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Hammerson launches all-encompassing Net Positive strategy

Retail property specialist Hammerson has become the first firm in its sector to launch a pan-European Net Positive strategy covering carbon, resource use and water consumption across internal and tenant operations.

Concerns have been raised that a lack of specialist focus on ESG could undo the stability of the global economic system

BlackRock headlines green bonds push, but is investor action ambitious enough?

As a new briefing paper highlights that up to $6.9trn in controlled assets are covered by investors with little to no environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibility, the world's largest investor has headlined a stream of new green bond announcements.

The 12 companies will now implement a planning and consultation process with governments, NGOs and stakeholders to build the framework in time for its unveiling at COP23

Major firms commit to ending deforestation in cocoa supply chains

Senior executives from 12 leading coca and chocolate companies, including Mars, Mondelēz International and Nestlé, have heeded the advice of the Prince of Wales and agreed to end deforestation in the global cocoa supply chain.

BlackRock is calling for companies to build environmental, social and governance management into their business models

World's largest investor to vote out directors failing to act on climate risks and mitigation

The world's largest investor has warned that high-level directors could be voted out of companies that are failing to mitigate climate-related risks posed to individual firms.

APP is now entering its fifth year of exclusively sourcing fibre generated from “responsibly managed plantations” throughout its supply chain

Asia Pulp & Paper advances forest conservation initiatives

One of the biggest pulp, paper and packaging firms has taken strides to cease all natural forest clearances within its suppliers and operations and promote best practice working standards for peatland management in Indonesia.

The World Bank's head office. Photo: World Bank

World Bank unveils first green bonds linking business actions to SDGs

The World Bank has issued its first ever set of green bonds that directly link financial returns to companies performing to the standards and aims on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Links to deforestation were found in Brazil, Bolivia and Chile (pictured)

Burger King linked to alleged South American deforestation practices

The world's second largest burger chain, Burger King, has been accused of fuelling deforestation in Brazil and Bolivia through its "seeming unwillingness" to address practices linked to key soybean suppliers in South America.

The panel raised concerns that broad reporting frameworks have created a

Sustainability reporting frameworks lack comparability to attract investment, say experts

EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability reporting frameworks should be developed to encourage businesses to compete on performance and attract investors rather than simply being used as compliance mechanisms, a panel of experts have agreed.

The amount of Fairtrade cocoa sourced by Co-op will increase five-fold to 2,848 tonnes

Co-op becomes first UK retailer to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa

Co-op has become the first UK retailer to only sell and use 100% Fairtrade cocoa in its products, and has called on other retailers to increase their commitments to the Fairtrade initiative.

During 2017 Heineken will define its 2030 ambitions in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and COP21

Heineken couples sustainability and financial reporting as emissions tumble

A "firm belief" that business growth and sustainability go hand-in-hand has seen Heineken publish its latest sustainability report alongside a financial report for the first time, with the report highlighting rapid business expansion alongside a decrease in emissions.

An increasung number of companies are now experimenting with various new technologies and media platforms to push their sustainability strategies to wider audiences

Captivating CSR: How to produce an engaging sustainability report

Ahead of edie's Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference, Matt Mace investigates how companies are going beyond compliance with their reports to drive engagement on a range of CSR issues among key stakeholders.

IEMA’s response to the consultation lists five key recommendations to ensure that sustainability grows hand-in-hand with the competitiveness of UK businesses

Corporate Governance Reform must account for long-term sustainability, says IEMA

Attempts to enhance the competitiveness of UK businesses through the Corporate Governance Reform should account for long-term financial performances covering environmental and social factors, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) has claimed.

Businesses with one eye on the horizon are turning to new methods to drive home their sustainability message in a way the CSR reports and glowing PR stories can’t

Engagement evolution: 6 exciting trends directing the future of sustainability communications

As edie's engagement month of editorial content rolls on, we round-up some of the latest techniques and platforms businesses are using to drive sustainability engagement among internal and external stakeholders.

