Environment

How restorative aquaculture helps nature and communities thrive

Robert Jones, (Oct 10, 2019)

The Nature Conservancy’s Robert Jones says seaweed and shellfish have the potential to improve ocean health, provide food and support livelihoods, but only if the right practices are deployed in the right places

Global war on plastic waste gathers speed with powerful new allies

Terry Slavin, (Oct 10, 2019)

Terry Slavin rounds up a slew of new initiatives as BlackRock enters partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Unilever commits to halve its use of virgin plastic by 2025, PepsiCo launches a green bond, and Andrew Forrest's Sea the Future initiative to tax plastic use wins Fortune 500 backing

Transparent supply chains key in Bridgestone's quest for 100% sustainable rubber

Amy Brown, (Oct 4, 2019)

Amy Brown reports on how the CDP A lister is aligning sustainability and procurement to strengthen both functions

‘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

'We are 43 years behind schedule on achieving the SDGs, and the US is going backwards'

Michael Green, (Sep 24, 2019)

Michael Green of the Social Progress Imperative calls for the richest countries to put their own houses in order as new index reveals that it will take until 2073 to meet the Global Goals, with climate change acting as a big brake on progress

‘Hundreds of institutional investors are with you, Greta, but we must all do far more’

Sue Reid, (Sep 20, 2019)

On #GlobalClimateStrike day, Sue Reid of US nonprofit Ceres says investors with $35trn in assets are demanding governments and major corporations step up ambition to tackle climate change, and highlights companies that are heeding the call

'Indonesia is testament to what can happen when we work together on deforestation'

Justin Adams, (Sep 19, 2019)

Tropical Forest Alliance’s Justin Adams says independent action by companies, states and NGOs has not been enough to stop global forest loss. The next decade must be about collective action

Shell wants 'to be at the leading edge, not the bleeding edge' with climate plan

Terry Slavin, (Sep 3, 2019)

Amid accusations that the Anglo-Dutch oil major is trying to extend an unsustainable business model with its embrace of nature-based climate solutions and increased investment in gas, Terry Slavin interviews Shell New Energies' Mark Gainsborough about Shell's Net Zero Carbon Footprint plan

How Shell's offsetting move could help unlock flood of finance for forests

Terry Slavin, (Sep 2, 2019)

With the launch later this month of a new platform to trade REDD+ forestry credits, there are hopes the oil major’s $300m investment will kickstart demand for nature-based solutions to climate change. Terry Slavin reports

Lessons from British Columbia’s carbon tax

Kathryn Harrison, (Sep 1, 2019)

BC’s pioneering revenue-neutral tax is lauded internationally for its buy-in from citizens and industry and success in cutting emissions. But it has not been an easy ride and challenges lie ahead, says Kathryn Harrison of the University of British Columbia

Knife-edge election puts Canada’s carbon pricing revolution in doubt

Diana Rojas, (Sep 1, 2019)

With Ontario abandoning cap and trade, and Québec’s market not on track to meet its goals, Diana Rojas looks at Canada’s mixed experience of carbon markets ahead of crucial elections

US business pushes for price on carbon amid growing climate awareness

Diana Rojas, (Sep 1, 2019)

With voter support building for a Green New Deal, even the climate-change denying US Chamber of Commerce is starting to see the value of carbon pricing as an alternative to regulation. Diana Rojas reports

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

CSR Cheat Sheet part 2: Cooperation on protecting freshwater basins ‘urgently needed’

Oliver Balch, (Aug 28, 2019)

In part 2 of his monthly review of sustainability news, Oliver Balch looks at calls for governments to work together to tackle growing water stress, efforts by Levi Strauss and Primark to reduce water use in their supply chains, and heightened public awareness of climate change

For impact investors to kickstart a low-carbon future, they have to up their game

Harriet Lamb, (Aug 19, 2019)

Backing the same old solutions won’t solve the climate emergency, argues Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb. Systemic change will only happen if money flows to sustainable energy start-ups that are creating disruptive social and environmental change

The IPCC special report on land use: Seven things to know about forests and climate change

Frances Seymour, (Aug 8, 2019)

Frances Seymour of World Resources Institute explains how the UN report confirms the importance of protecting forests in global strategies to fight climate change

How investors can help prevent Brazil’s soy farmers from cutting down forests

Ivo Mulder, (Aug 8, 2019)

Ivo Mulder of UN Environment Programme explains why UNEP has partnered with fund management company Sustainable Investment Management on the Responsible Commodities Facility, which will launch a bond on the London Stock Exchange later this year that incentivises Brazilian farmers to grow soy on degraded lands

Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit West: Q&A with Mitch Jackson, FedEx

Ed Long, (Aug 5, 2019)

In this Q&A, Ethical Corporation’s Head of US Operations Ed Long talks with Mitch Jackson, VP of Environmental Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer at FedEx, on their global strategy ‘reduce, replace, revolutionize’ and the importance of RBS West

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