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Business Leaders with Heart: New Top 100 Includes Compassionate Innovators Large and Small
Business Leaders with Heart: New Top 100 Includes Compassionate Innovators Large and Small

4 years ago - A new publication called Salt, motivated by the hope that businesses will play a key role in shaping a better world, has released its first Top 100 Compassionate Leaders List."We want to shine a spotlight on businesses with a heart; those pioneers who are using their corporate power not only to generate profits, but to create a better world," said Salt publisher Stephen Vasconcellos-Sharpe.

The Results Are In: The 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
The Results Are In: The 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

4 years ago - It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s leading providers of financial market indices, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, today announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (“DJSI”) review.The components list for the DJSI will be published on the Sustainability Indices website on Monday, September 14, 2015. All changes are effective on Monday, September 21, 2015.

EPA, Unilever Partnering to Advance Non-Animal Methods of Chemical Risk Assessment
EPA, Unilever Partnering to Advance Non-Animal Methods of Chemical Risk Assessment

4 years ago - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Unilever have announced a research collaboration to develop groundbreaking scientific approaches to better assess the safety of chemicals found in some consumer products without using animal data.The alternative approaches represent the first steps in a paradigm shift for chemical safety testing and risk assessment by making them faster, cheaper and more relevant to humans. These new tools will provide a robust scientific basis for assessing and managing chemical safety and efficiently quantifying human health risks for thousands of chemicals.

Report: Lack of Data on Ag Emissions Leaves 10% of Global GHG Unaccounted For
Report: Lack of Data on Ag Emissions Leaves 10% of Global GHG Unaccounted For

4 years ago - Coca-Cola, Unilever, Nestlé and 70 other major food brands already are engaging suppliers on managing climate change, but much work remains to uncover this specific but significant area of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new CDP report.The biggest source of food-related greenhouse gas emissions occur in the agricultural production portion of producer's supply chains, but less than a quarter of the major brands that disclosed to CDP this year reported their indirect emissions from agricultural production.

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Unilever, Walgreens Teaming Up to Fund Clean Water in Kenya
Unilever, Walgreens Teaming Up to Fund Clean Water in Kenya

4 years ago - A remote village in Kenya could have access to 15 million gallons of clean water by the end of the year — funded by Unilever shampoo, deodorant and body wash sales at Walgreens.

Marketing for Social Change: How to Profitably Use Your Brand Power as a Force for Good
Marketing for Social Change: How to Profitably Use Your Brand Power as a Force for Good

4 years ago - Today the ethical consumer market hovers between 10 and 20 percent. These numbers haven’t moved much since the term was first popularized 25 years ago. Yet market researchers such as Edelman and Ipsos Reid tell us that more than 80 percent of Canadian consumers want companies to champion social causes, lead social change and stand for something. Companies that figure out how to tap into this latent demand for corporate social purpose stand to win big.

5 Evolving Reasons Every Business Should Care About #NewMetrics
5 Evolving Reasons Every Business Should Care About #NewMetrics

4 years ago - If you are a regular or even semi-regular reader of Sustainable Brands, you are likely familiar with our New Metrics (#NewMetrics) events and publications.

365 Companies, Investors Send Letters Announcing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan
365 Companies, Investors Send Letters Announcing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan

4 years ago - In an unprecedented show of business support for tackling climate change, 365 companies and investor groups sent letters today to more than two dozen governors across the United States voicing their support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and encouraging the state’s “timely finalization” of state implementation plans to meet the new standards.The letter, organized by sustainability advocacy group Ceres, comes just days before the expected finalization of the rule aimed at reducing U.S. power plant carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030.

WWF, Unilever Partnering to Engage Consumers on Deforestation, Help Protect 1M Trees
WWF, Unilever Partnering to Engage Consumers on Deforestation, Help Protect 1M Trees

4 years ago - WWF and Unilever have announced a one-year, international partnership to engage consumers in the fight against deforestation — one of the key drivers of climate change — with the goal of protecting a million trees.The partnership between the world’s leading conservation organization and the consumer goods giant aims to raise awareness of the importance of forests to life on earth as well as the threats our forests face.

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Crowdsourcing Sustainable Solutions: Unilever Launches Foundry IDEAS Platform
Crowdsourcing Sustainable Solutions: Unilever Launches Foundry IDEAS Platform

4 years ago - Unilever unveiled a new initiative at the Cannes Lions festival on Friday that aims to put fresh momentum behind its Sustainable Living Plan with public input. The Foundry IDEAS platform will act as a hub for consumers and entrepreneurs to work together to tackle sustainability challenges.

