S & S News: The Week in Highlights 11.05.2019

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.

Moving through May, this week sees the publication of the Intergovernmental report on biodiversity mapping eco system changes including 50% of live coral cover on reefs has been lost since the 1870s. The EU promises to up its nature budget following its deficit accounting for 7% of the world’s population and using 20% of its biocapacity. 

Cambridge leads the research agenda as launches a centre for Climate Repair in a bid to refreeze the poles and green our oceans. 

In the UK, the future generation face fumes as a study depicts that air pollution on streets is poisoning 2.6 million schoolchildren. On this tangent, the UN’s Climate Change Teach Programme reaches England as the first climate change teacher begins work in Essex! 

Although a climate emergency was declared last week, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have found that global sales of drinks containers are set to reach 1.9 trillion in 2019 an increase from 1.6 trillion in 2015 demonstrating a misalignment of objectives from the government. 

Elsewhere, the Charity sector struggles with a crisis of trust as the proportion of the public who gave money directly to charities in 2018 dropped to 57%, from 61% in 2016. 

Fast fashion retailers continue to chase the cheapest production in their global value chains as outsourcing grows in Africa with Ethiopian workers being paid less than £5 from high street brands.
Rent the Runway expands its retail distribution pinning the success a shared economy can bring to fashion sustainability and the lucrative nature of rental retail.

Finally, the Godfather of Gucci Gang, Kering Group settle £1.07 billion tax debacle following claims the international luxury conglomerate failed to pay taxes from 2011-2017. 

UN: Western lifestyles must change to avoid catastrophe, says UN via The Times 


Nature crisis: Humans ‘threaten 1m species with extinction via BBC 


Stop eating fish. It’s the only way to save the life in our seas via Guardian

Leicester: A city fighting fast-fashion sweatshops via BBC


Today, the EU has used up nature’s budget for the year via EuraActiv


Cutting waste will help planet to feed 10 billion people by 2050 via The Times


Runaway consumption: 2tn drinks containers being used every year via Guardian


Air pollution on streets is poisoning 2.6m schoolchildren via The Times


Fewer Britons donate to charities after scandals erode trust via Guardian


Refreezing the poles and greening the oceans: Centre for Climate Repair launches in Cambridge via Business Green


Meet the UK’s first Climate Change Teacher via Business Green


Why Investors Must Focus On The Mental Health Needs Of Company Founders via Forbes


How Sustainable Lingerie Brand Kala Aims To Disrupt The 50 Billion Dollar Industry via Forbes


Rent the Runway opens largest-ever store as it looks beyond clothing via Vogue Business


Fashion’s Sustainability Efforts Are Stalling via Business of Fashion


Pixie Geldof on why ‘greenwashing’ needs to stop  via Glamour


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