BMW, Toyota and other major carmakers accused of lobbying against stronger climate policies
Toyota has been named as one of the world's most influential companies blocking Paris-Agreement-aligned climate policies by InfluenceMap, which has also published data revealing how German automakers and trade bodies are advocating for weaker emissions goals.
Why tackling gender inequality and the climate crisis must go hand in hand
To mark Gender Day at COP26, Matt Jackson, Director at UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency's London Representation Office, outlines why women and girls' rights are intrinsically interlinked with building a healthier, greener planet.
'Not an abstract threat': 250 businesses and leaders push UN and social media giants to clamp down on climate misinformation
Paris Agreement architect Laurence Tubiana, WWF, Sky, Virgin Media O2 and Ben & Jerrys are among the 250+ organisations and leaders supporting a new call to tackle climate misinformation, launched to coincide with COP26.
Less 'Blah, Blah, Blah'! More action
Greta Thunberg has called for business and governments to stop the 'blah, blah, blah' and get on with tackling the climate crisis. Tim Wynn-Jones, Business Development Director at Centrica Business Solutions, discusses how business can 'walk the talk' on sustainability.
Global fossil fuel divestment movement surpasses $39trn as cities and faith groups make new pledges
More than 70 faith institutions and the cities of Glasgow, Paris, Copenhagen, Seattle, Auckland and Rio De Janeiro have committed to divest from fossil fuels, pushing the global amount of capital covered by such commitments to $39.2trn.
The Better Business Roundtable: Purpose, Culture and Impact
The climate crisis is raging. Technologies are evolving. The future of work is upon us and new paradigms of growth are emerging. NOW is the time to reinvent business models, shift corporate cultures, change our understanding of value, and reposition business as a force for positive change.
Rich nations won't deliver $100bn international climate finance promise until 2023
The COP26 Presidency has outlined plans to finally make good on a commitment from OECD nations to provide $100bn of climate finance to poorer countries annually, but stated that the full amount will not be delivered this year or next.
Fossil fuel firms were blocked from sponsoring COP26, with organisers questioning their net-zero plans
The UK's COP26 Unit has effectively blocked fossil fuel majors from taking up an official role at the climate summit, arguing that their plans to decarbonise are not robust enough to meet their sponsorship criteria.
Businesses must empower young people to act against the climate crisis
Dan Tingle, New Talent and STEM manager at National Grid explores how businesses can tap into enthusiastic younger generations to enable a just response to the climate crisis.
#SustyTalk: Schillings' Magnus Boyd on climate-related reputational risk
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Schillings partner Magnus Boyd, a lawyer who specialises in reputation protection.
Survey: Half of UK marketing professionals fear greenwashing accusations
Half (49%) of UK-based marketing professionals communicating the sustainability ambitions and actions of companies are worried their work may be perceived as greenwashing, amid increased consumer demand for - and scrutiny of - environmental claims.
Make your business a force for good: Seven top tips for B Corp certification
More than 4,000 businesses have certified as a B Corp, with the mark widely recognized as the highest standards of purpose-led business and sustainability. Here, edie outlines seven top tips for joining the B Corp community.
Why planet over profit is best for business
Fresh Prep Co-Founder Dhruv Sood discusses how a planet approach to business is not only the right thing to do, but is the only way of achieving a sustainable economy.
The science is clear: Both climate adaptation and mitigation are needed now
For edie's COP26 Primer on Climate Adaptation & Resilience, CDP's global head of value chains and regional director corporations Sonya Bhonsle outlines why businesses need to start focusing on climate adaptation now.
Purpose beyond profit: 100 businesses to report on efforts to benefit society
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has confirmed that more than 100 businesses have voiced support for its Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics initiative, which is encouraging businesses to report, in a unified manner, on their efforts to realise societal purpose beyond profit-making.
UK supply chain survey reveals major lack of transparency on sustainability
Half of UK businesses admit they are not being transparent enough with consumers about the true sustainability of their supply chains, new research has revealed.
#SustyTalk: Meet the climate activists championing Arctic conservation and social justice
edie's #SustyTalk series of sustainability-focused video interviews continues with an exclusive panel discussion on climate justice and protecting the world's ice.
Hundreds of health journals unite in call for urgent climate action
More than 220 medical, nursing and public health journals across the world have simultaneously published an editorial, calling for world leaders to take "emergency action" to limit climate change, restore biodiversity and protect health.
