S & S News: The Week in Highlights – 17.03.2019

S & S News: The Week in Highlights shares a collection of current articles, reports and stories that are newsworthy in the realm of sustainability, social responsibility and beyond. Feature promise: Absolutely no fake news.

Believe it or not there is more to this week’s news than the broken politics Brexit parliamentary voting marathon which has dominated media channels.

In Westminster Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement unveils policies to build sustainability into the heart of the UK’s economic model, including the seismic value in preserving biodiversity and introduction of mandatory carbon offsets for airlines.

A country once falling short of environmental targets, China’s rapid anti-pollution drive has made tangible gains in clean air, where it has cut concentration by an average of 32% in a mere 4 years with investments in Beijing alone reaching $120 billion. (Can we get this on Oxford Street pls).

Having inspired the climate school strike movement, our girl Greta gets nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in a timely fashion as youth activists across 1700 cities in over 100 countries participate in the Global Climate Strike.

The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment has driven Coca-Cola to disclose for the first time it’s packaging output, a mere 3 million tonnes annually – that’s a fuck load of fizz. This drive to tackle plastic pollution overseen by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation also sees Burberry pledge to end plastic use entirely by 2025 throughout its supply chain.  

The fashion industry continues to advance its efforts in sustainability as the Better Cotton Initiative sources a record amount of sustainable cotton in 2018 (over 1 million metric tonnes)! Finally, luxury retailers are redefining the retail experience and recognizing the value of sustainability for customers as Selfridges says 50% of the products sold will be better for people and the planet by 2022, Farfetch hires a head of sustainability and Net-a-Porter is preparing to launch a series of sustainability initiatives later in 2019.

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