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Seafood industry takes big steps toward sustainability - news

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

First industry-wide global sustainability goals set by International Tourism Partnership - news

By Brian Collett — Four ethical goals have been set by the International Tourism Partnership , the London-based hospitality industry body, to celebrate its 25th anniversary.  ...

Three aspirations for long distance EVs - news

By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx — All the publicity currently goes to the race to make regular and premium cars have longer range. This is because most people want only one car so...

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...

The important business of ocean conservation - news

By Tom Birbeck, ARC Marine—According to a WWF report, our oceans are worth at least $24 trillion, so how can we afford not to protect and invest in it like any other business?  ...

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...

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

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

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

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

Winners of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards 2017 announced - news

Anglian Water have been named one of the most responsible businesses in the UK, along with 16 other companies at the 2017 Responsible Business Awards.   [Pictured: Mark...

De Beers innovates to become carbon neutral - news

By Brian Collett —  De Beers, the world’s leading diamond company, has begun research that could make some of its mines carbon-neutral within five years.    ...

Growing sustainable business leaders - news

By Mac Macartney — Business leaders across all sectors are feeling the tug, the dip and pull of something deep beneath their feet. A future so uncertain they can no longer ignore it. It is...

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

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

Global apparel industry takes steps toward better performance - news

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

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...

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

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

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

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

Green hotel award winners announced - news

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

National CSR Awards 2017 winners revealed - news

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

Future business models must consider use of natural resources: report - news

By Brian Collett — The world’s manufacturers are likely to triple their use of natural resources and quadruple their gross domestic product by 2050.    This scary...

Global coalition forms to promote sustainable cotton - news

By Ethical Performance — From its localized beginnings 5,000 years ago in Mexico and the Indus Valley in India, cotton has grown to be the most widely used natural fiber crop used in...

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...

  Innovations to make fuel, packaging, and products from waste - news

By Brian Collett — A sustainable fuel from wastewater is being developed by the SEAT S.A. car maker and the Spanish water management company Aqualia.        ...

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

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

AB InBev sets goal of 100% renewable energy - news

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

UK citizens among WEF’s “Young Global Leaders” - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — The World Economic Forum is now in its 47th year. It’s famous for its annual summit in Davos attended by luminaries in multiple industries. But It is also known...

A conversation with Sandy Boundy, Communications and CSR Manager at Heineken Ireland - news

From "In Conversation," Business in the Community Ireland —    Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the...

Shopping for a purpose  - news

By Adam Woodhall — There are many gathering storms our society is facing, but having a purpose is increasingly seen as a way to navigate these uncharted and often rough waters. Many...

Canadian oil sands production cut due to unprofitability - news

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

Whitbread's Environmental Leadership - news

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

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

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

ESG trends to impact capital markets in 2017 - news

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

New method identifies sustainably caught fish - news

By Brian Collett — A scientific analysis has been devised to discover the origins of caught fish so that customers can be sure they are derived from sustainable sources.   ...

Big oil companies turn to offshore wind - news

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

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...

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...

Inspiring sustainability the Interserve way  - news

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

Value chain approach: a focus on food waste - news

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

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

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

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

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

Taking the lead in stormy times - news

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

How HR capacity planning can help you survive Brexit  - news

by Rita Treharn — The votes have been cast, and the majority has spoken: Britain is leaving the EU, and all hell has been let loose. While Sterling sinks and the country tries to figure...

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...

The natural capital concept can guide decisions and assess environmental risk. - news

by Elisabeth Jeffries — After constructing a plant in an arid part of India, buildings materials manufacturer LafargeHolcim opted not to buy efficient water equipment. Instead, it helped...

The future of power, death & money - news

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

Business vs. The State: new roles for social action - news

by Tom idle — We live in politically fascinating times. A coup attempt in Turkey; recurrent terrorist attacks on the streets of Europe’s cities; forthcoming bitter presidential...

International Tourism Partnership launches Hotel Water Measure Initiative to set industry standards - news

by Brian Collett —Thousands of hotels throughout the world are expected to combine in a drive to cut water consumption.      Along with conservation measures, they...

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

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

CDL adopts UN's sustainability agenda - news

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

Nike expands sustainable distribution centre in Belgium - news

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

A sustainable supply chain offers many benefits - news

By Adam Woodhall — The demands on an ethical organisation of consumer and client expectations, government regulation and voluntary standards, make doing good business ever more complex....

Creating eco-friendly airport systems of the future - news

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

What Brexit means for UK business - news

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

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...

Developing great behaviour change campaigns - news

by Adam Woodhall - Influencing behaviour positively and successfully is accepted both as fantastic opportunity to make a difference and as often very challenging. So it didn’t come as a...

Veolia wins BITC Responsible Business 2016 award - news

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

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

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

Business in the Community launches National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey - news

Business in the Community has launched a landmark National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey to gain a comprehensive understanding of the UK workforce’s mental wellbeing, and identify...

Bag battles: plastic vs. paper - news

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

Chiswick Park’s “Enjoy-Work” offices and Minds @ Work program support wellbeing - news

by Adam Woodhall — Workplace wellbeing is rapidly moving up the agenda of business, government and civic society.  It is now seen as not only the right thing to do, but it also has a...

Discover the "Blue Economy" - news

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

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

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

Cement industry faces innovative future, post COP21 - news

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

Sustainability critical to future business: IEMA Report - news

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

Helping companies understand their value chain - news

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

UK workforce leads Europe, US in sick days - news

The UK workforce has more sick days than any other European country, and twice as many as the US, notes Gerry Brennan, CEO of Cloudbooking, a space management software company that works with...

Partnerships, localism and circularity help businesses scoop National CSR awards - news

By Tom Idle - Presiding over the 2016 National CSR Awards  – now enjoying its second year as an useful addition to the  initiatives that recognise best practice in...

Corporate world moves forward with human rights transparency - news

By Antonio Pasolini — Supply chain transparency regarding human rights is becoming an increasingly important CSR issue. After consulting with more than 400 contributors, the Corporate...

KKR portfolio companies get new green solutions platform - news

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

A measurable impact - news

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

Britain's New Sugar Tax - news

by Sangeeta Haindl A new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry has been announced, to be introduced in April 2018. This move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the...

Why every business should volunteer - news

EP Journal by Mohammed Sharaf, DP World Businesses are perfectly placed to use their reach to bring about considerable benefits to the communities in which they operate. This is...

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

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

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

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

New recycling scheme for 'orphan vehicles' - news

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, examines the most recent MorningStar data - news

Among UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 December 2016, the £124.97m Kempen (Lux) Sustainable Eur Small Cap I fund ranked top out of a sector universe of 253 funds with a...

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

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

Increasing the rate of exchange - news

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

BMW comes top in global sustainability rankings - news

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

MCS welcomes extension of coastal conservation zones around UK - news

The chances of recovery for marine life in English seas have been boosted by the creation of new Marine Conservation Zones, says the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) following the Department...

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

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

National CSR Awards 2016 now open for entries - news

Entries are now open for the 2016 National CSR Awards (NCSRA), which will celebrate the very best in CSR and sustainability in a high-profile ceremony and accompanying seminar programme, at The...

Premier Inn makes a splash with water recycling system - news

One of Premier Inn’s newest hotels, the Premier Inn at Abu Dhabi International Airport, is the first to feature an innovative greywater recycling system which is already saving 60 litres...

Roger Aitken, analyst, examines the December 2015 data - news

Among UK Registered funds over the past one year to 30 November 2015, the £2,343.66m Pictet-Water USD fund was top ranked in Morningstar’s analysis of 251 sector funds with a...

Getting up a thirst for sustainability - news

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

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

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, examines the November 2015 data - news

In the UK registered funds sector Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-Cap Fund I, a £120.38m fund, top ranked over the past one year to 31 October 2015 with a cumulative return of...

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...

Kangwon turns abandoned mines into modern resorts - news

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

Better disclosure improves link between pay and performance - news

More than a quarter of Britain’s biggest companies are reported to be hiding the criteria by which they award bonuses to their senior executives. Disclosure is required under rules...

Highland Spring tops ethical bottled water ranking - news

Ethical shopping comparison website, thegoodshoppingguide.com , has released ethical comparison research on all the main bottled water companies and brands. Highland Spring is the...

Refreshing the art of good story telling - news

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

Breathing new life into the CSR debate? - news

Catch me on a bad day and I’m likely to be as critical as anyone of current formulations of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ironic, then, that I was invited to champion the...

Channel NewsAsia ranks top performing companies for sustainability - news

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

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...

Industry taskforce to help improve working conditions of cleaners - news

A campaign to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry has been launched by an industry-led taskforce set up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the September 2015 data - news

Among UK Registered Funds, the £544.95m AXA Framlington Health R Inc fund once again top ranked overall out of 255 funds in the sector over the past one year to the end of August 2015 with...

Cecil the lion and the big data revolution - news

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

WWF calls for business to work towards sustainable food security - news

A new report from WWF-UK finds that businesses want to see government taking bold actions to create a food system that serves citizens, the economy and planet alike. Businesses must also...

Konica Minolta looks to develop greener credentials - news

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

Asiana Airlines learns CR lessons at schools in China - news

Asiana Airlines, Korea’s second-largest carrier, has formed a sisterhood relationship with an elementary school in China as part of its corporate social responsibility efforts. The carrier...

Jaguar Land Rover to drive new water safety project - news

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched a new project in Africa as part of its global CSR programme. In its ambition to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles and operations, the...

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...

Wyke Farms wins international campaign to find greenest company - news

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

The circular economy : why it’s a global sustainability priority - news

In the past few years, rising global sustainability developments have paved the way for surging numbers of corporate commitments and more decisive action by national governments. Even if...

Ensuring a new crop of farmers - news

Continuing to create shared value for those along its supply chain, premium coffee business Nespresso has developed the one thing it knows a particular group of farmers need if they are to...

SRI Fund Spotlight: CLI Framlington Health A - news

CLI Framlington Health A, an OEIC fund that seeks capital growth by investing in healthcare and medical services and products companies globally (including pharmaceutical producers, biotech...

This green and pleasant land? - news

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

Applying natural capital valuation in mainstream business practices - news

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

Japan restarts nuclear power programme - news

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

Coca-Cola on track to meet water target - news

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola says it is on well on track to meet its 2020 water replenishment target by the end of this year. Based on the Coca-Cola system’s global water replenishment...

Coca-Cola claims significant progress on way to becoming 'water neutral' - news

The Coca-Cola Company says it's on track to meet its 2020 water replenishment goal by the end of 2015. Based on the Coca-Cola system’s - its bottling partners - global water...

Hotel group shows no reservations over water stewardship - news

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

Slàinte to sustainability at John Dewar & Sons - news

John Dewar & Sons has achieved a 34% reduction in GHG emissions since 2006 and a 46% reduction in water use since 2009 through its partnership with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)....

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

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

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

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

Many happy returns - news

Alquity was founded in 2010 by Paul Robinson , to offer investors a more responsible way to invest by achieving strong returns whilst putting something back and creating a Virtuous Circle of...

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

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

Sweetening the deal for sustainability? - news

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

Crime busting drama makes arresting production progress - news

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

Tidal power opportunity proposed for Bristol Channel - news

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

Underground farm takes root beneath city streets - news

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

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

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

Surfers develop clean water initiative to combat sewage strewn beaches - news

With raw sewage polluting 40 British beaches following heavy downpours recently, the charity Surfers Against Sewage's launch of a new Cleaner Coastal Catchment initiative for two areas in...

Tales of the riverbank: WWF-UK, Coke and CCE in eco-partnership - news

WWF-UK, Coca-Coca Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) are partnering to help ensure a thriving future for England’s rivers. The partnership will see the three...

40 tonnes of rubbish cleared from beaches as plastic bag use rises - news

More than 40 tonnes of rubbish were removed from beaches by Marine Conservation Society (MCS) volunteers and Marks and Spencer (M&S) staff and customers during the Big Beach Clean-up in May....

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

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

Chemical reactions - news

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

Key considerations to successful ‘long-term’ capital allocation highlighted by Generation Foundation - news

A white paper published from Generation Foundation (‘Foundation’), the advocacy initiative of Generation Investment Management (‘Generation IM’), a boutique investment...

Biodiversity takes off at London's Heathrow airport - news

George Davies, head of environmental strategy and assessment, Heathrow, talks to Ethical Performance about the crucial role he and his team play in keeping the airport safe  ...

Sabic achieves significant emissions reductions - news

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

Newsweek names global green companies - news

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

Interserve sets ambitious targets for reducing global environmental impact - news

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

19 corporates score top points in US disability inclusion index - news

Sprint, AT&T, Starbucks and Procter & Gamble are among the 19 companies to receive the top score of 100 points in the Disability Equality IndexSM (DEISM) survey results, announced...

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...

Coca-Cola fizzes with sustainable packaging innovation - news

The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials at the World Expo - Milan.  PlantBottle packaging uses patented...

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?...

FoE & Trucost measure corporate land and water footprint - news

A new report from Friends of the Earth (FoE) estimates for the first time how much land and water well-known brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year, and what is needed to manufacture...

Waste not, want not - news

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

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

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

Protesters target Shell in Seattle over Arctic plans - news

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

CSR driving access to new markets, says ACCSR - news

Innovative corporate social responsibility practises are helping more companies than ever before to access new markets, according to the 2015 State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand Annual...

FoE report highlights eco-impact of everyday products - news

A new report from Friends of the Earth (FoE) estimates for the first time how much land and water well-known brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year, and what is needed to manufacture...

Wildlife takes off at London Heathrow - news

Heathrow Airport has been awarded the Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark for the seventh year running. The award is the only national award recognising responsible land management....

Whitbread to set sugar and salt reduction targets - news

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

Making the gogglebox greener - news

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

Just how transparent is your data? - news

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

US arm of Novartis tops diversity league table - news

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) has been named the top company for diversity in the US in DiversityInc’s annual league table for the second year in succession. According to...

Petrobras pays price for 8 years of corruption - news

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

Novartis named top company for diversity for second year - news

Novartis has been named the top company for diversity in the US in DiversityInc’s annual league table for the second year in a row. The American arm of the Swiss pharma giant also...

Oysters set to be new pearl of The Solent - news

Native oysters are to return to the Solent, once the biggest oyster fishery in Europe. A coalition led by the BLUE Marine Foundation has announced its intention of restoring a healthy...

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,...

London Zoo makes huge leap in frog conservation - news

A Critically Endangered and evolutionarily distinct species of frog has been bred in a UK zoo for the first time ever. The Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) team of amphibian...

Barclays reviews MTR coal mining investment stance - news

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

Tat will do nicely for new marine litter campaign - news

Surfers Against Sewage has launched a ‘Save Our Seas’ Marine Litter Tattoo campaign to highlight the growing scale and permanence of the marine litter crisis. The ‘Save...

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the April data - news

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

Winning ways: National CSR Awards celebrates best practice - news

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

China to tighten NGO supervision - news

Human rights and labour rights groups are to face a new challenge, finds Keith Crane reporting last month’s forum, “The new normal in China Communications and CSR”,...

Zara, Puma and Valentino join Benetton in leading 'detox' efforts - news

Greenpeace East Asia has published an update of its Detox Catwalk, the online platform which assesses how effectively major fashion brands are removing toxic chemicals from their supply chains...

Government urged to take action to reduce marine litter - news

With beach litter on the rise, the UK’s leading marine charity has called for more Government action. According to the data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and...

Barrier reef dumping ban doesn't go far enough, says WWF - news

Australia's proposed dumping ban must extend to the entire Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, says WWF. The Australian government's draft legislation to ban the dumping of dredge in...

Two heads better than one - news

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

Adidas races ahead on sustainable cotton target - news

German sportswear giant  Adidas has sourced more than 30% of all its cotton sustainably, exceeding the originally planned 25% target. This marks the highest volume in sustainable cotton...

‘Forest 500’ rates top players in race against deforestation - news

FMCG giants Danone, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benkiser, Kao and Unilever are among the top players tackling the problem of deforestation, according to a new ranking from charity...

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

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

BITC in water stewardship push - news

Business leaders have called on business to tackle water issues in the UK. With the backing of the Government, Business in the Community (BITC) has brought together water companies, other...

Seeing the beer glass half-full - news

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

BASF to tackle social issues with Creator Space project - news

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

Carlsberg takes action on responsibility pledge - news

The potent lager Special Brew, created by the Danish Carlsberg company in 1950 in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, may be watered down to comply with guidelines agreed by the industry and the UK...

‘Transformational’ volunteering to replace ‘transactional’ in US - news

The days of counting employee volunteer hours as an indicator of valuable community service are on the wane. Corporate volunteer programs in the US and globally are moving in the direction...

Food and drink manufacturers slash CO2 emissions - news

Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in the UK have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 35% - way ahead of the original target date of 2020. A report published today shows...

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

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

American pharma companies lead Global Sustainability Index - news

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

BITC launches 3-year action plan to tackle water management - news

Business leaders are calling on business to tackle water issues in the UK. With the backing of the government, Business in the Community (BITC) has brought together water companies, other...

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

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

Going to extremes: weird weather forecast to continue - news

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

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

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

Jupiter reorganises investment team - news

Environmental and sustainable investment specialist Jupiter is changing the organisational structure of its Environmental and Sustainable Strategy team to provide an enhanced central source of...

Alain Cadec succeeds Rosbach at WFO - news

French MEP Alain Cadec is to succeed Anna Rosbach as champion of the Waste Free Ocean foundation which is involved in the collection and recycling of marine waste. The foundation was set up...

Getting to grips with gambling controls - news

Leo Martin, director of responsible business advisers, GoodCorporation, asks if the gaming industry is doing enough to promote responsible gambling   According to the Gambling...

Cheers to a sustainable future - news

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

Rising to the challenge of the ethical consumer - news

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

BSR puts transformation and transparency in the spotlight - news

Creating more uniform methods of reporting KPIs, fostering collaborations between corporations and NGOs and looking at what companies can do to improve living conditions for workers, were among...

Controversy dogs Ineos’s fracking operation - news

A company that is planning a fracking operation in Scotland has been accused of bribing the local community to accept a hazardous operation. The Swiss chemicals multinational Ineos intends...

Greenpeace scales Shell HQ in Arctic protest - news

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

BITC Responsible Business Awards now open for entries - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on inspirational businesses across the UK and abroad to enter the 2015 Responsible Business Awards.  Now in its 18th year, the...

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

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

Colombian farmers unite to sue oil giant BP in London’s High Court - news

A group of 109 Colombian farmers is suing the British oil multinational BP over a pipeline that they claim harmed their land, crops and animals. The farmers protest that BP caused severe...

Water risk threatens growth for world’s largest companies - news

Two thirds of the world’s largest companies are reporting exposure to water risks, some of which have potential to limit growth. The news comes amid mounting shareholder concern around the...

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...

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

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

IHG rolls out Green Engage programme across global estate - news

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

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

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

Winner of 2014 Nestlé CSV Prize announced - news

Today, Honey Care Africa (HCA) was announced as the overall winner of the 2014 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize during the global Creating Shared Value Forum, co-organised by...

Opening the door to transparency - news

Transparency is a step beyond regular Corporate Social Responsibility - it means not just behaving ethically but showing how you’re doing it. Miranda Ingram reports  ...

Korea’s POSCO E&C caught in bid rigging - news

POSCO E&C, Korea’s third largest engineering and construction company, has been caught in four different cases of bid rigging this year, and has had to pay fines of KRW 28 billion. The...

Clorox dives into Safe Water Project in Peru - news

American cleaning and home care giant The Clorox Company is expanding its Safe Water Project, a public health programme that provides public bleach dispensers and health education in rural Peru....

Opening the door to transparency - news

Transparency is a step beyond regular Corporate Social Responsibility - it means not just behaving ethically but showing how you’re doing it. Miranda Ingram reports  ...

Emerging markets more focused on sustainability finds Grant Thornton - news

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

Unilever and DFID join forces to help world’s poor - news

Unilever and the Department for International Development (DFID) have formed a new partnership to create jobs, improve water and sanitation and develop sustainable supply chains in developing...

EAC calls for creation of 'Office for Environmental Responsibility' - news

The UK government has been given a ‘red card’ for its efforts to reduce health-damaging air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding in a scorecard assessment of its...

Hitting the paper trail at SCA - news

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

PwC fined by New York regulator over work for Japanese bank - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) will pay $25m and be banned for two years from some consulting work to settle New York state regulators’ allegations that the accounting firm mishandled...

Daewoo International admits using cotton from forced labour - news

Daewoo International Corp., a major South Korean trading company has become a target of human-rights activists for using cotton that it admits is produced by child labour and forced adult labour...

Coming of age: the new sustainability math - news

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

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

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

Tobacco plant biofuel takes off with Boeing and SAA - news

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

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

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

Dilley to chair Environment Agency - news

Philip Dilley is the new chair of the Environment Agency in the UK. Dilley, former chair of the Arup Group, will take up the £100,000-a-year post in September, when the term in office ends...

Step up or step back: six essential lessons in cause marketing - news

Consumer scepticism and expectation of institutions is at an all-time high, and prominent brands are under more pressure than ever to do good… and prove it, writes Andrew Pederson....

The new breed of social worker - news

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

Wonga forced to pay up over ‘unfair’ practices - news

Wonga, Britain’s biggest payday lender, has been ordered to pay more than £2.2m ($3.76m, €2.78m) in compensation to defaulters to whom it sent threatening letters appearing to...

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...

