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First-Ever Lawsuit Over ‘Inadequate’ Climate Risk Disclosure Could Set New Precedent for Businesses
First-Ever Lawsuit Over ‘Inadequate’ Climate Risk Disclosure Could Set New Precedent for Businesses

MARKETING AND COMMS - It is becoming increasingly important for companies to disclose information about long-term climate risks as more and more investors are using this information to inform financial decisions. While a general shift towards transparency is taking shape, many businesses still lag behind in sharing information about their environmental performance and impacts — as well as the consequences of a changing climate on their operations. However, the launch of the world’s first-ever climate disclosure lawsuit could help accelerate the uptake of the practice.

Green & Black's, Cadbury Swap Out Fairtrade for In-House Cocoa Life Verification Scheme
Green & Black's, Cadbury Swap Out Fairtrade for In-House Cocoa Life Verification Scheme

MARKETING AND COMMS - Earlier this summer, British supermarket group Sainsbury’s inspired a flurry of criticism after launching its own in-house sustainability standard, ‘Fairly Traded.’ At the time of the announcement, The Fairtrade Foundation suggested the new model could bring about disempowerment — and set a dangerous precedent.

Canopy Releases Updated Blueline Ranking for Sustainable Printing
Canopy Releases Updated Blueline Ranking for Sustainable Printing

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Working with sustainable print partners and using environmental papers is becoming increasingly important for brands working to meet their own sustainability targets. Environmental nonprofit Canopy has released the 2017 update to its Blueline Ranking — a tool profiling the sustainability performance of North America’s largest printers. Printers analyzed in this year’s assessment represent $34 billion in annual sales.

IBM Releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report
IBM Releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report

PRESS RELEASE - At IBM, responsibility is integral to our business and draws us to social challenges where we can matter, where innovation and expertise can improve communities and lives. Our approach involves forging sustained partnerships with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, academia and other companies — allied in purpose, focused on results. Our ongoing work across a range of activities is detailed in our 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report.

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HPE and Kiva Partner to Loan $14.5 Million to Low-Income Entrepreneurs
HPE and Kiva Partner to Loan $14.5 Million to Low-Income Entrepreneurs

PRESS RELEASE - Patricia is a devoted single mother and teacher by day, with dreams of opening her own bakery to better the life of her family. For her, just a $5,000 loan for machinery would kick-start her business and provide her with a second source of income. I’m proud to say that through the Matter to a Million program, over 100 employees joined forces to help Patricia fulfil her dreams.

How Savers Is Cultivating Community Through Reuse
How Savers Is Cultivating Community Through Reuse

COLLABORATION - As we navigate tumultuous times in our country and across the globe, people are looking to businesses to cultivate community, either through their own programs or through partnerships. According to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, businesses and NGOs are the most trusted organizations by the public, more so than media or the government. People are looking to these organizations to fill a need, solve problems, and redefine the ‘good life’ in their communities.

#BusinessCase: REI Proves Values-First Approach Leads to Longevity
#BusinessCase: REI Proves Values-First Approach Leads to Longevity

WALKING THE TALK - 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 10th article in the series.

Thai Union, Greenpeace Partnership Ushers in New Era for Seafood Industry
Thai Union, Greenpeace Partnership Ushers in New Era for Seafood Industry

SUPPLY CHAIN - Two years after Greenpeace launched a campaign demanding Thai Union, the world’s largest tuna company, take action to eliminate exploitative and unsustainable practices from its supply chains, the two organizations have finally put their long-running conflict to rest. In a joint press release, Greenpeace and Thai Union presented a comprehensive package of reforms and commitments that the tuna company will take in order to reduce both its environmental and social impacts.

Parley, Intel Harness the Power of AI to Protect the World's Oceans
Parley, Intel Harness the Power of AI to Protect the World's Oceans

CLEANTECH - Environmental NGO Parley for the Oceans is on a roll. Just weeks after announcing new partnerships with designer Stella McCartney and Corona, the organization has joined Intel and SnotBot on a mission to Alaska, where they will be using AI and drone technology to collect data from whales.

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Trending: Pro-Ocean Orgs Use YouTube, Video Games, Fashion to Educate Consumers About Marine Plastics
Trending: Pro-Ocean Orgs Use YouTube, Video Games, Fashion to Educate Consumers About Marine Plastics

MARKETING AND COMMS - Eight million tons of plastic trash find their way into the world’s oceans every year. If this trend continues, there could be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050 according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Considerable action is required to avoid this fate, but more and more organizations are beginning to step up to the plate. Creative campaigns that seek to engage consumers through multi-media and innovative products are proving to be an effective way to reach and educate wide audiences quickly, accelerating the uptake of behaviors and actions that could spur meaningful change.

