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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

Access to water is ‘matter of life or death’ for millions amid growing pandemic

Mark Hillsdon, (May 2, 2020)

With one in four health facilities lacking basic water services, Mark Hillsdon reports on how Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive are among the companies helping to tackle the critical issue of water, sanitation and hygiene

'Millions of garment workers face destitution as fashion brands cancel orders'

Phil Bloomer, (Apr 24, 2020)

In this comment piece, Phil Bloomer and Alysha Khambay of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre say brands including Topshop, C&A and Urban Outfitters are passing the financial burden of Covid-19 to the most vulnerable people at the bottom of their in their supply chains

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

Shaping a sustainable post-Covid-19 world: five lessons for business

Mike Barry, (Mar 27, 2020)

Mike Barry of A Blueprint for Better Business outlines how companies can convert the management-speak of ‘purpose’ into action that contributes towards building a more resilient, equal and healthy society on the other side of the pandemic

'It's not enough to cut CO2 emissions. The natural systems that sustain life are on the critical list'

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 3, 2020)

Angeli Mehta reports on how companies like Danone, Unilever, and China's Cofco International are addressing biodiversity loss through platforms like the Business for Nature coalition and One Planet Business for Biodiversity

Deadline 2020: Big brands double down on efforts to source deforestation-free palm oil

Terry Slavin, (Feb 11, 2020)

Consumer boycotts and the failure to meet 2020 #NDPE commitments have lit a fire under efforts to clean up complex palm oil supply chains in the past year. Terry Slavin talks to brands, NGOs and palm oil producers to assess the impact on critically important tropical forests and the people who live there

Fighting fire with incomes as focus shifts to helping small farmers grow sustainable palm

Terry Slavin, (Feb 9, 2020)

Unilever is leading efforts to invest in projects to make entire districts deforestation-free in partnership with NGOs like IDH, while Rainforest Alliance is starting to apply its seal to products with palm oil, write Terry Slavin and Mark Hillsdon

What Asia’s family firms can teach western business about purpose

Ong Boon Hwee and Mark Goyder, (Dec 10, 2019)

In a new book about sustainable wealth creation, Ong Boon Hwee and Mark Goyder argue that companies can thrive if they rediscover stewardship, balancing the needs of shareholders, community and environment

Ethical Corporation investigates how business is facing up to climate risk

Terry Slavin, (Dec 4, 2019)

In our last issue of 2019, we look at what companies are doing to implement the Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures amid increasing pressure from investors. We also highlight some of those turning the tide from our monthly Disruptors series

‘If you want to be a climate leader, you can’t ignore the TCFDs’

Mike Scott, (Dec 3, 2019)

Mike Scott reports on how Ørsted, Equinor, Unilever and Gold Fields are using climate risk reporting to help strategic transformation

'We are moving towards a zero-carbon future – but we need to go faster'

Nigel Topping and Elizabeth McKeon, (Nov 28, 2019)

Ahead of next week’s COP25 meeting, Nigel Topping of We Mean Business and Elizabeth McKeon of the IKEA Foundation say companies can play a vital role in keeping global warming below 1.5C, but only if the entire business community is on board

It’s time for business leaders to raise their voices for human rights

Kitrhona Cerri, (Nov 12, 2019)

Kitrhona Cerri of World Business Council for Sustainable Development says Unilever’s Alan Jope and Microsoft’s Brad Smith are among 35 senior business executives that have responded to WBCSD’s call for companies to work together to drive transformational change in supply chains

‘Deforestation is a material risk that companies can no longer ignore’

Julie Nash, (Oct 1, 2019)

While Unilever and Nestlé have made strides towards implementing no-deforestation policies, the vast majority of companies have not. Now some of the world’s biggest institutional investors are pushing for change through the Investor Initiative for Sustainable Forests, says Julie Nash of Ceres

Building the business case for investing in WASH

Ruth Romer, (Aug 28, 2019)

WaterAid's Ruth Romer says the charity is working with the likes of Unilever, Diageo, Twinings and Gap Inc to show that there are business benefits from providing clean water, decent toilets and hygiene facilities to all workers in supply chains

Yara’s mission to bring climate-smart agriculture to Africa's smallholder farmers

Terry Slavin, (May 28, 2019)

Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of the Norwegian fertiliser company, tells Terry Slavin how new technology allowing smallholder farmers to access agronomic advice on their smartphones will help boost yields without threatening forests

Turning agriculture from climate culprit to carbon sink

Mark Hillsdon, (May 27, 2019)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how the idea of increasing the capacity of soil to absorb CO2 is gaining traction around the world, promoted by organisations including the Food and Land Use Coalition, the 4 per 1000 Initiative, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

‘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

Why boards must overcome roadblocks to becoming climate-competent

Helle Bank Jorgensen, (Mar 11, 2019)

Helle Bank Jorgensen of Competent Boards on how boards can cut through the confusion surrounding climate risk by learning from sustainability leaders like Paul Polman and Cornerstone Capital's Erika Karp

Tom Szaky wants to throw packaging waste for a Loop. But will consumers buy it?

Terry Slavin, (Mar 8, 2019)

Terry Slavin interviews the CEO of TerraCycle, the New Jersey start-up that has partnered with brands including P&G, Unilever and Nestle and retailers Carrefour and Tesco in the new Loop platform, a breathtakingly ambitious attempt to move from disposable to durable packaging

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