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Communicating purpose through brand among top drivers of corporate leadership: new poll of experts
Communicating purpose through brand among top drivers of corporate leadership: new poll of experts

3 years ago - Integrating purpose through a common brand promise and aligning sustainability strategy with internal culture and values are key drivers of corporate leadership according to the findings of the just-released 2016 Sustainability Leaders Survey by GlobeScan and SustainAbility in partnership with Sustainable Brands.  The Sustainability Leaders Survey tracks expert opinions on the evolution of the sustainability agenda for two decades, along with views on the leaders and institutions most responsible for driving it forward. This is the first edition of the survey since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change in late 2015.

Sustainability Leaders Agree: Integrating Purpose, Brand a Top Driver of Corporate Leadership
Sustainability Leaders Agree: Integrating Purpose, Brand a Top Driver of Corporate Leadership

3 years ago - Integrating purpose through a common brand promise and aligning sustainability strategy with internal culture and values are key drivers of corporate leadership, according to the findings of the just-released 2016 Sustainability Leaders Survey, by GlobeScan and SustainAbility in partnership with Sustainable Brands, released today at SB’16 San Diego.

Targeting a Trillion-Dollar Impact: Applying the Work of The Sustainability Consortium
Targeting a Trillion-Dollar Impact: Applying the Work of The Sustainability Consortium

3 years ago - As a creative guy sitting between the manager of recycling for a major retailer and a supply chain expert for a large clothing brand, I certainly feel like I am bringing the knife to the metrics gunfight in this session. But the sheer corporate heft The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) carries makes learning more about its systems and metrics pretty important for anyone working in the field. TSC CEO Sheila Bonini starts us off with an introduction to the staggering impacts of consumer goods: they are linked to more than 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, some two thirds of deforestation and 75 percent of forced and child labor issues.

Unilever Ranks Highest in Gartner's 2016 Supply Chain Top 25
Unilever Ranks Highest in Gartner's 2016 Supply Chain Top 25

3 years ago - The research firm Gartner Inc. has released the findings from its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. Analysts announced the results May 18 at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. For the first time, Unilever topped the ranking, followed by McDonald's, Amazon, Intel, and a newcomer to the top five, the Swedish fashion retailer H&M. Five new companies made the Supply Chain Top 25 this year, with Schneider Electric, BASF, and BMW joining the list for the first time, and HP and GlaxoSmithKline rejoining after several years. (See below for the full list.)

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Supply Chain Visibility Critical for Seeing the True Cost, Sustainability of Our Products
Supply Chain Visibility Critical for Seeing the True Cost, Sustainability of Our Products

3 years ago - As Sustainable Brands marks its 10th anniversary, many of us find ourselves in a reflective mood. We can recall the decade’s pivotal milestones like they were yesterday as we also consider the challenges that lie ahead. Despite the countless amazing achievements and major advances in embracing sustainable practices among corporations, what strikes me is the continued widespread lack of visibility and business integration that exists between governing boards, shareholders, and their supply chains. They still seem to exist in different universes – which can’t be good for our economy and even worse, I imagine, for our climate.

Love Has No Labels continues to extend the message of diversity through brand partners
Love Has No Labels continues to extend the message of diversity through brand partners

3 years ago - Love Has No Labels, the Ad Council's iconic campaign promoting diversity and inclusion, is extending its message through new brand partners and activations throughout the month of June, including a presence at the New York City Pride Parade and Pride Festival on June 26, to celebrate LGBT Pride Month. The Ad Council leads an unprecedented group of iconic brands in this integrated campaign to further acceptance of all communities. Founding campaign brand partners, The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, P&G, Unilever and State Farm®, will be joined by new partners Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Johnson & Johnson in advancing the reach and impact of the campaign during Pride and throughout the year.

Forget Incremental Improvements: 40 Companies, Cities Working to Activate New Plastics Economy
Forget Incremental Improvements: 40 Companies, Cities Working to Activate New Plastics Economy

3 years ago - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative kicks off today with an inaugural workshop that brings together more than 40 leading companies including Amcor, Coca-Cola, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont, Indorama Ventures, Marks & Spencer, MARS, Natureworks, Novamont, Sealed Air, SUEZ, Unilever

Sustainability Delivering Ever Faster Growth for Unilever
Sustainability Delivering Ever Faster Growth for Unilever

3 years ago - Unilever’s Sustainable Living brands continue to show superior performance, as the company reports on the fifth year of progress of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Consumers expect more of brands and businesses now — and they reward those that deliver a wider social benefit in addition to the traditional product performance at an affordable price. In 2015, Sustainable Living brands — which have integrated sustainability into both their purpose and products:

5 Global Companies Join Forces to Fight Migrant Worker Exploitation, Challenge Others to Do the Same
5 Global Companies Join Forces to Fight Migrant Worker Exploitation, Challenge Others to Do the Same

3 years ago - The Coca-Cola Company, HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IKEA and Unilever today in London launched the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, a collaboration focused on promoting ethical recruitment and combating the exploitation of migrant workers in global supply chains across industries. The five founding companies have committed to the “Employer Pays Principle,” which states that no worker should pay for a job - the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer.

