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Whitbread's Environmental Leadership - news

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

Costa steps up recycling of used cups - news

By Brian Collett —  Costa, Britain’s largest coffee shop chain, has begun a scheme to recycle all its used takeaway cups. The company expects at least 30 million cups will be...

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.   ...

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

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

It's "moral time" to close the gender pay gap - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The issue of pay and gender equality is high on the international news agenda. Actress Robin Wright recently demanded to be paid the same as co-star Kevin Spacey for...

Travel company books Fair Trade holiday of a lifetime - news

Sumak Travel, the UK based social enterprise that specialises in Latin American ecotourism, has partnered with the Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF) to launch a range of Fair...

Costa scoops three wins for energy management - news

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

Shine like a diamond - news

Renowned jewellery retailer Tiffany is looking to drive meaningful change and lead in sustainable luxury. Anisa Kamadoli Costa , chief sustainability officer, tells Laura Klepacki how...

Putting the sparkle back into sustainable luxury? - news

As part of its ongoing Journey to Sustainable Luxury project, Chopard, the Swiss luxury watch, jewellery and accessories company, recently teamed up with Eco Age, a brand consultancy that helps...

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,...

Costa's commitment to sustainability acknowledged by SRA - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has become the first café brand to win a two star sustainability rating by the   Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Costa...

Whitbread to set sugar and salt reduction targets - news

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

New York jeweller Tiffany appoints first chief sustainability officer - news

Prestigious New York jeweler Tiffany & Co has appointed the company’s first-ever chief sustainability officer with its stated aim “to elevate the company’s sustainability...

Petrobras pays price for 8 years of corruption - news

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

Costa to extend literacy skills pilot in UK - news

Whitbread-owned Costa is to extend its partnership with Save The Children and its Born to Read programme. The coffee chain hooked up with the children’s charity last year, operating...

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

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

Petrobas director in corruption spotlight - news

A former director of Petrobras, Brazil’s largest company and the largest oil group in Latin America, is being investigated for bribery. Brazilian federal prosecutors have accused...

M&S throws itself into the Big Beach Clean-Up - news

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched the Beach Clean Frisbee, a toy made from recycled plastic, including plastic collected by M&S customers and employees at last year’s Big...

SC Johnson expands crusade against dengue and malaria - news

SC Johnson says it is expanding its dengue and malaria prevention initiatives in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Mexico, Costa Rica and Vietnam. The household products...

L'Oréal's Sharing Beauty for All nominates expert panel - news

L’Oréal’s latest sustainability commitment, Sharing Beauty for All, is being monitored by a panel of experts headed by José Maria Figueres, former president of Costa...

Kids say thanks a latte for online tool - news

Costa for Schools (costaforschools.com), is a new online tool to support teachers and help students understand more about communities in coffee growing countries. Developed in conjunction...

P&G builds on partnership with Habitat for Humanity - news

American FMCG titan Procter & Gamble (P&G) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to fund the construction, repair, and cleaning of homes in 12 countries around the world. The...

Costa coffee chain brews up online teaching platform - news

Whitbread-owned coffee chain Costa is heading back to the classroom. Costa for Schools (www.costaforschools.com), is a new online tool to support teachers and help students understand more about...

P&G ramps up partnership with Habitat for Humanity - news

American FMCG titan Procter & Gamble (P&G) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to fund the construction, repair, and cleaning of homes in 12 countries around the world. The...

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

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

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

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

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...

Coffee maker optimistic that it will reach targets - news

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

Card operator extends financial advice scheme - news

Mastercard is to expand its financial education programme for consumers to the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean, after successful schemes in Mexico and Brazil. The banking and...

Swedes back HER project - news

The Swedish government has stepped in with $1million to expand a global corporate programme that helps factories in the developing world provide healthcare advice and facilities for female...

Chiquita goes for ethical pineapples - news

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

Work begins on global social auditing standard - news

A step towards developing international social auditor standards has been taken in the US, with the backing of the Department of State’s Office of International Labour Affairs. The...

Costa beats coffee target - news

Costa, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, announced last month that all coffee sold in its 785 British stores is now made from beans ‘sustainably grown’ on farms certified by...

coffee business opts for ethical bean supply - news

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

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...

