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The move builds on ASOS's pledge to eliminate modern slavery from the supply chains of its 87,000 own-brand lines

ASOS urges fashion sector to take tougher action on modern slavery

Online fashion retailer ASOS is calling on other firms in the sector to take stronger action to eliminate modern slavery from their supply chains, after teaming up with several of its third-party brands to develop a five-point "roadmap".

Women in sustainability: The agents of change are ready, its time businesses were too

Sustainability is changing how businesses view waste, staff, profits and communities, but its time for businesses that want to prosper to realise the opportunities that a new wave of women leaders can bring.

BlackRock predicts the European ETF market for ESG assets to grow from $12bn today to $250bn by 2028

BlackRock steps up ESG drive with six new low-carbon funds

The world's largest asset manager BlackRock has launched new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that screen out exposure to "controversial" sectors, improve environmental social and governance (ESG) scores and offer a reduced carbon emissions intensity of 30%.

The Rainforest Alliance is committed to supporting cocoa-growing communities increase farmer income while conserving the environment and wildlife

Tesco switches to sustainable cocoa for own-brand products in time for Easter

UK supermarket Tesco has announced that all cocoa for its own-brand chocolate is now sourced from farms that are Rainforest Alliance Certified.

AB Sugar launched its first-ever group-wide sustainability report in 2018

How AB Sugar made sustainability its competitive edge

Faced with extreme climate-related challenges and increased calls for healthier diets, one of the world's leading sugar businesses has raised its sustainability ambitions to keep its competitive edge in a challenging economic environment.

The latest iteration of the annual report ranks 150 global companies across four key animal ethics areas. Image: Sam Frost/WSPA

Report: British firms leading animal welfare practices, but laggards remain

Some of the UK's largest food firms, including Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Cranswick, have been named as the corporate leaders on animal welfare issues in a new report which names the likes of Mars, Subway and Starbucks as laggards in this space.

Stevia is a naturally sourced, low-calorie sweetener that is gaining traction as a replacement for sugar based on health benefits

Tate & Lyle to assess sustainability of stevia supply chain

Global food and beverage provider Tate & Lyle has announced a new partnership aiming to assess the stevia sweetener supply chain for any improvements that can be made to environmental, energy and social stewardship.

A total of 22 car washers have been named by the Government for failing to pay minimum wage

Supermarkets warned over ethical and environmental impacts of hand car washes

The Environment Agency will write to major UK supermarkets to call on them to ensure that hand car washes operating in their car parks take appropriate efforts to tackle pollution and human rights concerns, after the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) warned of the "spectrum of exploitation" taking place in the practice.

According to the British Fashion Council, the UK fashion industry contributed £28.1bn to national GDP in 2015, up from £21bn in 2009

Business models for UK fashion industry unsustainable, MPs warn

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has today (31 January) criticised major fashion retailers, including Sports Direct, Amazon and Missguided, for "failing to take action" to protect workers and promote environmental sustainability.

The chemicals will be removed from more than 1,300 Kingfisher-owned stores across Europe, including B&Q and Screwfix outlets in the UK

Kingfisher to phase-out 'harmful' chemicals across supply chain

Home improvement retailer Kingfisher will phase-out three potentially harmful chemical groups from its own branded products by 2025, with plans in place to extend the ban across its supply chain as part of the firm's Chemicals Roadmap.

Under the commitment, Kahlua will pay workers a premium for using water and resource-efficient farming techniques

Kahlua pledges to source 100% of its coffee from sustainable communities

Liqueur brand Kahlua has committed to source all of its coffee from communities it certifies as sustainable by 2022, in a bid to have a net-positive environmental and social impact across its supply chains.

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

Plastic-free flights and blockchain offsets: 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.

H&M recently announced that 930,000 garment workers in its supply chain are covered by its 'fair living wage' roadmap

H&M holds fair wage summit after criticism of supply chain pay policies

Fashion giant H&M has today (11 December) held a summit to determine how best to ensure all supply chain workers receive a "fair" living wage, following campaigner accusations that it had failed to pay some garment workers enough to keep them above the poverty line.

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

Just Eat's e-scooters and solar-powered smart homes: 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 report accuses viscose suppliers supplying to some of the world's biggest fashion retailers of dumping toxic waste in China's Beijiao Port (pictured)

High-street fashion giants urge viscose suppliers to bolster sustainability

A group of big-name fashion retailers including H&M, ASOS and Inditex are urging their suppliers to take ambitious action to make their viscose processing methods more sustainable, after an investigation found that many were dumping toxic wastewater in waterways and fisheries.

