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Most news articles can be put into one of three categories:

  1. Why?

  2. What?

  3. How?

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I want this to be a space where you can find up to date articles from each of these different categories. You will be able to learn about the issues our planet faces and how we are finding ways to combat them.

Why?

These are news articles relating to the strategic drivers for sustainable business change.

 

395 Million New Jobs by 2030 if Businesses Prioritize Nature, Says World Economic Forum

14th July 2020

The Future of Nature and Business report has offered a plan for how businesses can access $10 trillion in business opportunity. The report showcases real world examples of how businesses have already benefitted by utilising nature in their business. It looks at three different areas: 'Food, Land, and ocean use'; 'Infrastructure  and the built environment'; and 'Energy and Extractives'. 

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More than £1bn wiped off Boohoo value as it investigates Leicester factory

6th July 2020

Despite national minimum wage in the UK being £8.72, it has been found that a BooHoo clothes factory has been paying £3.50 an hour. Along with this an undercover report by the Sunday Times found that working conditions in the factory were completely unacceptable. Consequently, BooHoo shares slumped over night and lead to £1.1 billion being wiped off its value. 

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‘An alarm bell we must not ignore’: Major report calls for huge pesticide reductions to halt collapse in vital insect populations

8th July 2020

Insects are a vital part of the global ecosystem, yet we are still rapidly killing them off. A huge cause of this are the toxic chemicals- pesticides- that we applying to our countryside. As part of a report by the Wildlife Trusts farmers have been urged to adopt insect-friendly farming practices. It also called for the government to ensure that future trade deals do not erode pesticide standards.

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What’s At Risk: An 18-Month View of a Post-COVID World

24th June 2020

The WEF completed a survey of over 300 risk analysts where they asked them how they would rank the likelihood of major risks we face due to Covid-19. The article looks at the greatest risks and it demonstrates how businesses are going to have adapt to a 'new normal', where they balance the needs of the economy, nature, and society.

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We are not ready: Policymaking in the age of environmental breakdown – Final report

24th June 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic and a heatwave the IPPR have chosen a prime time to release their final report from a major research project. It investigates the threats we face from 'Environmental Breakdown' and lays out how badly the UK is prepared for these threats. It sets out policies that could help produce a healthier world.

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How 2020 is Impacting Gen Z's Worldview

Morning Consult has been tracking how 2020 has changed the way Americans, between the age of 13-23, spend, think and value things. The research includes their politics, consumer habits, trust in institutions, career expectations and more.

 

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Verizon, Infosys, Reckitt Benckiser join Amazon's Climate Pledge initiative

18th June 2020

Three major global companies have become the first to join Amazon's climate initiative. The y have joined Amazon's pledge of making their companies carbon neutral by 2040. The Climate Pledge was designed to encourage companies to use their size and scale to fight climate change. 

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IEA: ‘Green’ coronavirus recovery would keep global emissions below 2019 peak

18th June 2020

The International Energy Agency has written an extensive report on a sustainable recovery plan for out post Covid-19 world. They estimate the plan would cost in excess of $9trn and the strategy would help create energy related jobs, boost economic growth, increase sustainability, and put emissions on a faster downward track. 

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Coronavirus: Tracking how the world’s ‘green recovery’ plans aim to cut emissions

16th June 2020

In the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, many countries and trade bodies have been announcing 'green recovery' plans to produce a more sustainable future. Carbon brief have put together a tracker so you can find all of the announced plans in one place.

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Commit to nature restoration in your green Covid-19 recovery plans, businesses urged

15th June 2020

In an open letter coordinated by Business for Nature, there have been calls for green recovery plans. It highlights a previous study proving that half of global GDP is exposed to risks from nature loss. This could be even higher now as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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What?

Stories exploring the commitments business needs to make to become sustainable and the supporting governance and transparency to provide credibility.

Diageo announces creation of world's first ever 100% plastic free paper-based spirits bottle

13th July 2020

In a new venture Diageo have form the company Pulpex Limited which has developed a 100% plastic free paper bottle that is fully recyclable. They wanted to allow businesses to rethink their packaging without having to compromise on the design and quality of their product. It is made from sustainably sourced pulp and will meet all food safety criteria. 

 

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UK launches first online service for groceries in reusable packing

15th July 2020

Loop is the UK's first online shopping  service to offer reusable packaging on all its food and drink deliveries. They offer a grocery delivery service to your front door that only uses durable and reusable packaging. Once you are done with it it can be collected to be cleaned and then refilled. 

 

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Measuring the world's 50 most influential electric utilities companies

The World Benchmarking alliance has ranked the world's 50 most influential electric utility companies based on their transition towards a low carbon economy. They found that they still have a large dependence on fossil fuels and only four of the fifty have emission reduction targets that conform with the Paris Climate agreement. Despite being an industry with so much influence on our path towards a cleaner future, so much more needs to be done to grow the capacity of renewable energy.

 

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How does your supermarket check out on human rights?

OXFAM have gone 'Behind the Barcodes' and analysed the supermarkets' policies and practices towards human rights in their supply chains. They then looked at behaviour towards four different aspects of protecting workers and ranked them based on an overall percentage. It allows consumers to see what their favourite supermarkets is doing for human rights and sets a benchmark for supermarkets to improve from.

 

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Point of No Returns

Share action have ranked 75 of the largest asset managers, from across the world, based on their commitments to responsible investment. Businesses and financial organisations still seek to maximise short term goals and profits without looking at the long term impact, socially and environmentally. The rankings show that over 50% of the asset managers still have very limited programmes and initiatives to manage ESG risks. 

