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November 1 - 3 - 2020, Hangzhou, China.

Hallbars exhibits Sustainability Reports posters in Hangzhou, China.

Hallbars has been invited to exhibit its Sustainability Reports posters November 1 to 3, 2020, at the 5th Global Entrepreneurial Forum in Hangzhou, China. It is the yearly reunion of private entrepreneurs of China, from giant Wahaha to start-ups. Last year there were 6500 visitors, including Hallbars.


The Forum has strong support and presence from the State institutions, from national, regional and local levels. Special attention is given to entrepreneurs from the One Belt One Road Initiative. There are high level foreigners, including ambassadors. The theme this year is "Great Changes, Great Opportunities, Great Development". The event takes place in the impressive International Expo Center built for the G20 Summit  of 2016. The main sponsor this year is Maotai, the distilled spirit of China.


Hangzhou was the capital of China at the time of Marco Polo, who spent much time there. The XiHu West Lake is an unforgetable experience.  Hangzhou is also a pionneer for the 21st century, with thriving businesses, including Alibaba headquartered there. Hangzhou has retained for many years the title of number one Sustainable City in China.

Leifeng Pagoda, XiHu West Lake

Longjing Tea Museum, XiHu West Lake, Hangzhou (Photo: Zhang YaPing 2019)

Alfred Nobel House, Karlskoga, Sweden - 21 October 2020

BOSCH Awards Celebration

Photo : Anneli Lyckerborn, director of Alfred Nobel House Björkborn,  and Pelle Agorelius, CEO of Hallbars Research Institute, with the Bosch Susustainability Report and the Best in the World Certificate.

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Bosch Sustainability Report is the number 1 in the world, in a competition with 702 participants from 78 countries, all from the Food & Drink sector. Bosch from Germany is number 1 in all categories, with LVMH from France number 2 , and Vina Concha y Toro is number 3.

Alfred Nobel House, Karlskoga, Sweden - 21 October 2020

LVMH Awards Celebration

Linn and Pelle from Hallbars Research Institute celebrated with Alfred Nobel and Moet champagne the best in the World award of LVMH Sustainability Report. The LVMH report took the second place on the podium of the  Best in the World in all categories, in a competition with 702 reports from 78 countries, from the Food and Drink sector. First place went to Bosch of Germany, Third place to Vina Concha y Toro from Chile.

Alfred Nobel House, Karlskoga, Sweden - 21 October 2020

Viña Concha y Toro,  Awards Celebration

Photo : Linn and Pelle from Hallbars Research Institute celebrating the Best in the World Award for the Sustainability Report of Viña Concha y Toro in the Hallbars Awards 2020. Viña Concha y Toro took the third place on the podium for the thee best in the world in all categories, in an intense competition with 702 reports from 78 countries, all from the Food and Drink sector.

Hallbars Awards 2020

Alfred Nobel House, Karlskoga, Sweden - 21 October 2020

Film has the Oscars, Sustainability now has the Hallbars.

Hallbars means Sustainable in Swedish. The first Hallbars Sustainability Reports Awards will be announced on October 21 at Alfred Nobel House Björkborn in Karlskoga, Sweden. Hallbars is an international research institute focusing on annual sustainability reports, with headquarters in Sweden, and an international  team based in France, Spain and China. The event will be presided by Governor Maria Larsson, Chair of Alfred Nobel Björkborn Foundation. Björkborn is the manor of Alfred Nobel, in the birch tree path, translation of its name in Swedish.


Given the pandemic restrictions, the Hallbars Awards 2020 will be strictly online. The results will be posted on www.hallbars.org on October 21. There will be a celebration feast in Alfred Nobel private dining room in the manor for the sponsors and partners.


Hallbars is already planning for a big event for 2021, when hopefully the world will recover from the pandemic. The 2021 Hallbars Awards will take place on October 21, 2021 in the Blue Room of Stockholm TownHall, where the Nobel Prize banquet takes place on December 10, the date of Alfred Nobel death . October 21 is the date of Alfred Nobel birthday. The Blue  Room has a capacity of 1300 for the October 21, 2021 Hallbars Banquet  There will also be a private celebration feast at Alfred Nobel Björkborn manor.

Alfred Nobel dining room, Karlskoga  (Photo Pelle Agorelius)

October 16 - 2020.

