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So, what now for sustainability reporting?

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 16:22:55 GMT

by Nicola Stopps, Simply Sustainable - As a CSR and Sustainability professional, reporting is one of the most significant issues to be addressed in this field.



Imbuing your brand with purpose – two practical principles

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:44:34 GMT

by Becky Willan - Creating a brand purpose vision or narrative is a challenge. Usually there are a number of different audiences to engage, both internally and externally, the purpose must 'fit' the material issues facing the brand and it must have an impact which lasts.



How to avoid becoming an example of purpose-wash

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:06:07 GMT

by Radley Yeldar - Purpose, by its nature, is ambitious - when done effectively, it represents a shift in emphasis for the business. A new 'business as usual'. When done ineffectively, it's nothing more than a snappy strapline.



The Sustainable Development Goals – a call to action for all

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:39:53 GMT

by Carolina Karlstrom - The many goals and even more targets (17 goals and 169 targets, to be precise) making up the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are so wide and so far reaching, that engagement from governments alone is not enough to achieve them. Thankfully, there is a general acknowledgement "out there" that participation is also required from private businesses, local authorities and civil society to build a strong sense of ownership by all. This is our world, our home and such a good planet is hard to come by, so let's do this!



The impact of the Modern Slavery Act, two years on

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:41:52 GMT

by Radley Yeldar - The Modern Slavery Act shone a spotlight on the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking when it was written into UK law two years ago. But what effect has it had so far?



Fasten your seat belt, sustainable air travel is preparing for take-off

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:55:56 GMT

by Nicola Stopps, Simply Sustainable - We have hybrid cars, and it now appears that the prospect of being able to fly more sustainably is no longer beyond the realms of possibility.



Raising the bar on sustainability: Not just “the what” you do, but “how” you do it

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 17:22:14 GMT

by Carolina Karlstrom - Sustainable business is on the rise. More and more organisations are realising that they can do well by being good to people and planet. The most recent report on sustainability performance of listed companies, from Carbon Clear, states that the transition towards more sustainable business is happening more because of carrots (demand) rather than sticks (regulation).



Why Reporting 3.0 could mend the “broken” economic model highlighted by the Archbishop of Canterbury

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:12:38 GMT

by Nicola Stopps, Simply Sustainable - Why sustainability specialist Nicola Stopps thinks a new economic model could provide what human beings need from a financial system.



Why businesses need to get serious about sustainable buildings

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:25:14 GMT

by Radley Yeldar - It will be months, possibly years, before the full extent of damage from Hurricane Irma is fully understood, let alone repaired. It reminds me of the sense of despair shared in a lecture I attended by one of the key architects of the multi-trillion-dollar recovery of New Orleans post Katrina. He spoke of it like it was a tale of many disasters, all of which pointed back to climate change.



Brand purpose: Do it right to unleash its potential

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:13:37 GMT

by Becky Willan - Brand purpose is a relatively nascent business concept. There is still much confusion about its core definition and what it actually means in terms of delivery. Perhaps the most important thing to understand about brand purpose is its strategic weight and its potential to plant the work of sustainability teams firmly into the heart of a business.



Are you veg-curious? The sustainability benefits of plant-based diets at work

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:17:08 GMT

by Radley Yeldar - Vegetables seem to be having a 'moment' right now. While full vegetarianism or veganism remain off-putting for a lot of people, there is a rise in all kinds of almost vegetarian ideas and mini-movements.



Why a responsible business is a sustainable business

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:42:17 GMT

by Nicola Stopps, Simply Sustainable - As a sustainability consultant, I have been following the meteoric rise of the 'gig economy', and the news around some of the best-known companies in the space.



What sustainability teams can learn from brand and marketing teams to crack the brand purpose code

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:35:06 GMT

by Becky Willan - As brand purpose becomes a mainstream business idea, brand and sustainability teams are beginning to work together more closely. Traditionally, these teams have very different ways of working - different governance structures, different measures of success and even a completely different language.



The circular economy: an answer to the hourglass economy?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:30:44 GMT

by Nicola Stopps, Simply Sustainable - As a sustainability professional, I am immersed in many aspects of sustainability. But even if you are someone who doesn't, the phrase that is being heard all too often right now is "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer."



From ‘less bad’ to ‘more good’: How purpose and sustainability come together

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 09:52:38 GMT

by Radley Yeldar - My friends and family don't really know what I do as a sustainability consultant. Those who don't work in the private sector think it's about 'environmental stuff' and even those who do generally think it's about 'environmental stuff and donations'.



The changing role of the CR practitioner: how getting internal buy-in has become a critical part of the job

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:41:29 GMT

by Becky Willan - Getting internal buy-in is without doubt the biggest barrier to achieving change with the work we do as corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability practitioners, as I discussed in my recent 30-minute masterclass with edie.



Why science alone won’t resolve planetary boundaries

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 15:49:55 GMT

by Nicola Stopps, Simply Sustainable - As a sustainability professional, I remember relishing in Johan Rockström and 28 scientists' 2009 creation of "a safe operating space for humanity", the framework of Planetary Boundaries.



If we’re to protect vital peatlands, we must also protect peatland communities

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:42:03 GMT

by Aida Greenbury, zero-deforestation expert - There is now a global scientific consensus that the world is in a race against time to halt catastrophic and irreversible climate change. The incoming UN secretary general has said it's the biggest crisis facing humanity and the biggest curse we could bequeath our children.



Why sustainability will be key for young voters in the 2017 General Election

Mon, 8 May 2017 10:24:10 GMT

by Nicola Stopps, Simply Sustainable - The British Parliament has been officially dissolved before the General Election on June 8. However, voting registration levels amongst young people are low - again. A recent poll suggests that in the UK, less than a third of 18-24 year olds are registered to vote. Why is this?



Adopting the mindset of a sustainability leader

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:21:09 GMT

by Nicola Stopps, Simply Sustainable - My team and I were proud and honoured to win the SME Consultancy of the Year Award at the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017. But both prior to and post our edie Award success, people have asked me: "What is your take on sustainability now and in the future?"