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Starbucks' 'Race Together' Campaign Creates Social Media Firestorm
Starbucks' 'Race Together' Campaign Creates Social Media Firestorm

9 years ago - Companies, especially publicly owned corporations, carefully manage their image and messages. But this age of social media, changes in consumer tastes and demands for increased transparency have caused more companies to be bolder, especially when it comes to sustainability and social responsibility issues. One such company is Starbucks, which has often taken controversial stances on the Affordable Healthcare Act, minimum wage and now, race relations.

A Sustainable Business Roadmap: The Hagen-Wilhelm Chart for Change
A Sustainable Business Roadmap: The Hagen-Wilhelm Chart for Change

9 years ago - In his recent book, Making Sustainability Stick, Kevin Wilhelm offers a wealth of insight, experience and tools to help individuals and organizations deliver more business value by adding environmental and social parameters to their business strategy. By taking a look from the inside at the work of pioneering companies such as Starbucks and REI, the book shares some of the key things that have contributed to

Dunkin’ Donuts No Longer Dunked in Chemicals
Dunkin’ Donuts No Longer Dunked in Chemicals

9 years ago - Dunkin’ Brands, Dunkin’ Donuts’ parent company, has agreed to remove titanium dioxide, a whitening agent that is a common source of nanomaterials, from all powdered sugar used to make the company’s donuts. As a result of this progress, the advocacy group As You Sow has withdrawn a shareholder proposal asking Dunkin’ to assess and reduce the risks of using nanomaterials in its food products.

Starbucks Partnering with Washington Post Vet on New ‘Social Impact’ Media Company
Starbucks Partnering with Washington Post Vet on New ‘Social Impact’ Media Company

9 years ago - The Washington Post’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran is reportedly leaving his longtime post at the Post to form a new venture — a media company that will produce longform “social-impact" documentaries, with an initial focus on veterans’ issues, in partnership with Starbucks.

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World’s ‘Most Admired’ Companies Also Are Sustainability Stars
World’s ‘Most Admired’ Companies Also Are Sustainability Stars

9 years ago - Apple, Google and Berkshire Hathaway are the world’s most highly regarded companies, according to a new ranking by Fortune magazine.Amazon, Starbucks, Disney, Southwest Airlines, American Express, General Electric (GE) and Coca-Cola rounded out the top ten.

Report Highlights CPG, Food Companies Leading and Lagging on Better Packaging
Report Highlights CPG, Food Companies Leading and Lagging on Better Packaging

9 years ago - Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have issued a new report examining packaging used by 47 fast food/quick service restaurant (QSR) chains, beverage companies, and consumer good/grocery companies and highlights the leaders and laggards in terms of its recyclability.

What Should Uber Do?
What Should Uber Do?

9 years ago - Uber seems to be under fire from all directions. The ride-sharing service is being blocked by some cities and entire nations, dealing with accusations of a driver having sexually assaulted a passenger, addressing a story by a reporter who felt threatened when a company executive suggested they try to squash negative coverage, receiving criticisms over surge pricing during the recent incident in Sydney, and being sued for allegedly making false claims about the safety of its service. You’d be right for wondering if Uber might fall even faster than it rose.

Can Calorie Counts Change Consumer Eating Habits? Or Will the Lure of a Quick, Delicious Fix Always Win Out?
Can Calorie Counts Change Consumer Eating Habits? Or Will the Lure of a Quick, Delicious Fix Always Win Out?

9 years ago - Anyone who exercises regularly or watches what they eat already knows that fast food is bad for your health. But due to the continued popularity of fast food, the FDA has stepped in to try and provide the general public with more information and get them eating better, announcing last week that fast food chains, vending machine companies and other restaurants with more than 20 locations are now required to list the number of calories in each of their menu items.

IKEA, Mars, Novelis, Unilever Among 233 Companies Expressing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan
IKEA, Mars, Novelis, Unilever Among 233 Companies Expressing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan

9 years ago - Marking the end of the comment period on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, 223 companies have announced their support for EPA’s proposed carbon standard for electric power plants, including IKEA, Mars Inc., VF Corporation, Novelis, Levi Strauss, Unilever and Nestlé.

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Starbucks, M&S Sign On to Launch of neighbourly's Philanthropic Matching Service
Starbucks, M&S Sign On to Launch of neighbourly's Philanthropic Matching Service

9 years ago - The first tech entrant into the UK’s £800m corporate philanthropic sector launched Thursday — with corporate giants Starbucks and Marks & Spencer among the first companies to sign on to the service.neighbourly, a finalist in our 2013 SB London Innovation Open, is a social network designed to help connect community and charity projects with socially responsible companies that can contribute funding or volunteers.

