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Brand Watch: WBCSD warns members it’s time to get serious as it raises climate action bar

Oliver Balch, (Mar 30, 2021)

Oliver Balch analyses the latest sustainability news, from the companies responding to the business group’s Vision 2050 refresh to growing action to address water risk

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

ESG Watch: Investors urged to set science-based climate targets and join UN’s race to zero

Mike Scott, (Jan 25, 2021)

In his monthly column in the new Sustainable Business Review, Mike Scott analyses the latest news developments in sustainable finance, from the boom in ESG funds to biodiversity climbing up the investment agenda

Giving nature its due place in race to save the planet

Terry Slavin, (Dec 10, 2020)

Amid investor and NGO concerns about greenwash potential from offsets, Terry Slavin untangles the slew of intersecting new initiatives to bring credibility to corporate pledges to protect biodiversity, including the Science Based Targets Network and Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures

New drive to police ‘wild west’ of net-zero targets ahead of COP26

Mike Scott, (Dec 9, 2020)

With corporate climate neutrality claims derided by some as the ‘new world peace’, Mike Scott reports on efforts to call out greenwash and promote scientifically credible action

'The mining sector must come clean about its growing impact on deforestation'

Morgan Gillespy, (Nov 25, 2020)

Comment: The impact of the extractives sector on forest loss has been largely overlooked, says CDP's Morgan Gillespy. With the New York Declaration on Forests' goal of halving deforestation by 2020 in tatters, there's an urgent need to press laggards for action

Latest issue of The Ethical Corporation looks at companies working to shrink their water footprints

Terry Slavin, (Nov 10, 2020)

While corporate reporting on water risk is increasing, action is far behind amid growing scarcity of Earth's most precious resource. This month we profile some that are bucking the trend, and look at how the finance sector is waking up to the biodiversity crisis

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

‘It’s time for fashion to turn its focus from the catwalk to cutting water pollution’

Cate Lamb, (Nov 9, 2020)

Comment: Cate Lamb, head of water risk at CDP, says with only 10% of fashion firms showing awareness of their environmental impacts, the sector urgently needs a redesign

Working to protect Earth’s most precious raw material

Angeli Mehta, (Nov 9, 2020)

Angeli Mehta reports on how L’Oréal, Microsoft and BASF are cutting water use in their own operations – and beyond

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

Mining firms ‘failing to get to grips with worsening water security crisis’

Catherine Early, (Nov 8, 2020)

The sector is facing increasing demand to supply raw materials needed for the energy transition, but its license to operate is threatened by increasing water demand and pollution. Catherine Early reports

'Tackling palm and timber deforestation is a good start. Now brands must zero in on soy and cattle'

Ling Sin Fai Lam, (Nov 5, 2020)

Comment: Ling Sin Fai Lam of CDP says there is an urgent need to hold cattle and soy industries to the same high standards set for other forest risk commodities in supply chains

Why China is key in the battle against palm oil deforestation

Morgan Gillespy, (Jul 21, 2020)

As the world’s second biggest buyers of palm oil, Chinese companies are coming under growing pressure from consumers, brands and investors to source this risky commodity more sustainably, says CDP’s Morgan Gillespy

UK cities ramp up action on resilience, with doubling of number on CDP climate A-list

Mike Scott, (Apr 3, 2020)

With 85% of its population living in cities that have declared a climate emergency, Britain is leading the way in grassroots action. Mike Scott reports

Hermosillo and Belo Horizonte make CDP A grade as two of Latin America’s greenest cities

Diana Rojas, (Apr 3, 2020)

Diana Rojas profiles a pair of fast-growing cities that have earned plaudits for their efforts to boost climate resilience

From urban farming to green homes: the US cities building in climate resilience

Diana Rojas, (Apr 3, 2020)

Despite environmental rollbacks by the Trump administration, the largest number of cities on CDP's climate A list hail from the US. Diana Rojas profiles Washington DC, Park City, Utah, and a trio of Ohio cities: Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus

'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

Five ways UK energy managers can help deliver a net-zero economy

Ben Spry, (Feb 25, 2020)

Adopting science-based targets and onsite renewables generation are two steps businesses can take in 2020 to cut energy costs, boost their reputations and help the UK prepare for a successful COP26, says npower’s Ben Spry

EU urged to stop substituting biomass for coal as concerns over climate impact grow

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 3, 2020)

Conservationists warn the world’s forests may be under threat if EU continues to regard biomass as carbon-neutral while ramping up its renewable energy targets. Angeli Mehta reports