What you should know about carbon removal purchase agreements

10 billion tons. That’s the amount of carbon dioxide the United Nations figures we need to remove from the atmosphere annually by 2050 to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. 4,000 metric tons. That’s the capacity of the world’s largest direct air capture facility in Iceland, brought online in early September by Swiss venture Climeworks. Clearly, that’s…

PepsiCo doubles down on reducing virgin plastic

PepsiCo is stepping up its strategy for addressing plastics pollution. While the company has previously made agriculture, water and plastic commitments, the industry giant last week specifically named virgin plastic reduction as a goal. The food and beverage giant plans to cut virgin plastic by 50 percent across its entire portfolio of products and increase…

Is Europe’s carbon market finally taking off?

Despite ambitious commitments to reduce greenhouse gases dramatically to reach net zero global emissions by 2050, G-20 governments are still unable to turn lofty goals into a credible plan. Things are likely to come to a head in autumn, when G-20 leaders meet, and later in November when international climate talks, known as COP26, are…

The path to personal sustainability in ESG

For many working in corporate sustainability, the past months have been a seesaw of emotional highs and lows. On the one hand, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have entered a golden age of interest from investors, customers, employees and even policymakers. ESG skills and services are in such high demand that there is an…

The Purpose-Action Gap: The Business Imperative of ESG

In a recent study, we discovered shifts in thinking from both brand and consumer values: The gap between what they believe and how they are acting on such beliefs is narrowing, particularly when brands make sustainability accessible and affordable. For the last few years, purpose has dominated marketing conversations and become an important aspiration for…

WBA Assesses World’s 350 Most Influential Food/Agriculture Companies On Sustainability Commitments

Launched in 2018, the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) identified seven transformations needed to take place to put society and the worldwide economy on a more sustainable path aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To support the transformations, WBA has developed, or will be developing, a series of benchmarks assessing 2,000 of the world’s most influential…

What Does ‘Upcycled Certified’ Mean for Our Food System?

Upcycled Certified is a big step towards a circular economy, and a food system that acts like nature itself — a place where there is no waste — and where shoppers can participate in the best solution to climate, via the products they buy. In 1980, the National Organic Standards Board met for the first time, and…