions in line with climate science, while less than 13% are taking sufficient action to eliminate forced labour.

The UK's headline goal is to host two million green-collar jobs by 2030

UK Government must do more to support women into green jobs, PwC warns

Just 20% of UK women believe they have the skills needed to work in a green job compared to 31% of UK men, according to new research from PwC.

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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.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet Virgin Media's 'small but mighty' sustainability team

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than two weeks away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Team of the Year' award, Virgin Media.

Pictured: Coastal erosion threatening infrastructure in Yorkshire 

Five ways businesses can champion climate adaptation and nature-based solutions

Climate adaptation and nature-based solutions are two of the key focus areas for COP26. Once the negotiations are complete, the private sector will have a key role in accelerating action on the ground and, in this feature, we explore how.

Recyclable wind turbines and solar-powered bus stations: 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.

For most businesses, the environmental impact of the supply chain will be larger than for its direct operations

UK supply chain survey reveals major lack of transparency on sustainability

Half of UK businesses admit they are not being transparent enough with consumers about the true sustainability of their supply chains, new research has revealed.

The chemicals sector is responsible for between 5% and 6% of global annual emissions

$1.6trn investor coalition pushes chemicals sector on net-zero

It is technically feasible to fully decarbonise the production of chemicals by 2050 and it is becoming increasingly economically viable to do so, according to responsible investment group ShareAction.

80% of the banks have net-zero financed emissions targets for 2050 or sooner - but questions remain as to how this milestone will be reached

Europe's biggest banks failing to end coal financing despite net-zero climate pledges, report finds

An analysis of how 25 of Europe's largest banks are acting on climate issues has found that fewer than half have committed to ending financing for coal activities.

London's new 'bike library' and a milestone for US renewables: 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.

Social sustainability bond issuance saw a steeper year-on-year increase than issuance of green and sustainability bonds 

Global green bond market set to break records, surpassing $500bn in 2021

Global green bond issuance is likely to pass the half-a-trillion-dollar mark this year, the Climate Bonds Initiative is forecasting, following a strong first half of the year for the market.

Each quarry will have a specific nature restoration plan drawn up by 2022. Image: Holcim Group

Holcim Group targets net-positive nature impact, unveils new water targets

The world's largest cement company, Holcim Group, has launched what it claims is the first strategy in the sector targeting a net-positive impact on biodiversity, choosing a 2030 deadline.

The UK Government has voiced support for the creation of the new body

Accountants and investors call for new global sustainability disclosures body to be based in London

Bodies representing swathes of the UK's financial sector have called for a planned new global body overseeing sustainability-related disclosures from businesses to be based in London, following a bid from Canada.

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.

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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.

Sir David Attenborough and Prince William are among the members of the council deciding how the funding will be awarded

Earthshot Prize: Royals choose big-name businesses to support climate and nature innovation fund

Ikea, Microsoft and Unilever are among the businesses selected by the Duke of Cambridge to support the projects which will be backed by the Earthshot Prize - a £50m scheme supporting innovations tackling the climate and nature crisis.

Pictured: An artist's impression of the Tengah Garden Walk project. Image: Singapore Housing & Development Board

CDL and MCL Land secure $847m green loan package to build 1,000+ sustainable homes

Property giants City Developments Limited (CDL) and MCL Land have secured an $847m green loan package, which will be used to support a joint venture developing two sustainable housing developments in Singapore.

Hydrogen fire engines and India's newest solar farms: 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.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Inside Tideway's award-winning infrastructure project

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 Building/Infrastructure Project of the Year Award, Tideway Legacy.

The global fashion sector is responsible for around 5-8% of annual emissions - more than aviation

Major fashion brands accused of failing to phase out fossil fuels, despite net-zero pledges

A new index ranking 47 large fashion brands on their efforts to remove fossil fuels from their supply chains and products has given most a failing grade, with the likes of Primark, Uniqlo and Marks & Spencer named as laggards.

'Green' commercial buildings seem to have weathered the pandemic well 

Report: 55% of commercial property firms recorded increased demand for 'green' buildings amid Covid-19

Of the commercial property professionals to have responded to a global survey of more than 4,000 decision-makers in the built environment space, more than half (55%) saw growth in demand for sustainable buildings over the past 12 months.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet water management champions Barchester Healthcare & Demeter Water Solutions

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: Winner of our 'Water Management' award, Barchester Healthcare & Demeter Water Solutions.

