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PwC has warned that businesses are still failing to set measurable KPIs relating to the Global Goals, three years after the framework was created

PwC: Business still failing to turn SDG ambition into action

Just over a quarter (28%) of businesses have set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to help them measure and disclose their positive contributions towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), despite repeated warnings that corporate action has been slow and weak.

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

Shenzhen's e-bus network and 'climate-positive' homes: 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.

The EAC's request for greater disclosure has been sent to Amazon UK, Asos, Boohoo, Misguided and PrettyLittleThing

MPs urge online fashion giants to disclose environmental and social impacts

In letters to five of the UK's largest online-only fashion retailers, including Amazon and ASOS, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has called on brands within the so-called "fast fashion" industry to disclose the full extent of their environmental and social impacts.

Kellogg, Diageo, Nike and Groupe PSA are among the companies to adopt the newly launched standards

Business giants to support new SASB reporting standards

Food and drinks giant Kellogg, sportswear brand Nike and beverage manufacturer Diageo are among a group of 11 businesses who have pledged to adopt a new sustainability reporting standard, in a bid to give clarity to investors.

Through the scheme, the bodies have committed to support the Taskforce on Climate Related Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations

Corporate reporting bodies launch project championing TCFD alignment

A coalition of corporate reporting bodies including CDP and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched a new scheme aimed at unifying the business community's approach to sustainability reporting.

edie rounds up the key findings of from WBCSD and Radley Yeldar's recent corporate sustainability reporting survey

In numbers: The state of corporate sustainability reporting

Over the past 12 months, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has worked with consultancy Radley Yeldar to survey 158 corporates on their approach to sustainability reporting. Here, edie rounds-up the key findings.

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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.

Delegates discussed the key drivers that would impact sustainability reporting in the near future

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.

The UNGC believes that reporting on the SDGs must be

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.

The debate around whether it is time to make the annual CSR report “disappear” continues to crop up among sustainability professionals

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.

The hour-long webinar is available to watch on demand

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.

(L-R): Presenter Corporate Register’s director Paul Scott; the Co-op team; and compere Rufus Hound

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.

Virgin Media is no stranger to using themed reports to make sustainability more revelant and accessible for stakeholders

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.

The EAC does not believe that a voluntary approach will be effective in the medium-term

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 maintained its share of electricity generated from renewable sources at 82% last year - contributing a 5.4% year-on-year fall in its overall operational emissions

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.

Gathering dust: Sustainability reporting experts are in agreement that annual CSR updates need to become a much more integral part of business strategy

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?

The handbook offers advice on creating an engaging sustainability report and sharing it with key stakeholders

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.

The priorities of citizens and businesses are often misaligned, the report warns

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 gathers resources from 70 sectors and is designed to be used by each sector as a collaborative platform

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...

Heinken UK's storybook notes a series of achievements in its attempts to reduce water and energy consumption

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.

Nearly nine in ten Millennials surveyed (86%) are interested in sustainable investing, compared with three-quarters of individual investors overall (75%)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.


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