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Big Oil urged to report financials in view of climate-related risk - news

By Elisabeth Jeffries — Had Exxon Mobil reported its reserves differently in 2016, investors might have taken a different view of the company’s future. It reported its Kearl oil...

UK's big utilities must adapt: new energy report - news

By Antonio Pasolini — Two sustainability non-profits have compiled a report claiming the main energy suppliers, or the "Big Six" of the UK market, need to change their business...

Britain joins the green wave in swearing off combustion engines - news

By RP Siegel — A surprising announcement has come out of London—to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel-fueled cars and vans, beginning in the year 2040. The plan was announced...

Can the power grid handle the increased demand from electric cars? - news

By RP Siegel — There’s an old saying, “be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” True enough, it cautions us to look beyond near-term results. There are those like...

Al Gore at Ashden Awards: “Must, can, will we change?” - news

By Adam Woodhall — Al Gore started out giving speeches about the environment in 1989, first with flip charts, then slides, then a mix of digital imagery, animation and high-tech stagecraft...

New UK Minister hails flourishing cleantech ecosystem - news

By Adam Woodhall — The Rushlight Summer Showcase took place at the Royal Geographical Society, London. Appropriately, the event took us on a journey through the flourishing ecosystem...

Why electric car charging needs some joined up thinking. - news

By Simon Anderson, geo — I have just taken delivery of a Tesla and it is awesome – sorry about the American vernacular but it is appropriate in this case.   I have long...

GSK reduces supply chain emissions with help from Schneider Electric - news

By Vikas Vij — A PLoS ONE study published last year showed that if the US healthcare sector were ranked as a nation, it would be the world’s 13th-largest carbon emitter, more than...

Rising green bond market supports eco-friendly projects - news

By Vikas Vij — Green bonds are debt instruments designed to finance environment-friendly projects. With most of the world now more strongly aligned on tackling climate change, governments...

Housing crisis offers an opportunity to implement electricity demand management - news

By Simon Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer, geo — In my last article for Ethical Performance I outlined what the near future will look like if our demands for electricity outstrip supply...

East Capital’s new Sustainable Emerging Markets Fund leverages proprietary ESG for alpha - news

By Roger Aitken — East Capital, an independent asset manager specializing in emerging and frontier markets that manages €2.7 billion (c.$3.08bn/£2.38bn) in public and private...

Record green energy levels not an existential threat to UK utilities - news

By RP Siegel — The future is now, or at least it was on Sunday, June 11th in the UK. That’s because on that day, a combination of bright sunshine and blustery winds, along with...

The future of energy is disruptive - news

By Adam Woodhall — The aim of the recent event ‘Energy Live Future’ was to highlight the cutting edge innovation that is surging through the energy industry. The organisers,...

 Resonance’s social impact mission to invest in ‘Dismantling Poverty’ In Bristol raises £2.1m - news

By Roger Aitken — Social impact investment company Resonance that has pursued a mission over the last fifteen years to “connect capital with social enterprise”, has published...

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

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

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership drafts in Spain’s top seafood player - news

By Antonio Pasolini — One of Spain's top seafood companies has struck a deal with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), an initiative designed to promote sustainable fishing...

Global apparel industry takes steps toward better performance - news

By Brian Collett — The global apparel industry is making changes to promote better practices.   A pact to improve garment factory working conditions worldwide has been signed...

How do leaders bring purpose to life in organisations? - news

By Sarah Rozenthuler and Edward Rowland — Reimagining how organisations can catalyse broader societal change is an exciting new horizon in business. However, purpose-led leadership...

Another record-breaking year for renewable energy: more capacity for less money - news

By Adam Woodhall — Just prior to the launch of their Renewables 2017 Global Status Report , which found there was a record of 161 GW added to global power capacity, for 23% less...

LSE’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ recognizes fast growing green enterprises - news

By Roger Aitken — The London Stock Exchange’s latest annual ‘1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain’, has, for the first time, profiled in detail some of the enterprises...

Being bold at IKEA: Steve Howard on six years leading from the front - news

By Adam Woodhall — The man who last year brought us the concept of “peak stuff”, and is a self-proclaimed ‘professional optimist’,  Steve Howard of IKEA ,...

Green hotel award winners announced - news

By Brian Collett — Employees at the Landgut Stober hotel at Nauen, near Berlin, including a number of refugees, have become a “nurturing family”, said the judges of the Green...

Heineken reports progress in reducing carbon emissions - news

By Gina-Marie Cheeseman — At a time of uncertainty about governmental commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement, Dutch beer brewer Heineken is among those companies that are continuing...

National CSR Awards 2017 winners revealed - news

The National CSR Awards 2017, sponsored by Revive and now in their third year, were held at the impressive Lord’s Cricket Ground last night (18 May) and saw businesses of all sizes...

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

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

A nuclear reactor above our heads: embracing solar energy is key to working sustainably - news

By Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World — The sun produces enough light every hour to match worldwide energy needs for a year. Our bodies are solar factories...

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

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

AB InBev sets goal of 100% renewable energy - news

By Brian Collet—AB InBev, the world’s largest brewery, with sales in 50 countries, aims to source all its electricity from renewables by 2025.    The group, whose...

Imperial’s new climate finance centre to ‘recalibrate’ investors’ understanding of risk - news

By Roger Aitken —  A new centre designed to help businesses make more informed green investment decisions has been launched at Imperial College Business School in London. The centre...

Why electric vehicles are driving us towards demand management - news

By Simon Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer, geo — Without wishing to be dramatic, if something is not done about the demands on the national grid, we are literally in danger of the lights...

Australian solar power customers support community solar projects - news

By Brian Collett — A green Australian electricity company has given customers the option of paying slightly higher rates to finance community solar projects.  Powershop, which...

Canadian oil sands production cut due to unprofitability - news

By Brian Collett — ExxonMobil is curbing its tar sands oil operations in Alberta, but for economic, not environmental, reasons.           The oil company...

Clean energy: big savings for your business - news

By Mypower — Commercial solar panel systems allow businesses to operate with their own self-generated clean energy. Solar power is a natural source of energy and its not only sustainable,...

Renewi opens trading at London Stock Exchange - news

By EP Staff — Renewi, a waste-to-product business, opened the London Stock Exchange on March 20 to celebrate its creation as the result of last month’s merger of Shanks Group plc and...

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...

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...

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...

Investing in sustainable cities to spur economic growth - news

By Vikas Vij — In the next 15 years, more than two-thirds of total investment infrastructure will be made in cities. By 2050, about 66 percent of the global population will live in urban...

Big oil companies turn to offshore wind - news

By RP Siegel — Despite what we might expect to see soon, in the form of furious efforts on the part of a handful of politicians to reverse the inevitable, the tide has already turned...

Alternative investment funds surge predicted via UCITS and AIF frameworks - news

By Roger Aitken — Almost four-fifths (77%) of institutional investors “expect to see” more US and Asia asset managers launch alternative investment funds through UCITS and AIF...

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.  ...

Provocation and innovation at XEnergy - news

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

Finland lists first green bond on LSE with $500m issuance - news

By Roger Aitken — Finland’s leading provider of financial services in the country to local government and public housing sectors, Municipality Finance (MuniFin), opened trading on...

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...

Value chain approach: a focus on food waste - news

By Michael Grosse—Each year an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted globally. This mountain of food would be over eight Eiffel Towers tall and includes about 45% of fruit...

Riversimple adopts circular economy to create a cutting edge eco-auto  - news

By Adam Woodhall — A passion for racing cars and environmentalism aren't usual bedfellows. Hugo Spowers is not an usual entrepreneur though, and the business he has created,...

Praxis Mutual commits to impact bonds from India, Starbucks, and European Investment Bank - news

By Roger Aitken — Following a number of positive impact bond purchases, Praxis Mutual Funds, a leading faith-based and socially responsible family of mutual funds advised by Everence...

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...

Assessing the landscape of corporate-NGO partnerships  - news

by Tom Idle — The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched at the beginning of this year as a concrete set of 17 global ambitions, offers a quick guide to...

Honest dialogue: the key to a sustainable future  - news

By Sarah Rozenthuler   From my experience of running dialogue programmes for numerous global corporations, I’ve discovered that the key to creating sustainable organisations...

Finland lists first green bond on LSE with $500m issuance - news

by Roger Aitken — Finland’s leading provider of financial services in the country to local government and public housing sectors, Municipality Finance (MuniFin), opened trading on...

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...

Past and future of sustainability with the RSA - news

by Adam Woodhall — The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, or RSA for short, was founded in 1754, and has an impressive history.   ...

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...

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...

CDL adopts UN's sustainability agenda - news

by Vikas Vij — The building and construction industry has traditionally had a large environmental footprint. From reducing the energy consumed by buildings and minimizing construction...

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...

Beer-making without impact, the Heineken way - news

by Tom Idle —   For the past six years, Heineken’s approach to environmental and social issues has been informed by its structured Brewing a Better world strategy. And it is...

Creating eco-friendly airport systems of the future - news

by Vikas Vij — Airports have traditionally been viewed as a prime source of anti-environmental activity. Whether it is the high amount of air pollution from the airplanes, the high-energy...

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...

Wind power: less noise, happier neighbors - news

by Antonio Pasolini — Wind power is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to renewable energy. It currently accounts for 41.1 percent of all energy produced in Denmark (2015 data)...

M&S makes progress on customer-centric eco and ethical goals - news

by Vikas Vij — Year 2015 was an important milestone in the evolution of sustainable business. The COP21 climate agreement and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals...

Local is everything - news

Midcounties Co-operative’s social responsibility manager Mike Pickering explains how a focus on localism can lead to business success  Interview by Tom Idle — ...

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...

The Prince of Wales' responsible business network announces new Chief Executive - news

Business in the Community, whose president is HRH The Prince of Wales, has appointed Amanda Mackenzie as the fourth Chief Executive in its 34-year history. Mackenzie has worked at a senior...

Tech can have a huge impact in reducing carbon emissions: BT report - news

by RP Siegel — We hear a lot about smart technology these days: smart cars, smart cities, smart grid, etc., with an implied promise that these smart things will be far more efficient than...

BBC journalist Mishal Husain to honour 2016 Ashden International Award winners - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Forward thinking organisations championing solar energy in India, East Africa and beyond; businesses improving the health of citizens through sustainable buildings and...

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...

Cement industry faces innovative future, post COP21 - news

A tipping point is on the strategy agendas for the world’s largest cement companies, according to a new report by CDP . The study finds that of the 12 global cement companies analyzed in...

Sustainable finance at the core of European economic recovery - news

By Vikas Vij — Capital infusion into sustainable infrastructure and innovation has emerged as an important strategy to drive job creation globally. The direction provided by governments to...

KKR portfolio companies get new green solutions platform - news

Interview by Kelly Eisenhardt As Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues continue to grow in importance for mainstream investors, KKR’s pioneering environmental initiative...

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...

A measurable impact - news

by Frank E. Celli, CEO, BioHiTech Global   Each year, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food that farmers grow never makes it to our plates. Tons of it ends up in landfills, where...

London's Public Transport Gets Greener - news

by Antonio Pasolini London's transport network is getting greener with the launch of zero-emission versions of the iconic double-decker buses. The all-electric model was unveiled by TFL...

European market for renewable energy continues to grow - news

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

The Body Shop speaks up - news

EP Journal The Body Shop’s new CSR strategy is designed to make consumers realize why they fell in love with the brand in the first place. by Tom Idle The influential...

Counting the cost of capital for renewable energy investments in the EU - news

The “DiaCore project” has evaluated the cost of capital across the European Union, and has found that it varies significantly from country to country. The project’s report is...

BLOG: ESOS – the proof of the audit is in the saving - news

If anyone needs convincing of the value of ESOS, we have the evidence, writes Thomas Whiffen, Senior Energy Specialist, National Energy Foundation. Over the course of the first tranche of...

New recycling scheme for 'orphan vehicles' - news

The British automotive industry has committed to helping thousands of consumers recycle their old vehicles with a free take-back service, designed to help owners whose brand may no longer sell...

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...

Increasing the rate of exchange - news

With 40% of its carbon impact found along the supply chain, GSK has found a novel way to engage and encourage its suppliers to cut energy, water and waste. Tom Idle speaks to the...

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...

Intasave’s solar Songs are bang on tune for Kenya - news

A solar power system is being introduced by the global non-profit environmental organisation Intasave Energy to bring clean sustainable electricity to a Kenyan community. Initially the...

Japan to help develop smart cities in India - news

A Japanese research institute is partnering with an Indian technology institute to share its ideas on how to make Indian cities ‘smart’ and also take back Indian cultural ideas in an...

BMW comes top in global sustainability rankings - news

Corporate Knights, the Canadian-based media and research company, has published its 2016 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) ranking. Companies that make the...

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...

National CSR Awards shines spotlight on UK sustainable business - news

With previous sponsors and supporters like Mercedes-Benz, Natwest and Carillion, the 2016 National CSR Awards will celebrate business excellence and innovation in corporate social responsibility...

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...

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...

Epson introduces world’s first in-office paper recycling system - news

Japan’s Epson has developed a paper recycling machine for office use, the PaperLab. You feed waste paper in, and new, bright white printer paper comes out. Epson says this process is more...

Costa scoops three wins for energy management - news

Costa, the UK’s favourite coffee shop, has recently received three awards for its outstanding work in energy management and sustainable building. At the 2016 Energy Awards, Costa, in...

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...

Porsche gives green light to first 100% electric model - news

Luxury German car maker Porsche is investing close to a billion euros in its first 100% electrically powered model. The project called 'Mission E' was described by Dr. Oliver...

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...

Kangwon turns abandoned mines into modern resorts - news

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

Circular Ocean initiative to encourage green enterprise - news

Companies and academic bodies are to be asked to propose new action on the millions of tons of plastic waste being washed up on northern European shores. Specialist companies and others...

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....

EIB-backed initiative boosts climate conscious investing - news

The European Investment Bank (EIB), BNP Paribas and Vigeo have launched Tera Neva, a sustainable investment initiative which allows investors to align their financial objectives with their...

Gender pay gap 'stubborn' despite women's progress in education - news

Women working full time are paid less than men in 90% of sectors, with those working in financial and insurance sectors among the worst affected, research shows. Opportunities and outcomes...

National CSR Awards expands categories for 2016 - news

With only 58 days to go before entries open for next year’s National CSR Awards (NCSRA), its organisers have announced new and expanded categories. With the introduction of three...

Putting people at the centre of the SDGs - news

Stakeholders from across the spectrum are looking to find better ways to work together to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Phillip Goodwin , ceo of VSO , the...

Refreshing the art of good story telling - news

Sustainability teams must work more closely with marketing if they are to realise the value of corporate social responsibility for their brands, says Michael Dickstein , director of global...

Channel NewsAsia ranks top performing companies for sustainability - news

Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and its partners, CSR Asia, and Sustainalytics, have announced the list of top performing Asian companies for the 2015 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability...

Korea’s LG Chem generates energy for social projects - news

LG Chem, South Korea’s leading chemical and materials manufacturer, says it will develop new social responsibility activities in co-operation with local governments and social welfare...

London recycler brews up novel energy source - news

A recycling company now scaling up its processing of left-over coffee grounds aims to provide the fuel to heat thousands of London homes and power many of the city’s buses. Every week...

Ford on target to hit European energy saving goal - news

Ford in Europe is on course to achieve a reduction in energy usage, per vehicle produced, of 25% since 2011, following investments of £20m specifically targeting energy waste. As a...

ESG factors gaining recognition for boosting business performance - news

Successful shareholder engagement on environmental and social issues helps companies improve both their financial performance and governance, showing that involvement that is “less...

Clear-cut link found between ESG disclosure and business performance - news

New research has found a definitive link between ESG disclosure and business performance. The analysis by responsible investment manager Alquity and Cass Business School of over 4,400 listed...

Two-thirds of UK investors ignorant of ESG performance of their investments - news

A new study reveals that almost two-thirds of investors don’t know whether the activities of industries or companies they are investing in are ethical or not. According to the survey...

Why channeling the energy of youth is key to sustainability - news

In recent years, as we’ve thought about social movements and the millennial generation, many have conjured up images of protesters, from the “Indignados” in Madrid to those who...

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...

Fortune 500 companies pledge to use 100% renewable electricity - news

Partner numbers at RE100 are swelling with news that a number of globally recognized US businesses have joined the campaign, pledging to source 100% of their electricity from renewable sources....

London Luton joins select few with energy standard accreditation - news

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

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...

UPS drives electric delivery vehicles further with TEVVA - news

Delivery giant UPS has launched its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle for initial trials in the UK, developed in collaboration with TEVVA Motors. Range-extending technology...

British dispel ‘nimby’ reputation over green energy - news

More than half (53%) of UK households would support the construction of a wind turbine within two miles of their home, dispelling the general perception that Britain is a nation of...

Wyke Farms wins international campaign to find greenest company - news

Wyke Farms, one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, have won a Green Apple Environment Award, in the ‘Environmental Best Practice’...

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...

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...

Japan restarts nuclear power programme - news

Japan’s first nuclear reactor approved for reactivation under post-Fukushima rules began production last month. The Sendai No 1 reactor in northern Honshu is one of five given the...

South Korea partners to grow sustainable tourism - news

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

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...

Hotel group shows no reservations over water stewardship - news

Leading hotel company InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to partner with the Water Footprint Network, to develop a worldwide water stewardship programme. IHG says the partnership will...

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...

IKEA first global retailer to offer LED only lighting - news

Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA will become the first major global retailer to offer a 100% LED lighting range when the brand’s LED roll-out completes this September. Steve...

Companies large and small honoured at 2degrees Champions Awards - news

Leading collaboration platform and service for sustainable business with over 48,900 members 2degrees held its popular, peer-voted Champions Awards at Porchester Hall in London recently....

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu picked up the most prestigious award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards winning the title of overall Responsible...

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

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

Sweetening the deal for sustainability? - news

More and more companies are linking staff pay and bonuses to sustainability performance. Is it a fad, or a genuine tool to drive employee engagement at scale? And is it having the desired...

Crime busting drama makes arresting production progress - news

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

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...

Underground farm takes root beneath city streets - news

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

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...

Reward clean energy drivers and save lives, urges Autogas - news

The re-introduction of the London congestion charge exemption for vehicles powered by LPG and incentives to convert to vehicles to the alternative fuel, could help to save the lives and improve...

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu scooped the title of Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards. Taking over the...

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...

OECD warns of true cost of fossil fuel dependence - news

Governments should conduct a more rigorous evaluation of the true costs of coal, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has warned. With prices failing to fully account for the...

Energy efficiency proves critical to sustainable shopping centres - news

New research shows that shopping centres that invest in energy efficient features boost their market value by up to, and over, 5%. The research from BCSC (British Council of Shopping...

Alakija to lead Oando Foundation - news

Oando Foundation, the independent charity launched by one of Africa’s leading indigenous energy providers Oando Plc in 2011, has appointed Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija as its new...

Renewable energy pioneer appointed to Natural Environment Research Council - news

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and ceo of the 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy has been appointed to the Council of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is...

Empowering sustainable change - making it happen - news

You are unique, your organisation is unique. Any empowerment campaign is about your journey to generate positive and sustainable change for your organisation, writes Carbon Smart's Adam...

Chemical reactions - news

Neil Hawkins, corporate vp environment and sustainability, Dow Chemical spoke to Ethical Performance about his love of nature and the US company’s latest 2025 sustainability targets...

Are sustainability ratings asking the right questions? - news

Why is it that inherently unsustainable oil and gas companies rank so well in sustainability indices, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index? Tom Idle explores a new approach to...

It’s the end of reporting season – what now? - news

And so another reporting season staggers to a close. Having worked with many clients to help them through this sometimes painful time, I know that this season is not always the easiest. From...

Sabic achieves significant emissions reductions - news

A reduction of 7% in water and energy use is recorded in the 2014 sustainability report of the Riyadh-based Sabic group, the world’s second largest diversified chemicals company and the...

Newsweek names global green companies - news

Three healthcare companies top this year’s global green league table published by Newsweek, the US weekly current affairs magazine. The list is headed by Biogen, the group based in...

Interserve sets ambitious targets for reducing global environmental impact - news

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

RE100 drives call for renewable power priority at Formula E eprix - news

Renewable power is good for business and should be a priority for governments taking climate action, senior business executives and energy experts urged at the recent FIA Formula E eprix in...

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...

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...

REC solar panels now certified for floating installations - news

REC, a leading global provider of solar energy solutions, has completed tests to confirm that its solar panels can be deployed in floating solar installations to the same standards of...

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...

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...

BITC award shortlisters putting responsibility at heart of business - news

A broad range of organisations, from well-known high street names to independent traders have been recognised as finalists across the 14 award categories of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards,...

Waste not, want not - news

As head of circular economy at Veolia, Forbes McDougall is at the heart of the UK’s efforts to transition to an economy that puts a greater value on waste. Here, he explains what that...

Innovation in sustainable packaging continues despite scarcity of data - news

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

60+ firms make final stage of BITC awards - news

Sixty three companies from the UK and abroad have reached the final stage of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by the charity Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible...

The significance of measuring sustainable impact - news

Last month Acre announced the winners of the first Acre365 recognition programme, writes Andy Carltand. There are other award schemes in the sustainability field, but Acre365 is different as it...

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...

Protesters target Shell in Seattle over Arctic plans - news

Shell’s plans for oil drilling in the Arctic have encountered determined protests on land and sea at the US west coast port of Seattle. The most spectacular demonstrations have been by...

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...

BLOG: Four ways to overcome uncertainty in renewables - news

As prices continue to fall, the potential for renewables is only really limited by uncertainty due to the power supply being largely dependent on the changing weather. In his blog for GE ,...

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...

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...

Whitbread to set sugar and salt reduction targets - news

Setting 'relevant' sugar and salt reductions across its menus is one of Whitbread's new CR commitments.  The owner of the Premier Inn franchise and the Costa coffee chain...

Environment must be 'at heart of new Government's thinking' - news

Crucial environment issues must be “at the heart of new Government’s thinking”, says a new survey from the Institute of Environmental Management Assessment (IEMA). In a...

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...

Agents of change recognised by Acre365 - news

London-based sustainability recruitment consultancy Acre has announced the winners of its Acre365 recognition programme, honouring sustainability heroes who have excelled in their first...

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...

Why financial education is key to all our sustainable futures - news

Nick Jones, head of digital comms & corporate responsibility, Visa Europe, explains why they're backing the launch of the Entrepreneurship Skills Pass   ...

Construction firms failing to address carbon footprint - news

Many British construction firms are failing to take basic steps to decrease their carbon emissions and energy use, new research has found. In a market survey by Achilles the supply chain...

Petrobras pays price for 8 years of corruption - news

Petrobras, Brazil’s state-run oil company, has calculated that eight years of corruption have cost it $2.1bn (Brazilian R$6.2bn, £1.39bn, €1.94bn). The corruption involved...

Barclays reviews MTR coal mining investment stance - news

Following years of pressure and protests from campaigners, Barclays has released a policy position statement on Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining in which it states: “Provision of...

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

I’d like to see the day where there is a revolving door between the academic and corporate worlds. Companies can learn a huge amount from academics, and academics can gain insights from...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the April data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc fund again top ranked amongst UK Registered Funds over the past year to 28 February 2015 with a cumulative return of +58.58% versus +47.47%/36th rank over the...

Back to school for a more effective collaborative approach - news

David Picton , chief sustainability officer at Carillion, gives an update on the expanded Supply Chain Sustainability School for FM and Service suppliers Martin Luther King once explained...

Winning ways: National CSR Awards celebrates best practice - news

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

Procter & Gamble begins work on $200m biomass energy plant - news

Procter & Gamble’s manufacturing site in Albany, Georgia, one of the biggest facilities in its system, will soon be fueled by wood scraps and peanut shells, thanks to a biomass...

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...

WWF publishes roadmap to a more sustainable Europe - news

A new report from WWF shows that resource efficiency alone could generate over €300bn a year for the EU economy. Entitled From crisis to opportunity: Five steps to sustainable European...

EIC makes election call for step change in energy efficiency - news

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has published its manifesto calling on political parties of all colours to support the UK’s environmental technology and services sector in...

EU air pollution rules weaker than China’s, says Greenpeace - news

Europe’s coal plants will be allowed to emit more deadly pollutants than their Chinese counterparts under EU proposals for new air quality rules, according to Greenpeace. A Greenpeace...

Roger Aitken interprets the February 2015 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £28.12m fund, again top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 January 2015 with a cumulative return of +62.18% versus +57.05%/14th...

inside investment Time shortening between ESG issues emerging and market reaction - MSCI - news

A report from MSCI ESG Research, a provider of research and analysis of the environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) business practices of companies globally, has suggested that that...

Two heads better than one - news

As sustainability issues become increasingly complex, companies are realizing that they can’t make the necessary impact acting alone.   In the 2014 Sustainability Report, new...

CBI urges new attitude to profit to build consumer trust - news

What can business do to restore public trust? That was the question poised at a recent CBI debate, one in a series of events designed to help rebuild confidence in business. Katja Hall,...

Ford drives sustainable fashion with recycled couture collection - news

Car seat covers used in new Ford cars have received a glamorous new lease of life after being recycled for a unique fashion collection. Emerging designers from Europe and Asia transformed...

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...

Low carbon technologies could fuel 'cold economy' boom - news

The demand for cooling in everything from supermarkets and medicines to data centres could boom to create huge growth in the "cold economy" in the coming years, a new report from the...

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...

Roger Aitken interprets the January 2015 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £22.78m fund, continued its good run and again top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 December 2014 with a cumulative return of...

Seeing the beer glass half-full - news

Debbie Read, head of CR at Molson Coors, has worked for the international brewer for seven years. Best known for its brands Coors, Carling, Cobra and Miller, the brewer has changed a lot in the...

BASF to tackle social issues with Creator Space project - news

The chemicals multinational BASF, whose products range from plastics to crop treatments, is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a programme to tackle social issues, including energy sourcing,...

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...

American pharma companies lead Global Sustainability Index - news

Biogen beat fellow American pharmaceutical company Allergan to top spot in this year's Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. German sportswear company Adidas...

2degrees unveils top 25 under 25s working in sustainable business - news

2degrees, the online collaboration platform and service for sustainable business, has unveiled its list of the Top 25 Under 25s for 2014. Among those that made the cut are professionals...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets December 2014 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £22.78m fund, again top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 30 November 2014 with an improved cumulative return of +49.31% versus...

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...

Moving towards a greener form of capitalism - news

Choosing a pension scheme with a clear focus on the relevance of good corporate governance, how companies manage their relationship within the society they operate and their impact on the...

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...

M&S makes headway on 2020 sustainability targets - news

Marks & Spencer is making significant progress in embedding its sustainable business plan – Plan A – across its operations, according to a half-year update just issued by the...

Bank of America cooks up a storm - news

Bank of America is to partner with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to raise $100m to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households in the developing world....

Walmart extends solar commitment - news

Walmart is to install up to 400 new solar projects at facilities across the US over the next four years. This advances the company’s global commitment to drive the production or...

Cheers to a sustainable future - news

As we enter the season of over-indulgence, Roland Pirmez, president of Heineken Asia Pacfic tells Ethical Performance why responsible consumption is one of the most important issues on the...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the November 2014 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £19.64m fund, top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 October 2014 with a cumulative return of +36.51% versus +38.19%/73rd rank...

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...

Security breaches threaten South Korea’s nuclear power stations - news

Following a September online media report about a nuclear security breach, Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy conducted security checks on power stations across the nation....

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....

Scottish Leather Group recognised for environmental good practice - news

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

New wind power body for shipping industry in full sail - news

An international association has been created to facilitate and promote wind propulsion for commercial shipping worldwide. The International Windship Association (IWSA) will facilitate and...

IKEA makes largest wind farm investment to date - news

IKEA has purchased its second wind farm in the US. The site in Texas is the single largest renewable energy investment made by the Swedish furniture retailer to date. The wind farm will...

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...

