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Seafood industry takes big steps toward sustainability - news

By Brian Collett — The tuna company Thai Union has joined forces with the environmental NGO Greenpeace to improve labour practices, expand sustainable operations and minimise destructive...

Green & Black’s chocolate launches products with new “Cocoa Life” label - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Green & Black's, the brand which pioneered organic Fairtrade chocolate, is now launching its first UK product without the familiar Fairtrade label. Instead,...

Walmart steps up certification of responsible sourcing of seafood - news

By Brian Collett — Walmart, which has more than 11,000 stores globally and is the world’s largest company by revenue, has announced it aims to eliminate forced and child labour and...

Pat Harned guides ethics in business - news

By Adam Woodhall — Pat Harned leads the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), regularly engaging with leaders of global corporations and the US Department of Justice as well as...

HSBC’s investigation into own client saves Indonesian rainforest - news

By Roger Aitken — Action taken by HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organisations globally with an international network comprising around 7,500 offices in over 80...

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Europe conference Europe highlights partnerships - news

By Brian Collett — The importance of strength in numbers in encouraging responsible practice was emphasised by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil at its Europe conference.  ...

Denmaur's recycled "Revive" paper delivers performance with purpose - news

Denmaur Independent Papers, one of the largest paper merchants in the UK, launched Revive, a comprehensive range of recycled papers in April 2016. This was in response to companies and...

Premier Inn and Lidl support sustainable seafood - news

By Brian Collett — Premier Inn has become the world’s largest national hotel chain to gain the certification of the Marine Stewardship Council, the NGO better known as the MSC, that...

Britain’s hairdressing sector has potential to drive sustainability in communities - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Hairdressing is a sector that talks to more people than any other occupation. With over 40,000 hairdressings, barbering and beauty salons in the UK generating over...

Kraft Heinz makes move toward sustainable sourcing of palm oil - news

By Brian Collett — Kraft Heinz, the world’s fifth largest food company valued at $26bn (£21bn, €24.3bn), has announced it is to source all its palm oil in an...

The importance of UN Sustainable Goals in corporate strategies and reporting  - news

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) articulate an agenda for the next 15 years (to 2030) with a view to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The agenda requires...

Provocation and innovation at XEnergy - news

By Adam Woodhall — Practical provocation and tangible innovation were the motivational themes explored by some of    the best minds in the UK energy industry at the recent...

Ethical standards raised over UK IFA’s ISO 22222 claims - news

by Roger Aitken - Financial advisers in the UK who are accredited with ISO 22222, the international standard for personal financial planners, have a duty and obligation to ask clients about...

European market for renewable energy continues to grow - news

EP Journal By RP Siegel Market demand for renewable energy in Europe as documen-ted by Guarantees of Origin, grew by 8% over the previous year, extending an extraordinary growth streak....

Shine like a diamond - news

Renowned jewellery retailer Tiffany is looking to drive meaningful change and lead in sustainable luxury. Anisa Kamadoli Costa , chief sustainability officer, tells Laura Klepacki how...

Sodexo and WWF push for more sustainable school meals - news

Sodexo has teamed up with conservation charity WWF to develop and pilot a set of 10 sustainable meals. The project is part of Sodexo’s partnership with WWF on LiveWell, WWF-UK’s...

Kangwon turns abandoned mines into modern resorts - news

Kangwon Land, a South Korean company that redevelops abandoned mines into resorts, casinos, and conference centres has been recognised as one of Korea’s most sustainable enterprises for...

Sodexo partners with WWF to pilot sustainable school meals programme - news

Green & Lean is the name of a new range of sustainable school meals from Sodexo. The line is part of a pilot project through Sodexo’s partnership with WWF on LiveWell,...

ZSL expands palm oil web tool to bolster investor decision-making - news

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is aiming to bring further clarity to the complex world of palm oil production through the launch of its expanded Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit...

Holidaymakers show growing appetite for responsible tourism - news

Travel companies with a good environmental record are increasingly gaining a commercial advantage, finds new research from ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents.  The survey...

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

The advent of new supplies of Fairtrade gold from Africa could herald a jewellery revolution with the UK leading the way. That was the view expressed yesterday at the London launch of the...

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

The advent of new supplies of Fairtrade gold from Africa could herald a jewellery revolution with the UK leading the way. That was the view expressed yesterday at the London launch of the...

Konica Minolta looks to develop greener credentials - news

Konica Minolta, Inc, the Japanese technology company headquartered in Tokyo, is looking to reduce CO2 emissions over product lifecycles by 80% by 2050 (compared with 2005). One key way...

BLOG - Easy transportation only way to sustain city well-being - news

Yesterday, Sunday 27 September was a good day to be in Paris, writes AkzoNobel 's Johan Widheden , Sustainability Specialist.  Earmarked as La Journeé sans Voiture –...

B Corp movement launches in UK - news

B Corp, the movement seeking to change the role of business in society, has launched in the UK. While regular companies exist for the interests of their shareholders, B Corps are companies...

London Luton joins select few with energy standard accreditation - news

London Luton Airport (LLA) has joined a handful of airports in the world to be accredited with the internationally recognised Energy Management Standard (ISO50001) by BSI. The...

South Korea partners to grow sustainable tourism - news

South Korea has ambitious plans for the development of inbound tourism. The country plans to attract 17 million foreign tourists by 2018, up from 13 million currently. Achieving the goals will...

FSC certification pays, finds WWF analysis - news

A new WWF cost-benefit analysis of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on a cross-section of forest operators finds that tropical and small or medium producers, regardless of...

LSE’s ‘green’ bond segments launch sees City of Gothenburg’s issue first to list - news

The London Stock Exchange’s (‘LSE’) launch of a range of new segments on its fixed-income markets “dedicated” to the issuance of green bonds this July saw the City...

Crime busting drama makes arresting production progress - news

BBC One’s new primetime drama The Interceptor has been awarded full marks for its efforts in sustainable production, having received a three star rating by industry certification scheme...

Clean Clothes Campaign pushes for further Rana Plaza disclosure - news

Labour rights groups have made official complaints that safety practices and inspections were seriously flawed at Rana Plaza, the Bangladeshi garment factory building that collapsed in 2013...

Underground farm takes root beneath city streets - news

A farm has been created to grow food with only minimal effects on the environment – below the streets of London. The enterprise, the world’s first underground farm, is at Clapham,...

Interserve sets ambitious targets for reducing global environmental impact - news

A reduction of 26% in energy emissions at UK sites was achieved last year by Interserve, the FTSE 250 support services and construction group. Interserve, an international company with...

Innovation in sustainable packaging continues despite scarcity of data - news

US retailers are starting to ask their product suppliers for merchandise with packaging that is more sustainable, according to speakers at the recent LuxePack Conference in New York. Laura...

Costa's commitment to sustainability acknowledged by SRA - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has become the first café brand to win a two star sustainability rating by the   Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Costa...

Winning ways: National CSR Awards celebrates best practice - news

The inaugural National CSR Awards took place last month and saw winners both large and small, celebrating the best of ethical governance and good business practice.   Individual...

SGS wins BS 11000 accreditation approval - news

Certification company SGS United Kingdom Ltd has been approved by the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) as a certification body for BS 11000 – the world’s first standard for...

Reform that would be worth its weight in gold - news

As the Three Wise Men didn’t arrive until 6th January, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to keep a quasi festive theme in this issue, the first edition of 2015 (particularly as I am...

O2 wins triple certification for carbon, water and waste - news

O2 has become the first mobile telecoms company in the world to be awarded triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste. The Standard is an independent...

