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UPS Deploys 18 New Zero Emission Electric Trucks in Texas
UPS Deploys 18 New Zero Emission Electric Trucks in Texas

PRESS RELEASE - Fleet is Part of Clean Air Project with U.S. Department of Energy, Local Governments and Non-Profit

Partnership for Freedom Launches $500K Challenge for Tech Solutions to Fight Forced Labor
Partnership for Freedom Launches $500K Challenge for Tech Solutions to Fight Forced Labor

SUPPLY CHAIN - A public-private partnership has launched a new competition to combat modern-day slavery. Partnership for Freedom will award $500,000 in prizes to technological solutions that are selected as finalists for Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking.

Trending: Fetzer Vineyards, U.S. Department of Labor Celebrate B Corp Certification
Trending: Fetzer Vineyards, U.S. Department of Labor Celebrate B Corp Certification

LEADERSHIP - One of the highest standards for social and environmental responsibility in business, B Corp certification, was awarded to Fetzer Vineyards and praised by the U.S. Department of Labor last week. The certification developed by the non-profit B Lab now signifies over 1,400 responsibly run companies from 130 industries and 42 countries. The performance standards are comprehensive and transparent, and measure a company’s impact on all of its stakeholders, including workers, suppliers, community, and the environment.

Clif Bar Raising Awareness, Calling for Congress to Address Shortage of New Farmers in US
Clif Bar Raising Awareness, Calling for Congress to Address Shortage of New Farmers in US

SUPPLY CHAIN - The average age of the American farmer is 58.3 years – it has been climbing for more than 30 years. Over the next 25 years, more than 700,000 new farmers will be needed to replace retirees. In part due to rising costs of education and land, the number of young farmers only increased by 1,220 in the five-year period between 2007 and 2012. Only 6 percent of farmers are under 35 years old.

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General Mills, IKEA Among Latest Global Players to Join White House Climate Action Pledge
General Mills, IKEA Among Latest Global Players to Join White House Climate Action Pledge

LEADERSHIP - General Mills, IKEA and Best Buy are among the 81 companies to recently join the White House-led American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which sets significant greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy sourcing goals for 2020 and beyond.The pledges focus on increasing energy efficiency, boosting low-carbon investing and making sustainability more accessible to low-income Americans.

Trending: Whether or Not Insects Are Our Next Superfood, They Could Help Solve Our Styrofoam Problem
Trending: Whether or Not Insects Are Our Next Superfood, They Could Help Solve Our Styrofoam Problem

WASTE NOT - It seems increasingly likely that certain types of worms could be an amazing solution to our plastic problem — and that we may eat them and their cousins afterwards.Last week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a risk profile to address the potential biological, chemical and environmental hazards as well as allergenicity associated with the use of farmed insects as food and feed.

First Draft of COP21 Climate Agreement Released, with Glaring Omissions
First Draft of COP21 Climate Agreement Released, with Glaring Omissions

COLLABORATION - This week, the first draft of the new climate change agreement set for COP21, the United Nations (UN) international conference on climate change, was presented to governments. The document will act as a concise basis for negotiations for the next negotiating session, which is happening from October 19-23 in Bonn, Germany.

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sweden’s Forest Economy
7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sweden’s Forest Economy

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Sweden is so heavily forested that open areas are the exception.It’s the opposite of continental Europe, where Germany’s well-known Black Forest or France’s Bois Des Landes are deviations in the landscape, which was deforested centuries ago.In Sweden, the slatten, or “plains,” are distinct. They carry geographic names recognizable to the average Swede, such as Uppsala-slätten or Västgöta-slätten.Not surprisingly, the huge swaths of forest in Sweden are central to the culture and economy, both of which have lofty reputations globally for sustainability.Here are six more things that make Sweden’s forest economy unique, according to Iggesund Paperboard.

Report: Circular Economy Could Create Over 13,000 Jobs in Northern Ireland
Report: Circular Economy Could Create Over 13,000 Jobs in Northern Ireland

THE NEXT ECONOMY - More than 13,000 jobs could be created if Northern Ireland moved to a circular economy, according to a new report launched today in Belfast.

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10 More Cities Commit to Climate Action, Pressure National Governments Ahead of COP21
10 More Cities Commit to Climate Action, Pressure National Governments Ahead of COP21

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Last week, 10 cities presented ambitious climate action plans in accordance with the planning and reporting requirements of the Compact of Mayors.

Climate Week: State and Regional Governments Pledge a Cut to GHG Greater Than US Annual Emissions
Climate Week: State and Regional Governments Pledge a Cut to GHG Greater Than US Annual Emissions

COLLABORATION - The leaders of state and regional governments, spanning North and South America, Europe and Australia, on Tuesday announced collective climate targets that would save 7.9 gigatons of equivalent carbon dioxide (GtCO2e) by 2030 — greater than the U.S.’s carbon emissions in 2012.Announced at Climate Week NYC, the pledges come from the Compact of States and Regions, a UN supported initiative that aims to drive major emissions reductions after the COP climate summit in December, where the expected deal will come into force in 2020.Altogether, the sub-national governments making up the Compact represent 10 percent of global GDP and 220 million people.