New guide to sustainability communications – and it’s free! - news

An extensive but quick and easy-to-use guide to help businesses improve how they communicate their social and environmental credentials, has been launched by Clarity Sustainability. The...

Sustainability leaders growing in executive influence, says Verdantix - news

According to a new global survey of 260 heads of sustainability conducted by Verdantix, the independent analyst company, sustainability leaders have increasing executive committee influence....

Slaughter & May wins environmental award - news

Law firm Slaughter & May has won the Legal Sector Alliance Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility at the Law Society Excellence Awards. The judges were impressed that...

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)...

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

Having been inspired by a former KPMG partner who lectured on corporate responsibility while doing his MBA, Mark Parker, CSR Programme Manager at Whitbread, tells Ethical Performance how he...

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...

Good CSR becoming increasingly good for business - news

Sustainability is undoubtedly a buzzword at the moment, writes Paul Raleigh. Whether business leader or consumer, we cannot escape from being told to consider the long-term implications of our...

Sunny outlook for solar power ahead of fossil fuels - news

The sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050, ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear, according to a pair of reports issued today by the International Energy...

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...

Telecoms giants launch cross-industry sustainability ratings for mobile devices - news

Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has teamed up with telecoms giants O2 and Vodafone to launch a shared rating system to help customers compare mobile devices based on environmental...

ClimateCare calls for more partners to scale up cookstove projects - news

In 10 years ClimateCare has funded improved cookstoves for over 6.5m people helping tackle one of the developing world’s leading causes of death. It is now calling for more partners to...

IHG rolls out Green Engage programme across global estate - news

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

British-made wave power surges closer after successful test - news

Generating electricity from wave power in Britain took a step closer to reality this week after green energy company Ecotricity’s innovative device – Searaser – successfully...

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...

Big business to sing from same hymn sheet over energy savings - news

The Big Energy Vision is a new multi-partner campaign to empower UK households to take control of rising energy bills. Supported by both big businesses - including Kingfisher, John Lewis,...

M&S boosts supply chain monitoring through Labor Link - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has scaled up its use of mobile technology in the supply chain to poll 64,230 workers across 46 manufacturing locations in 5 countries...

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...

SSE trailblazes with Fair Tax Mark accreditation - news

SSE plc, the UK's second largest energy supplier, has become the first FTSE 100 company to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark. Launched in February 2014, the Fair Tax Mark is the world's...

Renewable energy bodies outgrow affiliation - news

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) and Solar Trade Association (STA) are to go their separate ways, ending their formal four-year affiliation. The two associations became affiliated in...

New £500m joint venture to reinvigorate onshore wind - news

In a major boost for the onshore wind power industry, Britain’s green energy company Ecotricity and global construction and development firm Skanska are forming a joint venture –...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the September data - news

The £76.63m Triodos Sustainable Pioneer K Retail Distribution fund top ranked over the past year to 31 August 2014 amongst UK Registered funds with cumulative return of +25.28% from the...

The race for sustainability needs to shift a gear...or two - news

Listening to the dentist drill-like drone of the very first Formula E grand prix recently, it struck me that its aim to be about much more than just a new motor sport, “to help develop...

World's largest aluminium recycling centre opens in Germany - news

Novelis, the  aluminum rolling and recycling giant, has opened the world's largest aluminium recycling centre. Located adjacent to the company's rolling mill in Nachterstedt,...

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....

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...

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

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

Tech giants still failing on environment, says Greenpeace - news

While Apple is leading the consumer electronics sector in addressing its environmental footprint, the tech industry still has a long way to go, according to a new report from Greenpeace...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the data - news

The £31m DNB ECO AR retail A (EUR) fund topped ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 July 2014 with a cumulative return of +16.88% versus +8.44%/`153rd over the past...

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...

Mass protest against open-cast mining planned for German border - news

Campaigners against planned coal mines on the German/Polish border will be making their presence felt this weekend when they orchestrate a massive international demonstration. Greenpeace...

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...

China becomes world's biggest solar market - news

The global solar market is shifting from Europe to Asia, finds a new report from Hanergy and China's New Energy Chamber of Commerce. According to the Global Renewable Energy Report 2014,...

Tobacco plant biofuel takes off with Boeing and SAA - news

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant. SkyNRG is expanding production of the hybrid plant...

Freezer market hots up with Unilever’s energy efficient cabinets - news

Figures just out demonstrate how significant advances in refrigeration technology have resulted in a new generation of ice cream freezer cabinets capable of a 70% energy reduction. Unilever...

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...

2degrees recognises innovation - news

Flooring that converts footsteps into renewable electricity, a house built almost entirely from waste products and Sky’s Rainforest Rescue campaign with WWF were among the winners at the...

The new breed of social worker - news

After earning an MBA at Yale, Christine Bader spent nine years with BP as manager of policy development creating social programmes to aid workers and local residents as the energy giant built...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the July 2014 data - news

The £6.31m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund yet again surpassed its peers in the UK Registered funds sector in the year to 30 June 2014 with a +28.34% cumulative return versus a less...

Incorrect emissions and energy data wrong foots Timberland - news

Timberland, of Stratham, New Hampshire, creator of the famed yellow leather work boot, is in the midst of rectifying a self-inflicted CSR public relations problem. In mid-July the $1.6bn...

Sustainability still driven by ‘box-ticking’, not conviction - news

UK businesses are missing out on a range of benefits by operating on the ‘border’ of compliancy when it comes to sustainable business practice, according to the annual sustainability...

Henkel-developed enzyme to help reduce CO2 emissions - news

Henkel Research has succeeded in combining surfactants and enzymes within a liquid hand-dishwashing product - a chemical first - which means not just a better cleaning performance but a...

Innovation and collaboration celebrated at Champions Awards - news

Flooring that converts footsteps into renewable electricity, a house built almost entirely from waste products and Sky’s Rainforest Rescue campaign with WWF were among the winners at last...

National Grid named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 - news

National Grid has taken the mantle of Responsible Business of the Year from Jaguar LandRover following last night's Business in the Community's (BITC's) Awards. National Grid was...

Co-operative Energy powers up community energy campaign - news

Co-operative Energy is this year’s lead sponsor of Community Energy Fortnight, the world’s biggest community energy campaign. Organised by the Community Energy Coalition (CEC) -...

Making room for CSR - news

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) may be an internationally recognised hotel brand but its business model is actually asset light in that it only directly owns 9 hotels worldwide. However,...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the June 2014 data: - news

The £6.19m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund surpassed its peers in the UK Registered funds sector in the year to 31 May 2014 with a +22.07% cumulative return versus less than spectacular...

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...

Call for beauty industry to take greener steps - news

The cosmetics industry needs to take greater steps if it is to become more sustainable. This was one of the key messages from Sustainable Cosmetics Summit North America, hosted in New York...

Allergan tops Newsweek's Green Rankings - news

The 2014 Newsweek Green Rankings show improvement in environmental performance disclosure by global firms. The top-ranked company on the US 500 was Allergan, the California-based pharma...

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....

BITC highlights need for ‘and race’ to be added to governance code - news

New research shows that no progress is being made on tackling race inequality in management. The organisation behind the report, Business in the Community’s race equality campaign Race for...

Europeans wasting €2.4bn on annual energy bills - news

European households are losing €2.4bn, wasting 12 TWh of energy annually, and emitting an extra 3.3m tonnes of CO2 – more than enough to power every home in five European countries....

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...

Investors lose interest in UK renewables, says EY - news

The attractiveness of the UK renewables market in the eyes of investors and developers has decreased dramatically – falling back to levels last seen in November 2012, according to EY's...

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...

Semrau cleans up at SC Johnson - news

Kelly Semrau, senior vp- global corporate affairs, communication and sustainability, at SC Johnson, tells Ethical Performance about the household cleaning giant’s approach to CR and...

Impact investment comes of age - news

The proponents of impact investing believe that we are witnessing a seismic shift in investment behaviour. Miranda Ingram reports   It is hard to imagine what the past fifty...

Plastics companies team up to deliver more affordable water - news

An estimated 56,000 of Nairobi’s poorest residents will receive a safe and reliable water service - costing a tenth of what they currently pay - due to a new four-partner collaboration....

‘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...

Homeworking could save 3bn tonnes of carbon a year - news

Increasing the numbers of UK employees working from home could save over 3 million tonnes of carbon a year as well as cut costs by £3 billion a year for UK employers and employees,...

Ecotricity saves British wind firm - news

Britain’s green energy company Ecotricity has bought small wind firm Evance out of administration. Evance have pioneered an innovative new windmill design which is 90% of the way...

Newlight sprints ahead with AirCarbon technology - news

US telecoms giant Sprint is to be one of the first companies to use AirCarbon, a new carbon-negative material made from greenhouse gas. The materia,l manufactured by California-based...

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...

New co-chair of OWIC takes seat - news

DONG Energy Wind Power’s country manager, Benj Sykes, is the new co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) by Business and Energy Minister, the Rt. Hon Michael Fallon MP, who...

Achieving sustainability goals through Corporate Impact Venturing - news

UK companies must rediscover the lost arts of innovation, argued the PwC annual CEO survey earlier this year. In fact, companies everywhere are under pressure to adapt to the double whammy of...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the April 2014 data - news

The £6.17m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund yet again outpaced peers in the UK Registered funds sector over the past year to 31 March 2014 with a cumulative +54.37% return albeit that...

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...

Women losing out in CSR salary stakes - news

The 5th instalment of the biennial CR and Sustainability Salary Survey produced by Acre, Carnstone & Flag, reveals that average salaries have risen in Europe and North America, but have...

Time to take a look at your data supply chain footprint - news

There’s a large elephant in your server room (data centre), writes Eiríkur Hrafnsson, co-founder and coo of GreenQloud. It’s something you’re not thinking about as...

General Motors appoints safety vp following vehicle recall - news

General Motors is investigating why it took a decade to recall cars found to have potentially lethal ignition switches. The Detroit-based multinational acknowledges the defective part was...

FTSE Group develops fossil fuel excluding index - news

FTSE Group has developed indices which will omit companes linked to ownership and/or extraction of carbon based fossil fuel reserves.  It claims that the move is ground-breaking and...

Apple faces protests over worker welfare in China - news

Apple's New York flagship store was a scene of protest at the weekend. Protesters gathered to participate in a demonstration calling on the smartphone giant to stop the poisoning of workers...

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...

Air leak detection helps Nissan win environmental award - news

Combing through miles of tubing in the compressed air system in Nissan’s manufacturing facilities and repairing enough leaks to save 11,300 megawatt hours of energy last year, has helped...

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...

UK government to turn rooftops into solar power stations - news

Plans to turn the Government estate as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy Minister Greg Barker. The...

BT launches online energy saving tool - news

Telecoms giant BT has launched a free interactive online energy saving tool to help customers find ways of reducing their carbon footprint - both at home and at work. Part of BT's...

Get a grip on your environmental reporting - news

By Tom Cumberlege, a consultant at The Carbon Trust   It’s time to get your environmental story straight. The signals from the UK government are clear, from October 2013...

CSR hits the catwalk - news

Jeannette Ferran Astorga, vice president of social responsibility at Ann Inc., gives Ethical Performance a glimpse into some of the fashion house’s latest sustainability program...

Investment in soft commodity trading ‘problematic’ says report - news

The most recent quarterly ‘Amity Insight’ report from Ecclesiastical Investment Management, which has been at the forefront of socially responsible ethical investments since 1988,...

Rolls-Royce launches 24-hour ‘ethics line’ - news

Rolls-Royce, the UK manufacturer of aero engines and marine and energy equipment, has introduced a 24-hour “ethics line” enabling employees to voice bribery suspicions. At the...

Sustainability reporting moves up British business agenda - news

While 70% of British businesses identify sustainability as a key driver for growth, only 51% believe that sustainability issues will impact their firm’s financial performance over the next...

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...

Spider-Man flies in for Earth Hour - news

In a first of its kind partnership, Spider-Man will be the first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour, the global movement organized by WWF, with a message to inspire individuals to use their...

Vote for your sustainability champions! - news

Voting is now open for this year's 2degrees Champions Awards . There are 14 categories to vote on which highlight a variety of innovative projects, solutions, organizations and...

#FF for BITC’s responsible business Twitter campaign - news

Business in the Community (BITC), the charity which promotes responsible business, is asking employees across the UK to tweet why they are #Proudtoworkfor their organizations. The campaign...

Marks & Spencer wins Carbon Trust triple award - news

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

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...

A case of rum and reason - news

Ethical Performance talks to Dave Howson, CSR and sustainability director of Bacardi, the world’s largest privately-owned drinks company   Starting out as a warehouse manager...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the February 2014 data - news

The £5.94m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund continued its top ranking amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 January 2014 with a cumulative +50.46% return versus past...

Socially responsible investment prognosis set positive for 2014 - news

The year 2014 is “unlikely to see the spectacular equity returns” enjoyed during 2013, but it will be a year in which assets in a logical manner can be managed, according to Amy...

European consumers being misled over energy saving claims - news

One in five energy-using products across Europe do not match their energy efficiency claims, according to the Energy Saving Trust. European Commission-funded research reveals that up to 20%...

Environmental management budgets set to escalate - news

More than 62% of corporations worldwide will increase spending on environmental management initiatives in 2014 and 31% will increase spend in the double-digits according to a new report from...

New ‘green’ fuel could increase CO2 emissions, says What Car? - news

The introduction of a ‘greener’ petrol to meet EU regulations could increase harmful CO2 tailpipe emissions, says What Car? . The move to introduce E10 fuel, which is expected...

Bacardi aims for zero waste to landfill by 2022 - news

The world’s largest privately-held spirits company Bacardi has unveiled a new environmental initiative called Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future. The campaign details...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the January data: - news

The £5.69m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund continued its top ranking amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 December 2013 with a cumulative +67.62% performance. It...

Aluminium makes carbon advances - news

Energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production in the United States and Canada have declined significantly in recent years according to a new,...

Girl Scouts show girl power - news

Girl Scouts and Alcoa concluded the Girl Scouts Forever Green project recently after saving 639m kilowatts of energy, conserving 226m gallons of water, and eliminating 1 bn pounds of carbon...

Social enterprise makes headway in Russia - news

Vera Kurochkina, UC RUSAL Public Relations Director, explains the aluminium giant's role in Russia's burgeoning social enterprise sector   Once upon a time two frogs fell...

Europe switches on to energy saving light bulbs - news

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

Barcardi to ramp up responsible drinking efforts - news

The world’s largest privately owned drinks company, Bacardi Limited, has announced plans to strengthen and expand its responsible drinking and responsible marketing efforts globally....

Roger Aitken interprets the January data - news

The £6.92m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund continued its top ranking amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 30 November 2013 with a cumulative +92.68% performance. This...

Something new under the sun roof at Ford Motors - news

Global car manufacturer Ford has unveiled a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle. Instead of powering its battery from an electrical outlet, the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept harnesses...

Strategic software combines reporting platforms - news

Sustainability Sure is a new platform that combines energy meter analytics, CRC compliance and reporting, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in a single...

DHL receives eco-seal - news

Seal of approval… Deutsche Post DHL has become the first logistics company to receive the ‘Green Brands’ eco-seal for its Group-wide environmental protection programme...

Looking good on more than paper - news

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

British small businesses rank sustainability top priority - news

A quarter of Britain's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) say sustainability is one of their top three priorities for 2014, reflecting a renewed confidence and a desire to focus on...

Panasonic boosts solar lanterns CR initiative - news

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is boosting its  aim to donate a total of 100 thousand solar lanterns to locations without electricity by 2018, with a new initiative called “Cut...

P&G reports absolute reductions in waste, water, CO2 and energy - news

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble has reported making significant progress in meeting its sustainability in its 15th sustainability report. Len Sauers, vp of sustainability at...

Comic Relief in spotlight over investment ethics - news

A British charity has been accused of investing in arms, alcoholic drinks and tobacco companies, contrary to its published aims. Comic Relief, which raises much of its money through two...

Craft beer company brews up new waste water strategy - news

Lagunitas Brewing Company will be cutting out its 10 truckloads of waste water a day and saving about $1.5m a year. The trendy California craft beer company has signed on as the first to...

British business missing out on £300m in carbon savings - news

New research from the Carbon Trust shows that UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300m a year in savings that could be achieved through encouraging employees to adopt greener...

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...

Arriva to invest £4.5m in rail eco-technology - news

European transport group Arriva is to invest £4.5m in eco-technology at its UK rail operations. More than 580 train cabs from 15 different train fleets at the group's Arriva Trains...

Lego to build on environmental ambitions - news

Lego is augmenting the building blocks of its carbon emissions reduction programme with a new WWF partnership. The Danish toy manufacturer has pledged to improve performance on a range of...

Low carbon technology not understood by consumers - news

Homeowners are unable to take advantage of the benefits of low and zero carbon technologies because they do not understand how they work, new research by the NHBC Foundation has shown. All...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the November 2013 data: - news

The £6.58m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund continued its top ranking amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 October 2013 with an improving cumulative +94.44% performance...

Mighty oaks from little acorns... - news

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

Time to realise the power of renewables? - news

This year Ofgem announced that Britain will face an energy drought by 2015, as our ageing coal fired power stations are systematically decommissioned. Whilst the materialization of Hinkley Point...

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...

Major South Korean businesses found stealing electricity - news

Some of South Korea’s leading businesses have been caught stealing cheap electricity to power research facilities, offices, and golf courses.  The violations took advantage of...

P&G to use in-house technology to fuel future - news

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is taking the greening of plastic packaging into its own hands. Using internally-developed new technology that is said to reduce resin usage, cut down energy...

Levi Strauss makes strides in sustainable fashion - news

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co. has debuted the Dockers Wellthread process for responsible sourcing at the company’s new innovation lab in San Francisco. The ground-breaking approach...

Sainsbury's opens first 'Triple Zero' supermarkets - news

Sainsbury's new supermarket in Leicester is one of two 'Triple Zero' stores the retailer has just opened. It is the high street chain's most environmentally friendly store to...

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...

European companies set to fall behind on sustainability disclosure - news

European companies are set to fall behind emerging markets-based companies on sustainability disclosure according to new report from Aviva Investors.  The study carried out by CK...

Swedish Energy Agency to purchase 500,000 Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) - news

The Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) is to purchase 500,000 Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) from ClimateCare’s improved cooking stove project in Ghana, developed jointly with global...

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...

AT&T reaches halfway mark to investment commitment - news

Telecoms giant AT&T has reached the halfway mark of its commitment to invest up to $565m to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over the course of a 10-year period up to...

UPS to invest $50m in natural gas stations - news

Logistics giant UPS is to invest approximately $50m to build an additional nine liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations, bringing the total number of stations to 13. Four were announced in...

E.ON and Opower launch 'Saving Energy Toolkit' - news

Energy company E.ON has partnered with Opower, the global leader in customer engagement solutions for the utility industry, to launch the ‘Saving Energy Toolkit’ – a data set...

Green travel on the increase - news

Travellers are going out of their way to travel green according to a recent survey conducted by The GO Group, an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the data: - news

Guinness Alternative Energy C, a £3.72m fund, came top amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 30 September 2013 with an improving cumulative +77.63% return, but lagged with a...

Dell ramps up CSR strategy with Legacy of Good plan - news

ITC giant Dell is incorporating a 2020 Legacy of Good plan into its current ‘Powering the Possible’ CSR strategy. The computer company says that the plan is designed to...

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...

Massive corruption undermines South Korea's nuclear industry - news

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

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...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices in North America - news

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

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...

The case for Business Improvement Districts - news

Tass Mavrogordato, ceo of inmidtown, a Business Improvement District, explains how the organisation contributes to the sustainable business model  At inmidtown we’re striving to...

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...

World’s largest solar plant enters commercial operation - news

The world’s largest parabolic trough solar plant entered commercial operation in the US this week. It is also the first solar plant in the US with thermal energy storage which allows...

Volkswagen moves up a gear with Ecotricity energy offer - news

In the first crossover partnership of its kind in the UK between a car manufacturer and an energy company, Volkswagen Group is to provide a 100% green electricity offer on its electric vehicles....

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the October data: - news

Guinness Alternative Energy C, a £2.8m fund, came top amongst UK Registered funds over the past one year to 31 August with a cumulative +64.51% return – versus -21.51%/149th peer...

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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Energy boost... 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...

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Barrage barrier… Environmental groups have welcomed the UK government’s announcement that effectively puts a stop to plans to build a barrage across the Severn Estuary. Janina...

UPS delivers for Dow Jones index inclusion - news

UPS delivered, Bank of America earned its dividend and UBS banked a win, as all three landed inclusion into the 2013/2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The three biggest...

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I n a spin… British department store chain John Lewis is trialling a new energy efficiency label that tells consumers the lifetime electricity running costs on washing machines, washer...

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Tide is high… Joint venture company MeyGen is to begin installation of the largest tidal energy project in Europe. The 86MW tidal energy project has just received the official greenlight...

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...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

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Build better… The Technology Strategy Board is to invest £60m over the next 5 years to support innovation in energy efficient building projects. This is expected to leverage...

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Build up… The World Green Building Council has awarded its highest accolade, the Business Leadership in Sustainability to British Land as part of its Europe Region Leadership Awards....

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...

Land stewardship – the next big environmental issue? - news

Land stewardship is not a well-known term; however, for the mining industry it is becoming increasingly critical. The concept of land stewardship is intended to address what has been...

Work to begin on largest tidal energy project in Europe - news

Joint venture company MeyGen is to begin installation of the largest tidal energy project in Europe. The 86MW tidal energy project has just received the official greenlight from the Scottish...

John Lewis trials new energy efficiency labelling - news

British department store chain John Lewis is trialling a new energy efficiency label that tells consumers the lifetime electricity running costs on washing machines, washer dryers and tumble...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the September data: - news

Among UK Registered funds Guinness Alternative Energy C, a £2.46m fund, produced a stunning +80.95% over the past one year to 31 July 2013. However, this must be put in context with a...

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...

Fletcher welcomes BUPA's Carbon Trust certification - news

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

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...

Putting bribery under the cosh - news

Bribery and corruption remain ongoing issues for businesses worldwide, especially for companies that are doing business in developing economies, where corruption is more commonplace than it is...

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Obama backing… Legislation designed to expand hydropower production in the United States by improving and streamlining the licensing process for small hydropower projects is now law. The...

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Wind up… The second largest offshore wind farm in the world, costing £1.3bn and generating enough clean electricity to power over half a million homes, has officially opened by the...

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...

US to investigate market irregularities at JP Morgan Chase - news

New inquiries are now being conducted by the Department of Justice, the US criminal investigation agency, into allegations that JPMorgan Chase manipulated energy markets. JPMorgan Chase,...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

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...

Power shift: emerging economies to drive renewables sector - news

The renewable energy sector will soon be driven by emerging economies according to a new report from research agency Frost & Sullivan. The shift in market power will be down to the...

Sweden proves world's most sustainable country - news

RobecoSAM’s new study has found Sweden to be the most sustainable country in the world. The study, which evaluates 59 countries (21 from developed and 38 from emerging markets) on a...

As Premier League kicks off, Carbon Trust tracks ‘carbon bootprint’ - news

As England’s Premier League prepares to kick off this weekend, new research from the Carbon Trust has unveiled the ‘carbon bootprint’ of watching football. The research...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the August data: - news

Among UK Funds it was Guinness Alternative Energy C, a £1.96m fund, which secured the yellow jersey over the last one year to 30 June 2013 with a cumulative return of +39.76%. However, it...

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...

Uren takes top spot at Forum for the Future - news

Sally Uren has stepped up as chief executive of Forum for the Future, the sustainability non-profit organisation where she was previously deputy chief executive. The Forum says Uren will...

Ethics & economics are stacking up against fossil-fuel investment - news

“Coal is a dead man walkin’,” Deutsche Bank global head of asset management Kevin Parker told The Washington Post in January 2011. “Banks won’t finance them....

Awards celebrate corporate responsibility & sustainability - news

Jaguar Land Rover has been crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year, taking over the mantle from British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer. The...

Sierra Leone land grab fuels poverty - news

The rush for farmland by foreign investors engaged in industrial-scale plantation agriculture in Sierra Leone has increased poverty and food shortages among communities who have lost their...

Call for halt to industrial plantations in Sierra Leone - news

The push for farmland by foreign investors engaged in industrial-scale plantation agriculture in Sierra Leone has increased poverty and food shortages among communities who have lost their...

Girl power musters to protect planet - news

The Alcoa Foundation in the US is sponsoring nearly 700 girl scouts and girl guides from 12 countries within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to "twin"...

CDP, CDSB & IIRC form alliance to accelerate integrated reporting - news

CDP, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), are forming an alliance that will achieve greater momentum towards the evolution of...

2degrees crowns first Sustainability Champions - news

2degrees, the online network for sustainability professionals, announced the winners of its inaugural Sustainability Champions Awards 2013, earlier this week. The awards selected and voted...

Coca-Cola ramps up environmental goals with WWF - news

American drinks giant Coca-Cola is looking improve its water efficiency by 25% by 2020 as part of a new set of global environmental goals and an expanded global parternship with World Wildlife...

GM & Honda to collaborate on next-generation fuel cell technologies - news

Automotive giants General Motors and Honda are to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies. According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM and...

Over filling kettle costs UK households £600m a year - news

The Energy Saving Trust is urging Britons to follow three simple tips to save water and energy, without impacting on their lifestyle. It maintains that an average UK household could save...

Getting the green light to tell your ethical story - news

How about this for the ultimate in greenwashing? Michinoku, a Japanese company which was - up until recently - making pampered pooch treats from one of the rarer species of whale, described...

Carbon Trust to tackle waste management - news

The Carbon Trust is to launch the world’s first international business standard to certify the management and reduction of waste. While it is estimated that around 11.2bn tonnes of...

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

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

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...

Toyota drives eco agenda - news

Toyota tops this year’s Best Global Green Brands list issued by Interbrand, the New York-based international brand consultancy. The Japanese vehicle maker leads the green table of 50...

Chemical contamination still issue for Environment Agency - news

New chemicals used by manufacturers, along with their products, are bringing fresh health risks, even though European environmental policies have reduced contamination in air, water and food,...

Call for concerted action over national food wastage - news

Concerted action against food wastage in the UK and an expansion of the government’s bilateral nutrition programmes have been urged by British MPs. The parliamentary international...

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...

Boeing flying high as CO2 emissions fall by 26% - news

Dreamliner maker Boeing has made significant improvements in its environmental performance, despite a 50% increase in airplane production over recent years (2007 to 2012). According to its...

Advent of SSE puts UK "at heart of social investment" - news

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has officially launched the Social Stock Exchange (SSE), a new initiative designed to connect the public financial markets with social impact...

UK catering industry makes meal of energy savings - news

The Carbon Trust has developed a Cut Cost & Carbon Calculator specifically for the catering industry. According to the Trust, UK catering operations account for almost 2% of all business and...

AT&T debuts solar mobile charging stations - news

US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a pilot project which provides free solar mobile charging stations in locations across New York City. Called Street Charge, the public can charge their...

Budweiser brewer extends environmental goals - news

Stella Artois and Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is ramping up its environmental commitment with seven new global goals that aim to reduce water risks and improve its water...

Ecology signs up to GABV - news

Green building society Ecology has been announced as the latest sustainable finance organisation to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). This membership is regarded as a strong...

Environmental investing comes of age - news

FTSE Group, the global index provider, has launched the FTSE ET100 index, adding to its FTSE Environmental Markets Series. Jupiter (one of the UK’s leading fund groups) is adopting the new...

Whitbread toasts recycling win - news

Premier Inn owner, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants (WHR), is the toast of the town following its win in the Veolia Environmental Services Recycling Awards for its performance diverting waste...

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...

New ways of measuring company performance - news

Written by Jeffrey Harrison &  Andy Wicks, Darden Business School, University of Virginia, US Firm performance is a fundamental issue for scholars and practitioners alike. We...

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....

Park life... - news

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

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...

Landmark level... - news

Carbon dioxide levels hit the historic 400.03 ppm mark in May according to monitoring at Mauna Loa (NOAA). Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven has since commented: “This is a...

