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Swedish food company Oumph! launches in UK, bringing environmental and sustainable values - news

By Roger Aitken — To Oumph! or not to Oumph! — that is the question. And so it was, down at the UK launch event convened at Whole Food Market’s flagship store in Kensington...

Sustainable Brands to present 70+ brand and sustainability experts at SB’17 Copenhagen conference - news

Speakers from H&M, IDEO, Forum for the Future, TerraCycle, Harvard University, and many more will present insights at SB’17 Copenhagen, a conference to be held 30 October 30 –...

Danish seminar to focus on ethical conduct in business - news

By Brian Collett — A mixing of Italian and Danish cultures as a means of reinforcing ethical conduct in business, education and training will be on the agenda at a seminar in Denmark this...

How the Dutch are moved by wind - news

By RP Siegel — Man’s first use of wind technology goes back some 5,000 years when wind-powered boats were first seen on the Nile. For centuries wind-driven ships plowed the waves, as...

ShareAction investment conference to focus on support for responsible business - news

By Brian Collett — Finance groups and other stakeholders are to debate the ways in which large European investors can use their funds to support responsible business and be accountable for...

Bartercard promotes SME trading in Europe - news

By Vikas Vij — Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are typically defined as a business with fewer than 250 employees, and an annual turnover below 50 million euro. In most of the...

EU Commission issues guidelines to strengthen CSR reporting - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) is an effective way for businesses to integrate sustainability into their decision-making processes. NFR can help companies identify...

EU Commission issues guidelines to strengthen CSR reporting - news

By Vikas Vij — Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) is an effective way for businesses to integrate sustainability into their decision-making processes. NFR can help companies identify critical...

Germans discuss ethics of automated driving - news

By Antonio Pasolini — The country that is home to some of the world's most influential philosophers, such as Nietzsche and Kant, as well as some of the best cars in the world, seems...

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...

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...

EC considers new rules for Internet companies - news

By Brian Collett — New rules preventing web platforms such as Google and Amazon from offering unfair terms to small businesses selling or promoting products are being considered by the...

AkzoNobel is committed to zero harm and positive impact from products - news

Guest blog by André Veneman, AkzoNobel — What happens if you ask your friends what they think about chemicals?    Will they mention the risks, the possibility of...

EU calls for ban on vegetable oils in biofuel - news

By Brian Collett—The EU is on course to ban vegetable oils, including palm oil, in all biofuel.   Members of the European Parliament have called for the ban on the grounds...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights was given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited ...

150 French corporations required to report on human rights and environmental policies - news

by Brian Collett — Large French companies will soon be subject to a tighter law compelling them to report on their human rights and environmental policies.    The...

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...

New EU reporting rules for large companies take effect - news

By Brian Collett — UK businesses with 500 or more employees must now disclose non-financial information in their annual reports under new EU-directed legislation.    The...

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

French labour law reforms spark controversy - news

by Brian Collett—New French labour laws, making it easier for employers to hire and fire and allowing them to negotiate directly with employees, have been condemned by trade unions and the...

Ginkgo 2 Confirms €140m Fundraising Target - news

by Roger Aitken — Europe’s answer to speeding up the decontamination of old industrial sites—revamping and greening them into sound places to live and work—took a further...

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...

EU project turns textile waste into consumer products - news

By Vikas Vij — The global textile industry is valued at over $1 trillion, ranking as the second largest industry in terms of intensity of trade. Textiles are also the fastest growing...

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...

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....

EC announces European Social Innovation Competition with €50,000 prizes for best ideas - news

The European Commission has announced the 2016 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition. This year’s theme is ‘integrated futures,‘ and the EC is requesting...

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...

Plant-based package proves commercial success - news

Tetra Pak will deliver more than 100m packs of its Tetra Rex® Bio-based pack this year, reflecting strong demand for the package since its launch in January 2015. The world’s first...

McDonald’s tax affairs under scrutiny in Europe - news

Fast food chain McDonald’s is being investigated by the European Commission over its Luxembourg tax arrangements known as “sweetheart deals”. McDonald’s Europe...

Reporting in Europe breaks new ground - news

This year the first directive mandating non-financial corporate disclosures is due to take effect across the EU which breaks new ground in corporate reporting requirements. Elisabeth Jeffries...

European SRI retail funds market expands €9bn in 2015 - news

The latest annual report on ethical, green and social funds at the retail level across Europe from Vigeo, the leading European rating agency evaluating corporate responsibility, reveals that the...

Ethical retail funds see rapid growth through 2015 - news

European SRI retail funds have continued to show good growth over the course of 2015, according to the yearly report produced by CR evaluation agency Vigeo Italy in partnership with data...

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...

Business group maintains offsetting key to global emissions reduction - news

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

Helping today for a brighter tomorrow? - news

How have the world’s corporates responded to the refugee crisis in Europe? And what role can business play anyway? Sangeeta Haindl reports One topic has dominated headlines this year...

The newfound power of responsible advertising - news

Recently, Europe has been witnessing major changes in terms of mass media consumption. This has led to a significant transformation in the purchasing behaviour of consumers, writes Andrea...

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...

Business at risk from weak speak up provision, says IBE - news

Around half of employees aware of misconduct do not ‘speak up’ about their concerns, evidence from the IBE Ethics at Work Survey shows. And that’s putting businesses in...

British start-up Adaptavate honoured with Green Alley Award win - news

An eco-friendly alternative to plasterboard, made up of 75% agricultural waste, took top honours at Europe's recent Green Alley Awards which celebrate the circular economy. Produced by...

Cosmetics Europe calls for phase out of micro plastics in beauty products - news

Beauty industry association Cosmetics Europe has called on its 4,000 members to phase out the use of solid microplastic ingredients in wash-off cosmetic and personal care products. The move...

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...

McDonald's makes sustainable packaging breakthrough - news

Cartons, cups and bags at McDonald's are now made from wood fibre coming from recycled sources or sustainably-managed forests. Indeed, all centrally-sourced packaging for the burger...

Unilever becomes zero landfill company in Europe - news

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

Food giants unite to tackle European food waste - news

With a value chain wide approach, from the field to the plate, Ardo, McCain, PepsiCo, SCA, Sodexo, Unilever Food Solutions and WWF have joined forces and their expertise to fight against food...

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...

Responsibility agenda driving consortia-based alliances - news

Consortia-based partnerships between companies and NGOs are set to become more common, as organisations look for greater impact and reach, according to a report by C&E Advisory....

Sustainalytics buys ESG Analytics reinforcing commitment to leveraging product innovation - news

The acquisition of ESG Analytics AG, a Zurich-based provider of web-based solutions that assists asset managers and owners to analyse and manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk,...

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

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

Top businesses lend support to child refugee appeal - news

Save the Children says it has received a huge level of support from big businesses and leading brands in response to its Child Refugee Crisis Appeal, which has raised more than £3m in just...

Fashion giant H&M addresses animal welfare in supply chain - news

Swedish fashion retailer H&M is partnering with Humane Society International (HSI) in a bid to improve the welfare of animals in its supply chain. HSI is one of the largest global...

PET recycling rate up but consumers need to do more, survey finds - news

The equivalent of 66bn 1.5L PET bottles were collected and recycled in 2014, representing 57% of bottles and containers placed in the market. This conclusion comes from a report carried out...

Iggesund Paperboard highlights responsible forestry practice - news

Sweden’s Iggesund Paperboard is drawing its clients attention to its responsible forestry practice with a new venture called Adopt a Tree. The Swedish paper and card giant has been...

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...

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...

Pirelli revs up sustainability rating - news

Pirelli has been named as the leading automotive supplier in an assessment for the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Based on the DVFA's (Deutscher Verband der Finanzanalysten) published...

Research highlights new approach to tackling unethical behaviour - news

Middle managers will mirror top management’s bad behaviours, regardless of how ethical they are as an individual, new research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University...

