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Abuses uncovered by the WRC go against both Levi's workplace code of conduct and worker rights laws in South Africa. Image: Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss takes fresh steps to eliminate gender-based violence, water misuse, in supply chains

Fashion giant Levi Strauss Co. has launched two new supply chain initiatives - one focused on protecting female supply chain workers, and the other centred around water stewardship - after an investigation uncovered systemic gender-based harassment at supplier facilities.

The Amazon river basin is “challenged by a lack of co-ordinated investment programmes” and needs to “improve co-ordinated pollution control mechanisms”, the report states

Report: Move water to top of political agenda to deliver environmental and social wins

With more than half of the world's populations set to live in water-scarce regions by 2050, a new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has called on policymakers to place water stewardship at the heart of regional and bilateral policy decisions to create various economic, environmental and societal benefits.

Pictured: Women use water for washing equipment at Goolni Tea Estate in Sylhet. Photo: Abir Abdullah/WaterAid 

Twinings partners with WaterAid to improve sanitation in tea supply chains

Tea brand Twinings has forged a new partnership with charity WaterAid, in a bid to tackle water infrastructure challenges and cultural norms around hygiene in tea supply chains.

Tree planting above Gorpley reservoir in Calderdale where up to 200,000 trees will be planted Image: Yorkshire Water

UK water companies to plant 11 million trees to assist carbon-neutral aims

A host of major UK water companies, local authorities and NGOs have today (15 August) teamed on a new tree-planting initiative that will assist the delivery of a carbon-neutral water industry by 2030.

Pictured: Castleshaw Upper Reservoir, Oldham 

Water resources infrastructure policy due this Autumn

The government has completed a consultation period and is preparing to deliver its National Policy Statement (NPS) for Water Resources Infrastructure in the Autumn.

M&S has a 36.5% market share for bras and already fits more than half of all women in the UK

M&S launches bra recycling campaign

Recycling of lingerie is now being encouraged by Marks and Spencer (M&S) under its new "love your boobs" campaign. 

17 countries including India, home to 1.3 billion people, are identified as having ‘extremely high’ water stress

Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world's population, say experts

A quarter of the world's population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report has revealed.

Diageo's African market accounted for 12% of its global net sales in 2018

Diageo to invest £180m in renewable energy and water stewardship

Diageo has unveiled plans to invest £180m in clean energy generation and water recovery across 11 of its brewing facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

The EA recently warned that England could run short of water within 25 years

Businesses team up for water behaviour change campaign

A coalition of more than 40 water companies, green groups and charities have today (30 July) launched a new behaviour change campaign aimed at helping businesses and individuals to use less water.

The current trend means that humanity is consuming the resources of 1.7 Earths in a year

Earth Overshoot Day: Planet's yearly resource 'budget' already spent

Humanity has today (29 July) used up its annual allowance of natural resources for 2019, sparking calls for businesses and citizens to re-examine approaches to consumption and consumerism.

The licence comes into effect on 14 August

Nottingham City Council granted water self-supply licence

Nottingham City Council has been granted a licence to self-supply water from next month, in a bid to minimise costs and cut water wastage.

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CCS, food waste and deposit return schemes: Recapping a week of major green policy announcements

As Boris Johnson settles into his first day as the UK Prime Minister, Defra, the Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have released a flurry of documents to strengthen approaches to environmental regulation, energy policy and packaging production.

The Defra consultation will run for 12 weeks

Defra proposes personal water 'budgets'

The Department for Food, the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) has proposed the introduction of a "personal water target" which would legally require individuals to keep their water consumption within a certain "budget".

Kellogg's seeks water self-supply licence for Manchester operations

Food manufacturing giant Kellogg's has applied for a water and sewerage self-supply license for its Manchester facility, in a bid to gain greater control on water usage and generate savings.

The analysis was conducted using Defra’s own impact assessments

Deposit return system for plastics could generate £2bn for UK economy

An "all-in" deposit return system that accounted for all types of drinks cans and bottles in the UK could generate up to £2bn for the economy over a 10-year period, compared to £250m for an "on-the-go" system that collected less.

68,000 tonnes of microplastics from tyre tread abrasion are generated in the UK every year

MPs call on business to help tackle pollutants and microplastics from road vehicles

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey and Transport Minister Michael Ellis have called on businesses to assist the Government in tackling particulate and microplastic pollution from vehicles by helping create a new international standard.

