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edie at 20: Looking 10 years back - and forward 10

To celebrate edie's 20th anniversary, writer and thinker, John Elkington, reflects on a decade of corporate action, the need to imagine tomorrow, and why we should clean oceans, not just fish.

EY will introduce more initiatives to cut back on the amount of plastic it consumes in the future

EY to remove 7.7 million single-use plastic items from its UK offices

Financial services provider EY has outlined plans to reduce its consumption of single-use plastic items by more than 7.7 million pieces, by offering all staff reusable cups and bottles for personal use.

Thai Union has said it would like to extend the partnership for a further four years to drive further action in the tuna sector

How collaborating with WWF helped Thai Union drive sustainability sector-wide

EXCLUSIVE: More corporations should consider partnering with public-sector organisations if they wish to go beyond improving their own sustainability strategies to drive industry-wide improvements, according to Thai Union’s award-winning global director of sustainable development, Darian McBain.

The government wants to separate the issue of access to its waters from that of how much British fish is exported to the EU in its Brexit discussions with Brussels

UK vows to play hard-ball with EU over fishing waters

The UK outlined plans to overhaul its fishing policy on Wednesday, insisting that it would decide unilaterally how much access to give to EU boats after it leaves the bloc next March.

The initiative aims to tackle issues like coral reef degradation, marine litter and overfishing

Businesses team with UN to plot course for 'healthy' oceans

Oil and gas firm Total, insurance giant Gard AS and Norwegian maritime conference Nor-Shipping are among the six corporations which will lead a new United Nations (UN) initiative to help the private sector tackle ocean issues including overfishing, marine litter and acidification.

Six of the top ten supplier leaders are based in Europe

'High risk' meat and fish sector failing to combat climate-related business risks

More than half of global meat and fish suppliers have been labelled as "high risk", with new research warning that the sector is failing to manage sustainability issues such as greenhouse gas emissions and antibiotics stewardship.

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.

Strong collective performance across the UK supermarket industry is held back by Iceland, Morrisons and Marks and Spencer (M&S)

Aldi tops UK supermarkets for sustainable seafood products

Aldi has edged out Sainsbury's and Lidl in offering the largest amount of sustainable seafood to UK customers, according to new findings from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Why you need to know what the animals in your supply chain are being fed

Earlier this month, sitting in a packed room full of food and feed industry executives from around the world, we spoke together with leading retailers on why animal feed is one of the critical sustainability issue of our times.

Sustainability and procurement experts from manufacturing and retail firms came together to discuss the potential solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the supply chain

Supply chain roundtable: Going 'beyond audit' to drive sustainability action

Sustainability and procurement professionals from some of the world's largest businesses recently came together for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL to discuss the strategic steps required to take supply chain sustainability onto the next level.

edie Explains: Frequency response

How does frequency response work? What are the business benefits of adopting frequency response technology? And how will National Grid's planned overhaul of balancing services impact the frequency response market? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

Introducing the Climate Coaching Blog Series

Climate change is the most pressing and critical challenge humanity has faced in its history. We don't have the time to rely on regulators to pass appropriate climate mitigation and adaption legislation. Climate action from across all industry sectors, whatever the size of organisation is essential, required and indeed increasingly demanded by customers and consumers. To address this, I am writing a sequence of blogs called the Climate Coaching Series, here on edie.net, where I will be exploring climate action and answering the questions of what organisations can do to benefit people, profit and planet.

edie Explains: Greening your fleet

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Companies are invited to sign up to the initiative, and in doing so will commit to reducing plastic use across operations and supply chains. Image: Dell

Dell spearheads global initiative to combat ocean plastics

Technology giant Dell is forming a collaborative initiative alongside General Motors and Interface to create the world's first commercial-scale supply chain for ocean-bound plastics, before they seep into waterways.

No need for plastic to be on the menu

"There is no need for plastic to be on the menu" Prince Charles said recently referring to the plastics in the ocean that are ingested by fish caught for our dinner tables. The need to find a solution to recycle more plastic continues to attract considerable public debate and scrutiny.

Water - an under utilised resource?

The UK is blessed, or some might say cursed, with an abundance of water. Rivers, lakes, reservoirs and the sea that surrounds our islands. Not to mention the stuff that falls from the skies on a regular basis. Do we make use of this enough?

Research highlights that almost two-thirds of European fish stocks are overfished

Report: Policy action on overfishing could boost EU economies by €5bn a year

Recovering EU fish stocks to sustainable levels in the next decade could boost EU economies by almost €5bn a year and generate 92,000 new jobs, an international conservation group has claimed.

The On The Hook campaign group has also raised concerns about MSC “developing commercial partnerships” with global retailers

Top retailers demanded to stop selling 'unsustainable tuna'

Major retailers Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have been accused of "misleading consumers" by selling "unsustainable tuna" sourced from two Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries.

