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Whitbread's Environmental Leadership - news

By James Pitcher — Whitbread is the UK’s largest and fastest growing hospitality company and we have ambitious plans for our two leading brands, Premier Inn and Costa. By 2020, we...

Chocolate and cocoa companies commit to sustainable supply chains at meeting with Prince Charles - news

By EP staff — The Prince of Wales has hosted senior executives of the world’s largest chocolate and cocoa companies to discuss ending deforestation in the cocoa supply chain. ...

Veolia, BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2016, buys into the circular economy - news

By Tom Idle — Talking about the so-called circular economy and all the potential economic and environmental benefits it might bring is not to speak of a distant future, says the woman...

The Ladybird Book on Climate Change, by HRH Prince Charles, Tony Juniper, and Emily Shuckburgh - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Prince Charles and his special adviser to his International Sustainability Unit, Tony Juniper , have joined forces with Dr. Emily Shuckburgh , OBE, a leading polar...

ESG trends to impact capital markets in 2017 - news

By Vikas Vij —The beginning of 2017 marks an inflection point for institutions that want to invest for the long-term. Investors and policy makers have increasingly advocated against...

UK VCs focus on ESG-driven investments - news

By Vikas Vi — A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is a type of publicly listed, tax-advantaged investment fund in the UK, designed as a way for individual investors to gain access to VC...

Should the UK private sector align its strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals? - news

By Rachel Whale, Founder and CEO, Koreo — The Women’s Marches which took place around the world on January 21st were a reminder of the power of international narratives for social...

Companies Vs. Climate Change issues call to action - news

By Brian Collett — Businesses must lead the action against climate change. The call was issued by 200 US and international business leaders meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ...

Slovak’s EU presidency focuses on transition to low carbon economy - news

By Roger Aitken — The Environment Council agenda under the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) has been focusing on creating conditions for a “gradual...

The renewable revolution  - news

By Adam Woodhall — In Britain and beyond, businesses large and small are getting on with a rapid transition to renewables, despite mixed messages coming from the UK government.  ...

"Collaboration is the only way for business to solve today’s sustainability challenges" - news

Interview by Tom Idle Hans Daems , the newly elected chair of CSR Europe, couldn’t have chosen a more pertinent time to take up the position with the business network. Daems, who is...

Science-based targets guide business in setting carbon reduction goals - news

By Tom Idle — As we prepare for the cold days of winter, we might fondly recall the hot days of summer – some of the warmest on record for the season. The warning signs were...

Inspiring sustainability the Interserve way  - news

Interview with Tim Haywood, Interserve   By Adam Woodhall   I recently had a conversation with Tim Haywood, Group Finance Director and Head of Sustainability at...

Salmon fisherman take action to protect stocks against environmental contamination - news

By Brian Collett — Hundreds of Alaskan fishermen have taken action to safeguard their salmon grounds against environmental contamination. Altogether 93 per cent of 513 interviewed...

10 things I've learnt in my 10 years in sustainability - news

By Adam Woodhall — Ten years ago, I launched myself into the world of sustainability, and it’s been an amazing roller coaster journey. In 2006 there were some things I already...

Taking the lead in stormy times - news

By Adam Woodhall — How are corporate sustainability professionals—and the organisations they work with—to lead through this post-Brexit period facing our society? How are they...

Companies driving progress on UN SDGs - news

by Vikas Vij — The world’s current rate of action may not be enough to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To reach the goals, the private sector,...

Brexit mustn’t mean wreckxit - news

by Adam Woodhall — A Baroness, professor, a past CEO of the Environment Agency and Boris Johnson’s father were just a few of the assembled luminaries who gathered to discuss and...

The future of power, death & money - news

by Adam Woodhall — “Power, Death and Money” was the provocative title of the first event run by The Future Men .  They promised a rampage through the frustrations of...

Extel’s 14th SRI & Sustainability Survey highlights need to do more  - news

by Roger Aitken — This year’s annual WeConvene Extel and UK Sustainable & Finance Association (UKSIF) SRI & Sustainability survey reveals that while almost 40% of asset...

£735m Waltham Forest Pension Fund ‘commits’ first to divest from fossil fuels - news

by Roger Aitken — Waltham Forest became the first local government pension fund in the UK to “commit to divest” from all fossil fuels following a meeting convened by its...

New ideas for a new economy - news

by Adam Woodhall — The British are historically world leaders at creating solutions to problems. For example, when in the UK we started running out of wood to build ships and burn for...

Minister calls for action, business says yes! - news

by Adam Woodhall —  Nick Hurd, the new Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry at BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), recently called for...

Carbon Trust reports on progress: 180 companies on board - news

by Adam Woodhall — The overwhelming scientific consensus is that climate change must be kept under 2, preferably 1.5, degrees. At COP21 in Paris last year, political leaders from around...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

by RP Siegel — COP21 has been hailed as a historic event because of the way it facilitated 196 countries to come together in support of a shared ambition to head off accelerating climate...

CDL partners to launch sustainability academy to achieve climate goals - news

by Antonio Pasolini—The city-state of Singapore is making a pioneering move towards meeting its climate mitigation goals. A joint effort by City Developments Limited (CDL) and the...

Nike expands sustainable distribution centre in Belgium - news

by Brian Collett — Nike, the multinational footwear and apparel group, has opened an expanded distribution hub at its European centre with the claim that it has taken 14,000 annual lorry...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

COP21: Getting down to business By RP Siegel — COP21 has been hailed as a historic event because of the way it facilitated 196 countries to come together in support of a shared...

Is now the time to go green? - news

by Andy Jones — Clean 200 has released the rankings of the top 200 sustainable companies in the world.   Omitting the likes of oil lobbying companies, forced labour workforces,...

Auto industry passes energy sector in emissions: new report - news

by Brian Collett —Transport now pumps out more pollutant emissions than any other source in the US.       The US Energy Information Administration has reported that...

Standish Mellon joins climate bond partnership intensifying ‘sustainable investing’ commitment - news

by Roger Aitken—Standish Mellon Asset Management (‘Standish’), a BNY Mellon investment boutique with around $158 billion (£121bn, €143bn) of assets under management,...

What Brexit means for UK business - news

by Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment — The referendum vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU raises significant questions for...

Business & Climate Summit: inspiring a social movement - news

The Business & Climate Summit 2016 held in London is a leading annual forum for businesses, investors and policymakers on climate action.  One of the attendees was Charles Perry , a...

Brexit could be bad for the environment - news

By Reynard Loki — A new report by Sustainalytics, a sustainability research and analysis firm, suggests that Brexit could prompt British companies to slack off on green schemes, which...

Veolia wins BITC Responsible Business 2016 award - news

Business in the Community has announced the winner of its flagship award, Responsible Business of the Year 2016: Veolia, the global resource management company. Presented at a Gala Dinner...

Brexit means a world of uncertainty. But in CRS, we can handle it. - news

by Claudine Blamey, ICRS Chair, Head of Sustainability and Stewardship, The Crown Estate —Watching the UK’s EU referendum results come in provided more tension, anxiety and delight...

Adapting to market changes in the utilities sector - news

by Koen Bas — The emergence of new technologies in smart energy, coupled with customer behavioural changes and demands, is reshaping the utility industry. The energy and utilities...

Bag battles: plastic vs. paper - news

by Brian Collett — Plastic bags have become a widely discouraged vice because of the enduring toxins they carry and pass on to humans, but is the persuasive case for banning or reducing...

Discover the "Blue Economy" - news

by Bibi Gratzer —  Blue has always been my favourite colour. Maybe because I am oceanophile, maybe because blue is a colour that has both, calming and awakening properties. Maybe also...

The environmental impact of Brexit cannot be overlooked - news

by Tom Idle — The people of the UK could wake up 24 June and find themselves in a very different political landscape. The European Union (EU) Referendum taking place on 23 June poses a...

Sustainability critical to future business: IEMA Report - news

By Vikas Vij — Leading companies increasingly recognize the importance of embedding sustainability into their business models. However, professionals seeking sustainability outcomes face...

Helping companies understand their value chain - news

The 5 th GRI Global Conference 2016 , held in Amsterdam 18- 20 May, convened 1,500 sustainability leaders to exchange information about best practices, innovation, and trends. Alyson Slater ,...

83% of environment and sustainability professionals say UK benefits from EU membership: IEMA survey - news

A new survey of environmental and sustainability professionals by the Institute of Environmental and Management Assessment shows that an overwhelming majority—83%—believe that...

UK and US studies issue warnings about impacts of climate change - news

by Sangeeta Haindle - A new study by the London School of Economics (LSE), published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change , says climate change could cut the value of...

A force for good - news

Fujitsu’s  head of responsible business, Juliet Silvester, explains how the company creates long-term value. Interview by Tom Idle The Japanese ICT business Fujitsu is currently...

COP 21 agreement spurs East Capital to review "high climate change"- related investing risk - news

by Roger Aitken The climate agreement sealed at the COP21 summit in Paris on 12 December 2015 underscores, once and for all, that climate change is a common issue that needs to be addressed...

Sky supports WWF's Earth Hour, Saturday 19 March with new advert - news

Sky is broadcasting a new advert   to reach out to its 21 million customers in the U.K. and across Europe to encourage them to take part in WWF’s ‘Earth Hour’ this...

GRI and CDP issue guidance to help companies disclose impacts - news

GRI, pioneer of the most widely used sustainability reporting standards, and CDP, host of a global collection of self-reported climate change, water and forest-risk data, have just released...

Webinar today to discuss risk-free supply chain - news

Webinar Alert : Today, Mar 1, 3 pm (GMT) a free live webinar with Timberland’ s Sustainability Director and Maersk ’s Head of Responsible Procurement will discuss building a...

Global coalition comes together to change the future of protein - news

A group of international businesses and NGOs have joined to form The Protein Challenge 2040, a first collaboration across the protein system. Facilitated by Forum for the Future, a...

East Capital’s China environmental strategy whets ‘clean-tech’ appetite - news

East Capital, an emerging and frontier markets specialist headquartered in Stockholm that actively manages €2.1bn of assets in public and private equity as well as real estate, transitioned...

Do reports make a good stakeholder engagement tool? - news

The corporate world is now well-versed in producing an annual document showcasing best practice. But can sustainability reports actually be used effectively as a stakeholder engagement tool?...

Future Perfect? - news

At the end of last year, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), a global think tank, published its annual top 10 list of business and human rights issues for 2016. Here we...

BLOG: After COP21, what next for rainforests? - news

COP21 may be over, but on the rainforest front the work is just beginning, writes Claire Raisin, Director Size of Wales Rainforests are vital when it comes to preventing, and...

Supplier non disclosure hindering climate risk management - news

The largest ever study of climate change data from major corporates and their suppliers has uncovered a significant blindspot of supply chain risk.   While leading companies such as...

BLOG: Post-COP21 business needs to step up - news

Businesses need to look beyond their own boundaries in the post-Paris climate era, blogs Chris Cook, AkzoNobel Planet Possible Programme Director. Global leaders will meet this week at the...

Getting up a thirst for sustainability - news

‘Transformational’ improvements at its distilleries stand the global drinks giant Diageo in good stead in the face of ongoing carbon and water issues. But securing its long-term...

Building bridges to ensure greater impact - news

Recent events in Paris brought to mind children’s author Natalie Lloyds’ description of the Eiffel Tower, the city’s instantly recognizable landmark, which she admired because...

Business’ social licence to innovate - news

To shape tomorrow’s sustainable economy business’ innovative capacity is essential. However the public trust in business innovations is dwindling and that is a problem for all....

All in good time? - news

Negotiators at the COP21 climate summit in Paris made slow, if steady progress. Bob Siegel reports on what it could achieve At the COP21 talks in Paris, officials from 196 nations convened...

Post COP21, what’s our professional role now? - news

COP21 – 190 nations gathering in Paris to find a new global agreement on climate change. Were they the success everyone hoped they would be? asks Claudine Blamey. Or did the final...

Monsanto commits to carbon neutral footprint by 2021 - news

American multinational agricultural biotech corporation Monsanto has announced plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021 through a programme targeted across its seed and crop...

Emissions stall but level of CO2 in atmosphere at highest ever level - news

Global carbon emissions are projected to stall in 2015, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia and the Global Carbon Project. Last year global CO2 emissions from fossil...

Over-hunted tropical forests could make climate change worse - news

The extinction of large animals from tropical forests could make climate change worse – according to researchers at the University of East Anglia. New research published in Science...

Unicef report highlights importance of post-COP21 action for children - news

As COP21 draws to a close, international children's charity Unicef has called for ambitious action on climate change. “The future of today’s children, particularly the most...

Turn deforestation pledges into action, urges CDP - news

Corporate momentum on tackling deforestation is at risk of stalling warns new analysis from CDP, the global non-profit which collates environmental data on behalf of investors. While seven...

More big names sign up to renewable power commitment - news

BMW Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF), Nordea Bank AB, Pearson PLC and Swiss Post are the latest corporates to sign up to RE100, the global...

Business group maintains offsetting key to global emissions reduction - news

Nine businesses, including Aviva, Sky, Fuji Xerox and DPD, have joined the UN’s Christiana Figueres to speak out about the benefits of offsetting carbon emissions, at this week’s...

BNP Paribas commits to ‘doubling’ renewable energy financing by 2020 - news

BNP Paribas, the French multinational bank with a presence in 75 countries, is to take a further significant step in financing the transition to a low carbon economy by “more than...

GAR ramps up environmental protection in Indonesia - news

Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), the world’s second largest palm oil producer, has launched a Peat Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project in one of its operating areas in West Kalimantan in...

Unilever aims to become carbon positive by 2030 - news

At COP21 Prince Charles lauded Unilever's achievements in deforestation, as he expressed his hope that politicians and businesses were starting to act on the need to protect forests....

Richer nations less concerned about climate change: poll - news

Global public concern about climate change has declined over the past six years, especially in industrialized countries, finds a new 21-country poll from GlobeScan. Less than half (48%) of...

Call for banks to do more in fight against climate change - news

With the UN Paris Climate Conference beginning today, new research shows growing popular support for the banking industry and big business to do more in the fight against climate change. The...

Russian business giants unite to address climate change challenge - news

Some of the biggest Russian corporates have introduced an initiative to consolidate the efforts of Russian business to mitigate environmental impacts and help prevent climate change by creating...

Teachers call for climate change to be taught to under 11s - news

New research has shown that over 90% of primary school teachers in England believe they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change, despite sustainability no longer being a...

CSR Services Directory to aid corporations tackling new UN SDGs - news

With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals now formally adopted, Ethical Performance is updating and expanding its international CSR Services Directory to showcase the work and services...

Hasbro stars with Best Corporate Citizen award win - news

Hasbro has been named the Best Corporate Citizen in the consumer items industry in the US, according to the 10 Best Corporate Citizens List by Industry for 2015, compiled by Corporate...

Expectations high for business to take lead post-COP21 - news

Experts predict that business will be key to the success of climate change action post-COP21 Summit in Paris next month, according to the findings from a new study exploring leadership on...

CDP ranking reveals corporate climate change champions - news

Apple, Diageo, Sainsbury's, Roche Holding and Google are among CDP's ranking of corporate 'A listers' for their actions to mitigate climate change.  The international...

Bank of England’s Carney challenges business over climate change risk - news

The world will suffer financial crises and falling living standards unless economically strong countries ensure that companies admit their present and future carbon emissions, the Bank of...

Unilever becomes zero landfill company in Europe - news

Nine months after achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across its global network of 242 factories – believed to be a world first - Unilever has now become a zero landfill company...

Cecil the lion and the big data revolution - news

‘Big data’ has been one of the buzz phrases of the last five years and has already spawned an analytics industry worth $125bn. But is it all hype or does it have the power to...

Piecing together profitable partnerships - news

As more and more corporates team up with environmental and social campaign groups to help drive improvements in sustainability performance, what impact is the changing landscape of partnerships...

Surge in carbon price disclosure shows climate change heading mainstream - news

Corporations behind everyday brands of toothpaste, soup, light-bulbs, gasoline, cars and computers are assigning a price to their carbon emissions to offset the costs and risks of their...

Carbon nanofibre technology to pose ethical challenge to industry? - news

A newly created system that sucks carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and converts it into carbon nanofibres as raw material for manufacturing could eventually pose an ethical challenge to...

ICRS marks anniversary with first honorary fellows - news

To mark its first anniversary, the Institute of Corporate Responsibiity and Sustainability (ICRS) has announced its first honorary fellows. They are: Philippa Foster Back, director of the...

BT tops carbon reporting league for second year - news

BT Group (BT) has narrowly beaten Marks & Spencer Group plc (M&S) in the latest analysis of the Carbon Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100. Last year both companies shared first place....

P&G raises bar on greenhouse gas emissions reductions - news

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has set a new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities by 30% by 2020. The goal was developed in partnership with World Wildlife Fund...

Investors call on UK government for greater support of renewables - news

Thirteen investors have sent a letter, coordinated by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), to the George Osborne, the UK's Chancellor, to highlight investor...

This green and pleasant land? - news

Smart technology and low emissions cities are emerging across the globe. Elisabeth Jeffries reports on how businesses large and small are defining their roles and driving local government...

Applying natural capital valuation in mainstream business practices - news

The global economy depends on the preservation of natural resources. Yet the majority of businesses have not traditionally placed a high enough financial value on natural capital - the...

APP pledge to restore peatlands sets important benchmark - news

One of the world’s largest paper producers is to clear and restore 7,000 hectares of its plantations in Indonesia to protect carbon-rich peatlands. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) hopes...

New effort to reshape fossil fuel firms approach to climate change - news

The heat is on for fossil fuel companies in more ways than one with the launch of a major new initiative to build stronger leadership by oil, gas and coal companies on climate change. The...

China's CO2 emissions 'substantially over estimated' - news

China's carbon emissions have been substantially over estimated by international agencies for more than 10 years, according to research co-led by the University of East Anglia. The...

UK to fast-track fracking applications - news

The UK government is attempting to fast-track fracking applications through the planning system. It says the plans that will ensure local people have a strong say over the development of...

APP exits plantations to protect tropical peatlands - news

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is committing to retire around 7,000 hectares of commercial plantation areas to protect threatened carbon-rich peatlands, the first time that plantations on...

NT commits £30m to updating energy intensive buildings - news

The National Trust, Europe’s biggest conservation charity, is investing £30m, in renewable energy to heat and power more of its historic places. The news follows the successful...

Tidal power opportunity proposed for Bristol Channel - news

A marine fence across the Bristol Channel, now at the planning and development stage, is estimated to have the potential to supply 5% of Britain’s energy needs from tidal power. The...

BLOG: Is tide turning in effort to tackle climate change? - news

Chris Cook, AkzoNobel's Planet Possible programme director, writes about the importance of partnerships in driving down carbon emissions President Barack Obama’s  Clean...

UK leads way in tidal energy technology - news

Despite the British government slashing support for renewable energy in the last few weeks, a new report from Frost & Sullivan finds that the UK is the market leader in the development of...

Change your diet and save the planet! - news

Climates , a start-up social network, is calling on people to go 'Climatarian' for their health and the planet.  Switching to a climatarian diet can save a tonne of CO2 a year-...

Tackling climate change can boost UK plc, says report - news

A new report from business leaders alliance, the Aldersgate Group, shows that tackling climate change can provide significant economic opportunities for the UK and make its economy far more...

Nespresso makes progress in improving lives of coffee farmers - news

Nestlé Nespresso says it has made significant progress towards improving the lives of thousands of coffee farmers in countries ranging from South Sudan to Colombia, as part of the...

Starbucks brews up $30m more loan aid - news

American coffee chain giant Starbucks is more than doubling the size of a loan program for farmers that it started seven years ago to help maintain its supply of ethically sourced coffee....

Shanks urges governments to act on sustainable waste management - news

A second set of five-year corporate responsibility targets, including further development of sustainability as a primary principle, has been introduced by the waste-to-product Shanks Group,...

Unilever pioneers with inaugural Human Rights Report - news

Global consumer goods giant Unilever is leading the reporting way yet again with the publication of a first-of-its-kind Human Rights Report. The report outlines Unilever’s goal not...

