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CDP Identifies 853 Water Risks Threatening Growth For World's Largest Companies
CDP Identifies 853 Water Risks Threatening Growth For World's Largest Companies

5 years ago - Two-thirds of the world's largest companies are reporting exposure to water risks, some of which have potential to limit growth, according to a new report by CDP. The news comes amid mounting shareholder concern around the business impacts from water scarcity, accessibility and poor water quality.

#SB14London: Why Brands Should Be Talking Sustainability
#SB14London: Why Brands Should Be Talking Sustainability

5 years ago - What if 15 of the biggest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies decided they really wanted to change the world? How would they go about communicating their sustainability commitments to the millions of consumers they need to persuade to live more sustainably?At present, even though FMCG companies are starting to understand the need to explain sustainability directly to consumers, they continue to put most of their communication efforts into their Sustainability and CSR corporate sites — an obvious destination for NGOs, shareholders and academics but not the first place the general public go to get information.

Closed Loop Fund Offering Zero-Interest Loans to Help Cities Develop Recycling Infrastructures
Closed Loop Fund Offering Zero-Interest Loans to Help Cities Develop Recycling Infrastructures

5 years ago - The Closed Loop Fund plans to invest $100 million over the next five years to support the development of recycling infrastructure and services in cities across the country.Municipalities across the country can now apply for zero-interest loans to build recycling infrastructure for their communities. The zero-interest loans are repaid from either landfill-diversion savings or revenue generated from the sale of recyclable material. Companies that service municipalities may also apply, and interest rates will be below market rates.

CDP: Microsoft, SAP, Unilever Among 'A List' Companies Doing the Most to Combat Climate Change
CDP: Microsoft, SAP, Unilever Among 'A List' Companies Doing the Most to Combat Climate Change

5 years ago - This week, CDP revealed its list of 187 companies illustrating that a low-carbon future does not mean low profit.The 2014 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), which highlights companies taking action to mitigate climate change, outperforms The Bloomberg World Index by 9.6 percent.

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Lather Up: Dow, Unilever Team Up on Breakthrough Hygiene Solution
Lather Up: Dow, Unilever Team Up on Breakthrough Hygiene Solution

5 years ago - Today, in recognition of Global Handwashing Day, Dow and Unilever have collaborated on an improvement that is expected to positively impact health and hygiene around the world.Unilever's Lifebuoy, the world’s #1 germ protection soap, now uses DOW POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Polymers in its unique formulation, creating a soap that lasts longer, providing better value while still feeling great on the skin.

Unilever, Coke, M&S, BT Launch Digital Platform to Engage Millennials on Our Power to Create Change, 'Collectively'
Unilever, Coke, M&S, BT Launch Digital Platform to Engage Millennials on Our Power to Create Change, 'Collectively'

5 years ago - A coalition of the world’s biggest companies has launched a global digital platform to drive conversation and momentum around sustainability — and to help reach the ever-elusive goal of making sustainable lifestyles the new normal.The idea for Collectively, launched today, emerged from conversations at last year’s World Economic Forum between Unilever, BT Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Marks & Spencer and Carlsberg, around how to engage more effectively with millennials to inspire and accelerate more sustainable ways of living.

Context-Based Metrics Needed to Create Sustainability Value
Context-Based Metrics Needed to Create Sustainability Value

5 years ago - Recently, DNV GL announced the results of our latest Tomorrow’s ValueTM Rating (TVR), a benchmark of global best practice in sustainability. For the 11th year in a row, we evaluated how well companies understand their risks and opportunities — and how prepared they are to create future business value through sustainable business practices.

H&M, Unilever Commit to Climate Change Disclosure as Matter of Fiduciary Duty
H&M, Unilever Commit to Climate Change Disclosure as Matter of Fiduciary Duty

5 years ago - H&M, Unilever, Nestlé and several other leading companies and investors have committed to reporting climate change through the Climate Change Reporting Framework or other comparable frameworks as a matter of fiduciary duty, whether or not required by current regulation.This represents an unprecedented collective commitment and a practical step capable of enabling positive change in economic and financial market activity at scale.

2014 Tomorrow's Value Rating Calls for Paradigm Shift in How We Do Business
2014 Tomorrow's Value Rating Calls for Paradigm Shift in How We Do Business

5 years ago - ​The Tomorrow’s ValueTM Rating (TVR), published by DNV GL, assesses the sustainability performance of the world’s largest companies, evaluating how well companies understand their risks and opportunities, and how prepared they are to create future business value.For the second year running, Unilever tops the rating, with Intel, Nestlé and Swiss building materials producer Holcim in a three-way tie for second place.

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Unilever Pledges to Help 25 Million People Gain Improved Access to Toilets
Unilever Pledges to Help 25 Million People Gain Improved Access to Toilets

5 years ago - Today, at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park, Unilever is announcing a commitment to help 25 million people gain improved access to toilets by 2020.The commitment is part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, contributing to the company’s goal of helping one billion people improve their health and well-being by 2020, and augmenting existing goals on providing access to safe and affordable drinking water, and education on the importance of hand-washing with soap.

