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London conference discusses urban sustainability - news

By Antonio Pasolini — Municipal leaders, diplomats and representatives of the private sector got together in London last month for the Cities Unbound conference. Attendees hailed from...

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

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

Clean Clothes Campaign pushes for further Rana Plaza disclosure - news

Labour rights groups have made official complaints that safety practices and inspections were seriously flawed at Rana Plaza, the Bangladeshi garment factory building that collapsed in 2013...

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

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

IFC to be investigated over investments in Honduras - news

The World Bank’s lender has come under fire for granting a large loan to a company said to have killed while taking land for palm oil cultivation in Honduras. Corporación...

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...

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...

Carbon Trust appoints advisory panel - news

The Carbon Trust has appointed a new international advisory panel. The panel brings together a number of top experts from around the world to provide advice on the global low carbon economy to...

Barrick loses New Zealand fund investment - news

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

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

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

Security & Human Rights toolkit launched - news

A toolkit for implementing the UN Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights has been launched, as John Ruggie’s “norms” become more and more established in the business...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

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

Palm oil changes take shape, so lending ban is lifted - news

The World Bank is to lend to the palm oil sector for the first time since September 2009, now that the industry has adopted a more environmentally friendly investment strategy. The bank and...

A clear way forward, but with wiggle room - news

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

inbrief - news

The current draft of the International Finance Corporation’s revised sustainability policy and standards does not go far enough on human rights, says a group of NGOs. The Center for...

Project finance guidance to get a major overhaul - news

The Equator Principles on ethical project financing are to be updated. A ‘strategic review’ will be conducted by the newly created Equator Principles Association, which is run by an...

stone business to assess its rights impacts - news

An international human rights impact assessment programme is to be set up by the landscaping materials company Marshalls. UK-based Marshalls, which manufactures paving, walling and other...

Equator backsliders will now face de-listing - news

Financial institutions that have adopted the voluntary Equator Principles on ethical project financing will now be de-listed if they fail to regularly report on how they are upholding them. New...

IFC urged to place human rights at heart of standards - news

One of the world's largest non-governmental organizations has said the review of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) sustainability framework must incorporate human rights issues into its...

Pension funds target low carbon investment - news

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

World Bank arm issues green bond - news

A $200million ‘green bond’ has been issued by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of the World Bank, to raise funds for low carbon projects in the third world. The issue,...

Eni test human rights draft - news

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

Five big firms put $1m into supply chain initiative - news

A labour standards programme for factories in poorer countries has been given a boost by five of the largest companies in the US. Gap, Levi Strauss, Nike, Wal-Mart and Walt Disney have...

GRI steps up diversity plea - news

Companies have been urged to ask their suppliers for more information on diversity performance, and to consider submitting such data to third-party audits. New guidance from the...

Chinese bank wins through - news

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

Pro-poor model pays off - news

A ‘pro-poor’ initiative by Coca-Cola in East Africa has generated 12,000 jobs while increasing the company’s competitiveness in the region. The soft drinks giant, along...

Finding value at the bottom of the pyramid - news

BlueOrchard is blazing a responsible investment trail in microfinance – and finding that institutional clients see its modus operandi as increasingly attractive. Mike Scott talks to...

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

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

inbrief - news

Greg Radford has been appointed to the new post of environment and social development director at the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm. Radford, a...

IFC aims to improve conditions in Vietnam - news

A project has been introduced by two international organizations to improve conditions for more than 700,000 workers in the Vietnam apparel industry. The Better Work Vietnam programme is...

Firms are offered KPIs for conflict zones code - news

Companies that have signed up to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights have been given 11 key performance indicators (KPIs) against which they can measure themselves. The...

Asian banks recognized for sustainability - news

Six Asian financial institutions have reached the short list for this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, the leading global awards for triple bottom line banking. ASA, of...

Asian firms feature in FT shortlist - news

Six Asian entrants were chosen for the short lists in this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, given by the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s funding...

Asian firms are more carbon intensive - news

Asian listed companies are more carbon-intensive than their peers elsewhere in the world – with the result that investors in Asian equity funds are more exposed to carbon risks. A new...

Studies present business case - news

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

spotlight falls on emerging markets - news

The World Bank's private sector arm has commissioned what it says will be the first comprehensive review of the state of socially responsible investment in emerging markets. The International...

guinea pigs sought for new human rights guidelines - news

Companies from various industry sectors are to be invited to road test a new guide on how to assess their human rights impacts. The draft Guide to human rights impact assessment, which has been...

firms told to involve staff - news

Companies are to be urged to make greater efforts to bring their employees into the fight against child labour. A draft 15-point action plan says too many businesses fail to keep their...

export credit agencies asked to extend remit - news

Some of the world’s largest economies have agreed that their government-backed export credit agencies should look at a wider range of social factors when considering whether to provide financial...

