Topic Archives: Labeling & Certification

Fairtrade versus Fairly-traded

Trade and the progress of human civilization have always been inextricably linked. However, the fact is that trade is not always civilized… far from it. Power imbalances and the egregious buying practices of international traders have resulted in the marginalization of millions of developing world producers. These are the very producers that we rely upon

Grow. Eat. Thrive. Imagining a Sustainable Food System.

We all talk about “the future we want”, where the successful economy nurtures a thriving society within a healthy biosphere. These are nice thoughts, but it’s important to be as specific as possible to understand the differences between today and that more desirable future, enabling companies to actually do something about it. Let’s take the

How Starbucks Yields the Benefits of Materiality

Our recently released research, Sustainability Incorporated: Integrating Sustainability into Business, calls out the need for business to further embed sustainability into its core strategies. It highlights five pathways to more deeply integrate sustainability into business: employing business model thinking; putting materiality to use; applying a sustainability lens to products and services; tapping into culture; and

Redefining the Purpose of Business: B Corp UK

Redefining success in business is a pretty ambitious goal, and is one that the B Corp movement has been working towards since 2006. SustainAbility, for over 25 years, has been working to make business and markets more sustainable, and is proud to be one of the first certified B Corps in the UK and to

Promoting Sustainability in the Dairy Industry Through Collaboration

The Global Dairy Platform (GDP) is an industry body working on behalf of a range of industry leaders such as Nestlé, Fonterra, FrieslandCampina, Arla Foods, and the International Dairy Federation. The GDP enables many of the world’s largest dairy companies the opportunity to work together to tackle common challenges, and to collaborate on issues that

Why Low-Impact Diets Are the Next Big Opportunity

Flickr image by This article was co-written by Matt Loose and Aimee Watson. What if everyone could have access to food that meets their dietary needs without preventing future generations from meeting theirs? That’s the idea at the heart of sustainable nutrition. Increased attention to the environmental impacts of food types drives interest in

On Our Radar: Food Safety Concerns in China Spotlight Need for Greater Traceability

Flickr image by nachof This piece was originally published in the autumn issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 05: Unusual Activists. A series of scandals have shaken food companies sourcing and selling in China, bringing into the spotlight persistent safety concerns and forcing corporations to review traceability tools and consider working more closely with suppliers

On Our Radar: Stakeholder Pressure on Rising Obesity Amplifies

Image © CC Außerirdische Sind Gesund via Compfight An abbreviated version of this piece was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. From consumer pressure driving Tesco to ban sweets and chocolates from checkouts in all of its stores to the formation of campaign groups such as Action

4 Ways to Put the Heart Back into Brands & Business

“How might our businesses serve our humanity, and how might our humanity serve our businesses?” (Raphael Bemporad, BBMG speaking at Sustainable Brands, London) Sustainable Brands finally came to London, in November, a long way from its most recent home in balmy San Diego. The organisers may not have brought us sunshine but the event did