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Unilever Foresees Harsh Business Climate In Nigeria In 2013

March 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever Nigeria PLC managing director Thabo Mabe forecast business will be more difficult in 2013. Speaking at the company’s 2012 Customers Forum event in Lagos, Mabe said global warming is expected to have adverse impact on the business environment in Nigeria, as well as worldwide. Mabe, however, promised his company will push its products harder despite the forecast hardships. Unilever’s reorganization of its business in the country’s northern region helped made the region the company’s highest sales point in its 2010 financial year, Mabe said.
Princewill Ekwujuru, "Business-Nigeria: Business will be tough this year - Unilever MD", afriquejet.com, March 04, 2013, © Actualité Economie Finances Sports
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Method Launches Cable TV Advertising Campaign

March 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Method launched its first television advertising campaign in key markets in the United States and Canada. The manufacturer of environment-friendly household and personal care products expanded its digital campaign with a cable TV buy in seven markets in the region for the whole of 2013. Method launched the "Clean Happy" videos online in 2012 and expanded its Facebook community. Advertising agency Mekanism developed the campaign, which includes commercials featuring the company's major products.
"METHOD BRINGS “CLEAN HAPPY” CAMPAIGN TO TV", Method, March 04, 2013, © Method
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Sustainable Food Trade Association Reports Member Companies Are Expanding Sustainability Efforts

March 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Organic food companies are adopting sustainability initiatives, including use of less energy, creation of less waste, reduction of carbon footprints, and donation to the community, according to the Sustainable Food Trade Association. Review of SFTA members’ sustainability reports revealed 100 percent have focused on organic agriculture by selling or producing organic products. Also, member companies are adopting efficiency to reduce energy use, with 37 percent of members saying they have invested in onsite renewable energy generation. Waste diversion rates from landfill rose to 76 percent, while 85 percent of members said they have invested in tracking and integrating carbon management into their operations.
"Sustainable Food Trade Association Releases Its First Annual Sustainability Report", Sustainable Food Trade Association, March 01, 2013, © Sustainable Food Trade Association
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The Body Shop Names Leona Lewis As Brand Activist

February 28, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The Body Shop appointed singer Leona Lewis as brand endorser. Lewis' support for animal rights and her being a vegetarian make her an ideal partner for the cosmetics retailer. Lewis will support The Body Shop and Cruelty Free International's joint campaign to ban animal testing for cosmetics worldwide. Also, The Body Shop will launch the Limited Edition Collection by Leona Lewis line of cruelty-free fragrance and makeup products.
Rebecca Twomey , "Leona Lewis appointed The Body Shop's new Brand Activist", Marie Claire, February 28, 2013, © Marie Claire
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General Mills and Häagen-Dazs Launch Initiative To Help Madagascar Smallholder Farmers Increase Vanilla Output

February 20, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
General Mills and Häagen-Dazs launched an initiative seeking to enhance the economic conditions of smallholder vanilla farmers in Madagascar and ensure supply of high-quality vanilla in the future. In line with General Mills’ efforts to promote sustainable agriculture worldwide, the initiative will leverage the company’s supply-chain and agronomic knowledge base, Virginia Dare’s understanding of the vanilla market, and nonprofit group CARE’s expertise in fighting global poverty. As part of the initiative, Häagen-Dazs will invest $125,000 over two years to help villages in Madagascar’s Sava region.
"Häagen-Dazs and General Mills to help smallholder farmers increase yields and improve sustainability practices in Madagascar", General Mills, February 20, 2013, © General Mills Inc
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Despite Impressive Growth, Organic Cosmetics Market Fails To Outgrow Niche

February 19, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Although the organic and natural beauty market has expanded with double-digit annual growth rates in many countries, it remains a niche market. For example, the market in France grew at an average of 25 percent in 2005–2011, but natural and organic cosmetics accounted for only 2 percent of the total cosmetics market in 2011, according to Deloitte. In comparison, the segment accounts for 6.5 percent of the cosmetics market in Germany. While an increasing number of companies have joined the market by launching their organic and natural cosmetics, several vendors have ended their presence in the market segment. For example, Clarins terminated the Kibio brand it acquired in 2010, while L’Oréal has failed to grow its Sanoflore brand.
"Organic cosmetics deadlocked?", Premium Beauty News , February 19, 2013, © Premium Beauty News
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The Body Shop Revamps Stores, Launches PULSE Boutiques In The United States

