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Working towards the SDGs through political and economic flux: Three recommendations for business

Our existing governance models are no longer fit for purpose, and are breaking. In their place, we are witnessing the unsettling rise of populist nationalism, a symptom of a fractured political settlement characterised by deep inequality, insecurity, and lack of proper representation.

The draft vision includes a requirement for all water companies to set sustainability targets reaching 15 or more years into the future

Water firms urged to collaboratively develop "net-positive" vision for the sector

UK water firms are being urged to co-develop and jointly adopt a new long-term sustainability strategy for the sector, set to have an overarching aim of the industry "having the most positive impact possible on society and the environment".

Business can’t wait for government intervention to tackle climate change

Extinction Rebellion are staging a 2-week global protest. Their aim? To disrupt major cities and call attention to the ongoing destruction of nature in an unfair society. They are arguing that only by overthrowing capitalism will we achieve a regenerative, zero-carbon economy.

Time for business to learn about the birds and the bees

Climate change is finally making headlines the world over with a level of urgency to make people sit up and listen. This focus is desperately needed, but the irony is that it could also be our undoing as we become increasingly blinkered to the perilous state of broader natural systems.

At its B&Q distribution centre in Swindon, Kingfisher currently sources 3.5MW of renewable energy for power

Kingfisher has emissions goals approved by Science Based Targets initiative

Home improvement retailer has had goals to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 22% and emissions from purchased goods, services and the use of sold products by 40% approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Overall, 481 companies from 38 countries have now committed to set an approved science-based target of some description

Hershey unveils plan to set approved science-based target by 2021

US-based confectionary giant Hershey has committed to set an approved science-based emissions reduction target by 2021, as part of a sweeping new range of sustainability measures.

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.

Which resolutions will you pick?

19 New Year's resolutions for sustainability professionals in 2019

Love them or hate them, New Year's resolutions are a tool to motivate and inspire individuals to start a new calendar year with renewed focus. Here, edie has listed 19 resolutions for sustainability professionals in 2019 that will help businesses ignite a new era of leadership.

Kering owns 14 luxury fashion brands including Gucci, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent

Kering launches first 'regenerative sourcing' standard for fashion suppliers

Luxury fashion company Kering has launched a fashion industry standard capable of verifying raw materials and finished products as 'regenerative', after partnering with environmental charity The Savory Institute to advocate for 'net-positive' sourcing solutions.

This new weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Achieving Mission Possible: 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.

One of the strategy’s flagship goals is seeing the Group’s estate become “the world’s first SDG compliant city”

Making Sustainability Real: Inside Canary Wharf Group's bold net positive strategy

EXCLUSIVE: British property giant Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has this week unveiled a sweeping new 2030 sustainability strategy, including goals of becoming a circular economy leader, transforming its estate into the world's first 'SDG-compliant micro-city' and becoming net positive.

The new plan forms part of the group’s five-year ‘one Kingfisher’ strategy, which was launched in 2016 and aims to transform the company’s structure by “unifying” its key brands

New sustainable growth plan acts as 'roadmap' to Net Positive for Kingfisher

EXCLUSIVE: Home improvement retailer Kingfisher has unveiled a comprehensive range of short-term sustainability targets in a bid to engage its customers and 77,000 employees in the company's long-term ambition of becoming "truly sustainable".

Show me the money… from sustainability

At my keynote at edie Live, I spoke about a vision of a sustainable built environment, how far away from it we currently are and what the industry is doing to move towards it. It's evident that, despite some positive progress, we need to fast-track the level of change and one way of achieving that is by making the business case for sustainability abundantly clear.

Robey believes the future of sustainable business will rely on “enhanced” collaboration between businesses and their competitors

How behaviour change helped Capgemini meet its carbon goals three years early

EXCLUSIVE: Facilitating behaviour change has been "critical" to Capgemini's ability to surpass its 2020 carbon reduction and energy saving targets three years early, the firm's global head of corporate sustainability James Robey has revealed.

Home improvement retailer Kingfisher and food manufacturer William Jackson Food Group discussed how they are scaling-up sustainability effort and innovation in edie's latest webinar

How the SDGs and stakeholder engagement can hold the key to sustainability leadership

EXCLUSIVE: Building strong relationships with stakeholders and aligning targets with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are some of the most effective ways of embedding sustainability into core business models, an expert panel of speakers has concluded.

Why Net Positive can help big business achieve long-term success, and more

Businesses are facing unprecedented levels of disruption- and from so many different quarters that the dependable business models of old are being torn to shreds. In many sectors market share is being seized away from the incumbents by savvy - and very often values-driven - start-ups who are rewriting the rules of business, leaving those that fail to innovate and adapt facing a bleak future.

Capgemini also has goals in place to reduce office energy use by 20% by 2020 and by 40% by 2030 against a 2014 baseline

Capgemini closes in on science-based emissions reduction target

Global IT consultancy Capgemini is three-quarters of the way towards its verified science-based target for 2020, and has also launched a supplier assessment tool and case studies to push towards a Net Positive goal.

Changing the world one sustainable idea at a time

I've headed up sustainability at AkzoNobel for 14 years now. During that time, I have often been utterly amazed - and disappointed - about how some segments of the corporate world (even in our own industry sector) have gone about adopting and incorporating sustainable business practices.

The carbon neutral aspect of the strategy is already in full swing. H&M, which operates more than 4,300 stores globally, reduced carbon emissions by 47% in the last 12 months

H&M eyes 'climate positive' status by 2040

International fashion brand H&M has unveiled a new sustainability strategy to become climate positive by 2040 through ambitious closed-loop and renewable targets.

The Bullring in Birmingham, one of Hammerson's many retail properties

Hammerson launches all-encompassing Net Positive strategy

Retail property specialist Hammerson has become the first firm in its sector to launch a pan-European Net Positive strategy covering carbon, resource use and water consumption across internal and tenant operations.

When it comes to taking full responsibility, ‘a little less bad’ is just not good enough

What does it really mean for a corporate to take responsibility?

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.

Technologies and business models for a flourishing future

Do we have the tools to deliver sustainable consumption and production, and if we don't how can we build them?

How ICT could lead the world in carbon reduction

Data published earlier this month by the UK Government revealed that the UK's carbon footprint rose by 3% between 2012 and 2013.

The zero deforestation pledge was revealed alongside the company’s reaffirmation that it had joined Climate Group's RE100 initiative

HP pledges zero deforestation by 2020

Technology giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has built upon its recent commitment to go 100% renewable by announcing a bold zero deforestation by 2020 - alongside two other ambitious goals - as outlined in the company's latest sustainability report.

Better together on sustainability, better together in the EU?

Last week, I was sat in a bar in the beautiful (and very green) Austrian village of Göss, about 100 miles south of Vienna.

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.


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