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How Nestlé and Unilever Are Gaining Value by Leading in Sustainable Agriculture
How Nestlé and Unilever Are Gaining Value by Leading in Sustainable Agriculture

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Nestlé and Unilever are helping set the standard for sustainable agriculture, according to a survey of over 150 global sustainability heads conducted by Pure Strategies. The responses identified these firms as the leaders and revealed that farm-level engagement is a top priority across industries such as apparel, home and personal care, and life sciences.

Diageo, General Mills, PepsiCo Among Food Giants Committing to Tackle Water Risks in Ag Supply Chains
Diageo, General Mills, PepsiCo Among Food Giants Committing to Tackle Water Risks in Ag Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - As climate change, population growth and water pollution increase pressure on freshwater resources, seven global food and beverage companies today announced commitments to work with the thousands of growers in their global supply chains to reduce water use and pollution impacts.

Coca-Cola HBC Sets Out New Sustainability Targets Supporting its Purpose to Inspire a Better Future
Coca-Cola HBC Sets Out New Sustainability Targets Supporting its Purpose to Inspire a Better Future

PRESS RELEASE - Coca-Cola HBC, ranked global beverage industry sustainability leader by Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) announced new sustainability targets last month. By 2020 the company commits to:

Nespresso Announces Progress, New Investments in Support of Coffee Farmers in Africa
Nespresso Announces Progress, New Investments in Support of Coffee Farmers in Africa

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Nespresso has announced a second wave of its Limited Edition Grand Cru SULUJA ti South Sudan coffee, representing continued progress in rebuilding South Sudan's coffee industry, and a $6 million joint investment with the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) in a landmark collaboration to support coffee farmers in East Africa.

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OTG and United Airlines Announce the Debut of DAILY, Farm to Terminal Dining at EWR
OTG and United Airlines Announce the Debut of DAILY, Farm to Terminal Dining at EWR

PRESS RELEASE - OTG and United Airlines Announce the Debut of DAILY, the World's First Airport Restaurant Where Entire Menu Changes Daily

Honeybees are the Buzz at Ford’s Rouge Complex
Honeybees are the Buzz at Ford’s Rouge Complex

PRESS RELEASE - As the honeybee population in the U.S. continues its three-decade-long decline, Ford employee Mary Mason has taken up the task of caring for tens of thousands of bees right outside the Ford Rouge Complex. That’s right, the complex, home to thousands of factory workers, is also home to 80,000 honeybees, thanks to Mason and the company’s wildlife habitat strategy, which in the last decade-and-a-half has brought nature back to a once gray and black facility.

SAN, Rainforest Alliance Update Certification with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag, Curbing Deforestation
SAN, Rainforest Alliance Update Certification with Focus on Climate-Smart Ag, Curbing Deforestation

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the Rainforest Alliance announced today a newly revised certification standard, which encompasses existing best practices and recent innovations in sustainable agriculture. Built around the guiding principles of effective farm planning and management, protection of biodiversity and natural resources, and improved livelihoods, the 2017 SAN Standard is designed to enable more producers to embark and then continually progress on their journey toward sustainable farming.

A Bridge to Economic Transformation: 10 Lessons in Sustainable Banking from New Resource Bank
A Bridge to Economic Transformation: 10 Lessons in Sustainable Banking from New Resource Bank

THE NEXT ECONOMY - We’re undergoing a transition to a new economy - one where business is not only focused on returns to shareholders, but also one that understands and prioritizes the complex ecosystem between business, the environment, employees, and the greater community. This new pivot to prioritizing all stakeholders not only creates a framework for accountability and ethical business, but also builds better resilience and long-term value.

SDG 2: New Agri-Business Alliance Aims to Tackle Global Food Security by 2030
SDG 2: New Agri-Business Alliance Aims to Tackle Global Food Security by 2030

COLLABORATION - Today, 37 leading agri-business companies have today launched the Global Agri-Business Alliance (GAA) in Singapore. Their aim is to collectively tackle the major environmental and social challenges facing agricultural supply chains and rural communities across the world.

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How Framing Sustainability as Strength Can Help Win Male Audiences
How Framing Sustainability as Strength Can Help Win Male Audiences

MARKETING AND COMMS - Are traditional gender norms of “manliness” slowing the advancement of the sustainable economy? Turns out, they might, according to new research in the Journal of Consumer Research. But while prior research attributes this gender gap in sustainable consumption to personality differences between the sexes, the new study proposes that it may also stem partially from a prevalent association between "green" behavior and femininity, and a corresponding stereotype — held by both men and women — that sustainable consumers are more feminine.