Collaboration key to 'sustainability crunch' says BIFM report - news

Businesses are finding it increasingly more difficult to implement and manage sustainability policies, according to research by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). The...

ShareAction targets Total over climate change position - news

UK-based movement for responsible investment ShareAction has launched a campaign to tackle French oil giant Total over its position on climate change. A new website,...

British business calls for climate action to build greener economy - news

Over 75 UK businesses including Willmott Dixon, Cisco, E.on, John Lewis Partnership, SSE, and BT have called on the government to take decisive action to combat climate change and build a...

GRI sets strategy to help business learn more from sustainability data - news

GRI, the international CR and sustainability reporting organisation, is responding to the changing reporting landscape with a new four-pillar strategy. Speaking to Ethical Performance,...

Investors must take threat of climate change seriously: report - news

A new report from global consultancy Mercer identifies the ‘what?’ the ‘so what?’ and the ‘now what?’ in terms of the impact of climate change on investment...

Boards need to drive sustainability, says Carbon Trust - news

Corporate boards are failing to recognize – and act on - the risks and opportunities of climate change, says new research from the Carbon Trust. The report, Titans or Titanics?...

Barker joins board at The Climate Group - news

The Right Honourable Gregory Barker, former Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and longest serving UK energy minister in a generation, has joined the Board of Trustees at The...

CGF booklet demonstrates successful climate change actions - news

Chief executives of some of the world’s largest companies have shared how they are successfully tackling climate change in a new booklet from the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). The...

China cutting C02 emissions faster - news

Official data from China shows it is cutting coal and CO2 emissions faster than any other country. Indeed, Greenpeace says the CO2 reduction could be equal to UK total emissions over same...

Nathan Fabian leaves IGCC for PRI - news

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has named Nathan Fabian as Director of Policy. He will take up his new role on 30 June 2015. Fabian joins the PRI after six years as ceo of...

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

Excellent, you’ve found us, writes Claudine Blamey . After years studying or working in another profession, you’ve decided to start a career in CR and sustainability (CRS). What do...

Sustainability professionals happier, survey finds - news

Professionals who switch to environment and sustainability roles believe they have chosen well. A practitioner survey says 87% report a high level of satisfaction with their decisions, and...

EP&L analysis gives Kering critical new business insights - news

A pioneering environmental impact report is being shared worldwide by Kering, the French holding company for global fashion and sportswear brands, including Gucci, Balenciaga and Puma....

Gates charity challenged to divest fossil fuel stocks - news

Bill Gates, founder of one of the world’s biggest corporations, has been asked to lead the fight against climate change. Gates, who set up Microsoft in 1975, could set an example by...

Renault-Nissan to drive Paris talks - news

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, the world leader in zero-emission mobility, will provide a fleet of 200 all-electric vehicles as the official passenger-car provider for the United Nation’s...

Oil and gas giants unite for unprecedented CO2 initiative - news

Major oil and gas companies - BG Group plc, BP plc, Eni SpA, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Statoil ASA and Total SA - have called on governments around the world and to the United Nations Framework...

Unilever, Patagonia, WWF and Greenpeace viewed as most sustainable brands - news

In this year's GlobeScan/Sustainability Leaders Report over 800 experts were asked, unprompted, which companies are leaders in integrating sustainability into their business strategy, and...

M&S signs up to 100% renewable power pledge - news

Leading British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has joined RE100, the global initiative supporting major companies committing to 100% renewable power. The retailer of food, clothing...

CEOs share positive climate change actions to inspire others - news

Chief executives of some of the world's largest companies have shared how they are successfully tackling climate change in a new booklet from the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). The booklet...

Unilever hits new carbon saving milestone - news

Reporting only two weeks ago that its 'sustainable' brands like Dove are growing twice as fast as its 'regular' brands, Unilever has now revealed that it has reached a new...

Scotland to host inaugural Global Ethical Finance Forum - news

Hosted by the Scottish Government, the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) in September is being hailed as an historic initiative, in conjunction with the Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC UK) and...

China sets example with marked reduction in CO2 emissions - news

Official data from China shows it is cutting coal and CO2 emissions faster than any other country. Indeed, Greenpeace says the CO2 reduction could be equal to UK total emissions over same...

Unilever's 'sustainable brands' growing twice as fast as regular ones - news

At the London launch of its Sustainable Living Plan progress report, Unilever has revealed that its sustainable living brands such as Dove and Lifebuoy, are growing faster than regular brands....

BP shareholder Resolution 25 passed at AGM in oil industry ‘game changer’ - news

Shareholders at oil giant’s BP annual general meeting (AGM) held on 16 April at London’s ExCel Centre passed by an overwhelming majority Resolution 25 - a special resolution...

Making the gogglebox greener - news

It’s the organisation people love to hate. But as the BBC’s project manager for environmental sustainability, Hattie Park is on a mission to use the corporation’s unique...

Just how transparent is your data? - news

The type of information provided by corporate sustainability reports, and in non- financial disclosures varies widely. Investment analysts or other report users may believe they are reading...

Unilever scales up ambition to make sustainable living commonplace - news

Unilever is furthering its ambition to make sustainable living commonplace by partnering with global sustainability movements Global Citizen and Live Earth. This is the first time that the...

McDonald's makes global commitment on deforestation - news

McDonald’s has announced a global commitment on deforestation across its expansive global supply chain. The commitment builds on the fast food giant's Global Sustainability...

Shareholders highlight importance of climate change risks to business - news

ShareAction staff and a group of individual shareholders assembled outside BP’s Annual General Meeting this week in London, displaying a banner highlighting the risks of climate change to...

Getting the thumbs up for your sustainability comms? - news

As more and more corporates take to social media to engage with consumers around sustainability issues, do they really know what they are doing? Tom Idle explores what current best practice...

Lobby groups in climate change spotlight - news

Investors need to ask questions of companies to ensure that their public positions on climate change aren’t being undercut by their membership of controversial European lobby groups, says...

ShareAction praises BP for quitting US lobbying group - news

Responsible Investment charity ShareAction has applauded oil giant BP’s confirmation that it will not renew its membership of a controversial US-based lobbying group which promotes climate...

Global carbon emissions stall, finds IEA data - news

Data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years in which there was a...

UK expertise to drive global climate change action? - news

The UK is to use its world-leading climate and adaptation expertise to help countries successfully tackle climate change. To launch the programme, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate...

Schools turn up the heat to win solar competition - news

Twenty two schools from across the UK are being given the chance to win up to £5,000 towards buying their own solar panels thanks to Good Energy, the renewable electricity supplier and...

Valentine's cupids turn green to promote climate change action - news

London commuters were greeted this week by teams of Green Cupids handing out kisses and Valentine’s cards all in the name of preventing climate change. In the spirit of...

Huge US solar project starts commercial operation - news

One of the world's largest solar projects - taking up 3,600 acres of land - has started commercial operation in California. The 550-megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, is capable...

Food giants back new €120m fund to help smallholders - news

Food giants Danone and Mars have set up a new fund to help companies to learn how to sustainably source the materials they need from smallholder famers while at the same time delivering...

Japanese car brands lead way in emissions reductions - news

Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan tops a new league ranking car brands on their emissions reductions. The research has been compiled by climate change organisation CDP to rank auto...

Atkins steps down at Friends of the Earth - news

Andy Atkins, ceo of Friends of the Earth(FoE), will be stepping down from his role in the summer of 2015. Atkins has led FoE since July 2008. The organisation is one of the UK’s...

New online tool shows world can cut emissions and live well - news

Cutting carbon emissions to limit global temperatures to a 2°C rise can be achieved while improving living standards, a new online tool shows. The world can eat well, travel more, live...

Suppliers in US, Brazil, China and India least resilient to climate change risks - news

Lack of preparation currently leaves supply chains in Brazil, China, India and the US more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan. While, suppliers in China and India deliver...

GeSI announces 2015 board of directors - news

The new Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) board of directors has taken office. Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, and ETNO representatives were elected Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer...

Digital planet poses challenges to society but offers ‘extraordinary potential’ - news

  In the first of a two-part Amity Insight research paper by Ecclesiastical Investment Management Limited (‘EIM’) titled ‘Digital Planet: A brave new world for...

Businesses can drive low carbon without sacrificing growth - news

Paul Connolly, director of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) Think Tank, explores the role of business in the climate change debate Debates about sustainability are vexed. The...

Lima discussions patch together compromise to pave way for Paris - news

Developed countries, which have caused most of the world’s pollution, should help to finance “vulnerable” developing nations to combat climate change, UN members agreed last...

Global demand for coal only to march higher - news

Global demand for coal over the next five years will continue marching higher, breaking the 9-billion-tonne level by 2019, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its just published annual...

Jobs need protection as well as planet, says TUC - news

Unions have warned that they may not be able to support global climate change legislation if it fails to protect workers' jobs, says the TUC. Although unions plan to support the United...

Going to extremes: weird weather forecast to continue - news

Extreme weather events are becoming more common according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA). It is widely known that the Earth’s average temperature has been...

Norway’s KLP boosts renewables investment and cuts coal exposure - news

KLP, Kommunal Landspensjons-kasse, Norway’s largest life insurer that was formed in 1949, announced late this November that intended to further increase its investment by NKr500 million...

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...

US-China landmark emissions deal met with criticism - news

Businesses face challenging new carbon emissions targets set jointly for the next 15 years by the US and China. The US is committed to cut its 2005 level of emissions by 26%-28% before 2025....

More support for farmers urged in renewable energy push - news

Farms could be a major player in the renewable energy market in the UK, according to a report issued by a new industry coalition, Farm Power. According to its research, there is at least...

Greenpeace scales Shell HQ in Arctic protest - news

Greenpeace has launched a counter-advertising campaign in response to Shell’s latest ad, which portrays a girl reading a book in bed by lamp light, with the caption ‘let’s keep...

Watson to lead BRE environment programme - news

Building science centre BRE has appointed University College London Professor of Engineering Systems Jeremy Watson to lead on its built environment research programme. The programme, which...

DECC appoints new chief scientific advisor - news

Professor John Loughhead OBE FREng FTSE has been appointed DECC’s chief scientific advisor. Professor Loughhead is currently Executive Director at UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)...

Building a sustainable future - news

We, in the OECD countries, spend about 90% of our lives inside buildings so it should be pretty clear that healthy and comfortable indoor environments contribute significantly to overall health...

Low carbon future does not mean low profit, finds CDP report - news

Companies taking action to mitigate climate change have outperformed the Bloomberg World Index by 9.6%. The figures prove that a low carbon future does not mean low profit, say assessors...

Another sting in the tail of climate change… - news

Climate change could be disrupting the relationship between bees and plants according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). A just published study reveals that warmer...

National CSR Awards – join us for the CSR event of the year! - news

An impressive team of judges, supporters and contributors have been lined up to join Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP at the inaugural awards and showcase on 6 March 2015 at...

EC climate deal falls short on renewables targets - news

While the European Council has just agreed a new climate and energy deal that sets a binding domestic Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) target of “at least” 40%, it has failed to agree...

Europe urged to agree bold climate and energy policies - news

Leading businesses including Acciona, Coca-Cola Enterprises, DSM, Ferrovial, Philips, Skanska, Shell, and Unilever are urging EU ministers to agree an ambitious package on climate change at this...

Lego ends 50-year link with Shell - news

Danish toy giant Lego is ending its co-promotion contract with Shell. The move follows a three-month campaign led by Greenpeace which saw one million people sign a petition calling on the...

Emerging markets more focused on sustainability finds Grant Thornton - news

New figures from accountancy giant Grant Thornton show that business leaders in emerging markets are more focused on the sustainability of their operations than their peers in developed markets....

Cenex becomes KIC affiliate partner - news

Cenex, the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies, has been approved as an Affiliate Partner for the Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC). As its partner,...

Five new board trustees for Forum - news

Sustainability charity Forum for the Future has taken on five new board trustees. Among them is a former Big Six energy boss, a broadcast journalist, a chartered accountant, a noted engineer and...

New website to help build market for sustainable finance - news

National Ethical Investment Week has rebranded as Good Money Week in an effort to make the week more relevant to a mainstream audience.  As part of this strategy it has launched a new...

Hitting the paper trail at SCA - news

Kersti Strandqvist is the senior vice president at SCA, the global hygiene and forest products company, in charge of Group Function Sustainability. She leads the company’s corporate...

Coming of age: the new sustainability math - news

Last week, I went surfing for the first time with my 10-year-old son Evan. Not wanting to be outshined or embarrassed, I spent more time then I care to admit reading up on websites proclaiming...

Kellogg announces new goals to reduce energy, water and waste - news

Cornflakes-maker Kellogg is to responsibly source its top 10 ingredients and materials by 2020, and validate compliance across all direct suppliers by 2015. The move is part of a new tranche of...

Lobbying – the ‘next big thing’ in CSR - news

In July, it was widely reported that the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, had been “defeated” in his attempts to water down the UK’s carbon budget - which sets...

Kepler Cheuvreux scoops SRI & sustainability title in Extel survey - news

Independent European financial services firm, Kepler Cheuvreux, reconfirmed its status this July as the leading local broker in Europe in the Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF SRI & Sustainability...

Alexander takes chair at UKSIF - news

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has welcomed Lesley Alexander as its new chair. Lesley, ceo of HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited, will replace Martin Clarke...

Taking steps to curb the fossil fuel habit - news

Europe’s largest companies are coming under increasing political pressure to cut their carbon footprint ahead of crunch climate talks next year, but carbon trading is now just one of many...

UK green lights giant offshore wind farm - news

The East Anglia One offshore wind farm that is expected to support almost 2,900 jobs and bring over £520m of investment into the UK’s economy has been given the official go-ahead....

Oxfam warns of Europe’s over-reliance on fossil fuels - news

A new report from aid agency Oxfam says that the crisis in Ukraine and resulting tensions with Russia are a wake-up call for Europe to reassess its energy mix. Russia's absence from the...

UK businesses need to prepare for upcoming energy reporting changes - news

Within months, more than 7,000 businesses across the UK will have to report on energy use for the first time under a scheme run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). To...

Carbon spotlight falls on food giants - news

The ‘Big 10’ food and drink companies together emit more greenhouse gases than Scandinavia and, if they were an individual country, would rank as the 25th most polluting, a new...

Faiths unite to galvanize communities over climate change - news

Blessed Tomorrow is a new interfaith coalition of religious leaders in the US committed to engaging people of faith to lead on climate solutions in their congregations, communities and homes....

Natural capital depletion is ‘elephant in boardroom’ says CIMA - news

Business leaders continue to focus on short-term pressures and treat natural resources as if they’re infinite, warns a new report by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants...

Unilever to develop new tea varieties to 'future proof' supply - news

PG Tips maker Unilever is embarking on a tea research and development programme aimed at 'future proofing' the supply of the world's most popular beverage.  Using advanced...

‘Save the Arctic’ campaign escalates as activists block two more rigs - news

Greenpeace activists from 12 countries blocked two separate oil rigs destined to drill in the Arctic ocean this week (Tuesday 27 May 2014). The environmental group said that the threat to the...

OECD urges action to reduce road traffic pollution - news

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated $3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit...

Carbon spotlight falls on Kellogg and General Mills - news

The 'Big 10' food and drink companies together emit more greenhouse gases than Scandinavia and, if they were an individual country, would rank as the 25th most polluting, a new report...

UTZ upgrades code to enable greater farmer uptake - news

UTZ Certified, the sustainable farming programme and label, has published a new code of conduct, which it says is stronger in content and simpler in structure. The company maintains that the...

Protestors target Lloyds AGM over coal investments - news

Protestors are targeting the Lloyds Bank AGM in Edinburgh today, accusing it of destroying people’s lives and fuelling climate change by bankrolling the global coal industry....

UK businesses urged to get ready for new energy regulations - news

British business is being advised to get ready for the implementation of the UK’s response to the energy efficiency directive from the EU.  The Department of Energy and Climate...

ClimateCare wins Queen’s award - news

ClimateCare, the climate change and sustainable development organisation, has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The company has won a Sustainable Development Award for contributions to...

Barclays urged at AGM to ‘stop bankrolling’ dirty coal - news

With the World Development Movement (‘WDM’), a UK-based campaigning group focussed on global justice, having successfully campaigned last year to make Barclays pull out of food...

Majority in UK favour onshore wind power over fracking - news

The majority of people in Britain would prefer to live near a wind farm than a fracking site, says new YouGov research commissioned by Ecotricity. When given the choice, 62% said they would...

Big business calls for global action on climate change - news

Governments must put policies in place to prevent the cumulative emission of more than a trillion tonnes of carbon, according to a statement from leading global businesses today. The...

Wild weather key factor in US attitudes to climate change debate - news

More than half (60%) of Americans believe that climate change is a result of human action such as deforestation and burning of fossil fuels, according to the fifth annual Sense &...

Driving culture change is key to ensuring gender equality - news

Single initiatives to promote gender diversity are unlikely to succeed without achieving cultural change, according to a new report by Tomorrow’s Company, the London based business think...

Viva Las Vegas as lights go out for Earth Hour - news

On 29 March, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time), all Caesars Entertainment's resorts and casinos in North America will participate in Earth Hour to bring awareness to the environmental...

Bloomberg becomes UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change - news

Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. In this role, Bloomberg...

Tea industry to collaborate as new report slams human rights record - news

A new collaboration between key players in the global tea industry has been launched by sustainability non-profit, Forum for the Future. The Tea 2030 partners include four of the seven...

Procter & Gamble comes under fire over palm oil use - news

Greenpeace has called on household products titan Procter & Gamble (P&G) to commit to an immediate “no-deforestation” policy after linking the company to palm oil suppliers...

Climate change protesters gift 'survival kit' to UK environment chief - news

Representatives of flooded communities and climate change campaigners in the UK have delivered a ‘climate change survival kit’ consisting of wellington boots, a snorkel and...

Call for tea industry to collaborate for sustainable future - news

As Columbia Law School publishes a report slating the human rights record of several Indian tea plantations, a new collaboration between key players in the global tea industry has been launched...

Director move at SustainAbility - news

Zoë Arden has joined business consultancy SustainAbility as a director. Arden specialises in sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement and storytelling. With over 20 years of advisory...

Many top companies still emitting unsustainable levels of CO2 - news

While big names like Unilever and Eli Lilly have earned top spots in a new sustainability ranking, on the flip side 51% of companies were found to be emitting unsustainable levels of CO2....

Moving towards the tipping point of change - news

Martin Chilcott, ceo, 2Degrees, says that after celebrating best practice, organizations of all sizes need to see these case studies as a clarion call for more - and faster - action I was...

CR risk not sufficiently tied to exec pay, says KPMG - news

Whie most large companies acknowledge risks from environmental and social “megaforces” like climate change, few link corporate responsibility to executive remuneration, finds a new...

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...

Watch the birdie! - news

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have found out why birds are migrating earlier and earlier each year. Experts have long suspected climate change is somehow driving this advancing...

SRI turns over new leaf with newfound investors - news

There is emerging evidence that in addition to straight philanthropy through donation or foundations, Ultra High Net Worth Investors (UNHWIs)are also financing social investment. Equally, there...

Greenpeace vows to continue Arctic protest - news

Greenpeace says its campaign of opposition to Russia’s oil drilling project in the Arctic will continue even though 30 of its protesters were arrested during their demonstration in...

Turkish stock exchange to launch sustainability index - news

The Turkish stock exchange, the Borsa Istanbul, is to partner with EIRIS, the global responsible investment research provider, to develop the BIST Sustainability Index, which will be...

UK puts brakes on coal fired power plants - news

All nations at this week’s international climate change talks must leave Warsaw with a clear political understanding that a new global climate deal will be agreed in 2015, UK Energy and...

UK tech companies awarded Clean and Cool Mission to Brazil places - news

A select group of innovative UK technology companies have been awarded places on the Clean and Cool Mission to Brazil to explore business opportunities aimed at tacking climate change and...

Make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says the OECD - news

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says the OECD. Releasing the report, Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies, OECD secretary-general Angel...

Seeing the sustainability glass half full - news

  Sandra Seru, head of strategy & reporting, sustainability & responsibility at Diageo tells Ethical Performance how the drinks group is tackling the social problem of alcohol...

