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Brand Watch: Facebook and PepsiCo commit to ‘water-positivity’ as climate crisis hits home

Oliver Balch, (Sep 7, 2021)

Oliver Balch reports on how recent natural disasters have prodded brands to target water security as part of their climate response, and how the pandemic is deepening the pay gap

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

Good for General Motors, but is an electric Hummer good for the planet?

Terry Slavin, (Feb 23, 2021)

Reuters Events Sustainable Business's editor in chief Terry Slavin picks out some of the highlights of the free-to-download February issue of The Sustainable Business Review

ESG Watch: BlackRock’s Fink pushes on rapidly opening door with latest letter

Mike Scott, (Feb 21, 2021)

In his monthly column, Mike Scott analyses the latest developments in sustainable finance, from the ‘not-so-green’ recovery to Aviva’s tough stance on decarbonisation plans

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

Black Lives Matter movement turns up heat for boards to walk the talk of racial diversity

Helen Chan and Julie DiMauro, (Oct 5, 2020)

Helen Chan and Julie DiMauro of Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence look at how US and Canadian companies are responding to investor and consumer pressure to promote race relations in their own operations

Watch on demand: Communicating about sustainability post Covid-19

Conference Recording, (Jul 8, 2020)

In this panel discussion at Reuters Events’ recent Virtual Sustainable Business Week, leaders from BlackRock, L’Oréal and Porter Novelli talked about how the pandemic has changed how companies communicate on purpose

‘Protecting the vulnerable is the litmus test for stakeholder capitalism’

Caroline Rees, (May 2, 2020)

Comment: Caroline Rees of Shift says the pandemic has demonstrated that there is no longer ambiguity about what is expected by investors, public figures, civil society and business commentators

'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

‘Creating shared value is just sound business as we enter the turbulent Twenties’

Andrew Parry, (Feb 27, 2020)

Andrew Parry of Newton Investment Management argues that today's companies will only survive if they address the tension between financial returns and meeting wider societal needs

‘Larry Fink, the FT, and Prince Charles are right: it’s time for a reset on capitalism’

David Grayson, (Jan 27, 2020)

David Grayson of the Cranfield School of Management says the Davos Manifesto 2020 reflects a recognition by corporate leaders that business as usual is no longer an option

Microsoft, Nestlé and BlackRock put climate action centre stage at Davos

Oliver Balch, (Jan 20, 2020)

In part one of his monthly #CSRCheatSheet column, Oliver Balch rounds up some of the biggest corporate sustainability news ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland, including the publication of CDP's latest climate A list, which shows Japanese companies in the lead

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches metrics tool in bid to speed circular economy

Terry Slavin, (Jan 15, 2020)

Terry Slavin reports on how the new Circulytics tool, which has been tested by 30 companies, including Brambles and DS Smith, will help companies track their progress on cutting waste and CO2 emissions

CSR Cheat Sheet part 3: BlackRock’s uncertain progress on ESG

Oliver Balch, (Aug 5, 2019)

In part three of his monthly sustainability news round-up Oliver Balch reports on growing pressure for the world's largest asset manager to step up action on climate change as the sustainable finance industry begins to get serious traction

BlackRock in push to make sustainable investment mainstream

Terry Slavin, (Mar 15, 2019)

Terry Slavin reports on how the asset manager has responded to booming ESG demand in Europe with new exchange-traded funds that are targeting a 30% decrease in emissions, and no loss of performance

CSR Cheat Sheet: ESG investors turn up heat on BlackRock

Oliver Balch, (Feb 6, 2019)

FAIRR calls for fast-food companies to cut climate risk; extreme weather concerns take centre stage at Davos; Canary Wharf, Marks & Spencer, and Nestlé latest companies to join war on plastic in Oliver Balch’s latest sustainability news roundup

Ten takeaways from the Sustainability Reporting and Communications Summit

Karen Luckhurst, (Oct 15, 2018)

Reporting on the SDGs, alignment between reporting standards, and the Task Force on Climate Climate Related Financial Disclosure were big topics during two days of high-level discussion

Comment: How Laurence Fink’s letter to CEOs has raised the bar for business

Anonymous, (Jan 26, 2018)

John O’Brien of ethical purpose agency ONE HUNDRED says the letter by Blackrock’s CEO is a call for purpose and ethics to be at the heart of corporate behaviour

Weekly Watch: 24 March 2017

Rebecca Ley, (Mar 15, 2017)

Unreported palm oil land, Mars and Nestle tackle human rights in pet food, US firms press Trump on carbon, EU conflict minerals rule, poor SDG progress, Dyson most reputable company, Blackrock's green bond, Electrolux goes green