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Period: October 15, 2015 to November 1, 2015
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Kimberly-Clark Wins 6th SmartWay Excellence Award From U.S. EPA

Kimberly-Clark Corporation received its sixth SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for collaborating with transportation companies to improve the sustainability of its supply chain operations. After joining the SmartWay program in 2006, Kimberly-Clark has more than doubled its use of intermodal transport, which helped reduce fuel consumption by about 72 million gallons of diesel and cutting down greenhouse gas emission by about 734,000 metric tons. Also, the adoption of more efficient transport has helped the company save an estimated $415 million.

"Kimberly-Clark Receives U.S. EPA 2015 SmartWay® Excellence Award", Kimberly-Clark, October 14, 2015

L'Oreal Works To Promote Sustainability And Sustainable Consumption

L’Oreal aims to promote sustainable consumption and raise awareness about sustainability by expanding sustainable innovation and operations within its business, according to the company’s head of external affairs for the UK and Ireland, Katy Gandon. She said, the company’s sustainability initiatives serve to highlight the company’s scientific heritage, being founded by a scientist more than 100 years ago. L’Oreal launched the #changethenumbers campaign to highlight perceptions of women in science, which at the same time aims to challenge the public’s misconceptions about what or who makes a successful scientist.

"L’Oreal’s Katy Gandon on how having ‘brand purpose’ boosts the bottom line", Marketing Week, October 13, 2015

Talking Sustainability Reporting with Kimberly-Clark

Energysmart.com, September 30, 2015

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Unilever Calls For Innovations Aimed At Reducing Laundry Water Use

Unilever announced an innovation challenge through its Foundry IDEAS online platform which aims to reduce laundry water consumption. With laundry accounting for 19 percent of water consumption in Nigeria and with 4 billion people forecast to be affected by water shortage by 2025, the need to reduce water use when doing the laundry is quite urgent, the company said. According to Unilever, consumers who wish to participate in the challenge are encouraged to develop ideas for “new products, devices, services, communication tools or experiences.”

"Reinventing laundry to be less water-dependent", Unilever, October 15, 2015

No Sustainability Goals In Forthcoming U.S. Dietary Guidelines

The U.S. secretaries of agriculture and health have decided not to include food sustainability goals in the upcoming national dietary guidelines, though the guidelines advisory committee suggested it would be a good idea. It seems including sustainability guidance proved too controversial. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said the guidelines would stick to the original mandate: “provide nutritional and dietary information.” Advocates say meat production, for example, requires a lot of land and water and also contributes to methane emissions, so some attention should be devoted to setting sustainability goals. The meat institute's CEO said sustainability is "an important food issue," but the secretaries’ decision was a good one.

"New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal", National Public Radio, October 06, 2015

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