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Top Mexican Companies Will Abstain from Fishing Pacific Bluefin Tuna Until 2020
Top Mexican Companies Will Abstain from Fishing Pacific Bluefin Tuna Until 2020

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Member companies of the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna, representing 93 percent of tuna production in Mexico, have announced they will refrain from fishing Pacific Bluefin tuna until 2020.

Timberland and Smallholder Farmers Alliance: A Model for Driving Economic and Environmental Progress in Haiti
Timberland and Smallholder Farmers Alliance: A Model for Driving Economic and Environmental Progress in Haiti

PRESS RELEASE - With an estimated 1.5 percent tree cover remaining, Haiti is one of the most severely deforested countries in the world. In January 2010, an earthquake devastated the people of Haiti and illuminated the ongoing degradation of the country’s natural environment. While short-term relief efforts were essential, sustainable changes to restore tree cover and agricultural production remain critical for the future of Haiti. The Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) is the culmination of a $1 million, five-year, innovative public/private partnership led by Timberland, delivering a long-term solution that empowers Haitians to play an active role in spurring economic development, improving agricultural practices, and supporting reforestation and environmental restoration.

Levi Strauss, Gap, Autodesk Join 24 Companies Supporting California's Sweeping Clean Energy Bill
Levi Strauss, Gap, Autodesk Join 24 Companies Supporting California's Sweeping Clean Energy Bill

CLEANTECH - Today, 24 companies with a substantial footprint in California, including Ben & Jerry’s, eBay, Gap, Levi Strauss, The North Face and Sungevity, announced their support for SB-350, the “Golden State’s Standard 50-50-50,” that sets new benchmarks for increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency, and decreasing petroleum use by 2030. Their support was communicated in a letter sent to the bill’s author, Senate President pro Tempore, Kevin de León.

In the Wake of Tragedy: Brands Come Together to Aid Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort
In the Wake of Tragedy: Brands Come Together to Aid Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort

COLLABORATION - The 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake that hit on April 25th has yielded a death toll of over 6,000, with thousands still reported missing. Villages throughout the country have been destroyed as well as a large portion of the capital Kathmandu. The Guardian reports that 90 percent of clinics and schools in some districts have become completely unusable. “There are still injured there who have not been treated. Whole villages are flattened. They need tents very badly,” Kempo Chimed Tsering, a local religious leader, told the Guardian.

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Unilever Launches "Rince. Recycle. Reimagine." In Partnership With Keep America Beautiful and The Ad Council to Rally Americans to Clean Up Their Act in The Bathroom
Unilever Launches "Rince. Recycle. Reimagine." In Partnership With Keep America Beautiful and The Ad Council to Rally Americans to Clean Up Their Act in The Bathroom

PRESS RELEASE - Survey uncovers bathroom recycling gap in the United States: the majority of Americans know what items belong in the bin, yet less than half are always dropping them in PR Newswire – ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ (April 30, 2015) – With Earth Day celebrations behind us, Unilever is launching a new program, “Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine.” to remind Americans that when it comes to recycling in the bathroom, it should be Earth Day, every day. In a survey announced today, the new Unilever Bathroom Recycling Index found that while a majority of Americans are aware that empty bath and beauty bottles are recyclable, less than half (34%) report always bringing these items to the bin.

Unilever Throws Weight Behind Social Movements to Demand Climate Action, End Poverty
Unilever Throws Weight Behind Social Movements to Demand Climate Action, End Poverty

COLLABORATION - Today, Unilever announced plans to partner with leading mass social movements Global Citizen and Live Earth: Road to Paris, which respectively commit to activating consumers to demand climate action at COP21 and reducing extreme poverty by 2030.

Bevy of Brands Partnering With NGOs to Fund Conservation During Earth Month
Bevy of Brands Partnering With NGOs to Fund Conservation During Earth Month

MARKETING AND COMMS - April is Earth Month, and brands are announcing programs to inspire participation in environmental activities and funding campaigns.

UN Refugee Agency Buys 10,000 of IKEA's Lightweight 'Better Shelters'
UN Refugee Agency Buys 10,000 of IKEA's Lightweight 'Better Shelters'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - IKEA has announced that its line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq and Lebanon.The “Better Shelter” is a temporary shelter with an expected lifespan of three years — far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which last about six months. Delivered in flat packs, it is designed with special attention to transport volume, weight, price, safety, health and comfort, and it can be assembled on site without additional tools and equipment. It also has a solar panel and lamp to provide light during the dark hours.

Hershey and IOI Loders Croklaan Helping to Foster Gender Equality for Ghanaian Women in the Shea Industry
Hershey and IOI Loders Croklaan Helping to Foster Gender Equality for Ghanaian Women in the Shea Industry

PRESS RELEASE - New warehouses to provide 900 women access to higher market prices for their shea HERSHEY, Pa., Mar 25, 2015  -- The Hershey Company HSY, +0.99% announced today its partnership with IOI Loders Croklaan, a global shea butter supplier, to fund the construction of three warehouses in Northern Ghana that will impro

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Sealed Air Highlights Innovations in Food Waste Management at Global Food Waste Summit
Sealed Air Highlights Innovations in Food Waste Management at Global Food Waste Summit

PRESS RELEASE - Charlotte, NC, March 13, 2015 - Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) participated in the recent Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 3-5. The 2015 conference, which welcomed experts and food service, retail, food and beverage manufacturers from more than 60 countries worldwide, chose the theme “Food Safety: A Shared Responsibility.”

