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Tips from Dr. Bronner’s, Sun World, Wrangler on Advancing Regenerative Ag Supply Chains
Tips from Dr. Bronner’s, Sun World, Wrangler on Advancing Regenerative Ag Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - The winds are changing. Companies that have operated many steps removed from the farms and people that produce their raw materials are building stronger connections to their agricultural supply chains. This shift stems from interest to replenish soil and water supplies, and boost overall resilience and output through regenerative and thriving agriculture. Pure Strategies’ latest report, Connecting to the Farm, points to the best practices companies are using to get closer to the farm while advancing these critical sustainability aims and gaining valuable business benefits.

REI continues support of National Scenic Trails, New Investments in 2018
REI continues support of National Scenic Trails, New Investments in 2018

PRESS RELEASE - In celebration of 50 years of National Scenic Trails, REI Co-op is investing a total of $643,000 in 17 nonprofit organizations dedicated to stewarding and maintaining the country’s 11 National Scenic Trails. REI has supported these efforts for nearly two decades and since 2002, has invested nearly $3 million in National Scenic Trails. “Many of these trails offer direct access to outdoor recreation in some of the most scenic parts of the country,” said Taldi Walter, REI community and government affairs manager. “By supporting projects to improve access and invest in their future, we’re working to make sure these trails can be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Rethinking Plastic Litter: Improve Your LCAs and Reduce Your Personal Impacts
Rethinking Plastic Litter: Improve Your LCAs and Reduce Your Personal Impacts

WASTE NOT - Litter. It seems like such a ‘60s word, but it’s time to dust it off and rethink it — especially in the context of plastics and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs). Start with the fact that more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the environment annually, much of it into our oceans. That’s almost 3 percent (and perhaps more) of all plastic produced annually.

It’s Global Tiger Day: But Where Are All the Wild Tigers, asks Heineken
It’s Global Tiger Day: But Where Are All the Wild Tigers, asks Heineken

PRESS RELEASE - 3,890. That’s the number of wild tigers left in the world today. Compared to 100,000 wild tigers that roamed the earth just a century ago, the massive 96% decline is beyond startling. With illegal tiger trade, poaching and habitat loss threatening the majestic species’ extinction, Tiger Beer knew they had to step in. The tiger is more than a logo for Asia’s leading premium lager, it’s a symbol of strength, courage and beauty. Last year, Tiger Beer embarked on a 6-year partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to bring global awareness to the plight of the wild tiger and to support the organization’s ambitious tiger conservation efforts.

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Creating Business Alliances Around Bolivian Quinoa
Creating Business Alliances Around Bolivian Quinoa

COLLABORATION - When multiple layers of the supply chain work together, transformation is most effective. At Archer Daniels Midland Company, we have seen this firsthand, through providing financial and other support to improve the lives of quinoa farmers in Bolivia. Together with our partner, Andean Naturals; and our customer, Kashi, we have been working to promote sustainable quinoa and improve the welfare of the farmers and their families by empowering women farmers, improving access to education, and increasing quinoa productivity.

Paper Calculator v4 Continues to Drive Sustainable Use, Purchasing
Paper Calculator v4 Continues to Drive Sustainable Use, Purchasing

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - From packaging to copy paper and tissue, global paper consumption is steadily increasing. Reducing paper’s impacts on the planet is critical, but only what’s measured is managed. Previous tools to help quantify paper’s environmental performance have had limited data quality, scope and accessibility.

RSPO Reinstates Nestlé’s Membership
RSPO Reinstates Nestlé’s Membership

PRESS RELEASE - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) today reinstated Nestlé S.A.’s membership following the submission of its time-bound action plan to achieve 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil by 2023. Effective Monday, July 16, 2018, Nestlé's certificates and membership status will be reinstated. RSPO and Nestlé share the vision of transforming the palm oil industry for a sustainable future. They also believe that achieving this requires the entire industry to work towards greater transparency, inclusiveness, direct supply chain engagement and capacity building throughout the supply chain.

New Projects in Guatemala, Australia Sweetening Sugar Industry Sustainability Practices
New Projects in Guatemala, Australia Sweetening Sugar Industry Sustainability Practices

SUPPLY CHAIN - Sugar has been a hot topic the past few years due to artificial and natural sweeteners entering the market and growing concerns about obesity and children’s health. The U.S.

Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement on Responsible Industrial-Scale Mining
Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement on Responsible Industrial-Scale Mining

SUPPLY CHAIN - Led by leading companies Anglo American, ArcelorMittal, Microsoft and Tiffany & Co — and after a full decade of consultation among large numbers of stakeholders from the mining industry, organized labor, nonprofits, impacted communities and businesses — a global Standard for Responsible Mining was released today.