The new H&M Conscious Exclusive collection (left) and Mango's new Committed Life collection (right) are a step in the right direction for the wasteful fast fashion industry. Photos: H&M/Mango

Sustainably attired: H&M and Mango launch ethical fashion collections

Multinational clothing brands H&M and Mango have unveiled new sustainable fashion collections made from organic and recycled materials.

Retail ready packaging from Smurfit Kappa, which has strict sourcing policies for its virgin and recovered fibres

Smurfit Kappa hits certification goal for sustainably-sourced packaging

Global paper-based packaging firm Smurfit Kappa has completed its goal of ensuring that 90% of all packaging sold to consumers is Chain of Custody certified, demonstrating full-transparency and a willingness to source from verified certification systems.

The decision to make tracking compulsory has been backed by PACT, the trade association for independent media firms and television companies

BBC launches mandatory carbon tracking scheme

From April this year, all BBC televisions programmes will be required to track their carbon footprint using a "hotspot" identifying calculator.

Primark announced in March that it is scaling up the initiative to recruit a further 10,000 female smallholder farmers in India onto the programme

Third year's a charm for Primark's sustainable cotton initiative

High street retailer Primark has helped rural female farmers in India increase average profits by 247% through the third year of its Sustainable Cotton Programme.

The programme has started in Aberdeen with the launch of a two-month energy-focused exhibition which includes turbine demonstrations, workshops and other associated activities

Vattenfall launches Scottish offshore wind education project

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has joined forces with a Scottish science centre to launch a programme aimed at educating the population about offshore wind energy.

Despite a 16% growth in production since 2010, the firm has worked with suppliers to cut emissions by 15% in the same timeframe

Tetra Pak commits to science-based emissions target

Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has today (2 February) pledged to reduce emissions by 58% through a partnership with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBT).

Green makeover: The Body Shop’s Chris Davis and Gaetane David take edie's Matt Mace on an exclusive tour of the retailer's brand new innovation laboratory in Croydon

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 19 - Inside The Body Shop's innovation lab

Rounding off a packed month of innovation-themed content, edie takes the Sustainable Business Covered podcast to Croydon to bring you an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of The Body Shop's new innovation laboratory.

The contract caterer has partnered with smart tech start-up Winnow to tackle food waste

Contract caterer Compass plans 10% food waste cut by 2020

British contract foodservice firm Compass Group has pledged to reduce food waste by 10% by 2020 as part of the company's commitment to become a "truly sustainable business".

The Gucci owner has set 2025 targets for 100% traceability of key raw materials, and the creation of a supplier index to ensure the entire supply chain complies with Kering’s values

Kering shifts focus to supply chain with 2025 strategy

Global luxury fashion group Kering has today (25 January) revealed new targets which place a focus on emissions reductions and supply chain sustainability, as part of the next phase of its CSR strategy.

Sainsbury's has already made a further £1 million fund available to towns and cities across the UK, to help them tackle food waste at the consumer stage

Sainsbury's sees surge in demand for regional food waste campaign

As the spotlight on reducing consumer food waste intensified this week, Sainsbury’s director of corporate affairs Louise Evans has revealed that the supermarket has seen a surge in applications from town and cities to take part in its campaign to tackle household food waste.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living division brands are now developing 30% faster than the rest of the business

Clearer marketing can open £800bn windfall for 'sustainable' brands, says Unilever

Brands that move to promote the sustainability credentials of their products more clearly can tap into a £817bn market opportunity catalysed by a growth in awareness amongst consumers, new research from Unilever has suggested.

For Gardner, collaborations can only thrive if a “specific shared purpose” is established at the beginning of any partnership

Trust and collaboration should be at the heart of brand sustainability, says Collectively

Companies seeking to engage with increasingly aware consumers on matters regarding sustainability should do so through trust building "exercises" of transparency and humility, while also reaching out to grasp the "huge benefits" of collaboration.

The new hub (pictured) will help with assurances that 100% of its natural ingredients are traceable and sustainably sourced

The Body Shop accelerates CSR commitments through East Croydon innovation hub

EXCLUSIVE: The Body Shop has officially unveiled a £1m innovation hub in East Croydon that it claims will enhance the company's ability to reduce the environmental impact of its product category footprints and develop an innovation pipeline to deliver pioneering cosmetics produced from biodiversity hotspots.

