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Unilever Joins Delta Faucet To Offer Consumers Way To Conserve Water When Using Shower

February 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever collaborated with Delta Faucet Company to help consumers reduce water usage when using the shower. As part of the partnership, Unilever’s Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash brand is working with the Delta H2Okinetic Hydrafall Showerhead, which offers a more efficient use of water than the average showerhead does. According to the company, H2Okinetic Technology disperses water in a “special wave formation” designed to create larger droplets and a shower that feels warmer.
"Less Water, Better Shower: Dove® Shows Shower Sense", Unilever, February 17, 2016, © Unilever
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Salvage Food Store Has Had Its Share Of Hurdles To Overcome

February 17, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A Kansas grocery store that sells only salvage foods and beverages at discount has proved beneficial to the local community, but has had some unique problems to overcome. The Bargain Barn’s shelves are filled with overstock items and products close to or a little past their expiration date that might otherwise end up in a landfill. So to keep its certification, the store must be inspected regularly by the state to make sure the food is safe. But that eases the concerns of some shoppers who worry that salvage food means spoiled food. In addition to inspections, the store faces the challenge of obtaining its food supply through bidding or contracting. State regulations prohibit buying locally produced goods, like eggs. But otherwise a full range of items is available, including gluten-free and international foods.
Chloe Donaldson, "Store sells salvage, discount food", Parsons (Kansas) Sun, February 17, 2016, © Parsons Sun, Parsons, KS
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Calif. Restaurant Makes Bread From Promising Grass Alternative To Wheat

February 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A San Francisco “post agrarian” restaurant's goal is to rethink the restaurant business to focus on helping the environment through sustainable design. The Perennial's menu includes, for example, plant-centric starters such as sunflower Caesar salads made with aquaponic lettuces and entrees like pastured beef (four-ounce portions) with blistered broccoli leaves. Also featured is a house bread made with kernza, a perennial grass developed by the Land Institute in Kansas as an alternative to wheat. Kernza grows deep roots so it more effectively stores carbon, wards off pests, prevents soil erosion and fights other problems associated with “annual monoculture.”
Meesha Halm, "How one restaurant designed itself around preventing climate change", Mashable.com, February 13, 2016, © Mashable, Inc.
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A Steadily Changing World Reflected In Consumer Survey Results

February 12, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
A preview of Euromonitor’s 2015 global consumer survey results reveals that Millennials and Gen Z – consumers under 30 – are leading the shift from computers to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. This shift includes young people of the growing middle classes in emerging markets. Among other insights: Paid advertising, while still influential and important, is losing ground to product endorsements and opinions shared by family and friends on social media. Fifty-nine percent consider these recommendations to be very or extremely influential. Despite the upsurge in home food preparation, time-strapped consumers still buy packaged food and ready meals, especially “all natural” products. Lastly, consumers struggle to link health priorities with everyday habits, and try to find time for “what matters:” family, friends, and themselves.
Lisa Holmes, "Top 6 Insights from the 2015 Global Consumer Trends Survey", Euromonitor International, February 12, 2016, © Euromonitor
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Lidl Receives ISO Recognition For Sustainable Energy Management

February 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Germany-based discount retailer Lidl said it has received an ISO 50001 certification for sustainable energy management. Covering Lidl’s 3,200 stores, the certification makes the company the largest food and retail chain in the country to receive such recognition. According to the company, a crucial part of its energy management is the use of a building control system, a software designed to help the company analyze store power consumption for irregularities and determine potential savings.
"Lidl presented with ISO 50001 certification for sustainable energy management ", International Supermarket News, February 11, 2016, © Retail Magazine
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Martha’s Vineyard Revives Use Of 19th Century Red Fife Wheat

February 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The introduction of locally-grown red fife wheat into the food chain on Martha’s Vineyard is nothing less than a “quiet revolution,” says Vineyard Bread Project founder Kate Warner. The re-introduction of red fife represents a return to locally-grown, nutrient-rich, sustainable wheat – and the making and selling of nutritious baked goods. She urges local readers to take several steps to support the island's red fife movement: buy the flour or wheat berries, or buy the bread made from them; use at least 15 percent red fife grain in baked goods sold at New York City farmer’s markets; establish a local mill on the Vineyard; and, lastly, support sustainable soil practices.
Kate Warner, "Commentary: Old Wheat, New Thinking", Vineyard Gazette (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.), February 11, 2016, © Vineyard Gazette
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Unilever Uses “R” Approach To Keep Its Non-Hazardous Waste Out Of Landfills

