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Target Launches Sustainability Standard For Household Care, Personal Care, And Beauty Products

October 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Target Corporation launched the Target Sustainable Product Standard for the household cleaning, personal care, beauty, and baby care products the discount retailer sells in the United States. Developed in collaboration with industry experts, vendors, and nongovernment organizations, the sustainability standard is designed to help establish a common process and criteria for evaluating a product’s sustainability and environment-friendly status. Target said it will use GoodGuide’s UL Transparency Platform in collecting information from vendors and suppliers.
"Target Introduces Sustainability Criteria for Some Products", Environment News Service, October 08, 2013, © Environment News Service (ENS)
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Six Chemical Firms Share Sustainability Audit Information Gathered From Potential Suppliers

October 7, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Six chemical companies have partnered in an effort to boost sustainability efforts within their supply chains. BASF, Bayer MaterialScience, Evonik Industries, Henkel, LANXESS and Solvay are participating in an initiative called “Together for Sustainability” to “harmonize the complex supply management”. Henkel says ecological and social factors are considered when it selects suppliers in the 125 countries where it operates. The initiative will expand the usefulness of audits conducted by the companies because data will be shared – “an audit for one is an audit for all” is the motto. Member companies selected 2,000 suppliers worldwide for assessments and audits in 2012.
"Initiative “Together for Sustainability”", News release, Henkel, October 07, 2013, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Get Involved, Make A Difference In The World, Unilever Head Tells Young Business Leaders

October 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
In a speech whose main theme was the importance of responsibility, Unilever CEO Paul Polman urged 1,200 young business leaders to go beyond the sustainability efforts of their companies and make a positive impact on global society. Governments and institutions cannot address the issues facing society, Polman said, unless individuals take responsibility for making a positive impact. People need to get involved, exert more pressure on leaders in order to “create the world we want”. That means “going beyond corporate social responsibility and becoming a force for good”. Polman addressed delegates from 190 countries attending the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.
"CEO urges young leaders to embrace responsibility", News release, Unilever, October 05, 2013, © Unilever
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Consumers From Developing Countries More Likely To Buy Products With Sustainable Packaging Than Developed-World Consumers, Tetra Pak Study Shows

October 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
In developing countries, an average of 78 percent of consumers frequently, sometimes, or occasionally purchase products with environment-friendly packaging, according to packaging company Tetra Pak. Results of the company’s research indicated developing countries outscored their developed counterparts in five of six categories in the environment survey, with an average of 71 percent of developed-market consumers purchasing products with sustainable packaging. Also, 72 percent of consumers from developing markets frequently, sometimes, or occasionally buy an environment-friendly product even if it costs more, compared with an average of 55 percent of consumers from developed countries.
"Sustainable Packaging: Unilever Refillable Containers, Tetra Pak Enviro Survey", Environmental Leader, October 02, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Unilever CEO Remains Focused On Long Term Despite Recent Profits Warning

October 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said the company’s recent profits warning will not stop him from taking a long-term approach to doing business. Describing an effective leader as one who is comfortable with what he or she is and is an authentic person, Polman said he sees nothing wrong with crying when he needs to cry and that it shows he cares. Polman also said the ability to work with others requires leaders to have humility and a high level of self-awareness. Effective leaders should be able to build trust, and only those who do not fear transparency can encourage other people to trust in them, Polman added.
Jo Confino , "Interview: Unilever's Paul Polman on diversity, purpose and profits", theguardian.com, October 02, 2013, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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Preservation, Stability, And Other Challenges Remain For Cosmetics Companies Working With Sustainable Materials

October 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Cosmetics companies still face many technical and sustainability challenges when using natural ingredients for their products, according to market research firm Organic Monitor. Variations in product composition has kept preservation as the number 1 technical obstacle for product developers, followed by stability, which has become a major issue, because some environment-friendly preservatives cause discoloration and odor changes. Progress, however, has been recorded in green emulsifiers and rheology modifiers, with many ingredients currently available for making skin care emulsions. Another noteworthy trend is the transition from making green materials to the use of sustainable processes and extraction methods.
"Challenges Persist in Working with Green Materials in Beauty Product Development", GCI Magazine, October 01, 2013, © Allured Business Media
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Walmart Chooses To Become A Better Company Instead Of Telling A Better Story

