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Sustainability Leaders Awards entries are closing NEXT WEEK

edie readers have until next Friday (30 October) to enter the UK's largest and most prestigious sustainable business awards scheme, which gives organisations and individuals the opportunity to be recognised and celebrated for leading on sustainability, energy and climate action.

The UK received top scores on several Goals, including SDGs relating to sanitation, energy access and renewable energy

UK 'among best nations globally' for SDG alignment

Although global progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains insufficient to meet the 2030 deadline, the UK is among the nations leading the way on alignment and, as such, is a prime market for impact investment.

Fighting food waste and engaging one billion people on climate change: 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.

Representatives of large, high-street brands were interviewed alongside executives at smaller brands

Report: 6 in 10 fashion giants see sustainability as 'key priority' amid Covid-19

In a survey of 150 executives from some of the world's biggest fashion firms, including H&M Group, Puma and Adidas, 60% named implementing sustainability measures as their top strategic priority in the wake of Covid-19.

#SustyTalk: Danone's Rebecca Lovelady on purpose-led business

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Danone UK & Ireland's social impact & sustainability manager Rebecca Lovelady outlining the importance of purpose-led business in creating a sustainable "new normal" post-pandemic.

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How sustainable is the new iPhone 12?

When the iPhone 12 launched earlier this week, all eyes were on the tech specs and the price. But what about the cult smartphone's impact on the environment and society?

The publication has been timed to mark World Food Day on Friday (16 October)

Governments urged to reform food systems as part of Covid-19 green recovery efforts

World leaders "know" they must help reform food systems to protect the environment and improve public health and should use their Covid-19 recovery plans to raise ambitions and accelerate action in this area.

Jonathan joined Willmott Dixon as an intern in 2015 and has quickly worked his way up the sustainability ranks

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Jonathan Ayton, Willmott Dixon

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Jonathan Ayton, sustainable development manager at Willmott Dixon.

PepsiCo is often the target of plastics campaign groups and has spent a large portion of the bond fund trying to change its approach to PET

PepsiCo funnels millions into recycled plastics, solar power and low-emission vehicles

PepsiCo has revealed that it has invested $200m of the $1bn raised through its green bond in procuring recycled plastics, as it designs packaging with more recycled content in line with its 2025 sustainability targets.

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SDG Spotlight report: How can businesses promote green industry, innovation and infrastructure?

edie has launched its latest SDG Spotlight report, looking at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) post-lockdown, with the latest focusing on Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

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

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

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

Tesco was one of the first businesses to set approved 1.5C science-based targets

Tesco links £2.5bn loan to key emissions, energy and food waste targets

Tesco has established a £2.5bn revolving credit facility whereby rates and interest are tied to progress against the company's key environmental targets.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 9; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with UK Power Networks Services, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Birmingham's hydrogen buses and Levi's circular economy store: 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: Signify's Joao Pola on business leadership for net-zero

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Signify UK & Ireland's chief executive Joao Pola, who outlines what it takes to embed climate action in business from the boardroom and beyond.

Facebook has more than 2.7 billion users

Facebook accused of failing to tackle climate misinformation, despite crackdown on fake news

Even though Facebook bans false advertising and has recently introduced new measures to tackle misinformation, 51 advertisements promoting climate denialism were posted by US-based users in the first half of 2020 and were viewed by millions of people.

Lucie joined OVO in 2018 as one of its first in-house sustainability professionals

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Lucie Peralta Agass, OVO Energy

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: Lucie Peralta Agass, senior sustainability manager at OVO Energy.

Mars is also taking steps to improve human rights across the palm oil supply chain

Mars achieves deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil

Mars has confirmed it is now operating with a deforestation-free supply chain for palm oil, following a year-long process to streamline the number of mills that it sources from.

2020 could be a record-breaking year for green bonds yet

BNEF: Green bond issuance broke records in September 2020

More than $50bn of green bonds were issued globally in September, making it a record month despite the economic impact of Covid-19, BloombergNEF has revealed.