February 9, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever says it has identified the sources of all non-hazardous waste it generates and has devised ways to direct it away from landfills. A year ago, Unilever said 240 of its factories had figured out ways to dispose of non-hazardous waste without using landfills. Another 400 sites – factories, warehouses, distribution centers and offices –in 70 countries have now been added to the list. The company applies a four-pronged “R” approach to waste disposal: reduce, reuse, recover or recycle. The achievement proves that “waste can be seen as a resource with many alternative uses.”
"Unilever Achieves New Milestone, Collaborates to Fuel Global Zero-Waste Movement", Sustainable Brands, February 09, 2016, © Sustainable Life Media Inc.
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Millennials Will Drive Consumption Trends In 2016, Webinar Reveals

February 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Millennial consumers are expected to have significant influence on consumption trends in 2016, according to the “Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2016” webinar. Consumers are likely to continue using social media to rant against greenwashing, or brands’ insincere displays of caring for the environment. Also, demand for recycled and pre-owned products is forecast to gain strength. For millennials, owning an automobile is no longer an “icon of freedom” but more of a “strain on their finances and the environment.”
Daphne Kasriel-Alexander , "Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2016: Webinar Q&As", Euromonitor International, February 08, 2016, © Euromonitor
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French Food Waste Law Would Probably Not Work In The U.S.

February 5, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The French annually discard 7.1 million tons of food. Two-thirds of that is from consumers, the rest from restaurants and grocery stores. A new law tackles part of the problem, at least, requiring grocery stores to donate unsold food to charitable organizations for redistribution. The U.S. has a similar food waste problem, though on a much larger scale: 21.5 million tons of food go uneaten while 14 percent of Americans “lack reliable access to food.” Though there are laws on the books to encourage food donation, there is nothing comparable to the new French law, and there may never be. A USDA official said such a law in the U.S. would create “a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food,” and “that’s not good for anybody.”
George Dvorsky, "Why the US May Never Pass a Food Waste Law Like France", Gizmodo, February 05, 2016, © Kinja
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Food Waste Becoming A Major Concern Of Americans

February 2, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of food they waste, either in the home or at grocery stores, because they are also aware of the environmental impact of food production. Data from 2010 released by the USDA and EPA indicate that 31 percent (60 million tons) of the food in grocery stores was never eaten. About two-thirds occurred in the home, the rest in stores. A UN agency says that ratio reflects the global situation as well. Last September, the USDA and EPA jointly announced the first food waste reduction goal: 50 percent by 2030. At the grassroots level, restaurants and consumers are already taking action: “freeganism” (eating discarded grocery store foods); the “ugly food movement” (accepting less-than-aesthetic produce); and the “root-to-stem” movement (consuming all parts of a vegetable).
Emily Balsamo, "United States Faces Food Loss", Euromonitor International, February 02, 2016, © Euromonitor
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Henkel Gains Recognition For Company's Sustainability Efforts

January 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel said it has received recognition for its sustainability efforts from three organizations. According to the company, it is again included in the list of Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. It also received a Gold rating from EcoVadis, while RobecoSAM gave the company its Silver Class award. International rating agency EcoVadis recognized Henkel’s push for a more sustainable supply chain as a member of the Together for Sustainability initiative.
"Henkel recognized by three sustainability ratings", Henkel, January 21, 2016, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Unilever CEO’s New Commission Encourages Business To Develop Sustainably

January 21, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The head of Unilever has joined a former U.N. deputy secretary general to launch a commission whose goal is to inspire businesses to “take the lead in poverty reduction and sustainable development.” The Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development will comprise business, labor and civil society leaders, according to co-founders Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Mark Malloch-Brown. The Commission will try to convince businesses of the economic value of achieving global sustainable development goals (SDGs). Benefits include new markets, investment opportunities and innovations; a reduced risk of instability, fragmentation and fragility; encouragement of a future where businesses can perform with inclusive, sustainable growth and widespread job creation.
"New global commission puts business at heart of sustainable development", News release, Unilever , January 21, 2016, © Unilever
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Aldi Australia Bans Microbeads From Its Personal Care Products