Rising to the challenge of the ethical consumer - news

Ethical trading is now a well recognised part of the wider sustainable business agenda, but there’s still a long way to go. Miranda Ingram reports Twenty years ago there were three...

Imports of illegal timber fall in five key countries - news

Estimated imports of illegal wood-based products into France, Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and the US have declined since 2010, research by Chatham House has found. The downward trend has...

Scottish Leather Group recognised for environmental good practice - news

At this week’s Energy Institute Awards, the Environmental Award went to Scottish Leather Group for its low carbon leather production. Scottish Leather Group secured the award against...

IHG rolls out Green Engage programme across global estate - news

From January 2015, InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, will be rolling out its flagship IHG Green Engage programme across the company’s global...

M&S takes another step to improve carbon efficiency - news

British high street retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has agreed a landmark deal with Future Biogas for the purchase of 35,000 megawatt hours of biomethane certificates, a move which will...

FSC refutes Greenpeace claims over forest destruction in Russia - news

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has refuted allegations made by Greenpeace that it has failed in certain areas of Russia. It maintains that one area referenced by the NGO, the Dvinsky...

Asda achieves global first in reporting on sustainable seafood - news

Supermarket giant Asda has become the first retailer in the world to open up its books and give a full disclosure of where and how it sources wild fish. This is coupled with an assessment of the...

Asda achieves global first in reporting on sustainable seafood - news

Supermarket giant Asda has become the first retailer in the world to open up its books and give a full disclosure of where and how it sources wild fish. This is coupled with an assessment of the...

Food glorious food? - news

So how much has food security improved since Romanian horse meat was found in beef ready meals, prompting financial and reputational damage across the food industry? Miranda Ingram reports...

Responsible sourcing unearths unseen benefits - news

By Jon Woodhead, Head of UK Sustainability, DNV GL – Business Assurance As expectations grow on companies to take responsibility for sustainability-related issues beyond that of...

Campaigners criticise 'weak' EU safeguards against conflict minerals - news

A law proposed by the European Commission on responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies from effectively financing conflict or human rights abuses,...

Marks & Spencer wins Carbon Trust triple award - news

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first retailer to receive the triple award of certification for achievements in carbon, water and waste reduction from the Carbon Trust. Tom...

U-M achieves MSC certification - news

he University of Michigan (U-M) today became the first Big Ten university to achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification as part of its overall commitment to offer...

Europe switches on to energy saving light bulbs - news

Nine in 10 UK households (88%) now buy energy saving CFL light bulbs, according to a European-wide survey of consumer light bulb purchasing habits. Of these UK households purchasing CFL...

Resolute proves not so for FSC - news

Logging off... Three of Resolute Forest Products’ Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificates have been suspended. The suspensions prohibits Resolute – Canada’s biggest...

RSPO strengthens international team - news

As the debate on sustainable palm oil gains more and more traction globally, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has looked to strengthen its team in key markets. It has appointed...

Looking good on more than paper - news

$21bn paper product and nappy maker Kimberly-Clark began setting five year sustainability goals in 1994. The latest, Sustainability 2015, is a 10-point agenda that ranges from social programmes...

Verdantix endorses world's top six sustainability assurance firms - news

Increased scrutiny of environmental, social and governance disclosures in financial and sustainability reports will require Fortune 500 firms to seek much more comprehensive assurance of their...

M&S signs up to UNICEF carbon offset project - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first major company to sign up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project. This initiative is aimed at improving...

Chrysler revs up for wildlife - news

Chrysler Group LLC received international recognition recently for its commitment to environmental stewardship at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) 25th Annual Symposium, Celebrating...

Mighty oaks from little acorns... - news

Bengt Brunberg, sustainability manager at BillerudKorsnäs, the Swedish packaging material manufacturer, tells Ethical Performance about why he believes it is important to take a broad...

Unilever to transform market for sustainable palm oil - news

Anglo Dutch conglomerate Unilever says that all of the palm oil it buys globally will be traceable to known sources by the end of next year. The fmcg giant says the pledge is a significant...

Kennecott Utah Copper LLC achieves Chain of Custody Certification - news

Kennecott Utah Copper LLC, a subsidiary of RJC Member Rio Tinto, has achieved Chain of Custody Certification meeting the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established...

Massive corruption undermines South Korea's nuclear industry - news

Concerns about the safety of nuclear power became widespread in South Korea after the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan in 2011, prompting a critical examination of the country’s...

Carbon Trust to design eco-labelling scheme for Mexico - news

The Carbon Trust has been selected to develop an environmental labelling scheme for products and services in Mexico. The scheme will be designed to promote sustainable purchasing and procurement...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices in North America - news

Steel maker Severstal North America is asking its suppliers to step up their sustainability practices, as it does the same. The Dearborn, Mich.-based division of Russian OAO Severstal steel...

Green beauty industry held back by sustainability issues - news

Although the palette of green ingredients has widened in recent years, beauty product manufacturers still face many technical and sustainability issues when using naturals, warns research agency...

Hans Wegner recognised by SFI - news

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has recognised Hans Wegner, chief sustainability officer of the National Geographic Society, with the annual SFI President’s Award. The SFI notes...

GEPs: showing the way to a greener future? - news

With the global population heading towards nine billion and consumption at around three times the planet’s resources, there’s no doubt that action is needed for sustainable growth in...

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Jewel in the crown.. . CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU will work to further...

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Pig in a poke… Supermarket giant Tesco has recently expressed its disappointment that one of its ‘British’ pork chop proved to be sourced from Holland. Dr Mark Johnson,...

Fletcher welcomes BUPA's Carbon Trust certification - news

International healthcare group Bupa has become the first healthcare company in the private sector to be awarded global Carbon Trust Standard certification. The Carbon Trust assessed and...

Tiffany sparkles with 100% diamond traceability - news

Tiffany & Co can trace 100% of its diamonds to a known mine or supplier (with multiple known mines) according to the internationally celebrated jeweller’s latest CSR report. The...

Values driven purchases drive new era of green consumerism in US - news

Results from Shelton Group’s sixth annual Eco Pulse study shows that ‘green’ consumers in the US have been replaced by values-driven shoppers which the marketing consultancy...

Values-driven shoppers replace ‘green’ consumers in US - news

Results from Shelton Group’s sixth annual Eco Pulse study shows that ‘green’ consumers in the US have been replaced by values-driven shoppers which the marketing consultancy...

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

Collaboration, either between different divisions of large corporates, or between companies and organisations in related fields, is not just a simple case of pooling expertise. There are lots...

Unilever makes sustainable sourcing headway - news

Anglo Dutch fmcg giant Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, having made significant progress towards its target of 100% by 2020. With...

Park life... - news

?Holiday park company Center Parcs has been recertified to the Carbon Trust Standard for all UK operations, including its four villages - spanning 1,600 acres of forest - and says it remains on...

Trust takes years to build, just seconds to break - news

TV game show-wise I’ve always been more Mastermind (general knowledge round of course) rather than University Challenge, so when ITV broke new ground with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, I...

BASF gains gold-level certification in Spain - news

BASF has achieved gold-level certification according to the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard for its production site in Tarragona, Spain, making it the first chemical company to do so....

Auto award… - news

Auto award… Vauxhall Motors has been accredited as one of Britain’s Top Employers for the last three years, coming in the top 10 for the second year running in the 2013 Awards....

Sweet deal… - news

Sweet deal… American candy company Hershey is expanding its sustainability initiatives with an aim of achieving 100% certified cocoa by 2020. As part of this, the company has issued a...

