Leading Japanese insurance company Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to enhance the resilience of 30,000 small-scale farmers in southeast Asia by 2025 through its weather index insurance.
After years of talk, the palm-oil industry is looking into adopting environmental standards. Such rules must be strong, and need to be implemented.
More than a dozen leading U.S. companies have committed to investing a total of $140 billion in new funds to combat climate change in a White House-organized effort meant to demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to the issue, the White House announced Monday.
A recent series of zero deforestation promises by palm oil and consumer giants is great news for the campaigners who have worked tirelessly to push towards explicit policies – but now the real work of cleaning up the supply chain begins.
Seven initiatives from private enterprise for sustainable development that are genuinely inspiring. There are so many companies making sustainable business promises that it’s hard to keep up and harder still to know which ones are really make a difference.
Move will affect 400,000 single-use bottles a year in food halls and restaurants, in effort to cut plastic waste and raise awareness of threat it poses to oceans Selfridges is to rid its stores of all single-use plastic water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce pollution of the oceans.
If you just spent the long weekend lazing near a lake or river, pause for a moment and let this statistic wash over: These sources account for barely 0.3 percent of the earth’s fresh water. The rest is trapped in glaciers or underground. It isn’t just the oceans that require a whole lot more hum ...
Sateri has become the latest major viscose producer to adopt a new wood- and pulp-sourcing policy aimed at removing deforestation from its supply chain.
The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN ...
Starkist, Bumblebee, and the kitchily named Chicken of the Sea are among the most familiar brands of canned tuna on grocery store shelves.
France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal has apologized for telling people not to eat the Italian Nutella chocolate and nut spread. She had claimed it contributed to deforestation and climate change.
Eighty British companies, including two of the big six energy companies and high street names including John Lewis and Tesco, have called on David Cameron to take stronger action on climate change both at home and abroad.
Recent reports have highlighted the fact that researchers have identified 139 new species in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region, including 90 plants, 23 reptiles, 16 amphibians, 9 fish and one mammal.
The firm, April, controls a million hectares of forests in Indonesia, and has now said it will allocate nearly half of it for conservation. The environmental group Greenpeace, which has previously been a fierce critic of the company, now called it a "champion" and vowed to closely monitor the im ...
Jakarta: One of the world's largest manufacturers of pulp and paper in Indonesia has announced it will immediately stop logging in all natural forests.
3 June 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has teamed up with big-box retailer IKEA to launch a new initiative aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forest plantations and empowering forest-reliant communities in Viet Nam.
With the Paris Climate summit beginning in December, Ben & Jerry’s is launching a campaign to raise awareness for climate change and promote transitions to clean energy.
Private sector could help close the expected shortfall in emissions reductions necessary to stop 2C of global warming warming, suggests Unilever CEO Paul Polman at climate and business summit in Paris
PARIS, May 21 2015 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, business as usual is simply “not an option”.
Green investments increasingly offer opportunites for growth and employment and businesses are well-placed to take the lead at this week’s Business and Climate summit in Paris
The world’s biggest international carrier joins South African Airways in banning transport of trophies of exotic wildlife such as elephants and rhinos.
A high profile pledge by the world's largest meat company to limit deforestation for cattle production in the Amazon appears to be working, resulting in a dramatic increase in compliance with environmental registries and reduced forest clearing among supplier ranches, finds a comprehensive study ...
Apple Inc. and the World Wildlife Fund will work together to manage as many as 1 million acres of forests across China as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook arrives in Beijing to announce new environmental initiatives.
One of the world's largest fabric makers for the fashion industry today announced a policy to exclude fiber produced at the expense of endangered forests, reports Canopy, an environmental group that helped broker the commitment.
Six years ago, Bernice Dapaah decided to forge an unconventional path into employment. About to graduate with a business administration degree but facing a bleak job market in Ghana, she joined forces with a handful of engineering students to create an innovative product from an abundant crop: b ...
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To make development efforts more sustainable, businesses need incentives to invest in community-level climate change adaptation programs – but resistance to creating those incentives is still strong, climate change specialists said this week in Nairobi.
(Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following a few U.S. retailers who have taken similar steps last year.
Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) will establish a zero deforestation policy for its global commodity supply chains, potentially forcing its soy, palm oil, and cattle suppliers to also eliminate deforestation from their operations or face losing business with the firm.
Brazil and Indonesia paid over $40bn in subsidies to industries that drive rainforest destruction between 2009 and 2012 - compared to $346m in conservation aid they received to protect forests, according to new research
3M has announced a new sustainability policy that will reduce the impact of its fiber-sourcing practices on forests and wildlife.
In addition to Valentine’s Day, the month of February also commemorates the birthday of an important biology researcher of the modern era: Charles Darwin.
(CNN)—Though the public rarely notices, businesses succeed because of their planning.
Forestry, fisheries, tourism and agriculture will be among the hardest hit, say B.C.-based researchers
Who knew you could help save a threatened Philippine long-tailed macaque, a rare primate found only in the Philippines, by buying a purse? Biodiversity-friendly businesses, like the purse-selling handicraft enterprise in Palawan, are helping in the conservation of critical habitats all over the ...
In a new report, investment research firm Sustainalytics predicts the top corporate sustainability stories unfolding now When it comes to corporate sustainability, what really matters? It’s a tough question to answer, especially as the diversity and complexity of issues under the umbrella of “su ...
MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III is seeking more private investments that aren't just income-generating but also use the country's natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The government hopes to enforce a certification scheme that will tell consumers if products conserve biodiversity and promote the welfare of indigenous peoples
Sainsbury’s offers the most with 163 certified products, but despite rising consumer demand Tesco stocked 18, Morrisons eight and Lidl just seven sustainable seafood products
Only a fraction of CEOs worldwide say governments should make combating climate change a top priority, a survey released Tuesday indicates.
After years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell, Jonathon Porritt says he came to the conclusion it was ‘impossible’ for today’s oil and gas companies to adapt to the need to exit fossil fuels
Targeting conservation efforts to safeguard biodiversity, rather than focusing on charismatic species, could make current spending on threatened birds four times more effective, a new study has shown.
JOHANNESBURG— Governments failed to come to a breakthrough agreement at last week's climate summit in Peru. But South African mega-brewer SAB Miller sent delegates to the talks, and says it is one of many private companies taking their own steps to fight climate change.
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) appears to have enough plantation fiber to operate existing mills as well as supply a new mill under construction in South Sumatra without having to pulp natural forests, argues a new report that also finds the forestry giant is successfully improving yields to support it ...
PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LVMH has joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB)) in France. This foundation for scientific cooperation aims to promote national, European and international research on biodiversit ...
Business has long been seen as a barrier to the sustainable use of natural resources but the example of Virunga National Park proves otherwise
One thousand companies as well as investment powerhouses such as BlackRock and BT Pension and the Rockefeller and Rothschild funds are pushing for a global carbon deal. UN Global Compact founder Georg Kell tells DW why.
About 90 percent of companies see opportunities in shifting to sustainably sourcing key forest-risk commodities, according to a CDP report that makes the business case for ridding supply chains of deforestation.