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AFF Report Finds Landowners Play Key Role in Forest Wildlife Preservation
AFF Report Finds Landowners Play Key Role in Forest Wildlife Preservation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Being a conservationist today means more than being a steward of the land; it requires an understanding of the ecological balance between man and animal, industry and ecology, necessary to maintain the health of the whole. The American Forest Foundation (AFF) works with family forest owners in 13 Southeastern states where currently, there are 224 forest-dependent species listed as endangered or threatened, with 293 more that could be listed in the near future. These same forests support nearly 1.1 million people in rural communities with employment and supply raw material for consumer wood products globally.

Sustainable Brands Corporate Members Engage in Campaign to Promote FSC
Sustainable Brands Corporate Members Engage in Campaign to Promote FSC

PRESS RELEASE - New campaign promotes FSC as one simple action with a profound impact. For the first time, six publicly traded companies – some of which are competitors – have come together to promote the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) directly to consumers. The companies are HP Inc., International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. All sell FSC-certified products.

The Business Case for One Map in Indonesia
The Business Case for One Map in Indonesia

CLEANTECH - One of the major challenges in stopping illegal deforestation in Indonesia is the existence of numerous, conflicting concession maps, based on which level of government, or ministry, you talk to. This means for companies such as Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), APRIL or Felda, the land they have been granted could also have been given to another company, or conflict with indigenous or customary community land. And that's a problem.

Our Use of Eco-Labels Is Set to Soar – For Products, Brands ... and People?
Our Use of Eco-Labels Is Set to Soar – For Products, Brands ... and People?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Certification, standards and labels have long provided an effective mechanism for raising awareness around a range of sustainability issues – from deforestation and overfishing, to carbon reduction and energy efficiency.

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Why We've Got Beef with Some of the US' Largest Food Companies
Why We've Got Beef with Some of the US' Largest Food Companies

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - This week, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report — authored by myself and UCS analyst Lael Goodman — that scored 13 fast food, retail, and food manufacturing companies on their deforestation-free beef commitments and practices.

Where’s the Deforestation-Free Beef? New Scorecard Finds No Stand-Out Leaders
Where’s the Deforestation-Free Beef? New Scorecard Finds No Stand-Out Leaders

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new scorecard released today examined thirteen global fast food, retail and food manufacturing companies and found that even the top-scoring of the group are failing to protect South American tropical forests from being converted to pasture for cattle. The clearing of tropical forests contributes about 10 percent of all global warming emissions, and beef production is the largest contributor.

Eastman Partnerships Promote Positive Change Around the World
Eastman Partnerships Promote Positive Change Around the World

PRESS RELEASE - Eastman team members are committed to investing in their communities, no matter where they are. At the Kohtla-Järve (KJ) site, team members have been involved in a number of endeavors that have made an impact in that small Estonian community. Eastman began observing Earth Day events in 2013 in KJ. Volunteers recently used their time and talent to continue a tree planting project that was started last year. In a commitment to environmental stewardship, 10 trees were planted last year in front of the administrative building, and another 10 trees were added this year.

Timberland Launch "Buy One. Plant One." Initiative
Timberland Launch "Buy One. Plant One." Initiative

PRESS RELEASE - At Timberland we love trees and we have a vision of a world where children are more connected to nature. And what a better time to plant a tree than when school starts again, after a nice summer break? From August 15th to September 15th Timberland, in partnership with Pur Projet, will plant a tree for every pair of kids shoes sold, and the geo-localization tool will allow every child to locate on a map where his tree will be planted. All trees will be planted in Transylvania, where landscapes have been marked by extensive agriculture and original forests have long been cleared.

The UPS Foundation Advances Global Forestry Initiative
The UPS Foundation Advances Global Forestry Initiative

PRESS RELEASE - 7 million trees planted in 52 countries around the world  Foundation to award millions in environmental grants US 08/31/16

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Building a Resilient Landscape Through Global Collaboration
Building a Resilient Landscape Through Global Collaboration

COLLABORATION - While the challenges of climate change are undeniably global, politics and measures to actually solve them remain largely local. Last year’s Paris Agreement was a landmark moment for this issue. Now comes the difficult task of putting words and treaties into action. The IUCN World Conservation Congress, set to begin in Honolulu this week, seeks to do just that. In order to be successful, it’s critical the delegates representing government, business, NGOs, the scientific community and indigenous people from more than 160 countries embrace not just the hard work ahead, but also the urgent need for meaningful collaboration.

New LCA Framework Offers Cutting-Edge Transparency for Forest and Paper Products
New LCA Framework Offers Cutting-Edge Transparency for Forest and Paper Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The environmental impacts that can result from making forest and paper products are impossible to ignore. Millions of acres of forests are logged each year and, as a result, threatened species may be affected, forest carbon storage can be reduced, and streams and rivers can be silted and polluted. In addition, significant amounts of energy and water consumption, effluent release and solid waste occur in the manufacturing of wood and paper products (though these impacts can be greatly reduced through incorporating recycled content). Proper understanding and analysis of these environmental impacts are critical in order to find ways to avoid or mitigate them, and to accurately compare and choose products and suppliers that demonstrate environmental leadership.

