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Ford Earns Its Second "A" Grade for Water Conservation
Ford Earns Its Second "A" Grade for Water Conservation

PRESS RELEASE - Ford Motor Company is honored for the second time for its water conservation efforts by CDP, the international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies. Ford is one of 24 companies to be awarded an “A” grade for its water management efforts. More than 600 companies were considered for a position on this exclusive global list of corporate leaders. CDP’s new report Thirsty business: Why water is vital to climate action, is being released today. “The business case for action to improve water security has never been stronger or more urgent,” says Morgan Gillespy, head of water at CDP. “We congratulate Ford Motor Company for achieving a position on CDP’s Water A List.

BASF acknowledged as global leader in water management
BASF acknowledged as global leader in water management

PRESS RELEASE - International organization CDP recognizes BASF with top “A” ranking for sustainable water management Ludwigshafen – November 15, 2016 – BASF is one of the world’s leading companies in sustainable water management and has been included in the “CDP Water A” list for the first time. The international non-profit organization CDP (formerly “Carbon Disclosure Project”) announced its latest results at the CDP Global Water Forum held in Morocco on November 15. CDP works with institutional investors with assets of US$100 trillion.

Avery Dennison Helps Coca-Cola European Partners to Drive Recycling Efforts in the UK
Avery Dennison Helps Coca-Cola European Partners to Drive Recycling Efforts in the UK

PRESS RELEASE - Avery Dennison has collaborated with partners throughout the supply chain namely Viridor and PET UK, to help Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) reduce waste, costs, and the carbon footprint of Smartwater production in the United Kingdom. According to Joe Franses, Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners, “This example shows how we can turn the crisis of resources into a business opportunity through close collaboration across the value chain. Businesses which can be truly innovative with the products and services they provide, optimising the resources they use and encouraging consumers to do the same, have the potential to transform our economy.”

Diageo, General Mills, PepsiCo Among Food Giants Committing to Tackle Water Risks in Ag Supply Chains
Diageo, General Mills, PepsiCo Among Food Giants Committing to Tackle Water Risks in Ag Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - As climate change, population growth and water pollution increase pressure on freshwater resources, seven global food and beverage companies today announced commitments to work with the thousands of growers in their global supply chains to reduce water use and pollution impacts.

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Asia Pulp & Paper Signs Onto Multiparty Collaboration for Clean Water, Education in Indonesia
Asia Pulp & Paper Signs Onto Multiparty Collaboration for Clean Water, Education in Indonesia

COLLABORATION - Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is reinforcing its commitment towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through participation in “The Pari Island Project,” a new multiparty collaboration aimed at improving the availability and sustainability of clean water in Indonesia.

PepsiCo, Nestlé, McCain Among Firms to Set Food Industry Sustainability Targets for 2025
PepsiCo, Nestlé, McCain Among Firms to Set Food Industry Sustainability Targets for 2025

LEADERSHIP - The host of food and drink company members of the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have developed a series of new sustainability commitments. The newly-released “Ambition 2025” document builds on the group’s previous “Five-Fold Environmental Ambition” and includes goals related to climate change, food waste, packaging, water, transport, supply chains and natural capital, as well as case studies highlighting some of their members’ best practices.

Trending: Target, Green Alley Offering Pilot Opportunities, Cash Prizes to Disruptive Startups
Trending: Target, Green Alley Offering Pilot Opportunities, Cash Prizes to Disruptive Startups

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Six European startups have been selected as finalists for the third Green Alley Award, a prize that rewards business models and products that can improve resource conservation. Waste-reducing apps, a food packaging system, and a CO2-absorbing urban “tree” are among those in the running.

Ford Aims to Reduce Water Use 72%, to Zero Potable Water Use in Manufacturing
Ford Aims to Reduce Water Use 72%, to Zero Potable Water Use in Manufacturing

WASTE NOT - Ford is aiming to reduce its use of the world’s most precious resource – water – by nearly three-fourths as it takes its next step toward using zero potable (drinking) water for vehicle manufacturing. By 2020, Ford aspires to have reduced its water usage per vehicle by 72 percent and will have saved more than 10 billion gallons of water since the turn of the millennium. In layman’s terms, that roughly means for every one gallon of water Ford used in manufacturing in 2000, it aims to use about one liter by 2020.

Kohler Partners with Lava Mae to Bring Mobile Showers to Homeless Community
Kohler Partners with Lava Mae to Bring Mobile Showers to Homeless Community

PRESS RELEASE - KOHLER, Wis. – October 6, 2016 – Based on the most recent Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, there are more than 46,000 individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County on any given night. Living on the street means not only finding a place to sleep and a source of food, but often going days or even weeks without the basic dignity of a hot shower or access to restrooms.

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Kohler’s Water Conservation Efforts Earn EPA WaterSense® Recognition
Kohler’s Water Conservation Efforts Earn EPA WaterSense® Recognition

PRESS RELEASE - KOHLER, Wis. – October 6, 2016 – Kohler Co. has earned its fourth Sustained Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kohler, the leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath plumbing products in the U.S., has long been dedicated to producing efficient, innovative products that are at the forefront of the industry. The company was recognized for its efforts in promoting the EPA’s WaterSense® program and encouraging consumers to use less water in their homes.

