Life below water – on ocean acidification and the UN’s SDGs

One of the key business themes of the UN’s SDG 14 (sustainable development goals) – life below water – is ocean acidification; often termed ‘the other CO2 problem’. It is one of the most serious threats the oceans and humans are facing in this century, but as the slogan term may suggest, it is often […]

Driving the sustainability agenda through diversity

Businesses have a uniquely challenging mission when driving the sustainability agenda forward. Every organisation has a different operational model, and requires a sustainability strategy that is bespoke to the way they do business. With so much scope for debate and discussion, and the sharing of experiences and ideas, diversity and sustainability should go hand in […]

Turning targets into actions – on SDGs and volunteering

As we continue to unpick the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), I explored the role of volunteering in meeting these ambitious targets. Volunteer groups are identified as key stakeholders in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and are thought to be essential resources in achieving the vision for a fairer world. Indeed, SDG 17, […]

Half-baked: where have the Modern Slavery Statements fallen down?

Over 1,800 modern slavery statements were submitted by businesses in the UK to the Home Office as a response to the Modern Slavery Act issued in 2015. Our team analysed those published by the food & beverage sector and learned that there’s a long way to go before these businesses can fully meet the guidelines.  […]

How can businesses act on SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity”. Touching on all aspects of sustainability, they are becoming the foundation of policies and strategies related to sustainable development. Businesses are one of the only entities large and powerful […]

Sustainable Development Goals – how should businesses act?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are ultimately aimed at “freeing the human race from the tyranny of poverty and healing and securing our planet”, present a supremely ambitious and transformative vision to be pursued and achieved by all sectors of society, including governments, businesses and the public, by 2030. With very low public awareness, […]

3 tips for becoming a sustainable small business

Sustainability and the fight against climate change is often regarded as one of the biggest problems facing society today. For small businesses, it’s sometimes hard to imagine yourself making a real difference when contending with a phenomena so gigantic in scale. How can your own actions really make any difference when factors such as multi-national […]

Keeping a weather eye: 5 key developments for renewables

Reading the popular media or governmental press releases alone might lead us to despair at the prospects for renewables – something that’s flavour of the month today can be an environmental pariah the next. So, what is really happening? Should we be battening down the hatches or making hay? Renewables – once the preserve of […]