February 18, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The Body Shop began redesigning its stores and opening PULSE boutique stores in cities across the United States. Among the first new stores to open are those located at the Mall of America in Minnesota and at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania, the retailer said. To promote the stores’ opening, the company will offer free body butters to the first 50 customers on opening day. The Body Shop claims the new stores are designed to offer shoppers memorable and hands-on experience, as well as inform them about the company’s natural and sustainability advocacy and community involvement.
"The Body Shop opening new concept boutiques around the country", hello beauty!, February 18, 2013, © hello beauty!
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Lush Cosmetics Says It Will Make Products Without Microplastics

February 18, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Lush Cosmetics said it will remove all glitter and microplastics from its products. Described by Lush Cosmetics ethics director Hilary Jones as a result of a long process, the decision was praised by marine conservation groups. With more than 50 percent of the plastic glitters still used by Lush Cosmetics concentrated into three long-term bestselling products, the cosmetics company needed to find replacements that would not upset and disappoint loyal customers. Several suppliers have launched biodegradable alternatives to microplastics as they try to deal with the controversy regarding the use of microplastics in cosmetics and personal care products.
Vincent Gallon, "Microplastics: Lush hot on Unilever’s heels", Premium Beauty News, February 18, 2013, © Premium Beauty News
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Resources Are Available For Those Interested In Farming In The City

February 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Urban farming is catching on all over the country, as people from all walks of life grow food on rooftops, balconies, window sills, etc. To promote the trend and provide resources for novice and experienced urban gardeners, Food Tank  compiled a list of organizations, conferences, videos, and books dedicated to the subject. The City Chicken Project, for example, teaches city dwellers how to keep chickens that provide not only eggs, but also soil aeration and fertilizer. Two organizations in Chicago offer urban beekeeping classes. And “The Urban Farm Handbook” provides instruction for the novice urban farmer and includes “a wealth of relevant topics”.
Danielle Nierenberg and Food Tank Contributor Heather Penn, "Eight Urban Farm Initiatives In The U.S.", Foodtank.org, February 17, 2013, © Food Tank, The Food Think Tank
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Thierry Mugler's The Source Makes Perfume Refilling Cool

February 14, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Fashion and perfume vendor Thierry Mugler launched its The Source perfume refill recycling business. Results of analysis conducted by environmental specialist firm EVEA showed the refill recycling operations could save around 1,515 tons of used fragrance bottles and eliminate the need for 1.35 million new bottles worldwide. There are many obstacles, such as inconvenience, mess, and cost, faced by companies promoting refill recycling; however, Thierry Mugler’s move might make the concept fashionable and be readily accepted by consumers.
Amy Bridgman, "When Refill Recycling Works for Your Brand", Popsop, February 14, 2013, © Popsop Ltd.
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When It Comes To Packaging, Sustainability Is The Key For Global Consumers

February 13, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A survey of nearly 20,000 consumers in 26 countries by French market researcher Ipsos finds a willingness to pay extra for packaging that keeps food and beverages fresher longer (55 percent), is environmentally friendly (55 percent), is re-usable and easy to use. But consumers were less interested in more sophisticated packaging that prevents mess or spills, keeps food and beverages at the right temperature, or makes it easier to eat and drink on-the-go (31 percent). Ipsos said the findings suggest a marketing opportunity “through innovative package designs that deliver sustainability of freshness as well as sustainability of the planet.”
"Global Consumers Willing to Fork Out More for Fresh and Sustainable Packaging", Ipsos, February 13, 2013, © Ipsos
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SC Johnson Joins Mexico's Wind Farm Program To Increase Renewable Energy Use At Toluca Factory

February 12, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson said it has joined the wind farm program of Mexico’s Comision Federal de Electricidad. Part of the company’s efforts to increase its sustainability, SC Johnson’s participation in the program will allow it to increase its use of renewable energy by 65 percent to about 86 percent of total power use at its facility in Toluca, Mexico. Also, it will decrease the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent. Other sustainability initiatives of the company include the use of wind turbines at its largest manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, and the use of waste palm shells as a fuel source to heat water for mosquito coil production at its Medan facility in Indonesia.
"SC Johnson Mexico to Use Wind Energy to Produce Trusted Household Products like Glade and Pledge", SC Johnson, February 12, 2013, © S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
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Unilever Joins Metro In Promoting Deodorants With Smaller Packaging