NGOs, Food and Beverage Giants Join Forces to Protect California’s Water Future
NGOs, Food and Beverage Giants Join Forces to Protect California’s Water Future

COLLABORATION - As California enters its sixth year of record-breaking drought, 20 leading organizations this week announced the formation of the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC), their collaborative effort to support critical projects designed to protect the state’s water future.

Ford Field Green Team Amps Up its Environmental Game
Ford Field Green Team Amps Up its Environmental Game

PRESS RELEASE - Energy efficiency, lower costs and spectator experience were all factors that led Ford Field to make plans for a greener future. From recycled water to LED lighting, new initiatives at the Detroit Lions stadium should make everyone a fan. Transitioning 650 1,500 watt traditional bulbs to 264 1,400 watt LED bulbs throughout the 1,800,000 square feet building was no easy project, but director of facilities at Ford Field, Fred Reddig, tells how and why the organization is making green investments.

Sustainable Brands Releases Full Program for Annual New Metrics Conference
Sustainable Brands Releases Full Program for Annual New Metrics Conference

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, October 7, 2016 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced the full program for New Metrics’16, scheduled for November 14-16 in Boston, MA. Drawing together over 400 global business leaders, the conference will focus on the emerging methods for identifying, measuring, and quantifying new forms of business risk and value, as well as include strategies for communicating the impact of that value to stakeholders. 

REI's New Distribution Center Designed to be Net Zero Energy and LEED Platinum
REI's New Distribution Center Designed to be Net Zero Energy and LEED Platinum

PRESS RELEASE - REI, the specialty outdoor co-op, has designed its new distribution center to be Net Zero Energy and is pursuing LEED Platinum—the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) rating system. Situated in the Arizona desert, the facility is intended to be one of the world's most sustainable distribution centers. To encourage further innovation, REI is taking an unusual approach and will make the design information of this facility available to the public, so that others can advance the parameters of sustainable design. REI is driving sustainability and efficiency at its new distribution center in several new ways:

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Court Sides with US Forest Service: Nestlé Can Keep Bottling Water Despite 'Outdated' Permit
Court Sides with US Forest Service: Nestlé Can Keep Bottling Water Despite 'Outdated' Permit

SUPPLY CHAIN - On Wednesday, a federal court ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service regarding the lawsuit filed by environmental groups that sought to halt Nestlé Waters North America’s water-bottling operations in the San Bernardino Mountains. The motion was filed by the Courage Campaign, The Story of Stuff Project and the Center for Biological Diversity following a discovery that Nestlé’s permit might have expired 28 years ago.

New Global Forecast: SDGs Will Not Be Achieved Without ‘Extraordinary Action’
New Global Forecast: SDGs Will Not Be Achieved Without ‘Extraordinary Action’

LEADERSHIP - A new forecast by DNV GL concludes that while progress will be made towards many of the United Nations’ (UN’s) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, or Global Goals), there is a very real risk that they will not be met by 2030. The report predicts that action will not be fast nor fair enough, and will come at an unacceptable environmental cost — but reminds us that there is still time to reset the course of our “Spaceship Earth.”

Bill Gates, Total Invest $14M in Cellulosic Sugars Company
Bill Gates, Total Invest $14M in Cellulosic Sugars Company

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Business magnate Bill Gates and energy giant Total have backed biofuels company Renmatix in a $14 million investment round. Renmatix developed a new process called Plantrose® that makes converting biomass into cellulosic sugars – the critical intermediary for second-generation biochemicals and biofuels – more affordable for biorefineries. The investment will help fund the process’ commercialization, which will expand the supply of cost-competitive alternatives to petroleum-derived molecules.

Dow Helps Address Sustainability Challenges
Dow Helps Address Sustainability Challenges

PRESS RELEASE - New York-listed Dow Chemical Company is working closely with six non-profit organizations in Cebu to help address pressing local challenges. Through the company's Leadership in Action (LIA), 40 DOW employees have formed teams to work on six important projects in Cebu that seek to advance access to water, increase production of high-quality food crops, and support product commercialization, among other challenges. The Philippines is the second country in Asia selected by the company to develop solutions to address local critical needs. The program also enables new leadership development opportunities for Dow employees and a chance for them to learn more about realities of international business and identify new business opportunities.

Nestlé Waters: Working Toward Sustainability Through Better Governance, Engagement
Nestlé Waters: Working Toward Sustainability Through Better Governance, Engagement

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 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 9th article in the series.

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MillerCoors Launches Monthlong Volunteer Effort to Protect Water
MillerCoors Launches Monthlong Volunteer Effort to Protect Water

PRESS RELEASE - MILLERCOORS LAUNCHES MONTHLONG VOLUNTEER EFFORT TO PROTECT WATER Thousands of Employees Volunteer to Protect Water Resources During Great Water Month  

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