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U.S. Plastics Producers Aim to Recycle or Recover 100% of Plastic Packaging by 2040
U.S. Plastics Producers Aim to Recycle or Recover 100% of Plastic Packaging by 2040

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Three new goals to enhance the circular economy for plastics and reduce packaging waste have been announced by leading U.S. plastic producers including BASF, Dow, DuPont and Braskem.

Trending: Pizza, Water, Frozen Foods Find Plastic-Free Packaging
Trending: Pizza, Water, Frozen Foods Find Plastic-Free Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - People of all ages are more aware of their impact on the planet’s limited resources and ecosystem health than ever before. Packaging is of particular concern, prompting this year’s Earth Day theme: end plastic pollution. “I’d like more people to take care of the Earth,” said Yasmine, a 7th grader in the Garden Club at Montgomery Middle School in San Diego, CA. Fellow club member Daisy, also in 7th grade, agrees. “People can use more reusable bags instead of plastic,” Daisy added. “We have lots of reusable bags at home. When we do get plastic bags, we reuse them.”

DuPont & Archer Daniels Midland Company Open Groundbreaking Biobased Pilot Facility in Illinois
DuPont & Archer Daniels Midland Company Open Groundbreaking Biobased Pilot Facility in Illinois

PRESS RELEASE - DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced the opening of the world’s first biobased furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) pilot production facility in Decatur, Illinois. The plant is the centerpiece of a long-standing collaboration that will help bring a greater variety of sustainably sourced biomaterials into the lives of consumers. Nearly one-tenth of the world’s oil is used to make the plastic products we use every day. From shampoo bottles to frozen food containers, fossil-fuel-based plastics are virtually impossible to avoid because of a lack of commercially available alternatives — a significant gap in the marketplace that DuPont and ADM’s new biobased FDME will help address.

SC Johnson’s Dedication to Protecting Families Recognized by EcoHealth Alliance
SC Johnson’s Dedication to Protecting Families Recognized by EcoHealth Alliance

PRESS RELEASE - Donations, Educational Materials from SC Johnson Help Protect the Most Vulnerable Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

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CVS Health Releases 11th Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report
CVS Health Releases 11th Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report

PRESS RELEASE - CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today released its 11th annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, detailing its latest efforts to shape the future of health care, reduce environmental impacts and exemplify corporate leadership in fulfilling the company's purpose of helping people on their path to better health. Among the company's key CSR initiatives in 2017 were an enterprise response to combatting the opioid crisis, the development of a carbon emissions reduction target in line with climate science, and a rapid and robust response to a series of natural disasters that impacted CVS Health operations, colleagues and communities.

BASF joins "ZERO by 40" initiative to end malaria
BASF joins "ZERO by 40" initiative to end malaria

PRESS RELEASE - London: 18 April 2018 -Today, at the London Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the world’s leading Crop Protection companies announce their commitment to support the research, development and supply of innovative products to save lives and help eradicate malaria by 2040.

‘Beauty in Real Life’ Campaign Makes Good on CVS Promise to Stop Altering Imagery
‘Beauty in Real Life’ Campaign Makes Good on CVS Promise to Stop Altering Imagery

MARKETING AND COMMS - CVS Health continues to put its money where its purpose is. Following up on the promise it made in January to stop altering imagery for beauty products, the company’s retail division, CVS Pharmacy, has launched an advertising campaign, “Beauty in Real Life.”

Gildan Supports the Leonardo Martínez Hospital in Honduras With Donation of Medical Equipment
Gildan Supports the Leonardo Martínez Hospital in Honduras With Donation of Medical Equipment

PRESS RELEASE - The Leonardo Martínez Valenzuela Hospital received a donation of medical equipment for its surgery ward from Gildan, which was commemorated on April 6 by the First Lady of Honduras, Ana García de Hernández. The equipment, valued at more than US $520,000, for the new operating rooms at the healthcare center will provide free services to patients in the Northern Region of the country. This new surgical module is expected to perform more than 8,000 surgeries annually. This donation provides the hospital, which has been operating in the city for more than 110 years, exclusive equipment to assist patients in need of pediatric and gynecological surgery. It will also allow them to improve medical attention of the brigades in these two areas of intervention.

FORD OPENS SECOND COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER IN PUERTO RICO; UNITES LOCAL NONPROFITS TO SUPPORT ONGOING DISASTER RECOVERY EFFORTS
FORD OPENS SECOND COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER IN PUERTO RICO; UNITES LOCAL NONPROFITS TO SUPPORT ONGOING DISASTER RECOVERY EFFORTS

PRESS RELEASE - Ford Motor Company is reinforcing its commitment to the people of Puerto Rico as it launches the next phase of Centro de Movilidad Social – a program designed to provide much-needed supplies and services to hurricane-devastated communities across the island. Launched in December 2017, Ford’s Centro de Movilidad Social brings together local nonprofit organizations to connect children and families with a range of services – from basic needs such as food, water, clothing and transportation, to longer-term recovery assistance through medical services, educational grants and skills development. This week, Ford Fund is expanding the program and announcing its second social mobility center in Puerto Rico as part of a $1.2 million investment to support recovery efforts on the island

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Fast Co's World-Changing Ideas Winners Build Empathy, EVs; Repurpose Guns, Flowers
Fast Co's World-Changing Ideas Winners Build Empathy, EVs; Repurpose Guns, Flowers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - For the second year, Fast Company is celebrating businesses, policies, and nonprofits that are poised help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future with its World Changing Ideas Awards. From melted down guns to nitrogen-producing microbes, there’s quite a bit of variety among 2018’s twelve winners.