Don't neglect climate justice in net-zero transition, Co-op urges other businesses
The Co-operative Group is urging other businesses to follow its lead and pledge to protect the people and communities likely to be hit by physical climate impacts and affected by the transition to net-zero.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet our Consultancy of the Year, Forster Communications
With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: the winner of our Consultancy of the Year Award, Forster Communications.
#SustyTalk: Business Fights Poverty's Zahid Torres-Rahman on climate justice amid Covid-19
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Zahid Torres-Rahman, founder and chief executive of Business Fights Poverty.
HelloFresh UK certifies as a B-Corp
The UK's largest recipe box company, HelloFresh, has certified as a B-Corporation after updating its sustainability targets earlier this year.
#SustyTalk: Stop Ecocide International's Jojo Mehta on protecting nature using law
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Stop Ecocide International's executive director Jojo Mehta.
RSK Group signs for £1bn sustainability-linked loan
The UK's largest provider of environmental, engineering and technical services, RSK Group, has signed for a £1bn loan with interest rates tied to its progress against key sustainability targets.
'World's densest' network of air quality sensors to be installed in Camden
Camden Council has outlined plans to install 250 advanced air quality sensors across the borough, in a move it claims will help improve public health and wellbeing.
Electrification must look beyond how vehicles are powered
Technology holds the key to realising carbon targets and making the advancements that are needed to achieve global environmental security, BMW's senior expert sustainable supply chain management Claudia Becker argues.
How can we accelerate the circular economy transition? Here are 5 top tips
With COP26 on the horizon and the economic recovery from Covid-19 continuing, much has been said in recent weeks about the climate and social benefits of the circular economy. But how can businesses and public sector organisations help accelerate the transition away from taking, making and disposing?
#SustyTalk: Maria Alejandra Escalante on climate justice and COP26
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Maria Alejandra Escalante, climate and environmental justice lead at FRIDA, the Feminist Fund.
Making profit shouldn't cost the earth
With companies seeking to become more sustainable, the age-old conflict of prioritising profit against the interests of people and planet seems to be dissolving. But transitioning to an environmentally friendly business model can be costly, which may deter businesses, especially smaller ones.
Every Action Counts: New business alliance to encourage one billion consumers to support sustainability causes
A new alliance of banking firms, consumer goods giants and digital platforms, including Mastercard and BBVA, has launched to encourage individuals around the world to deliver positive actions that improve biodiversity and sustainable behaviours.
We must tackle gender imbalance if we are to reach UK climate goals
The National Grid's regional diversity, equity and inclusion manager Lisa Waterhouse discusses how a diverse workforce can help the nation reach net-zero.
edie Explains: The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
What are the TCFD recomendations? Why does climate disclosure matter? How do you access the financial impacts of climate change? And, what is scenario analysis? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.
Net-zero: The decisions taken now will shape our future
As part of edie's Net-Zero Carbon Playbook, the Climate Group's chief executive Helen Clarkson explains why businesses need to start planning and acting on net-zero pathways now, in order to play a part in a just low-carbon transition.
Human rights: 10 years on and businesses have a new responsibility
June 2021 marks 10 years since the passing of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), but as Global Action Plan's Désirée Abrahams explains, corporate impacts on the environment are emerging as a new frontier in protecting society.
Report: Half of UK fashion giants failing to support supply chain workers' rights
A ranking of 18 of the UK's most influential high street and online fashion retailers has revealed weak progress across the board on labour practices and supply chain worker conditions, with half of the brands generating a negative impact.
Ferrero targets nature net-gain and 'fully transparent' supply chain under new palm oil strategy
Ferrero Group, the confectionery giant which owns Nutella, has launched a new Palm Oil Charter featuring commitments to regenerate biodiversity and water systems.
Six proposals for tomorrow's world
Covid-19 has highlighted many of the changes we need to make for tomorrow's world. Prof Delphine Gibassier of Audencia explains what steps companies can take to be better prepared for current and future changes.
'Be clear and upfront': CMA urges UK businesses to avoid greenwashing
After finding that 40% of sustainability-related claims by businesses online could be misleading, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set out recommendations on avoiding greenwashing.
Boohoo links executive pay to ESG targets after supply chain scandal
Online fast-fashion giant Boohoo Group has pledged to link executive bonuses to progress against new ESG targets, after allegations of worker exploitation at supplier factories last year were found to be "substantially true".
