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How can geospatial data help tackle climate change?

Across the globe, billions of pounds are being invested into measures to tackle climate challenges, but how do we know we are investing in the right areas and how can we track the impact these measures are making?

The number of investors participating in the CDP initiative was up 56% year on year

CDP: Corporates more than twice as likely to disclose environmental impact if asked by investors

CDP has published the results of a campaign whereby 168 investors pushed companies to disclose more environmental information, revealing success with big names including Amazon, Facebook and Twitter.

Even among financiers with commitments, most had a limited scope and progress was not publicly reported in 2021

Two-thirds of finance giants 'continuing to fund deforestation', report warns

An analysis of 150 of the world's largest financial firms has found that 93 do not have policies to prevent deforestation caused by the companies they invest in and lend to.

The text makes no explicit mentions of climate or nature

UK-Australia trade deal finalised, without new requirements on climate and nature

The UK and Australia have finalised the text for their post-Brexit trade deal, with green groups and trade bodies once again sounding the alarm about the implications for environmental standards.

A new pathway to stopping deforestation

It is understandable that the historic COP26 pledge to end and reverse deforestation by 2030 was greeted with some scepticism. Similar pledges like the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests committed to halve deforestation by 2020. Yet the international community fell well short of this target, and in fact, between 2019 and 2020, primary rainforest destruction increased by 12%.

Hochschild sources two-thirds of its gold and silver from Peru

Mining giant Hochschild to fight Peruvian government's decision to scale back mines over environmental concerns

UK-listed Hochschild Mining saw a 27% drop in share prices on Monday evening (22 November) after the Peruvian Government outlined plans to accelerate silver and gold mine closures in a bid to reduce the sector's environmental impact.

The UK introduced a similar requirement earlier this year

EU proposes mandatory due diligence to stop deforestation in supply chains

The European Commission tabled its plan on Wednesday (17 November) to introduce mandatory due diligence for products sold on the EU market to make sure they are not linked to deforestation or forest degradation.

According to the IPCC, agri-food systems have driven 75% of man-made deforestation to date

UK food giants pledge to eliminate deforestation in soy supply chains by 2025

All of the UK's major supermarkets, as well as the likes of Danone, Nestle, Nando's, KFC UK&I and McDonald's UK&I, have signed a new joint commitment to eliminate soy that has resulted in deforestation or land degradation from their animal feed and product supply chains.

For the first time, national ambitions and commitments pushed the world into the 2C threshold of the Paris Agreement

COP26 week 1 analysis: Is the world any closer to 1.5C?

The first week of negotiations in Glasgow has led to some head-spinning announcements, the formulation of crucial climate coalitions and some massive restructures to the economy. One question still needs answering though: is COP26 'keeping 1.5C alive'?

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8 things you need to know from Nature Day at COP26

Saturday (6 November) here at COP26 was Nature and Land Use Day, with a flurry of major announcements coming from nations, the finance sector and consumer goods companies. Here, edie rounds up eight key headlines from the day.

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Consumer goods giants plot first steps towards 'forest-positive' supply chains by 2030

A coalition of 20 consumer goods businesses, including Unilever, Mars and Nestle, has unveiled a portfolio of forest restoration schemes they will support in the next two years, as part of a commitment to become 'forest-positive' by 2030.

Proceedings today (6 November) at COP26 will focus on nature, ahead of the summit's only rest day tomorrow

COP26: Nations collectively agree to sustainable food systems policies and pledge to accelerate green agriculture innovation

To mark Nature and Land Use Day at COP26, 150 organisations have agreed to accelerate the deployment of green innovations for the agriculture sector, while 45 nations have agreed to reform policies to support a sustainable food system.

In tandem to announcements from governments and end-user businesses today at COP26, several key moves are being made in the field of private finance

COP26: Asset managers representing $87.trn in assets vow to stop financing deforestation

Building on national and international commitments made at COP26 to mark Nature and Land Use Day, major financial institutions have pledged to stop financing agri-food firms linked to deforestation by 2025.

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Five major UK supermarkets pledge to halve food system's environmental impact by 2030

The chief executives of Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer (M&S) and the Co-op have signed a new joint commitment to halve the nature and climate impacts of food systems by 2030.

