The Concept of Minimalist Leadership

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Published 23rd of December 2023 by Nina

The Concept of Minimalist Leadership

‘Minimalist #leadership?’ There’s a concept that captured my attention, and one I was curious to explore further when I happened upon Frank Martela’s #employee #engagement thought piece. Far easier said than don...

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Fractional Leadership:  A New Concept to Help Accelerate Start Up Development

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Published 15th of December 2023 by Nina

Fractional Leadership: A New Concept to Help Accelerate Start Up Development

A cool concept for #startups which haven’t yet considered it: the bringing on of a fractional CEO or other C-Suite #leader to support #business development at pivotal times in the organisation’s evolution. Sadia Now...

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Circularity Innovation:  Puma Group Continues its Quest to Create a Fully Compostable Trainer

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Published 15th of December 2023 by Nina

Circularity Innovation: Puma Group Continues its Quest to Create a Fully Compostable Trainer

Exciting to see steps forward by PUMA Group in its quest to create a fully #compostable set of trainers (or, for the American reader here, sneakers!). #Innovation is a core value of the #business and it continues to har...

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The Challenge Continues:  Gender Bias in the VC Funding World

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Published 15th of December 2023 by Nina

The Challenge Continues: Gender Bias in the VC Funding World

A thought piece coming from Financial Times Sifted’s Anne Sraders caught my attention. And not in a “Wow! What sublime news,” way but, rather, a “REALLY?!? This is still happening?!?” Relating marked #diversit...

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EU Parliament and Council Looks to Advance Built Community Net Zero Targets

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Published 15th of December 2023 by Nina

EU Parliament and Council Looks to Advance Built Community Net Zero Targets

The built #environment is responsible for up to 40% of #carbon #emissions. It’s also where we work, we live and have capacity to thrive. Making shifts in the sector is imperative to create those thriving #communities....

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Herald the Day!  It Took 28 COPs, but The Elephant in the Room was Finally Called Out

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Published 15th of December 2023 by Nina

Herald the Day! It Took 28 COPs, but The Elephant in the Room was Finally Called Out

Well, the outcomes may not have included everything from the wish list, but #cop28 did have one assuredly remarkable result. After 27 COP conferences, we finally had, with COP 28, #governments willing to name the elepha...

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KKR's SDG-Focused Global Impact Fund Achieves a Whopping $2.8 Billion in Funding

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Published 6th of November 2023 by Nina

KKR's SDG-Focused Global Impact Fund Achieves a Whopping $2.8 Billion in Funding

Wow! $2.8 billion! That’s a lot of hashtag#funding! But, then, taking the hashtag#world where it needs to go in order to become hashtag#sustainable isn’t cheap. Fantastic to see the huge interest in KKR’s hashtag#...

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The Powerful Impact of Creating and Embedding a Diverse Culture

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Published 3rd of November 2023 by Nina

The Powerful Impact of Creating and Embedding a Diverse Culture

Forbes contributor Corinne Post has written a thought piece that I found packed a punch and wanted to pass it on. It prompts #business #leadership to consider three questions with a view to both creating and embedding a ...

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Sustainable Development:  Design Ingenuity in Guatemala

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Published 3rd of November 2023 by Nina

Sustainable Development: Design Ingenuity in Guatemala

What an amazing #innovation developed in Guatemala! 3D printing company COBOD International has partnered with #Danish #architecture #business 3DCP GROUP and cement company Progreso to produce a house that can resist ear...

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A Message to Europeans in the Start Up / Scale Up Ecosystem:  "Fortune Favours the Bold!"

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Published 3rd of November 2023 by Nina

A Message to Europeans in the Start Up / Scale Up Ecosystem: "Fortune Favours the Bold!"

“Fortune favours the bold” goes the old proverb. And in his thought piece today, the Financial Times Sifted’s Zed Tarar rather puts forward to Europe-based #business start up #founders the need to be bolder, be mor...

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UK Supreme Court Appoints Second Female to the Top Bench, Acknowledging Diversity Issues

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Published 17th of October 2023 by Nina

UK Supreme Court Appoints Second Female to the Top Bench, Acknowledging Diversity Issues

Big news out within the last few hours from the #UK Supreme Court. It has appointed Lady Justice Simler to the country’s top bench. Made a High Court Judge in 2013 and eminently qualified for the job, Lady Justice Sim...

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A Whitbread First:  Premier Inn Opens in Swindon with an Electric-Only Hotel

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Published 17th of October 2023 by Nina

A Whitbread First: Premier Inn Opens in Swindon with an Electric-Only Hotel

It’s pretty cool to see in the news that one of the #UK’s leading #hospitality groups, Whitbread, has built a site which is a fully functioning all-electric #hotel, without any connection to a mains gas supply whatso...

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UK Tech Flourishing Outside of The Golden Triangle

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Published 10th of October 2023 by Nina

UK Tech Flourishing Outside of The Golden Triangle

It's great to see UK #technology in full flow outside of the #London, #Oxford and #Cambridge #tech ‘Golden Triangle.' Chris Newbold’s Sifted article highlights 10 startups / scaleups which are at various stages of t...

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"Waterfall or Agile?" or...a Third Way?

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Published 10th of October 2023 by Nina

"Waterfall or Agile?" or...a Third Way?

As a #Business #Coach who works with Executives, Teams and Organisations, I am often pulled into contexts where there are tensions or misunderstandings across #teams and #teammembers on ‘ways of working’ and ‘ways ...

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Climate Tech Start Ups Top the Leaderboard for Biggest Tech Deals in Europe 2023

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Published 10th of October 2023 by Nina

Climate Tech Start Ups Top the Leaderboard for Biggest Tech Deals in Europe 2023

It’s fascinating to see that #climate #infrastructure #startups have claimed the leaderboard for biggest tech deals in #Europe during 2023. As Sifted’s Freya Pratty and Shubham Jaipuria highlight in a thought piece ...

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The Sustainable Aviation Challenge:  Looking for Soaring Ideas to Drive Change

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Published 10th of October 2023 by Nina

The Sustainable Aviation Challenge: Looking for Soaring Ideas to Drive Change

World renowned inventor Thomas Alva Edison said “There’s a better way to do it - find it.” That could be the motto for the #Sustainable #Aviation Challenge, a fantastic collaborative initiative launched over the l...

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UK Online Fashion Sales Hit All Time High:  But What's the Cost?

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Published 22nd of August 2023 by Nina

UK Online Fashion Sales Hit All Time High: But What's the Cost?

Average weekly #online fashion sales in the UK have just reached a record high. The level is an eye watering one, particularly if bearing in mind that of the 32 billion garments produced for the #fashion industry each ye...

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New UK Business Climate Hub Launched,  Supporting the UK's SMEs in their Net Zero Transition

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Published 14th of August 2023 by Nina

New UK Business Climate Hub Launched, Supporting the UK's SMEs in their Net Zero Transition

Hot-off-the-press today is launch of the new UK Business #Climate Hub, a #collaboration between the UK #Government, businesses and #business groups across the #UK to support SMEs in their net zero transition. The goal o...

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Shifting Away from 'Total Rewards' to 'Systemic Rewards'

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Published 4th of August 2023 by Nina

Shifting Away from 'Total Rewards' to 'Systemic Rewards'

The Josh Bersin Company's Kathi Enderes’ thought piece on ‘total rewards’ in Personnel Today makes for interesting read. She puts forward the idea that the concept is outdated, and that a shift in thinking to ‘#s...

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Marketers Need To Be Upskilled, According to New Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Research

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Published 4th of August 2023 by Nina

Marketers Need To Be Upskilled, According to New Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Research

Hot-off-the-press research conducted by the CIM | The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) reflects that a whopping 76% of marketeers have worked on at least one #sustainability-focused initiative, with many of them fe...

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Fancy a Go Within a Startup or Scaleup?

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Published 4th of August 2023 by Nina

Fancy a Go Within a Startup or Scaleup?

Anyone working as I do with #startups and #scaleups here in the #UK knows that it’s not a context for the faint-hearted. As an organisational and team #coach who has worked with large, established multi-nationals as we...

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Collaboration for Regeneration

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Published 4th of August 2023 by Nina

Collaboration for Regeneration

Great to see this news from Walmart and PepsiCo #business leaders investing to drive #sustainability innovation…and, doing so via #collaboration! George Bernard Shaw once penned: “Progress is impossible without #cha...

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Plastic Overshoot Day:  July 28 Marks the Tipping Point in Global Waste Management Capacity

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Published 4th of August 2023 by Nina

Plastic Overshoot Day: July 28 Marks the Tipping Point in Global Waste Management Capacity

Consider this nightmarish scenario: all #plastic produced between now and December — c 42% of annual levels — will end up as #pollutant. It boggles the mind. And, yet, that’s the reality of the #world we’re livin...

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Hybrid Work:  Managing A Critical Leadership Challenge

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Published 4th of August 2023 by Nina

Hybrid Work: Managing A Critical Leadership Challenge

What a fascinating thought piece from Mark Mortensen on the Hybrid Work environment! While one can be put off given the overuse of expressions like “toxic #culture” in describing less-effective work context, it’s a...

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Diversity Continues to Lag in the Start Up and VC Community

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Published 28th of June 2023 by Nina

Diversity Continues to Lag in the Start Up and VC Community

Miriam Partington’s Financial Times Sifted article today is a compelling read, calling out that within the #startup / #scaling up / VC business community there continues to be a lack of #female representation at #Board...

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Young Professional Insights:  Business as a Force for Good

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Published 17th of June 2023 by Nina

Young Professional Insights: Business as a Force for Good

The World Economic Forum, in #partnership with Accenture, recently went about research to see what’s on the mind of young professionals, including the potent question of whether “CEOs still think profitability and #e...

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Some Good News, Some Bad News:  Women on Boards Shares Findings on New Research

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Published 17th of June 2023 by Nina

Some Good News, Some Bad News: Women on Boards Shares Findings on New Research

Some good news. Some not so good news. That’s what new research published by the campaign group Women on Boards has confirmed about the number of #female bosses in #UK businesses. Good news? An increase in female UK #...

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Online Fashion Retailer Boozt Blocks Customers from Returning Too Many Items

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Published 17th of June 2023 by Nina

Online Fashion Retailer Boozt Blocks Customers from Returning Too Many Items

Wow! #Sweden-based #online #fashion retailer Boozt Group AB has chosen to take a stand and block 42,000 customers for returning too many items! Returns have long been a thorn in the side of #retailers, with an average 2...

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UK Ranked Fourth in EY's 2023 Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index

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Published 17th of June 2023 by Nina

UK Ranked Fourth in EY's 2023 Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index

Fascinating to see the news that the UK comes in fourth place on EY’s #Renewable #Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI). The #US, propelled by the $396bn Inflation Reduction Act, retains top seed. Second is #Ge...