IFC introduces new green building certification - news

World Bank (IFC) has produced a new green building certification scheme for low to middle income buildings. It is designed to make green building certification affordable in developing countries.

UN delivers approval for DHL project - news

Mail and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL has gained UN approval for a climate project in Lesotho. The company has provided thousands of efficient wood-burning cooking stoves that reduce...

RSPO makes commitment to smallholders - news

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the international multi-stakeholder organisation and certification scheme for sustainable palm oil, has set up a Smallholders Support Fund (RSSF)...

Sustainable coconut oil certification launched - news

A program to develop a certified coconut oil supply chain to enhance sustainability and improve the livelihoods of 2,500 coconut growers in the Philippines has been launched by Deutsche...

RJC certifies De Beers - news

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has in the last two months certified nine of its members as meeting the highest ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards. These include...

Go-Ahead wins Carbon Trust Standard - news

UK bus and rail operator Go-Ahead Group has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for the third time for its action on carbon emissions. The company scored 83% in its assessment, reflecting...

Ben & Jerry's goes Fairtrade - news

As part of Ben & Jerry’s drive to make its entire range of ice creams, frozen yogurts and sorbets Fairtrade certified by the end of this year, the chain announced last month that it is...

Canadian courts throw out Congo massacre class action - news

A class action against a copper mining company over allegedly assisting the 2004 Kilwa massacre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has failed. Acting for Congolese survivors and...

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

No global supply chains consistently pay a living wage. While food prices and energy costs escalate, the issue of a living wage has become more important – and challenging – than...

Safe factory claims burn in Karachi - news

German clothing retailer KIK has been accused by campaigners and trade unions of failing to ensure the safety of a supplier factory in Karachi where a fire killed 289 workers in September....

Hershey to meet 100% cocoa sourcing standard by 2020 - news

US chocolate maker Hershey has committed itself to sourcing all of its cocoa according to certified international labour, environmental and farming standards by 2020. Just over two-thirds...

Ghaus to head NQA - news

Mo Ghaus has been appointed head of assessment, verification and certification provider NQA. Mo had been acting head of NQA for six months and formally succeeds Catherine Golds in the role after...

TalkTalk calls for energy certification scheme - news

TalkTalk has opened a data centre that will use a third less energy than the industry average. Now TalkTalk is calling for an energy certification scheme. Head of network services Dave Mullender...

Apple reconsiders decision to opt out of green registry after threats to sales - news

Computer giant Apple is rejoining a green certification scheme after serious threats to its sales.    A boycott led by the city of San Francisco urged Apple to reconsider its...

Companies turn to certification statements to enforce codes of ethics - news

Companies are increasingly using certification statements to ensure staff comply with their codes of ethics, and also as a governance tool, research by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has...

US companies blazing CSR path in India - news

A thriving CSR movement among US-based multinationals in India has been revealed in the most detailed catalogue yet of initiatives in the country. The ‘compendium’ of 60...

Integrity accreditation launched to show how businesses ‘practice what they preach’ - news

A new ‘integrity’ accreditation system has been introduced in the UK to ‘reassure’ stakeholders of an organisation’s business ethics. The Investing in...

Fairtrade partners with African gold miners - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has begun partnerships with gold miners in Africa for the first time, with the aim of expanding its Fairtrade Gold brand launched last year. The certification scheme,...

Magnum ices get ethical - news

Magnum ice-cream products have become the latest confection to achieve Rainforest Alliance certification. Unilever, which owns Magnum, says the move to source 100% of its global cocoa supply...

Hershey's to buy Rainforest Alliance cocoa - news

US confectioner Hershey’s has announced it will start buying Rainforest Alliance cocoa, apparently bowing to popular pressure on the issue. At the end of last year, the company was lobbied...

US fairtrade body opts for volume over standards - news

The US branch of the world fairtrade organisation has split from its parent body as part of an effort to increase its influence by relaxing standards. Fair Trade USA broke with Fairtrade...

Tesco looks set to drop ‘anachronistic’ Carbon Trust product footprinting process - news

The UK retailing giant Tesco is set to abandon its partnership with the Carbon Trust certification label, saying expense, time and poor uptake by other retailers have made the scheme unworkable....

‘Benefit corporations’ given own ratings system to showcase activities to investors - news

A new investment tool for social enterprises and investors in the US has been launched by an NGO that hopes to provide coverage for 2,500 firms by 2016. B Lab, a non-profit specialising in...

Nestlé reinstates Sinar Mas - news

Nestlé has become one of the first companies to reinstate Sinar Mas into its supply chain after dropping the group over environmental concerns last year. The food multinational has begun...

Kleenex wins FSC certification - news

Kleenex has become the first paper tissue brand to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in the US. The facial tissue, owned by paper and pulp giant Kimberley-Clark, now sports...

Motorola pilots conflict-free supply in Congo - news

One of the world’s largest telecommunications groups has announced a project to source conflict-free materials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Motorola’s pilot...

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The world’s first sustainability-certified sugarcane has been purchased by Coca Cola. The Bonsucro certification system, an industry initiative developed over the past five...

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Chanel has certified its products against the Responsible Jewellery Council’s certification system. The French luxury goods brand was already a member of the RJC, and joins eight...

EU needs to act faster - news

Aaron Hall argues that Europe must grab with two hands the opportunity to build on US legislation aimed at curbing the trade in conflict minerals The European Union is finally starting to...

Coffee maker optimistic that it will reach targets - news

Global coffee business Nespresso has announced ‘strong progress’ towards its 2013 sustainability targets, two years after launching an ‘ecolaboration’ programme that aims...

Kellogg’s plumps for palm oil offsetting - news

The world’s largest cereal manufacturer has bought offset certificates in a new ‘palm oil trading’ scheme, citing the present unavailability of sustainable palm oil for use in...

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UK-based pet food manufacturer Mars Petcare has created the country’s first pet food product line to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. The company will market MSC-certified...

Global certification tools: do they help or hinder? - news

Global standards are important, but too many of them just muddies the water, argues Liz Wilkes The road to environmental certification is fraught with complexity and confusion. The...

Pulp and paper group sets sustainability goals - news

The controversial Indonesia-based paper business, APP, has pledged to certify all its pulpwood as sustainable by 2020 and has stated the milestones it aims to achieve along the way....

Green & Black's meets Fairtrade pledge - news

Organic chocolate firm Green and Black’s has met its target for full Fairtrade certification across its chocolate bars and drinks range in the UK, nine months ahead of schedule. The company, which...

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The first gold refiner has been certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council against the organization’s human rights, social and environmental standards. Metalor Technologies, a Swiss...

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The world’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined mine has been certified in Bolivia. The Cotapata Co-operative, which provides a livelihood for about 100 families just outside La Paz, produces...

Wind energy gets new label - news

The first consumer label identifying companies using products made with wind energy has been created by a group of NGOs and businesses. Windmade will offer consumers a way to test leading...

Warning: don’t drop CSR marketing - news

Too many businesses are ignoring the important role of marketing in communicating their corporate responsibility successes, says a UK white paper on the future of branding and sustainability....

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Jewellery giant Cartier has been certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). Last year Cartier was named in a report by the Washington DC-based environmental pressure group Earthworks...

Ireland gets new CSR benchmark - news

Ireland now has a benchmark for measuring CSR performance in companies and organizations.   The Business Working Responsibly Mark created by Business in the Community Ireland (Bitci)...

At last: ISO 26000 becomes a reality - news

The ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility was officially published on 1 November, bringing to an end six years of sometimes tortuous development work. The voluntary standard, a...

