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Investors Urge 100 Companies to Make Good on Science-Based Targets Commitments
Investors Urge 100 Companies to Make Good on Science-Based Targets Commitments

4 years ago - Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) announced today that they have sent letters to over 100 publicly held companies – including Adobe, Boeing, International Flavors & Fragrances, Keurig Green Mountain, Motorola, Tiffany & Co. and VF Corporation - encouraging them to make good on statements that they would adopt science-based GHG reduction goals within

Sustainable Brands Announces Newest Members of its Advisory Board
Sustainable Brands Announces Newest Members of its Advisory Board

4 years ago - SAN FRANCISCO, November 16, 2016 - Sustainable Brands® announces 5 new members of its global Advisory Board. In total, 43 sustainability and brand leaders from diverse industry sectors represent the Sustainable Brands Advisory Board. “We are honored to have a dedicated Advisory Board that not only embraces the spirit of our community, but also embodies our promise to deliver brand value creation through sustainability at scale,” states KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands. “Each and every one of them brings talent, expertise and energy to the table as we work together to shift the world towards a sustainable economy.”

3 Action Items for Business as the Paris Agreement Takes Effect
3 Action Items for Business as the Paris Agreement Takes Effect

4 years ago - On October 5, the Paris Agreement on climate change cleared the final hurdle to go into full effect. This required at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of emissions to join – as I write this post, WRI’s real-time Paris Tracker shows that 89 countries representing 63 percent of emissions have now joined the Agreement.

What the Personal Beauty Industry Can Teach Us About Men’s Diets
What the Personal Beauty Industry Can Teach Us About Men’s Diets

4 years ago - As a teenager growing up in England in the 1990s, so-called lads’ mags were all the rage. Back then, these kinds of magazines ruled the newsstands, promulgating a kind of macho boyhood that was rough and rowdy. They set a cultural expectation for young English men that rolled well into the 2000s. And then, one by one, those magazines went out of business as readers moved online and their media preferences changed. Other things in British men’s lives have changed, too.

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White House, Google, Amazon Launch Big Data Tool to Help with Climate Resilience Planning
White House, Google, Amazon Launch Big Data Tool to Help with Climate Resilience Planning

4 years ago - Despite international efforts to curb climate change, communities and companies alike need to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. With this in mind, The White House has launched a new public-private collaboration to improve the availability and usability of data and information for climate resilience. Companies including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Microsoft and IBM’s The Weather Company are working alongside NGOs and four U.S. Federal agencies to execute the project.

HPE Commits to 100% Renewable Energy with RE100
HPE Commits to 100% Renewable Energy with RE100

4 years ago - Lara Birkes, CSO at HPE, talks about HPE's bold new goals: Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise marked an important milestone on our Living Progress journey. We joined RE100 with a commitment to reach 100 percent renewable energy, while setting an interim goal to source 50 percent of our total energy consumption from renewable sources by 2025. RE100 is led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, as part of the We Mean Business coalition.

How the Better Buying Lab Aims to Accelerate Demand for Sustainable Food
How the Better Buying Lab Aims to Accelerate Demand for Sustainable Food

4 years ago - The latest food trend isn’t a particular cuisine or exotic ingredient; it’s sustainability. Nearly 75 percent of Americans think sustainability is important when deciding what food to buy. The food industry has noticed. In Britain, close to half of those surveyed across the food industry say their customers want more sustainable food options.

Setting the Bar High Enough, Part 2: What Exactly Is a Science-Based Target?
Setting the Bar High Enough, Part 2: What Exactly Is a Science-Based Target?

4 years ago - In this series of articles, the team at the Carbon Trust outlines the reasons for businesses to adopt science-based targets on climate change. Read part one. To put it simply, a carbon emissions target is defined as science-based if it is in line with the scale of reductions required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

Chevy Bolt EV Plant Ranks 8th among Green Power Users
Chevy Bolt EV Plant Ranks 8th among Green Power Users

4 years ago - LAKE ORION, Mich. – The General Motors Orion Assembly plant that builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV ranks as the eighth largest user of green power generated onsite in the United States among the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership Partners. Over half of the plant is powered by methane captured from decomposing trash in a nearby landfill. 

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New Palm Oil Risk Tool Allows Companies to Better Identify Deforestation Risk
New Palm Oil Risk Tool Allows Companies to Better Identify Deforestation Risk

4 years ago - Global Forest Watch’s new PALM (Prioritizing Areas, Landscapes and Mills) Risk Tool, released by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and freely available through its open-source Global Forest Watch Commodities platform, includes information about over 800 palm oil mills in Southeast Asia, along with regularly updated satellite imagery and spatial data.

