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Brand Watch: Corporates back global initiative to scale finance for forests

Oliver Balch, (Apr 28, 2021)

In his monthly roundup of sustainability news, Oliver Balch looks at how brands used Biden’s climate summit to set out their stalls for COP26, developments on reducing emissions in food system and attitudes toward future of work

‘Leicester 'sweatshops' show the urgent need to change unethical business practices'

David Grayson, (Nov 30, 2020)

Comment: David Grayson of the Cranfield School of Management draws some wider lessons from what was described as 'one of the worst ESG scandals in modern UK history' during the recent House of Commons debate, in which Labour MP Liz Kendall criticised investors for failing to hold Boohoo to account

‘Coronavirus has pushed efforts to increase access of poorest to energy to the brink’

Chhavi Sharma, (Nov 26, 2020)

Comment: Chhavi Sharma of climate solutions charity Ashden says building a more inclusive and diverse energy ecosystem will be critical to reaching SDG7 by 2030

'The mining sector must come clean about its growing impact on deforestation'

Morgan Gillespy, (Nov 25, 2020)

Comment: The impact of the extractives sector on forest loss has been largely overlooked, says CDP's Morgan Gillespy. With the New York Declaration on Forests' goal of halving deforestation by 2020 in tatters, there's an urgent need to press laggards for action

How consumers are stepping up to the plate on cutting food waste

Ignacio Gavilan, (Nov 24, 2020)

COMMENT: Ignacio Gavilan of The Consumer Goods Forum says Covid-19-related shortages mean shoppers are more accepting of wonky veg schemes introduced by UK retailers like Tesco

Why multilateralism needs to make a comeback at G20

Paul Polman, (Nov 19, 2020)

Comment: Paul Polman argues that global leaders must rise to the unprecedented challenges facing humanity by crafting a coordinated international response to Covid-19 that protects both people and planet

‘Building a more equitable, just and sustainable economy is no longer an ideal. It’s imperative’

Kristen Lang, (Oct 8, 2020)

Comment: Kristen Lang, senior director of the Ceres Company Network, explains how the Ceres Roadmap 2030 can help companies not only survive, but thrive over the coming decade by changing the way they do business

Why diverse suppliers hold the key to business resilience

James Richens, (Oct 6, 2020)

While tightened budgets due to Covid-19 are causing some companies to row back on diversity and inclusion initiatives, some are reaping long term benefits by extending their programmes beyond their own workforces, reports James Richens

Why the way we work will never be the same again after Covid

Mike Scott, (Oct 6, 2020)

With the enforced lockdown pushing companies to implement digital solutions that should have taken years in just a few weeks, Mike Scott assesses the long-term implications, and explains why speed and adaptability are the new business competences

Can companies trust tech to safeguard wellbeing of remote workers?

Caroline Palmer, (Oct 5, 2020)

Caroline Palmer reports on how companies’ use of wearables and other technology to support the health of remote workforces is running into privacy concerns

For sustainable, read resilient as companies strengthen relationships with suppliers

Oliver Balch, (Oct 5, 2020)

Covid-19 and advances in digitisation have accelerated the move towards more planet- and people-friendly procurement practices that will outlive the immediate crisis, reports Oliver Balch

‘If companies aren't serving all stakeholders they aren't serious about sustainability'

Richard Howitt, (Sep 28, 2020)

Richard Howitt of Frank Bold LLP draws lessons from last month’s Sustainability Reporting and Communications Summit on the continuous loop of implementation and evaluation that ensures purpose is “lived” within a company

The future of transport: Three ways to make electric vehicles more accessible

Karen Langford, (Sep 24, 2020)

Comment: Karen Langford of Vestel argues that accelerating the building of new EV infrastructure will be critical to capitalising on the pandemic’s silver lining of cleaner air quality

The pitfalls and opportunities of business activism

Mary Martin, (Sep 15, 2020)

Comment: Mary Martin of LSE IDEAS says companies have to internalise the changes they are demanding if they are going to take a stand on social issues like Black Lives Matter

‘Covid-19 is breaking our food systems and supply chains. We must act now’

Dave Crean, (Sep 10, 2020)

Comment: Mars Inc’s Dave Crean calls for greater public-private collaboration to eradicate hunger by ensuring open access to safe food for all far beyond the pandemic

‘To build resilient textile supply chains, brands have to protect communities’

Alison Ward, (Aug 11, 2020)

Comment: The pandemic has left cotton farmers in Pakistan and India facing crisis-levels of hunger and financial ruin, says Alison Ward of CottonConnect

Business must listen to land defenders if there is to be any chance of halting climate breakdown

Rachel Cox, (Jul 28, 2020)

Rachel Cox of Global Witness warns that those who stand on the frontline of environmental defence must be protected, as new figures reveal 2019 was the most dangerous year on record for indigenous and community activists

Why green is good as the world struggles to recover from Covid-19

Mark Hillsdon, (Jul 13, 2020)

While fossil fuels tanked as the pandemic took hold, renewables have made record contributions to grids. Mark Hillsdon and Terry Slavin look at the role of corporate power purchasing in helping economies build back better

Aviation plots an electric flight plan despite headwinds

Catherine Early, (Jul 13, 2020)

Research and development of electric propulsion systems for aircraft is continuing, in spite of the sector’s financial woes due to Covid-19. Catherine Early reports

Unilever breaks new ground with bold climate and nature strategy

Oliver Balch, (Jul 8, 2020)

In part two of his monthly CSR #CheatSheet column, Oliver Balch looks at some of the latest corporate commitments to a green recovery as Covid-19 jolts business leaders into new appreciation of vulnerability of ‘business as usual’ models