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Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Finalists Revolutionizing Healthcare, Farming, Housing in Developing Areas
Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Finalists Revolutionizing Healthcare, Farming, Housing in Developing Areas

3 years ago - The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, now in its third year, has attracted the highest number of entries to date. The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which runs the competition with Unilever and Ashoka, says it received over 900 entries from over 99 countries from young entrepreneurs creating a safer, healthier and brighter future.

Unilever, J&J Campaigns Aim to 'End Bottle Bias,' Boost Bathroom Recycling
Unilever, J&J Campaigns Aim to 'End Bottle Bias,' Boost Bathroom Recycling

3 years ago - When it comes to in-home recycling habits, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson have found the same thing: Not all packaging is treated equally. Unilever reports that only 14 percent of Americans are recycling their bathroom bottles, while 56 percent of American households recycle kitchen items. Similarly, a recent consumer survey commissioned by Johnson & Johnson found that 34 percent of ‘regular recyclers’ admit that it never even occurred to them to recycle in the bathroom. Each company announced they would be reprising, and building upon, behavior change campaigns to encourage families to recycle, with an emphasis on bathroom product packaging.

Leave No Bottle Behind: Unilever campaign promotes equal treatment of all household recyclables
Leave No Bottle Behind: Unilever campaign promotes equal treatment of all household recyclables

3 years ago - When it comes to recycling, soda bottles and shampoo bottles are not treated equally: only 14% of Americans are recycling their bathroom bottles, while more than half of American households are recycling their kitchen items. That is why Unilever is reprising Rinse.Recycle.Reimagine., a campaign designed to rally Americans to reassess their recycling habits and treat their Unilever bathroom empties – like Simple®, Dove®, Suave® and more – with the same respect as their kitchen counterparts.

Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?
Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?

3 years ago - This Friday, world leaders will convene to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. The international regulatory environment and national policies to curb emissions are reshaping global markets. Decarbonization could define the 21st century economy. But what do these changes mean for businesses?

Oxfam: Big 10 Food Brands Must Walk Their Talk to Truly Boost Social Sustainability
Oxfam: Big 10 Food Brands Must Walk Their Talk to Truly Boost Social Sustainability

3 years ago - Nine of the “Big 10” global food and beverage companies - Associated British Foods (ABF), Coca-Cola, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever - have improved their ratings by at least 10 percent in three years since Oxfam began keeping score through its Behind the Brands scorecard.

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7 Trends at the Intersection of Sustainability and Purpose to Watch This Year
7 Trends at the Intersection of Sustainability and Purpose to Watch This Year

3 years ago - There is widespread consensus in the global Sustainable Brands community that purpose is trending in the business world, especially among brands that are looking beyond the next quarter and trying to figure out how to thrive in the middle and long run. Such brands are not only wisely taking actions to future-proof themselves, but are also smartly leveraging a strong zeitgeist of purpose-driven behavior in society in general – that verifiable wave of health-conscious consumers, meaning- and balance-seeking employees, future-focused students and increasingly influential faith-based and spiritual communities.

Unilever signs $200 million deal for renewable algae oils
Unilever signs $200 million deal for renewable algae oils

3 years ago - TerraVia, formerly known as Solazyme, has pioneered the use of algae technology to produce specialist ingredients for the food and consumer goods sector on a commercial scale. The oil will be produced at its Solazyme Bunge Renewable Oils facility in Brazil, which produces more oil per hectare with a lower greenhouse gas footprint than nearly all major commercially available plant oils. The latest agreement builds on an initial supply relationship between the two companies for renewable algae oils that Unilever began incorporating into its products in 2014. Jonathan Wolfson, TerraVia’s CEO, said: “Our mission is to deliver products from algae that are better for people and better for our planet.”

Unilever, Kellogg, Mars Drop Major Palm Oil Supplier After RSPO Revokes Its Certification
Unilever, Kellogg, Mars Drop Major Palm Oil Supplier After RSPO Revokes Its Certification

3 years ago - Six years after NGOs released a scathing report on Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) decided to suspend IOI last Monday.

TerraVia (Solazyme) and Unilever Sign Multi-Year Supply Agreement for $200 Million + of Sustainable High Performance Algae Oils
TerraVia (Solazyme) and Unilever Sign Multi-Year Supply Agreement for $200 Million + of Sustainable High Performance Algae Oils

3 years ago - Solazyme, Inc., now known as TerraVia™, a pioneer in algae innovation and a food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company, has signed a definitive multi-year global supply agreement with Unilever. The five-year agreement provides for Unilever to purchase renewable algae oils for use in personal care products and reflects the culmination of more than seven years of collaboration between Solazyme and Unilever.

Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Join Market Research Partnership to Tackle SDGs
Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Join Market Research Partnership to Tackle SDGs

3 years ago - There is yet another new group that can be filed under Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals. Yesterday, Unilever and several industry partners announced the creation of an open platform to share their ideas, data, and insights on addressing key global challenges.

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Courtauld Commitment 2025 Will Transform UK Food and Beverage Industry, Save £20B
Courtauld Commitment 2025 Will Transform UK Food and Beverage Industry, Save £20B

3 years ago - The UK’s resource efficiency charity WRAP, on behalf of the UK Government and Devolved Administrations, today unveils a pioneering commitment that brings together organizations from across the food system for the first time to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable for the future.

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