Corporate Climate Action Aims Higher to Lead the Way to a 1.5°C Future

With the signing of the Paris Agreement, governments resolved to pursue efforts to go beyond the agreed 2°C goal and limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. However, nearly two years later, national and organizational commitments that align with a 1.5°C pathway are practically non-existent. A new report from Carbon Trust could, however, help position businesses to lead the low-carbon transition. According to the latest UN projections, meeting the national emissions reduction pledges made in

Trending: US, UK Grocery Giants Solidify Commitments to Eliminate Food Waste

Food giants across the US and UK continue to forge forward on efforts to drive down food waste and end hunger, rolling out new initiatives that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goal to halve food waste by 2030. The announcements coincide with a new global resolution launched by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which

Tesco Reveals New Plans to Axe Toxic Chemicals, Slash Building Emissions

While UK supermarket giant Tesco has focused the majority of its sustainability efforts on slashing food waste, the company is now setting its sights on reducing impacts across its F&F clothing line. The retailer has announced that it is joining Greenpeace’s DETOX campaign in an effort to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in its own-brand clothing label’s supply chain. Tesco will work with Greenpeace and its complete supply chain to ensure zero discharge of hazardous chemicals into the environment by

Coalition Calls on Fashion Industry to Adopt Transparency Pledge

Human Rights Watch is calling on the fashion industry to adopt and carry out the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge. The organization contacted 72 apparel companies, asking them to publish information identifying the factories that produce their goods, addressing a key obstacle to rooting out abusive labor practices across the industry and

Trending: Tesco, Quebec Target Food Waste with New Hotline, Recovery Program

Tackling food waste continues to be a top priority for the food industry and local governments, and two new initiatives in the UK and Canada present important opportunities to reduce environmental impacts while improving public health. As part of its continued efforts to fight food waste under its No Time for Waste campaign, Tesco has launched an innovative ‘food waste hotline’ to make it easier for suppliers and growers to pinpoint and find solutions for ongoing food waste hotspots. The hotline is available to all Tesco suppliers via the retailer’s online Supplier Network

Efficiency Engagement: Turning Employees Into Energy Ambassadors

Installing more efficient equipment is often at the forefront of an energy manager’s mind when it comes to driving down carbon emissions, but even the most energy-efficient kit still requires human involvement. Making that link, and understanding how people’s behaviour impacts on technology outputs, is crucial if building management systems are to be optimised

Reducing Food Waste Saved UK Food Industry £100M in Just 3 Years

According to a new report released by WRAP, retailers and brands across the UK saved over £100 million by reducing food waste. Working in partnership with grocery retailers, brands and suppliers as well as governments, WRAP developed and delivered a collaborative solution to reduce waste through Courtauld Commitment 3 (CC3). Launched in May 2013, it set ambitious targets to reduce the weight and carbon impact of household food waste, grocery product and packaging waste. Over 50 grocery retailers and food and drink manufacturers — including Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s — signed up to CC3, which competed at the end of 2015. On Tuesday, WRAP released a final report, sharing the successes and lessons learned during the period between

First-Ever Global Standard Allows Countries, Companies to Measure Food Loss and Waste

A partnership of leading international public and private organizations launched the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit today in Copenhagen. The FLW Standard is the first-ever set of global definitions and reporting requirements for companies, countries and others to consistently and credibly measure, report on and manage food loss and waste. The standard comes as a growing number of governments

Cheshire: ‘Connect Your Vision to Your Business Model – Otherwise It Will Just Be Lipstick on a Bulldog’

Sir Ian Cheshire | Image credit: The TimesFirst, let’s quash the rumours that have been circling ever since Sir Ian Cheshire announced he would step down as group chief executive of Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer. No, he will not soon be named chairman of Tesco. And he won’t be going into politics for that matter.The truth is, Cheshire (knighted as part of the 2014 New Year Honours for services to business,