Plastics, Pledge Walls the potential 'death' of CSR: Top 10 sustainability stories of September 2018
Another month has passed which means it's time to remind ourselves of September's most-read sustainability stories and standout pieces of content from September - from massive plastic phase-outs and circular economy masterclasses to new supply chain commitments and a discussion about the future of CSR.
TCFD, SDGs and pop-up squads: What the future holds for sustainability reporting
Sustainability and corporate responsibility managers from a range of businesses recently gathered in London for an exclusive roundtable hosted by edie and reporting and assurance firm DNV GL to discuss how new standards, systems and stakeholder demands are together revolutionising sustainability reporting.
UN Global Compact: Corporates must stop 'cherry-picking' the SDGs
EXCLUSIVE: Large businesses will soon risk losing investor interest and stakeholder trust unless they stop "cherry-picking" which of the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they report on and omitting negative impacts from their sustainability reports.
Academics call on businesses to drop standalone sustainability reports
A new report has urged corporates to drop standalone sustainability reports in favour of integrated reporting methods, to better showcase how sustainability can act as a holistic driver for growth and value across a business.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: A Blueprint for Business Leadership
This brand new edie insight report provides clear, practical steps that can be taken by sustainability and CSR professionals to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation’s business strategy.
Should businesses communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?
EXCLUSIVE: As more companies pledge to support and report on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), should businesses also examine and communicate negative contributions to the Global Goals?
edie at 20: How did sustainability become so business-critical?
edie's 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand is an ideal opportunity to remind ourselves of the past two decades of corporate sustainability, which have seen it evolve from an environmental add-on to a fundamental aspect of growth.
Meet the Sustainability Leader: Co-op - Sustainability Reporting 2018
With entries now open for edie's revamped 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this new feature series will showcase the achievements of the 2018 winners, revealing their secrets to success. Up next: our 2018 Sustainability Reporting winners, Co-op.
Talking tactics, strategy and goals for successful sustainability reporting
At Virgin Media, we're known for putting our people and customers at the heart of everything we do. This runs through our business from the way we design our products and services, how we create inclusive workplaces, to the way we disclose our social and environmental performance. Here are my key learnings to successfully embed a sustainability strategy.
Climate captains and sustainability strikers: Virgin Media unveils football-themed sustainability report
With England capturing the hearts of the nation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, telecoms giant Virgin Media has released a new sustainability report utilising football themes to engage key stakeholders with its latest efforts.
edie at 20: Is sustainability finally coming home?
It's official - edie is now 20 years old. Our 20th anniversary as a sustainable business media brand offers a chance to celebrate and reflect upon the tremendous achievements of the green economy - but it is also a time for us to realise the immense opportunity that now lies ahead.
MPs urge UK Government to make climate risk reporting mandatory
Ministers have urged the UK Government to make it mandatory for companies and asset owners to report on climate-related risks by 2022 in order to "fix" the short-term mindset of the current financial system.
BT generates £5.3bn in revenue through carbon-combative products, again
BT's range of consumer operations and products which contribute to carbon savings were worth more than £5.3bn last year for the second year running, while the company also increased the amount of carbon it helped customers avoid by 1.3 million tonnes year-on-year.
Mission Possible: The 2018 report
Welcome to the future of sustainable business. edie's Mission Possible 2018 report has landed, exploring the key commercial drivers, challenges and opportunities on the road to a low-carbon, resource-efficient planet.
edie Explains: Smart grids
What is a smart grid and why is it important? What are the potential business benefits of the smart grid transition? And how mature is the smart grid concept in the UK? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.
The SDGs are not for the faint-hearted but companies have much to gain
We used our latest quarterly business roundtable discussion to explore how companies across a range of sectors are engaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We know there are challenges in getting to grips with the framework but for me, as a CR and Sustainability professional, the discussion only served to highlight how much there is to gain for business in engaging.
Is it time to kill off the standalone sustainability report?
This week's Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference saw a number of industry experts discuss the evolution of the sustainability report, with some going so far as to argue that an individual annual report no longer carries the necessary impetus to drive change. So, is the age of the standalone sustainability report finally over?
Seven steps to success: edie launches the smarter sustainability reporting handbook
With more stakeholders, staff and consumers demanding knowledge and information on corporate commitments, edie has published a handbook to help create an engaging and informative sustainability report.
The smarter sustainability reporting handbook
A new era is upon us: the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) and the Task Force on Climate- related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have together paved the way for an entirely new approach to corporate sustainability.
PwC: Businesses still not meaningfully engaging with SDGs
Up to two-fifths of businesses are still failing to engage meaningfully with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to new research from PwC.
So, what now for sustainability reporting?
As a CSR and Sustainability professional, reporting is one of the most significant issues to be addressed in this field.
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.
The Reporting Exchange: Global platform launched to streamline sustainability reporting
As more companies switch to integrated reporting linking sustainability actions with financial filings, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched a free, online platform to help businesses navigate the increase in reporting requirements.
The stability of our financial system starts with better corporate reporting
The way our current financial system values corporate success is too narrow. By prioritizing financial performance as the only important element of value creation, it ignores the social and environmental impacts a business may have.
Four ways to create real business value by addressing climate change
BITC member Carbon Clear's chief executive Mark Chadwick outlines why acknowledging and acting on climate change has evolved from mitigation practices to capturing holistic business opportunities.
Is high street sustainability an oxymoron?
Debbie Griffiths wants to know how responsible retailers can be...
Heineken UK reports CSR progress in sustainability storybook
Sustainable sourcing and mental health awareness are some of the key areas touched upon in Heineken UK's new 'sustainability storybook', which outlines the brewer's progress on tackling major social and environmental issues.
Millennials twice as likely to invest in green business, survey reveals
Millennials are driving global growth in sustainable investing, according to financial services firm Morgan Stanley, which has discovered that the younger generation are twice as likely to invest in companies targeting social or environmental goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
A brave new era of sustainability leadership
It's fair to say that 2016 will go down as one of the more memorable years in our history, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons.
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.
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.
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.
Why smart companies are developing sustainability strategies to stay in the game
As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: "Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in the message. Leaders must act; time is not on our side."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.