#SustyTalk: Business Fights Poverty's Zahid Torres-Rahman on climate justice amid Covid-19

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Zahid Torres-Rahman, founder and chief executive of Business Fights Poverty.

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.

Thai Union's annual tuna sales exceed $4.2bn 

Thai Union surpasses sustainable sourcing goals

Seafood giant Thai Union Group has surpassed its 2020 sustainable sourcing goals for tuna, pledging to go further by installing electronic monitoring on all tuna vessels.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet small business champions Crystal Doors

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: Our Small Business of the Year, Crystal Doors.

Oxford University's eco-halls and an offshore wind milestone: 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.

Glasgow City Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and has outlined plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2030

Climate laggards to be banned from booking Glasgow's public venues for COP26

Glasgow City Council has passed a motion to prevent companies that "contribute towards catastrophic climate change" from its venues during COP26.

Carnival is notably targeting net-zero operational emissions by 2050

Lawyers press for investigation into lack of climate disclosure from Just Eat and Carnival

Environmental lawyers ClientEarth are urging the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to punish cruise operator Carnival and food delivery platform Just Eat for failing to disclose climate-related information.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet Willmott Dixon's chief sustainability officer Julia Barrett

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 first: Our Sustainability Leader of the Year, Julia Barrett.

The hub contains advice for both online and bricks-and-mortar retailers 

New online hub to help UK's independent retailers become more sustainable

After much recent research concluding that UK-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are struggling to improve their environmental credentials, the Retail Sector Council (RSC) has launched a new digital hub offering practical advice.

Tesco is expecting to see benefits in terms of improved soil quality, reduced water consumption and a boost for biodiversity

Tesco to subsidise more sustainable livestock feed for dairy farmers

Tesco is piloting a new scheme for UK-based dairy farmers, whereby they receive subsidies for growing more sustainable feed.

Globally, HelloFresh's sales rose 111% year-on-year in 2020, amid lockdown restrictions closing eateries. Image: HelloFresh 

HelloFresh UK certifies as a B-Corp

The UK's largest recipe box company, HelloFresh, has certified as a B-Corporation after updating its sustainability targets earlier this year.

Renewable energy and green offices have accounted for 72% of the bond proceed spending to date

Google owner outlines how it is spending proceeds from world's largest corporate sustainability bond

August 2020 saw Google's parent company Alphabet Inc issuing what it claimed was the largest corporate sustainability bond in history. It has now revealed how it has spent 61% of the $5.75bn (£4.4bn) proceeds.

Saudi Arabia's first wind farm and the Solent's oyster restoration: 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.

Pictured: Alex Robertson-Jones and Professor Bill Sanderson, of Heriot-Watt University, inspecting the oysters

Glenmorangie marks 'milestone' on oyster reef restoration scheme in Scotland

A scheme funded by Glenmorangie to return native European oysters to the Dornoch Firth, in a move to boost biodiversity and improve the landscape's ability to sequester carbon, has successfully completed its latest phase.

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RSK Group signs for £1bn sustainability-linked loan

The UK's largest provider of environmental, engineering and technical services, RSK Group, has signed for a £1bn loan with interest rates tied to its progress against key sustainability targets.

Sky Kids' climate show and record renewable energy investment: 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.

#SustyTalk: Purina's Jeff Hamilton on alternative proteins and regenerative agriculture

edie's #SustyTalk series of sustainability-related interviews continues with an exclusive discussion with Purina EMEA's chief executive Jeff Hamilton.

Beauty businesses of all sizes are eligible to join the coalition. Image: Beauty Kitchen

New beauty industry coalition to accelerate sector's net-zero transition

Lush, Avon and Walgreens Boots Alliance are among the founding members of a new sustainability coalition for the beauty industry, which will develop shared goals on climate action and other pressing issues.

Adverts often overstated investment plans for low-carbon energy or claimed that natural gas is 'green'

Facebook accused of failing to tackle misleading climate claims from fossil fuel majors

Oil and gas businesses and lobby groups collectively spent almost $9.6m on Facebook advertising in 2020, a new report has revealed, with the majority of these adverts either containing misleading information or promoting initiatives which are not aligned with climate science.

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Princes targets carbon-neutral operations by 2030, using 'minimal' offsetting

Food and drink manufacturer Princes has committed to achieving carbon-neutral operations globally within a decade and stated that it will prioritise decarbonisation over offsetting.

