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Drax launches sustainable biomass strategy

Drax has outlined how it will use the latest science and best practice to ensure that biomass use is sustainably sourced and not linked to deforestation, with the UK Governments former chief scientific adviser Sir John Beddington confirmed as chair of a new Independent Advisory Board (IAB).

 Since 2005, RJC membership has grown from 14 to more than 1,100 organisations across the jewellery value chain

Responsible Jewellery Council joins UN Global Compact to act on SDGs

The Responsible Jewellery Council has forged a new partnership with the UN Global Compact which will see members such as Swarovski, Tiffany & Co and the De Beers Group, develop actions that align and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GAP claims that social media advertising is pressurising teenagers to buy more than they otherwise would

Social media advertising fuelling teenagers' unused 'trainer mountain'

Charity Global Action Plan (GAP) has found that UK teenagers own 58 million trainers, almost 30% of which remain unused, with a new study claiming that purchasing habits are a symptom of targeted digital and social media advertising.

Robinson claimed that climate justice has grown from a "niche issue" in the 1990s to a "widely accepted" ideal

Mary Robinson: Businesses must make 'deep commitments' to climate justice

Former Irish President Mary Robinson has argued that the development of net-zero strategies centred around social justice and human rights will become the new marker of sustainable business leadership.

The sponsorship deal will conclude at the end of this year – more than two years early. Image Peter Cook (c) RSC

Royal Shakespeare Company to end BP sponsorship deal

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to end its sponsorship deal with BP amid growing opposition to fossil fuel companies' sponsorship of many of the UK's leading cultural institutions.

This episode features seven interviews, live from the strike

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: LIVE from the Global Climate Strike

Episode 71 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast is packed with exclusive interviews from students, chief executives and sustainability representatives that attended the Global Day of Climate Strikes on Friday (20 September), outlining the role that business has to play in mitigating climate impacts.

Image: SodaStream 

Businesses gear up for day of global climate strikes

Shoe brand Allbirds, tea firm Pukka Herbs and PepsiCo subsidiary SodaStream have joined the coalition of businesses throwing their weight behind the worldwide day of climate strikes on Friday (20 September).

The global fashion sector is estimated to employ one in seven working-age people globally. Image: Better Buying

UK suppliers among recipients of 'world's worst' fashion purchasing practices

UK suppliers experience some of the "worse" purchasing practices of brands and retailers sourcing apparel, footwear and household textiles compared to suppliers from other nations in the world.

Unilever claims it is engaging with Changing Markets about their research

Unilever criticised over food nutrition claims

Unilever has been accused of offering food products that haven't been fortified to add necessary nutrients that mitigate health concerns, with a new report claiming that the companies Maizena and cornflour produce in Mexico fail to deliver on brand commitments.

Around 3.6m hectares of tropical forest are estimated to have been cleared in 2018 – equivalent to the size of Belgium

Report: Deforestation booming due to weak policy and corporate inaction

A lack of policy support or ambitious action from corporates involved in agriculture has led to an area of tree cover the size of the UK being lost globally each year between 2014 and 2018, a new report has concluded.

Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) states that there has been a total of 72,843 fires in Brazil this year

VF Corp suspends sourcing of Brazilian leather due to Amazon fires concerns

VF Corporation, the owner of brands such as The North Face, Timberland and Vans, has announced that it will stop sourcing leather from Brazil, highlighting concerns over the environmental impact of cattle ranchers that have caused the vast majority of fires plaguing the Amazon rainforest.

Since the London ULEZ launched in April, the number of non-compliant vehicles travelling through the capital daily has decreased by one-quarter. Image: City Hall 

City-based Clean Air Zones 'would boost UK economy by £6.5bn'

By implementing designated Clean Air Zones in which polluting vehicles are fined to travel, UK cities could collectively reap economic benefits of £6.5bn.

The investors forming the coalition noted that 13 of the 17 banks that financed the Dakota Access Pipeline project were also signatories to the Equator Principles

Equator Principles: Global banks failing to uphold environmental and social risk agreements

An investor coalition representing more than $2.9trn has urged global banks to strengthen efforts that protect the rights of indigenous people and the environment that they rely on.

Good business means helping communities combat climate change

A number of core principles are considered received wisdom in encouraging pro-environmental behaviour change. Another core pillar of behaviour change theory is that the messenger matters as much as the message. People trust people like them.

Abuses uncovered by the WRC go against both Levi's workplace code of conduct and worker rights laws in South Africa. Image: Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss takes fresh steps to eliminate gender-based violence, water misuse, in supply chains

Fashion giant Levi Strauss Co. has launched two new supply chain initiatives - one focused on protecting female supply chain workers, and the other centred around water stewardship - after an investigation uncovered systemic gender-based harassment at supplier facilities.

With Barker leading the way, the EN+ Group has embarked on a new era of sustainability

The Barker Plan: How a former UK Energy Minister used sustainability to transform a sanctioned Russian aluminium firm

EXCLUSIVE: Over the course of a year, Russian aluminium and hydropower firm EN+ Group has gone from being banned on the US market to launching a new sweeping sustainability strategy and having those sanctions lifted. Here, edie speaks to former UK Energy Minister Greg Barker, who has been the surprise driving force behind this transformation.

Young women make up the majority of tea estate workers, but face challenges such as forced marriage and poor access to education and reproductive healthcare. Image: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos/Ethical Tea Partnership

'Improving Lives': How a 'people-centric' approach is transforming tea supply chains

The tea sector is the largest in India, employing three million workers - but for all the industry's economic benefits, environmental and social issues are rife on tea estates. Here, edie explores how big-name tea brands are adapting their supply chain approaches to change that.