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100 UK Businesses and the UKGBC Call on UK Government for Reform to Tackle the UK Housing and Climate Crisis

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Published 17th of June 2023 by Nina

100 UK Businesses and the UKGBC Call on UK Government for Reform to Tackle the UK Housing and Climate Crisis

Nike’s “Just Do It.” Apple’s “Think Different.” IMAX’s “Think Big.” These seven words weren’t actually co-opted by 100 #businesses and the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) in a letter just sent to t...

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B Lab Revises Standards for B Corp Certification to Manage 'B Washing' Creep

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Published 23rd of May 2023 by Nina

B Lab Revises Standards for B Corp Certification to Manage 'B Washing' Creep

Achieving B Lab’s B Corp certification is just about to get harder, and it’s coming none too soon, according to many #business leaders who are committed to truly transformative practice, with a clear ‘north star’...

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10 May Drought Alert:  As Summer Approaches, 50% of France Is Already on Watch

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Published 10th of May 2023 by Nina

10 May Drought Alert: As Summer Approaches, 50% of France Is Already on Watch

Today, 10 May, #France’s Pyrénées-Orientales region was officially declared to be at drought "crisis" level. This is the fourth department to be so named. There are nearly 40 departments in France – covering nearly...

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"The Big Help Out":  Supporting Community by Volunteering

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Published 10th of May 2023 by Nina

"The Big Help Out": Supporting Community by Volunteering

If you’re thinking of giving back to #community and haven’t yet already taken the plunge, here’s a great way to get started: an 8 May #volunteering initiative called The Big Help Out. Devised by the #leadership of...

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NY State to Ban Use of Gas Stoves and Heating on Most New Builds by 2023

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Published 10th of May 2023 by Nina

NY State to Ban Use of Gas Stoves and Heating on Most New Builds by 2023

Extraordinary to see this news out from New York! What a step forward by the NY State #government in its #netzero, #decarbonation journey! A ban on the use of #gas stoves and heating on most new builds by 2030! The rule...

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Reshape The Work Environment to Bring Out 'Best Selves'

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Published 10th of May 2023 by Nina

Reshape The Work Environment to Bring Out 'Best Selves'

It was recently reported that 40% of the #UK’s working adults self-described as having “worked from home at some point in the past seven days.” The figure was published by the UK’s Office of National Statistics i...

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"Diversity Conversations Causing Frustrations"

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Published 21st of April 2023 by Nina

"Diversity Conversations Causing Frustrations"

HR magazine’s “Diversity conversations causing frustrations” headline caught my attention. The journal’s article, published yesterday by Millicent Machell, pointed to research conducted by the #diversity, #equity...

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Laing O'Rourke Mandates Low Carbon Concrete for All UK New Builds

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Published 17th of April 2023 by Nina

Laing O'Rourke Mandates Low Carbon Concrete for All UK New Builds

“We shape our buildings and, afterwards, our buildings shape us,” said Winston Churchill. They are the centre of our #communities, professionally and personally. They surround us. The ‘built #environment’ plays ...

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Harvard Professor and Ex CEO Medtronic Bill George Highlights the Impact of a 'True North,' Authentic Leadership and an Open and Learning Culture

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Published 6th of April 2023 by Nina

Harvard Professor and Ex CEO Medtronic Bill George Highlights the Impact of a 'True North,' Authentic Leadership and an Open and Learning Culture

Published earlier today by McKinsey & Company’s Carolyn Dewar is a fascinating interview with Harvard Business School Professor and former Medtronic CEO Bill George. The fresh insights threaded together include not...

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UK Government Responds to Skidmore Review:  Some Elements Actioned, Some Adapted, Some Ignored

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Published 6th of April 2023 by Nina

UK Government Responds to Skidmore Review: Some Elements Actioned, Some Adapted, Some Ignored

This morning edie published a great summary of the #UK #government’s response to the Skidmore Review, the Independent Review of the UK’s #Netzero Plan which came out in January. As author Matt Mace reflects, the 129...

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Australia Sets a World's First:  Agreeing Country-Wide Standards for Compostable Textiles

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Published 22nd of March 2023 by Nina

Australia Sets a World's First: Agreeing Country-Wide Standards for Compostable Textiles

You may think, at first blush, that my #linkedin efforts today represent gratuitous posting…a quest for getting as many ‘likes’ as possible. It's true that, to say the least, the photo put forward with The Indepen...

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Pension Funds Have Strong Role to Play in Building a Better, Sustainable Future

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Published 15th of March 2023 by Nina

Pension Funds Have Strong Role to Play in Building a Better, Sustainable Future

For some time now, Scottish Widows has not only been on the march to make its own shift into ‘#nature-positive assets’ but also using its market position to press for systems change in the #financialservices market. ...

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2022 Parker Review Committee Report Reflects Progress in FTSE 350 Board Diversity

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Published 13th of March 2023 by Nina

2022 Parker Review Committee Report Reflects Progress in FTSE 350 Board Diversity

News out earlier today reflects progress in #FTSE 350 Boardroom #diversity. In particular, Parker Review committee -- in conjunction with the #UK Department for #Business and Trade -- has just published results of its 20...

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Celebrating International Women's Day 2023:  Embracing Equality

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Published 12th of March 2023 by Nina

Celebrating International Women's Day 2023: Embracing Equality

In early March 1911, the first International #Women’s Day was held, though it took until 1975 for the United Nations to recognise and celebrate the event. Today, 8 March, marks the 2023 day. As we approach nearly 50 ...

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PwC and London Business School Find Marked Increase in Executive Compensation Linked to ESG Targets

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Published 12th of March 2023 by Nina

PwC and London Business School Find Marked Increase in Executive Compensation Linked to ESG Targets

A new survey conducted by PwC and the London Business School of 50 major companies researched shows that three-quarters have now linked executive #compensation to #climate targets. In 2020, there were less than 50%. And...

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Traversing Sustainability Goals Isn't Easy But A 'Must' for The Build to a Better Future

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Published 27th of February 2023 by Nina

Traversing Sustainability Goals Isn't Easy But A 'Must' for The Build to a Better Future

We talk about challenges on the pathway to #sustainabledevelopment. We know transitioning to different #business models, refit organisational structures and alternative ways of #working isn't an easy journey. We know tha...

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IKEA's Leadership Continues to Be Impressive in Following Up Sustainability Pledges with Sustainability Action

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Published 20th of February 2023 by Nina

IKEA's Leadership Continues to Be Impressive in Following Up Sustainability Pledges with Sustainability Action

Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci penned “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough: we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” IKEA has long shown #leadership in #sustaina...

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So Far So Good:  Europe's Leaders Currently Holding their Resolve and Steering Clear of Long Term Gas Deals

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Published 5th of February 2023 by Nina

So Far So Good: Europe's Leaders Currently Holding their Resolve and Steering Clear of Long Term Gas Deals

According to two notable US #energy executives quoted in today’s Financial Times piquant piece by Justin Jacobs, European buyers have, thus far, held their resolve and steered clear of 20-year gas deals, underscoring #...

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Climate Tech Is Hot:  A Sector With Businesses Which Live and Breathe Purpose

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Published 1st of February 2023 by Nina

Climate Tech Is Hot: A Sector With Businesses Which Live and Breathe Purpose

“We’re actually doing work that matters!” said a CEO to me when we met recently and discussed the energy and ambition which radiates from the #leadership team of the #social and #environmental impact company he lea...

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Partnering with Business:  The Positive Role that The Competition & Markets Authority Can Play in Supporting Collaboration to Build toward Net Zero

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Published 26th of January 2023 by Nina

Partnering with Business: The Positive Role that The Competition & Markets Authority Can Play in Supporting Collaboration to Build toward Net Zero

“Given the scale of the challenge to address environmental #sustainability and particularly #climate change concerns…we [The Competition and Markets Authority] think it is important that firms are not unnecessarily o...

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The Vivienne Foundation Launches, Continuing the Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable Fashion Legacy

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Published 18th of January 2023 by Nina

The Vivienne Foundation Launches, Continuing the Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable Fashion Legacy

Dame Vivienne Westwood was a pioneer in #sustainablefashion, a woman who took on the cause long before it was fashionable to do so (pardon the pun). A #fashion designer who had a choice to sit back and enjoy proceeds f...

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Greenwashing's "Many-Headed Beast":  Is it the Mis-selling Scandal of the 2020s?

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Published 16th of January 2023 by Nina

Greenwashing's "Many-Headed Beast": Is it the Mis-selling Scandal of the 2020s?

Lo and behold! Non-profit financial think tank Planet Tracker has just released a report highlighting a "#greenwashing hydra" which they see emerging in corporate #communication and it packs a punch in its laying out the...

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"Meaningful Work" as a 2023 Business Leadership Imperative

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Published 7th of January 2023 by Nina

"Meaningful Work" as a 2023 Business Leadership Imperative

Bloomberg’s Oscar Boyd and Akshat Rathi have just published a piece which is well worthy of a read. It gets to the heart of what matters to an increasing number of employees: being employed by #businesses which given ...

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India Pressing Ahead with Green Hydrogen Production Plans To Support Its Bid to Transition from Fossil Fuels

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Published 7th of January 2023 by Nina

India Pressing Ahead with Green Hydrogen Production Plans To Support Its Bid to Transition from Fossil Fuels

It’s been nearly a year since Russia launched its invasion into the Ukraine, a conflict which sparked the global #energy crisis in which we are now all deeply embroiled. A silver lining? The acceleration of the globa...

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Global WTW Study Finds Increase in Large Corporations Using ESG Metrics in Executive Rewards Schemes

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Published 7th of January 2023 by Nina

Global WTW Study Finds Increase in Large Corporations Using ESG Metrics in Executive Rewards Schemes

According to a new report released over the last 24 hours by global advisory company WTW (Willis Towers Watson), 77% of large, public corporates across North America and Europe are now using at least one #ESG metric in t...

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'Trailblazing' Diversity Officers Highlighted in the Third Annual Insider Business Awards List

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Published 7th of January 2023 by Nina

'Trailblazing' Diversity Officers Highlighted in the Third Annual Insider Business Awards List

Hot off the press! Insider Business has just released its third annual list of #America-based Diversity Officers changing their companies. The “#diversity trailblazers” roster is worthy of a read. And the #leaders on...

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Climate Change's Far Reaching Impacts:  Not Only the Weather But Also Sex-Changing Lizards, Shrinking Goats, Worse Wine and Less Coffee

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Published 22nd of December 2022 by Nina

Climate Change's Far Reaching Impacts: Not Only the Weather But Also Sex-Changing Lizards, Shrinking Goats, Worse Wine and Less Coffee

A winter storm and cold weather is sweeping through the #USA today, and the Arctic blast is due to touch nearly every state on the continent. Life-threatening wind chills are expected in parts of the country, with temper...

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3M Leadership Confirms Plans to Kiss Goodbye to "Forever Chemicals" in 2025...Forever!

