Topic Archives: NGOs & Activism

Key Takeaways from our Sustainable Food Systems Workshop

At the end of January, SustainAbility co-hosted a workshop with WWF UK to explore the priority action areas to advance sustainable food systems and diets. The discussion built on the research we undertook together last year to map the projects and initiatives tacking issues in this space, with participants invited to share reflections on their

How Do You Engage to Support Sustainable Food Systems?

In recent years there has been a significant growth in the number of initiatives seeking to advance sustainable food both globally, nationally, locally and across sectors, issues and different parts of the food value chain. As these sustainable food system initiatives emerge and develop there are increasing overlaps in the themes explored, solutions advocated, and

Exploring the Impacts of Shareholder Activism on Sustainability

Shareholder activism, where shareholders attempt to influence a company’s decisions by exercising their rights as owners, is on the rise. Much of this publicised activism has focused narrowly on improving financial performance, with potential implications for broader sustainability considerations. Meanwhile, some investors and other activists, usually local and small in comparison, have been engaging companies

Evaluating Progress on Climate Change

Two years after the breakthrough achievement of the Paris Agreement, we asked global sustainability experts representing business, government, NGOs and academia to evaluate progress made by the global community on addressing climate change generally and implementing the Agreement specifically. Our expert panel’s assessment is bleak. More than half of these sustainability practitioners think that the

Corporate Advocacy as a Cornerstone of Sustainability

In recent months, we have seen a surge in headlines featuring corporations and their leaders alongside contentious social issues, in both positive and negative ways. Leaders of Merck, Under Armor and Intel stood up for racial justice after the Charlottesville protests, Heineken was praised for producing an ad that encouraged people to connect across political

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

Meet Our Network: Matthew Powell, Breaking Barriers

Denise Delaney interviewed Matthew Powell, CEO of Breaking Barriers, a young charity working with refugees and business in the UK to break down the barriers to meaningful employment. What’s the scale of the challenge in the UK? There are over 125,000 refugees in the UK with the legal right to work from countries such as

The Business of Campaigning

The lines are blurring between companies and campaigners. From CEO activism to corporate campaigns leading businesses become increasingly outspoken on critical environmental and social issues. Much has been written about the growing number of partnerships between business and NGOs. Now we are seeing the private sector not just collaborating with NGOs but stepping into the

The 2016 Sustainability Leaders

For SustainAbility and GlobeScan’s annual Sustainability Leaders Survey, we asked over 900 expert stakeholders representing business, government, NGOs and academia across 84 countries to evaluate the progress that institutions have made since the 1992 Earth Summit and reflect on their expectations for the next 20 years. We also analyze expert views on which companies are

Ten Trends from 2013: Battle Lines Being Redrawn as Activism Heats Up

The fossil fuel divestment movement across cities and universities has grown faster than any previous divestment campaign in history. Flickr image by This is post 4 of 10. See next or previous. For over 25 years, companies have valued our ability to serve as their early warning system—to interpret emerging issues and trends in