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...

Coca-Cola makes pledge to stop advertising to under 12s - news

While the US drinks giant ended advertising to under 12s in the UK as far back as 2009, Coca-Cola is now making it a global initiative as part of its anti-obesity drive. The move comes amid a...

Back to the future for CSR professionals? - news

For nearly two decades I have been privileged to lead many of The Co-operative Group’s excellent ethical and environmental programmes. The Co-operative Bank’s charismatic md, Terry...

Oil giants raided over fears of price fixing - news

Huge penalties and prosecutions could be in store for the oil companies whose offices have been raided by European Commission officials on suspicion of fixing prices. The Brussels teams...

BBC trailblazes towards sustainable production - news

The aim to get the ethos of sustainability embedded into the production of all TV programmes is behind the launch of Albert +, a new sustainability tool from the BBC. Nick Leslie, who...

Principles don’t pull against profit - news

Paul Ellis , chief executive of Ecology Building Society, believes that a long-term approach is essential for the future of the UK’s financial sector and that finance can be...

Panasonic lantern programme lights way in developing countries - news

Japan’s Panasonic Corporation has instigated a project to donate a total of 100,000 solar lanterns to people in regions of the world without electricity, by 2018.    As...

Whole Foods Market to develop first rooftop farm - news

It sounded like an April Fool (and the news release was issued on 1 April) but Whole Foods Market and Gotham Greens is to build America’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse above a...

Bombay Sapphire revives old mill - news

An old English paper mill, referenced as far back as the Domesday Book, is set to become one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries. The Bombay Sapphire site in Laverstoke,...

Opower in bid to change consumer behaviour in Europe - news

Leading US cleantech company, Opower is launching into the European market in a bid to repeat its success in the US.    Sitting at the apex of ‘big data’ and...

Morrisons wins first European CSR Award - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

Cleantech market major growth sector for UK economy - news

The cleantech market is a major growth sector for the UK economy, Michael Rudd, partner at legal firm Bird & Bird, highlighted at ecoConnect’s recent Green in the City Forum which...

New Horizons... - news

New Horizons... The Technology Strategy Board, the global sustainability non-profit organisation, has launched ‘Horizons’ (beta), a free digital tool designed to help businesses...

Power play... - news

Power play... Unilever says it has achieved a CO2 reduction of more than one million tonnes from its manufacturing and logistics operations. The one million tonnes CO2 reduction is a...

Pan-European CSR Award kicks off with UK winners - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

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...

Water quality standards slip across Europe - news

Water in over 6,000 towns and cities across Europe is failing EU environmental standards, putting the health of millions of people at risk and rendering taxpayers liable for fines of over...

US toiletries company issues Goodness Report - news

A US toiletries company has introduced a new format for sharing its environmental goals and progress with the public. The Tom’s of Maine Goodness Report details the company’s...

IHRB guide calls for effective integration of human rights risk in investments - news

A new guide from the IHRB will help investors work with companies to ensure they have the systems and know-how to deal with human rights risks, Margaret Wachenfeld, director of legal affairs at...

Laos dam project goes ahead despite Asia outcry - news

The Laos government and the company it commissioned to build a huge hydroelectric dam on the Mekong river are under renewed attack for breaching their agreement to halt the work.   A...

Californian sunshine technology powers Indian hospital - news

A major medical centre in India will soon be receiving a significant amount of its energy from the sun courtesy of Californian technology from Sunpreme Solar Systems. A 150 kilowatt rooftop...

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...

Supermodel backs push to tackle energy poverty - news

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has teamed up with charity Practical Action to raise awareness of the impact of energy poverty.   According to Practical Action, in Sub Saharan Africa, two...

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...

Nike races ahead in sustainable materials & chemistries - news

Global sports brand Nike is accelerating the supply of more sustainable materials and chemistries through a new partnership with Switzerland’s Bluesign Technologies. Bluesign will...

New UK nuclear power station gets green light - news

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IT industry responsible for 2% of carbon emissions - news

Research by the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) and Bell Labs has revealed that the information technology industry – encompassing the internet, video, voice and...

Pale Blue Hat goes on the Radar - news

Marketing consultancy Pale Blue Hat has launched Radar, a toolkit to help companies identify the risk of adverse exposure around their green claims and avoid charges of misleading customers with...

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...

Barclays CEO breaks with bank’s scandal-hit past - news

Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins has told the bank’s staff that they must adopt five new core values – respect, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship – or leave...

Tennant joins UK GIB - news

Tessa Tennant has been appointed as a non-executive director of the UK Green Investment Bank (UK GIB), a funding scheme initiated by the UK government designed to accelerate private sector...

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...

JP Morgan Chase in electricity ban - news

JP Morgan Chase has been banned by the US energy regulator from trading electricity at market rates for six months. The ban comes after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission charged the...

Business leaders call for stricter emissions targets - news

A group of UK business leaders last month called on the government to set stringent energy sector emissions targets by 2030. They claimed that the coalition government was creating uncertainty,...

IKEA pledges to grow more trees than it uses - news

Furniture retailer Ikea has announced plans to switch to renewable energy by 2020, and to grow more trees than it uses. The Swedish-based group said it will also encourage sales of...

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

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

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...

EU reaches 100GW milestone - news

The EU has overtaken the 100 gigawatt (GW) milestone for installed wind power capacity, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). The EWEA said that though it took the European...

Polymer fuel cell breakthrough imminent - news

A Carbon Trust report says the UK’s fuel-cell sector is close to developing breakthroughs in polymer fuel cells, which could significantly cut cost, the biggest barrier to wide-scale...

Asda to expand Sustain & Save programme - news

UK retailer Asda is to expand its Sustain & Save Exchange Programme for suppliers, after it saved the company £13m through sustainability innovations since it was launched earlier this...

RBS tops CREX index - news

RBS has been named the UK’s number one bank for renewable energy use in one of the world’s leading independent indexes. The 2012 Bloomberg Corporate Renewable Energy Index (CREX)...

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

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

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...

Ecoislands movement launches with signing of ten-point sustainable communities accord - news

More than 30 regional and island communities from around the world have signed up to a new ten-point accord to help drive the grassroots deployment of clean technologies and sustainable business...

Bettercoal appoints Christie - news

Dr Martin Christie has been appointed executive director of Bettercoal, and will lead its global initiative to promote corporate responsibility in the international coal supply chain. Bettercoal...

Industries in scrap for water supplies - news

Energy companies have been accused of unfairly competing against US farmers for water during the country's worst drought since 1936, with oil, gas and biofuel operations particularly singled...

Barclays, Standard Chartered challenged over Russian oil and gas complex pollution - news

Three British banks and the Shell oil company have come under attack from civil society groups for failing to address alleged environmental and human rights abuses by a giant integrated oil and...

Think-tank scheme for local investment - news

 A social enterprise finance model of community infrastructure bonds  (Cibs), using multiple revenue streams and links to land and property values through a Special Purpose Vehicle...

Higg Index gives apparel firms sustainability measure - news

Members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition – 30 manufacturers and retailers which includes Walmart, Nike, Target, JC Penney and Levi Strauss – (EP, December 2010, p8) have unveiled...

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...

IKEA invests in wind farm - news

IKEA’s plans to fill all its energy needs from renewable sources ( EP, July 2012, p5 ) are taking another step with investment in a 30-turbine wind farm on Glötesvålen, a...

TalkTalk calls for energy certification scheme - news

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

Non-renewables running out fast, says new research - news

The world’s non-renewable resources are running out, causing problems in a number of production processes in the near future, according to research by Miriam Quick on behalf of HRH the...

Sainsbury's opts for renewable energy - news

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is tapping renewable energy by installing geo-thermal heat pump technology, initially at 100 of its stores. After testing the technology at its Crayford...

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...

Green takes over from Warren at Clean Energy Council - news

Australia’s Clean Energy Council has appointed clean energy pioneer and former head of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy, David Green, as its chief executive officer. Green...

IKEA goes big on solar - news

Ikea is set to become one of the largest users of commercial solar power in the US with the installation of rooftop solar generators, producing 4.29mw, at distribution centres in Maryland and...

Microsoft to be carbon neutral within a year - news

Microsoft has announced ambitious plans to become carbon neutral in a year, having cut its emissions by 30% per unit of revenue from 2007 levels through efficiencies and increased renewable...

Piling new expectations on already-stressed managers - news

Imagine you are the manager of a busy supermarket. You face daily pressure to ensure that your store is performing well. Your staff work in shifts and it is a struggle to find time to bring them...

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...

Australia presses on with wide-ranging carbon tax - news

A carbon pricing scheme, probably the world’s most comprehensive, is being implemented in Australia, despite continuing opposition from some business groups. From 1 July,...

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...

Walden leads fund managers’ call for full disclosure of corporate lobbying spend - news

US-based investor Walden Asset Management is leading 40 fund managers in challenging companies to disclose their spending on political lobbying. The investors’ alliance has filed...

Carr to drive sustainability at WSP - news

The environmental consultancy WSP has appointed Robert Carr as its new director for sustainability and energy, in its Middle East, India and Africa operations. Carr – who joins from Buro...

UN Global Compact appoints 14 new board members - news

The United Nations Global Compact has appointed 14 new members to its board. The following have been newly appointed to serve three-year terms: Jorge Abrahão (Ethos Institute), Kurt Bock...

Enel buys carbon credits from Haiti - news

Italian energy firm Enel has agreed to buy UN-backed carbon credits from a cookstove emission reduction project in earthquake-hit Haiti, one of the EU’s preferred partners in its emissions...

Port of LA to encourage low-emission vessels - news

The Port of Los Angeles is to start paying carriers that use low-emission vessels at their facility. The port company estimates that 30% of the ships that go through it will qualify for the...

GIB makes first investments - news

The UK government’s new Green Investment Bank has made its first infrastructure investments. £30m ($47m, €37m) has been awarded to Greensphere Capital to work on small projects...

Chesapeake Energy to split ceo & chairman roles - news

Oil and gas firm Chesapeake Energy has agreed to separate its chief executive and chairman roles. The move comes after controversy when chair and CEO Aubrey McClendon borrowed more than $1bn...

Global warming damages to set precedent? - news

The highest court in Virginia has handed down a ruling on company liability for global warming damages that experts say could set a precedent for energy companies and environmental plaintiffs....

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...

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...

Investment future for nuclear bleak, says Impax - news

An asset management firm has warned that the future will see investors continue to punish nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Impax Asset Management says that the...

Eucalyptus fuel takes off in Oz - news

Sustainable fuel from eucalyptus trees is being developed for commercial airline flights. Virgin Australia and its aircraft supplier Airbus will seek to produce a certified energy source that...

Time to welcome Trafigura into CSR fold - news

Oil trader Trafigura has been held up as displaying the worst of corporate irresponsibility. Oil might be a dirty business, but it is lazy to write such companies off as mere heartless...

Profit motives and the pursuit of happiness - news

When an entrepreneur has the inspiration to start a business, their first aspiration is not necessarily a financial one. Before the bit about developing a sustainable business model comes...

US companies blazing CSR path in India - news

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

Chinese state steps in with ‘transformative’ move on sustainability in private sector - news

China has introduced green lending guidelines for banks in order to encourage sustainable growth in the private sector. The government’s banking regulator, the China Banking...

Negative investor sentiment hits mining offenders - news

RepRisk has named Alpha Natural Resources, Newmont and Glencore as the world’s most controversial mining companies in its latest research on ESG risks to corporate reputations....

Brazil imposes travel ban on oil chiefs awaiting spill trial - news

Seventeen executives from two oil companies have been banned from leaving Brazil after criminal charges were brought against them for a spill in Rio de Janeiro. Managers at Chevron and...

RSPO toughens up - news

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) says it will publish details of company’s not complying with its code of conduct, with an eye to further sanctions later on in the year. There...

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...

Ikea seeks suppliers' compliance with sustainability code by end of year - news

The furniture multinational Ikea will remove suppliers from its supply chain if they depart from its code of conduct as it pushes for full compliance this year. This action, meeting part of...

Energy extractives industry sees guidelines updated in wake of BP disaster - news

New non-financial reporting guidance for the oil and gas industry has been produced by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Designed for companies at various stages of the oil, gas and...

Germany leads way on comprehensive CSR plan - news

An ambitious green economy drive announced by the German government emphasises principles in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investment. The policy recommendations of the...

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...

Growing awareness in China sparks demands for corporate transparency - news

Chinese civil society is becoming increasingly environmentally aware, with indications of meaningful pressure on the government and companies operating in China, says a new report. Giving...

Royce rolls into Weber Shandwick - news

Weber Shandwick has appointed Bill Royce as its new head of sustainability for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Royce, who joins from Burson-Marsteller, will be responsible for building the...

Miami hotel checks in Greenlight - news

A hotel in Miami has become one of the largest so far to use 100% renewable energy. The luxury InterContinental hotel has partnered with Greenlight Energy to purchase over 15 million kWh of wind...

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...

O2 commits to 40-point sustainability programme - news

UK telecoms giant O2 has introduced an ambitious three-year strategy for expanding its CSR operations, outlining 40 targets on issues from carbon emissions to flexible working. O2’s...

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...

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...

South African construction industry unites to address health and safety weaknesses - news

Companies in South Africa’s construction industry have collaboratively introduced a non-profit organisation to improve the sector’s health and safety practices. BuildSafe South...

Recession fails to dampen UK demand for fair trade products but organic sector falters - news

The strength of fair trade products in the UK is revealed in a study highlighting their continuing growth in the face of recession, a contrast to the sharp decline in the sales of similar goods...

WindMade label flies high - news

Companies that source their power from wind energy can now proclaim it by attaching the WindMade label to their products. Under criteria published in October, the label can be used by companies...

EDF Energy fined for spying - news

EDF Energy has been fined €1.5m and two of its senior staff sent to prison for spying on environmental campaigners. A French court found that EDF employed a security firm, Kargus, to spy on...

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...

Firms disclosing political spend after law abolished - news

A growing number of US companies are voluntarily disclosing their political spending and putting restrictions on the political use of their money, according to a new report ahead of the 2012...

EU firms report ‘aspirations before performance’ - news

Large companies are routinely guilty of publishing “irrelevant data, unsubstantiated claims, gaps in data and inaccurate figures”, according to a new analysis of fact-checking in CSR...

‘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...

Carbon Trust sets up consultancy - news

The Carbon Trust research organisation has launched a consultancy business to more directly help UK firms reduce their energy costs and get more competitive rates for greener technology....

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...

Japan under post-Fukushima pressure to cut carbon goals - news

The Japanese government has been told by businesses that it needs to scrap its greenhouse gas emissions target and reconfigure its energy mix in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.  ...

M&Co; takes hold of energy supply by building wind farms - news

A British clothing retailer has taken the unusual step of setting up a renewable energy subsidiary “to secure full control of its future electricity consumption”. M&Co has...

Cote to chair Energy & Environment Committee - news

Dave Cote has been chosen to chair the newly-formed Business Roundtable Energy and Environment Committee. Cote, chairman of the Honeywell technology manufacturer, will head up the group of US...

UN backs core values on commodity markets - news

UN-backed principles for commodities-related investments have been established to help institutional investors navigate the sector’s CSR implications. Responsible Investment in...

Coal-reliant Australia to adopt controversial carbon tax - news

Australia has adopted a ‘carbon tax’ so that around 500 of its biggest polluters will have to pay for their emissions. By two votes, the parliament passed a bill last month...

Google reveals carbon footprint - news

IT giant Google has revealed its carbon footprint for the first time and, though its energy consumption continues to increase, the company says it has been carbon neutral since 2007. The...

DTEK wins transparency accolade - news

The DTEK energy company has been named the most transparent company in the Ukraine in the country’s first Transparency & Accountability Index, though it was admitted that firms in the...

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...

Interest in farmland sparks principles launch - news

Principles for investing responsibly in farmland have been established with the goal of improving the sustainability, transparency and accountability of these investments. Institutions with...

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...

inbrief - news

Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy achieved one of the oil sands industry’s most energy-efficient production ratings in its first year of independent operation, and cut the frequency of...

inbrief - news

Former UK cabinet minister David Miliband has been hired as an advisor by the US ‘clean-tech’ investment firm VantagePoint. Miliband, who is still a member of Parliament, will act as...

inbrief - news

Taylor Wimpey, the UK home-builder, is working with Carbon Trust Advisory Services to help it develop a low-carbon business strategy. Aims include reducing carbon from its core operations and...

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...

Oil and mining companies agree ‘model’ ethics guide - news

The energy and extractives industry has launched a set of anti-corruption principles in response to the July introduction of the UK Bribery Act. Companies including Anglo American, BP, Rio...

new energy standard set for implementation - news

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a new energy management standard to help organizations cut their carbon emissions and improve profitability. ISO 50001, aimed at businesses of...

inbrief - news

A renewable energy bond has been launched onto the UK market. Capital raised by the corporate retail bond, set up by the Wind Prospect Group, will be used to fund commercial wind turbines in the...

inbrief - news

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a new energy management standard to help organizations cut their carbon emissions and improve profitability.  ISO 50001, aimed at...

inbrief - news

Halliburton and Royal Dutch Shell have been named as the world’s most criticized companies for the practice of ‘fracking’, or extracting natural gas from shale by pumping large...

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Toyota is to become the first car manufacturer in the UK to install a solar power system in a factory. A £10million ($16m, €11.37m) ‘array’ of about 17,000 solar panels...

Don’t just play it safe – try something creative - news

Supply chain ethics is not solely about managing risk, it’s about seeking opportunities, says Daniel Hsu Recent headlines from China have included a deadly accident at Foxconn, a...

UK defence ministry starts energy drive - news

The UK defence ministry is turning to industry in its efforts to reduce the emissions and energy consumptions of its estates. The Defence Infrastructure Organization (DIO), which runs the...

Molson Coors goes all out for ‘zero landfill’ objective - news

The UK’s biggest brewer has set a goal of zero production landfill waste by the end of next year, among its environmental objectives. Molson Coors, a multinational whose products...

Coffee maker optimistic that it will reach targets - news

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

C-Suite is impressed with returns from CSR - news

A new survey shows that many companies feel their sustainability initiatives produce benefits that have exceeded expectations. EP looks at  the findings The majority of businesses say...

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...

inbrief - news

Michael Eckhart is to fill the newly-created role of head of environmental markets and sustainability at the international financial conglomerate Citigroup. Eckhart was previously president of...

A clear way forward, but with wiggle room - news

John Ruggie’s final report on business and human rights, expected to be passed by the UN’s Human Rights Council next month, contains 27 pages of ‘guiding principles’....

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...

Chesapeake hit by $2m divestment - news

Nearly $2million (£1.2m, €1.4m) has been divested from Chesapeake Energy over concerns about the company’s alleged irresponsibility on home soil in the US. Harrington...

The myth of the ethical consumer - news

Timothy Devinney, Pat Auger & Giana Eckhardt. Cambridge University Press. Paperback,  240 pages. £21.99, $36.99 Here is the antidote to all those surveys purporting to show...

Board pay is well down list of business priorities - news

Introducing transparency on boardroom pay comes bottom of the list of urgent corporate responsibility tasks compiled by most companies, new research has shown. A study from the...

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,...

Talisman commits to local consultation - news

The Canadian energy giant Talisman has formally recognized the principles of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and enshrined them in its indigenous communities policy. Talisman, which...

SRI bodies act to raise profile of ethical investing - news

Leaders of socially responsible investment associations around the world held a strategic summit in New York last month to discuss research collaboration, global policy programmes and sharing...

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...

Enel proposes to tackle third world energy gap - news

Multinational power company Enel is to focus its efforts on bridging the ‘energy divide’ that prevents poor people around the world from accessing electricity. The Italian...

Study pinpoints seven leaders in property advice field - news

Seven companies are about to ‘dominate’ the UK’s sustainability advisory services market in the real estate industry, reports the global research consultancy Verdantix....

Business rallies to help Japan - news

Companies around the world have donated millions of dollars to the Japanese relief effort after last month’s earthquake. Cash and in-kind donations, many of more than 100million yen...

Private equity move to back ethical firms - news

Co-operative Asset Management has agreed to work with the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to invest in start-up socially responsible companies. The deal means Co-operative Asset...

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...

Brewers pledge to cut carbon use by 2020 - news

Targets for cuts in carbon emissions and water use have been set by Britain’s brewing industry. The aims and deadlines are stated in a document signed by 61 companies belonging to the...

Wind energy gets new label - news

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

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...

The Co-op and M&S rated UK's greenest supermarkets - news

The Co-operative and Marks & Spencer have been rated as the UK's greenest supermarkets, with Tesco, Asda and Netto deemed the industry’s worst environmental performers. The two sector leaders...

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Procter & Gamble says it has achieved zero waste to landfill at one of its plants in North America. A site producing beauty products in Maine has worked with suppliers and staff to use 100...

Energyville - news

Chevron/ Economist Group. Online game. http://willyoujoinus.com/energyville This is not so much a game as transparent fossil fuel propaganda. Although strangely addictive,...

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...

Firms need to speak to the weak, not the strong - news

Researchers are studying the idea that multinationals spend too much stakeholder engagement time talking to large, loud NGOs rather than weaker-voiced community organizations that can give them...

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...

The corruption of capitalism - news

Richard Duncan. CLSA Books. Paperback. 228 pgs. £16 / $25. Richard Duncan is that rare thing – an unequivocal economist. His diagnosis of our current problems is that...

Should CSR have a professional body? - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group is toying with the idea of changing itself into an association for individual CSR practitioners. Is there a need for such a thing? When the CRG...

Mining bill bites the dust after corporate lobbying - news

Proposed legislation that would have made Canadian mining companies accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of their foreign operations has been narrowly defeated in...

Oil firms try to kill Schwarzenegger bill - news

Oil companies are attempting to scupper a California global warming law that would take effect in 2012. California’s Global Warming Solutions legislation, a bill from the Democrats...

Food giant raises it sights - news

One of the world’s largest food companies has announced ‘more aggressive’ sustainability goals up to 2015, despite having failed to achieve some of its recent targets....

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Ikea has bought six wind farms in Germany in a bid to reduce the carbon footprint of its stores. The deal, with the Spanish turbine firm Gamesa, means Ikea now owns 52 wind turbines across...

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Guidance on how to produce biofuels has been produced by WWF, Conservation International and the consultancy Ecofys. The advice says biofuels have to be produced sustainably without...

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Allegations of human rights abuses against Talisman Energy in Sudan have finally been dismissed. The US Supreme Court threw out an appeal claiming the Canadian oil and gas company was...

The large investment bank with big SRI ideas - news

JP Morgan was one of the rare financial institutions to come out of the credit crisis unscathed. Mike Scott speaks to vice-president Jemma Green to find out what’s so special about the...

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British Gas is to give £15million ($23.8m, €18m) worth of solar panels to UK schools. The company will donate and install the panels in up to 750 schools, and says they will generate...

Cenovus makes an early start on CSR - news

A newly-formed Canadian oil company has established corporate responsibility performance measures against which it will produce all its reporting and track its progress. Cenovus, which was...

New criteria open way for nuclear firms - news

The FTSE4Good index will no longer automatically exclude nuclear power companies from its socially responsible investment indexes after announcing new criteria for businesses in the industry....

Colombia gets broad coalition on human rights - news

Businesses have become involved in a project to promote human rights and humanitarian law in Colombia. Guias Colombia is a coalition of companies, NGOs and the Colombian government that...

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....

CSRTV spreads word for power firm - news

An energy company has featured its latest corporate responsibility report on its own television station dedicated to CSR issues. UK-based ScottishPower has placed its CSR Annual Review on the...

dairy giant brings in new code - news

The multinational dairy business FrieslandCampina is reinforcing its CSR commitments with a code of conduct based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The code pledges the company, among...

Will China and friends drive standards to the bottom? - news

If it’s true that companies from non-western nations such as China are gaining an upper hand in the race to control Africa’s oil and minerals, does this come at a price with a race to the bottom of...

Corporates advise ministers on energy cuts - news

High street retailers are to advise the UK government on how to reduce its use of energy. DIY-chain B&Q, food retailers Tesco and Marks and Spencer, and high-street bank HSBC have all been...

Co-op gets plaudits for bee campaign - news

A three-year project that has helped fight the decline in the UK bee population has won the Co-operative Group the annual Corporate Responsibility Excellence Award, given by the Chartered Institute...

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Energy Australia has won the best performance category in the seventh Corporate Responsibility Index awards for Australia and New Zealand, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Australia) taking the best...

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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...

MoD installs sustainable supply regime - news

The UK defence ministry is aiming to make its armed forces more sustainable through a new procurement strategy. The ministry says it will conduct sustainability appraisals and integrate...

FTSE nuclear rules delayed - news

Criteria enabling nuclear power companies to qualify for the FTSE4Good indexes are unlikely to be produced until at least the end of this year, EP understands. Businesses in the nuclear...

Korean giant to spend $18bn on green initiatives - news

One of Asia’s largest corporations has set aside $18billion to spend on environmentally-friendly business practice over the next ten years. The LG group, which incorporates LG Electronics along...

Google makes move into renewables field - news

The internet search giant Google has invested £38.8million (£26.7m, €31.3m) directly into two US wind farms. In its first large-scale renewable energy investment, Google is...

Dexia sees massive drop in sustainable fund sales - news

Socially responsible investment sales at Dexia Asset Management dropped 120 per cent last year, with assets under management falling by €99million (£85m, $122m).   The...

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...

P&G scorecard will keep tabs on suppliers - news

A suppliers’ environmental scorecard has been introduced by the world’s largest household goods company, which hopes it will be the first step towards an industry standard....

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...

Pension funds target low carbon investment - news

Two groups representing some of the largest pension funds in the world are set to agree a $10billion-per-year investment in an Asian fund for renewable energy. The P8, a group of the world’s...

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...

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Six per cent of BP shareholders supported a motion at last month’s annual meeting asking the business to reconsider the viability of a planned $2.8billion (£1.83bn, €2.11bn)...

Money-making investments in altruism - news

The Altru Fund claims to be overturning the notion of a conflict between social and commercial returns by treating social enterprises like normal businesses. Mike Scott speaks to managing...

Puma unveils ambitious five-year plan - news

Puma has set out targets to cut carbon emissions, energy, water and waste by a quarter over the next five years via a packaging and distribution overhaul. By reducing the use of traditional...

Netherlands leads the way as CSR goals influence pay - news

Two Dutch companies are to link senior executive pay to social and environmental performance. Life sciences group DSM and mail business TNT will join a growing band of companies that have...

Sony goes for ‘zero’ footprint by 2050 - news

Electronics giant Sony has set itself five-year targets in its drive to achieve a ‘zero environmental footprint’ by 2050. Sony’s Road to Zero objectives, to be implemented...

Global home furnishings group begins to tell a never ending story - news

Ikea has hit on the novel idea of compiling a ‘never ending list’ of its social and environmental improvements. The Scandinavian furnishings group has placed the list on its...

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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Defence Estates, which manages land owned by the UK’s defence ministry, has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for its work in controlling its carbon footprint. The organization helped...

We must make the business case – even if it’s a messy, tiresome task - news

John Elkington has been working with distinction in the corporate responsibility field for so long that he’s perhaps entitled to feel a little jaded with the continuing debate about how to...

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...

Pay was 2009’s major lapse - news

Executive pay and the treatment of staff were among the UK’s most common ‘ethical lapses’ in 2009 – and the finance sector was the most prone to problems. Research...

Delta and Virgin are best airlines of a ‘sorry’ bunch - news

Delta Airlines has been ranked top of a recycling league of the world’s largest airline businesses, against the background of an industry in a ‘sorry state’ on the issue....

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...

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

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

Innospec and Trafigura pay millions to settle poisoning cases - news

Two multinational companies agreed last month to massive payouts relating to the dumping of poisonous chemicals in the developing world. US-based chemicals manufacturer Innospec admitted to...

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

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...