'Care for creation': Fossil fuel divestment promised by dozens of major faith institutions
The Church in Wales, Diocese of Bristol and Diocese of Oxford are among a group of 36 faith institutions to have jointly committed to divesting from fossil fuels, stating that they have a moral imperative to help combat the climate crisis.
Mandatory Human Rights due diligence: Is your business prepared?
Colleen Theron, chief executive of Ardea International discusses the evolving legislation surrounding corporate approaches to human rights, and why it pays to be proactive.
The devil is in the ESG detail: How confidence in ESG reporting is rooted in transparency and authentic detail
As we go on our transformation journey, we have a clear purpose: to build A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of our business. If a company is committed to transformation, as we are, we need more than heart-warming stories to evidence this commitment and change.
Engagement Week: Businesses need a renewed focus on social value with localisation at its core
Businesses are more focused than ever on becoming a vested citizen of the communities they operate in. And there is widespread agreement that companies need to help fix pressing problems, from social inequality to the climate crisis.
Football's Super League proves shareholder primacy is unacceptable and dying
Philippe Joubert, Founder and chief executive of Earth on Board, discusses how the backlash against the proposed European Super League in football can serve as a teachable moment for corporate boards to learn from when approaching the climate crisis.
Climate risk and security risk: UK-backed natural gas project on hold after Islamic State attacks
Developer Total has withdrawn all staff from a gas project in Mozambique, backed by £1bn of UK Government funding, following violence from militant attackers.
BEIS mulling fashion adjudicator to tackle human rights abuses
MPs have proposed the creation of a clothing sector adjudicator, in a bid to hold fashion firms accountable for labour abuses and environmental issues in their supply chains.
Toyota to review industry associations as part of carbon-neutral target for 2050
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota will review the industry associations it is part of to ensure they are compliant with the aims of the Paris Agreement, as part of a commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
Two-thirds of Brits sceptical of sustainability-related business communications
Two-thirds of adults in the UK say they are wary of business communications relating to environmental and social purpose because they feel most brands are not yet 'walking the talk'.
Three ESG lessons from Covid-19 for the climate crisis
None of us coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic unchanged. The crisis has forced everybody to respond to new challenges and, largely, we have adapted well - parish council and cat filtered lawyer zoom calls notwithstanding.
#SustyTalk: Talking purpose-led business for B-Corps Month
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive panel discussion, held in celebration of B-Corps Month.
Bombay Sapphire set to meet sustainably sourced ingredients target four years early
Gin brand Bombay Sapphire has announced that it is on track to certify all of its key ingredients as sustainable by the end of 2021. It had originally been striving to achieve this milestone in 2025.
Report: 45% of UK businesses linking executive pay to ESG targets
Almost half of FTSE100 firms are now linking executive pay packages to at least one of their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) targets, new analysis from PwC has found.
What does the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) mean for corporates?
2021 is set to be a momentous year in terms of funds regulation as Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation (SFDR) comes into place. The SFDR forms part of the EU's Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, with the goal of eliminating greenwash and emphasizing the impact that asset managers' investments have, particularly in relation to climate change.
How can businesses help women reach their full potential?
International Women's Day is themed Choose to Challenge, because with challenge comes change. If we don't challenge our systems, biases, and barriers, we won't make progress on gender equality.
Unilever Beauty & Personal Care targets 1.5 million hectares of nature conservation by 2030
Unilever's Beauty & Personal Care arm, which owns brands like Dove and Vaseline, has committed to conserving and restoring 1.5 million hectares of habitat by 2030 as part of a new sustainability strategy.
Why true sustainability must include diversity
International Women's Day (IWD) is an important moment to celebrate women's achievements and call for greater equality, but for McDonald's vice president for supply chain and brand trust Beth Hart, these issues are on the agenda all year round.
When an eco-champion heckled me during my work presentation, everything changed, for the better
In times of change we often take a moment to reflect upon pivotal moments that steered our course. As Chris Large leaves his post as co-chief executive at Global Action Plan, he looks back at 15 and a half years of projects, partnerships and conversations, with one particular memory standing out.
Three themes shaping the ESG landscape in 2021
It's been more than a year since Covid-19 first broke out. Understandably, the pandemic has forced many businesses to focus on survival, while others have had limited capacity to pursue their ESG agendas.
