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From left to right: Debenham's Caroline Haycock, BRC's Alice Ellison, Kingfisher's Jo Mourant and H&M's Catarina Midby

Information overload: Why retailers must finetune sustainability communication

Retailers must be careful not to "bombard" consumers with information, despite heightened external pressures to champion Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues, according to delegates from Kingfisher, H&M and Debenhams.

The letter to Business Secretary Greg Clark calls for the introduction of minimum standards on efficiency for existing homes

Ministers called upon to deliver clarity for low-carbon building sector

A coalition of organisations including Kingfisher and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is calling on the UK Government to publish a bold emissions reduction plan which addresses the policy gap in the low-carbon building sector.

Swarovski's vice president of sustainability Dax Lovegrove discusses the role of ‘The Disruptor’ within a sustainability team. (Scroll down to play video).

VIDEO: 60-second sustainability skill - The Disruptor

In part four of our series of sustainability skills videos, Swarovski's new vice president of sustainability Dax Lovegrove explains the importance of using disruptive innovation to drive positive change within your organisation and beyond.

Kingfisher's Caroline Laurie believes that the way the DIY retailer promotes products to customers will enable it to continue to grow revenue through sustainability

Price and performance dominant factors for sustainable products, says Kingfisher

EXCLUSIVE: Companies that "plaster their products with 'eco'" are unlikely to make the same connection with consumers, compared with those creating sustainable products that offer other tangible benefits such as better price and enhanced performance.

The Net Positive Project will provide guidance to companies in continually reducing their negative impacts or footprints

Major businesses join new coalition to go 'net-positive'

Dell, Hewlett Packard (HP) and Kingfisher are among a host of major businesses to form a cross-sector coalition that aims to increase the number of companies that go beyond reducing negative sustainability impacts to provide "net-positive" contributions to society, the environment and the global economy.

The B&Q owner is embedding accountability for sustainability delivery into the heart of its business. Photo: Kingfisher

Kingfisher shakes up sustainability department in Net Positive 'evolution'

Two of Kingfisher's most senior sustainability executives have left the DIY retailer within the space of a month, as part of a radical restructuring of the group's management team to integrate CSR into the core of the business, edie can reveal.

The Antibes store has been fitted with 1,245m of photovoltaic solar panels

Kingfisher builds 'energy-positive' hub in France

Kingfisher-owned tools and hardware firm Castorama France has reopened a store in the South of France after undergoing a two-year transformation that has seen the site streamlined into an energy-positive green building design hub.

The investment will see the roll-out of photovoltaic solar panels across selected stores in the UK and France

Kingfisher makes £50m renewables investment to reduce grid energy consumption

International home improvement firm Kingfisher, whose brands include B&Q and Screwfix, has unveiled an ambitious new £50m investment into renewable energy.

Akzonobel eyes global shift to water-based paints

EXCLUSIVE: Dutch paint manufacturer AkzoNobel is set to begin a global, industry-wide push to move away from solvent-based paints towards more environmentally-friendly water-based paints.

Both IKEA and B&Q are making strides towards the adoption of non-linear, more sustainable business models

Kingfisher and IKEA poised for business model shake-up

EXCLUSIVE: DIY retailer Kingfisher and flat-pack furniture maker IKEA have both indicated a strong desire to move towards the sharing economy and servitisation, as a "natural progression" of their business models.

For the first time in its five year history, the report provides an overall analysis of business sectors as well as individual companies

'Game-changers': BT and M&S top FTSE100 on carbon management

Telecommunications giant BT has secured top spot in a report of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100).

What I want from Paris: 21 climate leaders on COP21 - Part two

EXCLUSIVE: In the second of our two-part feature, sustainability leaders from the likes of Mars, Heineken and IKEA tell edie what they want to see from the Paris climate talks.

(L-R): Rachel Bradley, B&Q, host Alistair McGowan, Ben Smith, B&Q and Charlotte Doyle, Sounds Commercial

What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: B&Q

With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards fast approaching, this new series of articles profiles the businesses, people and initiatives that won over last year's judges. And where better to start than 2014 hat-trick winner B&Q?

Kingfisher's customers are now saving an estimated £600m a year through energy-efficient products and services sold through its brands, which include B&Q

Kingfisher collaborates to innovate for Net Positive progress

A collaborative approach to responsible sourcing, packaging and the circular economy has taken DIY giant Kingfisher to new heights in the second year of its Net Positive sustainability plan.

Kingfisher: Compliance to Resilience

For companies already driving bottom-line efficiencies and top- line growth through sustainability initiatives, meeting industry standards and complying with government regulations is simply a ‘permission to play’. What happens to an organisation when it goes beyond compliance?

Matt Sexton spent 14 years with B&Q, helping to launch a number of major CSR initatives

CSR director Matt Sexton leaves B&Q

Matt Sexton has left his position as director of corporate social responsibility (CSR) at B&Q, following a restructuring of the DIY chain's sustainability division.

The Compact commits businesses to ten environmental and sociallly responsible principles

UN expels 657 companies from Global Compact initiative in 2014

The UN Global Compact ousted 372 companies in the second half of 2014 - including 14 UK firms - for failing to report on their progress against the scheme's 10 environmental and social principles.


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