Making room for CSR - news

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

Taking steps to curb the fossil fuel habit - news

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

Call for beauty industry to take greener steps - news

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

Coca Cola under new pressure over sugar content levels - news

Coca-Cola is under renewed pressure after announcing a new version of its popular Coke drink with a third less sugar and a third fewer calories. The company says the new product is in line...

Food and amenity giants take up herbicide-free weed control challenge - news

Weedingtech, the herbicide-free weed management company, is challenging five major industry partners to test out its MW-Series and Foamstream weed control system to prove its performance against...

Business needs to consider plastic footprint as much as carbon - news

Companies could become more sustainable by improving the way they measure, manage and report the amount of plastic they use in their business operations and supply chains, according to...

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

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

Apple faces renewed calls to address worker safety - news

Environmental and human rights organizations, socially responsible investment firms, and occupational health professionals from 27 countries have sent a letter to Apple vp of environmental...

Australian business lags behind in CR stakes - news

Australian organisations are falling behind when it comes to the implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR), reveals this year's annual review from the Australian Centre for...

Cross-sectoral cooperation key to managing water risk - news

Cooperation between businesses, water companies and the government will be key to managing scarce water resources and securing future supplies, according to a new report from the Cambridge...

Plastics companies team up to deliver more affordable water - news

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

Dam construction goes ahead in Laos despite eco warnings - news

The building of a second hydroelectric dam on the Mekong river, which conservationists claim will have devastating effects, is about to start in Laos. The fear is that the 260-megawatt Don...

UTZ upgrades code to enable greater farmer uptake - news

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

Newlight sprints ahead with AirCarbon technology - news

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

Achieving sustainability goals through Corporate Impact Venturing - news

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

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

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

Bonded labour afflicts many in Tamil Nadu garment district - news

Most companies importing garments from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu refuse to disclose whether or how they tackle bonded labour abuses at their supplying factories. Many of the...

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...

Unilever's Lifebuoy campaign achieves dramatic results - news

Incidences of diarrhoea have dropped from 36% to just 5% in the Indian village of Thesgora as a direct result of Unilever’s soap brand Lifebuoy’s ‘Help a Child Reach 5’...

Get a grip on your environmental reporting - news

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

Food glorious food? - news

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

Responsible sourcing unearths unseen benefits - news

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

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

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

Sustainability reporting moves up British business agenda - news

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

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

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

Vote for your sustainability champions! - news

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

Jaguar Land Rover extends collaboration with ClimateCare - news

Jaguar Land Rover aims to create a range of humanitarian, conservation, environmental and educational initiatives as part of its new Environmental Innovation Strategy. In collaboration with...

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

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

Marks & Spencer wins Carbon Trust triple award - news

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

A case of rum and reason - news

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

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

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

Socially responsible investment prognosis set positive for 2014 - news

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

Big companies should become more transparent over tax issues - news

Multinationals should be compelled to publish their revenues, profits and taxes paid in every territory where they operate, chief executives of large UK businesses have told a survey....

Mondi makes environmental stewardship move with WWF - news

Packaging, pulp and paper producer Mondi Group and WWF International are to work together in a three-year strategic partnership that focuses on increasing environmental stewardship in the...

Call for tea industry to collaborate for sustainable future - news

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

Environmental management budgets set to escalate - news

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

Bacardi aims for zero waste to landfill by 2022 - news

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

BMS market takes first step with FTSE4Good - news

The market for breast milk substitutes is a highly contentious ethical area, especially for investors. The FTSE4Good criteria for the category – launched last year – is an attempt...

Girl Scouts show girl power - news

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

Water waste comes under control - news

The California Water Foundation (CWF), East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), and WaterSmart Software have jointly published the results of an independent study that indicates providing...

Hunger games? - news

EU negotiators have agreed to introduce regulation to prevent speculation by banks and hedge funds driving up food prices and exacerbating the global hunger crisis. The new controls will...

Janina Gray becomes chair of Water Group - news

Members of Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) have voted the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) Head of Science, Janina Gray, as the Chair of the Water Group for 2014. This is the...

RSPO strengthens international team - news

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

Looking good on more than paper - news

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

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

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

Human rights violations rise 70%, says Maplecroft survey - news

A striking 70% rise in the number of countries where the risk of human rights violations is extreme is recorded in a survey by Maplecroft, a UK-based risk research consultancy. The...

Craft beer company brews up new waste water strategy - news

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

NGOs call for Chevron to cease Ecuador action - news

A number of prominent US environmental and human rights organizations including Amazon Watch, the Sierra Club, 350.org and Food and Water Watch have issued a public letter condemning...

NGOs call for Chevron to cease Ecuador action - news

A number of prominent US environmental and human rights organizations including Amazon Watch, the Sierra Club, 350.org and Food and Water Watch have issued a public letter condemning...

Moving towards the tipping point of change - news

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

Chrysler revs up for wildlife - news

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

Wadstrom wins Polhems Prize - news

In collaboration with the UN and praised by President Obama, Petra Wadstrom’s portable water purifier has saved the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Now she has...

SRI turns over new leaf with newfound investors - news

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

Major South Korean businesses found stealing electricity - news

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

Greenpeace vows to continue Arctic protest - news

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

Levi Strauss makes strides in sustainable fashion - news

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

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

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

European companies set to fall behind on sustainability disclosure - news

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

Typhoon Haiyan crisis deepens in Philippines - news

UNICEF is urgently appealing for $34m to aid the more than four million children of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the archipelago four days ago. "With...

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

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

Green travel on the increase - news

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

Seeing the sustainability glass half full - news

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

Pressure mounts on World Bank to stop private water firm investments - news

A month in SRI with Roger Aitken... Nestlé’s former ceo Peter Brabeck-Letmathe once sparked controversy after declaring that access to water was “not a public...

Supply chain security never goes out of style - news

The term ‘sustainable’ in the fashion world is a little like the word ‘natural’ in the beauty biz. It seems to mean different things to different brands. Different...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices in North America - news

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

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...

Chevron fights on over $19bn pollution judgement - news

A former Ecuadorian judge has testified that he and a colleague were bribed to award $19bn (£11.7bn, €13.7bn) to villagers who claimed Texaco oil operations polluted the Amazon...

L’Oréal’s looking good with latest sustainability commitment - news

French beauty giant L’Oréal is sitting pretty with its rebranded sustainability commitment, Sharing Beauty With All , which maintains the company will ensure 100% of its products...

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

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

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...

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

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

inbrief - news

In deep water... T he International Tourism Partnership (ITP) has warned that by 2030 demand for freshwater may outstrip supply by 40%. In its latest report on water risk issues, the ITP...

Chinese cities failing to find sustainability balance - news

Around 80% of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese Academy...

inbrief - news

Neat peat… A new tool setting out guidance and quality standards for sustainable business investment in peatlands has been launched by the UK’s Environment Minister Richard Benyon....

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

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

Coca-Cola bolsters clean water & sanitation programme in Africa - news

Coca-Cola is expanding its clean water and sanitation programme in African schools and health clinics together with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The global soft drinks...

Russian oil exploration risks high environmental impact - news

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

Land stewardship – the next big environmental issue? - news

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

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

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

Chinese cities fail to achieve growth/sustainability balance - news

Eighty per cent of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese...

MillerCoors raises glass to decreased water usage - news

MillerCoors is using less and less water to brew its beers, according to its 2013 sustainability report. America’s second-largest brewer decreased water use by 6.1% to a record low 3.82...

Freshwater demand to outstrip supply by 2030, says ITP - news

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) warns that by 2030 demand for freshwater may outstrip supply by 40%. In its latest report on water risk issues, the ITP highlights a range of...

BP sues US government over federal contracts - news

BP is returning to court in the US – this time as the plaintiff. The British multinational oil group is suing the government for barring it from gaining new federal contracts after its...

Fracking – tipping the scales of climate change - news

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

inbrief - news

Starring roll...SCA-owned tissue brand, Velvet, has won two awards for its ‘Three Trees’ promise in this year’s International CSR Excellence Awards for corporate social...

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...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

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

Aviva develops new way to measure carbon offsetting - news

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

Unilever scoops first LEED certified ice cream factory - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever has opened its first LEED certified ice cream factory. The site in Konya, Turkey reuses rain and surface water, recovers heat, and is...

CRS is the real thing at CCE - news

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

Here be dragons? - news

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

Awards celebrate corporate responsibility & sustainability - news

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

Greenpeace issues challenge to China’s Shenhua Group - news

Greenpeace is taking on the might of China’s Shenhua Group, the world’s biggest coal producer by volume, with the publication of Thirsty Coal 2, a new report berating Shenhua’s...

Plastic bags still scourge of environmentalists in UK - news

Plastic carrier bag use in Britain rose slightly last year despite environmental appeals to reduce the practice. The overall number of bags issued to customers by the main supermarkets...

BP refused temporary halt to Deepwater pay-outs - news

BP has been refused a temporary halt to compensation payments to parties that suffered after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company complained that false claims were mounting and said...

Mining companies with water strategies perform better, says report - news

Metals and mining companies that are taking action to manage water strategically are proving better financial performers, says investor analysis from CDP and Eurizon Capital. Metals &...

Greenpeace challenges Shenhua Group over “water grab” - news

Greenpeace is taking on the might of China’s Shenhua Group, the world’s biggest coal producer by volume, with the publication of Thirsty Coal 2, a new report berating Shenhua’s...

Sainsbury’s under renewed fire over fish labeling claims - news

The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) has called on Sainsbury’s to explain why it is still selling mainland farmed salmon labeled as being from Skye, Lewis or Uist, almost eight...

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

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

2degrees crowns first Sustainability Champions - news

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

Coca-Cola ramps up environmental goals with WWF - news

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

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

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

“Days of making a return or a difference now over” - news

“The days of making a return or making a difference are over,” Justine Greening, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, told delegates at the recent FT/IFC...

Carbon Trust to tackle waste management - news

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

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...

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

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

Report highlights global differences in environmental attitudes - news

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

Toyota drives eco agenda - news

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

Chemical contamination still issue for Environment Agency - news

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

Selfridges swims with sharks to raise conservation awareness - news

London department store Selfridges is ramping up its retail activism in promoting marine conservation by backing a new concept, Shark Parks, areas of the ocean dedicated to the conservation of...

Dr Pepper goes to the park - news

Public parks in the US will be getting cleaner as a result of a new Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Park Recycling Bin Grant programme. The initiative is designed to...

“Days of making a return or a difference now over” - news

“The days of making a return or making a difference are over,” Justine Greening, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, told delegates at the recent FT/IFC...

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

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

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

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

Budweiser brewer extends environmental goals - news

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

P&G clean water commitment hits milestone - news

American FMCG giant Procter and Gamble (P&G) has delivered its 6 billionth litre of clean drinking water as part of its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment to save one life every...

Environmental investing comes of age - news

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

Whitbread toasts recycling win - news

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

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

Paul McGreevy is international values & r&d director at The Body Shop. He tells Ethical Performance about the role of CR within the ethical British beauty retailer that boasts over...

Natural capital depletion signals huge risk for investors - news

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

Unilever makes sustainable sourcing headway - news

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

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

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

Barrick loses New Zealand fund investment - news

The world’s largest gold mining company has lost the investment of a sovereign wealth fund that handles billions of dollars. The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, whose portfolio is...

A billboard that refreshes parts other billboards cannot reach - news

The first billboard ever to create drinking water from humidity in the air has produced 15,000 litres of water in six months. Launched at the end of 2012, the billboard is now a prominent...

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

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

Waitrose wades into CSR - news

Making 100% of its fish independently certified as sustainable and halving the amount of packaging it uses (based on 2005 levels) – all by 2016 – are just two of 12 pledges being...

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

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

BASF gains gold-level certification in Spain - news

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

SolAbility launches second competitiveness index - news

Going up against the World Economic Forum’s competitive index, Swiss-Korean sustainability consultancy SolAbility has issued its second Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranking 176...

Dow tests waters with new digital platform - news

The Dow Chemical Company has developed a new digital platform to promote increased understanding of water use and expanded its work to implement clean water technologies.  ...

Whole Foods Market to develop first rooftop farm - news

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

Bombay Sapphire revives old mill - news

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

Cleantech market major growth sector for UK economy - news

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

Shale up... - news

Shale up... Oil and gas companies have partnered with environmental groups to develop performance standards for the industry. Instigated by the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, an...

Sweet deal… - news

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

Power play... - news

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

Water quality standards slip across Europe - news

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

US toiletries company issues Goodness Report - news

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

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...

Dujardin joins Sustainalytics - news

Sustainalytics has hired Loic Dujardin as a director of the research products team. Loic formally joins the organization on May 1, 2013 and will be based in the firm’s Singapore office....

Laos dam project goes ahead despite Asia outcry - news

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

Intensive farming proves factor in loss of Cambodia grasslands - news

Around half of Cambodia’s tropical flooded grasslands have been lost in just 10 years according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UAE). The seasonally flooded...

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

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

Supermodel backs push to tackle energy poverty - news

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

Nike races ahead in sustainable materials & chemistries - news

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

US manufacturer debuts 'Goodness Report' - news

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Nestlé launches 'shared value' award - news

Nestlé has launched an award worth CHF500,000 (£353,000, €408,000, $531,000) for projects which have ‘created shared value’ through innovative, commercially viable...

Inspirational media in a post-water cooler world - news

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

Firms urged to end links with Israeli ‘war crimes’ as G4S is accused of ‘complicity’ - news

Companies with business interests with Israel on occupied Palestinian land have been urged to terminate their activities there by a UN human rights fact-finding mission. Describing the...

Cemex takes lead as water use tops corporate agenda - news

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

Carbon market value hits lowest level - news

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

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

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

Stranded rig lands Shell in hot water over Arctic drills - news

Oil multinational Shell came under fresh criticism for its Arctic drilling programme off the north coast of Alaska last month after one of its rigs ran aground while being towed to port for...

Governments urged to target lobbying and political funding to increase transparency - news

Corruption remains a serious threat facing humanity, Transparency International (TI) declares in a new report. In its 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, TI speaks of poor families being...

Deepwater rig owners to pay $1.4bn over role in disaster - news

Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded three years ago causing 11 deaths and pollution of the Gulf of Mexico and the US coast, has agreed to pay $400m (£253m,...

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

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

The old news agenda and today’s drivers of change - news

Reading through the blizzard of reports and utterances from the great CSR news community is not one of the most positive experiences right now. There are so many stories knocking around about...

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...

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

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

BP hopes guilty plea will help to draw line on Deepwater - news

In the largest deal of its kind in US criminal history, BP is to pay $4.5bn (£2.8bn, €3.5bn) in settlement of 14 criminal charges relating to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil...

Businesses urged to prepare for catastrophic climate impacts - news

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

IKEA in hot water in Saudi - news

Flatpack furniture maker Ikea has faced criticism for removing images of women from its annual furniture catalogue in Saudi Arabia. Ikea said it regretted the airbrushing and does not...

UN launches Water Action Hub - news

The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has launched a global Water Action Hub, which it describes as the world’s first online platform to unite companies, governments,...

Earth Institute develops carbon footprint tool - news

A Facebook-inspired tool that can rapidly calculate the carbon footprint of thousands of products simultaneously has been unveiled by researchers at Columbia University’s Earth Institute...

Asda to expand Sustain & Save programme - news

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

Once bitten, twice shy: how unexpected risks are concentrating investors’ minds - news

Data is the unglamorous foundation on which investment decisions are built. And the increasing availability of reliable ESG data is giving investors more powerful risk-assessment tools,...

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

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

MPs call for Arctic no-drill zone - news

British MPs have called for the imposition of a no-drill zone in an environmental sanctuary in the Arctic, describing the drilling there by Shell, ExxonMobil, Gazprom and other oil and gas...

Diageo in carbon-reduction project - news

Global drinks company Diageo is set to make annual savings of £1.4m as the result of a two-year carbon-reduction project at a distillery in Scotland. And the company behind the Smirnoff,...

The call for transparency in an opaque world - news

No matter how hard we try, the world will always be a messy place. There will probably never be an end to dirty business. It's difficult to see a scenario where shady deals or dodgy...

Industries in scrap for water supplies - news

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

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

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

The search for value among the numbers - news

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

Oil sands producers join to tackle environment issues - news

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

Miners’ strike shootings comes as tensions rise over pay claim - news

A week of national mourning was declared in South Africa after 34 striking miners were gunned down at a platinum mine operated by London-based Lonmin in Marikana, North West province.  ...

Higg Index gives apparel firms sustainability measure - news

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

What is Sustainable Technology? - news

A book for specialists in the area, What is Sustainable Technology? nonetheless gets down to fundamentals in its much-needed revaluation of the problems and paradoxes of a once uncritically...

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

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

UK guidelines for business environmental sustainability reporting unveiled - news

Following the UK government’s announcement that larger UK businesses will need to report their sustainability performance ( EP, July 2012, p1 ), environment minister Lord Taylor of...

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

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

Alliance calls for standard on sustainability reporting - news

A passage in the Rio+20 final document covering sustainability reporting by publicly listed and large companies has won the support of the Brazilian, Danish, French and South African...

Scheiwiller leaves PwC for AccountAbility - news

Provider of corporate responsibility and sustainable development solutions, AccountAbility, has appointed Dr Thomas Scheiwiller as Director & Global Head of Clients & Industries....

CDP & GCP form alliance - news

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Global Canopy Programme (GCP) have formed an alliance that will see the GCP’s Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (FFD) merge with CDP over the next...

CSR driving change at the heart of business - news

Economic challenges abound, but the CR Salary Survey 2012, published this month, shows a sector that’s not only enjoying continuing growth but also a place increasingly at the heart of...

Piling new expectations on already-stressed managers - news

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

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

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

Australia presses on with wide-ranging carbon tax - news

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

Insurance industry bodies back UN ESG principles - news

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

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

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

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

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

Buying into a world without fashion victims - news

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

When ‘fessing up’ is by far the better option - news

Walmart is the eighth-largest company in the US. It employs two million staff worldwide, and they serve customers more than 200 million times per week in 10,130 retail outlets in 27 countries....

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

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

Europe leads US and Asian companies in Eiris ratings - news

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

Profit motives and the pursuit of happiness - news

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

US companies blazing CSR path in India - news

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

Heineken looks to take development role in earthquake-stricken Haiti - news

Heineken is planning to build schools and hospitals in Haiti in the latest sign of private-sector expansion into international development and public services. The brewer looks set to...

Pharma firm Merck to subsidise clean water in India to help fight disease - news

The pharmaceuticals giant Merck has joined forces with an NGO to improve access to water and reduce the impact of water-borne disease in India. Merck, which is tackling a CSR issue not...

Denmark tops sustainable development league - news

Research ranking sustainable development potential worldwide has listed the Scandinavians as the most competitive nations and Asian nations as the most innovative. The Sustainable...

Negative investor sentiment hits mining offenders - news

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

R&D in agriculture proves hot potato - news

The UK government has launched a £7m initiative in fruit and vegetable research. The new Horticulture & Potato Initiative, to be undertaken by the state-funded Biotechnology &...

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

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

Germany leads way on comprehensive CSR plan - news

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

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

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

ConcocoPhilips reaches out-of-court settlement - news

ConocoPhillips and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation have agreed an out-of-court settlement of 1bn yuan ($160m, €120m, £100m) with the Chinese agriculture ministry over...

Rio+20 agenda topics - news

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

Trading abroad pushes US businesses onto the sustainability agenda - news

Context set up in London in 1997: now it has a US office and offers sustainability services around the world. Mike Scott catches up with Peter Knight, the company’s co-founder, to see how...

US fairtrade body opts for volume over standards - news

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

New legislation in pipeline to force chemicals disclosure in US fracking - news

New fracking legislation in the US will require gas drillers to disclose the chemicals used on public lands. Regulation of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing – perhaps the most...

Fashion industry launches SME sustainability drive - news

A programme to drive sustainability co-operation and innovation in the fashion industry has been set up by the UN Global Compact. In the Compact’s first sector-specific project, it...

O2 commits to 40-point sustainability programme - news

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

New SRI index launched in Mexico - news

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

Business awaits the sustainable generation - news

Today’s generation of budding business leaders are much more likely to see sustainability as a cornerstone of their management agenda. Their real challenge will be promoting it in the...

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

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

Bridging the credibility gap on reporting - news

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

EU firms report ‘aspirations before performance’ - news

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

‘Broader action’ needed on water stewardship - news

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

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

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

Shell’s Nigeria opponents handed new ammunition - news

Shell’s activities in Nigeria are once again in the spotlight after the simultaneous release of secret court documents, an NGO report on its operations and a UN environmental assessment....

inbrief - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has announced that the eco-business writer Andrew Winston will be advising the company on its sustainability strategy. The consultant will join PwC as a one-off,...

In search of sustainable, low-carbon growth - news

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

inbrief - news

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

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

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

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

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

inbrief - news

UK sustainability consultancy Corporate Culture has appointed Amanda Long as its new chief executive. Long, who joins from Anglian Water, has been tasked with raising the firm’s profile...

inbrief - news

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

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

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

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

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

Goldcorp avoids censure as complaint is closed - news

The Canadian government has closed a complaint against mining company Goldcorp over alleged detrimental effects on indigenous communities of its Marlin mine in Guatemala. The complaint was...

Database will help out with water risk - news

A new, large-scale project to measure water risk will give companies and investors locally specific data. The Aqueduct project, which has been set up by the US-based World Resources...

inbrief - news

Moex, one of BP’s minority partners in the blown-out Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico, has agreed to pay BP $1billion to settle all claims between the companies over the...

Listed status can be a liberation - but it can also act as a straitjacket - news

The flotation of the global commodities trader Glencore hasn’t just raised tens of billions of pounds. It has also brought up uncomfortable questions about the company’s record on...

