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Unilever's 'Green Express' Train Is Latest Way to Cut Its Supply Chain Footprint
Unilever's 'Green Express' Train Is Latest Way to Cut Its Supply Chain Footprint

SUPPLY CHAIN - Unilever has launched a new rail service in Italy called Green Express, as part of a wider eco-efficiency programme within its supply chain to support the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.The service delivers Unilever’s Algida brand ice cream from its factory near Naples, 700km to the logistics hub in Parma.The direct connection, linking three lines, means that 3,500 trucks will be taken off the road each year, saving 40 million mega-joules of energy per year.

Mondelez International Helping 1,500 Vietnamese Coffee Farmers Become Sustainable Entrepreneurs
Mondelez International Helping 1,500 Vietnamese Coffee Farmers Become Sustainable Entrepreneurs

SUPPLY CHAIN - Global food and beverage giant Mondelez International has unveiled a new training facility for coffee farmers to promote sustainability and entrepreneurship in Vietnam. The company says this is a major step toward implementing its "Coffee Made Happy" sustainability program, which commits to investing at least $200 million to help one million coffee farming entrepreneurs by 2020.

Round-Up #1: What Can My Brand Take Away From This Issue in Focus?
Round-Up #1: What Can My Brand Take Away From This Issue in Focus?

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Our Issue in Focus on Driving Behaviour Change kicked off in style this month with articles exploring why, how and what brands can do to create behaviour change for a better world. Here is the first of two round-ups of the content from Forum for the Future. We’ll draw out the tips and questions your brand can take away and act on to help you unleash some magic to create meaningful change.

Consumers Believe Brands Can Have Positive Impact but Are Failing to Do So
Consumers Believe Brands Can Have Positive Impact but Are Failing to Do So

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - For all the talk about how important brands are in people's lives, the evidence points firmly in the other direction.

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Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz Launch 'B Team' to Foster Sustainable Business
Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz Launch 'B Team' to Foster Sustainable Business

LEADERSHIP - Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and PUMA Chairman Jochen Zeitz have launched a new non-profit call “The B Team,” which aims to deliver a new way of doing business that prioritizes people and planet alongside profit — a "Plan B" for businesses the world over.

Are We at the Dawn of a Refill Revolution?
Are We at the Dawn of a Refill Revolution?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Over the past 10 years we’ve seen a recurring ambition from clients — wanting to ‘do a Nespresso.’ This is because it’s a refill system that premiumised their brand, redefined their category, elevated user experience, drove consumption and built brand loyalty whilst delivering profitable growth.

SB '13 Day Four Speakers, Debates, Ads and Songs Exemplify Successful Sustainability Communications
SB '13 Day Four Speakers, Debates, Ads and Songs Exemplify Successful Sustainability Communications

MARKETING AND COMMS - Thursday, the morning of the fourth and final day of SB ‘13, continued the week’s momentum and lived up to its “Communications” theme with a variety of rousing speakers and conversations, peppered with examples of clever and successful sustainability messaging from some of our top brands that focus on “selling behavior, not selling stuff.”

Starbucks Is in a Unique Position To Push Consumers To Waste Less. Will It?
Starbucks Is in a Unique Position To Push Consumers To Waste Less. Will It?

WASTE NOT - Starbucks is one of America’s most iconic brands for many reasons. The company transformed coffee culture and taught U.S. consumers to appreciate better coffee beans and traditional coffee beverages long on the menu in Europe.

Sustainability: Understand, Adapt, Then Signal
Sustainability: Understand, Adapt, Then Signal

MARKETING AND COMMS - Engagement with sustainability offers many perks to a company: It improves brand reputation, it helps raise prices, it maintains one’s position in the market long term and it can open doors to better investment packages. Signals are one way that companies communicate that sustainability is vital to their corporate strategy and brand development.

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H&M, M&S, Benetton, Zara Commit to Fire and Building Safety Agreement in Bangladesh
H&M, M&S, Benetton, Zara Commit to Fire and Building Safety Agreement in Bangladesh

SUPPLY CHAIN - H&M announced Monday it has publicly committed to supporting the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which was initiated by IndustryALL Global Union and UNI Global Union in response to last month’s deadly building collapse that has claimed some 1100 lives.