From small beginnings in a handful of independent shops in 2017, Refill has grown into a national campaign. Image: City to Sea/23red 

National Refill Day: How businesses are uniting against single-use plastic water bottles

Since its launch in 2017, City to Sea's Refill campaign has spurred dozens of big and small businesses to offer free water bottle refills. To mark National Refill Day 2019, edie explores the impact of the campaign to date.

Benedict Orchard (centre-right) and Richard Carter (centre left) collecting the Water Management Award at edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards 2019

Major shake-up for Adnams' award-winning sustainability team

EXCLUSIVE: Suffolk-based Brewer Adnams has lost its two-strong sustainability team, with environmental sustainability manager Benedict Orchard set to depart the company this summer, shortly after the firm's head of finance and sustainability Richard Carter moved on to take up lecturing.

The company’s “inclusive capitalism” business model is described growing while creating positive value for all its key stakeholders, such as  “understanding the needs of low-income consumers in emerging markets” and providing relevant solutions

How 'inclusive capitalism' can create prosperity for people, planet and profits for Firmenich

EXCLUSIVE: Fragrance & flavour company Firmenich is using an "inclusive capitalism" business model to deliver benefits for profits, the planet and people in a way that is causing others to "rally" behind the concept of sustainability.

The strategy was launched by MPs Steve Double (centre) and Geraint Davies (left)

Plastic pollution and global heating: Cross-party MPs unveil new strategy for ocean conservation

A coalition of MPs hailing from across the political spectrum have launched a new strategy detailing key policy actions they will take to champion ocean conservation, shortly after the Government's Marine Strategy was branded a "spectacular failure" by green groups.

Utility leaders support UK bid to host UN climate conference

Leaders in the energy and water sectors have pledged their support for the UK's bid to host the 2020 UN Conference of the Parties climate conference (COP26).

(L-R) Heathrow's Matt Prescott, Mitie Energy's Peter Nisbet, Yellow Octopus Fashion's Jack Ostrowski, AB Sugar's Katharine Teague and edie's Matt Mace

LIVE Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Unlocking innovation in sustainability and energy

Day Two of edie Live saw the second LIVE broadcast of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast, this time focusing on unleashing the power of innovation with industry experts from Heathrow, AB Sugar, Yellow Octopus Fashion and Mitie Energy.

There's still time to register for a FREE pass to attend Day Two

Insight, inspiration and innovation continue into final day of edie Live 2019

Members of the UK's sustainability and energy management communities have descended upon the NEC in their thousands, with sessions at full capacity throughout the first day of edie Live 2019 and the action now set continue into the second and final day (22 May).

The ocean emergency has grown as a decline in biodiversity, warming and plastic pollution has impacted their health

'Spectacular failure': Green groups respond to government's Marine Strategy

Conservation and environmental lobby groups have heavily criticised the government's revised UK Marine Strategy, saying that politicians need to radically revise their plans to tackle the growing emergency.

The draft vision includes a requirement for all water companies to set sustainability targets reaching 15 or more years into the future

Water firms urged to collaboratively develop "net-positive" vision for the sector

UK water firms are being urged to co-develop and jointly adopt a new long-term sustainability strategy for the sector, set to have an overarching aim of the industry "having the most positive impact possible on society and the environment".

A motion was passed by the House of Commons yesterday to declare a climate change emergency

What is a 'climate emergency'?

The UK has declared a climate emergency for the national government in Westminster and devolved administrations of Scotland and Wales. But what does it mean?

Water scarcity now affects more than 40% of the global population

AB Sugar launches global innovation challenge to address water stewardship

Global sugar producer AB Sugar has partnered with WaterAid to launch a new initiative aimed at spurring innovation that can solve the challenge of water loss in agriculture.

The bond will mature in 2041, with Yorkshire Water claiming it is the longest dated sustainability bond issued in GBP to date

Yorkshire Water launches sustainability bond

Yorkshire Water has launched its first sustainability bond in a bid to raise £350m from investors.

TNC has already secured more than $23m of the $40m required to unlock the $1.6bn for conservation

The Nature Conservancy launches £30m Blue Bonds scheme for marine protection

International environmental non-profit, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has set a new ambition to unlock up to $1.6bn in the restoration and conservation of marine environments, through a $40m (£30m) "Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation".