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...

MSCI names new head of ESG research - news

Antti Savilaakso has joined its MSCI ESG Research Inc. team as European Head of ESG Research at MSCI Inc, a leading provider of research-based indexes and analytics. Based in London,...

BLOG: A new brand of high performance CSR? - news

Corporations, like individuals, are never truly altruistic – in a capitalist society, individual benefit is incentivised, writes Doug Flynn of global consultancy North Highland . It...

ShareAction targets Total over climate change position - news

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

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...

Boards need to drive sustainability, says Carbon Trust - news

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

Deloitte's Dugelay joins GRI Board - news

Eric Dugelay, Deloitte’s Global Sustainability Services Leader has joined the 14-member GRI Board, which consists of representatives from business and civil society organizations from...

Hainsworth to head Social Platform - news

Jana Hainsworth, secretary general of Eurochild, has been elected as president of Social Platform, the largest European platform of social NGOs in Europe. Hainsworth replaces Heather Roy...

John Elikington joins Positive Luxury - news

John Elkington, a world authority on corporate responsibility, has joined the sustainability advisory council of Positive Luxury, the company behind the interactive Trust Mark, which uses...

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...

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...

No such thing as bad publicity? - news

I’ve always wondered the validity of that oft quoted phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Surely, particularly in these social media savvy days (should that...

Fighting supply chain corruption - news

With many companies having tens of thousands of suppliers, it is not surprising that managing corruption risks is proving problematic. Miranda Ingram reports The Bribery Act 2010 was...

Nathan Fabian leaves IGCC for PRI - news

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

Europe hails new car emissions decrease - news

According to the figures published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), average new car emissions were 123.4g CO2/km compared to 186g CO 2 /km in 1995, representing a 33.7% decrease for...

Heineken launches consumer sustainability campaign - news

Dutch brewing giant Heineken has launched a digital campaign to bring consumers closer to its sustainability message. According to the company, The Legendary 7 campaign taps into the...

Europe urgently needs lobbying reform says TI report - news

A new report on 19 European countries and 3 EU institutions shows undue influence on politics across the region and in Brussels. Transparency International (TI), the anti-corruption group,...

Scoring an own goal for celebrity sustainability? - news

I was temporarily impressed by footballer’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 50 new tattoos. Not so long ago, the PSG star hoisted off his shirt after scoring against Caen to reveal the names of...

Hugo Boss targeted over labour violations in Europe - news

Campaigners around Europe are targeting fashion label Hugo Boss over reported labour violations in factories in Turkey and Croatia. The protests coincide with Hugo Boss' press and...

Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action over pesticide harm claims - news

German chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to sue Friends of the Earth Germany over its claims that thiacloprid, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, harms bees....

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...

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...

Pharma companies failing to abide by 'the rules' in UK and Sweden - news

Unethical marketing of pharmaceutical drugs happens more than once a week in both the UK and Sweden, according to a new report from Lund University. The study, published in the journal PLOS...

Amazon’s tax set up comes under further scrutiny - news

The online retailer Amazon, already accused of avoiding UK tax payments by administering its business from Luxembourg, is now being told its arrangements amount to a vehicle for receiving state...

Finding the inspiration for change - news

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just concluded in Davos. It’s one of those gargantuan, international, annual events that while attracting heads of state, fails to engage heads on the...

Jacques Maire joins Vigeo executive committee - news

Former executive at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jacques Maire has joined CSR rating agency Vigeo's corporate executive committee as director of...

Women failing to aim for top City firms - news

New data on City bonuses from salary benchmarking site, Emoulment.com , shows that women are not aiming for employment at top firms at the outset of their careers. Fresh out of university,...

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

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

“No TTIP” Christmas card submitted by singing Santas - news

This week a group of campaigners dressed as Santa Claus presented an over-sized Christmas card to the Department for Business, Industry and Skills (BIS) on behalf of the million people across...

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...

Collectively.org aims to galvanise millenials - news

Some of the world’s biggest corporations have combined with the London-based NGO Forum for the Future to bring together businesses and customers to co-operate on sustainable living....

ESG factors having stronger effect on consumer attitudes - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI...

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...

European SRI market’s growth signals change in investor mindset - news

The sixth biennial Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study from the European Sustainable Investment Forum (EUROSIF), the leading pan-European Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI)...

Sea change as Gustavsson moves to Oceana - news

Oceana has appointed Lars Gustavsson as its new Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s operations in Europe. Gustavsson succeeds Xavier Pastor,...

Tailoring old technology for sustainable fashion - news

Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use could lead to a significant reduction in carbon, water and waste footprints, claimed Novozymes at this week’s...

EC climate deal falls short on renewables targets - news

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

Europe urged to agree bold climate and energy policies - news

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

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 –...

Growth of SRI shows new level of maturity, says EUROSIF - news

EUROSIF, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, has unveiled the findings of its 6th Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study, first published in 2003. The Study highlights the scale of...

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

Bonuses and champagne were lavished on staff at the UK bank Lloyds for selling complicated but risky interest rate swaps with small business loans, a whistleblower has claimed in sworn testimony...

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...

Tesco execs suspended over £250m profit overstatement - news

British supermarket giant Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the retailer overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m. It has launched...

NGOs recognise corporates offer more than money, says C&E report - news

Partnerships between companies and NGOs are now more likely to leverage non-financial resources and competencies to achieve mutually agreed goals, finds the latest research by C&E Advisory...

No change at the top as Unilever leads supply chain league - news

The top three companies in this year’s Gartner European supply chain ranking are unchanged from 2013. PG Tips maker Unilever comes in at no1, followed by Inditex (the Spanish fashion...

HP targets executives in UK fraud allegation - news

The US computer multinational Hewlett-Packard (HP), which is mounting a fraud action against a successful UK business it acquired three years ago, is now targeting two of its bosses. HP...

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...

FSC refutes Greenpeace claims over forest destruction in Russia - news

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

Transparency warnings over Euro bank’s policy change - news

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is proposing changes to its rules on information disclosure which would make it one of the most secretive financial institutions in the world, campaigners are...

Paribas pays penalty - news

BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, has agreed to pay a penalty of almost $9bn (£5.26bn, €6.65bn) to settle charges of breaking US trade sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Sudan...

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

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

New chief at GRI - news

 Michael Meehan, a veteran sustainability CEO and entrepreneur, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Global Reporting Intitative (GRI). Meehan has built and managed several...

Meehan moves to GRI - news

Michael Meehan, a veteran sustainability CEO and entrepreneur, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Meehan has built and managed several...

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...

Vodafone reveals extent of government snooping - news

Vodafone is calling on governments to introduce laws compelling them to request a mobile phone company’s permission before accessing its customers’ calls and data. Anti-snooping...

EC to investigate tax affairs of Apple, Starbucks and Fiat - news

The tax affairs of Apple, Starbucks and Fiat are now to be formally investigated by the European Commission. All have been accused of avoidance, largely by switching to more favourable tax...

EC directive a turning point for reporting frameworks? - news

The ‘last word’ by Elaine Cohen in the March edition of Ethical Performance was a timely summary of what has been becoming apparent for some time. There is indeed a degree of...

Salmon under threat in Scotland - news

The Salmon and Trout Association (Scotland) has submitted a formal complaint to Europe over the Scottish Government’s failure to comply with European law which aims to protect Atlantic...

Creating and sustaining value-adding partnerships can mean serious business - news

Manny Amadi explains the secrets to successful, sustainable collaborations   We all collaborate and partner in different ways, whether with colleagues or informally within our...

Research proves link between CR reporting and stock price uptick - news

New research offers proof that investment in, and subsequent reporting of, corporate social responsibility (CSR) improves a firm’s stock price. Professor CB Bhattacharya, E.ON Chair...