P&G has published a sustainability report annually since 1999 but has updated it this year to include a more comprehensive overview of the good P&G is doing

Employee engagement helps P&G hit energy reduction goal four years early

Consumer goods firm Procter & Gamble (P&G) has revealed that a new energy engagement initiative at manufacturing sites has improved energy efficiency by 5% in the last 12 months, which has seen the company hit a 2020 goal for energy reduction four years early.

The Science-Based Targets initiative calls on businesses to revamp corporate climate goals in-line with global climate commitments established under the Paris Agreement

The 2C catwalk: Kering commits to approved science-based emissions goal

Global luxury fashion group Kering, which includes Gucci, Saint Lauren and Stella McCartney amongst its brands, has seen its target to halve scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 2025 officially verified by the Science-Based Targets initiative.

Disruption will come partly through the need to avoid runaway climate change, and partly through the increasingly urgent need to reinvent capitalism

Disrupt or die: Preparing for the next generation of sustainability

edie's Sustainability Leadership month continues, and today it's Forum for the Future founder-director Jonathon Porritt's turn to pen an exclusive thought leadership opinion piece, offering an eye-opening insight into the future of corporate sustainability.

The 17 SDGs were introduced in September 2015 with an aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and justice and combat climate change by 2030

Lack of collaboration hindering UK uptake of Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are increasing in prominence amongst UK businesses, although siloed working conditions are still impacting the ability for the private sector to deliver social and environmental change.

Alongside offering the 'sustainable life at home' product line, Ikea now offers residential solar arrays to consumers in three countries

Ikea nears three-fold increase in sustainable product sales

The world's biggest furniture retailer Ikea has almost trebled the sales from its 'sustainable life at home' products, while also announcing a new €1bn financial framework to promote projects that fall within its People & Planet sustainability strategy.

The Co-op says that its salmon products are made using “responsibly sourced fish”

Supermarkets urged to prevent high-risk salmon sourcing

Supermarket giants Sainsbury's and the Co-op have been called upon by a conservationist group to stop putting Scottish farmed fish on their shelves to maintain sustainable sourcing credentials.

Alongside Fairtrade, Cadbury’s Cocoa Life initiative is supported by a number of on-ground NGOs and experts from organisations like WWF, the UN Development Programme

Cadbury alters Fairtrade partnership in an effort to boost sustainable cocoa sourcing

British confectionary giant Cadbury is extending its Cocoa Life sustainability initiative across all of its chocolate products in UK and Ireland by 2019, and will utilise the expertise of Fairtrade as a key partner in the programme.

The company is also a member of the 1% for Planet alliance, which pools together businesses that contribute 1% of total annual sales to grassroots environmental protection groups

Patagonia donates $10m Black Friday sales to environmental grassroots

American clothing firm Patagonia has raised $10m for environmental grassroots nonprofits, after donating 100% of the global sales that it generated from Black Friday.

There are estimated to be 5tn pieces of plastic floating in the world’s seas

Tesco and Sainsbury's ban plastic cotton buds to cut waste

The UK's two largest supermarket chains have committed to end the sale of cotton buds with plastic stems, which are the most common litter from toilets flushed on to the country's beaches.

Sustainable business guru John Elkington says businesses should turn to disruption, innovation and cross-sector collaboration as a means to funnel the low-carbon agenda down towards SMEs

John Elkington: Business case for sustainability must strengthen amidst Brexit and Trump uncertainty

EXCLUSIVE: Major political upheavals caused by Brexit and president-elect Donald Trump have created a "sense of uncertainty" in the climate change battle, which has heightened the need for the private sector to develop a more strengthened business case for sustainability.

Some retailers are beginning to turn their backs on the Black Friday craze as a means to protect the environment

Black Friday: Five ways businesses are promoting sustainable shopping during the frenzy

Black Friday and its tech-savvy sibling Cyber Monday look set to send the retail sphere into a frenzy. But with consumers beginning to align to companies with sustainability credentials, will this year's shopping spree spare a thought for the environment?

