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This is where we cherry pick the latest news and views on climate change and how its effects are already making waves in our economies, societies and daily lives. Tune into the fresh perspectives and opinions from both our own experts and other great movers and shakers on the climate scene and read uplifting stories from our climate protection projects across the world. Have an idea or topic you'd like to learn more about? Get in touch - our experts will have it covered!

The time to build supply chain resilience is now

The time to build supply chain resilience is now

Christiaan Gevers Deynoot
E-commerce Sales are Skyrocketing. Its Carbon Emissions are too.
19 October 2020

E-commerce Sales are Skyrocketing. Its Carbon Emissions are too.

Brian Matthews

Climate Neutral Checkout allows customers opt-in for climate neutral shopping - including shipping - How Online Retailers Can Empower Their Customers to Tackle the Problem in One Click.

Nordic climate action
17 September 2020

Keeping it cool - the Nordic way of climate action

Ingmar Schuurmans

Flash forward: it is 2075 and we’ve set sail for the RCP 8.5 trajectory for 2100, the worst case climate scenario according to the IPCC. Imagine this: Pacific islands such as Tuvalu have long sunk into a rising ocean, heat and pollution take a toll on the global population, hurricanes and fires devastate poor communities on a regular basis, and huge swaths of Asia and Africa have become uninhabitable due to heat and drought. Quick shift back to the present: luckily we are not there. However, we are still far away from the emissions trajectory necessary for a 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming.

24 August 2020

Decarbonising maritime shipping: lanes for direct action

Natalia Gorina

The maritime shipping sector faces a decarbonisation deadlock. While pressure to downsize its GHG footprint increases rapidly, the sector remains responsible for over 1 billion tons of CO2e or 2.89% of global emissions, with an increase of 9.6% in 2018 compared to 2012 levels. Looking specifically at methane emissions, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) found an increase of 150%.

Sustainable Fashion
30 July 2019

Why the fashion industry needs to cotton on to sustainable supply chains

Nadia Kähkönen, Karine Basso

Thinking of ‘carbon emissions’ or ‘pollution’ typically evokes images of smog-filled cities or coal plants – not the clothes you’re wearing. Yet after agriculture and big oil, fast fashion is, with its many impacts on people and the planet, one of the most polluting industries in the world. It is also a complex business involving long and often obscure supply chains of raw materials, textile manufacturing, production, transport, retail, use and, ultimately, disposal. How will the fashion industry survive in an age where consumers, especially millennials – a market worth over EUR 13 trillion by 2025 – are demanding sustainability, accountability and transparency?

Naivasha project
19 July 2018

Cómo las acciones de conservación locales pueden crear impactos globales

Liliana Martínez

Para construir ecosistemas globales más saludables y resilientes, debemos actuar localmente. A medida que las sequías,las inundaciones y los ecosistemas en declive se hacen cada vez más comunes, los proyectos de conservación y restauración han demostrado su capacidad para unir a las comunidades locales y crear impacto a escala mundial.

Water Stewardship
31 October 2017

Over 50% of companies' water risk management strategies already include a beyond-the-fence approach

Alexandra Frank

Becoming a corporate water steward requires a shift in focus when addressing water risks - moving beyond improvements in direct operations to engaging in the watershed they operate in.

La frontera siguiente: Involucrar a proveedores a lo largo de los tres pilares de la sostenibilidad de la cadena de suministro
21 March 2017

La frontera siguiente: Involucrar a proveedores a lo largo de los tres pilares de la sostenibilidad de la cadena de suministro

Nadia Kähkönen, Melanie Wilneder

Mientras que los “informes no financieros" se vuelven cada vez más sofisticados, un punto ciego queda: la cadena de suministro. La mayoría del impacto medio-ambiental muchas veces se encuentra más abajo en la cadena de suministro, donde datos sólidos y prácticas de información pueden ser desafiantes. ¿En qué temas pueden participar las marcas globales con sus proveedores para enfrentar este problema?

Supply Chain
02 February 2017

Nachhaltigkeit in Lieferketten: Wie können Unternehmen ihre Zusammenarbeit mit Zulieferern verbssern?

Nadia Kähkönen, Melanie Wilneder

Auch wenn die Berichterstattung zu Nachhaltigkeitsthemen immer differenzierter wird, bleibt ein blinder Fleck bestehen: die Lieferkette. Der überwiegende Teil der Umweltauswirkungen entsteht in der nachgeschalteten Lieferkette, genau dort, wo belastbare Daten und zuverlässige Berichtspraktiken schwer zu finden sind. Wie können globale Unternehmen sich besser mit ihren Zulieferern vernetzen, um eine Lösung für diese Herausforderung zu finden?

The Next Frontier: Engaging Suppliers Along the Three Pillars of Supply Chain Sustainability
06 December 2016

The Next Frontier: Engaging Suppliers Along the Three Pillars of Supply Chain Sustainability

Nadia Kähkönen, Melanie Wilneder

As corporate non-financial reporting becomes ever-more sophisticated, one blind spot remains: the supply chain. The majority of environmental impacts often lie further down in the supply chain, where robust data and reporting practices are often a challenge. On what topics can global brands engage with their suppliers to address this problem?

Tanzania Insetting Project
01 September 2016

The Brew of Choice: Coffee, Water, and Climate Action in Tanzania

Nadia Kähkönen, Lars Osterwalder

A thirsty crop, the coffee beans in Kagera require a great deal of water but, ironically enough, the majority of the actual coffee farmers have a hard time ensuring safe water for themselves and their families. This is a story of corporate climate action, your cup of coffee, and how people’s lives have been changed with the wide availability of household water filters.