April 6, 2019

It’s hard to square a love of clothes with the desire to live more sustainably. I’ve never been an advocate for fast fashion – I don’t feel the need to wear the latest style, I just enjoy putting an outfit together that expresses my personality.  In my youth I made my...

January 30, 2019

A new report published this week by The Consumer Goods Forum and Futerra highlights the essential difference between trust and transparency with regard to product social and environmental impacts. It makes the important point that people are in general much more concer...

November 20, 2018

I've been surprised this week by the number of people in my social media network who have shared Iceland's "banned" Christmas ad - many of whom I have never known to support any other environmental issue. The "Blue Planet" effect which catapulted single-use plastic to...

June 19, 2018

Documents are probably the most ubiquitous feature of the office, making on average 3% of organisational cost (Source: Gartner). Yet for many organisations, consideration of the environmental impact of printing and copying goes little further than setting duplex print...

April 10, 2018

Iceland’s announcement today that it would phase out palm oil in own-label products by the end of 2018 came out of the blue and seems to represent a dramatic strategic turn for the company. The goal is ambitious, the deadline tight but, perhaps most remarkably, they ha...

April 6, 2018

This week’s deadline for disclosure on the Gender Pay Gap has prompted over 10,000 companies to make statements about the variance between men’s and women’s salaries as well as a wave of criticism that it’s a crude exercise, open to misinterpretation. That criticism ma...

March 22, 2018

The UK government’s decision to award the passport contract to a Franco-Dutch company is attracting strong criticism from Brexiteers who believe that an icon of British sovereignty should be sourced from a British company. It’s an emotive argument which will surely fin...

January 25, 2018

The furore about inappropriate behaviour at the Presidents Club fundraiser raises many questions - the most obvious of which is why, in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, the rise of the #MeToo campaign and the emerging conversation about sexual misconduct, some of the...

October 31, 2017

In recent months I have seen a number of opinion pieces asserting that, since CSR should ideally be embedded in corporate strategy and culture, there should no longer be any need for CSR managers. In my view, this completely misses the point. There are other areas of b...

September 30, 2017

A conversation with a hospitality industry professional at a sustainability breakfast touched on the subject of the plastic bag ban and its value in the transition to a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy. We concluded that, while there a numerous activities that un...

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