Disney Buys Up Carbon Credits in Mondulkiri, Cambodia
Disney Buys Up Carbon Credits in Mondulkiri, Cambodia

PRESS RELEASE - The Walt Disney Company has purchased $2.6 million in carbon credits in the forests of Mondulkuri province – marking the largest carbon credit sale to date in Cambodia and breathing life into a carbon-trading program many had written off as all but dead. In collaboration with the Cambodian government and brokered by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the US-based media giant will purchase 360,000 tonnes worth of carbon emissions in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in a bid to offset its global carbon footprint.

Are Your Retirement Funds Destroying Rainforests? This New Web Tool Can Tell You
Are Your Retirement Funds Destroying Rainforests? This New Web Tool Can Tell You

CLEANTECH - For the eco-conscious American, it may seem counterintuitive to invest in companies notorious for deforestation. Unfortunately, they may be unknowingly supporting such corporations through their retirement funds. “When Americans put their hard-earned money in savings and retirement accounts, they believe they are preparing for a better future. But large asset managers undermine that very future, globally speaking, by putting this money into destructive agribusiness firms, generally through complex investment chains and failures in due diligence,” said Jeff Conant, the senior international forests program manager at Friends of the Earth.

WWF and Toyota Form Global Partnership, Join Forces on Living Asian Forest Project and Climate Change
WWF and Toyota Form Global Partnership, Join Forces on Living Asian Forest Project and Climate Change

PRESS RELEASE - WWF and Toyota Motor Corporation have entered into a five-year agreement aimed at accelerating the globe's transition to sustainability. Through this partnership, the organizations will work together to promote biodiversity conservation, raise environmental awareness and accelerate the move toward a "zero carbon" society. Toyota is the first car company and the first Japanese company to sign a Global Corporate Partnership agreement with WWF. The agreement went into effect on July 1, 2016.

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IFF and Unilever Launch Partnership to Improve the Lives of Vetiver Farming Communities in Haiti
IFF and Unilever Launch Partnership to Improve the Lives of Vetiver Farming Communities in Haiti

PRESS RELEASE - View full infographic here. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and Unilever announced today a new partnership with leading non-governmental organizations to enhance the livelihoods of smallholder vetiver farmers in Haiti. The partnership, Vetiver Together, aims to sustainably improve food security, increase yields, and diversify income, while working to support women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.

Why the UN's REDD+ Program Needs More Short-Term Focus
Why the UN's REDD+ Program Needs More Short-Term Focus

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The time has come to revisit REDD+ — the UN initiative that attempts to create financial value for the carbon locked in forests — to ensure that it is truly delivering on the momentum from Paris 2015.

New Palm Oil Risk Tool Allows Companies to Better Identify Deforestation Risk
New Palm Oil Risk Tool Allows Companies to Better Identify Deforestation Risk

CLEANTECH - Global Forest Watch’s new PALM (Prioritizing Areas, Landscapes and Mills) Risk Tool, released by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and freely available through its open-source Global Forest Watch Commodities platform, includes information about over 800 palm oil mills in Southeast Asia, along with regularly updated satellite imagery and spatial data.

Hershey Shares Progress on Social Responsibility Commitments
Hershey Shares Progress on Social Responsibility Commitments

PRESS RELEASE - The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) issued its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report – titled “Shared Goodness” – on June 9, showcasing progress made in 2015 against a variety of priority issues. Building on 2014, Hershey made continued progress through a range of efforts supporting the company’s commitment to responsible sourcing, ingredient transparency, simple ingredients and environmental sustainability. Additionally, 2015 marked the launch of Hershey’s Nourishing Minds program, the company’s global shared social purpose. The innovative program provides children in need with the basic nutrition they need to learn and allows Hershey to help address this critical issue with its deep expertise in food production.

The Body Shop to Regenerate Over 18K Acres of Forest, Help Monkeys Find Love
The Body Shop to Regenerate Over 18K Acres of Forest, Help Monkeys Find Love

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Deforested and degraded lands inhibit the ability of endangered plants and animals to grow and thrive again. Restored wildlife corridors such as “bio-bridges” within damaged landscapes can help re-establish plant populations and reconnect endangered animal populations to boost breeding.

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6 More Global Fashion Leaders Join CanopyStyle to Help Ensure Forest-Free Rayon by 2017
6 More Global Fashion Leaders Join CanopyStyle to Help Ensure Forest-Free Rayon by 2017

SUPPLY CHAIN - Canadian forest-conservation NGO Canopy has announced six new brand partnerships in its successful CanopyStyle initiative, through which more than 65 major fashion brands, designers and retailers have pledged to end the use of ancient and endangered forests in their rayon supply chains. Viscose and rayon fibers are made from wood pulp and are some of the most widely used in clothing and textiles, threatening endangered forests. Approximately 120 million trees are logged annually for fabrics and about a third of them are sourced from ancient and/or endangered forests.

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