Gender imbalance in ICT industry ‘threat to UK’ - news

The gender imbalance throughout ICT and computing education must be rectified if the UK is to meet the growing demand for IT professionals, and secure the future growth of the sector, says a new...

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...

Sustainability: how far are companies willing to go? - news

Deepa Mirchandani, responsible business specialist, believes the circular econonmy is the basis for corporate survival The days of “sustainability” being about...

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

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

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...

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...

Activists detained after attempt to block Gazprom tanker delivery - news

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was boarded yesterday by Dutch security agents in the port of Rotterdam, who broke down the door of the communications room and towed the ship to shore...

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...

Not so many rivers to cross - news

There is a saying in Russia that ‘good people do not suffer any losses when they are helping others’, writes Vera Kurochkina , UC RUSAL’s director of corporate communications....

Deblaere joins JA-YE - news

Young Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe, Member of JA Worldwide, has welcomed Jo Deblaere, Accenture’s chief operating officer and group chief executive—Europe, as the new Chairman of the...

Goldsmith backs NAVS Air France protest - news

Sustainable investor Ben Goldsmith has said ‘Non!’ to Air France monkey shipments as part of a week of action organised by the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) during its...

‘Net Positive’ approach can help towards supply chain security - news

Taking a ‘Net Positive’ approach in business helps an organisation build a more secure supply chain, says a new report from Forum for the Future, The Climate Group and WWF-UK....

Less plastic’s fantastic for Unilever’s Dove - news

Dove Body Wash bottles will contain a minimum 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology launched by Unilever. The Anglo Dutch toiletries giant intends to widen...

MBA Polymers wins 'Nobel Prize of Sustainability' - news

MBA Polymers, the world-leading multinational plastics recycling and technology company, has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Katerva Award. The Katerva Awards recognise innovations...

Europe makes landmark move towards ‘integrated reporting’ - news

From 2017 large companies across Europe will have to include their impact on the environment, society and human rights in their annual company report. The landmark vote by the European...

Recycling remains challenge for many domestic households - news

Scepticism is still rife among French and UK households when it comes to where their recycling lands up and the aesthetics of recycling bins also leave a lot to be desired. These are just...

Bernie Ecclestone wins Formula One court case - news

The first of the cases being brought against billionaire UK businessman Bernie Ecclestone has failed, even though the judge branded the Formula One supremo a corrupt operator. Constantin...

Food glorious food? - news

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

Winners of inaugural Value Network Awards honoured in Vienna - news

The first international awards recognising collaborative value creation have taken place in Vienna. The inaugural winners were Teach for Austria, the Virtual Vehicle Research Center and Hofer....

RPC packs some punch for Save Food campaign - news

The rigid plastic packaging manufacturer, RPC Group, has signed up to the Save Food initiative, a joint campaign organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and...

Vroom for improvement at Porsche - news

Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the German car manufacturer, and fellow board member Ferdinand Piech are being sued by seven hedge funds alleging dishonesty over the company’s failed bid for...

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

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

Pinsent Masons takes up gender balance challenge - news

International law firm Pinsent Masons has launched 'Project Sky', a programme aimed at achieving an improved gender balance in the firm's partnership and senior leadership team by...

“No corruption-free zone” in Europe, report shows - news

Corruption continues to be a challenge for Europe, says the first ever EU Anti-Corruption Report from the European Commission. Affecting all EU Member States, corruption costs the European...

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%...

Corruption costing European economy €120bn a year - news

Corruption continues to be a challenge for Europe, says the first ever EU Anti-Corruption Report from the European Commission. Affecting all EU Member States, corruption costs the European...

Unilever extends sustainable deo format - news

FMCG giant Unilever has extended its compressed deodorant aerosol format to its four male deo brands. Just one year after the launch of the award-winning technology, Unilever has sold...

Eversheds backs diversity programme in France - news

The Paris office of global law firm Eversheds is partnering with Club XXIe Siècle and the European Professional Women Network (EPWN) to sponsor a mentoring programme aimed at helping...

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...

Eccestone stands down at Formula One - news

The UK businessman Bernie Ecclestone, who faces corruption charges in Germany, has agreed to resign as a director of the motor racing company Formula One. Ecclestone, estimated in the last...

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...

UK boasts highest paid CEOs in Europe - news

The UK has the highest paid CEOs in Europe, according to a comprehensive new study released by Vlerick Business School. The study looked at the annual reports of all listed companies in...

F1 boss in bribery spotlight - news

The UK businessman Bernie Ecclestone, who faces corruption charges in Germany, has agreed to resign as a director of the motor racing promotion company Formula One. Ecclestone, estimated in...

Collaboration prize up for grabs - news

Which organizations are implementing innovative models of collaborative value creation? Are you involved in a lighthouse project, where you and your partner organisations are creating value...

BASF wins research award - news

Animal-friendly… BASF has been awarded the “32nd Research Prize for the promotion of methodological work aimed at reducing and replacing animal experimentation” in Berlin....

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...

Eco-fashion retailer takes transparency route - news

Online fashion retailer, Bastet Noir, is ramping up its support for eco-friendly business practices in southeast Europe by incorporating a new ‘transparency tag’ that details...

Call for entries to inaugural Value Network awards - news

Which organizations are implementing innovative models of collaborative value creation? Are you involved in a lighthouse project, where you and your partner organisations are creating value...

Ethics embedded at board level but not training, says IBE - news

More companies than ever before are investing in ethics programmes, according to the latest survey from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE), citing seven out of 10 respondents investing...

Volvo pioneers ‘sustainable mobility’ with self-driving cars - news

Sweden is to pilot the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish...

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...

Tax avoidance tops public poll of business concerns - news

On the day campaigners have filed a complaint with the OECD about Alliance Boots and alleged tax discrepancies, a new poll from the Institute of Business Ethics shows that worries about tax...

Nestlé rises to challenge of youth unemployment with jobs pledge - news

Nestlé has pledged to create 20,000 positions for young people across Europe over the next three years. The Nestlé needs YOUth Initiative will offer jobs to 10,000 people under...

European SRI retail mutual funds see further growth in 2013 - news

European SRI retail funds’ assets reached an historic peak of €108 billion (c.£90bn) at the end of June 2013 and represented a 14% increase over the preceding year according to...

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...

DHL shifts up a gear - news

Deutsche Post DHL has expanded its fleet of about 8,500 vehicles with alternative drive systems and aerodynamic modifications. In the UK, DHL introduced 63 new dual-fuel trucks that run on...

The growing cult of the ceo - news

A survey of some of Europe’s top communication leaders shows how strong the cult of the business ceo is becoming. With company news, successes and failure now so frequently attributed to...

Nestlé addresses youth unemployment with 20,000 job pledge - news

Nestlé has pledged to create 20,000 positions for young people across Europe over the next three years. The Nestlé needs YOUth Initiative will offer jobs to 10,000 people...

NGO collaborations: to have, to hold? - news

While the threat of being tried for piracy no longer hangs over them, the Greenpeace activists (28 members and two freelance journalists) detained currently in Murmansk are – at the time...

Air pollution still poses health hazard in Europe - news

Around 90% of city dwellers in the European Union (EU) are exposed to air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The result comes from the...

ESG analyst Vigeo new sustainability focuses - news

ESG analyst Vigeo has published two new sustainability focuses; one on the extractive industries – Extractive industries and the challenges of implementing the Voluntary Principles in Weak...

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...

People Profiles: Manny Amadi, C&E Advisory - news

MANNY AMADI Labelled a 'responsible business guru' by The Guardian newspaper, and termed a 'corporate raider' by Third Sector magazine, Manny is a trusted adviser to some...

Air pollution still poses health hazard in Europe - news

Around 90% of people who live in cities in the European Union (EU) are exposed to air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The result comes...

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Winning ways... The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Europe and Project ICARUS have announced the winners of the first European Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards. The...