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Europe's largest frozen fish business has announced that it will certify all its brands as sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council  scheme. Birds Eye has pledged to label all...

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Norwegian chocolate manufacturer Nidar has committed to source its cocoa through sustainable sources approved by the Dutch certification body Utz Certified. The first batch of certified cocoa...

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STR Responsible Sourcing has become the first business accredited by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) to audit companies against its certification system. STR, which has auditors in 30...

Wait is over: ISO 26000 will be out by November - news

The long-awaited ISO 26000 social responsibility standard is to be published by the end of October after receiving a final tidy-up over the next month. The last meeting of the International...

Stone sector bedevilled by bogus ethical claims - news

A clampdown has begun on companies in the stone industry that are making misleading claims about their 'ethical' sourcing, including suggestions that they are members of the Ethical...

Luxury brand commits itself to 'eco-friendly' fashion - news

Gucci has become one of the first luxury fashion houses to tackle the sector's perceived environmental shortcomings by starting a worldwide sustainability programme. The decision,...

M&S goes Fairtrade on vegetables - news

Marks & Spencer is set to become the UK’s first retailer to sell Fairtrade vegetables, following the conclusion of a two-year negotiation with the Fairtrade certification scheme. Green beans...

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All wild-caught fish used in Findus brands are to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The Swedish food processor, which already buys wild-caught fish in accordance with its own...

Nestle bows to pressure on rainforest products - news

Nestle is to stop using products from sources that contribute to rainforest destruction, after a campaign against its use of palm oil linked to deforestation. The food giant will identify...

Miners get Fairtrade mark - news

The first certification system for artisanal gold mining has been created by the Fairtrade Foundation and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) in an attempt to impose some order on...

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Cadbury has announced the details of how it will spend a £500,000 ‘social premium’ for Ghanaian cocoa farmers as part of its Fairtrade certification. The money is the first...

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Two of the world’s biggest fair trade organizations are to collaborate on improving working conditions and sustainability in the tea industry. The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and the...

M&S reaches for the sky with update of its Plan A - news

Marks & Spencer has launched a bid to become ‘the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015’ by announcing that it will roll out its Plan A sustainability programme to all...

Tetley agrees to ethical sourcing - news

The world’s second largest tea manufacturer is to certify all its products with the Rainforest Alliance. Tetley has made a commitment to source tea leaves used in all its brands,...

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Burton’s Foods, the UK’s second largest biscuit company, is to certify all its palm oil as sustainably sourced. Burton’s will test all its products, including Jammie Dodgers,...

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A labelling system that will help consumers to discover the social and environmental impact of electronics products is being devised by a retailers’ and manufacturers’ group....

Progress on ethical gold is tarnished by laggards - news

US jewellery retailers are making progress on the ethical-sourcing of gold – but a number of laggards still remain. A new report on the gold retailing sector from the Washington...

Destiny of ISO26000 rests on crucial vote - news

Balloting on an advanced draft of the ISO26000 social responsibility standard ends this month as the five-year process of drawing up the document nears its end. Voting by national standards...

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GoodCorporation has become an accredited validator for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which promotes government and corporate transparency on oil, gas and mining...

Now Kit Kats go down fairtrade route - news

Nestle has become the latest chocolate confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark.   The world’s biggest food company will pay its Ivory Coast cocoa suppliers...

Anger over diamond stance - news

The Kimberley Process, an international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, has been criticized after backing down on its threatened suspension of Zimbabwe. The...

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A new US certification mark has been introduced by a CSR consultancy. The Good Company Seal will aim to recognize American companies that ‘demonstrate a commitment to being a socially...

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Liberia’s extractives sector has been designated as ‘compliant’ with a leading industry transparency framework. Liberia has become the first African country to be validated by...

Sustainable mail service attracts plenty of takers - news

More than 60 organizations have qualified to use a new ‘Sustainable Mail’ service provided by the UK’s Royal Mail. To use the bulk mail service, customers must prove they...

Cocoa farmers pass the test - news

Two cocoa producing farmer co-operatives in the Ivory Coast have become the first to be certified under a cocoa sustainability programme created by UTZ Certified, a Dutch body that also runs...

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The Ethical Tea Partnership has announced that it will no longer monitor tea estates that have achieved Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade or UTZ certification. The partnership hopes co-operation...

ISO2600 makes progress towards 2010 launch date - news

Work on the development of an ISO standard on social responsibility will move another key step forward next month with the publication of an international draft version. The emergence of...

Zimbabwe ban gets nearer - news

An international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds has recommended a six-month suspension on the importing and exporting of Zimbabwean rough diamonds. The...

Chiquita goes for ethical pineapples - news

Chiquita has announced that all its pineapples will soon become Rainforest Alliance-certified. The fruit multinational, which sources pineapples from Panama and Costa Rica, will certify 90...

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A certification standard for ‘sustainable events’ has been launched by the British standards organization, BSI Management Systems. BS 8901 is aimed at the estimated 150 companies,...

Seafood will get ethical label - news

A certification programme for responsible seafood farming is to be offered to businesses across the world.   The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), founded by the World Wildlife...

FTSE4Good prepares health & safety criteria - news

One of the world’s main socially responsible investment indices is to introduce criteria on health and safety that companies will have to meet for inclusion. The new health and safety...

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A soft drinks producer has become the first US company to make a juice with certified sustainably grown bananas. Naked Juice has announced the certification by the Rainforest Alliance, the...

Galaxy bars get certified - news

The world’s largest chocolate company has become the latest confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark. Mars has announced that its Galaxy chocolate will become...

Seven research firms qualify for new certificate - news

Scandinavia’s GES Investment Services and the UK-based responsible investment specialist Eiris are among the first SRI research providers to be certified against a new European Voluntary...

WWF backs FSC logo as critics begin to circle - news

A leading environmental group has reaffirmed its backing for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) amid a growing debate about whether the body’s timber certification scheme is still...

Fabric mills get new audit - news

A global auditing company is offering a new ethical qualification for fabric factories. Intertek’s Mill Qualification Programme enables fabric mills, which produce materials for the...

Cadbury moves into Fairtrade - news

Cadbury is to become the biggest confectionery brand with the Fairtrade certification mark. The company and the Fairtrade Foundation aim to achieve certification for Cadbury’s Dairy...

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GoodCorporation has introduced an online assessment procedure applicable to small organizations. The assessment is for companies with fewer than 50 employees and takes less than four weeks....

UTZ agrees global tea code - news

A tea producers’ ethical code has been created by a body that runs one of the largest certification programmes for coffee. The Dutch-based UTZ Certified has put the Code of Conduct...

Co-op to spend £70m on ethics drive in the slump - news

The UK’s Co-operative Group has set aside £70million ($100m) for the next financial year to advertise and promote its ethical credentials during the recession. The British...

CarbonNeutral moves into Singapore - news

CarbonNeutral, the international carbon offset and carbon management company, has opened a Singapore office. Its first local clients are the American Chamber of Commerce of Singapore and the...

Indonesia gets palm oil project - news

Oil palm companies in Indonesia are being encouraged to start new plantations on degraded soil instead of cleared forest land. In the same project the World Resources Institute (WRI), a US-based...

Why ISO 26000’s ugly duckling may eventually turn into a swan - news

It would be easy to adopt a sceptical position on the potential value of the ISO 26000 social responsibility standard, not least because there are so many other apparently similar guidelines and...

Zimbabwe could fall off Kimberley’s approved list - news

Calls are growing for Zimbabwe to be withdrawn from the Kimberley Process, an international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds. Diamonds from Zimbabwe, which...

