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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 webinar included Heathrow's chief executive John Holland-Kaye and director of sustainability Matthew Gorman, alongside Business in the Community chief executive Amanda Mackenzie and The Climate Group's corporate partnerships director Mike Peirce

On-demand webinar: Inside Heathrow's 2.0 sustainability strategy

With the 'Heathrow 2.0' sustainability update landing on Monday (22 April), edie hosted a live, interactive webinar featuring the Airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye to discuss how the business has progressed on its mission to lead the industry on sustainable growth.

This episode features interviews with Kaitlin Crouch from ING, Bill Eyres from O2, Alexandra Stubbings from Talik & Co and the Forum’s chair Simon Cohen

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Day Two at the Sustainability Leaders Forum

Following on from yesterday's podcast covering day one of the Sustainability Leaders Forum, edie's senior reporter Matt Mace brings listeners a range of interviews from the likes of O2 and ING.

edie dusts off the podcast recorder to bring listeners a range of interviews from the Forum and the Sustainability Leaders Awards for part one of this returning episode

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: We're back and at the Sustainability Leaders Forum (Part One)

After a short winter break, edie's Sustainable Business Covered podcast returns to bring you a two-part episode featuring a range of interviews from speakers and delegates and the Sustainability Leaders Forum.

From expert insights on gaining strategic boardroom buy-in to messages the importance of leadership at every level of business, we've rounded up the best of the quotes from the 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Forum

The sky is the limit: Five inspiring messages from the 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Forum

After a fascinating two days of inspiration, insight and expertise, edie looks back at some of the most inspirational messages taken away from the 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Forum.

Michael Lewis was speaking on the second day of edie's 2018 Sustainability Leaders Forum at the Business Design Centre in London

From environmental expert to CEO: E.ON boss Michael Lewis reflects on his remarkable sustainability journey

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Lewis explains how his rise to the top at E.ON has intertwined with the company's transition from a fossil fuel-based power generator to a provider of sustainable energy solutions.

Chris Brown, senior director sustainable business, ASDA (far left), Chris Cook, global sustainability director decorative paints, AkzoNobel, Ian Heasman director of sustainability, Taylor Wimpey, Rachael Everard,  group sustainability manager, Rolls-Royce

What does the future role look like for the sustainability manager?

Sustainability leaders from AkzoNobel, Asda, Rolls Royce and Taylor Wimpey gave their thoughts on the future role of the sustainability manager during an action-packed first morning of the edie Sustainability Leaders Forum.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Meet the Winners

Welcome to the winners report for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Organised by edie, these awards recognise excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business; from the best efficiency programmes through to product innovation, from stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives to the people making it happen.

To the victors come the spoils: Congratulations to our 2018 edie Sustainability Leaders Awards winners

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Winners revealed at glittering ceremony

02, Adnams, Co-op and Royal Mail were among the big winners of edie's 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards, announced at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday evening (24 January).

The Sustainability Leaders Forum will be serving delegates a variety of organic, meat-free dishes across the two days

edie partners with the McCartneys' Meat Free Monday campaign for Sustainability Leaders Forum

edie has partnered with Meat Free Monday - the awareness-raising campaign group founded by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney - for this week's Sustainability Leaders Forum, which is only serving meat-free meals to delegates.

Vyvyan noted that a successful corporate strategy relied on embedding sustainability into day-to-day situations, the same way that a company would for employee engagement and satisfaction

Circular and digital transformations 'key' to enabling business growth

A growth in circular innovation and digital transformation are the "keys to a more sustainable future" that is currently being hindered by businesses that still view sustainability as an "add on" that requires additional resources and finances.

(L-R): Tom Delay, Sally Uren, Shaun Kingsbury and Dr Joanne Wade were all recognised in the 2018 New Year's Honours list

New Year Honours 2018: Sustainability champions make Queen's list

The 2018 New Year Honours list has recognised the outstanding achievements of a number of senior figures across the UK's green economy.

The three-year development represents a £90m investment from AccorHotels, and the building was delivered on time and to budget

In practice: AccorHotels' new project targeting BREEAM excellent certification

Ahead of edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Awards in January, edie is taking a closer look at some of the projects initiatives that have been deemed worthy of a finalist position by our expert judges. Up next: AccorHotels' new London hotel.

The Sustainability Leaders Forum will take place on 24-25 January 2018 at the Business Design Centre in London

Accelerating change: Stellar line-up confirmed for edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum 2018

Senior representatives from the likes of Ikea, L'Oréal and Starbucks are among the confirmed speakers for edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum, which is dedicated to accelerating the green business revolution.

Asda's Chris Brown is one of the expert speakers that will appear on stage at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum in January

Will the role of a sustainability professional ever become obsolete?

As sustainability becomes more embedded in core business operations, will the role of a sustainability professional ever become obsolete? Not in the eyes of Asda's sustainable business director Chris Brown, who believes an ever-changing CSR agenda makes the role more important than ever.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 shortlist revealed!

After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging panel has met, the decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Meet the finalists

After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging panel has met, the decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: FINAL deadline TODAY!