Greenpeace claims that 25 orangutans are lost every day

More than 800,000 people sign petition to release Iceland's banned Christmas advert

More than 800,000 people have signed a petition calling for an overturn on the decision to ban Iceland's palm oil-focused Christmas advert from being aired on television during the festive period.

After leading Ikea's sustainability team for six years, Howard now chairs the We Mean Business Coalition. Image: Bloomberg

Former Ikea boss Steve Howard: Big businesses must go all-in on sustainability

Ikea's former chief sustainability officer Steve Howard has urged today's business leaders to be bold and set 100% targets to achieve a sustainable future in the face of rising global megatrends.

The UK Government estimates that around 13,000 people in Britain are living in modern slavery today

UK fashion retailers and law enforcement agencies to partner on tackling modern slavery

Some of the UK's largest fashion retailers, including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer (M&S), have committed to work with law enforcement bodies to help identify and act on cases of modern slavery in the textiles industry.

The animated Rang-tan advert was originally created and used by Greenpeace earlier this year

Why Iceland's deforestation-focused Christmas advert won't be on TV this year

Iceland's decision to use part of its Christmas communications campaign on an advert that highlighted the destructive nature of palm oil has been blocked from airing on UK television channels, but why?

Food security: The power of data insights, knowledge sharing and collaboration

Increasing agricultural productivity is a global imperative. To feed a rising global population it has been estimated that we need to grow more food in the next 40 years than we did in the previous 10,000. If that wasn't stark enough, the challenge is being compounded by climate volatility.

Before the MSA was launched, modern slavery was considered a supply chain issue beyond the company’s direct remit. Three years on, edie explores what has changed

Three years on: How the Modern Slavery Act has reshaped best practice for sustainable business

The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) served to highlight issues of human rights abuses and human trafficking when it was written into UK law three years ago. But with half of UK businesses still pre-compliance with the Act, edie explores the impact it has had on sustainable business practices to date.

Research by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project found that only one in ten of the world's largest pension funds has pledged to align their portfolios with the Paris Agreement's 2C trajectory

World's pension funds vulnerable to climate risks, study reveals

87% of assets managed by the world's 100 largest public pension funds are yet to undergo a formal climate risk assessment, according to research published on Tuesday (23 October), with only 15% of them adopting a coal exclusion policy.

It's non-stop for the edie team in this episode, as we embark on a week-long 'podcasting relay', broadcasting from some of the biggest events of Green GB Week

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The Great Green GB Week relay

It's episode 50 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, and the edie team undergo a week-long podcasting relay, interviewing an array of sustainability experts from the likes of Adnams, BT, Good Energy, PwC and WWF as part of the UK Government's Green GB Week.

The Co-op's chief commercial officer Michael Fletcher (first from left) made the comments during a Fairtrade conference in London

Co-op: Fair pay for supply chain workers 'could be the next plastics'

As more companies begin to emphasise the importance of human rights across global supply chains, the Co-op's chief commercial officer Michael Fletcher has noted that supply chain worker treatment could have a “David Attenborough moment” and become the next big sustainability issue for consumers.

Cheshire explained that greenhush and greenwashing could both harm business reputations. Tucker Images

No more 'Greenhush': Sir Ian Cheshire urges business to get vocal on sustainability

The chairman of Barclays UK and Debenhams had suggested that the business community has a "moral imperative" to deliver and communicate real change that brings in new business models to alleviate key climate concerns.

The CCC claims that some workers in H&M's Bulgarian textile factories are paid just 9% of the nation's living wage

H&M accused of failing to ensure living wage for supply chain workers

Fashion giant H&M has been accused of failing to fulfil a commitment to pay all garment workers enough to keep them above the poverty line, a week after claiming that almost one-million employees are covered by its "fair living wage" approach.

London was ranked among the six centres most likely to grow across the rankings over the next two to three years

London slides down rankings for global green finance leaders

London has dropped from first to third place in a global ranking of the world's "greenest" financial centres, with ties to “legacy assets” focusing on “non-green” financial offerings impacting its score.

Governments have also been tasked with introducing policies that incentivise responsible practice for supply chain workers

UK agrees new principles to combat supply chain modern slavery

The UK Government has spearheaded a collaborative new set of principles aimed at helping nations tackle modern slavery in global supply chains, which is believed to impact more than 45 million people.

