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.
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 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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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 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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 commits to sustainable sugarcane
Spirits giant Bacardi has pledged that all of its sugarcane products will come from sustainable sources by 2022.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.