#SustyTalk: Virgin Media's Katie Buchanan on net-zero targets and social sustainability
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Virgin Media's head of sustainability Katie Buchanan, following the launch of a new Meaningful Connections sustainability strategy.
Big businesses failing to protect human rights amid Covid-19, study reveals
A study of the measures taken by more than 200 large businesses to safeguard human rights during the Covid-19 pandemic has found that most are taking little to no action.
Purpose-led products: Ocado launches a dedicated aisle for B-Corp brands
Online supermarket Ocado has launched a dedicated virtual 'aisle' showcasing products from B-Corp certified brands, as customers increasingly look for more sustainable groceries.
Now's the time for businesses to double down on shared challenges and values
To seize opportunities for progress and achieve the pace and scale of positive change required, the world needs business at its best. That's why there has never been a more critical time to put B Corp values front and centre of every responsible business.
How can businesses deliver a more inclusive economy on the road to net-zero?
In 2020, many businesses vowed to 'build back better' from Covid-19, coupling financial recovery planning with new commitments around climate change and social justice. But how can they ensure that these focuses remain - and move from ambition to action?
How can sustainability professionals champion intersectionality in 2021?
The events of 2020 both highlighted and widened existing social inequalities. While the appetite for climate action in the process of 'building back better' is palpable, many sustainability professionals want to see the same level of commitment to social justice.
Social justice doesn't distract from the net-zero goal, it makes it human
The pandemic is the latest demonstration that those from less affluent communities are the hardest hit by a crisis but not central to the story. Not only do low-income groups suffer disproportionately more deaths, but they are also the first to bear the financial burden of a crumbling economy.
#SustyTalk: The WBA's Dan Neale on delivering social transformation
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive talk with the World Benchmarking Alliance's (WBA) social transformation lead Dan Neale.
Greenwash: 40% of websites 'misleading' consumers on environmental credentials
An annual sweep of corporate websites has found that four in ten are providing information on environmental criteria that could be considered misleading and potentially breaking consumer laws.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet social sustainability champions Honeywell Hometown Solutions
With less than a week until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: the winners of the Social Sustainability & Community Development Award, Honeywell Hometown Solutions.
Unilever sets supply chain living wage aim and €2bn diversity commitment
Unilever has today (21 January) unveiled a raft of new commitments aimed at building a more equitable and inclusive society by vowing to ensure the people across its value chain earn at least a living wage by 2030 and spending €2bn annually with suppliers consisting of under-represented groups by 2025.
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.
Trade Bill: UK Government votes to allow food imports with lower environmental standards
The UK Government is being accused of backtracking on non-regression pledges around post-Brexit food standards, after MPs voted against amendments to the trade bill this week.
Government to limit UK business exposure to Xinjiang human rights issues
The UK Government has unveiled a new package of measures aimed at ensuring that British organisations aren't benefitting from human rights violations linked to the abuse of the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Hard coding sustainability action into governance structures
We are surrounded by enormous challenges but the mood has changed and 2021 comes with an expectation of progress. Amanda Powell-Smith of Forster Communications and Klara Kozlov of CAF discuss why sustainability leaders need to look at whether their organisation has the right governance structures in place to enable brave intentions to become reality.
How businesses can deliver meaningful action on social sustainability in 2021
It is impossible to deny that 2020 will, of course, be remembered for the devastating Covid-19 crisis which has changed people's lives around the world.
New Years Honours 2021: The sustainability champions on the Queen's list
The outstanding achievements of dozens of people working across the UK's environmental sphere have been recognised by the Queen in this year's New Year's Honours list. Read on to find out more about the newly-awarded scientists, policy experts, green finance champions and conservationists.
#SustyTalk: BELU Water's Natalie Campbell on purpose-led business
edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive interview with Natalie Campbell, who became co-CEO of BELU Water earlier this year.
Zalando completes brand assessments as part of environmental disclosure drive
Online fashion retailer Zalando has disclosed its Tier 1 private fashion label suppliers in an efforts to drive transparency across the value chain, and is expecting brand partners to gain a full understanding of their key suppliers also.
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.
Transparency is the first step as we forge a more sustainable future for metals
Metals form the backbone of today's industrialised world - from the steel in our buildings and aluminium in our cars, to the copper in our mobile phones.