ISO 26000 takes shape as consensus takes hold - news

The long-awaited ISO standard on social responsibility has taken its most important step forward with the publication of a ‘committee draft’ that will form the backbone of the final...

Fairtrade Foundation denies failings in sub-continent - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has strongly denied accusations in The Times newspaper that its system is failing many tea workers in the Indian sub-continent. The Times claimed that the...

Marshalls gives all its products carbon labels - news

A building materials company has become the first business to adopt a new carbon labelling scheme for all products. Marshalls, which employs 3000 staff at 67 sites in Britain, has used the...

Work begins on global social auditing standard - news

A step towards developing international social auditor standards has been taken in the US, with the backing of the Department of State’s Office of International Labour Affairs. The...

Costa beats coffee target - news

Costa, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, announced last month that all coffee sold in its 785 British stores is now made from beans ‘sustainably grown’ on farms certified by...

SA8000 standard gets new look - news

One of the most widely used corporate responsibility standards has been made more explicit after a two-year revision. The SA8000 workplace standard, used by major brands to improve...

coffee business opts for ethical bean supply - news

Costa Coffee, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, is to convert its entire coffee supply to ‘sustainably grown’ beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms by 2010. The company will...

Utilities firms squeeze suppliers to cut emissions - news

Six utilities companies are to submit their British suppliers to a scheme that monitors their progress on cutting carbon emissions. The companies – Anglian Water, EDF, National Grid,...

inbrief - news

TNT, the postal services company, has certified all 44 of its facilities in non-OECD countries to the SA8000 workplace standard. TNT announced its intention to achieve certification at the...

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Jewellery retailer Tiffany is to fund a feasibility study of fair trade certification for diamonds. The company will provide $100,000 (£50,000) through its foundation to the fair trade...

Kenyan conflict disrupts supply chain inspections - news

Civil and political unrest in Kenya has led to the suspension of some social auditing programmes in the country until further notice. Kenya, which is the location for several ethical supply...

Cocoa board will monitor child labour - news

An independent body has been formed to curb child labour in the West African cocoa sector. The Cocoa Verification Board, set up by the US non-profit organization Verite with the support of...

Northport wins Malaysia CSR award - news

A Malaysian company and a businessman have been commended at the first CSR Ambassadorship Certification Programme presentation of the Ansted Social Responsibility International Awards, which were...

inbrief - news

Frank Pronk has become director of the Amsterdam-based ethical coffee certification body UTZ Certified. Pronk moves from the Dutch consultancy Kern Konsult, where he was director, and replaces...

delay hits ISO standard - news

The development of an ISO social responsibility standard has fallen further behind schedule after a meeting in Austria decided that the current draft was not yet ready to be taken to the next...

apparel sector monitor moves into new fields - news

One of the most prominent ethical supply chain monitoring bodies in the garment industry is expanding its remit. US-based Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (Wrap) will extend its...

retailer moves on palm oil - news

The Body Shop is claiming to be the first cosmetics retailer to have introduced ‘sustainable’ palm oil across its supply chain. The UK-based multinational has switched all sourcing to Daabon,...

‘Ethical’ becomes ‘Responsible’ for EIA - news

The Ethical Investment Association is to change its name to the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. More than 85 per cent of members at a special general meeting voted for the...

Unilever begins switch to ‘ethical’ tea sourcing - news

Unilever, the world’s largest buyer of black tea, is to source its entire tea supply using Rainforest Alliance standards, starting with the certification of producers in east Africa. The...

an ISO standard on CSR is slowly taking shape - news

Work on an international standard on social responsibility is progressing well, but the large number of interested parties involved remains a concern What is an ISO standard? ISO...

pressure group extends advice - news

A non-governmental organization has taken the unusual step of forming a ‘Sustainable Business Forum’ to attract corporate members. US-based Rainforest Alliance set up the forum last month to...

Indian local government office goes down SA8000 route - news

A local government office in the Medak district of Andhra Pradesh State, India, has gained SA8000 certification, the standard that assesses organizations on labour conditions, union rights and...

ethical trade auditing: money for old rope? - news

Companies are starting to complain that supply chain auditors are failing to drive improvements. EP looks at a sobering assessment by the Ethical Trading Initiative As an assessment of the...

ISO 26000 takes shape - news

Corporate responsibility specialists will gather in Australia at the end of this month to examine the second draft of a global standard on CSR. The latest version of the standard – known as...

inbrief - news

Ethical supply chain work by the UK National Lottery operator Camelot has helped it to win Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) certification in recognition of 'excellence in its...

French get timber charter - news

The France-based timber trade association Le Commerce du Bois (LCB) has introduced a charter on sustainable timber purchasing. Its 160 member companies will initially be asked to observe the...

Fairtrade Foundation plays down low wage claims - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has hit back at newspaper allegations that coffee producers using its label are breaching fair trade principles. The Financial Times has claimed to have found breaches...

mining sector gets close to global ethics standard - news

New standards for certifying individual mine sites could be in place by June next year if targets for a new cross-sector initiative are met. Working groups are being set up under the aegis of the...

Shenzhen may ask firms for CSR certificate - news

Authorities in Shenzhen are considering the introduction of a CSR standard for local companies, after concluding that business practices in the southern Chinese city are in urgent need of...

Chinese city looks at CSR certification - news

Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are considering the introduction of some kind of CSR certification scheme for local companies after concluding that corporate responsibility...

Fair trade label looks to China - news

Social Accountability International (SAI) and Solidaridad, a Dutch organization that fights poverty through fair trade, have started to seek out ethical suppliers in China's textile sector....

UK institution to launch sustainability standard - news

Final touches are being put to the UK’s first sustainability management standard, due to be published in May by the British Standards Institution. The BS8900 standard, intended for...

jewellery firms to agree set of ethical guidelines - news

The international jewellery industry is to establish the first global responsibility guidelines for its products. Influential businesses in the gold and diamond market have begun a six-month...

bank takes green route - news

Staff at the Asian Development Bank have been urged to economize on paper, water and electricity and to reduce the solid waste they produce at the headquarters in Manila. The call was made by...

Vietnam moves on sustainable fishing - news

Vietnam has become the first country to sign a commitment to explore and encourage sustainable fishing practices. A three-year programme of workshops and stakeholder consultations will be conducted...

US flower sector starts work on eco-label idea - news

The $16billion (£8.8bn) flower industry in the US began to develop a domestic sustainability standard last month with the introduction of the country's first eco-label for floral products. The...

the EC needs to stop worrying about its critics and get on with the job - news

Five years ago this month, the European Commission announced that corporate social responsibility would become one of the priority areas within its Social Policy Agenda, playing an important part...

toy firms make headway on factory certification - news

An ‘ethical manufacturing programme’ started by the global toy industry in 2002 appears to be on course to meet its monitoring targets.   Across China – where 75 per cent of the world’s toys...

forestry firm under pressure from Citigroup - news

A large Malaysian forestry company has been warned by its bank that it must meet better environmental standards or face being dropped as a customer. Chuck Prince, chief executive of Citigroup,...

inbrief - news

The first meeting of the group that will develop an ISO social responsibility standard is to be held in Brazil this month. The ISO Working Group on Social Responsibility will meet between 7 and...

shipping firms sail into new waters - news

Shipping companies are meeting this month to decide how best to raise social and environmental standards in their industry. The companies are being brought together by classification and...

Dixons steps up pace with human rights code - news

Dixons, the UK’s biggest electrical goods retailer, is developing a human rights charter. The policy, which the FTSE 100 company will begin to implement in May, will seek to establish clear...