Smart Partnerships, IoT, Certifications Helping Brands Meet Consumer Demand for Better Products
Smart Partnerships, IoT, Certifications Helping Brands Meet Consumer Demand for Better Products

4 years ago - Since the introduction of the first ecolabels and standards for organic products in the late 1980s and '90s, sustainability standards and certifications have proliferated across myriad industries. From food to manufactured goods, standards and certifications are helping consumers and businesses alike make better purchasing decisions to ensure they respect the triple bottom line.

How a Shrub in Africa Made Me Want to Change the Food Industry
How a Shrub in Africa Made Me Want to Change the Food Industry

5 years ago - In 2004 I was on my knees scrabbling through the Cameroon rainforest. A keen botanist, I’d signed up as a volunteer with an NGO to help map the forest and search for new species. One day whilst hiking along a surging river, I came across a little shrub, no taller than my knee, peppered with bright blue flowers. Not recognizing the bush, I called over one of the local scientists in our group. He immediately alerted the botany professor who, in turn, got very excited. They had never seen a shrub like it before, and it turned out to be a new species.

New Research from MorningStar Farms, WRI Illustrates Environmental Benefits of Eating Less Meat
New Research from MorningStar Farms, WRI Illustrates Environmental Benefits of Eating Less Meat

5 years ago - This week, both the World Resources Institute (WRI) and MorningStar Farms — producer of veggie burgers, sausages and other faux meat items beloved by vegetarians across the U.S. — have unveiled research asserting that the average American could cut their diet-related environmental impacts by nearly half just by eating less meat and dairy.

If 21 Countries Can Reduce Emissions While Growing GDP, It Should Be No Sweat for Companies
If 21 Countries Can Reduce Emissions While Growing GDP, It Should Be No Sweat for Companies

5 years ago - Whether climate stabilization and economic growth can coexist or promote each other is the subject of ongoing debate. Recent analyses by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) add to the evidence that we could indeed have the best of both.

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New Tool Compares Countries’ Low-Carbon Progress and Pledges
New Tool Compares Countries’ Low-Carbon Progress and Pledges

5 years ago - Earlier this month, 195 nations reached a landmark agreement at COP21 in Paris to fight climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low-carbon, resilient and sustainable future.

COP21: 114 Companies Commit to Set Science-Based Emissions-Reduction Targets, Surpassing Goal
COP21: 114 Companies Commit to Set Science-Based Emissions-Reduction Targets, Surpassing Goal

5 years ago - The Science-Based Targets initiative announced Tuesday that 114 companies have now committed to set emissions-reduction targets in line with what scientists say is necessary to keep global warming below the dangerous threshold of 2 degrees Celsius. The announcement was made at the LPAA Business focus event hosted by Caring for Climate at COP21 in Paris.

Indonesian Forest Fires, Amazon Tipping Points, and the Business Case for Investing in Reforestation
Indonesian Forest Fires, Amazon Tipping Points, and the Business Case for Investing in Reforestation

5 years ago - Businesses have a central role in addressing the forest issues that are in today’s headlines—including the Indonesian fires (which emitted more CO2 in three weeks than the entire German economy in a year), and the Amazon forests, which may be at a tipping point with serious

Indigenous Communities May Offer the Most Affordable, Effective Forest Protection
Indigenous Communities May Offer the Most Affordable, Effective Forest Protection

5 years ago - Two new reports suggest that the best way to protect forests is to let indigenous and local communities manage them. Released Thursday, both reports provide evidence to support that community-led management is a financially and environmentally responsible approach to curbing deforestation.

Indonesia in Crisis: Fires Releasing More Emissions Than the Entire U.S. Economy
Indonesia in Crisis: Fires Releasing More Emissions Than the Entire U.S. Economy

5 years ago - Fires are raging across the 3,000 mile length of Indonesia, destroying tens of thousands of acres of forest. More than 127,000 forest fires have been detected so far this year, which is expected to be the worst on record. Visibility in some cities has been reduced to 30 yards by noxious orange haze. There have been more than 500,000 cases of acute respiratory illness and at least 19 deaths.

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4 Ways Technology Can Help Scale Up Sustainable Supply Chains
4 Ways Technology Can Help Scale Up Sustainable Supply Chains

5 years ago - In a world where more people have access to mobile phones than to safe water, how can technology help scale up sustainable supply chains? Here are four suggestions from an expert panel at the Sedex Global Responsible Sourcing Conference, held in March 2015.

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