October 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart chose to deal with its negative public image by telling its side of the story while working to become a better company at the same time. Like some other large corporations, Walmart has had its share of negative publicity. Rather than telling a better story, however, the retailer chose to set objectives in areas, such as sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and healthy food. While the company’s CEO played a leadership role in the company’s efforts to reach such goals, the company chose to get its supply chain partners, customers, communities, and employees involved. Hurricane Katrina became the turning point for the retailer, which promptly mobilized to provide the storm’s victims with meals, emergency supplies, and cash. This encouraged the company to use its size and resources to make a difference in the communities where its stores operate.
Leslie Dach, "Don’t Spin a Better Story. Be a Better Company", Harvard Business Review Magazine, October 01, 2013, © Harvard Business School Publishing
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Lidl UK Gets Recognition For Environment-Friendly Refrigeration System

September 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Discount retailer Lidl UK was named the 2013 National Retailer of the Year during the RAC Cooling Industry Awards in recognition of its modern refrigeration system that reduces its environmental impact and food spoilage. Retailers Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, and The Co-operative Group were also shortlisted for the award. Lidl’s new refrigeration system includes plug-in chillers with a leakage rate of less than 1 percent, which improves their environment-friendliness, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
"Lidl Wins 'National Retailer of the Year' for Green Credentials", PR Newswire, September 30, 2013, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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L'Oréal Joins United Nations Global Compact 100 Stock Index

September 27, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oréal said it has been selected for inclusion in the United Nations Global Compact 100, a global stock index combining corporate sustainability with baseline financial performance. The stock index measures the financial performance of 100 companies that have pledged to commit to the Global Compact 10 principles. It has shown a total investment return of 26.4 percent in 2012, outperforming the rest of the stock market.
"L’Oréal selected for the United Nations global compact stock index Group", L’Oréal, September 27, 2013, © L’Oréal
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Market Opportunity For Pet Food Companies: Eco-Conscious Pet Owners

September 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Global concern for the environment is poised to extend into the $75 billion pet food industry, according to Euromonitor. Half of middle class families own a dog, cat or other pet, but only 40 percent of pet owners buy “green” pet foods. Pet food manufacturers can take advantage of a major marketing opportunity by reminding eco-conscious pet owners that environmental concerns reach into the pet food aisle. Pet owners who perceive their pets to be part of the family are 60 percent more likely to buy “green” pet food. The researcher says ads that show pets as valued family members who deserve healthy “green” food will attract eco-conscious pet owners.
Eileen Bevis, "Survey Results: Pet Food Consumers Buying Into Green Trend", Euromonitor International, September 24, 2013, © Euromonitor International
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Former Trader Joe’s Exec To Sell Low-Cost Meals Made From Nutritious – But Expired – Foods

September 21, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A recent report from Harvard and the Natural Resources Defense Council said that more than 90 percent of Americans prematurely throw out food – as much as 40 percent of the food supply, or about $40 billion worth because businesses and consumer do not understand “use by” and “sell by” dates on packages. Former Trader Joe’s president Doug Rauch has decided to tackle the problem by taking wholesome food thrown out by grocers and use it to prepare low-cost, healthy meals for the “underserved” in American cities. The project, dubbed the “Daily Table”, is basically a food recovery program focusing mainly on fruits and vegetables, freshly prepared product, “stuff that's really not brand-driven”, Rauch says.
Scott Simon, "Trader Joe's Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals", NPR, September 21, 2013, © NPR
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Amazon Advertising's Survey Reveals Personal Values Dictate Purchasing Decisions For 21 Percent Of US Consumers

September 18, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Results of Amazon Advertising’s recent survey revealed 21 percent of US consumers are making choices based on what is better for them and better for the planet. Dubbed as “The Choicefuls” by the advertising agency, these consumers are always looking for brands that reflect their personal values, including buying organic products and making exercise a top priority in their lives. These consumers are tech savvy, putting much value to convenience offered by mobile devices and applications. Also, Choicefuls are 77 percent more likely to exert efforts to buy brands that are compatible with their values and 89 percent more willing to do research before buying. These people are 10 times more likely to exercise even if they had to revise their daily schedule to do so and are 51 percent more likely to believe that the added cost of healthy living is worth it.
"Amazon Advertising Unveils New Study Focused On Today's Progressive Consumer ", PRNewswire, September 18, 2013, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Henkel Partners With Solidaridad, Other Groups To Launch Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain Initiative In Honduras