CSR Academy flexes its wings - news

The CSR Academy may extend its reach by licensing its training materials for use worldwide. The academy, established last year by the UK government to improve CSR education and training in...

assurers get their own certification scheme - news

Individuals involved in assurance of sustainability auditing and reporting are being offered a specially designed certification scheme. The new scheme has been developed by the Institute of...

inbrief - news

Socially responsible investment rating agency CoreRatings has been bought by the Norwegian risk management and certification foundation Det Norske Veritas. DNV, which is best known in the CSR...

inbrief - news

The herbs and spices industry is creating a body to promote fair trade and biodiversity. The Herb and Spice Stewardship Council, modelled on the Forest Stewardship Council, which sets standards...

NGOs to get their own reporting standards - news

Work has begun on a set of social reporting standards for civil society organizations. The Access project, based at the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability, aims to have the standards...

NGOs comment on April's sustainability - news

The second annual sustainability report from Asia Pacific Resources International - known as April - the plantation fibre producer with one of the world's biggest pulp and paper mills, contains...

Smart Alliance: How a global corporation and environmental activists transformed a tarnished brand - news

By J. Gary Taylor and Patricia J. Scharlin Yale University Press. 278 pages $30 hardback There have been some brief accounts of partnerships between companies and...

Chiquita meets SA8000 target - news

Bureau Veritas Quality International has certified Chiquita’s banana farms in Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama to the SA8000 ethical workplace standard. Chiquita’s...

timber body in spat with NGO - news

A body supported by Malaysian timber companies has fallen into dispute with Greenpeace International, which has criticized its lack of progress on sustainable forest...

rating agencies will submit to new standard - news

European socially responsible investment rating agencies have joined forces to create a quality standard in a bid to bolster confidence among investors and companies in...

now there’s a code of codes - news

Organizations that draw up voluntary social and environmental standards for use by companies have developed their own code of best practice. The International...

firms eye social labels - news

A voluntary system of social labelling for products is likely to face its first big test this autumn. Dozens of Belgian businesses are considering whether to apply...

work starts on forestry code - news

The World Bank is to help write guidelines for businesses on sustainable forest management. The guidelines, to be produced with the international conservation body...

supply chain moves prove to be long haul - news

The difficulties of managing supply chains in a sustainable manner have been highlighted by an admission from Unilever that it is ‘unlikely’ to meet its target of...

inbrief - news

Italy now has more company facilities certified to the SA8000 ethical workplace standard than any other country. Latest statistics from Social Accountability...

coffee traders offer assistance - news

The world’s two largest coffee trading groups are to work with the Rainforest Alliance to improve the social and environmental performance of their suppliers. Neumann...

work begins on global code for CSR standards - news

Certification specialists will meet in Brussels this month to discuss a code of good practice for use when drawing up voluntary social and environmental standards. A...

Italians are more social - news

Small and medium-sized companies in Italy are active in the social reporting field, talking to their stakeholders and often using third parties to verify the information they...

Swedes show ‘surprising’ lack of progress - news

Swedish companies are proving to be slow at developing policies on corporate social responsibility and reporting on their progress to put them into practice, a survey suggests....

Italian authority gives priority to SA8000 firms - news

Companies that have been certified under the SA8000 ethical workplace standard will receive preferential treatment when bidding for local government contracts in a region of...

in the absence of regulation on CSR, who will act as policeman? - news

If in doubt, sign up. That seems to have been the thinking behind the decision by hundreds of companies to join one or more of the CSR initiatives that have sprung up in recent...

companies opt for verification - news

An increasing number of large companies are having their social and environmental reports verified. A KPMG analysis of 250 of the world’s largest companies found...

Chiquita’s CSR strategy improves staff outlook - news

Fresh food firm Chiquita has detected a marked increase in worker satisfaction and commitment to the company since it began a programme of social and environmental improvement...

conflict diamonds checks begin in 2003 - news

The diamond industry is to begin using a monitoring system in the new year that will trace diamonds from their point of origin. Companies in the sector, including De Beers,...

Italians plan CSR standard - news

The Italian government is to publish details of a voluntary CSR standard during its presidency of the European Union next year, welfare minister Roberto Maroni told delegates...

Unilever ready for sea change - news

A quarter of all fish in Unilever’s food products will be from a source certified as sustainable by the end of this year, the group has said. Only five per cent of...

inbrief - news

An Italian certification body has been accredited by Social Accountability International to conduct audits for the SA8000 ethical trading standard. Rina, based in...

Chiquita issues first CSR report - news

Fresh food company Chiquita has produced its first corporate responsibility report. The 100-page document commits the company, which produces roughly 25 per cent of...

chocolate firms begin assault on slave labour - news

Chocolate manufacturers in Europe and the US have come together to produce a strategy to tackle child slave labour in the West African cocoa industry. The strategy...

Dole scraps its top CSR post - news

One of the world’s largest food businesses has scrapped the post of director of environmental affairs, held by Sharon Hayes, which included responsibility for co-ordinating...

ISO standard proposed to cover business conduct - news

The first moves have been made to establish a management standard for business conduct applicable worldwide. The standard, which has been proposed by the US-based Ethics...

EC plans to promote CSR agenda at Rio+10 - news

The European Commission is expected to promote corporate social responsibility as an important element of the Johannesburg world summit on sustainable development next year....

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Skanska has become the first construction company in the world to achieve ISO 14001 environmental management certification throughout its global operations. The Swedish...

Chiquita ends marathon certification programme - news

Fresh food giant Chiquita has finally met an independently verified social and environmental standard for all the banana farms it owns in Latin America after eight years of...

GRM chosen as auditor for UK - news

A non profit certification body that aims to encourage responsible employment practices among suppliers to the US clothing industry has appointed the Leeds-based firm Global...

inbrief - news

Government ministers from 36 countries have backed recent moves by the diamond industry to curb the sale of stones sourced from conflict zones. The ministers supported...

‘simple’ charter aims to outline main CSR tenets - news

Business people will meet this month to work out the details of a new charter that would commit companies of all sizes to corporate social responsibility measures....

inbrief - news

The coffee house company Starbucks has begun to offer ethically traded coffee in its US outlets. The company, which owns the largest chain of coffee houses in the US, is to...

SA8000 boost for food supplier - news

A Spanish subsidiary of the Dole food company has become the first agricultural business to obtain SA8000 certification. Pascual Hermanos, which is one of the largest fruit...

Dole goes for SA8000 mark - news

The Dole food company has decided to seek certification under the SA8000 social accountability standard. Dole’s decision to seek SA8000 certification will mean that its practices...

service group gets SA8000 - news

The Validium Group has become the first services company to be registered under the SA8000 international standard for ethical and social accountability. The UK group’s registration...

more supermarkets sign fair trade deals - news

Two more UK supermarkets – Waitrose and Sainsbury’s – have decided to sell fair trade fresh produce. Their decision follows a pioneering move earlier this year by the Co-operative...

UK stores scramble to sign up fair trade deals - news

Most of the UK’s biggest supermarkets are expected to begin selling fair trade fresh produce in the near future, following a decision by the Co-operative Wholesale Society...

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Pharmaceutical company Celtipharm has become the first French business to be awarded SA8000 certification. Celtipharm – only the third to be awarded the ethical trading...

green firms 'fare better' - news

Further evidence of a positive link between shareholder value and sound environmental performance has been furnished by a new study from the international conservation organization WWF....

new forestry code agreed - news

UK and US retailers have welcomed the creation of agreed standards for the production of sustainable timber in the UK. The standards are expected to be accepted by other countries,...

supermarkets in fair trade talks - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has begun negotiations with a number of UK supermarket chains about supplying them with fair trade bananas from the Dominican Republic. The Foundation...