Delegates discussed the key drivers that would impact sustainability reporting in the near future

TCFD, SDGs and pop-up squads: What the future holds for sustainability reporting

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and reporting and assurance firm DNV GL to discuss how new standards, systems and stakeholder demands are together revolutionising sustainability reporting.

H&M’s strategy focuses on the management process of wage standards, rather than imposing specific wage levels for suppliers

Almost one million garment workers covered by H&M's 'fair living wage' strategy

H&M has revealed that more than 930,000 garment workers located in its supply chain are now covered by a "fair living wage" approach, with 84% of the company's product volume now produced in factories that are improving wage standards and human rights approaches.

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

Primark expands Sustainable Cotton programme to Pakistan

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

UBS surveyed 5,300 millionaires with at least $1m in investable assets each in a bid to track global green finance trends

UBS: UK investors 'more cautious' on sustainable finance than global peers

A new report from UBS has found that UK investors have been more cautious to integrate sustainable financial products into their portfolios, largely due to the uncertainties of Brexit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Future gazing the role of the sustainability profession

It's a tricky thing, predicting the future. So, before looking forward let us reflect upon on what changes we've seen in the CRS profession over the last 20 years. There's no doubt we are a profession that is growing in maturity, and yet still evolving.

The study found that more than two-thirds of foreign capital directed to Brazil’s soy and beef sectors between 2000 and 2011 was channelled through tax havens

Tax havens shielding companies responsible for deforestation and overfishing

Money channelled through secretive tax havens has been used to fuel deforestation in the Amazon and illegal fishing around the world, racking up a heavy environmental toll but leaving few ways for businesses to be held to account.

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

Academics call on businesses to drop standalone sustainability reports

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

edie spoke to the company’s responsibility programme director Pauline Bohl before the revelations of burning stock became public knowledge

The burning question: Can Burberry spark a resource revolution in the fashion industry?

EXCLUSIVE: In contrast to the public uproar over the burning of almost £30m worth of stock, luxury fashion brand Burberry is on a journey to "foster business models" that redefine waste and embed the circular economy into an industry riddled with "fast fashion" discrepancies.

The free app was launched to mark World Day Against Trafficking after a rise in the number of calls to the Modern Slavery Helpline

BT teams up with Unseen to launch modern slavery reporting app

Communications giant BT has partnered with anti-trafficking charity Unseen to launch an app that lets users report concerns in confidence of potential cases of modern slavery.

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

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

Factories in China, India and Indonesia have been linked with environmental destruction and causing illness

Dirty fashion: Companies criticised over 'damaging' viscose use

Luxury fashion brands and high-street retailers have again been linked with the damaging production of viscose textile fibres, despite some of last year's laggards making notable improvements to sourcing practices.

The report found that the UK imports more than £13.7bn ($18bn) of “at-risk” goods likely to have been produced through forced labour annually

Report: UK product imports fuelling modern slavery at home and abroad

The UK purchased almost £14bn worth of products that were produced through forced labour last year, while 136,000 people living in modern slavery are now located in the UK, according to a new report.

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

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

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

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

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

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

During a workshop at the event, many delegates noted that achieving boardroom buy-in for anti-slavery measures required them to position the issue as a risk to business cost and reputation

UK businesses must make tackling modern slavery business-critical, experts warn

EXCLUSIVE: UK businesses must move beyond viewing modern slavery as a “tick box” exercise and do more to combat cases at every level of their supply chains, according to representatives from the likes of Marks and Spencer (M&S), Innocent Drinks and PwC.

PepsiCo has announced it will not purchase palm oil from land that has been cleared since the end of 2015

PepsiCo on track for palm oil goals despite NGO concerns

PepsiCo has released an updated sourcing policy in a bid to source 100% certified sustainable palm oil by 2020, a move that the Rainforest Action Network has described as a "dodge and cover" action plan.

As the first sporting body to sign up to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now scheme, FIFA is targeting emissions neutrality by 2050

How sustainable is the FIFA 2018 World Cup?

With the first match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup set to kick-off today (14 June), edie takes a look at whether the event lines up with the global low-carbon transition.

MSC and FOS certified more than nine million metric tonnes of fish in 2015

'Label shopping': Is the certification scheme model broken?

Voluntary certification schemes have fiercely denied claims from a new report that that are providing cover for companies that are "destroying the planet", raising questions of whether the abundance of certification offers is watering-down sustainability efforts.

