Are businesses backtracking on ESG commitments?

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Stories of large organisations backtracking on ESG commitments have recently made headlines, along with news of significant changes of approach to sustainability standards. Forbes has called this ‘The Rise and Fall of ESG’, pointing to various factors including simmering global conflicts and a vocal US backlash. In the midst of a climate crisis, these are […]

CSRD: new sustainability reporting requirements

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What is CSRD? The EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) requires organisations of a certain size to report on various ESG metrics to measure their sustainability and impact on the planet. The EU legislation formally came into place in 2024, meaning that almost 50,000 companies are now subject to mandatory sustainability reporting, including non-EU companies […]

Lessons from the Better Business Summit 2024

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What’s new in 2024 for business sustainability strategies? How widespread are science-based targets? What will this year hold for B Corp consulting and advancing sustainable procurement? A Grain Sustainability team attended the Better Business Summit on 17th and 18th January 2024. The Manchester weather was kind to us, providing a crisp sunny backdrop to the […]

Focusing on the ‘S’ in ESG

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When focusing on sustainability and the threat of climate change, we quite often jump solely to environmental changes, anything relating to carbon, and emissions reductions. Here we discuss the danger of forgetting the ‘S’ — Social — in ESG, and how a holistic view really is necessary to create sustainable businesses and society. Grain’s recent […]

Building trust: the power of effective sustainability communications

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As sustainability remains a core concern for consumers, businesses across every sector are increasingly highlighting their commitment to sustainable practices. However, with the rise of greenwashing and greenhushing — the practice of downplaying or concealing environmental issues — merely making sustainability claims is no longer enough to win over discerning customers. Authenticity and accountability Communicating […]

Science Based Targets explained

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After the hottest ever start to June, the need for every individual, business, or organisation to find ways to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is becoming even more apparent. If the commitments contained within the Paris Agreement are to be achieved, we need global GHG emissions to be reduced by 45% (from 2010 level) by […]

Ensuring sustainability strategy success

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In the final part of our series on creating a sustainability strategy, we look at how to ensure the success of your hard-worked plans. No-one said that putting together a sustainability strategy would be easy. There may be the temptation to close the file on your glossy presentation deck and think, “job done”. To a […]

Setting your sustainability strategy

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Creating your sustainability strategy doesn’t need to be a complicated process. You can break it down into four simple steps: Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How do we get there? How do we ensure success? In our first two posts, we explained how to understand where you’re starting from and […]