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Published 22nd of December 2022 by Nina

3M Leadership Confirms Plans to Kiss Goodbye to "Forever Chemicals" in 2025...Forever!

Big news out today from American multinational conglomerate 3M! The #Minnesota-based company has announced that it has set itself a 2025 deadline to stop producing #PFAS, a.k.a. "forever chemicals.” Per- or poly-fluor...

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Virgin Atlantic To Make History in 2023, Operating the First Net Zero Transatlantic Flight

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Published 17th of December 2022 by Nina

Virgin Atlantic To Make History in 2023, Operating the First Net Zero Transatlantic Flight

I’m looking forward to being in London, at the airport, at the stage in 2023 when one of Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787 aircraft is spec’d to take flight to New York using solely #sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Ann...

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Airbnb Spotlights Continued 'Booking Bias' Issues, Boldly Doing So with Transparency Welcomed By Many

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Published 17th of December 2022 by Nina

Airbnb Spotlights Continued 'Booking Bias' Issues, Boldly Doing So with Transparency Welcomed By Many

It’s encouraging to see #transparency coming from San Francisco-based Airbnb’s #leadership team as it continues its anti-#discrimination efforts, in particular those related to ‘bookings bias.’ The findings in ...

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HSBC Looks to ‘Walking the Talk’ And Align Action with #NetZero Commitment

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Published 17th of December 2022 by Nina

HSBC Looks to ‘Walking the Talk’ And Align Action with #NetZero Commitment

News out from HSBC today is worth a big cheer! The international #financial conglomerate has now confirmed it will not provide funding to new #oilandgas fields given licenses by the government after 2021. It’s ‘walki...

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UN Global Compact Launches Global Peer Learning Groups To Support Sustainability Leaders' Progress

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Published 1st of December 2022 by Nina

UN Global Compact Launches Global Peer Learning Groups To Support Sustainability Leaders' Progress

Leonardo da Vinci, renowned Italian polymath of the High Renaissance, once wrote “learning never exhausts the mind.” While some may say that can be argued, perhaps less arguable is that #learning with others can ligh...

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Private Equity Sector Lags in Diversity Progress

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Published 19th of November 2022 by Nina

Private Equity Sector Lags in Diversity Progress

A multi-year research project assessing #gender #diversity within the #privateequity industry has just been released, and its findings are illuminating. As the opening line of the private-equitynews.com article by HEC P...

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Sesame Street Launches Series 53 Under the Direction of The Programme's First Latino Executive Producer, Salvador Perez

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Published 15th of November 2022 by Nina

Sesame Street Launches Series 53 Under the Direction of The Programme's First Latino Executive Producer, Salvador Perez

On 10 November 1969, PBS premiered Sesame Workshop's Sesame Street, the (now very long-standing and beloved) children’s programme with an essence, as author Malcolm Gladwell described it, "the artful blend of fluffy mo...

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Capgemini Research Institute's New Survey Illuminates One of the Greatest Hurdles to Sustainability Transition:  Business Leaders' Belief

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Published 15th of November 2022 by Nina

Capgemini Research Institute's New Survey Illuminates One of the Greatest Hurdles to Sustainability Transition: Business Leaders' Belief

Research just published by Capgemini illuminates what seems to be perhaps the greatest hurdle standing in the way of companies’ #sustainability transitions: business #leadership’s belief that it’s worthwhile to und...

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Verisk Maplecroft's Newly Released Index Reinforces the Criticality of Paying Heed to the Societal, 'S' in ESG

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Published 4th of November 2022 by Nina

Verisk Maplecroft's Newly Released Index Reinforces the Criticality of Paying Heed to the Societal, 'S' in ESG

The #environmental, ‘E’ sustainability dimensions of #ESG have garnered the majority of attention by businesses (and news headlines!) over the last year, with eyes focused on ‘#netzero’ pathways and #business ris...

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M&S Launches Innovative "Capsule Wardrobe" in its Quest for Sustainable Development in Fashion

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Published 1st of November 2022 by Nina

M&S Launches Innovative "Capsule Wardrobe" in its Quest for Sustainable Development in Fashion

German-American economist Theodore Levitt once said “#Creativity is thinking up new things. #Innovation is doing new things.” It is a message which resonates: ideas can be brilliant, but without the stewardship and w...

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Triodos Bank's Leadership Once Again Demonstrates It Not only 'Means Business' but 'Means Better Business'

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Published 27th of October 2022 by Nina

Triodos Bank's Leadership Once Again Demonstrates It Not only 'Means Business' but 'Means Better Business'

Sustainability-focused Triodos Bank, which has been committed to the Net Zero #Banking Alliance (NZBA) since its launch in April last year, this week announced a new greenhouse gas (#GHG) emissions reduction goal -- an i...

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The UK's First Asian and Hindu Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, Takes Office

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Published 24th of October 2022 by Nina

The UK's First Asian and Hindu Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, Takes Office

Today, 24 October, is Diwali and what an inspiring, celebratory moment it marks this year with the appointment of the #UK's first Asian and Hindu Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak. No matter what side of the fence one is on,...

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The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Pulls No Punches with HSBC in Banning Ads for Misleading "Greenwashing"

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Published 20th of October 2022 by Nina

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Pulls No Punches with HSBC in Banning Ads for Misleading "Greenwashing"

Over the last 24 hours, news out from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s #advertising watchdog, demonstrates that ASA #leadership is not going to pull punches with any corporation it sees as running af...

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Net Zero Tracker Releases Study Confirming Private Firms Severely Lag Public Companies in Setting Climate Targets

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Published 19th of October 2022 by Nina

Net Zero Tracker Releases Study Confirming Private Firms Severely Lag Public Companies in Setting Climate Targets

In the last 24 hours, Net Zero Tracker has released analysis showing that the world's largest privately-owned companies are severely lagging behind publicly-listed businesses in relation to setting #climate targets. Net...

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A Sustainability-Led Innovation That Really Rocks!

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Published 13th of October 2022 by Nina

A Sustainability-Led Innovation That Really Rocks!

Perhaps you’ll love seeing this #sustainability-orientated innovation as much as I did! Created by geothermal #energy consultancy TownRock Energy, Bodyheat has been installed into #Glasgow arts venue SWG3 as a #renewab...

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International Civil Aviation Organization Members Agree to Support Aviation Sector 2050 Net Zero Aspirations

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Published 10th of October 2022 by Nina

International Civil Aviation Organization Members Agree to Support Aviation Sector 2050 Net Zero Aspirations

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the #earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” These words were penned by Leonardo da Vinci long befo...

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Better Business and B-Corp Research Report Reinforces for Business Leaders Why Having "Purpose" is High Impact

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Published 6th of October 2022 by Nina

Better Business and B-Corp Research Report Reinforces for Business Leaders Why Having "Purpose" is High Impact

The Better Business Act campaign and B Lab UK have just issued a report with findings that point to yet another very strong reason to ensure that ‘purpose’ is at the heart of a #business. According to the research, ...

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Women Count 2022 Report Highlights Stark Findings:   96% of Britain's Largest Public Companies are Men

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Published 4th of October 2022 by Nina

Women Count 2022 Report Highlights Stark Findings: 96% of Britain's Largest Public Companies are Men

“Lack of women in top #FTSE 350 jobs costing economy billions – report” is the Evening Standard’s title for an article released this morning about the annual Women Count 2022 report. Sky News’ title said “Gla...

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Adidas and Stella McCartney Partner to Create Sportswear's First 'Circular' Tracksuit

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Published 28th of September 2022 by Nina

Adidas and Stella McCartney Partner to Create Sportswear's First 'Circular' Tracksuit

British fashion designer Bruce Oldfield, best known for his #couture occasion wear label -- and with clients he counts ranging Oscar-winning actresses to #British and international royalty – once remarked, “We’re i...

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Professional Cricketers' Association Appoints Its First Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director, and It's None Too Soon

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Published 26th of September 2022 by Nina

Professional Cricketers' Association Appoints Its First Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director, and It's None Too Soon

Within the last five hours has come the superb news from The Professional Cricketers'​ Association (PCA) that they have appointed Former Olympic Sprinter Donna Fraser OBE OLY (she/her) as the organisation's first Direc...

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Global Investment Powerhouse Blackstone Commits to Hiring 2,000 Refugees Across its US and International Business

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Published 21st of September 2022 by Nina

Global Investment Powerhouse Blackstone Commits to Hiring 2,000 Refugees Across its US and International Business

There’s no denying that global #investment #management firm Blackstone’s initiative to hire 2,000 refugees across its portfolio makes for great, positive news and public relations. However, nor is there any denying t...

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Patagonia's Founder-Owner Yves Chouinard and Family Give Away the Company, Making Planet Earth the Shareholder

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Published 15th of September 2022 by Nina

Patagonia's Founder-Owner Yves Chouinard and Family Give Away the Company, Making Planet Earth the Shareholder

Patagonia founder-owner Yves Chouinard, the Chouinard family and the Patagonia team have been, for years, notable world leaders in #sustainability, ‘walking the talk’ with ambition married with action. Over the last...

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New York Fashion Week Embraces Diversity Equity and Inclusion

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Published 15th of September 2022 by Nina

New York Fashion Week Embraces Diversity Equity and Inclusion

It's nearing the close of New York #Fashion Week, and it's fair to say that this year has been an encouraging one for those of us who are not your 'usual suspect' model type or -- to use a #textile orientated pun -- cut ...

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Australia's Senate Enshrines into Law the Country's Carbon Emissions Commitments

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Published 9th of September 2022 by Nina

Australia's Senate Enshrines into Law the Country's Carbon Emissions Commitments

Big news over the last 24 hours out of #Australia on #climate action, with the country’s parliament passing legislation which enshrines into law #carbon emissions reduction targets. Originally introduced in July by ne...

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Newly Appointed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss Forms One of the World's Most Diverse Government Cabinets

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Published 9th of September 2022 by Nina

Newly Appointed UK Prime Minister Liz Truss Forms One of the World's Most Diverse Government Cabinets

No matter what you may think of the newly appointed #UK Prime Minister Liz Truss or her Tory party, there is no doubt that she and the Cabinet she formed last night comprise one of the most #diverse #government Cabinets ...

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ASDA Removes 'Sell By' Dates from Over 200 Fruit and Vegetable Products in Bid to Cut Food Waste

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Published 26th of August 2022 by Nina

ASDA Removes 'Sell By' Dates from Over 200 Fruit and Vegetable Products in Bid to Cut Food Waste

“Fortune favours the bold.” So goes the Latin proverb. Wishing well to Asda for great fortune as it progresses on its further bold #sustainability actions, this week announcing the removal of ‘best before’ dates ...

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The Climate Tech Start Up Dilemma:  To Accept or Not Accept 'Big Oil' Funding?

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Published 26th of August 2022 by Nina

The Climate Tech Start Up Dilemma: To Accept or Not Accept 'Big Oil' Funding?

