Environment

Bee decline Briefing Part 1: Plight of the bumblebee

April Streeter, (Oct 14, 2016)

In the first article of a four-part briefing we look at how companies are ignoring the alarming decline in bee populations at their peril

Smallholders Review: 500 million small steps to feed the world

April Streeter, (Oct 13, 2016)

With climate change threatening global food production, companies from Olam to Unilever are focusing on lifting smallholder farmers out of poverty

Bee decline Briefing Part 4: Pollinators as portfolio risk

Terry Slavin, (Oct 12, 2016)

Abigail Herron of Aviva Investors explains how asset managers can drive the decline in bee populations up corporate agendas

How The Body Shop is setting a higher bar for carbon offsetting

Terry Slavin, (Sep 23, 2016)

The Community Climate Biodiversity Standard used in the Bio-Bridges programme is an ecosystem services approach that demands stretching standards for community involvement and biodiversity

The Body Shop heads back to the rainforest

Terry Slavin, (Sep 22, 2016)

Ethical Corporation goes to Vietnam to learn how the 40-year-old firm is championing biodiversity with its ambitious new sustainable sourcing strategy

German Renewables Briefing Part 2: Smart meters and the rise of the ‘prosumer’

Eric Marx, (Sep 22, 2016)

Consumers who generate their own energy will lead the next stage of Germany’s energy transformation

German Renewables Briefing Part 1: Rewiring the revolution

Eric Marx, (Sep 22, 2016)

Germany has passed new laws to kick start its low-carbon energy transition, which has stalled because of an inability to integrate large amounts of renewables into the grid. But will it work?

German Renewables Briefing Part 4: ‘Privacy by design’ to keep hackers at bay

Eric Marx, (Sep 21, 2016)

Smart meters collect and transfer a lot of data about consumer behaviour and therefore require robust data protection

German Renewables Briefing Part 3: Germany scrambles to bring digital infrastructure up to scratch

Eric Marx, (Sep 21, 2016)

For the German Energiewende to succeed, public utilities will have to transform themselves into digital companies.

EthicsWatch: US – ExxonMobil under fire for 'hiding knowledge of climate change'

April Streeter, (Sep 21, 2016)

The oil major is being investigated by 12 US states for fraud after decades of funding denial groups

EthicsWatch: Palm oil – FMCG firms continue boycott of IOI palm oil

April Streeter, (Sep 21, 2016)

Companies say more robust sanctions are needed to break the link with deforestation

NGOWatch – September 2016

Nadine Hawa, (Sep 19, 2016)

Flying migrants to Europe, ivory still for sale, circular approach to waste and tackling palm oil investment

Sustainable carpets: Interface vows to leave no footprint

Mike Scott, (Sep 18, 2016)

The carpet tile maker Interface set a deadline of eliminating its impact on the environment by 2020. Now the goal is in sight, the company wants to go even further than Mission Zero

The low-carbon economy can foster May’s ‘country that works for everyone’

Nick Molho, (Aug 27, 2016)

Many observers fear that the vote to leave the EU will result in the dilution of measures to protect the environment. This doesn’t have to be the case.

BrandWatch – August 2016

Nadine Hawa, (Aug 18, 2016)

Human rights in the Philippines, the power of ice cream, B Corp status for Bulb and Virgin's big carbon reduction

Post-brexit: Climate of uncertainty

Stephen Gardner, (Aug 18, 2016)

The United Kingdom may have voted to leave the European Union, but international climate change commitments are unchanged, meaning business must still face up to the challenge of decarbonisation

EthicsWatch UK: Pollution - Business joins Mayor’s battle to clean London’s filthy air

Ben Cooper, (Aug 18, 2016)

West End retailers launch 12-point plan to tackle capital’s air pollution hotspot

Nobel Laureates and Greenpeace lock horns over Golden Rice

Nadine Hawa, (Aug 18, 2016)

Scientists and campaigners disagree fundamentally about whether the rice can be an effective way to fight vitamin A deficiency in poorer countries

Heineken shows its bottle on climate

Mike Scott, (Aug 18, 2016)

The world’s first zero-carbon brewery in Austria demonstrates the brewer’s progress on slashing CO2 emissions, but water issues are trickier to tackle

PolicyWatch – August 2016

Stephen Gardner, (Aug 17, 2016)

Aircraft emission fears, Scottish wind power, child labour loophole and dam damned

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