September 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care division partnered with social development group Solidaridad and other stakeholders to launch an initiative to establish sustainable supply chains for palm oil and palm kernel oil in Honduras. Aimed at reforming 80 percent of the country’s total oil production area in the country, the €2.7 million initiative also aims to improve the livelihood and social conditions of 5,000 workers and 7,500 farmers and their families. Also, the program aims to secure certification for the supply chain under the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
"Henkel and Solidaridad foster smallholder program to support a sustainable palm oil industry", Henkel, September 17, 2013, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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L’Oréal Adopts The Body Shop's Approach To Ethical Sourcing

September 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oréal is gradually adopting the sustainable and ethical sourcing strategies of The Body Shop, a natural cosmetics retailer it acquired in 2006, according to the retailer’s Community Fair Trade program head Mark Davis. Almost all products that The Body Shop sells include at least one CFT ingredient, at present. As part of the CFT program, company buyers work with communities to expand the supply chain’s access to sustainable materials. Davis said The Body Shop has been working with L’Oréal to teach the cosmetics giant about sustainable sourcing.
Jessica Shankleman, "The Body Shop gives L'Oreal a lesson in ethical sourcing", Business Green, September 17, 2013, © Incisive Media Investments Limited
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Henkel Gains Recognition For Its Sustainability Efforts

September 12, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel was ranked as market segment leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Dow Jones Sustainability Index Europe. Listed as the top company in the Household and Personal Products category of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the company remains the only one in its market segment to be included in both sustainability indices.  Other ratings agencies, such as FTSE4Good index and Ethibel Pioneer, have also recognized Henkel’s sustainability performance.
"Henkel confirms leading position in sustainability ranking", Henkel, September 12, 2013, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Target Secures LEED Certification For 44 More Stores In Canada

September 12, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Target said an additional 44 of its stores in Canada have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which means all of the company’s 68 newly launched stores are now LEED-certified. In 2013, the company also plans to obtain LEED certification for the 124 stores it plans to open in Canada. For its LEED certification, Target is working with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Volume Program, under which the remaining stores will go through several rounds of audits in 2013.
"Target Announces LEED® Certification for Additional 44 Stores", Target, September 12, 2013, © Target.com
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Walmart Announces Sustainability Advances

September 12, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart unveiled its achievements with the Sustainability Index, a system for measuring the environmental impact of products, during the company’s 2013 Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting. Data from the index revealed the retailer has been collaborating with suppliers, nonprofit groups, industry experts, and government to create and implement solutions that address problem areas and opportunities across its supply chain worldwide. Initiatives include increasing the use of recycled materials and reducing waste sent to landfills. In January 2014, the company will start labeling private-label cleaning products according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment Safer Product Labeling program. Also, the retail plans to expand the sustainability index to international markets and require suppliers to reduce fertilizer use in agriculture.
"Walmart Highlights Progress on the Sustainability Index", Walmart, September 12, 2013, © Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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Natura Cosméticos Purchases Carbon Credits From Amazon's Indigenous People

September 10, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Brazil’s cosmetics company Natura Cosméticos purchased 120,000 tons of carbon credits from the Paiter Suruí people of the Amazon. The Paiter Suruí became the first indigenous people to generate carbon credits by saving endangered rainforest using the Verified Carbon Standard for reduced greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation or REDD. Such a deal presents indigenous peoples a sustainable source of revenue and corporations a way to meet their corporate social responsibility requirements.
"Brazilian Cosmetics Giant Buys First Indigenous REDD Credits", Ecosystem Marketplace, September 10, 2013, © The Katoomba Group
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Sustainability Not A Priority Issue For US Shoppers, Study Shows

September 10, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Compared with their European counterparts, American consumers do not put much weight on sustainability when making purchasing decisions at the grocery store, according to a study by design research agency The Big Picture. Results of the study showed most American consumers would not buy sustainably manufactured products because these goods are located in a separate aisle in US supermarkets and most consumers are not aware of the benefits of sustainable production. Among European respondents, Germans turned out to be the most focused on sustainability, while UK respondents came in second. Italians are well aware of the benefits of sustainability; however, it is still not seen as an emerging trend.
"US shoppers apathetic on sustainability compared to Europeans, research shows", The Big Picture, September 10, 2013, © The Big Picture
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Sainsbury's Tests Carbon Dioxide-Refrigerated Trailer For Transporting Chilled And Frozen Products

