Reasons to be hopeful about new funding to tackle plastic waste in developing countries

This blog is by Joanne Green, senior policy associate at Tearfund. Last year, Maria das Gracas’ house flooded eight times. As I stood with her in her home in a favela in Recife, Brazil, she told me how her community is now sorting and collecting the plastic and waste that clogs the river running through the neighbourhood, improving people’s lives and

The day protecting the environment became the right thing to do

When first announcing the government’s plans to legislate the UK’s withdrawal from the EU the prime minister assured the nation that the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before and that we will have a workable, certain, continuing system of law. This really matters for the environment as 80 per cent of

3 ways businesses can show governments they’re taking action on climate

How to push past the Paris Agreement.

Report Report: Carbon accounting, SDG roadmaps, 4th wave environmentalism

The latest crop of research and insights for sustainable business professionals.

McDonald’s to take a bite out of carbon emissions

McDonald’s announced it would eliminate deforestation from its supply chain while reducing its carbon emissions by 36 percent by 2030.

To tackle environmental challenges, start with students

A new partnership between Conservation International (CI) and Arizona State University (ASU) forges a new approach to conservation and sustainable development.

eKutir: The Human-Digital Platform Curating the Future of Food

As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to have on the business world. Here, we catch up with eKutir Global. eKutir Global is a US-based Public Benefit Corporation (and the first B Corp-certified organisation in India) whose digital technologies and data science provide a first-of-its-kind human-digital marketplace. Through a continuous stream of data points and information, eKutir’s platforms have helped create more efficient markets for smallholder farmers, with proven increases in productivity, income and

AkzoNobel Puts ‘True Price’ on Natural, Social Capital; Increases Business Value

“Organizations rely on a diverse set of ‘capitals’ to function effectively,” says Emma Ringström, Sustainability Manager, Pulp and Performance Chemicals at AkzoNobel. By measuring these, she says, “We can find ways to make the most impactful improvements and ultimately increase business value.” AkzoNobel has proven this through a pilot project at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals’ bleaching chemicals operations in Brazil. The company began

Why we need new maps of important local wildlife spaces to protect nature

This post is by Stephanie Hilborne OBE, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts Most people agree that wildlife and wild places are valuable for their own sake. We now know from research across the globe that a healthy, wildlife-rich natural world is essential for our wellbeing and prosperity. But wildlife has

Deciphering the new tax credits on carbon capture investments

The Budget Act of 2018 expands and enhances the tax credits for climate technologies, which could have an important impact for companies.

Why data is an essential nutrient for AeroFarms crops

Now on its ninth facility, the world’s biggest vertical farming operation is a big proponent of automation.

42 UK Businesses Make World-Leading Pact to Eliminate Plastic Packaging Waste

Building on their individual efforts and those under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF)’s New Plastics Economy initiative, dozens of businesses have made their commitment to the new UK Plastics Pact. These Pact members include major food and drink brands, manufacturers and retailers right through to plastic reprocessors, and are collectively responsible for over 80 percent of the plastic packaging on products sold through UK supermarkets. The Pact was launched today by the waste reduction experts at WRAP. Initial members include 42 businesses such as Asda, Coca-Cola, Cranswick, Danone, Marks and Spencer (M&S), Nestlé, Novamont, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble (P&G), Sainsbury’s, SUEZ, Tesco, Unilever, Veolia, and Waitrose. An additional 15 organizations

What We Can Learn from B Corps’ Big Bets on Customer Engagement

Today’s customers are choosing how to spend their dollars based on one of two factors: convenience or shared values. For example, Blue Apron, a grocery delivery company that makes it easier to cook healthy meals, is winning on convenience. But when you have the option of choosing between convenience services, as many customers do in the ride-hailing market, values determine the victor. Lyft is riding (pun intended) on

Why the House of Lords is holding out for a strong environmental watchdog

; The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is being debated in the House of Lords and peers have been raising their concerns about the bill’s gaps and deficiencies. They have tabled over 100 amendments to the bill, several of which are being voted on and mostly passed. The worry that Brexit might erode environmental safeguards has featured heavily  throughout the bill’s parliamentary

How far will the UK Plastic Pact get us in stopping global plastic pollution?

Since Theresa May announced, in January, that the government would show global leadership in tackling plastic waste, announcements on the topic have come thick and fast. Last month, the Treasury launched a long awaited call for evidence on taxing single use plastics, followed by a promise from Environment Secretary Michael Gove that England would definitely institute a deposit return scheme

How UPS navigates a culture of sustainability and innovation

UPS is building partnerships with governments and citizens to help find solutions to environmental and congestion challenges.

4 steps to walking the talk through SDGs disclosure

Here’s how to get in front of sustainable development goal-reporting guidance.

A conversation with a lithium-ion battery pioneer

On the eve of receiving the Japan Prize, Dr. Yoshino looks back at his battery research that helped pave the way for today’s booming lithium-ion market.

This U.N. guide aims to make it simpler for banks to talk about climate risks

The methodology shows a path for integrating new 2-degree-Celsius scenario models with traditional financial disclosures.

Green Brexit? Not unless the prime minister stands up to her grey ministers

The Daily Telegraph is reporting what has been an open secret for some weeks: senior Cabinet ministers are sabotaging the government’s promise of a “green Brexit”. Before the EU forced us to act, the UK had a lousy record on many aspects of environmental policy. Remember dirty beaches, polluted rivers, acid rain? It is now essential that institutions and laws

How a green economy can promote growth

; This blog was first published by the Environmental Journal. The UK’s economy grew by 1.7 per cent in 2017, buoyed up by the first synchronised bout of global growth since the financial crisis. Favourable global economic conditions have raised the UK’s economic output, and, although the UK is the slowest growing economy in the G7, relative economic stability has

Episode 121: Mega deals in clean energy, P&G’s circular geometry, Walmart’s EV charging crusade

In this episode, we also contemplate the art of reducing the environmental of popular music festivals, like the massive event concluding this weekend in the Coachella Valley desert.

If Pope Francis were the United States Secretary of Treasury

Imagine if green banks had their way.