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UPS Appoints Edward Rogers Global Director of Sustainability
UPS Appoints Edward Rogers Global Director of Sustainability

PRESS RELEASE - Atlanta, May 01, 2015Steve Leffin to Retire After More Than 30 Years at UPS UPS® (NYSE: UPS) today announced that Edward Rogers will become the company's new Global Director of Sustainability, effective immediately. Rogers succeeds Steve Leffin who helped create UPS's sustainability strategy and led a number of successful initiatives during his seven years guiding UPS's Sustainability group globally. During this period, the company became one of the first U.S. companies to meet the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 framework at the comprehensive level, exemplifying its leadership in reporting transparency and credibility.

UPS Commits $500,000 and Logistics Expertise in Support of Nepal Earthquake Recovery
UPS Commits $500,000 and Logistics Expertise in Support of Nepal Earthquake Recovery

PRESS RELEASE - Atlanta, April 29, 2015Company Working with Partner Organizations to Provide Critical Relief Supplies, Assess Ongoing Recovery Needs The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS), today announced an initial commitment of $500,000 (US) to aid in response and recovery efforts following the devastating earthquake on April 25 in Nepal. The UPS Foundation will contribute a combination of cash and in-kind support to  enable the provision of urgent relief supplies as well as potential on-the-ground logistics support for long-term recovery needs.

Sustainable Brands Announces 2015 Innovation Open Semi-finalists
Sustainable Brands Announces 2015 Innovation Open Semi-finalists

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2015 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced 11 semi-finalists to compete at the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) startup competition presented by Target. The competition, culminating at SB’15 San Diego, June 1-4th, attracts world-changing entrepreneurial teams with unique ideas to solving some of the world’s pressing environmental and social concerns.The 2015 SBIO semi-finalists include:

Dear SB Vanguard: What Does the Rise of Unconventional Business Models Mean for Established Brands?
Dear SB Vanguard: What Does the Rise of Unconventional Business Models Mean for Established Brands?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This is the latest in a series of posts in which we will poll our global community of business leaders and practitioners — the “SB Vanguard” — on a variety of issues pertinent to the evolving sustainable business landscape. Despite the continued growing pains of the “sharing economy” - unintended consequences (ex: Airbnb disrupting local home rental/sales markets), ambiguity around naming (sharing economy? peer-to-peer economy? collaborative economy?), regulatory snafus (hello, Uber!), etc - the proliferation of such business models points to a paradigm shift comparable to sustainability. What do you see as the future/potential of this trend, and of the opportunity for established brands within it?

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#SolutionADay Campaign Aims to Celebrate Sustainability Progress
#SolutionADay Campaign Aims to Celebrate Sustainability Progress

COLLABORATION - Effectively communicating sustainability must go beyond a dire series of predictions — it's about sharing real-world evidence of the economic, social and environmental challenges faced daily on our planet and the solutions for those challenges.In honor of Earth Day and the remarkable progress being made toward a myriad sustainability solutions, the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University has launched a "Solution A Day" social media campaign, in the spirit of the Initiatives’ mission to engage a broad audience to celebrate those solutions.

Earth Day Network on Advocating for the Environment
Earth Day Network on Advocating for the Environment

PRESS RELEASE - by Kathleen RogersEarth Day Network (EDN) is the largest recruiter to the environmental movement in the world. Over one billion people across 192 countries will participate in Earth Day 2015, making it the largest civic observance in the world.With over 50,000 partners, EDN supports and promotes environmental laws and civic participation to build environmental democracy since the first Earth Day in 1970. This year marks Earth Day’s 45th anniversary.

Timberland's 2014 CSR Report Highlights Global Progress In Sustainability And Community Engagement
Timberland's 2014 CSR Report Highlights Global Progress In Sustainability And Community Engagement

PRESS RELEASE - STRATHAM, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Timberland, a global leader in the design, engineering and marketing of premium-quality footwear, apparel and accessories, today released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance data. The report aptly comes out on Earth Day, and shares the brand’s continued commitment to sustainability against four key pillars: service, product, factories and climate.“Timberland has a longstanding commitment to sustainability, which goes well beyond environmental stewardship”

The UPS Foundation Honored by Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship for Global Philanthropic Efforts
The UPS Foundation Honored by Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship for Global Philanthropic Efforts

PRESS RELEASE -  UPS Relief Link Aid Distribution Video Wins Film Festival AwardAtlanta, April 20, 2015 -- A mini-documentary highlighting how its Relief Link program has fostered more efficient aid distribution at two African refugee camps earned The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS), a win in the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship's (BCCCC) "Corporate Citizenship Film Festival." The annual festival, held as part of the International Corporate Citizenship Conference April 19-21 in Austin, Texas, showcases the good works of companies in areas such as healthcare access, volun

Earth Day Network, World Organization Of The Scout Movement, Boy Scouts Of America Commit To One Billion Service Hours Around The World Over Next Five Years
Earth Day Network, World Organization Of The Scout Movement, Boy Scouts Of America Commit To One Billion Service Hours Around The World Over Next Five Years

PRESS RELEASE - WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In commemoration of Earth Day's 45th anniversary, the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) commits to Earth Day Network to donate one billion service hours to local service projects over the next five years, including - planting millions of trees that will capture carbon, reduce soil erosion, provide and protect natural habitat and improve the quality of life for people.  