Clearstream Solutions - directory

Clearstream Solutions provides global carbon management and sustainability services. We assist organisations to measure and implement best-in-class environmental and sustainable practice in...

RINA SERVICES S.p.A - directory

RINA SERVICES S.p.A. is the RINA company that delivers services of classification, certification, testing and inspection (TIC Services) to guarantee excellence to organisations in the...

Ocean Certification - directory

Oakdene Hollins Limited - directory

Oakdene Hollins is a consultancy and research business that advises on sustainable products and services, resource efficiency and clean technologies. We offer sound and evidenced strategic...

20 years on 14% of wild seafood engaged with the MSC program - reports

International non-profit, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), has released its 20th anniversary annual report. Over the last two decades the MSC has worked with scientists, NGOs and the...

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2017 - reports

“As I travel around our global markets, I am regularly impressed by the innovative and wide-ranging ways in which Tetra Pak people are helping deliver on our brand promise: PROTECTS...

Hess Corporation’s 2016 Sustainability Report Shows Continued Progress in Safe, Responsible Business Practices - reports

Hess’ sustainability strategy is driven by its unwavering commitment to protect the health and safety of its people, safeguard the environment, and contribute to the sustainability of the...

Heathrow publishes its 2016 Sustainability Performance Report - reports

Heathrow’s latest Sustainability Performance Report demonstrates continued progress on a range of sustainability issues.

Owens Corning Publishes 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today published its 2016 sustainability report. The company’s 11th annual report, themed It All Adds Up, documents the actions and efforts driving its global...

FMC Issues ‘Built for Progress’ Sustainability Report for 2016 - reports

FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) released its 2016 report on the company’s global sustainability performance, including progress toward its goals published in last year’s report as well as...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 20th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the publication of the Company’s 2017...

Thinking globally, acting locally - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, today released its 2016 reporting suite including its full online Sustainable development report, its  Global Thinking, Local Action...

Goodwill®, Partners Urge People to Donate Using the Give Back Box® this Cyber Monday - reports

Goodwill is partnering with leading retailers to make it easy for online shoppers to reuse, repurpose and recycle textiles and clothing this holiday season.

Edelman Launches FY16 Citizenship Report - reports

Firm Focuses on Creating Meaningful Stories through Citizenship Edelman launched today its sixth Citizenship Report, “The Stories We Love to Tell.” The report highlights the...

New report shows accelerated growth in the sustainable seafood supply chain as MSC certified catch nears 10 million tonnes - reports

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) today published its 2015-16 Annual Report, highlighting market engagement and growth in MSC certified fisheries and supply chain. The report, From...

Canary Wharf Group Reports 8.5% Reduction in Emissions Over Last 3 Years - reports

Canary Wharf Group’s latest Sustainability Report gives a snapshot of its activity and commitments in four key areas: Making Great Places; Pioneering Innovation; Promoting Inclusive...

CBRE Group, Inc. Releases Ninth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc., a leader in responsible business practices within the commercial real estate industry, has released its ninth annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides an overview...

Jackson Family Wines Announces 2021 Sustainability Goals - reports

Today California-based Jackson Family Wines shared its first sustainability report, supported by a list of comprehensive 5-year goals. The family-owned wine company, known for its portfolio of...

Hess Corporation’s 2015 Sustainability Report Shows Commitment to Safety and Responsible Business Practices - reports

Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) has released its 19 th annual Corporate Sustainability Report, providing a comprehensive look at the company’s strategy and performance on safety,...

Gildan Releases its 2015 Genuine Gildan® CSR Report - reports

Gildan's 2015 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report was released on the Company’s CSR dedicated website genuinegildan.com.  Among other information,...

TUI Group launches progress against ‘Better Holidays, Better World’ strategy - reports

TUI Group, the world’s leading tourism business, today launched its latest Sustainability Report. Following on from the launch of last year’s ‘Better Holidays, Better...

City Development Limited (CDL) Integrated Sustainability Report 2016 ‘Integrating our Strengths, Creating Future Value’ - reports

MAKING BUSINESS SENSE OF ROBUST ESG PERFORMANCE      Into its 12th year of sustainability reporting, City Developments Limited (CDL) has continued to push forward with more...

adidas Group Presents 2015 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

The adidas Group has published its 2015 Sustainability Progress Report. Titled “How we create responsibly”, the report provides an overview of achievements and challenges in 2015 and...

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Mondi Group Shares New Growing Responsibly Model and Commitments - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, released its 2015 Sustainable development report today, together with its Integrated report and financial statements, and its Looking back,...

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

Tetra Pak has launched its 2015 sustainability report, which highlights the company’s achievements in environmental performance, social responsibility and good governance over the past...

TUI Group launches new ‘Better Holidays, Better World’ sustainability strategy - reports

TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism business, has launched its new sustainability strategy, ‘Better Holidays, Better World’. The ambitious 2020 strategy is built around...

ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14004:2015 Update: Final Versions Issued - reports

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS...

2014 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Dedication to Transparency - reports

Shaw Industries’ 2014 Sustainability Report marks a pivotal year in the company’s comprehensive approach to sustainability.

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report is now available and can be found here.

Kingfisher’s Net Positive Report continues to tell strong story in year two - reports

Net Positive is Kingfisher’s sustainability ambition. It means transforming its business to have a restorative impact on the environment; innovating in products and services to enable...

Royal Mail plc publishes its 2014-15 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail is the designated provider of the Universal Service in the UK, connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities – including those in the most remote...

GSK Publishes Responsible Business Supplement 2014 - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

Diageo moves towards integrated reporting in its 2014 Annual Report - reports

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, announces this week the publication of its 2014 Annual Report , which incorporates for the first time increased disclosure of...

When Social Responsibility Leads to Growth: An Imperative for Consumer Companies to Go Green - reports

Socially Responsible Products Represent Major Growth Opportunity—and Challenge for Big Consumer Brands.

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) launches the Business & Sustainability Programme Online - reports

CISL launches an engaging new online programme to meet the needs of organisations to build capacity on sustainability at scale within their organisations.

Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports - reports

Today, Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports.  The Annual Report makes significant progress towards the principles of the IIRC's Integrated Reporting Framework and the...

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 7th annual Sustainability Report - reports

Thomas Cook reports on key sustainability issues and targets across 4 focus areas, identified and developed after consulting with stakeholder groups...

GSK Publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products. The company has three primary areas of business: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and...

SGS sets out its contribution to sustainability - reports

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. With more than 80,000 employees, the company operates a network of more than 1,650 offices and...

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER PROGRAM - calendar

Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business Definitions & interpretations of the elements of sustainability Triple...

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER TRAINING (IEMA APPROVED) DUBAI - calendar

MODULE 1: Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program - calendar

More than 5000 Executives from Fortune 500 companies, local governments and academia have trusted CSE and experienced our advanced trainings in order to become Certified Sustainability (CSR)...

The Blockchain Revolution - calendar

MONDAY, MARCH 07, 2016 18:00 - 21:15 What is the blockchain, and what does it mean for the relationship between business and society? These are two questions we’ll be addressing on...

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership’s 2012 Sustainability Report has now launched.  

Sustainability Forum 2015 - calendar

During these challenging times, sustainability is more than ever needed since many of the challenges facing the countries today are a complex mix of environmental, social and economic factors....

Marks & Spencer publishes its 2013 Plan A Report - reports

It is now six years since Marks & Spencer launched its Plan A sustainability programme. Its 2013 Plan A Report provides an update on progress with the achievement of 139 out of 180...

