Sarah Brown

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9 years 4 months ago

British farmers are under threat from industrial scale farms which campaigners say will change the face of UK farming forever. An application for an industrial pig farm, currently under consideration, is the target of the Soil Association’s Not in My Banger campaign.

From a CSR perspective, should this development go through, it has serious implications for animal welfare, and for the food we...

9 years 5 months ago

Partnerships between the organisers of London’s 2012 Olympics and its sponsors are resulting in a truly ‘green Games’.

Sustainability has been addressed in every aspect of the Olympics’ organisation and development, says a new report. CSR partnerships have played a key role in this. The report, A Blueprint for Change, outlines how the London Olympics will break new ground in its green achievements.

One element of which organisers are particularly proud is delivering a low-carbon Olympics. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOGOC) has...

9 years 5 months ago

Business leaders from the water, power and construction industries are facing a significant shortage of skilled workers.

Introducing apprenticeships, and getting involved in CSR initiatives with young people, will help prevent this recruitment time bomb.

Newly published data from CSR experts Business in the Community reveals that the UK is 15% less productive than France, Germany and the US because its working population is less skilled. The UK does not have workers with the necessary technical skills to keep up with the pace of change. Figures also...

9 years 5 months ago

The UK is on the way to grabbing a 10% share of the global offshore wind market by 2050.

Analysis by The Carbon Trust also shows that offshore wind could deliver between 20 to 50% of our total electricity by the same date. From a CSR perspective, both of these pieces of news are highly significant.

Internally, the UK needs to meet a European Union renewable energy target of 15% by 2020. Offshore wind energy is a realistic option for meeting this target as the technology, based on adapted onshore wind technology, is ready.

The US and China have...

9 years 5 months ago

Campaigners for sustainable fishing are waiting to see if the UK Government will change its mind on how it sources fish.

Government buying standards, out any day now, have been criticised by activists for a lack of commitment to buying sustainable fish.

The Good Food for our Money Campaign brings together 60 health, environmental and welfare organisations that want better sustainability standards in food bought by Government.

From a CSR perspective, the government is trailing high-profile and household name brands including Marks &...

9 years 5 months ago

Hard-won gains for sustainability in food production have been lost argues a new report from the Sustainable Development Commission.

The SDC, expert advisors on sustainability to the UK Governments, claim that the Coalition Government has so far ignored an emerging consensus on the issue between industry, NGOs and the previous Labour Government.

CSR gains were won when businesses operating in the food sector, voluntary organisations, farmers and scientists reached agreement on the importance of sustainable food policy. Our current intensive...

9 years 5 months ago

Social enterprise the Twist Partnership, joined forces with city law firm Simmons & Simmons to show the power of CSR joint working.

Young people from inner city London boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Redbridge led a conference and consultation entitled ‘Changing Behaviours’. Their aim: to show how partnership CSR had made a genuine difference to their lives.

The young people at the conference were on the verge of being excluded from school. They were angry and disillusioned. One example of a CSR programme that Twist developed...

9 years 6 months ago

World Water Day took place this week, a focal point for a CSR issue which is growing in importance and prominence. Sustainable water use is becoming a major topic for business as it is critical to so many production processes.

An industry for which water is particularly important is brewing. Depending on where you live, and where the hops for your beer are grown, it can take as much as 155 litres of water to produce one litre of beer.

Consequently, brewing companies are making reducing their water footprints a key focus of their CSR strategies.

At a conference in Brussels late last month, brewing companies pledged to...

9 years 6 months ago

New research shows a deep public cynicism about companies’ claims of action on the important CSR issue of climate change.

The research, from business and environment experts The Carbon Trust, found that only 7% of people believe companies’ claims about actions they’ve taken to reduce their environmental impact. 66% are sceptical as to whether firms are genuinely cutting carbon emissions as part of their overall CSR strategies.

The Carbon Trust asked people if they wanted firms to commit to a 3% emissions reduction. This is what is required for the UK to meet its 2050...

9 years 6 months ago

The UK’s inaugural Climate Week kicks off today (21st March) providing a CSR focus for business to showcase the actions they’re already taking – with the aim of inspiring others.

To mark the start of Climate Week, 100,000 people across the UK will take part in the Climate Week Challenge. This is Britain’s biggest ever environmental competition – involving school children, community groups and businesses. Workers from places as varied as police stations, breweries and large corporate will be taking part.

Until it actually launched (at 9am...