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Period: March 15, 2013 to April 15, 2013
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Unilever Proceeding Rapidly Toward Sustainability Goals

In a time of climate change, water scarcity, and rising populations, sustainable agriculture is increasingly important not only for managing business risk, but also for boosting brand marketability, according to Unilever. For example, last year Knorr was able to claim that a new soup launched in France included tomatoes sustainably grown in accordance with the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code. The company procures half of its raw materials from the farming and forestry industries, so sustainability is hugely important. Unilever says it is now sourcing 36 percent of its agricultural raw materials sustainably. Significant progress has been made in raw materials such as palm oil, vanilla, sugar and sunflower oil.

"Unilever Sources Over 1/3 of Agricultural Raw Materials Sustainably While Growing Business", News release, Unilever, April 02, 2013

Walmart’s Sustainability Blog Gets A Facelift

Launched a year ago, Walmart’s “Green Room” blog site – providing information on the retailer’s sustainability efforts – was meant to encourage a dialogue on sustainability with consumers and industry experts. The company has launched a more “robust” version of the blog that encourages visitors to share ideas on creating a sustainable world. The site features a cleaner design with improved navigation, more photos, videos and slideshows that illustrate sustainability topics and company news. Enhanced social sharing tools include interactive polls and quizzes, and mobile optimization.

"Walmart Launches New Look for The Green Room", News release, Walmart, April 02, 2013

Nestlé’s Investment In European Facilities Continues To Expand

Nestlé has opened a £35 million water bottling factory in Buxton, U.K., that will bottle natural mineral water and Nestlé Pure Life spring water. The new factory is another in the company’s strategic investments in European production facilities. Last year, Nestlé spent £200 million to refurbish its Product Technology Centre for confectionery in York, U.K., and £38 million to enlarge a Purina factory in Hungary. The company also built a Nespresso factory in Switzerland and a Nescafé Dolce Gusto factory in Germany. Last year, Nestlé announced a £ 310 million investment in its coffee manufacturing business in Tutbury, Derbyshire, creating 425 new jobs.

"Nestlé boosts investment in Europe with new factory in the UK", News release, Nestlé, March 14, 2013

Companies, Organizations  

Johnson & Johnson's Credo Guides Its Sustainability Efforts

Johnson & Johnson's sustainability efforts are guided by the company's 70-year old Credo of responsibilities to customers, employees, communities, and stockholders, according to Elizabeth Lascelle, senior director of Environmental, Health, and Safety. Established through the company's Healthy Future 2015 initiative, the sustainability program includes a set of objectives that highlight the company's approach to sustainability and to reducing its environmental impact. Also, the initiative involves innovating in product formulation and packaging aimed at making products more environment-friendly.

"J&J says its approach to sustainability begins with the consumer", Cosmetics Design, April 11, 2013

Procter & Gamble Announces 44 Of Its Factories Worldwide Produce Zero Waste

Procter & Gamble will announce that 44 of its manufacturing facilities in 20 countries produce zero waste. Efforts to reduce waste as a company-wide strategy began when a team in Frankfurt, Germany, noticed how much P&G was spending on waste management and proposed that leveraging scale of its purchasing could help reduce waste-related costs. P&G transformed the team into a global task force focused on creating solutions to reuse the 4 percent of materials that were turning into waste. Examples of recycling efforts include reformulation of 600 tonnes of excess Fairy detergent into industrial cleaners for road signs and trucks and transformation of razor cartridges from the Venus line of disposable razors into broom handles.

"Proctor & Gamble and the case of the disappearing waste", Business Green, April 02, 2013

6 Ahold USA Stores Earn LEED Certification

Progressive Grocer, April 02, 2013

Marketing & Advertising  

Jason Brand Supports Earth Day Network's Tree-Planting Project

Hain Celestial Group's Jason brand of natural personal care products partnered with Earth Day Network's Canopy Project to promote tree planting in different countries. Jason will host a program on its Facebook page, allowing consumers to take part in celebrating Earth Day by doing their part in helping the environment. Running from April 1 to 30, 2013, the program will sponsor a tree to be planted by the Canopy Project for every "Like" the Facebook page receives. After having planted more than 1.5 million trees in 18 countries, the Canopy Project aims to plan 10 million more trees.

"JASON® Brand Joins Earth Day Network's Canopy Project, Encourages Consumers To "Like" Their Way To A Greener World", Hain Celestial, April 03, 2013

Walmart Launches Sustainability-Promoting Web Site

Walmart launched The Walmart Green Room blog to promote global sustainability best practices. Designed and developed by digital content creation company Rain, the online platform aims to create a "more sustainable world" to help people improve their lives. Featuring contests and online surveys, the Web site aims to develop sustainable idea sharing between Walmart and the blog's readers.

"Walmart’s Award Winning ‘Green Room’ Blog Creates Online Platform for Global Sustainability Conversation", Business Wire, March 26, 2013

Ben And Jerry’s Launches Interactive Sustainable Business Workshop

Food & Drink Innovation Network, April 09, 2013


L'Oréal Joins Industry's Call For Government Action On Climate Change In The United States

L'Oréal joined a group of leading companies and consumer brands to call on the United States government to address issues and concerns related to climate change. In 2012, the company's efforts to manage and reduce its carbon emissions resulted in L'Oréal's inclusion in the Carbon Disclosure Project Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. L'Oréal was also named as leader in the household products sector by ClimateCounts, citing the company's achievements in managing its carbon emissions.

"L'Oreal Signs The Climate Declaration In Support Of Climate Change Policy ", PRNewswire, April 10, 2013

Procter & Gamble, Other FMCG Companies Claim Surpassing Sustainability Targets

Procter & Gamble, United Biscuits, and British American Tobacco announced they were years ahead in achieving their respective sustainability targets. Aside from claiming success in cutting carbon emissions, the companies also said they have made progress in reducing water usage, waste to landfill, and other outputs. For its part, Procter & Gamble said 45 of its global production sites produce zero waste. United Biscuits announced it has gone beyond its sustainability targets for 2012, which include reducing water use by 52 percent from 2007 levels, way ahead its target of a 45 percent reduction by 2020. Also, British American Tobacco claimed it was ahead of schedule in its program seeking to eliminate the use of natural forest by 2015.

"Procter & Gamble, United Biscuits and British American Tobacco 'way ahead' on green targets", The Grocer, April 05, 2013

The 5 Commandments of Product Sustainability

Environmental Leader , March 27, 2013

Hershey to Source 10% Certified Cocoa by Year’s End

Environmental Leader, March 25, 2013

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