Puma unveils new-style profit and loss accounts - news

Clothing giant Puma has published the first results of an innovative environmental profit and loss account, revealing heavy impacts from emissions and water externalities at the bottom of its...

CSO role gains ground as Coca-Cola appoints Perez - news

Coca-Cola has become one of a growing group of companies to create a post of chief sustainability officer (CSO) to oversee corporate responsibility matters close to board level. The...

inbrief - news

Michael Washburn has become director of sustainability at Nestle Waters North America. He was previously a senior director at the US-based Wilderness Society.

inbrief - news

A large US food distributor has bought a waste recycling company in a bid to reduce its environmental impact. US Foodservice now owns WVO Industries, a company specializing in the...

Accountancy: the front line of sustainable investment - news

Accountants are expanding the financial information SRI investors use to make decisions with. Mike Scott speaks to Richard Spencer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants to discuss the...

Can investors create a sustainable economy? - news

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

More nuanced approach may end the stalemate in baby milk debate - news

FTSE’s decision to adjust the way it assesses company performance on the marketing of breast milk substitutes has to be a welcome step forward ( see page four ). The fact that no...

Index provider offers new global rating system - news

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

FTSE4Good resets rules on breast milk substitutes - news

The marketing of breast milk substitutes is to be subject to external verification assessments commissioned by the FTSE4Good index. In its latest bi-annual review the index announced new...

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

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

Pulp and paper group sets sustainability goals - news

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

SRI bodies act to raise profile of ethical investing - news

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

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Coca-Cola has been added to the Calvert Social Investment Fund Index in light of recent improvements on labour and human rights and water use – to the point where it is ‘even...

tackling ingrained attitudes about sustainability - news

Mike Scott speaks to Bozena Jankowska, head of sustainability at RCM – the investment manager of Allianz Global Investors – on her plans for more research and education Having one of the world’s...

Private equity move to back ethical firms - news

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

Brewers pledge to cut carbon use by 2020 - news

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

Dow to make nature a business matter - news

Dow Chemical has entered a five-year partnership with a conservation charity to help it to place environmental protection at the heart of its business strategy and reduce its ecological...

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

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Apparel manufacturer Levi’s has started retailing ‘waterless’ jeans which, it claims, require up to 96 per cent less water in manufacturing. The jeans have been developed by...

Wind energy gets new label - news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Was 2010 a watershed year for women in business? - news

One 2010 trend that could easily have been identified by our CSR experts on page nine of this issue was the striking rise up the business and political agenda of the idea that we need more women...

Corporate bill reaches $2tn - news

The world's largest 3000 companies caused about a third of all environmental damage attributed to human activity in 2008, the cost of which was estimated at $2.15trillion (£1.36tn,...

Hospitality sector ready to up its game - news

A group of UK hospitality companies has come up with a sector-wide plan to recognize consumers' ethical demands and the power of the 'green pound'. The ten-point plan has been...

Food firms still don't have a grip on sourcing - news

The weak point of the food industry remains working conditions and problems in sourcing raw materials, according to a new sustainability study by Bank Sarasin. The bank, which is a large...

Unilever decides to go for sustainability and growth - news

Unilever has announced plans to 'decouple' its growth from its environmental impact. The global consumer goods company believes it can continue growing while halving its greenhouse gas...

Firms take up water agenda - news

The world’s largest corporations have moved quickly to work up CSR strategies on water, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) first report on the impact of water...

Food giant raises it sights - news

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

Coming soon: a fourth revamp of GRI guidelines - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has announced another comprehensive revision of its sustainability reporting guidelines – just four years after the last major overhaul. The GRI,...

CDP issues first water report - news

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has launched its first report on the impact of water constraints on the world’s largest corporations. The CDP’s Water Disclosure programme shows that water...

New man for a new era: all change under Misser - news

EP talks to the recently appointed head of AccountAbility about his controversial vision of how the organization should be re-inventing itself and altering its ethos They wear sober...

Aluminium firm denies wrongdoing over toxic spill - news

The aluminium company at the centre of a toxic spill in Eastern Europe has provoked an angry response from victims of the disaster – and the Hungarian government – by denying it has done anything...

The new fund in the market for sustainable farms - news

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

Cenovus makes an early start on CSR - news

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

Emerging market CEOs ready to commit to CSR - news

There’s good reason to believe emerging market countries will be in the vanguard of future CSR initiatives, according to an analysis of chief executive opinions in such nations. A new...

Pakistan relief comes up short - news

Businesses have donated significantly less to the Pakistan flood relief effort than to other recent natural disasters, and have seen their contributions dwarfed by individuals and governments....

Food giant repudiates rainforest violation claims - news

Cargill, the US-based food group, has vehemently denied violating palm oil standards to which it has signed up. A report by the international non-profit Rainforest Action Network (RAN) says...

Fears over Bribery Act implementation delay - news

The revised UK Bribery Act will come into force next April, the government has announced. There had been hopes that the Act would be implemented this October, but Justice secretary Kenneth...

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Shell has amended the plans for its Corrib gas pipeline in the Irish Republic after more than a decade of conflict over the project with local communities. The company has tabled its third proposal...

Adidas puts its pro-poor foot forward - news

The sportswear giant Adidas has committed itself to the ambitious social goal of ensuring that nobody in the third world goes without shoes. The German multinational will develop and make special...

BP spill spurs investors to ask questions - news

Improved disclosure and risk management has been demanded of oil and gas firms by a coalition of investors in the wake of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. A group of 58 investors...

inbrief - news

Ed Mitchell, former corporate responsibility director at RWE Thames Water, has been appointed environment and business director at the UK's Environment Agency. He replaces Tricia Henton, who...

inbrief - news

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

Spearheading the fight against complacency - news

Mike Scott speaks to Catherine Howarth of FairPensions about her organization's ongoing campaign, which calls on institutional investors to place more demands on the companies in which they...

BP's travails in the Gulf are a sign of things to come - news

Oil firms are beginning to fall foul of working in increasingly hostile environments, says Seb Beloe Who would have thought when the original accident happened on BP's Deepwater Horizon...

There's no room for smugness: BP's latest failings touch us all - news

We're far from seeing the end of the great BP Gulf of Mexico debacle; indeed the gushing oil has not yet been fully contained. It's therefore impossible to gauge all its costs and...

New wind blows as Zadek is replaced - news

An era has drawn to a close at the UK-based AccountAbility organization as its long-term head, Simon Zadek, has been officially replaced by Sunil Misser. Misser, who began as chief...

Smoothie company pledges ethical future - news

Innocent, the British maker of the Smoothie drink, has tried to assure consumers that its ethical stance will continue, after Coca-Cola bought a majority share in the company. Coca-Cola's move...

McDonalds rewards green suppliers - news

The fast food giant McDonald’s has announced the best examples of green projects in its restaurants, franchises and supply chain worldwide, highlighting wind power and waste reduction innovations....

World Cup nations agree to offset idea - news

More than half of the national football teams participating in this month’s World Cup have pledged to offset their carbon emissions through an organic compost initiative in South Africa, the...

Advising on SRI change and growing complexity - news

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

Nestle bows to pressure on rainforest products - news

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

New reporting regime takes off at Heathrow - news

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

300 firms asked for water data - news

A huge group of institutional investors has asked more than 300 of the world’s biggest companies to report on their water use and other water-related issues. The Carbon Disclosure...

Puma unveils ambitious five-year plan - news

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

Ford becomes first car firm to take on water project - news

Ford has become the first car manufacturer to join the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Water Disclosure programme, which will publish water data from some of the world’s largest corporations...

New technique is useful, but needs careful handling - news

Rory Sullivan warns that ‘enhanced analysis’ is no panacea in the responsible investment field I’ve recently become involved in Oxfam’s Better Returns in a...

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

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

Walmart targets emissions - news

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

Agribusiness firms are over-reliant on auditing - news

Companies involved in agribusiness have been told to stop relying on audit results for ‘off-site issues’ in managing their supply chains. A paper on increasing the contribution...

Air Liquide shows the way - news

The chemicals industry is potentially missing out on €1billion ($1.4bn, £909million) per company by failing to improve its sustainability performance, says a new report. Research...

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

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

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

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

Another warning on water - news

New SRI research has warned of the increasing regulatory and reputational risks associated with water, and suggests treating the topic in the same way as carbon emissions. Canadian indexing...

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

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

Anti-bribery law toughens the stance on corruption - news

Jerry Hagelberg sees a global culture change reflected in new UK legislation against bribery Business ethics will receive a significant boost early in the new decade with the enactment,...

Negative corporate impacts cost the earth $2.2trillion - news

The environmental damage caused by the world's 3000 largest companies has been estimated at $2.2trillion (£1.4tn, €1.6tn) by the United Nations. If large companies, including...

Peruvian farmers get helping hand from Walmart - news

Walmart has launched a development initiative in Peru which it says will help more than 2000 small-scale farmers in the region. The programme, which will be run in partnership with the CARE...

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...

Kraft tries to curb fears over Cadbury’s future - news

US food giant Kraft has pledged to maintain social responsibility programmes at the UK confectionery business Cadbury, which it will be buying for £11.9billion ($19.2bn, €13.7bn)....

WWF agrees to give CSR advice to global insurer - news

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

Coca-Cola expands water initiative - news

A village in South Africa is to be given access to clean drinking water as part of a collaborative project between Coca-Cola and the US Agency for International Development. The move is part of...

More than 50 companies get to use ethical shopping logo - news

More than 50 companies have now been accredited to use an independent UK-based ethical shopping logo on their products and services. In total 57 businesses have now been licensed to carry logos...

RBC bucks banks backlash - news

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

SAB Miller launches water initiative - news

Beverages multinational SABMiller and the World Wildlife Fund have launched the Water Futures partnership, an initiative designed to tackle water scarcity in a number of SABMiller’s operating...

Mining firm loses licence to operate - news

A Norwegian mining firm has had its permit suspended in the Philippines after apparently failing to consult local communities about its operations. A nickel project of Intex Resources has had...

inbrief - news

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...

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

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

Abbott saves 5 billion gallons - news

A multinational healthcare company has saved a billion gallons of water annually since introducing a programme to reduce water use five years ago. US-based Abbott says it has reached its...

CDP turns its attentions to corporate water use - news

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

The Dark Side: critical cases on the downside of business - news

Emmanuel Raufflet and Albert J Mills (eds). Greenleaf.  294 pages. Hardback. £24.95 CSR dominates the landscape of thinking about business and society, and in this landscape...

Brandix helps out in camps - news

Sri Lanka’s largest clothing exporter is to help people displaced by the government’s war against the Tamil Tigers. The Brandix group, which has made water and sanitation the...

Dow and Fuji Xerox donate patents - news

The Dow Chemical Company and Fuji Xerox are the latest organizations to join the Eco-Patents Commons, a scheme allowing enterprises to donate environmentally beneficial patents. Dow has pledged...

inbrief - news

Export Development Canada, Canada’s export credit agency, has announced three new members of its CSR advisory council. They are Deanna Rosenswig, former chief executive of the MasterCard...

50 lessons on corporate responsibility and sustainability - news

Doughty Centre/50 Lessons. www.50lessons.com/collections This set of short films offers the opinions and experiences of academics, business executives and practitioners on various...

Property is given SRI focus - news

An SRI strategy on commercial and residential property, including carbon emission cuts, has been announced by one of the world’s largest asset management companies. Henderson Global,...

African nations are riskiest places for big business - news

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

Metro gets praise for factory improvements - news

German retailer Metro Group has received plaudits for its response to labour standards problems in a Bangladeshi supplier factory, which has involved actions against beatings of female...

Gap unveils water mark - news

A new brand of denim trousers will promote the manufacturer’s sustainable use of water. Gap’s 1969 Premium Jeans will be  the first product from the US clothing company to carry such a...

Cement sector outlines future plans - news

The cement industry has outlined how concrete recycling can be increased and is pushing for an ultimate goal of ‘zero landfill’ for the product. In its report the Cement Sustainability Initiative...

inbrief - news

Will Day is to take over from Jonathon Porritt as chair of the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission. Day has worked with various NGOs, including Care International, Save the...

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

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

Funky titles catch on as reporters try to engage - news

Almost half of CSR reports no longer use the phrase ‘corporate responsibility’ in their title, new research has revealed. A study by communications consultancy Radley Yeldar...

Walmart unveils plan for social labels on goods - news

The world’s largest retailer has announced plans to develop a sustainability labelling system for all the products it sells. Walmart is undecided what form the labelling will take,...

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...

Sri Lankan conflict prompts business action - news

A clothing group and a leading bank are backing the relief effort to help 660,000 internal refugees in the wake of the Sri Lankan conflict. Brandix Lanka, the large apparel company, which...

Pepsi puts CSR into new plant - news

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

Procter & Gamble cleans Pakistan water - news

People displaced by armed conflict in Pakistan are to receive more than 11 million litres of clean drinking water through a partnership between Procter & Gamble (P&G), the international...

inbrief - news

UK sustainability reporters are to be scrutinized on the way they disclose water management policies and programmes. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (Acca) has signed a...

Platinum performers may act as buddies - news

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

Chiquita goes for ethical pineapples - news

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

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

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

Seafood will get ethical label - news

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

ITT helps Chinese with water - news

ITT Corporation, the US high-technology engineering and manufacturing company, is putting up $200,000 (£132,000) to improve water access for students and teachers in China as part of its...

Asian real estate fails to impress - news

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

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

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...

Joe Public gets say in new online rankings - news

A new online ratings system will assess companies’ ethical performance using a combination of expert analysis and the views of the public. The consumer-focused Scryve website gives...

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...

Asian real estate sector falls short - news

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

Award for watershed in Afghanistan - news

A project to prevent flooding and to increase land productivity in the Kahmard district of Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan has won the Swiss Re 2009 International ReSource Award for...

Asia Pacific gets two new indices - news

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

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

Two more companies have joined the Eco-Patent Commons, a business effort co-ordinated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to protect the environment by pledging...

Are opinion statements really the way forward? - news

The use of independent experts to provide commentaries in sustainability reports is becoming increasingly popular. EP looks at the arguments for and against Deutsche Telekom can do a lot...

Fabric mills get new audit - news

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

Coca-Cola pumps millions into water - news

The Coca-Cola Company has committed $30million (£21m) to provide access to safe drinking water for communities throughout Africa. The funding, spread over the next six years, will be...

‘Choice editing’ is better than changing behaviour - news

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

Saudi firms ‘on right track’ - news

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

Ikea spends $48m to help Indian poor - news

Ikea, the Swedish retailer, is giving $48million (£34m) to Unicef to improve the health and living conditions of children in some of India’s poorest areas. Some of the money...

Impax launches environmental fund - news

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

Hindustan Zinc helps 500,000 children - news

A prestigious annual award for rural and community development projects has gone to Hindustan Zinc, part of the Vedanta metals and power generation group. The 2007-08 award from the...

Ethics code is proposed for security companies - news

An outline of a proposed international code of conduct for private military and security companies has been produced by an influential Swiss think tank. The Geneva Centre for the Democratic...

Yamana Gold makes it into social index - news

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

Australia gets new green fund - news

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

Ford-backed Indonesia project hits 40 mark - news

More than 40 companies and non-governmental organizations have now joined the Health and Business Roundtable Indonesia, which has the backing of the Ford motor company and was formed with the aim...

Tata fares best in new Indian CSR ranking - news

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

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...

Tourism gets global code - news

A coalition of 32 tourism trade organizations and companies has announced criteria to guide members on reviewing their social and environmental impacts. The bodies and businesses, which...

Institutional investors call on big firms to give more thought to water - news

A $1500 billion (£1001bn) alliance of investors, all signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, is asking 100 of the world’s biggest companies to...

Tata heads new Indian sustainability index - news

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

IT giants tackle climate change in Philippines - news

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

How Scrooge’s partner cut through business humbug - news

Dickens’s Christmas classic shows the way to be a successful CSR change agent, says John Turner At this time of year I’d like to bring to your attention a forgotten champion...

Brewer to cut its water use - news

One of the world’s largest beer makers has promised to reduce its water consumption throughout its global operations. SABMiller has said it will cut water use by a quarter per litre...

Right now, business needs more walk and less talk - news

The financial crisis has shown that reporting is no substitute for firm action on ethics, says Leo Martin The rise and rise of corporate responsibility reports might make the casual...

Pepsi steps up Asian water commitment - news

Pepsi’s charitable arm has announced major new grants to provide access to safe water and sanitation for people in rural areas of Bangladesh and India. The grants, totalling $7.6...

Healthcare company backs Indian dialysis - news

A dialysis clinic has been opened in India by Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions, a non-profit organization set up by DaVita, a US provider of kidney care products and services....

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

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

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

A decade on, sustainable funds are flourishing - news

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

More patents are donated - news

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

Rio Tinto hit by exclusion - news

Rio Tinto has expressed dismay at being dropped on ethical grounds from one of the Norwegian government’s pension funds. The global Government Pension Fund, commonly known as the oil...

UK moves on bribery as OECD pressure mounts - news

Signs are emerging that the UK government is beginning to adopt a tougher stance on the behaviour of British companies abroad, partly as a result of sustained pressure from the Organisation for...

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

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,...

inbrief - news

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...

inbrief - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has been appointed global adviser and report writer to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). PwC will compile next year’s company responses to the project and produce...

IBM enters the market - news

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

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

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

Australia unveils CSR plan - news

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

Fund will combat climate change - news

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

General Motors gives with both hands to disaster relief - news

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

XBRL: the new answer to questionnaire fatigue? - news

A new system for managing financial information should make it easier for readers of sustainability reports to extract the data they want. EP looks at how it will work What is XBRL?...

Mining company fights back over ActionAid claims - news

Anglo American has taken the unusual step of issuing a 40-page report rebutting allegations of human rights abuses by its Anglo Platinum arm in South Africa. The international...

Soup business makes CSR a key ingredient - news

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

Goldcorp agrees to Guatemala investigation - news

The Canadian mining group Goldcorp is to order an independent human rights impact assessment of its Guatemala operation at the request of shareholders. Goldcorp agreed to the assessment...

BP makes pledges in Indonesia - news

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

GM greens supply chain in Australia - news

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

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

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

financial and non-financial reporting are very different beasts - news

As delegates gather this month for the 2008 Global Reporting Initiative conference in Amsterdam, Ethical Performance offers readers a sneak preview of the Editorial Comment for its 200th issue in...

beverage sector agrees action - news

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

coffee business opts for ethical bean supply - news

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

water mandate lowers its recruitment horizons - news

A programme that encourages the chief executives of large companies to manage their water resources more effectively is scaling down its push for signatories. The UN Global Compact says it is...

Patagonia customers see real cost of buying a shirt - news

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

hotel operator imposes bottled water ban - news

Hotel chain Scandic is to phase out the sale of bottled water in its restaurants and during conferences. The Stockholm-based company, which has 141 hotels, mainly in the Nordic region, calculates...

L&G UK Ethical Trust has its strong points, but they come at a cost that may be unpalatable to some - news

L&G Ethical Trust is an ethical tracker, and there aren't many of those about. Ideally, such a fund would provide investors with low-cost exposure to a basket of ethical companies from...

inbrief - news

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...

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Dow Chemical Company and humanitarian healthcare agency International Aid have announced a partnership to provide safer water. Dow will supply 300,000 filters for a lightweight water...

Investors move into ethical fixed income products - news

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

Utilities firms squeeze suppliers to cut emissions - news

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

ChemChina ups recycling efforts - news

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

UMW donates land in Malaysia - news

A two-acre plot in Serendah, Malaysia, has been donated by an investment holding company for the building of a Tamil school. UMW Holdings said the donation of the land, worth 544,500...

Dow project improves water re-use - news

Waste water re-use rates will reach 50 per cent in Beijing when the 2008 Olympic Games begin, thanks to reclamation equipment being installed by Dow Water Solutions, part of the Dow Chemical...

inbrief - news

Do-it-yourself group B&Q has signed a three-year partnership agreement with WWF’s One Planet Living initiative, which commits the company, among other things, to strive for zero carbon...

Food and drink firms make water their new priority - news

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

inbrief - news

Shenzhen Water, Cemex and Marks & Spencer are among companies featured as examples of innovators in A new mindset for corporate sustainability , a research paper sponsored by Cisco and BT.

Regnan analyses sustainability of Australian stocks - news

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

Studies present business case - news

Examples of emerging market businesses that have gained a commercial advantage by taking account of their social and environmental impacts have been collected by the private sector arm of the...

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

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

Patents released to spur social innovation - news

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

European banks lead pack on climate change - news

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

Sweatshop rules relaxed as suppliers fall short - news

San Francisco has had to water down a local anti-sweatshop procurement law because no company has been able to comply with its provisions. The Sweatfree Contracting Ordinance had been seen...

Alcan rewards poverty group - news

The Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation in northern India has been awarded the 2007 $1million (£503,000) Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize, given...

inbrief - news

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

attracting the interest of institutional investors - news

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

Indonesian regulation runs into early problems - news

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

inbrief - news

Andy Wales has become head of sustainable development at the world’s second largest brewery company, SAB Miller. Wales, who was previously Severn Trent Water’s head of environment and corporate...

inbrief - news

Russian extractives company Rusal has announced a social investment programme in Nigeria. It will support education, healthcare, water treatment and electricity projects in the state of Akwa Ibom...