Climate Week: B Team Reminding Business, World Leaders of Undeniable #BusinessCase for Net Zero
Climate Week: B Team Reminding Business, World Leaders of Undeniable #BusinessCase for Net Zero

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today The B Team, comprised of leaders of some of the world’s largest companies, is calling on governments and businesses alike to aim for net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 or before, building upon their February 2015 call to world leaders.A ‘Net-Zero by 2050’ aspiration being adopted by leading companies demonstrates the importance of bold long-term targets, and reinforces what the Leaders of The B Team are asking for from world leaders in the political process at COP21 in Paris.

The Strategic Importance of Recognized Leadership
The Strategic Importance of Recognized Leadership

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The need for reputable corporate leadership has never been more acute. We are grappling with large-scale global challenges - climate change, social dislocation, economic inequality, financial uncertainty - that require a new type of leadership from global entities.

Startup Working to Provide Jobs to Refugees Resettled in the US
Startup Working to Provide Jobs to Refugees Resettled in the US

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The ongoing plight of the millions of refugees fleeing Syria and other parts of the world has captured the world’s attention, but what happens once they’ve found somewhere safe to settle?In the midst of the refugee crisis, socially conscious jewelry brand Liberti USA is asking you to support the American dream and help resettled refugees exercise their right to work.

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As Groups Continue to Push Obama for Strong Climate Action, Deniers Pose 'Fossil Fuel Free Challenge'
As Groups Continue to Push Obama for Strong Climate Action, Deniers Pose 'Fossil Fuel Free Challenge'

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In the less than 100 days remaining before the much-anticipated COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, more and more stakeholder groups are adding their voices to the throng urging world leaders to come to a decisive, actionable consensus on how to address the global climate crisis.

Oil Lobby Compels California to Drop 50% Oil Cut
Oil Lobby Compels California to Drop 50% Oil Cut

LEADERSHIP - California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate Democrats abandoned a 50 percent cut in petroleum use by 2030 that was a focal point of the state’s climate change policy, following an intense campaign against the mandate by the oil industry, The New York Times reports.The petroleum cut was meant to help reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, using 1990 emission levels as a baseline.

Jamie Oliver Proposes Tax on Sugary Drinks in UK; Industry Is Not Amused
Jamie Oliver Proposes Tax on Sugary Drinks in UK; Industry Is Not Amused

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - UK chef and “Food Revolution”-ary Jamie Oliver teamed up with food lobbying organization Sustain to encourage the UK government to consider a tax on sugary drinks and use the proceeds to help curb childhood obesity.Oliver launched a petition last week that has gained over 129,000 signatures so far. The UK Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate.“Studies show that soft drinks with added sugar are the largest single source of sugar in the diets of UK school children & teenagers,” reads the petition page.

Brands, Academics, NGOs Explore How Sustainability is Transforming Business Now at SB Rio 2015
Brands, Academics, NGOs Explore How Sustainability is Transforming Business Now at SB Rio 2015

BLOG - Sustainable Brands Rio 2015, which took place August 25-27, saw the participation of over 500 attendees from business, civil society organizations, NGOs, universities, governments and the third sector. This year, the theme "How now: how innovation in sustainability is transforming business now" reinforced an open and critical view on trends which, on a larger scale, may lead to positive change in companies´ business models.

Rio de Janeiro First 'Fully Committed City' in Fight Against Climate Change
Rio de Janeiro First 'Fully Committed City' in Fight Against Climate Change

LEADERSHIP - Rio de Janeiro has become the first city in the world to reach full compliance with the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making urban communities more resilient to climate change and regularly reporting their progress publicly.Rio now has established a local GHG emission inventory using the Global Protocol for Community-scale GHG Emissions Inventory (GPC), the international “gold” standard for GHG emission reporting, according to a recent announcement. It also is the first Brazilian city to complete a study on climate vulnerabilities.

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McDonald's, Wrigley's Among Companies Behind 'Litter Manifesto' Calling for Strategy to Clean Up UK
McDonald's, Wrigley's Among Companies Behind 'Litter Manifesto' Calling for Strategy to Clean Up UK

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - A coalition of British NGOs and businesses is collaborating on a call for concerted action to curb littering. In a letter to the Guardian, leaders from national companies such as the British Soft Drinks Association and British Plastics Association, as well as global brands McDonald’s and Wrigley’s, are urging the government to develop a comprehensive anti-littering plan.

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