The company was fined a total of £666,000 and ordered to pay costs of over £32,000

United Utilities fined £666,000 for polluting river with raw sewage

United Utilities has been ordered to pay a fine of £666,000 after pleading guilty to polluting a river with untreated sewage effluent in Greater Manchester.

When it’s good to be a #ProperTosser

If there's one image that's helped to shift behaviour in the foodservice sector more than any other this year, then it is hard to think of a more effective one that that of the wretched turtle with a plastic straw up its nostril. Sometimes it takes a graphic in-your-face picture to make people sit up, think and act.

Skipjack tuna from the western Pacific is common on supermarket shelves, but a new coalition argues its certification as sustainable is illusory

Consumers 'betrayed' over sustainability of world's biggest tuna fishery

Consumers of tuna from the world's biggest fishery are are being "betrayed" over its sustainability, according to a coalition of scientists, retailers, politicians and campaigners, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Time for foodservice to #FlipTheMenu, Serve More Veg and Better Meat

It's amazing what a small shift in behaviour can do. If we all went meat free for just one day a week it would reduce global carbon emissions by 2%. With livestock production accounting for about 15% of those emissions and less than half of plant protein being produced for human consumption, these apparently minor changes take on ever greater significance.

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.

Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove gave the opening address at a summer reception held in London by environmental think tank Green Alliance

Michael Gove heralds Brexit opportunity to reshape environment policy

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to use Britain's exit from the EU as an opportunity to redevelop the green policies surrounding the nation's farming and fishing industries in a way that "puts the environment first".

The truth about sustainable seafood

There are some incontrovertible facts about fish (if such things exist in this post-truth world) and they don't make pretty reading. Ninety percent of the world's fish stocks are either fully or overexploited and populations of marine species have halved in the last 40 years. All of this, while 500 million people rely on fish for food and their livelihood.

Samples taken from the river found traces of oil at least three miles downstream and more than 40 dead fish were found

Tesco hit with £8m fine for petrol pollution incident

Tesco has been ordered to pay £8m in fines and costs, after pleading guilty to causing pollution through a petrol leak in Lancashire.

The coalition marks the first time that companies from Asia, Europe and the US have partnered to signal the end of unsustainable marine activities

Major seafood firms unite to pledge ocean stewardship

Nine major seafood companies, with a combined annual revenue of around £23bn, have committed to establish sustainable supply chains through the prevention of prohibited activities such as overfishing and slave labour.

A holistic approach is needed to tackle the issue of packaging recycling

Just considering how easy it is to recycle a piece of packaging in isolation doesn't necessarily give a true picture of its environmental impact. In this sense, the approach taken yesterday by the Recycling Association to vilify individual brands based on this criteria alone is flawed.

The partnership also enlisted the help of ambassadors to implement the agenda across numerous countries

Corona targets marine plastic waste through islands protection pledge

Mexican beer brand Corona has partnered with Parley for the Oceans in a move that will protect 100 islands against rising marine plastic pollution by 2020.

Next generation sustainability: The Feed Children Well campaign

"Just think: if we could teach this generation of children how to eat, we'd solve the obesity crisis for good - because they'd teach their kids, and so on. Chefs can really help, by wooing them with delicious veg."

New seafood sustainability benchmarks were launched to halt concerns that supermarkets were using terms such as ‘responsibly farmed’ with no set criteria against which to make the claim

Most supermarket seafood products now sustainably sourced

The overwhelming majority of seafood products in UK supermarkets are now responsibly sourced and labelled consistently in line with industry guidelines, new research from environmental law firm ClientEarth has found.

The MSC will include new priority species such as squid, octopus, crab and seaweed

Marine Stewardship Council unveils new sustainable seafood targets to mark 20th anniversary

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has celebrated its 20th anniversary by unveiling new targets to increase the amount of sustainable seafood caught across the world.

The fuzzy front-end of sustainability

I used to work as a sustainability consultant in a large multi-national manufacturing business. One of my final projects was to conduct a sustainability review of the Research & Development (R&D) portfolio - the function developing new technologies to fuel future innovation for business success.

The announcement means there are now more than 2,000 restaurant locations across the UK serving MSC-certified traceable and sustainable seafood

Premier Inn pledges to deliver three million sustainable fish and chip meals

Premier Inn has become the world's largest Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified national hotel chain, meaning an extra three million sustainable portions of fish and chips will be served across the UK each year.

Food for thought: What makes a ’good' restaurant?

Britain has undergone a food revolution. Where once we were Europe's poor relation, now we are a world leader. We boast more varieties of cheese than France and barely a day passes without reports of a new food trend or fad. The quality and variety of food available in supermarkets, farmers' markets and artisan shops across the country has never been greater.

Combining renewable energy technologies: untapped opportunity?

Are we missing out on an opportunity to combine technologies when it comes to power generation?

This should be a year to remember for the green economy, for all the right reasons

Happy New Year: Seventeen big reasons for the green economy to be excited about 2017

From new sustainability standards and ambitious green policy strategies through to major renewable energy projects and autonomous vehicle trials, we look ahead to some of the most promising trends and developments set to boost the green economy in 2017.