Orange publishes its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Orange emphasises the areas in which it has made significant progress. In a year marked by a deteriorating economic environment ...

The Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) Online - calendar

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) launches the Business & Sustainability Programme Online CISL launches a new online programme to...

SGS leads its sector in Sustainability Reporting by achieving A+ Level - reports

Sustainable Foods Summit - calendar

The Sustainable Foods Summit is a series of international summits that focuses on the leading issues the food industry faces concerning sustainability and eco-labels, such as Organic, Fair...

Bel Group publishes its first CSR Report - reports

The first  Bel Group CSR report  demonstrates how Bel is responding to the social and environmental challenges it is facing, through the 5 pillars of its CSR program called...

RSPO European Summit - calendar

“Sustainable palm oil in Europe – Taking the market transformation to the next level”, RSPO European Summit, September 3rd, Berlin, Germany The production and...

Adidas publishes its 12th sustainability progress report - reports

With its ‘2011 Sustainability Progress Report – Performance Counts’, the adidas Group publicly reports for the 12th consecutive time about its efforts to be a sustainable business.

Certified Carbon Strategy Practitioner Training, IEMA Approved - calendar

A 2-day certified course aimed at businesses that need to adopt innovative and cost- effective ways to limit their adverse effects regarding climate change, support their sustainability...

Mondi Sustainable Development Report 2011 - reports

Mondi, the international paper and packaging group, is pleased to announce its 2011 sustainable development report.  The report highlights the progress that the Group has made in 2011...

Caesars Entertainment publish Sustainability report - reports

Caesars Entertainment’s 2010-2011 Sustainability Report covers calendar 2010 and the first half of 2011. It is both the company’s and the casino-entertainment and hospitality industry’s second...

Bell Canada publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Bell Canada, the largest communications company in Canada, has just published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report online. The report meets the Global Reporting Initiatives GRI–G3 A+...

Vaisala releases its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Vaisala, the global environmental and industrial measurement company has published its third corporate responsibility report.

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - calendar

The Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training , is approved by the leading UK Institute of Environmental Management and assessment (IEMA) entails a global perspective on Corporate...

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CSE’s Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner workshop entails a global perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability enabling professionals to gain an international...

Capital Shopping Centres publishes its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As holders of the BitC CommunityMark everyone at Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSC) proudly places 'corporate responsibility' at the heart of the business. Under the banner "Bringing People...

IRCA Certified Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This course builds expertise in key elements of Corporate Responsibility. Two Tomorrows is a world-leading sustainability consultancy and was the first to offer public courses certified to the...

IRCA Certified Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This course builds expertise in key elements of Corporate Responsibility. Two Tomorrows is a world-leading sustainability consultancy and was the first to offer public courses certified to the...

IRCA Certified Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This course builds expertise in key elements of Corporate Responsibility. Two Tomorrows is a world-leading sustainability consultancy and was the first to offer public courses certified to the...

Certified Global Reporting Initiative Training Course - calendar

CORE, the oldest and largest trade association in the Rocky Mountain region dedicated to promoting sustainable business practices and a more responsible global economy, and Deloitte, a financial...

Reputation Management Training & Certification program - calendar

Take part in Reputation Institute’s Reputation Management Training & Certification program which will begin on September 15, 2010 and run through December 2, 2010 . Registrants participate in...

Global Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training: Designing and implementing effective CSR strategies and reports - reports

Global Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training: Designing and implementing effective CSR strategies and reports Brussels: November, 24-25 2011

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This interactive IRCA-certified course enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key aspects of corporate responsibility.  The course...

5th International Conference on CSR - - calendar

The 5th International CSR-Conference at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is organized and hosted by the Institute of Management. The 600+ participants include representatives from science,...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 14th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics, one of the world major semiconductor companies has released its 2010 Sustainability Report. The report provides comprehensive details of ST's Sustainability strategy, policies...

Mondi publishes 2010 Sustainable Development Report - reports

The Mondi Group has published its 2010 Sustainable Development Report.

Vaisala publishes its third corporate responsibility report - reports

Vaisala, the global environmental and industrial measurement company based in Finland, has published its third corporate responsibility report.

Capital Shopping Centres Group publishes its 2010 CR report - reports

As 2010 BitC CommunityMark winners everyone at Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSC) proudly places 'corporate responsibility' at the heart of the business.  Our 2010 CR report illustrates...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 13th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 13th Corporate Responsibility Report, for 2009. The report illustrates how ST creates value for its stakeholders through its culture of Sustainable...

British Land publishes its 2010 CR Report - reports

British Land has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report.  The real estate investment company achieved new levels of transparency, with GRI Index B+, additional performance data...

Project Risk Symposium 2009 – ‘The new rules of the game’ - calendar

The volatility in the current environment has changed the perception and nature of project risks. This requires new and innovative instruments to manage them. Project Risk Symposium 2009 is...

Go-Ahead Group has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Go-Ahead Group has just published its web-based Corporate Responsibility report for 2009 – the eighth year the UK transport company has produced such a document and the fifth year it has done...

Camelot publishes its 10th Stakeholder Report - reports

Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, has published its 10th Stakeholder Report which details how the company has had a positive effect on those impacted by its work –  and has...

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This event runs from 28 September to 02 October 2009. This interactive IRCA-certified course enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key...

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This IRCA-certified, interactive course delivered by Sd3, part of Two Tomorrows Group, enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key aspects of...

STMicroelectronics 12th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 12th Corporate Responsibility Report.

SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

The Compliance & Ethics Academy is a four-day intensive training program with an optional CCEP certification exam on the fifth day. Gain comprehensive knowledge of the following: standards,...

SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

The Compliance & Ethics Academy is a four-day intensive training program with an optional CCEP certification exam on the fifth day. Gain comprehensive knowledge of the following: standards,...

SCCEs compliance and ethics academy - calendar

The Compliance & Ethics Academy is a four-day intensive training program with an optional CCEP certification exam on the fifth day. Gain comprehensive knowledge of the following: standards,...

Mondi Group: Sustainability summary report 2008 and new sustainability web section - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper group, has launched a new sustainability section on its web site in conjunction with the publication of its Sustainability summary report 2008.

SCCE Compliance & Ethics Institute - calendar

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics annual institute draws compliance & ethics professionals for three days of education and networking September 9-11, 2007, in New Orleans, LA....

A study of internal and external control systems - calendar

Conference debate on 'What kind of CSR engagement controls for companies located in China?' This conference has been organized by Observatoire sur la Responsabilite Societale des...

George Wimpey Plc produces its 2006 CSR Report - reports

British based housebuilding company George Wimpey Plc has produced its 2006 CSR Report

Visa supports financial education for youth - bestpractice

The global payments business partners with Junior Achievement Europe to create innovative e-commerce and personal finance programmes. Tom Idle reports…   The digitisation...

How to be competitive with ISO 14001 and Environmental Management - calendar

Qing Yu Hotel (South Building) 4th Floor, 9, Wanping Road, (Near Huaihai Road) Shanghai 7pm to 10pm Hosted by Matthias Gerber China is now already number 2 behind Japan in the list...

framing the future - bestpractice

At the most extreme, critics of national lotteries see them as just another form of gambling that erodes ethical values and encourages irresponsible behaviour. Perhaps as a consequence, lottery...

STMicroelectronics 11th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 11th Corporate Responsibility Report, in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative's G3 guidelines and principles to A+ standard.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - bestpractice

Chiquita, which produces a quarter of Latin American bananas, has spent eight years working to ensure all its banana farms in Latin America meet labour and...

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