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Period: July 1, 2013 to July 15, 2013
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Tenth Indonesia Palm Oil Processing Plant Will Help Unilever Achieve Sustainability Goals

Unilever has broken ground on the construction of a Rp 1.4 trillion ($140.4 million) palm oil processing plant in the Sei Mangkei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North Sumatra (Indonesia), its tenth plant in the country. The new plant, expected to be fully operational in 2014, will be run by the PT Unilever Oleochemical Indonesia subsidiary. Unilever in 2010 set a goal of sourcing 100 percent of the palm sustainably by 2015. The target was reached in 2012. Company officials say the new plant will help Unilever achieve a new goal of purchasing all palm oil sustainably from certified, traceable sources by 2020.

"Unilever breaks ground on Indonesia plant for sustainable palm oil", Cosmetics Design , July 11, 2013

Coca-Cola, Britvic, Other Soft Drink Companies Join UK's Industry Sustainability Initiative

UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs launched the Soft Drinks Sustainability Roadmap, with half of the country’s leading soft drink manufacturers and suppliers, such as Coca-Cola and Britvic, among its first partners. Aimed at reducing the soft drink industry’s environmental footprint, the study will also come up with recommendations on how to make the industry more environment-friendly. Based on analysis by consulting firm Best Foot Forward, the roadmap determined the country’s soft drink industry supply chain accounts for 4.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. It also highlights the industry’s five key impacts on the environment, such as growing and processing of fruit and sugar and packaging materials.

"Coca-Cola, Britvic Join Soft Drink Sustainability Roadmap", Environmental Leader, July 01, 2013


Unilever Launches Rail-Enabled Green Express Sustainable Logistics Program

Unilever launched its Green Express sustainable logistics initiative as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions across its supply chain. As part of the program, Unilever will ship its products by rail instead of using the road network. With its initial stage launched in Italy, with the company’s Green Express train making its first ice cream delivery, the project is part of Unilever’s sustainable living plan.

"Unilever takes to rail logistics for supply chain carbon gains", Edie.net, July 08, 2013

The Body Shop Reports Strong Sales And Profits In 2012

Beauty retailer The Body Shop said sales grew 2.7 percent to £431.7 million in the year ending December 29, 2012, while pre-tax profits increased 3.7 percent to £51.1 during the same period. In 2012, the company launched a rebranding initiative, which highlighted the company’s focus on sustainability and ethical supply chain. Also, the company added 89 stores to increase its total shop count to 2,837 worldwide and launched its environment-friendly store format, the Body Shop Pulse Boutique to more than 300 branches.

"The Body Shop posts healthy results after makeover", Insider Media, July 05, 2013

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