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Sustainable living brands still fuelling Unilever’s growth

Terry Slavin, (May 10, 2018)

The FMCG giant reveals that its most sustainable brands grew 46% faster than the rest of the business and delivered 70% of its sales growth last year

Paul Polman: ‘I feel like it’s my first day at Unilever, and there is a lot to do’

Terry Slavin, (May 1, 2018)

On the eve of a tense AGM this week, the Unilever CEO sits down with Ethical Corporation’s editor Terry Slavin, and dismisses any idea he is preparing to step down

Greenpeace is right to hold our feet to the fire on deforestation, says Unilever chief

Terry Slavin, (May 1, 2018)

Paul Polman talks to Terry Slavin about the food giant's commitment to sustainable palm oil sourcing and his work to bring transformational change on a global level

CSR Cheat Sheet: UK retailer Iceland ditches palm oil over deforestation fears

Oliver Balch, (Apr 16, 2018)

UK retailer to remove palm oil from own-brand products; animal welfare index snubs Sainsbury; shipping industry agrees decarbonisation strategy

CEOs and investors unite to tackle trust crisis at heart of capitalism

Terry Slavin, (Mar 21, 2018)

The Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism’s Embankment project, launched after a meeting of 10 CEOs the week following the Kraft Heinz attempt on Unilever, is trying to come up with new metrics to allow markets to reward long-term value. Terry Slavin reports

SSE, Persimmon and BT 'best plcs for building an inclusive Britain'

Mark Hillsdon, (Mar 21, 2018)

Mark Hillsdon reports on a new index from the Good Economy Partnership that assesses UK’s biggest companies on their creation of ‘good jobs’

Sharing the benefits: the rise of the B Corps

Mark Hillsdon, (Mar 16, 2018)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how interest in a new way of doing business is snowballing as big companies like Danone and Unilever enter the movement through their brands

Why HR holds the key to creating the leaders of the future

Lindsay Hooper, (Mar 15, 2018)

Lindsay Hooper of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership introduces a new model to help companies embed purpose-driven leadership from top to bottom

Why Unilever is smart to tackle its digital supply chain by facing up to Facebook

Ben Hayman, (Mar 3, 2018)

Ben Hayman of brand purpose agency Given argues that the consumer goods giant’s ultimatum that it will pull advertising from platforms that publish toxic content plays well with parents, but shows the challenges of delivering 'purpose' in a digital world

How WRI is working to tip the balance in favour of the planet

Terry Slavin, (Jan 9, 2018)

On the eve of his Stories to Watch 2018 address, Terry Slavin talks to World Resources Institute president Andrew Steer about what it will take to scale up action on climate and the SDGs

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

‘Companies no longer have an excuse to ignore human rights in their supply chains’

Richard Karmel, (Dec 4, 2017)

Mazars’ Richard Karmel, who helped develop the UNGP Reporting Framework, reflects on how the framework has helped leading companies such as Unilever and Coca-Cola have a fundamental shift in practice towards safeguarding workers

Green finance: Deforestation brings risk of $1trn in stranded assets, warns CDP

Terry Slavin, (Nov 23, 2017)

More than a third of companies with links to commodities such as timber, soy, palm oil and beef fail to address deforestation at the board level. In the US two-thirds of boards are failing to tackle this increasing risk

Who's bending the curve on reusing plastic

Angeli Mehta, (Oct 20, 2017)

With increasing attention drawn to their packaging washing up on pristine beaches, brands such as Unilever, Nestle and Procter & Gamble are setting stretch targets to adopt more circular approaches. We look at innovation in use of recycled plastics and the barriers to taking them to scale

Deforestation briefing: Fresh hope in battle to save the orangutan from palm oil

Terry Slavin, (Aug 27, 2017)

A surge in corporate no-deforestation commitment hasn’t stemmed habitat destruction in Indonesia, as a new report by RAN on illegal deforestation in Sumatra highlights. We assess whether a new methodology for implementing them called the High Carbon Stock Approach could help turn the tide

Make America green again: full overview of Ethical Corporation's latest magazine

Terry Slavin, (Jun 28, 2017)

From the Trump era to the refugee crisis, we analyse the latest in sustainable business

How Brazil's Natura can enrich, not exploit The Body Shop

Patrick Ballin, (Jun 19, 2017)

Patrick Ballin, a former senior manager of The Body Shop, says the Brazilian beauty giant would do well to learn from Unilever’s acquisition of Ben and Jerry’s and Coca-Cola's purchase of Innocent as it takes over from L’Oréal

Eight key takeaways from day one of Responsible Business Summit Europe

Rebecca Ley, (Jun 7, 2017)

The Responsible Business Summit Europe opened yesterday, on the eve of the general election, with a record number of delegates and sense that business’s impact on society is more important than ever. We round up the eight most important takeaways from the day

Weekly Watch 25 May 2017

Rebecca Ley, (May 10, 2017)

McDonald's and L'Oreal tackle deforestation, The Body Shop filters air pollution at bus stops, GM source sustainable rubber, Unilever and Coca-Cola use 100% renewables

Weekly Watch: 19 January 2017

EC Newsdesk, (Jan 18, 2017)

P&G's plastics solution, Europe's circular economy, Unilever recycling target, HSBC slammed, Ikea zero waste pledge, UK urged on SDGs, sustainable Siemens, blood diamonds, Waitrose food waste push, and Divine Chocolate

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