January 14, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Supermarket chain Aldi Australia said it will remove plastic microbeads from its own-brand personal care products by 2017. Joining other retailers Coles and Woolworths, Aldi said it will replace microbeads with natural ingredients. Environmentalist Jon Dee, one of the leading campaigners for a ban on microbeads, commended Aldi for its decision.
Rachel Browne, "Aldi joins Coles and Woolies in microbead ban", The Sydney Morning Herald, January 14, 2016, © Fairfax Media
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Africa’s Beleagured Cocoa Farmers Get Needed Help From Chocolate Makers

January 13, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Cocoa production is down, especially in Ghana, and prices have soared by 40 percent in the last four years. Worse, this frustrating situation has occurred at a time when demand is up in markets like China and India, where chocolate treats have always been considered unaffordable. To rectify the problem, Mondelez and 10 big chocolate producers and cocoa processors are investing a billion dollars in cocoa-sustainability programs to boost crop productivity. Cocoa production in Ghana in 2014 fell 18 percent from 2013 earlier, thanks to disease, dry weather and shifts in government policy. Ivory Coast’s cocoa harvest increased 2.8 percent. Global demand for chocolate rose 0.6 percent in 2015, but production fell 3.9 percent to 4.2 million tons.
Alexandra Wexler, "Chocolate Makers Fight a Melting Supply of Cocoa", The Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2016, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Partners With Juice Beauty Line Executive To Launch Line Of Organic Cosmetics

January 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow partnered with Karen Behnke, founding partner of Juice Beauty Brand, to launch a line of cosmetics made from certified organic ingredients. Citing her long-held worries about the effects of frequent makeup use as her main reason for launching the product line, Paltrow said she had wrongly believed that the cosmetics industry would regulate the ingredients in their products. According to the company, the brand aims to offer consumers with the luxury usually associated with high-end brands Chanel and Giorgio Armani at more affordable prices.
Emily Siegel, "Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Behnke and Juice Beauty Launch Organic Makeup Line", Forbes, January 11, 2016, © Forbes.com LLC™
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Technology Helps Irish Organization Distribute Surplus Food To The Needy

January 8, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
An Irish tech entrepreneur who is passionate about food waste developed a smartphone app and organization that links businesses that have surplus food with charities that will then redistribute it to the needy. Restaurants and grocery stores can upload the details of their donation on the Foodcloud.net app, which then sends a text message to organizations telling them where to pick up the food. Foodcloud has distributed almost 1.5 million meals since it was created, and is now facilitating distribution of a ton of food daily. In 2014, the FoodCloud partnered with Tesco to give all surplus food from its 146 stores to charities across Ireland.
Kelly O'Brien, "Irish entrepreneur's app solves waste of food by redistributing it to those most in need", Irish Examiner, January 08, 2016, © Irish Examiner Ltd
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The Goodwell Company Offers Consumers A Toothbrush That Lasts Forever

January 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
E-commerce startup The Goodwell Company is selling a $29.99 sustainable toothbrush that company founder Patrick Triato says is designed to last forever. Designed to be compostable, several accessories for the toothbrush include head replacements, floss, and tongue scrapers. These can be bought as a one-time purchase or through a subscription service offered by the company. Oral care sales are forecast to expand at 3.1 percent per year in the next five years, according to market research firm IBISWorld; however, the company faces serious competition in the market from major brands, including Procter & Gamble’s Oral-B.
Joanna Weinstein, "This Startup Hopes its Toothbrush Will Last You a Lifetime", Entrepreneur, January 06, 2016, © Entrepreneur Media, Inc.
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Halal Cosmetics Forecast To Be Major Thing In Beauty Market In 2016, Analysts Say

