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LG Electronics Earns Marriott's 2013 Supplier Sustainability Award
LG Electronics Earns Marriott's 2013 Supplier Sustainability Award

SUPPLY CHAIN - Marriott International has awarded LG Electronics its 2013 Supplier Sustainability Award. The annual award recognizes the Marriott supplier that has made a significant impact on its guests and properties through innovative ideas toward helping Marriott meet its sustainability goals.Through improving television product development, manufacturing and usage, Marriott says LG supports the hotel chain’s sustainability objectives in 20 countries across a number of areas — including energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste, and using more sustainable materials to reduce the impact on the environment.

Nestlé on Its Way to Achieving Zero Waste in Europe by 2020
Nestlé on Its Way to Achieving Zero Waste in Europe by 2020

WASTE NOT - Nestlé today announced it will achieve zero waste in all 150 of its European factories by 2020, meaning no factory waste will go to landfill or be incinerated without energy being recovered from the process.“The decision to achieve zero waste illustrates Nestlé’s commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices,” said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé Executive Vice President and Zone Director for Europe. “We already have over 25 factories in Europe that do not dispose of waste into the environment.“By relentlessly eliminating all sources of waste, or by recycling or recovering energy from unavoidable residues, I am convinced we can achieve the same for all our European operations,” Freixe said.Cleaning up

Unilever Expands 'Help a Child Reach 5' Campaign to Mark Global Handwashing Day
Unilever Expands 'Help a Child Reach 5' Campaign to Mark Global Handwashing Day

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - To mark Global Handwashing Day (GHD) — October 15th — Unilever’s Lifebuoy brand has announced a significant expansion of its Help a Child Reach 5 campaign. Launched in February in Thesgora, India, a rural village known to have one of the highest rates of diarrhoea in the country, the campaign aims to end preventable deaths of children under five by changing hand-washing behaviors, one village at a time. Today, Lifebuoy has confirmed it will extend this program to communities and villages across 17 countries globally.

SHFT and BBMG Join Forces to Create Branded Content Offering
SHFT and BBMG Join Forces to Create Branded Content Offering

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - BBMG and SHFT are joining forces to announce a new branded content offering for organizations aiming to reach and engage Aspirational consumers, a fast-growing consumer segment that cares about looking good, feeling good and doing good.Combining BBMG’s consumer insights and brand-building expertise with SHFT’s creative and production capacity and the SHFT.com lifestyle platform, the partnership offers a powerful new approach to developing and delivering original branded content designed to disrupt and delight. The new initiative launches with an impressive roster of clients, including Sprint and Recyclebank.

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Women Directors Now Make Up 19% of UK Boards
Women Directors Now Make Up 19% of UK Boards

LEADERSHIP - The number of women directors who now sit on the boards of the United Kingdom’s largest companies, the FTSE-100, has risen from 12.5 percent to 19 percent since 2011, according to a recent report by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.Former British Trade Minister Lord Davies founded Women on Boards in 2011 to track progress towards the UK’s goal of having 25 percent of board positions being held by women by 2015. According to the recent numbers, FTSE-100 companies must appoint 66 more female directors in the next two years to meet the target.The report also shows that the number of all-male boards on the FTSE-100 index has fallen to 6 companies, down from 21 companies in 2010.

Target Takes Important Step Toward Sustainable Product Standard
Target Takes Important Step Toward Sustainable Product Standard

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Target today announced an important step toward increasing product transparency, which the company says it hopes will lead to more sustainable and innovative products.

Fashion Industry 2043: Risk Mitigation and Long-Term Competitive Strategy Through Scenario Work
Fashion Industry 2043: Risk Mitigation and Long-Term Competitive Strategy Through Scenario Work

SUPPLY CHAIN - The fashion industry has gone through dramatic changes in the last 20-30 years. Indeed it finds itself in the present at a crossroad: Resource scarcity is triggering shifts in business models and supply chains; waste is the new resource; customers are the sales channel of the future; and legislation is becoming ever more stringent.Yet few businesses venture to think about how their industry may look in five, 15, or 30 years’ time. Radical changes are bound to happen in our world, and its consumer and sourcing markets, over the course of the next few decades, and we will encounter serious challenges of running businesses if we continue as we have in the last few.

Sustainability in the Indirect/Goods Not for Resale Supply Chain
Sustainability in the Indirect/Goods Not for Resale Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Indirect procurement is an area we hope to highlight in this Issue in Focus series on sustainable supply chains. While sourcing raw materials, components and goods-for-resale (GFR) has gotten the lion’s share of sustainable supply chain attention in the corporate world to date, an increasing number of companies are focusing on opportunities to advance their enterprise’s financial, social and environmental sustainability through the purchases they make for their own operations. One driver for this new sustainability focus is the economic aspect of sustainability.

Consumers Give Microsoft, Disney, BMW, Google Highest Marks for CSR Performance
Consumers Give Microsoft, Disney, BMW, Google Highest Marks for CSR Performance

MARKETING AND COMMS - For the second year in a row, consumers named Sustainable Brands® corporate member Microsoft the company with the best CSR reputation, according to a new study by corporate reputation management consultancy Reputation Institute. This year, the IT company was joined at the top in a four-way tie with fellow SB member The Walt Disney Company, Google and SB ’13 sponsor BMW.