Announcements are spilling out of COP26 from all angles 

Top 10 talking points: The story so far at COP26

It's been a frantic first few days at COP26 as world leaders opened the two-week negotiations with a raft of new pledges and collaborative efforts to tackle some of the world's most pressing environmental issues. Here, edie rounds up the key talking points so far.

The Scottish Events Campus (pictured) was once again jam-packed, as the World Leaders Summit proportion of COP26 wrapped up 

7 things you need to know from Day Two of the COP26 World Leaders Summit

After scene-setting speeches from Sir David Attenborough, Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley and others on Monday (1 November), Tuesday was another jam-packed day at COP26. Here, edie rounds up seven key announcements from Day Two of the World Leaders Summit.

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Nations to mobilise $12bn to tackle deforestation and land degradation

A total of 12 countries have pledged to mobilise more than $12bn in donor support to halt and reverse deforestation across the globe, while also protecting human rights.

The first official full day has been jam-packed with panel talks, protests and photo ops. Here, we round up key happenings in terms of international speeches and pledges. Image: UK COP26 Unit 

COP26 World Leaders Summit: 6 things you need to know from Day 1

World leaders were officially welcomed to COP26 on Monday (1 November), with a host of Prime Ministers and national leaders joined by Sir David Attenborough and Prince Charles in setting a tone of urgency for two weeks of critical climate negotiations. Here at the key announcements from Day One of the World Leaders Summit.

Nature conservation and restoration seems to be high on this COP's to-do list, following the first half of the UN's 15th biodiversity conference 

COP26: More than 100 nations pledge to end deforestation by 2030

World leaders representing more than 100 nations, which between them play host to more than 85% of forests globally, have committed to end deforestation and reverse land degradation at COP26 in Glasgow.

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HP increases $11m forests pledge to $80m, in bid to restore one million acres

HP Inc. has extended its partnership pledge with WWF, focused on forest restoration, from $11m over a five-year period to $80m over a decade, thereby creating the largest partnership between a US-based corporation and the NGO to date.

AXA has covered more than 60,000 hectares of forests through certification schemes

AXA unveils €1.5bn biodiversity commitment

Insurance company AXA has unveiled a new €1.5bn commitment to improve biodiversity and combat deforestation across key global hotspots.

According to the RSPB and WWF, an area equivalent to 88% of the UK's total land is required to produce imported forest risk commodities annually

UK businesses should be banned from sourcing and investing in goods that cause deforestation, MPs argue

The UK Government has been implored, once again, to strengthen its plans for eliminating deforestation from international supply chains, with MPs arguing for a clampdown on deforestation deemed legal overseas.

World leaders are set to discuss a global biodiversity framework next month, as part of virtual CBD negotiations

Investors call for stronger global biodiversity framework to be delivered at COP15

A group of investors worth more than $10.6trn in assets under management has issued a statement ahead of the Convention on Biological Diversity's COP15 next month, calling for heightened global action to end deforestation and ensure sustainable land use.

The businesses are concerned that the amendments won't do enough to halt deforestation across certain areas of the world

Businesses write to Government (again) calling for strengthened Environment Bill

Businesses such as McDonald's, Nandos and UK supermarkets have again written to the Government, urging ministers to consider amendments to the Environment Bill that would strengthen efforts to combat deforestation.

Amazon believes the Accelerator will enable farmers to utilise NbS to combat the climate crisis

Amazon launches nature-based solutions 'accelerator' to support farmers and cut emissions

Amazon has today (2 September) launched a new agroforestry and restoration programme that will utilise nature-based solutions (NbS) while improving livelihoods for local farmers in the Brazilian Amazonian region.

Deforestation rates in the Amazon reached a 12-year high in 2020, according to the Brazilian space agency 

UK's proposed anti-deforestation laws leave millions of hectares of rainforest at risk, WWF argues

The UK Government is being urged once more to strengthen its plans for eliminating deforestation in international supply chains, with WWF claiming current proposals could leave 2.1 million hectares of Brazilian rainforest at risk to the soy sector alone.

JBS’s chief executive Gilberto Tomazoni met with Alok Sharma, President-Designate of COP26

World’s largest meat company JBS joins Race to Zero initiative

The world’s largest meat company, JBS, met with COP26 President Alok Sharma to formally join the Race to Zero campaign, building on a net-zero commitment set earlier this year.

