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S’well Partners with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to Equip and Empower Youth to Lead a Movement Toward Positive Change
S’well Partners with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to Equip and Empower Youth to Lead a Movement Toward Positive Change

PRESS RELEASE - To kick off a one year partnership with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS), S’well CEO and Founder Sarah Kauss hopes to lessen New York City’s plastic problem with the launch of S’well’s latest campaign: BRING IT - a city-led campaign in which 320,000 reusable S’well bottles, one for each High School student in every public and charter school in the city, will be donated and distributed so that students can “bring it” every day. The goal of this initiative is to displace 54 million single-use plastic bottles over a span of 12 months by limiting the consumption of single-use plastic.

Global Practitioners Gather to Compare Notes on Redesigning the #GoodLife
Global Practitioners Gather to Compare Notes on Redesigning the #GoodLife

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Last year, the Sustainable Brands community gathered around the world throughout the year to share insights on how they – and their customers – were “redefining the good life.” This year, the conversation has progressed from the ‘what’ to the ‘how’ of designing the sustainable future in which we all want to live.

Iron Mountain Hits Key Renewable Energy Milestones in Europe
Iron Mountain Hits Key Renewable Energy Milestones in Europe

PRESS RELEASE - Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the global leader in storage and information management services, today announced that its operations in Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom have achieved the company’s stated goal of utilizing 100 percent of their electricity consumption from renewable energy sources. This milestone represents a significant achievement for the company following its joining of the RE100 initiative earlier this year in which Iron Mountain committed to using renewable energy sources for 100 percent of its worldwide electricity. In doing so, the company pledged to follow a rigorous standard for green power purchasing and achieving aggressive interim milestones on the way to a complete conversion by 2050.

Sustainable Brands Delivers Insight on How to Build Better Sustainability Metrics
Sustainable Brands Delivers Insight on How to Build Better Sustainability Metrics

PRESS RELEASE - Danone, Global Reporting Initiative, SAP, PepsiCo speaking at New Metrics ‘18 about creating and measuring new forms of value SAN FRANCISCO, September 26, 2018 – Sustainable Brands® reveals program, networking and activity highlights for its upcoming conference: New Metrics 2018. Nearly 400 business executives will convene October 29-31 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel for a conversation on the ROI of Sustainable Business and smarter, more accurate, and more inclusive business metrics that generate value for all stakeholders.

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Ford Volunteer Corps Deploys Thousands of Employees Into Communities Worldwide During Ford Global Caring Month
Ford Volunteer Corps Deploys Thousands of Employees Into Communities Worldwide During Ford Global Caring Month

PRESS RELEASE - Ford Global Caring Month is underway with more than 10,000 Ford Motor Company employees signed up so far to make people’s lives better in 40 countries during September – and registrations are still coming in to the Ford Volunteer Corps. Ford volunteers in Brazil are building a new kitchen for families at a cancer center for children. In Germany, a pub is being transformed into a new community gathering place with services for residents in an underserved neighborhood. South Africa Ford employees are converting shipping containers into a classroom and daycare, while also establishing a recycling facility to help unemployed young people.

BASF recognized as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and SDG Pioneer
BASF recognized as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and SDG Pioneer

PRESS RELEASE - FLORHAM PARK, NJ, September 25, 2018 – BASF was recognized for its continuing involvement and commitment to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a UN Global Compact LEAD company and as an SDG Pioneer during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit.

African Union, Champions 12.3 Unveil 3 Latest Weapons in Food Waste Fight
African Union, Champions 12.3 Unveil 3 Latest Weapons in Food Waste Fight

WASTE NOT - At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2015, countries committed to Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3, calling for the world to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Now three years on, Champions 12.3 — a global coalition of sustainable food champions — is tracking progress toward this fast-approaching target and finding that the private sector has seized the opportunity to tackle food loss and waste.

APP, MTG Partner to Turn 1K Women from Forest Communities into Herbal Entrepreneurs
APP, MTG Partner to Turn 1K Women from Forest Communities into Herbal Entrepreneurs

COLLABORATION - The Indonesian Network of the United Nations Global Compact today announced a partnership between Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Martha Tilaar Group (MTG) — a leading Indonesian manufacturer of cosmetics and herbal medicine — to train 1,000 women from forest communities to help preserve herbal plants and become self-sufficient entrepreneurs.

The Swoosh Heard 'Round the World
The Swoosh Heard 'Round the World

MARKETING AND COMMS - Taking a knee made Nike stand up. As brand activism becomes commonplace — even expected — it’s an optimal moment to unpack the factors that spur companies to stand up for something that matters.

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Caesars Begins Straw Phase-Out Plan; Sandals Resorts to Eliminate 21.5M by November
Caesars Begins Straw Phase-Out Plan; Sandals Resorts to Eliminate 21.5M by November

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Hospitality giants Sandals Resorts International (SRI) and Caesars Entertainment have joined the growing, cross-sector fight against single-use plastics with ambitious phase-out plans for plastic straws and stirrers.

