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2 Ways to Tie Your Sustainability Path to a Broader Movement
2 Ways to Tie Your Sustainability Path to a Broader Movement

WALKING THE TALK - Sustainability matters, but why does it matter to your business? The vinyl industry began our sustainability journey with the recognition that meeting the needs of a fast-growing population will demand much more of the earth’s natural resources, and we wanted to be prepared to address this challenge. As a result, doing more with less is essential to the way we manufacture and market our products.

IBM, Walmart, JD Harness Blockchain Tech to Improve Food Transparency, Safety in China
IBM, Walmart, JD Harness Blockchain Tech to Improve Food Transparency, Safety in China

COLLABORATION - IBM has announced that it is teaming up with Walmart, JD.com and Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies to launch a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance to enhance food tracking, traceability and safety in China.

GRID Alternatives Announces Major Workforce Development Grant From Bank of America Charitable Foundation
GRID Alternatives Announces Major Workforce Development Grant From Bank of America Charitable Foundation

PRESS RELEASE - GRID Alternatives, a national leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities, announced today a $500,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its SolarCorps Fellowship Program. This national grant builds on the bank’s past support for GRID in locations in California and Colorado.

Conserving resources with EPS food packaging
Conserving resources with EPS food packaging

PRESS RELEASE - BASF’s customer Schaumaplast GmbH & Co.KG, an internationally active manufacturer of molded parts made from particle foams, is now offering packaging made from biomass-balanced Styropor®. The Styropor MB used is the first EPS (expandable polystyrene) on the market to be produced using BASF’s biomass balance approach. Following special balancing, the TÜV SÜD-certified method can be used to replace the fossil resources needed to manufacture Styropor entirely with renewable resources right at the start of the production process. Each biomass balance product thus helps to conserve fossil resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The formulation and quality of Styropor MB is unchanged compared to its fossil counterpart.

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Latest Anheuser-Busch Initiative Aims to ‘Elevate’ Craft Beer Industry Sustainability
Latest Anheuser-Busch Initiative Aims to ‘Elevate’ Craft Beer Industry Sustainability

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Craft beer has taken off over the past five years, with the industry now boasting over 6,000 craft breweries in the US alone, 700 of which opened in the past year. In order to continue this momentum, Anheuser-Busch (A-B) has launched Elevate, a new initiative that aims to take craft brewing to the next level by creating a stronger, safer, more sustainable category and raising awareness of its craft beer and cider brands.

How to Add Soul to the New Business Paradigm
How to Add Soul to the New Business Paradigm

MARKETING AND COMMS - Today’s customers are more cynical than ever when it comes to the intentions of big business. How do we create experiences for these customers that feel truly genuine? To Maria Moraes Robinson and Simon Robinson, the answer lies in a fusion of Western and Eastern thinking that acknowledges at its core the human need for connection on a deep level.

Sustainable Brands: Americans Want Brands to Help Them Live The Good Life
Sustainable Brands: Americans Want Brands to Help Them Live The Good Life

PRESS RELEASE - 80% of consumers are loyal to businesses that help them live The Good Life SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12, 2017 –  Sustainable Brands®, in conjunction with Harris Poll and Carol Cone On Purpose and supported by Ketchum, recently released a comprehensive new report, Enabling the Good Life.

Unilever Brings Sustainable Beauty to the Masses with Love Beauty and Planet Line
Unilever Brings Sustainable Beauty to the Masses with Love Beauty and Planet Line

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Just one month after the launch of its new natural personal care product line ApotheCARE Essentials, Unilever has rolled out yet another responsible beauty brand: Love Beauty and Planet. And it’s kind of a big deal — unlike ApotheCARE Essentials, which has a limited distribution, LBP is being launched on a large scale.

Braskem is the only Brazilian company rated as "A" in the environmental risks management
Braskem is the only Brazilian company rated as "A" in the environmental risks management

PRESS RELEASE - Braskem's management and investments in the sustainability area were once again recognized by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Program), a non-profit organization that selects the best publicly traded companies in the world in relation to the management of greenhouse gases, water consumption and forest use. The company will once again integrate the entity's "List A", appearing as the only Brazilian one with a maximum score in the Climate rankings - for the second consecutive time, and Water rankings - for the first time. With the result, Braskem ranks among the 25 companies, in the universe of 2,452 evaluated companies around the world, that have received an A grade in both rankings simultaneously.    