Almost half of edie’s Sector Insight respondents (47%) viewed a ‘lack of supply chain management/transparency’ as a ‘significant’ challenge for the sector

Hospitality & leisure firms struggling to act on modern slavery, edie report finds

EXCLUSIVE: Modern slavery is seen as a 'business-critical' sustainability challenge by just one-fifth of firms operating in the UK's hospitality and leisure sector, with businesses struggling to achieve fully-transparent supply chains, edie's latest sector insight report has found.

Sector insight: The state of sustainability in hospitality & leisure

This exclusive insight report explores the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainability in the UK's hospitality & leisure industry.

Featuring expert advice and case studies from Ikea, Asia Pulp & Paper, Primark and more, the handbook equips readers with knowledge and examples to embed new supply chain practices

The Essential Eight: edie launches supply chain sustainability handbook

Sustainability and CSR professionals looking to implement best practice to drive sustainability into the supply chain now have access to a new 'handbook' which provides expert advice and insight to tackle eight essential areas of supply chain management.

The company has launched new videos to outline how sustainability ambitions have been embedded into the purpose of the company

SC Johnson tweaks brand purpose as emissions tumble

SC Johnson, ubiquitously known as "a family company", has updated its identity to place sustainability at the heart of business strategy, as outlined in the company’s latest sustainability report which revealed that emissions have been halved over an 18-year period.

According to the report, greater transparency is required to enable businesses to address sustainability and hygiene concerns as they arise

Consumer demand for transparency to disrupt food sector, report finds

Public trust in the food sector has eroded to an "all-time low", with a new report commissioned by premium food supplier Cranswick warning that heightened consumer demand for increased transparency looks set to disrupt the sector.

Icebreaker is now using a “Baacode” that enables consumers to trace fibres in clothing all the way back to the farm

How Icebreaker's first transparency report aims to disrupt the outdoor apparel industry

A New Zealand-based outdoor apparel company's attempt to disrupt the industry by reducing plastic synthetics has been highlighted through its first Transparency report, which provides complete disclosure into supply chain contracts, living wage commitments and edible packaging innovations.

Hershey will invest in “innovative agroforestry methods” to protect forests and climates. Image Andy Melton/Flickr

Hershey commits £355m to supply chain sustainability

Global confectionery company Hershey has committed $500m (£355m) to tackling child labour and links to deforestation in its supply chains, as part of a comprehensive new sustainability strategy.

The newly published guide shows American company Hershey Foods Corporation – commonly called Hershey’s – is leading the ranking of the more sustainable companies in the chocolate industry

Easter sustainability: Chocolate firms urged to become 'good eggs' for green business

Chocolate companies still have "a huge amount of work to do" in implementing truly sustainable policies, with some doing much better than others, the Washington-based NGO Mighty Earth concluded in a consumer guide ranking chocolate producers on their sustainability leadership.

Scorched earth in Argentina, image Mighty Earth

Meat industry driving 'astounding' levels of deforestation, report finds

Global agribusinesses have been implored to improve the traceability of their soy and soybean supply chains, after a new report linked food products sold in European supermarkets with severe deforestation cases in South America.

As well as calling on other hoteliers to join the network, the report recommends that firms be bolder in showcasing commitments to tackling modern slavery

Hotelier coalition calls on industry to make modern slavery top priority

A coalition of hospitality firms with a collective annual turnover of more than £14bn is calling on the industry to drive change in supply chains by treating modern slavery as a critical corporate responsibility.

Research by campaigners POWERful Women found that 46% of the top 80 companies in the energy sector have all-male boards

International Women's Day: How gender equality can transform the energy sector

EXCLUSIVE: A failure to integrate gender equality at board level could be holding the UK's energy industry back from embracing the transformational benefits of renewables and smart-data technologies.

Water tests at one of the plants found that carbon disulphide – the toxic chemical used in viscose production – levels were 125 times the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline value

British retailers linked to polluting supplier factories

Marks & Spencer, H&M and ASOS are among the global companies that have agreed to incorporate new measures into sourcing policies for textile fibres, after a new report linked Tesco, Asda and Next to Asian viscose factories that are polluting the environment and contributing to premature deaths.