The UPS Foundation to Award $2.6 Million In Environmental Grants
The UPS Foundation to Award $2.6 Million In Environmental Grants

PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA – The UPS Foundation, which leads global citizenship and philanthropy programs for

SB Corporate Members Named to Dow Jones Sustainability 2018 Indices
SB Corporate Members Named to Dow Jones Sustainability 2018 Indices

PRESS RELEASE - The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 2018 have been released, with many Sustainable Brands Corporate Members retaining their spots as global sustainability leaders. Created in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices benchmark sustainability performance and sustainability investment for companies around the globe. Companies are assessed based on corporate economic, social, and environmental performance.

The UPS Foundation Mobilizes its Disaster Relief Network and Pledges an Initial $1 Million to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts
The UPS Foundation Mobilizes its Disaster Relief Network and Pledges an Initial $1 Million to Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA, September 17, 2018 – UPS(NYSE:UPS) today announced a more than $1 million commitment through The UPS Foundation in support of recovery efforts following the devastating flooding, infrastructure damage and utility outages caused by Hurricane Florence.

Stanley Black & Decker Recognized as Global Sustainability Leader on 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
Stanley Black & Decker Recognized as Global Sustainability Leader on 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

PRESS RELEASE - Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE :SWK) today announced that it has earned the distinction of being a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) by S&P Dow Jones Indices and RobecoSAM.

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Unilever and Walmart Announce Forest Sustainability Initiatives at the Global Climate Action Summit
Unilever and Walmart Announce Forest Sustainability Initiatives at the Global Climate Action Summit

PRESS RELEASE - Note: This article originally appeared in the 3BL Media Walmart newsroom on September 13, 2018.

Survey: Americans Doubt Their Ability to Impact Climate Change, Look to Companies to Lead
Survey: Americans Doubt Their Ability to Impact Climate Change, Look to Companies to Lead

WALKING THE TALK - The majority of US citizens (62 percent) say they believe climate change is a problem but feel unempowered to address it, according to the 2018 Cone/Porter Novelli Climate Change Snapshot — instead, they are looking to companies to take the lead. Yet, even as individuals may feel personally powerless — less than four-in-10 (38 percent) feel their actions can make a real difference — they do see companies as critical players in progress against climate change. 58 percent say that in the absence of government progress, companies should take the lead.

Interface: How +Positive Spaces Can Create a Healthier Planet
Interface: How +Positive Spaces Can Create a Healthier Planet

PRESS RELEASE - Can a built space not only have a positive impact on those who occupy it, but also on the environment outside the building? We believe the answer is yes.

Trending: European CPG Giants Continue Charge Toward Sustainable Packaging
Trending: European CPG Giants Continue Charge Toward Sustainable Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - First, Danish brewer The Carlsberg Group has unveiled a series of packaging innovations, including its new Snap Pack, which is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1200 tonnes a year – the equivalent to 60 million plastic bags. The Snap Pack replaces the plastic wrapping used around Carlsberg’s six packs with a pioneering technology that glues its cans together. A world first for the beer industry, it will reduce the amount of plastic used in traditional multi-packs by up to 76 percent, and save 1,200 tonnes annually – the equivalent of 60 million plastic bags – once all of its 4-, 6- and 8-packs have been converted.

New York-Area Chick-fil-A Restaurants to Host Second Annual Fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
New York-Area Chick-fil-A Restaurants to Host Second Annual Fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

PRESS RELEASE - After a successful inaugural fundraiser in 2017, the 26 New York-area Chick-fil-A® Restaurants in New York City, Southern Connecticut, Long Island, Northern New Jersey and Jersey Shore will host a second annual Lemonade Fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 14 in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Last year, this initiative raised more than $28,000, an amount that the company is hopeful to exceed in 2018 with the help of local communities. Once again, the restaurants will donate 100 percent of regular lemonade sales during the event to the nonprofit, a national foundation dedicated to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer.

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P&G's Gillette Venus and Regina King Celebrate Female Creativity and Its Contribution to the World
P&G's Gillette Venus and Regina King Celebrate Female Creativity and Its Contribution to the World

PRESS RELEASE - In the world of marketing, less than seven percent of directors are women.* Gillette Venus wants to help close that gap with the launch of the Her Shot campaign, a social experiment in storytelling and celebration of all the ways a female perspective can disrupt and improve the world. Gillette Venus is partnering with 10 up-and-coming female directors to create video content spotlighting the importance of a woman’s point of view and sharing unique perspectives on the positive impact this can have on the world. The brand is also partnering with actress/director Regina King to serve as a voice of inspiration to the directors, providing tips and advice on success so they can elevate their voices in the industry.

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