William McDonough + Partners, GXN Unveil Vision for 'Silicon Valley' of Agriculture in Denmark
William McDonough + Partners, GXN Unveil Vision for 'Silicon Valley' of Agriculture in Denmark

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - William McDonough + Partners and GXN — an internal division of Danish architectural practice 3XN that works with applied architectural research in green materials and building technologies — have partnered to develop a master plan for the Agro Food Park (AFP) near Aarhus, Denmark. The project aims to create a geographic hub for agricultural innovation; AFP will incorporate the benefits of urban density with the proximity of agricultural test fields in an open campus where academic and commercial businesses can collaborate, grow and prosper.

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

COLLABORATION - 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.

PepsiCo Exceeds Global Water Stewardship Goals
PepsiCo Exceeds Global Water Stewardship Goals

PRESS RELEASE - PepsiCo, Inc. today announced continued progress against the company's strategy to help protect and conserve global water supplies and provide people access to clean, safe water to communities around the world. In 2015, PepsiCo reduced its operational water use per unit of production by 26 percent versus a 2006 baseline. This exceeded the company's previously stated goal to reduce operational water use by 20 percent by the end of 2015.

Henkel, BASF and Solidaridad support around 5,500 smallholders in Indonesia
Henkel, BASF and Solidaridad support around 5,500 smallholders in Indonesia

PRESS RELEASE - Joint press release   August 18, 2016     Supporting a sustainable palm oil industry   Henkel, BASF and Solidaridad support around 5,500 smallholders in Indonesia   When renewable raw materials such as palm oil and palm kernel oil are used, the main focus is on economic, environmental and social impacts along the entire supply chain

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How BASF, Henkel Are Supporting Smallholders to Secure Supply of Sustainable Palm Oil
How BASF, Henkel Are Supporting Smallholders to Secure Supply of Sustainable Palm Oil

SUPPLY CHAIN - In recent years, palm oil has arguably become one of the world’s most ubiquitous and contentious raw materials in the consumer goods industry. When conventionally produced palm oil and palm kernel oil are used, there are significant economic, environmental and social impacts along the entire supply chain – from field to shelf. Small farms produce roughly 40 percent of the world’s palm and palm kernel oil; an important question for the oil-producing countries is how to increase the yields from the land already under cultivation.

If You Build It, They Will Come: Behind the Scenes of Kashi's Certified Transitional Initiative
If You Build It, They Will Come: Behind the Scenes of Kashi's Certified Transitional Initiative

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As communications partners, we at Edelman are often asked by clients to help them bring their sustainability stories to life. But despite decades of progress on environmental initiatives, many companies still face challenges building CSR programming that resonates across the organization.

RSPO Recertifies IOI Group, But NGOs Have Yet to See ‘Real Action on the Ground’
RSPO Recertifies IOI Group, But NGOs Have Yet to See ‘Real Action on the Ground’

SUPPLY CHAIN - Less than five months after the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group’s certification, that suspension has been lifted – much to the dismay of NGO campaigners. While the RSPO’s Complaints Panel has said it is “satisfied that IOI has met the conditions set out in its letter to IOI,” Greenpeace Indonesia and the Center for International Policy says they have yet to see any real action on the ground.

Wall-Mounted, Modular Gardening Innovation Wins Student Living Product Prize
Wall-Mounted, Modular Gardening Innovation Wins Student Living Product Prize

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A water- and space-efficient gardening system has been announced as the inaugural winner of the student Living Product Prize, a new initiative of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The AquaCity Garden is a modular hydroponic system designed to grow food and plants on indoor walls.

Unilever's U CAN Initiative Helps Make Ice Cream and Sustainability a Delicious Combination
Unilever's U CAN Initiative Helps Make Ice Cream and Sustainability a Delicious Combination

PRESS RELEASE - The next time you reach for your favorite ice cream bar, you could be making a choice to support sustainability efforts globally. Helping Canadians make a positive impact on the planet by actively choosing more sustainable brands and products is the idea behind U CAN, Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan in Canada. U CAN is a Canadian program, but it is part of a global sustainability initiative that touches brands and communities around the world. For example, enjoying a Magnum ice cream bar might not seem like a way of helping the environment, but when you do, you support a larger sustainability effort here in Canada and around the world:

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ICT4Ag: How Tech Is Helping to Empower Smallholder Farmers
ICT4Ag: How Tech Is Helping to Empower Smallholder Farmers

CLEANTECH - Sustainability is the new key driver to innovation these days and ICTs play quite a pivotal and influential role in enhancing and boosting productivity of agricultural value chains that are responsible to uplift the process, smallholder farms in particular. E-agriculture has fast gained popularity since the rise of e-commerce, e-fashion, and e-detailing; practically everything has been transformed to apply to the digital world.

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