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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...

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?  ...

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

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

Walmart steps up certification of responsible sourcing of seafood - news

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

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...

Mars, Tesco, Vinci and GE Join Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment - news

By Brian Collett — Four large companies have signed up to the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, an international business alliance campaigning to eliminate fees imposed on...

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...

M&S to tackle unemployment, skills shortage, and poverty around the UK - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to tackle unemployment, skills shortages and poverty in 10 areas around the UK, as part of a new community...

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...

Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition - news

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

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...

What types of businesses benefit from using a cardboard baler? - news

Guest column by QCR  — Essentially, any business that produces waste cardboard could be in a position to warrant a cardboard baler. Balers are manufactured in different sizes and...

EU calls for ban on vegetable oils in biofuel - news

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

Premier Inn and Lidl support sustainable seafood - news

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

Mars and Nestlé take steps to clean up their seafood supply - news

By Gina-Marie Cheeseman — Mars and Nestlé recently announced that they will take steps to ensure their pet food supply chains are free of illegally caught seafood and human rights...

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

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

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

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

Hellmann’s hits egg-free target three years early - news

By Brian Collett — The Hellmann’s food company has hit its target of using only eggs from cage-free hens in all its mayonnaise and other dressings sold in the US – three years...

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...

Sky educates UK consumers about marine trash - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Beach and sea litter is made up of discarded objects, mainly plastics, such as single-use bags and straws that wash up along coastal environments.   ...

UK VCs focus on ESG-driven investments - news

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

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.   ...

UK Soil Association hosts discussion on good food in the workplace - news

By Antonio Pasolini — For several decades, practicality trumped health when it came to food choices, with disastrous consequences on human health, including soaring rates of obesity, heart...

Companies Vs. Climate Change issues call to action - news

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

Subway signs on to responsible tuna sourcing - news

By Brian Collett — Subway, regarded as the world’s largest fast food company, has joined the global organisation that promotes responsible tuna fishing.    The...

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

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

Stop Slavery Network formed by hotel industry - news

By Brian Collett — Hoteliers in the UK have combined to stamp out modern slavery throughout their industry. The Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network has been formed to tackle the risks...

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

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

Tax authority collects £3bn from avoiders - news

By Brian Collett — The UK tax authority HM Revenue & Customs has collected a total of £3bn ($3.64bn, €3.32bn) in two years from users of avoidance schemes.   ...

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...

Government support for sustainability is “utterly pathetic”  - news

Interview with Jonathon Porritt, founder of Forum for the Future, by Tom Idle   He may not like to describe himself as a ‘greenie’ – not least because his work...

New call for sustainable sourcing of palm oil - news

By Brian Collett — An international group of scientists, food manufacturers, nutritionists, NGOs and policymakers has urged all farmers to produce palm oil in an environmentally...

Companies alerted to human trafficking by RepRisk report - news

by Brian Collett — Companies are told in a new report to investigate their supply chains more robustly so that they avoid profiting from the human trafficking that now locks in nearly 21...

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...

Sustainable packaging regulation for Singapore companies - news

by Vikas Vij —  As urban populations grow and become more densely packed, major cities around the world struggle to manage packaging waste. Reducing packaging waste is a part of a...

UK food charities face real challenges in feeding the most vulnerable - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Neighbourly, the social network for social good reveals in its latest survey that 218 UK food charities face real challenges in helping to feed society’s most...

Many UK families find it tough to afford a standard of living - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The Prince’s Charity In Kind Direct, an organisation dedicated to redistributing donated goods to thousands of charities across the UK, is reporting a sharp...

Food labelling transparency links supply chain and consumer - news

by Elisabeth Jeffries — A social media campaign swept across the planet in 2010, clamouring for a halt to the use of palm oil in Kit Kats. Six years on, manufacturer Nestlé now...

The other “B” word — not Brexit or Boris, but British bees - news

by Sangeeta Haindl —  Organic food UK home delivery service Abel & Cole has welcomed 60,000 honeybees to its offices in Wimbledon as part of its commitment to educating people...

Designing the future: the Creative Conscience Awards - news

by Adam Woodhall — The communicators and creatives who will help design and mould the future gathered overlooking the Thames in London for the 2016 edition of the Creative Conscience...

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...

UK food charities struggle to feed people in need - news

Neighbourly, the social network for social good, has published the results of a survey of charities and volunteer organisations across the UK which regularly distribute surplus food to those in...

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

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

Local is everything - news

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

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

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

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...

From farmers to financiers: investors have begun to see farm animal welfare as a significant risk - news

By Leah Garces, USA Executive Director for Compassion in World Farming — Earlier last month in New York, a meeting took place that would have seemed implausible only a few years ago....

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 ,...

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...

Is CSR Dead? A Challenge at the National CSR and Sustainability Conference - news

By Adam Woodhall At the first National CSR & Sustainability Conference , held in London last month, the provocative question "Is CSR dead?" was posed. The question was...

Coca-Cola UK invests £56mn to build sustainable food systems - news

By Vikas Vij —The food and drink industry can take a number of actions to achieve its vision of building sustainable food systems. These include identifying the flow of materials and...

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...

PYXERA Global executives to present at 15th Responsible Business Summit - news

Top PYXERA Global executives will be among the 55+ speakers at the 15 th Responsible Business Summit, presented by Ethical Corporation, to be held in London June 7-8. Deirdre White,...

Grocery chains innovate to reduce food waste - news

By Brian Collett - Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket group, has become the latest retailer to offer leftover food from its stores to charity. Its aim is that by the end of next year,...

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...

Grocery companies switching to cage-free eggs - news

by Brian Collett Three large US grocery companies are to switch to cage-free eggs by 2025. Their decisions follow similar recent announcements from about 100 retailers, restaurants,...

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...

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

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

Plant-based package proves commercial success - news

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

M&S and Selfridges recognised for marine conservation efforts - news

Media group Boat International recently held the inaugural Ocean Awards, in partnership with leading marine charity, Blue Marine Foundation. The Ocean Awards were created to celebrate...

McDonald’s tax affairs under scrutiny in Europe - news

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

Food and drink giants urged to do more on nutrition - news

The world’s largest food and beverage companies have made some progress towards improving consumers’ diets but they still have a long way to go if they are to play their full part in...

Animal welfare grows in importance to food companies worldwide - news

Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have attained the highest marks in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report, out tomorrow (26 January,...

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...

Mars to collaborate with Tata Trusts on food safety in India - news

Food giant Mars and Tata Trusts, the philanthropic coalition, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to advance agriculture development, address malnutrition, and...

British consumers making more ethical choices, finds report - news

Ethical spending has continued to grow despite difficult market conditions, according to the Ethical Consumer Markets Report published by Ethical Consumer magazine and Triodos Bank. The...

Business’ social licence to innovate - news

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

All in good time? - news

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

UK food business pledges to make a difference in Malawi - news

William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) has launched an initiative to help provide food security to a farming community in Malawi, Africa. Owners of Abel & Cole, Aunt Bessie’s,...

Marine conservation groups push for greater uptake of sustainable fish - news

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Fish2fork and Sustainable Fish Cities have launched a campaign to gain public pledges from three of the largest restaurant chains in the UK to serve 100%...

Turn deforestation pledges into action, urges CDP - news

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

Stricter compliance policies required to end forced labour - news

Around the globe, desperate and poor people are still being sold or forced into slavery. Whether in fishing, agriculture, construction or other work, these men, women and children are ending up...

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...

Sodexo and WWF push for more sustainable school meals - news

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

Kangwon turns abandoned mines into modern resorts - news

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

Restaurants urged to serve more sustainable seafood - news

More than half Britain’s large restaurant chains are reported to be serving fish and seafood from overfished areas or to be hiding their origins. They are said to be offering species...

Charity Christmas cards prove not so heart-warming - news

Charities receive little more than 3% of the purchase price of some charity Christmas cards in the UK, two surveys have revealed. Harrods, London’s largest shop, gives 3.4% to Macmillan...

Conservation and fishery management project pays off - news

Fishermen in the UK ports of Lyme Bay on the Dorset and Devon border are making a better living from their fish by practising conservation, thanks to a new scheme launched by the charity, Blue...

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

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

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...

Food giants unite to tackle European food waste - news

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

Piecing together profitable partnerships - news

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

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...

Lidl leads way on Living Wage implementation in UK - news

Lidl has become the first UK supermarket company to introduce a minimum wage – but it is based on the unenforceable rate recommended by the independent Living Wage Foundation, and is...

IKEA makes global commitment to serve sustainable seafood - news

IKEA has become the biggest food service provider of certified seafood worldwide. With a commitment for seafood sold and served in its stores to be both ASC1 and MSC2 certified, the Swedish...

Victoria Moorhouse brews up at Costa - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has appointed Victoria Moorhouse as Corporate Responsibility (CR) Programme Manager. Kerry Parkin, head of CSR and Communications at Costa,...

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...

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...

Animal welfare tops consumer concerns - news

As a nation renowned for its love of animals, it comes as no surprise that animal welfare is the top ethical concern for consumers when it comes to food and drink companies, trumping...

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...

Japan’s Subaru helps waste management in US national parks - news

Three national parks in the US are getting help in waste management practices from Subaru, Japan’s 7th largest automaker. Subaru is a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), an...

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...

Animal welfare tops consumer concerns with food companies - news

When it comes to ethical claims made by food and drink companies, new research from Mintel finds that concerns over animal welfare top the list, trumping environmental concerns and concerns over...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

Change your diet and save the planet! - news

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

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...

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...

Sustainable seafood top of menu for British restaurant chains - news

Fish2Fork and the Marine Conservation Society have joined forces to assess the sustainability of seafood sold at some of the biggest restaurant chains in the UK. Using the only system that...

Higher prices for sustainable palm oil could save endangered species - news

Higher supermarket prices for eco-friendly palm oil could help save endangered species, according to University of East Anglia (UEA) research. Palm oil is used by the food industry as a...

Mars to expand coral reef rehabilitation programme - news

Food giant Mars is embarking on a new phase of its Indonesian coral reef restoration project, one of the largest single coral reef rehabilitation projects anywhere in the world.  As...

Waste not, want not - news

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

Innovation in sustainable packaging continues despite scarcity of data - news

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

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

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

Fast food chains show poor appetite for ethically-sourced produce - news

Fast food chains on the UK high street are being asked to add ethics to their menus in a new campaign by Ethical Consumer magazine. In its latest product report, the magazine surveyed...

McDonald's makes global commitment on deforestation - news

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

Demand for ethical goods and services on rise in UK - news

Ethically-minded early adopters are helping to drive the boom in the UK's ethical market which increased by 9% in 2013 according to the annual Ethical Consumer Markets Report. Sales of...

Mars to drive food safety in Africa with WFP - news

Mars, Incorporated and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are to partner in a move which will improve the provision of safe, locally-sourced food to those in need in Africa. The...

Unilever accelerates sustainable packaging target for 2015 - news

Magnum and Walls ice cream maker Unilever has brought its sustainable paper and board packaging use target forward. The multinational FMCG giant will now source all of its paper and board...

Scoring an own goal for celebrity sustainability? - news

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

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...

Getting the thumbs up for your sustainability comms? - news

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

McDonald’s Japan launches complaint app - news

After a year in which product quality and service issues have undermined the brand, McDonald’s Japan is to introduce a new smartphone app for customer complaints as it looks to restore the...

Don't let it go! Iglo pushes frozen campaign to tackle food waste - news

Iglo Group, Europe’s largest frozen food company, has launched a coalition with leading waste reduction charity WRAP with the objective of reducing food waste across Europe. The...

CWF puts rabbits in the headlights - news

Compassion in World Farming is calling for greater welfare protection of rabbits through the addition of a Good Rabbit Award at its annual Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards. Globally around...

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...

Taking the right route to restoring public trust? - news

With public trust in big business remaining fragile, the IBE and CISI have relaunched Investing in Integrity (IiI) is a chartermark, founded in 2012, which enables an organisation to reassure...

Farm animal welfare remains 'immature business issue' - news

While some top food retailers are making progress on farm animal welfare, the issue remains immature according to a new benchmarking report, with half of the 80 companies assessed appearing in...

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...

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...

Unregulated fishing jeopardising food security in US - news

Importers and the US government are being urged to halt the trade in which more than a billion dollars’ worth of illegally caught fish and seafood are shipped into the country every year....

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,...

IBM and Mars partner to drive advances in global food safety - news

Scientists from IBM Research and Mars are to work together to establish a food safety platform that will leverage advances in genomics to further understanding of what makes food safe. In...

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...

Joined-up action urged over healthy food promotion - news

Government and retailers must do more to help consumers choose healthy food from sustainable sources, and waste less say MPs. In a new report,   Food security: demand, consumption and...

Ensuring sustainability delivers - news

Mark Parsons is chief customer officer at logistics firm DHL and while heavily involved in the commercial side of the business, his remit also extends to CR and sustainability. He tells Ethical...

Making the leap into a sustainable new year? - news

A new year, a fresh start... but how many organisations will boast new resolutions? Ethical Performance talks to key industry players about what they believe will be the prime sustainability...

Premier Foods reviews ‘pay and stay’ practice after outcry - news

The UK company Premier Foods, producer of the popular brands Mr Kipling, Oxo and Bisto, has been accused of operating a policy to ditch suppliers that refuse its request for investment. The...

And I would walk 500 miles… actually make that 39,397! - news

The Proclaimers don't know the half of it! When posed with the challenge – can you walk to Seoul, South Korea in 14 weeks? Over one hundred staff at Kia Motors UK head office...