Heineken, UNIDO Team Up to Drive Sustainability Efforts in Water-Scarce Developing Markets
Heineken, UNIDO Team Up to Drive Sustainability Efforts in Water-Scarce Developing Markets

SUPPLY CHAIN - Heineken last week announced plans to team up with The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as part of a new sustainability initiative to support environmental and social growth movements in the developing world.

Walmart.com Launches New Shop to Help Shoppers Find and Support Sustainability Leaders
Walmart.com Launches New Shop to Help Shoppers Find and Support Sustainability Leaders

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - On Tuesday, Sustainable Brands joined a couple hundred Walmart team members and industry influencers at Walmart’s eCommerce headquarters in San Bruno, CA to learn about an important milestone on the journey shared by those attending. What drew these players together was a shared interest in helping shift the world toward a sustainable economy — and an awareness of the key role Walmart has, and is playing, in spurring this shift along.

Dow Pilot Program Shows Plastic Waste Can Be Turned Into Fuel
Dow Pilot Program Shows Plastic Waste Can Be Turned Into Fuel

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Dow Chemical Company recently completed a pilot program aimed at showing how certain plastics such as juice pouches, candy wrappers and plastic dinnerware — which are not easily recyclable under traditional models — can be converted into synthetic crude oil for fuel.As part of the Energy Bag Pilot Program, Dow partnered with the Flexible Packaging Association, Republic Services, Agilyx, Reynolds Consumer Products and the city of Citrus Heights, Calif. to drive a collection pilot program meant to divert non-recycled plastics from landfills and to optimize their resource efficiency across the lifecycle.

B Team Calls for Business, World Leaders to Commit to Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2050
B Team Calls for Business, World Leaders to Commit to Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Today, leaders of some of the world’s largest companies — collectively known as The B Team — called upon world leaders to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 — and urged business leaders to match this ambition by committing to bold, long-term targets.

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Unilever Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill Across Global Factory Network, Creating €200M in Savings, Hundreds of Jobs
Unilever Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill Across Global Factory Network, Creating €200M in Savings, Hundreds of Jobs

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Consumer goods giant Unilever today announced it has achieved a key sustainability target of sending zero non-hazardous* waste to landfill from its global factory network. The company says the milestone not only represents a significant step towards its ambition to double its size while reducing its environmental impact, the effort has eliminated more than €200m in costs and created hundreds of jobs – once again proving the business case for sweeping sustainability initiatives.

Trending: How Mars, Wilmar Are Making Good on Their Zero-Deforestation Commitments
Trending: How Mars, Wilmar Are Making Good on Their Zero-Deforestation Commitments

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The devastating effects of deforestation and efforts to end it are at the forefront of the sustainability conversation, and global corporations across a variety of industries have responded with zero-deforestation commitments. And, as both PepsiCo and Asia Pulp and Paper have learned in the last few weeks alone, there are plenty of NGOs and other stakeholders on hand to hold companies accountable if it appears they aren’t following through.

REI, adidas, Timberland and More Commit to Sourcing Down Responsibly
REI, adidas, Timberland and More Commit to Sourcing Down Responsibly

SUPPLY CHAIN - Six more global brands have committed to the Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The adidas Group, Black Diamond, Kathmandu, NAU, REI and Timberland have agreed to bring certified, responsible down to the marketplace.

Report: Consumer Products, Manufacturing Sectors Enjoying Best Financial Returns on Solar
Report: Consumer Products, Manufacturing Sectors Enjoying Best Financial Returns on Solar

CLEANTECH - Consumer products, manufacturing and heavy industry sectors are getting the best financial returns on solar power—the most popular renewable power technology for corporates—according to a new report by RE100, an initiative of The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.

BASF, Boeing Join DOE Program to Develop Advanced Composites
BASF, Boeing Join DOE Program to Develop Advanced Composites

COLLABORATION - 57 companies, including BASF, Boeing and Ford, have joined the Department of Energy’s new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites. A consortium of companies, nonprofits and universities led by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville are investing more than $250 million to launch the Institute, focused on cutting-edge research on advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites, which combine strong fibers with tough plastics that are lighter and stronger than steel.

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BMW, Nestlé, Rio Tinto Alcan Develop New Standard for Sustainable Aluminum Sourcing
BMW, Nestlé, Rio Tinto Alcan Develop New Standard for Sustainable Aluminum Sourcing

SUPPLY CHAIN - BMW Group, Hydro, Nestlé Nespresso SA and Rio Tinto Alcan and other members of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) have generated a new Standard to help improve environmental and social standards for sourcing the material, as well as government performance to improve the sector’s conditions throughout its value chain. The new Standard also aims to reduce the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, which are historically high.

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