China cuts loans to polluters - news

Twelve Chinese businesses out of 30 accused of pollution this year have had loans blocked or withdrawn by the state authorities. The companies, which were considered to have flouted China’s...

more support needed to reach millennium goals - news

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

Westpac is ‘best’ on volunteering - news

Westpac has won a new Australian award for employers that encourage their staff to volunteer. The bank has taken the Award for Excellence in Corporate Volunteering, given by Volunteering...

the Celtic Tiger is now coming of age - news

The first ever ‘corporate responsibility week’ took place in Ireland last month. EP looks at the state of CSR in a country that has seen huge social change over the past 15 years What was...

pricing sustainability into the bottom line - news

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

more firms leave Burma - news

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

Vedanta in clash over indigenous rights - news

Tribal families on the Niyamgiri mountain in the Kalahndi district of Orissa, India, have begun campaigning against a proposed bauxite mining project on their ancestral territory. Niyamgiri's...

inbrief - news

Free guidance on how companies can reduce water use is now available from the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. The online Global Water Tool calculates water consumption and...

Isdell acts on human rights - news

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

building firms ready to sign procurement deal - news

An unusual alliance between government and industry has led to the creation of a Strategy for Sustainable Construction in England and Wales that outlines voluntary commitments on the part of...

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

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

two new entrants test size of CSR jobs market - news

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

market at the base of the pyramid put at $5trillion - news

Companies developing products for sale to some of the world’s poorest people are opening up a market worth as much as $5trillion (£2.5tn) a year. The figure appears in the first study to...

sugar cane sector decides to lay down ground rules - news

Sugar cane growers, processors and food companies are to draw up social and environmental ‘principles and criteria’ with a view to reducing the industry’s impact. The move has partly been...

VicSuper takes reporting honours - news

The superannuation fund VicSuper has been given the Australian award for the best 2006 sustainability report by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Danielle Welsh, who...

Coca-Cola signs water partnership - news

Coca-Cola has signed an agreement with the Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) to collaborate on projects to improve community access to water and sanitation in India and Nepal....

Ban Ki-moon gesture eases Compact fears - news

The United Nations’ new secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has eased fears about the level of his commitment to the UN’s Global Compact by chairing the second meeting of the Compact Board, a newly...

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

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

mining company hits back over Philippines claims - news

One of the main mining companies operating in the Philippines has rejected trenchant allegations made in an international report that the industry has brought environmental disaster and murder to...

new coalition to draw up climate change metrics - news

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

suppliers give support to end of nit-picking era - news

A ‘progressive’ new ethical supply chain monitoring regime that allows auditors to overlook minor legal infringements in order to concentrate on welfare concerns has been well received by the tea...

Deloitte sets up safe water project - news

A 12-month corporate-backed programme to bring safe water to neglected communities will target Bangladesh, China, India and countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The programme...

Malaysian giant joins CSR forum - news

One of Malaysia’s largest companies, the infrastructure conglomerate YTL Corporation Berhad, has become a principal supporter of the International Business Leaders’ Forum and has committed itself...

Indian company directors urged to engage - news

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

Alcan helps provide solar cookers - news

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

inbrief - news

California’s biggest utility company has apologized to an Arizona Indian tribe for desecrating a sacred site by building a $15million (£7.6m) water treatment plant in the Mojave Desert. Pacific...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

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

royal help offered on social accounting techniques - news

The Prince of Wales has set in train work to make it easier for businesses to formally calculate the social costs of their activities. He has instructed six of the staff in his Charities Office...

chastened Coca-Cola seeks to rebuild trust - news

Coca-Cola is to consult more fully with local communities around its facilities after having suffered bad publicity about the effects of its operations worldwide on the alleged depletion of local...

Globe Telecom takes CSR education award - news

The winner of the 2006 Asian CSR Award in the support and improvement of education category was Globe Telecom (Philippines). The award was for its Text2Teach project conducted in co-operation...

ADB supports water projects - news

The Asian Development Bank is to double its annual investment in water provision and management to more than $2billion (£1.04bn). The decision follows an estimate from the Asia Water Watch 2015...

India makes show in Alcan prize - news

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

Europeans take 'moral' line - news

US companies tend to use economic terms and arguments in their CSR communications while European companies concentrate more on issues of 'morality', new research has indicated. Researchers...

Xstrata is new face on short list - news

Mining group Xstrata has been short-listed for the UK Sustainability Reporting Awards, to be announced next March. Xstrata, a Switzerland-based company listed on the London Stock Exchange and...

uncertainty shrouds business review regime - news

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

'big six' firms see new dawn for social auditing - news

Heads of the world's six largest accounting firms have called for a radical overhaul of the global financial accounting system to take greater account of social and environmental factors. In...

business urged to ally with NGOs to fight corruption - news

Companies have been urged to make greater efforts to work with non-governmental organizations on tackling corruption in countries with weak governance. Peter Eigen, head of Transparency...

Brandix makes progress on water project - news

Water is to be laid on within three years by Brandix Lanka, Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter, to villages where its workers live. Brandix surveyed its 18,000 employees and found 900 were...

Group set up to tackle Indian quarrying abuses - news

A project has been started in the Netherlands to eliminate inhuman and environmentally undesirable policies among Indian companies supplying natural stone to Dutch businesses.     ...

Capital market campaigning - news

Steve Waygood. Incisive Financial Publishing. 234 pages. Hardback. £85. When Surfers Against Sewage campaigners brandished a giant inflatable turd at the annual meeting of South West Water in...

Asia Energy withdraws after local activism - news

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

Mecu scoops sustainability reporting award - news

The Australian financial institution Mecu has taken first place for the best sustainability report in the 2005 Australia and New Zealand Awards for Sustainability Reporting. The judges...

inbrief - news

SRI specialist Simon Baker has left Jupiter Asset Management after 12 years to run Tideford Organic Foods. Baker was closely involved in building Jupiter’s SRI business, both as a fund manager and...

ICI sets latest five-year targets - news

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

Coca-Cola bridles at exclusion from index - news

Coca-Cola has expressed surprise and disappointment at being dropped from one of the leading SRI indexes in the US. The KLD Broad Market Social Index has removed the multinational drinks company...

ABB fights back on Sudan - news

ABB has hit back at investors and critics concerned at the multinational engineering group’s involvement in business operations in Sudan. The Zurich-based company has taken the unusual step of...

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

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

cancer zone factories defy orders - news

At least 20 factories in the Tianjin area of China, south-east of Beijing, are continuing to operate even though the municipal authorities have ordered them to close because they are creating...

new standards for paper group - news

Stora Enso, the huge Finnish-Swedish multinational paper products group, which has acquired 34,000 hectares of land in China's Guangxi province, is linking up with the United Nations Development...

UN acts to raise standards at tourism and travel firms - news

The tourism and travel industry is to receive United Nations help to improve its performance on human rights. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a UN specialist agency, is creating a...

how CSR benchmark will move with the times - news

The UK’s Corporate Responsibility Index is being refreshed this summer in a bid to maintain its relevance and popularity. EP looks at how it will change for participants Five years is a long...

Sweetening bitter sugar - news

Clem Seecharan. Ian Randle Publishers. 696 pages. Paperback. £25.95 This lengthy but illuminating book is not likely to be on any recognized CSR reading list, but it probably should be. The...

inbrief - news

Nestlé has extended its partnership agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for three years until 2008. Under the agreement, Nestlé will provide...

John Ruggie: a man in search of the ‘sparkling grey zone’ - news

EP talks to former United Nations assistant secretary general John Ruggie about his tricky task of devising a way forward for the UN on business and human rights John Ruggie is clearly...

Alcoa makes reporting debut - news

Alcoa, the international aluminium company, has released its first China Sustainability Report, detailing its environmental, social and economic activities in the country last year and the...

IFC completes long-haul revision of ethical policies - news

Revamped social and environmental standards at the World Bank’s private sector lending arm will come into effect at the end of this month. The ‘performance standards’, made public last month,...

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

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

Singaporean beverage firms act on packaging - news

Seven food and beverage companies in Singapore have committed themselves to help cut the country’s packaging waste. The effort is part of a voluntary agreement drawn up by the National...

tea partnership widens its reach into South America - news

A global alliance of tea-packing companies has expanded its ethical supply chain monitoring into Argentina and Brazil. The London-based Ethical Tea Partnership, which checks workers’...

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

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

soft drinks firms sign code aimed at fighting obesity - news

European soft drinks manufacturers have for the first time jointly agreed voluntary measures to tackle obesity among young people. Members of the Union of European Beverages Associations...

don’t throw the PR baby out with the bath water - news

It’s sensible to be wary of public relations in CSR, but naïve to think you can do without it, says Kate Nicholas ‘It’s just a public relations tactic’ must be one of the most disheartening...

Chinese students scrutinise firms’ charitable and community records - news

University students in China who are considering future employers want to know primarily whether companies make donations and play a part in their communities, reports a new survey by AIESEC, the...

The Better Business Game - news

A boxed game available gratis from alison.garner@bt.com Created by BT to introduce social environmental and ethical dilemmas to business school students, company employees and NGO...

Coca-Cola units join forces to tackle health concerns - news

Two companies that make and market Coca-Cola in the UK are to work together more closely to try to reduce the ‘negative social impacts’ of sugar in their soft drinks. Coca-Cola Great...

inbrief - news

Cafédirect is giving a proportion of the price of one of its coffee brands towards reconstruction efforts in Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Stan. Fifty pence from every Palenque Single Origin...

Severn Trent takes two-tier tack on supply audits - news

Severn Trent, the UK-based environmental services company with a procurement budget of £1billion ($1.75bn) a year, is aiming to ensure that two-thirds of its supply chain is covered by ‘basic’...

CSR school goes to Hong Kong - news

A field trip to look at practical stakeholder engagement is on the programme for this month’s CSR Asia winter school in Hong Kong. The subjects for the workshops at the school include human...

inbrief - news

The National Health Service Purchasing and Supply Agency has been shortlisted for this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards along with Anglo American, BHP Billiton, BP, BT Group,...

big business 'needs to move into aid agenda' - news

Efforts to reduce world poverty will not succeed until aid agencies and governments bring business into the equation, according to the Shell Foundation. Its director Kurt Hoffman, who has...

ICI takes fresh look at its responsibilities - news

Chemicals group ICI has begun a major review of its corporate social responsibility programmes and policies. The UK-based multinational, which has operations in 50 countries and a...

Company Law Reform Bill seeks to foster ‘enlightened’ approach - news

The UK Company Law Reform Bill, published last month, upholds the primacy of shareholders, but says directors need to consider the interests of other parties What stage are we at with...

Wal-Mart finally ties its flag to the CSR mast - news

Corporate responsibility may have won its highest profile convert so far with a dramatic announcement by the much criticized Wal-Mart group that it will step up its efforts to improve its social...

Don't get complacent on SRI, Australians told - news

Australia seems to have lost its understanding of what sustainability and socially responsible investment mean, ethical investors were told in a recent speech by Tessa Tennant, chair of the...

retailers 'need patience' - news

Food retailers need to persevere with sourcing from small farmers in developing countries even if the farmers are not complying with ethical guidelines, the Ethical Trading Initiative has said....

CSR's first lady looks to business for a lead - news

EP talks to former president of Ireland Mary Robinson about the role companies can play in galvanizing governments and society into action on key global issues There are few globally...

key guidelines emerge in new, tougher guise - news

The World Bank's private sector lending arm has issued a revised draft of changes to its social and environmental policies after allegations that it has been trying to water them down. The...

nanotech 'needs care' - news

Corporate risks associated with nanotechnology could soon become a significant socially responsible investment theme, the research firm Innovest has declared. The warning comes at a time...

The sustainability record of Japanese companies takes knock - news

Sustainability performance by business has been estimated to have fallen by 19 per cent in Japan since 1990. The environmental organization Japan for Sustainability (JFS) analysed more than 200...

less talk and more action is key to an engaging strategy - news

For some companies, stakeholder engagement is no longer just a 'nice to do', but an integral part of their overall business approach. A new manual sheds some valuable light on what does - and...

business digs deep to help Katrina victims - news

US companies have contributed millions of dollars towards disaster relief efforts after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. One...

Kraft’s ethical coffee aims to be an instant hit - news

Kraft Foods has brought out an instant coffee for the mass UK market sourced from farms certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Kraft says the Kenco Sustainable Development brand, which went on...

energy sector to collect more CSR data - news

Procurement managers in the utility sector are putting the final touches to an initiative that will require their suppliers to disclose details of performance on issues such as human rights and...

high street store dips toe into 'pro-poor' waters - news

Marks & Spencer is to provide business advice and expertise to entrepreneurs in an effort to improve wealth generation in developing countries. The 'pro-poor' initiative will be carried...

Coca-Cola looks at Indian labour standards - news

Coca-Cola is to examine its labour and business practices in India and Colombia to keep its $1.3million (£730,000) contracts with Michigan University. After allegations by students the university...

bank takes green route - news

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

bank sets up forest programme - news

A programme has been set up by the Development Bank of the Philippines to support and encourage the forestation of open and denuded areas through by establishing high-value fruit trees and other...

time is ripe for corruption and bribery to move into CSR's extended family - news

Are bribery and corruption the poor relations of corporate social responsibility? Their inclusion in responsible business practice guidelines often seems an afterthought. The United Nations...

firms to get Dalits code - news

Companies operating in South Asia are to be invited to sign up to principles that will commit them to tackling discrimination against Dalits, or 'untouchables', who stand on the lowest rung in...

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

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

Thames answers its stakeholders in public - news

The world's third-largest water company has found a novel way of engaging with its stakeholders on social and environmental issues. Thames Water invited 120 stakeholders to submit questions on its...

CSR heads drafted in to shape new policy - news

Three senior CSR practitioners at FTSE 100 companies are among members of a new task force set up by the UK government to make recommendations on sustainable procurement. Alison Ritchie, BT's...

Coca-Cola condemns ‘brand-jacking’ activists - news

Coca-Cola has hit back at campaigners in India whom it claims are causing the company undeserved reputational damage over its use of water supplies in the Kerala region. The company says...

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Coffee shop chain Starbucks has bought Ethos Water, a privately held US bottled water company with a strong record on CSR. Starbucks says it will continue Ethos’s financial support for water...

Coca-Cola condemns ‘brand-jacking’ activists - news

Coca-Cola has hit back at campaigners in India whom it claims are causing the company undeserved reputational damage over its use of water supplies in the Kerala region. The company says...

water companies target young offenders - news

UK water companies Anglian and Thames have joined forces to launch a recruitment programme offering training and jobs for young offenders nearing the end of their prison sentences. The pilot...

tobacco firms test water with project to counter child labour - news

The tobacco industry has begun a pilot programme to eliminate child labour in parts of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan. The two-year $170,000 (£91,000) project, to be run by the...

Philippines government names and shames companies - news

The Philippines government has named 43 companies it claims have persistently failed to observe environmental standards. Six of the companies have been charged with pollution by the adjudication...

From the Executive Director of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia - news

A small point from your recent issue ( EP7 issue 1, p10 ). You describe YTL Power International, the owner of Wessex Water, as a "faceless" Malaysia-based concern. Francis Yeoh, the...

Newmont vote scuppered - news

A resolution calling on the Newmont Mining Corp in the US to review its policies on toxic waste disposal in Indonesia could not be put to the vote at the annual shareholder meeting after the...

Nike uncovers Asian abuses - news

Nike has found abusive treatment in more than a quarter of the South Asia plants producing its branded goods. Between a quarter and a half of the factories in the region restrict access to...

technology aids energy moves - news

Technology is being produced to help Australian companies to improve energy efficiency while protecting the environment. The software will collect and analyse data on a company's use of fuel,...

taking the long view - news

Striking the balance 2004: Wessex Water’s annual sustainability report. 40 pages. ‘Our aim’, declares Wessex Water in its latest non-financial report, ‘is to be a genuinely sustainable company...

firms ‘need each other’ to raise supplier performance - news

More and more companies are realizing they cannot tackle supply chain issues on their own and will have to work on them with their commercial rivals, a leading auditing firm has concluded....

steel sector makes joint effort to report on its impacts - news

Forty-two of the world’s major steel companies have brought out a joint sustainability report on their environmental and social impacts. Sustainability reports produced by an industry sector are...

‘fatigue’ in supply chains needs government tonic - news

The World Bank has become so concerned at the slowing momentum of ethical supply chain monitoring that it is urging governments to become involved. The bank feels many companies’ supply chain...

Laos project gets go ahead - news

Finance for a huge hydroelectric dam in Laos has been recommended by the World Bank advisory panel despite an undercurrent of environmental objection. The total cost of the Nam Theun 2...

CEOs see value of good behaviour - news

Nearly all chief executives in Asia were found in a survey to believe that effective governance, risk management and compliance enhance the value of their companies and give a competitive...

two SRI indexes for Australia - news

Australian investors will soon have two options for selecting CSR performers. Australia’s first SRI index is being established by RepuTex, the social responsibility ratings agency, to track the...

reporting practices are beginning to sort the sheep from the goats - news

With the annual CSR reporting season nearly upon us, now is an appropriate time to ask where social and sustainability reporting is heading. The World Bank’s first sustainability review, reported...

shipping firms sail into new waters - news

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

business needs to open new frontier for the poor - news

The corporate response to the tsunami disaster was heartening, but it highlighted the need for concerted action to help developing nations, says Jem Bendell The Indian Ocean tsunami was...

CSR Academy flexes its wings - news

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

Singapore compact sets targets - news

Profitability and corporate responsibility were recommended as twin targets by a United Nations official at a ceremony held last month to mark the start of the Singapore Compact for CSR, which will...

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

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

growth in litigation ‘could endanger CSR’ - news

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

tea body turns over new leaf in China - news

Ethical monitoring of tea estates in China will begin this autumn as part of increased activity by a socially responsible tea body. Members of the Ethical Tea Partnership, among them Gold Crown...

inbrief - news

A wine industry body in the US has issued a sustainability report on its members’ behalf. The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance produced the report, using common performance indicators...

inbrief - news

A second European Commission white paper on CSR is now expected to be published in March 2005, officials have confirmed. The communication was due to be produced by the end of this year. Anglo...

ethics screening moves into derivatives field - news

The rapidly-expanding credit derivatives market now has its own ethical index. The Ecpi-Credix ethical index is composed of 125 credit derivatives whose underlying assets have satisfied 200...

inbrief - news

Severn Trent raised its community investment to 1.7 per cent of pre-tax profits in 2003/4, up from 1.5 per cent the previous year. The UK-based water and utility group gave £3.7m ($6.6m) compared...

CSR gongs can prove to be a liability as much as an asset - news

There are hundreds of awards open to companies and individuals to win but many are of doubtful value because it is often unclear what they measure As with codes of practice, so with CSR awards....

Thames Water comes clean on lowlights - news

A water company has taken the unusual step of giving as much prominence to the deficiencies in its social and environmental performance as to the achievements. Thames Water’s latest corporate...

coffee giants sign up to industry agreement - news

Four of the world’s largest coffee companies have signed an agreement to improve the industry’s social and environmental standards. Kraft, Nestlé, Sara Lee and Tchibo have agreed to follow a new...

AWG pledges to give more precise data - news

AWG, the UK-based water and infrastructure services group, has been urged to be more precise when producing some of its sustainability indicators. In a verification statement accompanying AWG’s...

business urged to profit from helping the poor - news

An influential business group has given its backing to the growing trend of pro-poor business, under which companies enter new markets among the world’s poor for...

Innovest opens Madrid office - news

Socially responsible investment research specialist Innovest Strategic Value Advisors has opened an office in Spain ‘in response to the growing demand for products...

M&S takes a lead on responsible relocation - news

Marks & Spencer is hoping its move to a new head office in the second half of 2004 could become a socially responsible model for other companies switching their...

electricity and gas delivery company tops expanded corporate responsibility index - news

National Grid Transco has come top of the second Corporate Responsibility Index, produced by Business in the Community. The index, which attracted 14 per cent more...

pulp firm’s plan upsets WWF - news

One of the world’s largest paper companies has fallen out with WWF, the global environmental network, over its new sustainability action plan, which the conservation group...

inbrief - news

CSR proponents have been urged to turn the tables on sceptics who demand to see the business case for socially responsible behaviour – by asking them to make the...

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Promoting workplace safety has been pinpointed by stakeholders of the Borax mining company as the Rio Tinto subsidiary’s single highest CSR priority. The 2003...

Irish sign up to CSR charter - news

Twenty-three businesses operating in the Irish Republic have signed a Corporate Responsibility Charter. The one-page charter, devised by Business in the Community...

supply chain measures are at a critical juncture - news

Ethical supply chain management could hit the buffers because too few stakeholders are involved, a worldwide study has warned. A survey of more than 200 supply chain...

analysts perform better with social data to hand - news

Analysts with access to data on a company’s social and environmental performance make more confident judgments about its economic prospects than those who...

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Andy Wales has joined the water services company Severn Trent as environment and sustainable development manager. Wales was previously at Interface, where he was...

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British American Tobacco has won the stakeholder communication category of the inaugural PricewaterhouseCoopers Building Public Trust Awards. Judges said BAT showed...

future EU member firms weak on human rights - news

Companies in central and east European countries that will shortly join the European Union have a very poor record of disclosing whether they meet international human...

Pennon ticked off for dropping reporting target - news

One of the UK’s leading water and waste management groups has been criticized by its external auditors for dropping a target from its social and environmental report...

Russian companies start push for integrity - news

Three of Russia’s largest companies have helped establish a forum to promote business responsibility there. Alfa Group (financial and industrial), Interros...

second EC white paper on the way - news

A second white paper on CSR is to be issued by the European Commission in November 2004. The EC has decided this will be its course of action after it has received...

pilots start on European framework - news

Dutch multinationals Akzo Nobel (chemicals) and Nuon (energy and water) will shortly begin testing a new social responsibility framework for companies that is funded by the...