M&S makes headway on 2020 sustainability targets - news

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

Rising to the challenge of the ethical consumer - news

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

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

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

More support for farmers urged in renewable energy push - news

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

Unilever food hits certified palm oil target in Europe - news

Unilever has reached its certified palm oil target for its European food business. A new report published by the Anglo Dutch conglomerate/food brand maker shows that all palm oil directly...

Is business doing enough to address global sustainability challenges? - news

The business landscape is very different now to when I started my career in the field of sustainability over 15 years ago, writes Joe Franses. Businesses today face significant pressure to...

Cooking up employment opportunities for the homeless - news

A London restaurant that serves up fine dining to the likes of David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Prince Andrew is also cooking up a storm in the homeless community with its award winning...

Walmart to address four pillars for sustainable food - news

Walmart has outlined the four pillars of its new commitment to a sustainable food system:how to address the food needs of a growing population while reducing environmental impact; meeting an...

Collectively.org aims to galvanise millenials - news

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

McDonald’s Japan sales drop after problems with Chinese supplier - news

McDonald’s Japan expects a 2014 loss of US$157m owing to a scandal at a Chinese chicken supplier. The company says that, this year, it will lose money for the first time in 11 years due to...

Knorr cooks up support for World Food Day - news

Tomorrow on World Food Day (16th October 2014), stock cube brand Knorr is partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) rallying people globally to pledge their support for...

Dow Jones sustainability indices family reaches 15-year milestone - news

S&P Dow Jones Indices, part of McGraw Hill Financial and the world’s largest global resource for index-based concepts and data, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused...

Brazil declines to sign UN deforestation pledge - news

The launch of the UN’s new pledge to slow global deforestation at this week’s Climate Summit in New York was overshadowed yesterday by Brazil’s failure to sign up to it....

Bee decline could signal threat to global nutrition - news

Declines in populations of pollinators such as bees and wasps may be a key threat to nutrition in some of the most poorly fed parts of the globe, according to new research. A major study,...

Global retailers failing to address overall carbon footprint - news

Retailers such as Carrefour, Costco, IKEA, Tesco and Walmart should aim for more comprehensive carbon disclosures and collaborate to define meaningful GHG emissions reduction strategies for the...

Tesco partners with UK charities to tackle unhealthy habits - news

Supermarket giant Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation are to join forces early next year in a joint initiative to promote healthy living. The partnership aims to reduce...

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

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

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

In a highly unusual alliance, rival retailers Walmart and Target have agreed to co-host an industry summit to address sustainability issues in the personal care products market. The Beauty...

Slaves in the supply chain: how far are we willing to look? - news

Michael Pollitt examines the background to the proposed Modern Slavery Bill Two hundred years after Wilberforce, an unexpected slave trade boom has forced the world to revise its...

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

Mega US hotel chain, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, has launched a global initiative to increase procurement of responsibly sourced seafood at its hotels, starting with an initial goal of responsibly...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

In a highly unusual alliance, rival retailers Walmart and Target have agreed to co-host an industry summit to address sustainability issues in the personal care products market. The Beauty...

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...

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...

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

Mega US hotel chain, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, has launched a global initiative to increase procurement of responsibly sourced seafood at its hotels, starting with an initial goal of responsibly...

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...

2degrees recognises innovation - news

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

The new breed of social worker - news

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

Asda achieves global first in reporting on sustainable seafood - news

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

Perion in CR push following merger - news

Following its reverse merger with Conduit’s Client Connect, app monetization and software company Perion is ramping up its CR efforts with a $1.5m volunteering initiative. Simone...

Innovation and collaboration celebrated at Champions Awards - news

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

Asda achieves global first in reporting on sustainable seafood - news

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

Government called to examine UK pension funds’ ‘land grab’ investments - news

UK pension funds and asset man-agement companies including British Airways Pension Fund, Legal & General, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Aviva Investors could potentially have...

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...

Tuna population under threat in Mediterranean - news

Illegal fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea continues to threaten the recovery of the species, a new study reports. At least 79 media accounts of bluefin tuna catches...

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...

Guardian exposes Thai slave trade - news

Slaves are being forced to work on ships off the Thai coast to produce seafood for US and European supermarket companies. Men bought and sold like animals work unpaid on the ships to catch...

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...

Illegal fishing threatens tuna stocks in Mediterranean - news

Illegal fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea continues to threaten the recovery of the species, a new study reports. At least 79 media accounts of bluefin tuna catches...

UK pension fund investments linked to unethical land grabs - news

UK pension funds and asset management companies could potentially have £37bn invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth....

Ford & Heinz collaborate on sustainable materials for vehicles - news

Researchers at Ford and Heinz are investigating the use of tomato fibres in developing sustainable, composite materials for use in vehicle manufacturing. Specifically, dried tomato skins could...

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

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

Charity bosses urged to shun ‘workfare’ programme - news

The chief executives of the 200,000 registered charities in the UK have been urged not to take part in the government’s new ‘workfare’ programme. The new mandatory...

Carbon spotlight falls on food giants - news

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

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....

Carbon spotlight falls on Kellogg and General Mills - news

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

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...

Unilever steps up sustainability plans - news

Anglo-Dutch fmcg giant Unilever is stepping up several of its sustainability commitments in the areas of deforestation, food security and public health. Commenting on progress it has made...

Food Tank and GFAR partner to support women farmers - news

Food Tank and The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) are to partner to raise awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders as well as help identify ways to...

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...

RPC packs some punch for Save Food campaign - news

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

IFAD and Unilever sign first global PPP agreement - news

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and consumer goods giant Unilever have signed a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement aimed at helping to improve the livelihoods...

Ethex founder makes Divine move - news

Divine Chocolate, the leading Fairtrade company co-owned by cocoa farmers, has appointed Jamie Hartzell as chair of the company board taking effect from last month. Social entrepreneur Jamie...

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...

U-M achieves MSC certification - news

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

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...

Global campaign targets food industry over high sugar levels - news

A group of medical and nutrition specialists is working via official channels to persuade UK manufacturers to add less sugar to food. Action on Sugar will press the government and its...

Co-op first to offer compostable carrier bags in UK - news

Compostable carrier bags, which can be used to carry shopping home and then be re-used as food waste caddy liners, are being rolled out to customers at around 400 Co-operative food stores in the...

McDonald’s makes sustainable beef move - news

Fast food chain McDonald’s has committed to a goal of purchasing verified sustainable beef by 2016. Admitting it’s both ‘complex’ and ‘a big challenge’,...

BASF wins research award - news

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

Rumboll joins Company Shop - news

Company Shop, Britain’s largest commercial redistributor of surplus food and goods, has appointed Tom Rumboll its first director of business development. Rumboll joins Company Shop after...

UK pension funds ‘speculate’ £1.5bn on food prices - news

A new report published by World Development Movement (‘WDM’), a London-based group, argues that tough regulation is “urgently needed” to limit speculation in the food and...

Tesco blames consumers for rise in food waste - news

Tesco, one of the UK supermarket chains accused of food waste, has heaped some of the blame on customers for shunning perfectly edible fruit and vegetables because they were “ugly or...

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...

Mighty oaks from little acorns... - news

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

Chocs the way for Sophi Tranchell - news

Sophi Tranchell MBE, md of the farmer-owned chocolate company Divine, has received the Good Deals Pioneer Award. Good Deals, the UK’s leading social investment conference, is this...

Time to realise the power of renewables? - news

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

Hotels and stores admit food fraud in Japan - news

Japanese hoteliers have long prided themselves on elevating the meals in their traditional Japanese restaurants to works of art in appearance, content, and price. Nothing has been more important...

Health bodies unite to tackle pharma fraud - news

Ten global health organizations have joined together in a worldwide campaign to protect consumers from the dangers of fake medicines. According to the Fight the Fakes campaign, in some...

Tesco set to cultivate new generation of farmers - news

Supermarket titan Tesco has launched the Future Farm Foundation to support the next generation of British farmers. Tesco says the rationale behind the move is to help bright, talented,...

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...

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...

Anaerobic digestion sites driving UK organics recycling industry growth - news

Anaerobic digestion (AD) continues to drive growth in the UK organics recycling industry, according to the latest sector survey published by WRAP. WRAP’s comprehensive study of the sector...

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...

World Food Prize goes to Mary-Dell Chilton - news

Syngenta Biotechnology founder and Distinguished Science Fellow Mary-Dell Chilton, PhD, received the 2013 World Food Prize along with two other distinguished scientists. The $250,000 World...

Two new directors for Two Tomorrows - news

Two Tomorrows, the international sustainability adviser and part of the DNV GL Group, has further strengthened its advisory team with the appointment of three senior sustainability consultants....

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...

Unilever’s Lifebuoy expands infant life-saving programme - news

Unilever’s soap brand, Lifebuoy, is to expand its Help a Child Reach 5 campaign. The campaign, which was launched earlier this year, sets out to end preventable deaths of children under 5...

Tesco takes on waste revealing 68% of bagged salad gets binned - news

British supermarket giant Tesco has become the first major UK retailer to publish its own food waste figures. Its figures show that 68% of bagged salad is wasted as is 40% of apples. Just...

Oxfam calls for food companies to ensure responsible sourcing - news

Some of the biggest names in the food and drink industry are not doing enough to stop poor people from being forced from their land to make way to grow crops, according to a new report from...

The case for Business Improvement Districts - news

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

BNY Mellon employees rise to challenge of World Food Day - news

From filling 6,000 backpacks with weekend food for children in the US, to cooking at a homeless shelter in Poland to holding a food collection in Brazil, BNY Mellon employees are engaging in...

Colonel Sanders stands at ease for South Africa hunger campaign - news

KFC South Africa has given up its famous Colonel Sanders logo and replaced it with the faces of children to mark World Hunger Relief month. The faces represent the children that benefit from...

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...

Consumers more engaged with eco packaging than ever before, says Tetra Pak - news

More consumers than ever are looking for environmentally-friendly logos on packaging finds a new global report by packaging giant Tetra Pak. It says that it’s a top concern for 37% of...

Fast food giant teams with US pop singer for hunger relief project - news

American singer Christina Aguilera is backing Yum! Brands annual world hunger relief initiative. The pop superstar recently visited Rwanda where she saw the effects of hunger first hand and...

General Mills makes strides in sustainable sourcing - news

American food company General Mills is continuing to make strides in sustainable sourcing with a new $1.1m programme aimed at helping smallholder artichoke farmers in Peru. The Betty...

UPS delivers for Dow Jones index inclusion - news

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

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...

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

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

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...

Eco packaging high on consumer agenda, says Tetra Pak study - news

More consumers than ever are looking for environmentally-friendly logos on packaging finds a new global report by packaging giant Tetra Pak. The survey reveals that it’s a top concern for...

Aguilera lights up the sky with KFC for world hunger relief effort - news

American singer Christina Aguilera is backing Yum! Brands annual world hunger relief initiative. The pop superstar recently visited Rwanda where she saw the effects of hunger first hand and...

Green Giant makes strides in sustainable sourcing - news

American food company General Mills is continuing to make strides in sustainable sourcing with a new $1.1m programme aimed at helping smallholder artichoke farmers in Peru. The Green Giant...

Biotech companies unite to combat GMO opposition - news

A group of biotech companies have launched an online forum to combat mounting opposition to genetically modified foods. GMO Answers.com is funded by the members of The Council for...

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 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...

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

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

Uren takes top spot at Forum for the Future - news

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

Man from the Pru... - news

Kevin Byrne, a vice president in group insurance at Prudential Financial, Inc. was recently honoured for Outstanding Community Volunteer Service at the annual Jefferson Awards in Washington, DC....

Sierra Leone land grab fuels poverty - news

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

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...

Call for halt to industrial plantations in Sierra Leone - news

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

Asda & Leeds University team to shape sustainable products - news

British supermarket giant Asda and the University of Leeds are working together on a study that aims to create more affordable, sustainable products as well as help shape consumer behaviour....

Tetra Pak packs a punch - news

Tetra Pak, the food processing and packaging giant, has launched a global marketing campaign to shed more light on renewable materials and the role they can play in helping to protect the...

Jaguar Land Rover drives into top spot at BITC business awards - news

Jaguar Land Rover was crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year at a gala dinner in London earlier this week, taking over the mantle from British high...

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...

Chemical contamination still issue for Environment Agency - news

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

Call for concerted action over national food wastage - news

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

Nestlé to tackle European youth unemployment with new scheme - news

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

Food retailers wary over push for GM crops - news

The strongest call yet has gone to UK farmers to grow genetically modified crops but the response of food retailers reflects a continuing public wariness. One supermarket chain is so...

Supermarket chain ups CO2 savings - news

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has extended its Dual-Fuel fleet to 51 vehicles saving up to 25 per cent in carbon emissions. The environmentally friendly fleet is now one of the...

Diversity accolade... - news

Sodexo, best known for providing a wide range of integrated services spanning facilities management to foodservice operations, has been recognized by DiversityInc as the #1 company on their 2013...

Diversity accolade... - news

Sodexo, best known for providing a wide range of integrated services spanning facilities management to foodservice operations, has been recognized by DiversityInc as the #1 company on their 2013...

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...

McDonald’s opens up supply chain - news

In the wake of recent horse meat scares and supply chain scandals in Europe, McDonald’s is opening up its supply chain to public scrutiny in the UK. The US burger chain giant has...