The extended Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 entry deadline ends today! It means if you want your project, initiative, strategy or people to get the recognition they deserve, you have until midnight tonight to get your entries in.

A dual power mode can be used to top up the battery, which can be re-charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes from a rapid charge point

Royal Mail to kickstart electric van trials in London

The UK's largest delivery company Royal Mail, will trial nine large commercial electric vehicles (EVs) to deliver mail across London and the South East, with charging stations also installed by the firm at its London-based mail centre.

The early-bird entry deadline for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards is Friday 11 August, and the standard entry deadline is Tuesday 12 September

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Early-bird entry deadline on FRIDAY

Organisations and individuals that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy can still take advantage of the cheaper, early-bird entry rate for edie's 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards, which expires this Friday, 11 August.

The 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards judges have been hand-picked for their specialist knowledge and experience within their own specific field

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018: Meet the judges

With the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards now open, edie takes a closer look at the esteemed panel of judges who will be presiding over this year's entries.

The edie team looks forward to receiving your entries and welcoming you to the awards in January

edie's 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards open for entries

Entries are now open for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards, which recognise the incredible people, initiatives and products that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy.

Interface's chief sustainability officer believes business leaders across the world must move from a sustainability philosophy based on ‘reducing’ environmental impacts to one based on ‘reversing’ climate change

From 'reducing' to 'reversing': How can business leaders win the war on carbon?

EXCLUSIVE: The global climate movement must undergo a fundamental shift in thinking and communicative approach in order to instil business leaders with the belief that they can reverse global warming, the special guests on edie's latest podcast episode have said.

A growing number of businesses are turning to natural capital accounting to underpin their sustainability strategy, but is it the right approach to take?

Natural capital: Credible concept or spurious sustainability approach?

EXCLUSIVE: Natural capital accounting can be a "disaster" for sustainability professionals and is not an effective way of engaging the finance community with environmental issues, the head of sustainability and finance at UK brewer Adnams has said.

Rachel Ward (centre) picked up her Energy Manager of the Year accolade at the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017

Meet the Energy Manager of the Year - London Metropolitan University's Rachel Ward

Ahead of her appearance at edie Live, London Metropolitan University's sustainability manager Rachel Ward discusses how she has been able to catalyse an on-campus transformation in energy efficiency performance.

Royal Mail Group has transformed into a business that is more open, with employees across all levels working together to improve the workplace and reduce environmental impacts

First-class sustainability: How Royal Mail is leading the way on employee engagement

Employee Engagement & Behaviour Change winner at the Sustainability Leaders Awards, Royal Mail Group explains how it has implemented an ambitious, company-wide engagement programme to deliver sustainability success.

Insight and inspiration: edie catches up with some of the world's most renowned sustainability professionals at the Sustainability Leaders Forum and Awards

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 20 - A day in the life of sustainability leaders

Join edie's senior reporter Matt Mace for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of our recent Sustainability Leaders Forum and Awards, including an array of inspiring and insightful discussions with expert speakers and award-winners.

David Bent chaired edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Forum at the Business Design Centre in London on 25-26 January

In shocking times, corporate sustainability needs to pivot

Fresh from chairing edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum last week, sustainable business advisor David Bent shares his three key insights from the event, which brought together ambitious professionals to discuss transformational change.

(Top-left to bottom-right): ING's Léon Wijnands, Danone's Emmanuelle Wargon, Statoil's Charlotte Wolff-Bye, and Adnams' Andy Wood spoke at the Sustainability Leaders Forum

Challenges, opportunities and priorities: Sustainability leaders answer the big questions

What is the biggest challenge facing sustainability professionals? What makes an effective CSR leader? And what should be at the top of your list of priorities for 2017? Last week's Sustainability Leaders Forum was the perfect opportunity to find out...

Heathrow Airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye gave this speech on day two of edie’s Sustainability Leaders Forum

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye speech: 'Airport expansion a model for sustainable growth'

Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye took to the stage at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week to announce that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months, ahead of its controversial expansion. Here's a full transcript of his speech.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: meet the winners!

Welcome to the winners report for the 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Organised by edie, these awards recognise excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business; from the best efficiency programmes through to product innovation, from stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives to the people making it happen.

The 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards took place at the Hilton on Park Lane in London on 25 January (Scroll down for full list of winners)

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: Winners revealed at glittering ceremony

Costa Coffee, Grosvenor, Interface and Royal Mail were among the big winners of edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards, announced at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday evening (25 January).

Keith Anderson (left) and Jonathon Porritt (right) discussed how to drive consumer engagement at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum

Big data will drive consumer demand for sustainability, claims ScottishPower Renewables

EXCLUSIVE: The decarbonisation of Britain's energy sector will require greater innovation and consumer engagement levels to ignite an increased demand for low-carbon products, systems and infrastructure - with big data well-equipped to instigate the transformation.