This month's innovations could drive major change in the agri-food, battery and fashion sectors

Batteries made from trees and blockchain to tackle deforestation: The best green innovations of July 2021

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up six of the best from July 2021.

The Strategy marks the first major review of the UK’s food system for 75+ years

National Food Strategy presses UK Government to clarify environmental incentives for farmers post-Brexit

With the food system accounting for 20% of the UK's domestic emissions and driving biodiversity loss, the Government must urgently clarify plans for implementing the Agriculture Bill and for preventing imports produced using lower environmental standards.

Policymakers are discussing the controversial reforms this week

Business reiterate Brazil boycott as nation urged to set deforestation-linked bonds

Nando's, Ocado and the Woolworths Group are the latest businesses to have signed a letter urging Brazilian policymakers to reject a new land-use proposal that could further spur deforestation in the Amazonian region, with a new report urging the nation to link efforts to combat deforestation to sovereign bonds.

The UN estimates that food and drink production alone has been the driver of 75% of deforestation by area size to date

Current nature targets 'not enough': WWF calls for UK to cut global environmental footprint by 75%

If the UK is to properly address its climate impacts, it must reduce the environmental impact of products made domestically and imported by 75% this decade.

Media outlets including The Guardian are reporting that Environment Minister George Eustice had wanted stricter requirements on farming and climate

UK-Australia trade deal branded 'catastrophic' for environment and animal welfare

The UK and Australia have outlined the broad terms of their post-Brexit trade deal, leaving green groups, British farmers and some MPs concerned about the environmental and social implications.

Tyson Foods produces around one-fifth of all the beef, pork and chicken in the US 

Tyson Foods sets global net-zero target for 2050

The world's second-largest meat processor and marketer, Tyson Foods, has set a 2050 net-zero deadline covering all global operations and the supply chain.

The UK's 2019 'State of Nature' report revealed that most UK species have declined since the 1970s, with 15% now facing extinction 

UK Government commits to 'nature-positive' future following landmark biodiversity review

Following the publication of the landmark Dasgupta Review, which argued the case for biodiversity considerations to be embedded in all economic decisions by the government, a new commitment for all large infrastructure projects to be 'nature positive' has been made.

More and more companies are linking the performance against sustainability targets to loans and bonds

HP and JBS issue sustainability-linked bonds to drive towards net-zero

The world's largest protein producer, JBS, has announced the issuance of a $1bn sustainability-linked bond tied to net-zero targets, while technology firm HP has unveiled its sustainable bonds framework.

The TNFD has officially launched today

Can the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures solve the global ecological crisis?

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) officially launched on Friday (4 June) with an overarching aim to align corporate reporting and financial spending to alleviate nature-related risks. Here, edie explores whether the new initiative can generate enough momentum to deliver tangible change.

Toombs outlined how business can contribute to each COP26 'goal', including a new fourth ambition on collaboration 

'Engage your suppliers and competitors': COP26 architect urges business collaboration ahead of crucial climate summit

The UK COP26 unit's director of partnerships and engagement, Matt Toombs, used his keynote speech at edie's flagship Countdown to COP26 event to outline exactly how businesses can properly prepare for the crucial talks.

Iceland is also exploring alternatives to soy, but Walker admits that there aren’t any commercially scalable solutions ready

Iceland boss Richard Walker: Collective business activism required to hold politicians to account

EXCLUSIVE: Iceland Foods' boss Richard Walker believes that 'collective business activism' is essential in driving policymakers to align with the sustainability movement, following a recent letter sent by food retailers to the Brazilian Government urging them to reconsider a new land bill that could increase deforestation.

Deforestation is believed to have accelerated amid Covid-19, and green groups are concerned that new legislation could make the problem worse still

From Aldi to Waitrose: UK food giants threaten to boycott Brazilian suppliers over deforestation

A string of big-name supermarkets, food-to-go chains, suppliers and manufacturers have threatened to boycott Brazilian products if lawmakers there do not bolster laws designed to protect the Amazon rainforest.