Deloitte comes up with non-financial KPIs for the future - news

A breakdown of what are expected to be the most important key performance indicators (KPIs) on corporate responsibility over the next five years has been produced for every industry sector....

Sustainable business 'could be worth $10tn' - news

Almost five per cent of the world's economic output could be accounted for by sustainability-related business by 2050. That's the prediction of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which says in...

UK ethical sales up threefold - news

A tripling in the level of British ‘ethical sales’ during the past decade has been announced in research by the Co-operative Bank. The market for ethical goods such as Fairtrade products,...

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...

Destiny of ISO26000 rests on crucial vote - news

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

WWF agrees to give CSR advice to global insurer - news

WWF has signed a three-year deal with the UK’s largest commercial insurer, the global company RSA, to advise it on becoming a more sustainable business. The non-governmental...

IT sector sets bold target - news

A consortium of information technology companies has launched an ambitious bid to make communications networks 1000 times more energy-efficient. The businesses, which include AT&T,...

Cow methane on McDonald’s agenda - news

McDonald’s has announced a three-year research project in the UK into the methane emissions of its cattle. The fast-food chain, which uses beef from 350,000 cows a year for its burgers, will...

Eni test human rights draft - news

Italian energy giant Eni is the latest company set to road-test human rights guidelines backed by the United Nations and the private sector arm of the World Bank. Eni, which operates in 70...

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...

China forges ahead on CSR - news

Chinese businesses are making ‘rapid progress’ on corporate social responsibility, according to new research. A report published by the AccountAbility think tank says companies...

Tesco fulfils waste target ahead of time - news

Tesco has hit its target of eliminating all use of landfill a year ahead of schedule. The retail multinational has diverted all its yearly 531,000 tons of waste to other disposal means,...

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...

Utilities must work harder - news

Utilities companies are failing to translate their CSR policies into responsible practice, and most businesses in the sector are neglecting even to set targets for the majority of their main...

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....

RBC bucks banks backlash - news

Royal Bank of Canada has registered a rare recent success for the banking sector by being admitted to the Nasdaq Global Sustainability 50 Index. The Toronto-based bank’s naming on the index means...

Ethical shopping guide notes big gulf in best and worst practice - news

There’s a wide disparity between best and worst performers on CSR standards in the UK, according to the latest edition of The Good Shopping Guide, which rates products from banks to washing...

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Jan Rosenqvist has left the Swedish investment management consultancy Oehman Fonder to head a fund called Sun, Wind and Water, started by the Stockholm-based company Davegardh and Kjalls. The...

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Energy giant BP has been fined $87million (£51m, €58m) for safety violations at a Texas refinery. The record fine was imposed by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

‘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...

Cherry-picking reports are eroding credibility - news

Company reporting on human rights tends to gloss over tricky subjects and paint an unbalanced and selective picture of corporate efforts in the field. That’s the conclusion of a new...

Neil Kearney: CSR-focused union leader who sought consensus - news

Neil Kearney, a key figure behind the Ethical Trading Initiative and the SA8000 workplace standard, has died aged 59 of a heart attack. Kearney, who was general secretary of the...

Conservatives unveil sustainable consumption moves - news

A Conservative government in Britain would form a cross-sector group to work with companies to ensure that all new appliances and electronic devices sold in the country have their economy modes as...

Sainsbury’s move will cut emissions by a third - news

Sainsbury’s, one of Britain's largest supermarket chains, has announced plans to cut its carbon footprint by a third by 2030 – by investing in new fridge technology. The company will initially...

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An appeal court in the US has dismissed a lawsuit against the North American energy firm Talisman over allegations of human rights abuses in Sudan. Residents of an area in southern Sudan had...

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...

Anderson says mission is 60% accomplished - news

The flooring company Interface is more than halfway to its goal of becoming fully sustainable, claims its founder Ray Anderson. Anderson, who recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his...

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...

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...

Retailers tackle obesity - news

A coalition of retailers, non-governmental organizations and food manufactures has launched a foundation to combat obesity in the US. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) aims to help...

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...

Sustainable mail service attracts plenty of takers - news

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

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...

Energy firms beat social tariff goals - news

Britain’s big six energy suppliers spent £157million on social programmes in 2008-09, a 175 per cent increase on 2007-08, according to a report by energy industry regulator Ofgem....

A step in the right direction - news

Has Sweden’s regulation on the sustainability reporting duties of state-owned firms been effective? The GRI’s Teresa Fogelberg offers her considered assessment When...

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...

Graduates take CSR to heart - news

UK graduate employees are showing increasing involvement in and support for their employers' CSR initiatives, despite a general lack of job satisfaction. A survey of 24,500 working graduates has...

Investment opportunities for a low carbon world - news

Will Oulton (ed). Hardback. 365 pages. GMB. £35.63 Based on the premise that much of the movement towards a low carbon world will need to be driven by investors, this...

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...

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...

Tata makes energy a priority - news

This year’s main social project of the Tata Power private utility is to make a million people in India aware of energy conservation. The Tata Power Energy Club (TPEC), which gives...

Chinese bank wins through - news

The Industrial Bank, China, has emerged as the Asia regional winner in the emerging markets section of the 2009 FT Sustainable Banking Awards for its social and environmental policies. The...

Pepsi puts CSR into new plant - news

PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest beverage and food companies, has opened its first overseas ‘green’ plant in China. The plant, in the western city of Chongqing, is the...

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Societe General has been named as the leading brokerage for sustainability research in the annual Extel survey. Oddo Securities was ranked first for corporate governance research and UBS in the...

Platinum performers may act as buddies - news

Seven elite CSR performers have been put into a new category by Business in the Community in its latest annual corporate responsibility index. The eighth CR Index has a Platinum Plus band for...

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...

Indian firm backs energy use cuts - news

The Indian company Reliance Energy has become one of eight utilities businesses to agree to provide smart meters enabling customers to monitor their energy use online and ultimately cut...

Arab countries reveal plenty of CSR potential - news

The Arab world stands ahead of Eastern Europe and Central Asia when it comes to corporate responsibility, according to the first responsible  competitiveness ranking of the region....

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...

Rio Tinto wins plaudits for transparency - news

Mining multinational Rio Tinto has become the subject of rare praise by a transparency organization for its voluntary disclosure of tax and royalty payments made to 13 of the countries where it...

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...

Asian real estate fails to impress - news

Asian real estate companies have poor environmental, social and governance practices, a new study has found. The shortcomings include use of non-renewable raw materials and excessive water...

Property managers prepared to pay green premium - news

Property management executives in Asia Pacific are more willing than their global counterparts to invest in sustainability, according to a specialist in the field. A survey conducted by...

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...

London police take up CSR - news

London’s Metropolitan Police, the largest police service in the UK, is to appoint a CSR manager for the first time. The service, which employs more than 50,000 frontline officers and...

Asian real estate sector falls short - news

Asian real estate companies are performing poorly on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, according to a new study. The report on more than 50 businesses by Singapore-based...

Chinese reporting continues exponential growth - news

Growing numbers of businesses operating in China are realizing the importance of CSR reporting, concludes a survey by SynTao, a Beijing-based CSR and SRI consultancy. The number of reports...

First Direct beats the field to attain carbon standard - news

UK-based First Direct has become the first bank to receive the Carbon Trust Standard, a global carbon award requiring year-on-year emissions reductions. First Direct, an internet banking...

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...

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...

Oil and gas sector starts work on GRI guidance - news

Five multinational oil groups are to work with the Global Reporting Initiative to produce sustainability reporting guidelines for oil and gas companies. Amerada Hess, BP, ENI, Shell and...

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...

‘Now, more than ever, firms need to report’ - news

EP talks to Global Reporting Initiative chief executive Ernst Ligteringen about sustainability reporting in an economic downturn – and other pressing matters. EP: How might...

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...

Big spenders set out their ethical purchasing goals - news

Two arms of the British state that together spend more than £50billion ($73bn) a year – the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service – have begun to adopt...

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...

Yamana Gold makes it into social index - news

The Canadian mining company Yamana Gold was brought in to the Jantzi Social Index last month on the grounds of its performance on corporate responsibility issues. Jantzi Research, which...

Australia gets new green fund - news

An investment management company has set up Australia’s first fund specializing in the three environmental sub-sectors of alternative energy and energy efficiency, water treatment and...

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...

Job losses begin as crunch leads to internal reshuffles - news

Signs that the global financial crisis is starting to affect jobs in the responsible business world emerged last month as three large businesses – Eversheds, JPMorgan and Citigroup –...

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...

Holcim prize goes to village project - news

A rural planning design for a suburban village in Beijing has received the $100,000 (£67,900) top prize in the Asia Pacific Holcim Awards, an international competition run by the Holcim...

Could latest merger be sign of things to come? - news

Two prominent corporate responsibility consultancies – Csrnetwork and Sd3 – are to merge on 1 January amid suggestions that a period of consolidation in the consultancy market could...

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...

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...

69 Chinese resource firms in Burma - news

EarthRights International claims to have found 69 Chinese multinational corporations involved in at least 90 hydropower, oil, natural gas and mining projects in Burma. It reports that China...

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...

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...

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UK property management company Prupim reduced carbon dioxide emissions from its shopping centres and managed offices by 14 per cent last year, meeting its self-imposed target four years ahead of...

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,...

More patents are donated - news

Three more companies – Bosch, DuPont and Xerox – have released patents so as to encourage the development of new products with social and environmental benefits. The businesses...

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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...

Energy firms under pressure to do more on fuel poverty - news

Fuel poverty has become a more pressing business responsibility issue for energy companies in the past month as a result of large gas price rises imposed on their domestic customers. With...

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...

IBM enters the market - news

IBM has diversified into corporate responsibility consultancy. The group’s Global Business Services division, which previously concentrated on mainstream strategy advice, is to offer...

‘Sustainable’ Korean companies fare well - news

Sustainable companies on the Korean stock exchange have outperformed the index by more than 110 per cent since 2007, and by 220 per cent since 2002, reports SolAbility in its second yearly...

Japanese companies accept carbon labelling - news

Carbon footprint labels will appear on food packaging and other products in Japan under a voluntary scheme to persuade companies and consumers to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The labels,...

Two-thirds of Chinese Coca-Cola suppliers are non-compliant - news

Coca-Cola, a main sponsor of the Beijing Olympics, has reported that two-thirds of its 371 Chinese suppliers did not comply last year with its ethical policies on matters such as workers’...

Sovereign fund goes for exclusions - news

China's $200billion (£100.8bn) sovereign wealth fund is to become a socially responsible global investor by shunning industries such as gambling, tobacco and arms manufacturing....

inbrief - news

Societe Generale's corporate and investment banking division has created a corporate social responsibility department to be headed by Eric May, who will produce action plans on sustainable...

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...

KPMG introduces code of conduct for suppliers - news

KPMG in Europe is claiming to have become the first large accountancy group to produce a supplier code of conduct. The business, a limited liability partnership, has asked all its main...

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...

£9bn Olympic budget will have ethical basis - news

Suppliers of products and services for the 2012 Olympic Games in London will have to follow sustainable procurement guidelines. In autumn the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic...

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,...

General Motors gives with both hands to disaster relief - news

The General Motors Foundation and GM China have donated more than $1million (£505,000) to support relief work in China and Burma. The biggest part of the contribution has come from GM...

Morrisons plays catch-up - news

UK supermarket chain Morrisons has started a campaign to communicate its corporate responsibility programme to customers. Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest food retailer, has engaged...

Pressure mounts on ‘slow’ chocolate sector - news

A group of Fairtrade companies, faith groups and non-governmental organizations has produced basic principles on the sourcing of cocoa to spur the chocolate industry into doing more to improve...

Soup business makes CSR a key ingredient - news

Campbell Soup Company, the US convenience food manufacturer, is to make corporate responsibility part of its overall business strategy. The New Jersey-based Fortune 500 business, which has...

Sweden leads by example in reporting and investment - news

The mandatory requirement for state-owned companies in Sweden to produce an annual sustainability report will not be extended to listed businesses, the deputy prime minister has confirmed....

BP makes pledges in Indonesia - news

BP has committed itself to support local education for the next ten years in an area affected by its Tangguh liquefied natural gas project at Bintuni Bay in West Papua, Indonesia. Education...

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...

GM greens supply chain in Australia - news

An Australian subsidiary of the vehicle maker GM is partnering the World Environment Center to make its supply chain more sustainable. So far 17 of GM Holden’s suppliers have joined the...

beverage sector agrees action - news

A programme to provide beverage companies with a way of measuring and managing their carbon footprints was started last month. Companies participating in the Carbon Action Plan will get...

Sakhalin u-turn viewed as sign of things to come - news

The business consortium developing Russia’s controversial Sakhalin II oil and gas project has withdrawn from efforts to secure export credits from two government agencies, prompting suggestions...

Patagonia customers see real cost of buying a shirt - news

A clothing retailer is offering its customers user-friendly information online about the social and environmental impacts of its products. California-based Patagonia, which specializes in outdoor...

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...

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...

ChemChina ups recycling efforts - news

China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina), the nation’s largest chemicals manufacturer, is running a pilot programme at its plants in Tianjing that could recycle more than 80 per cent of...

Wal-Mart targets Chinese suppliers - news

Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s biggest retailer, has decided to meet thousands of its Chinese suppliers as part of a campaign to reduce waste and emissions at the factories that make its...

inbrief - news

The UK’s corporate social responsibility minister, Stephen Timms, has left the post after only six months to become minister of state for employment and welfare reform at the Department...

Newton advances the science of investment - news

A thematic approach to socially responsible investment paid off for Newton Investment Management last year when financial stocks suffered in the credit crunch, writes Mike Scott. The...

A disappointing debut with too many gaps - news

Wal-Mart has published its long-awaited first sustainability report. US-based reporting specialist Kathee Rebernak provides some thoughts on its scope and value Wal-Mart’s inaugural...

A bright future is in prospect for ethical investment indices - news

Another day, another ethical investment index. Last month, three big equity index providers added to their already extensive offerings. Standard & Poor’s launched the ESG Index of 50...

Coca-Cola plants ‘do not cause water shortages’ - news

Coca-Cola is claiming vindication in its battle with campaigners over its role in water scarcities near bottling plants in India. An 18-month investigation by an independent scientific body...

Patents released to spur social innovation - news

Patents owned by four multinationals have been put into the public domain as part of what the companies claim is an attempt to encourage the development of new products with social and...

Sainsbury’s and BT use prince’s model - news

A supermarket chain and a telecoms company are to use a new social reporting framework devised by audit and accounting specialists brought together by the Prince of Wales. Sainsbury’s...

India gets its own SRI index - news

India has become the latest emerging market to have a dedicated index of companies that demonstrate superior social and environmental performance. The universe of Standard &...

Telstra leads pack on community donations - news

Telstra, the Australian telecoms company, gave A$18.8million ($16.5m, £8.4m) in 2006-07 to enable Australians to live and work in their local communities, making it one of the country’s leading...

timber company sets up Borneo initiative - news

A wildlife conservation bank is to be set up in Malaysia’s Malua Forest Reserve by New Forests Pty, a forestry investment management and advisory consultancy, in conjunction with the Sabah state...

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...

Indonesian regulation runs into early problems - news

Difficulties have emerged with the drafting of background regulations for a new law in Indonesia that will require companies to set up corporate responsibility programmes. Parliament passed the...

Sweden introduces state sector reporting regulation - news

All state-owned companies in Sweden will be required to produce annual sustainability reports from 31 March 2009. In the first move of its kind in the world, the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and...

property firms can benefit from social concern - news

Commercial investors can achieve greater returns on their property investments by considering and acting on social and environmental issues than by ignoring them, a new study reports. Research by...

US companies ‘fail to tell it like it is’ - news

One of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility in the US is the lack of openness among companies about the problems they face, a leading socially responsible...

company payments to Burma ‘should be blocked by governments’ - news

New investment in Burma’s oil and gas fields should be banned by the United Nations Security Council and company payments that sustain the country’s military rule should be blocked, says a...

companies ‘need to improve’ on indigenous rights - news

Seven large companies have been said in a new study to be doing too little to protect indigenous peoples’ rights. Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Wrongs: Risks for Resource Sectors explores the...

inbrief - news

Inge Woudstra-Van Grondelle has joined the UK-based Ashridge Centre for Business and Society as principal researcher. Grondelle previously worked for Chatham House, the influential international...

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...

new centre provides help in Middle East - news

A Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development has been established to encourage socially responsible business development in Dubai and other rapidly growing regional centres. The centre, set up...

more firms leave Burma - news

Two household name companies – Rolls-Royce and Cartier – are to quit Burma as a result of the recent brutal clampdown on democracy campaigners there. British engineering company Rolls-Royce...

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...

Russian firms make strides on CSR agenda - news

Russian companies are making progress on corporate social responsibility, according to a study on the country’s business standards. The report, from the International Business Leaders’ Forum,...

UK firms now spending up to 20% of turnover on CSR - news

British businesses may be allocating more resources to corporate responsibility than is generally realized, with more than half claiming to spend between five and ten per cent of their turnover on...

senior trio take over at IBLF in wake of founder’s death - news

Three senior managers are to jointly lead the International Business Leaders’ Forum (IBLF) after the death of founder and chief executive Robert Davies. Adrian Hodges, Mike Patterson and Ros...

O2 offers consumers advice in its non-financial report - news

Mobile phone company O2 has taken the unusual step in its latest CSR report of advising readers how to be more socially responsible in their own lives. Each section of the 40-page hard-copy...

Brown told to get moving on ethical buying regime - news

Oxfam has urged UK prime minister Gordon Brown to create a more ‘enabling environment for ethical trade’ in public procurement. The UK public sector spends £125billion ($250bn) annually on...

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...

charity to engage Indian firms on child labour - news

Save the Children Sweden is to hold talks with selected companies in India on management policy and CSR. The move follows publication of a new report by the charity, Corporate social...

Sd3 moves into South Korea - news

A Korean office of Sd3, the London-based sustainability consultancy, has been officially opened at a British embassy event in Seoul. At the ceremony Jason Perks, the Sd3 founding director,...

an investment business built on an ethical approach - news

Having the Church of England as its core client has required CCLA Investment Management to keep at the forefront of investment research into issues as diverse stem cells and the relationship...

realism and openness is Baker’s recipe for success - news

Kingfisher’s head of corporate responsibility tells EP how a pragmatic and transparent approach has helped bring the group up to a leadership position in the CSR field When a new ranking...

act of transparency pays dividends for shoe giant - news

The world’s largest sports shoe and clothing brand has claimed that a decision to publicly disclose the names of all its supplier factories has led to greater co-operation with competitor companies...

ADB sets up carbon fund - news

A fund has been set up by the Asian Development Bank to enable companies to buy carbon credits when they start clean energy projects. The fund will provide the money for up to half of the...

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....

keeping it simple: exclusion pays off for Old Mutual - news

Old Mutual Asset Managers’ Ethical Fund has outperformed the main index for the last three calendar years, despite having only around 400 UK companies in its investable universe with the...

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,...

Shanghai banks get CSR framework - news

Guidelines have been issued to establish ethical standards for financial institutions in Shanghai. The aim is to guarantee stakeholders’ rights and enhance social and environmental...

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...

UK trio try labelling idea - news

Three British companies have begun using a labelling scheme that recognizes their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their products. The retailer Alliance Boots, drinks group Innocent...

online access to chief exec proves a hit - news

British Land says it has stimulated greater interest in its annual CSR report by giving stakeholders the opportunity to question its chief executive directly. The UK-based property company...

British Gas sets up green-tinged offshoot - news

British Gas has set up a free-standing business to lead the company’s efforts to provide low-carbon products and services to customers. The business, British Gas New Energy, will show...

inbrief - news

B&Q has won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award in the UK’s annual Retail Week magazine awards. B&Q was praised for bringing a range of new energy-efficient products to the mass...

Colombia firms build code - news

Businesses are to draw up guidelines on how best to deal with human rights and security dilemmas in Colombia. Tipiel (construction), Interconexion Electrica (telecoms and energy) and Isagen...

Canadian body calls for better disclosure - news

Canadian financial regulators have been urged by a government-appointed body to produce guidelines that would require enhanced disclosure by companies on their social and environmental impacts....

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...

stand-alone green reports appear to have had their day - news

New figures indicate that annual stand-alone corporate environment reports in the UK are on the way out. Statistics released last month by CorporateRegister.com show that environment reports...

FTSE4Good sorts the sheep from the goats - news

European oil and gas companies have consistently outperformed their US counterparts on social and environmental issues for at least the last 12 months, FTSE data suggests. US oil and gas majors...

‘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...

future of CSR Academy hangs in the balance - news

The UK government looks set to offload or even abandon its flagship corporate responsibility organization, the CSR Academy, which has been in cold storage for six months. The academy,...

private equity is discovering that it too needs a licence to operate - news

Private equity firms never tire of boasting of the stellar returns their backers enjoy. Gone are the days when private equity meant venture capital for cash-starved start-ups. Big companies are...

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...

M&S sets the pace in the supermarket sector - news

Marks & Spencer has produced an ambitious 100-point five-year plan on social and environmental issues that, among other things, aims to 'set new standards' in ethical trading and promote a...

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...

loan for Sakhalin II project bites the dust - news

A high-profile loan sought by the business consortium developing the controversial Sakhalin II oil pipeline in Russia has failed to be approved by the European Bank for Reconstruction and...

Indian company directors urged to engage - news

The directors of companies should engage more with the societies in which they trade, executives of the International Business Leaders’ Forum have said after a visit to economic and social...

Alcan helps provide solar cookers - news

Solar cookers and pans are being given to 1000 rural families in the Banda Aceh region of Indonesia by the international Alcan group in partnership with Klimaschutz, a German non-governmental...

Dutch city in reporting first - news

Amsterdam has become the first capital city in the world to produce a stand-alone sustainability report. The city authority has published the report online in Dutch and also as a hard copy...

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...

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...

socially responsible investors set sights on real estate - news

The United Nations has established a working group to bring socially responsible business principles into the sphere of property investment. The Working Group on Responsible Property...

ASrIA gets new chairman - news

Rajesh Srivastava has taken over as chairman of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) from the co-founder Tessa Tennant. Srivastava is managing director...

China looks at sweatshop law - news

China has proposed a new labour law that would crack down on sweatshops and protect workers’ rights by allowing state-owned unions a bigger say on workplace standards. The new law, now at...

India makes show in Alcan prize - news

An Indian organization, the Barefoot College, has won this year's $1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize annually recognizes NGOs, not-for-profit, and civil society organizations...

electricity sector starts talking about climate - news

Eight of the world's largest electric utility companies have released an 'agenda for concerted action' on greenhouse gas emissions. The eight companies, representing about a tenth of the...

the new business benefit of CSR: large wads of cash - news

British electricity companies are to be given cash incentives by the national electricity and gas regulator Ofgem for implementing corporate responsibility programmes. In an unusually...

inbrief - news

Two US courts have dismissed separate lawsuits against Coca-Cola and the Canadian energy company Talisman over allegations of involvement in human rights abuses in Colombia and Sudan...

inbrief - news

Enviros Consulting has won a contract with Southern California Edison, one of the largest utility companies in the US, to provide energy efficiency advice to the company’s biggest commercial...

fresh script is needed for future on the big stage - news

The respective roles of business, government and civil society are becoming less clearly demarcated, says David Boyle It isn’t easy being a CSR professional these days. I’m not one myself,...

code overhaul outlaws ‘greenwash’ advertising - news

The global advertising industry has revised its code of ethics to highlight the dangers of making claims about a company’s social and environmental credentials. The code, produced for the...

nine firms join new quest for ‘zero energy’ - news

Nine multinationals have joined a project that aims to make big cuts in the energy used in their buildings. The companies, including DuPont and EDF, have signed up to the Energy Efficiency in...

firms swap ideas on energy management - news

A shipping company, an energy business and two consultancies have combined forces to exchange ideas on improving their environmental performance through technological innovation. Norwegian...

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....

Sky takes green message into living room - news

BSkyB is to use its access to customers in their living rooms to encourage them to make energy-saving improvements. The satellite broadcaster's technicians will act as environmental advisers when...

Bank studies its energy policy - news

The Asian Development Bank is to conduct a study of its energy policy to promote more use of clean energy in Asia and the Pacific area to help to preserve energy supplies. The study, backed by a...

Asia Energy withdraws after local activism - news

Asia Energy, a British company that wants to extract 15 million tonnes of coal a year for the next 30 years from opencast workings in Phulbari in Bangladesh's north-western province of Dinajpur, is...

Wal-Mart has made a good start but there’s still a long way to go - news

Has the leopard changed its spots? Last autumn Wal-Mart announced a dramatic conversion to corporate social responsibility, following the positive public response to the company’s efforts to help...

ICI sets latest five-year targets - news

Chemicals multinational ICI has laid out a five-year sustainability plan to run until 2010. The Sustainability Challenge, agreed by ICI’s board, sets dozens of objectives, including targets to...

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...

pioneering firms explore human rights framework - news

A dozen international companies, including Barclays, Gap, Novartis and Statoil, have committed themselves to develop a ‘common framework’ on business and human rights. The companies, all members...

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...

sustainability goals set for government spending - news

Corporate responsibility is set to receive a significant boost in the UK as the result of a government-commissioned inquiry urging ministers to introduce a sustainable procurement plan covering...

UK’s sixth CSR minister in as many years - news

Margaret Hodge has become the sixth minister in as many years to hold the corporate social responsibility portfolio in the Labour administration, taking over from Malcolm Wicks. Wicks initially...

Chinese companies take action on pollution - news

Companies in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland have signed a voluntary charter to combat pollution. The initiative, from the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Business...

‘bored’ Wicks remains in post despite rumblings - news

Malcolm Wicks, the UK’s CSR minister, has retained his corporate responsibility brief in the recent government reshuffle despite some discontent about the amount of time he spends on that part of...

Tesco counters criticism with a ten-point plan - news

One of the world's largest supermarket chains has unveiled a ten-point corporate responsibility plan. The series of measures, which were announced by Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy...

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...

inbrief - news

In a further sign that companies are taking notice of shareholder resolutions relating to social and environmental matters, resolutions filed by the US-based Interfaith Center on Corporate...

EDF asks stakeholders to assure its CSR report - news

One of the UK’s largest energy companies has taken the unusual step of asking a group of stakeholders to assure its annual CSR report. EDF Energy, which generates seven per cent of the UK’s...

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...

Sakhalin II decision could be big test for Equator Principles - news

One of the biggest tests yet is looming for the Equator Principles on ethical project finance lending, following a decision by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to conduct a...

ANZ prepares to apply ethical screen to suppliers - news

One of the largest Antipodean banks is to flesh out a ‘sustainable procurement’ policy for its suppliers this year. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, which spends A$2.2billion...

inbrief - news

The Brazilian stock exchange, Bovespa, has started a corporate sustainability index of 28 companies judged to be among the country’s most socially responsible. The index has been developed with...

Freshfields becomes first into the field - news

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is claiming to have become the first international law firm to publish a corporate social responsibility report. The document, which contains an external...

Australian bank focuses on CSR procurement - news

Human rights and environmental considerations will be combined in a new overall CSR procurement policy being announced this year by the National Australia Bank. The bank says in...

Goldman Sachs joins fray - news

US-based investment bank Goldman Sachs has moved to improve its social and environmental performance by agreeing to report publicly on the greenhouse gas emissions of power plants that it...

US firms hit by ‘trust deficit’ away from home - news

US-based multinationals are less trusted abroad than at home, reports the seventh annual Trust Barometer. The barometer, a survey of nearly 2000 opinion leaders in 11 countries by public...

action urged to clear up chaotic post-OFR scene - news

Confusion is growing in the UK as to how companies should report on their forward-looking social and environmental risks, now that the government is scrapping the requirement to produce an annual...

inbrief - news

A UK university is to hold a careers fair on 7 March specifically designed to allow undergraduates to talk to prospective employers about their social responsibility credentials. Leeds...