Orkney's tidal turbine and Ferrero's paper packaging: 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.

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Available to watch on-demand: edie's Earth Overshoot Day webinar

Readers interested in learning about the intersections between the green recovery, circular economy and net-zero transition are encouraged to retrospectively watch edie's Earth Overshoot Day webinar. 

Japan's new renewables targets and Leeds' Climate Innovation District: 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 Commitment has more than 150 signatories, covering big names from across the food value chain

UK food and drink sector to halve emissions by 2030, under updated WRAP targets

WRAP's Courtauld Commitment, which has been singed by more than 90% of the UK's food retailers as well as major businesses across the food value chain, has been extended to 2030, with a new ambition to halve absolute emissions.

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Theresa May named as new Aldersgate Group chair

Green business coalition the Aldersgate Group has named former Prime Minister Theresa May as its new chair, effective from Tuesday (20 July).

El Salvador's first wind farm and seagrass-restoring gin: 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 day's events were chaired by Richard Howitt, senior associate at Frank Bold LLP and former chief executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council

Could making ESG more 'financially relevant' combat greenwashing?

At the first day of edie's Sustainable Investment Conference, expert speakers from EY, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and Citi debated how the definition of leadership in relation to ESG investing is evolving. Here, we round up their key talking points.

Canada's diesel ban and the UK's new biodiversity metric: 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.

#SustyTalk: Alpkit CEO David Hanney on B-Corp certification

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with outdoor brand Alpkit's co-founder and chief executive David Hanney.

The 2021 Championships are the first since the Club refreshed its environmental targets

How sustainable is Wimbledon 2021?

With the summer's biggest tennis event set to conclude on Sunday (11 July), edie explores whether the Wimbledon organisers have aced their environmental sustainability efforts for 2021.

For most large fashion brands, emissions from production, manufacturing and materials will all be higher than from direct operations

Most fashion brands 'failing to disclose supply chain emissions', despite net-zero pledge

Just one-quarter of apparel giants are disclosing emissions from manufacturing and processing and less than one-fifth have revealed the carbon footprint of their raw materials, Fashion Revolution's annual ranking of 250 of the world's largest fashion retailers and brands has revealed.

Nissan's Gigafactory and REN's plastic-free samples: 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.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Spotlight on green finance, ESG and the TCFD

With edie's Sustainable Investment Conference less than two weeks away, episode 104 of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast explores an array of green investment topics with UKSIF, ING and Inspired Energy.

Investors for a Just Transition is France-based at present, with an international launch planned at COP26 in November

Investors worth €3.6trn collaborate to promote just transition to net-zero

AXA, Aviva France and Eiffel are among the members of a new coalition of investors convened to promote a just low-carbon transition across Europe. Collectively, members represent €3.6trn of assets under management.

#SustyTalk: Seizing the green finance opportunities of 2021

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive panel discussion on scaling green finance in the run-up to COP26, featuring experts from Clim8, E3G and FIA EPTA. 

The report forms part of the Foundation's ongoing 'Fossil Fashion' campaign

Report: 60% of sustainability claims by fashion giants are greenwashing

A study of the websites of 12 of the biggest British and European fashion brands, including Asos, H&M and Zara, has found that 60% of the environmental claims could be classed as "unsubstantiated" and "misleading".

The news comes amid increasing debate around how credible corporate net-zero targets really are

New net-zero networks launched for lawyers and professional institutions

Lawyers for Net-Zero, a new non-profit working with in-house legal counsel teams, has officially launched, in the same week that the UK's biggest professional institutions are set to launch a new Charter for Climate Action.

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Five top tips for adopting TCFD-aligned climate risk reporting for your organisation

edie recently hosted a 45-minute online masterclass on reporting in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), featuring experts from Inspired Energy and British American Tobacco. Here, we round five of the key takeaways.

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.

Target's share price increased after the company unveiled the new commitments late on Tuesday (22 June)

Target pledges to reach net-zero and become a 'circular' business by 2040

US retail giant Target has outlined a sweeping new sustainability vision through to 2040, including commitments to net-zero emissions and eliminating waste.

Businesses are under pressure to measure and disclose natural capital impacts, but often cite challenges in terms of metrics and data collection

Natural capital accounting standard launched by BSI

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has issued its first standard aimed at helping businesses and public sector bodies measure the extent and value of their impacts on nature.

Aldi's plastic-free tea and a £61.5bn net-zero pension pledge: 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.

