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How Companies Can Create ‘Net Positive’ Products, Services and Environmental Impacts

The Net Positive Project, a coalition of companies that aim to go beyond reducing their negative sustainability impacts to contribute in a “net positive” way to society, the environment and the global economy, launched yesterday. “With the recent adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the ratification of the … Read more »

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Can IT Help Companies Achieve ‘Net Positive’ Environmental Impact?

Kaiser Permanente switched to electronic medical records — and reduced transportation greenhouse gas emissions. This, according to the Center for Technology and Sustainability, is just one example of how technology can address environmental challenges. The center, a partnership between Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and Dell, has published its first … Read more »

Top Carbon Reporting Companies Ranked

Top Carbon Reporting Companies Ranked

BT Group is the best at carbon measuring and reporting, narrowly beating Marks & Spencer, according to Carbon Clear’s annual report ranking carbon measurement and reporting efforts of FTSE 100 companies. In 2014 both companies shared first place. Marks & Spencer placed second this year. The other companies in the … Read more »

Major Firms to EU: Adopt ‘Robust’ 2030 Climate Policies

Major Firms to EU: Adopt ‘Robust’ 2030 Climate Policies

Unilever, Ikea, Royal Dutch Shell, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Electric are among the 57 global companies, funds and associations that have signed a letter to support a “robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long-term climate objectives and that … Read more »

BT, M&S Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

BT, M&S Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

BT and Marks & Spencer have scored joint first place in Carbon Clear’s 2014 ranking of the carbon reporting performance of FTSE 100 companies. Rounding out the top 10 are: Unilever, Tui Travel, Sainsbury’s, National Grid, BskyB, Kingfisher, Coca-Cola HBC, Aviva and Mondi, with the last two companies both ranking … Read more »

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Tetra Pak, Ikea, Kingfisher Assess FSC Impact

Food packaging company Tetra Pak is working with Kingfisher and Ikea to promote responsibly sourced, sustainable timber and assess the impact of Forest Stewardship Council certification. It is often a challenge for businesses producing FSC-certified products to quantify and demonstrate the value the system brings to the better management of the … Read more »

Coalition Backs Natural Capital Framework

The Natural Capital Coalition — a multi-stakeholder coalition whose business signatories include Coca Cola, Kingfisher and Dow Chemical — is seeking to create a framework to standardize how the economic value of natural resources is accounted for and valued. The Natural Capital Protocol is supported by, among others, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, and … Read more »

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Marks & Spencer are among 46 organizations to sign a statement asking the UK government to evaluate the risks of resource insecurity and climate change on economic growth. The statement, organized by the Aldersgate Group, was sent with a letter to Dr. Steven … Read more »

Sustainable Innovation a ‘£100bn Productivity Gain to UK Firms’

Sustainable Innovation a ‘£100bn Productivity Gain to UK Firms’

UK businesses could make £100 billion ($152 billion) in annual productivity gains by developing and adopting five areas of innovation designed to address social and environmental challenges, according to a report released by Accenture, retailer Marks & Spencer and charity Business in the Community. The report, Fortune Favors the Brave, … Read more »

How Business Can Benefit from Natural Capital

EcoSystems Market Task Force, an industry-led group that includes Jaguar Land Rover, Kingfisher, Liz Earle, Unilever and United Utilities, today urged businesses to take a new approach to protect natural resources while benefiting from the services provided by the natural world. In its report, “Realising Nature’s Value: The Final Report … Read more »

Panel: 2013 a Breakthrough Year for Company Sustainability

Companies will continue to make breakthroughs in sustainability in 2013, including collaborating on environmental goals, finding new ways to bring innovation into operations and developing net positive plans, according to predictions by World Wildlife Fund UK’s Dax Lovegrove and the Guardian Sustainable Business advisory panel. As companies increasingly understand the … Read more »

PepsiCo, Hertz and Phillips ‘Green Game-Changers,’ WWF Says

Hertz, Phillips, Kingfisher, DONG Energy, BASF and PepsiCo are among the large companies moving toward more sustainable business models and reaping economic rewards, according to a report published today by WWF. The Green Game-Changers report, produced by Verdantix, shows businesses can grow — and create new markets — while generating … Read more »