Asian banks urged to come forward - news

Asian banks are being urged to enter the Financial Times' first global awards recognizing banks that have integrated social and environmental objectives into their operations while continuing to...

best practice urged for Katrina rebuild - news

Companies helping to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina have been urged to commit themselves to guidelines on how they should do so in a socially responsible manner. The Katrina...

ICI takes fresh look at its responsibilities - news

Chemicals group ICI has begun a major review of its corporate social responsibility programmes and policies. The UK-based multinational, which has operations in 50 countries and a...

Don't get complacent on SRI, Australians told - news

Australia seems to have lost its understanding of what sustainability and socially responsible investment mean, ethical investors were told in a recent speech by Tessa Tennant, chair of the...

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...

ScottishPower begins review of fuel suppliers - news

International energy generation group ScottishPower has begun assessing the social and environmental performance of its coal and natural gas suppliers. The UK-based group has been reviewing...

Google and eBay join dotcom philanthropists - news

Google is to pay more attention to its social responsibilities in the wake of its public flotation. The internet search engine company announced last month that it would give at least...

nanotech 'needs care' - news

Corporate risks associated with nanotechnology could soon become a significant socially responsible investment theme, the research firm Innovest has declared. The warning comes at a time...

Centrica uses diversity to open up new supplies - news

Utilities business Centrica is intensifying its efforts on diversity to help it open up new natural gas supplies in remote regions. The group believes that recruiting a more diverse...

¥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...

inbrief - news

 An energy trust started by British Gas earlier this year to offer help to customers who have difficulty paying their energy bills has received 1350 applications so far and has paid out more...

energy sector to collect more CSR data - news

Procurement managers in the utility sector are putting the final touches to an initiative that will require their suppliers to disclose details of performance on issues such as human rights and...

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...

funds seek pay link to ethics - news

Some of the UK's largest companies are to be encouraged by two large investors to link their senior executives' pay to aspects of social and environmental performance. The Universities...

tobacco company wins CSR award - news

The Indian Tobacco Company has won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2004 from The Energy and Resources Institute for its e-Choupal initiative. The project gained the award, which is...

cement industry woos Chinese firms - news

Corporate members of a cement industry sustainability action group are to make efforts to recruit Chinese companies to take part in their programme of social and environmental improvements. The...

Eurosif targets institutions - news

Transparency guidelines for institutional SRI funds are to be developed by the European Social Investment Forum (Eurosif) in the wake of the successful introduction of its guidelines for retail SRI...

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...

Oxiana makes reporting debut - news

Oxiana, the Australian mining and exploration company, whose main assets are in Laos, has produced its first sustainability report. The 38-page report covers the company’s governance and management...

Wicks becomes Labour’s fifth CSR minister - news

The Labour Party’s UK election win last month has brought a new corporate social responsibility minister into office. Malcolm Wicks, the fifth CSR minister since the post was created in 2000,...

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...

Chinese companies back ethical behaviour - news

Most of the large Chinese companies participating in a survey by WWF, the international environmental network, have said they favour higher ethical standards. WWF polled 182 companies and...

technology aids energy moves - news

Technology is being produced to help Australian companies to improve energy efficiency while protecting the environment. The software will collect and analyse data on a company's use of fuel,...

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...

big firms gain ground on integration of CSR - news

Evidence that companies are becoming better at integrating CSR within their operating units has emerged in the latest Corporate Responsibility Index from Business in the Community. The index,...

15 targeted on labour rights - news

Fifteen companies are facing shareholder resolutions in the US urging them to adopt human rights policies on workplace conditions in their supply chains. The resolutions, filed by New York City...

steel sector makes joint effort to report on its impacts - news

Forty-two of the world’s major steel companies have brought out a joint sustainability report on their environmental and social impacts. Sustainability reports produced by an industry sector are...

BNFL hands CSR plans over to business units - news

One of the world’s largest nuclear energy groups is to devolve its corporate responsibility planning to four new businesses within the organization. The four divisions at British Nuclear Fuels...

SRI adopted by exchange traded funds - news

SRI is moving into the world of exchange traded funds. Two new such funds, which take the form of an investment company holding securities of companies in a selected market index, have been set...

Wal-Mart comes out fighting over its responsibility record - news

Wal-Mart is challenging ‘urban myths’ about the retailer’s lack of social responsibility in a nationwide US advertising campaign. The world’s largest retailer says the placing of full-page...

dam company in trouble - news

A company helping to build China's Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project, has agreed to halt work while it carries out environmental impact assessments on parts of the scheme....

Calvert turns mirror on itself - news

One of the best-known SRI asset managers in the US has practised what it preaches by publishing its first sustainability report. Maryland-based Calvert has tabled 14 shareholder resolutions in...

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Tim Dieppe has been appointed to manage Henderson Global Investors’ range of global SRI funds, with particular responsibility for directing the group’s increasing investments in ‘industries of...

oil firms slip up on corruption - news

Ten of the world’s 23 largest oil and energy companies have been involved in serious corruption incidents during the past five years, says a new study by GES Investment Services, a Scandinavian CSR...

OECD cases revealed - news

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has for the first time publicly listed ‘specific instances’ of alleged non-compliance with its guidelines for multinational enterprises....

look closer to home for a guiding hand on CSR - news

Employees are your most important stakeholders, so why not base your responsibility strategies around their own values, says John Drummond Sometimes you have to go round the world to get an...

reporting is getting better all the time - news

The standard of non-financial reporting is continuing to improve significantly, says a benchmarking survey by the SustainAbility consultancy. The Global Reporters 2004 survey, the sixth of its...

ethics screening moves into derivatives field - news

The rapidly-expanding credit derivatives market now has its own ethical index. The Ecpi-Credix ethical index is composed of 125 credit derivatives whose underlying assets have satisfied 200...

Review of the UK party conferences - news

CSR not part of the political vocabulary No one expects the outcome of the next UK general election to hinge on CSR, yet it was something of a surprise to see the subject so far from the...

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A UK firm has set up an advice service for institutional investors wanting to put money into the renewable energy sector. New Energy Finance says its service will provide ‘information,...

ABN Amro places CSR at heart of its business - news

One of Europe’s largest banks has reorganized its head office to put more resources into its social and environmental performance. Netherlands-based ABN Amro has created a dedicated sustainable...

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...

Tax planned on fuel - news

Japan intends to introduce an environment tax next year to limit fuel use by businesses and individuals and reduce emissions. Gasoline, light oil and kerosene will be taxed at the production...

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US energy giant General Electric, which has long been an activists’ target for its nuclear power interests, has been included for the first time in the Dow Jones...

CFS’s transparency on lobbying should be a shining example to us all - news

The ways in which companies seek to influence the direction and content of public policy is a central issue of business ethics. In the bad old days, some were known to plot the overthrow...

Westpac tops Aussie index - news

Westpac has come top of an inaugural Australian Corporate Responsibility Index. The bank was closely followed by BHP Billiton, BP, Rio Tinto and Toyota Motor Corporation...

Nokia takes team approach - news

Nokia is trying to increase awareness of its code of conduct through small discussion groups of employees in Europe, the US, Latin America and China. The groups,...

World Bank to adjust lending policy on extractives - news

The World Bank Group is to put more emphasis on the social benefits of projects it supports in the extractives sector and will increase its lending to renewable energy...

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Matthew Gitsham has joined the Ashridge Centre for Business and Society as a researcher and consultant. Gitsham moves from the UK-based social research company Lemos &...

Amnesty social report could lead way for NGOs - news

Amnesty International UK is to become one of the few non-governmental organizations to produce a social report. The move, which could put pressure on some of...

Suncor judged best reporter - news

Canada’s Suncor Energy is the outright winner in the second annual North American Sustainability Reporting Awards. The Alberta-based oil and gas company was judged best of...

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...

Gulf companies search for Arab strain of CSR - news

Companies in the Arab world are preparing to embrace CSR – but on their own terms. About half a dozen large businesses have agreed to become founding members...

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...

Sodexho gives suppliers some food for thought - news

The US division of one of the world’s biggest catering and facilities management companies has sent a code of conduct to suppliers as part of its campaign to become a CSR...

newspaper publisher starts to practise what it preaches - news

The company that produces The Guardian and The Observer has become the first UK newspaper publisher to issue a detailed social report. Guardian Newspapers Ltd...

extractives are a mixed bag on biodiversity - news

Only a third of the biggest mining and oil companies have a published policy on biodiversity, even though half are doing work in this area, research has shown. A...

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Energy consultancy Cenergie and aluminium supplier Reynaers Aluminium have become the latest companies to join Business & Society Belgium, a business-led CSR network...

annual resolutions target diversity - news

Thirty-three companies are in the firing line for this year’s round of social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed by Calvert, one of the more active...

Suncor makes headway on aboriginal relations - news

Suncor Energy, the Canadian oil and gas company, has more than doubled its proportion of aboriginal employees in five years. The company increased the number in Canada...

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The EMI music company is giving financial support for renewable energy projects and tree-planting schemes to offset the greenhouse gas emissions of its UK car fleet....

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...

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UK sales of ethical goods and services are still below two per cent of the overall market share, but purchases of certain products now appear strongly influenced by...

facilities managers get ready for some CSR action - news

Managers of company premises in the UK are being encouraged to take a greater interest in CSR by the body that represents them. The British Institute of Facilities...

chemical firms to set goals - news

The UK chemical industry has taken a step towards greater transparency by declaring it will publish social and environmental goals this summer. The Chemical...

preserving reputation is the main driving force - news

The progress made by US companies in the field of CSR is largely the result of an overriding need to manage reputation, not of government prodding The aftermath of the state visit...

time to give clear lead on CSR, Bush is told - news

The US government has been urged to clarify its position on CSR to show companies what it expects from them. A working group of 27 senior corporate responsibility...

blind faith is simply not enough for socially responsible business - news

The entry of an intellectual heavyweight like Michael Porter into the debate on corporate social responsibility is a further sign that the subject is now part of mainstream business...

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...

future EU member firms weak on human rights - news

Companies in central and east European countries that will shortly join the European Union have a very poor record of disclosing whether they meet international human...

oil firms sign up to biodiversity - news

Four major oil and gas companies have agreed to consider biodiversity when they select new development sites and decommission old ones. BP, ChevronTexaco, Shell...

Toyota is now best in class, says Dow Jones index - news

Toyota, a new entrant to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, was last month judged best in class in its sector at the third annual index review. The Japanese car...

pilots start on European framework - news

Dutch multinationals Akzo Nobel (chemicals) and Nuon (energy and water) will shortly begin testing a new social responsibility framework for companies that is funded by the...

music industry giant reveals CSR songsheet - news

The world’s largest music publishing company has unveiled a social responsibility policy. EMI Group, which has a roster of 1000 recording artists and a turnover of...

nuclear company dips its toe into CSR waters - news

One of the world’s major nuclear energy companies is to implement a full corporate social responsibility strategy by 2008. British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) hopes to have defined...

Carillion rewarded for its impact on society - news

Carillion has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Awards For Excellence. Judges said the UK construction company won the award for its...

business offered key indicators - news

An influential industry body that campaigns on CSR has published 27 indicators that it believes all companies should be using in social and environmental reports. The...

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Lee Clarke has been appointed head of social and corporate affairs at UK energy company Powergen. Other new CSR appointments at the firm include Nina Hughes, corporate...

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...

GRI looks for major growth in use of reporting guidelines - news

The Global Reporting Initiative is seeking to triple the number of companies using its sustainability reporting guidelines within two years. The Amsterdam-based...

Citigroup’s green pledges lead to ‘ceasefire’ - news

A ‘ceasefire’ has been agreed between the world’s largest financial services company and an environmental non-governmental organization. Rainforest Action Network has...

warning on partnerships - news

A warning on the dangers of the partnership approach to corporate social responsibility has come from a senior representative of a non-governmental organization active in the...

social venture hands out cash - news

A disc-jockey management service and an energy advice business have become the first projects to receive funding from a new UK-based social venture capital company....

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US energy company Entergy has donated $1.2million (£760,000) to create energy savings programmes for low income families. The programmes will run in Arkansas, Louisiana and...

do-it-yourself approach no longer good enough - news

It’s time for investors who engage with companies to agree core ethical standards, says Craig Mackenzie Large institutional shareholders are discovering a new willingness to...

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...

fund targets social sector - news

A socially responsible venture fund has been launched by the UK-based fund manager Catalyst. The ‘social sector fund’ will be run in conjunction with The Big...

UK’s ethical goods market makes further leap forward - news

Consumer spending on ethical goods in the UK rose by almost a fifth for the second year running in 2001, according to the Co-operative Bank’s Ethical Purchasing Index....

British Gas tackles poverty - news

British Gas has formed an alliance with seven charities to help tackle fuel poverty in the UK. The energy company, part of the Centrica group, is spending £150million...

winegrowers draw up ethical code - news

The Californian wine industry has introduced a code of social and environmental conduct. The voluntary ‘code of sustainable wine-growing practices’ is accompanied by...

Ofgem wants impact studies - news

Proposals to encourage electricity companies to ‘seriously consider’ the effect of their operations on the environment and areas of ‘cultural significance’ have been outlined...

Centrica leads advisory group on disability - news

Ten companies and organizations have formed a ‘customer advisory group’ to improve the services that disabled people receive from UK businesses. The ten, led by...

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Twenty companies have formed a network on corporate social responsibility in the developing world. Among founder members of the Southern Business Challenge are the...

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The US-based energy company American Electric Power has issued its first community involvement report.

ScottishPower is top dog - news

The breadth and depth of Scottish Power’s corporate social responsibility programme have won it the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community Awards for...

‘remarkable’ increase in UK social reporters - news

Fifty of the UK’s 250 largest companies reported on their social and environmental performance for the first time in 2001-02, compared with 18 new reporters the previous...

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...

three more make their social reporting debuts - news

Three FTSE100 companies have entered the ranks of social and environmental reporters with documents covering their operations in 2001. BAE Systems, Cadbury Schweppes and...

Canadians get reporting guide - news

A set of social and environmental reporting guidelines has been produced for Canadian companies. Developed by the Vancouver-based Canadian Business for Social...

Novo wins Euro award again - news

Novo has won the ‘best sustainability report’ section in the European Environmental Reporting Awards for the second year running. The Danish life sciences group, which took...

BASF helps Moroccan firms - news

The German chemicals company BASF is to give free technical aid to Moroccan textile companies to help them reduce their environmental impact. In a pilot project with...

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Canadian energy company Enbridge has pledged to adopt a set of human rights standards. The move follows a recent shareholder resolution put forward by Real Assets...

CIS is top UK social reporter - news

Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has won the ‘best social report’ category in the new UK sustainability reporting awards. The awards, run jointly by the Institute of...

Nordic firms move ahead with new CSR partnership - news

Some of the largest companies in Scandinavia have committed themselves to a set of sustainable business principles which they hope other firms in Nordic countries will adopt....

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Two leading business groups in Canada have declared their opposition to the Kyoto protocol on global warming. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian...

Six Continents issues its first social report - news

Six Continents, the hotel and restaurant chain created following the sale of Bass Brewers in August 2000, has reported publicly on details of its social performance for the...

French set the pace on reporting - news

The French government has outlined a series of social and environmental indicators that companies must legally report on from next year. In a decree implementing a new law...

Lattice leaps into first place - news

Lattice Group has jumped straight into joint top place in Business in the Environment’s (BiE) sixth annual Corporate Environmental Engagement Index published at the end of...

Italian firms start tests on ethics standard - news

Seven companies with operations in Italy have begun to pilot a quality standard on social and ethical responsibility. The Q-RES standard, which was published in draft form...

Indian executives out of touch with public opinion - news

Company executives in India are well behind the public when it comes to their expectations of the social performance of businesses, a new poll has revealed. The...

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An online inventory of sustainable energy funds has been published by the United Nations Environment Programme. The database covers funds offered by 125 financial...

electricity group to join ranks of social reporters - news

The London Electricity group is to launch its first corporate social responsibility report this spring. The group, which employs 4500 staff in the UK, hopes to publish...

ethics unit moves on - news

A UK body that has championed discussion of corporate ethics has decided to change direction. The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and...

energy sector wins plaudits - news

The energy industry has been praised for its ‘above-average’ performance on workforce pay and conditions. Analysis of the social and environmental performance of 19...

UK ethical purchases rise by 18 per cent - news

Consumer spending on ethical goods in the UK rose by almost a fifth in 2000, according to a purchasing index devised by the Co-operative Bank and the New Economics...

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National Grid has published its first social and environmental report. The UK energy company has produced environment reports for the past five years, but has extended...

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...

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European utility company Suez has signed an accord with the United Nations Volunteers programme to promote the use of its staff as volunteers in developing countries....

old economy companies report better - news

Old economy companies such as car makers are far more likely to publish standalone environmental or social reports than those in the new economy. A...

250 Brazilian firms report social impacts - news

Social reporting in Brazil is more developed than environment reporting, according to an analysis from Unibanco. Brazil’s fourth-largest private bank says that contrary to...

share activists back social issues at AGMs - news

Labour standards and fair employment were the subjects most frequently raised by shareholder activists during this year’s US annual meeting season, according to an analysis...

inbrief - news

Energy company TXU Europe has published its latest sustainability report on the web with a summary printed version available on request. It has also produced a...

shareholders back social responsibility - news

A majority of shareholders in one of the UK’s largest energy companies have said they consider the company’s environmental and social performance ‘as important as its...

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Only half of Japanese firms that produce environment reports provide hard data on emissions, energy use and water use, according to a new study from the US-based...

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John Hill is to retire from his job as TXU Europe’s corporate sustainable business manager in September. His post will be split into two, with Steve Hyde moving internally from...

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Seven steps to socially responsible business are set out in a World Business Council for Sustainable Development report Sustainability through the market, which...

big business urges hotels to go green - news

A number of large US companies are to use their purchasing power to encourage hotel chains to adopt more environmentally responsible policies. The companies, which...

Transco sets up social unit - news

Gas pipeline operator Transco has formed a community affairs team. The four-strong team will be responsible for community initiatives undertaken by Transco and its...

the temperature rises following Bush’s decision to reject Kyoto - news

There are at least four conclusions business can draw from the furore surrounding president George Bush’s decision not to back the Kyoto protocol. The first, and most...

Powergen asks some questions - news

Energy company Powergen has sent a questionnaire to its shareholders asking them how much importance they place on social and environmental issues. The form,...

Statoil makes labour pledges - news

The Norwegian state oil company Statoil has signed an agreement with unions that binds it to various commitments on labour standards. The agreement, which covers...

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...

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US energy company Consolidated Edison has signed up to the CERES principles following more than eight months of discussions. The principles, which take the form of a...

corporate responsibility under president Bush - news

President George W. Bush has brought a reputation for conservatism with him to the White House. This has raised fears that the momentum behind corporate social responsibility...

export credits given new ethical screen - news

A new regime to assess the social and environmental impact of British business projects abroad is being piloted by the UK government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department...

e-businesses get help on social responsibility - news

Three new European initiatives have been launched to help internet businesses become more aware of corporate social responsibility issues. The projects come at the...

Shell heads the BiE Index - news

Shell has come top of Business in the Environment’s (BiE) fifth annual Corporate Environmental Engagement Index. The oil company, which has been under fire in the UK...

lessons from my first year as CSR minister - news

Companies have a key role in regenerating deprived communities. Dr Kim Howells outlines some practical ways in which they can become involved Last March...

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...

Italians work on new standard - news

Seven companies with operations in Italy have agreed to pilot a new international quality standard on social and ethical responsibility. The standard, which is to be...

Unocal 'did not collude' in human rights abuses - news

A US judge has cleared one of the world’s largest oil and gas exploration companies of complicity in human rights abuses connected to the building of a gas pipeline in Burma....

Credit Suisse downgraded over Nigeria involvement - news

Credit Suisse Group has said it is ‘astonished’ at a decision by the Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index (DJSGI) to reduce its rating because of concerns about past dealings...

new package offers aid on supply chain ethics - news

A new CD-ROM package has been developed to help companies benchmark suppliers when managing the environmental impact of their supply chains. The package, which costs...

European rating for 2001 - news

Plans for a sustainability index that rates the social and environmental performance of European companies have been announced by a Dutch company. The Trilogy index,...

agreement is a first for UK - news

A Scottish waste management company has signed what is believed to be the first 'good neighbour agreement' in the UK. The agreement, modelled on similar documents that are...

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...

United Utilities makes new move on diversity - news

Plans for new initiatives on diversity are to be presented to the board of the energy and water group United Utilities. The proposals will be put forward this month by the group’s...

Boots makes green progress - news

The Boots Group cut its carbon dioxide emissions relative to turnover by four per cent in the last financial year. The retail group, which includes Halfords and Boots,...

Norway creates SRI fund - news

The Norwegian government has chosen the Ethical Investment Research Service to help it invest a small proportion of its oil revenues along socially responsible lines....

TXU looks at human rights - news

The energy group TXU Europe is to build human rights considerations into future company policy. The group, which operates in northern and central Europe, including the Czech...

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The UK government has re-launched its Making a Corporate Commitment (MACC) initiative, which promotes environmental improvements. When introduced in 1993, MACC focused on...

PowerGen ponders CSR - news

Energy and utility company PowerGen has begun an internal review of how it can expand its reporting to cover corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues. The group, which...

guest column: involving stakeholders in sustainability - news

In this edited extract from the BBC’s Reith Lectures 2000, Sir John Browne argues that companies can only further sustainable development if they work with their stakeholders...

Vivendi opens its account on greenhouse gas - news

The French media, utilities and communications group Vivendi has published its first ‘greenhouse gas account’ outlining its total emissions to the atmosphere. The account...

Shell backs sustainability - news

Shell has increased its social responsibility commitments by setting up a foundation that will channel millions of dollars into social investment and sustainable development...

global guidelines ready for action - news

The final version of sustainability reporting guidelines designed to be used by companies throughout the world will be released this month. The guidelines, produced...

oil firm defiant in Sudan - news

Canadian oil company Fosters Resources has signed a deal to search for oil in Sudan despite allegations that multinationals are aggravating the situation in the civil war there....

make space in AGMs to talk to public, firms told - news

Companies should look at the idea of creating ‘separate space’ for stakeholder dialogue at their annual general meetings, (AGMs) a think tank has said. The UK-based Centre for...

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Energy company TXU Europe (formerly Eastern Group) has launched a £3million project to tackle fuel poverty in a former mining community. The project will offer home energy...

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...

campaigners use 'social' shareholder resolution tactics - news

Pressure groups in Europe are using shareholder resolutions put forward at annual general meetings of large companies in a bid to persuade the companies to develop ‘more sustainable’...

Severn Trent leads the pack - news

Severn Trent is the best performing company in the FTSE 350 in terms of environmental management and performance, according to the UK’s leading index of corporate environmental activity....

RSA plans new initiatives on ethics in the workplace - news

Three new projects on workplace ethics are to be launched by the RSA Forum for Ethics. The forum plans to look at the role of professional bodies in creating social...

building group eyes community issues - news

Building materials group RMC has decided to give greater weight to community issues in its second UK environment report, which will appear later this year. RMC’s...

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Directors of privatised utility companies will have to justify their pay rises by explaining how they tie in with standards of service to customers, under new plans unveiled...

Citizens Bank aims to show the way ahead with new code - news

One of Canada’s leading banks says it will implement a wide ranging ethical policy by the end of next year. Citizens Bank, which claims to be the first such financial...

Boots asks its suppliers some ethical questions - news

Social and ethical issues are to be incorporated into supply chain auditing at the UK’s largest retail chemist. Boots the Chemists, which sells around 27,000...

US chemical giant opts for the triple bottom line - news

Dow Chemical Company has become one of the first businesses in the world to give ‘equal weight’ to economic, social and environmental responsibility by publishing a single...

Eastern begins work on new social action plan - news

The energy group Eastern has stepped up its commitment to social responsibility by producing its first sustainability report and promising to devise a ‘social action plan’....

ethical VCT is first into the UK market - news

The UK’s first ‘ethical’ venture capital trust (VCT) is being launched in early October. The Pennine Downing Ethical VCT will invest up to £10 million, primarily in a mix of...

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Shell has announced plans to market solar energy systems to people living in rural India as part of a 'sustainable business' initiative. A new Bangalore-based subsidiary, Shell...

business leaders fight shy of race challenge - news

Chief executives and company chairmen are lagging behind public sector bodies and trade unions in making a public commitment to improving equal opportunities, a new study claims...

BA to introduce social and ethical sourcing for its suppliers - news

British Airways is to introduce a social dimension to its supplier guidelines as part of an update of its purchasing statement. The statement, which applies to all new and...

RMC tries out emissions guidelines - news

Building materials group RMC has become one of the first companies to adopt the government’s new greenhouse gas reporting guidelines by publishing estimates of how much...

Rio Tinto acts on its safety record - news

Rio Tinto has begun an overhaul of its safety procedures after admitting to an ‘unacceptable deterioration’ in workplace accidents last year. The third environmental...

business urged to endorse greenhouse gas indicators - news

The vexing question of how to standardise corporate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions has come closer to being resolved, following the publication of official guidelines by the...

UK top 100 score on green issues - news

The UK’s biggest companies are making significant progress on environmental policies, according to the latest measure of the way they work on green issues. The third...

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Shell has decided to join the California Cell Partnership, a collaboration between the state of California, energy companies and car makers that aims to put 50 fuel-cell...

what to do with all those old computers? - news

Most of the unwanted computers that end up in landfill sites could be recycled into the community, says David Boyle The ethical impact of business has long been measured in the...

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Connecticut Water Service Issues Updated Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

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Building on strong earnings in fiscal 2017, Cargill is working to continue growing its business and corporate responsibility impact. The company’s 2017 annual report, launched today,...

AMD Demonstrates Corporate Citizenship in Action with 22nd Annual Corporate Responsibility Update - reports

AMD  (NASDAQ: AMD) today released its 22nd annual update on corporate responsibility, reporting on the company’s progress and milestones in its environmental and social goals. The...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes 2017 Citizenship Report with New Strategic Framework - reports

In 2016, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) introduced the gaming and entertainment industry’s most aggressive carbon reduction targets, secured Triple A scores in three CDP...

Singtel Group publishes its third Group Sustainability Report 2017 - reports

The  Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2017  is the company’s third Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance in relation to...

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

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

Arçelik to reduce energy use in production by 45% in line with its - reports

Leading global home appliances company Arçelik A.?. has published its 9th sustainability report disclosing 2020 sustainability goals.

ACI Sustainability Report: “Bold Collective Actions” Needed for Transformational Change - reports

American Cleaning Institute Report, “Foundations for Transformation,” Showcases Steps Industry is Taking to Tackle Most Critical Issues

Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa publishes its corporate responsibility report - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to...

CA Technologies Releases Latest Sustainability Report - reports

CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) announced its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, from a 2015 baseline, in its 8th annual Sustainability Report . The report...

Teck Releases First Economic Contributions Report - reports

Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”) has released an Economic Contributions Report, providing information about the economic benefits generated by its activities, including payments to...

Sustainability at Kingfisher: making it easy for customers, and part of the everyday for colleagues - reports

Kingfisher’s aim is to make sustainability an easy choice for customers. It’s this vision that sets the path for everything they do, and that will help them achieve their ambition...

Heathrow publishes its 2016 Sustainability Performance Report - reports

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

UPS Commits to More Alternative Vehicles, Fuel and Renewable Power - reports

UPS’s 15th annual Sustainability Report provides a complete update on the company’s sustainability efforts, including a new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

Johnson & Johnson Releases 2016 Health for Humanity Report - reports

Johnson & Johnson has released its  2016 Health for Humanity Report  sharing progress on environmental, social and governance measures, which advance the Company’s mission to...

Owens Corning Publishes 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

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

Danish energy company reduces emissions faster than science demands - reports

DONG Energy announces that its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 96% by 2023 is now officially approved by the Science Based Target initiative as aligned with climate science. The target...

Cigna Releases Fourth Annual Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2016 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report, global health service leader Cigna (NYSE:CI) shares the specific initiatives through which the company applies...

