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The aim from Virgin is to share the report via “assets that are timeless” – that aren’t tied to a particular launch day

Gift of the GIFs: Virgin Media unveils 'highly shareable' sustainability report

Telecoms giant Virgin Media released its latest sustainability report update on Wednesday (5 July), utilising social media and GIFs to engage people about the latest sustainability efforts, which included a 7.5% annual reduction in carbon emissions.

Twelve industry experts came together in London to discuss how a sustainability report can effectively produced and disseminated to build trust and maximise engagement

Sustainability reporting: 10 steps to build trust and increase engagement

Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses across the country recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and DNV GL, which explored the steps required to take sustainability reporting onto the next level.

Maximising the value of your sustainability report - webinar presentations

View the presentations that were given by a leading cross-sector panel of sustainability experts who discussed their views on how to maximise the value of sustainability reports in a recent edie webinar, sponsored by classification organisanion DNV GL.

edie's exclusive webinar explored what 'getting it right' looks like when it comes to developing an engaging sustainability report

Maximising value: How can your sustainability report drive engagement?

Businesses can maximise stakeholder engagement with sustainability through their reporting by encouraging internal participation in product design and exploiting digital tools to present data in new and exciting ways.

The 'Maximising the value of your sustainability report' webinar will take place on 4 May at 11am

Last chance to register for sustainability reporting webinar TODAY

Sustainability and CSR professionals are invited to tune into a free-to-watch live webinar today (4 May) at 11am (BST), which will focus on maximising the value of reporting.

The 'Maximising the value of your sustainability report' webinar will take place on 4 May at 11am

Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's sustainability reporting webinar

Sustainability representatives from Gatwick Airport, Dell and Asia Pulp & Paper are among the expert speakers that will feature in next week's live webinar on maximising the value of reporting.

The 'Maximising the value of your sustainability report' webinar will take place on 4 May at 11am

Maximising value: edie to host free webinar on sustainability reporting

Individuals and organisations looking to improve their sustainability reports and increase engagement with key stakeholders are are being encouraged to tune into a free, live edie webinar next month, focusing on maximising the value of reporting.

The panel raised concerns that broad reporting frameworks have created a

Sustainability reporting frameworks lack comparability to attract investment, say experts

EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability reporting frameworks should be developed to encourage businesses to compete on performance and attract investors rather than simply being used as compliance mechanisms, a panel of experts have agreed.

During 2017 Heineken will define its 2030 ambitions in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and COP21

Heineken couples sustainability and financial reporting as emissions tumble

A "firm belief" that business growth and sustainability go hand-in-hand has seen Heineken publish its latest sustainability report alongside a financial report for the first time, with the report highlighting rapid business expansion alongside a decrease in emissions.

10 top tips to drive engagement with your CSR report

What are the key components required to produce a sustainability report which drives engagement on a range of CSR issues among key stakeholders? edie brings you the secrets to sustainability reporting success with this latest top-tips guide for businesses.

An increasung number of companies are now experimenting with various new technologies and media platforms to push their sustainability strategies to wider audiences

Captivating CSR: How to produce an engaging sustainability report

Ahead of edie's Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference, Matt Mace investigates how companies are going beyond compliance with their reports to drive engagement on a range of CSR issues among key stakeholders.

The University took to twitter to announce the achievement of a 40% reduction in carbon emissions across its estate since 2010

#UoLCarbonCut: University of London delivers world's first tweet-based sustainability report

The University of London has taken digital sustainability reporting to a new level by broadcasting its achievements through a series of tweets and an online presentation instead of compiling a dedicated CSR report.

The reporting of non-financial information is seen as a crucial tool to identify key sustainability risks

EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive: 'A positive step towards a sustainable economy'

With the deadline for Member States to implement the European Union Non-Financial Reporting Directive (EU NFRD) passing earlier this week, edie has spoken to an array of industry experts to find out exactly how the legislation will affect the future of sustainability reporting and green business in the UK.

The UK-based LSE is one of 23 exchanges that had committed to introduce new standards on sustainability reporting in 2016

Stock exchanges poised to introduce sustainability reporting standards

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is among 21 of the world's stock exchanges that look set to introduce sustainability reporting standards before the end of 2016, according to experts.

Just 27 companies could save 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon if they achieved the median carbon intensity in their industries, according to the report

Energy efficiency: 'Champions and dunces' exist in every industry

The world's largest listed companies could save 1.4 billion tonnes of CO2 - the equivalent of Japan's annual carbon emissions - by closing the gap between the worst and best-performing businesses on energy efficiency, a major new report has revealed.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development report praises the 'leading light' companies that are demonstrating the best reporting practices among Council members

SDGs underpin 'positive progress' of corporate sustainability reporting

Nearly a third (30%) of world-leading companies are now implementing the framework into their sustainability and integrated reports, as the push to mainstream non-financial reporting continues to gain momentum.