What does the green recovery mean for Black Friday?
After a month of lockdown restrictions, many UK retailers are looking forward to Black Friday to boost profits. But with consumers increasingly prioritising purpose and sustainability, and with the green recovery movement gaining traction, what will the sales event look like in 2020 and beyond?
SSE unveils 'just transition' strategy to benefit communities during net-zero transition
Energy giant SSE has issued a public "Just Transition" plan, which lays out steps to protect workers and communities as the business and the UK moves towards net-zero emissions.
Half of corporates unable to prove they are protecting human rights, report reveals
A new analysis of 229 of the world's largest companies has found that almost half are unable to prove they are protecting human rights in line with the UN's requirements - with more than one-third scoring zero on due diligence.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet supply chain champions Ella's Kitchen
With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winner of our Supply Chain Excellence award: Ella's Kitchen.
Survey: Greenwashing 'is the biggest challenge to sustainable investment'
A survey of 650 institutional investors with more than $25.9trn in assets under management globally has found that investor-corporate engagement on environmental issues is growing - but so is frustration over greenwash.
What makes a sustainability leader? Meet the Co-op's Cathryn Higgs
With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Our Sustainability Leader of the Year 2020, the Co-op's head of food policy Cathryn Higgs.
Priceless Planet: Banks and airlines join coalition planting 100 million trees
Businesses including Barclays Bank US, HSBC and Frontier Airlines have joined the Priceless Planet Coalition - an initiative set up by MasterCard to reforest more than 100 million trees.
Survey: One in five British investors turning to impact investment amid Covid-19
More than one-fifth (22%) of UK-based investors are planning to invest in dedicated ethical funds in the near future, with the proportion rising to more than one-third (35%) among those aged 35 and under.
From laggard to leader? Why Kraft Heinz is betting on ESG to turn its sustainability story around
EXCLUSIVE: Kraft Heinz's decision to shift its sustainability approach away from CSR and towards ESG is designed to help it avoid repeating "past mistakes" and transform the way it is perceived in the environmental sphere, the company's global ESG lead has revealed.
UK Government reps 'discussing potential COP26 sponsorship deals with oil majors'
Despite a promise to ensure that COP26's corporate sponsors are "making real contributions" to climate action, government representatives have reportedly been in discussions with some of the world's highest emitting firms, including Equinor, BP and Shell.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: A Blueprint for Business Leadership
With less than 10 years to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), action is still not happening at the speed or scale required - despite a groundswell of ambition and action from organisations of all sectors and sizes. This report offers an end-to-end overview of exactly how businesses can advance global progress towards achieving all 17 of the Global Goals.
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.
Big businesses face mandatory digital modern slavery reporting
The UK Government has made the first major changes to the Modern Slavery Act since its introduction in 2015, extending requirements to public bodies including local authorities and tightening rules for big businesses.
Moving beyond ESG to real world impact in a new era of scrutiny for investors
For anyone who thinks sustainable investing is just about climate, the Covid-19 crisis has proven that businesses becoming resilient to climate change, have also proven best-prepared to ride the shock of the current pandemic.
Advertising sector launches new initiative to eliminate negative environmental impacts
A new initiative launched to eliminate the advertising industry's negative impact on the environment, which has been backed by the likes of Sky and Unilever.
Oxford unveils plans for UK's first local air pollution targets
Oxford City Council has set out plans to introduce more ambitious air quality targets than the UK's current, legally binding goals, in what it claims is a national first.
Businesses including Glencore launch joint bid to improve conditions in cobalt supply chains
A coalition of businesses including Signify, Glencore and Fairphone have launched a joint initiative to improve the economic, working and social conditions of those working in the cobalt supply chain.
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.
BHP to exit thermal coal mining within two years
The world's largest mining company BHP has unveiled plans to sell off its thermal coal mines by the end of 2022, after developing new climate targets last year.
SSE vows to produce 'Just Transition' plans to bolster science-based climate targets
SSE has become the first UK energy firm to commit to developing 'Just Transition' plans, which will protect affected workers and communities as it aligns with the UK's net-zero target.
After ditching Boohoo, ASOS sets new sustainability and ethics requirements for brands
ASOS will require third-party fashion brands to comply with new ethical manufacturing and supply chain sustainability standards if they wish to be listed on its website, after it dropped Boohoo over allegations of human rights abuses at a supplier factory.