UN human rights norms will benefit responsible companies - news

Ask for a lot and hope to end up with a little. That seems to be the negotiating stance taken by the United Nations working group that last month put forward human rights...

nuclear company dips its toe into CSR waters - news

One of the world’s major nuclear energy companies is to implement a full corporate social responsibility strategy by 2008. British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) hopes to have defined...

KPMG lays off staff in tight market conditions - news

Poor market conditions have led to eight redundancies at KPMG’s Sustainability Advisory Services (SAS) group, which gives advice to companies on corporate social...

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City West Water has won the Australian Sustainability Reporting Awards organized by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. The Melbourne-based...

FTSE4Good proposes to tighten criteria on the marketing of infant formula milk - news

Companies that sell infant formula milk and wish to qualify as members of the FTSE4Good indexes are likely to have to show in future that they are strongly committed to...

GRI looks for major growth in use of reporting guidelines - news

The Global Reporting Initiative is seeking to triple the number of companies using its sustainability reporting guidelines within two years. The Amsterdam-based...

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Fire and safety products firm Kidde has produced its first stand-alone corporate social responsibility report. The 10-page document reveals that the UK company’s top 40...

study finds firms with ethical codes are wealthier, more stable and better value - news

Another brick has been added to the foundations of the business case for corporate social responsibility. Large companies with a published ethical code of practice appear...

water firms tap into CSR - news

Some of the largest UK water companies have come together to commission research on how they can improve their ethical performance. The companies have ordered the work...

interest in new index is greater than expected - news

The arrival of the first national index that publicly benchmarks the responsible business practices of companies in different industry sectors has aroused much more interest...

downturn will not hit CSR, say chief execs - news

Less than one in five global company leaders believe the current economic downturn will affect their business’s commitment to corporate social responsibility....

Prince raises bar for companies - news

The Prince of Wales has called on UK businesses to involve a quarter of their workforce in community volunteering. The Prince made his call at a London conference last month...

FTSE 100 firms respond well to ABI guidelines - news

Two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies have made either a ‘full’ or ‘adequate’ response to the Association of British Insurers’ socially responsible...

Safeway flies the flag for UK retailers - news

Safeway has been shortlisted for the latest UK sustainability reporting award. The supermarket chain, currently in the middle of a takeover battle, is the only retailer...

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British American Tobacco has won the KPMG 2002 Gold Award for producing the best social report in South Africa. BHP Billiton won an award for the best combined social and...

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Jiggy Lloyd is leaving her job as group head of environment at Severn Trent to take up the post of director of sustainable development at rival UK water group AWG.

P&G turns CSR into CSO - news

Procter & Gamble is adopting a new approach to corporate social responsibility that places as much emphasis on developing socially beneficial products as on trying to...

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Andrea Oschetti has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainable Business Solutions practice in Hong Kong and China as its manager. He was previously manager of PwC’s UK...

quantify performance and cut the waffle - news

Corporate social responsibility information belongs in the main company report, says Gerry Hagelberg With all the standards, codes, rules, guidelines, benchmarks,...

winegrowers draw up ethical code - news

The Californian wine industry has introduced a code of social and environmental conduct. The voluntary ‘code of sustainable wine-growing practices’ is accompanied by...

50% have plans to be more open - news

Nearly half of multinational company executives – 49 per cent in the US and 45 per cent in Europe – say they have either taken steps to increase transparency in their...

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Richard Aylard has been appointed to the new post of corporate social responsibility director at Thames Water, the world’s third-largest water company. Aylard will report to...

two-thirds now report in Europe - news

Two-thirds of large companies headquartered in western Europe now report on their social and environmental performance in some form, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers....

DJ sustainability index springs some surprises - news

Some unexpected companies appear in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index following its annual review. EP looks at how they got there Three...

firms disregard green risks - news

Most large corporations think sustainability is important to their business, but few take account of the issue when making long-term business decisions or assessing risk,...

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Alex Cutler is moving from the UK-based SustainAbility consultancy to work in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ global sustainability advisory team.

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Water filter manufacturer Zenon Environmental has topped a list of ethical companies in Canada. Zenon was judged the most ethical Canadian company by Corporate Knights, a...

the changing debate ten years on from Rio - news

Business will play a major role in the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, with partnership and accountability emerging as key themes At the 1992...

three more make their social reporting debuts - news

Three FTSE100 companies have entered the ranks of social and environmental reporters with documents covering their operations in 2001. BAE Systems, Cadbury Schweppes and...

Nike works on factory grading - news

A grading system that rates supplier factories on their social and environmental performance is being developed by Nike. The sports clothing firm hopes the system will...

Barclays extends basic banking - news

More than 100,000 people in the UK now use a basic banking account set up by Barclays to help tackle financial exclusion. The bank says the numbers show its Barclays Cash...

‘ethics lite’ SRI funds told to adopt Dutch standards - news

Signs are emerging that a Dutch accreditation standard for socially responsible investment funds could be extended throughout Europe. The voluntary standard was launched in...

Balfour Beatty talks to FoE in wake of Ilisu - news

Balfour Beatty has begun talks with Friends of the Earth on social responsibility issues in the wake of its decision to pull out of the Ilisu dam project in Turkey....

CSR group grows rapidly - news

More than 130 parliamentarians have now joined the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Social Responsibility, which was founded last year by 40 MPs and peers....

European first for Birmingham - news

Birmingham has become the first European city to have its own business charter for social responsibility. The UK city’s ‘Better Together’ charter commits signatory companies...

World Bank ponders role - news

The World Bank has hosted a meeting with senior business figures to discuss its corporate social responsibility role. The bank invited more than 30 high-level...

sustainability targets linked to AWG bosses’ pay packets - news

Senior executives at the water and waste management company AWG are to have social and environmental performance targets written into their employment contracts. The...

French set the pace on reporting - news

The French government has outlined a series of social and environmental indicators that companies must legally report on from next year. In a decree implementing a new law...

financial firms forge ahead - news

A consortium of five banks and insurance companies is to look at drawing up best practice guidelines on social responsibility for UK financial institutions....

Lattice leaps into first place - news

Lattice Group has jumped straight into joint top place in Business in the Environment’s (BiE) sixth annual Corporate Environmental Engagement Index published at the end of...

the EC green paper: some responses on SRI - news

As things stand at present, few investors and companies are working together to develop common ways of assessing corporate ethical performance. As a result, many companies are churning...

Co-op bank makes ACCA shortlist again - news

Last year’s UK social reporter of the year, Co-operative Bank, has been shortlisted again for the latest annual social reporting awards. The bank is one of 13...

the EC green paper: some early feedback - news

The green paper has prompted a large number of submissions from companies and other interested parties. EP reviews a selection of them The consultation period for...

PwC leads consultancies on in-house CSR policies - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has come out best in an analysis of the corporate social responsibility activities of consulting and professional services firms....

RMC deepens its community involvement - news

The building materials group RMC has said it will ensure all its UK operating companies are involved in at least one local education initiative and one community or...

Ikea completes talks on code - news

Retail group Ikea has completed face-to-face visits to all its 2000 suppliers to explain its code of conduct. Ikea says the visits to supplier companies were arranged ‘to...

Kingfisher unveils global CSR plans - news

The retail group Kingfisher has outlined plans to improve the social and environmental performance of its 16 operating companies. The group, which owns home improvement...

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European utility company Suez has signed an accord with the United Nations Volunteers programme to promote the use of its staff as volunteers in developing countries....

green performers get credit this year - news

Companies which have improved their environmental performance over the last year have been highlighted for the first time in the annual ‘naming and shaming’ exercise carried...

old economy companies report better - news

Old economy companies such as car makers are far more likely to publish standalone environmental or social reports than those in the new economy. A...

all party group sets up talks with minister - news

The UK’s all party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility will question the CSR minister about his role at its first meeting this month. The group,...

Abbey issues community report - news

Abbey National has published its first corporate citizenship report. The 34-page document includes sections on the social impact of the UK bank’s products and...

Ladbrokes is declared a ‘good corporation’ - news

Ladbrokes, the betting and gaming division of Hilton Group, and technology company ARM Holdings have become the first two large companies to be given the GoodCorporation...

NGOs told to give firms benefit of doubt - news

Non-governmental organizations must give companies the benefit of the doubt when they make public statements about their aspirations on human rights, an expert in the field...

company law review outlines OFR regime - news

Detailed proposals to force UK companies to publish ‘operating and financial reviews’ (OFRs) that would include an assessment of their social and environmental performance...

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Only half of Japanese firms that produce environment reports provide hard data on emissions, energy use and water use, according to a new study from the US-based...

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The Canadian oil and gas company Nexen and PricewaterhouseCoopers have joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a 150-member organization of...

Kelda opts for web route - news

The utility group Kelda has moved its environment and community affairs report exclusively onto the web to allow frequent updating throughout the year. Anthony...

Nike finds new auditors as PwC unit moves out - news

The company that monitors Nike’s labour standards throughout the world has shut its US-based auditing unit that carries out much of the work. PricewaterhouseCoopers...

electricity sector best at reducing risk - news

Companies in the oil, gas and electricity sectors have been the most successful at reducing the social and environmental risks that affect their business, a new set of...

Foster Back moves to IBE - news

Philippa Foster Back will take over as director of the UK’s Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) next month. Foster Back, who was group treasurer of the EMI group until last...

inbrief - news

Twenty companies have joined forces with Business in the Community to promote corporate social responsibility in the east of England. Arthur D Little, Ford and Lloyds...

the Companies Act and the stakeholder question - news

The UK company law review will publish its final report next month. EP talked to the chairman of the sub-group that considered ways in which the balance of power between...

oil companies unveil social reports - news

Two international oil companies have produced their first social reports in a bid to counter calls for them to withdraw from areas of conflict. UK-based Premier Oil,...

Oxfam ‘walks the talk’ on supply chain ethics - news

Oxfam has sent its 1500 UK suppliers a self-assessment questionnaire in a bid to gauge the ethical performance of the companies from which it buys goods and services....

Indian firms warm to western ideas - news

Indian companies are building on their traditional enthusiasm for corporate giving by embracing western notions of corporate responsibility, according to a new study....

big business urges hotels to go green - news

A number of large US companies are to use their purchasing power to encourage hotel chains to adopt more environmentally responsible policies. The companies, which...

inbrief - news

Campaigners trying to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences entered the grounds of the Yamanouchi Research Institute in Oxford last month, as part of their continuing campaign...

water company ready to go global on volunteering - news

The water company AWG is drawing up plans to extend its employee volunteering scheme worldwide. AWG – formerly Anglian Water – provides water for almost 12 million...

corporate responsibility and the next UK election - news

The last four years of Labour rule have helped to advance the corporate social responsibility agenda. The involvement of business in regenerating rundown areas is emerging...

MPS and lords line up to join all-party group - news

Around 35 MPs and peers have expressed an interest in joining an all-party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility to be launched in the UK after the general...

The Co-operative Bank is best social reporter - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the main prize in the UK’s second annual Social Reporting Awards. The bank was judged to have produced the best social report last year....

clothing company backs ethical trading - news

The Swiss clothing retailer Charles Vogele has agreed to become a ‘marketing partner’ of the fair trade company Amana, which runs the Link label. The...

inbrief - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has produced a free brochure on risk management. Risky Business includes articles on corporate reputation, corporate governance and measuring...

RBM’s caring approach wins plaudits - news

An international mining group has won a sustainability award for community work in a town near one if its mineral operations. The South African company RBM (Richards Bay...

parliament to get CSR group - news

A parliamentary committee on corporate social responsibility is to be launched in the UK after the next general election. The committee will hold hearings on CSR issues in...

Shell heads the BiE Index - news

Shell has come top of Business in the Environment’s (BiE) fifth annual Corporate Environmental Engagement Index. The oil company, which has been under fire in the UK...

advancing the business case for human rights - news

Chris Marsden confesses to being daunted by his latest role. The former head of BP's community affairs team is to take over this spring from Sir Geoffrey Chandler as chair of Amnesty...

inbrief - news

A one-day workshop explaining utility CSR policy for strategy, regulation and sustainability managers working in the electricity, water and regulated industries is to...

Chiquita ends marathon certification programme - news

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

advancing sustainable investment strategies - news

Socially responsible investment funds have made it possible to define broader strategies for sustainable development, says Tessa Tennant Investors have a key...

nine agree to measure impact - news

Nine companies have signed up to measure and report their impact on society against criteria outlined in the recent Winning with integrity report produced by the Business...

Nike releases Latin American audits - news

Nike has posted social audits of 22 suppliers in South and Central America on the internet as part of its new commitment to openness about working conditions at 700 contract...

inbrief - news

Anglian Water’s latest environment and community report has been published on its web site. A summary of the report, which was verified by Enviros Aspinwall is...

utilities companies feature in awards shortlist - news

Four utilities companies have been chosen on a shortlist of finalists for the 2000 UK Environmental Reporting Awards. Anglian Water, Scottish Power, United Utilities and...

Italians work on new standard - news

Seven companies with operations in Italy have agreed to pilot a new international quality standard on social and ethical responsibility. The standard, which is to be...

inbrief - news

A collection of views on the implications for UK business of the Turnbull committee recommendations on risk has been produced by the social and environmental committee of the...

Credit Suisse downgraded over Nigeria involvement - news

Credit Suisse Group has said it is ‘astonished’ at a decision by the Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index (DJSGI) to reduce its rating because of concerns about past dealings...

BiE index criteria given tougher new emphasis - news

Criteria for Business in the Environment’s annual index of corporate environmental engagement have been made more stringent. Survey forms for the fifth BiE Index, which had...

new code for Severn Trent - news

Severn Trent has finalised a code of business conduct that will help guide its ethical policies over the next few years. The UK-based water company’s board recently approved...

inbrief - news

Peter Williams, former head of investor relations at the water company Hyder, has been appointed director of Business in the Community Cymru.  

new package offers aid on supply chain ethics - news

A new CD-ROM package has been developed to help companies benchmark suppliers when managing the environmental impact of their supply chains. The package, which costs...

lack of demand behind dearth of smaller firm reporting - news

Medium-sized UK companies generally have little interest in producing environmental reports because they don't see any demand for them from stakeholders, a new study has...

inbrief - news

Jiggy Lloyd is the new group head of environment for Severn Trent, the UK-based environmental services group. She was previously government and environmental affairs adviser...

United Utilities makes new move on diversity - news

Plans for new initiatives on diversity are to be presented to the board of the energy and water group United Utilities. The proposals will be put forward this month by the group’s...

McDonald's tightens up on animal welfare - news

McDonald’s in the US has given its suppliers until the end of the year to change their animal welfare practices. The fast food chain has told 27 supply companies they must...

Yale professor joins Severn Trent panel - news

Severn Trent has appointed a leading US environmental adviser to sit on its environmental advisory panel. Professor Dan Esty, director of the Yale Centre for Environmental Law...

water company to school 'challenging' youngsters - news

North West Water is helping the UK’s Department of Education and Employment with a project to help truant children improve their school attendance record. The company is...

a sensible business response to child labour - news

New guidelines on how to tackle child labour suggest that the debate about the corporate social responsibility of retailers is now becoming more sophisticated The guidelines,...

engineering firms get to grips with CSR agenda - news

UK engineering companies have designed a blueprint intended to make their businesses more socially responsible over the next five years. The new document, called...

Vivendi opens its account on greenhouse gas - news

The French media, utilities and communications group Vivendi has published its first ‘greenhouse gas account’ outlining its total emissions to the atmosphere. The account...

Nike reveals audits to the world - news

Nike has posted social audits of 53 suppliers in North America and Mexico on its web site as part of a new commitment to openness over working conditions at its 700 contract factories...

new advice for partners - news

European businesses have been offered a ten-point plan to help them develop ‘social partnerships’ with community organizations and governments. The plan, put forward...

Shell and Co-op share social report honours - news

Shell International and the Co-operative Bank have taken joint first prize in the first UK Social Reporting Awards. Runner-up was United Utilities, with the fair trade...

flexible working aids employee retention - news

Companies that develop a flexible working culture are not just practising social responsibility towards employees – they may also be better able to control labour costs,...

Finns win European award - news

The Finnish company Neste Fortum has been judged overall winner of the fourth European Environmental Reporting awards. The oil, gas and chemical group took the first prize...

waste reporting guidelines out - news

Draft guidelines on how companies should report on the waste they produce have been released by the UK’s Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR). The...

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Four out of ten consumers refused to buy products of companies they thought were unethical during 1999, according to a survey of 22,000 people in 21 countries by...

slow reporting progress brings ministerial threat - news

Ministerial warnings about the slow progress of environmental reporting have coincided with a new study that shows UK companies are taking a wide variety of approaches to disclosing...

Severn Trent leads the pack - news

Severn Trent is the best performing company in the FTSE 350 in terms of environmental management and performance, according to the UK’s leading index of corporate environmental activity....

CSR remains on review agenda - news

Lobbying has begun to try to bolster proposals from the UK company law review on environmental and social reporting. The latest proposals from the review, which was set up...

RSA plans new initiatives on ethics in the workplace - news

Three new projects on workplace ethics are to be launched by the RSA Forum for Ethics. The forum plans to look at the role of professional bodies in creating social...

government told to take the lead - news

A major inquiry led by eight of the prime corporate movers on social responsibility has told the UK government it must significantly step up its efforts to promote ethical...

Anglian Water is shortlisted - news

Anglian Water of the UK has been included on the shortlist for the 1999 Environment Reporting Awards, which it won last year. The shortlisted 16 for the awards, which are run by the...

Unocal defends record in Asian trouble spots - news

Multinational oil company Unocal has defended its presence in some of the world’s human rights hotspots with a corporate responsibility report that claims it is making a positive...

Severn Trent prepares to widen its ethical agenda - news

Severn Trent may soon widen the remit of its external environmental advisory panel to cover social and ethical issues. The UK’s second largest water and waste management group is...

new standard maps way forward - news

The first international standard designed to help companies improve their overall ethical performance has been launched by the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability...

corporate reputation and stakeholders - news

A number of software packages have appeared in recent months, designed to help companies manage their reputation by assessing and monitoring their relationships with stakeholders –...

Arthur Andersen moves into ethics consultancy - news

Arthur Andersen has become the latest business consultancy to make a major pitch for advisory work in the corporate responsibility field. The consultancy and accountancy firm, which...

move to boost corporate volunteering - news

A major new initiative has been launched to encourage more UK companies to involve employees in community projects. The Cares InCorporated programme, imported from the US by Business...

inbrief - news

International standards to help organizations develop procedures for talking to stakeholders and reporting on the results will be unveiled at a conference in Copenhagen,...

inbrief - news

A new code of business conduct is to be published by Severn Trent before Christmas. Company spokesman Sam Cohen said Severn Trent Water already had a code, but it was felt it...

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The need for standards of corporate governance 'in a global context' is to be debated at a London seminar on 21 October organised by Transparency International and the...

building group looks for a second opinion - news

Building materials group RMC has invited some of its stakeholders to identify areas where the company can improve its environmental policy. Around 50 individuals and groups have been...

companies lend staff to inquiry - news

Several companies have agreed to second some of their young engineering staff to an inquiry into sustainable development. Anglian Water, Balfour Beatty, London Underground, Railtrack...

Wessex makes organic offer - news

Wessex Water is to offer farmers up to £40 per hectare to convert to organic methods. The utility company says the scheme should help it reduce water pollution from pesticides,...

government inquiry nearing the end - news

The long-awaited conclusions of a UK government-backed committee of inquiry on sustainable business are to be made public within a month. The committee, set up in 1997 with support...

United Utilities fares well in its first ever social audit - news

More than half of United Utilities stakeholders believe the group meets or exceeds their expectations on social responsibility, according to survey results published in its...

RMC tries out emissions guidelines - news

Building materials group RMC has become one of the first companies to adopt the government’s new greenhouse gas reporting guidelines by publishing estimates of how much...

ethical policies are thin on the ground - news

Less than one in 10 of the UK’s largest companies have an ethical policy, according to new research. A survey of 98 of the FTSE 100 companies has shown that only eight have...

Rio Tinto acts on its safety record - news

Rio Tinto has begun an overhaul of its safety procedures after admitting to an ‘unacceptable deterioration’ in workplace accidents last year. The third environmental...

new ethical fund writes to excluded companies - news

Legal & General, one of the UK’s largest life assurance and pensions groups, has written to more than 80 of the largest FTSE companies to tell them why they have been...

business urged to endorse greenhouse gas indicators - news

The vexing question of how to standardise corporate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions has come closer to being resolved, following the publication of official guidelines by the...

water firms will come clean - news

Customers of the four water businesses owned by the General Utilities Group are to be given more information about the environmental impact of their water services. The...

UK top 100 score on green issues - news

The UK’s biggest companies are making significant progress on environmental policies, according to the latest measure of the way they work on green issues. The third...

high salaries anger Byers - news

UK trade and industry secretary Stephen Byers is threatening to force shareholder votes on director salary levels if companies fail to link performance and pay more closely....

banks to get rights code - news

The Amnesty International UK Business Group is to begin work on producing a set of human rights guidelines for financial institutions. Amnesty’s Business Group spokesman Stuart...

market research will test validity of business values - news

Work has begun on a major market research exercise to measure how far public expectations of business behaviour exceed reality. The UK Institute of Directors project, called the...