A view from the bottom of the BT Tower in Fitzrovia, London. BT is labelled as the “leader of the pack” by Carbon Clear

Report: FTSE100 must go beyond compliance with sustainability reporting performance

The gap between corporations leading the way on sustainable business practices and those that are simply complying with legislation for their CSR programmes is "as large as ever", according to new research into the sustainability reporting performance of the UK's top 100 listed companies.

Dutch brewer Heineken USA and telecoms firm Virgin Media are adopting a 'show-not-tell' CSR reporting model to drive consumer engagement

Virgin Media and Heineken USA revolutionise CSR reporting with gamification and 360-degree video

EXCLUSIVE: As investors, campaign groups and consumers continue to pile pressure on companies to accelerate progress towards ambitious climate goals, some of the stalwarts of sustainability reporting are beginning to look beyond traditional methods of disclosure to drive stakeholder engagement with their CSR reports.

In 2015, Virgin Media increased the data on its network whilst reducing its CO2 per terabyte by 35%

Virgin Media hails 'biggest carbon reduction ever' following major efficiency drive

Telecoms giant Virgin Media has recorded its "biggest ever" annual carbon reduction, with emissions falling by 6.1% between 2014 and 2015 as a part of the firm's 'Digital for Good' sustainability programme launched last year.

In an attempt to drive innovation and best practice, the alliance will implement technological infrastructure to create a more readable and interactive platform for reporting

GRI aims to streamline sustainability reporting through new Digital Alliance

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has unveiled a new programme aimed at streamlining sustainability reporting for businesses by using digital platforms to "enable transformational change".

BT, H&M, Heineken and Henkel have all turned to rap music as a way of spreading their CSR messages

Rap battle: Sustainability's latest Millennial marketing trend

From BT laying down a track about minimising emissions to a Dutch hip-hop star freestyling about Heineken's reduced water consumption, edie explores the latest trend in CSR reporting: rap music.

The GRI's new GOLD Community will be given exclusive benefits to help drive a sustainability shift

GRI launches GOLD community of transparent sustainability reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched a new membership programme aimed at aiding businesses that offer greater transparency on sustainability issues in their CSR reports.

A successful materiality assessment allows a business to prioritise its environmental efforts and spend accordingly, helping to maximise return on investment

Sustainability reporting: Why conduct a materiality assessment?

In the third part of edie's sustainability reporting feature series, we explore how CSR reports can be used to monitor and manage the most important environmental issues affecting your company.

Kye Gbangbola offers his top tips for writing a sustainability report

Sustainability reporting: 10 secrets to success

The concept of developing meaningful, effective and engaging sustainability reports has started to weigh anchor in the business sphere, evolving from a swept-aside entrée to the meaty bulk of fundamental corporate social responsibility.

With businesses facing a wealth of guidance and instruction frameworks it can be easy to become shackled by the reporting standards

Sustainability Reporting: Taking the first steps

Convincing stakeholders - and perhaps even yourself - to undertake your company's first sustainability report is a daunting task. What are the key first steps you must take to embark upon a successful sustainability reporting journey.

The survey found that just over half of the companies stated carbon reduction targets in reports

KPMG: Lack of consistency clouds carbon reporting

Carbon reporting from the world's largest 250 companies lacks consistency and makes it practically impossible for stakeholders to compare performances, according to the 2015 edition of the KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting.

The multifaceted landscape of sustainability reporting has made 'double work' for companies seeking to satisfy stakeholders on their CSR efforts

Sustainability Reporting: More goals, more targets, more frameworks, more reporting

Ahead of edie's Sustainability Reporting Conference which takes place in February, conference chair Elaine Cohen examines the challenges and opportunities of the current reporting landscape, with an insight into what we can expect in the coming year.

The Reporting Exchange platform will be available in open beta format at the end of 2016 to enable public users to share their feedback

New web platform to streamline sustainability reporting

A trio of global sustainability organisations are creating a new reporting platform which aims to help businesses make sense of the reporting requirements that affect them on a regional, national and international level.

How to produce a sustainability report

This book is a step-by-step guide to the practices and processes in producing a sustainability/integrated report using the GRI framework.

The Islamic Reporting Initiative is the first integrated CSR reporting framework built on Islamic principles

Islamic Reporting Initiative: Aligning local culture with CSR

A 'one-size-fits-all' approach to CSR reporting is becoming irrelevant and impractical, writes Daan Elffers, who has launched a new framework to align sustainable business with local principles and values.

Next edie conference to showcase supply chain sustainability

Bringing together supply chain, procurement, and sustainability professionals, edie's fourth annual Responsible Procurement & Supplier Engagement conference will explore the challenges and opportunities of creating a truly sustainable and ethical supply chain.

Sustainability Leaders Awards: TWO days left to enter

Deadline day is almost upon us. Make sure you're in the running to pick up a one of the most prestigious award schemes in the sustainability sector...

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015: Meet the judges...

With deadline day fast approaching for one of the most prestigious award schemes in the sustainability sector, we take a closer look at this year's judging panel for the Sustainability Leaders Awards.

(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?

