Report: UK jewellers 'must do more' to combat potential human rights abuses
The billion-pound jewellery industry is still "tainted" by hidden cases of human rights abuses and modern slavery, with a new report urging large UK brands to increase reporting responsibilities to ensure supply chains are fully-mapped and audited.
First batch of African Fairtrade gold arrives in the UK
Fairtrade has announced the first ever shipment of certified African Fairtrade gold into the UK, in a move backed by Philips that could unlock new ethical sourcing opportunities for businesses ranging from jewellers to tech specialists.
CDP: Top mining firms risking $16bn in climate costs
The world's largest mining companies are producing up to $16bn in emissions costs in their value chain, according to a report released today (20 July) by climate change research provider CDP.
UK Coal Authority turns to solar to offset water treatment costs
A regulatory body of the UK coal industry has named the latest contractor for a four-year renewable energy framework to offset the costs of its 75 mine water treatment sites.
Aldersgate Group manifesto 2017: A healthy environment, a competitive economy
The Aldersgate Group's manifesto includes calls for the prompt publication of both a detailed Clean Growth Plan and 25-Year Plan for the Environment, and a strong Industrial Strategy which enables the green business community to flourish.
Diamond company seeks to deliver carbon-neutral mining in five years
Anglo American's diamond unit De Beers has confirmed it will lead an energy storage project to deliver carbon-neutral mining in as little as five years.
Apple vows to 'pioneer' closed-loop mining supply chain
Tech giant Apple has pledged to "go deeper" in developing new products that promote the circular economy by using only renewable resources or recycled materials that negate the need to mine materials.
Tech firms urged to expand gaze to account for 'myriad' of conflict mineral risks
Tech companies may be exposed to human rights violations in supply chains by failing to examine the "myriad of risks" that can be found outside of the traditional homes of conflict minerals, a new report has found.
Thinking circular: applying an effective closed-loop model
Ahead of her appearance at edie Live 2017 in May, circular economy expert Catherine Joce explores what it takes to deliver a successful closed-loop product or service, drawing on real-life examples of businesses that are driving the resource revolution.
World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case
The world's largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Phillippines.
Apple turns to supply chains ethics as emissions tumble
Tech giant Apple has revealed that it cut carbon emissions by almost 14,000 tonnes in 2015, as the firm continued its drive to improve supply chain sustainability and ethics, its latest supplier responsibility report has revealed.
World's largest investor: We want companies with long-term sustainability plan
The chief executive of the world's largest investment firm, Blackrock, has called for companies to build environmental, social and governance (ESG) management into their business models, calling it a sign of 'operational excellence'.
Investors demand climate transparency from mining firms
Investors responsible for more than $8trn have called on mining giants Anglo American, Glencore and Rio Tinto to be more transparent over the climate risks and impacts of their businesses.
Will the new circular economy package be ambitious enough?
With the European Commission unveiling its long-awaited circular economy package on Wednesday (2 December), UK experts and green groups are keen to find out if it will contain the necessary ambition to drive resource efficiency.
General Electric and BHP Billiton team up to lower mining emissions
American conglomerate General Electric (GE) has today (2 November) teamed up with a leading mining company to identify ways to lower GHG emissions from mining operations.
New substance uses orange peel to absorb mercury from water
Australian researchers are seeking an international patent after discovering that harmful mercury can be removed from water using industrial waste and orange peels.
Automotive sustainability: are cars of the future needed today?
In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, a sector already low on public confidence is left with big questions to answer. But for one Swedish automotive entrepreneur, the crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate the move to all-electric transport.
'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).
Dow Jones reveals worlds most sustainable companies
The 2015 edition of the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has been released, with Unilever, LG, AkzoNobel and Volkswagen ranking among the industry leaders.
Standard Chartered abandons giant coal mining project
One of the UK's largest banks, Standard Chartered, has announced it is pulling out of a major coal mining project in Australia.
Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach
Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.
Obama launches Clean Power Plan to slash power plant emissions
President Obama is set to launch the final version of America's Clean Power Plan today (3 August) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.
What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: University of Reading
With deadline day for entry to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards closing on Thursday (30 July), we take a closer look at the outstanding energy efficiency initiative from the University of Reading that won over last year's judges.
Government 'cutting the red tape' for waste and energy
The UK Government is aiming to make £10bn of red tape savings with environmental industries at the forefront, Business Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed yesterday (17 July).
Church of England announces new 'ecotheology' in divestment from fossil fuel extraction
The Church of England has adopted a new climate change policy which will see it divest from coal mining and oil from tar sands.
Recycle Week: 8 surprising statistics about waste
With green groups and recycling campaigners gearing up for a week of awareness-raising events, edie brings you 8 fascinating facts about waste and resource management.
Edinburgh University rejects calls to divest from all fossil fuels
Climate change campaigners reacted with disappointment as Edinburgh University announced on Tuesday that it would not fully divest from fossil fuels.
The importance and benefits of corporate social responsibility
Global mining firm Vedanta has taken a new approach to corporate responsibility: it now claims to embed sustainable values across all of its activities; working with local communities, organisations and NGOs to design programmes that improve their quality of life.
Collaboration drives success for Anglo American
One of the world's largest mining companies has released its 2014 sustainability report, revealing large drops in energy use, water consumption and emissions.
Defra report: Waste sector adds nearly £7bn to UK economy
The waste sector added £6.8bn in gross value to the economy in 2013 and supported 103,000 jobs, according to new government figures released on Thursday.
Brownfields go green with new wind power projects
Regeneration company Hayworth Estates has completed the installation of a 500KW wind turbine at a former surface mine in Derbyshire as the first of two new restoration projects to redevelop brownfield sites into low-carbon energy projects.
Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish mine
A pioneering research project to clean up a flooded Cornish tin mine is using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals in its toxic water, while simultaneously producing biofuel.
Emissions of world's largest firms continue to rise
The greenhouse gas emissions of the world's 500 largest companies increased by 3.1% from 2010 to 2013, threatening the UN-set target to keep global warming within 2C.