Asda, Unilever, AstraZeneca Among Funders of New University of Cambridge SDG-Focused Fellowships

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has announced a major new partnership with leading companies today with the launch of The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme. Corporate and individual donors are sponsoring up to 15 academic fellows to identify breakthrough solutions to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and

Dove, Nike, Hershey’s Among Millennials’, Gen Z’s Most Trusted Brands

The erosion of trust among consumers – and especially young consumers bucketed as Millennials or Gen Z – is top-of-mind for brands fighting for brand loyalty in a world with the highest youth population in history. How to use transparency, social media and influencer marketing are important considerations for brands in an era where purpose and values increasingly determine where the next generations want to work and spend their money. Are young people finding the authenticity and trust they seek from brands? The short answer is yes, and they do consider themselves loyal to at least one brand they find

Could fines be the green watchdog’s sharpest teeth?

This post is by Andy Jordan and Brendan Moore, who are respectively the co-chair and manager of the Brexit&Environment academic network. The EU Withdrawal Bill has finally received Royal Assent. Around 200 hours were spent debating it. These discussions clarified some aspects of governance post-Brexit, but left many others open, chiefly those around the enforcement powers of the proposed green

Why the Road to Zero strategy won’t do the job

The government published its Road to Zero strategy this week, as a pathway to decarbonise the road transport sector, the source of a quarter of the UK’s annual carbon emissions. The strategy also aims to show how this transition will make Britain a global leader in low carbon vehicles and their associated infrastructure. How does it measure up? The Committee

3 challenges in reporting climate resilience and how to overcome them

Short-term climate risk analyses just aren’t cutting it anymore.

How to make wealth from waste on a crowded planet

Earth’s growing population is adding mountains of organic waste. Can businesses clean up and cash in?

Unilever Calls for Reform in Influencer Marketing; Brings #Unstereotype Vision to Life Through Dance

At the 2018 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity this week, Unilever announced commitments to improve transparency in its influencer marketing and called on industry to similarly help improve authenticity, build consumer trust and improve brands’ ability to measure impact. The scale and scope of influencer marketing is growing at pace and holds increasing importance in the marketing mix as a way for brands to reach consumers, but practices such as fake followers, bots, fraud or dishonest business models can erode

One Size Does Not Fit All: Brands Creating Bespoke ‘Purpose’ Strategies

At SB’18 Vancouver, over 2,000 representatives from our global community of sustainability practitioners, brand strategists, product and service innovators, thought leaders and other change-makers converged to share their latest insights on a multitude of themes pertinent to all of those committed to improving business around the world. Here, we dig into how brands are finding unique ways to embed social

What will the Clean Air Strategy really do for people and nature?

This post is by Jenny Hawley, senior policy officer at Plantlife. Debate around the government’s Clean Air Strategy has been focused on whether it will cut the roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution from city traffic. But it is also supposed to take a long overdue look at other air quality issues. Since the last Air Quality Strategy in 2007, new

Unfinished business at the conclusion of the Brexit bill

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is rapidly approaching the end of its parliamentary journey, but it does so with a distinct whiff of unfinished business in relation to the environment. At the outset, the environment was largely absent from the government’s narrative. There was little recognition of the governance gap that would be created upon the UK’s exit from the EU,

Climate change doesn’t have to be polarizing

30 years ago global warming became front-page news — and both Republicans and Democrats took it seriously.

10 things you should know about Bloom Energy’s IPO

Commercializing energy technologies is capital-intensive, but big corporate accounts are showing a growing interest in distributed power.

Coffee giant changing the sustainability game, report shows

A Starbucks ethical sourcing program is brewing larger-than-expected changes across the coffee sector.

Oxfam Calling on Major Supermarkets to Do More to End Human Suffering in Supply Chains

In its new campaign, Behind the Barcodes, Oxfam shines a light on the millions of women and men trapped in poverty and facing brutal working conditions while producing the food on our supermarket shelves In Ripe for Change, a corresponding report released today, Oxfam outlines how supermarkets, including Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Costco, Whole Foods and Ahold Delhaize — the parent company to US retailers such as Food Lion, Giant and Stop & Shop — are increasingly squeezing the price they pay their suppliers

Trending: New Partnerships Grow Reforestation, Research, Offset Programs in South America

How much forest land—and what quality—is needed to ensure forests can continue to provide people, plants and animals worldwide with clean air and water, food and the goods and services they need to thrive? The question will be investigated through new collaboration between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Paper. The research will be used to help create the world’s first regional and global science-based targets for forests, as well as the first comprehensive set of guidance on actions that can be taken to sustain the world’s forests. Such ‘forest positive’ actions include investing in responsible forest management, supporting forest conservation, restoring forestland, and raising awareness

A breath of fresh air: the five things we should do to cut air pollution

The right of UK citizens to breathe clean air is routinely violated. In 2018, air pollution in London exceeded the legal limit for the entire year before the end of January. Across the country, toxic air is linked to 40,000 premature deaths each year. And this is not a recent phenomenon. The air in London and most urban areas in

We should solve the social housing problem with sustainable housing

This post is by Bruce Davis, founder and joint managing director of Abundance Investment The current housing crisis is, alongside Brexit, the political hot potato. According to a recent report from Shelter, 1.15 million households were on the waiting list for social housing last year, with only 290,000 homes made available. Successive governments have promised and failed to stimulate

The case for pursuing clean energy through systems thinking

The executive director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens reflects on how this approach has helped his organization reduce CO2 emissions twice as much and twice as fast as the Paris Agreement.

How cities can use data to take climate action

Data has never been bigger, but barriers to accessibility remain.

Conservationist to corporate leaders: ‘Just doing the right thing is not enough’

Major companies have committed to ending deforestation, but global progress has been slow.

Conservationist named in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business

Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018.

On anniversary of Trump’s Paris withdrawal, 3 reasons for hope

President Donald Trump’s decision has spurred much more climate action than what would have been activated by the Paris Agreement alone.

Steelcase Draws Sustainability Inspiration from an Unlikely Source: The Healthcare Industry

Questions — and asking the right ones — are at the heart of Patricia Wang’s role as design researcher in WorkSpace Futures for Steelcase Inc. These days, the biggest question Wang faces is just as complicated and ambiguous as it is important: How can Steelcase encourage employees to get to a future state that is better both for them and for