Innovating for Balance People - Planet - Profit - reports

Innovating for Balance  covers sustainability management, responsible sourcing, efficient production with environmental key performance indicators, Lenzing’s innovations, key...

Abbott Releases 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Today, Abbott released its 2016 Global Sustainability Report, reinforcing its dedication to helping people live fuller, healthier lives around the world. The report details the company's...

BD Releases 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, today issued its 2016 Sustainability Report.

Vodafone Group Plc Sustainable Business Report 2017 - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its Sustainable Business Report 2017, the second report under its sustainable business strategy that was launched in 2016.

Nestlé in the U.S. Releases 2016 Creating Shared Value Report - reports

Nestlé in the U.S.’s 2016 Creating Shared Value Report highlights the company’s efforts and achievements in nutrition, health and wellness; environmental sustainability; rural...

SABIC has recently launched its 2016 Sustainability Report, Transforming Together - reports

SABIC’s 2016 Sustainability Report, the sixth published by one of the world’s largest suppliers of chemicals, is an enormous achievement. For the first time, SABIC handed the report...

CapitaLand Limited publishes integrated Global Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

CapitaLand released its eighth Global Sustainability Report entitled “Building Sustainable Real Estate of the Future”. The report reaffirms CapitaLand’s commitment to...

Just issued: Saipem Sustainability 2016 - Creating long-term shared value - reports

Saipem’s 11th Sustainability Report highlights the company’s constant effort to create value while detailing its efforts to go beyond expectations and, in particular, its...

AEP Releases 2017 Corporate Accountability Report - reports

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) issued its 2017 Corporate Accountability Report today, the 11th annual assessment of AEP’s stewardship as a public company and a community partner.

In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report. - reports

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what 3M accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 20th Sustainability Report - reports

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

ArcelorMittal publishes its 2016 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal USA is proud to announce the publication of its annual 2016 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported on its corporate responsibility and...

Caterpillar Highlights Company's Focus on Building Better and Making Sustainable Progress Possible Around the World - reports

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) has released its 2016 Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s focus for more than 90 years on building better – better lives, better...

Free briefing: Targeting the climate change conundrum - reports

Ethical Corporation releases complimentary edition of the 40-page May Magazine featuring key climate change briefings on city profiling and the 3-pronged renewables revolution.

BP’s Sustainability Report 2016 outlines how it is helping to drive the transition to a lower carbon future. - reports

The energy BP produces serves to power economic growth and lift people out of poverty. In the future, the way heat, light and mobility are delivered will change. BP is anchoring its business in...

Eaton publishes a new online Sustainability Report for 2016. We make a healthy planet work. - reports

From our beginning more than 100 years ago, our products and solutions have helped people work more safely, use less energy and reduce emissions. This is what matters most for our employees and...

Work Better – Aim High – Build the Future - reports

Hydro-Québec, a world leader in hydropower generation, publishes its Sustainability Report 2016

Wessanen releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Every year Wessanen releases its integrated Annual Report including the latest Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s approach to creating environmental and social impact.

Teck Reports 2016 Sustainability Performance - reports

Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) ("Teck”), has released its 16th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company’s performance in 2016 and progress...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has published its eighth Corporate Responsibility Report, covering the years 2015 and 2016. It is available online at www.emdgroup.com/cr-report.

Walmart Highlights Progress in Creating Shared Value in Tenth Annual Global Responsibility Report - reports

Walmart today released its tenth annual Global Responsibility Report, which looks back at the company’s progress during fiscal year 2017 in advancing the key areas of opportunity,...

Deutsche Telekom publishes 2016 CR Report - reports

Digitization offers new opportunities for shaping how to live together on this planet; it is a central key to sustainable development. Already, many of Deutsche Telekom’s products,...

Calor Publishes 2016 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas Ltd – Britain’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) has today published its 2016 Sustainability Review.

Shell Releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Each year, Shell releases the  Shell Sustainability Report  describing Shell’s progress to deliver energy in a responsible way and the company’s contribution to the energy...

FedEx Announces the Launch of the 2017 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The 2017  Global Citizenship Report  (GCR) is now available at  csr.fedex.com . The report showcases how FedEx connects people, businesses and communities in ways that advance...

Scotiabank showcases progress on CSR strategy: Better Future, Better Off - reports

Scotiabank published its  2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report, Investing in Progress , as well as a  new CSR website  today. In this report Scotiabank...

Making a Difference: Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report Features Progress on Skills Training, Sustainability and Closing the Gender Gap - reports

Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report “ Making a Difference ,” details its commitment to a more inclusive and sustainable world. 

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2016 Integrated Annual Report, - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2017 its fifth integrated annual report, “Entering the growth era”, which demonstrates the progress made on all aspects of business,...

CLP publishes its 15th Sustainability Report: Powering the changing world today for a better tomorrow - reports

CLP, one of the largest investor-operators of power assets in the Asia-Pacific region, has published its 2016 Sustainability Report showing a detailed picture of its performance on how it...

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

In its  Corporate Responsibility Report , published in concert with its 2016  Annual Report , Verizon detailed the progress it has made over the past year toward reaching its corporate...

The Rezidor Hotel Group sustainability report shows forward thinking in Responsible Business - reports

Green leader and hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

Centrica launches Responsible Business Update 2016 - reports

International energy and services company, Centrica plc, has launched its Responsible Business Update 2016, which shows how they are delivering their purpose: ‘to satisfy the changing...

Observations for a better world – Purposeful work with valuable impacts for societies - reports

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, published today its renewed sustainability report, “Observations for a Better World 2016”. The publication...

GSK publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2016 - reports

By being commercially successful and operating responsibly, we will improve people’s health and benefit society, as well as create value for shareholders.

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.

Kesko’s Annual Report tells about Kesko’s strategy implementation and renewal - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2016 describes the recent steps that Kesko has taken to strengthen the customer experience for consumers and businesses, both in-store and in digital channels....

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.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. today released its annual  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report for fiscal 2016 , highlighting the company’s ongoing support for people in its...

RBS takes first step on journey towards fully integrated reporting: We are building a more sustainable bank - reports

“We are committed to running the bank as a more sustainable and responsible business, serving today’s customers in a way that also helps future generations, generating long term...

DONG Energy to stop all use of coal by 2023 - reports

DONG Energy has decided that by 2023, coal will no longer be used as fuel at the company's power stations. The decision goes hand in hand with the aim to reduce CO2 emissions in power and...

Novartis releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2016. This year’s report provides even more context on the company’s CR performance, as well as views...

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.

Cisco’s 2016 CSR Report Highlights Ambitious Long-Term Goals to Positively Impact People, Society and the Planet - reports

Today, Cisco released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights Cisco’s progress delivering on the company’s CSR mission  to accelerate...

Going Beyond: SC Johnson Releases Its 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Company Aspires to be the Champion of Ingredient Transparency SC Johnson, maker of trusted consumer brands like Glade®, Raid®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and Ziploc®, today released...

IKEA Group reports strong sustainability progress during critical year for climate action - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2016 shows strong progress towards its People & Planet Positive strategy and continued long-term investments in sustainability. A...

Westpac Group continues strong sustainability track record in 2016 - reports

For almost 200 years, one enduring principle has always guided Westpac Group as it has grown and adapted with the Australian nation:  the Bank can only do well if its customers and...

Sealed Air Publishes Annual Sustainability Report, Provides First Glimpse Into Progress to Achieve 2020 Sustainability Goals - reports

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) announced recently the publishing of its annual Sustainability Report.  This year’s report chronicles the Company’s journey to achieve its...

Microsoft Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft cares deeply about achieving that mission and creating a lasting impact...

VMware Releases Global Impact Report - reports

Through the collective impact of their employees, customers and partners, VMware strives to be a Force for Good in the world. Their shared mission is to leave ahead a better future – to...

Everything’s Connected: Mirvac’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

At Mirvac, sustainability is integral to creating customer and shareholder value. This year’s sustainability report, “Everything’s Connected”, showcases how integrating...

Symantec Releases its FY16 Corporate Responsibility Report Demonstrating Its Commitment to Making the World a Better and Safer Place - reports

The company invites its stakeholders to review the report and complete a brief stakeholder feedback survey. As an incentive, survey respondents can vote for one of three nonprofits to receive a...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Launches Opportunity Initiatives - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has recently launched its new corporate responsibility plan, Opportunity Initiatives. “Opportunity Initiatives demonstrates our intent to create more...

Stockland 2016 Annual Review & Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland is proud to announce the launch of its online Sustainability Reporting for the year ended 30 June 2016, supporting the 2016 Annual Review.

NBAD publishes its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ - reports

NBAD has released its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ covers NBAD’s progress during the 2015 calendar year.

BD Releases 2015 Sustainability Performance Update Report - reports

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Performance Update report.

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

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

Amgen’s 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report is Key Element of Company’s Broad Commitment to Social Responsibility - reports

Amgen has launched its 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report highlighting the Company’s environmental sustainability progress. The 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report documents...

Calor Publishes 2015 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas Ltd – Britain’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) – has today published its 2015 Sustainability Review.

Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa publishes its corporate responsibility report, adding a specific chapter on responsible supply chain. - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to...

Jackson Family Wines Announces 2021 Sustainability Goals - reports

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

Ball Corporation Releases 2016 Sustainability Report, Sets Clear Path for the Future - reports

Ball Corporation’s fifth biennial sustainability report details the company’s progress toward its updated priorities – product stewardship, operational excellence, talent...

Virgin Media announces world’s first along with sustainability performance progress - reports

Virgin Media has announced the first year results of its ‘Five in Five’ sustainability goals – the company’s pledge to do more good with digital while growing the...

Orange publishes its first integrated annual report - reports

Orange has chosen to issue an “Integrated Annual Report” for the first time, which invites shareholders but also any stakeholder to consider the CSR aspect of its strategy. It aims...

From Connecting Classrooms to Making Smarter Cities, AT&T’s Tech is Driving Change - reports

AT&T has released its annual sustainability update, which highlights the company’s successes, progress and opportunities for the future.   Our world has never been more...

UPS Drives 1 Billion Cleaner Miles, Achieves Goal One Year Early - reports

UPS’s 14th annual Sustainability Report provides a comprehensive update on the company’s sustainability efforts, including an announcement that the company has achieved its goal of...

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...

Johnson & Johnson Continues Its Commitment to Health With New Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals - reports

Johnson & Johnson aspires to improve health in everything they do, and everywhere they go. With the announcement of their Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals, Johnson & Johnson...

Owens Corning Shows Significant Progress with Reducing Footprint and Expanding Handprint - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) announced significant progress in reducing its environmental footprint and increasing the handprint efforts that advance its positive impact around the world. The...

Liberty Global committed to empowering positive change through digital - reports

Liberty Global today announced the publication of its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, which provides an overview of the company’s economic, social and environmental impacts and...

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,...

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Unveils New Sustainability Strategy and Goals - reports

Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently published its annual report on sustainability, providing a comprehensive update on the company's efforts and introducing new sustainability priorities...

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,...

Gildan Releases its 2015 Genuine Gildan® CSR Report - reports

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

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

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

Cigna Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2015 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, global health service company Cigna (NYSE:CI) offers an up-close look at the company’s...

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.

Singtel Publishes Its Second Group Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

The Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2016 is the company’s second Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance of its operations in Singapore and...

3M’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Every day, 3M innovation aims to tackle some of the world’s most pressing areas of concern. The 2016 Sustainability Report outlines 3M’s progress and commitments toward improving...

Sustainability: it's personal at Kingfisher - reports

Kingfisher, the home improvement company, has published its Sustainability Report 2015/16 showing progress towards becoming a restorative Net Positive business.

Publicis Groupe publishes its 2015 CSR Report - reports

2015, is the tipping year for Publicis Groupe’s sustainability strategy. New steps have been taken including the unveiling of a materiality analysis to help guide our priorities towards...

SABMiller Sustainable Development Report 2016; embedding Prosper into the business - reports

2015 was a momentous year for sustainable development. Now that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement are in place, we are all turning our...

CapitaLand Limited Publishes Integrated Global Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

CapitaLand reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with the publication of its seventh Global Sustainability Report. CapitaLand’s sustainability strategy is encapsulated in its...

Johnson Matthey Publishes 2016 Annual Report - reports

Johnson Matthey has published its 2016 Annual Report which is an integrated report covering all aspects of the company’s financial and non-financial performance.  It is available...

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...

ArcelorMittal Publishes Its First Annual 2015 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal is proud to announce the publication of its first annual 2015 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported its corporate responsibility (CR) and...

TD Bank Group Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

This week TD released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, Adapting to be the bank you need, showcasing the bank's commitment to serving the changing needs of its customers, employees,...

Vodafone Group Plc Sustainable Business Report 2015-16 - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its first report under its new sustainable business strategy , which sets out to ensure an even closer alignment between the organisation’s core...

M&S publishes its 2016 Plan A, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

UK-based retailer M&S publishes its most comprehensive suite of connected value reports.   The 2016 M&S Plan A Report is an annual update of progress against its Plan A...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 19th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the publication of the Company’s 2015...

AEP Releases 2016 Corporate Accountability Report - reports

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has released its 2016 Corporate Accountability Report, an overview of the company’s strategy, governance and financial performance.

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

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

RBS Launches Sustainability Report 2015 How We Make a Difference - reports

“We’re building a bank where long term success will be determined by doing a great job for customers. By being strong, simple and fair, we will earn their trust, and live up to our...

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...

Coca-Cola Enterprises releases 11th Annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/ Euronext Paris: CCE) has today launched its 11th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report, providing an opportunity to reflect on CCE’s...

Hydro-Québec Publishes Its Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

Setting new sights with our clean energy. As a recognized leader in hydropower and large transmission systems, Hydro-Québec exports clean, renewable power and commercializes its unique...

The De Beers Group of Companies Publishes 10th Annual Report to Society - reports

The De Beers Group of Companies today published its 10th annual Report to Society. The report outlines the company’s ongoing efforts to ensure diamond revenues drive social and...

One Step Further to a More Sustainable Business - reports

In 2015, Scentre Group has been focusing on ways to create a Sustainable Business in alignment with its business purpose to create extraordinary places connecting and enriching communities....

Teck Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

Teck Resources Limited ("Teck”) has released its 15th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company’s performance in 2015 and progress towards its short- and long-term...

"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.

Shell Announces Publication of Sustainability Report for 2015 - reports

Shell is pleased to announce the publication of the Shell Sustainability Report for 2015. It describes Shell’s progress during 2015 to deliver energy in a responsible way and our...

Partnering with you to do good things Old Mutual publishes Positive Futures Plan - reports

Old Mutual’s purpose is to help its customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways which create a positive future for...

Panalpina Reports on Sustainability Progress During 2015 - reports

Panalpina has published its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting its approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility and the actions it took during 2015 to provide...

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,...

Accenture Releases 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report; Skills to Succeed Initiative Equips More than 1.2 Million People with Job Skills - reports

Accenture has released its 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report, “Making a Measureable Difference,” which explores the company’s progress, performance and goals across its global...

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2015 Integrated Annual Report Showcases Focus on Sustainable Growth - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2016 its fourth integrated report, “Refreshing business”, which provides details on all aspects of business, governance and sustainability...

FedEx (NYSE:FDX) Publishes 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The FedEx 2016 Global Citizenship Report, "Deliver It Forward," is now available at csr.fedex.com. The report, in its eighth year of publication, highlights the FedEx commitment to...

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility is the Heart of Verizon With publication of its 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report, Verizon today demonstrates how the company is leveraging...

The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its 2015 Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

CLP Group Publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

CLP is committed to working closely with local governments and communities to facilitate an orderly transition to a low carbon economy.   CLP’s Sustainability Report covers the...

Kesko’s Integrated Annual Report tells about the progress of the new strategy - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2015 describes how people and society benefit from the operations of the K-Group. In addition to the progress of Kesko’s strategy and corporate responsibility...

Caterpillar's 2015 Sustainability Report: “What We’ve Built. What We’re Solving.” - reports

Caterpillar Inc. published its annual Sustainability Report today, detailing the progress made in 2015 despite challenging economic conditions. Recognizing Caterpillar’s 90-year history as...

Henkel publishes 25th Sustainability Report - Sustainability targets 2011 to 2015 achieved - reports

Henkel reached the interim targets of its Sustainability Strategy for 2030, set new milestones for 2020 and published its 25th Sustainability Report. The first report was published nearly a...

Standard Chartered launches its 2015 Annual Report - reports

The Bank’s approach to sustainability is embedded across the Annual Report, reinforcing the Bank’s commitment to sustainability as the foundation of its business.

Novo Nordisk Publishes Integrated 2015 Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk has published its integrated 2015 Annual Report detailing the company’s year-end performance. The report highlights the company’s progression towards long-term targets...

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...

Jaguar Land Rover Reports on Progress Towards 2020 Responsible Business Goals - reports

In 2009 Jaguar Land Rover set out its Responsible Business strategy and targets to 2020 and has made great progress to date, winning recognition both within and outside the automotive industry....

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.

Kingspan Insulated Panels Releases its 2015 Divisional Sustainability Report - reports

Kingspan Insulated Panels today releases its 2015 Sustainability Report, which sets out the division’s environmental, social and economic performance for the period 2012 to 2014....

Stories of Change-Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Stories of Change - Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report Stories change us, stories are changing our world, read how stories are changing Mirvac and then create your own story....

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

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

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...

ACWA Power - Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ACWA Power has published a standalone Sustainability Report covering its management and performance during 2014 which accompanies this Report as Volume 2. The Sustainability Report complies with...

Workday Publishes its 2015 Global Impact Report - reports

Workday, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, recently published its 2015 Global Impact Report. The report details Workday’s sustainable...

CN issues Delivering Responsibly sustainability report - reports

CN today issued its fifth sustainability report, Delivering Responsibly, outlining the company’s programs and achievements in safety, corporate governance, community involvement, human...

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...

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Publishes 2015 Citizenship Report - reports

This week Microsoft published its 2015 Citizenship Report, which covers the company’s commitments to ethical business conduct and governance, its people, empowering communities, human...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes Sixth Annual Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) is pleased to announce the publication of its sixth annual Corporate Citizenship Report covering 2014 through the first half of 2015. Entitled...

U.S. Dairy Industry Plays a Leading Role to Build a More Resilient, Sustainable Food System - reports

Through a shared commitment, U.S. dairy farmers, importers and businesses work together to provide people with the nutritious dairy products they want, in a way that is improving the social,...

A Better Way for Life: Sealed Air Releases 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

“At Sealed Air, sustainability is a business imperative and a business driver. It is critical to the long-term success of our company to consider the full life cycle of each and every...

Stockland releases 2015 Annual Review and Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland is proud to announce the launch of its FY15 Annual Review and online Sustainability Reporting.  It’s been another big year for sustainability at Stockland, with a refreshed...

BHP Billiton publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - Taking the long view - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Report.

ICL publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL has been publishing full Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reports since 2010. This fifth report takes a major step forward in its process of building a strong tradition of CSR activities...

Publicis Groupe Releases its 2014 CSR Report - reports

For the 6th year, Publicis Groupe, the third largest communication company, is publishing its CSR Report. Since 2009, Publicis Groupe has embraced 98% of the company scope in the CSR reporting...

Liberty Global Publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, LBTYK, LILA and LILAK) today announced the publication of its 2014 Corporate Responsibility (“CR”) Report,...

Interface EMEA Pioneers Biobased Materials for Carpet Tiles - reports

Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has developed the first ever biobased backing for carpet tiles that has now passed all European performance and quality tests, including low VOCs...

CANARY WHARF GROUP PUBLISHES ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT - reports

“Understanding our contribution to our local and national economies, building positive relationships with our community and protecting the environments we impact, at developments or via...

Citi Releases 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Citi's 2014 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts to enable economic progress in communities around the world.

Teck releases 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

Teck Resources Limited ("Teck”) today announced the release of its 2014 Sustainability Report – covering its performance and progress towards its sustainability goals.

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report - reports

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

EDF Energy publishes Better Energy Ambitions 2014 report - reports

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, has published its 2014 Better Energy Ambitions report detailing its progress towards becoming a more responsible business.

Calor Gas publishes 2014 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas, the UK’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LGP (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), has today published its 2014 Sustainability Review.

Land Securities publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Land Securities’ Sustainability Report provides a top-line summary of the group’s progress this year. Following a review of its sustainability activities Land Securities has moved...

OTE and COSMOTE launch joint 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

OTE Group is the leading telecommunications provider in Greece and one of the pre-eminent providers in South East Europe, offering its customers excellent quality products and services. ...

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

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

Vodafone publishes annual Group Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone - one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies - which provides a wide range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications, has published its...

Delivering our purpose: BT reveals new report and ambitions - reports

In 2014/15 BT, one of the world’s leading communications services providers, invested £32.5m in responsible and sustainable business activities.

M&S publishes its first update on Plan A 2020 and how it creates sustainable value - reports

The 2015 M&S Plan A Report is the international retailer’s first update on its Plan A 2020 targets launched last year.

How is Gas Natural Fenosa addressing its commitments to stakeholders? - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa’s 2014 results, and the progress it has made in integrating its environmental, social and financial performances, are published today in its Corporate Responsibility...

Deutsche Telekom publishes 13th CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom's Corporate Responsibility Report for 2014 concentrates on the most important topics for Deutsche Telekom and its stakeholders, including privacy, the supply chain and...

Hydro-Québec publishes Sustainability Report 2014 - reports

Hydro-Québec’s 13th Sustainability Report draws on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines and Electric Utilities Sector Supplement, based on the “core”...

RBS launches 2014 Sustainability Report: Earning our customers’ trust - reports

In this report, RBS aims to establish clear recognition as a leader in sustainability.

RB announces progress towards environmental and social goals in 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

RB’s 2014 Sustainability Report, “A global force in health & hygiene”, published today, highlights the key achievements of its betterbusiness strategy. 

Ericsson creates positive impact in the Networked Society - reports

Today Ericsson is launching its 22nd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report. By 2020, 90% of the world’s population will be covered by mobile broadband networks. This...

The VELUX Group-50 years as model company gets results - reports

The VELUX Group has just published its CR Report for 2014. Among the key results are a historically low number of accidents at work and a continued fall in the company’s CO2...

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2014 - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2014 at:  www.shell.com/sustainabilityreport

Global Corporate Citizenship: The Heart of Verizon - reports

  A global leader in broadband and other wireless and wireline communication services, Verizon's 2014 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Supplement demonstrate how...

Enabling Positive Futures: Old Mutual publishes 2014 Responsible Business report - reports

The latest Old Mutual Responsible Business Report details the Group’s focus on where it can make the most material impact – financial wellbeing and responsible investment,...

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...

Standard Chartered launches 2014 Annual Report - reports

The bank’s approach to sustainability is embedded throughout its Annual Report, reinforcing its commitment to sustainability as the foundation of its business in Asia, Africa and the...

Coca-Cola HBC Publishes Third Integrated Report 'It's Good to Share' on 2014 Performance - reports

Coca-Cola HBC has just published its third integrated annual report. This is the first time it is reporting on all aspects of business, including financial, governance and sustainability...

NN Group publishes first Annual Report as listed company - reports

Insurance and investment management company NN Group has a combined reporting approach and its 2014 Annual Report consists of three distinct sections - Annual Review, Financial Report and...

Henkel reaches first sustainability targets ahead of schedule - reports

Henkel’s Sustainability Report details the environmental and social advancements made by the company in 2014. It highlights the active involvement of employees worldwide and the...

The Maersk Group publishes its Sustainability Report 2014 - reports

Having launched a new sustainability strategy in 2014, Maersk continues to address sustainability challenges in a way that creates value for society and for its business.

IKEA Group announces strong sustainability progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2014, released today, shows its People & Planet Positive strategy is on track and delivering good results. Sustainability...

E.ON UK shows how it’s ‘Doing The Right Things Right’ - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its annual Corporate Responsibility report, entitled ‘Doing the right things right’. The full report, a two page summary of commitments and supporting...

Stockland launches FY14 Reports - reports

Stockland, Australia’s largest diversified property group, is proud to announce the launch of its online FY14 Sustainability Reporting. This supports the Annual Review 2014, the...

BHP Billiton 2014 Sustainability Report Published - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2014 Sustainability Report – Value through performance.

ICL's 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL’s tradition of reporting, which began in 2006, continues to develop and improve every year, demonstrating the comprehensive operational strategy for sustainability and corporate...

Network Rail releases 2013/14 Sustainability Update - reports

Investment in Britain’s railway is at a level not seen since Victorian times.

Mars, Incorporated Publishes 2013 Principles in Action Summary - reports

Mars, Incorporated publishes its fourth annual Principles in Action Summary on mars.com , which details the company’s approach to business – the challenges it shares with society,...

Liberty Global Announces Environmental Targets - reports

Liberty Global announces environmental targets as part of the company's commitment to Corporate Responsibility (CR).

Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to responsible business innovation - reports

With the publication of its 2013 Sustainability performance, Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to sustainability and responsible business innovation in making communications more...

Gas Natural Fenosa publishes first Annual Integrated Report and 12th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

For the first time, Gas Natural Fenosa has published an Annual Integrated Report as well as its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.

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...

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

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

Kingfisher publishes first year results for Net Positive - reports

Net Positive is Kingfisher’s restorative approach to business. It means making a positive contribution to people and the environment, while growing a stronger, more profitable business.

Land Securities shares city stories in latest CR Report - reports

As Land Securities moves increasingly towards an integrated approach to its annual reporting, this year’s Corporate Responsibility Report provides a brief update on its strategy, an...

Terna Transmits Energy with Responsibility - reports

The first Terna Group “Integrated Report” is now on line at www.terna.it. The Report was  prepared in accordance with the IIIRC – International Integrated Reporting...

British Land publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2014 - reports

British land is the leading UK Real Estate Investment Trust on several key corporate responsibility indices and the company is making good progress on its social and environmental commitments.

Coca-Cola HBC, ranked among top three beverage companies in the world for sustainability publishes 2013 Integrated Report - reports

Coca-Cola HBC publishes its second Integrated Report which discusses the company's strategy and performance across a range of financial, economic, social and environmental indicators.

Heathrow Launches 2013 Sustainability Performance Summary - reports

Report shows Heathrow is making strong progress against its 2020 sustainability goals.

Singapore's Leading Eco-Developer CDL marks Jubilee Year with Triple Bottom Line Milestones - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL), a Singapore-listed international property and hospitality conglomerate, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Located in 25 countries, CDL is aware of the...

GM Outlines Efforts to Transform Transportation - reports

Sustainability report shares progress toward a more sustainable industry.

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2013 CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its Corporate Responsibility report for the twelfth time. With the title "We take responsibility," it provides information on the Group's challenges and...

Hydro-Quebec publishes Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

Hydro-Quebec is one of the leading electric utilities in North America and ranks among the world's largest hydropower producers.

Colgate-Palmolive releases 2013 sustainability report and progress on sustainability strategy - reports

NEW YORK, NY – Colgate-Palmolive has released its 2013 Sustainability Report titled, Giving the World Reasons to Smile. This annual report details Colgate’s long-standing...

Calor publishes 2013 Progress Report - reports

Calor has today published its online 2013 Sustainability Progress Report.

Stakeholders' voice is heard in Kesko's Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Kesko’s revised, online Corporate Responsibility Report provides information on the objectives, actions and results of Kesko’s responsibility programme and work according to the new...

Vaisala's Corporate Responsibility Report Launched - reports

Vaisala has taken a strong step into the renewable energies industry.  It is now a leading provider of reliable observation technologies and science-based weather modelling, improving...

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.

adidas Group presents ‘2013 Sustainability Progress Report – Fair Play’ - reports

The adidas Group published its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report, an annual overview of achievements and challenges as well as a progress update on its 2015 sustainability targets.

Reckitt Benckiser plc (‘RB’) publishes 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

RB, the global leader in consumer health and hygiene, reveals that the company has achieved a 9% reduction in lifecycle water impact and 7% reduction in carbon footprint per dose of product in...

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...

UBS commits to holistic advancement of its societal activities - reports

As a globally active, client-centric and diversified financial firm, and the world’s largest wealth manager, UBS is in a unique position to help its clients address their societal concerns.