Hallbars is celebrating of FAO World Food Day


In celebration of World Food Day (WFD) 2020, Uno Agorelius, a thirteen-year-old from Grythyttan, Sweden, printed the WFD Activity Book “Food Heroes” to include it in the first world exhibition of Food & Drink Sustainability reports, at the Alfred Nobel Museum in Karlskoga, Sweden. The exhibition focuses on sustainability in the food and drink sector, and this year’s WFD Activity Book explores a similar theme. Uno will promote the exhibition so that his classmates and their families visit it and will be able to see the WFD Activity Book prominently on display!

October 14, 2020

Sustainable Development Goals – Publishers Compact

Players from across the publishing industry are being invited to pledge their commitment to the future by signing a new Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact, launched today at the start of Frankfurter Buchmesse. The compact features 10 action points that publishers, publishing associations and others can commit to undertaking in order to accelerate progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Hallbars is an exhibitor at Frankfurt Book Fair 2020. Sustainability reports are books.

Frankfurt, October 14-18, 2020

Hallbars is an exhibitor at Frankfurt Book Fair 2020.

Sustainability reports are books.


For the first time, Hallbars is an exhibitor at Frankfurt Book Fair, for the online only edition of October 14-18, 2020.  Hallbars promotes Sustainability Reports for wider distribution, and readership, in English and other languages, to all  international stakeholders.  Frankfurt Book Fair is extremely important for books for business, universities and schools. Most international publlshers from those sectors are present.


Hallbars will promote Sustainability Reports and the food and drink sector. We will make a special event during the fair on October 16, for World Food Day, as organized by FAO for the United Nations, with their theme Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.


Hallbars is also an exhibitor at Beijing International Book Fair, BIBF, starting September 26. Frankfurt Book Fair and BIBF are the two most important and largest book fairs in the world for the trade, one the leader in the West and the other the leader in the East.

September 3 - 2020.

Sustainability Reports Exhibition at Alfred Nobel House Björkborn. 

Karlskoga, Sweden.

First international sustainability reports exhibition at Alfred Nobel Björkborn

" There is a tidal wave of Sustainability Reports ".


For the first time, International Sustainability Reports are exhibited at Alfred Nobel House Björkborn in Karlskoga, Sweden. for 2 months from September 3  to November 9, 2020.


As chair of the Alfred Nobel Björkborn Foundation, Governor Maria Larsson opened the exhibition on September 3. She said :

’Sustainability reports from the foods and drinks sectors are more important than we can ever imagine. They point out paths that leads us away from climate destruction and accelerate the sustainable development towards the food of the future. Alfred Nobel would have loved to browse through these reports, and perhaps in his laboratory he would have experimented a magic solution in the name of sustainability.’


The curator of the exhibition Pelle Agorelius said " Healing the planet is an emergency. The good news is that sustainability is very fast becoming the new norm for industries and institutions. Internationally, there is a tidal wave of sustainability reports that are becoming as important or more than financial annual reports."


The exhibition is at Alfred Nobel's Björkborn  manor in Karlskoga, his haven of peace in birchtree woods. He also had houses in Paris and San Remo, Italy. Karlskoga was legally chosen for his residence for his will establishing the Nobel prize because he kept his prized horses at his stables in Karlskoga. The stables have been converted in a comfortable cafe/ restaurant.

" The focus of the exhibition is food & drink", concluded Pelle Agorelius at the end of the tour of the exhibition. " Food is essential for our future, as evidenced by the Covid 19 pandemic. The exhibition shows the food & drink sector has embraced sustainability, becoming a benchmark for other sectors."


The exhibition is inside Alfred Nobel House Björkborn,  September 3 to November 9, 2020. It is included in the normal visit. Special professional Sustainability reports tours may be organized upon request with Pelle Agorelius, curator of the exhibition. The house has not changed since Alfred Nobel lived there. It is a surprisingly lively, informative, and entertaining visit, for all ages, thanks to experienced and talented guides.


The inauguration ended with the group pf officials going on a champagne hiking on the birch path (the Björkborn in Swedish) around the manor, led by Richard Juhlin, the wine expert.


www.nobelkarlskoga.se

www.hallbars.org


Information

Pelle Agorelius

pelle@hallbars.org

Tel + 46 70 6467577

September 26 - 30, 2020, Beijing, China.

Hallbars is an exhibitor at Beijing International Book Fair BIBF

Sustainability Reports are books. 

September 26 - 30, 2020, Beijing, China.


Sustainability Reports are books. 