Hundreds of shareholder motions on climate have been filed this year already

'Votes have jumped dramatically': Why investors are pressing companies to accelerate climate action

The 2021 AGM season saw a flurry of climate-related shareholder resolutions being filed - and passed - at the world's biggest banks and fossil fuel majors. Here, edie interviews the architects of these resolutions to get an inside look at their development and growing success.

Human rights: 10 years on and businesses have a new responsibility

June 2021 marks 10 years since the passing of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), but as Global Action Plan's Désirée Abrahams explains, corporate impacts on the environment are emerging as a new frontier in protecting society.

G7 calls on climate and Colgate's circular toothbrush: 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.

Lobbying demands detailed in the report include calls for jet fuel to be included in 'green' government funding and against higher environmental taxes

Airlines accused of lobbying against stronger EU climate policy

Aviation giants including British Airways' parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) and Ryanair have been accused of opposing proposals for stronger climate policy in the European Union (EU), as the bloc works towards a 2050 net-zero target.

Governments are facing mounting pressure to deliver preparations for COP26, five months out from the conference in Glasgow

Be bolder with climate policies, 70 CEOs and investors worth $41trn tell world leaders

An alliance of more than 70 chief executives has written to world leaders in support of "bold and courageous commitments, policies and actions" on tackling the climate crisis, on the same day that a similar call to action has been made by investors representing trillions of dollars of assets.

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Unilever announces first €1bn Climate & Nature Fund project

Unilever has announced that the first project to benefit from its flagship €1bn Climate & Nature Fund will be a forest restoration scheme in Indonesia, developed through beauty brand Dove.

Across all metrics, Primark was the lowest scorer while John Lewis was the highest 

Report: Half of UK fashion giants failing to support supply chain workers' rights

A ranking of 18 of the UK's most influential high street and online fashion retailers has revealed weak progress across the board on labour practices and supply chain worker conditions, with half of the brands generating a negative impact.

Norway's 'eco-school' and Spain's new green hydrogen plant: 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.

#SustyTalk: Zoetis' Jeannette Ferran Astorga on aligning business strategies with the SDGs

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Zoetis' head of sustainability Jeannette Ferran Astorga.

Six proposals for tomorrow's world

Covid-19 has highlighted many of the changes we need to make for tomorrow's world. Prof Delphine Gibassier of Audencia explains what steps companies can take to be better prepared for current and future changes.

Kingfisher is already working with partners including the Forest Stewardship Council, British Retail Consortium and the Rainforest Alliance to deliver its updated sustainability and community goals

Kingfisher enters £550m sustainability and community-linked loan

Screwfix and B&Q's parent firm Kingfisher has signed for a £550m revolving credit facility agreement (RCF) with interest rates linked to environmental and community targets.

Pictured: Kingspan workers at the V&A Museum, Dundee. Image: Kingspan

Kingspan signs for €700m sustainability-linked loan

Building materials and design giant Kingspan has signed for a new €700m revolving credit facility with interest rates linked to environmental targets.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Can we deliver a green recovery for retail?

With 'non-essential' shops back open in the UK after lockdown, episode 102 of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast explores how the retail sector can deliver a green recovery.

#SustyTalk: Exploring coral reef restoration with marine biologist Dr Tim Gordon

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Mars Petcare's marine science officer Dr Tim Gordon.

After BP shareholders rejected a climate motion earlier this month, several other major players will now be forced to strengthen targets 

Climate activists appointed to ExxonMobil board as Chevron shareholders back stronger emissions goals

Shareholder motions filed by climate activists have passed at US fossil fuel giants ExxonMobil and Chevron, with disgruntled investors clearly keen to see more ambitious emissions reduction targets.

American and Chinese firms fared worse than their European counterparts, but no firm received one of the top two grades overall 

'Concerning for shareholders': World's biggest insurers failing to tackle ESG risks

A new ranking of the world's 70 largest insurance firms has found that none exclude companies driving biodiversity loss and just 13% exclude firms knowingly in breach of human and labour rights requirements.

Better data and more unified disclosures could increase investor trust, the survey authors claim

Survey: 9 in 10 investors do not trust corporate ESG claims

While investors increasingly want companies to disclose more information on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets and progress, most find it difficult to trust business's claims at face value, and to compare different firms.

#SustyTalk: Seizing the biodiversity and nature opportunities of 2021

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive panel discussion, held to mark the UN's International Day of Biological Diversity.

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.


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