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Six top tips for developing a leading business biodiversity strategy

Biodiversity is steadily rising up the business agenda in the run-up to COP26. But how can the private sector go beyond greenwashing to deliver meaningful, engaging, science-based strategies?

The LEAF initiative aims to mobilise at least $1bn to support emissions reductions by ensuring tropical forests that act as carbon sinks are protected from deforestation

Amazon and Unilever among businesses teaming with governments on $1bn deforestation pledge

A group of businesses including Amazon, Unilever, and Nestlé has joined the UK, US and Norwegian governments in setting up a new public-private initiative committing $1bn to combat the climate crisis through the conservation and preservation of tropical forests across the globe.

Tropical forests and islands, as well as mountains, are facing higher extinction risks than the global average, according to the paper

Delivering Paris Agreement could help save most endangered species, report reveals

More than nine in ten plant and animal species will face challenges if the current global warming trajectory continues, a new study has revealed. But most species could be saved from extinction if the world delivers on the Paris Agreement.

Commodities covered by the coalition include palm oil (pictured), soy and forest products like wood and paper

Consumer goods giants plot course to deforestation-free supply chains

A coalition of 20 multinational consumer goods firms have developed a roadmap to eliminate commodity-driven deforestation, after pledging last year to deliver a 'forest-positive' impact.

JBS has also committed to eliminating all cases of illegal Amazon deforestation from its supply chain by 2025 and across other Brazilian regions by 2030

Meat giant JBS commits to net-zero emissions and zero deforestation

Brazilian meat producer JBS has ringfenced $1bn to reaching net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2040, while also aiming to eliminate illegal deforestation.

The private sector has already missed collective anti-deforestation targets for 2020

Just 1% of businesses taking strong action on deforestation, despite risks totalling $53bn

An analysis of the anti-deforestation work of 553 of the world's largest businesses has found that just 1% are taking 'best practice' action. This is despite the multi-billion-dollar risks associated with inaction.

The likes of Pernod Ricard and Nestle have already enshrined biodiversity into their sustainability strategies

Cutting through complexity: Can biodiversity be embedded into corporate strategies?

In recent months, the importance of biodiversity in combatting the climate crisis has reached a new level understanding, with policymakers and academics peering into this complex topic to try and outline how the private sector can champion it. Here, edie hears from the businesses that have already enshrined regenerative practices into their business model.

The resolution will be put to a vote in May at HSBC’s AGM

HSBC to vote on phase-out of fossil fuel funding

HSBC will propose a new commitment to completely phase-out financing of coal-fired power and thermal coal mines by 2040 globally, following negotiations with a group of investors with $2.4tn in assets under management.

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What makes a sustainability leader? Meet Business of the Year, Barry Callebaut

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards taking place on Wednesday (3 February), this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Business of the Year award, Barry Callebaut.

Banks and investors have been quicker to divest from coal than deforesters, according to the NGO despite both having a significant climate impact

Report: 2 in 3 banks have no commitments to stop financing deforestation

Some 95 of the world's largest 150 banks and investment firms have not published policies to prevent the companies they finance from destroying forests, with laggards including BlackRock and Wells Fargo.

Less meat is the only pathway to tackling deforestation scarring soy supply chains

Voluntary commitments to sustainable soy supply chains won't stick in the face of ongoing deforestation scandals. Retailers and investors urgently need a Plan B, argues Feedback Global's Daniel Jones.

Some of the world's largest banks have been linked to industries that are causing mass deforestation and biodiversity loss

Banks urged to set time-bound targets to tackle deforestation

A new report has outlined how banks can take proactive steps to improve traceability and accountability of contributions to deforestation, as part of a first step to accelerating action towards a forest-restorative economy.

The global biodiversity funding gap could surpass $824bn by 2030, Global Canopy warns

Governments urged to redirect $1trn of 'planet-wrecking' subsidies to nature conservation and restoration

Governments collectively funnel more than $1trn of subsidies into businesses that harm nature, including fossil fuel majors, mining giants and industrial agriculture, every year.

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Horizon scanning: Eight green innovations set to shake-up sustainability in 2021

Over the past 12 months, countless innovations which could help businesses and nations deliver a green recovery. Here, edie rounds up nine key products and concepts that could transform sustainability in 2021.