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...

Smiles for the Future Bel Group publishes second CSR report - reports

“Our CSR program is specific to us: firstly, because it addresses the issues that directly affect our growth strategy and, secondly, because it draws on our nature as a global operator in...

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2013 - reports

The report details Shell’s progress during 2013 to deliver energy in a responsible way to meet the world’s growing demand, as the global population increases and living standards...

Standard Chartered Sustainability Review - reports

Standard Chartered launches its 2013 Sustainability Review, highlighting the Bank’s commitment to promoting economic and social development across the markets where it operates in Asia,...

The World’s Biggest Challenges Deserve Even Bigger Solutions - reports

Verizon’s 2013 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Supplement shows how the company’s mobile and broadband technologies are providing powerful answers to the big challenges of...

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain the Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included for the fifth time in this year’s Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical...

edie Sustainability Skills Workshop - calendar

A unique edie workshop designed to arm you with the essential tools and inspiration to become a sustainability leader of tomorrow. The edie Sustainability Skills Workshop brings...

SGS sets out its contribution to sustainability - reports

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

CLP Group has published its 2013 Online Sustainability Report - reports

CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is the holding company for the CLP Group, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.

Lloyds Banking Group helping Britain prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group announces the publication of its 2013 Responsible Business report which, for the first time, and in line with industry best practice, is forward facing as well as backwards...

Renewable Energy Markets 2016 - calendar

For over 20 years, the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace. Attracting participants from around the globe who share an...

Bayer publishes first integrated report: Sustainability part of corporate strategy - reports

“We are convinced that we can only achieve lasting commercial success if we balance economic growth with ecological and social responsibility.” Dr Marijn Dekkers, ceo

A.P. Moller - Maersk publishes its Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

A.P. Moller - Maersk publishes its Sustainability Report 2013  “We have come a long way integrating sustainability into business processes, setting minimum standards and...

Philips publishes 2013 sustainability update, beating green sales target two years ahead of schedule - reports

Philips has published data on its 2013 sustainability activities as part of its integrated annual report, covering its financial, social and environmental performance.

Responsible Business 2016 - calendar

Responsible Business 2016 Incentives, imperatives, implementation 21 November 2016 | London             Public interest in...

Interface Europe reaches sustainability milestones, achieving 90% carbon reduction - reports

World’s largest carpet tile manufacturer achieves 100% renewable energy, virtually zero water in manufacturing and zero waste to landfill at its European manufacturing facility in The...

Verge Conference - calendar

VERGE is a global event series focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. VERGE brings together a...

Capturing Sustainable Value - calendar

Capturing Sustainable Value 7-8 July 2016 Share your passion for sustainability at our 5th annual conference on 7-8 July. Meet future collaborators, thought leaders, inventive...

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...

One Young World's Environmental Event - calendar

ACTOR ADRIAN GRENIER, PRESIDENT ALEJANDRO TOLEDO AND CNN’S JENNIFER GRAY CONFIRMED AS COUNSELORS TO ONE YOUNG WORLD’S ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT IN TUCSON THIS SPRING The Premier Forum...

7th Smart Grids & Cleanpower IIOT Conference Expo - calendar

7th Smart Grids & Cleanpower IIOT Cambridge UK 27-28 June 2016 Day 1 Tech Corp Exec Briefing & MasterClass Day & Dinner Evening Day 2 Business Conference & Demo...

Calor publishes 2013 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Calor has published its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report which can be viewed and downloaded at: www.calor.co.uk/sustainability.

Stockland releases its Annual Review 2013 and online sustainability reporting - reports

Stockland, Australia’s largest diversified property group, is proud to announce the the release of the company’s second integrated report, the Annual Review 2013, providing a...

ESB confirms that it has achieved and exceeded its 5 year target of reducing its carbon footprint by 30% - reports

ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company has released its 2012 Sustainability Report.  The report details the company’s sustainability performance in 2012 and confirms the...

Our Shares Values - BHP Billiton's 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

As part of BHP Billiton’s community commitment, they voluntarily invest one per cent of their pre-tax profit, calculated on the average of the previous three years’ pre-tax profit,...

Brown-Forman Publishes Fourth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Spirits and wine corporation Brown-Forman has published its fourth corporate responsibility report, covering the company’s global commitments to alcohol responsibility, environmental...

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report, 'Our Sustainability Journey Continues’  online at:...

edie Energy Management conference - calendar

Senior energy and sustainability leaders from Land Securities , SmartestEnergy , Thomas Cook and Heathrow Airport will share cutting-edge examples of technology & innovation in...

E.ON publishes its 'All together' report entitled 'Strengthening relationships, building trust' - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its ‘All together’ report, entitled ‘Strengthening relationships, building trust’. The full report, a two page summary and Q&A videos with...

UPS releases its annual 2012 Sustainability Report with the theme 'More of What Matters' - reports

Today, UPS released its annual 2012 Sustainability Report with the theme “More of What Matters.” Environmental achievements included ground and air fuel savings, increased...

Discover the new Sanofi CSR tools - reports

Corporate Social Responsibility at Sanofi places the patient at the heart of the way we conduct business. To better showcase our approach and to lead our image and reputation, the CSR Excellence...

Symantec Corporation Highlights 2012 Sustainability Progress - reports

Software company Symantec Corporation has outlined its sustainability progress for 2012

Creating Shared Value Forum 2012 - reports

Join our live discussion on Creating Shared Value: the role of business in development

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...

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

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

Stockland releases Annual Review 2012 - reports

Stockland releases its Annual Review 2012.

BHP Billiton's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton’s first Charter value is ‘Sustainability’. Operating sustainably underpins everything BHP Billiton does. 

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report.

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....

Bentall Kennedy releases CR Report - reports

Bentall Kennedy release CR Report.

Calor publishes 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor has published its 2012 Sustainability Review which can be viewed and downloaded.

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report, 'Leading the Energy Change'.

OTE & COSMOTE publish their 2012 CR Report - reports

OTE and COSMOTE, the leading fixed and mobile telecommunications services providers in Greece and South Eastern Europe, have published their 2012 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report on 26 June...

TBLI Conference Asia 2015 - calendar

We are excited to announce TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA 2015, held in cooperation with  INSEAD in Singapore, 29-30 April. TBLI CONFERENCE offers a wealth of opportunity for networking with...

Kingfisher plc publishes its report for 2012/13, Net Positive - The Start of our Journey - reports

Kingfisher plc, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, has committed to go beyond zero impact to become Net Positive in four areas - timber, energy, innovation and communities –...

BT's Better Future Report 2013 - reports

Find out how BT is paving the way for a Better Future in their annual sustainability report, which outlines their progress and achievements against seven key performance indicators over the past...

Vodafone Publishes its 2012/13 Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its Sustainability Report 2012/13 in which they outline their social and economic contribution across their 30 operating countries.

Experian releases three reports simultaneously and pledges to 'step up' - reports

Global information services company, Experian, released its Annual Report, Corporate Responsibility report and a publication ‘About Experian’ simultaneously on Friday 7 June.

Telefonica Publishes its 2012 Sustainability Report - The Future is Commitment - reports

Corporate sustainability is a clear source of competitiveness and progress.

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 ...

Hydro-Quebec publishes Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Hydro-Québec is one of the leading electric utilities in North America and ranks among the world’s largest hydropower producers.

Bayer Publishes Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

“Innovation & sustainability are the driving force behind our business success.” Dr. Marijn Dekkers, Chairman of the Board of Management, Bayer AG

Procter & Gamble Company Releases Its' 14th Annual Sustainability Report - reports

Today the Procter & Gamble Company  released its' 14th annual Sustainability Report.

IKEA Group reports strong progress on renewable energy, wood and cotton sourcing - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report FY12 shows progress towards the company’s sustainability goals - supporting business growth and benefiting people and the environment.

The Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) Online - calendar

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

Maersk publishes its 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

Maersk’s Sustainability Report 2012 focuses on the social and environmental impacts of the Group’s investments within trade, infrastructure and energy.

Philips' Annual Report 2012 - reports

Philips has published data on its 2012 sustainability activities as part of its integrated  annual report , covering its financial, social and environmental performance.

Sustainable Development Conference 2014 - calendar

Welcome to Sustainable Development Conference 2014: Green technology, Renewable energy and Environmental protection We are proud to invite you to join us at Sustainable Development...

Carlsberg Group publishes its CSR Report 2012 - reports

Today Carlsberg Group released its CSR Report 2012, consolidating its position as the most efficient global brewer on water, energy and CO 2 .

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

The Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment - calendar

Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global...

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain the Rezidor Hotel Group has published its Responsible Business Report. 

Verizon's 2012 Annual Report - reports

Standard Chartered launches its 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

Building a Sustainable RBS - 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....

Royal Dutch Shell plc releases its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2012 at:  www.shell.com/sustainabilityreport The report shows how Shell delivers energy to meet the world’s...

Heineken N.V. publishes 2012 Sustainability Report and sets new 2015 target - reports

The report focuses on the Company’s efforts to manage the social and environmental impacts of its business in the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012

Sulzer Sustainability Reporting 2012 - reports

Sulzer received the highest Application Level A+ (G3) from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its online Sustainability Report 2012

Leading for sustainability programme - calendar

Lead International: Are you ready to make your mark? Are you looking to take your career to the next level? Our Leading for sustainability programme will give you the confidence and...

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...

Sustainability Live 2014 - calendar

Sustainability Live 2014 is made up of three interlinking and co-located events – NEMEX, IWEX and ENERGY RECOVERY; which together offer an innovative business environment for professionals...

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...

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...

Crest Nicholson's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

In Crest Nicholson's 50th anniversary year, the Group is continually inspired by new ideas. The Group's 2012 Sustainability Report:  Innovation that Inspires details how the...

Colgate-Palmolive Releases 2012 Sustainability Report and Progress on Sustainability Strategy - reports

Colgate-Palmolive Releases 2012 Sustainability Report and Progress on Sustainability Strategy.

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....

The Financial Times Global Renewable Energy Summit: Transforming the Energy Paradigm - calendar

The renewables industry has reached a fundamentally new stage in its development. The cost of some renewable technologies - wind and solar in particular - has fallen to a level which has seen...

GREEN LEADERS SUMMIT 2013 - calendar

Green Leaders Summit 2013 – A Chance of a Lifetime to Meet some of the most Influential Green Leaders of the World   Green World City, with the support of United Nations...

8th ALCAS Conference on LCA and Carbon Footprinting - “Pathways to Greening Global Markets” - calendar

Life cycle assessment (LCA) has emerged in recent years as a vital tool in meeting the challenges of a greening market. LCA makes the link between production processes used to make products and...

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest Responsible Business Report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Responsible Business Report. The report sets out how the Group is delivering on its economic, environmental and social activities and how it is...

Sulzer Sustainability Reporting 2011 - reports

Sulzer is committed to building its business success on responsible action and grow sustainably. In its Online Sustainability Report 2011, the company reports on its sustainability efforts to...

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

Vodafone publishes its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) publishes its Sustainability Report 2012. The report comprises a summary PDF and an on-line report, giving an overview of performance across Vodafone’s markets.

Freeport-McMoRan issues its 2011 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Worldwide attention has been drawn to continuous advances in renewable energy technologies, electric vehicles, stronger and lighter alloys, and high-tech devices that capture the imagination....

Kingfisher publishes its 2012 corporate responsibility report - reports

Kingfisher plc published its 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report on 25 June 2012. The report can be viewed online.

Land Securities publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. Entitled ‘Making good progress’ the new report shows how Land Securities views corporate responsibility as being first and...

Orange publishes its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

The report describes over 140 achievements and performance indicators covering the Group’s 4 CSR commitments: recognising and supporting its employees; ensuring transparency, quality, security...

OTE publishes its 2011 CR Report - reports

OTE, one of the leading telecommunications service providers in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report on 15 June 2012 at the company’s Annual...

British Land publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 - reports

Managing environmental, economic and social impacts is central to the way British Land does business and to delivering value for its shareholders. This year, more than ever, the company has...

BT publishes its annual Better Future report - reports

BTs Better Future 2012 report highlights progress made, and challenges, in its goal to be a responsible and sustainable business leader.

Marks and Spencer publishes 2012 How We Do Business report - reports

Marking the fifth anniversary of its Plan A, Marks & Spencer today publishes its 2012 How We Do Business Report.

New Energy World Network’s Envirotech & Clean Energy Investor Summit - calendar

Following sold-out events in 2009, 2010 and 2011 New Energy World Network’s Envirotech & Clean Energy Investor Summit has established itself as the pre-eminent event for networking...

Hydro-Quebec Publishes its Sustainability Report 2011 - reports

Hydro-Quebec is one of the leading electric utilities in North America and ranks among the world's largest hydropower producers. The company has just published its Sustainability Report 2011.

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...

Building a sustainable RBS - reports

RBS is changing for the better. The launch of RBS’s annual Sustainability Report is an important milestone – it allows the company to demonstrate its commitment to being open and transparent...

The Green Power Mini-MBA - calendar

Key Course Learning The varied science and technology behind renewable energy and how this dictates the commercial boundaries on its potential, cost structure and market positioning Market...

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...

Shell releases its Sustainability Report for 2011 - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2011

Making Progress Together - Givaudan Sustainability Report 2011 - reports

Givaudan, a leading player in the fragrance and flavour industry, has published its 2011 Sustainability Report.  This has been externally assured by Ernst & Young and confirmed by GRI...

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....

SEGRO publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

The 2011 SEGRO Sustainability Report provides an update on performance against targets set out in 2009 as part of the company's five-year sustainability strategy.

The Rezidor Hotel Group has published its Responsible Business Report - reports

Recently included for the third time on the World's Most Ethical Companies list, the Rezidor Hotel Group today publishes its Responsible Business Report.

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...

Marathon Oil publishes CSR report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation has released its 2010 “Living Our Values” Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

Caesars Entertainment publish Sustainability report - reports

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

Intel publishes latest CR Report - reports

Intel Corporation has provided public reports on its environmental, health and safety performance since 1994 and produced an annual Corporate Responsibility Report since 2001.

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.

Chrysler releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

Chrysler Group LLC has released its 2010 Sustainability Report, representing the first time the Company has presented its vision for creating a sustainable enterprise, including strategies,...

Boeing issues fourth annual Environmental Report - reports

Boeing has issued its fourth annual Environment Report. While increasing airplane production, Boeing generated year-over-year improvements in environmental performance.

Your Path to Greener Working - calendar

The course provides clear strategies for financial savings through effective greener working by:   return on investment - generating significant financial savings and income;  ...

Constellation Energy issues its annual CSR Report - reports

Constellation Energy has issued its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s 2010 sustainability initiatives, performance and goals. It focuses on Constellation’s...

Avery Dennison releases first Sustainability Report - reports

Avery Dennison Corporation released its first Sustainability Report, Together We’re Stronger, detailing the company’s 2010 sustainability initiatives, performance and goals.

Mosaic Company publishes Sustainability Report - reports

The Mosaic Company has completed its second company-wide sustainability assessment and published a sustainability report summarizing progress on key initiatives in the areas of food, water,...

Henkel has published its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Henkel is today publishing its Sustainability Report 2011 simultaneously with its Annual Report at its Press Conference for Fiscal 2011.

Philips publishes its Annual Report 2011 - reports

Philips has published data on its 2011 sustainability activities as part of its fourth integrated annual report, covering its financial, social and environmental performance.

Outokumpu publishes 2011 Sustainability Summary - reports

Outokumpu, the international stainless steel company, on 17 February 2012 published an integrated annual and sustainability report.

IKEA Group releases 2011 sustainability report - reports

The 2011 IKEA Sustainability Report, released today, outlines the sustainability work carried out on a global level by the IKEA Group during FY 2011*, including key performance indicators to...

3 Cs to sustainability - reports

Community investment, capacity building, stakeholder engagement. Okay, so it's actually two Cs and one S. All three are essential to building relationships and delivering sustainable profit. Why?...

free briefing on CSR risk management - reports

Ethical Corporation has just put together a free briefing on CSR risk management for extractives industries. You'll receive ten pages of practical case studies and valuable insight drawing upon...

Linklaters launches fourth annual corporate responsibility report - reports

Linklaters' fourth annual corporate responsibility (CR) report has revealed that the firm has helped social ventures generate £7.5m worth of investment, through the innovative use of structured...

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan - reports

A news update from Unilever

Sky's Bigger Picture Review 2011 - reports

Today, Sky has published its Bigger Picture Review 2011. The new-look, online review outlines the achievements, challenges and progress for the year ending 30 June 2011.

Working with Communities - calendar

The importance of working well with communities is now widely recognised. It is not just about working with local people, but with active communities and organisations within them. This course...

BHP Billiton publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton reduced the greenhouse gas intensity of its global operations by 18 per cent and has exceeded its $300 million commitment to supporting energy efficiency and low GHG emission...

E.ON UK publishes 'Our Responsibilities' report 2010 - reports

E.ON generate electricity for UK homes and businesses, supply power and gas to millions of people across the country, and are part of one of the world's largest investor-owned energy companies....

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

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2011 - reports

NEC Corporation has published its NEC CSR Report 2011, which outlines its work in pursuit of its CSR objectives during the fiscal year ended 31 March 2011.

E-Learning Programme on Corporate Eco-Efficiency for Financial Institutions (CEFI) - calendar

1.5 million euros saved after five years by reducing the use of paper, water, and energy. $15 million saved in three years by implementing measures of eco-efficiency in printing. How much could...

National Grid's Social Purpose Report 2010/11 - reports

National Grid's purpose is to connect people to the energy they use. Its recently-published Social Purpose Report for 2010/11 explains the role it plays in society.

Enel publishes ninth Sustainability Report - reports

For the ninth consecutive year, Enel has published its Sustainability Report - this year more closely connected than ever to its Annual Report.

Crest Nicholson publishes 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

UK developer Crest Nicholson has published its full 2010 Sustainability Report. This 9th annual Sustainability Report presents progress towards effectively balancing economic, environmental and...

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan News - reports

A news update from Unilever

Danisco publishes 2010/11 Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco A/S, a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions, has published its 2010/2011 sustainability report, "Ingredients for a Changing World".  The report,...

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...

Land Securities Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. In addition, Land Securities has taken this opportunity to launch an updated Responsibility section of its corporate website.

Freeport-McMoRan announce 2010 Working Toward Sustainable Development report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX) announces its 2010 Working Toward Sustainable Development report. This report is in accordance with the GRI G3 reporting guidelines.

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...

OTE publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading telecommunications services provider in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report on 23 June 2011 at the company's Annual...

Delhaize publishes new Corporate Responsibility Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, presents its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Progress Report.

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest Responsible Business Report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Responsible Business Report. In 2010 Lloyds carried out extensive stakeholder research into how its many stakeholder audiences perceive the Group -...

Renewable Energy Finance Forum - calendar

Renewable Energy Finance Forum-Wall Street is renowned throughout the industry as the meeting place for financiers, investors and renewable energy project developers to network, strike deals and...

Impact Investing 2012 - calendar

Investments for profit, people and the planet With some experts predicting a ten-fold increase in impact  investments to $500 billion by 2014 (1% of all managed assets), this...

British Land publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2011 - reports

This year, British Land carried out a thorough review of its corporate responsibility strategy and activities, commissioning independent stakeholder research, consulting experts, reviewing best...

AT&T Releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

AT&T today announced the release of its 2010 Sustainability Report, which highlights how AT&T is working on its own and in conjunction with others to have a positive impact on the...

Environmental Bonds 2012 - Capital markets and the green economy - calendar

Following the success of Environmental Bonds 2011 and 2012 in London Environmental Finance Publications is pleased to be bringing the conference to New York on 23 May.  Attend to review the...

The Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress - calendar

The Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress brings together the Mexican renewable energy community to drive forward this important sector at a time of unprecedented change in the market....

The Sustainable Operations Summit - calendar

The Sustainable Operations Summit is the premier forum for leading organizations to share best practices that benefit both the environment and the bottom line.      The 2012...

M&S publish their 2011 How We Do Business report - reports

Following the fourth year of Plan A, M&S today publishes its 2011 How We Do Business Report with progress updates on all 180 of its Plan A commitments. With a year to go until the...

BT launches 2011 sustainability report - reports

BT's latest sustainability report highlights its achievements in the last year, during which BT has added 'being a responsible and sustainable business leader' to its strategic priorities.

Kingfisher publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2010/11 - reports

Kingfisher has published its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report. The video introduction from the Group Chief Executive, Ian Cheshire, outlines the company's new sustainability vision...

Brazil Wind Energy Conference (BWEC) 2012 - calendar

BWEC, 2-3 April 2012, is a high level platform for professionals in wind generation and equipment manufacture, policy makers and investors to discuss the future potential of the wind business in...

Accenture launch UNGC-Accenture Industry CEO Study - reports

Accenture invite you to the launch of the UNGC-Accenture Industry CEO Study, the world's largest industry-specific study on CEOs and Sustainability to date on 25th May.

The Sustainable Venture Development Conference - calendar

The Sustainable Venture Development Conference, taking place in London on April 19, is an independent, one-day event bringing together investors, venture developers and industry leaders to focus...

Barclays publishes Citizenship Report 2010 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report 2010. The Report has been independently assured by Ernst & Young and meets the requirements of a Type 2 assurance engagement as defined by...

Green Buildings Asia - calendar

Buildings account for 35% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. With the introduction of stringent national energy efficiency regulations, property owners, developers and designers must act to...

Hydro-Québec publishes Sustainability Report 2010 - reports

Hydro-Québec has published its Sustainability Report 2010. For its Sustainability Report 2010, Hydro-Québec produced a self-declaration, checked by the GRI, corresponding to Application Level B...

Wall Street Green Summit XI - calendar

The Wall Street Green Summit XI is a long running environmental finance event held in New York City. This year’s summit will feature many speakers on renewable energy finance, cleantech venture...

SEGRO publishes 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

The report provides an update on 2010 performance of SEGRO’s five-year sustainability strategy. The company’s approach focuses on delivering value to the business and its customers.

Centrica publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Browse Centrica's 2010 corporate responsibility report Find out how Centrica is striving to become the most trusted energy company, leading the move to a low carbon future.

Ericsson releases annual Sustainability and CR report - reports

Ericsson's annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report titled "Technology for Good", released today, highlights the company's ongoing efforts to apply innovation to market based...

Bioenergy International Expo & Conference - calendar

The Bioenergy International expo & conference offers Asian companies involved in the bioenergy market an opportunity to network with existing and potential customers. The two day conference...

Royal Dutch Shell releases Sustainability Report 2010 - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2010. The report describes how Shell is helping to meet the world’s growing energy demand in a responsible way.

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...

Fortum publishes 2010 sustainability report - reports

Energy generating company Fortum has published its Sustainability Report 2010

Standard Chartered 2010 Sustainability Review - reports

In its fifth annual Sustainability Review, released today, Standard Chartered sets out how it has delivered on its strategy to provide a strong return for shareholders, while creating social...

Green Strategy 2011 – Creative Disruption: strategies for a new paradigm - calendar

There is a growing realisation in boardrooms across many sectors that the current rise in energy and commodity prices may not be a short term trend. A growing number of economists and investors are...

Vaisala publishes its third corporate responsibility report - reports

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

Impact Investing 2011 - calendar

Investments for profit, people and the planet With some experts predicting a ten-fold increase in impact investments to $500 billion by 2014 (1% of all managed assets), Impact Investing 2011...

Abbott Publishes 2009 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott has published its 2009 Global Citizenship Report. The report demonstrates how Abbott is applying its expertise in science, public health, technology and...

The Carbon Show 2011 - calendar

Gain the tools to allow your organisation to capitalise on clean, green growth at The Carbon Show 2011. As the only show that covers the full life cycle of carbon, The Carbon Show is a must-attend...

Philips publishes latest sustainability performance - reports

Philips has published its latest information on sustainability performance.

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...

Outokumpu releases integrated report - reports

Outokumpu, international stainless steel company, has published an integrated annual and corporate responsibility report

2.9 trillion euro needed to deliver low carbon economy in Europe say Barclays & Accenture - reports

The banking sector will be pivotal to Europe's low carbon transition, and will finance and intermediate the vast majority of the 2.9 trillion euro capital required to implement low carbon...

Bacardi Limited publishes 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

Bacardi Limited, the world's largest privately-held spirits company, has highlighted progress made on its social and environmental impacts in its third Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report.

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...

LEGO's VP of Sustainability on CSR Reporting - reports

The way that companies report and communicate sustainability is rapidly changing. The traditional one-way, annual printed CR reporting model appears to be creaking at the seams.

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

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...

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

Procter & Gamble unveils new sustainability vision - reports

Procter & Gamble has unveiled a long-term environmental sustainability vision to guide all sustainability decisions and goal-setting within the organization. As part of P&G's strategy...

The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2011 - calendar

Rewarding innovation in corporate sustainability Deadline for entries: 7 February 2011 Is your sustainability initiative leading the way? If so we want to hear from you! The Guardian Sustainable...

Enel publishes its Sustainability Report - reports

For the eighth consecutive year, Enel has published its Sustainability Report - this year more closely connected than ever to its Annual Report.

NEC's CSR Report 2010 - reports

NEC Corporation has released its "NEC CSR Report 2010," which discloses the practices carried out in pursuit of CSR during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.

Wall Street Green Summit X - calendar

The Wall Street Green Summit X is the annual conference in New York dedicated to environmental finance. The conference covers renewable energy finance, carbon trading and finance, SRI...

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2010 CSR Report - reports

This week sees the publication of the John Lewis Partnership's 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

2nd Annual Green Buildings Asia - calendar

Stay abreast of critical issues and learn about leading-edge solutions and global trends associated with green buildings and sustainable architecture in Asia at the 2nd Annual Green Buildings Asia...

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011 - calendar

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011 will convene the key players in the nation’s energy innovation community to spur the networks that will bring about the next Industrial Revolution in clean...

Launch of ScottishPower's CSR Annual Review 2009 and CSR TV - reports

ScottishPower has published its CSR Annual Review 2009.

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest CR report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest corporate responsibility report. It is the new Group's first CR report, setting out how it is delivering on its obligations to its key stakeholders,...

World Biofuels Market (WBM) - calendar

Europe’s Largest Bioenergy Congress & Exhibition Registration is now open for World Biofuels Markets: The leading annual industry networking event where leaders of the bioenergy world meet...

The 6th Annual SDUK Conference - calendar

Over the past five years, SDUK has established itself as the leading national forum for discussing the challenges and opportunities around sustainable growth within a low-carbon economy. Join over...

New report: how companies are making most of new emissions regulations - reports

Before you invest time and money proceeding with a carbon reduction plan, find out what information the UK Government now demands from your company in Ethical Corporation's new report...

GE releases Annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its sixth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Renewing Responsibilities

Terna publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Terna spa has published its 2009 Sustainability Report. The report, prepared in accordance with the Electric Utilities Sector Supplement of the GRI-G3 guidelines, has been externally checked with...

Nexen Inc. publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc., a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2009 Sustainability Report, titled “Responsible Energy Development.”

InterfaceFLOR's new era in sustainability reporting: full product transparency - reports

InterfaceFLOR has announced moves towards full product transparency and has achieved a European first with an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for carpet tiles

STMicroelectronics publishes its 13th CR Report - reports

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

WRAP 10th Anniversary Conference - calendar

Progress on labor and environmental issues over the past 15 years in facilities producing consumer goods for export has, by most accounts, been nothing short of impressive. More progress needs to...

Danisco publishes sustainability report - reports

Danisco has released its ninth annual sustainability report. The report, which marks a significant transformation of Danisco's sustainability strategy, highlights the company's achievements in 2009.

Freeport-McMoRan announce Sustainable Development report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. announces its 2009 Working Toward Sustainable Development report. This report is in accordance with the GRI G3 reporting guidelines.

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...

Green IT Expo 2010 - calendar

Spiralling energy prices, new reporting requirements, increasing political pressure and growing consumer awareness are rapidly becoming key factors in the changing socio-economic landscape....