The importance of integrating CR into risk management - news

Risk management is a cornerstone of running a good, responsible business, writes BITC's Stephen Gee . Investors want to know the level of risk they are committing to and wider...

Tesco to help supply chain cut carbon - news

The supermarket chain Tesco has also introduced a collaborative buying club which will help its suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting. The Buying Club, which has been developed in...

Efforts to scale up climate change investment falters - news

The most comprehensive inventory of climate finance to-date shows investment is far short of the need, and falling further behind each year. Global investment in climate change plateaued at...

Boeing and SAA build biofuel collaboration - news

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) are to work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The...

Efforts to scale up climate change investment fall further behind - news

The most comprehensive inventory of climate finance to-date shows investment is far short of the need, and falling further behind each year. Global investment in climate change plateaued at...

Boeing & South African Airways collaborate for sustainable biofuel - news

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) are to work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The...

OECD calls for coherent approach to carbon pricing - news

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says the OECD. Releasing the report Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies , OECD Secretary-General Angel...

Tesco to help supply chain cut carbon and energy use - news

British supermarket chain Tesco has introduced a collaborative buying club which will help its suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting equipment and installations by offering substantial...

UN proves sustainability pays as Church calls for fossil free policy - news

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) has long been criticised for promoting a loose definition of corporate sustainability, keeping it simple by asking compact signatories to “embrace,...

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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Olympic feat… Offsetters Climate Solutions has reaffirmed its partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) as its Official Carbon Partner in a partnership that will last through...

inbrief - news

Greener Google… Berlin-based search engine Ecosia - a search engine that donates 80% of its income to rainforest protection – has undergone a complete revamp. The search engine...

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for urban sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

Big companies making little headway on climate change - news

The world’s largest listed companies are failing to reduce their environmental impacts despite increasing stakeholder, political and scientific pressure, reports the CDP, the international...

Russian oil exploration risks high environmental impact - news

Russia can expect environmental bodies to protest that its planned extraction of oil and gas in the Arctic off the Siberian coast would do enormous harm to the area’s thriving polar bear...

Lack of consensus on climate change damages UN energy targets - news

The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if UN goals are to be met, warns a report from the World Energy Council (WEC). The...

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

Impax exec appointed to NERC - news

Ian Simm, chief executive of Impax Asset Management, has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as a member of the UK’s Natural Environment...

Investors see risk of climate change but struggle on gauging green assets - news

Institutional investors may be sophisticated enough to model the effect that accelerating global warming has on their portfolios, but generally struggle to assess which green investments work...

Fracking – tipping the scales of climate change - news

The UK government is urging the country to ‘get behind fracking’ in a bid to ensure energy self-sufficiency for decades to come. Every day the newspapers are filled with stories...

“Green Google” undergoes revamp - news

Berlin-based search engine Ecosia - a search engine that donates 80% of its income to rainforest protection – has undergone a complete revamp. The search engine now boasts a new...

Aviva develops new way to measure carbon offsetting - news

Insurance giant Aviva has partnered with  ClimateCare to develop a new way to measure and report the full impact of offsetting carbon emissions. For the first time, Aviva has been able...

Virgin Trains director steams into DECC - news

Arthur Leathley has been appointed director of communications at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in the UK. Leathley joins the government from Virgin Trains, where, as...

CRS is the real thing at CCE - news

Joe Franses is director of corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) at Coca-Cola Enterprises. He tells Ethical Performance how he works across the business’s network of experts...

Here be dragons? - news

An unexplored territory to many, Keith Crane looks at how foreign companies are approaching CSR programmes in China and discovering that businesses need to ‘reverse the support...

KLM on a high with environmental award win - news

Dutch airline KLM has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability by scooping the Environment Award at the Airline Strategy Awards. Taking home the accolade for the second time -...

Report highlights global differences in environmental attitudes - news

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the...

Big business backs Obama’s climate change plan - news

Following President Obama’s unveiling of his sweeping plan to address the threat of climate change earlier this week, more than 50 companies have backed his stance on national climate...

Carbon Trust appoints advisory panel - news

The Carbon Trust has appointed a new international advisory panel. The panel brings together a number of top experts from around the world to provide advice on the global low carbon economy to...

Award winner... - news

Phil Angelides has been awarded the fifth-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. Angelides is currently President of Riverview Capital Investments, a...

Natural capital depletion signals huge risk for investors - news

It’s a well-known fact that we are depleting the Earth’s natural resources at a faster rate than we are replacing them. Now a report published by an international business coalition...

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...

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

All US companies except one in the Standard & Poor’s 500 list make some sustainability disclosure but few calculate its effect on their financial performance, says a new report....

Natural disaster... - news

Research from the University of East Anglia published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change looked at 50,000 globally widespread and common species and found that more than one half of...

US lags behind in curbing HFC emissions - news

Japan has introduced legislation to rid its atmosphere of hydro-fluorocarbons, or HFCs, the so-called super-greenhouse gases. HFCs were initially commercialised to replace the chemicals that...

Future investment... - news

£21m has been awarded to UK entrepreneurs to help bring a range of new and innovative low carbon products to market, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced. The...

US tops KPMG’s first ever Green Tax Index - news

The US heads the first KPMG Green Tax Index, which assesses 21 of the world’s largest economies for their use of tax as a tool to drive sustainable corporate behaviour and achieve...

RobecoSAM kicks off CSA research - news

RobecoSAM, the asset manager focused exclusively on sustainability investing, has invited the 2,500 largest companies (in terms of free float market capitalization) from all industries to...

IRI names new deputy - news

Haresh Bhojwani has been appointed to be the Deputy Director of the International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society, part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He will...

Climate action... - news

The European Commission has adopted a consultative paper that launches a public debate on how best to design a new international agreement to combat climate change. The Consultative...

Big brands back 'Climate Declaration' in US - news

Over 30 major American companies including eBay and Nike have signed a “Climate Declaration,” urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change, asserting that a bold...

Fishing for compliments... & the way forward - news

Given that I live very close to the sea and take regular beach walks, I am only too aware of the amount of plastic detritus that washes up on a daily basis. It wasn’t that long ago that I...

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...

Italy makes progress but still faces ‘numerous challenges’ - news

Fifteen of the 30 European cities with the worst air pollution are in Italy, reports the OECD in its environmental performance review of the country. The review concedes that Italy has...

ClimateCare & BioCarbon launch cookstove project in Ghana - news

Climate and development organisation ClimateCare, together with investment partner BioCarbon, is looking to improve health and reduce carbon emissions with the registration of its Clean...

Ministers blamed for climate change failure - news

A third of the UK’s government ministers are associated with the finance and energy companies that contribute to climate change, claims the World Development Movement (WDM), an...

Starbucks expands $70m ethical sourcing programme in Costa Rica - news

American coffee shop titan Starbucks is ramping up its ethical sourcing programme with a new farming research and development centre in Costa Rica. The move forms part of the company’s...

New UK nuclear power station gets green light - news

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UKSIF in drive to convince investors of long-term benefits of active ownership - news

While fund managers have often been the focus of those looking for more sustainable investment approaches, UKSIF chief executive Penny Shepherd tells Mike Scott how their attention is moving to...

Inspirational media in a post-water cooler world - news

In the third CSR Breakfast roundtable, hosted by Ethical Performance and London-based consultancy Lumina CR, an invited group of senior media industry professionals discussed the ethical issues...

Cemex takes lead as water use tops corporate agenda - news

Building materials group Cemex is standardising how it calculates and cuts water consumption throughout the company. Cemex plans to introduce the system at plants in all 50 countries where...

Carbon market value hits lowest level - news

The global carbon market lost a third of its value in 2012, to €61bn (£53bn, $83bn), the lowest level in its five-year history. Thanks largely to an over-allocation in the EU, the...

How entrepreneurs can lead business charge in battle on environment - news

‘Climate change is one of the greatest wealth generating opportunities of our generation,’ said Carbon War Room co-founder Richard Branson. Maria Figueres tells Mike Scott about...

Aviation trade war fears recede as UN looks to broker emissions deal - news

UN-backed meetings are being held to produce a global agreement on curbing airline emissions. They follow a US decision to reject Brussels’ ruling to apply its emissions trading...

Mahnovski takes sustainability reins in NYC - news

Sergej Mahnovski has been appointed director of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability. A former energy policy director for the mayor, he...

Sustainability principles drive New Zealand’s farming power house - news

Farmland is an inflation-proof, defensive asset that has performed well during periods of stagflation. The farming business is also, by definition, inextricably linked with sustainability,...

Companies ‘all talk and no action’ on water scarcity - news

Most of the world’s largest companies are guilty of lacking a long-term water management strategy, even though they discuss the issue in corporate documents.   And, in their CSR...

Businesses urged to prepare for catastrophic climate impacts - news

A major report on business and climate change impacts has warned companies to begin thinking through how to protect their operations in a much warmer planet, because the chances of restricting...

Socially responsible building begins at home - news

There’s a housing crisis in the UK. We must build more homes to relieve the shortage and to kickstart the economy. So investment in housing must be socially responsible, right? Well,...

Move to cloud computing promises major CO2 cuts - news

China’s bourgeoning industrial and commercial sector could cut CO2 emissions by 1.9m tonnes a year – the equivalent of removing 700,000 vehicles from China’s roads – by...

Businesses slow to adapt to CO2 data demands - news

Corporate awareness of climate change continues to rise, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has recorded in its 2012 statement, The Future of Reporting. When the CDP produced its first...

The world is becoming an increasingly complex place for investors - news

Fund managers need to look beyond short-term gains and become more aware of long-term risks, such as climate change, because, Emma Hunt of Towers Watson tells Mike Scott, there will be much...

Global 500 companies lag behind emissions targets - news

Few companies are setting the targets or investments needed for long-term resilience to climate change, reports the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the non-profit body that advises business on...

CO2 value collapse hits trading scheme - news

Governments must act to save the clean development mechanism (CDM), a UN panel has reported. Under the CDM projects such as wind farms and the distribution of efficient cookers and lights,...

Oil industry ‘hiding risks' as BP faces $21bn Deepwater fines - news

BP has been accused of ‘gross negligence or wilful misconduct' over its Deepwater Horizon accident, which spilled nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010....

US proxy set to stay central to corporate engagement – despite better dialogue - news

Shareholder dialogue with US corporations is improving but Timothy Smith, of Boston-based Walden Asset Management, tells Robert Kropp that filing resolutions will remain a crucial element of...

The search for value among the numbers - news

We will continue to consume and trade as the climate changes. But in a world where production and supply chains come under increasing strain, how far down the path is it right to exploit...

Oil sands producers join to tackle environment issues - news

Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (Cosia), which represents 12 of the largest Canadian oil sands producers, has been formed to ‘find solutions to the environmental challenges of oil...

Comprehensive reporting law adopted by France - news

Companies either headquartered in France and which operate there will be required to comply with a CSR reporting mandate.   Article 225 of the Grenelle II Act is one of the most...

Deben to succeed Turner on Climate Change Committee - news

Energy and climate change secretary Edward Davey has announced that Lord Deben has been selected as the preferred candidate to succeed Lord Turner to chair the Committee on Climate Change. Lord...

Time to treat water as a non-renewable resource - news

Despite the fact that water falls free from the sky, shortages now represent a significant business risk for companies like Anglo American, affecting not only day-to-day operations but long-term...

Climate bonds ‘are the ideal financial tool to tackle climate change’ - news

Bond investors are not comfortable with the risks of developing projects. But once schemes are up and running, they are happy to provide refinancing, Sean Kidney, co-founder and chair of the...

EPA wins backing to limit power plant emissions - news

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been given ‘unambiguous’ backing to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite opposition from corporations and trade...

Excellence Recognised by BITC - news

Business in the Community (BITC), a charity that promotes responsible business practice, has been rewarding companies that have had a positive impact on the environment and society. The Awards for...

Board aims to put natural and financial capital on the same footing in the US - news

It’s time company reporting on environmental, social and governance issues is given the same rigour as financial reporting, Jean Rogers, chief executive of the Sustainability Accounting...

It’s all down to business ... as usual - news

Leaf through the pages of this edition of Ethical Performance and you could be forgiven for thinking that this is our sustainability issue. Since the date was set for the UN Conference on...

Bank of America’s $50bn to green global economy - news

Bank of America has announced a ten-year $50bn (£32bn, €40bn) environmental business project to deal with climate change, reduce demands on natural resources and advance lower-carbon...

Hotels agree emissions measurement standard - news

A partnership of prominent global hospitality companies has created a system to ensure a consistent approach to measuring and reporting on carbon emissions. The Hotel Carbon Measurement...

Insurance industry bodies back UN ESG principles - news

Leading insurance companies and industry bodies from across nations and regions have committed to a UN-backed programmes to green the sector and promote responsible investment globally....

US corporations ‘hiding behind lobby groups’ to influence climate policy - news

The row over US corporations’ support for anti-climate change activities has been escalated by an environment science advocacy group that has published a study of companies which are...

UK announces carbon reporting move as Rio+20 fails to impress - news

Amid low expectations, political divisions and economic uncertainties, last month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development saw $513bn (£328bn, €410bn) in funding committed to...

Diageo pulls Heartland funding - news

Beverage multinational Diageo has pulled its funding of the climate change-denying Heartland Institute following a controversial ad campaign that compared belief in climate change with mass...

Taking accountability back to where it belongs: at the top of the value chain - news

The newly-formed Asset Owners Disclosure Project seeks to build on the work of the Carbon Disclosure Project to see if emissions data can better drive change. Its executive director, Julian...

General Electric tops Climate Innovation Indexes as US business engagement grows - news

General Electric has been named as the leader of US clean-tech innovation and carbon management in the third cycle of investment risk research company Maplecroft’s Climate Innovation...

NGOs slam UN for giving into business ‘bluewash’ - news

The UN has been forced to defend itself against an accusation of corporate capture made by civil society bodies worldwide. The UN, which presides over many significant international CSR...

Europe leads US and Asian companies in Eiris ratings - news

European companies are outstripping their US and Asian counterparts on sustainability, says the latest Eiris report produced ahead of this summer’s Rio+20 conference. The German...

Apple and Amazon rapped over ‘dirty’ cloud computing - news

A new cloud computing report has deemed Amazon, Apple and Microsoft to be failing on climate change criteria through reliance on coal-to-power data centres, provoking the release of sensitive...

Intrigue 2016 - news

Intrigue 2016 is a sort of point-of-view game where the player, having witnessed the brutal murder of his cousin Dr Ernest Merryweather, must unravel his ‘secret’ on climate change...

Reporting delay under fire as UK government risks CSR reputation - news

The UK government has been accused of betraying commitments to enforce compulsory corporate emissions reporting and of introducing a ‘polluters’ charter’ in its latest budget....

Reinsurers demand climate change policy - news

US reinsurers have demanded a national policy on climate change from government. The companies, which insure against insurance industry losses, have said that the sector suffered a $44bn...

Growing pains and CSR in the People's Republic - news

China's rise to industrial powerhouse has not been painless, with pollution, freedom of speech and workers' rights regularly hitting the news. But CSR could play a critical role in...

Brands desert Limbaugh's US show after 'slut' jibe - news

Sponsor boycotts of the Rush Limbaugh Show, whose eponymous presenter branded a women's rights activist a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' because she campaigns for contraception,...

Efficiency savings success prompts BASF to double its 2020 emissions reduction target - news

BASF has announced new emissions targets after going well beyond its 2020 targets nearly a decade ahead of schedule. Since 2002, the German chemicals multinational has achieved a 35%...

Canada in tar sands trade spat with EU - news

The EU looks likely to encounter more problems with its climate change efforts as Canada becomes the latest country to threaten a trade war over proposals on the import of fuel derived from tar...

Heartland leak exposes US corporations to consumers' ire - news

Leaks have detailed US corporate donors to one of the world's most influential climate change denying bodies. Some of the companies are now under fire from consumers for support that runs...

Rio+20 agenda topics - news

Discussions on 15 priority areas, which could lead to commitments or international agreements, are on the agenda hinted at by the UN for its June Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20....

The best democracy that money can buy - news

The trust between US consumers, investors and corporations has suffered ever since companies were allowed to spend on election campaigns without cap, regulation or disclosure. But, reports...

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....

Siemens asked to quite US Chamber of Commerce - news

An electronics multinational has been urged to withdraw from the US Chamber of Commerce following a perceived disconnect between its corporate responsibility policies and the Chamber’s...

New SRI index launched in Mexico - news

The world’s third large-scale, dedicated SRI index has been launched in Mexico. The Mexican stock exchange, the second-largest in Latin America, has set requirements for companies on...

Investor warning: it’s time to look beyond mere carbon disclosure - news

The Institutional Investors’ Group on Climate Change is looking to build real momentum on changing how companies factor in climate change risks to their business operations. Its chief...

Durban gives business a new focus on results - news

At this winter’s UN Climate Conference (COP17) in Durban, I was pleased to be a member of the largest private sector contingent to attend a COP to date. And there was a great deal for...

A global call for corporate sustainability - news

Sustainable development, and the critical role of business in sustainability, has become a repeated theme on these pages and in CSR commentaries around the world. With Rio+20 now firmly on the...

Governments given guide to low-carbon investing - news

Some of the world’s largest investors have set out a list of demands on how governments and companies should move ‘beyond disclosure’ in their response to climate change, with...

US environment agency launches cross-sector greenhouse gas database - news

Details of the highest-emitting US business facilities have been revealed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The information, based on the 2009 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which...

Shipping to be included in carbon targets - news

UK government climate change advisors have said that emissions from shipping should be included in the UK’s carbon targets, and have already drawn up plans for the industry to reduce its...

Ten years and counting on broadening demand for ESG investment tools - news

The FTSE4Good index was launched a decade ago, but its senior executive Tony Campos tells Mike Scott that ESG-driven investments are set to break out of their niche It’s been ten...

Hunt for the ‘holy grail’ of corporate reporting - news

Corporate reporting as an activity is evolving along with the ever rising demands of stakeholders and others. But can integrated reporting bring the transparency and openness being called for?...

Bridging the credibility gap on reporting - news

Here’s an aspiration: that soon, we’ll be able to read an organisation’s sustainability report and be able to trust the statements on CO2 emissions contained therein. There are...

HP and Facebook act on ‘hyperscale’ data centres in bid to curb computing emissions - news

Hewlett Packard has announced a new data server service that it says will reduce energy use by up to 89% and halve costs. Project Moonshot, designed for companies operating thousands of...

‘Broader action’ needed on water stewardship - news

Little progress has been made on water-related issues by large corporations after initial promises on the CSR issue last year. Research by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) shows that the...

Lawsuit and trade war beckons over air quotas - news

The US and China are set to embark on a trade war and legal battle with the European Union over its expansion of the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), to include the aviation industry. From...

CSR: a profession that’s coming of age - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group has decided to create a formal body for CSR professionals. Is this a natural progression for the new generation of CSR practitioners?    ...

CO2 standards focus on business case for cuts - news

Two new international emissions standards have been produced that are likely to set the tone of carbon footprint management for years to come, encouraging companies to better measure and report...

Majority of Asian companies ‘failing to recognise basic employee rights’ - news

Nine-tenths of Asian companies have no human rights policies covering their operations in sensitive countries, and are failing to consider the International Labour Organization’s basic...

In search of sustainable, low-carbon growth - news

While governments dither on sustainability, businesses increasingly see SRI as value-driven. But, HSBC’s Nick Robins tells Mike Scott, investment is being hampered by the harsh world...

The business climate’s not changing quickly enough - news

As humans, we’re in the lucky position of being able to rationalise. We can weigh up facts and make sophisticated, balanced decisions in pursuit of a defined outcome. But though we can and...

Corporate America ‘acts on carbon emissions’ - news

US companies are accelerating their action on climate change, with more than half of the country’s 500 largest firms now putting the issue at the centre of business strategy. The...

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An information resource on carbon offsetting has been launched by a UK-based media company. REDDcarbonCredits, the first corporate tool based on the United Nations initiative on Reducing...