Why online safety isn't child's play any more - news

Online safety is a big headline grabber at present, in an era when many children are more internet-savvy than their parents. Issues such as bullying, grooming by paedophiles and online...

Beiersdorf to merge corp comms into CSR - news

Nivea news... Beiersdorf is reshaping its Corporate Communications. With effect from October, it will be merging its Corporate Communications and Corporate Sustainability departments. Inken...

Peter Webster elected to PRI council - news

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has announced the results of its annual election of signatories to the PRI Advisory Council and Peter Webster, ceo of EIRIS, a leading global...

Senior leadership key to driving sustainable business model - news

Senior leadership is the most critical driver of sustainability within a business and nearly half of businesses (44%) believe engagement with business leaders will be the most important factor...

Bit of a mixed bag on the environmental way forward - news

There’s no pleasing some people. News that England is to finally follow in the footsteps of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and introduce a charge on single-use carrier bags brought a...

Why inclusive business = responsible business - news

Sandra Kerr, OBE, director of Race for Opportunity, the race equality campaign from Business in the Community, tells Ethical Performance why diversity is key to the responsible business...

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Fish flounder… Stocks of sea bass, a perennial staple of upmarket restaurant menus and favourite quarry for sea anglers, have declined to the lowest point recorded for two decades,...

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...

There's no getting away from CSR... - news

It wasn’t meant to be a busman’s holiday but once inveigled in the world of CSR there is no escape it seems. My summer destination this year was Brittany, a part of France...

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? Deloitte decision... Dr Helena Barton joined Deloitte as a partner in its Danish Governance Risk & Compliance section last month. Barton’s responsibility will include expanding...

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? PRI change... James Gifford, executive director of the Principles for Responsible Investment project for the past 10 years, is stepping down. He will leave the organisation at the end of...

Practising what you preach? Survey to explore employment practices in CSR and sustainability sector - news

Given the recent media discussion about the prevalence of unpaid internships and zero hours contracts, CSR consultancy Terrafiniti is exploring the issue via an online survey. Keen to hear...

Heat and coal… - news

Gas Natural Fenosa, the Spanish utility company, has joined the Bettercoal global initiative to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain. The...

Sexism scourge... - news

Austerity measures and deepening economic crises across Europe are increasing cases of discrimination against women, a new study co-led by the University of Leicester has discovered. Women...

Ecclestone to face bribery charges - news

GERMANY: the British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone has been charged with bribing a banker in 2006 to smooth the sale of the bank’s 47% stake in the Formula One motor racing group, of which...

Europeans believe buying green can make a difference - news

A new European Commission survey indicates that more than three-quarters of EU consumers are willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly products if they were confident that the products...

Unilever trains sights on sustainable logistics - news

Unilever has unveiled Green Express, a new railway initiative to drive more sustainable logistics in Europe. Green Express comes as a result of a partnership with Trenitalia and the Italian...

New OECD working party chair - news

Dr Roel Nieuwenkamp has started as chair of the new OECD working party on Responsible Business Conduct. This unique intergovernmental working party is dedicated to corporate responsibilty...

Europe’s winning ways in CSR - news

Orchestrated by CSR Europe and BiTC, 31 national European networks and organisations in 30 countries joined forces to deliver the first ever pan-European CSR Award Scheme. The winners have just...

BMW in youth employment scheme - news

BMW is recruiting a small number of unemployed young Spaniards to work in Germany in a pilot programme to “give something back” to its customer countries, Reuters reports....

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,...

Corporate diversity still lacking in top European firms - news

Large European companies may have gone global, but this is not yet reflected in their leadership according to a study by AXA Investment Managers. The report, Future-proofing company...

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...

Nestlé to tackle European youth unemployment with new scheme - news

Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, plans to help at least 20,000 young people across Europe find employment over the next three years. The “Nestlé in...

Ethical principles in governance guidance lacking says IBE - news

Attention to ethics is increasingly a core feature of boardroom agendas but there is a lack of explicit engagement at EU level with ethical principles in corporate governance guidance, finds a...

Europe celebrates inaugural CSR awards - news

The 60 winners of the inaugural European Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award Scheme have celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony in Brussels. This pan-European award...

Sustainability ratings boost business commitment to CR - news

Sustainable investments and sustainability ratings have been proved to be an important lever for motivating companies to make a greater commitment to sustainable development, according to a new...

Kaufmann appointed CEO of Ethos Foundation - news

Vincent Kaufmann has been appointed deputy ceo of Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services. In this position he will work closely with Ethos’ ceo while remaining responsible for fund management...

Sony & Nokia join O2’s sustainability push - news

Global audio, visual and IT giant Sony has joined O2’s sustainability campaign that the network hopes will see all mobile phones sold without chargers by 2015. The Japanese firm is...

‘Sin stocks’ still main ESG focus for many investment funds - news

Only a minority of common investment funds (CIFs) consider issues outside of the traditional 'sin stocks' of tobacco, alcohol, gambling, military and pornography, according to the EIRIS...

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...

Bon Bonn... - news

Deutsche Post DHL is switching to electric vehicles for its delivery services in Bonn and the surrounding region, making the city the first location in Germany with a carbon-free vehicle...

Chopard makes sustainability move - news

French jewellery house Chopard has joined Eco-Age creative director and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), Livia Firth, to launch ’The...

Bonn leads way as carbon-free city - news

Deutsche Post DHL is switching to electric vehicles for its delivery services in Bonn and the surrounding region, making the city the first location in Germany with a carbon-free vehicle...

Climate action... - news

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

Poor performance... - news

Poor performance... A damning new survey declares that four out of 10 European companies are paying less attention to their impacts on society than they did a decade ago. This puts the EU at...

Poor excuse… - news

Poor excuse… One in four children in the European Union is at risk of poverty, or already experiencing it – equating to 25.3 million children. In the wake of the economic crisis...

On the right track.. - news

On the right track.. Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation is among the best employers in Germany according to a recent survey of 13,000 employees from 820 companies. A total of 379...

Blowing the final whistle on corruption in sport? - news

One of my father’s favourite sporting photographs – and mine, actually, if you don’t count the one capturing John McEnroe’s first Wimbledon win in 1981 – shows him...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

Cracking the glass ceiling in the boardroom - news

Currently, women in Europe have to work 59 extra days to get to the same salary as their male counterparts, but the ‘Proposal on increasing Gender Equality in the Boardrooms of Listed...

Closing the credibility gap in reporting - news

Daniel Jones, sustainability consultant at Radley Yeldar, shares some of the insight gained through the company’s How Does It Stack Up?  publication, exploring best practice...

New timber regulation comes into force - news

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has welcomed the introduction into law of the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) which came into force last month. For the first time ever, it will be a criminal...

GRI Guidelines win recognition - news

GRI survey... The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines now rank among the most widely recognised CSR instruments among large European companies, according to new research published by...

EC publishes human rights guide for SME - news

The European Commission has just published new language versions of an introductory guide to human rights for SMEs. This guide is now available in all EU languages, plus Croatian, Chinese,...

European Parliament backs law on non-financial reporting - news

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution to require EU businesses to introduce non-financial disclosure as part of a wider emphasis on using CSR as a driver of economic recovery....

EU seeks to engage business on CSR with guide on trade union rights and child labour - news

The right to join a trade union and conduct collective bargaining are the main features of an EU draft guide to human rights in business and now out for public consultation. One of the...

‘Golden handcuffs’ deal for Novartis chairman dropped - news

Swiss drugs company Novartis has ditched a proposal to pay its outgoing chairman Daniel Vasella 72m francs ($77m, £50m, €59m) after widespread criticism. The payment, dropped by...

EU has Google in sights over data privacy policies - news

Google is being threatened with EU sanctions unless it changes its privacy policies. The huge US internet company had been asked by Europe’s data protection authorities, led by CNIL,...