To accept or not accept 'big oil' cash? That is the question raised in a recent piece by Financial Times Sifted journalist Freya Pratty. It makes for a fascinating and uncomfortable read in equal measure. Line by line, o...

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Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and Rabobank Launch High Impact, Sustainability-Led Finance Programme

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Published 18th of August 2022 by Nina

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners and Rabobank Launch High Impact, Sustainability-Led Finance Programme

Great to see the launch over the last 24 hours of Coca-Cola Europacific Partners' Supply Chain Finance Programme. A “first of its kind” in the global beverage industry, this supply initiative positively agitates the ...

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Just Capital Releases Workforce Equality and Mobility Report

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Published 15th of August 2022 by Nina

Just Capital Releases Workforce Equality and Mobility Report

For those of you who haven’t yet, it’s worth having a read of JUST Capital’s 2022 Workforce #Equality and Mobility Ranking report. Developed with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the recently released s...

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Danish Fashion Leaders Partner for Systems-Wide Change in Fashion

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Published 15th of August 2022 by Nina

Danish Fashion Leaders Partner for Systems-Wide Change in Fashion

Launched in concert with Copenhagen Fashion Week this week, 10 Danish fashion and textiles companies, including BESTSELLER, aiayu and Ganni A/S have just signed up to a new and exciting ‘#circularity-in-fashion’ agre...

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Climate Change on The Rhine River Punctuates the Imperative for Climate Action

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Published 10th of August 2022 by Nina

Climate Change on The Rhine River Punctuates the Imperative for Climate Action

News just out within the last few hours from #Germany puts in sharp focus the business risk associated with #climate change. Reports from the German Federal Waterways and #Shipping Administration indicate that Germany...

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ARUP Partners with the Singapore Economic Development Board to Launch The Centre for Climate Action in Cities

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Published 9th of August 2022 by Nina

ARUP Partners with the Singapore Economic Development Board to Launch The Centre for Climate Action in Cities

British multi-national #design, #architecture, #engineering and advisory services firm Arup, with a mission to “develop a truly #sustainable built environment," has just this morning announced the launch of its Centre ...

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UK Prime Minister Suggests 'Casual Dress' to Manage Energy Usage

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Published 9th of August 2022 by Nina

UK Prime Minister Suggests 'Casual Dress' to Manage Energy Usage

For those of you who haven't yet seen it, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez this weekend bid those in the #privatesector to ratchet down the use of formal attire and consider adorning in 'business casual' #fashion. A...

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UK SMEs Building for Resilience

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Published 9th of August 2022 by Nina

UK SMEs Building for Resilience

The Covid pandemic put to the test global #supplychains; as has, over the last four months, war in The Ukraine. The impacts to #business have thrown into sharp relief the criticality of creating and evolving #sustainable...

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CMA Takes Bold Stance:  Investigates 'Green' Claims of UK Fast Fashion Companies

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Published 9th of August 2022 by Nina

CMA Takes Bold Stance: Investigates 'Green' Claims of UK Fast Fashion Companies

Great to see the bold stance taken by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)’s Interim Chief Executive Sarah Cardell earlier today, announcing that the regulator will be investigating ASOS, Boohoo and ASDA over...

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Global Brewer Heineken Collaborates with Suppliers to Support Collective Net Zero Ambitions

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Published 4th of August 2022 by Nina

Global Brewer Heineken Collaborates with Suppliers to Support Collective Net Zero Ambitions

Global brewer The HEINEKEN Company has just announced positive news that suppliers representing 80% of the company’s #packaging #carbon footprint are now working to or in-process of committing to Science Based Targets ...

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Alok Sharma Hints at Possibility of Resigning Should the UK's New Conservative Leader Not Press on with UK Sustainability Commitments

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Published 18th of July 2022 by Nina

Alok Sharma Hints at Possibility of Resigning Should the UK's New Conservative Leader Not Press on with UK Sustainability Commitments

Alok Sharma, the UK Government Cabinet Minister who led #cop26 in Glasgow last year, came out this morning and reinforced his will for the #UK to deliver on its #netzero commitments. In an interview today with The Obser...

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B-Lab Global's "Best In World 2022":  Positive News for the UK with Strong Representation in the List

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Published 18th of July 2022 by Nina

B-Lab Global's "Best In World 2022": Positive News for the UK with Strong Representation in the List

News out over the last 24 hours from B Lab Global has something for those of us in the UK to widely celebrate. “British B-Corps dominate list of the world’s most impactful businesses,” as #sustainability publicatio...

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Unconventional Ventures (UV) Champions Unconventional Founders

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Published 18th of July 2022 by Nina

Unconventional Ventures (UV) Champions Unconventional Founders

Great to see the news that Danish #investment firm Unconventional Ventures (UV) – with its mission to “get more money into the pockets of unconventional founders” -- has raised a new €30 million fund. As reporte...

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HSBC's Global Head of Responsible Investing Forced to Resign after 'Downplaying' Climate Risk

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Published 7th of July 2022 by Nina

HSBC's Global Head of Responsible Investing Forced to Resign after 'Downplaying' Climate Risk

While the #UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's resignation may have caught early morning headlines, of note in the #business world hours ago has been the news that HSBC's Global Head of Responsible Investing Stuart Kirk, h...

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Center for New York City Neighborhoods and JPMorgan Chase Create Social Impact Collaboration

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Published 7th of July 2022 by Nina

Center for New York City Neighborhoods and JPMorgan Chase Create Social Impact Collaboration

Great to see news of the launch of an innovative collaborative #social impact initiative between the Center for New York City Neighborhoods and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Designed to address the steady, marked decline in ...

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Majority of UK CEOs and Business Leaders Unaware of Company Pension Schemes' Climate Impact

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Published 6th of July 2022 by Nina

Majority of UK CEOs and Business Leaders Unaware of Company Pension Schemes' Climate Impact

The majority of #UK Chief Executive Officers and #business leaders are unaware that their own company’s #pension scheme could be contributing to #climate change, according to research just out from Make My Money Matter...

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Japan Launches Creative Loyalty Rewards Concept to 'Nudge' Customers to Greener Purchases

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Published 1st of July 2022 by Nina

Japan Launches Creative Loyalty Rewards Concept to 'Nudge' Customers to Greener Purchases

The concept of 'nudging’ consumers toward #purchasing decisions has been around since advertising began. One could say that at the heart of the profession is the goal to stimulate and prod – ‘nudge’ – customer...

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Combatting Climate Change in Developing Nations:  G7 Leaders Launch the "Partnership for Global Infrastructure"

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Published 1st of July 2022 by Nina

Combatting Climate Change in Developing Nations: G7 Leaders Launch the "Partnership for Global Infrastructure"

Leaders of the #G7 summit have gathered in #Germany this week to discuss, amongst other world issues, #climate change. The beautiful Alpine backdrop which they have been afforded juxtaposes horrific scenes which have mad...

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Lego Group's Commitment to Carbon Neutral Factory Isn't Just Child's Play!

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Published 21st of June 2022 by Nina

Lego Group's Commitment to Carbon Neutral Factory Isn't Just Child's Play!

Building a #factory is one activity undertaken by many-a-Lego-owner, age five and up. But building a #carbon neutral factory is an entirely different matter -- and not child’s play, by any means! Nonetheless, the LEGO...

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SEC Investigates Goldman Sachs' ESG Funds for Potential 'Greenwashing'

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Published 14th of June 2022 by Nina

SEC Investigates Goldman Sachs' ESG Funds for Potential 'Greenwashing'

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us,” penned Boris Pasternack. And, while maybe it shouldn’t be so, it’s been a grand surprise for many that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ha...

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BlackRock and UN Women Partner to Drive Systemic Change in the Financial Markets

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Published 31st of May 2022 by Nina

BlackRock and UN Women Partner to Drive Systemic Change in the Financial Markets

With the bias of #financialservices movement the #ESG space directed at the #environmental, ‘E’ pillar, it is both noteworthy and high impact to see news out of Davos from BlackRock focused also on the #social ‘S...

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Mining E-Waste:  A No-Brainer, so Why Aren't We Doing More of It?

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Published 14th of May 2022 by Nina

Mining E-Waste: A No-Brainer, so Why Aren't We Doing More of It?

A fascinating BBC News piece produced by #Science Correspondent Victoria Gill calling for #mining e-waste, rather than mining the earth. As the article points out, we’re running out of raw materials given the exponent...

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The North of Scotland Hydrogen Programme A Testament to Leadership in Innovation and Collaboration Driving Sustainable Development

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Published 10th of May 2022 by Nina

The North of Scotland Hydrogen Programme A Testament to Leadership in Innovation and Collaboration Driving Sustainable Development

Utility company ScottishPower and #carbon-capture specialist Storegga have just announced plans to develop a green #hydrogen project in #Scotland’s Cromarty Firth region and it's a great example of #sustainability part...

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BAFTA Chair Krishnendu Majumdar Calls Out for C-Suite and Board Level Diversity within the Media & Entertainment Sector

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Published 9th of May 2022 by Nina

BAFTA Chair Krishnendu Majumdar Calls Out for C-Suite and Board Level Diversity within the Media & Entertainment Sector

Back in 2020, BAFTA Chair Krishnendu Majumdar talked of the “collective grief” he and members of the Academy experienced during meetings which were part of the organisation’s broadscale “#diversity review" (launc...

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Sir David Attenborough Announced as a “Champion of the Earth” by the UN Environment Programme

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Published 24th of April 2022 by Nina

Sir David Attenborough Announced as a “Champion of the Earth” by the UN Environment Programme

Nelson Mandela once said “There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a #life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Sir David Attenborough, today announced as a “Champion of t...

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'Comply or Explain':  New Rules of the Road on Diversity Expectations Are Published by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority and They Mean Business!

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Published 21st of April 2022 by Nina

'Comply or Explain': New Rules of the Road on Diversity Expectations Are Published by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority and They Mean Business!

‘Comply or explain’ is what #UK market-listed companies will be required to do under new #diversity-focused rules issued over the last 24 hours by THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY (FCA). As regulator for #financialse...

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BMW's Cars May be Sexy....Their Sustainability Action is Even Sexier

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Published 21st of April 2022 by Nina

BMW's Cars May be Sexy....Their Sustainability Action is Even Sexier

Did you know that 5% of #supplychain emissions related BMW and MINI car production comes from the wheels? Or that BMW Group procures a whopping 10 million light-allow wheels per year? Were you aware that 95% of BMW’s w...

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UBS Creates Inclusive Investing Solutions, Hitting High Marks for Innovation and "Purpose"

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Published 12th of April 2022 by Nina

UBS Creates Inclusive Investing Solutions, Hitting High Marks for Innovation and "Purpose"

Global #investment management and #financialservices company UBS has just appointed Karen Sunderam to the role of Head of Inclusive Investing Solutions. It’s news which is compelling, hitting high marks in both #innova...