December 28, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Demand for “halal” cosmetics is expected to drive growth in the beauty market in 2016, according to market analysts. Halal refers to what is permitted or lawful in Islam; hence, “halal cosmetics” refers to beauty products that do not have pork or alcohol ingredients. Beauty brands are taking notice of the Muslim market, estimated to be worth $2 billion worldwide in 2013 and is forecast to grow to $3.7 billion by 2019. Muslim consumers spent $46 billion on cosmetics in 2013, according to market research firm Thomson Reuters.
Theresa Avila, "Halal Makeup Is the Beauty "Trend" to Pay Attention to Next Year", Style.Mic, December 28, 2015, © Mic Network Inc
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Nestle Expects To Use Only Cage-Free Eggs By 2020

December 22, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé announced it will use only cage-free eggs in its food products within five years. The company uses 20 million pounds of eggs a year to make three brands of ice cream, Toll House cookie dough, Buitoni pasta, lean Cuisine and Stouffer’s breakfast foods. The move to using exclusively cage-free eggs isa response to consumers, the company says, that establishes “a precedent for farm animal welfare." Nestlé is also developing pilot projects with suppliers and the World Animal Protection group to create a roadmap for sourcing cage-free eggs in Europe and elsewhere.
"Nestlé to Use 100% Cage-Free Eggs for All U.S. Food Products by 2020", News release, Nestlé, December 22, 2015, © Nestlé
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Sephora Receives Recognition For Its Sustainability Efforts

December 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Beauty retailer Sephora received the Sustainable Brand and the 2015 R Award for eco-design from Generation Responsible. Recognizing the specialty retailer’s sustainable development initiatives, the awards form part of the organization’s efforts to promote corporate efforts to protect the environment. Sephora agreed to support the organization’s sustainability campaign.
"Sephora receives Responsible Brand label and 2015 R Award for eco-design", LVMH, December 16, 2015, © LVMH Group
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Climate Change Can Be Reversed By Organic, Sustainable Farming

December 14, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Organic sustainable farming is a major way to reverse climate change, participants in the COP21 global climate summit agreed recently. Twenty-five countries and more than 50 international organizations, private foundations, international funds, and consumer and farmer groups committed to France’s “4 per 1000” initiative to promote healthy soils and “regenerative agriculture” to ensure food and climate security in coastal areas, island nations and poorer developing countries that are likely to be hit the hardest by global warming. “This is a game changer because soil carbon is now central to how the world manages climate change,” said the head of the world’s leading organic farmers and producers association.
Steven Hoffman, "Message from historic Paris climate summit: Organic food and farming can save the planet", NewHope360.com, December 14, 2015, © Penton
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Unilever CEO Polman Commends World Leaders For Paris Agreement On Climate Change

December 12, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman praised the international community for coming up with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at COP21. According to a statement released by the company, Polman highlighted the “leadership shown by the French and Peruvian governments,” paving the way for the international agreement. He said, the agreement sends a signal to businesses and investors he believes will drive “real change in the global economy.” Also, Polman said the deal creates a “clear path” for the global economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the lifetimes of people alive today.
"Paul Polman praises historic Paris Agreement", Unilever, December 12, 2015, © Unilever
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Kellogg Strengthens Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goals

December 8, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Kellogg Company’s new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets will cut GHG by 65 percent across its operations by 2020, the company announced. The targets also call for suppliers to cut their GHG emissions by half within 35 years. Since 2008, Kellogg says, it has reduced GHG emissions from its manufacturing facilities by 12 percent. The new targets are an extension of the 2020 global sustainability goals set in August 2014. The overall goal of the targets, which are in accordance with “others in Paris,” is to reduce GHG emissions to “limit the Earth's temperature increase to two degrees Celsius."
"Kellogg Company Announces New, Ambitious Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals Across Manufacturing and Agricultural Supply Chains", News release, Kellogg Company, December 08, 2015, © Kellogg Co.
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Dunkin’ Donuts Promises 100% Cage-Free Eggs Within Nine Years