Investors have the data. Now’s the time for action - news

Awareness of corporate climate impact has been transformed since the Carbon Disclosure Project was born in 2000. But its chief executive Paul Simpson tells Mike Scott that disclosure alone is...

China leads renewables boom as West flags - news

Global investment in renewable energy has passed the $200bn (£122bn, €140bn) mark, having risen by a third in 2010, thanks partly to China’s booming renewables market. The...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

Sustainable investment has found a ‘strong niche foothold’ in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. This is the optimistic...

Major guidelines get a wash and brush up - news

The OECD has formally adopted a revised text of its Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises – 10 years after its last key review. EP looks at what has changed Broadened scope...

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Soya manufacturer Alpro has become the first food company to join the WWF Climate Savers programme. Alpro has committed to keep its plants’ carbon emissions below 2008 levels until 2013 as...

Forestry sector gets climate change tips - news

A guide to investment in forest-based climate change mitigation has been produced by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (Unepfi). The document outlines the...

Tesco sets up dialogue - news

Tesco has initiated a supplier dialogue programme to meet a 30 per cent reduction target on its supply chain carbon footprint, to be achieved by 2020. In partnership with the 2degrees...

Can investors create a sustainable economy? - news

SRI has a role in the transition to a green economy, but its value should not be overstated, argues Rory Sullivan While there is a substantial body of evidence that investor engagement...

Index provider offers new global rating system - news

A new ratings system scoring companies on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices has been created by the FTSE4Good index series. The new service for investors and asset...

CDP turns attention to emissions cost savings - news

Investors managing nearly $8billion (£4.9bn, €5.6bn) have urged the world’s largest companies to implement cost-effective emissions reduction programmes, following the creation...

US investors fight back on behalf of EPA - news

A group of international investors managing more than $500billion (£306bn, €349bn) has demanded in a letter that the US Senate support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on...

Unveiled: antidote to ‘soulless’ MBAs - news

An MBA course that hopes to highlight corporate ‘lies, deceit and hype’ has been introduced in Spain. Marbella University’s Green MBA teaches students that blind pursuit...

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Rhian Kelly has been named as the new business environment director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Kelly was previously the CBI’s head of climate change.

Public doesn’t believe corporate carbon claims - news

UK businesses risk facing a ‘costly backlash’ from consumers due to mistrust of their environmental claims and performance, according to the climate change standard organization,...

Dow makes new energy bid - news

Dow Chemical Company is to invest $100million (£62m, €72m) in projects to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. The US-based chemicals giant will distribute the money...

Moving in on the board: the lowdown on CSOs - news

Ben Cartland, an associate at recruitment agency Acre Resources, answers questions on the rise of a new beast in the CSR field: the chief sustainability officer Why are chief...

Supply chain carbon cuts begin to deliver rewards - news

Businesses that are getting to grips with carbon management in their supply chains are beginning to see returns on their investment, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The...

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Peter Johnson has become managing director of the office of sustainability at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Johnson, a registered professional forester, moves from PricewaterhouseCoopers,...

Innovative IT trio leave their rivals ‘far behind’ - news

Deloitte, IBM and Logica lead the global market in providing sustainable technology services, according to a new analysis. A study by the analyst firm Verdantix has found that the three...

Asian SRI could catch up with West in five years - news

Socially responsible investment now has a ‘strong foothold’ in Asia and could soon match SRI levels in the West. A paper by Geoffrey Williams, chief executive of OWW Consulting...

Finance sector suffering from lack of climate data - news

Investors and financial institutions urgently need more developed information services to provide them with data on global warming and changing weather patterns. That’s the conclusion...

Putting the 'S' back into ESG: the Oxfam way - news

Oxfam has published research looking at how investors can influence international development and poverty work. Mike Scott speaks to Rory Sullivan, the initiative's community lead...

In a year of turmoil, what were CSR's key events? - news

EP asked a selection of senior people in CSR and SRI to identify the most significant thing to happen in the world of responsible business during 2010 Jon Woodhead, director , Two...

Forget Cancun: we need unreasonable CEOs - news

In the wake of the latest underwhelming climate change summit, Geoff Lye, executive chairman of SustainAbility, argues that business leaders should stop looking for a governmental lead on...

Chinese bank comes to Europe to seek advice - news

The China Development Bank, which is the largest Chinese financial institution engaged in overseas investment, has sent a delegation of senior executives on a two-week study tour to Europe to...

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Four ethical funds have received top marks in a new ‘Runes Rating’ that identifies funds investing in companies that try to contribute to a low carbon economy. The four –...

Business ‘must lobby more’ - news

Companies have been told to put more time and effort into positive lobbying on climate change in the wake of this month’s United Nations summit in Cancun, Mexico. The Carbon...

Mexico to get its own sustainability index - news

The Mexican Stock Exchange, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, (BMV) is to launch a sustainability index. BMV’s new index will assess Mexico-based listed companies according to data gathered...

inbrief - news

The global insurance industry has outlined its intention to help combat climate change in the developing world. The Geneva Association, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative and ClimateWise,...

The new fund in the market for sustainable farms - news

While the stability of agricultural products comes evermore into question, Agro-Ecological is already treating sustainable farming as an asset class. Mike Scott speaks to the fund’s...

Business gets warning on carbon deadline - news

Companies that fail to register for the UK’s new Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) by the end of this month will face fines and publication of their names on a register....

why Aberdeen believes it’s always good to talk - news

In-house research and good working relationships are at the heart of one UK asset manager’s SRI strategy. Mike Scott speaks to Cindy Rose, the firm's socially responsible investment head For...

IFC urged to place human rights at heart of standards - news

One of the world's largest non-governmental organizations has said the review of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) sustainability framework must incorporate human rights issues into its...

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Individuals in Britain's creative industries such as film-making and architecture have initiated a campaign to make the sector more sustainable. Professionals including Frances Corner, head...

Sceptics make pledge to fight NGO demands - news

A backlash campaign against non-governmental organizations accused of unfairly criticising companies over their ethical credentials has been established in Berlin.   The Green Freedom...

inbrief - news

Tim Nicholson, the former sustainability officer suing UK property investment business Grainger for unfair dismissal on the grounds that he had been sacked for holding ‘philosophical...

inbrief - news

A new right-of-centre environment think tank has enrolled two corporate responsibility specialists to help shape its thinking. The UK-based Conservative Environmental Network, formed as a...

Advising on SRI change and growing complexity - news

Pension fund advisor Towers Watson has stepped into the breach created by some of the structural shifts occurring in responsible investing. Mike Scott speaks to Emma Hunt, head of sustainable...

British government says it wants clearer Guidelines - news

The UK government has said the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises need to be clearer, more practical and expanded to cover areas such as climate change. Responding to the results...

New reporting regime takes off at Heathrow - news

The company that runs the world’s busiest international airport has decided to switch from detailed annual CSR reporting to bi-monthly briefings on specific social and environmental...

Transport group aims to slash emissions - news

Stagecoach has announced an £11million ($16.8m, €12.7m) carbon investment as part of a five-year sustainability strategy aimed at cutting 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from its...

CSR minister disappears as coalition shifts ground - news

The CSR minister is no more in UK government. The Conservatives, who in opposition had indicated they would do without the role in power, have ditched it in agreement with their Liberal Democrat...

Tribunal would punish errant companies - news

A world tribunal that would punish corporate ‘climate crimes’ has been demanded by a group of governments, non-governmental organizations and prominent individuals.   The idea of a Climate...

European investors agree new joint climate change fund - news

A new climate change fund aiming to attract investment to green projects and technology is to be established by a group of European finance institutions. The Agence Française de Développement...

US firms missing emissions targets - news

Carbon emissions among the largest companies in the US are on course to rise by almost four per cent over the next ten years, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In research into...

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Robert Hansor will be the new head of climate change and CSR services at Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance in Asia. He joins from Environmental Resources Management, and will be based in...

CSR election promises are thin on the ground - news

With voting on a new government imminent in the UK, what do the main political parties have to say on the issue of corporate responsibility? EP looks at their plans Britain’s three...

Walmart targets emissions - news

Walmart has announced a plan to eliminate 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain by 2015 – one and a half times its estimated carbon footprint growth...

ICT firms doing pretty well – but not on climate change - news

The sustainability performance of the information technology industry is being undermined by laggards that fail particularly to tackle climate change, the Two Tomorrows consultancy reports in...

Big companies to spend £3.5bn on new projects - news

This year’s spending on sustainability projects by large UK companies is expected to grow to £3.5billion ($5.3bn, €3.9bn) and increase further in the near future, reports the...

Climate change resolutions go through the roof - news

A record number of shareholder resolutions on the issue of climatechange have been filed over the past year in the US. The 2010 proxy voting season’s 95 climate change resolutions posted with 82...

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Kate Niblock-Siddle has returned to the UK to open the London office of Net Balance Management Group, an Australian consultancy that specializes in reporting, assurance, climate change,...

Offset ban works for Nike - news

The sportswear multinational Nike managed to reduce its carbon emissions last year after deciding to stop carbon offsetting. Nike's latest CSR report says its total greenhouse gas...

Lawyers urge OECD changes - news

A global lawyers' organization has said the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development should put new advice on ethical supply chain management, human rights and climate change...

Business withdrawals upset Obama efforts - news

Three big companies – BP, Caterpillar, and ConocoPhillips – appear to have withdrawn their support for President Barack Obama's climate change agenda by quitting the US Climate...

A huge investment bank with unique tasks ahead - news

With Europe increasingly attentive to environmental and social issues, the European Investment Bank is following suit, facing challenges and opportunites. Mike Scott speaks to the bank’s...

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

CSR Europe has produced a new guide on the state of corporate responsibility in Europe. Here  EP summarises some of its conclusions about the progress – or lack of it – being...

Investors offer emissions carrot - news

Some of the world’s largest investors have said they will reward countries with strong climate change policies by investing within their boundaries. A statement released at the United...

60 firms test new standards - news

Two new greenhouse gas standards are being tested by 60 corporations to measure the emissions of their products and their supply chains. The Product Life Cycle and the Scope 3 Corporate...

World’s postal companies agree 20% cuts - news

The global postal industry has set itself a 20  per cent carbon emissions reduction target by 2020.   The International Post Corporation (IPC), an industry partnership of the...

Building a sustainable property sector - news

As huge carbon emitters with a low stock turnover, those who manage buildings face challenges that are underestimated by investors. Mike Scott talks to Paul McNamara of Prupim about the future...

The secret behind Plan A: hard work and branding - news

Mike Barry, head of sustainable business at Marks & Spencer, talks to EP about the successes – and tribulations – associated with the retail chain’s ambitious CSR...

SRI team bites the dust as takeover leaves void - news

One of the best-known British socially responsible investment teams has been disbanded due to a corporate shake-up that has left it with no future role. The three-strong unit at...

Vast majority of UK firms fall short on carbon aims - news

Just one in five British brands are meeting the government’s carbon reduction targets. New research covering 600 of the UK’s largest brands shows that only 121 are reducing...

Travel firm drops offsets as unwanted ‘diversion’ - news

A ‘socially responsible’ travel agent has become one of the world’s first companies to publicly abandon carbon offsetting, highlighting an increasingly prominent debate as to...

Nokia stands out - news

Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have been named as the ‘greenest’ electronics firms in a Greenpeace index. The companies were rated the most responsible on the basis of toxics...

Copenhagen outcome ‘is no barrier to progress' - news

CSR practitioners have been urged to shrug off the uncertainty created by last month’s failed Copenhagen summit and push on with better and more ambitious climate change strategies....

‘I was obstructed from doing my job properly’ - news

In the aftermath of a potentially groundbreaking legal decision on discrimination and climate change beliefs, EP talks to Tim Nicholson, the CSR head at the centre of the case Tim...

Lack of reporting subtlety is starting to cost the earth - news

Craig Mackenzie argues that for comparable climate change data we need more detail, not less Over the last 15 years the CSR community has built a large international sustainability...

CDP turns its attentions to corporate water use - news

A huge alliance of institutional investors is to ask 300 of the world’s largest corporations for data on their water use. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which has hitherto...

C of E: keeping faith in an ethical approach - news

The Church of England continues to punch above its weight in the responsible investment world – and is not just focussed on exclusion.  Mike Scott talks to Edward Mason about its...

Corporate world needs to act now, regardless of Copenhagen 2009 - news

There are clearly hopes in business circles that next month’s United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen will provide the catalyst for companies to cut their greenhouse gas...

Irish CEOs form climate grouping - news

Twelve senior business executives have formed the Irish Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. The new grouping will push for ‘a step-change in climate change policy’ in Ireland. It has...

New ratings will place spotlight on all sectors - news

New CSR ratings for industry sectors are to be published six times a year by the sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows. The consultancy’s Value Ratings will benchmark companies on...

Airlines sector makes pre-Copenhagen commitment - news

Airlines, airports and aircraft manufacturers have said they will halve the aviation industry’s carbon emissions by 2050.      British Airways chief executive Willie...

Climate change causes rift in US lobbying body - news

A utilities company has left the US Chamber of Commerce, accusing it of ignoring the truth on climate change.   PG&E, a California-based natural gas and electricity utility with a...

Transparency improvements continue among UK-based companies - news

Centrica, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever are among Britain’s most responsible companies on climate change, reports the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This...

CSR rides out recession despite some casualties - news

Corporate responsibility functions in many organizations appear to be coming through the recession relatively unscathed. Various indicators, including a new survey of global CSR...

North American colleges are on report - news

A ‘report card’ has been published detailing the sustainability performance of US and Canadian colleges. The fourth annual College Sustainability Report Card analyses the 332 colleges and...

Airlines pledge 50 per cent emissions cut by 2050 - news

Airlines, airports and aircraft manufacturers have made a commitment to halve the aviation industry’s carbon emissions by 2050. British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh announced the agreement...

Britain’s CRC regime: beginning of a new era - news

UK business will have to deal with the requirements of a new Carbon Reduction Commitment from next April. EP takes a quick look at how it is likely to work What is it? The Carbon...

African nations are riskiest places for big business - news

African countries carry the greatest risks for multinationals, according to a ranking of nations with the most hazardous business environments. The Global Risks Index, produced by the...

Americans begin to move into target-setting mode - news

There has been a ‘sharp spike’ in the proportion of major US companies reporting greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets over the past year, according to the Carbon Disclosure...

Climate change conflict spurs Duke and Alstom to leave coalition - news

Two energy companies have resigned from a US coal industry group over reservations about its climate change stance. US-based Duke Energy and France’s Alstom Power left the American...

CSR head’s tribunal win sparks debate on ‘beliefs’ - news

A corporate responsibility practitioner has aroused attention in Britain after a ruling that he was unfairly sacked because of his evangelical stance on sustainability. Tim Nicholson,...

Plans unveiled for carbon index - news

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is to launch a series of investment indices for companies with strong carbon management strategies. The index family, which will be launched in partnership with...

The 25-year-old pioneer that’s still going strong - news

One of the catalysts for today’s socially responsible investment scene, the Stewardship Fund was launched in 1984. Mike Scott asks the fund’s current manager, Karina Litvack, for an...

Copenhagen 2009: what will it mean for business? - news

With talks December’s UN climate change conference fast approaching, EP explains what the event is all about – and what companies would like to see emerge from it What is...

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...

Business is 39 years shy of climate targets - news

The world’s largest companies will reach recommended levels of greenhouse gas cuts 39 years too late to avoid dangerous climate change, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The...

Obama moves to promote social innovation - news

First signs of what the US presidency of Barack Obama may mean for corporate responsibility have emerged with the creation of two new government offices in his administration. The Office of...

Why an SRI pioneer feels that ‘the time is right’ - news

Mike Scott talks to Walden Asset Management’s Tim Smith, who’s in bullish mood about changing attitudes to to risk and, more specifically, issues such as excessive executive pay and...

How to stop franchisees from talking baloney - news

After a business partner’s billboard appeared to show Burger King denying climate change, the firm was forced onto the defensive. EP considers the CSR pitfalls of corporate franchises...

‘Forest disclosure’ is next on the agenda - news

A project has been set up to help investors understand the financial hazards of deforestation. The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (FFD) is modelled on the Carbon Disclosure Project,...

Centrica uses web chat to create more dialogue - news

The British energy company Centrica has taken the unusual step of holding a live ‘web chat’ to discuss issues in its latest corporate responsibility report. Centrica invited...

Big M&S push on CSR becomes ‘cost positive’ - news

Marks & Spencer’s five-year social and environmental programme has paid for itself after two years and is now making money for the company. The UK-based high street retailer...

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UK broadcaster Sky has introduced a mentoring scheme to advise businesses on climate change. One of its first ventures will be to provide expertise from its in-house environment team, backed by...

Dutch staff unimpressed - news

A Dutch survey of corporate employees suggests they are unconvinced by their companies’ CSR performance. The research, by the Netherlands-based consultancy Krauthammer with Amsterdam...

Carbon system gets thumbs up - news

US Environmental Protection Agency proposals to create a national system for business reporting of greenhouse gas emissions have been welcomed by the Carbon Disclosure Project, an investor...

CSR managers warned: don’t preach to the board - news

CSR practitioners have been warned against becoming too evangelical when talking to board members about corporate responsibility. Arnaud Cohen Stuart, ING Group’s business ethics...

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...

Pension funds still out of touch on SRI issues - news

A watchdog has warned that UK pension funds’ risk management and accountability performance shows dangerous gaps, and has raised questions about the fund management industry’s...

Caution on data ‘hot air’ - news

The current emphasis on reporting and product labelling in the management of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions may be diverting companies’ attention from actually doing things to tackle...

HK firms urged to support climate change initiative - news

A Hong Kong Carbon Reduction Campaign has been started by the Climate Group, an international non-profit organization whose aim is to promote a low-carbon economy.   The campaign, which...

Hong Kong timber companies ‘need regulation’ - news

Most listed forestry companies on the Hong Kong stock exchange that claim to be environment-friendly are so only by default, and this misleads investors, says Greenpeace China in a new report....

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has appointed Mark Schofield to lead its global sustainability and climate change tax network. Schofield has been a tax partner with PwC in London since 2000.

Finding solutions to big sustainability challenges - news

Mike Scott talks to Rob Lake of the giant Dutch pension portfolio manager APG about its inclusive approach to ethical investment –  and why climate change will be its major focus...

Asia Pacific gets two new indices - news

Two new financial indices for the Far East have been created by SAM, the sustainability investing specialist, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), the global index provider. The...

inbrief - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has recruited Mark Schofield to lead its global sustainability and climate change tax network as part of its global strategy of bringing together tax and human resources...

Third world companies match western peers - news

Some third world businesses now match their counterparts in developed countries on environmental matters such as climate change, but still lag far behind on human rights and other social issues,...

Climate change request receives muted response - news

Only a quarter of companies that supply goods to multinationals have responded to a request for climate change data on their activities. The companies, including many small- and...

Major airlines push for emissions targets - news

The aviation industry’s carbon dioxide emissions must top the agenda at this year’s meeting of governments on climate change, a group of leading airlines has said. The Aviation...

Nuclear firms may soon feature in FTSE4Good - news

FTSE4Good is paving the way for nuclear power companies to qualify for its socially responsible investment indices. Businesses in the nuclear industry are excluded at present from FTSE4Good, but...

Female CSR practitioners earn less than the men - news

Suggestions of a gender divide in the corporate responsibility profession appear to have been confirmed by the second annual CSR salary survey, published last month.   The 2008/9 study,...

‘Choice editing’ is better than changing behaviour - news

High street retailers should offer less choice so that consumers are forced to buy goods that are more socially and environmentally responsible, a leading sustainability expert has said....

Saudi firms ‘on right track’ - news

The responsible business performance of most Saudi Arabian companies is ‘intermediate to good’, according to the country’s first comprehensive CSR assessment. In the debut...

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...

Impax launches environmental fund - news

An environmental investment fund has been set up in Australia by Impax Asset Management, an investor that concentrates exclusively on environmental markets. The Impax Environmental Markets...

Clinton initiative reined in - news

The activities of the Clinton Global Initiative, which supports companies in making new corporate responsibility commitments, have been restricted after last month’s appointment of Hillary...

