Deforestation, climate activism, sustainable seafood, resilient cities, the circular economy and water risk will be key topics in Ethical Corporation in 2020

2020 is a critically important year for sustainable business, with scientists warning that we only have 10 years left to act to avert the worst impacts of climate change, and deadlines falling due for commitments to end deforestation and cut CO2 emissions.

But it is not just about climate change: the Sustainable Development Goals, with their much broader agenda for social and economic transformation, will also be five years old next year, an important staging post for delivering on them by 2030.

Over 2020, Ethical Corporation through both our virtual events and in our magazine will continue to help companies grapple with the complex global challenges they face as they seek to act responsibly.

In 2020 companies have the opporutnity to support or sponsor articles within our monthly issues as well as sponsor our market-leading events. This provides a unique opportunity to showcase thought leadership, across a multitude of issues, to a global community of over 100,000 business professionals. If this is of interest do contact


Thought-leaders from business, NGOs, and the investment community, including Mike Barry, John Elkington, Paul Druckman, Mindy Lubber, Lise Kingo, Sally Uren, and Sunny Verghase will lay out their marching orders for business in the coming decade of action, outlining what they will need to do to respond to the existential threat of climate change, and achieve the SDGs.


Deforestation risk part 1

2020 is the year that companies in the Consumer Goods Forum committed to end deforestation in their supply chains, yet this deadline will be missed by the vast majority.  This month, we will do a deep dive into the supply chains for palm oil and forest and timber products, and assess new strategies companies are implementing to fulfil those commitments, including Mars’ move to radically shorten its palm oil supply chain and the adoption of landscape-level approaches by companies like Unilever and  Nestlé. We will also examine the impact of palm oil boycotts by companies and consumers.


Deforestation risk part 2

In part 2 of our series on deforestation risk supply chains we will look at the climate risk commodities of soya and beef, with a focus on Brazil as well as North America and Europe.


Smart and resilient cities and energy efficiency

This briefing will look at cities that are becoming more resilient, through the use of nature-based solutions, and the increasingly important agenda of ensuring access to cooling in a warming world.

Our second briefing will focus on the global drive to double energy efficiency in both buildings and industrial processes.

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Climate and good governance activism

An era of climate and social activism, looking at the impact of employee and student activism; also activist investors, Climate Action 100+ the divestment movement and whether gas has a role in a below 2C world. The briefing will also examine the pressure on companies to pay their fair share of tax and end the practice of backing lobby groups that are trying to scupper progressive regulation.


How Covid-19 will affect the circular economy

Full-issue focus on how Covid-19 will affect the circular conomy, looking at the impact of the pandemic on circularity in plastics, fashion, food and agriculture, e-waste and the automotive industry

Virtual Week: The Virtual Responsible Business Week


The transformation of energy (July / August joint issue)

Technology-focused issue on the energy transition, particularly looking at energy storage technologies and hydrogen, electrification etc. Also, the rise of geothermal energy.

Virtual Week: Transform Europe 2020: Sustainable Procurement and Circularity


Virtual Week: Reuters Events Delivering Net-Zero Europe

Virtual Week: Transform Europe 2020 - Natural Capital & Biodiversity


Sustainable seafood and healthy oceans

The UNFCC’s recently released special report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate highlighted that ocean-based solutions, from offshore wind and tidal power to sustainable seafoodand cleaner shipping, could provide 21% of the solutions to climate change. This briefing will explore the new front in the climate battle.

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Virtual Week: Sustainability Reporting and ESG Engagement

Virtual Week: Reuters Events Transform Europe 2020: Energy & Carbon


Revised: The future of work

How has Covid-19 changed working practices, including managing employee well-being, supply chains, video conferencing and business travel

Virtual Week: Reuters Events Transform USA: Energy, Carbon & Circularity

Virual Week: Responsible Business Awards 2020 

Virtual Week: Responsible Business Europe 2020 

Virtual Week: Responsible Business USA 2020


Water risk and biodiversity

This issue will look at rising water risk for companies as a result of climate change. Our second briefing will be on how business-led initiatives like the new Forests for Life Partnership and One Planet Business for Biodiversity are leading the drive to protect biodiversity through more sustainable land use.


Revised: Sustainable comms and marketing. How has Covid-19 changed messaging for consumers.

Plus: Are science-based targets up to scratch, or do they need to be revised in a post-pandemic world?


The editor-in-chief of the magazine is Terry Slavin ( If you are interested in sponsored content opportunities in the magazine then please do get in touch


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