February 8, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever partnered with Metro magazine to launch a marketing campaign for the personal care company’s range of compressed deodorants. As part of the campaign, a 24-page downsized edition of the Metro magazine will be launched on February 11, 2013. With a distribution of 300,000, the mini-magazine will include an advertorial highlighting the environmental benefits of compressed deodorants and a story focusing on the rise pro-sustainability consumers.
Angela Haggerty, "Metro and Unilever join forces for compressed mini edition", The Drum, February 08, 2013, © Carnyx Group Ltd
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Natural And Organic Cosmetics And Personal Care Market Grows Slower In 2012

February 7, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Annual growth rate for the global natural and organic cosmetics and toiletries market slowed to 7–9 percent in 2012, according to Organic Monitor. In 2011, the global market was valued at $9.1 billion and today still attracts manufacturers. Europe and North America, which is dominated by natural cosmetics, are the two largest markets. Decline in demand in Europe is the main cause for the global market's slowdown. Asia's market is growing at double-digit levels, while the North American market is recovering from the adverse effects of the 2007–2009 financial crisis. Investment in new products has continued, with 6,999 all natural and organic beauty and personal care product launches recorded in 2012, according to Mintel.
Imogen Matthews , "Natural/Organic Has Room to Grow", Happi, February 07, 2013, © Rodman Media / HAPPI
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Walmart, Mother Nature Network Launch Twitter Campaign For Sustainability

February 6, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart partnered with Mother Nature Network to launch a campaign promoting sustainability on Twitter. As part of the campaign, the partners launched a contest inviting consumers to share ideas and innovations on Twitter for a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card. Every first Wednesday of the month, a new contest will be announced.
"Walmart and Mother Nature Network Take Search for Sustainability Ideas to Twittersphere", Walmart, February 06, 2013, © Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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Partnership Promotes Coconut Sustainability In Philippines

February 5, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. food producer and marketer Cargill has partnered with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and chemical company BASF to develop a certified sustainable coconut oil supply chain in the Philippines. The goal of the partnership, which is co-financed by a German government agency, is to enhance sustainability and improve the livelihoods of 2,500 coconut growers by improving productivity and coconut oil quality. The initiative provides farmers with newly designed coconut dryers to improve the quality of copra (coconut meat) and coconut oil, and provides better access to health insurance. About 3.5 million hectares are dedicated to coconut production in the Philippines, a quarter of the total agricultural land.
"Partnership Sets Out Path to Certified Sustainable Coconut Oil in the Philippines", Cargill, February 05, 2013, © Cargill, Incorporated
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Unilever Reduces Size Of Deodorant Packaging To Enhance Sustainability

February 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said it reduced the size of packaging of its deodorant products to make them more environment-friendly. Deodorants made by the company, including Sure and Dove brands, will be available in 75-milliliter cans instead of the previous 150ml containers. Unilever, however, assured consumers that they will get the same amount of deodorant as before from the new packaging, which the company claims contains less gas and less aluminum. Also, the new packaging means deodorants occupy less space and are easier and cost less to transport.
Sean Poulter, "Your deodorant shrinks... but the price doesn't! Firm reduces size of cans in bid to be green", Daily Mail, February 04, 2013, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Multinational Companies In India Are Committed To Buying Palm Oil From Sustainable Sources

February 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A commitment to creating sustainable supply chains is driving multinational companies to encourage producers of palm oil in Malaysia and Indonesia to adopt sustainable production methods. Indian companies that buy palm oil include Godrej Industries, Hindustan Unilever, Adani Wilmar, and Ruchi Soya. They are among 20 multinationals whose goal is to eventually buy only palm oil that originates from plantations certified as sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).Unilever, for example, has set a target of purchasing palm oil only from traceable sources by 2020.
Rituraj Tiwari & Sagar Malviya, "Eco-friendly Palm oil, a new mantra for sustainability", The Economic Times, February 02, 2013, © Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd
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Henkel Recognizes Top Suppliers And Partners