A company report released in June showed that M&S had conducted 1246 audits last year, raising 7,256 non-compliance concerns directly with the suppliers

Labour rights the 'next big challenge' for corporates, says M&S

Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) has moved beyond dealing with ethical trade as a singularity to encompass human rights movements and modern slavery issues, and it should now be a core strategy for businesses.

The 200th company to officially commit was South African-based private hospital group Mediclinic Southern Africa

200 companies now committed to science-based targets

An initiative that calls on companies to cut their carbon footprints in line with scientific studies geared towards a two degrees global warming limit is "far exceeding" it's timeline, with 200 companies now signed up to the scheme - just 18 months after its inception.

VF’s international headquarters in Stabio, Switerland. The site was designed with an emphasis on sustainability

VF corporation exceeds carbon reduction goals by 'large margin'

International apparel and footwear company VF corporation has reduced its global carbon emissions by 12% from 2011 to 2015 - exceeding its original 5% goal for the five-year period.

WWF is calling on all UK furniture retailers to publish a responsible timber sourcing policy

Are UK furniture retailers unwittingly destroying forest resources?

The majority of British furniture retailers are failing to treat responsible timber sourcing as a key issue despite having long-term business interests in such actions, a new report commissioned by the WWF suggests.

The survey was released as part of Good Money Week (30 Oct-5 Nov) - the national campaign to raise awareness of sustainable, responsible and ethical finance

Investors want more transparent sustainable funding opportunities

New research from ethical investment specialists Triodos Bank has revealed that investors want to increase ethical investment prospects and enhance socially responsible investment (SRI) opportunities, despite many feeling that they don't have the opportunity to do so.

The programme is being promoted through The Body Shop’s Christmas in-store and digital marketing campaign, ‘The Wildest Christmas Ever”

The Body Shop extends Southeast Asian biodiversity programme

The Body Shop has today (1 November) extended its Bio-Bridges programme which aims to regenerate 75 million square metres of forest by 2020.

The month of November sees edie shift the editorial spotlight from green buildings to skills

Kering and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launch separate sustainability curriculum modules

French apparel company Kering has launched a new curriculum to gain understanding of the environmental impacts of student fashion designs, just days after the Ellen MacArthur Foundation moved to place circular economy into International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.

More than half of companies cite a lack of sufficient resources to conduct due diligence and to support supplier improvements on modern slavery as a key barrier

Supply chain barriers stall business 'journey' to end modern slavery, report finds

Almost exactly a year to the day since the Modern Slavery Act came into force in Britain, a new report has found that business efforts to address modern slavery face several risks and barriers such as supply chain complexity, commercial priorities and transparency dilemmas.

The adoption of management systems was flagged as the most important initiative to support integration processes, as indicated by 53% of the respondents

Business sustainability integration hampered by short-termism, survey finds

The progress of integrating sustainability within business operations is still being hindered by a focus on short-term results and a lack of management awareness, according to a new survey conducted by a global consultant in risk management.

Timberland has partnered with tyre manufacturer and distributor Omni United to produce a line of tyres intended to be recycled into footwear out-soles. Photo: Timberland

Timberland continues collaborative circular economy drive

Outdoor clothing company Timberland is ramping up its circular economy efforts as a number of innovative closed-loop models for footwear now approach the next stages of development.

According to the report, the average carbon footprint of those on the list is around 80% lower compared to other firms

CDP's Climate A List: Highlighting the business case for low-carbon commitments

Companies that feature in global disclosure organisation CDP's annual Climate A List - such as Sky, Apple, Tesco and Unilever - are producing 6% higher returns on average compared to other brands.

Businesses are missing out on attracting investment from the ever-growing number of investors that incorporate CSR information into their financial analysis and decision-making

Businesses must address 'internal disconnect' to deliver sustainability success

Sustainability and investor agendas are becoming increasingly intertwined, but gaps in knowledge and understanding are preventing companies and investors from sharpening their focus on long-term sustainable value creation, a new report has found.