ESMA publishes guidelines for AIFMs - news

The European Securities & Markets Authority has published final guidelines on alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs) remuneration, to help promote sensible risk-taking and align fund...

Eurosif launches new version of Transparency Code - news

Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, has launched version 3 of the European SRI Transparency Code to reflect recent market developments and make it ‘more...

EU ban on illegal wood products - news

An EU ban on illegal wood and wood products from entering the market comes into force this month as part of moves to tackle illegal deforestation. The ban brings EU policy into line with that of...

Dutch supermarket faces boycott call - news

The Netherlands’ largest supermarket chain Albert Heijn (AH) was the target of a consumer boycott call when a TV documentary revealed the ‘medieval conditions’ that migrants...

Swiss bank Wegelin set to close after admitting to tax evasion charges - news

Wegelin, Switzerland’s oldest bank, has been ordered to pay almost $70m (£43m, €52m) in fines and penalties for helping wealthy Americans to evade taxes. It admitted in a...

New European CSR award launched - news

Business in the Community and CSR Europe are leading a 29- strong consortium that is launching pan-European CSR excellence awards. The European CSR Award Scheme for Partnership, Innovation &...

Hans moves to Ethos Foundation - news

Christophe Hans has been appointed Ethos Foundation communication manager, where he will head the development of its communication policy. Christophe joins from the Swiss Federal Department of...

Trafigura reaches out-of-court settlement over export of toxic waste - news

Oil trader Trafigura is to pay fines totalling €1.3m ($1.7m, £1.0m) in the Netherlands in an out-of-court settlement concerning the illegal export of toxic waste to the Ivory Coast in...

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...

Sophisticated strategies underpin surging growth of European SRI market - news

Europe’s SRI growth is outperforming the market, with investors adopting a wider and more sophisticated array of investment strategies, says the European Forum for Sustainable Investment...

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...

Banking and trading split proposed in new pan-EU regime - news

A panel of EU officials would have sweeping new powers over member countries' financial sectors, including the City of London, under proposals being announced this month. It would be a...

EU gets tough on women's representation within company boardrooms - news

EU legislation will be proposed this month compelling state-owned and private companies to allocate at least 40% of supervisory board seats to women. Under the proposals, from justice...

Romano new ceo at Rothschild - news

Marc Romano has been appointed CEO of Rothschild HDF Investment Solutions, the new entity resulting from the merger of its multi-management activities with HDF Finance. Pierre Lenders left the...

Comprehensive reporting law adopted by France - news

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

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...

EU presses to have ESG profile of retail investment products published - news

An EC proposal for retail investors to be informed about how ESG concerns are taken into account in their investment has been welcomed.   Eurosif believes that the EC’s...

Inspectors needed to lead ‘fight against forced labour’ - news

International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates have put the numbers in forced labour in EU member states at 880,000. Of these, 30% are thought to be subject to forced sexual...

Aerospace industry plans for carbon tax - news

Leaders of some of the most influential aerospace companies on both sides of the Atlantic have met to assess the effects of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).   ...

Hungary sells 2.5m EUA - news

The Hungarian government has sold 2.5 million EU emission allowances (EUA), raising €16.82m (£13.14m, $20.40m). The EUAs were sold for an average price of €6.73 each between 23...

Fishing fleets to keep within sustainable limits by 2020 - news

At the latest meeting of the EU’s Agriculture & Fisheries Council, it was decided that member states’ fishing fleets should aim to keep catches within sustainable limits by 2020...

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...

Ukraine looks for CSR leadership excellence - news

A project aimed at finding the most responsible top-level leader in the Ukraine has been launched by the country’s national CSR organisation. The Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility...

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...

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%...

EU ponders new quotas on women board members - news

The European Union is conducting consultations on mandatory quotas for female representation on company boards, coinciding with a groundswell of corporate support for similar measures in the US....

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...

James Murdoch steps down at NI - news

James Murdoch has stepped down as chairman of News International, the European arm of the News Corp media empire. In the culmination of growing calls to quit over his handling of the phone...

New French regulations in force - news

The disclosure of CSR policy is now mandatory for asset managers in France. Companies will now have to mention the corporate responsibility issues they take or do not take into account in...

Trafigura director could be ‘personally liable’ for toxic dumping - news

Correction: Trafigura: This article reported that oil trading company Trafigura had been convicted by a Dutch court of illegally dumping toxic waste in the Ivory Coast. It also reported that...

French funds follow lead on exclusion - news

French asset managers are joining other European companies in the application of negative ‘normative exclusion’ screening to their investments. Few companies stand consistently...

EU announces intention to bolster efforts on supply chain due diligence - news

The European Union has pledged to bolster the transparency requirements for multinational supply chains in a bid to prevent regional conflicts over natural resources. Conceding that...

European countries lead way in sustainability - news

European companies ‘are ahead of the pack’ on sustainability, according to the latest annual Sustainability Yearbook published by KMPG and Sustainable Asset Management (SAM). Firms...

EC unveils internet privacy law - news

A new EU-wide law on internet privacy bolstering data protection rights has been unveiled by the European Commission. In an update of an original 1995 law, online companies will face fines...

EU to launch practical guide for SMEs on guiding principles - news

The European Union, having established a new corporate responsibility strategy, is to compile the first international human rights guide for small companies.   The EU produced its...

ABP divests from Walmart over workforce practices - news

Walmart has been blacklisted by one of Europe’s largest pension funds over its labour practices. ABP, the largest Dutch pension fund, has withdrawn from the retail giant and has said...

CSR efforts recognised in Turkey - news

CSR Turkey has awarded a series of awards to companies deemed to be contributing to the country’s sustainability strategy leading up to 2023, Turkey’s centenary. At its Enterprise...

Czech Republic sets CSR strategy - news

The Czech Republic will set its course for the coming years in the wake of the European Commission’s new strategy on CSR. The Czech Business for Society organisation will consult with...

Kettis set to fizz at Coca-Cola - news

Magdalena Kettis is Coca-Cola’s new sustainability manager for its Sweden and Norway operations. Kettis joins from Norges Bank to lead the company’s integrated corporate...

Sundström joins Dometic - news

Sweden-based multinational leisure company Dometic has appointed Åsa Portnoff Sundström as its new director of sustainability and regulatory affairs. Replacing Kristin Sjöblom,...

EC finally sets ‘agenda for action’ to promote Europe-wide CSR - news

The European Commission has published a new policy on corporate social responsibility, for the first time committing the European Union to a precise definition of CSR and outlining a concrete...

Hundreds of companies at risk of violating European harmful chemicals laws - news

A list of companies at risk of violating incoming European legislation on dangerous chemicals has been published by a Swedish NGO. The SIN Producers List, a catalogue of 389 companies using...

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...

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...

Deutsche Bank launches social investment fund - news

Deutsche Bank has launched a £10m social investment fund. The money, which will be invested in intermediaries that lend to social enterprises, will be released over the next three years...

Marshall to head ISS - news

Georgina Marshall has been named as the new head of European research for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Formerly head of corporate governance at Aviva, Marshall will head up research...

Fiduciary duty and long-termism drives SRI among European pension funds - news

More than half of European corporate pension funds have an SRI policy, and a further quarter expect to implement one within a year, according to the first comprehensive study of funds in...

Luxembourg gets own investment enviro label - news

Luxembourg is to get its own sustainable finance labelling scheme, LuxFlag. The environmental label for investment funds has opened for applications from funds, requiring them to submit...

Haake says bonjour to oekom Paris office - news

Julia Haake has been named as the director of oekom research’s new Paris office. Haake, previously director of corporate relations at WWF France, will be responsible for client acquisition...

New German code raises bar on Euro CSR standards - news

A sustainability code has been produced for German companies and investors wishing to align their activities to CSR. It consists of 20 questions on which companies will report their compliance...