January 31, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Henkel honored five of its suppliers for their “outstanding cooperation,” at the 2013 American Cleaning Institute Annual Meeting and Industry Convention in Orlando, Florida. Novozymes and Dow Corning received Henkel’s Best Innovation Contributor Award, while the Henkel Sustainability Award went to Monosol and Evonik Industries. Ashland received the Best Supply Performance Award. Henkel’s corporate senior vice president of global purchasing, Bertrand Conquéret in expressing his company’s appreciation, said, “A close strategic partnership with our core suppliers enables us to leverage the full potential in all our businesses.”
"Henkel presents awards to outstanding suppliers", Henkel, January 31, 2013, © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Unilever's Social Experiment Aims To Find Ways To Improve Household Sustainability

January 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever launched the Bathroom Challenge, the second chapter of its sustainability social experiment in the United Kingdom. Highlighting the company's personal and household care brands Radox, Domestos, and Persil, the program asks 12 UK households to discover ways to lower their water and energy use and bathroom waste while doing daily activities, such as washing hands and brushing teeth. Data from Futures Company show heating water for household use accounts for 23 percent of domestic heating bills and one-fifth of households' carbon footprint in the UK. Launched in November 2012, the first part of the Sustain Ability Challenge asked 12 households to reduce the environmental impact of their kitchens.
Rosie Baker, "Unilever launches second phase of sustainability scheme", Marketing Week, January 30, 2013, © Centaur Media plc
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Unilever Joins Davos Conference On Global Development

January 25, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever chief executive officer Paul Polman discussed at the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos the challenges the world faces as resources decline and demand for food, water, and energy keeps rising. Polman joined United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, and other world and business leaders in discussing ways to deal with poverty and related issues. Polman is a member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons convened by Ban Ki-moon in July 2012 as his advisory council on global development issues beyond 2015.
"Unilever debates global development at Davos", Unilever, January 25, 2013, © Unilever
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Unilever Claims Half Of Its Factories Produced Zero Landfill Waste In 2012

January 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever reported that more than 50 percent of its factories have achieved the company's goal of generating no landfill waste in 2012. What makes this achievement more remarkable, however, is the €51 billion in annual sales reported by Unilever. Unilever claimed 100 percent of its factories in 18 countries produced no landfill waste in 2012. The company recently revised its Sustainable Living Plan objective of reducing waste for disposal to 2008 levels or lower by bringing the 2020 commitment five years forward to 2015.
"Unilever reduces waste by one million household bins while growing business", Unilever, January 24, 2013, © Unilever
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Peanut Butter Project Tests Beneficial Effects Of Whey Protein On Malnourished African Children

January 24, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The humanitarian organization known as the Project Peanut Butter (PPB) that developed a Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food to battle childhood malnutrition in African countries, is launching a clinical trial to determine whether adding whey protein to the mix would provide even greater health benefits. The current nutritional supplement – a mix of peanuts, powdered milk, oil, sugar, vitamins and minerals – is energy dense, resists spoiling, does not need to be cooked and can be given in small amounts. The organization is testing whether lactose-rich whey permeate – a by-product of cheese making– would benefit immature digestive systems by promoting mineral  absorption and stimulating beneficial bacteria growth in the gut, creating a stronger digestive and immune system.
"Project Peanut Butter", Joanna Cosgrove, January 24, 2013, © Rodman Media
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Dietary Changes Since 1960 Have Strained The Supply Of Rare Resource: Phosphorous

January 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Over the last four decades, increases in meat consumption and total calorie intake have led to a 38 percent increase in the world’s per capita phosphorous footprint, according to researchers at Canada’s McGill University. They calculated the total amount of phosphorus applied to food crops for humans and animals by using fertilizer-application rates. They then looked at the statistical relationship between economic development and phosphorus-footprint values, finding that dietary changes since the early 1960s have fueled a sharp increase in the amount of mined phosphorus – a relatively scarce resource. "Our results demonstrate that changes in diet can be a significant part of the strategy for enhancing sustainability of phosphorus management," the lead author said.
"Dietary shifts driving up phosphorus use", Press release, Environmental Research Letters, January 17, 2013, © AAAS, the science society
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Unilever Adopts Frugal Innovation, Aims To Make More With Less