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French-Headquartered Global Heathcare Company Sanofi Issues Socially-Centric Sustainability Bond

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Published 6th of April 2022 by Nina

French-Headquartered Global Heathcare Company Sanofi Issues Socially-Centric Sustainability Bond

With seemingly each day bringing announcements from global companies of multi-million dollar #sustainability-centric bond issuances linked to #environmental action, it’s great to see news coming from Sanofi of a #socie...

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MetLife Progresses DEI Goals:  Tapping into Organisational and Individual Employee Purpose

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Published 4th of April 2022 by Nina

MetLife Progresses DEI Goals: Tapping into Organisational and Individual Employee Purpose

“MetLife’s #purpose calls on us to build a more inclusive and equitable world for all our stakeholders,” said MetLife President and CEO Michel Khalaf. These are powerful words, which aren’t meaningful if not b...

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The Post-Pandemic Workplace:  "What Really Matters" to Employees?

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Published 1st of April 2022 by Nina

The Post-Pandemic Workplace: "What Really Matters" to Employees?

British multi-national insurance company Aviva has just released its ‘How We Live’ survey and it packs a punch, with insights which are not only fascinating but also important for any #business leader grappling with ...

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Scottish Widows "Walks the Talk" on ESG with Divestment Action

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Published 30th of March 2022 by Nina

Scottish Widows "Walks the Talk" on ESG with Divestment Action

With greenwashing pervading so many corporate communications #ESG announcements, it’s terrific to see of British pensions provider Scottish Widows “walking the talk” on its #sustainability ambitions. A subsidiary ...

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Navex Survey Reveals Only 1/3 of Executives Believe Their Company is Performing "Very Effectively" on ESG Metrics

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Published 23rd of March 2022 by Nina

Navex Survey Reveals Only 1/3 of Executives Believe Their Company is Performing "Very Effectively" on ESG Metrics

Only one out of three respondents to an #ESG-focused survey conducted by NAVEX have said their organisation’s performance against ESG metrics is “very effective." And the numbers are down from 2021 across all #enviro...

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Supporting SMEs in their Sustainability Transition:  Siemens Paves Way with $100M Loan Fund

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Published 20th of March 2022 by Nina

Supporting SMEs in their Sustainability Transition: Siemens Paves Way with $100M Loan Fund

Great to see news of a global company proactively supporting Small Medium Enterprise (SME) #sustainability transitions! Just announced is Siemens’ launch of a $100 million programme to help decarbonisation efforts rang...

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Honeywell Creates New Division to Address Sustainability-Focused Business Opportunities

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Published 20th of March 2022 by Nina

Honeywell Creates New Division to Address Sustainability-Focused Business Opportunities

Global tech and engineering conglomerate Honeywell has just announced that it has created a new business unit called Sustainable Technology Solutions. It is designed to offer technologies including advanced #plastics #re...

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Starbucks Looks for Innovative Concepts to Realise Sustainability Ambitions

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Published 10th of March 2022 by Nina

Starbucks Looks for Innovative Concepts to Realise Sustainability Ambitions

Starbucks has just announced a test programme using only reusable cups for beverages at its Seattle office SODO 8 cafes. While it’s only a pilot, the concept is worth a look! It has potential to be a very high impact #...

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Leading Beauty Brands Collaborate to Create EcoBeauty Score Consortium

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Published 8th of March 2022 by Nina

Leading Beauty Brands Collaborate to Create EcoBeauty Score Consortium

Addressing the growing consumer interest for #sustainable choices and the demand for greater #transparency when looking to make purchase decisions, 36 major personal care and #cosmetics organisations have come together t...

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Global Leading Asset Manager AllianzGI Take Bold Decision to Vote Against Companies which Fail to Include ESG Targets in Executives' Pay

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Published 1st of March 2022 by Nina

Global Leading Asset Manager AllianzGI Take Bold Decision to Vote Against Companies which Fail to Include ESG Targets in Executives' Pay

Global leading asset manager Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) has this week pledged to vote against European companies’ pay policies in 2023 if they fail to include #ESG goals in executive pay plans. It’s a bold...

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Carrier Creates Corporate Venture Capital Group to 'Self-Disrupt'

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Published 1st of March 2022 by Nina

Carrier Creates Corporate Venture Capital Group to 'Self-Disrupt'

“Disrupt or be disrupted.” It’s a powerful phrase and one which, it would seem, Carrier Group Corporation, the global HVAC, refrigeration and building solutions #business, has considered long and hard at the board ...

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PepsiCo Creates "Multicultural Business and Equity Development Organisation" to Drive Systems Change

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Published 22nd of February 2022 by Nina

PepsiCo Creates "Multicultural Business and Equity Development Organisation" to Drive Systems Change

Having set out its “Racial Equality Journey” in 2020 with corresponding commitment of #investment close to $600M to address #diversity, equity and inclusion across its internal and external ecosystem, global #food an...

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Alternative Investment Management Firm Apollo Launches High Impact Diversity-Focused Supplier Programme

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Published 17th of February 2022 by Nina

Alternative Investment Management Firm Apollo Launches High Impact Diversity-Focused Supplier Programme

Alternative #investment manager Apollo Global Management Inc. announced this week the launch of its Supplier Diversity programme and it’s noteworthy news. The ambition of the programme is to have Apollo’s #privateequ...

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The World Benchmarking Alliance Calls Out the Lack of Business Commitment to Societal Reforms in ESG Pledges

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Published 11th of February 2022 by Nina

The World Benchmarking Alliance Calls Out the Lack of Business Commitment to Societal Reforms in ESG Pledges

The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has just released its #Social Transformation Baseline Assessment, and it makes for highly uncomfortable reading. In assessing half of what the WBA has entitled the SDG2000 -- i.e. ...

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ESG-Centric Financial Instruments To Surpass the $1 Trillion Mark

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Published 11th of February 2022 by Nina

ESG-Centric Financial Instruments To Surpass the $1 Trillion Mark

Issuance of #green, #social and sustainability (GSS) and #sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) are to hit an unprecedented level of $1.35 trillion in 2022, according to Moody's ESG Solutions. It will be the first time tha...

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California Passess Bill for first Law in the USA to Mandate Emissions Disclosures

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Published 7th of February 2022 by Nina

California Passess Bill for first Law in the USA to Mandate Emissions Disclosures

The state of #California has perennially been ahead of the curve when it comes to #sustainability measures, a stand-out in America not only for its dialogue and public awareness on the topic but also the action it takes....

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Compass Group Presses on with Net Zero by 2030 Ambitions with 2022 Action

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Published 4th of February 2022 by Nina

Compass Group Presses on with Net Zero by 2030 Ambitions with 2022 Action

Having already received a ‘commendation of best practice’ from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for its #netzero targets, Compass Group's UK & Ireland Division has announced a number of initiatives to ...

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Google Makes An Inpiring Appointment as it "Leans Into" the Intersection of Technology and Society

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Published 1st of February 2022 by Nina

Google Makes An Inpiring Appointment as it "Leans Into" the Intersection of Technology and Society

What an inspiring move by Google, appointing James Manyika as the company’s first SVP of Technology and Society! Reporting to CEO Sundar Pichai, the role is designed to focus on how #technology effects society, and wil...

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Nestle Launches Initiatives to Improve Sustainability of its Cocoa Supply Chain:  Addressing Societal Dimensions of ESG

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Published 30th of January 2022 by Nina

Nestle Launches Initiatives to Improve Sustainability of its Cocoa Supply Chain: Addressing Societal Dimensions of ESG

Leading global food and beverage company Nestlé announced this week a number of initiatives to complement its ongoing efforts to improve the #sustainability of its cocoa #supplychain. With focus on the ‘S’ of #ESG ...

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PwC Report:  The UK Emerging as Global Tech Leader

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Published 30th of January 2022 by Nina

PwC Report: The UK Emerging as Global Tech Leader

PwC has just released this week its “UK Net Zero #Future 50” report, and it’s a fascinating read. - According to the publication, the global #climate tech #venturecapital market nearly quadrupled from 2019 to 202...

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Sustainable Fashion:  Addressing Greenwashing in the Fashion Sector

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Published 21st of January 2022 by Nina

Sustainable Fashion: Addressing Greenwashing in the Fashion Sector

What a week it’s been in the sustainable #fashion space, with two marked #retail developments over the last week, on either side of The Atlantic! On the UK side, we have the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (...

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15 Leading UK Retailers Pledge Commitments to Inclusion and Diversity

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Published 20th of January 2022 by Nina

15 Leading UK Retailers Pledge Commitments to Inclusion and Diversity

Great to see the news of 15 major UK retail companies leading the way on #inclusion and #diversity by joining forces with Be Inspired to launch a programme which sees them pledging commitment to addressing #diversityandi...

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UK Grocer Morrisons' Leadership in Milk Labelling Paves Way for Broadscale Market Transition

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Published 10th of January 2022 by Nina

UK Grocer Morrisons' Leadership in Milk Labelling Paves Way for Broadscale Market Transition

UK grocer Morrisons’ announcement over the last 24 hours that it is to scrap ‘use by’ (expiry) dates on most of its milk is, on the surface, a modest shift. However, when considering the consequences, one sees that...

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Sony Group Corporation Enters the Fray to Compete in the EV Market

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Published 9th of January 2022 by Nina

Sony Group Corporation Enters the Fray to Compete in the EV Market

Fascinating to see of Japanese entertainment powerhouse Sony Group Corporation’s announcement this week that it will be launching an #electricvehicles company later on this year called “Sony #Mobility Inc.” While ...

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Marks & Spencer's Innovative "Shwopping" Scheme Prompts 'Circular' Thinking

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Published 7th of January 2022 by Nina

Marks & Spencer's Innovative "Shwopping" Scheme Prompts 'Circular' Thinking

For those of you who haven’t yet seen of UK retailer Marks and Spencer's “Shwopping” scheme -- whether you are here in the UK or elsewhere and whether you are a consumer or a #business leader -- it would be well wo...

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Puma Group's Laudable Approach to Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging includes "Having the Conversation"

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Published 6th of January 2022 by Nina

Puma Group's Laudable Approach to Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging includes "Having the Conversation"

A fascinating piece by FashionUnited’s Weixin Zha about PUMA Group’s approach to diversity and #inclusion. The article points to the company’s diversity pledge of 2010, back when Jochen Zeitz was Chief Executive Of...

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Ethical Goods Purchases Surge in the UK:  Is this the Turning Point?

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Published 5th of January 2022 by Nina

Ethical Goods Purchases Surge in the UK: Is this the Turning Point?

Extraordinary findings issued this week by The Co-op in their annual #Ethical and Consumerism Report : over the 2019 to 2020 period, the value of the ‘#green’ GBP surged to over £120 billion in 2020, up by nearly 30...