For the first time, Hallbars is an exhibitor at Beijing International Book Fair BIBF starting Septmeber 26.  Hallbars promotes Sustainability Reports for wider distribution, in English and other languages, to all international stakeholders.  BIBF is the largest annual book fair in Asia, comparable to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Europe for the book  trade. BIBF is extremely  important for books for business, universities and schools. Most international publlshers from those sectors are present. There are for instance every year over 30 University Press from Japan. The top US and UK Publishers for Science and Technology would never miss the fair. The world digital publishing leaders come every year, with China a key market for online  publishing.  


Hallbars will promote Sustainability Reports with the masterlist open to all on its website. Since Hallbars has been listed online as an exhibitor to BIBF, there has been a strong increase in visitors from China to the Hallbars website. China is now among the top 5 countries for visitors to www.hallbars.org, showing the strong interest of Chinese for Sustainability.

August 6 - 2020

Press Conference Orebro Castle, Sweden

Launch of www.hallbars.org

The Exhibition of Sustainability Reports

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November 1 - 3 - 2020, Hangzhou, China.

Hallbars exhibits Sustainability Reports posters in Hangzhou, China.

Alfred Nobel House, Karlskoga, Sweden - 21 October 2020

Awards Celebration

Alfred Nobel House, Karlskoga, Sweden - 21 October 2020

Hallbars Awards 2020

October 16 - 2020.

Hallbars is celebrating FAO World Food Day

October 14, 2020

Sustainable Development Goals – Publishers Compact

Frankfurt, October 14-18, 2020

Hallbars is an exhibitor at Frankfurt Book Fair 2020.

September 26 - 30 - 2020, Beijing, China.

Hallbars is an exhibitor at Beijing International Book Fair BIBF

Sustainability Reports are books.

September 3 - 2020.

Sustainability Reports Exhibition at Alfred Nobel House Björkborn.

August 6 - 2020

Press Conference Orebro Castle, Sweden

Launch of www.hallbars.org

The Exhibition of Sustainability Reports

July 28 - 2020

AUDIT : Corporate Sustainability Reports

Food & Drink Sector

July 12 - 2020

Countries Ranking : Corporate Sustainability Reports

Food & Drink Sector

Photo : Ewa Hector Agorelius

August 6, 2020, Örebro, Sweden

Director Anneli Lyckerborn, with IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Climate Change Land. Summary for Policymakers.

Governor Maria Larsson, Chair of the Alfred Nobel Björkborn Foundation, with World Economic Forum Davos - Incentiving Food Transformation.

Curator Pelle Agorelius with RainForest Alliance - Our alliance in action.


Sustainability Reports have good news

"International Sustainability Reports show the keys to our future. They have good news " ,  says Governor Maria Larsson, Chair of Alfred Nobel Björkborn Foundation.


Launch of www.hallbars.org

The Exhibition of Sustainability Reports


On Thursday August 6, 2020, Governor Maria Larsson hosted a press conference at her residence, the castle of Örebro, as Chair of the Alfred Nobels Björkborn foundation. Anneli Lyckeborn, director of Alfred Nobel House and Per-Johan Agorelius made a presentation of the exhibition, and were interviewed. 


 "Alfred Nobel House Björkborn Museum welcomes the first international exhibition of Sustainability Reports " said in her introductory speech Governor Maria Larsson, Chair of the Foundation. " these reports show the keys to our future ".


Exhibition programme on www.hallbars.org


Sustainability Reports

"With the Covid 19 pandemic, we all need positive facts to look into the future. This is what the exhibition of Sustainability Reports provides." says Agorelius. These reports appeared in this century to complement the yearly financial information from corporations and institutions. They have multiplied since 2017 when the United Nations released the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. They bring together business and society, with science based facts. " Reading these reports shows a clear positive progress. It is most encouraging to see Sustainability promoted worldwide, says Agorelius.” This first international exhibition focuses on the Food & Drink sector, more essential than ever with the pandemic. Months of confinement revealed food heroes as well as health heroes. For the first time, visitors will be able to compare digital sustainability reports. Some digital reports were printed specially for the exhibition. Sustainability reports are books, they have authors, readers, a publisher, distribution and promotion, they are printed and digital.  Anneli explained "the Sustainability Reports will have their special room in the manor for two months in September and October. It will be included in the guided tours of the Alfred Nobel House and Museum, which have proven so popular both with Swedes and foreigners. "


Alfred Nobel House Björkborn

" Books were very important for Alfred Nobel, as can be seen in the books in special furniture at the manor" says Anneli.  Alfred Nobel purchased the Björkborn manor for its comfort, as well as the magnificent views from its terrace. Björkborn in Swedish means path of the birch trees, which goes back to medieval times when it was the path used to carry freight and boats to avoid the rapids on the Karlskoga river. The big stables of the manor  were important for Alfred Nobel, for horses were his prized indulgence. The stables have been converted into a comfortable cafe / restaurant , where the birthday of Alfred Nobel will be celebrated October 21, an important day during the exhibition. 


