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5 Types of Sustainability Marketing Tactics Corporate Execs Need to Understand, and Utilize, Better
5 Types of Sustainability Marketing Tactics Corporate Execs Need to Understand, and Utilize, Better

8 years ago - Sustainability marketing is a strange and special animal. To be effective, it needs to popularize the work of sustainability teams, which tends to be based on rigorous systems thinking, carefully and scientifically considering the whole picture before suggesting ways to improve it. And of course, sustainability marketing also needs to be as sexy and appealing as successful mainstream marketing. Striking that kind of balance is not easy, and there certainly has been significant progress over the last few years. At the same time, there still are some important sustainability marketing tactics that are not understood and adopted well enough.

The Strategic Importance of Recognized Leadership
The Strategic Importance of Recognized Leadership

8 years ago - The need for reputable corporate leadership has never been more acute. We are grappling with large-scale global challenges - climate change, social dislocation, economic inequality, financial uncertainty - that require a new type of leadership from global entities.

WWF: Food Security Delivers Long-Term Business Security
WWF: Food Security Delivers Long-Term Business Security

8 years ago - WWF-UK and the Food Ethics Council recently interviewed senior food business executives to investigate their understanding of sustainable food security and barriers to achieving it. They said the government needs to take bold action to create a food system that serves citizens, the economy and the planet.

Consumer Goods Forum Publishes First-Ever Set of Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines
Consumer Goods Forum Publishes First-Ever Set of Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines

8 years ago - The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global industry network driven by its members to encourage the adoption of practices and standards that serve the consumer goods industry worldwide, has announced publication of the first-ever Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines.

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Consumer Goods Industry Commits to Halving Its Food Waste Globally by 2025
Consumer Goods Industry Commits to Halving Its Food Waste Globally by 2025

8 years ago - Last week, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) — whose membership includes hundreds of consumer brands from a range of industries around the world, including food giants Campbell Soup, Clif Bar, Hershey, Mars and Procter & Gamble — announced a new resolution to mitigate the roughly 40 percent of food wasted globally by agreeing to halve food waste within the operations of its 400 retailer and manufacturer members by 2025, and to support wider U

From Theory to Practice: Phase 3 of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics
From Theory to Practice: Phase 3 of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

8 years ago - Back in 2013, PRé and seven frontrunner companies developed a vision to create a standardised and trusted methodology to assess the social impacts of products. Creating such a methodology together would avoid the drawbacks of each company developing its own methodology. Two years later, the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics has reached its third phase.The aim of the product social footprinting methodology was not only to measure and reduce social risks in the supply chain but also to identify improvement opportunities, reduce the social footprint of products and drive innovation.

Unilever, WWF, Germany Named Sector Leaders in Driving Sustainability Agenda
Unilever, WWF, Germany Named Sector Leaders in Driving Sustainability Agenda

8 years ago - Globescan and SustainAbility released their 2015 Sustainability Leaders survey today, asking experts to assess the progress that various institutions have made in advancing sustainable development since the historic Earth Summit in 1992.Results drawn from 816 sustainability experts across 82 countries indicate a positive perception of non-state actors and lack of confidence in the leadership of national governments. NGOs’ sustainability contribution is ranked highest among those polled, followed by social entrepreneurs, independent academic organizations, social change movements, and multi-sector collaborations.

Valuing the Invaluable: How WWF Is Helping Companies Protect the Ultimate Shared Resource
Valuing the Invaluable: How WWF Is Helping Companies Protect the Ultimate Shared Resource

8 years ago - Water is essential to business of all kinds — from resource extraction to retail. Its scarcity poses collective risks; not just to a company’s facilities, but also to the municipalities in which it operates and the communities comprising its consumer base.

M&S Launches Companywide Campaign to Engage Employees in 'Making Energy Matter'
M&S Launches Companywide Campaign to Engage Employees in 'Making Energy Matter'

8 years ago - UK retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a new employee engagement campaign to help the company cut energy use by 50 percent across its UK operations by 2020.

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Two Years On, How Are Global Fashion Supply Chains Changing in the Wake of Rana Plaza?
Two Years On, How Are Global Fashion Supply Chains Changing in the Wake of Rana Plaza?

8 years ago - Today marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh. It also marks the second Fashion Revolution Day, launched last year to commemorate the Rana Plaza disaster with the aims of encouraging greater collaboration across the fashion sector supply chain.