Unilever releases first-of-its-kind Human Rights Report
Unilever releases first-of-its-kind Human Rights Report

4 years ago - The report outlines Unilever’s goal not only to respect Human Rights but to actively advance them across all areas of its business. It documents areas where the company has taken significant steps forward, and assesses some of the challenges ahead.Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever said: “Business can only flourish in societies in which human rights are respected, upheld and advanced. People are our greatest asset, and empowering them across our supply chain is not only the right thing to do, but also ensures a sustainable future for the business.

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

4 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

Pope Francis, Universal Sustainability Values and Brand Value Creation
Pope Francis, Universal Sustainability Values and Brand Value Creation

4 years ago - Pope Francis has been creating news in sustainability circles lately and lots of it.Why? Well, it’s not just because his message of peace, simplicity, and pursuit of the common good resonates with millions the world round, but also because his beliefs are uniform and undivided in ways political, corporate, union or community leaders can seldom afford to be: It is within each of us, he says without preaching or scolding, to be better people, more caring, more generous and, of course, more considerate of the environment.

Unilever Convenes Leading Companies to Share Lessons from Achieving Zero Waste
Unilever Convenes Leading Companies to Share Lessons from Achieving Zero Waste

4 years ago - Noted sustainability leader Unilever is spearheading a movement for industrial waste reduction.Last week the CPG giant hosted an event in partnership with 2Degrees, bringing together over 100 representatives from academia, NGOs and companies, including Mars, GSK, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Sainsbury’s. Entitled “The zero waste mindset — new ways of thinking to deliver transformational change,” the event created an open discussion on moving companies to zero waste.

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Healthcare Firms Top 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings
Healthcare Firms Top 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings

4 years ago - Pharmaceutical companies Biogen, SHIRE and Allergan led the Global 500 in the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings, a popular assessment of corporate environmental performance.Reckitt Benckiser Group, Adobe Systems, Swisscom, Unilever, Broadcom Corporation, Roche Holding (another pharmaceutical firm) and BT Group rounded out the top 10.The rankings are done in partnership with Corporate Knights Capital, HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor, and leading sustainability minds from nongovernmental organizations and the academic and accounting communities.

How Can We Scale the B Corp Movement?
How Can We Scale the B Corp Movement?

4 years ago - In an engaging session on Thursday morning, the final day of SB ’15 San Diego, a group of expert panelists discussed the obstacles and opportunities to growing the Certified B corporation movement, and faced some tough questions from the audience on its future.

'The Art of Communicating Complex Ideas Simply': How Organizations Are Inspiring Consumer Action
'The Art of Communicating Complex Ideas Simply': How Organizations Are Inspiring Consumer Action

4 years ago - SB ’15 San Diego’s final day plenaries centered on what many would describe as the Holy Grail of sustainability engagement: reaching people’s hearts and minds to drive sustainable change. MC’d by Annie Longsworth, founder and CEO of The Siren Agency, the day’s speakers explored topics as varied and interconnected as employee and consumer engagement, stakeholder partnerships and activist visual art.

#SB15sd Workshop Explores Engaging, Equipping Key Players to Solve Food Waste at Scale
#SB15sd Workshop Explores Engaging, Equipping Key Players to Solve Food Waste at Scale

4 years ago - On the opening afternoon of SB ’15 San Diego, a much-anticipated workshop on reducing food waste — featuring Sally Uren, Chief Executive of Forum for the Future, and Raphael Bemporad, Chief Strategy Officer for BBMG — provided an interactive and enthusiastic forum on the subject, engaging audience members from all sectors for both personal and professional reasons.Bemporad began by reminding everyone that to make lasting change we need a better understanding of the human heart as it relates to sustainability and particularly food.

How Can We Assess the Future-Fitness, or True Sustainability, of Our Businesses?
How Can We Assess the Future-Fitness, or True Sustainability, of Our Businesses?

4 years ago - Geoff Kendall, co-founder and CEO of the Future-Fit Foundation, set the stage by calling into question most of the existing sustainability performance metrics, which he believes are sending business leaders and investors the wrong signals; “if someone with the illustrious name of Dow Jones can tell the CEO and investors of an oil company that it is 85 percent sustainable, something is wrong.” Kendall explained why existing approaches to performance metrics are limited: 1) some metrics measure progress relative to a baseline year but this does not tell us where a company should be; 2) other metrics evaluate companies relative to best practice or peers but that encourages compan

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

4 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.

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