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General Mills, ‘Disappointed’ by Lack of National Solution, Will Label GMOs
General Mills, ‘Disappointed’ by Lack of National Solution, Will Label GMOs

MARKETING AND COMMS - On Friday, General Mills announced that it will “soon” start labeling its products that contain genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredients nationwide. With the rationale that it is impractical to label its products for just one state, the company plans to disclose GMO ingredients according to the law set to go into effect in Vermont on July 1.

Ford to Share Environmental Stewardship Program for Its Suppliers at G7 Alliance Forum on Resource Efficiency
Ford to Share Environmental Stewardship Program for Its Suppliers at G7 Alliance Forum on Resource Efficiency

PRESS RELEASE - Ford Motor Company will provide a briefing at a forum of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, highlighting its Partnership for A Cleaner Environment. PACE is a program that aims to help the company’s suppliers minimize their impact on the environment by sharing details of Ford’s best practices for water, energy and carbon dioxide reduction.   

International Women's Day Forum, Day One: 'Equal Pay for Women Must Be Achieved by 2030'
International Women's Day Forum, Day One: 'Equal Pay for Women Must Be Achieved by 2030'

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - On March 7 and 8, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center and the United Nations Office for Partnerships hosted the 6th Annual International Women’s Day Forum. The event convened public and private sector leaders to discuss gender parity as a significant economic opportunity with global economic effect. Suzanne Clark, EVP at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, opened the conference and set the tone by stating that $28 trillion would be added to the GDP by 2025 if gender equality existed.

The Modern Slavery Act: Why Inaction May Be Commercial Suicide
The Modern Slavery Act: Why Inaction May Be Commercial Suicide

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - ‘Forced labour affects roughly 21 million people around the globe, of whom 68% are exploited for private economic gain.’ These chastening figures, produced by the International Labour Organisation, are spurring governments around the world to bring in tough new measures to deal with this $150 billion industry.

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Kimberly-Clark Receives EPA National Award for Climate Leadership
Kimberly-Clark Receives EPA National Award for Climate Leadership

PRESS RELEASE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership recognized Kimberly-Clark with one of only 17 Climate Leadership Awards given nationwide for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The awards acknowledge the voluntary work organizations do to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain. Kimberly-Clark received the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management "Goal Achievement Award" for reporting and verifying organization-wide greenhouse gas inventories and achieving publicly-set aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals.

Food Waste Roadmap Shows Cutting U.S. Waste 20% Could Generate $100B in Cross-Sector Value
Food Waste Roadmap Shows Cutting U.S. Waste 20% Could Generate $100B in Cross-Sector Value

WASTE NOT - The statistics on food waste — a top-of-mind issue governments, businesses and NGOs across the globe — are staggering: Every year, U.S. consumers, businesses, and farms spend $218 billion growing, processing, transporting, and disposing food that is never eaten. As a result, up to 52 million tons of food is sent to landfills annually, plus an additional estimated 10 million tons get discarded or go unharvested on farms. Meanwhile, 1 in 7 Americans is food insecure without reliable access to sufficient affordable, nutritious food.

6 Chinese Rayon Producers Join Effort to End Use of Ancient Forest Fiber in Fabrics
6 Chinese Rayon Producers Join Effort to End Use of Ancient Forest Fiber in Fabrics

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Today, Canadian environmental NGO Canopy welcomes six large Chinese viscose producers to the growing roster of fashion and textile leaders committed to eliminating the world’s ancient and endangered forests from their fabrics. While to date 60 brands and designers, representing more than 85 billion USD in annual revenues, have signed on to the CanopyStyle campaign — triggering the need for deep shifts within the viscose supply chain — the real change will come from producers, who must provide the industry with alternatives.

Canada Accepting Public Comments on Draft Sustainable Development Strategy
Canada Accepting Public Comments on Draft Sustainable Development Strategy

LEADERSHIP - Last week, the Government of Canada released the 2015 Progress Report and 2016-2019 draft of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS).

Hershey Partners with Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to Build Health Center in Cote D’Ivoire
Hershey Partners with Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to Build Health Center in Cote D’Ivoire

PRESS RELEASE - Access to basic health care is critical for the wellbeing of rural West African cocoa communities. To help meet the need, The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) partnered with cocoa suppliers Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to fund and build a community health center in Cote d’Ivoire in the town of Teapleau on the Western side of the country. Cote d’Ivoire is one of the largest cocoa-producing countries in the world.

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Trending: Apple Invests $1.5B in Clean Energy; 17 States Won’t ‘Stay’ Clean Power Plan
Trending: Apple Invests $1.5B in Clean Energy; 17 States Won’t ‘Stay’ Clean Power Plan

CLEANTECH - The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to delay the enforcement of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan was a victory for the coalition of 27 industry opponents and mostly Republican-led states that believe the regulations are a “power grab.” In response, a bipartisan group of 17 states has announced that they will collaborate to expand clean energy, modernize energy infrastructure, and drive change.

