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Solazyme and Unilever Sign Supply Agreement for Tailored Algal Oil
Solazyme and Unilever Sign Supply Agreement for Tailored Algal Oil

COLLABORATION - Solazyme, maker of algae-based oils and bioproducts, today announced a commercial supply agreement with Unilever for the first partnered Solazyme Tailored™ Algal Oil, a culmination of five years of collaboration between the companies. The agreement covers the first of Solazyme and Unilever's jointly developed tailored oils with an initial supply of at least 10,000 metric tons (MT), which Unilever says it will use in its Dove and Brylcreem brand personal care products, according to the New York Times.

SNAP Answers: How Can Protecting Nature Help Ensure Food, Energy, Water Security for Nine Billion People?
SNAP Answers: How Can Protecting Nature Help Ensure Food, Energy, Water Security for Nine Billion People?

COLLABORATION - The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) today announced the launch of SNAP (Science for Nature and People), a collaboration aimed at solving the world’s most pressing conservation and human development challenges. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.SNAP is designed to find practical, knowledge-based ways in which the conservation of nature can help provide food, water, energy and security to Earth's fast-growing population. SNAP will tackle high-profile problems where the solution has a clear pathway to implementation.

Microsoft, Diageo Among Latest Companies Urging Policymakers to Address Climate Change
Microsoft, Diageo Among Latest Companies Urging Policymakers to Address Climate Change

COLLABORATION - Business calls for strong climate change action are getting louder. A half-dozen more leading global companies including Microsoft, Owens Corning, Diageo, Thornton Tomasetti, and Acer America Corporation last week joined hundreds of other U.S. businesses in signing the Climate Declaration, which calls on federal policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of addressing climate change, according to CERES.

Coca-Cola Joins with Sainsbury’s For 'Don't Waste. Create' Campaign
Coca-Cola Joins with Sainsbury’s For 'Don't Waste. Create' Campaign

MARKETING AND COMMS - Coca-Cola Enterprises has partnered with Sainsbury's to launch a new sustainability program that aims to increase the reuse and recycling of plastic bottles during the summer.The beverage company says its Don't Waste. Create campaign is designed to encourage consumers to use their waste packaging at home in a fun and useful way, while also promising to recycle.

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LG Electronics, Nokia Tackle Illegal Tin Mining in Indonesia
LG Electronics, Nokia Tackle Illegal Tin Mining in Indonesia

SUPPLY CHAIN - LG Electronics, Nokia, Sony, Blackberry and Motorola have released statements reaffirming their commitments to tackling illegal tin mining in Indonesia.The move came after British environmental NGO Friends of the Earth released information from an investigation into the devastation caused by mining for tin on Bangka. According to the charity, tin is used as solder in all phones and electronic gadgets, and around a third of the world's mined tin comes from Bangka and neighboring island Belitung.The Friends of the Earth investigation in Bangka found:· Dangerous and unregulated tin mining

Crayola's Colorcycle Program Turning Used Markers Into Clean Energy
Crayola's Colorcycle Program Turning Used Markers Into Clean Energy

WASTE NOT - JBI, Inc., a clean energy company that recycles waste plastic into liquid fuels, has announced it is partnering with Crayola on its "Colorcycle" program, which converts markers into clean energy.The program will be conducted throughout the United States in participating K-12 schools and encourages students to responsibly dispose of used Crayola markers through an in-school collection process. Markers will be sent to JBI, where they will be used as feedstock to produce diesel and other liquid fuels using JBI's Plastic2Oil® ("P2O") process.

Walmart-Backed Alliance Vows to Fix Bangladesh, But Critics Fear Lack of Liability
Walmart-Backed Alliance Vows to Fix Bangladesh, But Critics Fear Lack of Liability

SUPPLY CHAIN - An alliance of 17 North American brands led by Walmart, Gap and Target has unveiled the details of its independent Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative — a five-year pact that aims to improve conditions at Bangladesh garment factories and establish more viable worker communications.

Asia Pulp and Paper Reports Latest on No Deforestation Policy in Third 'Vision 2020' Update
Asia Pulp and Paper Reports Latest on No Deforestation Policy in Third 'Vision 2020' Update

SUPPLY CHAIN - Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), which ended natural forest clearance in its supply chain after pressure from nearly 100 of its customers earlier this year, has released the latest update in its "Vision 2020" plan that provides further insight into its new Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). Through the new policy, natural forest will be identified through High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments currently underway across all APP land concessions in Indonesia.

Nike, Levi Strauss Publish Updated Hazardous Chemical Plan
Nike, Levi Strauss Publish Updated Hazardous Chemical Plan

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Nike, Levi Strauss, H&M and several other members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group have committed to publishing a list of chemicals targeted for phase out or research by 2015 as part of a plan to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their supply chains by 2020.

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Eurostar, GlaxoSmithKline Join Ecodesk Campaign To Improve Supply Chain Efficiency
Eurostar, GlaxoSmithKline Join Ecodesk Campaign To Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

SUPPLY CHAIN - Ecodesk recently announced that 25 companies representing one million suppliers have joined its VIP Enterprise Innovator Program aimed at developing a clear and unambiguous business case for supply chain efficiency.

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.

UPS Employees Focus on Communities, Environmental Sustainability During Annual Global Volunteer Event
UPS Employees Focus on Communities, Environmental Sustainability During Annual Global Volunteer Event

PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2012 – Since its founding in 1907, UPS (NYSE:UPS) has established a strong legacy of support to the communities it serves. The company’s commitment is especially evident during its annual Global Volunteer Month, which begins October 1.

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