New data shows that the use of toxic chemicals to control flesh-eating sea lice has increased by a staggering 932%

UK takes action to uphold sustainable fishing amid toxic chemical concerns

As the UK launches the latest phase of its proposals to help achieve sustainable fishing levels by 2020, new research has exposed a 10-fold rise in the use of toxic chemicals on Scottish salmon farms over the past 10 years.

Aiming high: Being an SME has obvious downsides in terms of scale and access to markets, but if you can be quick to learn and change, those downsides become strengths

Big ambitions: How SME's can become sustainability leaders

Next up in the series of contributed articles for edie's Sustainability Leadership Month, Andy Wood, chief executive of Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams, outlines how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can incorporate sustainability in their business agenda.

Aiming high: Being an SME has obvious downsides in terms of scale and access to markets, but if you can be quick to learn and change, those downsides become strengths

Big ambitions: How SME's can become sustainability leaders

Next up in the series of contributed articles for edie's Sustainability Leadership Month, Andy Wood, chief executive of Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams, outlines how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can incorporate sustainability in their business agenda.

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

Supermarkets urged to prevent high-risk salmon sourcing

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

There are now 286 fisheries worldwide that are MSC-certified, with 38 new additions in 2015-2016.

Retailers and restaurants stepping up to the plate on sustainable seafood

Fisheries, supermarkets and foodservice businesses are together driving up demand for traceable, sustainable seafood as a new report from the Marine Stewardship council (MSC) reveals that the volume of MSC-certified catch increased by a further 6% last year.

Google hopes that the data collection will identify suspicious vessel activity and inform new sustainable policies

Google makes waves with new sustainable fishing data platform

Google has unveiled a new beta technology platform that utilises enhanced data collection and transparency to promote and improve policies and provide the "world's first global view" of sustainable fishing practices.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) fish boxes are widely used by the seafood industry for transporting produce to restaurants

Polystyrene packaging debate hots up as industry rejects chefs' claims

A recent call from a group of top chefs for policymakers to ban the use of polystyrene packaging in London has been condemned by the Food Packaging Association (FPA) and other waste management experts.

 Greenpeace welcomes the ban, but said it should be extended to other products, such as detergent, as well

UK government to ban microbeads from cosmetics by end of 2017

Tiny pieces of plastic in personal beauty products, that end up in the oceans and are swallowed by marine life, will be banned from sale in the UK by the end of 2017, the Government announced on Saturday.

The Environmental Audit Committee is demanding a national ban on microbeads by the end of 2017, along with the introduction of a clear labelling scheme during the transitional period

MPs call for outright ban on plastic microbeads from cosmetics products

The UK Government has today (24 August) been urged by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) to completely ban cosmetic companies from using environmentally harmful plastic microbeads in bathroom products by the end of 2017.

The real heroes of the resource revolution are the people and businesses that are ready to address the real challenges and make real shifts

Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy

The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.

The story of sustainability, green policy and Brexit (in 24 hours)

For anyone working in, or remotely interested in, the worlds of sustainability and CSR, all of the setbacks, uncertainties, opportunities and successes of the green economy are encapsulated by what has happened over the past 24 hours.

Five trillion pieces of plastic are now floating in the world’s oceans, which is frequently mistaken for food by fish and birds

Plastic waste dumped in UK seas 'carried to Arctic within two years'

Plastic dumped into the seas around the UK is carried to the Arctic within two years, scientists have revealed, where it does "extreme harm" to the fragile polar environment.

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

Retailers make landmark sustainable seafood pledge

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

The announcement from M&S marks a welcome progression in the movement towards sustainable seafood in the retail industry

M&S becomes first retailer to make Responsible Fishing pledge

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has made an industry-leading commitment to support and improve the environmental sustainability of the fishing sector by signing up to the UK's Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS).

British-born pilot and adventurer Jeremy Rowsell climbs on board the 'On Wings of Waste' plane to raise awareness of plastic pollution

On wings of waste: Plane fuelled by recycled plastic wins Attenborough's approval

A plan to fly across America in a plane powered by recycled plastic has been welcomed by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a "sign of hope in a very depressing world".

At least eight million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean every year, according to the report

More plastic than fish in oceans by 2050, Ellen MacArthur study warns

With environmental issues featuring high on the agenda at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this week, a new report has revealed that applying circular economy principles to plastic packaging could save up to $120bn for the global economy.

Questions are being raised about the ramifications meat, vegetables and fish have on the climate

Supply chain sustainability key to navigating food consumption minefield

With experts warning that consumer eating habits are likely to be impacted by climate change and the obesity crisis rather than price fluctuations and global supplies, businesses are being urged to source more 'sustainable' products to sway demand.

The meals form part of WWF's LiveWell project which aims to encourage sustainable eating habits

WWF launches line of sustainable meals

Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.


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