The UPS Foundation Awards $16 Million to Increase Humanitarian Relief, Community Resilience, and Safety Efforts
The UPS Foundation Awards $16 Million to Increase Humanitarian Relief, Community Resilience, and Safety Efforts

PRESS RELEASE - The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship efforts of UPS (NYSE: UPS), today announced it is awarding 2018 grants and in-kind support totaling more than $16 million to non-profit, non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies for humanitarian relief, community resilience and safety programs worldwide. Grants provide support for disaster response, preparedness and recovery, enhancing public health care supply chains and improving global road safety.

How three amazing social enterprises and Unilever are changing lives
How three amazing social enterprises and Unilever are changing lives

PRESS RELEASE - We're on our way to reaching a million people In 2015, Unilever and the UK’s Department for International Development founded TRANSFORM to support social enterprises that meet low-income household needs in developing countries. TRANSFORM’s aim is to enable 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia gain access to products and services that have been shown to improve health, livelihoods, the environment or wellbeing by 2025. In January this year, we expanded our joint commitment from £10 million to £40 million.

RADISSON HOTEL GROUP LAUNCHES GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES
RADISSON HOTEL GROUP LAUNCHES GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP WITH SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES

PRESS RELEASE - Radisson Hotel Group™, today announced at its Americas Business Conference in Orlando, Fla., a new global partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to building loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children. Radisson Hotel Group aims to have its 1,100 hotels in operation sponsor the upbringing and education of at least one child per hotel and help establish meaningful local relationships with SOS Villages worldwide.

Trending: £25M Investment Scheme, Climate-Positive Sack Will Reduce Packaging Waste
Trending: £25M Investment Scheme, Climate-Positive Sack Will Reduce Packaging Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastics and packaging are ubiquitous and leading to major problems both for waste management and ocean pollution. While many companies are committing to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics, there is still a lot of work to do on all fronts.

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Humana Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Bold Goals, Community Investments
Humana Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Bold Goals, Community Investments

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - 2017 was a particularly challenging year for health in the United States.

CVS Health Launches Year Three of Be The First, Its $50 Million Initiative To Help Deliver a Tobacco-Free Generation
CVS Health Launches Year Three of Be The First, Its $50 Million Initiative To Help Deliver a Tobacco-Free Generation

PRESS RELEASE - CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that it will award $10 million in 2018 to continue to support youth smoking prevention and education programs and strategies throughout the United States. The new commitments, funded through the company and the CVS Health Foundation, are part of Be The First, CVS Health's five-year $50 million initiative to help deliver the nation's first tobacco-free generation.

Fast Company Recognizes CVS Health on 2018 World's Most Innovative Companies List
Fast Company Recognizes CVS Health on 2018 World's Most Innovative Companies List

PRESS RELEASE - CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation's largest pharmacy innovation company, was recognized today by Fast Company as one of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies List for 2018. CVS Health was also honored as No. 7 on Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Health. Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies List recognizes leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation. The list was curated from Fast Company's Top 10 lists, which recognize pioneering companies across 36 categories, including health. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies to create these lists.

A Bit of Environmental History and a Salute to a Sustainability Hero
A Bit of Environmental History and a Salute to a Sustainability Hero

LEADERSHIP - I had the good fortune recently to sit next to Richard Liroff at a dinner — what I learned made me very thankful. He is retiring after over 45 years of serving the environment, and hearing his story made me think that we all could benefit from remembering where we came from and being grateful for those who made it their mission to save the environment for future generations.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences And Wools Of New Zealand Announce Materials Collaboration
DuPont Industrial Biosciences And Wools Of New Zealand Announce Materials Collaboration

PRESS RELEASE - DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) is proud to announce a collaboration with Wools of New Zealand (WoNZ) to create a new platform of yarns for home textiles that will offer enduring performance characteristics with a more sustainable, eco-friendly profile.

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CVS to Stop Altering Imagery for Beauty Products, Challenges Others to Do Same
CVS to Stop Altering Imagery for Beauty Products, Challenges Others to Do Same

MARKETING AND COMMS - In a bid to put people on the path to better health, CVS Health has made significant changes in its retail stores, such as ending the sale of tobacco products, embracing healthier food options and committing to remove certain chemicals of concern from all st

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