December 7, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Dunkin’ Donuts has clarified and strengthened its commitment to using only cage-free eggs in its U.S. menu. Earlier this year it said it would source ten percent of the eggs used in its breakfast sandwiches from cage-free sources by the end of 2016. In December, the donut chain and the Humane Society of the U.S. announced that the company would serve only cage-free eggs by 2025. The company also promised to “map” its worldwide egg supply chain to see whether it is feasible to transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs globally.
"Dunkin' Donuts, With The Humane Society Of The United States, Announces Timeline For Sourcing 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs", News release, The Humane Society of the U.S., December 07, 2015, © The Humane Society of the United States
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Unilever CEO Says Concerned With Planned Cuts In UK Government Subsidies For Renewable Energy

December 4, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said he shares the solar power industry’s concern regarding the UK government’s plan to reduce subsidies to solar and wind power generation. Polman also said businesses must act to help promote sustainability and reduce greenhouse gases emissions; however, he also stressed that governments need to act to ensure environmental goals are achieved. According to the UK government, the renewable energy sector is on track to exceed its target of accounting for 5.4 percent of all annual energy provision by 2013–2014.
Kamal Ahmed, "Unilever questions government cuts to green energy support", BBC, December 04, 2015, © BBC
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Unilever Uses Company’s Crowdsourcing Engine To Power Sustainability Foundry

December 3, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Crowdsourcing software vendor Spigit says it is working with Unilever Foundry to help the company attract and connect innovators in sustainability. California-based Spigit is the Software-as-a-Solution (SaaS) platform that provides a single entry-point and connection mechanism for individuals, start-up companies and corporations who want to partner with Unilever Foundry and tackle its “challenges.” Applicants submit ideas to: improve global nutrition, imagine the “shower of the future,” boost access to toilet and sanitation solutions, and reinvent the laundry process to use less water. Since its founding in June 2015, Unilever Foundry IDEAS has received 300 proposals from entrepreneurs around the world.
"Spigit Powers Unilever Foundry IDEAS Innovation Platform", News release, Spigit, December 03, 2015, © Spigit
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Popularity Of Nature’s Version Of Red Bull Is Growing

December 3, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
About ten years ago, a coffee grower in El Salvador stumbled upon a new use for the cherry, or pulp, left over from recently milled coffee. Dubbed “cascara” – from the Spanish for fruit peel – the tea-like beverage is showing up in cafes everywhere. It has a fruity flavor and lots of caffeine. According to one café owner in Portland, Ore., "It's not tea, it's 100 percent coffee. But it smells like herbal tea." Cascara is also being adapted to other types of beverages. Available in various places are cascara-infused vodka, a hot cascara toddy, and beer (from Colorado's New Belgium Brewing Company).
Murray Carpenter, "Cascara 'Tea': A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste", National Public Radio, December 03, 2015, © npr
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Climate Change Puts World’s Poorest At Great Risk Of Undernourishment

December 1, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A USDA report written by 31 U.S. and international experts warns that climate change is likely to seriously harm global food security and hamper progress on reducing malnutrition around the world, especially among the poor and people living in tropical regions. The scientific assessment, released during the COP-21 Paris Climate Conference, identifies the challenges facing farmers and consumers in adapting to changing climate. Climate change is likely to cause disruptions in food production and a decrease in food safety, which in turn leads to food shortages and higher food prices. Under one scenario posed by the authors, continued increases in greenhouse gas emissions would increase the number of people at risk of undernourishment by 175 million by 2080.
Brown, M. E. et al., "Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System", Report, U.S. Department of Agriculture, December 01, 2015, © U. S. Department of Agriculture
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Swiss Chocolate Maker Improves Sustainability Record

November 26, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Barry Callebaut reports that it continues to make progress in the area of sustainable cocoa production. The company sourced 159,000 tons of sustainable cocoa in 2015, an increase of 21 percent over 2014, and trained 70,000 farmers in better farming practices. The company created the independent, non-profit Cocoa Horizons Foundation to “drive change in cocoa sustainability.” It developed a new range of sustainable cocoa and chocolate products, Horizons, to support farm productivity and community development programs. Products are traceable from farm to warehouse. The company also distributed sustainability premiums of $20 million to farmers and farmer groups.
"The Barry Callebaut Group – Chocolate Sustainability Report 2014/15", News release, Barry Callebaut, November 26, 2015, © Barry Callebaut
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Unilever Plans To Go Renewable Energy All The Way By 2030