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All of Interface’s Flooring Is Now Carbon Neutral – At No Extra Cost to Customers
All of Interface’s Flooring Is Now Carbon Neutral – At No Extra Cost to Customers

WALKING THE TALK - Interface has become the first global flooring manufacturer to declare that all of its products — including all carpet tile and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) – are carbon neutral across the entire product lifecycle. The company is now offering its Carbon Neutral Floors™ program as standard to every customer, at no extra cost, to help them meet their own sustainability goals while also allowing them to reduce the emissions impact of their projects or spaces.

Hershey Releases 2017 CSR Report, Unveils SDG-Aligned CSR Strategy
Hershey Releases 2017 CSR Report, Unveils SDG-Aligned CSR Strategy

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Today, along with the release of its 2017 Shared Goodness Corporate Social Responsibility report, The Hershey Company unveiled Shared Goodness Promise, a new CSR strategy aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and centered around investments, collaborative programs and sustainable business practices aimed at making a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

3 Key Things to Understand About Soil Health
3 Key Things to Understand About Soil Health

SUPPLY CHAIN - Half of the soil on our U.S. farmland is gone. Conventional agricultural practices and conversion of land to cropland caused this devastating loss. The good news is that the rate of soil erosion has declined, with an even brighter path ahead.

Middle School Students Are Saving Rainforests Using Old Smartphones
Middle School Students Are Saving Rainforests Using Old Smartphones

CLEANTECH - Hundreds of students from Los Angeles STEM programs will participate in one of the largest student-driven programs ever launched to protect the world’s rainforests. Rainforest Connection’s “Planet Guardians” program will guide middle schoolers in building solar-powered listening devices using old smartphones. These “Guardian” devices will be installed high in the trees of fragile rainforests to capture sounds of illegal logging and alerting forest rangers in real time.

Drone Technology Making Forestry Faster, Safer, More Efficient
Drone Technology Making Forestry Faster, Safer, More Efficient

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Imagine a drone, hovering high above your home. A package is released from its clutches and gently drifts to the ground, aided by a parachute. And just like that, the package you ordered only 30 minutes ago is delivered to your yard. The scenario sounds like something from a science fiction movie, but recently, e-commerce giant Amazon was granted a U.S. patent for this innovation.

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Trending: Shifting Attitudes Towards Sustainability Shaping More Than Just Supply Chains
Trending: Shifting Attitudes Towards Sustainability Shaping More Than Just Supply Chains

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Growing consumer demand for apparel and consumer products made in socially and environmentally responsible ways continues to drive companies away from a business-as-usual model. But corporate behavior isn’t the only thing being influenced by shifting consumer attitudes — the concept of the ideal partner is also being shaped by sustainability.

New Science-Based Goals, Carbon Pricing Scheme to Help Heineken ‘Drop the C’
New Science-Based Goals, Carbon Pricing Scheme to Help Heineken ‘Drop the C’

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Heineken has unveiled a new sustainability strategy that will see the brewer increase renewable energy production, set science-based targets across distribution, cooling and packaging, and pilot an internal carbon pricing scheme.

#BusinessCase: Report Reveals 36:1 Social ROI for Landscape-Scale Restoration
#BusinessCase: Report Reveals 36:1 Social ROI for Landscape-Scale Restoration

BUSINESS CASE - Landscape-scale restoration has the power to create a 36:1 social return on investment, according to two new reports from nonprofit Restore the Earth Foundation and Social Value International (SVI).

Forget Bitcoin, Planting Trees Can Offer Amazing Returns
Forget Bitcoin, Planting Trees Can Offer Amazing Returns

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - A new report has found that money actually does grow on trees. Businesses are making money from planting trees and growing sales as rapidly as 10 times per year.

Networking and Collaboration: What We Can Learn from Zimbabwe’s Anti-Poaching Movement
Networking and Collaboration: What We Can Learn from Zimbabwe’s Anti-Poaching Movement

COLLABORATION - It’s never been more important to bring the poaching and wildlife conservation story to life, while also bringing together local and international stakeholders to build sustainable solutions to what has become a global issue. Recent developments, such as the US lifting bans on certain elephant trophy imports and changes to the Mugabe government in Zimbabwe, add to the intrigue of what is already a fascinating place.

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'We Haven't Even Scratched the Surface': Insights from the World Forum on Natural Capital
'We Haven't Even Scratched the Surface': Insights from the World Forum on Natural Capital

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Factoring the value of nature into governance and corporate decision-making is not an easy task, but governments and businesses are starting to recognize the importance of natural capital accounting. According to the Natural Capital Coalition, 68 countries are looking to produce natural capital accounts, while 10 percent of WBCSD member companies mention the Natural Capital Protocol framework in their sustainability reporting.

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