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Sustainable Brands Releases Program Details for New Metrics ‘18 Conference
Sustainable Brands Releases Program Details for New Metrics ‘18 Conference

1 year ago - Speakers from Danone, Seventh Generation, and B Lab among those confirmed to share advances in the metrics around social and environmental value SAN FRANCISCO, July 26, 2018 – Sustainable Brands® recently unveiled program details for New Metrics '18: The ROI of Sustainable Business, scheduled for October 29-31 in Philadelphia, PA.

2018 Promises to Further Raise the Sustainability Bar
2018 Promises to Further Raise the Sustainability Bar

1 year ago - As we approach the 2020 deadline for many corporate sustainability pledges, plus the commitments made in the New York Declaration on Forests, sustainable business practices are front and center in the minds of decision-makers. The next twelve months will be pivotal in achieving these goals.

Why the Food Industry Can’t Risk Anything Less Than ‘Radical Transparency’
Why the Food Industry Can’t Risk Anything Less Than ‘Radical Transparency’

1 year ago - As food supply chains grow more complex, consumers are setting higher expectations for food quality, safety and sustainability as they seek more aspirational choices around what they eat. But food scares continue to happen, one of the most famous being the horse meat scandal in 2013.

New Evidence Suggests That Sustainability Standards Drive Action
New Evidence Suggests That Sustainability Standards Drive Action

1 year ago - New evidence suggests that sustainability standards are drivers of the adoption and improvement of corporate practices. Its welcome news following CDP’s recent examination of the gap between corporate intentions and action on tackling climate-related risks.

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RSPO Launches New Network to Accelerate Sustainable Palm Oil, But Is It Enough?
RSPO Launches New Network to Accelerate Sustainable Palm Oil, But Is It Enough?

1 year ago - A key ingredient in everything from beauty products to detergents and even ice cream, palm oil is an important commodity that generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. However, unsustainable palm oil production practices are the root cause of considerable environmental and social risks. Efforts to address issues such as deforestation and human rights violations are on the rise as a result of increasing pressure from consumers and investors, as well as a growing awareness of the threat inaction poses to future business, yet a sustainable palm oil industry is still a long way off.

Quantis Introduces New Land Use Guidance to Slash Global Supply Chain Emissions
Quantis Introduces New Land Use Guidance to Slash Global Supply Chain Emissions

1 year ago - Sustainability consulting group Quantis, in conjunction with a pre-competitive consortium of over 40 private companies, NGOs, governments and scientific institutions, has released the Land Use Change Guidance: Accounting for Emissions in the Supply Chain.

Trending: CanopyStyle, Burberry Further Mainstreaming Sustainable Textiles
Trending: CanopyStyle, Burberry Further Mainstreaming Sustainable Textiles

2 years ago - The sourcing and manufacturing of materials are two of the most environmentally impactful aspects of the fashion industry. In an effort to shift the sector to a more sustainable model, key industry players have revved up efforts to move sustainable materials to the mainstream.

Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Merge to Create Single Agriculture Sustainability Standard
Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Merge to Create Single Agriculture Sustainability Standard

2 years ago - Two of the world’s leaders in sustainable agriculture and certification, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ have announced plans to merge later this year in an effort to simplify the certification process for sustainable agriculture.

Canopy, Rainforest Alliance Launch First-Ever Audit for Rayon-Viscose Supply Chain
Canopy, Rainforest Alliance Launch First-Ever Audit for Rayon-Viscose Supply Chain

2 years ago - Cotton is often king in discussions surrounding the creation of a more sustainable apparel industry, yet over 120 million trees are felled every year — 30 percent of which originate from ancient and endangered forests — to produce textiles such as viscose and rayon.

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New Reporting Guidelines Aiming to Shed Further Light on Palm Oil Industry
New Reporting Guidelines Aiming to Shed Further Light on Palm Oil Industry

2 years ago - With rainforest destruction and forced labor still urgent concerns in palm oil cultivation, a diverse group of NGOs and investor organizations, organized by Ceres, today released shared guidance for corporate reporting on company commitments towards responsible palm oil sourcing and production.

WRI Partnership Aims to Foster Supply Chain Transparency, Zero-Deforestation Strategies
WRI Partnership Aims to Foster Supply Chain Transparency, Zero-Deforestation Strategies

2 years ago - Today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 20 of the world’s largest commodity producers, traders, manufacturers, consultants and retailers launched a new partnership with research institutions and banks to monitor deforestation and manage sustainability from farm to customer. Globally, 366 companies worth $2.9 trillion have committed to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains, but they need better information to make good on their commitments. The partnership will focus on building a global decision-support tool to increase transparency and traceability across supply chains.