The latest phase of the partnership aims to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children across 63 tea gardens in Assam, which have a total population of 350,000

How Twinings is championing women's rights in the tea supply chain

EXCLUSIVE: Twinings' decision to increase its funding initiative with UNICEF for vulnerable tea farmers in Assam was built on a belief that improving skills, health and wellbeing is critical to securing the long-term security of the supply chain, the company's head of social impact has revealed.

Unilever first launched its Sustainable Palm Oil Policy in 2013, with the aim of achieving a full traceable supply chain

Unilever implements 'radical step' on palm oil traceability

Unilever has become the first consumer goods firm to publicly disclose palm oil suppliers and mills that it sources from, both directly and indirectly, a move described by the firm as a "major milestone" in driving sustainability through the industry.

The Waitrose Foundation logo will appear on the retailer’s Costa Rican wholehead pineapples. Image: Waitrose

Waitrose's ethical supplier scheme expands out of Africa for first time

Waitrose is expanding its ethical trading initiative beyond Africa for the first time, with pineapple growers in Costa Rica set to be backed by extra investment from the British retailer.

Primark’s ethical trade and environmental sustainability team, consisting of more than 100 people across key sourcing countries, will update the sourcing map on a twice-yearly basis

Primark's Global Sourcing Map emphasises the importance of brand transparency

Primark's decision to publish a Global Sourcing Map to its website is part of an ongoing journey of supply chain transparency, and a reflection that there is a greater appetite amongst retailers to collaborate on societal and environmental issues.

In national parks and forest reserves in Ivory Coast, the Guardian found that swathes of trees had been cleared to plant cocoa

Valentines Day: Chocolates driving deforestation across the globe, report claims

A box of chocolates may not be the most environmentally friendly way to show your love this Valentine's Day, a report published today claims.

 Less than a third of respondents felt that ethical practices should include stakeholder engagement outside of financial backers

Report: Majority of UK SMEs struggling to embed sustainability

Almost three-quarters of UK SMEs are struggling to embed sustainability practices, citing costs issues and unfavourable government policies as major stumbling blocks, according to a new report.

PTPN employees more than 121,000 people and generated 63% if its $2.5m global sales from palm oil production

Unilever to increase sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has struck a deal with a government-owned palm oil plantation firm in Indonesia to create a support framework that enables local mills and smallholders to produce palm oil according to standards of no deforestation and no peatland deterioration.

The report also goes to lengths to highlight the positive work being done to tackle human rights issues in the supply chains of the brands

Report: UK jewellers 'must do more' to combat potential human rights abuses

The billion-pound jewellery industry is still "tainted" by hidden cases of human rights abuses and modern slavery, with a new report urging large UK brands to increase reporting responsibilities to ensure supply chains are fully-mapped and audited.

3.6 million signatures support the Forever Against Animal Testing campaign, but The Body Shop wants to reach eight million signatures and to take the petition to the UN in 2018

Brands back MEP calls for global ban on animal testing in cosmetics

The announcement that European Parliament will discuss the options for a global ban on animal testing in cosmetics has been welcomed by a host brands, including The Body Shop, which want an international convention on the global ban to be created.

Some are using Black Friday to swim against the tide and attempt to create a sense of environmental stewardship against a backdrop of material gluttony

Black Friday: An ideal selling point for sustainability-conscious retailers?

Black Friday, which has since birthed its tech-savvy offspring Cyber Monday, is upon us again, but while retailers attend to whip up a frenzy to boost sales some companies are using the commercial event to highlight their commitments to sustainability.

Wylie noted that the SDGs provided a

How the SDGs can create a framework to fix a 'broken' agriculture sector

Businesses must collaborate to create global platforms that can fix a "completely broken" agriculture system in a way that improves land management and farming practices that can drag smallholders out of poverty.

The ‘How to embed the SDGs’ masterclass will be free to watch live at 11am on Tuesday 14 November and will be made available for anyone to watch on-demand afterwards

Tune into edie's free 30-minute masterclass on embedding the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability professionals are invited to tune into a free online masterclass taking place on Tuesday 14 November which will explore how organisations can effectively align their corporate strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The EITI chair criticised the decision, suggesting that it sent the “wrong signal” to global efforts to tackle corruption

US withdraws from anti-corruption fossil fuel transparency initiative

The US has taken further steps to strengthen fossil fuel businesses, by withdrawing from an international initiative that monitors transparency and corruption in the revenues from mineral extraction and the oil and gas sector.