Singapore Strives to Become World’s First ‘Smart Nation’
Singapore Strives to Become World’s First ‘Smart Nation’

CLEANTECH - There’s plenty of talk about “smart cities” as the surest route to building strong and resilient urban environments in the face of mounting climate impacts, but what about a “smart country”? While Singapore technically is a city-state — being both a city and sovereign nation — it is embracing many of the same smart city techniques as cities across the world.Globally, cities are experimenting with smart city technologies to tackle issues such as waste collection and traffic light management, but Singapore is focused on two core global challenges: urban density and an aging population.

Trending: WRAP, Veolia Working to Optimize Recycling in UK, France
Trending: WRAP, Veolia Working to Optimize Recycling in UK, France

WASTE NOT - While waste reduction charity WRAP calls on stakeholders to do their part to help improve recycling consistency and efficiency in England, three companies in France have partnered on a circular economy initiative for small household appliances.

Supreme Court Halts Obama's Clean Power Plan
Supreme Court Halts Obama's Clean Power Plan

CLEANTECH - On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with conservatives seeking to delay the enforcement of President Obama's Clean Power Plan until legal challenges are resolved. The move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations "an unprecedented power grab."The temporary stay came from a 5-4 majority of the justices; the high court's four liberal justices said Tuesday they would have denied the request for delay.

Trending: How Eastern Europe Is Working to Go Circular
Trending: How Eastern Europe Is Working to Go Circular

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The prospects of linear models in Europe are slowly diminishing. European experts have concluded that the current cradle-to-grave way of life – exploiting resources, processing them, using them, and discarding them – has no future.

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UK Sugar, Carbon Taxes Could Produce £3.6B in Revenue, Reduce Emissions by 19M Tonnes
UK Sugar, Carbon Taxes Could Produce £3.6B in Revenue, Reduce Emissions by 19M Tonnes

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Could the health and environmental benefits of taxes on sugary drinks and carbon-intensive foods outweigh the out-of-pocket costs? New research from Oxford University and the University of Reading suggests that is indeed the case. A study published in BMC Public Health found that a combination of a sugar tax on soft drinks and a food-based carbon tax in the United Kingdom could raise £3.6 billion in revenue, reduce carbon emissions by 19 million tonnes, and increase life expectancy.

Global Companies Played Key Role in Precedent-Setting Great Bear Conservation Agreement
Global Companies Played Key Role in Precedent-Setting Great Bear Conservation Agreement

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - It has taken the combined and herculean efforts of countless individuals, but this week, the vision of the landmark Great Bear Rainforest Agreements has finally been realized. Local communities have a vibrant future and 85 percent of the rainforest in the region is now protected or off-limits to logging.

One Man's Trash: New Technologies, Partnerships Boosting Recycling Around the World
One Man's Trash: New Technologies, Partnerships Boosting Recycling Around the World

WASTE NOT - Among the key challenges to the burgeoning recycling market are lack of infrastructure, innovation at scale and funding. But a variety of initiatives — in developed and developing areas alike — are attempting to secure these factors to help spur the development of circular economic infrastructure.In Argentina, a new generation of trash pickers is helping to refine recycling at the street level. Buenos Aires has invested in recycling through the city government’s Ciudad Verde (Green City) plan and now more than 5,000 litter pickers (known locally as cartoneros) collect a base salary for emptying the city’s bell-shaped recycling bins.

Mayors Get Creative as Competition for 'Coolest City in California' Heats Up
Mayors Get Creative as Competition for 'Coolest City in California' Heats Up

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - A competition that began in October, the CoolCalifornia Challenge, is motivating Californians in 22 participating cities to reduce their water and energy consumption. The cities are competing for a share of $150,000 to put towards local sustainability projects and the coveted title of “Coolest City in California,” and Mayors and city officials are joining in the fun by releasing rallying call videos to encourage their constituents to take part.

EU Remanufacturing Could Represent Up to €90B Annually, 600,000 Jobs by 2030
EU Remanufacturing Could Represent Up to €90B Annually, 600,000 Jobs by 2030

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Following the adoption of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package and the announcement of a €24B fund to support circular economy projects and businesses, several organizations have released research reports and tools to aid the transition.

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Trending: Wastewater, Algae Have Untapped Potential for Clean Water, Energy Generation
Trending: Wastewater, Algae Have Untapped Potential for Clean Water, Energy Generation

CLEANTECH - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a project to cultivate microalgae as biomass for fuels and an array of consumer products. The microscopic single-cell organisms could unlock an affordable way to generate energy using only sunlight and carbon dioxide (CO2).

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