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Fossil energy: do the investors has to make a choice between dialogue and divestment ?

For investors around the world, coal is no longer good press. It is difficult for banks, insurers and well-established pension funds to keep this global warming symbol in their portfolios. Should divestment now expand to other polluting energy sources or should dialogue with companies be...

The UN pressures business to protect human rights defenders

Local communities, workers and unionists can be at risk of corporate retaliation when defending their land, union rights or working conditions. The growing power of multinationals makes these actors increasingly vulnerable. In addition to existing and developing international texts, new actions must...

Lithium: a vulnerable resource pushing the power of electric vehicles

Lithium is abundant on Earth. This is good news because the metal is essential for manufacturing the batteries found in electric vehicles. Nevertheless, the concentration of geological deposits and production tools in countries with uncertain economic policies poses a risk to lithium availability...

From chocolate to hazelnut, Ferrero wants 100% sustainable certification and traceability plan by 2020

Sustainable chocolate and a traceability plan for hazelnuts. The Ferrero Group has announced its intention to achieve complete traceability of these raw materials for which it is the primary global consumer. The group also announced a sustainable certification plan for all of its cocoa.

Companies call for more ESG engagement

The investor-business dialogue is a lever for sustainable creation, according to the companies that attended Novethic’s Positive Investors Forum on 6 November. This was a heartfelt cry that came from both sustainable development directors and engaged CFOs. Today, however, conventional investors are...

[Focus CSR] Veolia’s "critical friends" committee challenges company strategy

How can companies better diffuse CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) internally and throughout its ecosystem? This is the question all committed companies are asking. Novethic has identified good, achievable, and proven practices that have been put in place by major economic leaders. This week,...

International treaty on human rights may do more harm than good, according to employers’ organisations

The binding international human rights treaty currently being negotiated at the United Nations (UN) could be detrimental to developing countries. This is one of the arguments put forward in a report by employers' representatives, the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), and highlighted by...

[Focus CSR] Sustainable development objectives guide group transformation at Suez

How can companies better diffuse CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) internally and throughout its ecosystem? This is the question all committed companies are asking. Novethic has identified good, achievable, and proven practices that have been put in place by major economic leaders. This week,...

"173 shades of reporting": will there soon be a European version of article 173?

On 25 October, Novethic published "173 Shades of Reporting: Edition 2", an in-depth analysis of the climate risk and integration of environmental, social and governance criteria (ESG) reporting conducted by the top 100 French institutional investors. The results from the first two editions show the...

Thousands of students from prestigious universities refuse to work at polluting corporations

It is a manifesto for an ecological awakening. More than 18,000 students from top Paris-based universities such as École Polytechnique, École normale supérieure and HEC, have signed off on profound change, and this includes choosing their future employer. Diving head first in a polluting corporation...

Decathlon uses environmental disclosure as a dialog tool with its stakeholders

How can companies better diffuse CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) internally and throughout its ecosystem? This is the question all committed companies are asking. Novethic has identified good, achievable, and proven practices that have been put in place by major economic leaders. The following...

D-Orbit: the space cleaner who wants to do good to society

D-Orbit is an Italian startup specialized in cleaning space. Considered by the experts as one of the 100 startups to be followed globally, it is one of the first Italian companies with a mission. A status that allows it to exert an additional attraction on talents and investors!

At Solvay, every innovation must prove sustainable ahead social and environmental challenges

How can companies better diffuse CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) internally and throughout its ecosystem? This is the question all committed companies are asking. Novethic has identified good, achievable, and proven practices that have been put in place by major economic leaders. This week,...

Sustainable finance : three trends making finance more positive

Finance is not our enemy. On the contrary, it can even be used to develop a positive economy! This is the message that a changing sector wants to deliver. With a focus on three innovations created by startups discovered at the Change Now event, major financial institutions want to direct funding to...

ESG integration : a question of financial profitability

The integration of ESG criteria in investment vehicles is becoming increasingly common for companies and investors worldwide, according to an East and Partners study commissioned by HSBC. For investors, ensuring the financial profitability of their portfolios is of the utmost importance.

Europe and Bill Gates launch a fund to finance "radically new" technologies for energy

The European Union and US billionaire Bill Gates have launched a 100 million euro investment fund to support technological developments in the field of clean energy.

ExxonMobil pledges $1 million to campaign a carbon tax

ExxonMobil pledged on Tuesday to donate $1 million to support efforts to adopt a carbon tax in the United States; a surprising first for an oil giant accused for years of having financed climate-skeptic studies.

[focus CSR] At Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, every employee shares the environmental and social responsibility

How can companies better diffuse CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) internally and throughout its ecosystem? This is the question all committed companies are asking. Novethic has identified good, achievable, and proven practices that have been put in place by major economic leaders. The following...

TCFD: Companies increasingly transparent on climate-related disclosures

Thus far, 513 organisations have expressed their support for the 2017 recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). A positive start, the majority of these organisations already publish information on the subject. But there is still some work to do in order to...

Sustainable finance : Too many obstacles between engagement and action

Toronto and Wall Street have announced plans to launch initiatives geared toward the sustainable finance movement... and may even become leaders. But the movement is joined by some of the largest oil sand producers in the world, and motivation behind leading such a movement is driven by short-term...