Ford Steals Top Spot from Toyota in Interbrand's 2014 Best Global Green Brands Report
Ford Steals Top Spot from Toyota in Interbrand's 2014 Best Global Green Brands Report

9 years ago - Ford tops Interbrand’s 2014 Best Global Green Brands report list – knocking reigning champ Toyota, which held the top spot since the report was launched in 2011, down to #2. Fellow automakers Honda and Nissan claim the #3 and #4 spots, respectively, with Panasonic in fifth place — same as last year.

The 'CVS Effect' in Action: SAP, Starbucks, Tesla Show How to Lead by Sharing Information
The 'CVS Effect' in Action: SAP, Starbucks, Tesla Show How to Lead by Sharing Information

9 years ago - Here are three new examples of the CVS Effect in action that show how brands can change how business operates — for the better (the “CVS Effect” is shorthand for recognizing brands that are doing the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do). In these cases, the “right thing” is choosing to share information and resources, even when there’s a risk of losing market dominance or taking a financial hit.

Starbucks Partnering with ASU to Offer Employees Free College Tuition
Starbucks Partnering with ASU to Offer Employees Free College Tuition

9 years ago - Starbucks has announced the Starbucks College Achievement Plan — an opportunity for eligible part-time and full-time employees to complete a Bachelor’s degree with full tuition reimbursement through a collaboration with Arizona State University's online degree program.

Energetic Talk of Partnerships, Continued Momentum of Movement-Building on Final Day of #SB14sd
Energetic Talk of Partnerships, Continued Momentum of Movement-Building on Final Day of #SB14sd

10 years ago - The energy that carried us through an action-packed week at SB ’14 showed no signs of waning as we headed into the final afternoon of breakout sessions.

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#SB14sd Sound Bytes, Vol. 3: Starbucks, Sprint and The Nature Conservancy on Engagement in Public Policy
#SB14sd Sound Bytes, Vol. 3: Starbucks, Sprint and The Nature Conservancy on Engagement in Public Policy

10 years ago - With such a flurry of activity going on this week at SB ’14 San Diego, we wanted to share some of it as it happens.Here, Starbucks’ Jim Hanna, Sprint’s Amy Hargroves and The Nature Conservancy’s Geof Rochester ponder ‘What If’ brands — and citizens alike — more proactively engaged in advancing policy around climate change.Jim HannaAmy Hargroves

How CEOs Can Save the World from Global Warming
How CEOs Can Save the World from Global Warming

10 years ago - The business world is waking up to the challenge of climate change.Apple CEO Tim Cook recently lashed out at a shareholder who pressed the company to stop investing in carbon reduction and renewable energy. In the most recent World Economic Forum Global Risk survey of CEOs and world leaders, three of the top six issues of “highest concern” were failure to tackle climate change, extreme weather, and water crises.

14 Hot 'Couples' in Sustainability to Watch this Year
14 Hot 'Couples' in Sustainability to Watch this Year

10 years ago - It’s become nearly impossible to keep up with the multitude of promising partnerships being launched daily around sustainability — and that is great news, of course. This list presents an overview of 14 hot relationships that we believe represent crucial developments in this space. As we continue to watch them, along with many other movers and shakers, here is to the power of multiplying one another’s efforts in our shared pursuit of a sustainable economy.Without further ado, here is the list, in no particular order:

Closed-Loop Upcycling at Its Finest: Starbucks Now Sourcing Milk from Coffee-Fed Cows
Closed-Loop Upcycling at Its Finest: Starbucks Now Sourcing Milk from Coffee-Fed Cows

10 years ago - Menicon Co., Ltd., Japan’s leading contact lens manufacturer, isn’t normally associated with milk. But a recent partnership with Starbucks is showcasing the company’s scientific expertise in a new way: Menicon has helped Starbucks to pioneer fermentation technology that now allows coffee grounds from Starbucks stores in the Tokyo area to be converted into feed for local dairy cows that produce the company’s milk.

New Scorecard Grades 30 US Companies' Palm Oil Sourcing Commitments — and More Than Half Fail
New Scorecard Grades 30 US Companies' Palm Oil Sourcing Commitments — and More Than Half Fail

10 years ago - Palm oil certainly is a hot topic right now: NGOs including Greenpeace and WWF have continued to raise awareness of the destructive nature of the palm oil industry and the devastating effects it has had on wildlife and their rainforest habitats, mostly across Indonesia — not to mention the effect that deforestation has on climate change.

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Great Brands Never Have to 'Give Back'
Great Brands Never Have to 'Give Back'

10 years ago - A recent headline, “JCPenney Releases 2013 Sustainability Report,” reads like the punch line to a bad joke. Apparently the struggling department store company, which is closing 33 underperforming stores and incurred a net loss of nearly $500 million in its last reported quarter, felt it was important to promote a report detailing its sustainability activities. What JCPenney probably intended as a reassuring message about the company came off more like an effort to distract people from the realities of its fundamental business problems.