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Brand Watch: Amazon under fire for incinerating unsold stock and dodging ESG investors

Oliver Balch, (Jun 29, 2021)

In his monthly column, Oliver Balch reports on the importance of ‘walking the talk’ on sustainability commitments, a breakthrough in recycling plastic, and a drive to nudge SMEs towards net zero

Can corporates’ net-zero drive help put tropical countries on rapid road to ending deforestation?

Terry Slavin, (Jun 2, 2021)

Terry Slavin looks at the LEAF coalition, an initiative backed by the U.S., Britain and Norway that aims to channel carbon-offsetting finance into saving tropical forests

‘We can’t kick this into the long grass, because in 10 years that grass might not be there’

Mike Scott, (May 30, 2021)

Mike Scott reports how leading brands including Unilever, Chipolte, Nomad Foods and VF Corporation are reducing their impacts on nature as part of their net-zero plans

Joe Biden’s plan to pay America’s farmers to become eco-warriors

Mark Hillsdon, (May 30, 2021)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how the U.S. president's proposed Growing Climate Solutions Act seeks to turn the industrialised agriculture of the country’s breadbasket from a biodiversity hazard into a CO2 sink through regenerative agriculture

Brand Watch: Petrochemical firms and their financiers slated for stoking plastics crisis

Oliver Balch, (May 18, 2021)

In his monthly column, Oliver Balch reports on a bevy of new circular packaging initiatives by brands, and a report quantifying plastic pollution by the likes of ExxonMobil, Dow and Sinopec. He also looks at the brands lobbying for greater support for electric vehicles in Europe

Why corporate action to protect water and forests makes good business sense

Sareh Forouzesh and Catherine Moncrieff, (Mar 22, 2021)

COMMENT: On #WorldWaterDay and #InternationalDayofForests, Sareh Forouzesh and Catherine Moncrieff of CDP point out how disclosing impacts and investing in tackling risks are yielding dividends for companies like Unilever, L'Oreal, Mars and Marfrig

Brand Watch: U.S. oil majors feel heat as climate divide widens with European competitors

Oliver Balch, (Jan 25, 2021)

In his column in the new Sustainable Business Review, Oliver Balch analyses the latest sustainability news affecting companies, from climate risk to supply chain standards

Connecting the drops in the battle against climate change

Terry Slavin, (Nov 10, 2020)

CDP’s Cate Lamb tells Terry Slavin she hopes her new role championing water at next year’s COP26 in Glasgow will lead to joined-up thinking on water’s role in the race to net-zero

Scorched earth strategies: How Cargill, Unilever and Diageo are cutting their water footprints

Mark Hillsdon, (Nov 8, 2020)

Agriculture accounts for 70% of water use, yet despite increasing reporting of water risk to CDP, water withdrawals by companies in the food and drink and agriculture sectors continue to rise. Mark Hillsdon reports on three companies that are taking a restorative approach

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 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

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

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