Jope succeeds Paul Polman, who served as CEO for more than 10 years and is widely regarded as the father of modern CSR. Image: Unilever

Unilever CEO: Climate change and Covid-19 mean capitalism must change

Unilever's chief executive officer Alan Jope has said the business has found itself "at the centre" of discussions around redesigning capitalism with environmental and social sustainability in mind post-pandemic.

About 17% of the Amazonian rainforest is estimated to have been destroyed over the past 50 years

Plans to halt deforestation not strong enough, Tesco, Nestle and Nandos tell UK Government

McDonald's, Nandos, Nestle, Mondelez and all of the UK's 'big seven' supermarkets have urged the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) to bolster its proposed legislation for tackling deforestation in supply chains.

Net-zero blockchain and hydrogen train milestones: 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.

With Kraft Heinz set to miss several of its environmental targets for 2020, it is hoped that the refashioned approach will change processes, perceptions and results

From laggard to leader? Why Kraft Heinz is betting on ESG to turn its sustainability story around

EXCLUSIVE: Kraft Heinz's decision to shift its sustainability approach away from CSR and towards ESG is designed to help it avoid repeating "past mistakes" and transform the way it is perceived in the environmental sphere, the company's global ESG lead has revealed.

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon is the highest it's been in more than a decade

Investors 'failing to act on zero-deforestation commitments'

Just 14% of the 235 investor signatories of a statement asking the companies in their portfolios to stop deforestation in the Amazon rainforest have followed through by introducing their own zero-deforestation policies.

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Happy 5th Birthday to the Sustainable Development Goals

Episode 92 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast marks five years since the Sustainable Development Goals were ratified by the UN, providing an overview of progress and challenges to date - particularly in light of Covid-19.

Jay has worked across the social and environmental agenda since completing his undergraduate in 2016, leading projects in the UK and overseas

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 class of 2020: Jay Ham, Investec

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. First up: Jam Ham, sustainability programme manager at Investec.

The event went digital for the first time, due to Covid-19 restrictions in the US

Everything you may have missed: The sustainability success stories of Climate Week NYC 2020

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

Some 22,000 students attend the University

University of Exeter launches sustainability behaviour change scheme in drive towards net-zero

The University of Exeter has launched sustainable behaviour change scheme Green Rewards for its staff and students, as part of its vision to become a net-zero organisation by 2040.





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 renewed Sustainable Development Goals report

Sustainability and CSR professionals looking to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation's strategy now have access to a comprehensive new report breaking down exactly how businesses of all sizes and sectors can contribute to all 17 Global Goals.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: A Blueprint for Business Leadership

With less than 10 years to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), action is still not happening at the speed or scale required - despite a groundswell of ambition and action from organisations of all sectors and sizes. This report offers an end-to-end overview of exactly how businesses can advance global progress towards achieving all 17 of the Global Goals.

With rates of forest loss accelerating, the private sector is under increasing pressure to increase ambition and action on forest protection 

Consumer goods giants worth $1.8trn team up to tackle deforestation

Nestle, Mars and Unilever are among the 17 multinational consumer goods firms leading a new corporate coalition dedicated to tackling deforestation, forest degradation and land conversion in supply chains.

The 2019/20 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is currently on hold due to Covid-19, with new dates and locations set to be confirmed in the coming months

Formula E becomes world's first net-zero certified sport series

Formula E's ABB FIA Championship has become the world's first sporting series to be certified as net-zero, after offsetting all residual emissions from its six seasons of racing.

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

Manchester's B-Corp hub and California's bee-friendly solar farm: 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.

Olio is used by more than two million individuals and organisations. Image: Tesco

Tesco partners with food sharing app Olio to tackle waste from stores

Surplus food from every Tesco store in the UK will soon be listed on food sharing app Olio, in a drive to reduce waste and help those in need.

Pictured: The paper alternatives to single-use plastic bags for bricks. Image: Lego Group

Lego unveils $400m investment to drive low-carbon transition and single-use plastic phase-out

Toymaker Lego Group has unveiled a swathe of new sustainability commitments around plastics, waste, emissions and the circular economy, backed up with a $400m (£310m) investment package.