Green finance has been a major topic amid the events of 2020

Banks pressured to divest from fossil fuels and deforesters ahead of COP26

MPs, trade bodies and the UN's Environment Programme are urging banks to unify their response to the net-zero transition ahead of COP26 next November and commit to time-bound phase-outs for fossil fuel finance.

Kingfisher’s role as a founding partner will be to support the implementation of Integrated Community Forest Management approaches. Image credit Rainforest Alliance

Kingfisher partners with Rainforest Alliance on 'forest positive' commitment

B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher has announced a new partnership with the Rainforest Alliance that will help the corporate become "forest negative" by 2025.

Growth will be delivered by a rollout of the Vegetarian Butcher, which Unilever acquired in 2018. In addition, more vegan options for brands such as Hellmann’s, Magnum and Wall’s will be introduced

Unilever to halve food waste, sets €1bn sales target for plant-based food alternatives

Consumer goods giant Unilever has unveiled a new "future foods" strategy that will see the company commit to halving food waste, improving nutritional standards and set a €1bn sales target for plant-based meat and dairy alternatives.

Around 80% of deforestation to date is linked to agriculture

Environment Bill: UK businesses to be banned from sourcing through deforesters overseas

New measures designed to stop UK-based businesses from importing products or materials linked to deforestation abroad have been added to the Environment Bill - but some green groups argue that loopholes will remain.

The electric trucks have so far covered more than 8,600km in delivery routes

Oatly slashes emissions with all-electric truck fleet

Vegan food brand Oatly has reduced transport-related emissions across key delivery routes in Sweden by almost 90%, after switching to an all-electric fleet of trucks provided by technology company Einride.

#SustyTalk: Mastercard's Kristina Kloberdanz on collaborating and communicating for sustainability

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with Mastercard’s chief sustainability officer Kristina Kloberdanz discussing the company's collaborative work on issues like plastics pollution, deforestation and financial empowerment.

On average, each of the 50 banks was linked $52bn in finance that is causing biodiversity loss risk

Banks and agribusiness linked to biodiversity loss

Some of the world's largest banks have been linked to industries that are causing mass deforestation and biodiversity loss, with some in the finance sector providing loans and underwriting worth more than $2.6trn to climate-wrecking initiatives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 sustainability communications lessons from David Attenborough's Extinction: The Facts

David Attenborough's latest BBC documentary has been called both "heartwarming" and "gut-wrenching" since it aired on Sunday evening (13 September). But beyond the striking facts and shocking images, it provides viewers with several lessons on how to get environmental communications right, edie's senior reporter Sarah George explains.

Previous research proving that nature loss is happening at an unprecedented pace is highlighted in the report

UN: 'Business-as-usual' must be transformed to prevent collapse of nature

The UN has revealed that 14 of the 20 goals set in 2010 to halt the accelerating decline of nature have not been met and is urging governments, businesses and individuals to accelerate habitat and biodiversity restoration.

If natural disasters occur at the same rate recorded over the last 30 years, 1.2 billion could be displaced globally by 2050

Climate crisis to cause mass population displacement and growth in refugees, report finds

The ecological and climate crises are on course to displace more than 1.2 billion people by 2050, as natural disasters, food shortages and water scarcity create mass disruptions to global migration trends.

Humans are responsible for at least 75% of all wildfires, the report highlights

Climate change and agriculture driving record levels of deforestation, WWF report finds

Climate change and agriculture are fueling record levels of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, with fires in the area 33% higher over that last 12 months than the previous year.

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.

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.

According to WWF, nature loss will cost the global economy at least £8trn by 2050 

Banking giants team up for Task Force for Nature-related Financial disclosures

AXA and BNP Paribas are among a group of 10 major banks backing a new initiative intended to help corporates measure, disclose and minimise their nature-related financial risks.

Around 80% of the UK’s environmental laws have been forged in partnership with other nations in Europe

Defra unveils natural capital 'assessment' funding as post-Brexit green recovery shapes up

Environment Minister George Eustice has announced a new £5m Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment to protect the UK's environment as part of a new package of Environment Bill measures, on the same day that the Government unveiled a £16m sustainable farming package in South America.

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.