Finance sector gets advice on global warming - news

A group of international financial institutions has combined with the environmental organization The Climate Group to produce guidance for the finance sector on dealing with climate change....

Apple says social report would be waste of effort - news

The personal computer manufacturer Apple is heading for confrontation with shareholder activists over its refusal to produce a sustainability report. A resolution at the California-based...

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...

Acer puts suppliers on notice - news

Suppliers to the Taiwanese electronics company Acer have been told they must maintain social and environmental standards if they are to continue working with the group. The warning was...

Starbucks helps Asian social entrepreneurs - news

A Philippines organization providing microfinance loans to unemployed young people and a programme in Pakistan that combats violence against women are to receive help from multinational coffee...

Office supplies firm takes Australian award - news

Corporate Express Australia, the office supplies and services company, has been named Sustainable Company of the Year in the Australian Sustainability Awards. The business took the title at...

Indian business makes progress on climate change disclosure - news

Many more of India’s leading companies have signed up to disclose their carbon emissions and climate policies, a second round of reporting has shown. The quality of reporting is...

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

Mike Scott talks to one of the founders of a new organization that intends to spread the word about sustainable finance in Switzerland, where the private banks are a particular target for...

Good reporting depends on keeping your focus - news

Try to think of who you are addressing and what they might want to know, advises Tom Rotherham During 2008 I had the opportunity to discuss corporate responsibility with a number of...

Tata fares best in new Indian CSR ranking - news

Tata has been placed top of a new sustainability index based on the views of India’s opinion leaders. The index, created by BT and GlobeScan, a public opinion and stakeholder research...

Tata heads new Indian sustainability index - news

Indian companies are said in a report from BT, the international communications provider, to be taking positive steps towards sustainable development, though the corporate sector’s overall...

Alcoa chairman gets Asia award - news

Alain Belda, chairman of the aluminium company Alcoa, has been given an environmental award by the Asia Society, the US institution dedicated to educating Americans about Asia and fostering...

IT giants tackle climate change in Philippines - news

Intel and Hewlett-Packard, two of the world’s biggest information technology groups, are to tackle global warming and climate change through their Philippines operations.  David...

Investors want urgent action - news

A group of more than 130 major global investors issued a joint statement last month warning politicians not to allow the financial crisis to divert attention from tackling global warming....

Obama factor lifts hopes of new era in American CSR - news

Guarded optimism has taken hold of US corporate responsibility proponents as they prepare for what they hope will be a CSR-friendly administration under president-elect Barack Obama. Few...

The Financial Crisis - news

A failure of risk management on a massive scale The crisis has exposed shortcomings and omissions in some ESG research, but will increase demand for non-financial information on...

The financial crisis: will CSR survive the fallout? - news

Could recent events in financial markets be the death of corporate responsibility and responsible investment, or the making of it? Seven commentators give EP their views. Mark Goyder,...

The global financial crisis presents a challenge for CSR practitioners - news

Not the least important among the many issues raised by the turmoil in financial markets is the performance of the executives working in the CSR and sustainability fields. Within the corporate...

Gulf Air draws up three-pronged CSR strategy - news

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced a corporate social responsibility plan with three main themes: climate change and clean air, waste management, and community service....

Brown’s reshuffle gives minister a joined-up brief - news

A former climate change minister has taken over the UK government’s corporate responsibility brief. Ian Pearson has been given the portfolio as part of prime minister Gordon...

China Mobile joins Climate Group - news

China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile telephone operator, has become the first Chinese state-controlled business to join the Climate Group, the London-based non-profit body that...

Consumers want business to help them on climate change - news

Australian consumers are said in a new report to be informed and inspired about climate change and to demand to participate in the debate on the issue. The report says they want businesses...

Carbon trading could benefit Australasian pension funds - news

Australian superannuation funds could continue to be successful with carbon-efficient investment policies under a carbon emissions trading scheme, a new report has suggested. The report...

Lenovo gets up to speed on climate change - news

The Chinese computer company Lenovo, which has joined The Climate Group, an international non-profit organization, has followed up by announcing rewards for consumers who recycle products and...

inbrief - news

Nick Bell has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as an assistant director in its sustainability and climate change team. He was previously a senior manager at GoodCorporation.

Do the super rich see SRI as the way forward? - news

Investment specialists often divide the socially responsible investment market in two – retail and institutional. But a third sector exists  – the high net worth individual...

A decade on, sustainable funds are flourishing - news

Bank Sarasin has put sustainability close to the heart of its investment approach. The Swiss private bank is using the investment theme in a effort to differentiate itself from the competition,...

Corporate social responsibility and the global financial crisis - news

The credit crunch has exposed one of the greatest pieces of corporate social irresponsibility ever. It has revealed flaws not only in the banks, regulators and other actors directly involved,...

‘Mob’ campaign will use carrot rather than stick - news

A network of US consumers is seeking to reward responsible companies with extra business. The fledgling online community, called Carrotmob, will reward ‘socially progressive...

Rise in climate change disclosures comes to a halt - news

The number of large companies disclosing information on their carbon emissions has stalled at last year’s level, reports the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The proportion of the...

‘Philanthropy fatigue’ cuts into drug sector reputation - news

Public attitudes are hardening against the pharmaceutical industry, a study by a Geneva-based agency suggests. Research by Covalence has found the industry has dropped from first to third...

Tennant changes direction to pursue credit card idea - news

A leading SRI figure of the past two decades has left the sector to head a credit card loyalty scheme to combat climate change. Tessa Tennant has become executive chair of the International...

NHS gets CSR bug as trust creates a health service first - news

The corporate responsibility profession has gained a foothold within one of the world’s largest employers, the UK’s National Health Service. Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust,...

inbrief - news

Construction company HBG has strengthened its corporate social responsibility team with two appointments. Jesse Putzel has been recruited as climate change manager, while Kate Wilcox becomes...

inbrief - news

The Lancashire Business School at Central Lancashire University claims to have become the first British business school to offer sustainability programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate...

Shell pulls advert as greenwash gripes rise - news

Shell has withdrawn a newspaper advertisement based around its sustainability credentials after the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) judged it misleading. The...

Impact of growth ‘ignored’ by many carbon strategies - news

Too few companies consider the impact of business growth when developing programmes to reduce their carbon emissions. The warning is given in a best practice guide on carbon management...

CFS judged to have best impact on society - news

Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) has won the overall Impact on Society award in this year’s Business in the Community (Bitc) Awards for Excellence. The group, which includes...

Companies take strategic view of climate change - news

Companies seeking climate change advice are choosing consultancies that offer commercial and financial guidance rather than those provide technical expertise only. An analysis of the global...

Business not trusted on climate change - news

Barely a fifth of Australian consumers trust international companies, local businesses or their government to give accurate global warming information. However, 68 per cent trust scientists and...

Jupiter engaged for Taiwan fund - news

Prudential Corporation Asia has retained the UK consultancy Jupiter Asset Management to advise on its PCA Global Green Solutions Fund, a new climate change fund authorized by the Taiwan...

McCain and Obama on corporate responsibility - news

EP examines the policy plans on corporate responsibility that have been revealed by the two US presidential contenders in the early days of their race to the White House Barring the...

Advising pension funds on sustainability issues - news

Pension funds are increasingly seeking to reflect long term sustainability considerations in their investment strategies, Jane Goodland tells Mike Scott The Watson Wyatt consultancy,...

Danish firms face new disclosure requirements - news

Denmark is to introduce legislation that will require the country's 1000 largest businesses to report on corporate responsibility in annual reviews. The legislation, coming into effect...

BT sets pace as business gets serious about carbon - news

BT has set aggressive corporate greenhouse gas reduction targets by aiming to cut its total carbon emissions by 80 per cent within 12 years. The goal is a further sign that business is now...

Australia unveils CSR plan - news

The Australian government has established an ambitious three-year project to expand responsible business practice across the country. The treasury will provide Aus$2million ($1.9m,...

Fund will combat climate change - news

The Asian Development Bank is establishing a fund with an initial $40million (£20.2m) to slow climate change trends and make it possible for the Asia Pacific region to adapt to the...

Unilever asks for moratorium in bid to achieve sustainable palm oil - news

Unilever has called for a moratorium in Indonesia on rainforest destruction being carried out for the production of palm oil, which the multinational uses in leading brands, including Dove,...

Ericsson takes China award - news

The Ericsson telecoms group has been given the China Green Company award. The title was awarded to Ericsson by the China Entrepreneur magazine, the Daonong Enterprise Institute and the Guanghua...

inbrief - news

UBS has appointed Sir David King as a senior scientific adviser, based at the Swiss bank’s London office, to advise clients on climate change issues. Sir David was formerly the UK government’s...

listening and learning is key to making progress - news

Stakeholder relations need to move on to another level if they are to be truly effective, says Jeremy Moon Most of us are by now aware that stakeholder relations are important to companies, but...

after a slow start, CSR has seen off all challengers - news

When the first issue of Ethical Performance appeared in May 1999, the dotcom bubble had not yet burst, presidents Bill Clinton and Saddam Hussein were in power, UK prime minister Tony Blair was...

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

I nsight Investment has developed an approach to SRI investing that takes account of its requirement to hold stocks right across the market. Mike Scott talks to Rory Sullivan. The investment...

inbrief - news

One in six Goldman Sachs employees recently dialled in to an in-house online conference on climate change, according to Anthony Ling, the chief investment officer for global investment research and...

inbrief - news

Seven companies, including Heidelberg Cement and Hitachi Metals, have been deleted from the FTSE4Good Index for failing to meet its new climate change criteria. In all, 15 companies were removed...

NGOs must target Joe Public to make change happen - news

Challenging companies is fine, but the brave next step is to take on consumers, says Blake Lee-Harwood If the last few decades of the environmental debate have been owned by...

Investors move into ethical fixed income products - news

Bonds that reflect social and environmental concerns are becoming more popular among institutional investors in Europe and several fixed income products are now available, says Mike Scott...

Professional services barely meeting corporate needs - news

The market for professional services in corporate responsibility is still growing at a rapid rate, and demand is outpacing provision in certain areas. The number of service providers listed...

Conservatives back responsibility deals - news

A Conservative government in the UK would amend the combined code on corporate governance to require boards to ‘seriously consider their ethical standards’. The report of the...

Villagers sue energy firms - news

A village in Alaska is suing 20 companies on the grounds that they have altered the climate, forcing residents to abandon their homes. The 400 people of the coastal village of Kivalina are...

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,...

Investors agree to press firms on energy saving - news

A climate change action plan to boost investment in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies has been released by 49 European and US institutional investors. The investors, who...

Aid for China on global warming - news

Japan is supporting China’s environmental conservation efforts through six loans worth more than $436million (£222m). The finance, in the form of official development assistance...

Salary survey paints picture of a profession - news

EP looks at facts and figures on salary levels that are drawn from the first detailed study of the remuneration of corporate responsibility practitioners Given that there’s now in...

Climate change reporting has become the norm - news

Nearly all FT 500 sustainability reporters now publish information on their climate change impacts, suggests a new study. The survey of 335 FT 500 sustainability reporters found that 78 per...

Employees exert most influence on responsible practice - news

Pressure from employees is the most significant influence on corporate responsibility in companies, a survey reports. A poll of 150 US and British CSR practitioners, mainly working within...

Trio team up on disasters - news

Three logistics companies are to work alongside the United Nations on emergency responses to large-scale natural disasters. Agility Logistics, TNT and UPS will collaborate with the UN...

Food and drink firms make water their new priority - news

Leading food and drink makers have signed a collective agreement to cut their water use in the UK, providing further evidence that the issue is now a key corporate responsibility concern....

inbrief - news

Gareth Llewellyn has left the UK-based utility group National Grid, where he was global corporate responsibility director. He has not been directly replaced but Joseph Kwasnik has been appointed...

Regnan analyses sustainability of Australian stocks - news

Governance scandals and climate change are pushing social and environmental issues up the agenda for companies and investing institutions in Australia. Erik Mather talks to Mike Scott The...

European banks lead pack on climate change - news

HSBC and ABN Amro are ahead of their peers in responding to climate change, according to a survey of 40 retail and investment banks. The five best performers were all based in Europe, with...

inbrief - news

Seb Beloe has been appointed head of SRI research at Henderson Global Investors in the UK-based asset management company's SRI unit. Beloe, who moves from the SustainAbility consultancy, where he...

inbrief - news

Businesses have been warned not to allow the current preoccupation with climate change to overshadow other pressing environmental and social issues. Writing in Business for Social Responsibility's...

attracting the interest of institutional investors - news

A long track record of assessing companies on sustainability criteria has enabled Swiss bank ZKB to win new institutional business, Robert Hauser tells Mike Scott SRI and Swiss banks do not, at...

CBI issues 'call to arms' on climate change crisis - news

The chief lobbying organization for large businesses in the UK has for the first time pledged itself unequivocally to playing a major role in mitigating climate change. The Confederation of...

inbrief - news

Six multinationals  have agreed to put pressure on their suppliers to report publicly on their carbon footprints. Cadbury Schweppes, Imperial Tobacco, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Tesco and...

nine aspirations for the coming new year - news

What would you wish for in the corporate responsibility field in 2008? EP asked some of its subscribers for their views. This is what they said. Martin Blake, head of sustainability, Royal...

a battle for proxy access has been won, but the war is far from over - news

Last month, socially responsible investors in the US relaxed in the knowledge that the Securities and Exchange Commission was not, after all, going to kill off advisory resolutions and votes (see...

Eurostar links up with FoE - news

Eurostar has become only the second company to be chosen as an official partner of Friends of the Earth. FoE, which is normally reluctant to forge links with business, signed a deal last month...

boom time US tempts Brits to venture abroad - news

Rapidly increasing interest in responsible business practice in America has prompted two UK-based specialist consultancies to establish operations across the Atlantic. London-based Context, which...

IT firms share audit data in bid to end duplication - news

Some of the world’s largest telecoms and information technology companies have begun sharing information on the results of their ethical supply chain audits. The 24 businesses, which are all...

investors fight off plan to curb voting rights – for now - news

Socially responsible investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief late last month when the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) drew back from plans to curtail their ability to raise...

GRI brings in three Asian voices - news

Three Asia Pacific representatives have been appointed to the Global Reporting Initiative’s Stakeholder Council. Aditi Haldar, of the Confederation of Indian Industry, has been appointed from the...

more support needed to reach millennium goals - news

Many of the less developed economies in the Asia Pacific region need global support to plug the biggest gaps, even though governments and business there have generally made progress towards the...

pricing sustainability into the bottom line - news

Blackrock, part owned by Merrill Lynch, carries out indepth research into companies’ social, environmental and ethical performance for use across its investments. By Mike Scott Alex Popplewell...

Isdell acts on human rights - news

The Coca-Cola Company has joined the Business Leaders’ Initiative on Human Rights (Blihr). The move by the owner of one of the world’s most recognized brands is a coup for the membership body,...

British Land takes sustainability message on the road - news

The property company British Land is using a roadshow to bring sustainability advice to shoppers and office workers at its UK developments. The touring exhibition seeks to raise awareness of...

FoE disappoints Sky by ending its campaign bid - news

Friends of the Earth has pulled out of a bid to become BSkyB’s charity partner after an internal dispute at the pressure group over whether the partnership would have been acceptable. FoE was one...

inbrief - news

Nick Robins is leaving Henderson Global Investors, where he is head of SRI Funds, to lead the HSBC Group’s newly created Climate Change Centre of Excellence. Robins, who moves next month, will be...

BT judged to have best societal impact - news

BT has won the prestigious Impact on Society award in the 2007 Business in the Community (Bitc) Awards for Excellence. It is only the second business to have received the award twice, after...

climate change reporting ‘needs to improve’ - news

Climate change disclosure by Australian corporates could be significantly improved, reports the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. The conclusions...

Westpac uses CSR in marketing - news

Westpac bank is claiming to have become the first Australian company outside the energy sector to use its community and environmental programmes in its mass marketing. The company believes its...

Asria offers airline advice - news

The Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia is offering its members advanced access to a new online portal on airlines and climate change. Asria has said it welcomes...

investor disclosure is possible, material – and also necessary - news

Fund managers should be as transparent on climate change data as everyone else, argues Nick Robins Over the past decade, investor action on climate change has evolved in remarkable ways. Back...

insurers enter the fray - news

Some of the biggest companies in the world’s largest industry sector – insurance – have begun to develop a set of sustainability guidelines. The Principles for Sustainable Insurance will offer...

Chinese executives not doing enough on global warming - news

Most Chinese senior executives appear to be looking at the impact of global warming on their businesses but 77 per cent to lack a defined energy policy to deal with it, according to a new survey....

inbrief - news

SRI and climate specialist Rolf Hassler has moved to the Munich-based rating agency oekom research as business development director with responsibility for climate change issues and product and...

inbrief - news

Insight Investment had 400 formal engagements with companies on corporate responsibility topics last year. Most of the discussions were on two issues – health and safety (154) and climate change...

inbrief - news

More than 1000 businesses in England signed a commitment last month to act on climate change. Most of the companies, mainly small- and medium-sized enterprises, will appoint a board-level...

two new entrants test size of CSR jobs market - news

Two more recruitment agencies have entered the increasingly crowded UK market. Arc Vision and Dangerfield Executive Search join eight other agencies in the UK alone that offer CSR executive...

US insurers fail to make the CSR grade - news

American businesses are conspicuous by their absence from the upper reaches of a new sustainability ranking of the world’s 43 largest insurance companies. Most of the top places in the...

Australian energy giant joins climate change body - news

Australia’s largest energy company is to join the Chicago Climate Exchange, the world’s first emission registry and reduction and trading system for all six greenhouse gases.   AGL,...

ADB urged to adopt sustainable approach - news

A panel of experts has advised the Asian Development Bank to switch its emphasis from supporting economic growth to supporting environmentally sustainable growth. In a new paper, the panel...

maximizing returns by taking an SRI approach - news

Mainstream investors are now adapting SRI investment techniques to help satisfy their clients’ overriding need for good financial returns. EP talks to Neil Brown, head of governance and...

activist ‘wolves’ throw investors into confusion - news

Socially responsible investors in the US have been warned about SRI-like resolutions being proposed for company meetings that reprehend the board for approving CSR measures. An email alert...

inbrief - news

Less than half of all listed global electric utilities have responded to a request made by institutional investors for data on their emissions of greenhouse gases. Only 112 of the 265 largest...

making sense of where climate change fits into CSR - news

Five years ago, at the height of the furore about Enron, some within the SRI community sought to present CSR as the first cousin of corporate governance, then a prime business concern. Corporate...

business challenged on fixation with technology - news

Heads of dozens of international companies have come under fire from a prominent institutional investor for drawing up a statement on climate change that largely confines itself to discussion of...

specialists to verify energy efforts - news

Construction and energy companies have formed a specialist international assurance group as part of their efforts to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Members of the year-old...

social issues to the fore as annual meeting votes draw near - news

This year’s proxy voting season  in the US looks like being one of the liveliest yet. Activist investors, buoyed by recent successes, sense that on key issues such as executive pay, climate...

climate change reporting ‘needs to step up a gear’ - news

UK companies report only fitfully on their climate change impacts and need to introduce more rigour into their disclosure, says a new analysis of some of the best sustainability reporters. A...

strategy advice in demand - news

Consultancies advising companies on their strategic direction have commanded the highest number of searches by visitors to a new online directory of CSR service providers. In the first six...

inbrief - news

BP will start a Carbon Challenge programme in September to educate British school pupils about climate change. The programme, for children aged 14 to 16, is linked to the national curriculum...

new coalition to draw up climate change metrics - news

Leading climate change organizations are to create what they hope will be a generally accepted framework for climate risk-related reporting by corporations. The seven non-governmental...

‘high impact’ companies move into FTSE’s sights - news

Companies with a relatively heavy impact on climate change have been given just under a year to meet strict new criteria to remain in, or enter, the FTSE4Good index. Finalized climate change...

