German textile brands and retailers Lidl, Hugo Boss, Aldi und C&A allegedly complicit in crimes against humanity

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights filed a criminal complaint in Germany against several high-profile textile brands and retailers. Hugo Boss, Lidl and other companies are allegedly directly or indirectly abetting and profiting from alleged forced labor of the Uyghur minority in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in western China and might […] ... lees meer

New Global Survey Finds Covid-19 Is Intensifying Sustainable Development Challenges, But Leading Businesses Are Stepping Up Action

New research from GlobeScan and the SustainAbility Institute by ERM finds that sustainability experts believe the global pandemic will help draw attention to environmental issues—but will also deepen socio-economic challenges such as poverty and inequality. The GlobeScan / SustainAbility Leaders Survey has tracked global expert opinions on the evolution of the sustainability agenda since 1997. The 25th edition of this report […] ... lees meer

Garment brands and global unions reach agreement on new, expanded worker safety pact

Negotiations between a representation of international textile retailers and the global trade union signatories to the former Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh have resulted in an agreement that continues legally-binding commitments to workplace safety in Bangladesh and promises to expand the program to other countries. The new agreement, called the International Accord […] ... lees meer

SEforALL and Google to Launch New Compact to Decarbonize Electricity Globally 

A carbon-free electricity sector is the foundation for reaching a net-zero global economy. Electricity generates 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and is key to decarbonizing other sectors of the economy, including buildings, transport, and industry. To achieve net-zero emissions across the global economy by 2050, electricity must become the core of the energy […] ... lees meer

Global initiative formed to push responsible and circular electronics

More than 20 organizations have come together in a global initiative to tackle the social and environmental problems of electronics. The Circular Electronics Initiative aims to encourage organizations and consumers to take a more responsible approach to the electronic goods they use. One core activity of the initiative is the annual event #CircularElectronicsDay. “#CircularElectronicsDay has […] ... lees meer

Microsoft, Rabobank announce first round of carbon credits with agroforestry startup reNature

Through a new carbon marketplace by the Dutch bank Rabobank called Acorn, reNature, in partnership with a Brazilian cooperative of farmers called Cooperative Agricola Mista de Tomé- Açu (CAMTA), generated 242 CRUs (carbon removal units), which represented R$25,000.00 distributed among cooperative producers. These credits were sold to Microsoft, which aims to cut its total emissions […] ... lees meer

Corbion teams with Truterra and farmers to advance sustainable agriculture

Leading Dutch biobased ingredients company Corbion and Truterra, LLC, the sustainability business of Land O’Lakes and a leader in scaling up private-sector conservation solutions, are partnering to support the adoption and success of sustainable agriculture practices among farmers within Corbion’s US soybean supply shed. Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, […] ... lees meer

Landmark collaboration to accelerate the shift to zero-carbon freight

Smart Freight Centre, a global non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable freight transport, together with BSR and the World Economic Forum, announced a new alliance to decarbonize freight transport by 2050. The Alliance is in partnership with the We Mean Business Coalition and the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP). Freight currently represents approximately 8% of global CO2 emissions and is […] ... lees meer

Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying – IPCC

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, released today. Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already […] ... lees meer

Sustainable Procurement Barometer 2021: Sustainability Pays Off Through the Crisis and Beyond

EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, released its 2021 Sustainable Procurement Barometer. Conducted with Stanford Graduate School of Business, the research found that delivering on corporate sustainability goals has shifted to the top of the executive agenda, with 63% of executives now saying it’s very important, compared to only 25% two […] ... lees meer

DSM accelerates science based GHG emissions reduction target to 50% by 2030

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announced that it aims to halve its 2016 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its own operations by 2030. The acceleration of its initial 30% reduction target is based on the strong progress over the past few years. With this step-up DSM continues to […] ... lees meer