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Biochar: the 'black gold' for soils that is getting big bets on offset markets

Karen Luckhurst, (Sep 8, 2022)

Karen Luckhurst reports on an age-old technology that has the potential to help millions of smallholder farmers and lock up carbon for hundreds of years

Can Olam help turn Big Ag from climate villain into sustainability hero?

Oliver Balch, (Jun 29, 2021)

Oliver Balch interviews chief sustainability officer Christopher Stewart to find out how the commodity giant aims to take leadership in re-imagining the global food system

How Olam, Natura & Co and Kering are taking a regenerative approach to their supply chains

Mark Hillsdon, (Jun 2, 2021)

Mark Hillsdon looks at three leading companies that are incorporating biodiversity into their balance sheets

The Bolsonaro effect: Ethical Corporation reports on the fightback against deforestation in Brazil

Terry Slavin, (Mar 10, 2020)

In the second of our two-part briefing on deforestation risk in supply chains, Ethical Corporation magazine looks at soya, beef and cocoa. We also look at pressures to reform the Forestry Stewardship Council, the rise of biodiversity as a business agenda, and the UK's plans to plough a new furrow on agriculture post-Brexit

Final countdown for forests in the magazine

Terry Slavin, (Nov 2, 2018)

In the November issue of Ethical Corporation we assess progress on corporate zero deforestation commitments as the clock ticks down to 2020, and how the healthcare sector is stepping up efforts to meet the Sustainable Development Goals

‘By ending deforestation in West Africa we can turn cocoa farmers into climate heroes’

Terry Slavin, (Nov 17, 2017)

World Cocoa Foundation chairman Barry Parkin says the unprecedented deal signed by 21 cocoa companies with Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire at COP23 this week will introduce climate-smart farming practices and lift hundreds of thousands from poverty

Report review: Cargill making solid progress on ambitious climate goals

Claire Manuel, (Oct 20, 2017)

The global food giant is working with a range of partners to increase its use of renewables, decrease emissions and tackle deforestation, according to its latest integrated annual report

Mars in strategic push to eradicate slavery from its entire value chain

Terry Slavin, (Sep 8, 2017)

The confectionary giant’s new Sustainable in a Generation plan includes a commitment to work with Verité on tackling human rights and sharing results with competitors

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: 9 June 2017

Terry Slavin, (Jun 9, 2017)

Leading regions pledge climate action, Olam app maps small farms, Syngenta boosts Bangladesh farms, Lego cuts energy use, and Singapore opens green academy

Manage the risks, spot the rewards

EC Newsdesk, (Apr 21, 2017)

Dave Stangis and Katherine Valvoda Smith on how CSR professionals can drive business value for their companies

Prince of Wales brokers pact to end cocoa deforestation

Terry Slavin, (Mar 17, 2017)

Nestlé, Mondelēz, Mars, Olam among dozen companies that sign a landmark agreement to plot a sustainability roadmap for the industry

Female cocoa farmers ‘key to Divine Chocolate’s success’

Terry Slavin and Rebecca Ley, (Mar 15, 2017)

Gender quotas at the Ghanaian co-operative that supplies the UK Fairtrade company have been transformative, says CEO Sophi Tranchell. FTSE companies should take note. Terry Slavin and Rebecca Ley report

WeeklyWatch: 2nd December 2016

EC Newsdesk, (Nov 30, 2016)

Fairtrade blow, PepsiCo’s water win, Limits to Growth revisited, Brexit and Africa, circular London, green gas for fleets, May’s boardroom coup

NGO Voices: ‘We have to help poorest small cocoa farmers to prevent deforestation’

EC Newsdesk, (Nov 18, 2016)

Christian Mensah of Rainforest Alliance says the cocoa industry should focus on helping the most vulnerable farmers replant, not the top performers to expand production

Essay: Past, Present and Future: The Road to a Sustainable Agri-sector

Lucas Simons, (Mar 3, 2015)

The palm oil sector is on the verge of important structural change, but it’s still a long way from true sustainability

Mars company profile: A taste for sustainability

Sam Phipps, (Sep 10, 2014)

Confectionary giant Mars is making strides to ensure its vast operations are on a sustainable footing