Unilever, UK Partner to Help 100 Million of the World's Poor by 2025
Unilever, UK Partner to Help 100 Million of the World's Poor by 2025

5 years ago - Unilever and the United Kingdom government are launching a joint initiative to use new social business models to improve health, hygiene and livelihoods for 100 million people by 2025. They will also each contribute more than $8 million to a research and innovation program focused on affordable sanitation and safe drinking water.The partnership is the first of its kind between an international business and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Letting Your Mission Drive Success: Lessons from Ben & Jerry's and Seventh Generation
Letting Your Mission Drive Success: Lessons from Ben & Jerry's and Seventh Generation

5 years ago - All businesses value consumer and employee loyalty and the opportunity to shape the playing field in which they operate. Mission-driven businesses such as B Corps Seventh Generation and Ben & Jerry’s are finding that having an authentic purpose that resonates with their customers opens the door to exciting approaches to activism that engage their base in powerful ways. The union of company and employee passions not only boosts loyalty but also can lead to successful advocacy for shared causes. Conventional companies seeking to emulate their successes should follow three key steps:1. Build a mission that is relevant for your consumers

Unilever, ad:tech London Offering $50K to Tech Startups That Might Be 'The Next Big Thing'
Unilever, ad:tech London Offering $50K to Tech Startups That Might Be 'The Next Big Thing'

5 years ago - Unilever has partnered with the ad:tech London initiative and the trade show’s Future Media and Technology Summit. With this new partnership, a range of marketing and media tech startup hopefuls will pitch their ideas to brand, agency and venture capital judges to win the prestigious honor of being named "The Next Big Thing."

Unilever, Solidaridad Partner to Help 1 Million Smallholder Farmers
Unilever, Solidaridad Partner to Help 1 Million Smallholder Farmers

5 years ago - Unilever and Solidaridad have announced a new partnership to improve the lives of one million people in Unilever’s extended supply chains.As part of this new partnership agreement, both parties will raise a mix of public and private grants, credit and investments to finance the smallholder farmer initiatives. They also will share the cost of three full time employees to execute the joint program.This builds on Unilever’s and Solidaridad’s history of creating sustainable supply chains that already engage more than 150,000 smallholder farmers and workers in India, Mexico and Colombia.

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Unilever, WRI Partner to End Tropical Deforestation Through Supply Chain Transparency
Unilever, WRI Partner to End Tropical Deforestation Through Supply Chain Transparency

5 years ago - Unilever and the World Resources Institute (WRI) this week announced a new partnership that will increase transparency in agricultural commodity supply chains with the goal of ending tropical deforestation.

Comparability of Sustainability Information — Slaughtered on the Altar of Materiality?
Comparability of Sustainability Information — Slaughtered on the Altar of Materiality?

5 years ago - This is the third in a four-part series by Ralph Thurm and Nick De Ruiter examining Sustainability Context.

Bupa, Unilever, Terrafiniti Shortlisted for 2014 Finance for the Future Awards
Bupa, Unilever, Terrafiniti Shortlisted for 2014 Finance for the Future Awards

5 years ago - Organizations in the retail, consumer goods, telecommunications, consulting and property management industries are among those shortlisted for the 2014 Finance for the Future Awards, which recognize the role of the finance function in creating sustainable business models and economies. The finalists — in the Large Business, SME, Public Sector, Social Enterprise and Innovative New Idea categories — will be judged on September 5, with the winner announced at the awards ceremony on October 14.

Effective Sustainability Initiatives Garner Accolades from Cannes, IPA
Effective Sustainability Initiatives Garner Accolades from Cannes, IPA

5 years ago - The word sustainability, first used around 1727, is derived from the Latin sustinere (tenere, to hold; sus, up). By that definition, sustainability just got a boost at the recent Cannes Film Festival as superstar musician/activist Bono was awarded the inaugural Cannes LionHeart award for his humanitarian work.Bono used the occasion to call on the global advertising community to become the "creative engine of capitalism" and "the world’s thermostat" to tackle problems such as AIDS.

Ben & Jerry’s Sourcing New Ingredients, Renaming Flavors to Meet Non-GMO, Fairtrade Standard
Ben & Jerry’s Sourcing New Ingredients, Renaming Flavors to Meet Non-GMO, Fairtrade Standard

5 years ago - In support of Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO-labeling law, Ben & Jerry’s has temporarily renamed its beloved Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavor ice cream “Food Fight Fudge Brownie,” and announced that $1 from each sale of the limited-edition flavor from Ben & Jerry’s locations throughout Vermont will support the State’s legal defense fund: Several food and biotech companies have filed suit against challenging the law, which is slated to go into effect in July 2016 — hence, the “Vermont Food Fight Fund.” The company says the “Food Fight” version of the flavor will be available in its company-owned shops but not in grocery store pints.

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How a Life Cycle-Driven Business Model Can Increase Sustainable Impact
How a Life Cycle-Driven Business Model Can Increase Sustainable Impact

5 years ago - There are now a rash of sustainable business models — sharing economy, eco-design, circular economy and many others — all with their good points and their fifteen minutes of fame. Even if companies have good products and a thorough understanding of their customers’ needs, using the wrong business model means not all of them succeed in achieving their sustainability business goals.Know What Your Hotspots Are

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