Södra group comes clean - news

A new standalone environmental report from the Swedish forestry group Södra has admitted that discharges from one of its paper mills have been ‘too high’. The 50 page warts and...

pollution log could be screening tool - news

A new pollution inventory from the Environment Agency is being touted as an ideal information tool for investment screening. The inventory contains information on annual returns...

ethical trading idea given the thumbs-up - news

The UK's Ethical Trading Initiative has proved a success so far, according to a progress check prepared by consultants. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Incomes Data Services say...

responding to the challenge - news

Ethical Performance has invited KPMG, the global consultancy business, to outline a programme of practical advice for companies wishing to quantify, manage and improve their ethical...

company law group looks at ethical agenda - news

The UK government’s steering group on company law will shortly begin renewed deliberations on whether to give directors a legal duty to take ethical matters into...

gas emission marker is a hit - news

A number of FTSE 100 companies have committed themselves to using the government’s forthcoming step by step indicators on greenhouse gas emissions - even though they’ve not...

inbrief - news

Eight major UK companies will be publishing their proposals to the government later this year to enshrine the idea of stakeholder interests in legislation. The committee...

Timms backs disclosure - news

UK pensions minister Stephen Timms has said he will look again at the proposed wording of the government’s draft regulations on the disclosure of ethical investment policies....

environmental reports need new agenda - news

Environmental auditing needs to be raised to a new level, according to judges of this year’s annual awards for environmental reports. The judges’ report from this year’s...

panel to monitor Camelot - news

UK national lottery operator Camelot has appointed a non-executive director backed by an independent panel of advisers to oversee the company’s ethical performance....

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PE INTERNATIONAL brings over 20 years experience in product and corporate sustainability. We are leading contributors to the development of new standards such as the GHG protocol and the CDP and...

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BSD Consulting – business.sustainability.development – is, with presence in Brazil, China, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland a leading international...

Landsec leads the way with science-based targets - reports

The UK’s largest commercial property company creates energy efficiency programmes using the best available science. Tom Idle reports…

Aurora Organic Dairy’s 2017 Corporate Citizenship Report demonstrates its passion for Organic, and how its commitment to Animals, People and the Planet drives its cow-to-carton model - reports

With its support of more than 75,000 acres of organic farmland operated by 100 independent farmers, and 12,000 organic pasture acres surrounding its dairy farms, the leading producer of organic...

Hormel Foods surpasses water reduction goal and has record year of giving - reports

Hormel Foods has launched its 11th annual corporate responsibility report. The report is available online at  https://csr.hormelfoods.com/  and includes information related to the...

Connecticut Water Service Issues Updated Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Connecticut Water Service, Inc. today announced the availability of the Company’s updated 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR). The update demonstrates the company’s progress...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes 2017 Citizenship Report with New Strategic Framework - reports

In 2016, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) introduced the gaming and entertainment industry’s most aggressive carbon reduction targets, secured Triple A scores in three CDP...

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2016 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2016  Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report . The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

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

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

Arçelik to reduce energy use in production by 45% in line with its - reports

Leading global home appliances company Arçelik A.?. has published its 9th sustainability report disclosing 2020 sustainability goals.

ACI Sustainability Report: “Bold Collective Actions” Needed for Transformational Change - reports

American Cleaning Institute Report, “Foundations for Transformation,” Showcases Steps Industry is Taking to Tackle Most Critical Issues

Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa publishes its corporate responsibility report - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to...

Edmond de Rothschild Group Publishes Its 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

The  Edmond de Rothschild Group’s  third  Sustainability report , for reporting year 2016, gives a complete overview of its performance and progress versus its 2020...

Owens Corning Publishes 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

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

Innovating for Balance People - Planet - Profit - reports

Innovating for Balance  covers sustainability management, responsible sourcing, efficient production with environmental key performance indicators, Lenzing’s innovations, key...

Abbott Releases 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Today, Abbott released its 2016 Global Sustainability Report, reinforcing its dedication to helping people live fuller, healthier lives around the world. The report details the company's...

HP announces new social and environmental goals with release of the HP 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Sustainability serves as a guiding principle for how HP does business, fueling the company’s innovation and growth. It supports HP’s vision of creating technology that makes life...

Amgen launches 2016 Responsibility Highlights Report - reports

Our mission to serve patients is at the heart of everything we do at Amgen. Our positive contribution to the world also extends beyond making vital medicines. Each year, Amgen dedicates...

BD Releases 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, today issued its 2016 Sustainability Report.

Nestlé in the U.S. Releases 2016 Creating Shared Value Report - reports

Nestlé in the U.S.’s 2016 Creating Shared Value Report highlights the company’s efforts and achievements in nutrition, health and wellness; environmental sustainability; rural...

CapitaLand Limited publishes integrated Global Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

CapitaLand released its eighth Global Sustainability Report entitled “Building Sustainable Real Estate of the Future”. The report reaffirms CapitaLand’s commitment to...

Just issued: Saipem Sustainability 2016 - Creating long-term shared value - reports

Saipem’s 11th Sustainability Report highlights the company’s constant effort to create value while detailing its efforts to go beyond expectations and, in particular, its...

In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report. - reports

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what 3M accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as...

Fibria 2016 Report: A new horizon for all - reports

Fibria is a Brazilian forestry-based company, a world leader in the production of eucalyptus pulp. The company operates in 257 Brazilian municipalities and exports to 38 countries.

STMicroelectronics publishes its 20th Sustainability Report - reports

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

State Street Achieves Its Environmental Goals Three Years Ahead of Schedule and Details Corporate Responsibility Practices in Annual Report - reports

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced the release of its 2016 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report, which highlights the company’s commitment to corporate citizenship, and...

Caterpillar Highlights Company's Focus on Building Better and Making Sustainable Progress Possible Around the World - reports

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) has released its 2016 Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s focus for more than 90 years on building better – better lives, better...

Barilla 2017 “Good for You, Good for the Planet” Sustainability Report - reports

The Barilla Group has released  its 2017 Sustainability Report. Highlights include Barilla actions to contribute to  people’s and communities’ wellbeing  and...

Eaton publishes a new online Sustainability Report for 2016. We make a healthy planet work. - reports

From our beginning more than 100 years ago, our products and solutions have helped people work more safely, use less energy and reduce emissions. This is what matters most for our employees and...

LafargeHolcim publishes its Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

LafargeHolcim has released its Sustainability Report 2016, which highlights its performance in the first full year of operation and the progress made against its main sustainability targets....

AB InBev 2016 Better World Report; Bringing People Together for a Better World - reports

Anheuser-Busch InBev has published its 2016 Better World Report, which reports on progress against its Better World strategy, which was updated last October following its combination with...

Teck Reports 2016 Sustainability Performance - reports

Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) ("Teck”), has released its 16th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company’s performance in 2016 and progress...

Olam International combines financial and sustainability reporting to highlight importance of creating holistic value - reports

Olam International has merged its Annual Report with its Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report for the first time, reflecting the interdependence of economic, social and...

L’Oréal redoubles the efforts to achieve its sustainability targets - reports

While the consequences of climate change become more and more real, affecting also the cosmetic sector, the L’Oréal Group reports on its targets to significantly reduce its...

General Mills Reports Progress on Global Responsibility Commitments and Programs - reports

General Mills released its 2017 Global Responsibility Report, outlining the company’s approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates.

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2016 Integrated Annual Report, - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2017 its fifth integrated annual report, “Entering the growth era”, which demonstrates the progress made on all aspects of business,...

Special Announcement – 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments full report now available - reports

Today Nestlé published the 2016 edition of its annual  Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value full report . It follows the summary version published on 7 March...

RB Publishes Sustainability Report Showing Good Progress on Targets and Commitment to UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals - reports

RB, the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, today launched both its 2016 Sustainability Report and its Annual Report and Financial Statements.

The Rezidor Hotel Group sustainability report shows forward thinking in Responsible Business - reports

Green leader and hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

Observations for a better world – Purposeful work with valuable impacts for societies - reports

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, published today its renewed sustainability report, “Observations for a Better World 2016”. The publication...

Pfizer Launches 2016 Annual Review Highlighting Commitment to UN SDGs - reports

Today, Pfizer launched its 2016 Annual Review, which provides an in-depth look at all of the ways Pfizer is accelerating patient impact and fulfilling its purpose: to make innovative medicines...

Publication of the 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

Nestlé S.A., today released its annual Nestlé in society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report for 2016.  The report demonstrates how the company...

Monsanto 2016 Sustainability Report Marks Substantial Progress Against Goals - reports

Monsanto Company has released its 2016 Sustainability Report,  Growing Better Together . Highlights include Monsanto’s actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change through...

VisionFund International, Microfinance Network – Social Performance Report - reports

VisionFund International, World Vision's network of over 30 microfinance institutions across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, presents its 2016 Social Performance Report.

Sealed Air Publishes Annual Sustainability Report, Provides First Glimpse Into Progress to Achieve 2020 Sustainability Goals - reports

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) announced recently the publishing of its annual Sustainability Report.  This year’s report chronicles the Company’s journey to achieve its...

Everything’s Connected: Mirvac’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

At Mirvac, sustainability is integral to creating customer and shareholder value. This year’s sustainability report, “Everything’s Connected”, showcases how integrating...

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

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

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Launches Opportunity Initiatives - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has recently launched its new corporate responsibility plan, Opportunity Initiatives. “Opportunity Initiatives demonstrates our intent to create more...

BD Releases 2015 Sustainability Performance Update Report - reports

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Performance Update report.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA Publishes 2015/2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA recently issued its 2015/2016 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report provides an overview of the company’s corporate responsibility...

Amgen’s 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report is Key Element of Company’s Broad Commitment to Social Responsibility - reports

Amgen has launched its 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report highlighting the Company’s environmental sustainability progress. The 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report documents...

Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa publishes its corporate responsibility report, adding a specific chapter on responsible supply chain. - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to...

Jackson Family Wines Announces 2021 Sustainability Goals - reports

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

Kinross Gold Releases Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Kinross Gold Corporation released its  Corporate Responsibility Report , a comprehensive account of the Company’s commitment to sustainable mining and transparency in 2014 and...

Diageo reports good first year progress against 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets - reports

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, this week reported strong progress against its 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets with the publication of the company's 2016 Annual...

Gilead Publishes 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Gilead Sciences, Inc. has issued its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which provides an overview of the work the company is doing around the world to improve the lives of people...

From Connecting Classrooms to Making Smarter Cities, AT&T’s Tech is Driving Change - reports

AT&T has released its annual sustainability update, which highlights the company’s successes, progress and opportunities for the future.   Our world has never been more...

Caesars Entertainment 2016 Citizenship Report: Sustained Progress and Leadership - reports

In 2015 Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) and related entities generated $4.4m of contributed value for every $10m in revenue, according to the company’s seventh annual...

Owens Corning Shows Significant Progress with Reducing Footprint and Expanding Handprint - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) announced significant progress in reducing its environmental footprint and increasing the handprint efforts that advance its positive impact around the world. The...

CA Technologies Achieves Ambitious Carbon Reduction Goal Four Years Ahead of Schedule - reports

CA Technologies latest   Sustainability Report   marks a continued evolution of corporate social impact, from environmental stewardship to broader societal change. The report...

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Unveils New Sustainability Strategy and Goals - reports

Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently published its annual report on sustainability, providing a comprehensive update on the company's efforts and introducing new sustainability priorities...

Marshalls plc: 7th Annual UNGC Communications on Progress Report - reports

Marshalls is the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and...

Gildan Releases its 2015 Genuine Gildan® CSR Report - reports

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

Edmond de Rothschild Group Publishes Its 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

The Edmond de Rothschild Group  has set out its 2020 sustainability objectives and made them public in its second Sustainability Report.

HP Releases 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

HP released its 2015 Sustainability Report today illustrating the progress it is making to support its vision of creating technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere.

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report. The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

3M’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Every day, 3M innovation aims to tackle some of the world’s most pressing areas of concern. The 2016 Sustainability Report outlines 3M’s progress and commitments toward improving...

SABMiller Sustainable Development Report 2016; embedding Prosper into the business - reports

2015 was a momentous year for sustainable development. Now that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement are in place, we are all turning our...

CapitaLand Limited Publishes Integrated Global Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

CapitaLand reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with the publication of its seventh Global Sustainability Report. CapitaLand’s sustainability strategy is encapsulated in its...

Social enterprise from Cameroon wins Creating Shared Value Prize 2016 - reports

At the Creating Shared Value Global Forum in Abidjan, Nestlé announced the winner of the Creating Shared Value [CSV] Prize 2016: Agro-Hub from Cameroon is the new prize laureate and...

AMD Publishes 21st Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today released its 21st corporate responsibility (CR) report and summary magazine, detailing the company’s progress towards its social and environmental goals, as well as...

State Street’s Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights Commitments to Strengthening Local Communities, Protecting the Environment and Promoting Responsible Investing - reports

State Street’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights how corporate responsibility is infused across our strategy. By investing with impact, protecting the environment and making...

ArcelorMittal Publishes Its First Annual 2015 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal is proud to announce the publication of its first annual 2015 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported its corporate responsibility (CR) and...

Arcadis publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

Arcadis (Euronext: arcad), the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets, has published its first Sustainability Report. The report highlights a selection of the...

Sanofi releases its new Corporate Social Responsibility report - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect the health, improve the quality of life, provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7 billion people around...

M&S publishes its 2016 Plan A, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

UK-based retailer M&S publishes its most comprehensive suite of connected value reports.   The 2016 M&S Plan A Report is an annual update of progress against its Plan A...

1st Global Sustainability Report Details Progress of Ambitious Corporate Initiative - reports

C&A announces the publication of its first Global Sustainability Report. The launch of the Report details C&A’s 2015 progress toward the 2020 goals, launched last year. The 2020...

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

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

GM Strengthens Business, Communities Through Mobility - reports

Sustainability Report outlines company’s efforts and results The rules of vehicle use and ownership are changing rapidly, according to GM’s latest Sustainability Report...

Coca-Cola Enterprises releases 11th Annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/ Euronext Paris: CCE) has today launched its 11th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report, providing an opportunity to reflect on CCE’s...

One Step Further to a More Sustainable Business - reports

In 2015, Scentre Group has been focusing on ways to create a Sustainable Business in alignment with its business purpose to create extraordinary places connecting and enriching communities....

Teck Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

Teck Resources Limited ("Teck”) has released its 15th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company’s performance in 2015 and progress towards its short- and long-term...

Panalpina Reports on Sustainability Progress During 2015 - reports

Panalpina has published its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting its approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility and the actions it took during 2015 to provide...

Ericsson Launches 23rd Sustainability and CR Report - reports

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has published its 23rd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, which details the company’s performance in 2015 in three areas: responsible...

Inter-American Development Bank Publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

IDB Invests $3.8 billion in Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change projects

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

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

RB Introduces New Integrated Approach to Sustainability and Corporate Reporting and Raises Key Sustainability Targets Following Early Successes - reports

RB, the global leader in consumer health and hygiene, today launched its 2015 Sustainability Report alongside its 2015 Annual Report and Financial Statements.

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2015 Integrated Annual Report Showcases Focus on Sustainable Growth - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2016 its fourth integrated report, “Refreshing business”, which provides details on all aspects of business, governance and sustainability...

The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its 2015 Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

GSK Publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2015 - reports

Operating responsibly is fundamental to GSK’s strategic priorities. Our success depends on our ability to research and develop innovative products and make them accessible for more people...

CLP Group Publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

CLP is committed to working closely with local governments and communities to facilitate an orderly transition to a low carbon economy.   CLP’s Sustainability Report covers the...

Caterpillar's 2015 Sustainability Report: “What We’ve Built. What We’re Solving.” - reports

Caterpillar Inc. published its annual Sustainability Report today, detailing the progress made in 2015 despite challenging economic conditions. Recognizing Caterpillar’s 90-year history as...

Henkel publishes 25th Sustainability Report - Sustainability targets 2011 to 2015 achieved - reports

Henkel reached the interim targets of its Sustainability Strategy for 2030, set new milestones for 2020 and published its 25th Sustainability Report. The first report was published nearly a...

Publication of the 2015 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

How many farmers worldwide supply directly to Nestlé?  Did the company meet its target for zero waste in factories?  The 2015 report by Nestlé continues the practice of...

Novo Nordisk Publishes Integrated 2015 Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk has published its integrated 2015 Annual Report detailing the company’s year-end performance. The report highlights the company’s progression towards long-term targets...

Stories of Change-Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Stories of Change - Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report Stories change us, stories are changing our world, read how stories are changing Mirvac and then create your own story....

ACWA Power - Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ACWA Power has published a standalone Sustainability Report covering its management and performance during 2014 which accompanies this Report as Volume 2. The Sustainability Report complies with...

Chemical Safety, Transparency, Climate Change Among Top “Critical Issues” Ranked in Cleaning Product Industry Sustainability Report - reports

The American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry’s progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI’s...

BSCI Annual Conference 2015 - The Power of Collaboration - reports

The BSCI Annual Conference 2015 will return this November under the theme 'The Power of Collaboration'. This conference will unite hundreds of large and small companies with NGOs,...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes Sixth Annual Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) is pleased to announce the publication of its sixth annual Corporate Citizenship Report covering 2014 through the first half of 2015. Entitled...

Nationwide Building Society reports on year three of citizenship strategy - reports

Nationwide Building Society is three years into its five-year citizenship strategy and strong progress has been made against the targets it set.

Merck & Co., Inc. publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, recently issued its 2014 global corporate responsibility report. The report provides an...

ICL publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL has been publishing full Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reports since 2010. This fifth report takes a major step forward in its process of building a strong tradition of CSR activities...

Diageo reports 2015 sustainability and responsibility progress as company looks ahead to new 2020 targets - reports

London, 13th August 2015: Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, this week reported strong progress against its 2015 sustainability and responsibility targets with the...

Edmond de Rothschild Group publishes First Sustainability Report - reports

The Edmond de Rothschild Group has set out its strategic sustainability ambitions for the first time at Group level.

Interface EMEA Pioneers Biobased Materials for Carpet Tiles - reports

Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has developed the first ever biobased backing for carpet tiles that has now passed all European performance and quality tests, including low VOCs...

CANARY WHARF GROUP PUBLISHES ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT - reports

“Understanding our contribution to our local and national economies, building positive relationships with our community and protecting the environments we impact, at developments or via...

Citi Releases 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Citi's 2014 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts to enable economic progress in communities around the world.

Teck releases 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

Teck Resources Limited ("Teck”) today announced the release of its 2014 Sustainability Report – covering its performance and progress towards its sustainability goals.

Coca-Cola Enterprises announces most ambitious sustainability targets yet - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/Euronext Paris: CCE) has launched its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report today, including new stretch targets on social and environmental...

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

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

Holcim releases 2014 Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies and has a presence on all continents. With its innovative products and services and a commitment to sustainable...

CDL Adopts Integrated Reporting Approach for Sustainability Report 2015: Making Business Sense of its Sustainability Performance - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) is the first property developer in Singapore to adopt an Integrated Reporting (IR) approach for its latest sustainability report titled “Creating Value for...

Bel Group publishes first GRI G4 "Core" Sustainability Report - reports

The 2014 CSR Report covers all Bel’s material aspects identified after its first materiality analysis conducted in 2014.

RB announces progress towards environmental and social goals in 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

RB’s 2014 Sustainability Report, “A global force in health & hygiene”, published today, highlights the key achievements of its betterbusiness strategy. 

adidas Group presents 2014 Sustainability Progress Report 'Make a Difference' - reports

The adidas Group has published its 2014 Sustainability Progress Report.

L’Oréal unveils first results of Sharing Beauty with All - reports

One year after the launch of L'Oréal's Sharing Beauty with All programme for sustainable development, with ambitious and quantified objectives, the Group has unveiled the first...

Diageo unveils ambitious Water Blueprint - reports

Water stewardship strategy supports company’s expansion in emerging markets. Extends targets to broader supply chain for first time to reduce overall impact on water resources  ...

Ericsson creates positive impact in the Networked Society - reports

Today Ericsson is launching its 22nd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report. By 2020, 90% of the world’s population will be covered by mobile broadband networks. This...

Coca-Cola HBC Publishes Third Integrated Report 'It's Good to Share' on 2014 Performance - reports

Coca-Cola HBC has just published its third integrated annual report. This is the first time it is reporting on all aspects of business, including financial, governance and sustainability...

Nestlé publishes its Creating Shared Value report 2014 - reports

With sales of CHF 91bn in 2014, Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Headquartered in Switzerland, the company employs more than 339,000 people, and...

GSK Publishes Responsible Business Supplement 2014 - reports

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

Henkel reaches first sustainability targets ahead of schedule - reports

Henkel’s Sustainability Report details the environmental and social advancements made by the company in 2014. It highlights the active involvement of employees worldwide and the...

AkzoNobel’s digitally enhanced Report 2014 published online - reports

AkzoNobel today published its integrated Report 2014 online, which includes full details of the company's annual results and sustainability performance. Also available as an iPad app, the...

IKEA Group announces strong sustainability progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2014, released today, shows its People & Planet Positive strategy is on track and delivering good results. Sustainability...

Abbott Publishes Global Citizenship Highlights Update - reports

Abbott is a diversified, global science-based company dedicated to fulfilling the promise of human potential through better health. For more than 125 years, Abbott has continually transformed to...

Diageo commits to new ambitious sustainability and responsibility targets for 2020 - reports

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, today announces 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets, to be achieved by 2020, in three core areas – leadership in alcohol in...

Could you be the next Nestlé CSV prize winner? - reports

Nominations for the 2016 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize are now being accepted. The closing date is 28 February 2015.

