Communications & Reporting

Watch on demand: Communicating about sustainability post Covid-19

Conference Recording, (Jul 8, 2020)

In this panel discussion at Reuters Events’ recent Virtual Sustainable Business Week, leaders from BlackRock, L’Oréal and Porter Novelli talked about how the pandemic has changed how companies communicate on purpose

Europe hitches zero-carbon star to hydrogen

Angeli Mehta, (Jul 6, 2020)

Updated: The European Commission has just announced its strategy to kickstart a long-awaited hydrogen economy in Europe as part of its Covid-19 recovery package. Angeli Mehta reports on how the ‘future fuel’ is on the threshold of lift-off

Growing evidence of record-high deforestation throws spotlight on role of investors

Oliver Balch, (Jul 6, 2020)

In the first part of his Cheat Sheet analysis of sustainability news, Oliver Balch looks at data from Planet Tracker showing agriculture funds failing to address deforestation risk, a new guide for ESG investors from Ceres, Syngenta’s Green Growth Plan, and how a fashion industry effort to source sustainable viscose has won backing from Amazon

Watch on demand: Aviva’s Steve Waygood announces new climate finance platform

Conference Recording, (Jun 30, 2020)

At our recent Virtual Responsible Business Week Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer at Aviva, shared the new International Platform for Climate Finance, bringing together central bankers, finance ministers and CEOs from some of the largest finance institutions for the first time

'Companies that pay attention to people in their supply chains will lead the recovery from Covid-19'

Pauliina Murphy, (Jun 18, 2020)

Comment: Pauliina Murphy of the World Benchmarking Alliance says hitting the pause button on the global economy has highlighted societal demands for more transparency from companies on their social, economic and environmental sustainability

How IKEA is squeezing circularity into a flat-pack

Oliver Balch, (Jun 16, 2020)

Oliver Balch speaks to Pia Heidenmark Cook, chief sustainability officer for the world’s largest furniture retailer, about its ambition to achieve 100% recycled and renewable material in its products

'To truly 'build back better', companies should be more transparent about their workforce practices

James Coldwell, (Jun 15, 2020)

The Workforce Disclosure Initiative offers firms a way to demonstrate how they intend to look after employees and suppliers in the months and years to come, says ShareAction's James Coldwell

'Why cows could be the new coal in the wake of Covid-19'

Elliot Teperman, (Jun 11, 2020)

Comment: With livestock now ranked with coal as the two most precarious commodities by Goldman Sachs, Elliot Teperman of FAIRR says ESG investors are pushing for sweeping changes to the industrialised model of animal production to avoid future pandemics

‘Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter show why companies have to govern from the front’

Di Rifai, (Jun 10, 2020)

Comment: To survive the pandemic and other tectonic shifts of the 2020s, there needs to be a radical rethink in governance practices, including the current structure of four to six board meetings a year, argues Di Rifai of Creating Future Us

‘Europe is blazing a path for others to follow with its bold model for protecting nature’

Enric Sala, (Jun 8, 2020)

Comment: National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala says the biodiversity strategy in the European Commission’s Green Deal would be transformative if it is seen through, demonstrating how protecting biodiversity can deliver quadruple benefits to health, food, economies and climate

Ethical Corporation asks whether the circular economy will survive Covid-19

Terry Slavin, (Jun 3, 2020)

In the June issue of the magazine we look at how the pandemic is affecting corporate efforts to cut waste in packaging, fashion, electronics, the auto industry, food systems, and healthcare

'This proxy season, investors must speak up against murky climate lobbying'

Lauren Compere, (May 14, 2020)

Comment: With corporate lobbyists pushing for environmental deregulation amid the chaos of Covid-19, shareholder resolutions against companies endorsing such practices will be critical, says Lauren Compere of Boston Common Asset Management

Infographic: Will Covid-19 help flatten the curve on climate change?

Terry Slavin, (May 11, 2020)

In this month's 74-page issue of Ethical Corporation we do a deep dive into the impact of Covid-19 on sustainability. In the infographic below we sum up some of the key takeaways and statics from Angeli Mehta's feature on the pandemic's expected impact on CO2 emissions.

CSR Cheat Sheet: 8% drop in emissions ‘silver lining’ amid brutal human toll of Covid-19

Oliver Balch, (May 4, 2020)

In his monthly roundup of sustainability news, Oliver Balch reports on the latest data on emissions, green investor activism, and a global call to save hard-hit SMEs

‘If companies behave well now, they will build up a bank of trust to sustain them post-Covid-19’

Andrea Bonime-Blanc, (May 2, 2020)

Comment: Andrea Bonime-Blanc draws on lessons from her book Gloom to Boom to provide a roadmap for leadership through the crisis

Watch on demand: 'We have to keep up the pace of climate action,' says Climate Group CEO

Terry Slavin, (May 1, 2020)

Ethical Corporation's editor Terry Slavin talks to The Climate Group's Helen Clarkson about the prospects for a green recovery in the wake of Covid-19, the importance of a just transition, and her hopes for COP26

'Millions of garment workers face destitution as fashion brands cancel orders'

Phil Bloomer, (Apr 24, 2020)

In this comment piece, Phil Bloomer and Alysha Khambay of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre say brands including Topshop, C&A and Urban Outfitters are passing the financial burden of Covid-19 to the most vulnerable people at the bottom of their in their supply chains

Earth Day Cheat Sheet: ‘Dear Nature, we promise we’ll treat you better than ever before’

Terry Slavin, (Apr 23, 2020)

Terry Slavin rounds up corporate Earth Day news from around the globe, starting with Timberland’s open letter to nature video

Press release: Thomson Reuters sets Earth Day target to get to net-zero emissions by 2050

EC Newsdesk, (Apr 22, 2020)

Reuters Events owner to align to 1.5°C pathway, the most ambitious aim of the Science Based Targets initiative

'We need to harness and channel the desire of companies to help communities during Covid-19'

Steve Butterworth, (Apr 15, 2020)

Steve Butterworth of Neighbourly says the new Neighbourly Community Fund allows companies like M&S, Lidl, Aldi, Danone and Coca-Cola European Partners to mount a coordinated response to helping the most vulnerable during the ongoing crisis

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