The exhibition will be September 3 to November 9, 2020

July 28 - 2020

AUDIT : Corporate Sustainability Reports

Food & Drink Sector

157 audited reports / 509 Food & Drink corporation reports = 30%

When signed, it is Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC for over 95%.

SMETA is not included here, see bellow.


Europe :   71 / 212 reports with audit credit  = 33%

Asia :  17 / 66 reports with audit credit = 26%

North America : 7 / 48 reports with audit credit = 14%


Ranking follow the Top 12 countries 

Ranking  by number of reports


USA : 6 / 40 reports with audit credit = 15%

Germany :  4 / 36  reports with audit credit = 11%

Sweden : 15 / 25 reports with audit credit  =  60%

France : 6 / 24 reports with audit credit = 25%

Netherlands :  5 / 23 reports with audit credit = 22%

China :  1 / 22 reports with audit credit = 5%

Switzerland : 5 / 19 reports with audit credit = 26%

United Kingdom : 7 / 19 reports with audit credit = 37%

Australia : 10 / 19 reports with audit credit =  53%

Brazil : 6 / 15 reports with audit credit = 40% 

Japan :   6 /1 5 reports with audit credit =  40%

Denmark : 5 / 13 reports with audit credit = 38%

India : 8 / 13 reports with audit credit = 61%


Ranking by % of audit credit:

Ranking by number of audited reports


Sweden 16 / 25 reports with audit credit  =  64%

India : 8 / 13 reports with audit credit = 61%

Australia : 10 / 19 reports with audit credit = 53%

Brazil : 6 / 15 reports with audit credit = 40 %

Japan :   6 / 1 5 reports with audit credit =  40%

Denmark : 5 / 13 reports with audit credit = 38%

United Kingdom : 7 / 19 reports with audit credit = 37%

Switzerland : 5 / 19 reports with audit credit = 26%

France : 6 / 24  reports with audit credit = 25%

Netherlands :  5 / 23 reports with audit credit = 22%

USA : 6 / 40 reports with audit credit = 15%

Germany :  4 / 36 reports with audit credit = 11%

China :  1 / 22 reports with audit credit = 5%


Auditors Ranking:


PwC

N°1 in the World . ( 44 / 157 )

N°1 in the World for Beverage. ( 15 / 49 )

N°1 in Europe. ( 28 / 71 )

N°1 in Europe for Spirits.  ( 6 / 8 )


KPMG

N°1  in Asia Pacific . ( 16 / 41 )

N°1  in the World for Beer. ( 6 / 10 )

N°1  in the World for Food Retailing ( 4 / 14 )


Deloitte

N°1 in the World for Agri-Business. ( 6/ 16 )

N°1 in the World for Appliance Manufacturing ( 3 / 7 )


Ernst & Young

N°1  in the World for Dairy.  ( 4 / 13 )

N°1 in the World for Beverage without Alcohol (Water, Soft-Drink, Milk, Tea,  Coffee)  ( 10/30)

N°1  in the World for Tea in Asia.  ( 3 / 5 )


SMETA - Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit:

SMETA is not included in the above


60 / 509 corporations of our list use SMETA audit  = 12%


Mostly Agriculture Corporations :


Fruits & Vegetables & Spice  :  9 / 21 = 42 %

Agri-Business  : 7 / 19 = 36 %

Sugar : 5 / 16 = 31 %

Farming : 4 / 13 = 30%


EUROPE : 30 / 60 = 50%  of corporations on our list using  SMETA  are European

SOUTH AMERICA :  16 / 60 = 26 %   of corporations on our list using   SMETA are South American


July 12 - 2020

Countries Ranking : Corporate Sustainability Reports

Top 12 countries in number of quality Sustainability Reports:


1 / USA / 40

2 / Germany / 36

3 / Sweden / 25

4 / France / 24

5 / Netherlands / 23

6 / China / 22

7 / Switzerland / 19

7 / United Kingdom / 19

7 / Australia / 19

10 / Brazil / 15

10/ Japan / 15

12 / Denmark / 13

12 / India / 13

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