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Why You Should Align Your Brand’s Sustainability Efforts with the SDGs
Why You Should Align Your Brand’s Sustainability Efforts with the SDGs

3 years ago - The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (aka Global Goals) are viewed by most in the sustainability community as the biggest opportunity yet for the world to shape a new and better way of doing business while shaping a new and better world.

ICN Calls on Major Brands to Address Exploitation in Indian Leather Industry
ICN Calls on Major Brands to Address Exploitation in Indian Leather Industry

3 years ago - The textile and apparel industries are widely known to have considerable environmental and social impacts on both local and global levels. The leather industry is no exception — in India, approximately 2.5 million workers are exposed to poor working conditions that violate their human rights and negatively affect their health.

ACT Program Seeks to Steer Companies Towards Transformative Business Models
ACT Program Seeks to Steer Companies Towards Transformative Business Models

3 years ago - According to results from a new initiative created during COP21 in Paris by CDP and ADEME — the French Environment and Energy Management Agency — business-as-usual is no longer an option. By looking at the future implications of a company’s current business activity in order to accurately assess its readiness for the transition to a low-carbon economy, the Assessing Low-Carbon Transition (ACT) pilot project has revealed stark differences between companies, that on the surface, may look very similar today.

As You Sow Urges Global Brands to Nix Polystyrene Foam Packaging
As You Sow Urges Global Brands to Nix Polystyrene Foam Packaging

3 years ago - Environmental and corporate social responsibility non-profit As You Sow has called upon four major US companies — Amazon, McDonald’s, Target and Walmart — to ditch polystyrene foam packaging from their operations. And they’re not the only ones: A new report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, endorsed by leaders of 15 global brands, has also called for globally replacing polystyrene.

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Trending: Walmart, BMZ Funding Drives Textile Innovations Here and Abroad
Trending: Walmart, BMZ Funding Drives Textile Innovations Here and Abroad

3 years ago - The textile industry isn’t exactly the poster child for sustainability or ethical business practices, but Walmart and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) are working to change all that by funding projects geared towards revolutionizing textile manufacturing.

BBFAW: US Food Companies Continue Making Gains in Farm Animal Welfare
BBFAW: US Food Companies Continue Making Gains in Farm Animal Welfare

3 years ago - Every year, nearly 70 billion animals are farmed for food. With rising public awareness of the way animals are raised for food, animal health and welfare is an increasingly important area for businesses today — particularly for consumer-facing brands. Now in its fifth year, the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) provides companies with a clear set of expectations on farm animal welfare management practice and reporting, enabling them to benchmark themselves against industry peers and to progressively drive up welfare standards in their supply chains.

CDP: Suppliers Eliminate 434M Tons of Emissions as Big Buyers Flex Purchasing Muscle
CDP: Suppliers Eliminate 434M Tons of Emissions as Big Buyers Flex Purchasing Muscle

3 years ago - As the global economy moves towards implementation of its new climate goals, the world’s largest purchasing organizations are using their buying clout to drive down emissions across their supply chains.

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

3 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.

For Conscious Customers, Every Day Is Election Day
For Conscious Customers, Every Day Is Election Day

3 years ago - In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, the Facebook pages of most people who care about sustainability read like a grief or suicide support group. Amidst the weeping and gnashing of teeth, there is a sense of everyone looking forward to the next election in two or four years. While I understand the sentiment, it is important to remember that election cycles are always at the whim of a small group of swing voters, whereas every person who cares about sustainability and social justice has a chance to vote many times every single day and that vote might ultimately have as much, or even more impact on the future (and present) as elections do.

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15 Food Giants, Retailers Step Up to Chop Food Loss and Waste by 2030
15 Food Giants, Retailers Step Up to Chop Food Loss and Waste by 2030

3 years ago - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy have recognized 15 U.S. businesses and organizations pledging concrete steps to reduce food loss and waste in their operations 50 percent by 2030, as recommended by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

CLF Impact Report Reveals Groundwork for Robust Recycling System, Circular Economy in U.S.
CLF Impact Report Reveals Groundwork for Robust Recycling System, Circular Economy in U.S.

3 years ago - Closed Loop Fund (CLF), a private sector investment fund that finances recycling infrastructure and sustainable manufacturing technologies to advance the circular economy, released its first public progress report. Details reveal investment opportunities in the recycling industry that deliver clear environmental and financial returns for cities, companies, and private investors, despite the headwinds of low commodities prices.