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...

European Parliament backs new extractive firm rules - news

The European Parliament has backed proposed new rules requiring extractive firms to publish their payments “for each project and country they invest in”. Though not yet legally...

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Amra Balic has joined BlackRock as head of corporate governance and responsible investment for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Balic, previously Standard & Poor’s European...

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Eurosif has named Francois Passant as its new executive director. Passant, previously in the same role at the Vanguard investment group, replaces Matt Christensen, who joined Axa in the summer....

Carlsberg subsidiary set to introduce five-point ‘discipline pact’ for suppliers - news

A Ukrainian brewer has become one of the first eastern European companies to establish a code of conduct for its suppliers. Slavutich, part of the Carlsberg Group, has made compulsory...

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Willem Vosmer has rejoined the Netherlands-based CSR consultants Steward Redqueen to help develop the company’s emerging markets finance-practice after completing a one-year appointment at...

DZ Bank comes up with new ethics rating - news

A new sustainability rating system that includes an ‘economic perspective’ metric, has been created by Germany’s DZ Bank. The rating brings together data on 150 CSR issues...

EU needs to act faster - news

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

The economics of DZ’s new SRI analysis service - news

The German bank has launched one of the first sustainability ratings systems to include financial perspectives in its metrics. Mike Scott talks to the firm’s SRI research head to find out...

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A CSR network has been established in Kosovo. The network, founded with the American Chambers of Commerce, Coca-Cola Hellenic, ProCredit Bank and others, aims to promote corporate responsibility...

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Rory Sullivan will chair the Ethix SRI advisory consultancy’s new advisory council. Sullivan will head the new body, which will provide Ethix with screening advice on a range of CSR issues.

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Jenny Pidgeon is to take over Henderson Global Investor’s newly created responsible property investment (RPI) directorship. Pidgeon, who joins from Upstream Sustainability Services, will...

Daimler sets out ten-year way ahead - news

Daimler has announced ten-year sustainability targets in its latest CSR report. The German car manufacturer has made 51 pledges, from traffic safety to gender equality, in an effort to sharpen...

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The French union of watch and jewellery traders, Syndicat Saint Eloi, has become a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council. The professional body is the 12th trade association to join.

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Wooden floor maker Kahrs of Sweden has become the first company to place an order for Forest Stewardship Council and Fairtrade dual-labelled timber from Chile, to be delivered later this year.

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Inge Huijbrechts has been appointed as Rezidor’s new responsible business director. Hujibrechts, who succeeds Sarah Rooney, will have the job of implementing and improving the hotel...

Unveiled: antidote to ‘soulless’ MBAs - news

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

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Eurosif, the SRI lobby group, is moving its headquarters to Brussels. The organization will retain two European bases, the other being in Paris, its existing headquarters. It says it is moving...

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The European PVC industry has met a series of targets on sustainable development set ten years ago. The industry’s Vinyl 2010 report claims the sector has gone beyond goals on waste...

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Stefan Crets is the new executive director of CSR, joining from Toyota, where he was head of CSR.

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Christian Ragnartz has been made head of asset management at the Swedish SRI fund, AP7. Regnartz, an internal appointment, will oversee income management, ethics and corporate governance issues....

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Jean-Michel Mepuis took up the post of group head of sustainable development at Societe Generale on 1 March. He was formerly head of strategy and development at the bank’s custody and...

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Jorn Wagenbach has been named as the Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut’s new head of corporate communications and CSR. Wagenbach, who joins from the Panalpina logistics firm...

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German asset management business IVG Immobilien has appointed Thomas Beyerle as head of corporate social responsibility and research. Beyerle was previously head of global research at the...

In shops now: CSR on a barcode - news

A mobile phone application allowing consumers to check the corporate responsibility credentials of products while they shop has been introduced in the UK and France. Barcoo, a free...

Spanish law cracks down on bad behaviour - news

Legislation establishing criminal liability and clear penalties for companies has come into force in Spain. Offences for which a firm can be held liable include fraud with public subsidy,...

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Smaller French companies have been offered a new online resource for non-financial reporting. Corporate Sustainability Reporting, a website for CSR and sustainability reporting in France, has...

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A local network of the United Nations Global Compact has been set up in Montenegro at a meeting addressed by deputy prime minister Vujica Lazovic. So far 21 companies have expressed an interest...

Cypriots press on with CSR - news

Half of companies in the Greek part of Cyprus claim they will be increasing corporate responsibility activities despite the island's economic problems. Research by Marlen Martoudi,...

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The European Commission has opened an online public consultation on non-financial disclosure by companies. Thomas Dodd, the commission’s CSR co-ordinator, recently suggested that the EC...

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The French social investment forum FIR has named Bertrand Fournier as its new president. Fournier, president of the board at LFP-Sarasin Asset Management, will be joined by Paul de Marcellus of...

Europeans pool resources in new partnership scheme - news

A CSR partnership-broking forum has been launched in Europe to bring together companies, government and civil society. CSR Europe’s Enterprise 2020 project, announced in Brussels last...

Training course moves to Spain - news

A CSR training programme run by the sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows is to be offered in Spain for the first time. The programme, which is certified by the International Register of...

Why Nordic investment is in the vanguard of SRI - news

Socially responsible investors have long looked to the Scandinavian region as a model. Mike Scott speaks to Ulrika Hasselgren to find out what’s so special about the area’s ethical...

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Multinational dairy business FrieslandCampina has pledged to purchase only sustainably produced palm oil from the beginning of 2011. Palm oil and its products are used as ingredients in...

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Finland-based packaging multinational Stora Enso Oyj has appointed Terhi Koipijarvi to head its newly created global responsibility unit. Koipijarvi, previously senior vice-president for...

European SRI sector rises to €5trillion - news

The European SRI market has almost doubled in the past two years in spite of the financial crisis covering the period. According to Eurosif’s 2010 SRI Study, sustainable investment in...

Statoil in suit over CSR job - news

A woman who took up a senior post as a human rights advisor with the Norwegian oil company Statoil has filed a lawsuit claiming the position was a sham and that she was merely expected to fulfil...

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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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Rory Sullivan has taken a part-time advisory position at Ethix SRI Advisors, a responsible investment firm covering the Nordic region. Sullivan, who is head of responsible investment at Osmosis,...

Rapid growth puts BSCI in pole position - news

The Belgium-based Business for Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) has proclaimed itself the world’s largest ethical supply chain programme, having recruited more than 200 members since...

EC decides to produce another white paper - news

A third communication on corporate responsibility is to be produced by the European Commission next summer. The commission, which has already published two such white papers to generally...

EC calls for supplier cuts - news

Construction industry companies need to limit the number of subcontractors they use in order to gain more control of their supply chain ethics, according to new European Commission guidelines....

Three strikes and you’re out for the European Commission - news

We have been less than impressed in these pages by the European Commission’s past efforts to stamp its mark on corporate responsibility. Two insipid white papers in 2002 and 2006 –...

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Responsible investing among ‘high net worth individuals’ (HNWIs) has risen by 35 per cent during the past five years, despite a small contraction in ‘family wealth’,...

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France-based electrical supplies company Rexel has appointed Pascale Giet as senior vice president of sustainable development, succeeding Laetitia Olivier. She moves from Europ Assistance, where...

Ethics go into a barcode - news

A new mobile phone application is allowing consumers to find out the CSR credentials of a firm by scanning the barcodes of products as they shop. Barcoo, which is compatible with a range of...

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

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

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The new post of corporate responsibility vice-president at the Oslo-based insurance company KLP has been filled by Eli Munkelien. She was previously global manager for corporate responsibility...

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...

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

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A group of telecoms network operators is researching the health impacts of mobile phones in the first study of its kind. The Cohort Study on Mobile Communications (Cosmos) will look into the...