Demonstrating Impacts of Sustainability Certifications Will Require Better Communication
Demonstrating Impacts of Sustainability Certifications Will Require Better Communication

2 years ago - Certification has, over the years, played a significant role in the development and execution of ethical supply chain programs across industries, providing frameworks within which brands can analyze and make improvements to their practices and business models. It has also provided a means to communicate brand values and commitment to these values to the public. Though certification has evolved to become an essential component of the corporate landscape, it still faces a number of challenges.

Sustainable Brands Releases Full Program for Annual New Metrics Conference
Sustainable Brands Releases Full Program for Annual New Metrics Conference

2 years ago - SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2016 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced the full program for New Metrics’16, scheduled for November 14-16 in Boston, MA. Drawing together over 400 global business leaders, the conference will focus on the emerging methods for identifying, measuring, and quantifying new forms of business risk and value, as well as include strategies for communicating the impact of that value to stakeholders. 

SAN, Rainforest Alliance Update Certification with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag, Curbing Deforestation
SAN, Rainforest Alliance Update Certification with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag, Curbing Deforestation

2 years ago - The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the Rainforest Alliance announced today a newly revised certification standard, which encompasses existing best practices and recent innovations in sustainable agriculture. Built around the guiding principles of effective farm planning and management, protection of biodiversity and natural resources, and improved livelihoods, the 2017 SAN Standard is designed to enable more producers to embark and then continually progress on their journey toward sustainable farming.

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Unilever's U CAN Initiative Helps Make Ice Cream and Sustainability a Delicious Combination
Unilever's U CAN Initiative Helps Make Ice Cream and Sustainability a Delicious Combination

3 years ago - The next time you reach for your favorite ice cream bar, you could be making a choice to support sustainability efforts globally. Helping Canadians make a positive impact on the planet by actively choosing more sustainable brands and products is the idea behind U CAN, Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan in Canada. U CAN is a Canadian program, but it is part of a global sustainability initiative that touches brands and communities around the world. For example, enjoying a Magnum ice cream bar might not seem like a way of helping the environment, but when you do, you support a larger sustainability effort here in Canada and around the world:

Indigenous Communities May Offer the Most Affordable, Effective Forest Protection
Indigenous Communities May Offer the Most Affordable, Effective Forest Protection

3 years ago - Two new reports suggest that the best way to protect forests is to let indigenous and local communities manage them. Released Thursday, both reports provide evidence to support that community-led management is a financially and environmentally responsible approach to curbing deforestation.

Avery Dennison Announces Ambitious Targets, Including at Least 26% Fewer Emissions by 2025
Avery Dennison Announces Ambitious Targets, Including at Least 26% Fewer Emissions by 2025

3 years ago - Labeling and packaging leader Avery Dennison Corporation released its latest sustainability report earlier this month, which announced several new goals. Foremost among these goals is the company’s plan to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by at least 3 percent every year between now and 2025.

New Report Exposes Human Rights Abuses on Frontlines of Forest Fabric Production
New Report Exposes Human Rights Abuses on Frontlines of Forest Fabric Production

4 years ago - A new report released today from Rainforest Action Network (RAN) documents decades of human rights abuses suffered by communities at the frontlines of plantation expansion for tree-based fabric production. Lessons from the Incense Forest implicates popular American brands, which RAN has dubbed the ‘Fashion Fifteen’, as being at risk for deforestation and human rights violations in their supply chains. Prominent brands include fashion giant Ralph Lauren, whose Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to take place in New York City this Thursday, August 6th.

Conflict Palm Oil Progress Report Calls Out Major Snack Food Brands for Lagging on Commitments
Conflict Palm Oil Progress Report Calls Out Major Snack Food Brands for Lagging on Commitments

4 years ago - Today, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) released a new progress report, titled Testing Commitments to Cut Conflict Palm Oil, ranking the relative strength of palm oil commitments made since the launch of its Snack Food 20 campaign two years ago. The 2015 progress report shines a spotlight on the laggards in the Snack Food 20 and outlines the actions that these companies — as well as the frontrunners who are pushing ahead on their commitments — can and must take to rapidly cut Conflict Palm Oil from our food system.

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The Five Truths of a Good Sustainability Claim
The Five Truths of a Good Sustainability Claim

4 years ago - My friend recently purchased a washing machine from a major manufacturer. Its energy efficiency was poor but the carton it was delivered in featured a large recycled packaging label. A credible sustainability claim? I would say not. Believe me, I am all for recycled packaging. But credible claims are relevant to the main sustainability attributes of a product. For a washing machine, that should be energy use. Otherwise, the claim could be misleading – think of the consumer misconstruing the recycled symbol as the mark of an overall ‘green’ washing machine.

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