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New Documentary Examines Hidden Human Consequences of America's Oil Dependency
New Documentary Examines Hidden Human Consequences of America's Oil Dependency

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Mark Manning, former oil industry insider and director of acclaimed Iraq war documentaries The Road to Fallujah and Caught in the Crossfire, has turned his lens to another battle taking place in the Gulf, this time on the U.S.’ Gulf Coast. The upcoming feature-length documentary, The Rising, details the devastating effects not only of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, but of the company’s cleanup efforts following the spill and the apparent large-scale cover-up of their health impacts on the coastal communities.

Innocent Drinks’ App Helps Farmers Cut Water Use by Up to 40%
Innocent Drinks’ App Helps Farmers Cut Water Use by Up to 40%

SUPPLY CHAIN - In the south of Spain, unsustainable water use is threatening Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Europe’s most important wetlands. Located southwest of Seville, the Park supports millions of migratory birds and is a stronghold of the endangered Iberian lynx.

Over 100,000 Sign 16-Year-Old’s Petition Urging Clinton, Trump to End U.S. Fossil Fuel Use by 2026
Over 100,000 Sign 16-Year-Old’s Petition Urging Clinton, Trump to End U.S. Fossil Fuel Use by 2026

LEADERSHIP - 16-year-old climate activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is petitioning the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates to take a strong stance on ending climate change. In a Care2 petition and a corresponding video letter, Martinez is urging the candidates to pledge to end fossil fuel use in the U.S. by 2026. The petition attracted over 100,000 signatures in its first week online.

California's RPS Generating Thousands of Clean Energy Blue-Collar Jobs
California's RPS Generating Thousands of Clean Energy Blue-Collar Jobs

CLEANTECH - California’s aggressive climate policies — combined with the sheer size of its economy — have helped it create the most clean energy jobs of any state in the country, according to a new study by the UC Berkeley Labor Center. The report, The Link Between Good Jobs and a Low Carbon Future, says the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) — California’s principal climate policy — has created 25,500 blue-collar job years — or around 53 million hours of blue-collar construction work. Many of these jobs have been created in regions of the state where they are most needed, with high unemployment and low income.

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Bill to Create Federal GMO Labeling Standard Sails Through House
Bill to Create Federal GMO Labeling Standard Sails Through House

MARKETING AND COMMS - After passing the Senate last week, a bill proposing a federal labeling standard for foods with genetically modified ingredients - and blocking states from creating their own standards - sailed through the US House of Representatives on Thursday, and is now on its way to President Obama. The bill, which passed by a landslide 306 to 117 vote, directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a national labeling standard that allows food producers to choose how they want to disclose the presence of genetically modified ingredients - manufacturers will be able to use text, symbols or a QR code that consumers must scan with a smartphone to relay the information.

Could Hemp Disrupt the Energy Industry?
Could Hemp Disrupt the Energy Industry?

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - In West Virginia, residents will soon be seeing a lot more green than they’re used to. And it may come in the form of dollar bills, too. Researchers from West Virginia University are teaming up with a new startup called Agri Carb Electric Corporation to investigate the farming infrastructure benefits of hemp. This will mark the first time West Virginia has allowed hemp cultivation in 70 years.

Businesses Urge Paris Agreement Ratification, UK Affirms Commitments at Business & Climate Summit
Businesses Urge Paris Agreement Ratification, UK Affirms Commitments at Business & Climate Summit

LEADERSHIP - Business and political leaders convened in London on June 28 and 29 for the second annual Business & Climate Summit, where they called for the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement without further delay, as well as more collaboration between businesses and governments in order to achieve global policy frameworks conducive to long-term, climate-resilient, low carbon investments.

GM invests $10m in Canada plant to boost driverless technology
GM invests $10m in Canada plant to boost driverless technology

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors has announced plans to invest $10m (£6.96m) in a Canadian plant as part of an effort to boost driverless technology and cold weather testing. GM will also hire 1,000 new workers in Ontario to focus on research for connected and driverless cars. Canada, and particularly Ontario, has been promoting its car-making sector as it attempts to compete with Mexico. Canada has been fighting to keep carmakers in the country. Many have been lured to Mexico, where production is cheaper and the cars have the same tariff free access to the US market.Ontario's Premier called the investment a "vote of confidence".

Communicating purpose through brand among top drivers of corporate leadership: new poll of experts
Communicating purpose through brand among top drivers of corporate leadership: new poll of experts

PRESS RELEASE - Integrating purpose through a common brand promise and aligning sustainability strategy with internal culture and values are key drivers of corporate leadership according to the findings of the just-released 2016 Sustainability Leaders Survey by GlobeScan and SustainAbility in partnership with Sustainable Brands.  The Sustainability Leaders Survey tracks expert opinions on the evolution of the sustainability agenda for two decades, along with views on the leaders and institutions most responsible for driving it forward. This is the first edition of the survey since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change in late 2015.