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ETEL Acquires Murfitts Group to Create Sustainable Value Chain for End-of-Life Tyres

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Published 24th of December 2021 by Nina

ETEL Acquires Murfitts Group to Create Sustainable Value Chain for End-of-Life Tyres

It is estimated that, each year, somewhere between 1 billion and 1.8 billion used tyres are disposed of, leading to billions in landfill and stockpiles. Managing end-of-life tyres (ELT), in particular finding #sustainabi...

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Leadership Espousing Innovation and Partnership in the Fashion Sector

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Published 22nd of December 2021 by Nina

Leadership Espousing Innovation and Partnership in the Fashion Sector

When it comes to delivering on #sustainability promises in the #fashion sector, responsible sourcing and transparent supply chains are critical. Moreover, while one could argue that historically these have been 'nice-to-...

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Workplace Pensions:  How to Promote Change when Inertia Stands in the Way

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Published 22nd of December 2021 by Nina

Workplace Pensions: How to Promote Change when Inertia Stands in the Way

In a recent compelling piece by Lois V. Vallely at Money Marketing, the stark realities about UK savers’ #sustainability intentions -- versus #ESG-led investment actions -- is elucidated for all to see. As she notes ...

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Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Looks to Create DE&I Standards Framework

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Published 21st of December 2021 by Nina

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Looks to Create DE&I Standards Framework

Good to see the recent news of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) announcing the launch of a #Diversity, #Equity and #Inclusion (DEI) standard-setting project. SASB’s intention, with the DEI project...

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Board Diversity:  FTSE 350 Progress Made...and Progress Still to be Made

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Published 20th of December 2021 by Nina

Board Diversity: FTSE 350 Progress Made...and Progress Still to be Made

Hot off the press, released just hours ago by Thomson Reuters, are results from the company’s FTSE 350 Boards’ analysis, in particular its findings from research on #diversity developments around the Board table. Th...

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Delta Air Lines Hires Heavyweight as Chief Sustainability Officer

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Published 20th of December 2021 by Nina

Delta Air Lines Hires Heavyweight as Chief Sustainability Officer

For those interested in the question of how to design, organisationally, for #sustainability transition, pay heed to Delta Air Lines’ fresh press release that it has hired Pamela Fletcher as its new Chief Sustainabilit...

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Financial Services Institutions Using their Might to Drive Diversity in the Boardroom

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Published 17th of December 2021 by Nina

Financial Services Institutions Using their Might to Drive Diversity in the Boardroom

As pressure from regulators and the public has continued to grow on #sustainability issues including #diversity and #inclusion, BlackRock has just confirmed new expectations for Boardroom #leadership. The $9.5 trillion ...

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Collaboration:  The Problems of Today and the Solutions for our Future Require A New Kind of Leadership

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Published 15th of December 2021 by Nina

Collaboration: The Problems of Today and the Solutions for our Future Require A New Kind of Leadership

Mark Twain once said “If you want to change the #future, you must change what you’re doing in the present.” This being said, for those #business leaders who still think “having all the answers” is what makes f...

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Global Asset Manager AVIVA Once More Demonstrates its Will to Lever its Position to Drive Others to Progress Sustainability Transitions

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Published 15th of December 2021 by Nina

Global Asset Manager AVIVA Once More Demonstrates its Will to Lever its Position to Drive Others to Progress Sustainability Transitions

Hot-off-the-press today is an announcement from Aviva Investors, which demonstrates once more the global asset manager’s leadership in pressing for #sustainability transition across not only #environmental but also #so...

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Innovative Sustainability-Led Start Up Imagindairy Receives Further Seed Funding for Growth

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Published 29th of November 2021 by Nina

Innovative Sustainability-Led Start Up Imagindairy Receives Further Seed Funding for Growth

Good to see the news of #innovation start-up Imagindairy Ltd securing a further $13M in seed funding this last week. The fascinating “alt-milk” #Israel-based company uses what's called “precision fermentation” to...

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ESG Commitments:  'Walking the Talk' is Paramount for CEO Credibility

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Published 29th of November 2021 by Nina

ESG Commitments: 'Walking the Talk' is Paramount for CEO Credibility

Global PR company Edelman’s special report out this week has reinforced the need for Chief Executive Officers and leadership teams to “walk the talk” on #ESG commitments. The consultancy firm’s findings reflect ...

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Creating a More Resilient UK

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Published 19th of November 2021 by Nina

Creating a More Resilient UK

UK thinktank Green Alliance has just issued a report which highlights strong reasons to boost the country’s #recycling activity: reducing #waste, building reserves of rare elements needed for #green industries and crea...

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BNY Mellon Creates ESG Solution for Global Clients

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Published 16th of November 2021 by Nina

BNY Mellon Creates ESG Solution for Global Clients

Great to see American investment #banking services firm BNY Mellon’s newest data analytics #innovation, launched yesterday. A reflection of the #financialservices' community's ability to support #sustainability transit...

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UK Businesses Failing to Deliver on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Targets

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Published 12th of November 2021 by Nina

UK Businesses Failing to Deliver on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Targets

XpertHR has just published results of #Diversity & #Inclusion (D&I) survey and the results are less-than-encouraging. Of those UK businesses surveyed, 95% said they are looking to boost D&I when recruiting ne...

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UK Announces 'Climate Action' Fund

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Published 12th of November 2021 by Nina

UK Announces 'Climate Action' Fund

Amongst the many announcements coming out of nearby quarters this week at #Cop26 -- albeit with worldwide impact -- is today's release by the UK Government of its launch of a new ‘Urban #Climate Action’ fund. Announ...

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Powerlist 2022:   Role Models for Us All

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Published 28th of October 2021 by Nina

Powerlist 2022: Role Models for Us All

For those who haven’t yet seen it, The Powerlist | Powerlist Magazine 2022 has just been issued, and at the top of the list, named as the UK’s most influential black person, is London-born, US-based Jacky Wright, Chi...

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London Stock Exchange Publishes Climate Disclosures Guide

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Published 26th of October 2021 by Nina

London Stock Exchange Publishes Climate Disclosures Guide

The London Stock Exchange (LSE), building on the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and levering the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative's Model Guidance on Climate Disclosur...

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TESCO Creates an Inclusive In-Store Experience

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Published 25th of October 2021 by Nina

TESCO Creates an Inclusive In-Store Experience

Diversity, equity and inclusion are hot topics for business #leadership. While for some companies, there has been focus over years, many #business leaders have just started their journeys, recognising organisational perf...

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Private Equity House EQT Launches Innovative Longer Hold "EQT Future" Fund Targeted at ESG-Focused Companies

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Published 21st of October 2021 by Nina

Private Equity House EQT Launches Innovative Longer Hold "EQT Future" Fund Targeted at ESG-Focused Companies

Just announced by Swedish #privateequity firm EQT Group is an innovative and compelling new fund it has launched, entitled “EQT Future.” The ‘longer-hold’ fund is targeted at investments in companies that have s...

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AXA Unveils Euro 1.5 Billion Commitment to Biodiversity

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Published 21st of October 2021 by Nina

AXA Unveils Euro 1.5 Billion Commitment to Biodiversity

AXA Chief Executive Officer Thomas Buberl has, with his #leadership team, just announced a high impact #biodiversity pledge, unveiling a Euro 1.5B commitment to support sustainable forest management. It includes Euro 500...

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Volvo Delivers "Industry First":  A Vehicle Manufactured with Fossil-Free Steel

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Published 15th of October 2021 by Nina

Volvo Delivers "Industry First": A Vehicle Manufactured with Fossil-Free Steel

Words can be spoken, pledges made but, as US President Abraham Lincoln said, “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” Over the last 24 hours, following through on its earlier commitments to progress i...

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Leadership to Drive Systems Change

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Published 13th of October 2021 by Nina

Leadership to Drive Systems Change

Earlier this year, two leading UK #grocery houses, Morrisons and Co-op each announced plans to achieve #netzero by 2040. Both committed companies, with ambitious #leadership to achieve these goals, Morrisons and Co-op co...

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What's Going To Be On Your Dinner Table Tonight?

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Published 9th of October 2021 by Nina

What's Going To Be On Your Dinner Table Tonight?

Virginia Woolf said “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” And you might find yourself surprised to know that dining well may soon include (if it isn't already on your plate?) one ...

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New and Compelling Collaborative Efforts in the Private Equity World Pave Way for ESG Progress

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Published 7th of October 2021 by Nina

New and Compelling Collaborative Efforts in the Private Equity World Pave Way for ESG Progress

Encouraging news out this week from the #privateequity world: a collaborative effort to progress a standardised set of #Environmental, #Social and #Governance (ESG) metrics and comparative reporting across leading global...

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Fashion Retailer ASOS's CEO Dares to be Transparent in Publicly Reporting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Gaps

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Published 7th of October 2021 by Nina

Fashion Retailer ASOS's CEO Dares to be Transparent in Publicly Reporting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Gaps

Fashion retailer ASOS.com has disclosed publicly this week its ethnicity pay gap data. The report shows gaps across the employee base, including a 13.4% gap for black/black British employees and a 14.1% gap for mixed / m...

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Rolls-Royce Announces Launch of EV Luxury Car Spectre

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Published 5th of October 2021 by Nina

Rolls-Royce Announces Launch of EV Luxury Car Spectre

With the newest James Bond escapade "No Time to Die" released in cinemas this week, one might – when hearing of 'Spectre' – be drawn to the last of James’ adventures, back in 2015. Hold on to your hats, though. Ne...

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Ontario Teachers Pension Plan's Trustees Hold Themselves Accountable with Further ESG Interim Target Commitments

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Published 23rd of September 2021 by Nina

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan's Trustees Hold Themselves Accountable with Further ESG Interim Target Commitments

One of Canada's largest investors, the Ontario Teachers'​ Pension Plan (OTPP), has just announced impressive interim targets en route to a #sustainable investing goal to achieve #netzero emissions in its portfolio by 2...

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The Call for More Diversity in the SME Private Sector

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Published 17th of September 2021 by Nina

The Call for More Diversity in the SME Private Sector

According to the UK’s Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), UK SMEs account for 99.9% of the #business population and three fifths of employment in the UK. Of more than 30 million businesses in the US, fewer than 1% ar...

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UK Grocery House Morrisons' Leadership Taking the Leap to Trial Zero Waste Stores

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Published 15th of September 2021 by Nina

UK Grocery House Morrisons' Leadership Taking the Leap to Trial Zero Waste Stores

UK grocery house Morrisons has just announced impressive plans to trial zero waste stores at six of its sites in Edinburgh. If a success, the #business plans the roll out to all its 498 sites over the next year. The pi...

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Diageo Leaders "Walking the Talk" on Sustainability

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Published 14th of September 2021 by Nina

Diageo Leaders "Walking the Talk" on Sustainability

More than 1,700 worldwide companies have now set #emissions reduction targets validated by the The Science Based Target initiative, a collaboration formed between CDP, World Resources Institute, WWF and United Nations Gl...

