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  • Beverage Company Faces Criticism over Climate Commitments

    September 16, 2015

    Indicating the potential pitfalls of corporate integration of the international environmental agenda, civil society organizations are targeting beverage company Diageo for criticism over the business's failure to meet environmental goals - such as reducing carbon emissions and increasing water efficiency - it set for its operations in 2008.

  • Nestlé Announces "Sustainable" Chocolate Bar Production

    September 09, 2015

    As the UN and activists push an environmental and social agenda among companies around the world, food corporation Nestlé has announced that it will produce its chocolate candy bar KitKat using "sustainably sourced cocoa."

  • Oil Companies Sign on to UN Methane Plan

    August 31, 2015

    Demonstrating pressure on businesses from activists and UN officials to implement the UN climate change agenda, a group of oil companies have agreed to a pledge, produced by the UN, to reduce methane emissions.

  • Article Pushes Business Case for Environmental, Social Action

    August 14, 2015

    As companies increasingly face pressure from the UN and activists to show they are implementing the global environmental and human rights agenda, Martin Wrights argues that these companies are finding that there is a business case to push for changes in social and environmental policies.

  • L'Oréal USA Joins Climate Change Coalition

    August 12, 2015

    Beauty products company L'Oréal USA has announced that it will join the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy ("BICEP") group, a coalition of 35 businesses seeking to advance the international climate change agenda and US President Barack Obama's climate plan, as pressure from the UN and activists for corporate action rises.

  • Insurance Company Commits to ESG Agenda

    August 12, 2015

    The CEO of UK insurance company Aviva has pledged to remove investments from energy companies it believes are not doing enough to counter climate change and to consider environmental, social, and governance ("ESG") factors, championed by the UN and environmental and human rights activists, in its investment decisions.

  • KPMG Australia Acquires BHR Consultancy

    August 04, 2015

    As pressure rises from the UN and activists on financial and other companies to implement the global business and human rights ("BHR") agenda, accounting group KPMG Australia has purchased BHR and "social impact" consultancy Banarra in order to help advise its customers on human rights and social risks.

  • US Companies Announce Investments in UN Climate Agenda

    July 29, 2015

    As pressure from environmental activists, international organizations, and the US government for business implementation of the UN climate change agenda ramps up, a group of US companies has joined a pledge produced by the US State Department committing financial and operational support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Consulting Firm Pushes Fossil Fuel Divestment Agenda

    July 28, 2015

    The global consulting firm Mercer has joined environmental activists and UN officials in a report warning that investors in companies and assets that are reliant on fossil fuels are taking on large risks as governments and international organizations ramp up efforts to take on climate change.

  • Unilever Issues First Report under BHR Framework

    July 13, 2015

    Consumer goods corporation Unilever has become the first company to issue a detailed report under the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, a process of reporting on implementation of the UN business and human rights ("BHR") agenda developed by the nongovernmental organization Shift and the consultancy Mazars.

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