#SustyTalk: Timberland's Zach Angelini on regenerative agriculture and the circular economy

edie's SustyTalk series continues with Timberland's environmental manager Zach Angelini discussing how the fashion brand plans to scale up regenerative agriculture practices in supply chains and align with circular economy principles.

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

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

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

Daimler's €1bn green bond and Tesco's fight against food waste: 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.

Offsetting schemes often involve conserving, restoring or creating habitats like woodland, which sequester carbon

Mark Carney assembles business giants in drive to scale carbon offsetting markets

Representatives from Unilever, Nestle, BP and Shell are among the members of a new private-sector taskforce aiming to scale up voluntary carbon credit markets, spearheaded by former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.

The strategy includes 24 targets in total, with 2025 targets bolstering 2030 ambitions

Tommy Hilfiger vows to become 'fully circular' by 2030

PVH-Corp-owned Tommy Hilfiger has launched a new environmental and social sustainability strategy, headlined by ambitions to make products "fully circular" and to operate "with sensitivity to planetary boundaries".

Respondents represented organisations of all sizes and major sectors

In charts: How the UK's green recovery is taking shape

EXCLUSIVE: An edie survey of more than 240 sustainability, energy and CSR professionals across the UK has revealed exactly what they make of the global reen recovery movement, and provided an update on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted day-to-day work in this sector. Here are the results...

Respondents represented organisations of all sizes and major sectors

9 in 10 sustainability professionals excited by green recovery opportunities, survey reveals

EXCLUSIVE: An edie survey of more than 240 sustainability, energy and CSR professionals has revealed that 89% believe the implementation of Covid-19 recovery plans is an opportunity to accelerate climate action.

edie will be running a host of new content to inform businesses about the requirements and opportunities of the green recovery

Mission Possible: edie launches new campaign to drive a Green Recovery

edie has today (2 September) launched a spin-off of the award-winning Mission Possible campaign which will support sustainability, energy and CSR professionals on our collective mission to drive a green recovery across all major industries in the UK.

Pictured: Lithium mine at Salinas Grandes salt desert, Jujuy province, Argentina

EU to launch raw materials industry alliance

The European Commission will announce the launch of a new industry alliance this week, with a view to building a complete EU supply chain for raw materials like lithium, which are seen as critical for the bloc's digital and green transitions.

Timberland last year committed to plant 50 million trees within a five-year period

Timberland targets net-positive nature impact by 2030

Fashion giant Timberland has pledged to ensure that it has a net-positive impact on nature within a decade - a vision underpinned by commitments to regenerative agriculture and the circular economy.

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

Flipkart's EV commitment and Tesco Mobile's used phone donations: 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 podcast brings three exclusive interviews, tied together by a circular economy theme

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Circular economy chats with Ball, Essity and CDSL

Episode 90 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast delivers three exclusive interviews with sustainability leads at Ball Corporation, Essity and CDSL, for a snapshot of circular economy action during lockdown and beyond.

Pictured: A small cobalt mine in the DRC. Image: Fairphone

Businesses including Glencore launch joint bid to improve conditions in cobalt supply chains

A coalition of businesses including Signify, Glencore and Fairphone have launched a joint initiative to improve the economic, working and social conditions of those working in the cobalt supply chain.

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How can businesses accelerate circular economy progress beyond Covid-19?

Earth Overshoot Day - the date at which humanity has used all available natural resources for the year - came almost a month later in 2020, largely as a result of Covid-19. But how can companies innovate and actuate to deliver lasting, holistic reductions in their environmental impact going forward?

Kingfisher is already working with the British Retail Consortium on forest protection and the net-zero transition

Kingfisher pledges to become 'forest positive' by 2025

B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher has built on its overarching vision of becoming a 'net-positive' business with a 2025 commitment to create more forests than it uses.