September 9, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Grocery chain Sainsbury’s partnered with transport refrigeration company Carrier Transicold to test a naturally refrigerated trailer in transporting chilled and frozen products. Part of the retailer’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, the two-year trial of the carbon dioxide-refrigerated transport system uses a modified version of Carrier’s NaturaLINE refrigeration system. If the test would prove successful, the retailer would be able to reduce its CO2 emissions by 70,000 tons, Sainsbury’s said. Other retailers, such as Delhaize America and the Hannaford grocery in Turner, Maine, are also using CO2-based refrigeration systems.
"Sainsbury’s Trials CO2-Refrigerated Trailer", Environmental Leader, September 09, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Clorox Launches Online Marketing Campaign For Green Works Line Of Cleaning Products

September 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Clorox Co. launched an online video series called “The Green Housewives” as part of its efforts to drive sales of its Green Works line of household cleaning products. Available on the company’s website, the video series is based on research showing that even environmentally conscious consumers do not want to be perceived by others as holier-than-thou. Market research firm Packaged Facts forecast 5 percent annual growth for the market for environment-friendly cleaning products, which is getting highly competitive as more companies, such as Seventh Generation and Method, release products, while retailers are introducing their private-label cleaners.
Lauren Coleman-Lochner , "Clorox Spoofs ‘Real Housewives’ as Green Sales Miss Mark: Retail", Bloomberg, September 05, 2013, © BLOOMBERG L.P.
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Unilever Adds Local Elements To Sustainability Initiative In Brazil

September 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever designed its sustainability efforts in Brazil based on social and cultural conditions in the country. While staying committed to the three key principles of the company's global sustainability initiative —sourcing of sustainable resources, focusing the health and wellbeing of the world's population, and providing solutions aimed at alleviating poverty and promote environmental sustainability —the company added local components to the campaign including the way it communicates its sustainability message. For example, Brazilian consumers do not care so much about the carbon footprint of cosmetics and personal care products, according to Unilever Brasil sustainability manager Ligia Camargo.
Simon Pitman, "Unilever tackles the issue of sustainability in Brazil", Cosmetics Design , September 05, 2013, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Naturex Launches Sustainability Initiative

September 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Naturex announced its sustainability initiative for its natural ingredients manufacturing operations. As part of the initiative, the company will consider the environmental impact of every stage of its manufacturing process, including research and development and new projects. It will also keep track of its global environmental performance by complying with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines and reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill by expanding segregation, reuse, and recycling. Naturex also said it plans to expand its use of renewable energy sources and improve energy and treatment processes for waste water and greenhouse gas emissions. The company also pledged to support diversity of farms and agricultural areas.
"Principles of the Naturex Sustainability Program: Environmental Stewardship, Economic Prosperity, and Social Responsibility", Naturex, September 04, 2013, © Naturex
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Safeway Settles Clean Air Act Violations

September 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Retailer Safeway, Inc. settled its Clean Air Act case with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice. As part of the settlement deal, Safeway agreed to pay a $600,000 fine and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerator equipment at its 659 stores in the United States. Considered the largest ozone protection case ever under the CAC, the issue arose from Safeway’s failure to promptly fix leaks of HCFC-22 from its refrigerators and keep maintenance records.
"Safeway fined $600k for clean air violations", USA Today, September 04, 2013, via The Associated Press, © The Associated Press
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Body Shop's Nutriganics Anti-Aging Products Receive Ecocert's Nod

September 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Natural cosmetics retailer The Body Shop said its Nutriganics range of anti-aging products has been certified as organic by Ecocert, an international organization that promotes environment-friendly and socially responsible business activities. Made with organic ingredients, Nutriganics products offer a full skincare regime the company claims visibly improves the skin. Also, the company said the products come in packaging that features recycled materials.
"Body Shop’s Nutriganics range certified by Ecocert", TradeArabia, September 04, 2013, © Tradearabia.com
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Natura Says Supplier Cooperation Crucial To Sustainability Success

September 3, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Brazil’s leading cosmetics company Natura said collaboration with suppliers is crucial to ensuring success of a company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Information provided directly by suppliers can improve the credibility and transparency of a company’s sustainability results and statements, Natura sustainability manager Keyvan Macedo said. Becoming carbon-neutral is a feasible and realistic  target, according to Macedo who also said that there are many ways to mitigate higher production costs brought about by a company’s sustainability efforts.
Simon Pitman, "Natura says co-operation with suppliers is key to controlling carbon footprint", Cosmetics Design , September 03, 2013, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Unilever Partners With Cambridge Sustainability Group To Search For Young Entrepreneurs With Ideas For Sustainability Innovation

