All posts by Emily Kenway

A National Week That Matters: National Ethical Investment Week

This week, a range of organisations and interested individuals will be coming together up and down the country to examine what it means to be investing ethically. Started in 2008 and coordinated by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, National Ethical Investment Week (NEIW) is now a welcome fixture in many ethically-minded organisations’ calendars.

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Sustainable Restaurants – There’s No Need To Leave Your Values At The Restaurant Door

Improving social and environmental impacts is a winner with diners, according to the latest research report from the pioneering Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Discerning Diners makes the business case for sustainability, finding that 56% of consumers are prepared to pay more at a restaurant that invests in a greener, fairer future.

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New CDP Report Gives Clear Next Steps For Investors

CDP and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have released the annual Global 500 Climate Change Report examining the emissions data of the 500 largest listed companies in the world. Here are some of the key insights and implications for big business.

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Biophilia – Learning From Nature For The Design Of The Future

A new word is making waves in sustainable building design: biophilia. Coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and brought into usage by biologist Edward O. Wilson in the 1980s, it means literally ‘love of life’. Wilson used it to highlight the innate affiliation humans have to nature; its planes, spatial dimensions, shapes and colours. Its […]

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A Sustainable Future For Fish

Responsible fish farming just took a major leap forward. The CEO-led Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) has announced its adoption of the rigorous Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Standard. The 15 companies signed up to the GSI represent approximately 70% of the global salmon industry, making this commitment a significant milestone. WWF, who launched the development of […]

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Putting People And Planet Above Profit: The B Corps Movement

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Earlier this month the state of Delaware made an historic move: it enacted benefit corporation legislation, giving legal protection to a new breed of socially-conscious business. Benefit corporations, or ‘b corporations’, have the ‘triple bottom line’ embedded in their structure; people, planet, and profit. This idea tips the current profit-maximising aim of traditional corporations on […]

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The New Threat To Fossil Fuel Companies’ Survival

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Click onto any major fossil fuel company’s website and you’ll quickly find the sustainability area with a dedicated climate change mitigation section. Some have impressively stretching eco-objectives: Norwegian multinational Statoil has committed to keeping its CO2 intensity static whilst doubling conventional oil and gas production by 2020. Some stick to more modest nods to climate […]

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Labour Rights: The Deadliest Issue In CSR

The headline grabbing violence at the Lonmin-owned Marikana mine in 2012 warned multinationals that labour rights are a serious, and sometimes deadly, issue. The Marikana Massacre, as it was dubbed by the media, left 34 people dead and 78 injured after a confrontation over pay and working conditions. It demonstrated the potential that labour rights […]

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The Sustainability Doughnut

The Sustainability doughnut is a new scientifically based tool for testing whether sustainability is gaining traction. In 2009 a group of 28 international scientists gathered at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. They developed nine ‘planetary boundaries’, including biodiversity, land system change and freshwater consumption. Thresholds have been quantified for each boundary, providing clear limits beyond which […]

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New Soft Drinks Sustainability Roadmap Unveiled

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a new sustainability roadmap for the soft drinks industry. Annual UK consumption of soft drinks (including bottled water) is a massive 14.68 billion litres, bringing with it 4.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases. Various sustainability initiatives already exist in the sector, including The Courtauld […]

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