Deforestation, climate activism, sustainable seafood, resilient cities, the circular economy and water risk will be key topics in Ethical Corporation in 2020

2020 is a critically important year for sustainable business, with scientists warning that we only have 10 years left to act to avert the worst impacts of climate change, and deadlines falling due for commitments to end deforestation and cut CO2 emissions.

But it is not just about climate change: the Sustainable Development Goals, with their much broader agenda for social and economic transformation, will also be five years old next year, an important staging post for delivering on them by 2030.

Over 2020, Ethical Corporation through both our events and in our magazine will continue to help companies grapple with the complex global challenges they face as they seek to act responsibly.

In 2020 companies have the opporutnity to support or sponsor articles within our monthly issues as well as sponsor our market-leading events. This provides a unique opportunity to showcase thought leadership, across a multitude of issues, to a global community of over 100,000 business professionals. If this is of interest do contact


Thought-leaders from business, NGOs, and the investment community, including Mike Barry, John Elkington, Paul Druckman, Mindy Lubber, Lise Kingo, Sally Uren, and Sunny Verghase will lay out their marching orders for business in the coming decade of action, outlining what they will need to do to respond to the existential threat of climate change, and achieve the SDGs.


Deforestation risk part 1

2020 is the year that companies in the Consumer Goods Forum committed to end deforestation in their supply chains, yet this deadline will be missed by the vast majority.  This month, we will do a deep dive into the supply chains for palm oil and forest and timber products, and assess new strategies companies are implementing to fulfil those commitments, including Mars’ move to radically shorten its palm oil supply chain and the adoption of landscape-level approaches by companies like Unilever and  Nestlé. We will also examine the impact of palm oil boycotts by companies and consumers.


Deforestation risk part 2

In part 2 of our series on deforestation risk supply chains we will look at the climate risk commodities of soya and beef, with a focus on Brazil as well as North America and Europe.

Event: The Responsible Business Summit New York 2020


Smart and resilient cities and energy efficiency

This briefing will look at cities that are becoming more resilient, through the use of nature-based solutions, and the increasingly important agenda of ensuring access to cooling in a warming world.

Our second briefing will focus on the global drive to double energy efficiency in both buildings and industrial processes.

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Climate and good governance activism

An era of climate and social activism, looking at the impact of employee and student activism; also activist investors, Climate Action 100+ the divestment movement and whether gas has a role in a below 2C world. The briefing will also examine the pressure on companies to pay their fair share of tax and end the practice of backing lobby groups that are trying to scupper progressive regulation.

Event: The Responsible Business Summit Europe 2020


Accelerating the circular economy

Full issue focus on circular economy, featuring new developments on tackling plastic, including the US-based Sea the Future initiative to voluntarily accept a tax on virgin plastics, involvement of investors like BlackRock and Morgan Stanley in directing finance, plus social plastics. Also we delve into e-waste, including mobile phone companies’ cross-industry initiative.


The transformation of energy

Technology-focused issue on the energy transition, particularly looking at energy storage technologies and hydrogen, electrification etc. Also, the rise of geothermal energy.


Sustainable seafood and healthy oceans

The UNFCC’s recently released special report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate highlighted that ocean-based solutions, from offshore wind and tidal power to sustainable seafoodand cleaner shipping, could provide 21% of the solutions to climate change. This briefing will explore the new front in the climate battle.

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Are science-based targets up to scratch?

This issue will highlight successes, but also take a critical look at limitations such as the lack of third-party verification that CO2 reductions are delivered, calls for human rights to be included, and sectors, like fashion industry, which are taking a sectoral approach to SBTs.

Our second briefing will look at moves to standardise ESG reporting and the move to embed ESG into enterprise risk management

Event: The Responsible Business Awards 2020

Event: The Responsible Business Summit West 2020

Event: ESG Reporting and Communications 2020

Event: Transform 2020


Water risk and biodiversity

This issue will look at rising water risk for companies as a result of climate change. Our second briefing will be on how business-led initiatives like the new Forests for Life Partnership and One Planet Business for Biodiversity are leading the drive to protect biodiversity through more sustainable land use.


Purpose, sustainable communications and marketing

To deliver the required change we need to engage customers on purpose, sustainability and the SDGs. In this feature briefing we look at sustainable communications and marketing, and the impact on consumers and how companies are simplifying the sustainability message.

The editor of the magazine is Terry Slavin ( If you are interested in sponsored content opportunities in the magazine then please do get in touch

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