US intervenes to promote ethics in its own backyard - news

The US government has made a rare direct foray into the world of corporate responsibility by providing $2million (£960,000) to improve labour standards and practices in Latin America. The grant,...

Marriot takes action on sex tourism - news

The Marriott hotel group has revised its human rights policy specifically to tackle the sexual exploitation of children on its premises after shareholders filed a resolution on the subject and...

ethical trading flagship has had limited impact - news

One of the world’s longest-running ethical supply chain management initiatives has generally led to only minor improvements in workplace standards – or none at all – during its first decade....

Vietnam gets youth careers initiative - news

Vietnam is among the countries to which the International Business Leaders’ Forum is to extend its Youth Career Initiative, a project that equips young people for the hotel and tourism trade. The...

East Europeans fare well - news

Estonia, Slovenia and Lithuania have been judged the best emerging-country performers in an index that ranks companies and governments on their efforts to promote and implement responsible...

central CSR departments lose out at two big firms - news

Evidence that centralized CSR departments can be among the first casualties of corporate restructuring has emerged from drinks company Allied Domecq and hospitality group Whitbread. Allied...

bill posters under challenge - news

Some of the UK's largest firms are being targeted by a campaign that claims they are acting irresponsibly by erecting billboards beside England's roads. The Campaign to Protect Rural...

Latin America ‘weak’ on business ethics - news

Corporate responsibility in Latin America and the Caribbean is still ‘relatively weak and unevenly distributed’ despite growing interest in the field, according...

inbrief - news

Starbucks is investing $1million (£560,000) in three fairtrade coffee co-operatives in Latin America. The money will be channelled through the US-based Calvert Social Investment...

Chiquita meets SA8000 target - news

Bureau Veritas Quality International has certified Chiquita’s banana farms in Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama to the SA8000 ethical workplace standard. Chiquita’s...

Finland tops league table of CSR promoters - news

Finland has been judged the best performer on corporate responsibility in a newly-devised measure of how much companies and governments in 51 countries have done to promote...

coffee traders offer assistance - news

The world’s two largest coffee trading groups are to work with the Rainforest Alliance to improve the social and environmental performance of their suppliers. Neumann...

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...

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...

inbrief - news

Online registration has begun for Business for Social Responsibility’s 2001 conference, to be held in Seattle from 7-9 November. Speakers include Debra Dunn, vice...

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...

social fund makes its first move - news

A $10million venture capital fund set up to invest in ‘environment-friendly’ Latin American and Caribbean businesses has made its first investment. The EcoEnterprises Fund,...

Ericsson goes public on new disaster relief plan - news

The Swedish communications group Ericsson has launched a worldwide advertising campaign to publicise a social responsibility initiative that commits it to improving the third...

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...

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...

UK stores scramble to sign up fair trade deals - news

Most of the UK’s biggest supermarkets are expected to begin selling fair trade fresh produce in the near future, following a decision by the Co-operative Wholesale Society...

Costa - companies

Inter-American Development Bank Publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

IDB Invests $3.8 billion in Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change projects

Telefonica Publishes its 2012 Sustainability Report - The Future is Commitment - reports

Corporate sustainability is a clear source of competitiveness and progress.

Social Accountability International (SAI) 2010 Training Courses - calendar

SAI’s training is designed to encourage proficiency in social compliance issues and emphasize the implementation of management systems.   Learn about a management-system approach to social...

International Green Awards - calendar

The International Green Awards™ is the leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation, has now launched for the 7th year. This year, the awards are...

UPEACE CSR Workshop - calendar

Ideal Media and the UN affiliated UPEACE Centre for Executive and Professional Education have teamed up to deliver a 2 day workshop on CSR. The course will give CSR professionals practical...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

Fyffes’ CR policies apply best practices that improve business performance — and support employees. Miranda Ingram reports…    It should be a given by now...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

It should be a given by now but is nevertheless worth repeating: good corporate social responsibility is win-win. It doesn’t just protect stakeholders but profits the company too, not...

gaining a global perspective - bestpractice

Abraham Lincoln once said: ‘give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe’. In the global field of corporate responsibility there is still plenty of axe...

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - bestpractice

Chiquita, which produces a quarter of Latin American bananas, has spent eight years working to ensure all its banana farms in Latin America meet labour and...

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