How has drinks giant Diageo been able to adopt a leadership position on sustainability? We pay a visit to the group's London headquarters to find out

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 18 - Raising a glass to our sustainability leaders

With edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum and Awards just around the corner, we bring you a very special episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, with Diageo's sustainability development director David Croft providing a unique insight into what makes a modern-day sustainability leader.

The 21-page report provides an overview of each of this year's Sustainability Leaders Awards finalists

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: Meet the finalists

edie brings you a unique insight into the fast-expanding green business community, with a new report which summarises the various businesses, initiatives, teams and individuals that have been shortlisted as finalists for edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: Meet the finalists

This report provides a unique insight into the fast- expanding green business community, summarising the businesses, initiatives, teams and individuals that have been shortlisted as finalists for edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards.

Sustainability consultant and leadership expert Alexandra Stubbings is a special guest on this week's podcast episode, discussing the key trends and developments to watch out for in 2017

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 17 - A New Year's Revolution for the green economy

The edie editorial team returns from the festive break to bring you this very special first podcast episode of 2017, with sustainability leadership expert Alexandra Stubbings coming into the studio to provide us with plenty of reasons to feel positive and optimistic about the year ahead.

Carlsberg's sustainability director Simon Boas Hoffmeyer says the global feeling around sustainability is now more positive than ever

Meet the Sustainability Leader: Carlsberg's Simon Boas Hoffmeyer

As part of edie's sustainability leadership month for editorial content, we speak with Carlsberg's sustainability director Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, who discusses his inspiring journey to becoming a sustainability leader. Here's a full transcript of our discussion, in full.

Science-based emissions reduction targets are a crucial step in the global effort to prevent the worst consequences of climate change

Science-based targets top choice for sustainability leaders, edie survey reveals

The adoption of science-based targets to drive climate action is continuing to move rapidly up the corporate agenda, with more than half of sustainability leaders either beginning to apply or fully embedding the methodology within their organisation.

Disruption will come partly through the need to avoid runaway climate change, and partly through the increasingly urgent need to reinvent capitalism

Disrupt or die: Preparing for the next generation of sustainability

edie's Sustainability Leadership month continues, and today it's Forum for the Future founder-director Jonathon Porritt's turn to pen an exclusive thought leadership opinion piece, offering an eye-opening insight into the future of corporate sustainability.

True sustainability leaders never stop learning, adapting, disrupting – but they do it in a way that takes others with them

Hidden heroes: Identifying the leaders of the green industrial revolution

As part of edie's sustainability leadership month, Marks & Spencer's (M&S) director of sustainable business Mike Barry has penned this exclusive opinion piece, underlining the importance of adopting a leadership approach to green business against a turbulent political backdrop.

The situation is balanced on a knife edge. We must come up with clear action plans and turn top-line guidance into a real framework for collective action

Climate action in a post-Trump world: game over or business as usual?

As part of edie's Sustainability Leadership Month of editorial content, Grosvenor's group sustainability director Kate Brown has penned this exclusive opinion piece, explaining the need for businesses to develop clear action plans and drive forward with sustainability leadership, regardless of the turbulent political backdrop.

Each video features a different sustainability expert discussing a particular skillset, coming together to reveal what makes a successful sustainability leader. (Scroll down to play videos)

Video The skills you need to become a sustainability leader

What makes a great sustainability leader? Here, edie rounds up all of our 'sustainability skills' videos filmed over the past month, and brings you a final episode on how to effectively lead your company's CSR strategy - marking the start of our Sustainability Leadership Month.

Congratulations to the Sustainability Leaders Awards finalists. We look forward to celebrating with you all at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 25 January 2017

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017: Shortlist of finalists revealed

edie is delighted to announce the shortlist of finalists for the 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards, which recognise the incredible people, initiatives and products that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy.

edie Sustainability Leaders Forum - full programme

No longer a matter of compliance, sustainability is a strategic imperative as investors, NGOs, employees and consumers demand more from organisations. But what does sustainability leadership look like in an uncertain regulatory climate and how will that evolve as business leaders take a critical, long-term view of their growth strategies?

Jude Hughes (centre) collects her E&E Award from host Andrew Ryan (far left) and the Energy Institute's Sarah Beacock (right)

How to be a Sustainability Leader: Awards Q&A with Energy Manager of the Year

As the deadline for edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 approaches, we talk to last year's Energy Manager of the Year Jude Hughes to find out her secrets to success and top tips for Awards entrants.

Join the conversation at the edie Leaders Club

The edie Leaders Club is an exclusive, member-only group for over 200 sustainability leaders, who come together to share knowledge, experience and best practice in the journey to make business more sustainable.

edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards will take place on the evening of 25 January, 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane

"Back, bigger and better than ever": edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards returns

The Sustainability Leaders Awards are back with a host of new categories and a revamped ceremony that will recognise the incredible people, initiatives and products that are helping to deliver excellence within the green economy.

Meet the 2015 Sustainability Leaders - Winner Report

Welcome to the winners report for the 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards. Organised by edie, these awards recognise excellence across the spectrum of sustainable business; from the best efficiency programmes through to product innovation and the people who are making it happen.


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