Winner of 2014 Nestlé CSV Prize announced - reports

Today, Honey Care Africa (HCA) was announced as the overall winner of the 2014 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize during the global Creating Shared Value Forum, co-organised by...

Nestlé SA and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) invite you to the live webcast of the 2014 Shared Value Global Forum: - reports

“Changing Role of Business in Society” Thursday, 9 October 2014 9:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. (CEST)   Join the webcast!

Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2013-14 - reports

Royal Mail makes a major contribution to the UK’s social and economic infrastructure. As the designated provider of the Universal Service, it plays a vital role in connecting millions of...

Celebrating 20 years of Mission Zero, Interface unveils “THE UNTOLD STORY OF MISSION ZERO IN EUROPE”, by John Elkington - reports

Global modular flooring experts, Interface, were one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability. In 1994, Interface, made a pledge to eliminate its impact on the environment by...

PepsiCo Releases 2013 Sustainability and GRI Reports - reports

PepsiCo, the global food and beverage company with brands like Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana, has released its 2013 Corporate Sustainability and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)...

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

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

ICL's 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL’s tradition of reporting, which began in 2006, continues to develop and improve every year, demonstrating the comprehensive operational strategy for sustainability and corporate...

Holcim publishes 2013 Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies with a presence on all continents.

Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports - reports

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

Coca-Cola HBC, ranked among top three beverage companies in the world for sustainability publishes 2013 Integrated Report - reports

Coca-Cola HBC publishes its second Integrated Report which discusses the company's strategy and performance across a range of financial, economic, social and environmental indicators.

Singapore's Leading Eco-Developer CDL marks Jubilee Year with Triple Bottom Line Milestones - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL), a Singapore-listed international property and hospitality conglomerate, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Located in 25 countries, CDL is aware of the...

GM Outlines Efforts to Transform Transportation - reports

Sustainability report shares progress toward a more sustainable industry.

Colgate-Palmolive releases 2013 sustainability report and progress on sustainability strategy - reports

NEW YORK, NY – Colgate-Palmolive has released its 2013 Sustainability Report titled, Giving the World Reasons to Smile. This annual report details Colgate’s long-standing...

Britvic launches its 2013 Sustainable Business report - reports

In March, Britvic launched its Sustainable Business report, which provides information on its progress and achievements during 2013. 

adidas Group presents ‘2013 Sustainability Progress Report – Fair Play’ - reports

The adidas Group published its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report, an annual overview of achievements and challenges as well as a progress update on its 2015 sustainability targets.

Reckitt Benckiser plc (‘RB’) publishes 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

RB, the global leader in consumer health and hygiene, reveals that the company has achieved a 9% reduction in lifecycle water impact and 7% reduction in carbon footprint per dose of product in...

Full 2013 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report published - reports

Nestlé has published its full 2013 report. “Nestlé in Society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” has been prepared according to GRI’s...

GSK Publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

New Metrics '16 - calendar

This 3-day Sustainable Brands event showcases the macro, corporate and investor landscapes to help your business succeed. Insightful business leaders will be sharing detailed research on macro...

Interface Europe reaches sustainability milestones, achieving 90% carbon reduction - reports

World’s largest carpet tile manufacturer achieves 100% renewable energy, virtually zero water in manufacturing and zero waste to landfill at its European manufacturing facility in The...

Verge Conference - calendar

VERGE is a global event series focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. VERGE brings together a...

Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2012-13 - reports

Royal Mail Group is one of the UK’s largest companies and one of its best known brands. A key part of the company’s business strategy and corporate responsibility strategy is to...

Report highlights sustainability practices and accomplishments with focus on coca farming - reports

Zurich, November 12, 2013 – Barry Callebaut – the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – today announced its 2012/13 Sustainability...

One Young World's Environmental Event - calendar

ACTOR ADRIAN GRENIER, PRESIDENT ALEJANDRO TOLEDO AND CNN’S JENNIFER GRAY CONFIRMED AS COUNSELORS TO ONE YOUNG WORLD’S ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT IN TUCSON THIS SPRING The Premier Forum...

Building Sustainable Agri-Supply Chains - Olam's CR&S Report - reports

Building Sustainable Supply Chains - agri-business Olam International's Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

ESB confirms that it has achieved and exceeded its 5 year target of reducing its carbon footprint by 30% - reports

ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company has released its 2012 Sustainability Report.  The report details the company’s sustainability performance in 2012 and confirms the...

Our Shares Values - BHP Billiton's 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

As part of BHP Billiton’s community commitment, they voluntarily invest one per cent of their pre-tax profit, calculated on the average of the previous three years’ pre-tax profit,...

Brown-Forman Publishes Fourth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Spirits and wine corporation Brown-Forman has published its fourth corporate responsibility report, covering the company’s global commitments to alcohol responsibility, environmental...

Merck publishes 2012 Global Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has released its 2012 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report, available at www.merckresponsibility.com, focuses on...

2016 National CSR Awards and Sustainability Conference - calendar

Join the ‘sustainable business’ debate and leave your carbon footprint at the door! The National CSR Awards includes a full day CSR & Sustainability Conference which...

E.ON publishes its 'All together' report entitled 'Strengthening relationships, building trust' - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its ‘All together’ report, entitled ‘Strengthening relationships, building trust’. The full report, a two page summary and Q&A videos with...

Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. issues 2012 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold provides resources that fuel global growth. Freeport-McMoRan explores, mines and processes metals around the world that are essential for daily living and an...

Discover the new Sanofi CSR tools - reports

Corporate Social Responsibility at Sanofi places the patient at the heart of the way we conduct business. To better showcase our approach and to lead our image and reputation, the CSR Excellence...

Creating Shared Value Forum 2012 - reports

Join our live discussion on Creating Shared Value: the role of business in development

BSCI Annual Conference 2015 - The Power of Collaboration - calendar

The BSCI Annual Conference 2015 will return this November under the theme 'The Power of Collaboration'. This conference will unite hundreds of large and small companies with NGOs,...

BHP Billiton's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton’s first Charter value is ‘Sustainability’. Operating sustainably underpins everything BHP Billiton does. 

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Bentall Kennedy releases CR Report - reports

Bentall Kennedy release CR Report.

Interface launches first bio-based nylon carpet tiles - reports

Global carpet tile maker Interface launch new commercial product.

Could you be the next Nestlé CSV prize winner? - calendar

Nominations for the 2016 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize are now being accepted. The closing date is 28 February 2015. Winners will win up to CHF 500,000 - an investment that...

Coca-Cola HBC publishes its first Integrated Report and tenth GRI report - reports

Coca-Cola HBC – the second-largest bottler of products of The Coca-Cola Company with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 581m people – has published its...

Creating Shared Value Global Forum 2014 - calendar

How can governments and civil society work with business to accelerate sustainable development? What could these partnerships look like? Join us on Thursday 9 October to discuss the...

Reckitt Benckiser's 2012 Sustainability Report unveils water impact footprint - reports

Reckitt Benckiser's 2012 Sustainability Report unveils water impact footprint.

Marks & Spencer publishes its 2013 Plan A Report - reports

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

Bayer Publishes Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

“Innovation & sustainability are the driving force behind our business success.” Dr. Marijn Dekkers, Chairman of the Board of Management, Bayer AG

Procter & Gamble Company Releases Its' 14th Annual Sustainability Report - reports

Today the Procter & Gamble Company  released its' 14th annual Sustainability Report.

IKEA Group reports strong progress on renewable energy, wood and cotton sourcing - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report FY12 shows progress towards the company’s sustainability goals - supporting business growth and benefiting people and the environment.

Carlsberg Group publishes its CSR Report 2012 - reports

Today Carlsberg Group released its CSR Report 2012, consolidating its position as the most efficient global brewer on water, energy and CO 2 .

Nestlé report sets out forward-looking commitments - reports

Best Practices in Community Engagement - calendar

Two day conference in two locations: (10% discount for Existing Subscribers of Ethical Performance with code “EPCSR”) 21-22 April, Sheraton Towers, Singapore;...

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain the Rezidor Hotel Group has published its Responsible Business Report. 

Bacardi Limited publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Full 2012 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report - reports

Full 2012 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report published Report  prepared according to GRI Guidelines, at Application Level A+.

Ceres Conference 2014 - calendar

Sea levels are rising. Severe droughts are hitting many regions of the world, while floods are drowning others. And hurricanes and other storms are more costly and destructive than ever....

Heineken N.V. publishes 2012 Sustainability Report and sets new 2015 target - reports

The report focuses on the Company’s efforts to manage the social and environmental impacts of its business in the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012

Unilever Sustainable Living Lab - 24 April 2013 - reports

The Unilever Sustainable Living Lab is a global online dialogue to co-create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. 

Bel Group publishes its first CSR Report - reports

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

Sustainability Live 2014 - calendar

Sustainability Live 2014 is made up of three interlinking and co-located events – NEMEX, IWEX and ENERGY RECOVERY; which together offer an innovative business environment for professionals...

Anglo American launches it Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

Anglo American today launches its Sustainable Development Report 2012,  “Creating Value with the Future in Mind” . The report details Anglo American’s sustainable...

adidas Group presents its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

The adidas Group published its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report, reiterating its commitment to transparency in sustainability performance reporting.

Colgate-Palmolive Releases 2012 Sustainability Report and Progress on Sustainability Strategy - reports

Colgate-Palmolive Releases 2012 Sustainability Report and Progress on Sustainability Strategy.

RSPO European Summit - calendar

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

CSR Asia Summit 2013 - calendar

How is it possible to grow responsibly, ensure economic development is more inclusive, and make essential products and services accessible for all? Over the past 20...

Sustainable Water 2013 - calendar

Water is vital to consumers, industry and society; it is also intrinsically linked to an over-stressed environment and it is treated and delivered through energy-intensive industrial processes....

Water and Society 2013 - calendar

Following the success of the first International Conference on Water and Society held in Las Vegas in 2011, it has been decided to reconvene the meeting in the New Forest, UK, a National Park...

8th ALCAS Conference on LCA and Carbon Footprinting - “Pathways to Greening Global Markets” - calendar

Life cycle assessment (LCA) has emerged in recent years as a vital tool in meeting the challenges of a greening market. LCA makes the link between production processes used to make products and...

3rd China Green Textile Summit 2013 - calendar

Greenpeace, the international environmentalist group, has pointed out in a report that a number of major textile brands and clothing retailers acted serious violations of environment, which...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: Sustainability Performance summary - reports

Heathrow has published its sustainability performance summary for 2011, providing a snapshot of performance against its commitment to enhancing the airport’s social and economic benefits...

E.ON UK publishes its Cleaner and Better Energy report - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its Cleaner & Better Energy report, entitled Re-setting relationships in 2012

Vodafone publishes its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) publishes its Sustainability Report 2012. The report comprises a summary PDF and an on-line report, giving an overview of performance across Vodafone’s markets.

Smarter Sustainability Reporting - calendar

  Smarter Sustainability Reporting is a must attend event for anyone looking to improve upon the quality and communication of their sustainability report.     Key...

National Bank of Abu Dhabi publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the ‘Safest Bank in the UAE’, has released its 2011 Sustainability Report, entitled ‘Catalysing Change'

Land Securities publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. Entitled ‘Making good progress’ the new report shows how Land Securities views corporate responsibility as being first and...

Holcim its releases 2011 Corporate Sustainable Development report - reports

Holcim, the worldwide producer of cement and aggregates today released its 2011 Sustainability Report.

Fiat S.p.A. publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Now in its eighth edition, this year’s Sustainability Report for the first time also reports on the results of the integration between Fiat and Chrysler, and the shared commitment between them...

Reckitt Benckiser announces Carbon20 results and publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Reckitt Benckiser, a world leader in health, hygiene and home products, has achieved a remarkable 21% improvement in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions per dose since 2007 – beating its 2020...

Coca-Cola Enterprises has published its 2011/2012 CR and Sustainability Report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises released its seventh company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report: “How can a drink build a more sustainable tomorrow?”

Certified Carbon Strategy Practitioner Training, IEMA Approved - calendar

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

Abbott release 2011 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott today released its 2011 Global Citizenship Report. The report demonstrates how the company applies its business acumen, scientific expertise, resources and...

L'Oreal's new sustainable development report - reports

L'Oreal, world leader in Beauty, has published its 2011 Sustainable Development Report in the form of a printable summary in the corporate website.  This section presents the commitments...

Mondi Sustainable Development Report 2011 - reports

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

Nestle's 2011 Creating Shared Value Report receives GRI A+ rating - reports

Nestle believes that for a business to be successful over the long-term it must create value for society alongside value for shareholders. The company calls this Creating Shared Value. Through...

GlaxoSmithKline publishes its 2011 CR Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) new Corporate Responsibility Report reiterates its commitment to operate responsibly, openly and transparently and sets out advances made on this agenda during 2011.

Making Progress Together - Givaudan Sustainability Report 2011 - reports

Givaudan, a leading player in the fragrance and flavour industry, has published its 2011 Sustainability Report.  This has been externally assured by Ernst & Young and confirmed by GRI...

Bacardi Limited Publishes its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Family-owned Bacardi Limited released its fourth annual Corporate Responsibility Report today. The report focuses on the Company's efforts to manage the social and environmental impacts of its...

Umicore's Annual Report 2011 goes on-line - reports

The report offers a fully integrated view of Umicore's economic, environmental and social performance. A new on-line reporting centre enables readers to create their own customized report and...

Caesars Entertainment publish Sustainability report - reports

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

TELUS releases its 2010 CSR Report - reports

TELUS’ 2010 CSR Report provides transparent, balanced and comprehensive disclosure of their combined economic, social and environmental triple-bottom-line performance.

Chrysler releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

Chrysler Group LLC has released its 2010 Sustainability Report, representing the first time the Company has presented its vision for creating a sustainable enterprise, including strategies,...

Boeing issues fourth annual Environmental Report - reports

Boeing has issued its fourth annual Environment Report. While increasing airplane production, Boeing generated year-over-year improvements in environmental performance.

Baxter International releases its 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

Baxter International Inc. released its 2010 Sustainability Report, marking the 12th consecutive year the company has released a report about its social, economic and environmental performance....

Mosaic Company publishes Sustainability Report - reports

The Mosaic Company has completed its second company-wide sustainability assessment and published a sustainability report summarizing progress on key initiatives in the areas of food, water,...

Henkel has published its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Henkel is today publishing its Sustainability Report 2011 simultaneously with its Annual Report at its Press Conference for Fiscal 2011.

IKEA Group releases 2011 sustainability report - reports

The 2011 IKEA Sustainability Report, released today, outlines the sustainability work carried out on a global level by the IKEA Group during FY 2011*, including key performance indicators to...

Briefing on risk/extractives - reports

Ethical Corporation has just put together a free briefing on CSR risk management for extractives industries. You'll receive ten pages of practical case studies and valuable insight drawing upon...

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan - reports

A news update from Unilever

BHP Billiton publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton reduced the greenhouse gas intensity of its global operations by 18 per cent and has exceeded its $300 million commitment to supporting energy efficiency and low GHG emission...

E-Learning Programme on Corporate Eco-Efficiency for Financial Institutions (CEFI) - calendar

1.5 million euros saved after five years by reducing the use of paper, water, and energy. $15 million saved in three years by implementing measures of eco-efficiency in printing. How much could...

Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) E-Learning Programme - calendar

Contaminated land. Endangered species. Water scarcity. Health hazards. So many risks, so many potential losses. Learn to identify environmental and social risk and stay clear of the damage. The...

Fiat SpA publishes its 2010 Sustainability report - reports

Now in its seventh edition, the Sustainability Report provides Fiat stakeholders a comprehensive picture of the company's economic, environmental and social activities, achievements and...

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan News - reports

A news update from Unilever

Heathrow focuses on the economy - reports

Heathrow has just released the latest in a series of sustainability briefings 'Towards a sustainable Heathrow'.  'A focus on the economy' provides an insight into the local and national...

Danisco publishes 2010/11 Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco A/S, a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions, has published its 2010/2011 sustainability report, "Ingredients for a Changing World".  The report,...

Coca-Cola Enterprises Publishes its Sixth CRS Report and Seeks Continued Stakeholder Input on 2020 Commitments - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/NYSE Euronext Paris: CCE) released today its sixth company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report, Committed to 2020: Shaping a Sustainable...

Land Securities Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. In addition, Land Securities has taken this opportunity to launch an updated Responsibility section of its corporate website.

Freeport-McMoRan announce 2010 Working Toward Sustainable Development report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX) announces its 2010 Working Toward Sustainable Development report. This report is in accordance with the GRI G3 reporting guidelines.

International Green Awards - calendar

The International Green Awards™ is the leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation, has now launched for the 7th year. This year, the awards are...

OTE publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading telecommunications services provider in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report on 23 June 2011 at the company's Annual...

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest Responsible Business Report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Responsible Business Report. In 2010 Lloyds carried out extensive stakeholder research into how its many stakeholder audiences perceive the Group -...

Ford publish their 12th sustainability report - reports

Ford's 12th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

British Land publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2011 - reports

This year, British Land carried out a thorough review of its corporate responsibility strategy and activities, commissioning independent stakeholder research, consulting experts, reviewing best...

Environmental Bonds 2012 - Capital markets and the green economy - calendar

Following the success of Environmental Bonds 2011 and 2012 in London Environmental Finance Publications is pleased to be bringing the conference to New York on 23 May.  Attend to review the...

Heathrow's Sustainability Policy and 2010 Sustainability Performance Report - reports

Heathrow has marked World Environment Day 2011 by launching its 2010 Sustainability Performance Summary.  Introduced by Heathrow's CEO, Colin Matthews, the Performance Summary provides a...

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has released its 2010 Sustainability Report.

Join the live discussion: 2011 Creating Shared Value Forum - reports

On May 19, Nestlé and the Atlantic Council will host the 2011 Creating Shared Value Forum in Washington D.C., USA. Panel discussions will focus on the challenges and opportunities of nutrition,...

Abbott Publishes 2010 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott has published its 2010 Global Citizenship Report

Fortum publishes 2010 sustainability report - reports

Energy generating company Fortum has published its Sustainability Report 2010

Nestlé launches 2010 Creating Shared Value report - reports

Nestlé has just published its latest Creating Shared Value (CSV) Report, which, this year, focuses on the company's contributions toward rural development.

IKEA Publishes its Sustainability Report 2010 - reports

IKEA has published its Sustainability Report 2010. The report looks at the steps IKEA took last year in key social and environmental areas, including the fight against climate change, the...

Vaisala publishes its third corporate responsibility report - reports

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

Abbott Publishes 2009 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott has published its 2009 Global Citizenship Report. The report demonstrates how Abbott is applying its expertise in science, public health, technology and...

Call for Entries: Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value - reports

The nomination period for the CHF 500 000 (approx. USD 480 000) Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value is now open. Nominations will be accepted until 30 June 2011 and the Prize will be awarded...

Bacardi Limited publishes 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

Bacardi Limited, the world's largest privately-held spirits company, has highlighted progress made on its social and environmental impacts in its third Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report.

Ethical Corporation’s How to Manage Social & Environmental Risk in Oil & Gas, Mining and Steel Summit USA - calendar

Following successful events in London, Ethical Corporation is pleased to be able to launch in the USA. Designed specifically for the extractives industry the conference will provide in-depth...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on education, employment & skills - reports

The fourth in a new series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week. The latest issue will provide a focus on education, employment...

Your thoughts on water risk - reports

Given you work in corporate responsibility, I'm assuming that water stewardship is a huge issue for your business right now.

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2011 - calendar

Rewarding innovation in corporate sustainability Deadline for entries: 7 February 2011 Is your sustainability initiative leading the way? If so we want to hear from you! The Guardian Sustainable...

Diageo Publishes 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report Online - reports

Diageo, the world's largest premium drinks business, has outlined its sustainability agenda by reporting results and achievements for the past year and setting out targets against its five...

Sanofi-aventis publishes its 2009 CSR Report - reports

Multinational healthcare group sanofi-aventis has published its 2009 corporate social responsibility report

GE releases Annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its sixth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Renewing Responsibilities

Ethical Corporation’s Water & Business Conference - calendar

It’s official. The issue of water sustainability has gone global and big businesses have to face it. No less than 99% of the Sustainability Heads surveyed in a recent Ethical Corp report consider...

Report shows savings convince businesses to dive into water stewardship - reports

Ethical Corporation's new report 'Unlocking the Profit in Water Savings, 2nd Edition' reveals how leading companies have designed their water management strategy, and how water security...

Nexen Inc. publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc., a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2009 Sustainability Report, titled “Responsible Energy Development.”

Danisco publishes sustainability report - reports

Danisco has released its ninth annual sustainability report. The report, which marks a significant transformation of Danisco's sustainability strategy, highlights the company's achievements in 2009.

British Land publishes its 2010 CR Report - reports

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

Coca-Cola publishes its fifth CRS Report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE), the world's largest marketer, distributor and producer of Coca-Cola products, has published its fifth company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability...

Deutsche Telekom publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report, titled 'We take responsibility', claims that Deutsche Telekom is well on the way to adopting an international...

OTE publishes 2009 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report.  The Report details OTE’s contribution...

ESG USA 2010 - calendar

Following the success of last year's event, ESG USA 2010 will bring together top-level speakers from the US and Europe for targeted, practical discussion on sustainable and responsible investment....

Unilever publishes its latest Sustainable Development Report - reports

Unilever's latest Sustainable Development Report outlines an ambitious new vision to double the size of its business while reducing its environmental impact.

Canadian Water Summit - calendar

Water is fast becoming one of the most critical sustainability issues. The Canadian Water Summit is a response to the market need for idea exchange and collaboration between diverse stakeholders at...