More than 260 million children are now employed across the globe, with an estimated 170 million subjected to child labour working conditions

How Britain's retailers can solve the Syrian refugee supply chain quandary

The shock revelation that Syrian refugee children have been found making clothes for a number of British fashion brands serves to highlight the desperate need for more robust procedures and increased collaboration among businesses to drive truly sustainable and ethical supply chains.

As Africa’s second-largest tea producer with 50,000 workers and 12,000 smallholders, Malawi also has 62% of the population living below the World Bank’s extreme poverty

Tea value network delivering supply chain sustainability in Malawi

A multi-stakeholder coalition including Tesco, Marks & Spencer (M&S), and Unilever has made significant progress towards achieving a competitive Malawian tea sector where workers earn a living wage and smallholders earn a living income by 2020.

The upcoming guide will specifically focus on informing businesses how to calculate GHG emissions from deforestation

Industry leaders unite to develop deforestation guidance

Mars, L'Oreal and Tetra Pak are among a host of international businesses that have come together to form a new cross-sector initiative to help tackle deforestation and develop better climate change accounting methods.

The survey found that around three in four respondents are aware of what the The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) 2015 covers, while 74% know how it affects their organisation

Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds

In the same week the UK marked Anti-Slavery Day (18 October), a survey has found that more than half of construction businesses would not know what action to take if modern slavery was encountered in their supply chain.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development report praises the 'leading light' companies that are demonstrating the best reporting practices among Council members

SDGs underpin 'positive progress' of corporate sustainability reporting

Nearly a third (30%) of world-leading companies are now implementing the framework into their sustainability and integrated reports, as the push to mainstream non-financial reporting continues to gain momentum.

Following a quarter of a million global votes cast by The Body Shop customers, funds raised through the partnership were split accordingly across 17 global groups

The Body Shop creates 'powerful global change' through partnership with renowned street artist

Beauty products retailer The Body Shop has raised more than £325,000 to fund innovative social and environmental projects through a collaboration with one of the world's most renowned street artists.

The company recently announced ambitions to deliver more than 100 million packs of 100% recyclable, bio-based cartons to customers during 2016

Tetra Pak cuts emissions during period of growth

Despite the number of packages sold rising by 16% over the last 12 months, Swedish food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has revealed that emissions have tumbled as it closes in on its 2020 climate goals.

The number of plastic shopping bags handed out by retailers in England has dropped from seven billion to just over half a billion within six months

Lidl pledges to remove single-use plastic carrier bags

German discount supermarket chain Lidl UK has today (28 September) pledged to remove single-use plastic carrier bags from sale across all stores in England, Scotland and Wales.

The research reveals a

Business must address 'timid action' to achieve SDGs

One year on from the launch of the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), new research has found that a majority of companies have been too slow to take tangible action.

Unilever’s strength of communication and sustainability campaigning with various industry actors such as Hubbub has earned the firm a top-placed ranking

Unilever retains top spot in Fit for Purpose Index

Consumer goods company Unilever tops the list of the world's most purposeful companies in Radley Yeldar's (RY) 2016 Fit for Purpose 2016 Index for the second consecutive year, with the likes of Philips and Nestle making up the top 10.

The CSR report highlights that Tarmac is making “good progress” towards its 2020 target of a 37% reduction in carbon emissions after reaching a 27% fall by the end of 2015

Tarmac lays the foundation for concrete energy reduction

Construction firm Tarmac has ramped up its energy efficiency efforts through the roll out of on-site technologies, the uptake of demand-response, and the development of an energy management system to help measure, monitor and improve efficiencies across the business.

The front cover of Sky's Bigger Picture Performance report. The company remains on track to halve UK emissions by 2020

Sky fall: Telecoms giant sees carbon intensity plummet following energy efficiency drive

Global media company Sky Group has made strong progress with its carbon intensity reduction target after ramping up investment in energy-efficient buildings, according to its latest sustainability report.

