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Urgent need to end coal underlined by alarming reports ahead of Climate Week New York

Oliver Balch, (Sep 22, 2019)

In the second part of his CSR Cheat Sheet roundup of sustainability news, Oliver Balch assesses new research on climate change impacts from PwC, the Global Commission on Adaptation, the World Bank and World Business Council on Sustainable Development

1.5C pledge from 87 global companies fuels hope of bending emissions curve at Climate Week

Oliver Balch, (Sep 22, 2019)

In part one of his CSR Cheat Sheet roundup of sustainability news, Oliver Balch reports on how the private sector has thrown down the gauntlet to governments to take climate action to the next level at the crucial summit in New York

Making the rubber hit the road in drive to achieve SDGs by 2030

Mark Hillsdon, (Sep 3, 2019)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how the World Benchmarking Alliance is leading efforts to hold companies to account for their pledges to help address the world’s biggest sustainability challenges

Why the UN Global Compact is a CSR commitment that works

Julia Moshkin, (May 1, 2019)

Julia Moshkin of EcoVadis points to research showing that companies that have signed up to the initiative’s 10 principles perform significantly better on driving responsibility in their supply chains

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

The year when climate change became the new frontier for human rights

Lise Kingo, (Dec 18, 2018)

Lise Kingo of the UN Global Compact says the task for 2019 is to build a low-carbon future that works for everyone

Farewell to Paul Polman, the epitome of a twenty-first century CEO

John Elkington, (Dec 16, 2018)

John Elkington of Volans says the misstep that preceded the departure of Unilever’s leader shouldn’t cloud the 10 years he spent pushing the boundaries of sustainable business at the consumer goods giant

‘Philanthropy won't be enough to address the ‘people’ part of the Global Goals’

Sara Blackwell, (Nov 22, 2018)

Sara Blackwell of Shift says companies have been slow to grasp the truly positive results of working to address adverse impacts on people’s basic rights in everything they do as a business

'Brands can no longer ignore the 8.3 million people who want end to animal testing'

Kerry Postlewhite, (Oct 14, 2018)

Kerry Postlewhite of Cruelty Free International calls on all cosmetics firms to join The Body Shop in supporting its campaign

‘There is no Plan B’: Lise Kingo to urge greater action on SDGs at RBS Europe

Terry Slavin, (Jun 7, 2018)

In an interview ahead of this week's conference, the UN Global Compact chief tells Terry Slavin that 2030 may seem a long time off, but there is not a moment to waste to tackle the greatest transformation challenge the world has ever faced

Global goals: Huawei's strategy to connect the world - and take on Apple

Oliver Balch, (May 20, 2018)

The Chinese smartphone giant's latest CSR report hopes to convince western consumers it is serious about sustainability, writes Oliver Balch

Why UNEP sees the private sector as critical to its mission to clean up the oceans

Terry Slavin, (May 9, 2018)

UNEP's Jorge Laguna-Celis tells Terry Slavin why the UN agency now regards companies as crucial partners in efforts such as ending ocean plastics and fighting biodiversity loss

Why women can lead the way on achieving the Global Goals

Gail Klintworth, (Mar 7, 2018)

On International Women's Day, the Business and Sustainable Development Commission's Gail Klintworth argues that SDG 5 on gender equality is just the start. Female leadership is crucial to meeting all 17

Top stories of 2017: #10 Corporates embrace SDGs but prove slow to act

Claire Manuel, (Dec 14, 2017)

With only 6% of companies measuring their contributions to key Sustainable Development Goals, according to the WBCSD, more work is needed to translate increased intention this year into real action, reports Claire Manuel

CSR Cheat Sheet: Climate optimism rises

Oliver Balch, (Sep 26, 2017)

A raft of firms set science-based targets to cut emissions, CEOs see business benefits of CSR, supply chains pose reputational risk, food companies failing to tackle water issues and ethnically diverse firms outperform

Human rights briefing: New corporate benchmark ‘a work in progress’

Claire Manuel, (Jul 26, 2017)

The first-ever ranking of companies on human rights raised eyebrows by giving Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton top marks alongside Marks and Spencer. While the methodology has been criticised, it is seen as filling a vital gap for investors

‘Business has to be central to delivering the change we need’

Terry Slavin, (Jan 16, 2017)

CSR’s leading thinker, John Elkington, explains why he wasn't with global power brokers in Davos last week but in Germany seeing how Bayer spin-off Covestro is using CO2 in place of polymers

EthicsWatch: Sustainable development - Ensuring the SDGs mean business

Ellen R Delisio, (Oct 13, 2015)

Leading businesses are taking steps to support the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals

NGOwatch – August 2014

Nadine Hawa, (Aug 18, 2014)

UNGC Call to Action, MSF criticises UN relief effort and ivory trade increases

Letter from the mid-Atlantic – Lunatics running the asylum

Peter Knight, (Jun 9, 2014)

We can all complete paperwork attesting to our robust policies and procedures – including those who go on to disgrace themselves and their businesses, says Peter Knight