January 10, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever, along with Renault-Nissan and Siemens, is a pioneer in using frugal innovation as a business strategy. Defined as "the ability to generate considerably more business and social value while significantly reducing the use of scarce resources," frugal innovation helps enterprises perceive scarcity in resources as a growth opportunity. Unilever CEO Paul Polman has adopted the theory, integrating frugal innovation into his company's business operations. For example, Unilever gets almost 25 percent of its agricultural inputs from sustainable sources and uses lower-emission trucks in distributing its products.
Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu , "Frugal Innovation: A New Business Paradigm", INSEAD, January 10, 2013, © INSEAD Knowledge
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Walmart's MSP Program Encourages Employees To Adopt Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyle

January 9, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Walmart’s My Sustainability Plan (MSP) encourages the retailer’s 2.2 million employees worldwide to adopt a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Launched in 2010, MSP has reinforced and expanded the company’s sustainability efforts, which began in 2007 when the company launched a pilot program for employees. Within the next few years, the company saw 20,000 employees adopting healthy options which included giving up smoking and losing weight. Consulting firm BBMG helped Walmart in developing MSP. The company helped Walmart transform the program into a comprehensive guide that would offer employees “easy, incremental, and realistic steps” in adopting sustainability habits. Also, in 2010, Walmart began offering MSP to its employees worldwide.
Ellen Weinreb, "How Walmart associates put the 'U' and 'I' into sustainability", Greenbiz, January 09, 2013, © GreenBiz Group
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Procter & Gamble Supports China's Environment Education Program For Young People

January 7, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble announced its support for the Little Green Scouts, a program aimed at helping young people in China to study, observe, and get in touch with nature and the environment. Peking University primary school students performed the “Greenhouse Effect” drama during the program’s launch in Beijing. Started by the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences, the Little Green Scouts program was integrated by the State Council into its action plan for the country’s science literacy in 2012.
Li Woke, "Scouting out a greener future", China Daily, January 07, 2013, © China Daily Information Co (CDIC)
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CPG Manufacturers Face 10 Trends, PMMI Report Says

January 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Consumer packaged goods manufacturers face 10 major issues affecting their business, according to PMMI's report on the Vision 2020 focus groups the company conducted during Pack Expo International 2012. These issues are difficulty of recruiting and retaining employees, sustainability and lean manufacturing processes, and the rise of Gen Y consumers, people born between the mid-1970s and the late 1990s. Also, CPG vendors need to deal with social media, compliance with current and proposed regulations, operational reliability, and innovations in manufacturing materials and packaging. CPG vendors also have to plan and operate globally and keep a close watch on capital investments. Finally, CPG companies are finding it easier to adopt sustainable practices.
Lisa McTigue Pierce, "Top 10 trends affecting packaging in 2013", Packaging Digest, January 02, 2013, © UBM Canon
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SC Johnson Installs Wind Turbines At Waxdale Manufacturing Site

December 18, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson installed two wind turbines at its Waxdale manufacturing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin. Capable of generating about 8 million kilowatt hours of electricity yearly, the wind turbines will enhance the plant’s sustainability, producing Scrubbing Bubbles, Glade, and Windex products with clean energy. Combined with the plant’s cogeneration turbines, the wind turbines will enable the plant to produce 100 percent of its electricity requirements onsite.
"SC Johnson Powers Up Wind Energy at Company’s Largest Manufacturing Facility", SC Johnson, December 18, 2012, © S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC.
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WRI Sustainability SWOT Tool Helps Target, Staples Profit From Environment-Friendly Operations

December 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Retailers Target and Staples are using the World Resources Institute’s Sustainability SWOT tool to perform strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of their sustainability efforts. The sSWOT tool developed by the WRI is designed to help businesses profit from their efforts to manage environmental risks, such as climate change and water shortage. Also, the sSWOT can help motivate companies to invest and collaborate to deal with sustainability-related issues in ways that add value to their business.
"Target, Staples Use WRI Tool to Profit from Sustainability", Environmental Leader, December 13, 2012, © Environmental Leader LLC
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Unilever Wins Sustainability Award From World Environment Center

