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Period: February 15, 2014 to March 1, 2014
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Swiss Chocolate Maker Completes Buyout Of African Cocoa Bean Supplier

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has bought the remaining 51 percent of its stake in long-time certified cocoa beans suppler Biolands Group of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Biolands has been supplying East and West African cocoa beans to the chocolate maker since 2000. Barry Callebaut has owned 49 percent of the company since 2008. The company said the Biolands acquisition fits well with its strategy of becoming a leader in sustainable cocoa and of gaining access to individual farmers in addition to cooperatives.

"Barry Callebaut takes over remaining 51% of certified bean supplier Biolands", Barry-Callebaut, February 19, 2014

Second Cargill Oil Palm Plantation In Indonesia Wins Sustainability Certification

A Cargill Indonesian oil palm plantation has been certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The plantation in West Kalimantan, PT Harapan Sawit Lestari, is the second certification for a Cargill plantation in the country, after one in South Sumatra. The company said a third plantation in West Kalimantan is in the process of being RSPO certified. The RSPO is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative on sustainable palm oil, comprising environmental and social NGOs, growers, manufacturers and retailers of palm oil products.

"Cargill’s West Kalimantan plantation receives RSPO certification", News release, Cargill, February 18, 2014

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Unilever Joins Global Forest Watch To Help Fight Deforestation

Unilever joined the Global Forest Watch, an organization that aims to provide a dynamic online monitoring and alert system to help protect the world’s remaining forests. Global Forest Watch’s forest-protection objectives are in line with the company’s sustainability targets, which include making the palm oil it uses 100 percent traceable to known suppliers by 2014 and sustainably source all soy beans by 2014 and all soy oils by 2020. Global Forest Watch integrates satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to provide access to reliable information about forests in real time.

"Unilever signs up to Global Forest Watch", Unilever, February 21, 2014

Wal-Mart CEO Urges Employees, Suppliers To Become Sustainability Trailblazers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. CEO Doug McMillon called on employees and suppliers to innovate during the retailer’s 2014 Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting. During his speech, McMillon recalled then CEO Lee Scott’s announcement of the company’s sustainability goals 10 years ago. While acknowledging that Wal-Mart has made significant achievements in terms of sustainability, McMillion said the next huge step will likely be driven by innovations based on a total-system approach. He challenged employees and suppliers to come up with ways they could help the retailer advance its sustainability agenda.

"McMillon challenges Wal-Mart and suppliers in ongoing sustainability push", The City Wire , February 17, 2014

Hello® Receives Leaping Bunny Certification

PR Newswire, February 27, 2014

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