November 26, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said it would switch to using only renewable energy by 2030 and would stop using coal-based energy by 2020. Part of the group of 81 companies that have agreed to set emissions targets for their businesses, Unilever joins the group’s campaign to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius. Unilever CEO Paul Polman, a leading proponent for the idea that sustainability makes good business sense, is one the world’s business leaders calling on governments to commit to zero net emissions by 2050.
Emma Thomasson, "Unilever aims to use only renewable energy by 2030", Reuters, November 26, 2015, © Thomson Reuters
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French Companies Call On World Leaders To Sign Global Climate Change Deal

November 26, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
In France, a group of 39 companies, including retail giant Carrefour, is calling on the French COP21 presidency and all governments attending the United Nations Framework Agreement on Climate Change meeting in Paris to sign a global agreement that would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Seeking a deal that would help keep global warming at a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius, the companies believe that putting an economic value on carbon in major economic regions will help business leaders to see the impact of GHG emissions linked to their companies’ operating, investment, and R&D decisions. Some of the concrete steps being taken by these companies to improve sustainability include the use of active and passive energy-efficient solutions, development of low-carbon capacities, and reduction of emissions from the production and use of raw materials, products, or facilities.
"French companies act on climate ", Carrefour, November 26, 2015, © Carrefour
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Henkel Joins CEO Climate Leaders' Call On World Leaders To Take Action On Global Warming

November 24, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel revealed that it has joined the CEO Climate Leaders pledge, an open letter signed by chief executives of 78 global companies urging world leaders to come up with a meaningful climate deal at the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties in Paris. With their companies accounting for a total revenue of $2.13 trillion, the signing CEOs assert that climate action will help create jobs and economic growth in developed and emerging markets.
"Henkel Signs CEOs’ Pledge for Climate Action", Henkel , November 24, 2015, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Sustainability Drives Business Growth, Unilever CEO Polman Says

November 23, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
According to Unilever CEO Paul Polman, the move toward sustainable development and adoption of environment-friendly business practices can help companies gain access to new technologies, financing, lower costs, and the ability to generate economic growth. As part of its 2020 Sustainability Plan, Unilever achieved in 2014 its goal of sourcing agricultural materials from sustainable sources. Also, the world’s top 500 companies have saved $1.1 billion by adopting climate-friendly measures, which are also adopted by and benefit smaller companies.
Erich Parpart, "'Green' is a growth engine", The Nation , November 23, 2015, © www.nationmultimedia.com
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Social Impact Businesses Can Turn To Unilever Foundry For Support

November 23, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Social entrepreneurs, or “social impact businesses,” pursuing sustainability projects can now advance their ideas by partnering with Unilever’s Foundry, where they will have access to mentors, partners and funding. Social entrepreneurs or researchers may submit solutions to a new wave of Foundry challenges and receive technical and operational support and grant funding up to £250,000. The businesses will participate in Unilever’s Transform initiative, focused on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and energy solutions for low income households in developing countries. Transform is a result of a partnership between the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) and Unilever. Its goal is to create jobs, increase incomes and improve the health and wellbeing of 100 million people in developing countries by 2025.
"Unilever engages Social Entrepreneurs to accelerate the Sustainable Living Plan", News release, Unilever, November 23, 2015, © Unilever
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SC Johnson Gains EPA Recognition For Use Of Earth-Friendly Power

November 19, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson said it was ranked number 71 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 National Top 100 list of the largest users of green power. In 2015, the company used more than 73 million kilowatt-hours of sustainably soured electricity, enough to satisfy 43 percent of the company’s electricity requirement in the country. Also, the company was ranked number 10 on the EPA’s Top 30 On-Site Generation list of companies that generate and consume environment-friendly power on-site within the Green Power Partnership.
"SC Johnson Earns National Recognition for Continued Commitment to Green Power", SC Johnson, November 19, 2015, © S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
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Chip In A Bottle Heralds New Era Of Smart, Reusable, Drink Containers