The legislation would apply only to large businesses, with supermarkets, FMCG brands and fashion majors likely to be among the most affected 

Defra plans crackdown on deforestation in UK corporates' supply chains

Large companies in the UK could soon be mandated to prove that their supply chains are free from illegal deforestation or face hefty fines, under new due diligence legislation being developed by the Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Deforestation relating to palm oil production was down slightly due to covid-19, but remains a key environmental challenge for places like Indonesia

Consumer goods giants accused of sourcing palm oil from 'top deforester'

Consumer goods giants including PepsiCo, Unilever and Nestle have been accused of indirectly sourcing palm oil from a mill supplied by a producer which destroyed almost 3,000 hectares of forest in Indonesia in the first half of 2020.

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

Rolls-Royce's low-emission engines and a science-based targets surge: 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 webinar will feature a live Q&A segment and will be available to watch on-demand after it is aired

Available on demand: edie’s Earth Overshoot Day webinar

edie’s webinar exploring the circular economy to mark Earth Overshoot Day 2020 is now available to watch on-demand, featuring expert speakers from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, DS Smith and Toast Ale.

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Samsung faces youth climate protests over involvement in new Vietnam coal plant

Climate protestors have gathered outside Samsung's flagship UK store on Oxford Street this morning (21 August), calling on the firm to halt plans to help build a new coal-fired power plant in Vietnam.

The market faced a "muted" start to 2020 but is now rebounding strongly, the analysis concluded

Moody's: Global green bond issuance reached record high amid Covid-19 crisis

The global issuance of sustainable and green bonds totalled a record $99.9bn (£75.5bn) in the second quarter of 2020, with investors increasingly focusing on ESG risks and seeking to play their part in the green recovery movement.

The technology could improve the traceability of the "first mile" of the supply chain.

Unilever trials geolocation tech to tackle deforestation in palm oil supply chains

Unilever is piloting new geolocation technology in a bid to ensure it meets its zero-deforestation targets, which cover supply chains including palm oil, soy and paper and board.

#SustyTalk: P&G's James McCall on nature-based climate solutions

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Procter & Gamble's (P&G) senior director of global climate and supply chain sustainability James McCall, who provides exclusive insight into the firm's new emissions targets.

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

Coca-Cola's plastic-free packs and V2G bus depots: 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.

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

Flora owner to roll out carbon labelling to 100 million packs

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

Visa has identified its most material sustainability considerations as energy and climate, water, waste, and transport

Visa prices $500m green bond to assist with low-carbon transition

Visa has launched its inaugural green bond, priced at $500m. It will be used to help the company achieve its decarbonisation aims and its alignment with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

edie Explains: The Green recovery

What is the green recovery? Where does business sustainability fit into its wider context? What is happening at a policy level? And what does the future hold for green recovery efforts? This edie Explains guide answers all of these questions and more.

The letter is the latest in a string of calls to "build back better"

Purpose-led business 'key' to green Covid-19 recovery, say top CEOs

The chief executives of Danone, L'Oreal and Philips are among the signatories of a new open letter calling for the creation of an economic system that "puts purpose first, so our planet and society can thrive", through Covid-19 recovery efforts.

Diageo updated its goals in 2015, to align them with the SDGs. Image: Diageo

Diageo celebrates halving emissions since 2007

Beverage giant Diageo has exceeded a 2020 sustainability target of halving its direct operations since 2007, after investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

#SustyTalk: Capgemini's James Robey on corporate climate action and COP26

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Capgemini's global head of corporate responsibility James Robey providing exclusive insight into the firm's new net-zero targets.

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

Europe's largest floating solar farm and Canary Wharf's green office: 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.

60% of the products listed on ASOS are from third-party brands

After ditching Boohoo, ASOS sets new sustainability and ethics requirements for brands

ASOS will require third-party fashion brands to comply with new ethical manufacturing and supply chain sustainability standards if they wish to be listed on its website, after it dropped Boohoo over allegations of human rights abuses at a supplier factory.

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edie launches new handbook on ESG excellence and best practice

edie has published a new handbook outlining the key considerations and best practice advice to collecting and compiling Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data that investors are increasingly looking for, in order to spur the green recovery.

Google is one of the world's largest corporate renewable energy purchasers, but employees and green groups have been calling for more ambitious social and environmental plans 

Google owner issues largest corporate sustainability bond in history

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. has issued $5.75bn (£4.4bn) in sustainability bonds, in what it claims is the largest sustainability or green bond issued by a corporation to date.

