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Why NGOs love Allianz, Axa and Swiss Re and are sharply divided on Nestlé

Robert Blood, (Jan 29, 2019)

As SIGWATCH’s Robert Blood explains, the three insurance firms are out-performed only by Unilever in this year’s index of companies most praised by NGOs while the food giant wins praise and condemnation in equal measure

The disruptors: How Catherine Howarth is helping to make investment a force for good

Oliver Balch, (Jan 8, 2019)

The ShareAction CEO tells Oliver Balch how the successful shareholder campaign against Shell shows the power of investors to make the world safer for people and planet

The year that capital markets finally woke up to climate risk

Matthew Welch, (Dec 18, 2018)

Matthew Welch of SASB explains why the launch of the new accountability standard marked a big step towards a world where sustainability goals and business objectives are mutually supportive

When it comes to disclosing climate risk, collaboration is key

Rodney Irwin, (Jul 19, 2018)

Opinion: Rodney Irwin of WBCSD gives three takeaways from its report on implementing the TCFD recommendations in the oil and gas sector

Comment: Why boards need to get to grips with ethics and compliance

David Greenberg and Emily Miner, (Jul 10, 2018)

New research shows that more than half of large companies spend fewer than two hours on E&C every year, exposing themselves to reputational risk and loss of value. David Greenberg and Emily Miner of global consultancy LRN advise on how to bring E&C to the centre of decision-making

Nine takeaways from the first day of Responsible Business Summit Europe

Mike Scott, (Jun 13, 2018)

ESG reporting, the right to privacy in a data-driven world, and the fourth industrial revolution came under the spotlight during an inspiring first day at Ethical Corporation’s premier European event in London yesterday. Here are nine snippets

Comment: 'The SDGs are too important to be left to marketing departments'

Matthew Yeomans, (Jun 11, 2018)

Sustainly founder Matthew Yeomans argues that the Global Goals offer a golden opportunity to rebuild trust with customers, society and governments – but integrating them into corporate reporting is key

Comment: ‘Improper antibiotics use is putting food industry at high ESG risk’

Maria Lettini, (May 31, 2018)

FAIRR Initiative director Maria Lettini explains the findings of the first index to analyse the sustainability risks of big meat, fish and dairy producers

Comment: Why institutional investors need World Bank-style biodiversity safeguards

Divya Narain, (May 10, 2018)

Divya Narain argues that rather than divest in infrastructure projects that pose environmental risks, investors can pre-empt and manage risk by applying conditions from the start

Mining companies ‘failing to address trust deficit’ with communities

Mike Scott, (Apr 26, 2018)

The Responsible Mining Index, published this month, praises several companies for good practice, but identifies a widespread failure by extractives firms to monitor and share ESG performance with communities. Mike Scott reports

The disruptors: How Richard Howitt turned from socialist MEP to transparency tsar

Oliver Balch, (Feb 10, 2018)

Oliver Balch finds out why a former thorn in the flesh of EU Inc, who played a central role in pushing through the non-financial reporting directive, quit politics to head up the International Integrated Reporting Council

10 takeaways from Europe’s landmark sustainable finance plan

Andrew Voysey, (Jan 30, 2018)

Andrew Voysey of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership explains how the high-level expert group's recommendations could unlock the barriers to a green economy in the EU

The disruptors: Nordea's Sasja Beslik, the former refugee who is shaking up banking

Oliver Balch, (Jan 8, 2018)

The Swedish bank’s intrepid head of sustainable finance, who narrowly escaped Bosnia with his life at 19, tells Oliver Balch that ‘green’ finance is a lot of hot air until it makes a difference on the ground

Four steps CEOs can take to increase their social impact – and valuations

Terry Slavin, (Dec 20, 2017)

The Boston Consulting Group’s Douglas Beal explains the consultancy’s research showing that companies that put ‘doing good’ at the heart of business strategy outperform their peers

Report review: Climate A-lister Tetra Pak links reporting with SDGs

Claire Manuel, (Dec 1, 2017)

The packaging giant has adopted the GRI framework for its latest sustainability report, aligning performance to how it is addressing nine of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But slow progress on its goal of doubling recycling rates by 2020 has prompted it to adopt new metrics

People on the move - July 2017

Claire Manuel, (Jul 14, 2017)

Jodie Roussell is the new CEO of the Global Solar Council, while Amy Luers joins Future Earth

People on the move – May 2017

Claire Manuel, (May 16, 2017)

Bryan McGannon joins Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, Peter Redmond hired by Aquaculture Stewardship Council

Report review: General Mills’ efforts on nutrition a bowl half-empty

Holly Cooper, (May 12, 2017)

The giant US food company’s 2017 Global Responsibility Report reveals why it’s lagging behind Unilever, Nestlé, Danone and Mars on sustainability, says analyst Holly Cooper

People on the move - April 2017

Claire Manuel, (Apr 13, 2017)

Alya Z Kayal named ESG head at Affirmative Investment Management, Ian Learmonth new CEO at Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Weekly Watch: 6 April 2017

Rebecca Ley, (Mar 15, 2017)

#SquareMileChallenge on coffee cup waste, investors press Amazon on ESG, EU utilities locking in carbon, air pollution risks, sustainable plantations, China storage problems, saving crayfish, Florida B Corp

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