Free live webcast of the Nestle Creating Shared Value Forum - reports

A free live webcast of the second annual Creating Shared Value Forum will take place this Thursday 27 May, from 9:45-18:00 (CET).

Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships 2010 - calendar

The 4th in the series, the Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships Summit will be hosted in August 2010 in California, the nation’s top agricultural state. Senior executives from across the industry...

Citi Releases 10th Annual Citizenship Report - reports

Citi has released its 10th annual Global Citizenship Report.

Corporate Water Scarcity Risk Management - calendar

Corporate Water Scarcity Risk Management Summit brings together multi-national corporations, with complex international supply chains, to investigate new and innovative strategies to secure your...

New CSV Report released by Nestlé - reports

Nestlé has published its new Creating Shared Value (CSV) Report 2009, which this year highlights the company's achievements on nutrition, water and environmental sustainability and rural...

Sustainabilitylive! - calendar

Managing resources efficiently has long been a key driver for businesses, and with continually increasing pressure for improving environmental performance combined with the demands of an economic...

Heineken: Sustainability Report 2009 published - reports

Heineken, one of the world's great brewers, has published its 11th sustainability report, outlining the company's performance in building a sustainable future.

BP's 2009 Sustainability Review - reports

BP launches its Sustainability Review 2009

UTC Publishes Second Integrated Report - reports

United Technologies Corporation Publishes Second Integrated Annual and Corporate Responsibility Report.

B4E, the Business for Environment Global Summit - calendar

B4E, the Business for Environment Global Summit is the world's leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment. The summit addresses the most urgent...

Outokumpu's 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Outokumpu has published its 2009 corporate responsibility report.

Henkel: Sustainability Report 2009 published - reports

Henkel is today publishing its Sustainability Report 2009 simultaneously with its Annual Report at its Press Conference for Fiscal 2009.

Water Footprinting & Availability Risk Management 2010 - calendar

The first event to focus on practical solutions for assessing and managing water availability risk, within regional contexts (US and global) and specific to either agriculture or industrial...

The Emerging Green Economy - calendar

"Suddenly the green shoots of a 'New Green Economy' are everywhere … so will they take root, or burn off? The environment has featured in government stimulus responses to the global recession, and...

UNEP FI 2009 Global Roundtable 'Financing change, Changing finance' - calendar

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable is the largest global conference exploring sustainable finance and responsible investment. From 22-23...

Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement - calendar

What works and what doesn’t work when companies engage with stakeholders on sustainability? Find out this September 14-15 in NYC at Sustainability Stakeholder Engagement . This event offers...

Action for a Sustainable America - calendar

Action for a Sustainable America takes place June 10-11 in Seattle and will bring together leaders in corporate sustainability to examine how they are using sustainability to redefine corporate...

Procter & Gamble releases 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

The report outlines P&G's progress in improving the environmental profile of products and operations and delivery of several new, sustainable product innovations.

Engaging in the Policy Process for Sustainability - reports

Global management consultancy Arthur D. Little has produced a new report, 'Optimizing Involvement in the Development of Sustainability Related Public Policy'.

Diageo publishes Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Diageo, the global premium drinks business, has published its seventh corporate citizenship report, detailing what it is doing to build a sustainable business.

Puma issues its fifth sustainability report - reports

Multinational sports clothing company Puma has taken the unusual step of issuing its fifth sustainability report in online format only – to reduce its environmental impact.

Danisco publishes its 8th Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco has published its eighth annual sustainability report, entitled "Responsibility in life and in business"

Monsanto Releases 2008-09 CR and Sustainability Report - reports

Monsanto Company has released its 2008-2009 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report

GE releases Fifth Annual Citizenship Report - reports

Today, GE released its fifth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Resetting Responsibilities.  The 2008 report covers GE’s worldwide operations for the 2008 fiscal year and reviews GE’s...

The IKEA Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

The IKEA Sustainability Report 2008 is now available on the Swedish home furnishing company’s website.

OTE publishes 2008 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - Our Future Works. Despite a challenging business and economic climate, Ford Motor Company...

L'Oreal publishes its 2008 report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2008 Sustainable Development Report.

Down to earth 2008 - calendar

This two day conference, running Friday October 31 to Saturday November 1, builds on the success of the conversations started at our first conference – The next great transformation - with the Eden...

Abbott releases 2008 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The global health care company Abbott has released its 2008 Global Citizenship Report, entitled "Advancing Innovation" .

BAA's 2008 corporate responsibility report - reports

BAA's 2008 corporate responsibility report has been launched this week. The report says that with the ever-increasing scrutiny of the aviation industry's impact on society, BAA's license to...

The water and business summit 2008 - calendar

Is water a risk to your business? Chances are, the answer is 'yes'. Water scarcity is becoming ever more apparent. By 2025, JP Morgan predicts that major economies including the...

Nexen Inc's 2008 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc, a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2008 Sustainability Report, titled “Balance.”

International seminar on business and human rights - calendar

The Business and Human Rights International Seminar will be the largest business relevant event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event will be...

British Land Publishes 2008/09 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

British Land has published its Corporate Responsibility Report 2008/09

The 3rd annual ethical supply chain summit - calendar

Working toward an ethical – and sustainable - supply chain that makes good business sense The Ethical Supply Chain Summit 2008 is the largest in a long line of ethical procurement and sourcing...

SEGRO publishes Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

SEGRO publishes its Sustainability Report 2008.

H&M releases Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz, the Swedish clothing retailer, has published its Sustainability Report for 2008.

Nestlé's 2008 Creating Shared Value Report - reports

Nestlé's 2008 Creating Shared Value report – ‘Nutritional Needs and Quality Diets’ - has just been published. 

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

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

Procter & Gamble Increases Sustainability Goals - reports

Procter & Gamble has increased its established set of corporate sustainability goals for 2012.

The Procter & Gamble Sustainability Report 2004 - reports

Procter & Gamble's newly-published Sustainability Report describes the company's work around the world over the past year in three areas - environmental protection, social responsibility, and...

Procter & Gamble's 2005 Sustainability Report - reports

Procter & Gamble has published its 2005 Sustainability Report.

The Rio Tinto Sustainable Development Review - reports

For the sixth year in a row, significant improvements in safety performance are picked out in Rio Tinto's newly released Sustainable Development Review

Business in the Community's Annual Conference - calendar

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre In association with BT, Company of the Year 2007 Discover what businesses need to exist in tomorrow's marketplace. Keynote insights and predictions from:...

British Land launches online CR Report - reports

British Land launches its 2007 CR report online.

Lafarge's latest Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge, the building materials giant, has outlined its progress on social and environmental issues in its latest Sustainability Report.

The Times Responsible Business Conference - calendar

How to succeed by placing social goals at the heart of corporate identity in the workplace and the community. With keynote addresses from Trevor Philips , Chair, Commission for Equality...

H&M produces 2005 CSR report - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, the Swedish-based clothing retailer, has outlined the successes and challenges relating to its social and environmental responsibilities in its CSR Report for...

Henkel produces Sustainability Report - reports

Latest figures released by Henkel suggests that it is possible to grow a business successfully while simultaneously improving its social and environmental performance.

One Planet Leaders - calendar

WWF International and Exeter University Centre for Leadership Studies bring you an exciting new sustainability programme for business managers. The programme is a three-month programme Explore...

GLOBE 2008 International Conference and Trade Fair - calendar

"Accelerating business & sustainable development strategies" This series of events is dedicated to bringing together professionals from the environment sector. Every two years, corporate...

Motivate Internal And External Audiences With Engaging Environmental Messages - calendar

A one-day conference by The ENDS Report More companies then ever are realising the benefits of going ‘green’; not only as a social responsibility target but as a real way to engage their...

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) 2007 Global Roundtable - calendar

‘Awareness to Action’: Sustainable finance for today's global markets The UNEP FI 2007 Global Roundtable, the event that sets the sustainable finance agenda for the coming years, is heading...

Implementing Sustainable Procurement Conference - calendar

Moving from Strategy to Practical Implementation in the Private and Public Sectors Conference summary As sustainable procurement practices gradually take hold in the public sector, the...

L'Oreal's 2005 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2005 Sustainable Development Report, available in pdf and hard copy

L'Oréal publishes its 2006 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2006 Sustainable Development Report, available in pdf and hard copy form

B4E - Global Business Summit for the Environment - calendar

The world environment is at a tipping point. After years of debate it is now clear and agreed that mankind, rapid economic growth and industry are the major contributing factors to global warming...

The Novo Nordisk Annual Report 2005 - reports

Novo Nordisk has issued its second integrated Annual Report covering both financial and non-financial performance in 2005.

Novo Nordisk publishes integrated Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk's Annual Report, which has just been published, confirms the Danish pharmaceutical company's position as a global leader in voluntary corporate reporting.

Severn Trent Plc launches 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Severn Trent Plc, a leading provider of water, waste and environmental services, has published its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Executive Forum: CSR and Sustainable Tourism - calendar

Tourism: one of the world's largest industries, sells dreams and relaxation yet hides a darker side of greedy development, local exploitation, water wastage and pollution. Should we ignore...

Severn Trent releases 2004 report on Stewardship - reports

To coincide with the release of its latest corporate responsibility report, Severn Trent has expanded its online coverage of this area of its work.

Titan Cement's latest Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report - reports

Greek cement group Titan has just issued its latest Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report, which has been produced according to Global Reporting Initiative principles and...

Bayer Sustainable Development Report 2005 - reports

Multinational chemicals and pharmaceuticals business Bayer has reported further reductions in emissions, despite higher production volumes.

TBLI Conference 2007 - calendar

TBLI is the world's largest annual international learning and networking event on sustainable investment. During the two-day event, the latest developments on screening, auditing, reporting, SRI...

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2004 focuses on how the bank manages social, environmental and reputational issues through its core business of providing financial services.

The Singapore Sustainability Academy launches as training and networking hub - bestpractice

Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA), a major training and networking hub dedicated to achieving a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future, opened in June.   ...

Bringing resources to bear to improve global health - bestpractice

Pfizer believes its business and societal missions are the same: to ensure that all individuals everywhere have access to quality medicines, vaccines and healthcare, and the opportunity to lead...

SABIC finds profit in good practice - bestpractice

The Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) cuts carbon emissions by recycle CO2. Miranda Ingram reports…    Global petrochemical giant SABIC is celebrating...

The Nestlé Water Management Report - reports

Nestlé has produced a review of the company's thinking and initiatives on the sustainable use and protection of water resources worldwide.

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

Fyffes’ CR policies apply best practices that improve business performance — and support employees. Miranda Ingram reports…    It should be a given by now...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

It should be a given by now but is nevertheless worth repeating: good corporate social responsibility is win-win. It doesn’t just protect stakeholders but profits the company too, not...

UBS invests in sustainability for financial and societal return - bestpractice

Banking came into its own in the first industrial revolution. Banks were the intermediaries between the people with money and the ideas and opportunities of the community they served. Now,...

Raising the bar for community impact - bestpractice

Founded in 1976 by royal decree and 70% government owned, Riyadh based SABIC is already one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturers with over 40,000 employees working in 50...

UTC Integrates annual financial and corporate responsibility reporting - reports

United Technologies Corp., which provides high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries, has become the first of the 30 Dow Jones industrial companies to publ

Digging deep to ensure a greener legacy - bestpractice

We’ve adorned ourselves with it for thousands of years and its very existence made pirates dizzy with greed. Its applications range from micro-circuitry and medical products to the coating...

Barilla’s onto a good thing with sustainability strategy - bestpractice

Right from the start, the Italian food company Barilla has combined the achievement of economic goals with social commitments to the areas in which it operates. Knowledge of social and economic...

Barilla's onto a good thing with sustainability strategy - bestpractice

Right from the start, the Italian food company Barilla has combined the achievement of economic goals with social commitments to the areas in which it operates. Knowledge of social and economic...

A new lease of life for sustainability - bestpractice

Singapore-based property and hotel conglomerate, City Developments Ltd (CDL), has been leading the way in environmentally-responsible real estate since the mid-1990s when it adopted its...

Ford releases first Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company's first Sustainability Report, Our Route to Sustainability, is now available.

Turning biomass into the height of fashion - bestpractice

Steam is essential for clothing and textile giant Gildan, a constant - and hitherto costly - supply of steam to heat the company’s knitting, bleaching, dyeing, finishing and cutting...

Ford Motor Company publishes its eighth sustainability report - reports

For a more sustainable future, Ford Motor Company's eighth sustainability report, is now available

Making a splash in water stewardship - bestpractice

It’s a good ten years since Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe joined those who believe that, if nothing is done, we are likely to run out of water before we run out of oil....

The Thames Water Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Thames Water Utilities Ltd, which provides water services to over 13 million customers in the Thames Valley, including London, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report detailing the...

Missing Links: next-generation sustainable supply chains - calendar

noon to 2pm Pfizer Inc. is hosting this luncheon panel in support of Women's Network for a Sustainable Future, with speakers from Pfizer Inc., Time Inc. and PriceWaterhouseCoopers....

Turning biomass into the height of fashion - bestpractice

Steam is essential for clothing and textile giant Gildan, a constant - and hitherto costly - supply of steam to heat the company’s knitting, bleaching, dyeing, finishing and cutting...

Cafedirect and Hurricane Stan - reports

Cafédirect is donating a proportion of the price of one of its coffee brands to help reconstruction efforts in Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Stan.

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Coca-Cola produces its first Corporate Responsibility Review for Great Britain - reports

For the first time, Coca-Cola has produced a Corporate Responsibility Review covering its operations in Great Britain. The Review provides an overview of how the Coca-Cola system is run in Great...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Building up a greener real estate industry - bestpractice

The Republic of Singapore is a highly urbanised state and much of its original vegetation has disappeared, though it still harbours a wide range of biodiversity. So, to preserve and improve its...

Ensuring the environment doesn’t go up in smoke - bestpractice

How do you persuade your suppliers in 20 countries to respect their environment and live in peace with their neighbours? A business tool known as the Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity...

Holcim awards for sustainable construction - reports

Results of the regional Holcim Awards competition for Sustainable Construction for Europe have been announced in Madrid.

Getting up a thirst for evolving partnerships - bestpractice

Like all water companies operating throughout the UK, Yorkshire Water knows the value of water. They supply around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water every day to the Yorkshire region, and...

Getting up a thirst for evolving partnerships - bestpractice

Like all water companies operating throughout the UK, Yorkshire Water knows the value of water. They supply around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water every day to the Yorkshire region, and...

Rio Tinto has published its 2007 Sustainable development review - reports

The online report outlines a number of practical programmes implemented by the mining and metals company.

Diageo launches Water of Life evaluation report - reports

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, has published a report detailing the impact of the water and sanitation projects it funds in Africa.

Swinging into top gear - bestpractice

Companies that buck the trend in today’s climate of cuts and austerity stand out in the crowd. The British vehicle maker Jaguar Land Rover has recorded growth while most businesses...

The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Report - reports

Nestlé has launched the company's first Creating Shared Value report, including new figures on the impact of its business activities on the environment and society across the world.

Developing the co-operation concept - bestpractice

Employees like to work in companies that act with a social and environmental conscience and play a part in preserving the natural world around them. The mobile phone maker Nokia found in...

Molson Coors makes online reporting debut - reports

Molson Coors Brewing Company, a leading global brewer with 350 years of brewing heritage, has launched a website communicating its corporate responsibility commitments round the world.

Cutting the carbon legacy - bestpractice

Altered environmental attitudes in the construction industry must be among the biggest changes seen in business. Today’s approach of the multinational Swedish construction company Skanska...

Diageo in Africa corporate citizenship overview 2008 now available - reports

Diageo has released its Africa Corporate Citizenship Overview 2008, which gives a flavour of what the business has been doing in Africa on areas such as water, developing skills, local sourcing, enc

African business schools become new CSR frontier - bestpractice

How do you convince company executives, as well as government and other officials in developing countries, that suppliers should have the same commitment to sustainability and responsible...

Nestlé has launched the company's first Creating Shared Value report - reports

Nestlé has launched the company's first Creating Shared Value report, including new figures on the impact of its business activities on the environment and society across the world.

A winning formula built on trust and integrity - bestpractice

We live in a carbon-constrained world. While international and domestic legislation may move slowly, cities can act more quickly, implementing tangible changes towards the goal of sustainable...

Creating shared values - bestpractice

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and nutrition company, has been involved in rural development in emerging countries since the 1920s. At that time, the Swiss giant built factories...

Anheuser-Busch Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Global Leader in Responsibility Highlights Key Performance Data in Alcohol Awareness, Environment, People, Community, Accountability

Grow trust, keep it simple - bestpractice

Other than, perhaps, nuclear power stations and government arms depots, there can be few more regulated places to work than an airport. Everything from aircraft parking charges to incentives on...

Arthur D. Little releases water management report - reports

A new report from global management consultancy Arthur D Little warns businesses that merely adopting a reactive response to water management can damage corporate performance.

Procter & Gamble Releases 10th Annual Sustainability Report - reports

Procter & Gamble has released its 10th annual sustainability report.

incentivizing change - bestpractice

National Grid's vision statement leaves little room for ambiguity. The UK-based power company has set its sights on no lesser challenge than 'safeguarding our global environment for future...

thinking about energy - bestpractice

From a climate change perspective, no form of transport that relies on fossil fuels is a good idea. In the UK, one third of greenhouse gas emissions derive from the transport sector alone. The bulk...

PepsiCo UK and Ireland publishes Environmental Sustainability Report - reports

PepsiCo UK and Ireland (PIUK), the company behind brands such as Tropicana, Walkers and Quaker, has published its first Environmental Sustainability Report.

making inquiries - bestpractice

A decade ago, British American Tobacco found itself in a bind. Progress on key sustainability challenges was almost non-existent, the industry's image was faltering badly, and stakeholder trust in...

advancing sustainability - bestpractice

At Chagres, a settlement near the town of Llay Llay, 100km (63 miles) north of Santiago in Chile, huge machines feed more than half a million tonnes of concentrate into a smelter that turns out...

signing up for change - bestpractice

Despite tough economic conditions, climate change remains high on the agenda for most corporate boards. But the problem facing many companies is how to engage and involve suppliers in measuring,...

GE releases fourth annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its fourth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Investing and Delivering in Citizenship .

Kimberly-Clark publishes 2007 Sustainability Report - reports

Kimberly-Clark has published its 2007 Sustainability Report.

bearing fruit - bestpractice

Diners at the Bluewater retail park in Dartford, UK, could be forgiven for executing a double take as they eat. Beside the food court sits an unusual vending machine. Instead of dispensing bottled...

a matter of principle - bestpractice

Most companies that take sustainability seriously strive to integrate responsible business principles right across their organization rather than allowing them to exist only within the confines of...

fuelling the debate - bestpractice

Cement is an energy intensive business that is responsible for five per cent of all man-made carbon dioxide emissions. It’s not hard to see why: to make it you need to heat a kiln to almost 1500...

L'Oréal releases its 2007 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2007 Sustainable Development Report.

Business and human rights - calendar

Businesses are expected to conduct operations with responsibility and accountability to wider society. A human rights framework provides a systematic and rigorous approach to identifying and...

digging deep - bestpractice

When Xstrata Copper won a concession to develop the Apurímac region of Peru, it secured what could turn out to be one of the country’s most important mining deposits. It also inherited what could...

reaching for the sky - bestpractice

Whatever your take on modern urban architecture, you can’t help but be impressed with HSBC’s new headquarters in Mexico City. Four years in the making, its 36 floors of glistening steel and glass...

The Colgate-Palmolive online Sustainability Report - reports

Colgate-Palmolive has just published its online sustainability report.

building a new approach - bestpractice

A smiling Christine Tona beams out from the front cover of British Land’s employee newsletter. An events manager at Broadgate Estates, one of its subsidiaries, she is the inaugural winner of the...

The Henkel Sustainability Report 2007 - reports

Henkel's newly published Sustainability Report 2007 shows that 'significant' progress has been made towards the company's sustainability goals since 2003.

managing sustainability - bestpractice

United Utilities has partnered with government agencies and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in an ambitious scheme to ensure the quality of its drinking water while benefiting...

thinking outside the box - bestpractice

As a packaging company, Tetra Pak UK is subject to consumer and regulatory pressure on its environmental record. It has therefore put in place measures to reduce its overall impact on the...

P&G's 2005/2006 Sustainability Report - reports

Procter & Gamble has published its seventh Sustainability Report, the first since its merger with Gillette. One of the key focus areas is the company's work on safe drinking water.

Coca-Cola Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07 for Great Britain - reports

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) have released their joint Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07, covering the operations of both businesses within Great Britain.

Diageo's fifth corporate citizenship report - reports

Diageo has just published its fifth corporate citizenship report, in which it looks at its achievements over the past decade and looks at how it will be tackling the challenges ahead.

Sustainability in Practice - books

As a leader today you are expected to integrate sustainable practices into the everyday operation of your organization.   Your team, your customers, the politicians, the share holders, your...

BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP - bestpractice

Rio Tinto has partnered with 14 non-governmental organizations to help realize its policy objective of putting the group’s global operations on...

SETTING UP A CODE OF CONDUCT - bestpractice

The Severn Trent Group has developed a clear set of principles to guide the conduct of its business. The environmental services group has also put in place management...

ROLLING BACK MALARIA - bestpractice

National Grid has committed itself to tackling a disease that kills more than one million Africans every year and has the potential severely to affect the health of...

DOING THE RIGHT THING - bestpractice

RMC Group is giving a large area of quarry land near the Florida Everglades to a university with an international reputation for wetlands research. The site will become...

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - bestpractice

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

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