Scents of security... - news

?IFF, the US flavour and fragrance house and ingredients supplier Amyris are to collaborate on the development of a specific set of renewable fragrance ingredients. IFF will have exclusive...

Baby milk manufacturers come under ethical spotlight again - news

Infant feeding brands are under the ethical cosh again following an American pressure group’s assertion that some are using genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and therefore exposing...

Biofuels fuelling world hunger, says new ActionAid report - news

The crops used as biofuel for vehicles in G8 countries would feed half the world’s 870 million hungry people, ActionAid estimates in a new report. The anti-poverty charity says...

Oil giants raided over fears of price fixing - news

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

Employment provides “much more than just wage packet” in rural communities - news

Independence was the greatest benefit from employment stated by working women surveyed in Africa and Asia. Altogether 36% said independence accompanied by choices was the most valued aspect,...

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...

Morrisons wins first European CSR Award - news

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

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

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

Oxfam campaign targets chocolate industry - news

Oxfam Hong Kong is focusing on the chocolate industry as part of the charity’s global Behind the Brands campaign. It has targeted Nestlé, Mondelez and Mars for their failure to...

Access to Nutrition Index launched - news

The world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers must do more to increase access to nutritious products and positively exercise their influence on consumer choice and behaviour, says...

CIEH welcomes Edwards - news

David Edwards, executive director at global public health and safety organisation NSF International and consumer safety specialist, has been appointed to the board of the trading arm of the...

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...

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...

Kauer joins ATNI - news

Inge Kauer has been named executive director of the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), a new initiative that will rank food and beverage manufacturers on their nutrition practices. In this role,...

New board members at GFSI - news

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) welcomes three new board members. They are: John Carter, senior director own brand and product quality Assurance, Metro Cash & Carry, Germany; ...

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...

Good companies keep good company - news

So many horses, so little time. Companies face a credibility gap on the horsemeat issue, which raises sustainability questions around accountability, stewardship and, above all, purpose. With...

Shutting, stable, bolting. There’s a message in there - news

There’s nothing like a good scandal to stoke the appetite, I find. And the horsemeat saga that’s set to rumble on across Europe for the next few months is no exception. All this talk...

Meat debate turns towards traceability and regulation - news

The controversy over horsemeat in Europe has brought a key corporate responsibility principle to the fore – supply chain management. The horsemeat found in some processed beef...

Could Coca-Cola be letting the genie out of the can? - news

Selling your product can be a difficult enough process without drawing attention to its failings in your own marketing. Whether questions of usefulness or quality, or allusions to any...

Coca-Cola acknowledges unhealthy drink facts with ‘140 happy calories’ advert - news

Coca-Cola has entered the obesity debate in the US with TV commercials that are seen as an admission that too much of its iconic drink is bad for you. One prime-time ad features activities...

Beefburger supplier Silvercrest loses Tesco business over horse DNA contamination - news

Leading UK supermarket chain Tesco has dropped a supplier of frozen beefburgers after tests showed last month that the product contained horse DNA. Tesco has, ‘with regret’,...

Canadian courts throw out Congo massacre class action - news

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

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,...

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

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

KFC sends ‘strong message to business’ over rainforest-unfriendly packaging - news

The UK’s third-largest fast-food retailer KFC has officially ditched suppliers actively involved in rainforest clearance. The UK arm of KFC, part of the Kentucky-based Yum! Brands,...

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...

Food security risk high in Africa - news

Food security in 75% of African countries is at high or extreme risk, according to a study by risk analysis company Maplecroft. The risks are highest for areas of sub-Saharan Africa hit by...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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.  ...

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

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

Animal management under BB spotlight - news

Concerns about farm animal welfare have prompted the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare to start an evaluation of animal management. A previous lack of agreement on ways to manage farm...

Glynwood appoints Frith as president - news

Kathleen Frith has been appointed president of Glynwood, one of the leading sustainable agriculture and food organisations in the US. Glynwood’s aim is to save farming by strengthening...

McDonalds & Burger King take ethical farming stance - news

Olympics main food sponsor McDonald’s is phasing out the use of gestation stalls in its US pork supply. It aims to source all pork for its US business from producers that do not use...

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....

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...

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...

Remuneration packages spark shareholder revolts - news

Shareholders have finally challenged and changed company decisions after weeks of high-profile campaigning over pay deals and executive elections in the UK. Now further rebellions are...

UN endorses ‘historic breakthrough’ on land access rights - news

The UN’s food security working group has endorsed landmark global guidelines to safeguard access-to-land rights for people in developing countries. The Voluntary Guidelines on the...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Seven years on, Compact sees 3,000th expulsion - news

The number of companies expelled from the UN Global Compact has now passed 3,000, and the organisation says CSR has reached 'a major crossroads' worldwide. For failing to...

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....

Logistics companies pilot disaster strategies in Nigeria - news

Logistics companies have combined with humanitarian organisations to help countries prepare for disasters. AP Moller-Maersk and UPS, joining forces with the UN World Food Programme, have...

Google tops best employer list - news

Google has been named as the United States’ best employer in the latest Fortune 100 list. The search engine giant, which has 18,500 employees in the US, was awarded top spot for the...

Obesity 'a ticking time bomb' says SAM - news

Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) has outlined the investment opportunities created by solutions to obesity. The Zurich-based firm lists the possible returns for the private sector in a range...

Nestlé uses FLA to find child labour in cocoa chain - news

Nestlé is to allow the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate its Ivory Coast cocoa supply chain for the presence of child labour. The Swiss multinational has taken the unusual...

Milk toxin scandal hits China CSR star - news

Public outcry and a debate about the meaning of Chinese CSR have been triggered by an award given to a dairy company that had just produced contaminated milk for the second time in four years....

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

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

Kraft wins stewardship award - news

Kraft Foods, Pfizer, UnitedHealth and Grainger have received the top honours at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Citizenship Awards. With the focus of this year’s winners on...

Nestlé reinstates Sinar Mas - news

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

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...

McDonald’s counts the calories in CSR deal - news

McDonald’s has agreed to introduce calorie information to all of its UK menus in collaboration with the Department of Health, the most significant of the Conservative Party’s...

‘Map’ of supply chain issues due in new project - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is to map key global supply chains to tackle the basic causes of the abuse and exploitation of poor and vulnerable workers. It will include all...

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...

Avon makes new pledge on palm oil - news

The beauty group Avon has become the latest company to commit to sustainable palm oil. The multinational joins Boots, Cadbury and Kraft Foods in a commitment to purchase GreenPalm...

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

Business criticized for low uptake of assurance - news

Research outlining the ‘pitifully low’ level of sustainability assurance in UK business has revealed that less than a quarter of big companies include an assurance comment in their...

Investors target 25 firms over human trafficking - news

A coalition of institutional investors has sent a statement to 25 companies asking them to give top priority to the eradication of human trafficking and ‘modern-day slavery’ in their...

Walmart’s union stance may halt takeover deal - news

Walmart may be refused permission to expand into South Africa after the government and a coalition of trade unions insisted it must give assurances about its workers’ rights policy....

Labelling of fish products is ‘confusing’ - news

Fish labelling in UK supermarkets is failing to help consumers to make sustainable choices, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said, while introducing its own online seafood advice guide....

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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...

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...

Kellogg’s plumps for palm oil offsetting - news

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

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

Accommodation is key to a faith-friendly future - news

How can companies act responsibly when it comes to the religious practices of their employees? EP looks at new advice from the Institute of Business Ethics If you need to know how corporate...

Co-op unveils ‘radical’ plan - news

The UK-based Co-operative Group is claiming to have produced the ‘toughest’ and ‘most radical’ ethical business plan yet, with new targets due to be implemented across...

Public doesn’t believe corporate carbon claims - news

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

Business rallies to help Japan - news

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

Green & Black's meets Fairtrade pledge - news

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

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Marks & Spencer has introduced the UK’s largest ever range of food containing only certified sustainable palm oil. The move will help to fulfil a commitment in last year’s update...

Supply chain carbon cuts begin to deliver rewards - news

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

‘Scrooge’ firms deny anti-union stance - news

Three of the world’s largest food multinationals have vehemently denied accusations of violations of workers’ rights of association. Chiquita, Dole Foods and Del Monte were...

Micro-credit ‘hurts poor’ as much as it helps them - news

Microfinance projects in the developing world make many people poorer, not richer, a major academic study has concluded. The study by two universities cautions that microfinance should not...

‘Omni-label’ for food is pie in the sky – for now - news

There is no point trying to develop a single eco label for food products at the moment because scientific knowledge is not up to it, the Food Ethics Council has concluded. The council, a...

First Lady backs Walmart obesity move - news

Michelle Obama has joined forces with Walmart for a five-year healthy food campaign in a rare corporate endorsement by a US First Lady. President Obama’s wife has helped to draft a...

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The SustainAbility consultancy has formed a council of ‘experts and influencers’ from business, civil society and academia to provide it with advice and ideas. The 19 members include...

APP supports eco-village - news

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has entered a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create an ‘eco-tourism’ village in Indonesia. The settlement in Soran near the Mount Merapi...

Regulation is inevitable – so nano firms must act regulation is inevitable - news

The nanotechnology sector has been warned that it will soon face regulatory, liability, reputational and operational risks as the industry’s safety and environmental issues become clearer...

APP backs Indonesian eco-village - news

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has entered a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create an 'eco-tourism' village in Indonesia. The settlement in Soran near the Mount Merapi volcano...

Ethical consumer spending outstrips market recession - news

‘Green’ consumer spending in the UK has increased by almost a fifth over the past two years in the latest evidence that the market for ethical goods is more than surviving the recession....

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An online resource offering consumers product information on child and forced labour has been created by the International Labour Rights Forum and the Not for Sale Campaign NGOs. The...

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...

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...

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Morrisons has pledged to allocate one in ten of any new posts to homeless and vulnerable people over the next three years. The UK supermarket chain hopes to create more than 10,000 jobs over the...

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

Unilever accepts deal with unions at Indian factory - news

Unilever has agreed to introduce a process allowing trade union representation and other rights at a factory in India, after an international union complained it was breaching the Organization...

Food giant raises it sights - news

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

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

Confirmed: ethical goods will usually cost you more - news

The widespread belief that buying ‘ethical’ consumer goods is nearly always the more costly option has been confirmed by a new study. An analysis of the prices of white goods,...

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...

UK ministry establishes first ‘responsibility deal’ - news

Britain’s health secretary has told companies they will not face legislation on ‘unhealthy’ food, provided they support a forthcoming anti-obesity drive. Businesses...

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...

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...

Food labels cause confusion - news

Environmental food labelling has become confusing and too complex for UK shoppers and is hindering rather than facilitating ethical buying, according to a survey from the consumer watchdog Which....

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Unilever has taken the top gong in Business in the Community’s 13th Awards for Excellence. The food and consumer products giant won the 2010 Company of the Year title for its work on ‘enhancing the...

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Walmart is to double its donations to US national food banks in response to the country’s growing poverty. The retail giant will donate $2billion (£1.3bn, €1.6bn) during the next five years through...

fish firm eyes up targets - news

One of Europe’s largest food brands has set out a five-year sustainability plan in partnership with a group of NGOs. The Birds Eye Forever Food project lists targets on sourcing, packaging and...

SDC abolition leaves a hole in CSR thinking - news

Business interests have expressed concerns about the potential impact on corporate responsibility initiatives of a UK government decision to scrap its sustainability watchdog, the Sustainable...

dairy giant brings in new code - news

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

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...

Corporates advise ministers on energy cuts - news

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

Walmart increases food help for poor - news

Walmart has pledged to double its donations to US national food banks in response to growing poverty in America. The retail giant will donate $2billion (£1.2bn, €1.6bn) over the next five years...

Bad ideas? An arresting history of our inventions - news

Robert Winston. Bantam Press. 432 pages. Hardback. £20. This is a whirlwind tour of human history that explores the negative, usually unintended, consequences of the drive to...

The recession has done CSR a favour, say CEOs - news

Eight out of ten corporate leaders believe the economic downturn has raised the importance of sustainability, suggests a study.  The survey of 766 chief executives worldwide found 80...

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....

McDonalds recalls ‘toxic’ glasses - news

McDonald’s has had to recall 12 million pint glasses with the new Shrek film theme after the toxic metal cadmium was discovered in them. The substance, which causes kidney, lung, liver and bone...

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

NGOs get own guidelines - news

Non-governmental organizations have been given a specific version of the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines. Although some NGOs already use the main GRI...

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...

Lidl withdraws ad campaign - news

The supermarket multinational Lidl has been forced to put an end to advertisements claiming it supports fair working conditions among its suppliers. A complaint filed in Germany by the...

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

Nike falls foul of university boycott - news

A large university in the US has cancelled a licensing agreement with Nike over concerns about the company’s treatment of workers in Honduras. The University of Wisconsin accuses Nike of failing...

UK government sets out responsibilities on CSR - news

The UK government has clarified areas of corporate responsibility covered by its departments. In a statement to EP last month, the Labour administration said that while the Department for...

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

Retailers take leadership role by boycotting oil sands products - news

Two large US retailers are to stop using fuel sourced from Canadian oil sands. The organic grocery chain Whole Foods and the household goods group Bed Bath and Beyond have announced measures to...

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Labour rights NGO Verite has teamed up with the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to oversee the latter’s Fair Food programme. Verite will verify implementation of the...

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

Eateries sit at the CSR table - news

A Sustainable Restaurant Association is to be set up in the UK this month to promote and audit CSR in the sector. The association will be a nationwide, membership-based body open to all...

