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Brewers, NGOs, Governments Worldwide Joining Forces Around Global Beer Responsibility Day
Brewers, NGOs, Governments Worldwide Joining Forces Around Global Beer Responsibility Day

COLLABORATION - Today, brewers, governments NGOs and retailers in 76 countries around the world partnered on the second annual Global Beer Responsibility Day in an effort to promote responsible consumption of beer.

GM Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050
GM Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050

PRESS RELEASE - DETROIT – General Motors plans to generate or source all electrical power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with 100 percent renewable energy — such as wind, sun and landfill gas — by 2050. “Establishing a 100 percent renewable energy goal helps us better serve society by reducing environmental impact,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs.”

WRAP Hopes New Industry Framework, Campaign Will Get Tonnes More Recycling in the Bin
WRAP Hopes New Industry Framework, Campaign Will Get Tonnes More Recycling in the Bin

WASTE NOT - The waste reduction experts at WRAP have brought together representatives from across the waste management sector to create an industry framework that could divert up to 11 million tonnes more recyclable material from disposal in England. Supported by the U.K.’s Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and DCLG, the ‘Framework for Greater Consistency in Household Recycling for England’ offers opportunities for businesses and local authorities to save money and avoid around 5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases.

Radisson Blu Joins Soap Recycling Program to Promote Shared Value
Radisson Blu Joins Soap Recycling Program to Promote Shared Value

PRESS RELEASE -   BRUSSELS (8 SEPTEMBER, 2016): Radisson Blu, the iconic hotel brand driven by innovation and design, is delighted to announce its new partnership with the Soap for Hope™ program, which recycles used hotel soaps to create fresh bars for distribution in local communities with limited access to hygiene and sanitation.  The Soap for Hope™ program works in partnership with Sealed Air, the leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. Soap for Hope™ was pioneered by Sealed Air to save lives by giving free soap to communities with limited access to soap, to create local entrepreneurs and to help hotels reduce waste through recycling.  

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HealRWorld, Sustainable Brands, Geometry Global & PVBLIC Foundation Unite to Rally Global Businesses and Consumers in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals Adopted at the United Nations last September
HealRWorld, Sustainable Brands, Geometry Global  & PVBLIC Foundation Unite to Rally Global Businesses and Consumers in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals Adopted at the United Nations last September

PRESS RELEASE - SustainRWorld Day, which launches September 8th at the United Nations, is an initiative intended to rally the private sector to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by inspiring a movement to make every day SustainRWorld Day and celebrate our measurable progress each year.

HSBC Catch the Drop Promotes Vitality of Water During World Water Week
HSBC Catch the Drop Promotes Vitality of Water During World Water Week

PRESS RELEASE - Representatives from over 200 environmental organizations, government bodies and institutions, including HSBC, are converged on Stockholm from 28th August - 2nd September for World Water Week. Officials from HSBC are actively participating in sessions during the week, including hosting a special event in conjunction with the Bank's environmental partners to highlight the achievements and the impacts of the five-year HSBC Water Programme. HSBC Malta's Catch the Drop is a part of the programme.

Eastman Partnerships Promote Positive Change Around the World
Eastman Partnerships Promote Positive Change Around the World

PRESS RELEASE - Eastman team members are committed to investing in their communities, no matter where they are. At the Kohtla-Järve (KJ) site, team members have been involved in a number of endeavors that have made an impact in that small Estonian community. Eastman began observing Earth Day events in 2013 in KJ. Volunteers recently used their time and talent to continue a tree planting project that was started last year. In a commitment to environmental stewardship, 10 trees were planted last year in front of the administrative building, and another 10 trees were added this year.

Taking Sustainability From the Home Kitchen to the Cambodian Slums
Taking Sustainability From the Home Kitchen to the Cambodian Slums

PRESS RELEASE - Cambodia is home to 13 million people, 46 percent of whom live in poverty with 100,000 living in slums. Jean Gong, Senior Manager – Internal Communications and Administration for Kohler Co.’s Asia Pacific region helps to oversee Kohler Co.’s donation of squat toilets to the Habitat for Humanity homes. This simple gesture makes a great impact in an area where 54 percent of the population is practicing open defecation.

Unilever Signs White House Equal Pay Pledge
Unilever Signs White House Equal Pay Pledge

PRESS RELEASE - Unilever US announced today it joins 29 companies, including corporate members Target, Coca Cola, CVS, and Hersheys, in signing the White House Equal Pay Pledge. Unilever believes that business plays a critical role in reducing the pay gap. By signing the pledge, Unilever US commits to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis, reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers, and embedding equal pay efforts into broader equity initiatives. The pledge reaffirms the company's commitment to the advancement of women’s economic inclusion as a business priority and Unilever will continue to conduct comprehensive analyses of rewards and compensation across the organization.