Andrex has a key role to play in engaging employees, customers and consumers to take action on the global sanitation crisis

Sharing sustainability success: From selling to showing

Kimberly-Clark's head of sustainability for EMEA Tom Berry explores how some of the world's most intractable development issues, such as increasing access to education and improving sanitation, require effective behaviour change programmes to create real progress.

Electrolux's sustainability strategy aims to inspire better food consumption and cooking habits among consumers and professionals, while maximising sustainable health choices

Electrolux launches global food action plan in support of SDGs

Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer Electrolux has today (12 September) launched an ambitious and wide-ranging food sustainability action plan to address major global challenges, in support of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Move for Europe founder Charles Perry believes a business cannot drive the low-carbon transition without a fundamental behaviour change within its workforce

Can sustainability professionals lead a 'social movement' to drive the green economy?

Environment and sustainability professionals can become the leaders of a new social movement that paves the way for a low-carbon, resource efficient future where fossil fuel consumption and air pollution are eradicated from human activities.

Jonathon Porritt claims the new BEIS Secretary Greg Clark is a “serious player” when it comes to understanding the significance of the green economy

Jonathon Porritt: Business leaders are better placed than MPs to drive the green economy

EXCLUSIVE: Business leaders are "more predisposed" than politicians to drive sustainable development for the foreseeable future, according to leading British environmentalist Jonathon Porritt.

Listen to exclusive interviews with Interface's co-innovation partner and sustainability director, and Whitbread's director of CSR

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 08 - Sustainability without the fluff

It's time to discuss the elephant in the room: companies will only become truly 'sustainable' if they can embed sustainability into their products. But what are the skills required to deliver a comprehensive low-carbon, resource efficient business action plan?

KFC vows to continue its policy of using antibiotics important to human medicine to maintain chicken health beyond 2017

KFC urged to phase out harmful antiobiotics in meat supply

Consumer groups and shareholder investors are calling upon fast-food chain KFC to phase out harmful antibiotic use in its meat supply in order to combat the "catastrophic" global health threat of antibiotic-resistant "superbug" bacteria.

Dutch brewer Heineken USA and telecoms firm Virgin Media are adopting a 'show-not-tell' CSR reporting model to drive consumer engagement

Virgin Media and Heineken USA revolutionise CSR reporting with gamification and 360-degree video

EXCLUSIVE: As investors, campaign groups and consumers continue to pile pressure on companies to accelerate progress towards ambitious climate goals, some of the stalwarts of sustainability reporting are beginning to look beyond traditional methods of disclosure to drive stakeholder engagement with their CSR reports.

The expectations of millennials are higher when it comes to use of digital channels, attaching more importance than older demographics to the latest digital technologies

Millennials will drive future value for energy providers, survey shows

A new survey has found that a strong consumer demand in new products and services from millennials will create a significant amount of value for energy providers who embrace the younger generations.

The North Face is proceeding to pre-screen all DWR treatments with its chemical management programme, CHEM-IQ, to ensure that they don’t contain other potentially harmful chemicals

How The North Face is reshaping its supply chain through chemical responsibility

For the best part of a decade, outdoor wear giant North Face has been committed to a responsible chemistry programme which aims to create significant environmental savings that go beyond compliance, to identify environmentally preferable chemicals and to reduce overall chemical use in its supply chain.

Last year, the Carbon Trust launched the world’s first certification standard for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in an organisation’s supply chain

Carbon Trust: The business case for proactive action in supply chain resource efficiency

Businesses can make huge investment returns through a transition from a business-as-usual approach to delivering proactive action when addressing resource efficiency within the supply chain.

Mars has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status at all of its factories around the world, while Ford is now zero-waste-to-landfill at all of its manufacturing plants in Europe

Mars and Ford hit big zero-waste-to-landfill milestones

Multinational corporations Mars and Ford have announced zero-waste-to-landfill achievements across their respective factories in their latest sustainability reports.