British Land publishes its 2010 CR Report - reports

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

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...

Deutsche Telekom publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report, titled 'We take responsibility', claims that Deutsche Telekom is well on the way to adopting an international...

OTE publishes 2009 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report.  The Report details OTE’s contribution...

Holcim launches Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim has launched its Corporate Sustainable Development Report 2009

CRC Energy Efficiency Summit - calendar

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is the UK’s first mandatory energy savings and carbon trading scheme targeting emissions from public and private sector groups. Organisations with half-hourly...

BT launches 2010 sustainability report - reports

BT's 2010 sustainability report is available online. The report reveals how BT is creating the framework for a low carbon future and embedding sustainability into its business.

The Regional Business Forum - calendar

The London Development Agency, backed by £300m funding from the Mayor and the European Regional Development Funding  programme, is urging businesses across London to go green. In line with...

Kingfisher publishes its CR Report, Future Homes - reports

Kingfisher has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, Future Homes, for the financial year ending 30 January 2010

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.

Unilever publishes its latest Sustainable Development Report - reports

Unilever's latest Sustainable Development Report outlines an ambitious new vision to double the size of its business while reducing its environmental impact.

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...

Verizon publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Verizon's 2009/2010 Corporate Responsibility Report has been published. The report looks at how the US-based telecommunications company's work in the community and with customers allows it to...

Corporate responsibility and emerging technologies - calendar

You are invited to the first major conference in the UK which focuses on a new agenda for corporate responsibility - the social and ethical dilemmas involved in the use of emerging...

‘Under the microscope’ – Centrica’s leadership quizzed by external expert - reports

Watch Mallen Baker, advisor, writer and commentator on corporate responsibility, ask Chief Executive Sam Laidlaw and CR Committee Chair Mary Francis, CBE, what it really means for Centrica to...

Hydro-Quebec publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Hydro-Quebec has published its Sustainability Report 2009 on the company's website

RWE npower publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2009 - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has released its seventh full corporate responsibility report, available online

Shell releases its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2009. The report describes how the company is meeting energy demand through technology and innovation applied in the right way:...

E.ON AG launches 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The world's energy appetite is expected to rise by 40 per cent between now and 2030, and meeting this added demand without supply interruptions will be a big challenge. It will drive up the...

Motorola Publishes 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Motorola today published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report, highlighting actions the company has taken on social, accountability and environmental initiatives to innovate for a smarter...

Barclays PLC publishes 2009 Responsible Banking Review - reports

Barclays has published its 2009 Responsible Banking Review. The Review looks in detail at how Barclays has managed key issues during 2009 - and sets out how it will measure performance in the...

New CSV Report released by Nestlé - reports

Nestlé has published its new Creating Shared Value (CSV) Report 2009, which this year highlights the company's achievements on nutrition, water and environmental sustainability and rural...

Sustainabilitylive! - calendar

Managing resources efficiently has long been a key driver for businesses, and with continually increasing pressure for improving environmental performance combined with the demands of an economic...

Renewable Energy World Conf & Expo North America - calendar

The event leading the renewable industry for the 7th straight year. More than 30 educational conference sessions in 8 highly technical conference tracks covering Biomass, Policy Market &...

BP's 2009 Sustainability Review - reports

BP launches its Sustainability Review 2009

Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project - calendar

A three stage global project which will discuss the possibilities of biofuel in the future and challenge controversial issues such as the food vs. fuel debate.  Local and regional issues will...

UTC Publishes Second Integrated Report - reports

United Technologies Corporation Publishes Second Integrated Annual and Corporate Responsibility Report.

RETECH 2010 - calendar

Wind. Solar. Hydro. Ocean. Geothermal. Biomass. Biofuels. Waste. Smart Grid. Transmission. Storage. More than 300 exhibitors across the entire renewable energy marketplace. 250 key leaders from the...

GlaxoSmithKline Publishes 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report

B4E, the Business for Environment Global Summit - calendar

B4E, the Business for Environment Global Summit is the world's leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment. The summit addresses the most urgent...

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit IX - calendar

The Wall Street Green Trading Summit IX is the “one-stop shop” to come up to speed on the latest developments in Green Trading and Finance. Latest Innovations In Carbon Trading & Finance...

Henkel: Sustainability Report 2009 published - reports

Henkel is today publishing its Sustainability Report 2009 simultaneously with its Annual Report at its Press Conference for Fiscal 2009.

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...

3rd US Carbon Finance Forum - calendar

The US Carbon Finance Forum is the most comprehensive industry event in North America connecting over 150 senior executives from climate policy, carbon markets, energy security, low carbon...

The Emerging Green Economy - calendar

"Suddenly the green shoots of a 'New Green Economy' are everywhere … so will they take root, or burn off? The environment has featured in government stimulus responses to the global recession, and...

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...

Light Energy for a Brighter Future - calendar

This event is the closing session of a two day scientific meeting Light Energy for a Brighter Future.  It is part of Weizmann UK's Making Connections Programme.

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...

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”.

Procter & Gamble releases 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

The report outlines P&G's progress in improving the environmental profile of products and operations and delivery of several new, sustainable product innovations.

Ensuring Survival: Business Models in a Low-Carbon World - reports

Beginning with the assertion that "carbon is an unstoppable steamroller," the report identifies the drivers that will push a steady increase in the price of carbon, and urges businesses across...

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...

Puma issues its fifth sustainability report - reports

Multinational sports clothing company Puma has taken the unusual step of issuing its fifth sustainability report in online format only – to reduce its environmental impact.

Danisco publishes its 8th Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco has published its eighth annual sustainability report, entitled "Responsibility in life and in business"

Delhaize Group publishes 2008 CR Report - reports

The report details how Delhaize's new CSR strategy focuses on three main themes (products, people and planet) and five focus areas: food safety, health and wellness, associate development, energy...

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...

RBS publishes sixth Annual Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its sixth annual report on the approach taken to responsible business, under the new name of the RBS Sustainability Report. The report addresses the...

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.

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE - calendar

12th Annual Energy & Environment Conference & Expo EUEC 2009 is the largest conference and expo of its kind in America with over 2000 international delegates networking in a...

OTE publishes 2008 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report.

EDF Energy launches 2008 Sustainability Performance Report - reports

EDF Energy has published its Sustainability Performance Report for 2008.

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...

Mobilising development: Vodafone's latest CSR Report - reports

Vodafone’s latest CR Report, published today, highlights how the company’s expansion in emerging markets is promoting economic development by increasing access to communications.

Nexen Inc's 2008 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc, a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2008 Sustainability Report, titled “Balance.”

Marks & Spencer publishes 2009 How We Do Business Report - reports

In its 125th year, the latest M&S sustainability report updates progress against its 100 Plan A commitments which were launched in January 2007. As the company nears the halfway point of the...

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,...

ScottishPower publishes its online CSR Annual Review 2008 - reports

ScottishPower is using an innovative CSR TV site to outline its corporate social responsibility achievements. It includes first hand accounts from community groups as they tell their story about...

Enel publishes seventh annual sustainability report - reports

For the consecutive seventh year Enel has published its Sustainability Report - this year more closely connected than ever to its Annual Report.

British Land Publishes 2008/09 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

British Land has published its Corporate Responsibility Report 2008/09

RWE npower publishes sixth corporate responsibility Report - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has released its sixth full corporate responsibility report. The report describes how the company is responding to the challenge of delivering affordable and reliable...

Integrating corporate responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed to...

Verizon publishes 2008/2009 CR Report - reports

Verizon has published its 2008/2009 corporate responsibility report, Doing the Work.

Standard Life Corporate Responsibility Report 2008 - reports

Standard Life plc today published its fourth Corporate Responsibility Report. The 2008 Report outlines the asset managing group’s progress over the last 12 months towards its stated goal of being...

Shell: Helping build responsible energy future - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its 12th 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...

SEGRO publishes Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

SEGRO publishes its Sustainability Report 2008.

BP launches its Sustainability Review 2008 - reports

BP has published its Sustainability Review 2008.

Hydro-Quebec's Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

Hydro-Québec is pleased to present its Sustainability Report 2008 entitled "Our Commitment to the Future."

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.

Standard Chartered 2008 Sustainability Review - reports

Standard Chartered 2008 Sustainability Review is now available.

Procter & Gamble Increases Sustainability Goals - reports

Procter & Gamble has increased its established set of corporate sustainability goals for 2012.

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...

The Co-operative Group CSR Report - reports

The Group’s new Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004 reveals that community investment stood at £7.3m ($12.9m), or 3.2 per cent of pre-tax profit, up from 2.5 per cent in 2003 despite a 26...

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...

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed to...

Procter & Gamble's 2005 Sustainability Report - reports

Procter & Gamble has published its 2005 Sustainability Report.

Rio Tinto publishes Sustainable Development Review - reports

Significant improvements in health and safety performance are picked out in Rio Tinto's newly-released Sustainable Development Review.

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

Rio Tinto's Sustainable Development Review - reports

Rio Tinto has published its latest Sustainable development review

Business in the Community's Annual Conference - calendar

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre In association with BT, Company of the Year 2007 Discover what businesses need to exist in tomorrow's marketplace. Keynote insights and predictions from:...

EUEC 2008: Energy & Environment Conference - calendar

11th Annual Energy & Environment Conference & Expo EUEC 2008 is the largest conference and expo of its kind in America with over 1500 international delegates networking in a spectacular...

Green Retail 08 - calendar

Green Retail is a conference devoted to addressing issues of sustainability in the retail sector. Carefully selected industry experts will give your company hands on approaches to how you can...

British Land launches online CR Report - reports

British Land launches its 2007 CR report online.

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...

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been...

The Kesko Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Finland's largest retailer reports widely on its economic impacts and contributions to stakeholders both in Finland and in the Baltic Countries.  Kesko's fifth Corporate Responsibility...

STMicroelectronic's Corporate Responsibility Report 2005 - reports

STMicroelectronics, one of the world's top semiconductor manufacturers, has published its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report

Lafarge's latest Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge, the building materials giant, has outlined its progress on social and environmental issues in its latest Sustainability Report.

The Marks & Spencer Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has just published its latest CSR Report covering performance during 2004/05. This is the high street retailer's second Report following its Review published in June 2003.

Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition (EE Global) - calendar

The Alliance will host the inaugural Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition (EE Global) on November 11 – 14, 2007 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. EE Global will serve as the...

H&M produces 2005 CSR report - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, the Swedish-based clothing retailer, has outlined the successes and challenges relating to its social and environmental responsibilities in its CSR Report for...

The Henkel Sustainability Report - reports

Henkel's latest sustainability report features independent statements by sustainability experts in China, Hungary, Italy and Mexico about the challenges they believe the company faces in their...

GLOBE 2008 International Conference and Trade Fair - calendar

"Accelerating business & sustainable development strategies" This series of events is dedicated to bringing together professionals from the environment sector. Every two years, corporate...

The ScottishPower Environmental and Social Impact Report 2003/4 - reports

International energy group ScottishPower has this year extended its established record in CSR reporting with its second Environmental and Social Impact Report for 2003/4.

ScottishPower publishes 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ScottishPower, the international energy company, has published its 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report.

The BP Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

Global energy group BP has launched its Sustainability Report 2005 which covers BP's business approach, environmental record and role in society. This year's report is entitled 'Making energy...

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...

Carbon Footprint Supply Chain Summit - calendar

The Carbon Footprint Supply Chain Summit is the very first carbon management forum specifically devised for the retail and FMCG industry and tackling the key supply chain issues unique to this...

L'Oréal publishes its 2006 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2006 Sustainable Development Report, available in pdf and hard copy form

B4E - Global Business Summit for the Environment - calendar

The world environment is at a tipping point. After years of debate it is now clear and agreed that mankind, rapid economic growth and industry are the major contributing factors to global warming...

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.

Severn Trent releases 2004 report on Stewardship - reports

To coincide with the release of its latest corporate responsibility report, Severn Trent has expanded its online coverage of this area of its work.

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed...

Bayer Sustainable Development Report 2005 - reports

Multinational chemicals and pharmaceuticals business Bayer has reported further reductions in emissions, despite higher production volumes.

TBLI Conference 2007 - calendar

TBLI is the world's largest annual international learning and networking event on sustainable investment. During the two-day event, the latest developments on screening, auditing, reporting, SRI...

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...

The Swisscom Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

Swisscom, the largest telecom operator in Switzerland, has published a sustainability report that is fully integrated in its Annual Report.

Legal & General's latest corporate social responsibility report - reports

Financial services company Legal & General has published its latest 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.

Can you grow shareholder value while reducing your carbon emissions? - reports

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is committed to cutting its total greenhouse gas emissions by three per cent every year until 2010, independent of organic growth. Over the past decade UTC...

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.

EMI's latest Social Responsibility Report - reports

EMI Group has published its latest Social Responsibility report, Sound Values 2006.

Accountability in the energy utilities sector - calendar

CSR Values is an alliance between three leading European CSR consultancies: BECO Netherlands, csrnetwork UK, and triple innova of Germany. Organized by CSR Values, this sector-specific...

Vodafone publishes its CR Report 2007 - reports

Vodafone's seventh Corporate Responsibility report, out now, uses the company's signature 'we said, we have, we will' format to present its most recent performance against various social and...

The Singapore Sustainability Academy launches as training and networking hub - bestpractice

Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA), a major training and networking hub dedicated to achieving a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future, opened in June.   ...

Tetra Pak aligns its environmental goals with Paris Climate Agreement - bestpractice

Former UK Education Secretary Michael Gove’s assertion that “people have had enough of experts” came to symbolise last summer’s Brexit referendum debates. But when it...

Kingfisher publishes its corporate responsibility report 2006/07 - reports

Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2006/07.

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...

BT launches 2008 Sustainability report - reports

Innovation and implementation are the themes of BT's 2008 Sustainability report.  As the business powers ahead with its transformation, the report focuses on the company's commitment to...

Arrow “guides innovation forward” by helping children become the innovators of the future - bestpractice

Arrow takes on the challenge of bringing technology to people with no electricity. Miranda Ingram reports…   Every so often a concept comes along that is so simple and so...

CDL embarks on its next phase of sustainability innovation - bestpractice

CDL integrates sustainability into its business strategy to provide a holistic account of its value creation for stakeholders. Adam Woodhall reports...   Sustainability, when done...

CBRE takes the lead in energy efficiency for commercial real estate buildings - bestpractice

The world’s biggest commercial real estate company, which manages a staggering five billion square feet of space worldwide, has been repeatedly honored for its sustainability achievements,...

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,...

Green Mountain Summit on investor responsibility - calendar

This year's Green Mountain Summit agenda is being developed to bring you information you can use for the benefit of your constituents or clients. Sessions will present issues including...

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...

Acquiring a taste for the circular economy - bestpractice

Food waste is a growing scandal which now has the public’s full attention. In the United States and much of Western Europe, food scraps constitute around 19% of the waste dumped in...

UTC Integrates annual financial and corporate responsibility reporting - reports

United Technologies Corp., which provides high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries, has become the first of the 30 Dow Jones industrial companies to publ

Digging deep to ensure a greener legacy - bestpractice

We’ve adorned ourselves with it for thousands of years and its very existence made pirates dizzy with greed. Its applications range from micro-circuitry and medical products to the coating...

Taking a singular approach to CSR - bestpractice

Breakfasts for Better Days (BfBD) Kellogg’s hunger relief programme, started in 2013 with the clear intention of creating a single global focus for all of Kellogg’s CSR activities....

The Philips Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

Europe's largest electronics company, Philips, has reported significant growth in sales of its 'Green Flagship' products, which doubled last year to euros 2 billion (US$2.34bn, £1.3bn).

Royal Philips Electronics Sustainability Annual Report 2006 - reports

Royal Philips Electronics published its Sustainability Annual Report 2006 on 19 February 2007

Telecom Italia Mobile releases sustainability data - reports

TIM, the Italian leader in mobile telephony, has just posted a new Sustainability section on its website.

Renewable Energy Finance Asia - calendar

Increasing oil prices and concern over energy security are driving the development of renewable energy across Asia, creating exciting opportunities for investors and developers. Renewable...

Cracking the secret to an effective code of conduct - bestpractice

Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, the leading financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate, operates in 80 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East , Africa...

A new lease of life for sustainability - bestpractice

Singapore-based property and hotel conglomerate, City Developments Ltd (CDL), has been leading the way in environmentally-responsible real estate since the mid-1990s when it adopted its...

The 2nd Annual China Power & Alternative Energy Summit 2006 - calendar

Grasping the pulse of the development of China’s power grids Learn the new trends of investment in the China power sector Implications of Renewable Energy Law and its implementation rules...

Upgrading citizenship to a whole new level - bestpractice

In order to build a truly sustainable organisation, global companies these days acknowledge that the umbrella of their stakeholders extends further than ever before. Chris Librie, senior...

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...

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

Keeping model behaviour in vogue - bestpractice

It is the Group’s purpose to establish a number of Model Companies, which cooperate in an exemplary manner. By Model Company we mean a company working with products useful to society,...

Right Corporate Wrongs: How do we make business work for people and planet? - calendar

Speakers: Joanna Blythman, food chain campaigner and author Dorothy Guerrero, Focus on the Global South Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth Philippe Legrain,...

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...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Coca-Cola produces its first Corporate Responsibility Review for Great Britain - reports

For the first time, Coca-Cola has produced a Corporate Responsibility Review covering its operations in Great Britain. The Review provides an overview of how the Coca-Cola system is run in Great...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

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.

Budget announcements highlight relevance of ET - calendar

The emphasis in the recent budget announcements on energy saving measures and environmental initiatives mean increased pressure - and opportunities for businesses in the UK. Among the...

Ambitious targets no flight of fancy for Heathrow - bestpractice

It may be Europe’s busiest airport – the second busiest two-runway airport in the world in fact – but Heathrow has some pretty ambitious targets when it comes to the...

Diageo Corporate Citizenship Report Released - reports

Diageo is looking for feedback on its third corporate citizenship report, which sets out the drinks company’s response to stakeholder concerns on issues such as the social aspects of alcohol, its...

Business in the Community Annual Conference - calendar

In a fast paced, global economy, does corporate responsibility deliver value for business? And as corporate responsibility issues both emerge and change, what are the insights from key political...

Building up a greener real estate industry - bestpractice

The Republic of Singapore is a highly urbanised state and much of its original vegetation has disappeared, though it still harbours a wide range of biodiversity. So, to preserve and improve its...

Banking on change for the better - bestpractice

In an ideal world, companies change in anticipation of the future, rather than having change forced upon them by events. However, the events following the financial crisis raised profound...

Waste not, want not - bestpractice

Unlike many companies, Tetra Pak doesn’t have a name for its recycling programme – recycling is part of the company’s DNA and is included in one of the four pillars of...

Taking a look on the BRIGHT side - bestpractice

If you are a giant food retailer, say, or clothing manufacturer, the route towards greater corporate responsibility – and mutually beneficial responsibility – is pretty clear: look...

Holcim awards for sustainable construction - reports

Results of the regional Holcim Awards competition for Sustainable Construction for Europe have been announced in Madrid.

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.

Swinging into top gear - bestpractice

Companies that buck the trend in today’s climate of cuts and austerity stand out in the crowd. The British vehicle maker Jaguar Land Rover has recorded growth while most businesses...

Climate Change Opportunities: Sir David King opens conference: 14 April, Oxford - reports

Climate Change Opportunities: Articulating the opportunity for business.

Building a case for work inclusion - bestpractice

With building projects in some of the more deprived areas of the UK, Wates is all too familiar with the problems of unemployment and the negative effects on the local community that come with it...

Building a case for work inclusion - bestpractice

W ith building projects in some of the more deprived areas of the UK, Wates is all too familiar with the problems of unemployment and the negative effects on the local community that come with...

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...

Building Energy 06 - calendar

Seaport World Trade Center Presented by NESEA, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association The Conference and Trade Show for Renewable Energy and Green Building Professionals.

Sky's Bigger Picture Review for 2007 - reports

Sky's Bigger Picture Review for 2007, which covers the broadcasting company's corporate responsibility activities, has now been published.

Molson Coors makes online reporting debut - reports

Molson Coors Brewing Company, a leading global brewer with 350 years of brewing heritage, has launched a website communicating its corporate responsibility commitments round the world.

Ecological Assets in Business 2006: a multi-industry workshop - calendar

Discover new ways to transform your corporate natural resources from liabilities into assets at the first annual EPRI Solutions' Ecological Assets Workshop. Attend the only forum for land...

Cutting the carbon legacy - bestpractice

Altered environmental attitudes in the construction industry must be among the biggest changes seen in business. Today’s approach of the multinational Swedish construction company Skanska...

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...

Renewable Energy Finance Forum China - calendar

Conference on China's renewable energy market and prospects. High-level input from more than 40 international and Chinese renewable energy and investment experts.

International Solar Cities Congress 2006 - calendar

The Congress will draw together experiences from the worlds of business, science, policy-making and urban communities – the four major stakeholders in Solar Cities. It is a unique opportunity to...

The Go-Ahead Group releases its 07/08 CR Report - reports

The Go-Ahead Group has just published its web-based 2007/08 Corporate Responsibility report - the seventh year the UK transport company has produced such a document and the fourth year it has done so

BMW publishes first UK sustainable value report - reports

BMW Group in the UK has produced its first sustainable value report.

Anheuser-Busch Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Global Leader in Responsibility Highlights Key Performance Data in Alcohol Awareness, Environment, People, Community, Accountability

Just five minutes - bestpractice

In keeping with almost everyone during a recession, UK charities are cautious about the future. According to a National Council for Voluntary Organisations survey published in September, a third...

Procter & Gamble Releases 10th Annual Sustainability Report - reports

Procter & Gamble has released its 10th annual sustainability report.

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...

Sulzer releases sustainability summary - reports

Sulzer has published its Sustainability Summary 2008, which has achieved the highest Global Reporting Initiative Application Level .

Credit where it’s due - bestpractice

The economic growth of developing nations, and the associated improvement in the lives of their populations, is supported through financial inclusion in as much as it is held back by a lack of...

tackling superstition - bestpractice

Pawni Devi, a 30-year-old mother from the remote Barmer district of Rajasthan in India, was once convinced that she was cursed. The elders in her village blamed her for various medical calamities...

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.

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...

Delhaize Group releases its 1st Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The international food retailer, Delhaize Group, has published its first Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled 'A Healthy Approach to Life'.

PepsiCo UK and Ireland publishes Environmental Sustainability Report - reports

PepsiCo UK and Ireland (PIUK), the company behind brands such as Tropicana, Walkers and Quaker, has published its first Environmental Sustainability Report.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. releases 2007 Sustainability Report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. has published its corporate sustainability report.

advancing sustainability - bestpractice

At Chagres, a settlement near the town of Llay Llay, 100km (63 miles) north of Santiago in Chile, huge machines feed more than half a million tonnes of concentrate into a smelter that turns out...

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,...

GE releases fourth annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its fourth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Investing and Delivering in Citizenship .

RWE npower publishes fifth CR Report - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has published its fifth full corporate responsibility report.

Thinking Big - bestpractice

Enel is huge. And growing. It wasn’t always the case. Italy’s largest electricity company used to be 100 per cent focused on its domestic market. What changed? One word: liberalisation. The...

British Energy publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2007/08 - reports

British Energy's fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report focuses on the theme of commitment and how this is demonstrated across its operations.

RBS launch fifth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its fifth Corporate Responsibility Report.

Kimberly-Clark publishes 2007 Sustainability Report - reports

Kimberly-Clark has published its 2007 Sustainability Report.

developing an accord - bestpractice

In the autumn of 2007, suppliers of Exeter City Council in the west of England were pleased to find themselves invited to a hearty breakfast at the council’s expense. But while the bacon butties...

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...

ScottishPower publishes its online CR Report 2007 - reports

ScottishPower has published its CR Report 2007 online.

bearing fruit - bestpractice

Diners at the Bluewater retail park in Dartford, UK, could be forgiven for executing a double take as they eat. Beside the food court sits an unusual vending machine. Instead of dispensing bottled...

Vodafone's CR 2008 report is titled 'One Strategy'. Find out why. - reports

Can business strategy really be aligned with corporate responsibility strategy? This critical question is the theme of our 2008 CR Review.

a matter of principle - bestpractice

Most companies that take sustainability seriously strive to integrate responsible business principles right across their organization rather than allowing them to exist only within the confines of...

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...

fuelling change - bestpractice

More than three billion people, or almost half the world’s population, cook in their homes using traditional fires and stoves that use fuels such as wood, dung and crop waste. They spend much of...

Marks & Spencer releases its fifth annual CR Report - reports

Leading UK retailer, Marks & Spencer has published its fifth annual CR Report- How We Do Business 2008.

Holcim Ltd releases Corporate Sustainable Develoment Report 2007 - reports

Holcim Ltd, one of the world's leading producers of cement and aggregates, has released its Corporate Sustainable Development report for 2007.

reaching for the sky - bestpractice

Whatever your take on modern urban architecture, you can’t help but be impressed with HSBC’s new headquarters in Mexico City. Four years in the making, its 36 floors of glistening steel and glass...

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...

Royal Dutch Shell has released its 11th Sustainability Report - reports

Responsible Energy: The Shell Sustainability Report 2007 describes the company's ongoing efforts to meet the global energy challenge, which it sums up as more energy, less CO2.

E.ON's 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

E.ON has published its 2007 corporate responsibility report Part of the problem or part of the solution? Addressing our energy challenges .

The Colgate-Palmolive online Sustainability Report - reports

Colgate-Palmolive has just published its online sustainability report.

making CSR pay - bestpractice

Traditional staff bonus schemes have usually paid employees in relation to their company’s financial results. But how would it be if end-of-year windfalls took into account non-financial factors...

Ericsson publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2007 - reports

Ericsson, a world leading provider of telecommunication technology and services, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2007.

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...

The Henkel Sustainability Report 2007 - reports

Henkel's newly published Sustainability Report 2007 shows that 'significant' progress has been made towards the company's sustainability goals since 2003.

thinking outside the box - bestpractice

As a packaging company, Tetra Pak UK is subject to consumer and regulatory pressure on its environmental record. It has therefore put in place measures to reduce its overall impact on the...

Philips announces 33 per cent increase in green product sales - reports

Royal Philips Electronics announced today that it achieved a 33 per cent increase in sales of 'green products'.

moving towards integration - bestpractice

Lloyds TSB has developed a way of embedding corporate responsibility throughout its management structure and across all business units. The bank is using an existing management framework that is...

talking the talk - bestpractice

When BNFL took the decision to improve relationships with its stakeholders, the company embarked on a far-reaching dialogue with a wide range of interested parties. An independent third party...

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.

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...

sharing experiences - bestpractice

Orange has applied the latest management thinking to the challenge of implementing corporate responsibility policies in different countries. The mobile phone company has...

Johnson Matthey publishes its 2006/7 CSR Report - reports

Johnson Matthey has published its 2006/07 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - its fifth - in PDF format. 

P&G's 2005/2006 Sustainability Report - reports

Procter & Gamble has published its seventh Sustainability Report, the first since its merger with Gillette. One of the key focus areas is the company's work on safe drinking water.

Coca-Cola Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07 for Great Britain - reports

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) have released their joint Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07, covering the operations of both businesses within Great Britain.

Centrica Securing Energy Supplies - videos

RWE npower publishes its fourth CR Report - reports

RWE npower's fourth full CR report describes how the company has performed against its plans for 2007 and beyond.

ROLLING BACK MALARIA - bestpractice

National Grid has committed itself to tackling a disease that kills more than one million Africans every year and has the potential severely to affect the health of...

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY - bestpractice

LE Group has set up an employee community involvement programme known as Helping Hands. This is benefiting the communities within which the company...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Transco has applied fresh thinking to long-standing concerns for health and safety with an initiative that has dramatically reduced accidents in the workplace, saved...

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT - bestpractice

Fund manager Friends Ivory & Sime argues that institutional investors have a responsibility to encourage companies to improve their governance of ethical and...

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