Lords call for nano action - news

The emerging nanotechnology industry has been advised to create databases on nanomaterials to improve its transparency record.   A House of Lords science and technology committee in the...

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)....

Mixed reception for ombudsman - news

A decision to create a UK ombudsman to protect supermarket suppliers from the power of large retailers has been praised by CSR proponents but criticized by the industry. The government has...

Businesses in vanguard of Haiti quake response - news

The business world has rallied to pledge relief to Haiti following the earthquake there that has killed more than 100,000 people.      Dozens of firms have donated money and...

60 firms test new standards - news

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

Sainsbury’s jumps into quarterly reporting mode - news

Sainsbury’s has begun to produce a quarterly corporate responsibility report alongside its financial trading updates. The UK supermarket chain says the unusual step is intended...

Cow methane on McDonald’s agenda - news

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

American firms respond to Haiti disaster - news

US business have rallied to pledge relief to Haiti following the earthquake in the country that has killed tens of thousands of people.      A number of firms have donated money and...

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A case brought against Unilever for alleged breaches of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises has been closed after a three year investigation. The UK’s National Contact Point...

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A global food sector body has published voluntary guidelines for food and drink companies on communicating portion sizes. The guidelines, from the 700-member IGD, are designed to help people eat...

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

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

Tesco fulfils waste target ahead of time - news

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

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

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

Now Kit Kats go down fairtrade route - news

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

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

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

US Chamber of Commerce announces top CSR performers for 2009 - news

UPS and Chevron were among this year’s winners of Corporate Citizenship Awards from the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Centre. In the tenth annual awards, companies were...

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

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

CDP turns its attentions to corporate water use - news

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

Labelling scheme suspended - news

A nutritional ‘green tick’ labelling system in the US has been disrupted after a controversy over potentially misleading information and the withdrawal of support by a number of large food brands....

Kraft to buy sustainable cocoa - news

Kraft Foods has become the latest company to certify a chocolate product under the Rainforest Alliance seal. The Swiss multinational has agreed to buy 30,000 tons of sustainable cocoa beans from...

New ratings will place spotlight on all sectors - news

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

Supermarket takes the biscuit on palm oil - news

J. Sainsbury is to use certified sustainable palm oil in its two best-selling biscuit ranges – digestives and rich tea. The British supermarket chain, which sells 300 million such...

Food giant paves way for higher pay in the fields - news

The world’s largest catering business has become the latest company to agree new labour standards with Florida’s tomato pickers in a deal that could increase wages by two-thirds....

Retailers tackle obesity - news

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

Indigenous rights ‘ignored’ - news

More investors should be addressing the business risks associated with indigenous peoples, an investment research consultancy has concluded. UK-based Ethical Investment Research Service...

Cocoa farmers pass the test - news

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

Telecomms firms ‘taking a risk’ - news

The telecommunications sector has been warned that it is running risks by publishing so little on CSR issues. Research by Covalence says telecoms companies provide a small volume of ethical...

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

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...

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...

Guest Column: Are sustainable products more saleable? - news

The jury may still be out but companies are seeking more rigorous sustainability information and more effective customer dialogue to support the sales process, says Simon Aumonier, ERM’s...

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...

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There were 722 CSR and corporate governance-related shareholder resolutions in the recent US proxy voting season, reports the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), an association of...

Food firms fortify products - news

A number of food companies are to collaborate on providing products fortified with vitamins and other nutrients for developing countries. Businesses including Unilever, PepsiCo, and the...

How to stop franchisees from talking baloney - news

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

Night at movies prompts action at Pret A Manger - news

A film has convinced the British sandwich chain Pret A Manger to switch to a more sustainable variety of tuna – even at the risk of reduced sales. Julian Metcalf, the company’s...

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...

Court ruling may prevent Malaysian logging - news

A court decision may make it possible for tribal people on the island of Borneo to stop companies from flattening their forests through logging and oil palm operations.   The Malaysian...

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...

Kraft aims to reduce malnutrition rates - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

Kraft intervenes on malnutrition - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

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Nick Martell-Bundock has joined tea producers Twinings as international ethical supply chain manager, leaving Whitbread, where he was previously head of food procurement.

Under-fire Primark starts to put its house in order - news

The cut-price clothing retailer Primark has responded to continuing bad publicity about conditions in its supply chain by creating the post of ethical trading director. At the same time the...

New company emerges to fight malnourishment in Bangladesh - news

Improved health and business opportunities among the poor of Bangladesh are the aims of a new joint social business venture established by BASF, the chemicals group, and the Grameen Healthcare...

Food sector CSR feels the pinch - news

The global recession has pushed corporate responsibility down the priority list of the food industry. A survey of 600 decision-makers in the in 54 countries shows that CSR, placed at number...

Cocoa firms agree sustainability guidance - news

Sustainability principles for the cocoa industry have been unveiled by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). The principles, produced after two years of discussions with governments and cocoa...

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

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

Call for ban on new Philippines mining - news

A moratorium on new mining in the Philippines has been recommended by a British working group. The UK-based Working Group on Mining in the Philippines, chaired by former international...

Indonesia gets palm oil project - news

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

Big spenders set out their ethical purchasing goals - news

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

ETI takes tough stance as Primark upsets members - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has gained its members’ backing to consider sanctions against the UK clothing retailer Primark over claims of poor labour standards among suppliers....

Office supplies firm takes Australian award - news

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

Dole and Freeport expand scholarship programme - news

The Dole Food Company in the Philippines and PT Freeport Indonesia have formed partnerships with the US Department of State to expand the department’s English Access Microscholarship...

New code tells firms how to treat migrant workers - news

British companies have been offered a voluntary code of practice on employing migrant workers. The eight-page document comes from Business in the Community, which wants all employers of migrant...

Marshalls gives all its products carbon labels - news

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

Unilever denies ethical basis for Israel sale - news

Unilever is selling its stake in a factory in an illegal Israeli settlement on the West Bank – but has denied the decision results from ethical considerations.   The...

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...

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McDonald’s, once a regular target for animal welfare campaigners, has received an award from the UK’s Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The RSPCA has given...

Corporate social responsibility: readings and cases in a global context - news

A Crane, D Matten, L Spence (eds) Paperback. 544 pages. Routledge. £32.50. This collection of essays  drawn together under three headings (‘understanding’,...

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...

Kroger is ‘most generous’ US company - news

The groceries and supermarkets group Kroger has been declared the most generous corporation in the US by Forbes magazine. The Cincinnati-based retailer, which owns a string of retailers...

Carbon standard unveiled - news

A government-backed standard has been created to show businesses how to consistently measure the carbon footprint of their products. PAS 2050, drawn up by BSI British Standards, the Carbon...

Supermarket leads way on penny-a-pound deal - news

A US supermarket chain has broken new ground by signing an agreement with a workers’ organization to improve wages for Florida’s tomato pickers. Texas-based Whole Foods Market,...

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

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

Consumers want business to help them on climate change - news

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

Australasian seafood firms work on guidelines - news

Representatives of the Australian and New Zealand seafood industries and the two countries’ governments have met to work on new sustainability reporting guidelines. The meeting, in...

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Cereal company Weetabix has produced its first corporate social responsibility policy. The 12-page public document, developed with the Carbon Trust, commits the UK-based business to reducing its...

Cross-sector coalition will target obesity - news

British companies for whom obesity is a corporate responsibility issue have come together to help the government promote healthier lifestyles. Food and beverage, retail, advertising, fitness...

Legal action opens new front for anti-Israel lobbyists - news

Further signs have emerged in recent weeks that companies operating in or sourcing from the occupied West Bank of Palestine are coming under increasing pressure from pro-Palestinian campaigners...

Japanese companies accept carbon labelling - news

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

Business not trusted on climate change - news

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

Primark problems show audits cannot reveal all - news

The retailer Primark has blamed the presence of child labour in its supply chain on 'wholesale deception' by three suppliers and the difficulty it has in auditing subcontractors....

£9bn Olympic budget will have ethical basis - news

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

Employees protected from rising cost of food - news

Bangladeshi garment makers are to sell food at a discount to employees to cushion them against rising food prices caused by last year’s bad weather and a global rice shortage. 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...

Morrisons plays catch-up - news

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

Co-op declares itself against anti-air freighting move - news

The Co-operative Group has opposed a proposal by the UK’s Soil Association to revise its standards in order to discourage the air freighting of organic food products from overseas....

Pressure mounts on ‘slow’ chocolate sector - news

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

Soup business makes CSR a key ingredient - news

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

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...

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...

European food firms on top - news

Danone, Nestlé and Unilever are the best large food companies at addressing health concerns. An analysis of ten of the world’s largest listed food businesses by the JPMorgan bank and the asset...

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Tate & Lyle announced last month that it will move its entire retail cane-sugar range to Fairtrade, marking the largest switch to the ethical labelling scheme by any major UK food or drink...

Handbook on responsible investment across asset classes - news

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. 96 pages. Free download at www.bcccc.net A number of overviews of responsible investment have appeared over the years, but this...

Conservatives back responsibility deals - news

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

Trio team up on disasters - news

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

Food and drink firms make water their new priority - news

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

India tries harder on child labour - news

Renewed attempts are about to be made by the Indian government to eliminate child labour, which is deterring some countries from buying the country’s exports. The decision follows...

Dole Thailand takes CSR accolade - news

Dole Thailand, part of the huge Dole Food Company, the worldwide producer of fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, has received the 2007 Grand Winner Award and a 2007 Excellence Award from US...

Chinese companies respond on human rights - news

Chinese companies are making an effort to respond to allegations that they are violating human rights, according to the East Asia researcher of the Hong Kong Business and Human Rights Resource...

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Food and catering giant Sodexho has brought in Arlin Wasserman as vice-president for corporate citizenship, covering North America. Wasserman formerly worked for the US-based consultancy Changing...

how to put your case in the YouTube era - news

With some social networking websites becoming more influential than traditional media, how can companies respond when their reputations are attacked online? If there's one key feature of the...

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...

food sector guidelines on the way - news

Work will start soon on specific indicators to improve the quality of information in food companies' sustainability reports. The indicators will be developed by a Global Reporting Initiative...

more retailers decide to share audit data - news

In a further sign that businesses are increasingly pooling their efforts on ethical supply chain monitoring, more than a dozen multinational clothing companies have agreed to share the results of...

Eurostar links up with FoE - news

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

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

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

inspirational Deveshwar scoops award - news

An industrialist who joined the Indian company ITC from college and became its chairman and chief executive has won the seventh annual SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award for personal...

Facebook generation puts firms in the dock - news

The increasing use of internet chat groups to challenge the behaviour of companies was highlighted last month when campaigning against potato crisp manufacturer Kettle Foods flared up on the...

supply chain watchdog is proposed - news

Supermarkets in Britain should be required to answer to an independent watchdog set up to protect workers in developing countries, a leading poverty charity has proposed. ActionAid makes the...

‘she put a bomb under the business world’ - news

What lasting influence did The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, who died last month aged 64, have on business behaviour? EP asked a handful of specialists for their views. John Elkington,...

Co-op goes to the polls - news

Shoppers at Co-operative supermarkets are being polled to identify the ethical issues on which they think the retailer should concentrate. The polling, believed to be the first by a food retailer...

FTSE4Good stands firm over Smithfield inclusion - news

FTSE Group has resisted a call for a US meat products manufacturer to be thrown off the FTSE4Good Index for alleged antipathy to trade unions. Human Rights Watch had urged FTSE to exclude...

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Transport group National Express has abandoned trials of biofuels in bus engines because of fears about the social and environmental consequences. The group said there was ‘considerable concern’...

making foundations part of a CSR strategy - news

The advance of corporate social responsibility is causing some companies to review whether their corporate foundations need to change to reflect new priorities In the public mind, there is...

Brown told to get moving on ethical buying regime - news

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

Black Gold - news

Independent film. Cert: U. 78 mins, dir: Nick & Marc Francis www.blackgoldmovie.com This well-constructed but sometimes woolly documentary is a call to arms for fair trade in the coffee...

an investment business built on an ethical approach - news

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

food sector put on regulation alert - news

The food and drink industry has been warned by the European Commission that it could face new regulations within three years if it is judged to be doing too little to tackle obesity. EC health...

companies warned against headlong rush into biofuels - news

A leading socially responsible investor has warned that companies are rushing to bring biofuels to market without giving proper consideration to the full range of social and environmental risks...

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...

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An organization has been formed to assist London restaurants assessing their social and environmental impacts. Ethical Eats was set up by London Food Link, whose members work towards ‘the...

sweet makers in a corner over child labour efforts - news

Pressure is growing on the global confectionery industry to show that its measures to bear down on child labour at cocoa farms in Africa are paying off. Amnesty International announced last...

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TNT Post is to develop a corporate responsibility programme this year. The four year old postal services company said it would initially focus on ethical supply chain management using the SA8000...

Hershey targets suppliers - news

An American snack food company is to develop an ethical supply chain monitoring programme that goes beyond recent efforts by chocolate manufacturers to tackle child labour and poor workplace...

Colombia firms build code - news

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

Kellogg’s makes cereal packets a ‘social marketing’ tool - news

The Kellogg’s food company is to use the space on packets of its breakfast cereals as a ‘social marketing’ vehicle to promote healthy living in Britain. The company, whose brands include...

food firms are falling short - news

No leading food company has yet produced a comprehensive social responsibility programme on health and obesity, according to a new study. The analysis of 25 multinationals by Insight...

