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Period: June 1, 2013 to June 15, 2013
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Simple Green Launches Flagship Cleaning Product With New, More Environment-Friendly Packaging

Simple Green redesigned the packaging of its Concentrated Non-toxic All Purpose Cleaner environment-friendly cleaning product. Aimed at making the product more sustainable, the redesigned bottle includes a larger label and an ergonomic, easy-to-use shape the company claims helps prevent hand fatigue. Simple Green is the first company in the United States to adopt an advanced trigger spray technology developed by MeadWestVaco. Made from ingredients that include post-consumer recycled plastic, the bottle's new trigger lets users dispense the cleaner either as foam or the usual liquid spray.

"Green Gets a Makeover: How Simple Green became a bit greener", Happi, May 28, 2013

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Unilever Joins UAE Retailer To Promote Water Conservation And Waste Management In The Country

Unilever partnered with United Arab Emirates-based retailer Choithram to launch a campaign promoting water conservation and waste management. Aimed at providing consumers with water conservation and recycling tips, the campaign will also distribute 40,000 environment-friendly shopping bags across the retailer's 10 main branches across the Dubai and Abu Dhabi emirates. Also, the campaign offers to pay the monthly utility bill of 30 lucky shoppers. Unilever's participation in the campaign is part of the consumer goods company's Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to reduce the company's environmental impact by half by 2020. For its part, Choithram's sustainability efforts include reducing unnecessary packaging and installing energy-efficient refrigeration and lighting equipment.

"Unilever, Choithram join hands to educate consumers on water conservation", AMEinfo, June 11, 2013

Cargill Expands Sustainable Cocoa Lineup

Cargill announced its Gerkens, Peter's, Wilbur, and Veliche chocolate brands are now available with sustainability and fair-trading certification options, including UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and Fairtrade certification. Part of the company's expansion of its sustainable cocoa product portfolio, the products highlight the company's commitment of support for sustainable cocoa and chocolate via its Cargill Cocoa Promise initiative. Also, as part of the initiative, Cargill is training farmers in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana and is likely to achieve its target of sourcing more than 100,000 tons of certified sustainable cocoa beans from Côte d'Ivoire by 2015.

"Cargill extends range of certified sustainable cocoa products in North America", Cargill, June 05, 2013

Market News  

New Bottling Plant Signals Increased Long-Term Investment By Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola has opened its first bottling plant in Myanmar in 60 years, signaling a long-term investment commitment in the country. The move comes after Myanmar lifted sanctions and enacted a Foreign Investment Law, opening the country to economic involvement by multinational companies. Coca-Cola said it expects to invest $200 million in the country over five years, increasing production capacity, enhancing sales and distribution, and improving marketing and people capacities. The new bottling plant will churn out Coca-Cola and Sprite in 425ml plastic bottles with scripted Myanmar labels. The company aims to reach more than 100,000 outlets across the country in the next six months.

"Coca-Cola Starts Local Production in Myanmar", The Coca-Cola Company , June 04, 2013

Ethical Behavior Of Corporations Is Important For Significant Number Of Affluent Consumers In UK, Study Shows

In the UK, 11 percent of affluent consumers said it is important that companies act ethically and that they are willing to pay more for environment-friendly products, according to results of Kantar Media's Premier TGI study. Also, these consumers are 55 percent more likely to re-use empty items, including bottles and jars, and are 46 percent more likely to take steps to reduce their use of gas and electricity at home. Results of the study also showed these consumers are 65 percent more likely to cite social responsibility as their motivation to work and do business. TV networks BBC and Channel 4 and corporations The Body Shop and John Lewis are among these consumers' top companies and brands in terms of corporate responsibility and ethical behavior.

"Understanding Britain's upmarket ethical consumers", Marketing Magazine , May 29, 2013


Unilever Joins U.S. Food Waste Control Initiative

Unilever joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other founding participants to launch the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, a program seeking to address food waste in the country. During the launch of the initiative, Unilever announced that, with its Zero Waste to Landfills program, it hit its target of zero non-hazardous waste to landfill, including food waste, from its 22 factories in the country. Also, Unilever said it sourced 36 percent of its agricultural raw materials from sustainable suppliers and producers in 2012.

"Unilever Commits to U.S. Food Waste Challenge as Founding Participant", Business Wire, June 04, 2013

SC Johnson Receives Award In Wisconsin For Clean Air Efforts

SC Johnson was recognized by the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air for the company's efforts to improve air quality. A coalition of Wisconsin-based businesses, community organizations, schools, government agencies, WPCA presented the award to SC Johnson at the 2013 Clean Air Extravaganza, an event celebrating the achievements of local businesses and groups in pushing for better air quality. Some of SC Johnson's environment-friendly efforts include reducing its use of fossil fuels by installing two 415-foot wind turbines and setting up three SWIFT mini-wind turbines on the roof of the company's sales office in Lowell, Arkansas.

"SC Johnson Honored for Commitment to Improve Air Quality", SC Johnson, May 30, 2013

RB Sustainability Report 2012

Reckitt Benckiser, June 04, 2013

Greenpeace welcomes leading retailers' commitment

Fish Info & Services, May 31, 2013

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