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Don't Forget the 'S' in ESG Commitments

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Published 11th of September 2021 by Nina

Don't Forget the 'S' in ESG Commitments

With deep pockets, Amazon can afford to do things which other companies cannot. But the reality of any business -- including the likes of Amazon -- is that it still has choice to invest (or not) in its employees. And th...

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Innovation in Design:  A Critical Component to a Sustainable Future

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Published 11th of September 2021 by Nina

Innovation in Design: A Critical Component to a Sustainable Future

Global FMCG companies The Kraft Heinz Company and Mars have announced plans this week to remove plastic shrink wrap on mulitpacks of their products, which will, alone, remove a whopping c. 750 tonnes of #plastic from the...

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Mars Spearheads Water Management Programme to Help Safeguard At-Risk Communities

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Published 11th of September 2021 by Nina

Mars Spearheads Water Management Programme to Help Safeguard At-Risk Communities

Today, 1.42 billion people – including 450 million children – live in areas of high or extremely high #water vulnerability, according to UNICEF. And, according to the UN, with #globalwarming impacts, water scarcity c...

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Electrolux Uses Sustainability as a Tool for Innovation

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Published 27th of August 2021 by Nina

Electrolux Uses Sustainability as a Tool for Innovation

“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort,” remarked English writer, philosopher and art critic John Ruskin. And quality, driven by intelligent effort, is just what one can see re...

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Prudential Financial Commits $200 million to Early Round Funding for Women and Minority Owned Businesses

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Published 20th of August 2021 by Nina

Prudential Financial Commits $200 million to Early Round Funding for Women and Minority Owned Businesses

Less than 2% of the #investment sector’s assets under management is owned or managed by women or minorities. Structural barriers faced by women and minorities in raising #capital, particularly notable for those in firs...

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Manchester's Bid to become Carbon Neutral by 2038

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Published 17th of August 2021 by Nina

Manchester's Bid to become Carbon Neutral by 2038

The city of #Manchester pledged to become #carbonneutral by 2038, more than a decade earlier than the UK overall target date of 2050. Achieving the ambitious goal requires not only innovative thinking but also bold acti...

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LG Looks to "Contribute to a Better Tomorrow" by Addressing 'Use' Phase of Products

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Published 12th of August 2021 by Nina

LG Looks to "Contribute to a Better Tomorrow" by Addressing 'Use' Phase of Products

An unfathomable 50 million metric tonnes (Mt) was produced last year of #ewaste, mountains of discarded products with a plug or a battery. It is fair to say that what’s caught recent e-waste headlines most is the des...

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Refinitiv and Satrix Launch Diversity and Inclusion Index for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

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Published 12th of August 2021 by Nina

Refinitiv and Satrix Launch Diversity and Inclusion Index for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Steve Jobs once said “#Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”, and one celebrates innovative #leadership by Refinitiv, an LSEG business and Satrix Investments in their launch over the last 24 hours...

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Diligent Corporation Acquires Accuvio in Quest to Offer Most Comprehensive ESG Solution in the Market

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Published 10th of August 2021 by Nina

Diligent Corporation Acquires Accuvio in Quest to Offer Most Comprehensive ESG Solution in the Market

South Korean institutional economist and University of Cambridge Reader Dr. Ha-Joon Chang remarked “The foundation of economic development is the acquisition of more productive knowledge.” A more apt statement could...

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Going Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before!:  DHL Orders All-Electric, Zero Emissions Planes

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Published 4th of August 2021 by Nina

Going Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before!: DHL Orders All-Electric, Zero Emissions Planes

It may sound like science fiction -- something straight out of Star Trek – but all-electric #zeroemission cargo planes are absolutely real (nearly, anyway). Hot off press news from #logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL c...

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ArcelorMittal's Leadership Takes Bold Step with $10 Billion ESG Commitment

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Published 4th of August 2021 by Nina

ArcelorMittal's Leadership Takes Bold Step with $10 Billion ESG Commitment

Encouraging news from ArcelorMittal, with its announcement over the last few days that it will invest $10 billion to cut global #carbon emissions by 25% by the end of the decade. It’s taken some time for ArcelorMitta...

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Fidelity International Institutes Environment and Equality Policies:  Investee Companies Ignore them At Their Peril

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Published 2nd of August 2021 by Nina

Fidelity International Institutes Environment and Equality Policies: Investee Companies Ignore them At Their Peril

Fresh news from Fidelity International illustrates the company’s increasing will in seeing through #ESG intentions: the firm has introduced a number of new policies on #climate change and gender #diversity. The compan...

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Champagne without Fizz?

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Published 2nd of August 2021 by Nina

Champagne without Fizz?

Amongst agricultural changes prompted by #climatechange not grabbing headlines -- but nonetheless reflective of what the earth’s heating up does to some of life’s pleasures – is the increasing number of Champagne w...

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Global Insurance and Reinsurance Leaders Create Alliance to Address Transition to Net Zero Economy

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Published 12th of July 2021 by Nina

Global Insurance and Reinsurance Leaders Create Alliance to Address Transition to Net Zero Economy

“Lofty words cannot construct an alliance or maintain it; only concrete deeds can do that,” once said US President John F. Kennedy. Thus is the case with a newly launched alliance comprised of eight of the world’...

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Johnson Controls International's OpenBlue Service Supports Sustainability Transition in the Built Environment

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Published 12th of July 2021 by Nina

Johnson Controls International's OpenBlue Service Supports Sustainability Transition in the Built Environment

Global building management company Johnson Controls has this week launched OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings, a sustainability-led service which looks to hold a great deal of promise for both the company itself and its custome...

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Timberland Leverages Creative Solutions as it Delivers Its Sustainability Promises

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Published 12th of July 2021 by Nina

Timberland Leverages Creative Solutions as it Delivers Its Sustainability Promises

Outdoor lifestyle and fashion brand Timberland, a VF Company, has just announced launch of its “take-back” programme. A concept developed in partnership with #innovation company Recircle, “take-back” will allow U...

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Danish Shipping Giant A.P. Moller - Maersk Making Waves with the World’s First Carbon Neutral Container Ship

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Published 6th of July 2021 by Nina

Danish Shipping Giant A.P. Moller - Maersk Making Waves with the World’s First Carbon Neutral Container Ship

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the #transport sector contributes c. 25% of all #energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It's a sector which has caught many headlines of late, with the adven...

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UK Launch of Green Savings Bond Makes It Possible for the Public to Invest in the UK's Sustainable Future

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Published 1st of July 2021 by Nina

UK Launch of Green Savings Bond Makes It Possible for the Public to Invest in the UK's Sustainable Future

Soon everyone in the UK aged 16 or more will be able to make a financial pledge (invest) in building toward the UK’s #sustainable #future. Hot-off-the-press is Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s unveiling of a Green Savings Bo...

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JP Morgan to Acquire Public Benefit Corporation Sustainability-Led Fintech Company OpenInvest

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Published 29th of June 2021 by Nina

JP Morgan to Acquire Public Benefit Corporation Sustainability-Led Fintech Company OpenInvest

Fascinating to see JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s announcement today of its agreement to buy #sustainability investing #fintech company OpenInvest. Reflective of the opportunity JP Morgan sees to provide enhanced products ...

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LEGO Creates First Bricks from Recycled Plastic:  To Manufacture at Scale within Next Two Years

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Published 25th of June 2021 by Nina

LEGO Creates First Bricks from Recycled Plastic: To Manufacture at Scale within Next Two Years

“The most effective kind of #education is that a child should play amongst lovely things,” Plato once wrote. the LEGO Group clearly wasn’t in mind in the crafting of this message but assuredly the company’s smal...

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ThredUp Riding the Wave of Secondhand Fashion's Rapid Growth

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Published 23rd of June 2021 by Nina

ThredUp Riding the Wave of Secondhand Fashion's Rapid Growth

Online resale platform thredUP suggests the secondhand #fashion market could trump the size of fast fashion by 2030. Leveraging a new study out from research and analytics firm GlobalData Plc, the company has estimated U...

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UK Supreme Court Building Bridges to Address Diversity and Inclusion

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Published 17th of June 2021 by Nina

UK Supreme Court Building Bridges to Address Diversity and Inclusion

The UK’s Supreme Court announced this week that it will start taking applications for a new programme which will offer paid internships for aspiring #lawyers from underrepresented communities at the Bar. The programme,...

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Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) CEO Michelle Scrimgeour Plans to Use LGIM's Shareholding to Influence Sustainable Development

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Published 15th of June 2021 by Nina

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) CEO Michelle Scrimgeour Plans to Use LGIM's Shareholding to Influence Sustainable Development

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), one of the world’s largest asset managers, has just announced its intention to divest its stake within four companies due to these organisations’ “insufficient acti...

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UK Government to Introduce Watchdog to Stamp Out Modern Slavery in the Country's Manufacturing Sector

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Published 10th of June 2021 by Nina

UK Government to Introduce Watchdog to Stamp Out Modern Slavery in the Country's Manufacturing Sector

The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has just announced plans to create a single workers’ rights watchdog to stamp out modern slavery scandals in UK manufacturing. The yet-to-be-n...

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SME Leadership and the Sustainability Agenda

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Published 8th of June 2021 by Nina

SME Leadership and the Sustainability Agenda

It was a pleasure to be part of the 4 June speaker panel for the joint Imperial College London Leonardo Centre for Sustainable Business - West London Business "Better Futures" Programme and engage SME founder-owners and ...

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Business Leadership:  Creating A Platform for Diversity and Inclusion

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Published 4th of June 2021 by Nina

Business Leadership: Creating A Platform for Diversity and Inclusion

“Snowflake CEO Says Diversity Goal is Secondary in Hiring Choices” was the title of a Bloomberg LP piece yesterday. It is a fascinating read and begs thought from the reader afterwards. One can applaud CEO Frank Slo...

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The Power of Inspirational Education

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Published 1st of June 2021 by Nina

The Power of Inspirational Education

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” The Chinese proverb is potent, reflecting what many of us know from our own experiences: there is nothing like hands on invol...

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Travis Perkins plc's Pledge to Disability Inclusion

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Published 26th of May 2021 by Nina

Travis Perkins plc's Pledge to Disability Inclusion

The large bias to Environmental, Social and Governance (#esg) news is in the #environmental category, this being -- for many companies -- not only where they feel they may have most impact but also where it’s easier to...

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Green Shipping:  Investing for a Sustainable Future

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Published 24th of May 2021 by Nina

Green Shipping: Investing for a Sustainable Future

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it,” said US inventor Thomas Edison. A couple of hundred years old, the quote is as apt as ever, and might well be a slogan for Maritime UK's lobbying pitch to the UK gover...

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Green Pension Pledge:  What Kind of World are you Building with Your Pension Decisions?

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Published 19th of May 2021 by Nina

Green Pension Pledge: What Kind of World are you Building with Your Pension Decisions?