Heat: how to stop the planet burning - news

George Monbiot. Allen Lane. 278 pages. Hardback. £17.99 How do you like your gurus? I like mine well informed, brilliantly visionary and humble. Veteran environmental campaigner George...

fund managers need to move into political arena - news

Investors must make it clear they require governments to take the lead on global warming, says Rory Sullivan Climate change is rapidly emerging as our greatest environmental and economic...

firms make new year resolutions on carbon - news

2007 is already shaping up to become a year of action on climate change for business, with a plethora of carbon reduction schemes announced in January. Among new projects unveiled last month...

inbrief - news

A group of 25 business leaders convened by the Prince of Wales’s Business and Environment Programme has written an open letter to Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, calling...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

Whom might we see more of in the corporate responsibility arena during 2007? EP names some individuals likely to come to greater attention over the year Staffan Soderberg As vice...

market for consultancy services is in rude health - news

The extent of CSR professional service provision has been laid bare in the first printed international directory of organizations offering advisory and other services in the field....

sustainability plans move onto the runway - news

Virgin Atlantic is to work with the think-tank and consultancy Forum for the Future in an effort to improve its sustainability performance. The airline is the first in its sector to become a...

insurance company scoops top ethical award - news

The Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has taken the top spot in Ethical Investor’s 2006 Australian Sustainability Awards for its climate change policies. The organizers said that possibly no...

uncertainty shrouds business review regime - news

Concerns are growing that businesses will not know what they need to include in the annual business reviews required by the UK's new Companies Act, which received Royal Assent last month....

inbrief - news

UK-based CSR consultancy Sd3 has expanded its services into climate change advice by appointing James Anderson to its team. Anderson was formerly director of business sustainability and climate...

inbrief - news

Dutch Sustainability Research has published a report containing best practice guidelines for commercial banks to mitigate climate change.

investors move on climate - news

Institutional investors managing assets worth more than £850billion ($1600bn) pledged last month to use their collective financial weight to encourage companies to reduce their greenhouse gas...

Malaysian stock exchange steps into CSR fray - news

The Malaysian stock exchange has published a CSR framework setting out guidelines for public listed companies on environmental, community, marketplace and workplace activities. Bursa Malaysia...

pressures mount on carbon disclosure - news

Investors are not yet asking companies the right questions about their carbon strategies. As a result, companies are not providing the information needed Interest in the effects of climate...

CBI chief begins to talk CSR - news

The new head of the Confederation of British Industries, the UK employers' organization, has indicated he will take a forward-looking stance on sustainability and climate change....

climate change action lags behind awareness - news

Nine in ten of the world's major companies now fully accept the commercial risks posed by climate change, but less than half have yet taken any significant action to reduce emissions. Results...

FTSE4Good index unveils criteria on climate change - news

FTSE4Good, the equity index provider, has outlined climate change measures that it will soon expect companies to adopt if they are to be included in the FTSE4Good index. Draft FTSE4Good...

CEOs have accepted a new responsibility - news

Peter Erskine, who became chief executive of mobile phone company O2 in 2001, talks to EP about corporate responsibility as seen from a CEO’s perspective In many ways, O2’s Peter Erskine is...

Centrica posts its principles - news

Centrica is to send a set of revised business principles to 10,000 of its suppliers by the end of the year. The UK energy conglomerate will target its strategic suppliers in a preliminary mailing...

ITV asks viewers to help shape its ethics strategy - news

Media company ITV is planning to introduce corporate responsibility questions into its future audience surveys as part of its wider efforts to give social and environmental issues more airtime on...

meeting the challenge of winning a lifetime’s loyalty from customers - news

Reading Tesco’s latest corporate responsibility review, it is hard to imagine how anyone could have a bad word to say about the company. The UK’s biggest retailer is the best performer in its...

Japan gets first green index fund - news

Plans have been announced for the creation of the first environmental index fund for socially responsible investors in Japan. The Chikyu Ondanka Boushi Kanrenkabu Fund will be run by...

no short cuts when it comes to tackling climate change - news

Planting millions of trees is no morning-after pill for industry’s carbon excesses , argues Jutta Kill Can tree-planting ‘neutralize’ the climate damage caused by the emissions of an...

evangelicals call for action on climate change - news

Prominent figures in the US evangelical Christian movement have urged businesses to tackle climate change and have called for regulation on the topic.   The leaders, often closely allied...

investors widen their disclosure net - news

Further pressure on business over its climate change impacts has come with a decision by 211 institutional investors to ask the world’s 1800 largest companies to disclose information on their...

a cynic’s view of the Tories’ embrace of corporate social responsibility - news

Imagine, for a moment, that the Conservative Party is a business – a listed company. It has not been performing well since its period of greatness a couple of decades ago, when it dominated the...

revised GRI guidelines get down to the nitty-gritty - news

The Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines are undergoing their most radical revision since being released six years ago. A draft of the revised guidelines, which...

Tory rethink on CSR raises hopes of new consensus - news

CSR has received a significant boost with a commitment by the UK’s second-largest political party to develop policies that promote responsible business practice for inclusion in its manifesto for...

coalition attacks ‘abject failure’ - news

The European finance sector has been ‘largely ineffectual’ in its attempts to address its social and environmental responsibilities over the past few years, according to a coalition of ten...

Clinton project brings business on board - news

Business is to play a central role in the Clinton Global Initiative, which aims to generate concerted worldwide action in four areas - poverty reduction, conflict resolution, climate change and...

Wells Fargo comes under fire for 'outdated' CSR approach - news

One of the oldest US corporations is being targeted in a new campaign by the Rainforest Action Network for what the activist group describes as its 'outdated practices' on social and...

HSBC Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004 - news

34 pages. www.hsbc.com Good social reporting is essentially about achieving a fine balance on all fronts: not too much data, but enough to have meaning, not too glossy but engaging...

¥10million on the table to curb greenhouse gases - news

Japan's environment ministry is to fund projects proposed by community groups to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The ministry insists it must be possible to calculate the reduction and says the...

new KLD index focuses on climate change - news

US-based KLD Research Analytics is setting up a new investment index composed of companies that take 'positive' action to reduce global warming. The Global Climate 100 Index will consist of...

Japanese firms to report on climate change - news

About 8000 companies will report their greenhouse gas emissions under a law passed by Japan last month in its efforts to meet the demands of the Kyoto Protocol. From 1 April next year the...

business leaders want climate change lead - news

The heads of 13 UK and international companies have written a letter to prime minister Tony Blair demanding a 'strong policy framework' on climate change so that businesses know where they stand...

climate change is next on FTSE4Good's agenda - news

Further pressure on companies to respond to climate change will be generated by a decision on the part of FTSE4Good to make this an explicit test of eligibility for inclusion in the index from...

Kiwi investors 'fall down on climate change' - news

Too few investors in New Zealand are aware of initiatives elsewhere in the world that tackle climate change and ensure investment takes account of social and environmental considerations. The claim...

investors call for emission reports - news

Twenty-six institutional investors have released a ten-point action plan calling on US companies to provide ‘comprehensive analysis and disclosure’ about the financial risks they face from...

power company challenged on climate change - news

Activists from Greenpeace and communities in the Far East disrupted a meeting of China Light and Power (CLP) at the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel to protest at the impacts of its coal-fired power...

inbrief - news

Two Danish pension funds have begun using the new Convention Watch service developed by the London-based SRI data provider Ethical Investment Research Services. ATP, Denmark’s largest pension fund...

climate change action fends off US activists - news

Shareholder activists in the US have agreed to drop climate change resolutions tabled at five oil and gas businesses now that the companies have announced new measures on the issue. In a sign...

World Bank takes up sustainability agenda - news

The World Bank has made an important advance in the evaluation of its operations and lending. In response to pressure from stakeholders, it has become the first multilateral development bank to...

the UK’s presidency of the G8 is a chance
to show leadership on CSR - news

For corporate social responsibility buffs, the UK presidency of the G8 has come at a propitious time. Africa and climate change – the themes of the presidency – have obvious links with socially...

inbrief - news

Climate change and reducing the gap between rich and poor should be the main priorities for global CSR programmes, according to a declaration adopted in India.The six-point New Delhi Declaration,...

companies need to show real leadership - news

Business leaders must begin to set their own CSR agendas, not just respond to the latest bout of campaigning, argues Roger Cowe Leadership is a recurrent theme in CSR, but it’s time it was seen...

growth in litigation ‘could endanger CSR’ - news

A global trend towards litigation could be threatening progress on corporate responsibility, according to John Elkington, who heads the SustainAbility consultancy. Elkington says the growing...

second term for Bush puts the ball in corporate court - news

While the US election results were widely regarded as bad news for CSR, the re-election of the president could, paradoxically, be a catalyst for change It would be wrong to say that gloom has...

Henderson Global turns away from ‘best in class’ - news

One of the world’s leading SRI fund management companies is to place less reliance on the ‘best in class’ investment approach and instead put more money into sustainable companies regardless of...

'European Commission's Green Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility' by Brigid Benson - news

From the Senior Partner, The Gæia Partnership With reference to the Guest Column by Martin Le Jeune responding to the European Commission's Green Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility, I...

shareholder activism makes the headlines - news

Shareholder activism has been the hottest topic in CSR over the past five years, an analysis of Ethical Performance contents in the period shows. The indexes of EP for...

Deutsche Telekom gears up to implement new strategy - news

Europe’s largest telephone company has assigned 60 full time staff to implement a sustainability strategy for its four main operating divisions. Deutsche Telekom...

business will draw up protocol on lobbying - news

Moves are afoot to develop ground rules for the disclosure of company efforts to influence public policy and so ensure they are in line with their CSR commitments....

CSR ‘must be allied to political lobbying’ - news

Companies have been told that they must start working more closely with governments and policymakers if corporate social responsibility is to make further advances....

US companies start to bite bullet on climate change - news

Energy sector companies in the US are beginning to respond to investor pressure on climate change as the annual meeting season moves into full swing. Two...

NGO uses Citigroup as lever for change - news

The two largest financial services companies in the US have now agreed to put in place lending criteria on issues such as climate change and biodiversity, following a...

investors and boards agree uneasy truce - news

Peace talks aimed at soothing the strained relationship between UK investors and companies over CSR and corporate governance issues have concluded with an agreement to hold...

CIS seeks views of its customers - news

The Co-operative Insurance Society is to offer its five million policyholders a say in developing the SRI policy applied to its £20billion ($36bn) investment portfolio....

Isis works on climate change - news

A leading UK fund manager is working with the government on the corporate risks posed by climate change. Isis Asset Management has begun a research project on the...

tobacco giant sets out long-term CSR plans - news

The world’s fourth largest tobacco group has set out the corporate responsibility standards that it hopes to meet during the next few years. Imperial Tobacco says...

World Bank told to stop investing in oil projects - news

An independent review commissioned by the World Bank has proposed the institution phase out financial support for oil projects in favour of lending to renewable energy...

US funds weigh in on climate change - news

Investor pressure on companies to address climate change has risen to an unprecedented level with the release of a ten-point ‘call for action’ by ten of the...

press coverage booms as CSR hits media radar - news

Mainstream press coverage of corporate social responsibility issues has increased significantly around the world during the past three years – and most of it is still...

CSR: how it has changed and how it will develop - news

To mark this 50th issue, EP considers the forces shaping corporate social responsibility – and looks at how the field is likely to develop in future When the first issue of...

second round on disclosure - news

The Carbon Disclosure Project is to send forms to FTSE500 companies next month asking them about their climate change mitigation strategies. The move follows last...

transatlantic alliance targets firms - news

Twenty-seven large European and US institutional investors have agreed to explore ways of working together on corporate governance and CSR issues. The group of...

oil firms are 'poles apart' on tackling climate change - news

There are huge differences in the approaches large oil companies are taking to climate change, according to an analysis of corporate responses to global warming. A...

investors join forces to strengthen their engagement - news

Eight large institutional investors have decided to combine forces to engage with companies on their social and environmental performance. They have agreed to share...

six come clean on emissions - news

Half a dozen companies have jointly published figures on how much greenhouse gas they each produce. The businesses – DHL Express Nordic (Belgium), Stora Enso...

ExxonMobil now ‘on its own’ - news

ExxonMobil is now alone among the four ‘supermajor’ oil and gas companies in refusing to take meaningful action on global warming, according to a study released by Claros...

Innovest puts price on risk - news

An audit facility that helps fund managers assess the ‘carbon risks’ within their portfolios has been launched by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. The...

firms ignoring climate change - news

The vast majority of heads of large companies accept that climate change is a risk to profits, but only a third have actually addressed those risks, according to a survey....

Exxon makes climate move - news

ExxonMobil is to invest $100million (£63m) in a project that will look at ways of substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Global Climate and Energy Project will...

Exxon shifts on climate change - news

ExxonMobil has softened its stance on global warming. In an advertisement in the New York Times the US oil company has conceded that ‘the risk of climate change...

Annan tells business: ‘don’t wait for governmental lead’ - news

United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan has urged business not to wait for governments to act on social and environmental issues – but to take action themselves....

the changing debate ten years on from Rio - news

Business will play a major role in the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, with partnership and accountability emerging as key themes At the 1992...

investors demand better disclosure - news

Thirty institutional investors have significantly stepped up the pressure on companies to improve disclosure on their social and environmental impacts by jointly demanding...

Kingfisher unveils global CSR plans - news

The retail group Kingfisher has outlined plans to improve the social and environmental performance of its 16 operating companies. The group, which owns home improvement...

defining the qualities of the coming ‘citizen CEOs’ - news

Multinational companies are increasingly being forced to respond to challenges to the way they operate around the globe. EP talks to John Elkington about the measures...

corporate responsibility and investment strategy - news

Investment strategy trends are driving the growth of interest among investors in the environmental and social performance of companies, says Rob Lake The terrible...

SRI is popular because the market demands it - news

People acknowledge the power of global business and want more say on the principles under which it operates, says The Rt. Hon John Gummer A secretary of state for the...

the financial community warms to CSR policies - news

A flurry of recent initiatives from the UK investment community suggests that mainstream investors are taking more notice of companies’ social and environmental records....

ExxonMobil faces activist resolution - news

ExxonMobil has been told it must allow its shareholders to vote on a resolution at its annual meeting this month that calls on its directors to consider social and...

US firms will take up Kyoto baton - news

Signs are emerging that some big US companies are willing to take a lead on global warming by working towards Kyoto Protocol targets – despite president George...

inbrief - news

Forty fund managers attended a Greenpeace Business Unit half-day seminar at the London Stock Exchange last month to talk about the implications of climate change for investors.

inbrief - news

Building group RMC has revised its environmental policy to include new sections on climate change and biodiversity. The policy was first issued in 1998.

BP facing three AGM resolutions - news

BP will be faced with three shareholder resolutions on social and environmental issues at its London AGM on 19 April. The resolutions - on climate change strategy, policy...

companies need help to tackle the challenge of global warming - news

At first sight, the most authoritative annual survey of UK companies’ environmental management and performance makes pretty depressing reading. When it comes to taking action...

advancing sustainable investment strategies - news

Socially responsible investment funds have made it possible to define broader strategies for sustainable development, says Tessa Tennant Investors have a key...

business ‘must take lead’ - news

Four in five of the international businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange are doing ‘little or nothing’ to reduce global warming emissions, according to preliminary...

BAA makes noise its number one priority - news

The airports operator BAA has made a major new commitment to help reduce aircraft noise at its facilities after identifying the issue as the biggest single concern among its...

engaging FP puts pressure on the City - news

One of the UK’s major insurance and investment groups has announced it is to monitor the ethical performance of its entire portfolio of equity assets. In a move that...

business misses e-trick - news

UK companies are revealing very little via the internet about their policies on social, environmental and ethical issues such as child labour, climate change and genetically modified...

e-trade under microscope - news

A year-long inquiry into the social and environmental impact of the growth in e-commerce has been launched by Patricia Hewitt, junior minister at the UK’s Department of Trade...

United Utilities on top - news

United Utilities has been judged overall winner of the 1999 UK Environment Reporting Awards. The group’s report was praised by judges of the Association of Chartered...

Ford leaves climate group - news

Ford has become the latest multinational to withdraw from the Global Climate Coalition, a lobby group campaigning against worldwide measures to reduce global warming. A Ford spokesman...

WWF sets out ethics code - news

One of the UK’s most influential NGOs has agreed a new business and industry engagement policy that sets out for the first time which companies it will – and will not...

inbrief - news

BP Amoco has reassured investors that it will not be a member of the Global Climate Change Coalition, the lobby group opposed to further controls on carbon dioxide emissions....

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Evergreen Resources - directory

Established in 1991, Evergreen Resources is the UK’s longest established environmental recruitment company. It has an enviable track record providing recruitment expertise to Candidates...

David Gardiner & Associates, LLC - directory

David Gardiner & Associates: Forging Solutions to Climate and Energy Challenges David Gardiner & Associates helps solve the energy and climate challenges facing today’s...

Taylor Bennett - directory

Established in 1982, Taylor Bennett Executive Search focuses on corporate communications assignments across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with a growing interest in the developing market for...

Good Business - directory

For over a decade, we have provided responsible business consultancy services to leading companies across the world (most recently including Barclays, Coca Cola, E.ON, Fiat, GSK, Innocent,...

Panalpina publishes integrated management report - reports

Panalpina has published its first integrated management report, summarizing the company’s activities during 2016 in terms of business performance as well as sustainability.

Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, Technology for Good – Solutions to help meet the SDG's - reports

Ericsson publishes its 24th annual  Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report  , detailing the company’s progress toward connecting business and sustainability.

Monsanto 2016 Sustainability Report Marks Substantial Progress Against Goals - reports

Monsanto Company has released its 2016 Sustainability Report,  Growing Better Together . Highlights include Monsanto’s actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change through...

ANZ shaping a world where people and communities thrive - reports

ANZ has released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Review, which reports on how it is tackling its most material sustainability issues.

Diageo reports good first year progress against 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets - reports

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, this week reported strong progress against its 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets with the publication of the company's 2016 Annual...

Caesars Entertainment 2016 Citizenship Report: Sustained Progress and Leadership - reports

In 2015 Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) and related entities generated $4.4m of contributed value for every $10m in revenue, according to the company’s seventh annual...

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,...

Marshalls plc: 7th Annual UNGC Communications on Progress Report - reports

Marshalls is the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and...

TransCanada Releases 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

TransCanada officially released its  2015 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights the company’s commitment to operating safely and in an economically,...

HP Releases 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

HP released its 2015 Sustainability Report today illustrating the progress it is making to support its vision of creating technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere.

AMD Publishes 21st Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today released its 21st corporate responsibility (CR) report and summary magazine, detailing the company’s progress towards its social and environmental goals, as well as...

Encouraging tomorrow – Allianz’ Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

“How can we ensure safety and progress in the midst of a transformation characterized by geopolitical tensions, our ageing societies, climate change, and digitalization? We can only do it...

Kellogg Company Listens to Consumers, Helps Farmers, Relieves Hunger as Highlighted in New Report - reports

In honor of World Environment Day on June 5, Kellogg Company is pleased to share its ninth annual Global Corporate Responsibility Report, now available online at www.KelloggCompany.com. As a...

Arcadis publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

Arcadis (Euronext: arcad), the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets, has published its first Sustainability Report. The report highlights a selection of the...

BT report reveals how putting purpose first brings business benefits and helps customers, society and the environment - reports

The latest Delivering our Purpose report from BT shows how putting sustainability at the heart of the business is delivering against the company’s ambitious 2020 goals.  ...

GM Strengthens Business, Communities Through Mobility - reports

Sustainability Report outlines company’s efforts and results The rules of vehicle use and ownership are changing rapidly, according to GM’s latest Sustainability Report...

Making Sustainability the Everyday Standard at UBS - reports

" UBS and Society is an integral part of our responsibilities towards all stakeholders. Across all client segments we see a growing interest in sustainable investing. I firmly believe our...

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

2015 Progress Report: L’Oréal’s Sustainability Program is Accelerating - reports

L’Oréal unveils the 2015 results of Sharing Beauty With All, the Group’s sustainability program that sets ambitious commitments for 2020. In 2015, the Group made important...

Ericsson Launches 23rd Sustainability and CR Report - reports

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has published its 23rd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, which details the company’s performance in 2015 in three areas: responsible...

Inter-American Development Bank Publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

IDB Invests $3.8 billion in Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change projects

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,...