September 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever partnered with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership to launch the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards, a competition aimed at inspiring young people worldwide to deal with environmental, social, and health issues. Receiving entries from anyone 30 years old and younger, the awards form part of the partners’ search for innovative but practical and doable solutions for sustainable living. Prizes at stake include €200,000 in cash grants and mentoring services.
"Unilever looks to young entrepreneurs to help make sustainable living commonplace", Unilever, September 02, 2013, © Unilever
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Simple Modifications At Nestlé Factory In Spain Produce Major Water Savings

August 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A Nestlé factory in La Penilla, Spain, that makes chocolate, confectionery, milk and infant formula was able to reduce its water use per ton of product by almost two thirds in less than 12 months, thanks to some simple modifications suggested by a team of engineers, environmental sustainability experts and the factory manager. The factory now efficiently regulates the amount of water flowing through the condensers of the milk evaporators, for example, leading to a reduction of more than one million cubic meters of water a year. The factory also installed three new cooling towers with a more efficient closed refrigeration loop system that recycles water.
"Nestlé factory reduces water use by almost two thirds in less than 12 months", Nestle, August 30, 2013, © Nestle
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Global Corporations Should Align Business Goals With Communities' Needs, Unilever's Sustainability Campaign Shows

August 29, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Global corporations must grow their business in line with the needs of the communities they serve and sell their products to if they are to help in solving the world’s present challenges, such as growing scarcity of resources, climate change, and civil unrest. Business growth and sustainability should not be seen as contradictory and mutually excluding concepts. Companies need to embrace the concept of responsible capitalism and see themselves as part of society. Embracing this concept, Unilever launched the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to double the size of the company, while reducing its impact on the environment and increasing positive social impact.
Jonathan Atwood, Unilever - North America , "How Global Corporations Can Help Meet Global Challenges (Op-Ed)", Live Science, August 29, 2013, © TechMedia Network
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Personal Care Markets Post Strong Growth In China And Japan, Kline Says

August 22, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
In 2013, the natural personal care markets in China and Japan are growing, with the Chinese market posting a growth of almost 25 percent and Japan seeing growth of about 5 percent, according to market research firm Kline. In China, the market growth is driven by the culture-driven popularity of traditional Chinese medicine, increase in transparency in product safety and health-related issues, and rising levels of disposable income. Although natural products account for a smaller portion of Japan’s personal care market, the segment is seeing strong sales increases in natural shampoos, conditioners, and personal cleansing products. Products that are truly natural are showing higher growth rates than those of their merely natural-inspired counterparts.
Nancy Mills - Industry Manager, Consumer Products, "Natural Personal Care Markets Flourishing in China and Japan", Kline Blogs, August 22, 2013, © Kline
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Food Culture Is Changing, And Food/Beverage Companies Need To Monitor The Trends

August 16, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Market research firm The Hartman Group reports some “really fascinating shifts” in today’s food culture that are affecting consumer expectations of grocery products and packaging. Food and beverage companies should pay attention to these trends because they offer opportunities and challenges for new product presentation and packaging, according to the company. A primary trend is greater involvement by consumers in the world of food, which people associate with enjoyment, passion, love and healthy families. Along with this new passion for food comes a desire to know where it comes from, perhaps for safety reasons, but also just out of curiosity.
Anne Marie Mohan, "Food for thought: Consumers’ changing attitudes toward food", Packaging World, August 16, 2013, © Summit Media Group, Inc
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Salmon Farms Commit To Sustainability By 2020

August 15, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The World Wildlife Federation announced that 15 companies that represent 70 percent of global farmed salmon production – collectively known as the Global Salmon Initiative – have committed to having all of their production certified as sustainable by 2020. About 60 percent of salmon eaten today comes from salmon farms. The $5.4 billion industry generates two million metric tons of farmed salmon every year. The commitment to sustainability will help eliminate problems that plague salmon production: poorly managed farms that spread disease and parasites; overuse of chemicals and fish waste that affects ocean ecosystems; and the use of marine organisms for feed that impacts natural resources. The WWF says the commitment “will change aquaculture – and can have global ripple effects through the entire food industry”.
Jason Clay , "Spawning a sustainable industry for farm-raised salmon", News release, World Wildlife Fund, August 15, 2013, © World Wildlife Fund
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Walmart’s Dairy Suppliers Get Behind Company’s Sustainability Index

