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Period: October 1, 2014 to October 15, 2014
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Climate Change Is Intensifying Destructive Impact Of Coffee Rust

Scientists worry that climate change could be intensifying and accelerating the cycle of wet years and drought in coffee-growing countries that spurs the spread of coffee rust. Especially affected is Brazil’s Arabica coffee tree, responsible for 70 percent of the two billion cups consumed globally every day. Coffee growers have battled coffee rust – a devastating  fungus that has caused $1 billion in economic damage in Latin America since 2012 – for centuries. But climate change is making it worse, and could drive the price of coffee up, and push growers to switch to the climate resistant, but bitter, Robusta coffee bean. “If things continue like this, maybe 50 years from now, we’ll all be tea drinkers,” one industry observer says.

"The Future Of Coffee Looks Bitter And Pricey, Courtesy Of Climate Change", Fast Company, August 20, 2014

Companies, Organizations  

Unilever Calls For Bolder Sustainability And Climate Change Targets In Europe

Unilever called on the European Member States to adopt a stronger position on sustainability and climate change. Joining 10 other companies, Unilever proposed a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal higher than 40 percent and called on the European countries, which will meet on October 23 and 24, 2014, to adopt a 40 percent renewable energy objective by 2030. Energy efficiency target should be set at 40 percent, the company also said.

"Unilever calls for more ambitious energy and GHG emissions targets", Unilever , October 14, 2014

P&G Adds Water Conservation And Packaging To Its Sustainability Goals

Procter & Gamble Company said it has expanded its sustainability goals in order to conserve resources, protect the environment, and improve the social conditions of low-income people while offering consumers value with their favorite brands and products.  P&G is constantly seeking to “improve the environmental sustainability of its products across the manufacturing, packaging, and delivery stages, according to Martin Riant, the company's executive sponsor of sustainability and group president of its Global Baby and Feminine & Family Care unit. In addition to the company's 12 sustainability goals, P&G said it will put emphasis on water conservation and product packaging.

"P&G Expands Sustainability Goals to Conserve Resources, Protect Environment", Procter & Gamble, October 13, 2014

Coca-Cola Releases 2013/2014 Global Sustainability Report

The Coca-Cola Company, September 30, 2014

HUL recognized with Porter Prize 2014

Unilever, September 30, 2014

Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

National Public Radio, September 25, 2014

Press Release  

Henkel Receives Award For Sustainability Efforts In France

Henkel France was honored at the LSA Award for Diversity and CSR for its efforts to promote environmental responsibility. As part of the global parent company's sustainability strategy, Henkel France is implementing the Factor 3 in France, an initiative aimed at engaging all of the company's teams and managers in the country. Henkel's global sustainability program seeks to “triple the value that it creates” compared with the cost of the company's impact on the environment.

"Henkel France scoops award", Henkel, October 13, 2014

Unilever Partners With Non-Profit Group Collectively To Promote Sustainability

Unilever joined forces with non-profit content organization Collectively to help promote sustainable living. By sharing stories about sustainability-related ideas and innovations, Collectively aims to transform sustainability from a mere ideal into a concrete reality. Targeting people 18-30 years old, the online platform seeks to encourage this demographic group to adopt environment-friendly lifestyles by maximizing their well-being while reducing their impact on the environment to the minimum. The group also works with other leading brands, including Coca-Cola, Google, and Facebook.

"Unilever champions shift to sustainable living with Collectively launch", Unilever, October 07, 2014

Henkel And Partners Work To Reduce Environmental Footprint Of New Products

Henkel is reducing the environmental footprint of its new products in collaboration with industry partners and specialists. Part of the company's sustainability efforts, the initiative requires every new product to contribute to at least one of the company's sustainability focus areas, which are performance, social progress, health and safety, energy and climate, water and wastewater, and materials and waste. Often, the partnership begins in product development, as the program aims to “understand customer and consumer needs and develop cutting-edge innovations”.

"Henkel delivers sustainable solutions with partners", Henkel, October 06, 2014

Sustainability: A shared task

Henkel, September 25, 2014

Products & Brands  

Procter & Gamble Joins Forces With DuPont To Replace Corn-Based Ethanol With Cellulosic Ethanol In Tide Detergent

Procter & Gamble partnered with DuPont to use cellulosic ethanol instead of corn-based ethanol in the Tide laundry detergent for the North American market. P&G said Tide Cold Water will be the first detergent brand in the world to combine cellulosic ethanol in a “scalable and commercial way”. DuPont will manufacture the renewable material at a new biorefinery the company is building in Nevada, Iowa. Once operational, the factory will be the world's largest bioethanol refinery, with production volume at 30 million gallons per year, the company said.

"DuPont and Procter & Gamble Partner to Bring Cellulosic Ethanol into TideĀ® Cold Water Laundry Detergent", PRWEB, October 06, 2014

Laundry Detergent Makers Aim For Reduced Water In Washing

Fabric care makers Procter & Gamble and Church & Dwight Co. promised to cut water used in every dose of detergent by 25 percent in the next four years, as the laundry market continues to see falling detergent sales. Data from the 2014 Home Laundry Products report from Mintel showed sales declined 4 percent to $12.6 billion for the past five years. According to IRI, sales of single-dose detergents reached $700 million for the year ending August 10, 2014, making the category the fastest-growing segment of the laundry market. Meanwhile, stain fighting and cold-water effectiveness are the most important features for consumers, according to the Mintel study, which covered 1,896 internet users at least 18 years old. Results of the study showed 55 percent of respondents said they prefer stain fighters, while 43 percent said they opt for cold-water detergents.

"Getting back in the fold", Grocery Headquarters , October 01, 2014

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