 

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Kering: Biodiversity strategy

30th June 2020

Kering have announced a number of initiatives to help protect the planets and its resources. In the strategy they lay out the four stages they will follow: Avoid, Reduce, Restore and Regenerate; and Transform. They are also aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% before 2025. 

 

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Fries with that? McDonald's to roll out EV chargers at drive-through restaurants

30th June 2020

McDonalds have announced that InstaVolt will be installing EV chargers at hundreds of their restaurants and drive-thru restaurants. A large factor in the purchase of an electric car for any owner is the knowledge of how far they will be from an EV charger. McDonalds already have over 1300 locations across the UK and their aim is to reassure owners that they are never from one. 

 

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Amazon to acquire autonomous driving startup Zoox
26th June 2020

Zoox, a self-driving startup company, is set to be acquired by Amazon in order for Amazon to pursue its vision of autonomous ride hailing. It is believed to be Amazon's largest investment in self driving technology and it will primarily be used for ride hailing rather than deliveries, like some journalists speculated. 

 

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Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

29th June 2020

A report by Green Alliance has found that £14 billion of cash funding is required for the UK to meet its Climate Commitments. It suggests that the government is still increasing funding to projects that increase CO2 emissions, such as roads. The report supports findings by the Trades Union Congress about the best value projects and the worst value ones. 

 

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Absolute Impact: Why oil majors’ climate ambitions fall short of Paris limits

24th June 2020

Carbon tracker have released their analysis on company ambition, amongst oil and gas firms, to reduce emissions. They layout their three "Hallmarks of Paris Compliance" and rank major oil firms based on their targets and the scale of them.  

 

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Starbucks launches the Impossible Foods Breakfast Sandwich as America's appetite for plant-based meat grows

23rd June 2020

Starbucks have now added a plant based breakfast sandwich to their US menu amid rising demand for plant based food and its sustainability commitments. The plant based food and beverage market is already worth over $5bn and with this latest move from Starbucks, it has set the standard high for other major businesses. 

 

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Unilever launches €1bn climate and nature fund, targets net-zero emissions by 2039

14th June 2020

The consumer goods giant, Unilever, has announced its €1bn Climate and nature fund. There to help them achieve their new sustainability commitments such as ending their contribution to deforestation and a transition to biodegradable ingredients.

 

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Fast-growing mini-forests spring up in Europe to aid climate

13th June 2020

Based on the work of a Japanese botanist, these min forests are appearing on roadsides and in playgrounds around Europe. These very small but very dense forests could be a solution in tackling climate change and in helping to improve biodiversity. 

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Can mandatory sustainability by multi-brand retailers shift the dial?

29th May 2020

Zalando, one of Europe's largest multi-brand retailers, has recently announced that all of the brands it sells must meet sustainability targets. It highlights the importance of transparency throughout the supply chain and it will add pressure to individual fashion brands to track their sustainability performance in order to have access to some of the largest multi-brand retailers.

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Corporate Responsibility in the Digital Era

28th April 2020

In the history of civilisation, sustainability and digitalisation are fairly new concepts and they have grown rapidly yet somewhat separate. Businesses are now realising that they need to merge and that digital technologies need to be used in order to encourage sustainable and ethical business practices.

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How?

Here we explore best practice integrating sustainability into business practice, engagement and partnership.

Retailers collaborate to combat climate change

2nd July 2020

A declaration lead by the British Retail Consortium has been signed by 20 major retailers. The declaration is to develop a roadmap that offers support and guidance for retailers to help decarbonise their operations. 

 

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L'Oréal unveils 2030 sustainability strategy with environmental labelling

29th June 2020

Last week L'Oréal published its sustainability strategy, which included targets for the end of this decade. It plans to have environmental and social impact labelling on its products and it plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. It follows their $112 million pledge to be spent on environmental causes. 

 

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'Fertilise the Future': Ecover directs coronavirus windfall to catalyse climate action

11th June 2020

The coronavirus as seen many losers across the globe but also some winners. Ecover, being a cleaning brand, have prospered from this crisis. Consequently, they have launched a £500,000 fund, nicknamed 'Fertilise the future', designed to support new projects that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ecover have set up page where entrepreneurs can apply for a grant. 

 

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Amazon announces $2 billion Climate Pledge fund

23rd June 2020

The fund is going to be used to invest in new, sustainable technologies and services. It is there to help them achieve their goal of being a net-zero company in operations by 2040. They have committed to looking at companies around the world, from start ups to conglomerates, that can offer them products and services that will help them accelerate their journey to net zero.

 

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World Rainforest Day: Dozens of retailers commit to deforestation-free fashion supply chains

22nd June 2020

A coalition of 45 businesses have jointly pledged to abolish deforestation from their supply chains. It was an initiative started by a non-profit called Canopy. Canopy believe that by acting together and using their combined purchasing power, companies can make a much bigger difference.

 

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Sustainability skills 'should be a pre-requisite for more executive positions'

17th June 2020

It is hugely important to identify the skills to teach to leader to make them sustainability leader but it is even more important that these leaders already have the skills and experience in sustainability. Only 4% of jobs for non-executive and senior-executive appointments in 2019 had a requirement for these skills. 

 

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The 2020 GreenBiz 30 Under 30

22nd June 2020

The 2020 list of sustainability leaders under the age of 20. Collated by Green Biz, the list includes a cohort of highly talented and influential people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

 

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United Nations Global Compact and Russell Reynolds Associates Study identifies characteristics of sustainable business leaders

15th June 2020

It is essential that business leaders look beyond short term profit and growth goals to make longer term, more sustainable goals. The report looks at the critical skills and mindset that leaders need to have in order to have a sustainable future. 

 

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