Over 40 CEOs Urge World Leaders to Take Concrete Climate Action, Just as G7 Ministers Pledge to Do Just That
Over 40 CEOs Urge World Leaders to Take Concrete Climate Action, Just as G7 Ministers Pledge to Do Just That

8 years ago - On Friday, 43 CEOs from some of the world’s largest corporations signed an open letter urging attendants of the upcoming Paris Climate Summit (November 30th-December 11th) to deliver an ambitious climate change agreement, while pledging to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions. Released almost simultaneously, a report commissioned by the G7 Foreign Ministers also recommended concrete actions that foreign ministers can take to increase the climate-resilience of weak states.

Coffee Ground Yarn, Rice Husks and More in M&S' First Sustainable Footwear Collection
Coffee Ground Yarn, Rice Husks and More in M&S' First Sustainable Footwear Collection

9 years ago - UK retailer Marks & Spencer has launched its first sustainable footwear collection, called Footglove Earth — the latest component of the company's ongoing Plan A initiative to become the world's most sustainable retailer by 2020.

Industry Leaders Weigh In on Methodology for Measuring Products' Social Impacts
Industry Leaders Weigh In on Methodology for Measuring Products' Social Impacts

9 years ago - In September, a Roundtable of companies comprised of Ahold, AkzoNobel, BASF, BMW Group, Goodyear, L’Oréal, Marks & Spencer, Philips, RB, Steelcase, DSM and PRé Sustainability published a handbook on how to conduct a Product Social Impact Assessment.

UK's First 'Social Supermarket' Tackling Food Waste and Poverty
UK's First 'Social Supermarket' Tackling Food Waste and Poverty

9 years ago - The UK’s first “social supermarket” opened in London last week — the first in a project aimed at reducing food waste as well as supporting low-income households. Surplus food from some of Britain’s largest supermarkets (such as Asda, Tesco and M&S) is being resold at highly discounted prices to food-insecure locals at the country’s first Community Shop in Lambeth.

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#SB14London: Barry Digs Deep Into Challenges, Lessons Learned as M&S Embarks on Next Phase of 'Plan A'
#SB14London: Barry Digs Deep Into Challenges, Lessons Learned as M&S Embarks on Next Phase of 'Plan A'

9 years ago - As Marks & Spencer’s Plan A programme moves into a new phase — that of engagement — the company’s director of sustainable business, Mike Barry took to the stage Tuesday evening at SB ’14 London to offer his insights into how companies can build long-term, restorative models that are as much about inclusivity as they are profitability.

Levi’s, M&S Among Latest Brands Proving Deforestation Is Out of Style
Levi’s, M&S Among Latest Brands Proving Deforestation Is Out of Style

9 years ago - Fashion Loved by Forest, the campaign spearheaded by Canadian forest conservation nonprofit Canopy that is rallying the fashion industry to commit to deforestation-free materials, continues to gain momentum. Just weeks after announcing the addition of EcoPlanet Bamboo — the largest global developer of certified bamboo plantations on degraded lands, Canopy announced today that Levi Strauss & Co., Marks & Spencer, fashion brand Aritzia, online retailer ASOS, and lifestyle brands Under the Canopy and Portico are joining the initiative.

M&S Replacing Confounding Packaging Ties with Eco- and Consumer-Friendly Paper Version
M&S Replacing Confounding Packaging Ties with Eco- and Consumer-Friendly Paper Version

9 years ago - Isn’t it great when a simpler solution makes the most sense? This week, Marks and Spencer (M&S) rolled out a much less aggravating alternative to the dreaded plastic and metal ties traditionally used to secure products inside packaging, particularly that of toys.The company told edie.net that its patent-pending 'PaperTies' lock products in place and, while strong enough to withstand transport and other wear and tear, are easily torn by the buyer, making receiving a new toy a much less frustrating experience for its recipient. And unlike the standard plastic and metal version, the 100% FSC-certified PaperTies are easily recyclable.

Marks & Spencer Uses Mobile Tech to Poll Over 60,000 Workers in Five Countries
Marks & Spencer Uses Mobile Tech to Poll Over 60,000 Workers in Five Countries

9 years ago - Marks & Spencer (M&S) has scaled up its use of Labor Link mobile technology in the supply chain to poll 64,230 workers across 46 manufacturing locations in 5 countries (China, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the UK) — exceeding its target of 22,500 workers in 30 factories by more than double.

World's Largest Retailers Take Stand Against Forced Labor in Uzbek Cotton Harvesting
World's Largest Retailers Take Stand Against Forced Labor in Uzbek Cotton Harvesting

9 years ago - With the annual International Uzbek Cotton and Textile Fair scheduled for October 14th and 15th in Tashkent, retailers and apparel brands are taking action to prevent Uzbek cotton from entering their supply chains. Markets for Uzbek cotton sourced with forced labor continue to diminish as consumers become more aware of the egregious human rights violations that occur during the Uzbek cotton harvest.

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