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The UPS Foundation Advances Global Forestry Initiative
The UPS Foundation Advances Global Forestry Initiative

PRESS RELEASE - 7 million trees planted in 52 countries around the world  Foundation to award millions in environmental grants US 08/31/16

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Exceed Water Stewardship Goals
Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Exceed Water Stewardship Goals

WASTE NOT - Water is the primary ingredient in Coca-Cola’s and PepsiCo’s beverages, and both companies recognize that increasing stress on supply is a risk to their businesses. This week, both beverage giants announced progress updates for their global stewardship efforts.

Unilever’s Surf Launches Unique Partnership with Oxfam to Lighten the Load of Women’s Unpaid Care Work
Unilever’s Surf Launches Unique Partnership with Oxfam to Lighten the Load of Women’s Unpaid Care Work

PRESS RELEASE - Unilever’s laundry brand, Surf, today announces a unique three-year partnership with Oxfam that aims to recognise, reduce and redistribute the amount of time spent by women and girls on unpaid care work. Crucially the collaboration will challenge social norms by encouraging the equitable distribution of unpaid work.

GM Recycles 2 Million Flint Water Bottles into Fleece
GM Recycles 2 Million Flint Water Bottles into Fleece

PRESS RELEASE - DETROIT – General Motors is adding 2 million water bottles from Flint, Michigan residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative. The company partnered with Schupan Recycling to collect the bottles. The plastic is washed, flaked and turned into fleece to make three products: Chevrolet Equinox V-6 engine covers, insulation for The Empowerment Plan coats for the homeless, and air filters for 10 GM plants.

Trending: Latest Circular Innovations Close the Loop on Furniture, Packaging, Textiles
Trending: Latest Circular Innovations Close the Loop on Furniture, Packaging, Textiles

THE NEXT ECONOMY - More and more companies are looking for ways to adopt circular models for their products, and some of the latest examples have been provided by industry giants. Furniture company IKEA, chemical firm Total, and Inditex - parent company of apparel brands Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti and Bershka - are all working to reduce their environmental footprint by changing how their products are made.

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition Opens Access to Higg Index Tools to SME Brands, Retailers
Sustainable Apparel Coalition Opens Access to Higg Index Tools to SME Brands, Retailers

COLLABORATION - The industry group Sustainable Apparel Coalition has opened use of its Higg Index suite of tools for measuring and evaluating supply chain impact to non-member small and medium-sized (SME) brands and retailers. SMEs may now take advantage of a special licence for full access to the Higg Index.

Dow and Rio 2016 Delivering an Unprecedented Carbon Legacy in Brazil
Dow and Rio 2016 Delivering an Unprecedented Carbon Legacy in Brazil

PRESS RELEASE - The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are making history by leaving a significant legacy of low-carbon technologies in Latin America while set to balance 2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents (CO2e). The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games and Official Carbon Partner of Rio 2016, announced today that more than 2 million tonnes of third-party-verified greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions are projected to be delivered by all projects and actions implemented to fulfill the commitment of hosting a global event with minimal carbon impact. Through unique cross-sector collaboration, the Olympic Games act as a catalyst for the adoption of more sustainable solutions that are relevant to the economy and society.

Trending: Rio 2016, McDonald’s, Subway Making Strides on Responsible Food Sourcing
Trending: Rio 2016, McDonald’s, Subway Making Strides on Responsible Food Sourcing

SUPPLY CHAIN - Among the latest news in responsible food sourcing: The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have the largest sustainable seafood offering to date of any Olympic or Paralympic Games; McDonald’s announced developments collectively impacting nearly half of its food menu in the United States; and Subway has enhanced its commitments for local sourcing of produce and other products.

Disney Buys Up Carbon Credits in Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Disney Buys Up Carbon Credits in Mondulkiri, Cambodia

PRESS RELEASE - The Walt Disney Company has purchased $2.6 million in carbon credits in the forests of Mondulkuri province – marking the largest carbon credit sale to date in Cambodia and breathing life into a carbon-trading program many had written off as all but dead. In collaboration with the Cambodian government and brokered by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the US-based media giant will purchase 360,000 tonnes worth of carbon emissions in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in a bid to offset its global carbon footprint.

Coke, Pepsi Forge Partnerships to Deliver Water Access in Rural Africa, Latin America
Coke, Pepsi Forge Partnerships to Deliver Water Access in Rural Africa, Latin America

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Currently, 663 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and by 2025, half the world’s population could be living in water-stressed areas.

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Are We Talking our Girls Out of STEM?
Are We Talking our Girls Out of STEM?

PRESS RELEASE - When we look at the statistics, it is still very clear that women are extremely underrepresented in Science, Technology and Math (STEM) careers. Half of the U.S. workforce is female, and half of the college population, however, only 28% are in STEM fields[1] and only 39% of chemists and material scientists, 28 percent of environmental scientists and geoscientists, 16 percent of chemical engineers and 12 percent of civil engineers are female[2]. Additionally, research shows that women who complete STEM degrees are less likely than males to actually pursue a STEM career.

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