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Unilever Suspends Sourcing from Indonesian Palm Oil Supplier Amid Deforestation Allegations
Unilever Suspends Sourcing from Indonesian Palm Oil Supplier Amid Deforestation Allegations

PRESS RELEASE - Global consumer goods firm Unilever has suspended sourcing from an Indonesian-based palm oil supplier which was found to be in breach of policy on deforestation and peatland clearance. Ongoing deforestation and peatland clearance by Sawit Sumbermas Sarana (SSMS) and its subsidiaries was demonstrated through satellite images in a recent investigation by Chain Reaction Research. The study found that Unilever’s ongoing trading with SSMS might damage its sustainability reputation. As such, Unilever has joined the ranks of Wilmar International, Apical and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) in suspending trading with SSMS.

AT&T Announces New Initiative to Combat Cyberbullying and Unveils AT&T-produced Film, ‘There’s A Soul Behind That Screen’
AT&T Announces New Initiative to Combat Cyberbullying and Unveils AT&T-produced Film, ‘There’s A Soul Behind That Screen’

PRESS RELEASE - AT&T* is launching a new education effort to help students, parents and educators tackle the cyberbullying crisis. The effort shares valuable tools and resources and encourages parents to stay involved in their children’s online lives.

Mondelēz International Revs Up Forest Protection Efforts in Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire
Mondelēz International Revs Up Forest Protection Efforts in Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire

SUPPLY CHAIN - Mondelēz International continues to make moves to clean up its cocoa supply chains by teaming up with governments across West Africa in an effort to tackle the problem of deforestation.

New WWF Global Platform Seeks to Create Mainstream Market for Secondary Materials
New WWF Global Platform Seeks to Create Mainstream Market for Secondary Materials

WASTE NOT - Reliance on virgin raw materials to produce products has a significant, often detrimental, impact on both ecosystems and communities. A widespread shift towards a more circular model is essential to secure a more sustainable future, yet there exist systematic barriers to the acquisition and sourcing of high-quality, secondary materials.

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Chick-Fil-A opens first Grovetown area location and reaches out to community
Chick-Fil-A opens first Grovetown area location and reaches out to community

PRESS RELEASE - More than 10,000 meals were donated to the local Grovetown nonprofit Concerned Women Inc. from the newly opened Chick-fil-A, as part of the restaurant's three initiatives to give back to the community, coinciding with its grand opening. The boxes containing the sustainable meals were packed by more than 60 people Wednesday who attended "The First 100" campout in the parking lot ahead of the site's grand opening Thursday, in an effort to receive free Chick-fil-A food for a year. Concerned Women Inc. chief Bea Sanders said the food donation will help the organization get a jump-start on its summer feeding initiatives.

BASF Spurs Production of Sustainable Palm Oil Products
BASF Spurs Production of Sustainable Palm Oil Products

PRESS RELEASE - BASF further strengthens its operations network for certified palm products: Meanwhile the company manufactures certified ingredients at 20 locations around the world for the cosmetic, detergent and cleaning agent industries. This production network also includes the BASF factories at Gebze (Turkey) and Dahej (India): they have now received the Supply Chain Certificate of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as BASF announced on the occasion of the RSPO’s fifth annual European Roundtable in London. Present in all key regions

Not All of US: Response to Trump Administration's Decision to Withdraw from Paris Agreement
Not All of US: Response to Trump Administration's Decision to Withdraw from Paris Agreement

BUSINESS CASE - While telegraphed for days and choreographed down to the military band playing soft jazz in the background before the announcement, President Trump’s June 01, 2017 declaration that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement still jarred and dismayed.

CEOs of 30 More Major US Brands Pen Letter to Trump, Urging Adherence to Paris Agreement
CEOs of 30 More Major US Brands Pen Letter to Trump, Urging Adherence to Paris Agreement

COLLABORATION - Top brands continue to make their voices heard in the days leading up to the G7 Summit in Italy, with the release of yet another letter urging President Trump and the administration to deliver on its climate commitments.

Nestlé, PepsiCo, Unilever to Roll Out How2Recycle Label Program Across North America
Nestlé, PepsiCo, Unilever to Roll Out How2Recycle Label Program Across North America

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - During the Walmart Sustainability Milestone Summit, eight global brands representing over $72 billion in revenue announced that they will be joining the How2Recycle label program. The program seeks to educate consumers about how to recycle packaging correctly.

