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'Could COP26 signal the end of coal? Only if we invest in green jobs and training'

Fiona Duggan, (Nov 8, 2021)

COMMENT: If lower-income countries are to phase out fossil fuels the transition has to be economically and socially just, writes Fiona Duggan of sustainable energy charity Ashden

Policy Watch: Kerry tells world leaders to ‘stop the BS’ and lift ambition at Glasgow

Angeli Mehta, (Oct 5, 2021)

Angeli Mehta takes stock of progress in the run-up to COP26 as the global energy crisis threatens to put the energy transition into reverse

Hopes for success at COP26 dim despite alarm raised by IPCC

Terry Slavin, (Sep 7, 2021)

In this month's issue of The Sustainable Business Review we report on pre-COP26 climate diplomacy, how ESG investors are turning up the heat under companies while coming under increased scrutiny themselves, and how 'water-positivity' is becoming the new net zero

Gap between rhetoric and reality mars Biden's climate diplomacy triumph

Terry Slavin, (Apr 30, 2021)

In the latest issue of The Sustainable Business Review we serve up the key takeaways from the Earth Day powwow of 40 world leaders, looking at developments for policy-makers, brands and investors

Top 250 emitters: Why corporates' net zero-carbon plans depend on China kicking its coal habit

Terry Slavin, (Apr 28, 2021)

In the fourth in our series with Signal Climate Analytics, Terry Slavin looks at the net-zero ambition gap between the coal-dependent country and the companies, such as BP, VW, GM and BMW, that are heavily dependent on China for their manufacturing and customer bases

The global race to put a credible price on carbon

Mike Scott, (Sep 1, 2019)

Mike Scott reports on how the resurgence of the EU carbon market and an expected move by China to put a national price on carbon are boosting hopes for prices that are high enough to drive decisive climate action

All eyes on China as national carbon market plan emerges from haze

Jill Baker, (Sep 1, 2019)

As Beijing ramps up preparations to create the world’s largest carbon market, the burning question is whether it will eventually be part of a global market, reports Jill Baker

COP24 falters on how carbon pricing can help deliver on Paris pact

Dirk Forrister, (Dec 17, 2018)

Dirk Forrister of IETA expects another banner year for carbon pricing and hopes that delegates who will meet in Chile in 2019 will break the deadlock over how countries can meet their climate goals through market mechanisms

‘Four reasons I feel hope instead of despair about sustainability in 2019’

Natalie Chan, (Dec 17, 2018)

Natalie Chan of PIE Strategy sees a trend towards systems thinking emerging in Hong Kong and mainland China

China ramps up search for solutions to meet urbanization challenges

Mark Hillsdon, (Aug 22, 2018)

Faced with ballooning congestion and pollution, China has been testing new technologies for transport and buildings in its eco-cities. Mark Hillsdon reports

How Mattel’s quick move rescued Barbie

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

When the iconic doll was revealed to contain lead paint, the toy giant created a 114-page crisis strategy that has become a case study in CSR crisis management

How QuizRR is taking human rights training to the factory floor

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

The Swedish edtech company has worked with brands including H&M educating 45,000 workers in Asia on their rights

The brands going beyond auditing to give China’s apparel workers a voice

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

With an absence of free trade unions and independent NGOs to help companies identify human rights risk, companies like Adidas are going directly to workers

Electronics sector charts new path after 'bloody decade of labour abuse'

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

China's current Five Year Plan seeks to improve conditions for workers, with electronics one of the priority sectors. James Rose looks at the challenges that must be overcome

IKEA and Audi pulled up for 'sexist' marketing

Nadine Hawa, (May 23, 2018)

As western firms rush to pull controversial ads, a new report reveals the extent of discimination against woman in the Chinese jobs market. Nadine Hawa reports

Chinese companies slow to join RE 100

Terry Slavin, (May 23, 2018)

China may be a powerhouse when it comes to producing solar panels and wind turbines, but only Broad Group and Elion Resources have committed to 100% renewable energy

China looks offshore for its new renewables frontier

Mark Hillsdon, (May 20, 2018)

UK wind and marine tech companies scent opportunity in the wind in the South China Sea, reports Mark Hillsdon

Cobalt supply challenges fuel efforts to recycle EV and smartphone batteries

Angeli Mehta, (Apr 24, 2018)

By 2025 nearly a quarter of the cobalt in lithium ion batteries will be recycled, while new chemistries aim to reduce its use. Angeli Mehta reports

Electric car makers in drive to remove human rights stain from cobalt

Angeli Mehta, (Apr 24, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on the global efforts, led by China, to improve sustainability of the raw material that underpins our clean energy future

Ethical Corporation's top 10 stories of 2017

Terry Slavin, (Dec 15, 2017)

Tesla boss Elon Musk was a major player in two of our 10 biggest stories of the year: the dizzying rise of electric vehicles and spectacular growth of microgrids