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Cities 'should be at heart of revolution in how we produce food'

Mark Hillsdon, (May 27, 2020)

With the 20km of land that surrounds urban areas home to 40% of all global croplands, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation believes the road to a more circular food system starts at city hall. Mark Hillsdon reports

Covid-19 roundup: Companies rally as pandemic takes escalating toll

Oliver Balch, (Mar 27, 2020)

Oliver Balch reports on how business has responded during an unprecedented week for the global economy

Tendrils of hope amid huge setbacks for sustainable soy in Brazil

Mark Hillsdon, (Mar 7, 2020)

Jair Bolsonaro's anti-environment rhetoric has led to the collapse of initiatives like the Cerrado Mechanism and Soy Moratorium to hold the line on deforestation, but civil society and progressive companies in Brazil are fighting back. Mark Hillsdon reports

Eyes in the skies: The push to beef up surveillance of palm oil deforestation

Terry Slavin, (Feb 10, 2020)

Terry Slavin reports on how brands like Nestlé, Mars, PepsiCo and Unilever are turning to tech and partners on the ground to monitor deforestation risk around the mills that supply them

Fighting fire with incomes as focus shifts to helping small farmers grow sustainable palm

Terry Slavin, (Feb 9, 2020)

Unilever is leading efforts to invest in projects to make entire districts deforestation-free in partnership with NGOs like IDH, while Rainforest Alliance is starting to apply its seal to products with palm oil, write Terry Slavin and Mark Hillsdon

‘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

'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

How big brands can lead on tackling the global plastics waste epidemic

Pedro Moura Costa, (Jun 13, 2019)

BVRio’s Pedro Moura Costa explains how the 3R initiative, backed by Danone, Veolia, Nestlé and Tetra Pak, and launched at this week’s Responsible Business Summit Europe, will put a value on the environmental services provided by waste pickers in countries like Brazil, India and Indonesia

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

Accounting for change: the drive to put a dollar figure on nature

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 21, 2018)

Even mainstream business is trying to put a value on natural assets. Angeli Mehta reports on efforts to now take it to the heart of decision-making

Nestlé takes natural capital approach to make UK dairy farming more sustainable

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 18, 2018)

Nestlé is paying a premium to UK farmers to try out interventions such as planting hedgerows, reports Angeli Mehta

Why HR holds the key to creating the leaders of the future

Lindsay Hooper, (Mar 15, 2018)

Lindsay Hooper of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership introduces a new model to help companies embed purpose-driven leadership from top to bottom

‘Together Rainforest Alliance and UTZ will be a more powerful force for positive change’

Han de Groot, (Jan 12, 2018)

As the two certification bodies merge this month, new CEO Han de Groot talks about how Rainforest Alliance will accelerate its work to tackle the world’s biggest challenges in the spirit of radical optimism

How WRI is working to tip the balance in favour of the planet

Terry Slavin, (Jan 9, 2018)

On the eve of his Stories to Watch 2018 address, Terry Slavin talks to World Resources Institute president Andrew Steer about what it will take to scale up action on climate and the SDGs

Opinion: Making the business case for high animal welfare standards

Nicky Amos and Rory Sullivan, (Nov 7, 2017)

Nicky Amos and Rory Sullivan, architects of the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare, explain how companies such as Marks and Spencer and McDonald’s are driving higher standards through their supply chains

Can we scale up the new green plastics?

Angeli Mehta, (Oct 20, 2017)

There is no lack of innovation in bio-based polymers, from those that store CO2 to bio-based PET. We look at the companies and brands that are trying to bring them to market

Who's bending the curve on reusing plastic

Angeli Mehta, (Oct 20, 2017)

With increasing attention drawn to their packaging washing up on pristine beaches, brands such as Unilever, Nestle and Procter & Gamble are setting stretch targets to adopt more circular approaches. We look at innovation in use of recycled plastics and the barriers to taking them to scale

Deforestation briefing: Fresh hope in battle to save the orangutan from palm oil

Terry Slavin, (Aug 27, 2017)

A surge in corporate no-deforestation commitment hasn’t stemmed habitat destruction in Indonesia, as a new report by RAN on illegal deforestation in Sumatra highlights. We assess whether a new methodology for implementing them called the High Carbon Stock Approach could help turn the tide

Deforestation briefing: Thinking small to tackle cocoa deforestation

Mark Hillsdon, (Jul 26, 2017)

The cocoa industry has been highly fragmented in its approach to moving Africa’s smallholder farmers to sustainable production. A new industry-wide initiative hopes to change that

Big data shines light on supply chains

Mike Scott, (Apr 27, 2017)

Technologies such as blockchain, GPS, and mobile phones are helping companies root out human rights risk in their supply chains

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