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ESG Watch: War in Ukraine sheds harsh new light on sustainable finance

Mike Scott, (Mar 31, 2022)

Key issues such as access to energy, human rights and the rule of law are being challenged as never before, writes Mike Scott

‘The meat industry’s failure to protect workers at their time of greatest hazard will hurt us all’

Felicitas Weber, (Oct 19, 2020)

Comment: Felicitas Weber, project director at KnowTheChain, says its latest human rights benchmark exposes an epidemic of ill treatment, with suppliers to brands including McDonald's, Burger King and Walmart among the worst performers, in stark contrast to how they are rewarding shareholders

A playbook for ethical marketing during a crisis

Kellie Cummings, (May 14, 2020)

When customers feel vulnerable, they are more inclined to scrutinise brand messages. Communicators need to adopt different strategies to avoid eroding trust, says leadership consultant Kellie Cummings

'Investors and companies are fiddling while forests burn’

Mark Hillsdon, (Mar 9, 2020)

New reports from Forest 500 and CDP point to a big gap between rhetoric and action when it comes to addressing escalating forest loss. Mark Hillsdon and Terry Slavin report

Why NGOs love Allianz, Axa and Swiss Re and are sharply divided on Nestlé

Robert Blood, (Jan 29, 2019)

As SIGWATCH’s Robert Blood explains, the three insurance firms are out-performed only by Unilever in this year’s index of companies most praised by NGOs while the food giant wins praise and condemnation in equal measure

‘Brands will need to think far beyond their own operations if we are to keep below 2C'

Dexter Galvin, (Feb 13, 2018)

Dexter Galvin of CDP says companies like Ajinomoto, Kellogg’s, and BT are trailblazers in engaging their suppliers in the battle against climate change

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

Opinion: Making the business case for high animal welfare standards

Nicky Amos and Rory Sullivan, (Nov 7, 2017)

Nicky Amos and Rory Sullivan, architects of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, explain how companies such as Marks and Spencer and McDonald’s are driving higher standards through their supply chains

M&S calls for collaboration over antibiotics use in food supply chains

Rebecca Ley, (Sep 7, 2017)

McDonald's move to clean up its chicken supply chain 'should be part of an industry-wide effort' to tackle global health threat

Deforestation briefing: 'This is now a critical issue in supply chains'

Terry Slavin, (Jul 27, 2017)

Up to to $900bn in annual turnover is at risk if deforestation from beef, soy, timber and palm oil isn't brought under control, according to the CDP

Weekly Watch 25 May 2017

Rebecca Ley, (May 10, 2017)

McDonald's and L'Oreal tackle deforestation, The Body Shop filters air pollution at bus stops, GM source sustainable rubber, Unilever and Coca-Cola use 100% renewables

Sustainable Livestock: Investors turn up heat over animal welfare

Ellen R Delisio, (Oct 30, 2016)

Fast food firms are looking more closely at their supply chains as institutions drive welfare issues up the agenda

McDonald’s 2014 CSR report review: It’s not easy being good

April Streeter, (Nov 19, 2015)

McDonald’s 2014 CSR report, entitled “Good Business” shows just how hard it is to be ‘good’

BrandWatch – May 2015

Nadine Hawa, (May 5, 2015)

Textile recycling, triple supply chain advantage, Levi's washing campaign and McDonald’s raises wages

Case study: Agriculture – Beyond the label

Oliver Balch, (Jan 15, 2015)

Nicaragua produces some of the world’s best high-altitude Arabica coffee, but farmers need to be certified if they want to stand any hope of competing

BrandWatch – October 2014

Nadine Hawa, (Oct 9, 2014)

Another child labour case for Samsung, Lego joins the fight against climate change & another ethical blow for McDonalds

McDonald’s strategy – More than it can chew?

Giles Crosse, (Aug 18, 2014)

McDonald’s 2020 CSR/Sustainability Framework sets out powerful aspirations. But can the firm deliver?

BrandWatch – July 2014

Jeni Bauser Yaghoubi, (Jul 17, 2014)

Cup deposits, Tesla patents and verified McDonald’s cows

BrandWatch – June 2014

Nadine Hawa, (Jun 3, 2014)

Bacardi’s recycled warehousing, McDonald’s gets greener, clean water from Coke and India’s solar boom

How to commercialise a sustainable supply chain

Claire Manuel, (Sep 5, 2013)

Ethical Corporation talks to some leading supply chains executives about risks and challenges, and why sustainability is central to long-term security