Nestlé promised to end deforestation in its supply chain by 2015 in response to Greenpeace’s KitKat campaign of 2010

Nestlé, Hershey and Mars 'breaking promises over palm oil use'

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using "conflict palm oil" from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy.

Belgian flax and viscose produced using recycled materials were deemed better that other MMCFs across most areas

Stella McCartney backs first Life Cycle Assessment for man-made cellulosic fibers

Luxury fashion brand Stella McCartney will be able to better map the environmental impacts of its raw materials, after commissioning the first ever Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for man-made cellulose fiber (MMCF) used in production.

The food and agriculture industry loses an estimated €60bn annually, and in Europe alone, more than 250 million tonnes of food is wasted each year

Rabobank launches $1bn programme for food production practices

Dutch cooperative financial firm Rabobank has partnered with the UN Environment to promote sustainable food supply across the globe, starting with the launch of a $1bn fund to catalyse land restoration and forestry initiatives.

The Salvation Army claim that the numbers represent a growth in crime but “also the identification process”

The Salvation Army: Labour exploitation in England and Wales on the rise

More than 600 people required support from The Salvation Army for labour exploitation in 2016, as a new report from the organisation reveals that there has been a more than 300% increase in modern slavery victim referrals over the last six years.

As part of the SDG alignment, Cargill has added five 2030 goals to the initiative

Cargill targets zero deforestation as part of SDG alignment for cocoa sourcing

Food and agricultural company Cargill has updated its sustainable cocoa sourcing strategy to align with the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to boost farmer prosperity, reduce environmental impacts and enhance the traceability of its supply chain.

The Secret Sauce to Innovate for Sustainability

Conjuring up images of lone inventors tinkering with new kit in their sheds, or creatives doing a 'late-one' after a day stretched out on the bean-bag, innovation is one of those zeitgeist words that excites and irritates in equal measure. Many of these metaphors make innovation sound like some sort of secret recipe, a black-box only accessible by a few half-crazed or eccentric individuals.

Mars Food will also invest in programmes to address human rights and women’s empowerment

Uncle Ben's to source all basmati rice through certified sustainability standard

All basmati rice sold under the world's largest rice brand will be sourced under a sustainability platform to address human rights issues in supply chains and improve the environmental impact of farming practices.

Cox and Power rings made using Fairtrade Gold Image: Ian Berry, Magnum Photos.

First batch of African Fairtrade gold arrives in the UK

Fairtrade has announced the first ever shipment of certified African Fairtrade gold into the UK, in a move backed by Philips that could unlock new ethical sourcing opportunities for businesses ranging from jewellers to tech specialists.

Ivory Coast is losing its forests at a faster rate than any other African country

Chocolate industry drives rainforest disaster in Ivory Coast

The world's chocolate industry is driving deforestation on a devastating scale in West Africa, the Guardian can reveal.

The Global Slavery Index estimates that there are 45.8 million people exposed to modern slavery

BRE launches guidelines to combat modern slavery in the construction sector

A new eight-step guidance plan has been launched to help companies in the property and construction sectors become "best in class" in combatting global human rights abuses across value chains.

House of Fraser's head of sustainability Dr Dorothy Maxwell is among the expert speakers that will appear on stage at edie's Responsible Retail conference in September

Responsible Retailer: How House of Fraser is reinvigorating its sustainability approach

From being ahead of the curve on supply chain ethics to exploring the adoption of science-based targets, House of Fraser is rapidly making waves in the industry through its "fast moving" Responsible Retailer strategy.

When family members of the farmers are accounted for, CmiA reaches more than 6.7m people on the African continent

Brands driving economic boon for sustainable cotton in Africa

A growing focus on sustainable procurement from textile companies such as ASOS, Aldi and Jack & Jones has helped the largest label for sustainable cotton from Africa increase licensing revenues by 47% over the last 12 months.

Currently, around one in three women’s pyjamas in the UK are purchased from Primark stores, potentially creating a wide market for the new range

Pyjamas become first products made using Primark's Sustainable Cotton Programme

Cotton sourced from Primark's Sustainable Cotton Programme, which has helped rural female farmers increase average profits, is being used in production for the first time.

In 2016, CFP found that 42% of participants calculated chemical footprints

Chemical footprinting 'moves to the mainstream' for big businesses

Companies with more than $670bn in revenue, including Adidas, HP and Walmart, have collectively reduced the use of hazardous chemicals in products by around 416m pounds in the last two years, according to a new report.