December 11, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
The World Environment Center awarded its 2013 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to Unilever. WEC’s Gold Medal Jury recognized Unilever for its long-term commitment to including sustainability in its business products and operations, as well as its previous efforts to improve global environmental standards. Unilever claims to address environmental issues through its Sustainable Living Plan, which aims to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.
"Unilever Selected As Winner Of The 2013 Gold Medal For International Corporate Achievement In Sustainable Development", Business Wire, December 11, 2012, © Business Wire
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L'Oréal Joins Beraca, German Agency To Help Promote Sustainable Sourcing From The Amazon

December 10, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
L'Oréal partnered with Brazil-based ingredients supplier Beraca to help promote sustainable sourcing of raw materials from the Amazon. With Germany's Agency for International Cooperation as part of the agreement, the program focuses on supply chain's principal areas: organization and management, manufacturing and organic certification, and marketing. The German international agency will handle training of program beneficiaries in business management and collaborative solutions. L'Oréal will invest in infrastructure and safety equipment.
Simon Pitman, "Beraca partners with L’Oréal on sustainable Amazon development", Cosmetics Design, December 10, 2012, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Procter & Gamble Expands Fleet Of Lift Trucks Powered By Fuel Cells

November 29, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble Co. chose GenDrive fuel cells from Plug Power Inc. to power the electric lift trucks in the company's manufacturing plant in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. Three other P&G manufacturing sites are using green fuel cell technology, with more than 340 units deployed. Compared with lead-acid batteries, which require being changed, charged, stored, and maintained, GenDrive fuel cells are powered by hydrogen, can offer constant voltage, and can be refueled in minutes.
"PLUG POWER ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SITE FOR PROCTER & GAMBLE", Plug Power, November 29, 2012, © Plug Power Inc.
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Unilever Expands Focus, Operations In Emerging Markets

November 29, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever CEO Paul Polman said emerging markets are accounting for a growing share and focus of his company's business operations, as well as of those of other multinational corporations. At present, emerging markets account for 56 percent of the company's revenue, and this rate will rise to 75 percent by the end of the decade, according to Polman. He also said that innovation, anticipation of consumer needs, and business speed and agility will enable Unilever to double its turnover while reducing its environmental impact. Polman said that increasingly, innovation is coming from the emerging markets, and the company is expanding its investments in developing countries.
Vinay Kamath and K. Giriprakash, "Using the right Levers for emerging markets", The Hindu Business Line, November 29, 2012, © The Hindu Business Line
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Being A Good Corporate Citizen Helps Unilever Grow Its Business

November 29, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever said that, three years after its launch, the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan has helped the company's East and Southern Africa division advance significantly toward its goal of doubling business while reducing its environmental footprint. USLP is the company's contribution to global efforts in "easing pressure on the world's resources," according to Unilever East and Southern Africa managing director Yaw Nsarkoh. Toilet soaps manufactured by Unilever help reduce the incidence of diarrhea and upper respiratory infections in Kenya, where 30,000 children under five years die from these diseases each year.
"Unilever rides consumer welfare to make money", Standard Media, November 29, 2012, © The Standard Group Limited
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Burt's Bees Launches Recycling Program For Lip Balm Tube

November 28, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Burt’s Bees partnered with Preserve to encourage consumers to recycle the #5 plastic, or polypropylene plastic, commonly used in consumer goods packaging. Part of Preserve’s Gimme 5 recycling program, the partnership lets consumers recycle tubes from Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Tinted Lip Balm, and Lip Shimmer, and plastic caps from all Burt’s Bees products. The program also seeks to raise the recycling rate of #5 plastic, of which more than 99 percent currently goes to landfills.
Harry Stevens , "Burt’s Bees Launches Lip Balm Tube Recycling Program", Triple Pundit, November 28, 2012, © TriplePundit
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Dole Finds Its Sustainability Claims Being Challenged In Court

November 20, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Seattle-based law firm Hagens Berman sued Dole, alleging the company knowingly bought bananas from growers in Guatemala whose plantation operations have destroyed wetlands and contaminated water sources with pesticides. The lawsuit alleges Dole has been making false sustainability claims, including its announcement in 2011 to sell bananas from farms certified by the Sustainable Agriculture Network.
Robert Kropp, "Lawsuit takes Dole's sustainability claims to task", Green Business, November 20, 2012, © GreenBiz Group
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Proposed Financial Reporting Method Includes Value Of Sustainability