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

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

sugar cane sector decides to lay down ground rules - news

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

inbrief - news

Dutch electronics company Philips is to support a project to develop and then market technology that will bring lighting to the world’s 1.6 billion people without access to electricity. It will...

investors told emerging markets need a rethink - news

Progress on responsible business practice on the part of companies in emerging market countries has reached a point where socially responsible investors in Europe and the US should be taking a...

big guns set up supply chain programme - news

Two large international organizations have created an initiative to help companies improve labour standards in their global supply chains. The International Finance Corporation and the...

Apac targeted by Sustainable Banking Awards - news

Applications from Asia Pacific are being sought for the second FT Sustainable Banking Awards, which recognize banks that have shown leadership and innovation in integrating social, environmental...

Indian agency wins IFC grant - news

The Indian CSR consultancy Crisil has become one of five organizations around the world to win the Capturing Value research competition run by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The...

inbrief - news

Four consultancies have been chosen by the International Finance Corporation to provide briefings and training to stakeholders on its new performance standards on social and environmental...

‘Equator 2’ raises the bar - news

Financial institutions have welcomed an update of the Equator Principles, ethical guidelines for lending on large-scale project finance. However, they say the latest adjustments will lead to only...

HSBC takes sustainable banking award - news

HSBC has been named Sustainable Bank of the Year in a new awards programme recognizing financial institutions that have shown ‘leadership and innovation’ on social, environmental and corporate...

SRI research gets boost - news

An initiative to provide investors in emerging market equities with better research on the social, environmental and governance performance of companies has been set up by the International...

IFC completes long-haul revision of ethical policies - news

Revamped social and environmental standards at the World Bank’s private sector lending arm will come into effect at the end of this month. The ‘performance standards’, made public last month,...

inbrief - news

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

Asian banks urged to come forward - news

Asian banks are being urged to enter the Financial Times' first global awards recognizing banks that have integrated social and environmental objectives into their operations while continuing to...

key guidelines emerge in new, tougher guise - news

The World Bank's private sector lending arm has issued a revised draft of changes to its social and environmental policies after allegations that it has been trying to water them down. The...

index fever mounts as Brazil joins rising band - news

Brazil is to get its own sustainability index this summer. The benchmark, being set up by Bovespa, the Brazilian stock exchange, is expected to be introduced in July or August as the Brazilian...

getting consultation right is what counts, not meeting the deadline - news

Timetables for bringing in new policies slip for lots of reasons – good and bad. Recently, the schedules for two important elements in the framework of voluntary initiatives that seek to promote...

more time given to look at Equator Principles - news

The International Finance Corporation has decided to extend the period of consultation on the Equator Principles, in the face of criticism from industry and pressure groups that it has not allowed...

World Bank ponders changes - news

The World Bank’s private sector lending arm will re-evaluate proposed changes to its social and environmental policies next month amid suggestions that it is trying to dilute them. The...

ABN Amro places CSR at heart of its business - news

One of Europe’s largest banks has reorganized its head office to put more resources into its social and environmental performance. Netherlands-based ABN Amro has created a dedicated sustainable...

inbrief - news

Anne Copeland Chiu has been appointed environmental and social specialist for the International Finance Corporation in the Asia Pacific region. Previously Copeland...

inbrief - news

The International Finance Corporation is to discuss with commercial banks whether to include human rights in its voluntary guidelines for assessing the social and...

inbrief - news

Research into SRI practice in Asian countries is to be carried out by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia with funding from the...

banks agree new loan guidelines - news

Ten banks from leading financial centres have agreed voluntary guidelines for assessing social and environmental risks when financing development projects. The banks,...

inbrief - news

The business case for corporate social responsibility is just as strong for companies in the developing world as it is elsewhere, a report argues. Developing value:...

International Finance Corporation - companies

RZB Group publishes Sustainability Report 2014 – “Fit for the future through sustainability” - reports

The fifth edition of RZB’s Sustainability Report highlights the importance of the sustainable aspects of business, the environment, employees and society for the Group. Furthermore the...

Join the live discussion: 2011 Creating Shared Value Forum - reports

On May 19, Nestlé and the Atlantic Council will host the 2011 Creating Shared Value Forum in Washington D.C., USA. Panel discussions will focus on the challenges and opportunities of nutrition,...

right tools for the job - bestpractice

Part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that people have the right to a standard of living adequate for their health and wellbeing. Yet according to the World Health Organization,...

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