The ESG Handbook 2020: Spurring the green recovery

Green finance and ESG investing were reaching a tipping point, then the coronavirus pandemic swept across the world. The virus hasn’t so much as tipped the scales towards ESG investing but rather poured most of the world’s financial system towards it.

The webinar is now available on-demand

How can businesses boost climate disclosure and green investment in line with changing demands?

Investors and consumers alike are demanding more information on business-related climate risks and whether corporates are spending significant sums on decarbonisation - and this trend is likely to accelerate because of Covid-19. So, what is best practice on investment and disclosure, and how should businesses implement these approaches?

KLM has been investing in biofuel since 2011 but biofuel accounted for less than 0.2% of its total fuel consumption last year. Image: KLM

KLM's biofuel advertisements were greenwashing, regulator rules

Dutch airline KLM has been ordered to change one of its advertising campaigns after it was found to have over-emphasised the firm's use of biofuel.

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

Barclays' 'blue' finance and Tottenham's 'green' football kits: 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.

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

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

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

#SustyTalk: PMI's Huub Savelkouls on ESG in the new normal

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Philip Morris International's (PMI) chief sustainability officer Huub Savelkouls, who discusses net-zero, integrated reporting and ESG.

Citi said the new commitment will see it spending "almost twice as much, twice as fast" on sustainable projects

Citi targets $250bn environmental financing by 2025, as Moody's unveils science-based targets

Multinational banking giant Citi has pledged to funnel $250bn (£192.5bn) into low-carbon solutions by the end of 2025, in the same week that Moody's unveiled new Paris-Agreement-aligned climate targets.

#SustyTalk: Kimberly-Clark's Lisa Morden on launching a sustainability strategy in lockdown

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Kimberly-Clark's vice president for sustainability and safety, Lisa Morden, who provides insight on the business' new ambition to halve its environmental impact by 2030.

The global livestock industry accounts for 15% of the world's carbon emissions, and uses 83% of all existing agricultural land

2020 will be 'watershed year' for plant-based foods, investor coalition predicts

Investor coalition FAIRR has documented a tenfold increase in the plant-based-food-related assets its cohort manages over the past four years and found that four in ten food giants now have dedicated teams for plant-based products.

Humans use around 72% of the world’s ice-free land surface

UN maps all land to help businesses halt habitat and biodiversity destruction

Scientists have mapped the entirety of the planet's terrestrial habitat, creating a resource that will help businesses and investors measure and minimize their impacts on natural resources and biodiversity.

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

Cargill's major water commitment and 'carbon-negative' offices: 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 pandemic is being framed as a chance to build back greener - but new leadership styles will be necessary to do so

How can sustainability professionals rise to the challenge of the climate emergency and Covid-19?

Sustainability leaders must be willing to reject the status quo and brave enough to lead transformational change if organisations are to craft meaningful responses to current and future crises, a new report has concluded.

C&S is calling for more standardised reporting requirements to streamline the process for corporates

ESG disclosure 'firmly in the mainstream' for corporate reporting

New analysis of global reporting frameworks and requirements for corporate sustainability has found that environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure is becoming a crucial aspect of corporate transparency.

With net-zero commitments from nations, cities and states now covering more than half of global GDP, the pressure is on businesses to lead the charge

Microsoft, Starbucks, Unilever amongst new corporate net-zero alliance

Nine major multinational corporates, led by Microsoft, have banded together to form a new initiative which will provide businesses with the roadmaps they need to achieve net-zero emissions by or before 2050.

Putting young people at the heart of a greener post-Covid recovery

At the start of 2020, few of us could have predicted the changes and upheaval that we have experienced together in the first six months of this year. As we emerge tentatively from lockdown across Europe, we now face the challenge of recovery as local, national and global communities, with the many social and environmental imperatives that Covid-19 has brought to the fore.

Councillors in cities such as Newcastle (pictured) have already pledged to align planning and policy with the Global Goals

English local authorities encouraged to align with SDGs in green recovery planning

The body representing 335 of the UK's 339 local authorities has launched a guide for engagement and alignment with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which it claims should be accelerated in efforts to "build back better" post-pandemic.

