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Policy Watch: ‘Slow and timid UK’ needs to focus on delivery, not promises, warn climate advisers

Angeli Mehta, (Jun 29, 2021)

Angeli Mehta assesses progress at the G7 leaders’ meeting amid growing calls for the COP26 host to urgently step up domestic action

When it comes to net zero, business will be the driving force

Jeff Seabright, (Jun 22, 2021)

COMMENT: With governments lagging on Paris Agreement targets, Xampla’s Jeff Seabright says companies big and small are carrying the responsibility for systemic change and innovating to meet the challenges ahead

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

‘The finance sector should be leading in race to net zero – instead it is a laggard’

Emily Kreps, (May 18, 2021)

Comment: Emily Kreps, CDP’s global director of capital markets, says financial institutions should insist that the companies they finance are prepared for the low-carbon transition

Biggest polluters ‘dangerously off track’ in race to tackle emissions, investors say

Mike Scott, (Mar 31, 2021)

A benchmark of company performance by the Climate Action 100+ coalition of investors reveals the vast gap between rhetoric and meaningful climate action, reports Mike Scott

ESG Watch: Heat turned up under banks for role in financing fossil fuels

Mike Scott, (Mar 30, 2021)

Mike Scott analyses the latest ESG news, from the CA100+’s first net-zero company benchmark to the debate over the EU sustainable finance taxonomy

Polman: 'Amid rising vaccine nationalism, WTO's new director-general can't come quick enough'

Paul Polman, (Feb 15, 2021)

COMMENT: Many challenges await the global trade body’s new chair Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, but her appointment is a cause for celebration, writes Paul Polman

'Many countries are saying no more internal combustion engines. The U.S. needs to say it too'

Terry Slavin, (Jan 27, 2021)

Climate change was high on the agenda at this month’s Reuters Next virtual summit. Terry Slavin reports on some of the key takeaways

‘Investors don't understand how much climate action is needed from companies'

Wolfgang Kuhn, (Dec 9, 2020)

COMMENT: The finance profession is ill-equipped to push for the transition of critical sectors, says ShareAction’s Wolfgang Kuhn

‘Where’s the climate science behind continuing to bankroll coal?’ NGOs demand

Mike Scott, (Dec 8, 2020)

Critics of the new science-based target for the finance sector say it doesn’t go far enough, while there are fears the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy will lack rigour. Mike Scott reports

‘Building a more equitable, just and sustainable economy is no longer an ideal. It’s imperative’

Kristen Lang, (Oct 8, 2020)

Comment: Kristen Lang, senior director of the Ceres Company Network, explains how the Ceres Roadmap 2030 can help companies not only survive, but thrive over the coming decade by changing the way they do business

Claire O'Neill: ‘Companies are more ambitious on climate change than many governments’

Terry Slavin, (Sep 14, 2020)

In an interview with Terry Slavin, the high-profile former UK energy minister explains why nature-based solutions are high on her agenda as WBCSD’s new director for energy and climate, and the importance of the UK remaining aligned with the EU on climate post-Brexit

Carbon offsetting 2.0: A paradigm shift from free pass to accelerating climate action

Owen Hewlett, (Sep 10, 2020)

Rather than regard carbon offsetting as a substitute for reducing their own emissions, businesses should use it as a complementary measure beyond science-based targets to catalyse climate action that wouldn’t have otherwise happened, argues Gold Standard’s Owen Hewlett

Time ‘is rapidly running out to save oceans’

Angeli Mehta, (Sep 1, 2020)

Protecting at least 30% of oceans by 2030 is critical to prevent the collapse of Earth’s life-support system, but with destructive activities like bottom-trawling happening even in the 7% of areas that are meant to be protected, the challenge is huge. Angeli Mehta reports

Business must listen to land defenders if there is to be any chance of halting climate breakdown

Rachel Cox, (Jul 28, 2020)

Rachel Cox of Global Witness warns that those who stand on the frontline of environmental defence must be protected, as new figures reveal 2019 was the most dangerous year on record for indigenous and community activists

Watch on demand: Aviva’s Steve Waygood announces new climate finance platform

Conference Recording, (Jun 30, 2020)

At our recent Virtual Responsible Business Week Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer at Aviva, shared the new International Platform for Climate Finance, bringing together central bankers, finance ministers and CEOs from some of the largest finance institutions for the first time

‘Europe is blazing a path for others to follow with its bold model for protecting nature’

Enric Sala, (Jun 8, 2020)

Comment: National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala says the biodiversity strategy in the European Commission’s Green Deal would be transformative if it is seen through, demonstrating how protecting biodiversity can deliver quadruple benefits to health, food, economies and climate

Calls for green Covid-19 recovery packages from companies and 220 regional governments

Terry Slavin, (May 18, 2020)

Policymakers must use the trillions of dollars they are preparing to inject into their economies to support efforts to tackle climate change, urges a coalition of 155 companies that have set science-based targets. Terry Slavin reports

CSR Cheat Sheet: 8% drop in emissions ‘silver lining’ amid brutal human toll of Covid-19

Oliver Balch, (May 4, 2020)

In his monthly roundup of sustainability news, Oliver Balch reports on the latest data on emissions, green investor activism, and a global call to save hard-hit SMEs

Earth Day Cheat Sheet: ‘Dear Nature, we promise we’ll treat you better than ever before’

Terry Slavin, (Apr 23, 2020)

Terry Slavin rounds up corporate Earth Day news from around the globe, starting with Timberland’s open letter to nature video