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Period: February 1, 2013 to February 15, 2013
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Partnership Promotes Coconut Sustainability In Philippines

U.S. food producer and marketer Cargill has partnered with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and chemical company BASF to develop a certified sustainable coconut oil supply chain in the Philippines. The goal of the partnership, which is co-financed by a German government agency, is to enhance sustainability and improve the livelihoods of 2,500 coconut growers by improving productivity and coconut oil quality. The initiative provides farmers with newly designed coconut dryers to improve the quality of copra (coconut meat) and coconut oil, and provides better access to health insurance. About 3.5 million hectares are dedicated to coconut production in the Philippines, a quarter of the total agricultural land.

"Partnership Sets Out Path to Certified Sustainable Coconut Oil in the Philippines", Cargill, February 05, 2013

Multinational Companies In India Are Committed To Buying Palm Oil From Sustainable Sources

A commitment to creating sustainable supply chains is driving multinational companies to encourage producers of palm oil in Malaysia and Indonesia to adopt sustainable production methods. Indian companies that buy palm oil include Godrej Industries, Hindustan Unilever, Adani Wilmar, and Ruchi Soya. They are among 20 multinationals whose goal is to eventually buy only palm oil that originates from plantations certified as sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).Unilever, for example, has set a target of purchasing palm oil only from traceable sources by 2020.

"Eco-friendly Palm oil, a new mantra for sustainability", The Economic Times, February 02, 2013

Companies, Organizations  

SC Johnson Joins Mexico's Wind Farm Program To Increase Renewable Energy Use At Toluca Factory

SC Johnson said it has joined the wind farm program of Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad. Part of the company’s efforts to increase its sustainability, SC Johnson’s participation in the program will allow it to increase its use of renewable energy by 65 percent to about 86 percent of total power use at its facility in Toluca, Mexico. Also, it will decrease the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent. Other sustainability initiatives of the company include the use of wind turbines at its largest manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, and the use of waste palm shells as a fuel source to heat water for mosquito coil production at its Medan facility in Indonesia.

"SC Johnson Mexico to Use Wind Energy to Produce Trusted Household Products like Glade and Pledge", SC Johnson, February 12, 2013

Henkel Recognizes Top Suppliers And Partners

Henkel honored five of its suppliers for their “outstanding cooperation,” at the 2013 American Cleaning Institute Annual Meeting and Industry Convention in Orlando, Florida. Novozymes and Dow Corning received Henkel’s Best Innovation Contributor Award, while the Henkel Sustainability Award went to Monosol and Evonik Industries. Ashland received the Best Supply Performance Award. Henkel’s corporate senior vice president of global purchasing, Bertrand Conquéret in expressing his company’s appreciation, said, “A close strategic partnership with our core suppliers enables us to leverage the full potential in all our businesses.”

"Henkel presents awards to outstanding suppliers", Henkel, January 31, 2013

Coca-Cola launch PET recycling project

Daily News, February 07, 2013

Eco-friendly Palm oil, a new mantra for sustainability

The Economic Times, February 02, 2013

Truvia lays out sustainability goals

Newhope 360, February 01, 2013

Marketing & Advertising  

Unilever Joins Metro In Promoting Deodorants With Smaller Packaging

Unilever partnered with Metro magazine to launch a marketing campaign for the personal care company’s range of compressed deodorants. As part of the campaign, a 24-page downsized edition of the Metro magazine will be launched on February 11, 2013. With a distribution of 300,000, the mini-magazine will include an advertorial highlighting the environmental benefits of compressed deodorants and a story focusing on the rise pro-sustainability consumers.

"Metro and Unilever join forces for compressed mini edition", The Drum, February 08, 2013

Walmart, Mother Nature Network Launch Twitter Campaign For Sustainability

Walmart partnered with Mother Nature Network to launch a campaign promoting sustainability on Twitter. As part of the campaign, the partners launched a contest inviting consumers to share ideas and innovations on Twitter for a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card. Every first Wednesday of the month, a new contest will be announced.

"Walmart and Mother Nature Network Take Search for Sustainability Ideas to Twittersphere", Walmart, February 06, 2013

Unilever’s Universe

Happi, February 07, 2013

Customers and sustainability - ways towards a better understanding

Industry Voice/Business Green, January 15, 2013


Natural And Organic Cosmetics And Personal Care Market Grows Slower In 2012

Annual growth rate for the global natural and organic cosmetics and toiletries market slowed to 7–9 percent in 2012, according to Organic Monitor. In 2011, the global market was valued at $9.1 billion and today still attracts manufacturers. Europe and North America, which is dominated by natural cosmetics, are the two largest markets. Decline in demand in Europe is the main cause for the global market's slowdown. Asia's market is growing at double-digit levels, while the North American market is recovering from the adverse effects of the 2007–2009 financial crisis. Investment in new products has continued, with 6,999 all natural and organic beauty and personal care product launches recorded in 2012, according to Mintel.

"Natural/Organic Has Room to Grow", Happi, February 07, 2013

Unilever Reduces Size Of Deodorant Packaging To Enhance Sustainability

Unilever said it reduced the size of packaging of its deodorant products to make them more environment-friendly. Deodorants made by the company, including Sure and Dove brands, will be available in 75-milliliter cans instead of the previous 150ml containers. Unilever, however, assured consumers that they will get the same amount of deodorant as before from the new packaging, which the company claims contains less gas and less aluminum. Also, the new packaging means deodorants occupy less space and are easier and cost less to transport.

"Your deodorant shrinks... but the price doesn't! Firm reduces size of cans in bid to be green", Daily Mail, February 04, 2013

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