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Braskem's I'm greenTM PE and ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division Bring Carbon Reduction Packaging to Montgomery County DEP and Maryland Environmental Service
Braskem's I'm greenTM PE and ProAmpac's Trinity Packaging Division Bring Carbon Reduction Packaging to Montgomery County DEP and Maryland Environmental Service

PRESS RELEASE - Braskem's sugarcane based bioplastic to be used to package over 500,000 bags of Leafgro®, a soil conditioner for sale in lawn and garden retail locations along the U.S. East Coast.

Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop biobased MEG
Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop biobased MEG

PRESS RELEASE - The companies will invest in the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark.    

225 Global Investors Team Up to Spur Most Polluting Companies Into Action on Climate Change
225 Global Investors Team Up to Spur Most Polluting Companies Into Action on Climate Change

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Climate risk poses a considerable threat to investors, who stand to lose millions If companies fail to address unsustainable elements in their supply chains. Yet despite growing pressure for action, a vast majority of companies have yet to make meaningful changes.

A Good Look: Big Companies Taking Major Action on Climate Change
A Good Look: Big Companies Taking Major Action on Climate Change

PRESS RELEASE - by: Danielle Azoulay, AVP of CSR & Sustainability for L’Oréal USA I was 12 years old when Hurricane Andrew blew the roof off my Miami house. Huddled under mattresses, my family and I scuttled around our living room looking for somewhere to hide, while debris was falling overhead. Now living in New York City, I naively thought that I had traded tropical hurricanes for winter snowstorms, but when tropical storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy hit, that notion proved untrue.

BillerudKorsnäs further improves in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index 2017
BillerudKorsnäs further improves in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index 2017

PRESS RELEASE - BillerudKorsnäs is since 2011 a participant in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) and has during this period demonstrated transparency and continuous improvement. This year, in the product category Packaging, 73.9 percent (70,6)* was achieved, an improvement of 3.3 percentage points. In the subcategories Responsible Fibre Sourcing and Clean Manufacturing, 74 percent (69) respectively 70 percent (65) were achieved, corresponding to an improvement of five percentage points each. As in the 2015 index, BillerudKorsnäs scores high in terms of transparency with 78 percent (78) in the subcategory Reporting & EMS.

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Amway recycling: A global initiative that starts at headquarters
Amway recycling: A global initiative that starts at headquarters

PRESS RELEASE - It’s a scene that plays out thousands of times a day at Amway’s Paper Products plant on the company’s world headquarters campus. Simple in its function, there’s almost an artistic quality to it. Flipping arcs of paper drop onto a conveyor belt as the rhythmic sound of a die-cutter creates more for the taking. The trim scrap from Glister packaging is headed to its next destination – a recycling plant. Such is the short lifecycle for the leftovers created by machines that precisely cut out containers for Amway products inside the Ada, Michigan facility. All of this effort is part of a clear initiative at Amway, Rick Van Dellen, global sustainability program manager, said. Amway strives for excellence – even in recycling its waste.

The Rise of Corporate Sustainability Goals: Some Hard Data
The Rise of Corporate Sustainability Goals: Some Hard Data

MARKETING AND COMMS - For the last 5 years, my firm has tracked the sustainability goals of the world’s largest companies. These thousands of targets commit multinationals to do many important things, such as slashing carbon emissions in half (or to zero) or bringing the percentage of women in management up dramatically. The project, managed in part by my colleague Jeff Gowdy, keeps the public and free website www.pivotgoals.com humming.

Rolland: Success Involves Transparency About Your Sustainability Program
Rolland: Success Involves Transparency About Your Sustainability Program

MARKETING AND COMMS - News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship — in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 15th article in the series.

UPS Launches Sustainable Deliveries In Frankfurt
UPS Launches Sustainable Deliveries In Frankfurt

PRESS RELEASE - Deliveries by electric bicycle and on foot replace two delivery vehicles per day, reduce traffic congestion, and improve air qualityDeployment of hybrid low-emission vehicles capable of wider delivery radius around Frankfurt

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UPS Trials New And More Sustainable Urban Delivery System In London
UPS Trials New And More Sustainable Urban Delivery System In London

PRESS RELEASE - Innovative ‘depot-to-door’ system reduces traffic congestion and carbon emissions

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