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AT&T, BASF, Cabot, HPE and More Show #NewMetrics in Action
AT&T, BASF, Cabot, HPE and More Show #NewMetrics in Action

NEW METRICS - While measurement, disclosure and other forms of engagement were the dominant themes yesterday, day two of New Metrics ’17 saw brands, NGOs and solution providers digging deeper to reveal practical applications and concrete findings from where the rubber meets the road in the world of sustainability metrics. The design and implementation of a Sustainable Product Optimization Tool By Anna Shugoll

The UPS Foundation To Award $2.6 Million In Environmental Grants
The UPS Foundation To Award $2.6 Million In Environmental Grants

PRESS RELEASE - The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS), announced it will award more than $2.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations focused on environmental initiatives that align with UPS’s new sustainability goals to increase its reliance on renewable energy sources and reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global ground operations.

Japan’s Fair-Trade Towns: Applying Fair-Trade Principles at the Societal Level
Japan’s Fair-Trade Towns: Applying Fair-Trade Principles at the Societal Level

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The international Fair-Trade Town movement encourages authorities, corporates, retail outlets and community groups to promote fair trade and spread understanding of fair-trade concepts across its sphere of influence. Over 1,800 towns have been recognized worldwide. Japan may well lag other countries in the movement, but it does have three registered fair-trade cities — Kumamoto, Nagoya and Zushi — and has added its own, sixth requirement to the five core standards for fair-trade town status outlined by Fair Trade Towns International.

Member Spotlight: John Viera from Ford shares personal insights and how trucks are boosting literacy and health around the world
Member Spotlight: John Viera from Ford shares personal insights and how trucks are boosting literacy and health around the world

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - John Viera, Global Director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford Motor Company, recently shared his experience as one of the first sustainability business professionals in the corporate world. Read on to learn how he applies his engineering background to his sustainability work, his unique “talents” that make him especially equipped to lead a sustainability organization, and why he’s passionate about delivering innovation to communities that need it most.

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Report: Corporate Performance Falls Short on Supply Chain Due Diligence for Conflict Materials
Report: Corporate Performance Falls Short on Supply Chain Due Diligence for Conflict Materials

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of the nonprofit organization As You Sow dedicated to ending human rights abuses associated with raw materials, has released a new report analyzing 206 companies’ due diligence regarding the use of conflict materials in their supply chains. In a year-on-year comparison, almost all participants decreased their scores, despite demonstrating strong initiative to mitigate risks.

Apparel, Textile Industry Giants Unite Around SDGs at 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference
Apparel, Textile Industry Giants Unite Around SDGs at 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference

WALKING THE TALK - Big news has been rolling out of the Textile Exchange 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference near Washington, D.C. this week, providing evidence of the major paradigm shift taking place in the apparel and textile industry.

Activation & Acceleration: Catalyzing Context-Driven Stakeholders
Activation & Acceleration: Catalyzing Context-Driven Stakeholders

NEW METRICS - Part Nine in a 10-Part Series by Reporting 3.0. See previous parts below.

The UPS Foundation Extends Relief Network to Florida, Pledges More Than $1 Million In Additional Support
The UPS Foundation Extends Relief Network to Florida, Pledges More Than $1 Million In Additional Support

PRESS RELEASE - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced more than a $1 million commitment, through The UPS Foundation, in support of recovery efforts in the Caribbean, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. The pledge is a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise to provide urgent relief, as well as support for long-term needs ranging from rebuilding to personal and financial recovery assistance. This is in addition to the more than $1 million given toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts on August 28.

Shaw Industries Leads by Example with Empathic and Strategic Approach
Shaw Industries Leads by Example with Empathic and Strategic Approach

PRESS RELEASE - Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) is committed to supporting the response and recovery efforts of communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and other natural disasters as part of the company’s corporate vision of creating a better future. The safety and well-being of Shaw’s associates and customers directly affected by these events are a top priority.

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New Study Reveals Global Water Supply Contaminated by Microplastic Fibers
New Study Reveals Global Water Supply Contaminated by Microplastic Fibers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Microplastics — extremely small pieces (less than 5 mm) of plastic debris resulting from the disposal and breakdown of consumer products and industrial waste — have been found in tap water around the globe, according to a new report by Orb Media, a D.C.-based nonprofit digital newsroom. The discovery has led to a call from the scientific community for urgent research on microplastics’ implications for human health.

The UPS Foundation, American Red Cross And CyPhy Works Launch Disaster Relief Drone Pilot Program
The UPS Foundation, American Red Cross And CyPhy Works Launch Disaster Relief Drone Pilot Program

PRESS RELEASE - The UPS Foundation, the American Red Cross and drone manufacturer CyPhy Works, Inc., today announced a partnership to launch a drone pilot program, marking the first time the American Red Cross will test using a tethered drone to assess damage after a major natural disaster in the United States.

Grundig Renews Food Waste Campaign, Releases New Consumer Research
Grundig Renews Food Waste Campaign, Releases New Consumer Research

WASTE NOT - Europe’s largest home electronics manufacturer, Grundig, has renewed its commitment to reduce global food waste, launching the second phase of its Respect Food initiative with a manifesto film underlining the seriousness of the food waste problem. The announcement follows the release of new research revealing that 90 percent of consumers want to lead more sustainable lifestyles and reduce food waste, but lack the time and means to make the change happen.

The Burden of Clean Water Worldwide Still Borne by Women
The Burden of Clean Water Worldwide Still Borne by Women

COLLABORATION - Clean, drinkable water is crucial for human existence, but according to the Women Thrive Alliance, roughly 663 million people worldwide still lack easy access to safe water.

The UPS Foundation Mobilizes Relief Network, Pledges More Than $1 Million
The UPS Foundation Mobilizes Relief Network, Pledges More Than $1 Million

PRESS RELEASE - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced more than a $1 million pledge, through The UPS Foundation in support of recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. The pledge is a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise to provide urgent relief, as well as support for long-term needs ranging from rebuilding to personal and financial recovery assistance.

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Paradox Sports, The North Face Helping Adaptive Climbers Reach New Heights
Paradox Sports, The North Face Helping Adaptive Climbers Reach New Heights

WALKING THE TALK - Athletes previously inactive in the climbing community are now looking at more widespread climbing and adventure opportunities, thanks to new sponsorship from The North Face. The outdoor apparel retailer has teamed up with the non-profit Paradox Sports to expand access to indoor climbing facilities for para-athletes across the United States.

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.

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