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Top 10 Ways Brands Used Their Power to Create a More Sustainable World in 2013
Top 10 Ways Brands Used Their Power to Create a More Sustainable World in 2013

7 years ago - 2013 was a banner year for companies using their muscle to drive transformative change, both internally and globally. Without further ado, here is just a taste of some of the progress we found most inspiring.

New Report Reveals Global Trends, 'Perspectives' on CR Reporting
New Report Reveals Global Trends, 'Perspectives' on CR Reporting

7 years ago - CorporateRegister.com, which hosts and manages the global online directory of corporate responsibility (CR) reports, today released its annual free CR Perspectives report, combining data, insight and opinion to reveal how global CR reporting has developed and where it might be headed.

M&S, Waitrose Among UK Retailers Working ‘Stronger Together’ to Fight Forced Labor
M&S, Waitrose Among UK Retailers Working ‘Stronger Together’ to Fight Forced Labor

7 years ago - Leading organisations and industry bodies within UK food production, retail and horticulture have joined forces to tackle the issue of modern-day slavery, human trafficking, forced labor and other hidden migrant worker exploitation, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

UK Households Waste $11 Billion Worth of Food Each Year
UK Households Waste $11 Billion Worth of Food Each Year

7 years ago - UK households waste £6.9 billion ($11 billion) worth of food and drink, or 7 percent of overall sales, each year, according to new research from WRAP.The organization estimates that the grocery retail supply chain produces roughly 6.5 million tons (Mt) of annual waste. Of this, 3.9 Mt is derived from food and drink manufacturers, with the majority being food.

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Failure to Communicate: Dry Sustainability Reports a Missed Opportunity
Failure to Communicate: Dry Sustainability Reports a Missed Opportunity

8 years ago - Does your heart sink at the thought of reading yet another sustainability report?Over the last three years I’ve been documenting the ways companies are communicating sustainability online and using social media in particular. Time and time again, even those companies that demonstrate real panache in their sustainability communications fail to make the best use of the research, data and information that goes into their sustainability report. Often, as a result, a company’s most interesting sustainability work is left buried in these dull but worthy publications that no one really reads.

M&S the First of Few Companies That Come to UK Consumers’ Minds as Being Environmentally Responsible
M&S the First of Few Companies That Come to UK Consumers’ Minds as Being Environmentally Responsible

8 years ago - New research released this week by the Carbon Trust reveals that, while consumers see business as the key to economic recovery, they do not yet see it as key to fixing our environmental problems, with over two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents unable to name a company taking the issue of environmental sustainability seriously.Respondents who could name companies they thought were walking the sustainability talk were quick to mention retailer Marks & Spencer (the most popular answer), followed in order by the Co-operative Group, Tesco, BP and Sainsbury’s.

Unilever, Molson Coors, Co-operative Top Sustainability Champion Awards
Unilever, Molson Coors, Co-operative Top Sustainability Champion Awards

8 years ago - The Co-operative Group, Unilever and Molson Coors are among the winners of the 2degrees 2013 Sustainability Champions Awards, which each year recognizes success in the execution of sustainability initiatives.

The Co-Operative's Lighter Wine Bottles Save Hundreds of Tons of Glass and CO2
The Co-Operative's Lighter Wine Bottles Save Hundreds of Tons of Glass and CO2

8 years ago - UK grocery chain The Co-operative has just announced significant reductions in the weight of its private label wine bottles. With the help of its supplier, Kingsland Wines and Spirits, the Co-operative achieved reductions that amounted to a savings of 725 metric tons of glass and 556 metrics tons of CO2. Not only does a major reduction such as this use fewer resources and save energy, the biggest reduction comes from having less weight to transport and therefore dramatically lower fuel costs. By the end of 2013, the Co-operative plans to reduce its packaging weights by a further 15% and increase its carrier bag reduction target to 75%.

Rainforest Foundation Promotes Sustainable Palm Oil with UK Easter Chocolate Rankings
Rainforest Foundation Promotes Sustainable Palm Oil with UK Easter Chocolate Rankings

8 years ago - With Easter just around the corner, The Rainforest Foundation has teamed up with Ethical Consumer magazine to release a ranking of more than 70 UK chocolate brands to encourage companies to use more sustainably sourced palm oil.

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Co-op, Nestlé, Sainsbury’s Using New Research to Inform Reduction in Supply Chain Footprints
Co-op, Nestlé, Sainsbury’s Using New Research to Inform Reduction in Supply Chain Footprints

8 years ago - The Co-operative Group, Nestlé and Sainsbury’s say they will improve the sustainability performance of some of their products in response to research from the Product Sustainability Forum.The study, published by the Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP), analyzed 50 grocery products with the biggest environmental impact and found that together they contribute between 21 and 33 percent of household greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Some of the products include such staples as bread, potatoes, bananas and milk.

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