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171 businesses from across the UK have been recognised for their contribution to international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity

Queen's Awards recognise UK business contribution to sustainable development

Construction firm Carillion and beverage company Bettys & Taylors are among almost a dozen businesses to today (21 April) receive the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

The 12 companies will now implement a planning and consultation process with governments, NGOs and stakeholders to build the framework in time for its unveiling at COP23

Major firms commit to ending deforestation in cocoa supply chains

Senior executives from 12 leading coca and chocolate companies, including Mars, Mondelēz International and Nestlé, have heeded the advice of the Prince of Wales and agreed to end deforestation in the global cocoa supply chain.

New data shows that the use of toxic chemicals to control flesh-eating sea lice has increased by a staggering 932%

UK takes action to uphold sustainable fishing amid toxic chemical concerns

As the UK launches the latest phase of its proposals to help achieve sustainable fishing levels by 2020, new research has exposed a 10-fold rise in the use of toxic chemicals on Scottish salmon farms over the past 10 years.

The new hub (pictured) will help with assurances that 100% of its natural ingredients are traceable and sustainably sourced

The Body Shop accelerates CSR commitments through East Croydon innovation hub

EXCLUSIVE: The Body Shop has officially unveiled a £1m innovation hub in East Croydon that it claims will enhance the company's ability to reduce the environmental impact of its product category footprints and develop an innovation pipeline to deliver pioneering cosmetics produced from biodiversity hotspots.

The Co-op says that its salmon products are made using “responsibly sourced fish”

Supermarkets urged to prevent high-risk salmon sourcing

Supermarket giants Sainsbury's and the Co-op have been called upon by a conservationist group to stop putting Scottish farmed fish on their shelves to maintain sustainable sourcing credentials.

Alongside Fairtrade, Cadbury’s Cocoa Life initiative is supported by a number of on-ground NGOs and experts from organisations like WWF, the UN Development Programme

Cadbury alters Fairtrade partnership in an effort to boost sustainable cocoa sourcing

British confectionary giant Cadbury is extending its Cocoa Life sustainability initiative across all of its chocolate products in UK and Ireland by 2019, and will utilise the expertise of Fairtrade as a key partner in the programme.

Stella McCartney was the guest of honour at the 2016 Kering Talk, which brought together more than 400 fashion students and industry professionals at the London College of Fashion

Stella McCartney: Fashion is literally getting away with murder

British fashion designer Stella McCartney has called on clothing manufacturers to take more responsibility for the environmental impact of the products they produce and stop the "unglamorous" sourcing of unsustainable and unethical products.

WWF is calling on all UK furniture retailers to publish a responsible timber sourcing policy

Are UK furniture retailers unwittingly destroying forest resources?

The majority of British furniture retailers are failing to treat responsible timber sourcing as a key issue despite having long-term business interests in such actions, a new report commissioned by the WWF suggests.

There are now 286 fisheries worldwide that are MSC-certified, with 38 new additions in 2015-2016.

Retailers and restaurants stepping up to the plate on sustainable seafood

Fisheries, supermarkets and foodservice businesses are together driving up demand for traceable, sustainable seafood as a new report from the Marine Stewardship council (MSC) reveals that the volume of MSC-certified catch increased by a further 6% last year.

Ikea's new PÅTÅR coffee range is both UTZ and EU Organic-certified

Ikea and McDonald's go 'all-in' for sustainable coffee

Furniture retailer Ikea and fast food business McDonald's have both announced fresh commitments to sell coffee from certified-sustainable sources.

UK businesses that fail to adequately plan for continuity of their timber resource could be left exposed with fewer commercial options, WWF says

Prepare for a global 'timber supply crunch', WWF warns UK retailers

"Urgent action" is needed from British businesses to invest in more sustainable timber sourcing practices, as highly-sourced areas suffer from a dangerous shortage of resources, a new report commissioned by the WWF has warned.

The coca used in Tesco products will be sourced through a variety of sustainability programmes run by the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Cocoa Horizons and Fairtrade

Tesco finds an appetite for 100% sustainably sourced cocoa

Supermarket giant Tesco has revealed that it will acquire all cocoa used for its own label chocolate, biscuits, cakes, deserts and cereal products sold in the UK from Rainforest Alliance Certified sources by the end of 2018.

Bacardi has built on progress at its production sites to reduce landfill waste, with only 0.74% of total waste sent to landfills in the previous fiscal year

Bacardi mixes perfect cocktail of water, energy and waste reductions

Global spirits giant Bacardi has surpassed annual targets in improving water use, energy efficiency and recycling rates and is on course to obtain 100% of sugarcane-derived products from sustainably certified sources by 2022.