November 18, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
An Australian company whose goal is to reduce the tons of waste generated by disposable coffee and other beverage cups has developed a “SmartBottle.” An  embedded chip allows a merchant to scan the owner’s bank information prior to filling. The SmartBottle can hold cold or hot drinks; it fits in handbags, backpacks, car cup holders and bike bottle holders. The SmartBottle is available online in several colors for $25.28.
"‘SmartBottle’ allows customers to fill up and pay with bottle’s microchip", Australian Food News, November 18, 2015, © Australian Food News
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Walmart Highlights Sustainability And CSR Achievements

November 17, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart said it has met its goal of reducing by 20 million metric tons the greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain. Made at the retailer’s Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting, the announcement also revealed the company was able to double fleet efficiency and expand its commitment to preserve wildlife habitat. Also, Walmart said it has completed several food and nutrition commitments and received an award from the Partnership for a Healthier America for its efforts to open stores in areas described as “food deserts.”
"Walmart Marks Fulfillment of Key Global Responsibility Commitments", Walmart, November 17, 2015, © Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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New Palm Oil Council Signals Dark Times Ahead For Sustainability

November 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Euromonitor wonders about the future of sustainable palm oil, now that Malaysia and Indonesia have set up a bilateral council to regulate production currently monitored by industry led voluntary frameworks such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The new Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) could force companies into making difficult decisions regarding their palm oil purchasing policy, according to Euromonitor. The CPOPC has asked palm oil companies to roll back plans to enforce the 2014 Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge whose goal is to curb deforestation in palm oil production. The key question: will big palm oil users, like Mars, Mondelez and PepsiCo, have to realign their palm oil sustainability commitments due to pressure from CPOPC?
Alan Rownan, "CPOPC Could Spell Trouble for Sustainable Palm Oil", Blog, Euromonitor International, November 16, 2015, © Euromonitor
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Unilever Brings VR Rainforest To London To Promote Campaign Against Deforestation

November 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever created a virtual reality forest on the South Bank in London, as part of the company’s campaign against the destruction of the rainforest areas in Brazil and Indonesia. Part of the company’s partnership with WWF to protect 1 million trees in those forest areas, the exhibit gave more than 1,200 people the chance to experience a 360-degree VR view of the rainforest. London residents who could not make it to the exhibit can show their support for the campaign by joining the People’s Climate Change March in central London on November 29, 2015.
"Bringing The Rainforest to London To Inspire Generations", Unilever, November 16, 2015, © Unilever
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Unilever Is Most Sustainability-Friendly Company, Survey Of Experts Shows

November 12, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever is the world’s leading company in terms of promoting and achieving sustainability, according to 20 percent of sustainability experts surveyed by GlobeScan and SustainAbility. Citing its commitment to achieving zero net deforestation by 2020, a part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living campaign, the respondents said the company has “achieved the most real, substantial advances.” Electric car maker Tesla came in second, followed by furniture company Ikea, technology company Google, and consumer appliances manufacturer General Electric tied for third place. Results of the survey revealed 90 percent of respondents said they expected the UN’s Climate Change Conference to result in a global agreement; however, only a third believed the deal would have “binding power” to bring about real changes.
"Unilever and Tesla top list of companies leading the fight on climate change – survey", Guardian, November 12, 2015, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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Unilever Gains Recognition For Its Sustainability Efforts In Ghana

November 11, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Ghana won the CSR Manufacturing Company of the Year award at the CSR Excellence Awards held at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. Inspired by the European CSR Excellence awards, the Ghana CSR Excellence Awards seeks to highlight companies’ socially responsible activities in Ghana. Unilever’s achievement of zero non-hazardous waste to landfill helped the company earn the award.
"Unilever wins CSR Manufacturing Company of the year Award", Citifmonline, November 11, 2015, © citifmonline.com
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RB Joins CDP's 2015 List Of Sustainability Leaders

November 10, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
RB, otherwise known as Reckitt Benckiser, was ranked as a leader in the 2015 CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. Also, RB was listed in the CDP FTSE 350 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, which includes companies ranked among the top 10 percent of organizations evaluated. RB made it to the list for the seventh consecutive year, due to its disclosure of high-quality carbon emissions and energy data through CDP’s climate change program to investors and the global marketplace.
"RB a leader in the CDP for seventh year running", Reckitt Benckiser, November 10, 2015, © Reckitt Benckiser Group plc.
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Organic Zero-Packaging Store Opens In Paris