Deforestation will be mitigated through supply chain engagement, recycled material sourcing and investment in innovation

World Rainforest Day: Dozens of retailers commit to deforestation-free fashion supply chains

Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Sainsbury's and Asda are among a coalition of 45 major businesses jointly pledging to eliminate deforestation from their fashion supply chains, as part of a collaborative initiative coordinated by non-profit Canopy.

The new commitments will also focus on supply chain emissions and regenerative practices 

Unilever launches €1bn climate and nature fund, targets net-zero emissions by 2039

Consumer goods giant Unilever has unveiled a new set of sustainability commitments, pledging to end its contribution to deforestation, promote regenerative agriculture, transition to biodegradable ingredients and reach net-zero emissions for products by 2039 - all supported by a new €1bn Climate and Nature fund.

The coronavirus pandemic has added additional strains on an already under-pressure sector

Coronavirus: Is this the beginning of the end for the 'self-sabotaging' meat sector?

The coronavirus could end up being the "straw that breaks the meat industry's back" with a new report warning that almost three-quarters of the world's largest meat, fish and dairy companies are at high risk from an array of criteria that could spark future pandemics.

Sir David made the call to support the launch of the FFI’s new Partner Crisis Support Fund

Sir David Attenborough backs new conservation crisis fund

Sir David Attenborough has called on nations and citizens to refocus on nature in a way that "respects rather than exploits" as a response to Covid-19, as the non-profit organisation he represents unveils a new $1m 'conservation crisis' fund.

CDP has found that the average company’s supply chain emissions are estimated to be around five-and-a-half times greater than those generated by their direct operations

Number of companies requesting supplier environment data jumps by a quarter

The number of companies calling on their supplier to disclose environmental data to CDP has increased by 24% in a year, with more than 150 organisations now taking proactive steps to gain more understanding of the environmental impacts of their supply chains.

Mission Possible: The 2020 report

This exclusive edie report explores how a green recovery from Covid-19 can be achieved across six of the UK's biggest industries: Utilities, Manufacturing, Construction, Retail, Hospitality & Leisure, and the Public Sector.

Engaging with the SDGs can help us build a better future post-pandemic

This year marked the start of the 'Decade of Action' for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - an ambitious vision for a future that is free of poverty and inequality, and where we've overcome the climate and ecological emergency. But we're now facing an unexpected and more immediate crisis.

The scientists said the multitrillion-dollar economic recovery packages being rolled out by governments must be used to strengthen and enforce environmental protection

Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics, say world's top scientists

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to be followed by even more deadly and destructive disease outbreaks unless their root cause - the rampant destruction of the natural world - is rapidly halted, the world's leading biodiversity experts have warned.

The natural pulp is produced at biorefineries that utilise recovery mechanisms to reuse energy.

John Lewis unveils sustainable womenswear collection

John Lewis & Partners has teamed up with luxury sustainable womenswear brand Mother of Pearl to launch a new sustainable clothing collection made from organic cotton and certified renewable wood fibre sources.

Mighty Earth does note that some Governments and businesses are continuing to prioritise climate action as part of a stimulus response to the coronavirus

Airlines, automakers and fossil fuel firms blasted as 'coronavirus climate profiteers'

A new report has blasted the lobbying efforts of the airline, automaker, fossil fuel and logging industries, claiming that organisations are attempting to benefit from billion-pound bailouts in response to the coronavirus that enables them to carry on with climate-wrecking business practices.

The Planetary Computer will combine satellite imagery with an AI platform to provide data on global ecosystems and to deliver predictive models and estimates of global carbon stocks

Planetary Computer: Microsoft launches data-driven platform to accelerate global biodiversity efforts

Microsoft has announced the creation of a "Planetary Computer" that will give charities, business and policymakers access to scientific data on how land use, reforestation and other wildlife initiatives can improve biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, as the company pledges to protect more land than it uses by 2025.

In 2010 companies such as Mars, Hershey, Nestle and Cargill pledged to reduce the worst forms of child labour in their West African supply chains by 70% by 2020

Child labour on the rise in cocoa supply chains

Cases of child labour occurring in the cocoa supply chain are rumoured to have increased by 2% to more than two million children, according to a draft US Government report, while big businesses in the sector have been ranked on approaches to supply chain engagement.

