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'This year we must finally abandon business as usual and embark on the path to 1.5C warming'

Andrew Higham, (Jan 2, 2020)

Andrew Higham of Mission 2020 says the Glasgow climate conference will be critical in determining whether we can act quickly enough to avoid catastrophic climate change

'We are moving towards a zero-carbon future – but we need to go faster'

Nigel Topping and Elizabeth McKeon, (Nov 28, 2019)

Ahead of next week’s COP25 meeting, Nigel Topping of We Mean Business and Elizabeth McKeon of the IKEA Foundation say companies can play a vital role in keeping global warming below 1.5C, but only if the entire business community is on board

‘We can’t wait for the kids to bail us out. We have to rewrite the sustainability rule book, and now’

Mike Barry, (Oct 3, 2019)

Mike Barry, architect of Marks & Spencer’s Plan A, and recipient of an honoree award at the 2019 Responsible Business Awards, outlines the 10 things companies need to do to face up to the coming decade of consequences

2020s declared decade of action on climate, biodiversity and SDGs

Terry Slavin, (Sep 27, 2019)

Climate Week New York saw companies form new coalitions to accelerate progress, such as the Business Avengers to champion the Global Goals and the One Planet Business for Biodiversity platform, while Climate Group’s RE100 passed the 200-member mark

The disruptors: How Xavier Houot is forging a ‘planet-compatible’ path for Schneider Electric

Oliver Balch, (Sep 12, 2019)

In his monthly profile of sustainability leaders, Oliver Balch meets a man who is helping to transform the French energy-management firm with carbon pricing and science-based targets

CSR Cheat Sheet part 1: Amazon and Gap power up on clean energy

Oliver Balch, (Aug 28, 2019)

In the first part of his monthly review of sustainability news, Oliver Balch reports on how power purchase agreements by US companies are driving a boom in wind and solar projects, how falling costs of hydrogen could help speed the energy transition, and the health benefits from renewables

‘Four reasons I feel hope instead of despair about sustainability in 2019’

Natalie Chan, (Dec 17, 2018)

Natalie Chan of PIE Strategy sees a trend towards systems thinking emerging in Hong Kong and mainland China

New rules to crack down on 'greenwash' in corporate clean energy claims

Mike Scott, (Oct 29, 2018)

Mike Scott looks at how upcoming revisions to reporting rules for greenhouse gas emissions will address growing concern about use of renewable energy certificates

Press release: Iron Mountain signs 15-year power purchase pact with NextEra

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 18, 2018)

Agreement brings data management firm further closer to goal of 100% renewable power by 2050

Six takeaways from Responsible Supply Chain Summit Europe 2018

Mike Scott, (Oct 15, 2018)

Circular approaches to plastic waste, renewable energy procurement, and moving beyond audits to address human rights risks were highlights during last week’s thought-provoking conference in London, which focused on solutions to some of companies’ greatest challenges

‘We have to make sure our clean-energy future is good for people, too’

Eniko Horvath, (Oct 5, 2018)

The renewable sector's dirty secret is that it is one of the worst performing on protecting community and worker rights. Eniko Horvath of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre gives five steps for companies to ensure their projects are as clean as the power they produce

South Australia’s clean energy transition powers on

Brian Donaghy, (Jul 25, 2018)

Home to the world’s biggest battery, the state is a renewable energy powerhouse – something that looks unlikely to change under the new government, reports Brian Donaghy in Adelaide

From Hawaii to New York, US states are joining the storage revolution

Michael Levitin, (Jul 25, 2018)

There are more than 140 policies and regulations in place across America encouraging battery storage, reports Michael Levitin

Why California’s dreaming about battery storage

Michael Levitin, (Jul 24, 2018)

Michael Levitin reports on how a raft of new legislation, combined with lower costs, is leading to an explosion in storage capacity in the Golden State

‘Climate criminal’ Shell fails to soothe troubled waters with energy transition plan

Oliver Balch, (Apr 16, 2018)

The oil major's 15-year decarbonisation strategy is not going to satisfy green groups or activist investors, writes Oliver Balch. Meanwhile Danish pension fund PKA has moved to exclude oil and gas companies

Eight takeaways from the first day of Responsible Business Summit New York

Terry Slavin, (Mar 27, 2018)

It was an inspiring start to Ethical Corporation’s sixth Responsible Business Summit in New York yesterday, where the focus is on how companies can drive transformational change. Here are eight of the tastiest morsels from the first day:

Natural capital case study: AkzoNobel puts a price on its impact across four capitals

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 18, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on how measuring financial, environmental, human and social dimensions led the chemicals firm to increase its use of renewable energy and make better use of raw materials

Report review: Ørsted pushes green energy agenda beyond offshore wind power

Claire Manuel, (Feb 28, 2018)

The Danish offshore wind company's 2017 sustainability report shows it is focusing on sustainable biomass, grid stability and energy storage, and adopting a holistic approach to energy transition, reports Claire Manuel

My top 10 sustainability stories from 2017

Joe Franses, (Jan 4, 2018)

Joe Franses of Coca-Cola European Partners picks out his highlights of progress made in 2017, and calls for business to pick up the pace on delivering change in 2018

Beyond philanthropy to real impact

Martin Wright, (Feb 27, 2017)

Mahindra, Aditya Birla and Godrej are among the big Indian companies that have set out ambitious sustainability goals as part of their CSR strategies

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