Communications & Reporting

Carbon labels – Engaging customers with reporting nuggets

Mallen Baker, (Oct 29, 2009)

There are flaws with carbon labelling, but it’s a way of getting a clear message on a company’s sustainability efforts into the hands of the consumer

Nestle, British American Tobacco, Shell and AWE to join 100+ other multinationals to discuss their CR and sustainability reporting and communications in London in November

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 29, 2009)

On the 25th and 26th November, the Regent’s Park Marriott hotel will play host to the largest meeting of multinational companies in 2010 discussing CR/sustainability reporting and communications.

CSR for corporate communications - A how-to guide is now available

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 28, 2009)

A recent report from Ethical Corporation includes a detailed section on what corporate responsibility means for communication professionals

Analysis: sovereign funds – Northern light

Eric Marx, (Oct 27, 2009)

Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund could influence global sustainability practices with its new investment guidelines

Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace – Sorting the good from the trees

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 27, 2009)

Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace have gone from combatants to collaborators and it could pave the way for improving the behaviour of other consumer goods titans

Mind the gap. Top companies reveal how they embed corporate responsibility across their businesses

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 25, 2009)

In a new report, global brands discuss how they have put responsible business in the heart of their organisations, department by department

Ikea Sustainability Report 2008 – Flat and sparsely furnished

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 20, 2009)

For a company that sets out its sustainability stall so well on the surface, Ikea’s reporting needs to go much deeper

Customer service – Service with an ethical smile

Rajesh Chhabara, (Oct 19, 2009)

Some corporate responsibility leaders are still laggards when it comes to customer service

John Lewis – Upmarket carbon cuts

Zara Maung, (Oct 19, 2009)

The John Lewis Partnership has made impressive progress on curtailing emissions during expansion and sourcing certified materials

Greenwasher – October 2009

"Greenwasher", (Oct 14, 2009)

This month Greenwasher considers some new statistics on sustainability, has a pop at Virgin Money for dodgy marketing, and attempts to consider 10 big issues for 2010

The big interview: Mick Bremans, Ecover – Cleaner cleaning

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 12, 2009)

The chief executive of the world’s biggest supplier of ecological cleaning products is honest about how green cleaning products can really be

L’Oréal 2008 Sustainable Development Report – We’re worth a bit more effort

Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, (Oct 12, 2009)

L’Oréal’s sustainability efforts are more than skin deep, but not shown in the best light in this latest report

Economic recovery – Has sustainability weathered the storm?

Oliver Balch, (Oct 6, 2009)

Sceptics said corporate responsibility budgets would be slashed during the recession but the experience of leading companies is not as simple

Royal Bank of Scotland – Stormy weather

Ben Cooper, (Oct 6, 2009)

A lightning rod for discontent with the financial sector, Royal Bank of Scotland needs a strong corporate responsibility platform to rebuild trust

Raw materials – Collaborating for ethical supply chains

Ben Cooper, (Oct 6, 2009)

Collaboration with other companies and stakeholders is required to drive ethical standards in raw material supply chains

Ethical sourcing: Boots and BITC – New Boots camp

John Russell, Managing Editor (former), (Sep 21, 2009)

Boots has staked its reputation on finding a better way to manage ethical supply chain risks. But will its gamble pay off?

Greenwasher – September 2009

"Greenwasher", (Sep 21, 2009)

Oil firms fail to watch their lobbyists, Carlsberg’s punishing payment terms, and why brands are bamboozled by bamboo

Report: Wal-Mart 2009 Global Sustainability Report – Quantity before quality

Kyle Whitaker, (Sep 15, 2009)

Wal-Mart’s second sustainability report has the same fault the retailer is often accused of – it is just too big

Report: Marks & Spencer, How We Do Business – Top marks, but few sparks

EC Newsdesk, (Sep 15, 2009)

M&S is in danger of becoming complacent in its reporting on the admittedly successful Plan A initiative By Alex Parkinson

Environmental leaders – Green beacons burning bright

Emma Clarke, (Sep 3, 2009)

Five big companies with impressive climate change initiatives that other companies could learn from