No More Business as Usual: Green Deal Needed in Europe’s Recovery, Say Company Leaders

Chief executive officers (CEOs) and senior representatives of around 30 European companies expressed yesterday (16 september) their support for the European Green Deal as a growth strategy for Europe with a joint statement. The COVID-19 recovery is the opportunity to reset Europe’s economy with a new growth model on the path to net-zero emissions, based on circularity, […] ... lees meer

Science Based Targets initiative launches process to develop first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has today launched a process to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero target setting, to ensure that companies’ net-zero targets translate into action that is consistent with achieving a net-zero world by no later than 2050. The process is marked with the publication of a new paper that […] ... lees meer

More than 150 business leaders and investors urge EU heads of state to set higher 2030 emissions reduction targets

As the European Commission sits down to discuss proposals for a new 2030 emissions target in time for the State of the Union address tomorrow (Wednesday Sept 16), more than 150 European businesses, investors and business networks, including Microsoft, IKEA, Deutsche Bank, Unilever, H&M, Google, EDF, Signify and Apple are calling on EU leaders to […] ... lees meer

Will the circular economy transition also boost resilience?

New analysis by Circle Economy confirms the mutually reinforcing nature of the two concepts, but advises caution around some of the circular economy practices, trends, and prerequisites that–if not managed properly–could weaken a system’s resilience. Circle Economy launches the first structural analysis of the relationship between the circular economy and social-ecological resilience. Amid the social […] ... lees meer

UN report shows how public procurement is a powerful tool for sustainable development

While COVID-19 threatens to reverse the decade-long progress on the fight against poverty, the pandemic sharply focuses the world’s attention on health concerns, including human health, environmental health and planetary health. In this respect, Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) have been recognised as potentially transformative tools for governments and businesses to realise their sustainability commitments. The […] ... lees meer

Multinationals’ supply chains account for a fifth of global emissions

A fifth of carbon dioxide emissions come from multinational companies’ global supply chains, according to a new study led by  University College London (UCL) and Tianjin University that shows the scope of multinationals’ influence on climate change. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, maps the emissions generated by multinationals’ assets and suppliers abroad, finding […] ... lees meer

ABN AMRO, Nutreco and José Villalón shortlisted for the 11th Annual Responsible Business Awards 2020

The shortlist for Reuters Events 11th Responsible Business Awards has been announced. The winners will be revealed and celebrated on 8-9 October, during a virtual broadcast to a global audience of over 5,000 senior business executives. The shortlist includes ABN AMRO (D&I Leader Category), Nutreco (Reporting & Transparency Category) and José Villalón (Sustainability Director of Nutreco, Business Leader […] ... lees meer

Signify achieves carbon neutrality and sets course to double its positive impact on the environment and society

Signify, the world leader in lighting, is proud to announce that it has achieved carbon neutrality for all its operations across the world as well as using 100% renewable electricity. While the company progresses towards its remaining commitments for 2020, it will already embark on a new five-year journey in which it will focus on doubling […] ... lees meer

Mondelēz International advances sustainale palm oil sourcing with enhanced traceability with Dutch Satelligence

Mondelēz International, Inc. announced significant progress in advancing requirements for traceable, forest-monitored palm oil and confirms strong progress against sustainable sourcing goals. The new requirements include traceability to plantation and satellite monitoring (via the Dutch company Satelligence) covering all palm oil concessions* supplying mills attributed to the company, against the deforestation criteria set out in […] ... lees meer

26 companies, business associations, and initiatives make joint call for EU mandatory human rights & environmental due diligence

On 2 September, 26 companies, business associations, and initiatives released a joint statement calling for EU-wide, cross-sectoral mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence legislation. The group, which includes large multinationals such as ABN Amro, Adidas, Unilever, Inditex, and Mars, holds a combined annual turnover of almost 350 billion EUR. Several signatories have already supported […] ... lees meer

Ellen MacArthur Foundation and LEGO Group join forces to accelerate the move towards a circular economy

Today, the LEGO Group has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as part of its commitment to becoming a more circular business. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is the global leader in circular economy while the LEGO® System in Play inspires endless play possibilities that supports the principles of circular design. The quality and durability of LEGO […] ... lees meer