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IOI Pledges to Clean Up Supply Chain One Year after RSPO Suspension
IOI Pledges to Clean Up Supply Chain One Year after RSPO Suspension

WALKING THE TALK - A year after being suspended from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and dropped by companies such as Unilever, Mars, Incorporated, Nestlé and Kellogg for clearing peatlands in Kalimantan, Indonesia, Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group has announced plans to eliminate deforestation and exploitation throughout its supply chain.

Fortune 500 Companies Urge Trump Administration to Keep Paris Commitments
Fortune 500 Companies Urge Trump Administration to Keep Paris Commitments

COLLABORATION - Thirteen Fortune 500 companies have come together to urge the White House to make good on its Paris Agreement climate change commitments. The Agreement has been ratified in 143 countries — including the United States — but the Trump administration could pull out before the G7 Summit in Italy in May. “Business leaders recognize the costly impacts of climate change and the opportunities for jobs and growth in a clean technology future,” said Bob Perciasepe, President of C2ES.

Ford Motor Company and Zipcar to Plant 20,000 More Trees after Successful College Earth Month Campaign
Ford Motor Company and Zipcar to Plant 20,000 More Trees after Successful College Earth Month Campaign

PRESS RELEASE - Ford Motor Company and Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network and largest provider of campus car sharing, today announced that as part of their long-standing collaboration, the companies will plant 20,869 trees on Saturday, April 29, through One Tree Planted as a result of their college Earth Month campaign.  

10 Million Bottles of Life-Saving Water Delivered to Communities in Need by Nestlé Waters North America and Americares
10 Million Bottles of Life-Saving Water Delivered to Communities in Need by Nestlé Waters North America and Americares

PRESS RELEASE - The cost of natural disasters worldwide could reach $314 billion annually by 2030, up from around $250 billion now, according to a 2016 report by the World Bank, which cites rising climate change as a key threat to cities around the globe. Natural disasters, such as floods, tornadoes, and wildfires can quickly cut off access to basic, everyday needs. The biggest of these, and the most urgent, is access to clean, safe drinking water. Damage to infrastructure, as well as flooding, can contaminate drinking water supplies, not only inhibiting people’s ability to hydrate, but can also lead to sanitation issues and the spread of waterborne diseases.

CodeGreen Challenge at Harrah’s New Orleans
CodeGreen Challenge at Harrah’s New Orleans

PRESS RELEASE - Just in time for Earth Month, our yearly CodeGreen Challenge gets team members even more involved in the community than usual, providing opportunities to support CodeGreen and give back to local causes. This year, we’ve challenged properties to create a CodeGreen cocktail made of local and sustainable ingredients.  

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16 Ways Your Company Can ‘Walk the Walk’ on Climate Change
16 Ways Your Company Can ‘Walk the Walk’ on Climate Change

LEADERSHIP - The People’s Climate March is coming to Washington, DC on April 29th. Businesses and their employees can take part and show their support for climate action.

Target Agrees to Engage Corporate Peers on Phase out of Polystyrene Foam Packaging in E-Commerce
Target Agrees to Engage Corporate Peers on Phase out of Polystyrene Foam Packaging in E-Commerce

PRESS RELEASE - As You Sow has withdrawn a shareholder proposal with Target Corp. that asks the company to phase out use of polystyrene foam packaging in its e-commerce operations, as a result of the company’s willingness to work with its value chain and industry peers to discuss replacing foam with less harmful alternatives.

Heineken USA Puts a Spotlight on Responsible Consumption During Alcohol Awareness Month
Heineken USA Puts a Spotlight on Responsible Consumption During Alcohol Awareness Month

PRESS RELEASE - In support of Alcohol Awareness Month, HEINEKEN USA (headquartered in White Plains, NY) announced April 4 various programs and initiatives that promote responsible drinking and moderate alcohol consumption. Every April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Heineken® is an industry leader in this space and was the first brand to include responsibility messaging on its packaging. HEINEKEN USA is continuing this commitment with the following initiatives:

Cocoa Giants Cargill, Nestlé, Mars Join Forces to Put an End to Deforestation
Cocoa Giants Cargill, Nestlé, Mars Join Forces to Put an End to Deforestation

SUPPLY CHAIN - Twelve of the world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies have agreed to collectively work towards ending deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The agreement commits the participating companies to develop and present a joint public-private framework of action to address deforestation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) meeting in Bonn, Germany in November 2017.

Corporate Responsibility Puts Ford Among World's Most Ethical Companies for Eighth Straight Year
Corporate Responsibility Puts Ford Among World's Most Ethical Companies for Eighth Straight Year

PRESS RELEASE - With its focus on being a good corporate citizen, Ford Motor Company has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the eighth straight year – the longest streak for any auto manufacturer.

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