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SB Corporate Members Named As CR's 100 Best Corporate Citizens
SB Corporate Members Named As CR's 100 Best Corporate Citizens

PRESS RELEASE - Sustainable Brands Corporate Members Hasbro, Campbell Soup Co, and Cisco Systems have been ranked in the top ten of CR's Best Corporate CItizens List. Other corporate members on the list include Kimberly-Clark, AT&T, PepsiCo, CVS, Disney, 3M, Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Hershey, Target, and Bank of America.

CVS Health Recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable for Reaching its Goal of Spending Over $1 Billion with Diverse Suppliers
CVS Health Recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable for Reaching its Goal of Spending Over $1 Billion with Diverse Suppliers

PRESS RELEASE - CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the nation’s largest pharmacy innovation company, today (April 5, 2017) was recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable, a top-level corporate advocacy organization that promotes supply-chain diversity excellence, for reaching its goal of spending over $1 billion with diverse suppliers. “We are incredibly proud to be recognized by Billion Dollar Roundtable for our commitment to using diverse suppliers throughout our business,” said Eva Boratto, Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer for CVS Health. “By tapping into this expanding supplier pool, we are able to build supply chain excellence, add distinctive goods and services to our business offerings and enhance our brand among customers.”

Companies, Cities, Including SB Corporate Members, Receive Climate Leadership Awards for Reducing their Carbon Impact
Companies, Cities, Including SB Corporate Members, Receive Climate Leadership Awards for Reducing their Carbon Impact

PRESS RELEASE - Ten companies and organizations, two partnerships, and three individuals today will receive 2017 Climate Leadership Awards for their accomplishments in reducing greenhouses gas emissions and addressing climate change. The awards, now in their sixth year, are a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry. The awards are being presented this evening at the 2017 Climate Leadership Conference in Chicago. This year’s awardees represent a wide array of industries including finance, consumer products, retail, aviation, and technology, plus federal and local government.

Apple, HP, Samsung, Sony Join Effort to Keep Child Labor Out of Cobalt Supply Chains
Apple, HP, Samsung, Sony Join Effort to Keep Child Labor Out of Cobalt Supply Chains

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Apple, HP, Samsung SDI and Sony have joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, with a pledge to follow the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines for mining supply chains, which call for traceability and immediate correction of any abuses.

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5 Steps to Building Better Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains
5 Steps to Building Better Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - According to a recent survey of 287 sustainability professionals, working conditions are the most important sustainability issue in supply chains. That’s not too surprising; in the short time it’s taken to read this far, 153 people around the world have had a work-related accident.

WWF, Sodexo Team Up to Launch New Sustainable Meals Initiative
WWF, Sodexo Team Up to Launch New Sustainable Meals Initiative

COLLABORATION - Sustainable food initiatives aimed at tackling food waste and climate change are sweeping through Europe and the UK, and the latest example comes in the form of a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK and global catering and facilities firm Sodexo.

BillerudKorsnäs Praised for Continued Environmental Efforts by EcoVadis
BillerudKorsnäs Praised for Continued Environmental Efforts by EcoVadis

PRESS RELEASE - EcoVadis is a system for evaluating suppliers’ environmental aspects, working conditions, corporate social responsibility and subcontractors. Multinational brands with high ethical ambitions use the system to evaluate their supply chains in turn. The EcoVadis method is based on internationally adopted principles for sustainability reporting, such as GRI – the Global Reporting Initiative –, the United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000, and is audited by independent sustainability experts. The system is aimed at demanding customers and brand owners who want to monitor their supply chains.

Academia Meets Automotive: College Students and GM Unite to Boost Sustainability
Academia Meets Automotive: College Students and GM Unite to Boost Sustainability

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors created its first Student Sustainability Advisory Council this year to begin a new dialogue on sustainability. Composed of five graduate students from MIT, Penn State, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan and Stanford, the council provides fresh perspectives on sustainability at GM. The company convenes formal stakeholder dialogues through Ceres and informally through various other sustainability networks. This initiative, however, offers students the opportunity to take a step inside the company and lend their unique insights into our sustainability strategy and priorities. The students come from diverse backgrounds, but they all share an interest in the subject.