November 15, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
More than 80 companies, including Clorox, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola, are evaluating the use of an integrated financial reporting framework that merges measurable financial results with sustainability, social, and regulatory factors. Overseen by the International Integrated Reporting Council, the pilot program aims to measure how sustainable a company’s operations are by considering the costs and benefits of its environmental strategies. Under the framework, companies must report all material information, including its sustainability goals and metrics. The IIRC believes integrated reporting, such as the pilot program, can help investors determine a company’s ability to generate cash flows.
Kathleen Hoffelder, "The Value of Sustainability", CFO Magazine, November 15, 2012, © CFO Publishing LLC
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Unilever, Earth911 Launch First Deodorant Stick Recycling Project In The United States

November 15, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever partnered with Earth911 to launch a project aimed at testing the feasibility of recycling deodorant sticks. Supported by partners Nextlife and FundingFactory, the project also seeks to demonstrate that the millions of deodorant sticks can be an important raw material resource for communities that recycle plastics. Students from 50 high schools and colleges in the United States will help collect deodorant sticks for the recycling test, which is part of Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan sustainability initiative.
"Earth911, Unilever in the USA Pioneer Mass Recycling Program for Deodorant Sticks and Two-Resin Packaging ", PRNewswire, November 15, 2012, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Unilever CEO Thinks Capitalism Needs Some Fixing

November 14, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Unilever chief executive officer Paul Polman said he thinks capitalism as it is right now is burdened with several weaknesses, including its over-consumption of natural resources. Polman said the inability of international organizations to deal with the effects of globalization only worsens the impact of resource depletion, which is forecast to get worse in the future. Unilever’s move against quarterly financial reporting was aimed at reforming the company’s culture that was too focused on short-term results. Also, Unilever’s integration of sustainability into its business operations and enhancement of its competitiveness helped improve its revenue performance.
Pip Brooking , "Fixing Capitalism: Paul Polman interview", CBI magazine , November 14, 2012, © The CBI
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Procter & Gamble's Sustainability Efforts Help Bottom Line In UK

November 14, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble cut by half the environmental impact of its business operations in 2002–2011 by reducing carbon emissions by 53 percent and using 52 percent less energy and 58 percent less water, according to Huw Waters, P&G product supply director in the UK. Claiming that the sustainability efforts have not been acts of charity, the company asserts that the changes in its supply chain have helped P&G reduce costs and improve its relationships with its partner supermarkets. Profitability and sustainable logistics should "go hand in hand," according to Waters. In the UK, P&G delivers about 7 percent of its products to retailers, such as Tesco. P&G also has a truck-sharing deal with Tesco, which the company plans to duplicate with other retailers.
Amy Wilson, "Procter & Gamble at cutting edge of brand sustainability", Telegraph, November 14, 2012, © Telegraph Media Group Limited
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Target Revises Design Plans To Gain LEED Certification For All 2013 Canadian Stores

November 14, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Target announced it is seeking Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification for all its retail stores in Canada set to open in 2013. To achieve its LEED objective, Target has revised design plans of its stores to include conservation of energy and water, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and decrease in landfill-bound waste. One of the first Canada organizations to join the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Volume Program, Target claims it has integrated sustainability in all aspects of its business operations and will invest more than $10 million on remodeling each store location.
"Target® Seeks LEED Certification for All 2013 Canadian Store Locations", Target, November 14, 2012, © Target.com
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Procter & Gamble Launches Post-Consumer Waste Recycling Project In The Philippines

November 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble launched a pilot materials recovery facility project in the Philippines. Designed to overcome the lack of treatment and recovery infrastructure in developing countries, the "Waste to Worth" project is a joint venture with the Asian Development Bank. P&G said it plans to study the feasibility of other similar pilot projects in 2012–2020 as part of its efforts to eliminate landfill-bound post-consumption waste.
Maxine Perella, "P&G pilots first 'scalable MRF' for post-consumer waste", edie news, November 13, 2012, © Faversham House Group Ltd
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L’Oréal's Sustainability And CSR Efforts Gain Recognition From Foundation For Social Change