Pictured: Members of the Business Roundtable meeting with then-president Barack Obama in 2013. Image: Pete Souza for the White House 

Business must place purpose before profits, top CEOs urge

The chief executives of more than 180 corporates have begun to lobby for other big businesses to stop maximising profits for shareholders at the expense of the environment or society.

PepsiCo this year joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundations’ New Plastic Economy pledge

PepsiCo leaves plastics lobby group after green campaign pressure

PepsiCo has announced its exit from the PLASTICS Industry Association - a trade lobby group with pro-plastics sentiments.

(L-R) WWF UK’s Dan Murray, Thai Union’s Tracy
Cambridge, presenter Sally Uren OBE, chief executive,
Forum for the Future, and compere Michaela Strachan

Meet edie's 2019 Sustainable Supply Chain champions: Thai Union and WWF

With entries now open for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2019 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of our 2019 Sustainable Supply Chains Award, Thai Union and WWF.

Gloucestershire University (pictured) received the highest overall score, 80.6%, across the league table's 11 criteria 

How ethical and sustainable are UK universities?

Gloucestershire, Manchester Metropolitan and Nottingham Trent are among the highest-scoring universities in a new league table which ranks higher education establishments on their ethical and environmental ambitions and actions.

The natural capital costs associated with the crystal was found to be markedly lower than diamond, gold and silver

Swarovski turns to natural capital accounting to measure environmental impact

Jewellery giant Swarovski has calculated the monetary value of the natural resources used to produce its namesake crystals, in a move towards its overarching aim to supply "the world's most transparent crystal".

The RSA and RCEM hope their commitments will inspire broader action

Royal institutions divest from fossil fuels, encourage others to follow suit

To mark London Climate Action Week, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and the Royal Society of Arts have sold all remaining shares in fossil fuel companies.

The Trust looks after 780 miles of coastline and 248,000 hectares of land, as well as its 500+ visitor sites. Pictured: Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

The National Trust to divest entirely from fossil fuels

Europe's largest conservation charity has announced that it will divest from all fossil fuel companies within the next three years.

Unilever's update on the Sustainable Living brands portfolio is its first since Paul Polman stepped down as chief executive

Sustainable Living Brands delivered record 75% of Unilever's 2018 turnover growth

Unilever has posted another strong set of annual results for its 'Sustainable Living' brands portfolio, which accounted for a record three-quarters of the company's turnover growth last year.

PayPal ran its first Missions Sustainability Challenge last year 

How employee engagement is helping PayPal make environmental sustainability 'business-as-usual'

EXCLUSIVE: By gamifying actions such as saving energy and using low-carbon modes of transport, PayPal has been able to "leverage" staff creativity and team spirit to reduce its environmental impact, the firm's global lead for environmental sustainability has claimed.

Scrolling towards a better future or coding for chaos? What the ‘Onlife’ means for sustainability

Half the world's population does something unimaginable every day. We each connect into a species-wide hive mind that reaches into our pockets, our screens and controls what we see, think and believe.

Talking ethical and sustainable fashion with Sarah Ditty and Neliana Fuenmayor

edie's Mission Possible sofa chat show returns for 2019. In this episode, edie discusses how transparency can help create a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry with Fashion Revolution's policy director Sarah Ditty and A Transparent Company's founder Neliana Fuenmayor.

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

Estée Lauder targets sustainable palm oil supply chain through farmer empowerment

US-based cosmetics giant Estée Lauder has launched its first sustainability programme for palm oil supply chains, which will see the company work with Indonesian farmers to champion better social conditions and environmental conservation.

The report has been published annually since the SDGs were created in 2015 

Report: World falling short on SDGs' clean energy agenda

Despite "notable" global progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, Clean Energy for All, in recent years, policies, investment and physical infrastructure are still not sufficient to deliver on its 2030 targets.

The top-ranked companies are M&S, Tesco, British American Tobacco and Morrison’s

M&S, Tesco, rank among top UK businesses for modern slavery compliance

Supermarket giants Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Tesco have been named among the corporates leading the FTSE 100's drive for better compliance with the Modern Slavery Act (MSA), in a new ranking of the nation's largest publicly listed organisations.

Staff and students at Cambridge University have long been lobbying for its management to divest from companies in the fossil fuel industry

Cambridge University agrees to explore fossil fuel divestment plan

The former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has welcomed an "urgent change" by Cambridge University, after it agreed to provide fully costed plans setting out how it could divest multibillion-pound endowments from fossil fuel corporations.

Selfridges is famed for its Foodhalls and claims it is the first department store to remove palm oil from this department

Selfridges completes palm oil phase-out nine months ahead of schedule

Department store Selfridges has announced that it has achieved a goal of removing palm oil from 100% of its own-brand grocery products nine months ahead of schedule.

The report by Dasgupta was first announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond during the Spring Statement

UK urged to take lead on biodiversity as UN issues urgent warning

The British government has commissioned Sir Partha Dasgupta, a professor at Cambridge University, to write a report on the economic case for biodiversity as policymakers across the planet are urged to step up efforts to reverse the alarming decline of the natural world.

(L-R): The SRA's development director Juliane Cailloutte-Noble; AB InBev’s global director of sustainability investments and accelerator Maisie Devine; IBM Global Markets’ vice president for marketing Caroline Taylor and Kingfisher's head of sustainability Caroline Laurie

Seven top tips for making your organisation a purpose-led business

As businesses start to redefine their role in society, purpose has become an essential part of any company's social licence to operate. Here, edie rounds up seven top tips from green economy leaders on finding and communicating your organisation's reason for being.

Mondelez's cocoa scheme has worked with 142,000 farmers and 1,400 communities

Mondelez adds new products to sustainable coca sourcing initiative

Mondelez International has re-affirmed its commitment to source 100% of its cocoa by 2025 from its Coca Life sustainability programme following early promising results.

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 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.

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.

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: 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.


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