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Brand Watch: Things go badly for Coke, as activists attack COP27 sponsor 

Oliver Balch, (Oct 31, 2022)

Oliver Balch reports on how plastic pollution has risen up the agenda for the annual climate shindig, which comes just ahead of talks on a global plastics treaty

When it comes to net zero, business will be the driving force

Jeff Seabright, (Jun 22, 2021)

COMMENT: With governments lagging on Paris Agreement targets, Xampla’s Jeff Seabright says companies big and small are carrying the responsibility for systemic change and innovating to meet the challenges ahead

Brand Watch: With few Black CEOs, U.S. firms struggle to walk the talk on race equality

Oliver Balch, (Feb 21, 2021)

In his monthly column, Oliver Balch analyses the latest sustainability news, from diversity and inclusion to the newest net-zero sign-ups

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

The war on plastics runs into a perfect storm with Covid-19

Angeli Mehta, (Jun 2, 2020)

With hygiene concerns trumping worries about leakage of plastic waste into the environment, single-use plastic is back with a vengeance. Angeli Mehta assesses the damage, and points to bright spots amid the gloom

'We need to harness and channel the desire of companies to help communities during Covid-19'

Steve Butterworth, (Apr 15, 2020)

Steve Butterworth of Neighbourly says the new Neighbourly Community Fund allows companies like M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners to mount a coordinated response to helping the most vulnerable during the ongoing crisis

Covid-19 roundup: Companies rally as pandemic takes escalating toll

Oliver Balch, (Mar 27, 2020)

Oliver Balch reports on how business has responded during an unprecedented week for the global economy

‘Paper’ beer bottles and more recycled packaging targets as brands step up to plastics crisis

Oliver Balch, (Nov 6, 2019)

In part one of his monthly Cheat Sheet roundup of sustainability news, Oliver Balch looks at the flurry of new innovation and commitments to tackle plastics waste

‘Companies aren’t moving fast enough on the circular economy’

Christie Clarke, (Apr 29, 2019)

Christie Clarke of CDP points to progress by consumer goods firms on plastic waste, but says it falls far short of the transformative action required

‘The consumer revolt over single-use straws is just the beginning’

Yasmin Crowther, (Nov 20, 2018)

Yasmin Crowther of Polecat Intelligence says Coca-Cola is the brand most in the firing line, but all companies will be caught in the widening net of concerns over plastic waste

UK takes first steps towards a future without plastic waste

Angeli Mehta, (Aug 29, 2018)

Angeli Mehta assesses the challenges ahead as the UK retail industry embarks on the journey to remove single-waste plastics by 2025 with a focus on 'on the go' recycling

'Companies can't go it alone. We have to collaborate to end ocean plastics'

Nick Brown, (Aug 9, 2018)

Coca-Cola European Partners' Nick Brown explains why the drinks giant is a founder member of the UK Plastics Pact and wants to see effective deposit return schemes in England and Scotland

Why UNEP sees the private sector as critical to its mission to clean up the oceans

Terry Slavin, (May 9, 2018)

UNEP's Jorge Laguna-Celis tells Terry Slavin why the UN agency now regards companies as crucial partners in efforts such as ending ocean plastics and fighting biodiversity loss

CSR Cheat Sheet: Plastics war comes to Davos

Oliver Balch, (Jan 25, 2018)

Big brands announce slew of recycling targets at WEF; growing gender pay gap; colleges falling short on sustainability teaching, SDG reporting grows

My top 10 sustainability stories from 2017

Joe Franses, (Jan 4, 2018)

Joe Franses of Coca-Cola European Partners picks out his highlights of progress made in 2017, and calls for business to pick up the pace on delivering change in 2018

Top stories of 2017: #10 Corporates embrace SDGs but prove slow to act

Claire Manuel, (Dec 14, 2017)

With only 6% of companies measuring their contributions to key Sustainable Development Goals, according to the WBCSD, more work is needed to translate increased intention this year into real action, reports Claire Manuel

‘Companies no longer have an excuse to ignore human rights in their supply chains’

Richard Karmel, (Dec 4, 2017)

Mazars’ Richard Karmel, who helped develop the UNGP Reporting Framework, reflects on how the framework has helped leading companies such as Unilever and Coca-Cola have a fundamental shift in practice towards safeguarding workers

Coca-Cola GB to double recycled plastics use in new sustainable packaging strategy

Rebecca Ley, (Jul 13, 2017)

The drinks company is to boost recycled content of its bottles to 50% in Great Britain and trial a deposit-return scheme

US briefing: ‘Cities need business allies in fight against climate change’

Terry Slavin, (Jun 26, 2017)

Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed says companies like Coca-Cola, UPS, and Delta Airlines have been staunch backers in his battle to improve transport and cut CO2 emissions. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing

How Brazil's Natura can enrich, not exploit The Body Shop

Patrick Ballin, (Jun 19, 2017)

Patrick Ballin, a former senior manager of The Body Shop, says the Brazilian beauty giant would do well to learn from Unilever’s acquisition of Ben and Jerry’s and Coca-Cola's purchase of Innocent as it takes over from L’Oréal