Maersk Group Sustainability Report 2015 Released - reports

Activities in 2015 resulted in continued progress towards unlocking growth for the Maersk Group and for society as well as integrating sustainability in our operations, mitigating risks and...

IKEA Group Reports Strong Sustainability Progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2015 shows progress towards its People & Planet Positive sustainability strategy including commitments to tackling climate change.

CSL Publishes 2014-2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Key achievements and challenges across CSL’s six corporate responsibility priority areas for the period 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 include:

Postal Sector Reaches 2020 Target of 20% CO2 emissions reduction six years ahead of schedule - reports

IPC Postal Sector Sustainability Report announces that the IPC Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS) programme reached its 2020 target of achieving a 20% reduction in...

Westpac Group Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

The 2015 financial year marked the mid-point of Westpac Group’s five-year Sustainability Strategy.   This strategy recognises that for Westpac Group to prosper over the long term,...

Chemical Safety, Transparency, Climate Change Among Top “Critical Issues” Ranked in Cleaning Product Industry Sustainability Report - reports

The American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry’s progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI’s...

Wesfarmers Releases 18th Sustainability Report - reports

Wesfarmers has been creating value for more than 100 years, starting as a farmers’ cooperative and now holding a diversified portfolio of retail and industrial businesses, as one of...

BHP Billiton publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - Taking the long view - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Report.

Citi Releases 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Citi's 2014 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts to enable economic progress in communities around the world.

WPP publishes Sustainability Report 2014/2015 - reports

WPP, the leading communications services group, has published its 13th Sustainability Report for 2014.

CDL Adopts Integrated Reporting Approach for Sustainability Report 2015: Making Business Sense of its Sustainability Performance - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) is the first property developer in Singapore to adopt an Integrated Reporting (IR) approach for its latest sustainability report titled “Creating Value for...

CLP Group publishes first GRI G4 “Core” Sustainability Report - reports

CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.  It operates a vertically-integrated...

Benefiting clients and communities - UBS makes progress on integrating societal and financial performance - reports

For the 14th year in succession UBS has incorporated information on its corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy and performance in its Annual Report. Key information is also...

Seeing the bigger picture - Sky’s approach to building a sustainable business, 2014 reporting - reports

Home entertainment and communications company Sky has released its 2014 Seeing the bigger picture reporting. On the company website, Sky gives details of its initiatives and progress in building...

Nestlé SA and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) invite you to the live webcast of the 2014 Shared Value Global Forum: - reports

“Changing Role of Business in Society” Thursday, 9 October 2014 9:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. (CEST)   Join the webcast!

Celebrating 20 years of Mission Zero, Interface unveils “THE UNTOLD STORY OF MISSION ZERO IN EUROPE”, by John Elkington - reports

Global modular flooring experts, Interface, were one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability. In 1994, Interface, made a pledge to eliminate its impact on the environment by...

BHP Billiton 2014 Sustainability Report Published - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2014 Sustainability Report – Value through performance.

EDF Energy publishes 2013 Annual Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy has today published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which outlines the progress the company has made in meeting a range of ambitions on tackling climate change, powering the country...

Britvic launches its 2013 Sustainable Business report - reports

In March, Britvic launched its Sustainable Business report, which provides information on its progress and achievements during 2013. 

Citi Issues 2013 Global Citizenship Report - reports

New York – Citi released its 14th Global Citizenship Report, an annual overview addressing the company’s social, environmental and governance achievements and challenges.

RBS remains leading lender to renewable energy projects - reports

RBS has released its 2013 Sustainability Review today. The Review details the progress the company has made during 2013 towards becoming a more responsible and sustainable bank, which includes...

Ericsson launches its Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report 2013 - reports

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Ericsson’s long-term relationships with every major telecom operator...

Companies v Climate Change - calendar

Along with our corporate advisory board, we are actively assembling an ideal group of business leaders who will develop their presentations as they see fit. We are not the experts. We are merely...

G&A Invites You: Global ESG Investment Forum: Just Two Weeks Away (Oct 26-27 | London) - calendar

G&A Institute invites you: Hi,     With only 2 weeks away from the Global ESG Investment Forum being held in London on the 26-27th of October 2016, we have included...

IKEA Group reports on People & Planet Positive strategy progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY*) 2013 shows strong progress on its People & Planet Positive strategy, building on its long history of working with...

Building Sustainable Agri-Supply Chains - Olam's CR&S Report - reports

Building Sustainable Supply Chains - agri-business Olam International's Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

Sustainable Retail Summit - calendar

We know we need to run better businesses in support of better lives and a better planet, but how to do this in a manner that is good for business too?  Find the answer at a new industry...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 - reports

NKSJ Holdings, Inc. has published its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 that reports on the NKSJ Group’s initiatives concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR).  

Business & Climate Summit 2016 - calendar

London, February 16 – The world’s leading business organizations focused on climate action today announced that the 2016  Business & Climate Summit , the annual forum...

Thales's 2012 Corporate Responsibility Performance. A Year of Progress and Recognition - reports

Driven by a common vision of our business and its role in society, and by a strong commitment to ethical conduct, each Thales employee has been contributing directly to the long-term performance...

Symantec Corporation Highlights 2012 Sustainability Progress - reports

Software company Symantec Corporation has outlined its sustainability progress for 2012

The Future for Renewable Energy in the UK - calendar

Guest of Honour: Michael Rutter, Director of Clean Electricity, Department of Energy and Climate Change Delegates will assess the Government’s progress towards achieving its domestic...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012 - reports

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012.

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2012 - reports

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2012.

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....

MTR Corporation (MTR) has published its latest Sustainability Report - reports

MTR publishes its latest Sustainability Report.

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 - calendar

The Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15); the largest business-focused side event held during the annual Conference of Parties (COP), will take place again in 2015 on 7-8 December in the Le...

BSR Conference 2015 - calendar

  The BSR Conference brings together sustainability leaders and practitioners to build the business of a better world. Now entering its 23rd year, the BSR Conference is one of the...

Bank of America Releases 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Bank of America today released its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report to provide an overview of the environmental, social and economic impact of its businesses as well as...

Ford Motor Company's annual Sustainability Report - reports

Robert Brown, Ford’s Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering (SESE) states, “I have headed up Ford Motor Company’s Sustainability function for...

Citi Publishes 2012 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 13th annual Global Citizenship Report today.

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 ...

Sustainability Forum 2014 - calendar

The Forum Global Sustain once more is taking a step forward in an attempt to make this issue emerge and explore the future of sustainable business, by preparing a unique event for...

TBLI Conference Nordic 2014 - calendar

“Connecting The Dots”   TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC 2014 offers a unique platform to learn about sustainable investing, discuss developments and engage with new business...

TBLI Conference 2014 - calendar

“Connecting the Dots” At TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 , attendees are invited to choose from 16 sessions, divided into three 'Tracks’: ESG, Impact Investing and...

Ericsson's 2012 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Ceres Conference 2014 - calendar

Sea levels are rising. Severe droughts are hitting many regions of the world, while floods are drowning others. And hurricanes and other storms are more costly and destructive than ever....

Climate Leadership Conference - calendar

The Climate Leadership Conference is dedicated to professionals addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. This event gathers forward-thinking leaders...

Anglo American launches it Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

Anglo American today launches its Sustainable Development Report 2012,  “Creating Value with the Future in Mind” . The report details Anglo American’s sustainable...

Aviva's Contribution to Society - reports

Aviva aims to be trusted, respected, sustainable and recognised for making a real contribution to society.

Centrica's Corporate Responsibility Performance Reporting 2012 Launched - reports

Find out how Centrica is progressing against their ambition to be the most trusted energy company.

Kesko's Work to Combat Climate Change Produces Results - reports

The theme of Kesko's 13th Corporate Responsibility Report is Let's do good. Together. The 2012 report provides information on the objectives, actions and results of Kesko's...

Sustainable Water 2013 - calendar

Water is vital to consumers, industry and society; it is also intrinsically linked to an over-stressed environment and it is treated and delivered through energy-intensive industrial processes....

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: Sustainability Performance summary - reports

Heathrow has published its sustainability performance summary for 2011, providing a snapshot of performance against its commitment to enhancing the airport’s social and economic benefits...

GRI's Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting - calendar

Growth and prosperity depend on our ability to meet today’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Climate change, resource scarcity, financial corruption, human rights abuses: these...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on Safety - reports

Heathrow has released the latest in its series of briefings 'Towards a sustainable Heathrow'.  This new issue provides ‘a focus on Safety’.

FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Conference and Awards 2013 - calendar

The world faces not only persistent economic and financial uncertainty but also unparalleled resource constraints that are putting pressure on social and environmental systems, particularly in...

E.ON UK publishes its Cleaner and Better Energy report - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its Cleaner & Better Energy report, entitled Re-setting relationships in 2012

Ford's 13th Sustainability Report is now available - reports

Ford Motor Company's 13th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

Fiat S.p.A. publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Now in its eighth edition, this year’s Sustainability Report for the first time also reports on the results of the integration between Fiat and Chrysler, and the shared commitment between them...

MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability - calendar

Full Time MSc: One year Part Time MSc: Two year Part Time Distance Learning MSc: Two – Five year A genuinely and uniquely interdisciplinary Master’s degree, Aston Business...

Coca-Cola Enterprises has published its 2011/2012 CR and Sustainability Report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises released its seventh company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report: “How can a drink build a more sustainable tomorrow?”

Ericsson publishes Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Ericsson's 2011 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report, entitled Technology for Good, released today, highlights the company's ongoing efforts to help create a more sustainable world.

Centrica’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility performance reporting - reports

You can now find out how Centrica is progressing against its ambition to be the most trusted energy company by visiting the Centrica reporting hub.

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...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - calendar

A 2-day certified, specialized, detailed and highly focused training that enables participants to acquire skills and competencies required to become Certified CSR Practitioners. Upon completion of...

Citi has published its 2011 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 12th annual Global Citizenship Report today. The report covers the bank's performance in its social and environmental priority areas, informed by two centuries of experience in...

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...

Nestle's 2011 Creating Shared Value Report receives GRI A+ rating - reports

Nestle believes that for a business to be successful over the long-term it must create value for society alongside value for shareholders. The company calls this Creating Shared Value. Through...

Updated 2012 online-course on Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector - calendar

With record levels of greenhouse gas emissions in 2011, and record levels of weather-related impacts, costs and financial losses, we know climate change is here to stay, and to only become...

Engaging Communities on Climate Change - calendar

This course will teach you the skills and information needed to develop long-term engagement of civil society organisations, groups and individuals in work on climate change and low-carbon living....

MA Economics for Transition - achieving low carbon, high well-being, resilient economies - calendar

A full-time one-year programme (approved and awarded through the University of Plymouth) Schumacher College is the first in the world to offer a postgraduate programme in Economics for...

Engaging Communities on Climate Change - calendar

The Localism Bill stresses the need for better community engagement: the question is how to make that engagement happen on this complex issue. While some groups are active on limiting and adapting...

TELUS releases its 2010 CSR Report - reports

TELUS’ 2010 CSR Report provides transparent, balanced and comprehensive disclosure of their combined economic, social and environmental triple-bottom-line performance.

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...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - designing and implementing effective CSR strategies and reports - calendar

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

Climate Change Field Workshop - calendar

Drawing on two decades’ experience working with companies such as HSBC, Shell and BAT, this innovative one day training workshop, grounded in scientific field research, will improve your...

Who decides? - calendar

Corporate governance as if people, and planet, mattered - A workshop hosted by the Association of Sustainability Practitioners.  Mention the word governance and most people switch off. Yet...

Mobilising Democracy to Tackle Climate Change - calendar

Price: £75/ 85 Euro Rapid, effective and fair action on climate change calls for radical innovation in democratic decision-making and in the mobilisation of citizens and organisations to act...

Green Monday - calendar

Various dates – London , Midlands & North West (6 September), Scotland (4 October) Green Monday is the UK’s leading networking event in the corporate sustainability space (est. July...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on waste - reports

Heathrow has just released the latest in its series of briefings 'Towards a sustainable Heathrow'. This new issue provides 'a focus on waste'

NKSJ Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2011 - reports

NKSJ Holdings Inc, a joint company of Sompo Japan and Nipponkoa founded in April 2010, has released its first CSR report. The purpose of the Corporate Responsibility Communication 2011 is to...

Climate Change and Carbon Footprinting - calendar

Course Overview: True climate leadership is indicated by companies rethinking their business strategy; engaging with their stakeholders; and developing products and services that will thrive in,...

Sustainable Living: mainstream or pipedream? - reports

How can consumers be inspired to turn positive intentions into action? The question of how to drive sustainability into the heart of society is one of the most important of our time. As of...

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan - reports

A news update from Unilever

Climate Change: Effective Communication - calendar

‘ I’d recommend this course to anyone wishing to engage people on climate change. ’ Simon Mills (City of London) ‘ Interesting and engaging on the topic…Thank you! ’ Laurie Bennett (Futerra...

Climate Change: Effective Communication (London) - calendar

‘I’d recommend this course to anyone wishing to engage people on climate change.’ Simon Mills (City of London) ‘Interesting and engaging on the topic…Thank you!’ Laurie Bennett (Futerra...

Climate Change - Engaging Diverse Communities - calendar

See website for details: www.capacity.org.uk or www.talkaction.org To book a place email: odiri@capacity.org.uk or call 0203 117 0102 The course will help you to: Gain a wider...

Growth and Consequence: Rethinking our economic future - calendar

This course takes a hard look at economic growth from international and global perspectives:  what drives it, who gains from it, who loses from it, and what are the alternatives? Visiting...

MTR Corporation Ltd publish latest sustainability report - reports

The Hong Kong-based rail and property service provider MTR Corporation Ltd has published its latest Sustainability Report

Climate Change: Effective Communication - Dublin - calendar

This course runs from 10am until 4pm. Held in the Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, this day long course will give you the ability to communicate the vital issue of climate change to many...

GE release seventh annual Citizenship Report - reports

The report covers GE's worldwide operations for the 2010 fiscal year and is structured around discussions of GE's long-term value creation in addressing the world's most pressing problems

Climate Change Leader (IEMA) Approved - calendar

In a world rapidly warming up, and as a response to legal and social pressures, businesses need to adopt innovative and cost- effective ways to limit their adverse effects regarding climate change....

Heathrow focuses on the economy - reports

Heathrow has just released the latest in a series of sustainability briefings 'Towards a sustainable Heathrow'.  'A focus on the economy' provides an insight into the local and national...

Coca-Cola Enterprises Publishes its Sixth CRS Report and Seeks Continued Stakeholder Input on 2020 Commitments - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/NYSE Euronext Paris: CCE) released today its sixth company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report, Committed to 2020: Shaping a Sustainable...

International Green Awards - calendar

The International Green Awards™ is the leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation, has now launched for the 7th year. This year, the awards are...

FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards - calendar

The FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards, the major global awards for environmentally and socially responsible banking and investment, now in their seventh year, have attracted 161 entries from 145...

Ford publish their 12th sustainability report - reports

Ford's 12th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

ASrIA Briefing: Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Investor Roundtable - calendar

Low carbon growth is now widely accepted in Europe and North America as fundamental to generating long term shareholder value, avoiding dangerous climate change and helping the global economy...

Heathrow's Sustainability Policy and 2010 Sustainability Performance Report - reports

Heathrow has marked World Environment Day 2011 by launching its 2010 Sustainability Performance Summary.  Introduced by Heathrow's CEO, Colin Matthews, the Performance Summary provides a...

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics - Twenty-first Annual Meeting - calendar

The APPE Annual Meeting for 2012 offers a powerful line-up of programs and presentations covering the full-range of practical and professional ethics. Sessions include formal paper presentations,...

ASrIA Briefing: The Future of Sustainable Finance - A PRI Perspective - calendar

ASrIA in conjunction with PRI invites you to a discussion on global and regional initiatives with spotlights on the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and Asia Investor Group on...

ESG USA 2011 - calendar

ESG USA 2011 marks the third year that Responsible-Investor.com will bring top-level speakers from asset owners, asset managers and advisors together for targeted, practical debate on pertinent...

IKEA Publishes its Sustainability Report 2010 - reports

IKEA has published its Sustainability Report 2010. The report looks at the steps IKEA took last year in key social and environmental areas, including the fight against climate change, the...

7th Australia New Zealand Climate Change Conference - calendar

The conference will be a timely opportunity to explore what the recently announced Australian Clean Energy Package and the review of New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme means for business. The...

Forestry, Biomass & Sustainability 2011 - calendar

This promises to be an important year for the forestry sector internationally, and particularly for forestry finance initiatives. The UN has declared 2011 to be the International Year of Forests...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on education, employment & skills - reports

The fourth in a new series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week. The latest issue will provide a focus on education, employment...

Business for the Environment Conference - calendar

B4E, Business for the Environment, is the world’s leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment. Held in partnership with WWF and Global...

National Grid Publishes 09/10 CR Review - reports

Energy company National Grid has published its 2009/10 Corporate Responsibility Review, 'Shaping a Responsible Future'. The Review complements the company's online corporate responsibility report...

Low Carbon Investment in Asia Briefing Event - calendar

The briefing is a culmination of an 18-month project implemented by ASrIA to examine climate change issues relevant to investment in select industries in Asia and the implications of moving towards...

Sompo CSR Communication 2010 released - reports

Sompo Japan Insurance has released its Corporate Social Responsibility Communication. The report, which uses the phrase 'Looking One Step Ahead' as a keyword throughout, focuses again on the...

Centrica: Transforming the energy sector - reports

"Transforming the energy sector": Sam Laidlaw, Centrica Chief Executive, shared his views about the future of the energy sector at the Royal Society on Thursday 16th September. The discussion...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on air quality - reports

The third in a new series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week. The latest issue will provide a focus on air quality.

MTR Corporation Publishes Latest Sustainability Report - reports

The Hong Kong-based rail and property service provider MTR Corporation has published its latest Sustainability Repor.

World Climate Summit - calendar

Following the approval of the Copenhagen Accord at the UNFCCC COP 15, there is now a need to accelerate solutions to mitigate climate change. Fortunately, many of these business, finance and...

New Model for KPIs Unveiled - reports

A model system for developing key performance indicators (KPIs) relevant to mandatory sustainability reporting has been put forward in a new research report.

GE releases Annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its sixth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Renewing Responsibilities

Climate Finance 2010 - calendar

Attend this ground-breaking event for a full insight into the innovative tools being developed to deliver a dramatic increase in funding for low-carbon development.  Carbon markets play a...

Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships Summit - calendar

The food production industry is under significant pressure to adjust to the impacts of climate change, scarcity of natural resources, increasing population and changes of industry regulations. The...

EDF Energy UK plc publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2009 Sustainability Report, 'Leading the Energy Change'. The report provides an update on EDF Energy's sustainability performance in 2009 as well as some key...

The Carbon Show 2010 - calendar

Sign up today for FREE access to The Carbon Show 2010 exhibition. Benefit from fantastic networking opportunities with organisations at the forefront of carbon reduction, energy efficiency and...

Coca-Cola publishes its fifth CRS Report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE), the world's largest marketer, distributor and producer of Coca-Cola products, has published its fifth company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability...

Ford Motor Company produces sustainability report - reports

Ford Motor Company has published its 11th annual non-financial report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - The Future at Work

7th International Responsible Investment Conference - calendar

Climate change, an ageing and growing population, affordable and accessible healthcare and increasing competition for scarce natural resources - these are just a few of the challenges facing us in...

A Climate for Change? NCVO Breakfast Seminar - calendar

Find out from leading figures from business and voluntary organisations how effective business/charity partnerships can address the key issues and develop successful practical approaches to...

Delhaize Group presents third Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report.

ESG USA 2010 - calendar

Following the success of last year's event, ESG USA 2010 will bring together top-level speakers from the US and Europe for targeted, practical discussion on sustainable and responsible investment....

EIRIS European Climate Change Conference - Investing in a climate of change - calendar

Join asset owners and asset managers from across Europe at a conference which will explore how investors can best respond to the issues and opportunities posed by climate change in the post...

