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Auto Giants Launch Raw Materials Partnership to Tackle Industry Supply Chain Risk
Auto Giants Launch Raw Materials Partnership to Tackle Industry Supply Chain Risk

SUPPLY CHAIN - Electric vehicles and alternative fuels are key components of the auto industry’s vision for the future, but technology isn’t the only thing driving sustainable mobility.

SAC's Latest Higg Module Improves Apparel Supply Chain Transparency, Reduces Audit Fatigue
SAC's Latest Higg Module Improves Apparel Supply Chain Transparency, Reduces Audit Fatigue

COLLABORATION - The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has released early registration of the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), a self-assessment tool that globally standardizes sustainability measurement for apparel, footwear and textile manufacturing facilities. Optimized for use at an industrial scale, Higg FEM enables factories of any size to assess sustainability performance and easily share results with supply chain partners.

Rolland: Success Involves Transparency About Your Sustainability Program
Rolland: Success Involves Transparency About Your Sustainability Program

MARKETING AND COMMS - News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship — in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 15th article in the series.

WRAP Releases Date Label Guidance to Drive Down UK Food Waste
WRAP Releases Date Label Guidance to Drive Down UK Food Waste

WASTE NOT - Households in the UK waste two million tons of food each year simply by not consuming it in time. A third of this food waste is the result of the result of a confusing and counterintuitive labeling system. WRAP, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Defra have teamed up to change the way food is labeled and ultimately tackle the critical issue of food waste.

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Trending: Closed-Loop Solutions Ramp Up Recycling Rates for Batteries, Contact Lenses
Trending: Closed-Loop Solutions Ramp Up Recycling Rates for Batteries, Contact Lenses

WASTE NOT - While coffee cup recycling is just beginning to gather steam, previously hard-to-recycle products such as lead batteries and contacts are demonstrating surprisingly high recycling rates.

Simple Stories Move Millions: Bangladesh’s ‘Made in Equality’ Campaign
Simple Stories Move Millions: Bangladesh’s ‘Made in Equality’ Campaign

MARKETING AND COMMS - A digital initiative bringing to life real stories about real people in the Bangladeshi garment industry is proving a game-changer in the country in its first year of launch. “Made in Equality” is a website and Facebook page illustrating garment workers’ life experiences in their own words. The simple format of an individual’s image, presented alongside their quotes, is proving moving and powerful.

Perfect Sustainable Product Design Needs to Start with a Circle
Perfect Sustainable Product Design Needs to Start with a Circle

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Electronic waste is the world’s fastest-growing waste stream, and according to a United Nations report, it’s projected that 50 million tons of e-waste will be accumulated by 2018.

Inditex Creates Uproar, Refuses to Pay Wages to Over 150 Turkish Garment Workers
Inditex Creates Uproar, Refuses to Pay Wages to Over 150 Turkish Garment Workers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Zara’s parent company, Inditex, is in full-on damage-control mode after tags bearing messages such as “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it,” began turning up in garments earlier this month.

ASICS, Stahl Partner with bluesign® to Strengthen Chemical Management, Sustainability
ASICS, Stahl Partner with bluesign® to Strengthen Chemical Management, Sustainability

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Chemicals management continues to go mainstream, with sporting goods manufacturer ASICS Corporation and chemical company Stahl joining the growing body of brands, manufacturers and chemical suppliers to achieve bluesign® system partner status.

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150 Companies, NGOs Call for Global Ban on Oxo-Degradable Plastic Packaging
150 Companies, NGOs Call for Global Ban on Oxo-Degradable Plastic Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative has published a statement calling for a ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging, as evidence emerges linking the material to the mounting microplastics problem.

Caravelas Sugar presents new Green Plastic packaging
Caravelas Sugar presents new Green Plastic packaging

PRESS RELEASE - Braskem's Green Plastic will be used for the first time in packages of refined sugar in Brazil. The pioneer in the use will be Caravelas Sugar, one of the country's most important companies in this segment. The 100% renewable raw material will be applied in the packaging of refined sugar and glass. The products will be available for sale as of October. Currently, the Caravelas brand consumes 140 tons of packaging per month and will be the only one in the segment that has sugarcane in its production cycle from start to finish. Consumers will be able to identify the new packaging through the "I'm greenT" seal, visible on the product front. The seal is the identification of Braskem for packaging made with Green Plastic.