August 14, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Food sustainability expert Cheryl Baldwin, Ph.D., believes Walmart – particular its Sustainability Index – is playing a major role in the awakening of the dairy supply chain in the U.S. to the benefits of sustainability. The Index – a set of category-specific questions about sustainability performance on key issues answered by suppliers twice each year – was developed by Walmart as part of its own efforts to achieve its broader sustainability goals. Dairy merchants were among the first of Walmart’s suppliers to begin using the Index in the fall of 2012. The 14 Index questions for dairy suppliers target key environmental hotspots: cow manure; the many inputs required to make feed; gases cows produce during digestion, etc. Walmart’s goal is to have 70 percent of its products using the Index by 2017.
"How Walmart Is Transforming Dairy Sustainability", Environmental Leader, August 14, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Fairtrade Launches In Kenya; Faces Long Struggle And Potential Demand Among High-Income Consumers

August 13, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Fairtrade Foundation launched its program aimed at marketing produce of African farmers on Fairtrade terms in Kenya. Results of the group’s study showed 95 percent of high-income Kenyans are willing to pay more to help local producers, with 65 percent saying readiness to pay 5–10 percent more than non-Fairtrade products. However, middle- and low-income respondents said they usually make their purchasing decisions based on price. Product lines included in Fairtrade marketing program include coffee, tea, sugar, fruit juices, and honey, with sales target ranging between £5 million and £10 million. Kenya’s Fairtrade campaigners face a long struggle ahead in the country, which has a population of 41 million and a GDP that has more than doubled in the past 10 years to £20 billion per year. Market research by Fairtrade showed local consumers are interested in seeing Fairtrade-certified products currently being sold in the UK.
"Kenyan shoppers buy local and Fairtrade", Fairtrade Foundation, August 13, 2013, © Fairtrade Foundation
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Unilever Renews IT And Telecommunications Outsourcing Deal With BT

August 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever extended its communications and technology outsourcing contract with BT, the third time the deal has been extended since BT first won the first contract in November 2002. Unilever’s commitment to using BT’s lineup of managed services worldwide forms part of its efforts to expand its business, while reducing its environmental and social impact. Besides the delivery of an integrated network that includes voice, data, video, and mobility services for the company’s 173,000 employees in around 100 countries, BT will also provide collaborative services, such as audio-conferencing and videoconferencing.
"Unilever Extends Partnership With BT To Help It Grow Sustainably", PR Newswire, August 08, 2013, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Kellogg Encourages Sustainable Rice Growing In Louisiana

August 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The Kellogg Company, which uses a lot of medium grain rice in its products, has partnered with the Louisiana Rice Mill and Louisiana State University in an effort to help rice growers in that state use good agronomic methods, adopt sustainable growing practices and understand the connection between sustainability and profitability. The Kellogg Master Grower program also helps insure a continuous supply of rice for Kellogg foods, including Rice Krispies and Special K cereals, while driving environmental improvements in rice production, the company said.
"Kellogg Company Works With Louisiana State University To Promote Sustainable Growing Methods Through Rice Master Grower Program", Kellogg, August 08, 2013, © Kellogg Co.
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Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $8.8 Million In Grants To Community And Sustainability Programs In 2Q 2013

August 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The Coca-Cola Company’s international philanthropic group The Coca-Cola Foundation said it awarded $8.8 million in grants to 66 community organizations in the second quarter of 2013. Aimed at promoting personal well-being, strengthening communities, and protecting the environment, grants valued overall at $1.9 million were directed to programs promoting physical fitness and healthy lifestyle; $4.6 million went to local priorities, including education and other social well-being programs; and $2.3 million to water management, recycling, and environmental programs. Some of the organizations that received grants during the period include DESEM Del Uruguay’s Dale Juguemos program, NPO Japan Running Promotion Organization, and the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Active Transportation in Ireland.
"The Coca-Cola Foundation Gives $8.8 Million to Help Develop Sustainable Communities", The Coca-Cola Company , August 08, 2013, © The Coca-Cola Company
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Wegmans Food Markets Appoints Vice President Of Seafood Sustainability