Trending: CanopyStyle, Burberry Further Mainstreaming Sustainable Textiles
Trending: CanopyStyle, Burberry Further Mainstreaming Sustainable Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The sourcing and manufacturing of materials are two of the most environmentally impactful aspects of the fashion industry. In an effort to shift the sector to a more sustainable model, key industry players have revved up efforts to move sustainable materials to the mainstream.

Unilever, UN Women Set Out to Slay Gender Stereotypes with Progressive Advertising Alliance
Unilever, UN Women Set Out to Slay Gender Stereotypes with Progressive Advertising Alliance

MARKETING AND COMMS - In recent years, Unilever has distinguished itself both as a champion for sustainability and overcoming gender bias with campaigns, initiatives and internal actions that work to align the company’s products and purpose. Further building on this reputation, the consumer goods giant has launched a new global alliance aimed at eliminating stereotypical portrayals of gender in advertising and all brand-led content.

Good News, Bad News for Viscose: USFIA Joins CanopyStyle; H&M Lands in Hot Water
Good News, Bad News for Viscose: USFIA Joins CanopyStyle; H&M Lands in Hot Water

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Viscose continues to dominate the news as brands ramp up efforts to eliminate the destruction of ancient and endangered forests and human rights violations from the viscose supply chain, while others fall behind.

Goodwill® Ranks #1 On enso's World Value Index For The Second Year
Goodwill® Ranks #1 On enso's World Value Index For The Second Year

PRESS RELEASE - Goodwill, the leading nonprofit provider of employment placement, job training and education services, has been ranked #1 on the annual World Value Index, an anticipated annual report that ranks world-class organizations by measuring and ranking each brand's overall World Value, according to people's perceptions. In the rankings, Goodwill leads Amazon, Google, Kellogg's, Microsoft and other Fortune 100 and 500 brands.

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Bloomberg Pledges $15M to Fill Funding Gap After Trump Pulls Plug on Paris Agreement
Bloomberg Pledges $15M to Fill Funding Gap After Trump Pulls Plug on Paris Agreement

LEADERSHIP - Following President Trump’s pullout from the Paris Agreement — a move that has expectedly garnered criticism from governments, businesses and NGOs around the globe — former mayor of New York and current UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg has pledged $15 million to keep US Paris Agreement efforts alive.

Greenpeace Teams Up with 100 Authors to Protect Free Speech, Boreal Forests
Greenpeace Teams Up with 100 Authors to Protect Free Speech, Boreal Forests

COLLABORATION - Following the filing of two multi-million dollar lawsuits by Canadian pulp and paper manufacturer Resolute Forest Products to silence Greenpeace’s criticism of its controversial logging in the boreal forest, 100 authors and thought leaders, including Margaret Atwood, Michelle Alexander, John Maxwell Coetzee, Stephen Fry, Naomi Klein and Yann Martel — have signed the environmental NGO’s pledge to support free speech and stand up for forests.

Canopy, Rainforest Alliance Launch First-Ever Audit for Rayon-Viscose Supply Chain
Canopy, Rainforest Alliance Launch First-Ever Audit for Rayon-Viscose Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Cotton is often king in discussions surrounding the creation of a more sustainable apparel industry, yet over 120 million trees are felled every year — 30 percent of which originate from ancient and endangered forests — to produce textiles such as viscose and rayon.

Trending: Cutting-Edge Textile Policies Set New Bar for Apparel Industry
Trending: Cutting-Edge Textile Policies Set New Bar for Apparel Industry

WALKING THE TALK - A more sustainable apparel industry is on the horizon thanks to continued efforts by industry leaders to develop innovative textile policies that value natural resources.

Trending: US, UK Unveil New Strategies to Kick Littering to the Curb
Trending: US, UK Unveil New Strategies to Kick Littering to the Curb

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Cleaning up supply chains and designing impacts out of products through the application of circular principles are essential components of reducing waste, but a more holistic approach to the problem of waste is needed. Consumers are increasingly educated on matters related to sustainability and recycling is more prevalent now than ever, yet litter continues to be a major issue across the globe. To initiate sustainable behavior change, the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the UK Government unveiled new litter strategies.

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Why is Global Health Day Important to Amway Corporation?
Why is Global Health Day Important to Amway Corporation?

PRESS RELEASE - On April 6, Amway joined the world in recognizing Global Health Day. Established in 1950 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations World Health Organization, Global Health Day raises awareness and mobilizes partners to address key global health issues. The intent of this important day closely aligns with Amway’s Corporate Social Responsibility belief – by using the best of our business and the passion of our people we can solve global challenges and improve individual communities all over the world.

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