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

Tesco's EV charging milestone and an offshore wind boom: 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: Ed Cox of the West Midlands Combined Authority on the green recovery

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive interview with the West Midlands Combined Authority's director of public service reform Ed Cox.

P&G is partnering with NGOs to restore, protect and improve habitats including the Atlantic Forest.  Image: WWF US/ Adriano Gambarini 

P&G targets carbon-neutral operations by 2030

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has pledged to ensure that its operational emissions are neutralised by 2030 - an aim is striving to achieve through investment in nature-based climate solutions.

The UK economy will contract by 8% in 2020, EY has predicted

6 in 10 UK businesses cutting environment-related investment due to coronavirus, survey shows

A survey of 200 UK-based businesses has found that 60% have either decreased their investment in sustainability initiatives as a result of Covid-19, or are planning to do so.

According to previous WEF research,  $44trn – more than half of global GDP – is exposed to risks from nature loss. Image: WEF

WEF: Invest in nature-led Covid-19 recovery to reap $10trn economic opportunity

By embedding 'net-positive' nature requirements into their Covid-19 recovery strategies, governments and businesses could collectively realise a $10trn (£7.9trn) economic opportunity and create 395 million new jobs within a decade.

BlackRock made a major U-turn on its climate approach earlier this year, joining the Climate Action 100+ after previously voting against the group

BlackRock punishes 53 high-emissions companies over climate inaction, puts 191 more on watch

BlackRock has revealed that it took voting action against 53 companies on climate grounds in the first half of 2020, including ExxonMobil and Air Liquide.

#SustyTalk: ING's Leonie Schreve on financing a green Covid-19 recovery

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with ING's global head of sustainable finance Leonie Schreve, who outlines the bank's ambitions to collaborate and create a green economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.





Each of these success stories exemplifies how businesses are ramping up ambitions and actions in all areas of sustainable development 

Royal Mail's electric vans and Kering's biodiversity drive: 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.

Each of our four interviewees for this episode are driving plastic phase-outs within their own organisations

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The Plastic-Free July special

For episode 89 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, edie has assembled expert speakers for exclusive discussions on how plastics action is progressing throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

#SustyTalk: Natura's Keyvan Macedo on brand purpose and net-zero

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Natura's senior sustainability manager Keyvan Macedo outlining the company's recent net-zero commitments and the role of brand purpose in reaching that ambition.

Comparisons have repeatedly been drawn between Covid-19 and the climate crisis, with businesses observing issues such as air pollution and supply chain stewardship in a new light

Three-quarters of UK businesses 'reconsidering their environmental credentials due to Covid-19'

In a survey of 500 UK-based business decision-makers, almost three-quarters (72%) said that the pandemic has made them reconsider the environmental credentials of their organisation.

The fossil fuel lobby has been the most active of any sector since March

Report: Governments are bowing to fossil fuel lobbying in Covid-19 recovery planning

Almost two-thirds of the interventions which fossil fuel lobbyists made in policymaking between March and June were successful, new analysis has revealed.

#SustyTalk: Hitachi Europe's Hans Daems on the evolution of CSR in the new normal

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Hitachi Europe's head of public affairs Hans Daems offering his thoughts on the evolution of corporate CSR as we begin to emerge out of lockdown and head towards a "new normal".

The new strategy purports to be aligned with the IPCC's recommendations on nature and climate. Image: Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark vows to halve environmental footprint within a decade

Personal care giant Kimberly-Clark has pledged to halve its global environmental footprint by 2030, under a new sustainability strategy covering issues such as emissions, forestry, water and plastics.

As a 'non-essential' industry, fashion is still feeling the fallout of the pandemic

Fast fashion giants face mounting pressure to protect supply chain workers through Covid-19

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists are gathering on London's Oxford Street this week to urge fast fashion brands to financially support suppliers overseas throughout the pandemic, as media exposés drawing links between Leicester's Covid-19 spike and its garment manufacturing industry emerge.


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