Danone asks shareholders to back social fund - news

The French food group Danone is to invite its shareholders to use their dividends to create a business development fund for social causes. Danone will present the proposal for shareholder...

illegal plantations supply big coffee firms - news

Some of the world’s largest coffee companies have been unwittingly sourcing beans from illegal plantations inside an Indonesian wildlife sanctuary, reports the conservation group WWF. A new...

Chinese politician puts down CSR marker - news

Further signs that the Chinese authorities are beginning to get to grips with the CSR agenda have come from a leading lawmaker in the Beijing government, who has attacked companies that blindly...

Sainsbury's and Waitrose go bananas on Fairtrade - news

Two of the UK's biggest supermarket groups are to stock only Fairtrade-certified bananas. In separate announcements, Sainsbury's said it would make the change in June and Waitrose confirmed...

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

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

burger chain switches to ethical coffee - news

McDonald's is to serve 'ethically sourced' coffee at all its European outlets. The fast food giant started by switching to Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee in all its 1200 British outlets...

another 200 'free-riders' are cast aside by Compact - news

A further 203 signatories to the United Nations Global Compact have been de-listed for failing to issue an annual report on how they are implementing the Compact's ten principles. The...

Tories look at new CSR deals - news

Proposals for government-brokered 'responsibility deals' committing companies to CSR measures in return for a lighter regulatory regime are being considered by the UK's Conservative Party....

big retailers aim to create standard to suit everyone - news

A group of multinational retailers is to attempt to develop a single global standard for ethical supply chain management that would replace existing models and be used by all sectors. The...

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...

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...

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...

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UK-based consultancy WSP Environmental has hired Beverley Parrish as associate director to provide corporate responsibility advice to food industry companies. Parrish joins from Enviros...

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Kraft Foods has won a Clarion Award for the way it has publicized its partnership with the Rainforest Alliance and for introducing its Kenco Sustainable Development coffee brand in the UK. The...

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Unilever has come top in an analysis of the ethical performance of food and beverage companies. Research into 18 companies in the sector by Geneva-based research consultancy Covalence ranked...

glass is half full for upbeat SRI evangelist - news

EP talks to Robert Rubinstein, founder of this month’s Triple Bottom Line Investing conference, about the progress of socially responsible investment There are very few must-attend...

code overhaul outlaws ‘greenwash’ advertising - news

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

supermarkets perform patchily - news

The UK’s eight biggest supermarkets are making headway on corporate responsibility but their overall performance is patchy, says the National Consumer Council. The council’s first...

Global Compact de-lists 335 laggard companies - news

The United Nations has taken its most decisive action yet on ‘free rider’ signatories to the Global Compact by de-listing from its ranks 335 businesses that have failed, for at least two years...

Unilever subsidiary accused of violations in India - news

A complaint accusing the Indian Unilever subsidiary of labour rights violations has been made to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.      Hindustan Lever is...

Fairtrade Foundation plays down low wage claims - news

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

soy processors set up responsible alliance - news

Businesses involved in the production and processing of soya beans have set up a global organization to reduce the industry's negative social and environmental impacts. The Roundtable on...

Apple supplier cleared of human rights allegations - news

An independent investigation has discounted almost all allegations that human rights have been abused at Apple's iPod factory in Longhua, China. Verite, a non-profit social auditing and research...

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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...

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

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

food firms agree soya deal - news

Five multinational food trading companies have decided to stop sourcing soya beans grown on newly deforested land in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The US commodities giants ADM, Bunge and Cargill,...

fast food giant takes CSR into the blogosphere - news

McDonald’s has turned to internet ‘blogging’ to help it communicate its corporate responsibility messages. The global foodservice retailer has started a dedicated blogging site led by Bob...

FTSE4Good index unveils criteria on climate change - news

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

clothes chain throws its hat into the ethical trading ring - news

One of the UK’s largest high street clothes retailers, Primark, has shown an increased commitment to corporate responsibility by joining the Ethical Trading Initiative. By signing up, Primark, a...

sustainability goals set for government spending - news

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

Tesco counters criticism with a ten-point plan - news

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

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

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

Chinese public supports CSR standard - news

Almost two thirds of the general public in China think the country should have some kind of compulsory CSR standard, according to a new survey. The internet poll by Sohu Finance, the Beijing...

the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment are a welcome initiative - news

The last thing corporate social responsibility needs is a new acronym. That said, the Principles for Responsible Investment – PRI for short – launched last month in New York (see page one ) are...

row brews over Starbucks’ Guantánamo presence - news

Starbucks has been accused of failing to show a proper commitment to human rights by siting a coffee store at the controversial Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, where suspected terrorists...

too much talk and not enough action from food companies - news

Most of the world’s largest food companies are still not getting to grips with the potential harm in the goods they produce and sell, a study has found. An analysis of the biggest 25 food...

Tate & Lyle wins plaudits for school work - news

Tate & Lyle has won a gold award for its ‘outstanding community involvement’ from the UK-based Food and Drink Federation. The sugar company took the award for its community programme,...

Indian bank joins sustainability initiative - news

India's new-age Yes Bank has joined the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, whose corporate members work together to reduce social and environmental impacts through their...

inbrief - news

The world’s biggest food and drinks companies have only ‘limited’ systems to manage the risks posed by increasing obesity, according to Ethical Investment Research Services. Its study of six large...

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Coca-Cola is to allow an independent investigation into its labour relations in Colombia, where it has been dogged by allegations of complicity in human rights abuses connected with its bottling...

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...

inbrief - news

A network has been formed so that CSR practitioners and others can pool information on communicating their organizations’ sustainability work. The Compass Network is run by the London-based...

M&S uses fair trade to underline CSR campaign - news

Marks & Spencer hopes to steal a march on its competitors this month by becoming the first large UK retailer to sell clothing made from 100 per cent Fairtrade cotton. UK arrangements to...

ANZ prepares to apply ethical screen to suppliers - news

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

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...

palm oil sector addresses social obligations - news

Social impacts of the palm oil industry have been given equal prominence with environmental problems in a set of principles for the sector agreed by dozens of companies around the world....

M&S ready to extend dairy farm deal - news

Marks & Spencer is likely to extend a fair trade-style arrangement with UK dairy farmers to insulate them from extreme price fluctuations while ensuring a more sustainable milk supply for the...

inbrief - news

Karen Daragan has become vice president of strategy and social responsibility at Altria, the parent company of Kraft Foods, Philip Morris USA, Philip Morris International and Philip Morris...

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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...

Inditex moves to help factory collapse victims - news

Spanish clothing company Inditex is leading a move to set up a ‘solidarity fund’ for victims and families affected by the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh last year. Inditex was...

community project linked to Beijing Olympics - news

A healthy communities programme is to be piloted by the International Business Leaders’ Forum and the International Life Sciences Institute Focal Point in China as the country prepares for the...

palm oil principles agreed - news

Eight principles and nine criteria drawn up in Singapore by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have now been adopted. The standards cover many aspects of sustainability to ensure...

McDonald's makes key shift into CSR heartland - news

McDonald's has enhanced its status as an increasingly bona fide member of the CSR community by being accepted as a member of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, the US-based...

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...

Korean business helps Katrina victims - news

The Federation of Korean Industries has given 10billion won ($9.4m, £5.4m) to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated large areas of the southern US. The money is being channelled...

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Diageo has taken the rare step of declaring public policy lobbying positions in its latest Corporate Citizenship Report. The drinks and food multinational says that in 2004 it successfully...

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...

brand launch by Nestlé boosts fair trade hopes - news

A further sign that fair trade products are entering mainstream UK business came last month as the food giant Nestlé launched its first Fairtrade certified coffee. The new instant coffee...

'write plain English' is the advice to corporate reporters - news

Too many non-financial corporate reports fail to hold their readers' attention because they use complicated language and jargon, the founder of the Plain English Commission has warned....

Firms in Japan band together in campaign to aid starving people - news

Japanese businesses and individuals are starting a group in October to support the World Food Programme in trying to eradicate hunger in Africa. Uichiro Niwa, chairman of the trading company...

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...

nuance is new key to ranking - news

The company that runs the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes has claimed so many businesses are now getting to grips with their social and environmental responsibilities that the difference between...

marketing review board works, says drinks company - news

One of the world’s biggest alcoholic drinks companies has urged other businesses to copy its idea of creating a marketing review board that advises on responsible product marketing. Allied...

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...

Vietnam moves on sustainable fishing - news

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

data collection demands get Disney animated - news

Simply keeping up-to-date records on suppliers is one of the main challenges of Walt Disney's global programme to monitor labour standards, the project's European boss has said. Elise More, the...

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...

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

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

third sector should take leaf from business book - news

Companies have a lot to teach charities about social responsibility, argues Jon Duschinsky A while back, I was a reluctant participant at a conference given by the head of corporate social...

Wicks becomes Labour’s fifth CSR minister - news

The Labour Party’s UK election win last month has brought a new corporate social responsibility minister into office. Malcolm Wicks, the fifth CSR minister since the post was created in 2000,...

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Michele Sanders has moved to UK-based GoodCorporation as a verifier. Sanders previously worked in KPMG’s sustainability advisory services department as a specialist in the verification of...

food giant throws down pay gauntlet to its rivals - news

A division of the world’s second-largest restaurant company has challenged others in the fast food sector to follow its lead after directly intervening in its supply chain to almost double the...

gang labour law aids retailers - news

A regulatory body formed by the UK government is expected to allay retailers’ worries about risks to their reputation resulting from the use of unregulated gang labour by suppliers. The...

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David Gallacher has become Whitbread’s new corporate responsibility director. Gallacher, previously director of food innovation at the brewing and food company, replaces Jerry Marston.

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...

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...

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Kraft Foods is to stop advertising some of its products to 6-11 year olds as part of a commitment to address concerns about obesity. It says it will ‘shift the mix’ of products promoted in...

data overload hits chain - news

Somerfield, the UK’s fifth largest supermarket chain, is to set up a system to store information gathered in ethical checks on its suppliers. Somerfield began assessing the practices of more...

event managers bow to changing demands - news

The organizers of two of the world’s largest CSR and SRI conferences have shelved their showcase events, reflecting delegate demands for more specialized gatherings. After holding three annual...

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...

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The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on CSR is planning a series of meetings this year relating to media, pharmaceutical, utility, IT and telecoms, food and drink, and transport companies....

McDonald’s suppliers get the message - news

McDonald’s has now trained two-thirds of its global suppliers in social responsibility. The fast food group, which has 30,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries, had put 1813 of its 2670...

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Two supermarkets , Tesco and Somerfield, have begun stocking a fair trade coffee at prices close to those of mainstream brands. The Percol coffee, produced by UK-based Food Brands Group, costs...

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Unilever has been judged by its peers to be the best performing company on community and environmental responsibility. In a poll to decide the UK’s most admired company for 2004 the food giant...

Stakeholder Engagement Planning Overview - news

written and produced by Altria. 20 pages Obtainable from Ralph Rogers, director, corporate responsibility planning Ralph.Rogers@Altria.com Engaging with stakeholders, we often hear, can lead...

Cintas will come clean on compliance details - news

Cintas, North America’s largest uniform maker, is to report publicly for the first time on how its suppliers perform against its ethical code of conduct. The US-based company’s decision follows...

ethical palm oil principles beginning to take shape - news

Consultation ends this month on the first draft of globally applicable principles for sustainable palm oil production. The draft has been drawn up for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil...

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...

food firms begin to move on obesity - news

United Biscuits, the UK group with a £1.3billion ($2.4bn) turnover, is to encourage its European staff to tackle obesity. The company, which is owned by an international consortium called...

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...

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...

US companies back the voting message - news

US businesses have encouraged people to vote in the presidential election as part of a social responsibility initiative called Voteworks. Twenty-three companies, among them Fortune 100 member...

Manpower looks good on paper - news

Staff at the Hong Kong offices of Manpower, the recruitment consultancy, could use paper on both sides to minimize waste. The suggestion was one of the top five responses to a Manpower survey on...

firms meet on palm oil - news

Food companies, suppliers and non-governmental organizations will gather in Jakarta, Indonesia, early next month to discuss ways of reducing the negative social and...

Sedex system aims to reduce number of factory visits - news

A system to help companies share information from suppliers’ ethical audits has been set up on a password-protected website. The Sedex initiative allows data from...

cleaning products firms scrub up nicely - news

Every one of the world’s leading producers of personal hygiene and cleaning products has been given a good ethical performance rating by the German socially...

integrated CSR wins M&S major award - news

Marks & Spencer has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community Awards For Excellence. Judges said the UK-based retailer deserved...

media sector needs to measure its ‘brainprint’ - news

Media companies have been urged to consider whether their print and broadcast output has a socially responsible impact on people’s thinking. A new discussion paper...

Nestlé welcomed into SRI investment fold - news

Nestlé has been admitted to a list of stocks approved as socially responsible by an investment research firm based in Sweden. Analysts at GES Investment Services decided...

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A Nicaraguan court has ordered three US multinationals – Dole Food, Shell Chemicals and Standard Fruit – to pay a total of $83million (£46m) to 80 farmers affected by...

three food firms reject GMO use - news

Three of the largest food and drink producers now have a clear policy rejecting the use of genetically modified foodstuffs, according to the oekom research and rating...

move to stop obesity lawsuits - news

Legislation that would prevent people from suing food companies if they become obese has passed the first hurdle in the US House of Representatives. The...

mining firm helps locals plan ahead for closure - news

Rio Tinto has helped farmers near one of its mining sites in Indonesian Borneo to triple their harvest yields in advance of the mine’s closure, which begins this...