The packaging for each five-litre refill contains 66% less plastic than a 1.5-litre Evian bottle

Evian unveils refillable device in bid to slash plastic waste

French bottled water company Evian is set to begin trials of a new refillable in-home water appliance next month, in a bid to gauge consumer appetite for lower-plastic alternatives to single-use bottles.

The report also provides an update on the company’s resource efficiency efforts, including reductions on food waste goals

Co-op to halve emissions by 2025

The Co-op has announced new goals to reduce its direct emissions by 50% and product-related emissions by 11%, after reaching a previous carbon goal three years ahead of schedule.

The founding water firms are urging other companies to join the Fund, after its launch this morning (9 April)

UK water firms join global funding alliance helping sector to champion green innovation

UK-based water companies Severn Trent and United Utilities are among a group of 10 global water firms to have jointly launched a new innovation fund aimed at supporting green solutions to the sector's biggest sustainability challenges.

Refill was initially launched in Bristol by City to Sea founder Natalie Fee, and underwent a UK-wide roll-out in 2017

Why Refill is turning to transport 'hubs' to slash plastic bottle use

EXCLUSIVE: Since its launch in 2017, City to Sea's Refill campaign has spurred dozens of independent businesses and high street chains to offer free water bottle refills. But as it strives to meet its 2021 ambition of having locations in every town and city, its key focus will now be engaging the transport sector.

The Good Times from a Good Place strategy has various goals to be achieved by 2025 and 2030

Pernod Ricard targets SDGs and regenerative agriculture as part of 2030 goals

Beverage giant Pernod Ricard has today (3 April) launched a new sustainability roadmap aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that commits to ambitious new targets relating to regenerative agriculture and biodiversity, recyclable packaging and a science-based carbon target.

The SRA has called on hospitality and leisure businesses to keep more food on plates - not in bins

Is it time for the hospitality sector to align to the SDGs?

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has called on the food industry to follow the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to achieve the innovation required to accelerate climate action.

Melendez believes that regenerative practices will provide benefits for farmers located down the supply chain

Why General Mills want supply chains to become regenerative stewards of the environment

Faced with a growing global population and strains on depleted natural resources, US food producer General Mills plans to equip its supply chain farmers with the knowledge and tools to move from practices that mitigate environmental degradation to regenerative approaches.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Panasonic's zero-carbon factories and Ford's $850m EV plant: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The Every Drop ambition for 2030 commits Heineken to maximise water circularity in water-stressed areas to treat 100% of its wastewater worldwide

Why Heineken is championing water circularity as its contribution to the SDGs

EXCLUSIVE: Brewer Heineken has called for more collaborative and circular approaches to water use, after launching a new 2030 strategy aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation.

The latest episode of the sustainable business covered podcast features four exclusive interviews

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: ZEDpods, World Water Day and the 12 goals of Exeter

Episode 59 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees Matt, Sarah and newcomer James Evison deliver interviews discussing World Water Day, low-carbon buildings and a 12-step plan to improve health and sustainability in the city of Exeter.

The pilot scheme's approach has been described as “going beyond simply aiming to minimise impact

Alpro and WWF pilot new nature-focused science-based target scheme

A pilot project has been set up to take science-based targets to the next level and "respect planetary boundaries" by WWF and food and drink firm Alpro.

Sir James Bevan is calling for water use to be halved

England could run short of water within 25 years

England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency (EA) has warned.

A 10-week Defra consultation exploring whether property developers should be required to deliver a

Built environment sector calls for biodiversity focus in upcoming Environment Bill

A group of UK built environment businesses have penned a letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, calling on future legislation to boost economic growth through restorative planning that benefits the environment.

The Race Bank windfarm was commissioned last year and is capable of generating 573MW of renewable energy

Northumbrian Water seals UK's first offshore wind PPA deal with Ørsted

Northumbrian Water has signed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with energy giant Ørsted, the first deal of its type in the UK to secure procurement from an offshore windfarm.

The oceans are suffering from biodiversity loss, plastic pollution and rising temperatures

Manmade coral reefs and Seabins: The best green innovations to mark the World Ocean Summit

As delegates head back from a three-day World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, edie has pulled together six of the best innovations that can improve the health of the world's oceans.

In November last year, Environment Secretary Michael Gove dismissed reports that the UK will run out of drinking water if there is no Brexit deal

Water sector works with Defra to prepare for 'no deal' Brexit

The government has been "working closely" with water companies to prepare for all scenarios of the UK's exit from the European Union, including a "no deal" Brexit.