Kit Kat manufacturer Nestlé has adopted the new UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, while Milka maker Mondelez has increased the transparency of its palm oil and cocoa supply chains

Food giants show increased appetite for sustainable supply chains

Global food and beverage firms Nestlé and Mondelez International have both ramped up sustainable business efforts over the past year, with an increased commitment to supply chain transparency, according to their respective CSR reports.

Bacardi has built on progress at its production sites to reduce landfill waste, with only 0.74% of total waste sent to landfills in the previous fiscal year

Bacardi mixes perfect cocktail of water, energy and waste reductions

Global spirits giant Bacardi has surpassed annual targets in improving water use, energy efficiency and recycling rates and is on course to obtain 100% of sugarcane-derived products from sustainably certified sources by 2022.

BT recently secured the top spot in an index of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100)

BT's bold customer emissions target passes halfway mark

Telecoms giant BT is on course to help its customers reduce carbon emissions by three times the end-to-end carbon impact of its own operations by 2020, with the group's latest sustainability report revealing that it achieved a customer-to-business carbon reduction ration of 1.6 to one last year.

The deal means that fishermen will not expand their cod fishing activities with trawl gear into those areas where fishing has not taken place before

Retailers make landmark sustainable seafood pledge

Leading British supermarkets Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer (M&S) are among a cross-sector cluster of organisations that have voluntarily signed an agreement to protect a key Arctic region from industrial fishing, by preventing suppliers from expanding cod fisheries into pristine marine waters.

Nike's 2015 Sustainable Business Report details strong progress against the company’s long-term environmental targets

Nike says 'just do it' to the circular economy

Sportswear giant Nike aims to build on progress made in its latest sustainability report by integrating the circular economy into its business strategy, after becoming the latest major brand to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a global partner.

The shift to 100% renewable electricity is the latest step on Mars’ ‘Sustainable in a Generation' programme

Mars shifts to 100% renewable electricity for UK operations

Mars Incorporated has committed to purchasing 100% renewable electricity to power all 12 of its UK factories as part of the company's vision to become carbon-neutral across its global operations by 2040.

Carillion aims to contribute £40m to profitability through sustainable actions by 2020

Carillion nets £33m profit from sustainability action

Carillion has added an additional £33.8m to its overall profits thanks to an increased focus on sustainable business practices, the British construction company has announced in its latest CSR report.

The sustainability standards of bananas help ensure that farms comply with rigorous criteria designed to protect biodiversity, workers, families and nearby communities

Aldi jumps on sustainable bananas bandwagon

Supermarket Aldi UK has become the latest retailer to pledge to source its entire UK range of bananas from either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance-certified farms before the end of 2016.

Timberland has unveiled 2015 CSR results as well as new five-year performance targets against the core pillars of product, outdoors and community

Timberland pledges to 'preserve the outdoors' with fresh sustainability targets

Outdoor clothing company Timberland has set itself a new list of ambitious sustainability targets for 2020, including goals to plant 10 million trees and ensure that 50% of energy comes from renewable sources.

Earlier this year, GAR completed the mapping and traceability of its supply chain through to each of its 489 mills across Indonesia

Palm oil giant sets 'fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020

The world's second largest palm oil plantation company has told edie it wants to achieve "greater awareness of the production practices in the supply chain" as it sets itself an ambitious goal of 100% traceability to plantation by 2020.

HP will increase the use of on-site renewable energy generation and use Power Purchase Agreements in its transition to 100% renewable energy

HP joins RE100, aims for 40% renewables by 2020

Technology giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reaffirmed its commitment to sustainable business by becoming the 55th company to join the Climate Group's RE100 initiative, pledging to source 100% renewable electricity for its global operations.

FedEx Express surpassed its goal to increase vehicle fuel efficiency by 30% by 2020 five years early, with a new vehicle sustainability goal set which will see significant further savings

FedEx plans to deliver 'future of aviation' with biofuels drive

The world's largest express transportation company is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass.

Asda will help social enterprises sell products directly to members of the public via supermarkets

Asda uses carrier bag charge to fund social enterprise scheme

Asda has used money it has generated from the carrier bag charge to fund a ground-breaking new scheme in Scotland which aims to increase the availability of supermarket products that have a positive social or environmental impact.