Unilever's U CAN Initiative Helps Make Ice Cream and Sustainability a Delicious Combination
Unilever's U CAN Initiative Helps Make Ice Cream and Sustainability a Delicious Combination

PRESS RELEASE - The next time you reach for your favorite ice cream bar, you could be making a choice to support sustainability efforts globally. Helping Canadians make a positive impact on the planet by actively choosing more sustainable brands and products is the idea behind U CAN, Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan in Canada. U CAN is a Canadian program, but it is part of a global sustainability initiative that touches brands and communities around the world. For example, enjoying a Magnum ice cream bar might not seem like a way of helping the environment, but when you do, you support a larger sustainability effort here in Canada and around the world:

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Unilever and IFF Team Up with NGOs on Haiti Vetiver Project
Unilever and IFF Team Up with NGOs on Haiti Vetiver Project

PRESS RELEASE - International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) and Unilever have announced a new partnership with leading non-governmental associations (NGOs) to enhance the livelihoods of smallholder vetiver farmers in Haiti. Goals set for Vetiver Together, as the project is known, include sustainably improving food security, increasing yields and diversifying income, as well as working to support women’s empowerment and environmental conservation. The project is supported by the Enhancing Livelihoods Fund – a partnership between Unilever, Oxfam Great Britain and the Ford Foundation, and will be implemented by Heifer International.

Heading Earthwards: Johnson & Johnson Dives Deep to Green Up Healthcare
Heading Earthwards: Johnson & Johnson Dives Deep to Green Up Healthcare

PRESS RELEASE - It's widely recognized that the healthcare sector has a large and costly environmental footprint. Hospitals in particular account for some of the most energy-intensive facilities, yet many traditionally have been slow to embrace resource efficiency. A study by the University of Chicago found that the industry stands to save up to $15 billion over 10 years by adopting more sustainable practices - it's an opportunity that hasn't gone unnoticed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the world's sixth-largest consumer health company.

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.

Report: How 15 Major Consumer Brands Are (or Aren't) Effectively Leveraging Sustainability Communication
Report: How 15 Major Consumer Brands Are (or Aren't) Effectively Leveraging Sustainability Communication

MARKETING AND COMMS - It’s commonly assumed that mainstream Main Street isn’t interested in sustainability. Shoppers will buy on price, performance and reliability. They’re swayed by celebrity endorsements and some of them want to be associated with stuff that’s cool. But being sustainable? Not a chance.

100 Jewelers & Retailers Committed to 'No Dirty Gold' Campaign
100 Jewelers & Retailers Committed to 'No Dirty Gold' Campaign

SUPPLY CHAIN - Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Tiffany & Co., Target and over 100 of the world’s leading jewelers and retailers have committed to more responsible metals sourcing by agreeing to abide by Earthworks' No Dirty Gold (NDG) campaign’s Golden Rules.As part of the initiative, the companies will study their metals supply chains, revise their supplier sourcing criteria to include the Golden Rules, increase recycled gold content and seek more responsibly produced metals.

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CFSI Identifies Conflict-Free Sources for All Four Conflict Minerals
CFSI Identifies Conflict-Free Sources for All Four Conflict Minerals

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) reports that it has validated conflict-free smelters or refiners of all four conflict minerals for the first time in the initiative’s five-year history, and is calling on more smelters and refiners to join the effort to become conflict-free by undergoing CFSI’s conflict minerals audit.

BMW, HP, BT Top Inaugural CDP Index of Companies Demanding Top Climate Performance from Suppliers
BMW, HP, BT Top Inaugural CDP Index of Companies Demanding Top Climate Performance from Suppliers

SUPPLY CHAIN - CDP, with the help of FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), a pioneer in environmental and sustainability business solutions, has announced the debut publication of the Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index (SCPLI), a new evaluation and benchmarking tool for CDP supply chain members and suppliers.

New EY Series Highlights Top Sustainability Concerns for Business in 2014
New EY Series Highlights Top Sustainability Concerns for Business in 2014

MARKETING AND COMMS - As companies begin their 2014 planning, it is critical to have a firm understanding of the regulatory and sustainability trends that will impact core business. In a new publication series Let’s talk: sustainability, Ernst & Young’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services group highlights the top concerns facing companies in these areas in 2014.

New Partnership Streamlines Environmental Reporting in Sea Freight Supply Chain
New Partnership Streamlines Environmental Reporting in Sea Freight Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - Sustainable supply-chain management company EcoVadis and BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have announced a partnership aimed at standardizing sustainability reporting requests for the sea freight supply chain.Under this partnership EcoVadis will align its environmental assessment questionnaires for sea carriers with the Clean Cargo Environmental Performance Survey framework. Clean Cargo members also will have the opportunity to leverage the EcoVadis online collaboration platform to access sustainability scorecards on their partners’ performance.

Solazyme and Unilever Sign Supply Agreement for Tailored Algal Oil
Solazyme and Unilever Sign Supply Agreement for Tailored Algal Oil

COLLABORATION - Solazyme, maker of algae-based oils and bioproducts, today announced a commercial supply agreement with Unilever for the first partnered Solazyme Tailored™ Algal Oil, a culmination of five years of collaboration between the companies. The agreement covers the first of Solazyme and Unilever's jointly developed tailored oils with an initial supply of at least 10,000 metric tons (MT), which Unilever says it will use in its Dove and Brylcreem brand personal care products, according to the New York Times.

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