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RAN Finds Japanese Companies Misreporting Sustainability, Linked to Deforestation
RAN Finds Japanese Companies Misreporting Sustainability, Linked to Deforestation

SUPPLY CHAIN - NGO Rainforest Action Network (RAN) claims it has found many Japanese companies are either “systematically misreporting compliance” under Japan’s Corporate Governance Code, or have a “fundamental lack of understanding as to what constitutes meaningful sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement.”

Food and Beverage Giants Appeal to Congress for Urgent Action on Climate Change
Food and Beverage Giants Appeal to Congress for Urgent Action on Climate Change

LEADERSHIP - In the wake of the signing of the historic global climate agreement on Earth Day, more than a half-dozen leading food and beverage companies converged on Capitol Hill last week to press U.S. House lawmakers for federal action on climate change.

McDonald’s, M&S, Birds Eye Sign Landmark Commitment to Protect Key Arctic Region from Cod Fishing
McDonald’s, M&S, Birds Eye Sign Landmark Commitment to Protect Key Arctic Region from Cod Fishing

SUPPLY CHAIN - Leading seafood brands, major UK retail chains and some of the world’s largest fishing companies have struck a groundbreaking deal to protect a key Arctic region from industrial fishing for cod.

Top Chefs Urge Congress to Address Nation’s $200B Food Waste Problem
Top Chefs Urge Congress to Address Nation’s $200B Food Waste Problem

WASTE NOT - Award-winning chefs from across the country, including ‘Top Chef’ head judge Tom Colicchio, gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 25 to advocate for food waste reduction in the American food system. In hopes of educating lawmakers on the severity of the issue, the group met with 22 Senate and House offices in tandem with a first-of-its-kind House Agriculture Full Committee hearing assessing food waste from farm to table.

Kashi Launches Scheme to Help Reward, Incentivize Transition to Organic Farmland
Kashi Launches Scheme to Help Reward, Incentivize Transition to Organic Farmland

SUPPLY CHAIN - According to the USDA, consumer demand for organic foods has grown by double-digits every year since the 1990s — but organic acreage has not kept up. Today, only about one percent of US farmland is organic and farmers looking to transition to organic face real barriers, including shouldering financial uncertainty during the three year transition period required to be eligible for USDA Organic certification.

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Waste Industry Calls on UK to ‘Deliver Sustainable Growth’ Through Circular Economy
Waste Industry Calls on UK to ‘Deliver Sustainable Growth’ Through Circular Economy

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - The trade association for the United Kingdom’s resource and waste management sector, the Environmental Services Association (ESA), recently released a report which celebrates the industry’s achievements – and urges the government to ensure “recycling and diversion rates do not go backwards.” The group provided four recommendations which it believes will create a more resilient waste collection system and aid the push towards a circular economy.

Is Privatizing National Parks the Solution to Sustaining Them?
Is Privatizing National Parks the Solution to Sustaining Them?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 2016 is the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS), and in February the agency got a present from the biggest tech company in the world – or, more accurately, the world got a present from Google and the NPS: On February 11th, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted an event at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site to announce a Public-Private Partnership between Google and the NPS.

Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?
Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?

CLEANTECH - This Friday, world leaders will convene to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. The international regulatory environment and national policies to curb emissions are reshaping global markets. Decarbonization could define the 21st century economy. But what do these changes mean for businesses?

Inclusive Business: Is It About Cutting Out the Middleman?
Inclusive Business: Is It About Cutting Out the Middleman?

SUPPLY CHAIN - I was fortunate enough to visit Manila in the Philippines recently for an interesting summit that was held by the Asian Development Bank and supported by CSR Asia. The event brought together a diverse group of participants from government, investment organizations, and people who work on the ground helping facilitate Inclusive Business (IB). IB can be seen as a variant of social entrepreneurship where large firms work to reduce the risk around partnerships with bottom of the pyramid entrepreneurs by treating them as part of the company that they serve.

Mars, ConAgra, Kellogg Jump on Big Food Bandwagon to Label GMOs
Mars, ConAgra, Kellogg Jump on Big Food Bandwagon to Label GMOs

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - The U.S. Senate might be waiting to make a decision regarding the labeling of genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredients, but Big Food companies are not. This week, Mars, Incorporated, ConAgra Foods, and The Kellogg Co. jumped on the bandwagon with pledges to label their products for GMOs nationwide.

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UK Announces Tax on Sugary Beverages; Industry May Sue
UK Announces Tax on Sugary Beverages; Industry May Sue

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In a surprise announcement on March 16, the UK government unveiled a tax on sugary drinks amidst its budgetary plans. Companies have 2 years to reformulate their products, but the director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said they were “extremely disappointed” by the decision and called it “a piece of political theatre.” Soft drink makers, including Coca-Cola, are reportedly considering suing the government to force the tax to be scrapped.

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