P&G’s Citizenship Efforts – A Force For Good And A Force For Growth
P&G’s Citizenship Efforts – A Force For Good And A Force For Growth

PRESS RELEASE - The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) today released its 2017 Citizenship Report, detailing progress in improving social conditions for those in need, advancing Diversity & Inclusion, building a world free from gender bias inside and outside the Company and reducing its environmental footprint. As P&G operates in about 70 countries and serves nearly 5 billion people, the Company leverages its brands and people to make the world a better place through its Citizenship efforts.

Transparency Clearly Benefits Everyone
Transparency Clearly Benefits Everyone

PRESS RELEASE - Too much information? It depends on the circumstances… No doubt, listening to the deeply intimate confessions of a stranger can make people uncomfortable. But when it comes to corporations, getting all the facts and details is never too much – it’s called transparency.

Ford Motor Company Recognized as Global Leader in Sustainable Water and Climate Change Efforts
Ford Motor Company Recognized as Global Leader in Sustainable Water and Climate Change Efforts

PRESS RELEASE - Ford Motor Company is honored to again receive an “A” grade for its water conservation efforts from CDP, the international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies. The company also received an “A-” grade for its climate change efforts.

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Nestlé Seen As ‘Global Leader’ in Tackling Climate Change
Nestlé Seen As ‘Global Leader’ in Tackling Climate Change

PRESS RELEASE - Nestlé has been recognized as a global leader for its response to climate change, again earning a place in the annual CDP Climate A List. Nestlé is among just 5 percent of participating companies to be featured on the 2017 Climate A List, compiled by global non-for-profit charity CDP. This is in recognition of action taken in the last year to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. Climate change leadership is part of Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

Large-Scale Rollout of Innovative Business Models Key for Creating Value, Reducing Waste
Large-Scale Rollout of Innovative Business Models Key for Creating Value, Reducing Waste

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A new series of case studies highlighting the benefits of adopting innovative business models on a large scale has been published by REBus, an EU LIFE+-funded partnership project.

L'Oreal USA Recognized By EPA With Green Power Partner Of The Year Award
L'Oreal USA Recognized By EPA With Green Power Partner Of The Year Award

PRESS RELEASE - L’Oréal USA announced today that it has received a 2017 Green Power Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company was one of only two organizations nationwide to be chosen as a 2017 Green Power Partner of the Year, which recognizes Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through their leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market. The award was presented at EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards Luncheon to Jay Harf, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for L’Oréal Operations Americas.

Target Commits to New Climate Policy, Science-Based Target-Aligned Sustainability Goals
Target Commits to New Climate Policy, Science-Based Target-Aligned Sustainability Goals

CLEANTECH - Following a recent commitment to source 100 percent sustainable cotton by 2020, Target has introduced a new climate policy and Science-Based Target Initiative-aligned goals aimed at reducing its carbon footprint.

Designing a Sustainable Coffee Pod: Club Coffee’s PurPod100
Designing a Sustainable Coffee Pod: Club Coffee’s PurPod100

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and to celebrate, I spoke to some superstar companies reducing waste through product design that are featured in the National Zero Waste Council’s Design Portfolio. Previously, I interviewed the inventor of the world’s first reusable beeswax food wraps. In this second article of the three-part series, I spoke to Claudio Gemmiti, Club Coffee’s SVP of Innovation and Strategic Growth.

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Trending: Finally, Real Solutions to Tackle Coffee Cup Waste
Trending: Finally, Real Solutions to Tackle Coffee Cup Waste

WASTE NOT - With millions of disposable coffee cups finding their way into landfill each year, businesses and local authorities across the globe have been searching for ways to increase recycling and recovery of the single-use item. Building on the success of previous in-store cup and pilot recycling schemes, major brands in the UK have launched two permanent solutions for scaling coffee cup recycling.

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