August 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Wegmans Food Markets appointed Carl Salamone as vice president of seafood sustainability as part of the retailer’s commitment to sustainable seafood. Dave Wagner has been promoted to succeed Salamone as vice president of seafood merchandising at the Rochester, New York-based retailer. Wegman’s sustainability manager Jason Wadsworth has handled the company’s sustainability efforts, including its carbon footprint, packaging, recycling, and sustainable sourcing. Family-owned Wegmans Food Market currently operates 81 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Massachusetts.
"Wegmans' Salamone to Tackle Sustainable Seafood", Progressive Grocer, August 08, 2013, © Stagnito Media
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Kitchen Composting Machines Help Australian Restaurants Deal With Food Waste Problem

August 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Some restaurants in Melbourne, Australia, are experimenting with a novel approach to the foodservice food waste problem that they believe will save $5 million in waste collection a year. With the financial support of the Victoria government and a nonprofit foundation, the restaurants will be installing organic matter composting machines in restaurant kitchens. The machines made by Closed Loop decompose and homogenize food scraps in an aerobic environment using controlled temperatures, agitation and airflow. Volume and weight of organic waste is reduced by up to 90 per cent within 24 hours. The compost will be collected and delivered to city gardens; vegetables from those gardens will be sold back to the restaurateurs.
Sophie Langley , "Melbourne restaurants to take part in food waste recycling program", Australian Food News, August 05, 2013, © Australian Food News
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Tom's Of Maine Looks At Bio-Plastics From Potatoes For Sustainable Packaging

August 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Tom’s of Maine is working with researchers at the University of Maine and the Sustainable BioPlastics Council of Maine to develop polylactic acid packaging using potatoes not fit for human consumption. Tom’s Goodness Report, which was launched in March 2013, details the company’s sustainability goals, such as reducing waste sent to landfills by half by 2015, cutting water consumption by almost half, and decreasing the use of virgin materials from 60 percent to 40 percent by 2020. Packaging is also highlighted as an area the company can improve upon to raise the overall sustainability level of its business operations. While many other companies have added PLA plant-based plastics into their packaging, most efforts tend to involve plastics made from corn.
"Tom’s Of Maine Taps Potatoes For Packaging", Environmental Leader, August 02, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Mega Airless Sees Sustainable Packaging As Standard For Cosmetics Packaging

August 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Sustainable packaging should be the norm in the cosmetics industry, according to Eric Desmaris, business development director of Germany-based packaging company Mega Airless. Desmaris also said “green packaging should not be special or optional packaging.” Mega Airless claims an increasing number of multinational and regional brand owners that believe in sustainability goals are adopting its neutral and 100 percent recyclable packaging solutions. Its airless packs offer enhanced protection for cosmetics formulations, while improving cosmetics companies’ ability to achieve their sustainability targets, the company said.
Andrew McDougall, "“Green packaging should be the norm, not an option”", Cosmetics Design , August 02, 2013, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Seventh Generation Announces Sustainability Achievements For 2012

August 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Seventh Generation said it has developed a 100 percent bio-based laundry detergent surfactant, according to its recently released 2012 Corporate Consciousness Report. A review of the company's sustainability achievements, the report also revealed Seventh Generation has created a plant-based skincare system for the mass market and that 74 products have been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the agency's BioPreferred Program. Seventh Generation also reported the launch of a diaper that is made with 10 percent less wood, energy, and water, as well as a bar soap made from sustainably sourced palm oil. For 2012, the company also claimed it has achieved a 16 percent reduction in use of virgin plastic and a 13 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. These sustainability milestones were reached despite a 9 percent increase in sales, the company added.
"Seventh Generation Unveils 2012 Corporate Consciousness Report", Seventh Generation, August 01, 2013, © Seventh Generation, Inc.
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Unilever Foundation Representatives Visit Save The Children Projects In China

July 31, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Foundation ambassadors and Unilever employees Dana Buchanan and Carlos Castillo Cano came to China to visit Save the Children’s projects in the country. China is one of the five countries where Unilever is supporting the nonprofit group’s Every One global campaign to prevent preventable deaths of children and their mothers. Among the projects visited by Buchanan, who is a senior manager from Australia, and Cano, a customer development executive from Spain, are a community health center and a kindergarten in Shanghai.
"Unilever Foundation Ambassadors visit China with Save the Children", Unilever, July 31, 2013, © Unilever
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Canterbury Coffee Introduces 92% Biodegradable Single-Serve Coffee Cup