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UK culture secretary Tessa Jowell has decided against introducing measures to curb ‘junk food’ advertising to children – or to force food and drinks companies to use fewer...

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Two SRI analysts have left their jobs to start a company supplying ethical catering for CSR events. Vanessa and Clare Gabbett Mulhallen, sisters with catering...

Sodexho gives suppliers some food for thought - news

The US division of one of the world’s biggest catering and facilities management companies has sent a code of conduct to suppliers as part of its campaign to become a CSR...

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...

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CSR Europe has appointed Bernard Giraud as its new executive director. Giraud, a former board member of the corporate social responsibility network, has managed the...

CSR ‘has no bearing on big corporate scandals’ - news

It is naive and unrealistic to expect that socially responsible companies should be less prone to internal fraud or accounting scandals, delegates at a Rome conference have...

Cohen warns on conflict between growth and values - news

One of the leading pioneers of socially responsible business has warned other entrepreneurs not to imperil their companies’ values in the search for rapid growth....

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Coca-Cola is donating food aid worth $200,000 (£110,000) to communities in Zimbabwe. Maize, beans and cooking oil are being given by the company through the...

food firms act on obesity - news

Food and drinks companies are likely to face further reputational pressure next month when the World Health Organization announces its plans to tackle the spread of...

why the Race to the Top failed to reach a finish - news

A scheme to help major retailers compare and improve their social and environmental performance has ended in failure. Where did it all go wrong? Three years ago we...

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...

Danisco discovers room for improvement on CSR - news

Three-quarters of the production sites owned by the sugar and food ingredients group Danisco now comply with the company’s CSR policy, according to an internal assessment....

FTSE4Good gets tough on supply chain criteria - news

Companies without clearly defined policies and programmes on labour standards in their supply chains could soon be excluded from the FTSE4Good family of ethical indices....

cocoa firms set up schools to fight child labour in Africa - news

Field schools for West African cocoa farmers have been started by international cocoa and chocolate manufacturers to combat child labour. A coalition of companies and...

new move to end time-wasting - news

A database is being designed to reduce time-wasting multiple ethical audits of suppliers by western companies. The web-based system, known as Sedex, is managed by the UK...

supply chain moves prove to be long haul - news

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

Kesko leading Finnish retailers - news

Only one of Finland’s large retailers is showing a firm public commitment to corporate social responsibility, a study suggests. Kesko, which sells mainly food and clothes,...

Toyota is now best in class, says Dow Jones index - news

Toyota, a new entrant to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, was last month judged best in class in its sector at the third annual index review. The Japanese car...

three picked out as leaders - news

Cadbury Schweppes, Unilever and Danone have emerged as leaders on corporate social responsibility issues in an assessment of the global food products industry. The...

Tesco attempts to allay fears on ethical trading - news

The UK’s largest food retailer is seeking to dispel fears that it is reducing its commitment to ethical trading. Tesco says concerns that it has scaled down the resources it...

inbrief - news

Associated British Foods , Hilton Group and MMo2 are among companies showing the most improved performance in a sustainability matrix that ranks the FTSE 100 according...

Finnish network gains strength - news

Six more companies have joined Finnish Business & Society, a network that promotes corporate social responsibility. They are BNL Euro RSCG (consultancy), Fountain Park...

inbrief - news

Two high street retailers have joined the Ethical Trading Initiative, which brings together companies, non-governmental bodies and unions to set up supply chain monitoring...

Chiquita scoops reporting award - news

Two food companies are the joint winners of the first US Sustainability Reporting Awards. Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s and banana company Chiquita shared the...

Austrian and Irish workplaces head 100 list - news

Companies in Austria and Ireland have done particularly well in the first-ever list of the 100 best workplaces in the European Union. Nine firms in Austria and nine in...

McDonald’s serves up a first - news

McDonald’s Brazil has issued its first social report. The fast food chain, which has 36,000 employees in the country, spent a year drawing up the 54-page document....

supply chain managers struggle against ‘isolation’ - news

Company managers working on ethical supply chain initiatives too often operate in isolation with little support, money or understanding from other parts of the business,...

companies need to manage risk in the good times and the bad - news

When one of the founder members of a club leaves unexpectedly, people are bound to start asking questions. So it is with Littlewoods, whose unheralded announcement that it is...

sugar firms create code - news

The European sugar industry has agreed a set of minimum standards on corporate social responsibility. The voluntary standards, enshrined in a code of conduct that will...

confident ETI begins to expand its horizons - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative is to expand its membership beyond its traditional base of food and clothing companies as part of wider plans to engage more with the outside...

Beckett hints at sustainability regulation - news

The UK government’s environment secretary has joined the debate on the limits of the voluntary approach to corporate social responsibility. Announcing the development...

KFC hits back against animal welfare claims - news

Fast food corporation KFC has said it will resist an international campaign by animal welfare activists over alleged cruelty to chickens in its supply chain. KFC...

Littlewoods raises ire of NGOs and unions - news

One of the UK’s leading retailers is to scrap its entire ethical trading department and curtail its corporate social responsibility activity after a takeover....

Italian authority gives priority to SA8000 firms - news

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

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...

Chiquita’s CSR strategy improves staff outlook - news

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

UK’s ethical goods market makes further leap forward - news

Consumer spending on ethical goods in the UK rose by almost a fifth for the second year running in 2001, according to the Co-operative Bank’s Ethical Purchasing Index....

Euro parliament gets new CSR rapporteur - news

The post of rapporteur on corporate social responsibility for the European Parliament has changed political hands. Philip Bushill-Matthews, Conservative member of the European...

Co-op heads down new reporting path - news

The Co-operative Group is to make a major change to its social reporting regime. Until now the UK group has reported on the main aspects of its business in a rolling...

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...

ISO standard on CSR ‘feasible’ - news

A worldwide standard on corporate social responsibility, administered by the International Organization for Standardization, is ‘both desirable and feasible’, an ISO...

Unilever ready for sea change - news

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

child labour findings spur firms into action - news

Around 284,000 child labourers work in hazardous conditions on West African cocoa farms supplying western chocolate manufacturers, a study of the industry has found....

new code for financial sector - news

Eleven European companies and investment institutions have signed a set of seven principles intended to clarify how financial markets can encourage sustainable development....

inbrief - news

Nestle is supporting a community health programme that aims to check the spread of HIV/Aids in Africa. The Swiss food group is giving CHF3million, ($1.9m, £1.3m) over three...

M&S maps out socially responsible future - news

Marks and Spencer will produce a corporate social responsibility report in the summer of 2003, the company has pledged. The own-brand retailer says it will produce a...

tobacco firm enters CSR arena - news

British American Tobacco will begin the process of publishing no fewer than 13 different social reports this month as it becomes the first cigarette manufacturer to enter the...

Nordic firms move ahead with new CSR partnership - news

Some of the largest companies in Scandinavia have committed themselves to a set of sustainable business principles which they hope other firms in Nordic countries will adopt....

Nestle creates ombudsmen - news

Nestle is to appoint a number of ombudsmen charged with the task of uncovering unethical marketing of its baby milk formula by employees. The Swiss food group is...

McDonald’s begins work on compliance - news

McDonald’s is to develop ‘social compliance plans’ with its suppliers to help them meet the terms of its code of conduct. The fast food chain is currently carrying out...

inbrief - news

A series of protests were held against the Taco Bell fast food chain in the US last month as part of a ‘truth tour’ highlighting demands for improved working conditions and...

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....

call for compact violators to face trial - news

The United Nations is facing calls from non-governmental organizations for corporate signatories to its Global Compact to be held accountable for any violations. A...

French set the pace on reporting - news

The French government has outlined a series of social and environmental indicators that companies must legally report on from next year. In a decree implementing a new law...

Lattice leaps into first place - news

Lattice Group has jumped straight into joint top place in Business in the Environment’s (BiE) sixth annual Corporate Environmental Engagement Index published at the end of...

ETI companies extend reach to more suppliers - news

Member companies of the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative have significantly increased the percentage of suppliers they monitor for compliance against the...

M&S opens up its stores to homeless job seekers - news

One of the UK’s largest retailers is to use its stores and staff to help young homeless people improve their chances of finding a job. In a major programme, Marks...

Israeli firms take leadership role - news

Ten companies in Israel have agreed to act as a ‘leadership group’ on corporate social responsibility. The firms, which include First International Bank and Cellcom,...

Nestle tries to tackle questionnaire fatigue - news

One of the world’s largest food companies has become so fed up with processing questionnaires on its ethical performance that it may soon politely decline to complete them....

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...

challenging the banks on their lending policies - news

Commercial and investment banks need to broaden the range of risks they consider when assessing asset finance deals, says Alan Banks We all know that, despite the...

Dole still committed to ethical standard - news

The food company Dole has reiterated its commitment to using the SA8000 ethical trading standard despite scrapping a senior post in the company that included responsibility...

UK ethical purchases rise by 18 per cent - news

Consumer spending on ethical goods in the UK rose by almost a fifth in 2000, according to a purchasing index devised by the Co-operative Bank and the New Economics...

sustainable finance principles launched - news

City investment managers and NGO representatives meet this month to begin work on the London Principles for Sustainable Finance. The principles are backed by the...

Chiquita issues first CSR report - news

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

chocolate firms begin assault on slave labour - news

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

Dole scraps its top CSR post - news

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

Vogele commits itself to SA8000 - news

The Swiss clothes retailer Vogele has become a signatory to the SA8000 trading standard. The firm, which has 692 stores in Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands...

retailer’s supply chain work wins plaudits - news

The food retailer Coop Italia received the Humane Workplace Award at this year’s Corporate Conscience Awards for its work to improve conditions for workers in its supply...

responding to attacks on corporate reputation - news

Companies should make greater use of their web sites to respond to attacks by campaigners, argue Peter Knight and Simon Propper Should a company respond to the agendas of...

M&S taken off register over store closure plans - news

Marks & Spencer has been taken off the investment register of a European ethical investment research organization after being accused of failing to inform staff early...

inbrief - news

Burger King has announced plans to audit its meat and egg sourcing in the US against animal welfare guidelines including the American Meat Institute Good Management...

inbrief - news

Sainsbury is building a corporate social responsibility web site that will be launched in mid-June with links to its main web site. The UK food retailer already runs a site that...

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...

troubled Iceland begins rethink on social issues - news

The frozen food retailer Iceland is to re-examine its social responsibility measures in the wake of a boardroom shake-up that has seen the company scrap its organics-only...

Irish business ready to launch new CSR group - news

An Irish body for socially responsible businesses is to be officially launched in Dublin this month. Business in the Community Ireland will have 20 founding members,...

Nike outlines plan to improve conditions - news

Nike has announced a ‘remediation plan’ to deal with poor working conditions at its contract factories in Indonesia. The sports clothing manufacturer will introduce...

inbrief - news

Asda is to extend its flexible working practices to grandparents. The UK food retailer will allow them to take time off for the birth of a grandchild. Approximately 14,000 Asda...

UK non-reporters publicly named by minister - news

Reuters, Reed Elsevier, the Imperial Tobacco Group, United Business Media, Colt Telecom and the software company Sage have been named as ‘laggards’ on environmental reporting...

e-businesses get help on social responsibility - news

Three new European initiatives have been launched to help internet businesses become more aware of corporate social responsibility issues. The projects come at the...

Unibanco leads the way in Brazil with ethical research service - news

The sell-side equity research department of Brazilian bank Unibanco has launched a socially responsible investment (SRI) research service on Brazilian equities. The...

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...

Iceland looks at ending group sales of tobacco - news

The frozen food retailer Iceland is to review sales of tobacco through its cash-and-carry business Booker, with which it merged last summer. The study of tobacco...

Finnish retailer all set for first social report - news

Kesko is to produce its first social and environmental report next month. The report, compiled using guidelines developed by the Global Reporting Initiative, will...

making regeneration part of social responsibility - news

A new report, from a taskforce first announced by Gordon Brown, the chancellor, in February 2000, is likely to prompt businesses of all sizes and sectors to consider a review...

inbrief - news

Lord Peter Melchett, executive director of Greenpeace, is to join the food retailer Iceland in February as an advisor on social and environmental issues, following his...

Kraft expands its social marketing role - news

The food company Kraft is to embark on the third phase of a social marketing programme for disadvantaged children in Hungary this month when it launches a partnership with a...

  UK-based food and drug retailer The Boots group has developed a community investment intranet site to encourage staff members to get involved in the company’s...

CWS unveils social report - news

The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) has published its first social report. The 60-page document covers the co-operative’s food retailing business, and is largely...

European rating for 2001 - news

Plans for a sustainability index that rates the social and environmental performance of European companies have been announced by a Dutch company. The Trilogy index,...

SA8000 boost for food supplier - news

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

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...

McDonald’s begins audit - news

McDonald’s Restaurants is to carry out an internal social audit of its UK operations. The UK fast food chain, which is technically a separate entity from other McDonald’s...

Danone publishes first social audit - news

The French food and drinks group Danone has issued its first social report. The Paris-based conglomerate, which employs 76,000 people in 120 countries and owns the Volvic and...

inbrief - news

Food and drinks conglomerate Diageo has decided to extend compensation payments to victims of the Thalidomide drug which one of its constituent companies – Distillers...

Dole goes for SA8000 mark - news

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

inbrief - news

Amanda Bowman has joined food and drinks conglomerate Diageo as head of community involvement. Bowman was previously director of corporate community investment at Business in the...

