Author: James Bourne

As environmental concerns climb the ladder of consumer priorities, brands face the challenge of keeping their sustainability promises genuine. Sustainable Future News turns to Meabh Quoirin, CEO of Foresight Factory, for guidance. If you are a marketing manager tasked with helping make your brand more sustainable, an initial port of call will likely be to consult the nearest global brand sustainability trends report. Yet if you are looking for an easy step-by-step guide, then you will be out of luck. Take Ipsos, who said earlier this year that consumers ‘more than ever are pushing brands to become more sustainable’ but…

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Many sustainability strategies struggle to scale. Why? Because for-profit organisations need to retain that aspect as a primary consideration. Process mining technology is able to find optimisation opportunities which can be a win-win both for the environment and a company’s shareholders. Sustainable Future News speaks to Janina Bauer at Celonis to find out more. Janina Bauer, global head of sustainability at process mining software provider Celonis, talks about her journey into the space. It is not one crammed full of experience – though her previous employers include Siemens Healthineers and the United Nations – but it is certainly full of…

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Every COP event ends with a cocktail of ‘relief, exhaustion and bafflement’, as the Financial Times put it. Yet while compromises and controversies were inevitable, the importance of more MENA-centric COPs cannot be underestimated. Another COP ends, and with it comes the usual mix of moves forward, pushbacks, and criticism. Yet from a MENA (Middle East and North Africa) perspective, where the last two COP events were held – in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) respectively – a cause for optimism can be found. We recognise the urgency, we recognise what needs to be done, but the ‘how’…

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With COP28 beginning this week in Dubai, Sustainable Future News spoke with Alexandra Smith and Michael Penrose, co-founders and partners at sustainability management platform provider FuturePlus, on their overall expectations for the event, the challenges and opportunities, as well as the impact on business going forward. What are your overall expectations for COP28? Earlier this month, the Copernicus Programme (the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme) reported that October 2023 had seen exceptional temperature anomalies following four months of global temperature records being obliterated. They say that with near certainty, 2023 will be the warmest year on record and is currently…

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COP28 officially begins today (Nov 30), with the world’s gaze focused on Dubai for the next two weeks as leaders look to make progress on global environmental pledges. Yet while the high-level discussions will generate the most column inches, there is plenty more going on besides, with more than 70,000 delegates expected to attend. Sustainable Future News has asked several of its contributors, from the worlds of business software, sport and consultancy, what they are doing at the event, and what they are looking and hoping to see. Tom Verity, Transition & Innovation Manager at SailGP COP28 is the biggest…

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More than four in five sustainability professionals say they are not familiar with scope 4 emissions, according to survey data from Sustainable Future News. The survey, which polled members of the Sustainability Professionals LinkedIn community, asked what respondents’ levels of familiarity were with scope 4 emissions within their organisation. Almost two thirds of those polled (61%) said they were ‘not familiar at all’, while a further 21% said they were ‘not very familiar.’ Only one in five of the 62 survey respondents said they had a level of understanding with the term. 13% of those polled said they were ‘somewhat…

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The Net Zero Tracker (NZT) has celebrated passing the halfway mark in terms of the largest 2,000 publicly listed companies having a net zero target – yet warns that more ambition needs to be shown. The open-source reviewer noted that 1,003 of the Forbes Global 2000 list of companies had net zero targets in place, up from 702 in June 2022. The milestone, which Net Zero Tracker described as ‘significant’, represents two thirds (66%) of the annual revenue of the world’s largest 2,000 companies, with aggregate annual revenue covered by net zero targets at $27 trillion (£21.7tn). Yet NTZ warned…

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Shopify, the software as a service (SaaS) eCommerce platform provider, is not your typical sustainability success story. The company avoids traditional ESG and net zero metrics and is instead one of the world’s largest purchasers of carbon removal, with its Sustainability Fund, where Shopify invests and typically becomes the first customer of an innovative startup, now boasting 38 companies. Leading the sustainability fund is Stacy Kauk, head of sustainability at Shopify. Kauk speaks to Sustainable Future News on her wide-ranging career, collaboration for sustainability, and Shopify’s unconventional strategy. Editor’s note: The original feature from this conversation was published in June…

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Editor’s note: This article is part of a wider conversation between Antoine Halff, co-founder and chief analyst at Kayrros, Bogdan Gogulan, CEO and managing partner at NewSpace Capital, and James Bourne, editor at large at Sustainable Future News. The full audio conversation will be made available on Wednesday, November 1. Sign up here, or use the form below to hear it. One of the biggest stories of 2023 shone a light on ‘mind-boggling’ methane emissions from Turkmenistan. The story came about through innovations in satellite and space technology, keeping a more watchful eye on our ailing planet. Sustainable Future News…

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Ravi Chidambaram RIMM Sustainability ESG

The pressures facing small businesses when it comes to sustainability reporting, from time to resources, are evident – and platforms such as myCSO from Singapore-based Rimm Sustainability aim to fill the gap. But is there an invisible hand at work which puts more difficulties on businesses in emerging Asia? Sustainable Future News speaks with Rimm founder Ravi Chidambaram to find out.  Ravi Chidambaram, founder of Singapore-based Rimm Sustainability, admits that what he is about to say is controversial. “I think the EU taxonomy is by and large nonsense,” he says. “I don’t think it will make any of the companies…

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