Who will be the sustainability leaders in 2019?

Research is now well underway for EcoAct’s ninth annual Sustainability Reporting Performance reports. In the context of last year’s IPCC report, unprecedented public movement for climate action as well as strengthened government targets, understanding corporate sustainability performance has never been more pertinent. In 2018 Microsoft, BT Group and M&S topped the ranks of global leaders … Continued

The planet and our progress in 2019

In the sustainability world we are not light on research and findings. It’s often hard to keep up and harder still to find time to read them all. So, we have summarised some of the most significant reports on the state of climate and sustainability to provide a snapshot of developments in the industry in … Continued

What do investors really want from climate change disclosures?

Hermes EOS is a leading stewardship provider with a focus on achieving positive change. Their dedicated team of engagement and voting specialists enable pension funds and other longer-term institutional investors to achieve their fiduciary responsibilities and be more active owners of companies. They work on behalf of investors from 12 countries who entrust them with … Continued

The order in disorder: Aligning environmental disclosure frameworks

The sustainability disclosure landscape is a bit of a maze for businesses. In fact, it has been a source of frustration to many organisations that there are so many requirements and expectations and the reporting burden to fulfil them all seems huge. In addition to this, there are so many different voluntary frameworks (each another … Continued

Positive step forward for UK transition to net zero emissions

The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has today issued a report for Government recommending a new emissions target for the UK: net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050. The reports key findings are that: The UK should commit to the “highest level of ambition” as called for by Article 4 of the Paris agreement and Government … Continued

Climate Resilience: Learnings from the UNEP Finance Initiative Regional Roundtable, Cairo

Climate resilience was the pressing issue at the 2019 United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative Regional Roundtable (UNEP FI RRT) for Africa and the Middle East in Cairo last month. Present were experts from both the finance and environmental industries discussing the solutions and tools for building climate resilience at a national, organisational and individual … Continued

ESOS Phase 2: More than just a tick box exercise

Phase 2 of the UK Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is now well underway. There are only 7 months until the compliance deadline of 5th December 2019 is upon us.  So if you haven’t started yet, now is the time to ensure you avoid the last minute manic race to compliance that we experienced … Continued

First steps towards mandatory TCFD reporting

The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has announced that it will be making further sections of its reporting framework mandatory for its signatories in 2020. Specifically, this relates to the sections recently created to align to the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) on strategy and governance. This is a … Continued

SBTi announce important updates for science-based targets

Following the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C released last October, the sustainability community has been waiting to find out what this means for science-based targets. Up until now, a science-based target has been defined as one that aligns to the commitment of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 2°C or below. However, … Continued