Focusing on people and the planet this Easter

While Easter celebrations will almost certainly be different for many of us this year, it will still be synonymous with chocolate. Cocoa production worldwide hit a record high of 4.85 million tonnes last year and shows little sign of slowing down as, in the face of the pandemic, consumers reach for familiar comforts like chocolate.

Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 502,000 square miles of forest, according to the World Bank—an area larger than South Africa

Business giants including Tesco urge ministers to end supply chain deforestation by 2030

Tesco, McDonald's and WWF are among the businesses and NGOs urging the UK Government to set a legally binding 2030 target to end deforestation in agriculture and forest product supply chains.

The overall Cocoa Life sourcing programme aims to eventually reach more than 200,000 farmers across six countries and benefit more than a million people by 2022

Mondelēz increases transparency drive to combat supply chain deforestation

Mondelēz International, which owns brands including Cadbury and Dairy Milk, has increased a transparency drive on farms in the world's largest two cocoa-producing countries that are registered under the firm's ethical and sustainable sourcing programme.

The plan will aim to protect a percentage of the Earth's land and sea

Negotiations start on global 'Paris-style' deal to avert Earth's sixth mass extinction

National governments will meet in Rome this week to discuss and reflect on a 20-point UN draft proposal to halt irreversible ecological damage, which looks set to be formally adopted in October.

The global palm oil industry generates more than $50bn annually, but traditional plantations have driven widespread destruction of tropical rainforests

Kellogg's revamps deforestation and palm oil policies after environmental protests

Kellogg's has pledged to source 100% physically deforestation-free certified palm oil by 2025, following campaigns by green groups and schoolchildren.

Companies assessed have sizeable links to the world's six most at-risk supply chains, in regards to deforestation. 

Report: Half of world's largest businesses haven't pledged to end supply chain deforestation

Of the 350 corporates and 150 investor bodies with the world's highest involvement in supply chains with high deforestation risks, around half have not publicly committed to eliminate deforestation from their value chains.

Most of the costs will be caused by the loss of natural coastal protection services, which in turn will lead to increased flooding 

Nature loss to rock global economy by £8trn by 2050

The UK is set to take an annual economic hit of at least £16bn through the destruction of natural ecosystems, with global costs set to spiral to almost £8trn by 2050, a new WWF report has warned.

 edie rounds up the commentary on key areas of the Environment Bill

'A much-need overhaul': Green groups react to revamped Environment Bill

Green groups have welcomed the reintroduction of the Government's 'gold standard' Environment Bill today (30 January), noting that it could be "truly transformative" if it is able to set out legal guarantees on the delivery of a raft of new policy commitments.

In May last year, the world’s leading scientists warned that nature is disappearing at a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average for the past 10m years

Humans risk living in an empty world, warns UN biodiversity chief

Humanity will have given up on planet Earth if world leaders cannot reach an agreement this year to stop the mass extinction of wildlife and destruction of life-supporting ecosystems, the United Nation's new biodiversity chief has warned.

Palm oil is found in the majority of supermarket goods, but has been cited as a key driver of deforestation in Asia 

Biggest food brands 'failing goals to banish palm oil deforestation'

Some of the world's biggest brands are failing in their commitments to banish deforestation from their supply chains through their use of palm oil, despite making public claims to environmental sustainability, according to two reports.

Images: UNClimateChange Flickr

America's Pledge and Europe's Green Deal: What happened on days 8 & 9 of COP25?

COP25 - the UN's annual two-week-long climate summit - has entered its second week in Madrid. Here, edie rounds up all the key news and views from the last few days of the event.

Tesco commits £10m to combat deforestation from soy production in Brazil

Tesco has committed £10m over the next five years to fund a new initiative to transition to producing deforestation-free soy in the Cerrado region in Brazil.

Global demand for soy is expected to increase 4% annually, mainly for its use as an ingredient in animal feed. Soy produced in the Amazon represents 10% of Brazil’s total soy production

Investors and businesses call for action to support deforestation-free soy in Brazil

A group of global investors and businesses, including Tesco, Mars and Sainsbury's, have signed a letter calling for the Brazilian Government and president Jair Bolsonaro to support a voluntary agreement that has limited deforestation from soy production in the country.


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