William Jackson Food Group operates five food businesses including organic food delivery brand Abel & Cole

Businesses, suppliers and governments must collaborate to tackle food waste, says William Jackson

All of the major players in the food industry must work closer together to ensure greater harmonisation throughout the supply chain when it comes to tackling food waste, William Jackson Food Group's sustainability director has said.

The sustainability standards of bananas help ensure that farms comply with rigorous criteria designed to protect biodiversity, workers, families and nearby communities

Aldi jumps on sustainable bananas bandwagon

Supermarket Aldi UK has become the latest retailer to pledge to source its entire UK range of bananas from either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance-certified farms before the end of 2016.

The new partnership will focus on two commodity supply chains - Soy in Paraguay and palm oil in Indonesia

Cargill partners with WRI to tackle supply chain deforestation and water risk

International agri-foods business Cargill has forged a new partnership with global research organisation World Resources Institute (WRI) to improve the sustainability of its supply chain, with a particular focus on deforestation and water risk.

Mondelēz International aims to eventually source 100% of its cocoa from sustainably verified regions and programmes

76,000 farmers reap benefits of cocoa sustainability scheme

More than 76,000 farmers have seen a significant increase in their income and cocoa yield as result of a global sustainable sourcing programmme launched by the world's largest chocolate company.

Lidl will switch the majority of its banana to Rainforest Alliance-certified farms by the end of the year

Lidl goes 100% sustainable with bananas

Lidl will only sell bananas that are sourced from farms that are either Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade-certified, the German discount retailer has announced.

Messages supporting climate action and economic growth have risen by 1500%

Positive climate chatter on social media rockets 700%

Positive discussions about the climate action and economic growth nexus on social media have increased by 700% over the past three years according to new analysis by the New Climate Economy (NCE).

It is the first time these organisations have joined forces publicly to call for action on climate change

Global food firms unite to demand climate action

The chief executives of 10 multinational food and beverage companies including Mars, Nestlé and Unilever have come together to urge political leaders to forge a robust climate deal in Paris this December.

Starbucks is the latest in a line of companies to have its sustainability credentials scrutinised by SumOfUs

Starbucks under scrutiny for palm oil policy

Starbucks has become the latest major brand to come under fire from campaign groups for its palm oil policy, with a new video urging consumers to boycott the coffee shop chain.

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.

Ikea has made significant progress towards its end goal of becoming 'completely sustainable'

People & Planet Positive: Ikea makes strides with sustainability strategy

The world's biggest furniture retailer on track to achieve many of its ambitions 2020 sustainability targets with significant increases in its use of renewable energy, sales of sustainable life products and sustainable sourcing.

CDP supply chain report

CDP Report: Supply Chain Sustainability Revealed: A Country Comparison

Climate change is once again rising up the global agenda. Physical climate, regulatory and consumer preference changes expose supply chains to growing levels of climate risk. Uneven responses among suppliers present threats and opportunities for companies at the top of supply chains

'Sustainable Palm Oil - Five Steps to Ensure Responsible Sourcing' provides a step-by-step approach to mapping the use of palm oil

Sustainable palm oil sourcing guide launched for food and drink firms

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has drawn up a new guide to help food and drink manufacturers switch to sustainably-sourced palm oil.

The SSC unveils a new 'labelling code' and 'sourcing code'

Seafood businesses launch sustainable labelling and sourcing codes

A coalition of major seafood suppliers, brands, supermarkets and restaurants has agreed and published two codes of conduct regarding its environmental labelling and sourcing policies.

The campaign has engaged more than 9.7 million people worldwide in its first week

Unilever's Climate Summit campaign goes viral

A digital awareness campaign which aims to encourage global leaders to adopt a more ambitious and urgent approach to addressing climate change has surpassed expectations ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.

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.

Mondelēz International has released its first Well-being Progress Report

Mondelez hits sustainability targets, turns focus to supply chain

Mondelez International, the company behind Cadbury, Kenco and Oreo, has released its first Well-being Progress Report, which shows progress in nine of 10 key sustainability targets.

Bacardi claims that its new sugarcane sustainability pledge is an industry first

Bacardi commits to sustainable sugarcane

Spirits giant Bacardi has pledged that all of its sugarcane products will come from sustainable sources by 2022.

Members will be able to access e-learning modules and track their progress, get involved in supplier development days, and participate in groups focusing on wider issues, such as construction, infrastructure and research

Free online sustainability support for £117bn FM and services industry

Facilities management (FM) and services sector suppliers, contractors and clients will get a free resource to help them to boost their sustainability credentials in January 2015.