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Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) has named Stefan Gordijn as its new chief operating officer. Gordijn replaces Roman Binder as head of the Zurich-based SRI specialist. The appointment of...

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...

German company imposes gender quota - news

One of the world’s largest telecoms companies has introduced a ‘women’s quota’ so that 30 per cent of management positions worldwide will be filled by females by the end...

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...

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Mobile phone operator Vivacom has been named Bulgaria’s most socially responsible company by the Bulgarian Business Leaders’ Forum. The forum has run annual social responsibility...

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A study of CSR practices in the new European Union member states of Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia has been initiated by the United Nations Development Programme. The...

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David Harris has replaced Will Oulton as FTSE’s responsible investment director after Oulton left to join the investment consultant Mercer. Harris, who has been at FTSE since 2002, has...

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Findus has appointed Ian Hagg to its newly created CSR director role. Hagg joins the food multinational from the Luther Pendragon consultancy.

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Marion de Marcillac has joined the Paris office of the UK-based Ethical Investment Research Services, after leaving the European Sustainable Investment Forum.

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Paris-based business technology company Alcatel-Lucent has made Regine Coqueran-Gile, an internal appointment, head of corporate communications and CSR.

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An ethical code on lobbying has been produced by the Danish pharmaceuticals industry. The Lobby Code requires drugs companies to fully disclose lobbyists’ interests and affiliations to...

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Sander van Eijkern has quit as chief executive of the Swiss SRI manager Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) after a disagreement over strategy. Van Eijkern has also resigned from the management...

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Paper multinational Arjowiggins Graphic has hired Gilles Lhermitte to its new sustainable development manager role in Paris. He is an internal appointment.

Shareholders 'must have right to curb fat cat pay' - news

European governments should move swiftly to introduce laws that require executive pay to be subject to binding shareholder votes, the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) has said....

Trying to bring the Nordic region up to speed - news

Nordea's head of SRI, Sasja Beslik, believes responsible investment products in the Scandinavian region are 'ridiculous' and, in many cases, at least ten years behind the times....

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A four-year mandate to provide ethical research for the €280billion ($382bn, £244bn) Norwegian oil fund has been awarded to Sweden-based GES Investment Services.  

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A UK programme on responsible corporate travel is to expand its activities into Europe. Project Icarus, begun in 2006, runs an accreditation programme for companies to promote carbon reduction...

Swiss firms will put pay to vote - news

Two Swiss financial institutions have agreed to submit their executive pay deals to a vote at their annual meetings. Swiss Re and Zurich Financial Services have made the move after a group...

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...

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...

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Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has sold off $2.6billion-worth of tobacco shares after the government recommended it banned all tobacco producers from its investment portfolio. The...

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A European accountancy body is to use its influence to persuade public sector bodies to issue annual sustainability reports. The Federation of European Accountants, representing 43 professional...

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The French pensions reserve fund (FRR) has fired an asset manager from a €100million SRI mandate following poor performance. FRR terminated the deal with Belgium-based Dexia Asset...

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....

Online training in vogue - news

Two European multinationals – Daimler from Germany and Mapfre from Spain – are to give all their employees online CSR training. Stuttgart-based Daimler has begun providing...

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Titan Cement has topped the annual Accountability Rating in Greece for the second year running, ahead of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and Vodafone. The rating, conducted by the Institute...

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A French retirement fund for civil servants has announced it is to launch its own socially responsible investment index. The €6.5billion ERAFP fund, which is one of the largest in the...

Investors ‘need EC-funded training’ on SRI - news

The European Commission has been urged to provide cash to train analysts and investors in evaluating companies’ social and environmental performance. The call comes from the European...

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Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) has appointed Rodrigo Amandi as managing director for its indexes. SAM says Amandi will be responsible for the expansion and ‘strategic direction’...

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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...

Graduates find NGOs wanting - news

The 2009 graduates of a new CSR course at Geneva University have celebrated with a role reversal – holding a seminar for lecturers at their degree ceremony. Four of the 22 students,...

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Paris-based pharmaceuticals multinational Sanofi-Aventis has appointed Gilles Lhernould to its new post of CSR senior vice-president. Lhernould was formerly the senior human resources...

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An off-the-shelf carbon labelling kit is being offered to companies by the Danish supply chain management consultancy Damco. The ‘supply chain carbon dashboard’ is a graphical...

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Healthcare company Abbott Ireland has won the main prize at the Chambers Ireland President’s Awards for CSR, held in Dublin last month. Abbott won the Outstanding Achievement in CSR award...

Norwegian fund keeps eye on Asia - news

UK-based consultancy SourceAsia has been contracted to help the $396billion (£242bn) Norwegian Government Pension Fund conduct ethical screening of Asian companies.   The...

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...

France Telecom acts on outbreak of suicides - news

One of Europe’s largest mobile phone operators has responded to a spate of staff suicides with measures including a helpline for depressed workers and a temporary halt to relocations and...

Mandatory stance ‘may gain ground’ - news

Tougher regulation on corporate responsibility is likely to follow in the wake of the financial crisis, a new analysis has concluded. A study of the CSR regulatory environment in eight...

Slovakia CSR plan withers - news

Plans for a national strategy on corporate responsibility in Slovakia have been put on hold. The government of the central European republic drew up a strategy last year with a view to...

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An off-the-shelf carbon labelling kit is being offered to companies by the Danish supply chain management consultancy Damco. The ‘supply chain carbon dashboard’ is a graphical...

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Advice on investing in sustainable companies is to be offered by a new Geneva-based consultancy called Avenir Global Investment Managers. Avenir has been founded by Jack Lowe, president of...

Huge wealth fund will press business on water - news

One of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds has announced that it will start pressuring companies with high water-related risks to report on their progress on the issue. The...

Caja Navarra opts to go down XBRL route - news

A Spanish bank has become the world’s first company to publish its non-financial report in a special business reporting language. Caja Navarra has released its 2008 CSR report in XBRL...

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Elsbeth Tronstad has been appointed executive vice-president of communications and CSR at the Norwegian hydropower company SN Power. She joins from the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise,...

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Alexander Barkawi, managing director of Zurich-based SAM Indexes, is to leave the company at the end of September ‘to pursue interests in the political arena on sustainability...

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Danish food ingredients company Danisco has named Jeffrey Hogue as vice-president of corporate sustainable development. Hogue joins from Genencor, a Danisco division.

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Zurich Financial Services has named Karin Reiter as group CSR manager. Reiter is an internal appointment from Zurich’s legal department.

Car giant sets target of zero road deaths by 2020 - news

Volvo has set itself the unusual goal of ensuring that nobody is seriously injured or killed in accidents involving any of its new cars within 11 years. The Swedish multinational thinks the...

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...

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Accenture consultancy has announced a €566,000 ($772,000, £498,000) grant to a private education provider. The Brussels-based JA-YE, Europe’s largest provider of...

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Helene Regnell has been appointed sales and marketing vice-president at the Swedish responsible investment research provider GES Investment Services. Regnell moves from her previous job as the...

Italian bank comes up with water index - news

An Italian investment bank is to create an index based on water-related risk exposure. EPCI, a rating and index company that is part of Mittel bank, has designed the Global Blue Gold Equity...

Eurosif calls for mandatory disclosure - news

One of Europe’s most influential SRI bodies has called on European state and regulatory institutions to insist on mandatory disclosure of CSR data by large companies. The European...

Dutch insert CSR into their governance code - news

The Netherlands government is to bring new requirements on corporate responsibility into the Tabaksblat, the country’s corporate governance code. Parliament has accepted the...

Seven research firms qualify for new certificate - news

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

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A case has been brought against the Norwegian mining company Intex Resources alleging that it will breach OECD guidelines by operating a nickel mine and factory in the Philippines. The Norwegian...