Clear and consistent labelling has increased by 15% since the SSC was founded in 2011

UK's largest foodservice firm commits to sustainable seafood pledge

Compass UK & Ireland is the first major food foodservice company to join the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), committing to voluntary codes of conduct regarding the sourcing and labelling of all seafood products.

28% feel that ESG issues should be considered to legally protect the company

Survey: Nearly half of UK workers feel sustainability and profits can grow hand-in-hand

A quarter of UK workers would by "unwilling" to sacrifice profitability for the sake of higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, although almost half feel that standards can be improved alongside benefits to a company's bottom line.

Around 93,000 people are sexually exploited in European hotels annually, while a further 4,500 are exploited for labour

UK hotel group launches comprehensive anti-slavery programme

A privately-owned UK hotel group has launched what it claims is the first "industry-leading" anti-slavery programme in the sector, including plans to educate more than 400 staff members on identifying cases of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Imagery from RAN highlighting the illegal deforestation of elephant habitat

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé have been accused of complicity in the destruction of Sumatra's last tract of rainforest shared by elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers together in one ecosystem.

The exclusive, one-hour webinar will take place on Tuesday 25 July at 11am (BST), and will conclude with a live audience Q&A

TODAY AT 11AM: Tune into edie's free webinar on supply chain ethics

Sustainability and CSR professionals can tune into a live, interactive webinar on Tuesday 25 July, which will discuss how businesses can enhance social sustainability through ethical supply chain management.

The UK-based supermarket will work with Greenpeace to ensure zero discharge of hazardous chemicals into the environment by 2020 image: Tesco

Tesco commits to detox chemicals in clothing supply chain

Supermarket heavyweight Tesco has vowed to phase-out toxic chemicals in the supply chain of its F&F clothing line, by signing up to Greenpeace's DETOX campaign.

Human rights due diligence: what should businesses do next?

I was invited to attend the International Bar Association (IBA) and OECD meeting at the OECD Global Form on Responsible Business Conduct in Paris this month. A group of lawyers, barristers, business leaders and academics met to discuss what is meant by 'human rights due diligence' and explore some case studies on how lawyers and advisors should tackle instances where human rights impacts can give rise to financial and legal risk.

Twelve industry experts came together in London to discuss how a sustainability report can effectively produced and disseminated to build trust and maximise engagement

Sustainability reporting: 10 steps to build trust and increase engagement

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses across the country recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL, which explored the steps required to take sustainability reporting onto the next level.

We take a virtual-reality tour of the Amazon rainforest to discuss SC Johnson's plan to protect 10,000 acres of land through consumer engagement. Photo: Trond Larsen

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Under the canopy and what's all the hubbub?

The founder of behaviour change charity Hubbub discusses his mission to achieve a resource revolution, while US manufacturer SC Johnson takes us on a virtual reality tour of the Amazon rainforest as part of its latest CSR drive.

The viscose market is projected to grow from $13.45bn to $16.7bn by 2021, and 11 companies control 75% of global production

Dirty Fashion: Global retailers vow to respond to 'toxic' supply chain practices

Fashion retailers H&M and Marks and Spencer (M&S) have vowed to implement new supply chain management approaches, after a new report linked some of the world's largest fashion brands with highly-polluting facilities that are producing man-made viscose fibres.

Sainsbury's has replaced the Fairtrade logo with its own Fairly Traded mark on key lines of the retailer's own-brand tea

Sainsbury's prompts backlash from Fairtrade after developing its own 'Fairly Traded' eco-label

Sainsbury's has clashed with The Fairtrade Foundation after the supermarket group launched its own sustainability standard which effectively negates the need for external ethical certification labels on its products.

edie editor Luke (right), senior reporter Matt (left) and reporter George (centre) recorded a special two-part episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast from the edie Live show floor

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: We're back! And we're LIVE from edie Live (Part 2)

Sustainability leaders from the likes of BT, Interface and Vodafone are providing the insight and inspiration in the second of this special two-part episode of the podcast, brought to you live from the show floors of edie Live 2017.

CDP analysis from 2016 revealed that more than $900bn in annual turnover is at risk from deforestation

McDonald's and L'Oréal join CDP's zero-deforestation supply chain agenda

Fast-food giant McDonald's, global cosmetics firm L'Oréal and healthcare specialists Johnson & Johnson are among the first eight major companies that have agreed to disclose key supplier information to CDP to manage deforestation risks.


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