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Dr. Bronner's Backing GMO Labeling Legislation with a Label of Its Own
Dr. Bronner's Backing GMO Labeling Legislation with a Label of Its Own

MARKETING AND COMMS - Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America and advocate for sustainable agriculture, has created a special agitprop label for its quart-size liquid soaps in support of GMO labeling and the Washington State voter initiative to label GMOs, Yes on I-522 — “The Washington Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act.” Last week, natural product stores nationwide and Dr. Bronner’s webstore began stocking products featuring the limited edition soap label, which will be available through November.

Jones Lang LaSalle Illustrates Commitment to Responsible Business in Latest Sustainability Report
Jones Lang LaSalle Illustrates Commitment to Responsible Business in Latest Sustainability Report

MARKETING AND COMMS - Jones Lang LaSalle last week released its 2012 Sustainability Report, “Moving toward a more sustainable enterprise,” which details the company’s services, operations and client-focused strategies to achieve long-term sustainable solutions across five sustainability categories: energy and resources; client service excellence; green buildings; community and supply chain; and workplace, well-being and diversity.

Inspiring the Supply Chain: Sprint's New Supplier Booklet
Inspiring the Supply Chain: Sprint's New Supplier Booklet

NEW METRICS - As the sustainability world places increased focus on supply chain issues, there’s no doubt that any corporation on an authentic CSR journey needs to carefully examine the impacts of its entire supply chain. In fact, according to the United Nations Global Compact’s recently published Global Corporate Sustainability Report, supply chain management is the single greatest barrier to large companies advancing to the next level of sustainability performance.

Lack of Reliable Metrics Impeding Sustainable Business Growth, Study Says
Lack of Reliable Metrics Impeding Sustainable Business Growth, Study Says

NEW METRICS - Less than a third (32 percent) of CEOs believe the global economy is on track to meet the demands of a growing population, while two-thirds (67 percent) report that the private sector is not making sufficient efforts to address global sustainability challenges, according to a recent survey by the United Nations Global Compact (GC) and Accenture. Still only 38 percent say they currently are able to quantify the business value of sustainability.

Reality Check: Climate Counts Launches World's First Science-Based Carbon Rating
Reality Check: Climate Counts Launches World's First Science-Based Carbon Rating

NEW METRICS - On Tuesday at the New Metrics of Sustainable Business Conference, Climate Counts will present initial findings of the first-ever science-based rating of corporate carbon emissions. The study, conducted by Center for Sustainable Organizations (CSO) Executive Director Mark McElroy and Bill Baue, applies CSO's Context-Based Carbon Metric, which compares company carbon emissions to science-based targets.

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Chipotle Launches Assault on Big Food with Short Film, and There's More to Come
Chipotle Launches Assault on Big Food with Short Film, and There's More to Come

MARKETING AND COMMS - Chipotle keeps sticking its neck out for "sustainable," locally produced food — now with an animated short-film attack on "Big Food" and with the promise of more expansive and aggressive efforts to come."The Scarecrow" is a 3-1/2-minute film that Chipotle Mexican Grill released online last week that depicts what the brand calls "a dystopian fantasy world" in which "all food production is controlled by fictional industrial giant Crow Foods. Scarecrows have been displaced from their traditional role of protecting food, and are now servants to the crows and their evil plans to dominate the food system."

Do One Thing: Lessons in Driving Employee Engagement
Do One Thing: Lessons in Driving Employee Engagement

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - At Saatchi & Saatchi S we believe that employees are not only the heart and soul of a company, they are a company’s greatest asset in propelling and achieving its sustainability vision. At its most inspirational, employee engagement is also about magnifying the power of individual actions to effect large-scale change.

Saatchi & Saatchi S Drives Employee Engagement with 'Do One Thing'
Saatchi & Saatchi S Drives Employee Engagement with 'Do One Thing'

PRESS RELEASE - At Saatchi & Saatchi S we believe that employees are not only the heart and soul of a company: they are a company’s greatest asset in propelling and achieving its sustainability vision. At its most inspirational, employee engagement is also about magnifying the power of individual actions to effect large-scale change.

Sustainable Brands® Expands Innovation Open Business Competition to London
Sustainable Brands® Expands Innovation Open Business Competition to London

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, September 5, 2013 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced that it is expanding its start-up competition to London, England. Environmental and social-impact entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas are encouraged to apply and compete at the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) in conjunction with the SB London conference taking place on November 18-19 at the Lancaster London.

Unilever Recruiting Young Entrepreneurs to Help Tackle Some of the World's Most Pressing Issues
Unilever Recruiting Young Entrepreneurs to Help Tackle Some of the World's Most Pressing Issues

COLLABORATION - Today, Unilever announced an international awards program designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. Presented in partnership with the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards, a competition hosted on the Ashoka Changemakers platform, will offer the winner the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

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Sustainable Brands® to Showcase Innovative Performance Metrics that Quantify New Environmental and Social Value Driven by Business
Sustainable Brands® to Showcase Innovative Performance Metrics that Quantify New Environmental and Social Value Driven by Business

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, August 22, 2013 – Sustainable Brands® announces the program and speaker line up for its annual New Metrics of Sustainable Business conference, scheduled for September 24-25 at the University of Pennsylvania. A gathering point for sustainability executives, business strategists and financial leaders from across the globe, this event focuses on the leading edge of corporate practices and performance indicators that quantify environmental and social impacts and tie them to financial value.

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