There are just a few days left for Sustainability Leaders Awards entrants to make use of the early-bird rate

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015: Early-bird deadline TODAY!

The early-bird deadline for one of the most prestigious awards schemes in the UK sustainability sector ends today (30 June).

There are just a few days left for Sustainability Leaders Awards entrants to make use of the early-bird rate

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015: Early-bird deadline approaching

Entry is now open and the early-bird deadline is fast-approaching for one of the most prestigious awards schemes in the UK sustainability sector.

Ashridge Business School in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. The School launches the MSc in Sustainability in October

edie partners with Ashridge Business School for new feature series

edie has partnered with one of the world's leading business schools and leadership development providers for a series of articles focused on growing international debate and best practice around sustainability.

Unilever' CEO Paul Polman gave a full review of the company's progress on sustainability at the group's London headquarters

Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan drives business growth

The business case for sustainability couldn't be clearer: Unilever's 'Sustainable Living' brands accounted for half of the company's growth in 2014 and grew at twice the rate of the rest of the business, chief executive Paul Polman has revealed.

Shaun Davis, director of sustainability at the Royal Mail, speaking at the Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference

Sustainability reporting: Employee engagement critical to overcome 'treacle layer' troubles

Communicating and embedding sustainability throughout an organisation is often hampered by a 'treacle layer' at operational level which can make it harder for businesses to develop new environmental strategies and produce succinct corporate social responsibility reports.

ETI: Bioenergy insights into the future UK Bioenergy Sector

What is the most effective way of delivering a particular bioenergy outcome in the UK, taking into account the available biomass resources, the geography of the UK, time, technology options and logistics networks?

The European Directive for non-financial reporting came into force in December 2014 with around 6,000 organisations expected to be on-board by 2018

Green noise: Is sustainability reporting becoming too complex?

The multifaceted landscape of sustainability reporting has become overwhelming for businesses and is leading to a general lack of engagement around CSR communication.

Sustainability reporting: explained

An introductory guide on the principle sustainability reporting frameworks and best practice guidance, from CSR sustainability consultancy CLT envirolaw.

The projections are based on interviews with 260 heads of sustainability and financial data from 5,662 firms.

Sustainability consultants face spending slow-down

Global spending on sustainability consultants will surpass $1bn for the first time in in 2019, but the projected growth rate of 4% is 'far below' original industry estimates.

Nelmara Arbex is the GRI's chief advisor on innovation in reporting

Sustainability reporting: GRI to develop sector-related indicators

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will next year be focusing on the development of specific sector-related indicators under its G4 Guidelines in a bid to encourage businesses to be more transparent with their reporting of sustainability issues and challenges.

Mondelez's $200m Coffee Made Happy programme is currently in action in five countries

Mondelez takes 'bold step' with third-party evaluation of sustainable coffee programme

Mondelez International has unveiled 'a new way of approaching sustainability in the coffee industry' with the development of a more stringent and transparent supply chain evaluation framework to measure the impact of its global sustainability programme.

Within the next two to three years, the associates are aiming to open a pioneering plant in Delfzijl or Rotterdam

AkzoNobel to 'close the loop' by turning waste into commercial chemicals

Dutch paint and chemicals giant AkzoNobel is part of a team of companies looking to convert waste streams into synthesis gas - a useful starting material for making methane and ammonia.

Saint-Gobain laid out 2020 targets in energy and carbon, waste, and water

Saint-Gobain urged to step up CSR commitments by external advisory panel

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland should be setting more ambitious targets in the areas of energy and waste, and could take its sustainability reporting a step further by reporting more clearly on its overall environmental performance.

The edie Environmental Consultancy Report 2013/14

The consultants, their clients and winning the contract.
The performance of environmental consulting in the UK over the next few years looks promising. New investments in energy and transport infrastructure, combined with increasing requirements for energy/carbon reporting are creating new demand from public and private sector organisations for specialist environmental support services.

Sixty-seven per cent of organisations say cost management is the most important driver for becoming more sustainable

Businesses wake up to financial benefits of sustainability

The advantages of running a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme are becoming more tangible for businesses, with cost management emerging as the number one driver for firms looking to adopt more sustainable businesses practices.

Corporate social responsibility: beyond financials

Drawing on more than 2,500 interviews with business leaders in 34 economies, insight from the leading children's charity UNICEF and Grant Thornton leaders, this report looks at what companies are doing to make their operations more sustainable and why, and considers the role integrated reporting can play in improving transparency and decision making.

Lessons learned: using GRI's G4 reporting guidelines

UPS director of sustainability, EMEA Peter Harris shares the challenges, solutions and lessons learned from adhering to the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 guidelines.

The companies include Kellogg, General Mills, Mondelez, ConAgra, Panera and Safeway. Most of them are food and beverage firms, supermarket companies and grocery store chains - some of the top 10 purchasers in the $44bn palm oil industry

Big business increasingly being held to account on climate from shareholders

Twenty global corporations have set goals to cut GHG emissions and source sustainable palm oil to in response to 150 climate-related resolutions filed by their shareholders this year.


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