November 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
L’Oréal received the Leader of Change Award from the Foundation for Social Change for its "creativity and leadership" in focusing on and dealing with important social and environmental issues. Given during the 2012 Global Conference for Social Change, hosted by the New York University's Stern School of Business and the United Nations Office of Partnerships, the award is aimed at inspiring enterprises to promote environmental protection and social responsibility, as well as highlight the "positive business benefits" of sustainability. 
"L'Oréal Recognized by Foundation for Social Change as a "Leader of Change"", CSRWire, November 13, 2012, © CSRwire, LLC
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Cargill’s Sustainable Cocoa Program Proves Profitable For Côte d’Ivoire Farmers

November 13, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Global food producer Cargill says its sustainable cocoa program has helped cocoa farmers in the Côte d’Ivoire boost yields and improve bean quality and, in turn, increased farmers’ profits. According to the company, 26,500 Ivorian farmers across 43 certified cooperatives received Cargill’s sustainable cocoa premium totaling $7.6 million. The premium has raised farmers’ direct revenues by 17 percent on average. Cargill customers who buy certified cocoa and chocolate ingredients contribute directly to these premium payments that over the last three years have totaled more than U.S. $12.2 million.
"Cargill’s leading sustainable cocoa program boosts profits for Ivorian cocoa farmers", Press release, Cargill, November 13, 2012, © Cargill
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Shiseido Promises To Use Only RSPO-Certified Palm Oil In 2013

November 12, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Japan-based cosmetics company Shiseido pledged to use only palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in 2013. Shiseido joined the RSPO in 2010. Certification of Shiseido's sustainability plan involves using the Book&Claim system for trading palm oil and palm kernel oil made at RSPO-certified plantations.
Andrew McDougall, "Shiseido commits to 100% RSPO-certified palm oil in 2013", Cosmetics Design, November 12, 2012, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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Coca-Cola Brazil Ups Investment In Amazon Rain Forest Preservation Program

November 12, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Brazil says it has expanded its partnership with the Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (FAS) to further economic development and conservation of Amazonian preservation reserves. The main focus of the FAS is to generate jobs and income so that workers can guarantee their living conditions without harming the forest. Without plant coverage, desertification could leave the greatest watershed of the world unprotected. The expanded effort will put an additional $1.3 million into programs that support income generation and conservation in the Rio Negro Sustainable Development Reserve. Coca-Cola says its investment in the initiative will total $13 million by 2017.
"Coca-Cola Increases Conservation Support for World’s Largest Forest", Press release, the Coca-Cola Company, November 12, 2012, © The Coca-Cola Company
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China's Animal Testing Requirement Keeps Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Firms Away

November 11, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
China’s policy requiring cosmetics to be tested on animals before they are allowed to be sold in the country prevents some cosmetics companies, which are against animal testing, from entering the market. The Body Shop, for example, has refrained from expanding in to China to avoid violating the company’s cruelty-free policies. In the Philippines, The Body Shop launched its Christmas line of skincare products for 2012.
Camille Erika R. Sarte, "Chinese dilemma", Business World, November 11, 2012, © BusinessWorld Publishing Corporation
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P&G Pledges To Use Fiber From Sustainable Sources

November 8, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble announced new fiber-sourcing goals for the pulp it uses for its tissue-towel, baby care, and feminine hygiene products. Developed in partnership with World Wildlife Fund, the new goals are expected to help P&G achieve its long-term environmental sustainability goals, which include using 100 percent sustainably sourced renewable or recycled materials. Through these goals, P&G commits that by 2015 all the pulp it uses will be certified by third-party organizations under duly recognized certification programs used in different parts of the world. Also, the company pledges that by that time, 40 percent of the pulp will be Forest Stewardship Council certified.
"P&G Releases New Fiber Sourcing Goals for Tissue-Towel and Absorbent Hygiene Products", Procter & Gamble, November 08, 2012, © Procter & Gamble
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Walgreens Launches Ology Brand Of Non-Toxic Personal Care And Home Products

November 5, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Drugstore chain Walgreens launched its Ology brand of baby and personal care products and household cleaners the company claims are free from harmful chemicals. Some Ology products are available at Walgreens and Duane Reade stores and online. The Ology brand also includes light bulbs and paper products that are 100 percent made from renewable resources and do not include any tree parts.
"Walgreens Introduces the “Ology™” Brand of Healthy Home Products", BUSINESS WIRE, November 05, 2012, © Business Wire
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