The collaborative project has seen Network Rail purchase eight 'spray trains', which are designed to distribute herbicides in a resource-efficient manner

Network Rail partners with water firms to tackle chemical contamination

A collective environmental stewardship programme from Network Rail and several of the UK's largest water companies is now protecting more than 600 vulnerable drinking water sources from herbicides, the rail infrastructure manager has announced.

Trafalgar Square. London ranks as one of the most water-stressed cities in the world

Thames Water launches cashback scheme to incentivise water savings

Thames Water has launched a new "cash boost" scheme to retailers that can deliver measurable water savings across London and the Thames Valley area.

A total of 22 car washers have been named by the Government for failing to pay minimum wage

Supermarkets warned over ethical and environmental impacts of hand car washes

The Environment Agency will write to major UK supermarkets to call on them to ensure that hand car washes operating in their car parks take appropriate efforts to tackle pollution and human rights concerns, after the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) warned of the "spectrum of exploitation" taking place in the practice.

The call to action has been sent to Domino's, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Yum! Brands, Restaurant Brands International and Wendy’s

Investors press fast food giants to 'urgently' improve supply chain sustainability

A coalition of investment firms with more than $6.5trn in assets under management have called on six of the world's largest fast food companies to take more ambitious action to tackle the climate and water risks within their supply chains, as a "matter of urgency".

Blueprint for Water is urging water utilities to adopt a natural capital approachm, placing a financial value on natural resources

Water companies urged to 'up their game' on pollution and natural capital through to 2025

The UK water sector has stepped up its environmental ambition in the current business planning period, but gaps remain when it comes to reducing sewage pollution incidents and factoring in the value of natural capital.

Deep-sea mining also posed a new threat to the oceans, and should be closely regulated, the report suggested

'Stop treating seas as a sewer,' MPs urge in bid for protection treaty

A new global agreement to protect the seas should be a priority for the government to stop our seas becoming a "sewer", according to a cross-party group of MPs.

The innovative technology is set to slash the factory's overall water footprint by 4.4%

Lucozade Ribena Suntory to fit UK factory with water and waste-saving bottling technology

Multinational beverage firm Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) is investing £13m in new bottling technology for its Gloucestershire factory, in a bid to minimise the facility's waste output and water footprint.

Rising sea level has been among the most dangerous long-term impacts of climate change

Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second

Global warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, according to analysis of new research.

£200,000 of the fine will be donated to environmental charities across Oxfordshire

Thames Water hit with £2m fine for 'avoidable' sewage leak

Utility firm Thames Water has been ordered to pay a £2m fine by the Environment Agency (EA), after raw sewage from one of its pumping stations was found to have leaked into Oxfordshire's waterways.

Titan Crane on the River Clyde

Scotland receives green light for large-scale water source heat pump project

Scotland is set to welcome its first large-scale water source heat pump scheme, that will take heat from the river Clyde to provide heat and hot water for a nearby district heating network.

Yorkshire Water committed in 2018 to plant one million trees by 2028

Yorkshire Water plants first of a million trees to help prevent floods

More than 14,000 trees were planted at Ogden Water last month as part of Yorkshire Water's "big goal" for the environment, which aims to create new "green infrastructure".

Northumbrian Water has been powering its operations with 100% renewable electricity since May

Northumbrian Water set to power treatment works with battery storage technology

Water utility Northumbrian Water has unveiled plans to install battery storage systems made using end-of-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries at several of its water treatment works, in a move to store power generated using its onsite renewable arrays.

Wilmar International supplies palm oil to several blue-chip companies, including Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and Mondelez International

World's biggest palm oil firm unveils new measures to end supply chain deforestation

Palm oil sourcing giant Wilmar International has unveiled plans to use satellite tracking and other digital technologies in a bid to eliminate deforestation risks from its supply chains.

The deal matures in 2023, with extension options to 2025

Thames Water £1.4bn loan deal links interest rates to sustainability performance

Thames Water has signed a £1.4bn five-year revolving credit facility (RCF), with the interest rate linked to annual performance against sustainability indicators.

Heineken notably operates breweries, cider plants and offices in six UK cities

Heineken granted water self-supply licence for UK operations

Brewer Heineken has been granted a self-supply licence to deliver its own water and wastewater services for all of its UK operations, in a move it claims will bolster its water stewardship efforts.