Canadian Water Summit - calendar

Water is fast becoming one of the most critical sustainability issues. The Canadian Water Summit is a response to the market need for idea exchange and collaboration between diverse stakeholders at...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on climate change - reports

A series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week.  The first issue in the series will provide a focus on climate change

Heathrow's 2009 Sustainability performance summary launched this week - reports

Heathrow's 2009 Sustainability Performance Summary has been launched this week by the airport's owners, BAA

Lafarge launches its ninth Sustainability Report - reports

Construction materials company Lafarge has produced its ninth Sustainability Report

IKEA Publishes its Sustainability Report 2009 - reports

IKEA has published its Sustainability Report 2009. The 74-page document looks at the steps IKEA took last year to reinforce its efforts to fight climate change, including a decision to equip 150...

Carbon Disclosure Forum 2010 - calendar

ASrIA is pleased to invite you to attend the Carbon Disclosure Forum 2010.  The Forum will bring together senior executives, business managers and investors from Hong Kong and around the...

The first Enel Sustainability Day - calendar

The Sustainability Day is a new initiative to share and promote a ‘culture of common purpose’ leading toward new thinking and best practice in corporate responsibility at a global level....

BP's 2009 Sustainability Review - reports

BP launches its Sustainability Review 2009

GlaxoSmithKline Publishes 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report

adidas Group Sustainability Review 2009 - reports

For the tenth year running the sporting goods company adidas Group has published a report on its efforts to be a sustainable business.

Outokumpu's 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Outokumpu has published its 2009 corporate responsibility report.

The Third Annual Sustainability Summit - calendar

Facing the Climate Change Challenge —The Economist's Third Annual Sustainability Summit provides fresh thinking and thought-provoking commentary from top thinkers and policy makers. It will bring...

Green Strategy 2009 - calendar

The main event for companies responding to climate change. Unlocking Your Green Agenda: Create Support + Win Funding + Implement Change   Practical strategies developed in conversation with...

Sustainable Roads 2009 - calendar

Sustainable Roads 2009 is being hosted by The Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, on 13 October 2009 to highlight the...

Carbon Finance North America 2009 - calendar

Henry Waxman and Ed Markey's new American Clean Energy and Security Act would introduce aggressive caps on emissions of greenhouse gases.  But it remains to be seen how a mandatory federal...

EU Emissions Trading 2009 - calendar

Attend this high-profile conference, produced by Environmental Finance Publications, to hear top emissions trading specialists share their knowledge of how to maximise opportunities in Phase II,...

Guardian Climate Change Summit 2009 - calendar

Explore real examples and practical solutions that have already delivered tangible cost savings, improved efficiencies and made a real difference to business' impact on climate change.

Action for a Sustainable America - calendar

Action for a Sustainable America takes place June 10-11 in Seattle and will bring together leaders in corporate sustainability to examine how they are using sustainability to redefine corporate...

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...

Sompo Japan launches its 8th annual CSR report - reports

One of Japan's largest insurance and financial groups, Sompo Japan Group, has launched its eighth annual report “Corporate Social Responsibility Communication 2009”.

The 8th Annual Wall Street Green Trading Summit - calendar

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit is the longest running and most comprehensive environmental market event in the industry. The 8th WSGTS covers cutting edge content, industry developments and...

Corporate Responsibility 2009: Building a New Corporate Agenda - calendar

Conference Overview Whether the issue is climate change, economic growth, or accountability, multinational companies today are under unprecedented pressure to play their part in solving the major...

GE releases Fifth Annual Citizenship Report - reports

Today, GE released its fifth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Resetting Responsibilities.  The 2008 report covers GE’s worldwide operations for the 2008 fiscal year and reviews GE’s...

The Responsible Business Summit - calendar

The Responsible Business Summit is the largest CSR conference in Europe. Featuring insight from the UK Chairman of Shell, the CEOs from IKEA, Timberland, Eurostar, BP Biofuels and Green and...

Telefónica S.A. publishes its CR Report 2008 - reports

The online version of Telefónica's seventh Corporate Responsibility Annual Report outlines the company's five-step strategy on sustainability.

Green Retail 2009 - calendar

Green Retail UK 09’ returns with the definitive programme to help retailers tackle climate change. Once again, it will bring together the biggest environment-conscious retailers in the UK, and will...

Economist Conference's Sustainability Summit 2009 - calendar

With sustainability still dominating boardroom issues, staying ahead of the curve requires dynamic leadership and systemic solutions that deliver solid financial, social and environmental results....

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - Our Future Works. Despite a challenging business and economic climate, Ford Motor Company...

Abbott releases 2008 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The global health care company Abbott has released its 2008 Global Citizenship Report, entitled "Advancing Innovation" .

BAA's 2008 corporate responsibility report - reports

BAA's 2008 corporate responsibility report has been launched this week. The report says that with the ever-increasing scrutiny of the aviation industry's impact on society, BAA's license to...

International seminar on business and human rights - calendar

The Business and Human Rights International Seminar will be the largest business relevant event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event will be...

BT launches 2009 sustainability report - reports

BT's 2009 sustainability report is now available online. Assured by LRQA, the report, 'Changing world: Sustained values' details BT's progress against key sustainability targets and outlines why,...

Tesco publishes latest CR Report - reports

The Report sets out Tesco’s policies on social, environmental and ethical issues and performance across the Tesco Group over the past year.

Lafarge launches its 8th Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge has produced its eighth Sustainability Report.

E.ON publishes its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

E.ON has published its 2008 corporate responsibility report. For the first time, E.ON's CR report is fully integrated into the company's Group website - stressing that CR is an integrated part of...

Sustainability and leadership: the organizational challenge - calendar

Participants will develop practical, innovative ideas and strategies for sustainable leadership within their own organization, within an exceptionally rich educational environment, with the...

Outokumpu publishes 2008 corporate responsibility report - reports

Finnish stainless steel business Outokumpu has titled its 2008 corporate responsibility report Outokumpu and our environment .

The Guardian Climate Change Summit 2008 - calendar

Fighting climate change fatigue: how to keep stakeholders engaged Climate change is rarely out of the news, but increased awareness has brought mixed messages, confusion and the risk of fatigue....

Sompo Japan launches its 7th Annual Report - reports

One of Japan's largest insurance and financial groups, Sompo Japan Insurance, has launched its seventh annual report on its corporate social responsibility activities.

Low Carbon Strategies: Innovative and business critical ways of effecting deep and credible CO2 reductions. - calendar

A new event designed to help companies understand the carbon cuts they are obliged to make, the additional cuts they can help facilitate, how to pay for it and make it pay for them. Speakers...

The Third Annual Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 - calendar

Think you've heard it all before and couldn't possibly gain anything from another conference? Well here's just four of the things that makes the Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 different -and...

The Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency - calendar

Conference highlights: Readers’ Choice Awards and Survey Around 800 sustainability reports were entered for the inaugural GRI Readers’ Choice Awards in 2007 and thousands of readers voted on...

Business & Environment Summit - calendar

The Saïd Business School, 2 Degrees & Green Business Events announce the first Business & Environment summit at The Said Business School in Oxford. The theme of this year’s event is,...

The Athens Summit 2008 - calendar

Global Climate and Energy Security , The Challenge of Change The Institute for Sustainable Development (GREECE) in association with Platts, (US), USI Capital Corporation (US) and E3G (UK) are...

The Rio Tinto Sustainable Development Review - reports

For the sixth year in a row, significant improvements in safety performance are picked out in Rio Tinto's newly released Sustainable Development Review

ACCSR Annual Conference - calendar

Raising the Bar: Leading Sustainable Business in 2008 Hear from leaders of business, government and civil society...

The ABN AMRO Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, plans to speed up and extend integration of sustainability into its mainstream business, according to its third sustainability report,...

ABN Amro produces its fourth sustainability report - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, is mainstreaming and integrating sustainability into its core business, according to its fourth sustainability report, published today

Green Strategy 2007 - calendar

(Re)formulate your response to climate change The conference is divided into 6 sections: Macro analysis : The macro environmental factors influencing organisational responses to...

The Corporate Responsibility & Communications Conference - calendar

Find out how to deliver a powerful Corporate Responsibility message that your customers sit up and listen to. Discover how to produce a CR report that is relevant, engaging and ultimately...

Lafarge launches its Sustainability Report - reports

Building materials group Lafarge, which operates in more than 70 countries, has recorded its progress on social and environmental issues in its latest full Sustainability Report, which has a new...

Marks & Spencer publishes fourth annual CR Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has published its fourth annual CR Report - How We Do Business 2007

Engaging in Corporate Responsibility - calendar

Engaging in Corporate Sustainability will bring together senior level CR professionals for two days of intriguing discussions and lively debate in order to: Access the latest data with Ipsos...

BEP US East Coast Senior Executives' Seminar - calendar

The Programme, which is developed and run by the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry, is designed to help organisations integrate the concepts of sustainable development into their...

ScottishPower publishes 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ScottishPower, the international energy company, has published its 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report.

BEP European Senior Executives' Seminar - calendar

The Programme, which is developed and run by the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry, is designed to help organisations integrate the concepts of sustainable development into their...

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Barclays plc today publishes its seventh annual Corporate Responsibility report, available online and in pdf form

Barclays launches its eighth CR Report - reports

Barclays has launched its eighth CR Report entitled Corporate Responsibility Report 2006 (Sustainable Banking)

BP launches Sustainability Report 2004 - reports

Global energy group BP has launched its Sustainability Report 2004 which covers BP’s business approach, environmental record and role in society. This year’s report is entitled ‘Making the right...

Land Securities publishes its fourth annual corporate responsibility report - reports

Land Securities has published its fourth annual corporate responsibility report.

Novo Nordisk publishes integrated Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk's Annual Report, which has just been published, confirms the Danish pharmaceutical company's position as a global leader in voluntary corporate reporting.

Implementing Sustainable Cities: planning for climate change - calendar

Climate change is the greatest challenge we face today. Understand how we can start to combat this threat through our cities. Issues to be addressed will include delivering sustainable cities,...

Corporate Climate Response - calendar

Companies are taking the lead in responding to climate change because it makes good business sense. Whether it’s saving money through energy efficiency and waste minimization or capitalizing on...

Severn Trent Plc launches 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Severn Trent Plc, a leading provider of water, waste and environmental services, has published its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report.

The Guardian Climate Change Summit - calendar

Everywhere you look people are talking about climate change. How we can respond as individuals is well documented, but what about our corporate responsibility? How easy is it to reconcile...

ENDS Corporate Carbon Footprinting - calendar

Demonstrating the business case for reducing corporate carbon footprints to minimize the environmental impact across the supply chain The carbon footprint is an invaluable measure of your...

Climate Change - calendar

This course will look at the whole picture and explore the causes and consequences of climate change. It will show how innovative political solutions at the global level must work hand in hand...

Fortis publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2006 - reports

Fortis, an international provider of banking and insurance services with a presence in more than 50 countries, has published its third Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

LM Ericsson's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Swedish telecommunications company LM Ericsson has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2006.

Friends Provident launches its CR Report - reports

Friends Provident has been reporting on its responsible business behaviour for five years. This year's report covers all the group's operations, including its asset management business F&C,...

Rabobank Group publishes Annual Sustainability Report 2006 - reports

The newly-published Rabobank Group Annual Sustainability Report 2006 focuses on climate change and the sustainability of production in food and agriculture.

George Wimpey Plc produces its 2006 CSR Report - reports

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

The Sompo Japan Insurance Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2005 - reports

One of Japan's largest insurance and financial groups, Sompo Japan Insurance, has launched its fourth annual report on its corporate social responsibility activities.

BEP UK senior executives' seminar - calendar

The Programme, which is developed and run by the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry, is designed to help organizations integrate the concepts of sustainable development into their...

BEP US west coast executives' seminar - calendar

The Programme, which is developed and run by the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry, is designed to help organizations integrate the concepts of sustainable development into their...

SABIC finds profit in good practice - bestpractice

The Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) cuts carbon emissions by recycle CO2. Miranda Ingram reports…    Global petrochemical giant SABIC is celebrating...

UBS invests in sustainability for financial and societal return - bestpractice

Banking came into its own in the first industrial revolution. Banks were the intermediaries between the people with money and the ideas and opportunities of the community they served. Now,...

Working in partnership to make a real difference - bestpractice

When broadcast giant Sky teamed up with WWF back in 2009 it was one of the biggest corporate conservation partnerships going – and also one of the first. It all centred on tackling one of...

Building a better future for children in Sierra Leone - bestpractice

Last year CBRE announced its partnership with Plan International, the international children’s development organisation, in a shared vision to transform a generation of children –...

Taking a responsible approach to change - bestpractice

The origins of financial services were good. Banks, insurance companies and investment houses used the power of the collective to pool and manage money, offering the customer a better deal than...

The role of renewable energies in preventing climate chaos - calendar

In association with The Ecologist and supported by the Climate Initiatives Fund, the Scientific and Medical Network are holding the second conference in the series Radical Futures. Our...

The Volvo Cars Corporate Citizenship Report 2003 - reports

Volvo Car Corporation has issued its fourth Corporate Citizenship Report reflecting the Swedish company's economic, environmental and social performance for the year 2003.

An example of reporting best practice - bestpractice

Watch the video here . Energy plays a vital role in the lives of millions of individuals, families and businesses across the world. From sourcing and generating to supplying and servicing...

Ford releases first Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company's first Sustainability Report, Our Route to Sustainability, is now available.

Turning biomass into the height of fashion - bestpractice

Steam is essential for clothing and textile giant Gildan, a constant - and hitherto costly - supply of steam to heat the company’s knitting, bleaching, dyeing, finishing and cutting...

Ford Motor Company publishes its eighth sustainability report - reports

For a more sustainable future, Ford Motor Company's eighth sustainability report, is now available

The BBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Review for 2005 - reports

The BBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Review for 2005 has taken on a fresh magazine style format, featuring stories on how the corporation is living up to its corporate citizenship...

Turning biomass into the height of fashion - bestpractice

Steam is essential for clothing and textile giant Gildan, a constant - and hitherto costly - supply of steam to heat the company’s knitting, bleaching, dyeing, finishing and cutting...

World's first guide to carbon offset providers published by CR consultancy Context - reports

Corporate responsibility strategy and communications consultancy Context has published the world's first guide to carbon offset providers and advisers.

EBF CSR Publication - reports

EBF CSR Publication

Facing the challenges of an industry in the spotlight - reports

Airport operator BAA faces significant challenges.

Rio Tinto has published its 2007 Sustainable development review - reports

The online report outlines a number of practical programmes implemented by the mining and metals company.

Making recycling child’s play - bestpractice

Eco-Rom Ambalaje is an organisation made up of 14 companies operating in Romania which first got together to implement the Green Dot European programme for integrated waste in the country. From...

Making recycling child’s play - bestpractice

Eco-Rom Ambalaje is an organisation made up of 14 companies operating in Romania which first got together to implement the Green Dot European programme for integrated waste in the country. From...

Low Carbon Strategies 08: UNEP, BT Man Group, Unilever, BP, HP + more - 5 June, London - reports

Low Carbon Strategies 08 Thursday 5 June 2008, Excel, London

Climate Change Opportunities: Sir David King opens conference: 14 April, Oxford - reports

Climate Change Opportunities: Articulating the opportunity for business.

Powering up the Pod - bestpractice

Launched in 2008, the idea behind the Pod, EDF Energy’s award winning sustainable schools initiative, was that it was to help young people understand energy and the wider issues associated...

Developing the co-operation concept - bestpractice

Employees like to work in companies that act with a social and environmental conscience and play a part in preserving the natural world around them. The mobile phone maker Nokia found in...

Ahead in the clouds - bestpractice

Cloud computing is part of Deutsche Telekom’s continuing drive to limit energy consumption and CO2 emissions. In fact, the company is promoting the use of cloud computing and believes the...

Creating shared values - bestpractice

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and nutrition company, has been involved in rural development in emerging countries since the 1920s. At that time, the Swiss giant built factories...

A sustainable Olympic legacy for London - bestpractice

Promoting itself as the world’s first sustainable Olympics, the London Games organisers have had to think hard about their corporate partners, especially since 2012 will inevitably include...

incentivizing change - bestpractice

National Grid's vision statement leaves little room for ambiguity. The UK-based power company has set its sights on no lesser challenge than 'safeguarding our global environment for future...

France Telecom publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

France Telecom has published its latest Corporate Responsibility Report, which covers measures undertaken in 2007.

UPS releases its 6th annual sustainability report - reports

UPS has released its sixth annual Corporate Sustainability Report.

thinking about energy - bestpractice

From a climate change perspective, no form of transport that relies on fossil fuels is a good idea. In the UK, one third of greenhouse gas emissions derive from the transport sector alone. The bulk...

NEC releases fifth Annual CSR Report - reports

 NEC Corporation has released its fifth Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report and its second CSR Digest.

signing up for change - bestpractice

Despite tough economic conditions, climate change remains high on the agenda for most corporate boards. But the problem facing many companies is how to engage and involve suppliers in measuring,...

CRH 2007 CSR Report Announcement - reports

CRH, the international building materials group, has just published its fifth CSR Report.

GE releases fourth annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its fourth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Investing and Delivering in Citizenship .

financing the future - bestpractice

A stunning archipelago of white sandy beaches and sun-drenched countryside, SinAn County is one of South Korea’s best-known holiday destinations. But now the coastal community on the southwest tip...

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report - reports

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report.

fuelling the debate - bestpractice

Cement is an energy intensive business that is responsible for five per cent of all man-made carbon dioxide emissions. It’s not hard to see why: to make it you need to heat a kiln to almost 1500...

putting the customer first - bestpractice

As an integrated energy group, Centrica – owner of British Gas and operator of gas and electricity assets – knows that global warming is a huge challenge to its business. But as an energy...

staying ahead of the game - bestpractice

It’s not immediately apparent what the world of electricity cables and gas pipes has to do with human rights. Yet National Grid, one of the UK’s largest gas and electricity utilities, has invested...

building a new approach - bestpractice

A smiling Christine Tona beams out from the front cover of British Land’s employee newsletter. An events manager at Broadgate Estates, one of its subsidiaries, she is the inaugural winner of the...

Fortis next step in sustainable growth - reports

Fortis, an international provider of banking and insurance services with a presence in more than 50 countries, has published its fourth CSR Report.

The best in sustainability reporting just got better! - reports

This year the adidas Group has changed its corporate responsibility reporting by producing a magazine-style review.

SC Johnson publishes its 2007 Public Report - reports

SC Johnson, the US-based consumer goods manufacturer of products such as Windex®, Shout® and Scrubbing Bubbles®, has published its 2007 Public Report.

The Go-Ahead Group's 7th Environmental & Social Report - reports

The Go-Ahead Group plc publishes its seventh Environmental & Social Report.

making reports more credible - bestpractice

ScottishPower has spent the last three years refining the way it assures its environmental and social reports. This has helped the company to improve the quality...

engaging with company boards - bestpractice

Insight Investment has been concerned for some time that the governance of corporate responsibility at board director level is falling short of what is required. So...

Pfizer releases its 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Pfizer yesterday released the online version of its 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled "Strong Actions: Partnering for Positive Change."

Sustainability in Practice - books

As a leader today you are expected to integrate sustainable practices into the everyday operation of your organization.   Your team, your customers, the politicians, the share holders, your...

Climate Change: A Guide for Corporates - books

‘ ...   What is needed is a straightforward guide that appeals to the career managers desire for structure, process and predictable outcomes.  This is what Dr. Hennie Stoffberg and...

Sustainable Investing - books

Sustainable Investing is fast becoming the smart way of generating long-term returns. With conventional investors now scrambling to factor in issues such as climate change, this book captures a...

Investment Opportunities for a Low Carbon World - books

This authoritative book provides institutional and individual investors with an overview of the fast growing and dynamic low carbon technologies and the ways and means of gaining exposure to...

The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility - books

With over 100 expert contributors writing over 400 entries, this book provides a jargon-busting, easy-to-use guide to the plethora of CSR concepts, codes and organisations, including core terms...

Order your Copy - pages

Order your copy   The CSR Professional Services Directory 2012 is the only stand-alone international publication to list and catalogue in print the many organizations...

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