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Hasbro Ranks #2 in 2015 “100 Best Corporate Citizens List”
Hasbro Ranks #2 in 2015 “100 Best Corporate Citizens List”

PRESS RELEASE - Pawtucket, R.I., April 20, 2015 -- Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced today that it has been named as the second most transparent and responsible company in the U.S., according to the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for 2015.This is the second time that Hasbro has ranked in the Top 10 and the fourth consecutive year that the Company has ranked in the Top 25.The Company ranked #2 this year, rising 20 spots, in recognition of its stellar performance in seven key areas: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy.

B Lab's ‘Best for the World’ List Grows to 120 Companies
B Lab's ‘Best for the World’ List Grows to 120 Companies

LEADERSHIP - A total of 120 companies worldwide were recognized on Tuesday for “creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact” by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the fourth annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list.

Avery Dennison Expands Film Matrix Recycling Offer To Customers
Avery Dennison Expands Film Matrix Recycling Offer To Customers

PRESS RELEASE - Avery Dennison and Belgian-based Seliplast AG (acronym for Second Life for Plastics) have launched a first-of-its-kind recycling option for label matrix waste made of polypropylene and polyethylene. The programme is now available to converters in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and France. This new offering builds on a 2014 pilot established by the two companies in which more than 1,000 tons of plastic laminate and matrix waste in Avery Dennison’s plant in Turnhout, Belgium were converted into new granulate for industrial and household products. The solution eliminates the need for waste material to be shipped outside of the region for manual sorting and recycling, which had previously been required due to the sticky nature of the residue. 

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.”

Sustainable Brands Expands Networking Hub Designed to Accelerate Exchange of Tools and Ideas
Sustainable Brands Expands Networking Hub Designed to Accelerate Exchange of Tools and Ideas

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, March 19, 2015 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced the expansion of the Activation Hub at SB’15 San Diego, June 1-4, 2015 at Paradise Point Resort & Spa. As a central networking hub, this action-centered environment will serve as an ideation marketplace for global brands looking for specific solutions to scale sustainability initiatives.

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Nestlé Shares Challenges, Progress, Renews Partnerships in Efforts to Create 'Shared Value'
Nestlé Shares Challenges, Progress, Renews Partnerships in Efforts to Create 'Shared Value'

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This week, Nestlé released the summary of its 2014 Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value report, which highlights the company’s progress — and challenges — in meeting its societal commitments. The report gives stakeholders the opportunity to scrutinize Nestlé’s progress during 2014 against 38 specific objectives. The full online version of the report will be available from April 7.Three new commitments cover responsible marketing to children, ensuring that all employees and stakeholders can easily report possible compliance violations, and working against corruption and bribery.

Almond Farmers Explain the Switch to Organic in CLIF's Latest 'Farmers Speak' Video
Almond Farmers Explain the Switch to Organic in CLIF's Latest 'Farmers Speak' Video

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Clif Bar has released the second installment in its Farmers Speak series. Where the first centered on organic oats; the second installment “gives voice” to organic almonds — a key ingredient in 17 products across the company’s CLIF®, CLIF® Organic Trail Mix, LUNA® and CLIF® Kit’s Organic Fruit + Nut Bar brand bars.The video tells the story of Burroughs Family Farm — which grows nearly 1,000 acres of organic almonds in Merced County, in California’s Central Valley — and the family’s decision to make the bold transition from conventional to organic farming practices.

JetBlue's New Mentoring Program Helping Small, Responsible Food Companies Get Off the Ground
JetBlue's New Mentoring Program Helping Small, Responsible Food Companies Get Off the Ground

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - JetBlue Airways recently launched its first business mentoring program, called BlueBud (buddies + budding new companies), which will offer small and startup responsible food companies an opportunity to get their businesses off the ground (pun intended) and their products onboard commercial aircraft.BlueBud offers mentorship to small food companies that are creating unique and novel concepts, helping them to connect with a diverse group of customers and maintain responsible practices. Participants will get special access to JetBlue's business leaders, who will offer participants access to the airline's unique product development culture, as well as valuable industry insights.

SolarCity and DIRECTV Make Solar Power More Accessible and Affordable to Homeowners Across the Country
SolarCity and DIRECTV Make Solar Power More Accessible and Affordable to Homeowners Across the Country

PRESS RELEASE - Companies announce first-of-its-kind program at DIRECTV facility, launch special deal for solar customers this weekLONG BEACH, Calif.

Proxy Preview 2015 Examines Record-Breaking Number of Sustainability-Related Shareholder Resolutions
Proxy Preview 2015 Examines Record-Breaking Number of Sustainability-Related Shareholder Resolutions

MARKETING AND COMMS - This month, shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow released its 10th annual Proxy Preview report, detailing the record-breaking 433 social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed so far this proxy season, with political spending and climate change driving most of the activity.

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Hershey Named as One of the World's Most Ethical Companies
Hershey Named as One of the World's Most Ethical Companies

PRESS RELEASE - HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) announced today that it has been recognized as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute.

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