Intel is hoping to inspire other companies to join the conflict-free ethos

Intel achieves conflict-free supply chain

Products and packages shipped by American technology giant Intel will be 'conflict free' in 2016, the company's chief executive announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The London Heathrow Marriott Hotel team will now start recycling discarded soap after teaming up with social enterprise Clean The World

Marriott helps 'Clean the World' with groundbreaking soap recycling scheme

London Heathrow Marriott Hotel has become the first hotel to partner with social enterprise Clean The World to recycle discarded soap.

Unexpected pollution incidents an lead to significant fines and a substantial bill for environmental remediation

Environmental pollution - is your business watertight?

Business owners and site managers need to ensure that their facilities are protected from water pollution and flooding. How will spill containment systems work in a real-life emergency? Would regulatory authorities be satisfied that containment systems are effective? David Cole from Hydro Consultancy finds out.

Currently all MAG airports are certified to ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standards

Manchester Airports Group reports rapid descent of carbon emissions

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has seen the total carbon emissions from all of its airports fall by 16% over the past year, according to its latest CSR report.

Next edie conference to showcase supply chain sustainability

Bringing together supply chain, procurement, and sustainability professionals, edie's fourth annual Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement conference will explore the challenges and opportunities of creating a truly sustainable and ethical supply chain.

The Co-operative Bank has issued its first values and ethics report since separating from the Co-operative Group

Co-operative Bank offsets 100,000 tonnes of CO2 in 'beyond carbon-neutral' scheme

The Co-operative Bank has reported reductions in its waste and water use and sourced 99% of its electricity from renewable energy in the company's latest values and ethics report.

Cultivating these skills is critical to our capacity to share our fragile planet and help build a world in which we can all thrive

Linking sustainability and responsibility: participation toward social justice

Leading businesses now connect sustainability not just with being 'green', but with being a proactive force for good in a globalised economy.

June saw major policy decisions, big green investmenta and significant green pledges from retailers

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in June 2015

June has been a month of major investments, policy change and landmark decisions. Take a look back at the month's major stories with edie's gallery round up.

Unilever Foundary IDEAS will enable collaboration between innovators to solve sustainability problems

Unilever launches global crowdsourcing campaign for sustainable innovation

Unilever's innovation platform, Unilever Foundry, has launched a new global crowdsourcing community to find new ways to tackle global sustainability problems.

Companies are turning to apps to make renewable energy and sustainability more accessible

VIDEO: New IRENA app puts green data at your fingertips

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched a new smartphone app which gives the public direct access to up-to-date information on renewable energy potential worldwide.

The One Drop of Life app brings to light the importance of water resources in an entertaining manner

Microsoft turns to gamification to tackle water crisis

Tech giant Microsoft has taken its corporate social responsibility to the world of smartphones, with the launch of a new mobile app designed to raise awareness of global water issues.

The Red Mud Powder Plant by Vedanta's Lanjigarh refinery in Odisha, India

The importance and benefits of corporate social responsibility

Global mining firm Vedanta has taken a new approach to corporate responsibility: it now claims to embed sustainable values across all of its activities; working with local communities, organisations and NGOs to design programmes that improve their quality of life.

A growing number of brands and companies are using social media to communicate sustainability strategies to their customers

#Sustainability: Five ways social media is driving CSR

With key sustainability credentials often hidden deep within long annual reports, businesses are increasingly embracing the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to communicate directly with their customer base.

Shaun Davis, director of sustainability at the Royal Mail, speaking at the Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference

Sustainability reporting: Employee engagement critical to overcome 'treacle layer' troubles

Communicating and embedding sustainability throughout an organisation is often hampered by a 'treacle layer' at operational level which can make it harder for businesses to develop new environmental strategies and produce succinct corporate social responsibility reports.

Matt Sexton spent 14 years with B&Q, helping to launch a number of major CSR initatives

CSR director Matt Sexton leaves B&Q

Matt Sexton has left his position as director of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at B&Q, following a restructuring of the DIY chain's sustainability division.


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