The state and face of sustainable business in Belgium

With an average score of 6.4/10 for their sustainability performance, Belgian companies acknowledge they still have a long road ahead. However, the outlook for sustainability is positive with many companies indicating they think sustainability will increase in strategic importance and saying they intend to have more attention for sustainability, even in the face of unchanged budgets. […] ... lees meer

C&A Foundation supports circular fashion initiatives with €1.29 million funding

C&A Foundation’s work to make circular fashion a reality is set to receive a major boost thanks to the approval of five initiatives following the 2017 Request for Proposals (RFP): ‘Bridging the Gap’ Implementation of Circular Economy in the Apparel Sector.   Five pilot initiatives have been selected as part of its open request for proposals to […] ... lees meer

The 2018 GlobeScan-Sustainability Leaders Survey shows Unilever’s top ranking among global experts for strong sustainability leadership continuing.

The 2018 GlobeScan-Sustainability Leaders Survey shows Unilever’s top ranking among global experts for strong sustainability leadership continuing. For the eighth year in a row, Unilever is ranked as the top global corporate sustainability leader, mentioned by 47 percent of experts. Meanwhile, Interface, the only company to place in the Leaders Survey every year since inception, extended […] ... lees meer

New Report from BCG and the WBCSD Details Business Benefits and Best Practices from Circular Economy Leaders

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) joined forces to offer practical guidance for organizations seeking to successfully transition to the “circular economy.” Their report—“The New Big Circle. Achieving Growth and Business Model Innovation through Circular Economy Implementation”—is the result of a research effort that included a survey […] ... lees meer

Thirza Moolenaar wins 2018 Schoemaker-Sustainalytics Business & Human Rights Student Competition

Sustainalytics and the Netherland Committee of Jurists for Human Rights (NJCM) are proud to announce the winner of the Schoemaker-Sustainalytics prize for Business & Human Rights. A second year Master’s student in International Law at Maastricht University, Thirza Moolenaar will complete a paid internship at Sustainalytics where she will work on Human Rights-projects for Sustainalytics’ […] ... lees meer

Win-Win-Win: The Sustainable Supply Chain Finance Opportunity

BSR published a new report, “Win-Win-Win: The Sustainable Supply Chain Finance Opportunity,” showing how supply chain and trade finance mechanisms can be leveraged to create tangible cash incentives for suppliers, drive sustainable behaviors and transform global supply chains. This is a significant opportunity for buyers, suppliers and financial service providers. Leveraging supply chain finance mechanisms to incentivize […] ... lees meer

ACTIAM and Robeco joined As You Sow Investor Alliance to Engage Companies on Plastic Pollution

As You Sow is pleased to announce the launch of the Plastic Solutions Investor Alliance, an international coalition of investors that will engage publicly traded consumer goods companies on the threat posed by plastic waste and pollution. Twenty-five institutional investors from four countries with a combined $1 trillion of assets under management have signed a declaration citing […] ... lees meer

Failure to manage natural resources brings increasing interruption and liability risks for businesses

Natural resources such as clean air and fresh water are vital for businesses – and at the same time massively at risk across many industry sectors today. Failure to manage the earth’s natural resources or “natural capital” has consequences that extend beyond direct effects on the environment. For businesses, it can also bring new interruption […] ... lees meer

UN Global Compact launches new action platform for Sustainable Ocean Business and development

Friday, on World Oceans Day,  the United Nations Global Compact launched the newly formed Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform — a three-year global programme bringing together business, civil society, the UN and Governments to advance the ocean economy and sustainable development. The ocean, the world’s greatest common resource, holds a great potential to deliver on […] ... lees meer

Ikea commits to phase out single-use plastic products by 2020

Ikea has announced a global commitment to remove all single-use plastic products by 2020 as part of its updated sustainability strategy. The strategy, known as People and Planet Positive, also includes a commitment for all of its stores around the world to become climate positive and reduce the total Ikea climate footprint by an average […] ... lees meer