Over the last 24 hours comes news of the launch of the Green Pensions Charter, a campaign created by Make My Money Matter and Count Us In the £2.6 trillion in UK pensions are invested more sustainably. While the UK Gov...

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Tesla's Elon Musk Takes Sustainability-Led Stance on Crypto Currency Bitcoin

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Published 13th of May 2021 by Nina

Tesla's Elon Musk Takes Sustainability-Led Stance on Crypto Currency Bitcoin

#cryptomarkets plunged this morning after Elon Musk tweeted Tesla would stop accepting Bitcoin. Three paragraphs, the message was succinct in length but exceedingly potent. It demonstrates just how much one #business lea...

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Built to Last?  Sustainability Leadership in Real Estate

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Published 13th of May 2021 by Nina

Built to Last? Sustainability Leadership in Real Estate

Arguably no other sector impacts #community in the way that the #realestate sector does: its #socialimpact casts a long shadow. So, too, does its #environmental impact. According to the United Nations Environment Prog...

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Fidelity International Pension Plans:  Sustainable Options for a Sustainable Future

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Published 6th of May 2021 by Nina

Fidelity International Pension Plans: Sustainable Options for a Sustainable Future

Fidelity International’s position as a founding member of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative reflects the company’s commitment to lever its #leadership position to drive system change in financial markets. This ...

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Sustainability Leadership:  VF Corporation in Action

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Published 28th of April 2021 by Nina

Sustainability Leadership: VF Corporation in Action

Global apparel and footwear company VF Corporation, owner of The North Face, Timberland and Vans, once again shows commitment to #innovation, will to collaborate and hearty determination to drive and deliver systemic cha...

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Earth Day 2021:  A Cause for Optimism?

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Published 22nd of April 2021 by Nina

Earth Day 2021: A Cause for Optimism?

April 22, 1970. Millions of Americans marched to have their voices heard, concerned about the #future of the planet. Viewed as important at its time, it nonetheless was also a day that was represented heavily by the hipp...

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Anheuser-Busch InBev Shows the Art of Powerful Communication

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Published 20th of April 2021 by Nina

Anheuser-Busch InBev Shows the Art of Powerful Communication

#smartagriculture. #waterstewardship. #circularpackaging. #climateaction. Four key planks of global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev's sustainability agenda. Clear to some, perhaps harder for those less familiar with the conc...

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Bank of America Investing $1 Trillion in Climate-Related Solutions

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Published 15th of April 2021 by Nina

Bank of America Investing $1 Trillion in Climate-Related Solutions

Fifth century Greek philosopher Proclus once declared “wherever there is number, there is beauty.” Were he still alive, he might well have heartily rejoiced this week, having seen #sustainability news out from Bank ...

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SEGRO plc "Building Green"

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Published 13th of April 2021 by Nina

SEGRO plc "Building Green"

E-commerce has spurred immense growth in the UK warehouse #property market, with the #covid19 pandemic being further catalyst to online. A whopping 3.8 million m² of new #warehouse space is coming onto the market this y...

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Apple Challenges its Business Partners to "Think Different"

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Published 8th of April 2021 by Nina

Apple Challenges its Business Partners to "Think Different"

“What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do” penned Aristotle. Some 2,500 years old, it's nonetheless as relevant now as it was then, and a remark clearly reflective of the business leadership of...

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Zurich Insurance:  Driving Systemic Change

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Published 8th of April 2021 by Nina

Zurich Insurance: Driving Systemic Change

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd became the first insurer, in 2019, to sign the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C Pledge” to limit global warming. It’s since pressed ahead with its own #climate goals. Fresh news out also s...

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UK Leads the Pack in Cop 26 Commitments to Net Zero

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Published 30th of March 2021 by Nina

UK Leads the Pack in Cop 26 Commitments to Net Zero

In the lead up to #cop26 in Glasgow in November, a broad range of business leaders globally have made #climate pledges toward the United Nations' ‘Race to Zero.’ Amongst countries with highest percentage of companie...

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Leaders Pledges toward Net Zero:  Research Cites more than 20% of World's Largest Corporates are Committing

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Published 23rd of March 2021 by Nina

Leaders Pledges toward Net Zero: Research Cites more than 20% of World's Largest Corporates are Committing

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about,” once said silver-penning PM Winston Churchill. And casting a lens to a report just out from Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) a...

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FTSE-250 Construction Firm Morgan Sindall Group's Continuing Commitment to Responsible Business Leadership

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Published 19th of March 2021 by Nina

FTSE-250 Construction Firm Morgan Sindall Group's Continuing Commitment to Responsible Business Leadership

FTSE-250 construction firm Morgan Sindall Group plc continues demonstrating responsible #leadership and commitment to its “creating a better built environment” strapline. Just unveiled is a transformative and collabo...

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NIKE CEO Donahue:  "Redefining what Responsible Leadership Looks Like"

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Published 17th of March 2021 by Nina

NIKE CEO Donahue: "Redefining what Responsible Leadership Looks Like"

Capturing #fashion headlines this week and rightly so is Nike’s newly issued ‘Our Purpose 2025 Targets’. Laying down the gauntlet on #sustainability goals for the company – bridging #environmental, societal and g...

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UK Grocer Morrisons' CEO David Potts Leads Boldy with Net Zero Supply Chain Commitments

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

UK Grocer Morrisons' CEO David Potts Leads Boldy with Net Zero Supply Chain Commitments

The world’s largest grocers are in a consummate position to drive systemic change in food #supplychains if they assume the mantle, lever #innovation and openness to new ways of thinking, and have the courage of their c...

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German Government Takes Another Step Forward in Holding Corporations Responsible For Supply Chain Human Rights Abuses and Environmental Issues

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

German Government Takes Another Step Forward in Holding Corporations Responsible For Supply Chain Human Rights Abuses and Environmental Issues

Germany has taken another step forward in its intent to ensure it pays its part in tackling #humanrights abuses and #environmental issues, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet backing plans this week to intro...

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The Estée Lauder Companies Establishes Equity and Engagement Centre of Excellence

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

The Estée Lauder Companies Establishes Equity and Engagement Centre of Excellence

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (The ELC) brands include not only eponymous Estée Lauder but also Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Jo Malone London and MAC Cosmetics, just to name a few. All beauty brands, par excellence,...

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Chief Financial Officer as Sustainability Leader

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

Chief Financial Officer as Sustainability Leader

When Scott Roe, CFO at global apparel and footewear company VF Corporation made front pages of fashion journals this week it wasn’t to talk about ‘usual suspect’ financial results. Rather, it was to deliver game-c...

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BNP Paribas' Business Leadership:  ESG Very Much Includes the 'S'

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

BNP Paribas' Business Leadership: ESG Very Much Includes the 'S'

Environmental pledges dominate #sustainabledevelopment headlines and it is therefore pleasingly eye-catching to see #esg news out over the last 24 hours from BNP Paribas that addresses societal interests. The global fina...

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VC and PE Sector Releases 'Best Practice Guideline’ To Drive Diversity & Inclusion in the Investment Industry

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

VC and PE Sector Releases 'Best Practice Guideline’ To Drive Diversity & Inclusion in the Investment Industry

The #venturecapital and #privateequity sector’s announcement this week of a #diversity and #inclusion ‘best practice guideline’ for the investment industry is not only encouraging but also enlightening to see in th...

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Ocado's Leadership:  Helping Customers Shop Sustainably

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

Ocado's Leadership: Helping Customers Shop Sustainably

Online grocer Ocado Group has today announced its launch of a dedicated #sustainability-led shopping aisle for its 35 B-Corp-certified suppliers. The company has thus achieved what many consumers have been calling out fo...

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British Airways Setting Out Its Stall with Sustainable Fuels

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

British Airways Setting Out Its Stall with Sustainable Fuels

The US state of Georgia caught headlines with its crucial role in US Presidential and Senatorial elections and this week again made news with the pivotal role it may play in British Airways's (BA's) #sustainability trans...

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Investor Leadership in Sustainability - MIRA and Others Pave the Way

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

Investor Leadership in Sustainability - MIRA and Others Pave the Way

Famed English poet, painter and printmaker William Blake once said “energy is eternal delight”. For Macquarie Group Infastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), the quote couldn’t be more fitting. Announced earlier today...

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"Banks on Our Future” Survey Demonstrates The Imperative To Act Now on Sustainability Promises

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

"Banks on Our Future” Survey Demonstrates The Imperative To Act Now on Sustainability Promises

Financial services business leaders take notice! Potent research out this week from Market Forces -- entitled the “Banks on Our Future” survey -- demonstrates both for #responsiblebusiness reasons and commercial impe...

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Leading from the Top:  Mondi's NED and Executive Boards Working Together to Chart Sustainability Waters

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

Leading from the Top: Mondi's NED and Executive Boards Working Together to Chart Sustainability Waters

In 2020, Amazon shipped over 3 billion parcels to our homes. Once opened and discarded, the packaging from these parcels was often found in bins overflowing with an array of delivery detritus. An eyesore on one hand, it ...

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Supermarket Business Leaders Make Big Impact with Even Small but Meaningful Changes

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

Supermarket Business Leaders Make Big Impact with Even Small but Meaningful Changes

UK grocer Waitrose & Partners has just announced its intention to set up new #plastic-reduction efforts: it committed to a comprehensive roll out of its #packaging-free, refillable products ‘refill stations’. Wha...

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Leadership:  Toward Net Zero

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

Leadership: Toward Net Zero

Government, business leaders and the public are all responsible for achieving a #netzero emissions world and it's that triumvirate that has delivered the extraordinary results published this week: in 2020, for the first ...

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Corporate Knights Sustainability-Led Business Ørsted Greenlights Its First Renewable Hydrogen Project

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

Corporate Knights Sustainability-Led Business Ørsted Greenlights Its First Renewable Hydrogen Project

Denmark-based Ørsted has just greenlighted its first renewable #hydrogen project, strongly reaffirming the company’s aim to “develop and deploy market leading #greenenergy solutions.” Headquartered in Denmark, Ø...

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Too Good to Go Lands Investment by 'Doing Good'

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

Too Good to Go Lands Investment by 'Doing Good'

Thomas Edison said “Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of #waste before him constantly.” The Founders of the largest B2C marketplace for s...

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Impossible Foods and Innovative Leadership

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Published 14th of March 2021 by Nina

Impossible Foods and Innovative Leadership

Encouraging pricing news from California-based Impossible Foods maker of the plant-based Impossible Burger. It announced plans, for the second time in a year, to cut prices by 15% for its USA-based foodservice distributo...

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TESCO:  Not Only Fresh Products But Also Fresh Ideas

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Published 12th of March 2021 by Nina

TESCO: Not Only Fresh Products But Also Fresh Ideas

UK grocery powerhouse Tesco has once again shown its strength not only for providing the public with fresh produce but also giving us fresh ideas. In 2019, the UK plc announced a pledge to remove one billion pieces of #...

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