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Claire Penny, IBM’s environmental affairs manager in Ireland, has joined the country’s government-funded Sustainable Development Council, known as Comhar, as the nominee of Business...

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Jean-Paul Agon, chief executive of cosmetics company L’Oreal, has received the latest Stanley Pace Leadership in Ethics Award. The award, established in 1999, honours individuals and...

Steel sector changes gear - news

The European steel industry is to step up its efforts to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of its operations. The European Steel Technology Platform (Estep) has said it will adopt new...

Norway makes bid for global leadership role - news

The Norwegian government has published a white paper on corporate responsibility that signals a greater future role for the country in promoting CSR around the world. The 100-page...

Verheugen rules out change - news

Corporate responsibility regulations will not be imposed by the European Commission despite waning public faith in business as a result of the recession. Gunter Verheugen, who holds the CSR...

$300bn fund examines Gaza holdings - news

The world’s second largest sovereign wealth fund, run by the Norwegian government, is examining whether it should exclude companies that are active in the Palestinian territories from its...

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Legislation requiring Denmark’s 1000 largest companies to report on corporate responsibility in annual business reviews came into force last month. Affected businesses must report publicly...

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Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena has become one of the first businesses to use eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) in a sustainability report. XBRL was developed for transmitting...

CSR makes big strides as Russia sees global benefit - news

Corporate responsibility has finally taken a firm hold in Russia, according to a new analysis. The study indicates that 90 per cent of large Russian companies now have a CSR or...

Reports should provide more context, say accountants - news

Two leading accountancy bodies have warned European companies they should not rest on their laurels when it comes to their sustainability reporting. The Association of Chartered Certified...

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

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

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One of Europe’s biggest state pension funds has chosen the Ethical Investment Research Service (Eiris) to provide extra-financial risk analysis services for its global equity portfolio....

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Printing and media giant Axel Springer triumphed in the ‘most sustainable purchasing’ category of last month’s 2008 German Sustainability Awards. The Berlin-based company was...

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Sander van Eijkern has become the new chief executive of Sustainable Asset Management (SAM), which provides research for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. Van Eijkern succeeds SAM founder...

Funds attack ‘fat cat’ pay at largest five Swiss firms - news

Institutional investors in Switzerland are to make a rare foray into shareholder activism next year in an effort to curb irresponsible levels of executive pay at some of the country’s...

Danish bank embraces SRI - news

Denmark’s largest banking group, Danske Bank, has adopted an SRI policy in the belief that it will improve the long-term performance of its investments. The policy, covering about...

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A qualification claimed to be Europe’s first law and business ethics masters degree has been established in France with funds from the cosmetics company L’Oréal. The course...

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A second tranche of hedge fund management companies signed up to industry standards of best practice last month. The new signatories, which include Arrowgrass, BlackRock, Concordia Advisors, New...

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There are now 50 signatories to the European SRI Transparency Guidelines, which were established in 2004 to increase the accountability of SRI funds to retail investors. Eurosif, the trade body...

TV programme fuels Dutch SRI fever - news

A television documentary has been credited with prompting an eightfold increase in the value of assets managed along socially responsible lines over a two-year period in the Netherlands....

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Daimler has created a sustainability board within its top management. The board, which will meet at least four times a year, consists of senior executives from various departments....

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There are now 50 signatories to the European SRI Transparency Guidelines, which were established in 2004 to make ethical and ecological SRI retail funds more accountable to the...

SRI investing finds foothold in Central and Eastern Europe - news

The first SRI fund concentrating on central and eastern European equities has been established by Limestone Investment Management, which has headquarters in Estonia. The New Europe Socially...

Laboratories swap ideas - news

Twenty corporate responsibility discussion groups have been formed under the umbrella of the European Alliance for CSR since it started two years ago. The groups, called...

EU feels child labour heat - news

The European Union has been urged to ensure that its support for any European company through trade missions and subsidies be withdrawn if the business is found to be using child labour in its...

Norwegian investors launch SRI initiative - news

Norway’s largest institutional investors are making efforts to promote responsible business practice among companies listed on the Oslo bourse. The project, called Sustainable Value...

Siemens goes after execs in bribery case - news

Siemens has taken the unusual step of claiming damages from 11 senior executives implicated in the company’s bribery scandal. It has also suggested that it intends to pursue damages...

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Building materials group CRH has jointly won this year’s award for best sustainability reporting in Ireland. It shares the accolade with the insurance company Irish Life & Permanent....

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Triodos Bank has created a venture capital fund to invest in social enterprises. The Dutch bank’s Triodos Opportunities Fund will invest between £200,000 and £750,000...

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Ecological cleaning products company Ecover has begun a three-year partnership with international charity WaterAid. The Belgian company will give an undisclosed sum for projects in Ethiopia that...

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US-based Business for Social Responsibility has appointed a leadership team for its Europe office in Paris. Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen became managing director in Europe this month,...

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Examples of corporate responsibility best practice in the banking sector have been collated by the European Banking Federation. The federation of banking associations embraces 5000 financial...

Analysts agree KPIs - news

Key performance indicators covering environmental, social and governance matters for use by investment analysts and others have passed the first major hurdle towards their wide adoption....

Spanish law brings ethics into public contracts - news

Public sector procurement of products and services in Spain must now take account of corporate responsibility factors, thanks to a regulation effective from May. Under the regulation,...

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...

Danish firms face new disclosure requirements - news

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

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Summaries of the state of sustainability reporting in 16 European countries are available on a new website created by the European Sustainability Reporting Association, the ten-year-old body...

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Microsoft and Google have come first and second in a new ranking of Europe's 50 best workplaces. They finished ahead of Cisco, 3M and the German health insurance company impuls...

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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...

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Sustainable Asset Management, based in Switzerland, has appointed Roman Binder as chief operating officer and as a member of its executive committee. Binder is a former chief of staff at Credit...

Good employer? Then AXA will invest in your shares - news

A French asset manager has created the first socially responsible fund to target for investment European companies with best-in-class employment and working practices. Paris-based Axa...

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....

Violations hit European firms - news

European companies lose market value when they are associated with environmental violations – but US businesses tend to escape unscathed. Research by Sweden’s Umea School of...

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Doughty Hanson, one of Europe’s largest independent private equity companies, has given Adam Black responsibility for internal sustainability issues. Black, who joins from KPMG, where he...

Danish fund follows trend on cluster bomb divestment - news

The pensions arm of a leading Danish bank is removing its investments in companies that make cluster bombs. Danica Pension, a €33billion ($50.6bn, £25.2bn) division of Danske Bank,...

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Liz Edwards has been hired as corporate programmes director at the European Academy of Business in Society. The new role will focus on improving member services and acting as a bridge between...

Banks facing pressure over landmine lending - news

Amnesty International has urged five leading French banks to tighten their policies on investment in companies that make and trade anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions. The human...

Stakeholder views gaining ground against specialists - news

A system using stakeholders rather than SRI specialists to rate companies on social and environmental performance has been created by an offshoot of the consultancy Intertek. The web-based...

Ireland gets first accredited training scheme - news

The Irish Republic’s first accredited education programme on CSR for junior and middle ranking managers has been set up by a leading training body. The five-day course is being run by...

HP suppliers still failing to adopt proactive mindset - news

Most of Hewlett Packard’s central European suppliers still have a ‘reactive’ approach to social and environmental responsibility despite the company’s best efforts,...

PGGM will divest from PetroChina - news

Dutch pension fund PGGM is to exclude PetroChina from its €88billion ($127bn, £65bn) investments because of concerns over the Chinese oil company’s activities in Sudan....

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In the February 2008 issue we said that Charlotte Wolff would be in charge of Arcelor Mittal’s corporate responsibility team, but the four strong unit is actually headed by vice president...

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Ed Blamey has moved from his post as European sustainability director at the flooring company Interface to become socially responsible investment research manager for Jupiter Asset Management....

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