AstraZeneca and Glaxo in social partnerships - news

Two leading companies working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields have announced private-public partnerships intended to improve public health in the third world....

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...

Sainsbury’s steps up role as food donor - news

Sainsbury’s is claiming to have become the first UK supermarket to appoint a community resources manager to co-ordinate policy on food donation. The company has appointed Martin...

more supermarkets sign fair trade deals - news

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

business misses e-trick - news

UK companies are revealing very little via the internet about their policies on social, environmental and ethical issues such as child labour, climate change and genetically modified...

banana companies agree to ethical trading pilot - news

Three of the world’s largest banana companies have agreed to take part in a pilot project aimed at improving labour standards on their estates in central America. Dole, Chiquita and...

inbrief - news

One fifth of FTSE 100 companies offer no commitment to improve performance in their environment reports, according to a new study. An analysis by Oxford-based Oxera...

US funds ask firms to back ethical trading - news

The head of New York City’s pension funds has written to food companies in the United States urging them to adopt and implement the SA8000 ethical trading standard. In a letter...

Indian child labour project targets football stitchers - news

A new scheme to eliminate child labour in the football stitching industry of northern India has begun under the supervision of the Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) consultancy....

Northern Foods briefs stakeholders - news

Northern Foods has set up a new forum that allows a wide range of employees to discuss ‘company- wide transnational issues’ such as business strategy, mergers, health and safety,...

Scottish Life goes ethical - news

Scottish Life has launched its first ethical pension fund. The Edinburgh-based company will use positive and negative screening provided by the Ethical Investment Research Service...

Waitrose prepares report on ethical trading - news

The Waitrose supermarket chain is to publish its first ethical trading report early next year. The report, which will outline progress the UK food retailer has made...

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...

warning for business on equal opps - news

An influential quango has warned businesses they have two years to improve their performance on equal opportunities before it reconsiders the threat of tougher legislation....

food firms urged to ban cage eggs - news

Food manufacturers and supermarkets have been urged to boycott eggs from battery hens before a European ban on their use comes into effect in 2012. Compassion in World Farming...

Iceland freezes out additives - news

UK retailer Iceland Frozen Foods has attempted to build on its campaign against GM products by cutting out artificial colours and flavours from its own label food. The move,...

fair trade leader reports another good year for its suppliers - news

Traidcraft, the UK’s biggest fair trade company, has reported its seventh successive year of growth in purchases from suppliers. The Gateshead-based business, which sells food,...

Diageo maps an ethical way forward for its staff - news

Food and drinks conglomerate Diageo has produced corporate citizenship guidelines for its 77,000 employees around the world. The guidelines, which are being distributed to...

M&S makes a move on animal feed - news

Marks & Spencer has promised to become the first UK high street retailer to start removing genetically modified soya and maize ingredients from animal feed used to produce its...

inbrief - news

Sainsbury's has been referred to the Advertising Standards Authority over claims in newspaper adverts that it is the first major supermarket to start offering all its own-label...

inbrief - news

Greenpeace will devote more resources to campaigning against multinationals whose sustainable development 'rhetoric' fails to match reality, the group's executive director Thilo...

inbrief - news

Gerber, the largest US baby foods company, is to exclude genetically modified ingredients from its products. The company is a subsidiary of the Swiss company Novartis, which has...

Iceland scoops conscience award for its ban on GMO food products - news

Iceland Frozen Foods has won an international Corporate Conscience Award for its pioneering stance on genetically modified organisms. The UK retailer has been awarded a...

food manufacturers move away from GM ingredients - news

Almost all of the UK’s leading food manufacturers have removed or are removing genetically modified ingredients from their food products, according to a new survey. A Friends of...

Cadbury asks suppliers for green credentials - news

Cadbury Schweppes suppliers have been told to report back on their environmental performance as part of a drive to improve the food and drinks conglomerate’s ecological...

inbrief - news

Tesco is to carry out more opinion research on genetically modified organisms in the wake of its decision to remove GM ingredients from products 'wherever it is practical to...

inbrief - news

Fresh ways of analysing the risks and ethical problems surrounding genetically modified crops are to be offered in a new study due out shortly. The research, funded by...

inbrief - news

Marks & Spencer has said its pledge to remove genetically modified ingredients from St Michael food products should begin to take effect 'before the end of June'. It claims the 'vast...

Iceland food policy reaps dividends - news

Frozen food retailer Iceland has been swamped with calls from firms wanting to copy its policy on genetically modified foods. The group says its pioneering ban on GM foods – brought...

business sets up fresh link to community - news

A new panel of business leaders and top level councillors has been set up to foster links between businesses and local communities. The forum, which has not yet been named,...

Foreign Office guide will stick to the ethical basics - news

The man responsible for drawing up a new Foreign Office manual to help companies invest ethically overseas has said the guide will take a tough stance on child labour, the...

Co-operative Bank holds fire on GMOs - news

The Co-operative Bank has decided to adopt a wait and see approach on genetically modified organisms. The bank, which recently strengthened its ethical stance on a number of...

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RINA SERVICES S.p.A - directory

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

TwentyFifty Ltd - directory

twentyfifty builds the capacity of companies to understand and address their impacts and lead change that serves both business and society.  We have over a decades experience of business...

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

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

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2017 - reports

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

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...

Cargill boosts positive impact for customers and communities - reports

Building on strong earnings in fiscal 2017, Cargill is working to continue growing its business and corporate responsibility impact. The company’s 2017 annual report, launched today,...

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.

U.S. Dairy Community Releases Sixth Sustainability Report - reports

From farm to table, transparency and ingenuity drive dairy forward, as demonstrated in the newly released  2016 U.S Dairy Sustainability Report , which updates stakeholders on the progress...

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...

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...

2016 Co-op Way Report - reports

The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with over 4 million active members. Its purpose is ‘Championing a better way of doing business for you and your...

Wessanen releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Every year Wessanen releases its integrated Annual Report including the latest Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s approach to creating environmental and social impact.

Walmart Highlights Progress in Creating Shared Value in Tenth Annual Global Responsibility Report - reports

Walmart today released its tenth annual Global Responsibility Report, which looks back at the company’s progress during fiscal year 2017 in advancing the key areas of opportunity,...

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...

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.

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...

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. today released its annual  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report for fiscal 2016 , highlighting the company’s ongoing support for people in its...

Macsween highlights commitment to sustainability and employee welfare with publication of 2014/2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Macsween’s approach to business is influenced by a three generation, 60 year tradition of growth, responsibility and innovation. Over the past 10 years, as Managing Directors, James &...

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

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

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...

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...

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2016 - reports

“Sustainability goes hand in hand with the Tetra Pak brand promise – PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™ – and the three pillars on which it stands: food, people and futures. Our...

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...

Ball Corporation Releases 2016 Sustainability Report, Sets Clear Path for the Future - reports

Ball Corporation’s fifth biennial sustainability report details the company’s progress toward its updated priorities – product stewardship, operational excellence, talent...

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...

Hormel Foods Shares Food Journey in 10th Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As the company celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced the launch of its 10th annual corporate responsibility report. The report is...

Kellogg Company Listens to Consumers, Helps Farmers, Relieves Hunger as Highlighted in New Report - reports

In honor of World Environment Day on June 5, Kellogg Company is pleased to share its ninth annual Global Corporate Responsibility Report, now available online at www.KelloggCompany.com. As a...

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...

Nestlé Announces the Finalists for the 2016 CSV Prize - reports

High-quality vanilla from the foot of Kilimanjaro or cassava starch and garri from South West Cameroon?   With the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul,...

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

Delhaize Group Releases 2015 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Company on the way to achieving Supergood Sustainability Ambition International food retailer Delhaize Group announced the publication of its 2015 Sustainability Progress Report online at...

Kesko’s Integrated Annual Report tells about the progress of the new strategy - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2015 describes how people and society benefit from the operations of the K-Group. In addition to the progress of Kesko’s strategy and corporate responsibility...

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...

Woolworths Limited Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report 2015 - reports

The 2015 CR Report concludes the implementation of Woolworths Sustainability Strategy 2007-2015. Woolworths successfully completed 31 out of its 34 key targets and commitments in the Strategy.

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

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

U.S. Dairy Industry Plays a Leading Role to Build a More Resilient, Sustainable Food System - reports

Through a shared commitment, U.S. dairy farmers, importers and businesses work together to provide people with the nutritious dairy products they want, in a way that is improving the social,...

A Better Way for Life: Sealed Air Releases 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

“At Sealed Air, sustainability is a business imperative and a business driver. It is critical to the long-term success of our company to consider the full life cycle of each and every...

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

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

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...

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...

Delhaize Group releases 2014 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, has published its 2014 Sustainability Progress Report today online at http://sustainabilityreport.delhaizegroup.com.

M&S publishes its first update on Plan A 2020 and how it creates sustainable value - reports

The 2015 M&S Plan A Report is the international retailer’s first update on its Plan A 2020 targets launched last year.

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.

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...

Wessanen, 250 years on, our journey to a green future - reports

Healthier food, healthier people, healthier planet     Wessanen is a leading company in the European market for healthy and sustainable food. It achieved revenue from...

The Maersk Group publishes its Sustainability Report 2014 - reports

Having launched a new sustainability strategy in 2014, Maersk continues to address sustainability challenges in a way that creates value for society and for its business.

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

BSCI Annual Conference 2014 Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

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!

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)...

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...

Mars, Incorporated Publishes 2013 Principles in Action Summary - reports

Mars, Incorporated publishes its fourth annual Principles in Action Summary on mars.com , which details the company’s approach to business – the challenges it shares with society,...

Vodafone publishes in-depth insight into law enforcement disclosure as part of annual Group Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone has published its first Law Enforcement Disclosure report offering a detailed insight into the legal frameworks, governance principles and operating procedures associated with...

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...

Stakeholders' voice is heard in Kesko's Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Kesko’s revised, online Corporate Responsibility Report provides information on the objectives, actions and results of Kesko’s responsibility programme and work according to the new...

Smiles for the Future Bel Group publishes second CSR report - reports

“Our CSR program is specific to us: firstly, because it addresses the issues that directly affect our growth strategy and, secondly, because it draws on our nature as a global operator in...

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...

edie Sustainability Skills Workshop - calendar

A unique edie workshop designed to arm you with the essential tools and inspiration to become a sustainability leader of tomorrow. The edie Sustainability Skills Workshop brings...

SGS sets out its contribution to sustainability - reports

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

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...

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...

7th Smart Grids & Cleanpower IIOT Conference Expo - calendar

7th Smart Grids & Cleanpower IIOT Cambridge UK 27-28 June 2016 Day 1 Tech Corp Exec Briefing & MasterClass Day & Dinner Evening Day 2 Business Conference & Demo...

Building Sustainable Agri-Supply Chains - Olam's CR&S Report - reports

Building Sustainable Supply Chains - agri-business Olam International's Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

Sustainable Retail Summit - calendar

We know we need to run better businesses in support of better lives and a better planet, but how to do this in a manner that is good for business too?  Find the answer at a new industry...

Sustainable Cosmetics Summit - calendar

The  North American edition  of this executive summit will feature ethical labels, green formulations, food-based cosmetics, and sustainability metrics. What practical steps can be...

Creating Shared Value Forum 2012 - reports

Join our live discussion on Creating Shared Value: the role of business in development

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

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

Create successful partnerships with key stakeholders - calendar

Timberland to Share Partnership Strategy   Timberland will be joined by Starwood Hotels and Resorts and William Jackson Food Group on 1st December to share their strategy around...

Supply Chain Transparency: A Key Driver to Consumer Buying Behaviour - calendar

The objective of this webinar is to present the results of a recent study on the Impact of Supply Chain Transparency on Consumer Trust and new innovative technology solutions to manage supply...

Interface launches first bio-based nylon carpet tiles - reports

Global carpet tile maker Interface launch new commercial product.

Responsible Investment Annual Review 2011/12 - reports

The third Annual Responsible Investment Review from Co-operative Asset Management (TCAM) Released.

Vodafone Publishes its 2012/13 Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its Sustainability Report 2012/13 in which they outline their social and economic contribution across their 30 operating countries.

Delhaize Group releases 2012 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group releases 2012 Sustainability Progress Report and confirms its commitment to sustainability through the launch of a bold new sustainability strategy “2020 Ambition –...

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - calendar

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

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

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014 - calendar

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014 29-30 May hosted by Credit Suisse, 1 Madison Avenue, New York "Connecting The Dots" The program balances topics on both ESG...

Nestlé report sets out forward-looking commitments - reports

TBLI Conference 2014 - calendar

“Connecting the Dots” At TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 , attendees are invited to choose from 16 sessions, divided into three 'Tracks’: ESG, Impact Investing and...

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+.

Global Food Safety Initiative - calendar

The Global Food Safety Conference is one of the leading annual food safety events that brings together over 1000+ top food safety experts and decision makers from the food industry from over 60...

Sustainable Foods Summit - calendar

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

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...

First International Conference on Global Food Security - calendar

The First International Conference on Global Food Security aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from interdisciplinary research....

GREEN LEADERS SUMMIT 2013 - calendar

Green Leaders Summit 2013 – A Chance of a Lifetime to Meet some of the most Influential Green Leaders of the World   Green World City, with the support of United Nations...

Autogrill Group publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Now in its seventh edition, this year’s Sustainability Report shows the Sustainability Roadmap for the 2012-2015 three-year time span.