Up to 32,000 tonnes of microplastics enter British waterways each year, according to the report

Report: Tyres and synthetic clothes 'big cause of microplastic pollution'

Vehicle tyres and synthetic clothing are the two leading contributors to microplastic pollution from UK households, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth.

United Utilities has committed to passing on the cost savings achieved through the AI platform on to its customers

United Utilities rolls out AI across entire network after slashing energy usage

Water company United Utilities is set to roll out an energy flexibility platform which incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) to cover its entire water network, after a three-month trial generated energy savings of 22%.

Nestlé is a founding member of WRAP’s Plastic Pact, which will see members ensure that 100% of plastic packaging can be reusable, recyclable or compostable. Credit: Nestlé

Nestlé Waters boss: We are not in competition with tap water

Soft drinks firms have a duty to provide consumers with good-quality bottled water, Nestlé Waters' boss has insisted, in the face of widespread concerns about the sustainability of water bottle production.

The partnerships will be used to spur investment in - and collaboration for - sustainable catchment management across Africa, Bolivia and Latin America

AB InBev teams up with WWF to champion supply chain water stewardship

The world's largest brewer has launched new partnerships with WWF and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in a bid to accelerate water security initiatives in water-stressed areas around the world.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

VW’s electric microbuses and Ikea’s furniture servitisation drive: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

MPs say they are “not satisfied” with Ofwat’s explanations for why it did not firmly tackle much earlier the imbalances in some water companies’ financial models

MPs propose compulsory metering powers for water firms

Water companies should be given powers to introduce compulsory metering but subject to tougher targets to cut leaks, MPs have recommended.

Hilton currently operates 41 hotels across Africa, with 53 more set to open in the next five years

Hilton makes first investment to drive sustainable travel in Africa

Hotel giant Hilton has made its first investment into improving the sustainability of travel in Africa, as it strives to meet a target of halving its environmental footprint by 2030.

The principles coincide with the submission of the water companies’ PR19 business plans

Water firms commit to protect the environment

Nine of the UK's water companies have, along with 20 NGOs, joined together to create a set of "shared principles" to improve the health of the environment.

The EIB has issued more than €23bn (£20bn) through Climate Awareness Bonds since 2007

European Investment Bank issues €500m Sustainability Awareness Bond

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has issued a €500m (£448m) Sustainability Awareness Bond designed to boost capital market and private sector transparency for climate-related risks and opportunities.

The first seven-year bond was priced at SEK1bn (£85m)

The World Bank to launch world's first sustainable water bond

The World Bank has revealed plans to launch the world's first series of bonds aimed at advancing water and ocean stewardship and has priced the first bond at SEK1bn (£85m).

With 2,025 corporates now disclosing their water footprint through CDP, the organisation believes they can act as a

World Water Week: Seven ways businesses are progressing water stewardship

As research released for World Water Week (August 26 -31) reveals that the number of large companies pledging to measure, manage and report their water risks has doubled over the last three years, edie rounds up seven ways that the business community is progressing water stewardship efforts worldwide.

The fountains form part of Khan’s draft London plan, which includes a commitment to make clean drinking water widely available

London Mayor unveils 20 new water fountains in bid to reduce single-use plastic

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed that 20 new water fountains will be installed across the capital as part of a scheme to slash the amount of single-use plastic bottles that are purchased.

The self-supply option allows Greene King to buy its water and wastewater services at the wholesale price, which is a protected price that all retailers pay

Greene King saving more than 600,000 pints of water daily since water retail switch

Pub chain and brewer Greene King has revealed that it is saving more than 600,000 pints of water each day since obtaining a self-supply licence to deliver its own water and wastewater services last year.

Tesco has committed to removing all packaging which is ‘hard to recycle’ from the chain’s own-brand products by the end of 2019

Tesco becomes first supermarket to stock cans of water

In the latest move to cut back on the number of plastic products entering circulation, Tesco has become the first supermarket to stock and offer cans of water.

Ofwat has urged the water sector to deliver a “game change” on leakage. It has challenged the water sector to reduce leakage by 15 per cent by 2025

Gove: Water companies need to 'raise the bar' to tackle leaks

Water companies have agreed they need to "do more" to adapt and prepare for changing weather patterns as the environment secretary challenged them to "raise the bar" to tackle leakage.


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