July 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Richmond, British Columbia-based specialty coffee roaster Canterbury Coffee announced the OneCoffee, a single-serve coffee cup the company claims is 92 percent biodegradable. Reportedly similar to Keurig’s K-Cup but with 40 percent less plastic content, the cup is made of polylactic acid resin and is designed to break down in an industrial composting facility or landfill. Capable of being degraded in an anaerobic digester, the cup, however, requires moisture. Also, the company said it plans to replace the cup’s nylon filter, which is its only non-biodegradable component. In the United States, about 13 percent of consumers drink coffee from single-serve brewers compared with 4 percent in 2010.
"Canterbury Coffee Develops 92% Biodegradable Single-Serve Pod", Environmental Leader, July 30, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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China’s Pollution Problem Invades Rural Areas, Threatens Food Production

July 27, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Farmers in China’s grain basket, the rainy central province of Hunan, continue to battle with industrial waste water that is contaminating the water needed to grow crops. Rural China's descent toward becoming a toxic wasteland is a result of two trends: expansion of polluting industries into rural regions far from population areas, and heavy use of chemical fertilizers. Researchers report that between eight percent and 20 percent of the country’s arable land – between 25 and 60 million acres – could be tainted by heavy metals. According to The Wall Street Journal, a five percent loss in arable land would be a disaster, severely reducing the 296 million acres currently needed to sustain the population.
Josh Chin and Brian Spegele, "China's Bad Earth", The Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2013, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Report Shows Progress In Reducing Water Consumption Among UK Food/Drink Manufacturers

July 26, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A report from the Federation House Commitment, a voluntary agreement among British food and beverage companies to reduce water use in the country, says that major manufacturers have together cut their water use significantly. Coca-Cola, Heinz, Nestlé and others have reduced water consumption by 16.1 percent in the five years ending in 2012. The voluntary agreement, launched in 2008, seeks to reduce water use in food/drink manufacturing at least 20 percent by 2020. Participating food and drink companies have also agreed to reduce water use per metric ton of product by 20.9 percent from the 2007 baseline level.
"UK Food and Drink Industry Cuts Water Use 16%", Environmental Leader, July 26, 2013, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Nestlé Turns Factory Grounds Into Meadows In The UK

July 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé promised to plant wildflower meadows within the grounds of all its manufacturing facilities in the UK by 2015 to help create natural habitats and expand green space for local communities. Also, Nestlé is partnering with a group of dairy farmers who supply its factory in Girvan, Scotland, to plant wildflowers on their land. Aimed at attracting a variety of wildlife, including various species of butterflies, which are seeing population declines in the UK, the wildflower planting project is expected to create 75 acres of meadows.
"Nestlé plants wildflower meadows to promote biodiversity in the UK", Nestle, July 24, 2013, © Nestle
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Coca-Cola Launches Environment-Friendly Soft Drink In Argentina

July 22, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola launched the Coca Cola Life soft drink product in Argentina. Sweetened with sugar and the natural no-calorie sweetener stevia, the new product comes with a green label. Packaged in the PlantBottle, which is made with 30 percent plant material and is fully recyclable, the new drink comes with 108 calories in a 600 milliliter bottle. Coca-Cola has yet to announce plans to launch in other markets the product, which follows the launch of a new bottle made of ice in Colombia.
Daily Mail Reporters and Reuters Reporter, "Sure this is the real thing? GREEN Coke launched in Argentina with natural sweetener and fully recyclable bottle", Daily Mail Online, July 22, 2013, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Nestlé’s Nespresso Premium Coffee Unit Launches Sustainability Programs In Latin America, Africa

July 16, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé’s premium coffee business unit has launched several socio-economic and environmental initiatives targeted at coffee-farming communities in Africa and Latin America from where it sources some of the Nespresso Grands Cru brand. The aim is to build on the success of the company’s 10-year-old AAA Sustainable Quality Program to secure high quality coffee and improve sustainable farming practices and enhance  farmer welfare .Nespresso says it will partner with local governments and a non-profit organization to improve coffee sustainability at farm level, while launching social development programs to support the welfare of farmers, their families and the wider community.
"Nespresso launches major new sustainability initiatives in Africa and Latin America", Nestle, July 16, 2013, © Nestle
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Tenth Indonesia Palm Oil Processing Plant Will Help Unilever Achieve Sustainability Goals

July 11, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
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.
Andrew McDougall, "Unilever breaks ground on Indonesia plant for sustainable palm oil", Cosmetics Design , July 11, 2013, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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