Bayer drives forward global sustainability commitments - new report published - reports

The Bayer Group has published its 2011 Sustainable Development Report. The Bayer Group is well on the way to implementing its comprehensive Sustainability Program. This is underlined by the...

Marks and Spencer publishes 2012 How We Do Business report - reports

Marking the fifth anniversary of its Plan A, Marks & Spencer today publishes its 2012 How We Do Business Report.

Delhaize Group presents its fifth Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer presents its fifth Sustainability Progress Report. The online report reflects on the Group’s sustainability performance over the period...

Morrisons publishes its sixth Corporate Responsibility review - reports

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, the UK's fourth largest supermarket, has published its sixth Corporate responsibility review.

LEAD Fellowship Programme - calendar

Building on 20 years delivering world class sustainability leadership programmes, LEAD Europe is launching a brand new Fellowship Programme for 2012/13. Combining the best of virtual learning...

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...

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...

The Rezidor Hotel Group has published its Responsible Business Report - reports

Recently included for the third time on the World's Most Ethical Companies list, the Rezidor Hotel Group today publishes its Responsible Business Report.

MA Economics for Transition - achieving low carbon, high well-being, resilient economies - calendar

A full-time one-year programme (approved and awarded through the University of Plymouth) Schumacher College is the first in the world to offer a postgraduate programme in Economics for...

Complexity and Collaboration: Applying Complexity Theory to Organisational Transformation - calendar

Successful organisations no longer operate in a “top-down” fashion, and benefit from empowering their employees to work collaboratively. Yet many organisations are stuck in hierarchical ways of...

Green Entrepreneurship in Action - calendar

Schumacher College is partnering with the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs to create a groundbreaking fortnight of courses around the theme of green enterprise. Week 1 - The Green...

Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture Workshop - calendar

Drawing on two decades’ experience working with companies such as Syngenta, Cadbury and Starbucks, this innovative one day training workshop will improve your understanding of biodiversity and...

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,...

Standard Chartered publishes its 2011 Sustainability Review - reports

Standard Chartered launches its sixth annual Sustainability Review, setting out how it has delivered on its strategy to provide a strong return for shareholders, while creating social and...

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan - reports

A news update from Unilever

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2011 CSR Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, 'A clear view', launches today. The Partnership - the largest employee-owned company in the UK with 76,500 permanent...

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan News - reports

A news update from Unilever

Danisco publishes 2010/11 Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco A/S, a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions, has published its 2010/2011 sustainability report, "Ingredients for a Changing World".  The report,...

Delhaize publishes new Corporate Responsibility Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, presents its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Progress Report.

FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards - calendar

The FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards, the major global awards for environmentally and socially responsible banking and investment, now in their seventh year, have attracted 161 entries from 145...

World Sustainable Agriculture Congress 2012 - calendar

World Sustainable Agriculture Congress 2012 serves as the timely international meeting place bringing together businesses from across the entire food and agribusiness value chain to explore...

Ericsson releases annual Sustainability and CR report - reports

Ericsson's annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report titled "Technology for Good", released today, highlights the company's ongoing efforts to apply innovation to market based...

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.

Global CSR Summit 2011 - calendar

Asia's most prestigious event on corporate social responsibility, The Global CSR Summit & The Global CSR Awards are back for the 3rd successive year.    Based on popular feedback, we...

East Asian Solutions for Global Food Security - calendar

As predictions for global population growth are revised to 10 billion by 2100, and with most of that growth in Asia, how can long-term global food security be achieved in Asia in a sustainable way?...

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.

Sainsbury's publishes CR Report 2010 - reports

Sainsbury's has published its Corporate Responsibility Review Report 2010. Following feedback from stakeholders, this year's full report is only available online and is supported by a...

The Sustainable Foods Summit - calendar

The Sustainable Foods Summit will explore new horizons in sustainability for eco-labels. How do organic, fair trade and other eco-labels contribute to sustainability? What role should they play in...

Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships Summit - calendar

The food production industry is under significant pressure to adjust to the impacts of climate change, scarcity of natural resources, increasing population and changes of industry regulations. The...

Sulzer publishes its Sustainability Report 2009 - reports

The Swiss multinational engineering company Sulzer has released its Sustainability Report 2009

Marks & Spencer launch 2010 How We Do Business Report - reports

Three years on from the launch of Plan A, Marks & Spencer is providing a progress bulletin for its stakeholders in its 2010 How We Do Business Report

Delhaize Group presents third Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report.

Unilever publishes its latest Sustainable Development Report - reports

Unilever's latest Sustainable Development Report outlines an ambitious new vision to double the size of its business while reducing its environmental impact.

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...

Corporate responsibility and emerging technologies - calendar

You are invited to the first major conference in the UK which focuses on a new agenda for corporate responsibility - the social and ethical dilemmas involved in the use of emerging...

Responsible Business Summit 2010 - calendar

Do you want to learn how to use CSR to drive innovation and opportunity? From 55 of the biggest and most successful corporate practitioners at work today? Then attend the Responsible Business...

Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project - calendar

A three stage global project which will discuss the possibilities of biofuel in the future and challenge controversial issues such as the food vs. fuel debate.  Local and regional issues will...

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...

3rd Gain Business Alliance Global Forum - calendar

Accelerate your commitment to the fight against malnutrition!   Join GAIN Business Alliance members, GAIN staff and more than 100 company and stakeholder participants in Amsterdam on 27 May...

Corporate Responsibility 2009: Building a New Corporate Agenda - calendar

Conference Overview Whether the issue is climate change, economic growth, or accountability, multinational companies today are under unprecedented pressure to play their part in solving the major...

Danisco publishes its 8th Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco has published its eighth annual sustainability report, entitled "Responsibility in life and in business"

Delhaize Group publishes 2008 CR Report - reports

The report details how Delhaize's new CSR strategy focuses on three main themes (products, people and planet) and five focus areas: food safety, health and wellness, associate development, energy...

Sainsbury's launches CR Report 2009 - reports

Sainsbury’s today publishes its CR Report 2009, entitled ‘140 years of making a difference’.

Ethical Sourcing Forum North America - calendar

Broaden your understanding of sustainable business practices currently transforming global supply chain practices by attending the Ethical Sourcing Forum and learn about models that are being...

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...

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...

Ethical sourcing forum Europe - calendar

This leadership forum will deliver new strategies and practices to address the latest social and environmental challenges facing global supply chain professionals and stakeholders. With its core...

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.

The Guardian Climate Change Summit 2008 - calendar

Fighting climate change fatigue: how to keep stakeholders engaged Climate change is rarely out of the news, but increased awareness has brought mixed messages, confusion and the risk of fatigue....

The Co-operative Group CSR Report - reports

The Group’s new Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004 reveals that community investment stood at £7.3m ($12.9m), or 3.2 per cent of pre-tax profit, up from 2.5 per cent in 2003 despite a 26...

The Anti-corruption Summit USA - calendar

How to effectively manage compliance and ethics, globally At this conference you will gain cutting edge knowledge and information on: How to manage risk: find out about new emerging risks...

2nd Sustainability Summit: Asia 2007 - calendar

Focus 2007 The Primary goal of the 2nd Sustainability Summit: Asia 2007 is to foster Partnerships for Action. Partnerships forged among business, civil society and governments during and after...

The Marks & Spencer Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has just published its latest CSR Report covering performance during 2004/05. This is the high street retailer's second Report following its Review published in June 2003.

Marks & Spencer publishes fourth annual CR Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has published its fourth annual CR Report - How We Do Business 2007

Biofuels Conference - calendar

There has been enormous development and significant industrial growth in the Biofuel markets over the last couple of years and it is set for further dramatic growth over the coming...

Corporate Climate Response - calendar

Companies are taking the lead in responding to climate change because it makes good business sense. Whether it’s saving money through energy efficiency and waste minimization or capitalizing on...

The Guardian Climate Change Summit - calendar

Everywhere you look people are talking about climate change. How we can respond as individuals is well documented, but what about our corporate responsibility? How easy is it to reconcile...

Rabobank Group publishes Annual Sustainability Report 2006 - reports

The newly-published Rabobank Group Annual Sustainability Report 2006 focuses on climate change and the sustainability of production in food and agriculture.

Tetra Pak aligns its environmental goals with Paris Climate Agreement - bestpractice

Former UK Education Secretary Michael Gove’s assertion that “people have had enough of experts” came to symbolise last summer’s Brexit referendum debates. But when it...

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...

Kellogg partners for progress  - bestpractice

Kellogg works with local charities and NGO’s to run breakfast programmes for children in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Russia, Denmark and Sweden. Tom Idle reports.  ...

Giving back the Aimia way to create real social value - bestpractice

A Data Philanthropy model pairs analytics experts with specific charities to drive greater social impact through new knowledge and insights. Tom Idle reports…   In 2014,...

The Nestlé Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2006 - reports

Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, has released its 2006 corporate social responsibility report, entitled The Nestlé concept of corporate responsibility as implemented in...

Giving back the Aimia way to create real social value - bestpractice

A Data Philanthropy model pairs analytics experts with specific charities to drive greater social impact through new knowledge and insights. Tom Idle reports…     In...

Sainsbury's CR Report 2007 - reports

The report outlines Sainsbury's work in delivering its five core CR principles in 2006/07: being The best for food and health; Sourcing with integrity; Respect for our environment; Making a...

The Sainsbury Corporate Responsibility Report 2004/5 - reports

The report outlines Sainsbury’s approach to corporate responsibility, its central role to the business, and some of the CR highlights from the last year of activity.

Corporate responsibility and global business: implications for corporate and marketing strategy - calendar

Corporate responsibility has gone global, securing the attention of business leaders, governments and NGOs to an extent never seen before. The strategic significance of corporate responsibility...

Reaping the rewards of supporting dairy farmers - bestpractice

T here’s a Polish proverb that goes: “If the farmer is poor, then so is the whole country”. It’s a problem that Tetra Pak is highly aware of – it recognizes the...

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...

Acquiring a taste for the circular economy - bestpractice

Food waste is a growing scandal which now has the public’s full attention. In the United States and much of Western Europe, food scraps constitute around 19% of the waste dumped in...

Taking a singular approach to CSR - bestpractice

Breakfasts for Better Days (BfBD) Kellogg’s hunger relief programme, started in 2013 with the clear intention of creating a single global focus for all of Kellogg’s CSR activities....

Building a better future for children in Sierra Leone - bestpractice

Last year CBRE announced its partnership with Plan International, the international children’s development organisation, in a shared vision to transform a generation of children –...

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...

The 4th Annual BALLE conference - 'Creating Sustainable Communities' - calendar

Organised by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, this conference also brings together community leaders and business network leaders who to promote locally owned businesses, green...

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...

Right Corporate Wrongs: How do we make business work for people and planet? - calendar

Speakers: Joanna Blythman, food chain campaigner and author Dorothy Guerrero, Focus on the Global South Tony Juniper, Executive Director, Friends of the Earth Philippe Legrain,...

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....

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.

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

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...

Taking a look on the BRIGHT side - bestpractice

If you are a giant food retailer, say, or clothing manufacturer, the route towards greater corporate responsibility – and mutually beneficial responsibility – is pretty clear: look...

Developing an appetite for work - bestpractice

Yum! Brands is the parent company of KFC, the restaurant chain that boasts over 40,000 outlets worldwide, making it the largest fast food franchise on the planet. In the UK, the company...

Acquiring a taste for shared value - bestpractice

Maggi bouillon cubes are big in West and Central Africa. Huge. Drive around and you can see cafes decorated with Maggi packaging and painted in the Maggi colours. The Maggi ‘cooking...

Powering up the Pod - bestpractice

Launched in 2008, the idea behind the Pod, EDF Energy’s award winning sustainable schools initiative, was that it was to help young people understand energy and the wider issues associated...

A job recipe that works - bestpractice

When it came to lunch on the go, college friends Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham were fed up with the usual fast-food fodder. They wanted what they saw as healthier, tastier options. And...

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...

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...

Delhaize Group releases its 1st Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The international food retailer, Delhaize Group, has published its first Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled 'A Healthy Approach to Life'.

a healthy outlook - bestpractice

As a catering company, Compass has decided it should not be content just with providing lunchtime food to millions of school pupils - it wants to educate them too. While it has wisely steered clear...

promoting healthy diets - bestpractice

Morou and Claire are worlds apart. One lives in northern Ghana; the other in South Carolina. Together they represent the two faces of what health experts are now terming ‘nutrition security’....

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...

The BSCI has issued its 2007/2008 annual report - reports

The report reveals that after 5 years of existence, the BSCI has already reached over 1,85 million workers in the supply chains worldwide.

raising the bar - bestpractice

If asked to name one of the world’s leading dairy farming nations, few westerners would think of Pakistan. Yet dairy farming in this huge country accounts for almost ten per cent of gross...

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...

taking a holistic view - bestpractice

Imagine, for a moment, a company that is the world’s biggest supplier of a product for which demand is steadily growing and upon which its customers depend. Imagine, too, that the company has a...

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...

bridging the boredom gap - bestpractice

Nestlé UK is supporting programmes for teenagers that aim to tackle after-school restlessness that can lead to anti-social behaviour and even crime. At the same...

RAISING HEALTH AWARENESS - bestpractice

The food company Nestle’s work in Russian schools to make children more aware of the links between diet and health is a rare example of the use of western...

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...

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS - bestpractice

Corporate social responsibility is not practised only by large companies. A small hotel in southern England has developed innovative policies designed to improve the...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Diageo's work with the Tomorrow’s People charity to help unemployed people find jobs – and to support them once they have found one – is a...

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