Walmart Unveils New Sustainable Packaging Priorities to Complement Zero-Waste Goal
Walmart Unveils New Sustainable Packaging Priorities to Complement Zero-Waste Goal

3 years ago - Walmart hopes to reignite the passion around sustainable packaging with vendors, store buyers, packaging suppliers and consumers with three new, clear goals: Optimize Design; Source Sustainably; and Support Recycling. The priorities were unveiled along with the company’s new “Sustainable Packaging Playbook” at the Walmart Sustainable Packaging Summit this week.

Target Dethrones Wal-Mart as US Business Using the Most Solar Energy
Target Dethrones Wal-Mart as US Business Using the Most Solar Energy

3 years ago - Retailers and shopping centers are prevalent in the top businesses installing solar energy because their big-box retail and warehouse infrastructure is ideal, according to the SEIA. But the organization also said retailers could do much more: While each week 2% of the U.S. population visits a solar-powered Wal-Mart store, for example, just 7% of the retailer's 5,000+ facilities have gone solar. IKEA and smaller retailers, by contrast, have done just about what they can when it comes to installing solar panels, SEIA said. IKEA, for example, has solar panels at 90% of its facilities.

Fashion Brands Lagging in Efforts to Stop Exploitation of Refugees in Turkish Factories
Fashion Brands Lagging in Efforts to Stop Exploitation of Refugees in Turkish Factories

3 years ago - Many clothes are now made in Turkey because of its proximity to Europe, allowing retailers to fill last-minute orders and get new designs into shops more quickly. But Turkey is a challenging place to do business, especially following the influx of almost 3 million refugees escaping war and bloodshed in Syria. With under-resourced humanitarian assistance, jobs and wages are critical to refugee families’ well-being and security.

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Why a Lens on Diversity is one of the Most Critical Skills for Tomorrow’s Impact Professionals
Why a Lens on Diversity is one of the Most Critical Skills for Tomorrow’s Impact Professionals

3 years ago - This post was orginially published October 13, 2016 on Net Impact's Blog in advance of the 2016 Net Impact Conferece. By Cecily Joseph, VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer and Ruha Devanesan, Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Symantec.

HPE Sets Goal to Increase its Products’ Energy Performance 30x By 2025
HPE Sets Goal to Increase its Products’ Energy Performance 30x By 2025

3 years ago - Lara Birkes, CSO at HPE, talks about HPE's bold new goals: Thirty times more efficient in 10 years. That’s the ambitious goal Executive Vice President Antonio Neri announced at the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit in New York this week. By 2025, Hewlett Packard Enterprise will increase the energy performance of our product portfolio by 30x from a 2015 baseline.

Why We've Got Beef with Some of the US' Largest Food Companies
Why We've Got Beef with Some of the US' Largest Food Companies

3 years ago - This week, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report — authored by myself and UCS analyst Lael Goodman — that scored 13 fast food, retail, and food manufacturing companies on their deforestation-free beef commitments and practices.

Where’s the Deforestation-Free Beef? New Scorecard Finds No Stand-Out Leaders
Where’s the Deforestation-Free Beef? New Scorecard Finds No Stand-Out Leaders

3 years ago - A new scorecard released today examined thirteen global fast food, retail and food manufacturing companies and found that even the top-scoring of the group are failing to protect South American tropical forests from being converted to pasture for cattle. The clearing of tropical forests contributes about 10 percent of all global warming emissions, and beef production is the largest contributor.

Ag, Food Giants Partner with NGOs to Support Midwest Farmers, Strengthen Conservation
Ag, Food Giants Partner with NGOs to Support Midwest Farmers, Strengthen Conservation

3 years ago - For the first time ever, leading food and agriculture supply chain companies and conservation organizations have formed an “end-to-end” partnership to support farmers in the improvement of soil health and water quality.

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GSK, GE, Nestlé, Nike, Novozymes Among Companies ‘Changing the World’
GSK, GE, Nestlé, Nike, Novozymes Among Companies ‘Changing the World’

3 years ago - Fortune has published the second edition of its “Change the World” list of the top 50 companies that are delivering positive social impact. Once again developed in partnership with Mark Kramer and Michael Porter’s non-profit social impact consulting firm FSG and their Shared Value Initiative, a platform for organizations seeking business solutions to social challenges, this year’s ranking focused on businesses that created shared value through activities that were also part of the companies’ core business strategy.

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