November 5, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Retail consumer goods shops in Europe are testing the idea of zero packaging: selling products loose. Customers brings their own glass or plastic jars, recyclable cotton pouches, etc., and end up saving as much as 15 percent, London has Unpackaged, Berlin has Original Unverpackt, and now Paris has one hundred percent organic Biocoop 21. The shop is testing ways to sell 250 products without packaging, including yogurt, honey, olive oil, wine, body wash and health products. The idea not only saves shoppers money, it is good for the environment, helping to eliminate waste.
Jeanne Pouget, "Paris’s First 100% Organic, Zero Packaging Shop Opens Its Doors", Konbini, November 05, 2015, © Konbini
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Kroger Receives Higher Sustainability Rating From CDP

November 5, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Kroger Co. said its climate disclosure score rose 48 percent, or an increase of 29 points, to 89 points out of 100, as measured by the Carbon Disclosure Project, compared with the previous year. Also, Kroger revealed it was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America for the third consecutive year.
"Kroger's Carbon Disclosure Project Score Improves 48%", Kroger, November 05, 2015, © The Kroger Company
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Henkel Focuses On Products' Use Phase To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

November 5, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel said its products offer the biggest potential for saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions, helping the company achieve the goals of its Factor 3 sustainability initiative. Seeking to help the company become three times more efficient by 2030, the program highlights Henkel’s sustainability strategy of achieving more with less. With up to 90 percent of the its products’ environmental footprint created during the “use phase”, Henkel focuses on products and technologies designed to help consumers save energy while using them. Its Persil Kalt Aktiv laundry detergent, for example, comes with ingredients that help consumers achieve cleaning results at lower washing temperatures.
"Henkel products contribute to reducing CO2 emissions", Henkel, November 05, 2015, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Metro Group Earns Climate-Reporting Honors From CDP

November 4, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Metro Group was recognized as Sector Leader Consumer Staples and as Index Leader MDAX in terms of climate reporting by the nonprofit group CDP. Metro Group’s ranking was based on how effectively it addresses the “risks and opportunities inherent in climate change” and how transparent is its reporting about this. By being transparent about its data related to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions and reduction measures, the company earned a spot in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index DACH, which highlights the top 10 percent of 350 companies evaluated in the German-speaking region.
"METRO GROUP convinces with transparent climate reporting", METRO GROUP, November 04, 2015, © METRO GROUP
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Lidl Launches MSC-Certified Whole Lobster In UK

October 26, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Lidl began selling wild-caught whole lobsters certified by the MSC. Launched in Lidl stores across the UK, the lobsters are sourced from a fisher in New Brunswick, Canada. Lidl has cooperated with the MSC for the past year to expand its range of certified sustainable seafood products. Forty-one percent of its wild seafood products are certified by the MSC, a 24 percent increase from 2014 level, with 100 percent of its fresh wild-caught fish MSC-certified.
Carina Perkins, "Lidl is first UK supermarket to offers MSC-certified lobster with Canadian catch", The Grocer, October 26, 2015, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Whole Foods Struggle To Meet Growing Demand For Sustainably Sourced And Humanely Raised Meat

October 18, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Demand for sustainable, organic, natural, and humanely raised meat and other foods is growing faster than the production capacity of farmers. Whole Foods meat supplier Sweet Stem Farm’s dispute with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals highlighted the problems posed by this trend for retailers and their customers. Data from the Organic Trade Association revealed sales of organic products in the United States grew 11 percent in 2014. For its part, sustainable-food restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill dealt with a shortage of sustainably raised pork by pulling off its “carnitas” burrito filling from the menu.
Andrew Martin et al, "Just How Happy Are the Pigs That End Up at Whole Foods?", Bloomberg Business, October 18, 2015, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Unilever Calls For Innovations Aimed At Reducing Laundry Water Use

October 15, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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, © Unilever
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Kimberly-Clark Wins 6th SmartWay Excellence Award From U.S. EPA

October 14, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
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, © Kimberly-Clark Corporation
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