5 Ways to Make Transparency a Brand Advantage
5 Ways to Make Transparency a Brand Advantage

SUPPLY CHAIN - Pink slime. Pan-European traces of horsemeat. Escolar masquerading as white tuna. Some 30 states considering GMO-labeling legislation.The challenges and opportunities surrounding transparency affect consumers in ways that are deeply personal (if not downright intestinal) and raise the stakes for brands.

Les Bêtises et Les Vaches: Two French Brands Use Humor To Engage Consumers in Sustainability
Les Bêtises et Les Vaches: Two French Brands Use Humor To Engage Consumers in Sustainability

MARKETING AND COMMS - French consumers want to know more about where their products come from to make more sustainable choices. Besides, trust in business is higher when brands take action for sustainability, demonstrate their achievements and communicate well.

H&M Disclosing Supplier List Along with Sustainability Progress
H&M Disclosing Supplier List Along with Sustainability Progress

MARKETING AND COMMS - H&M for the first time has made its supplier factory list public alongside its annual sustainability report, released last week.

Kellogg Is Latest Company To Adopt GreenBlue's How2Recycle Label
Kellogg Is Latest Company To Adopt GreenBlue's How2Recycle Label

MARKETING AND COMMS - This week, GreenBlue announced the successful completion of the soft launch phase of its How2Recycle labeling system, and the addition of The Kellogg Company to the 11 other brands already using the label.

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Ecover Developing New Type of Recycled Plastic from Recovered Marine Waste
Ecover Developing New Type of Recycled Plastic from Recovered Marine Waste

WASTE NOT - Last week marked the official launch of an innovative initiative supported by Ecover, maker of non-toxic cleaning products, and Closed Loop Recycling (CLR), a UK operation that takes discarded soda and water bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and milk bottles made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and recycles them back into food-grade plastic for use in new packaging (rHDPE). The collaboration will use waste plastic collected from the seas around the UK by EU fishermen and recycled at Closed Loop’s Dagenham facility for reuse in new packaging.

Dr Pepper Snapple Installs Bio-Wastewater Treatment System at Houston Bottling Plant
Dr Pepper Snapple Installs Bio-Wastewater Treatment System at Houston Bottling Plant

WASTE NOT - A BioViper™ biological pretreatment system by wastewater treatment systems provider Baswood Corporation is now operating at the Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) Group’s Houston bottling plant, Baswood announced on Tuesday.

Clariant’s EcoTain Label Marks Sustainable Product Life Cycles
Clariant’s EcoTain Label Marks Sustainable Product Life Cycles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Clariant recently announced it will begin using a new label on its products to certify sustainable attributes in response to environmental concerns and growing consumer eco-awareness.The chemical giant says the so-called EcoTain label indicates a four-step life cycle: Sustainable Design, Responsible Process, Safe & Efficient Use and Eco-Integration. Only products meeting all four requirements will be awarded the EcoTain label.The company says EcoTain represents a systemic approach to sustainable innovation by providing a tangible means of understanding the ecological, economic and social impact of its products over the entire value chain.

The North Face Launches Recycling Program for Apparel, Footwear
The North Face Launches Recycling Program for Apparel, Footwear

WASTE NOT - The North Face has announced a new initiative aimed at reducing the amount of clothing and footwear going to landfills.

Heinz, Colgate Divulge Forest Footprints, But Many Firms Falling Behind, Report Says
Heinz, Colgate Divulge Forest Footprints, But Many Firms Falling Behind, Report Says

NEW METRICS - Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Gucci and Heinz reported their forest impacts for the first time this year, but the gap between leading companies and laggards is growing, according to the fourth annual Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) Report.Every year FFD asks the world’s biggest firms to reveal their impact on forests based on the use of five chief commodities — soy, palm oil, timber and pulp, cattle products and biofuels. According to FFD, last year 100 companies disclosed their forest footprints, a 15 percent increase over the previous year.

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UPS Pledges $1.5 Million in Aid to Storm Recovery Efforts
UPS Pledges $1.5 Million in Aid to Storm Recovery Efforts

PRESS RELEASE - Atlanta, November 02, 2012 Delivery Operations in All Package, Freight and Logistics Facilities Have Been Restored to Provide Service Wherever Possible UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced it has pledged $1.5 million in cash and in-kind support to aid in the recovery efforts following the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy that struck the northeast corridor of the U.S. earlier this week.

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