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What Asia’s family firms can teach western business about purpose

Ong Boon Hwee and Mark Goyder, (Dec 10, 2019)

In a new book about sustainable wealth creation, Ong Boon Hwee and Mark Goyder argue that companies can thrive if they rediscover stewardship, balancing the needs of shareholders, community and environment

Ethical Corporation investigates how business is facing up to climate risk

Terry Slavin, (Dec 4, 2019)

In our last issue of 2019, we look at what companies are doing to implement the Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures amid increasing pressure from investors. We also highlight some of those turning the tide from our monthly Disruptors series

‘If you want to be a climate leader, you can’t ignore the TCFDs’

Mike Scott, (Dec 3, 2019)

Mike Scott reports on how Ørsted, Equinor, Unilever and Gold Fields are using climate risk reporting to help strategic transformation

'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

It’s time for business leaders to raise their voices for human rights

Kitrhona Cerri, (Nov 12, 2019)

Kitrhona Cerri of World Business Council for Sustainable Development says Unilever’s Alan Jope and Microsoft’s Brad Smith are among 35 senior business executives that have responded to WBCSD’s call for companies to work together to drive transformational change in supply chains

‘Deforestation is a material risk that companies can no longer ignore’

Julie Nash, (Oct 1, 2019)

While Unilever and Nestlé have made strides towards implementing no-deforestation policies, the vast majority of companies have not. Now some of the world’s biggest institutional investors are pushing for change through the Investor Initiative for Sustainable Forests, says Julie Nash of Ceres

Building the business case for investing in WASH

Ruth Romer, (Aug 28, 2019)

WaterAid's Ruth Romer says the charity is working with the likes of Unilever, Diageo, Twinings and Gap Inc to show that there are business benefits from providing clean water, decent toilets and hygiene facilities to all workers in supply chains

Yara’s mission to bring climate-smart agriculture to Africa's smallholder farmers

Terry Slavin, (May 28, 2019)

Svein Tore Holsether, CEO of the Norwegian fertiliser company, tells Terry Slavin how new technology allowing smallholder farmers to access agronomic advice on their smartphones will help boost yields without threatening forests

Turning agriculture from climate culprit to carbon sink

Mark Hillsdon, (May 27, 2019)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how the idea of increasing the capacity of soil to absorb CO2 is gaining traction around the world, promoted by organisations including the Food and Land Use Coalition, the 4 per 1000 Initiative, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

‘Companies aren’t moving fast enough on the circular economy’

Christie Clarke, (Apr 29, 2019)

Christie Clarke of CDP points to progress by consumer goods firms on plastic waste, but says it falls far short of the transformative action required

Why boards must overcome roadblocks to becoming climate-competent

Helle Bank Jorgensen, (Mar 11, 2019)

Helle Bank Jorgensen of Competent Boards on how boards can cut through the confusion surrounding climate risk by learning from sustainability leaders like Paul Polman and Cornerstone Capital's Erika Karp

Tom Szaky wants to throw packaging waste for a Loop. But will consumers buy it?

Terry Slavin, (Mar 8, 2019)

Terry Slavin interviews the CEO of TerraCycle, the New Jersey start-up that has partnered with brands including P&G, Unilever and Nestle and retailers Carrefour and Tesco in the new Loop platform, a breathtakingly ambitious attempt to move from disposable to durable packaging

CSR Cheat Sheet: Half of companies ‘failing to report action on climate’

Oliver Balch, (Mar 7, 2019)

Transparency in non-financial reporting; labour rights abuses by fashion brands; and FAO warnings on biodiversity are highlighted in Oliver Balch’s latest roundup of sustainability news

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

Firmenich and L’Oréal get triple A scores as CDP raises bar in climate risk reporting

Terry Slavin and Nadine Hawa, (Jan 22, 2019)

Terry Slavin reports on how Unilever secured only one A in 2018 after CDP revamped its methodology to be more demanding, particularly on water risk

The disruptors: How B Corp's founders took purposeful business to the next level

Oliver Balch, (Dec 14, 2018)

Oliver Balch talks to Jay Coen Gilbert, Bart Houlahan and Andrew Kassoy, about the movement's exponential growth, and the need to win over mainstream investors to their inclusive business model

Food giants back US consumers in battle for meaningful food labelling

Michael Levitin and Terry Slavin, (Sep 3, 2018)

The contentious battle over mandatory GMO labelling rages on months after the deadline for federal regulation. Michael Levitin and Terry Slavin report

'Companies must be at heart of global push to tackle SDG6'

Ruth Romer, (Aug 31, 2018)

Ruth Romer of WaterAid introduces practical guidance for companies to invest in water, sanitation and hygiene, and says a new project with HSBC in garment factories in Bangladesh and India will help test the business case for WASH

Why business needs to go all in on sustainability

David Grayson, (Jul 12, 2018)

David Grayson of Cranfield University distils the lessons of his latest book on the future of business leadership, and explains why the SDGs should force companies to rethink their business models

‘Business help is needed as UK falls behind in tackling SDGs’

Emily Auckland, (Jul 10, 2018)

As the UN High Level Political Forum on the SDGs begins in New York, the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development has published the first comprehensive assessment of how the UK is performing on the Global Goals. With the UK only addressing 24% of the targets, the UKSSD’s Emily Auckland says there is an urgent need for companies to help

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