Mars plans to construct a 200MW wind farm in Texas which will provide enough energy for 12% of its global operations. pic: Roman Samokhin/

Wind power key to Mars' emissions reduction target

Mars has cut its water consumption and reduced its waste to landfill by two thirds, but its emissions reductions have flatlined, however, a 200MW wind installation is set to change that.

IKEA has already increased the use of sustainably sourced cotton in its products to 72%, up from 34% in 2012

IKEA sets sights on making sustainable cotton affordable for all

IKEA is aiming to secure 100% cotton from more sustainable sources by the end of 2015 as it looks to broaden its impact and make sustainable cotton a mainstream commodity.

The Wild Fisheries Annual Review will allow the public to judge Asda on its track record for sustainable seafood

Asda lands world's first sustainable seafood report

Fresh from reporting on the wide-ranging impacts of climate change on its supply chain, Asda has achieved a 'global first' by giving a full disclosure on how and where it sources its fish.

Unilever wants to arrest any decline in tea crop diversity

Unilever looks to secure sustainable future for tea

Multinational consumer goods firm Unilever has once again put sustainability at the heart of its research and development programme with the launch of a new project to develop natural tea varieties and secure international tea supply for the future.

The sustainable tuna is sourced from the Maldives using a low-impact pole and line technique

Sainsbury's sells UK's first sustainable tuna sandwich

Sainsbury's has become the first UK retailer to launch a certified sustainable tuna sandwich as part of the supermarket giant's on-going efforts to deliver more sustainable seafood.

The UK's 260,000 hospitality and catering outlets produce around four million tonnes of food waste each year

Hospitality industry urged to focus on recycling food waste

Hospitality businesses across the UK should be recycling surplus food, as a new report reveals the sector is set to spend an extra £32m sending food waste to landfill this year.

Cadbury's decision to go Fairtrade with Dairy Milk in 2005 saw others major brands follow

EXCLUSIVE: Sustainability at scale 'best achieved' through multinationals

Initiatives such as Fairtrade and ethical production is best achieved when multi-nationals get on board, says Green & Black's (G&B) co-founder Jo Fairley.

IKEA more than doubles share of sustainable cotton in products

IKEA has increased the use of sustainably sourced cotton in its products to 72%, up from 34% in 2012.

Mike Coupe: more robust approach required for CSV

Sainsbury's suggests shared value needs to be 'science-led'

Creating shared value (CSV) relies heavily on not just knowledge sharing, but applying the right science and technology to make it happen, a Sainsbury's board director has asserted.

Sarah Ellis: closer engagement is rewarding

Sainsbury's CSR chief applauds rising culture of 'challenge'

Sainsbury's head of corporate responsibility & society Sarah Ellis has said that taking an open-source approach to sustainability is helping to challenge the company go beyond its 20x20 targets.

Levi puts workers' well-being at heart of sustainable design

Levi Strauss has unveiled a new design approach that combines sustainable material use with responsible supply chain practices, in what it claims is a fashion industry first.

The Grain Store in London has been crowned the most sustainable restuarant in the country

New London restaurant crowned most sustainable in the country

London restaurant Grain Store has been named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year 2013, by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

AkzoNobel receives top ranking for sustainability in materials sector

AkzoNobel has been ranked the number one position on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) in the newly named Materials industry group, previously the Chemicals sector.

Tin is used as solder in all phones and electronic gadgets and around a third of the world's mined tin comes from Bangka Island in Indonesia and neighbouring island Belitung

Major smartphone companies tackle illegal tin mining concerns

Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG Electronics have released statements reiterating their commitment to tackling the environmental impact of Indonesian tin production associated with the firms supply chains.

Sainsbury's targets supply chain wins from food waste

Sainsbury's head of sustainable sourcing has acknowledged food waste as a huge business opportunity to drive value creation throughout the supply chain.

Columbian coffee farmers thrive under Nespresso sustainability plan

Coffee farmers participating in a sustainability programme run by Nespresso enjoy better economic and social conditions, new research suggests.

Sustainability must go mainstream: Interview with Peter Bakker

Business cannot succeed in a society that fails - that is the personal mantra of Peter Bakker, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He takes time out to tell Zeljka Davis why

Marc Engel:

Unilever: it's time to challenge our value chain on sustainable sourcing

Unilever's chief procurement officer Marc Engel has promised to be "relentless" in driving the company's efforts to reach its goal of sourcing 100% of raw materials sustainably by 2020.

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