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WRAP Funding Cut as Research Shows Brits Waste the Most Food in All of Europe
WRAP Funding Cut as Research Shows Brits Waste the Most Food in All of Europe

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - A study published this month finds that the UK is the worst-performing European country in terms of food waste, while its leading waste-reduction charity, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), saw its government funding cut 38 percent last year.

Islamic Leaders Join Call for World Governments to Phase Out Fossil Fuels
Islamic Leaders Join Call for World Governments to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

LEADERSHIP - After the Pope recently added a religious voice to the chorus of hundreds of business leaders, youth, subnational governments (and one boyband) calling on world leaders to take bold action on climate change, Islamic l

LA Has Found a Creative, Low-Cost Way to Conserve 300M Gallons of Water a Year
LA Has Found a Creative, Low-Cost Way to Conserve 300M Gallons of Water a Year

CLEANTECH - In a creative attempt to protect California’s waning water supply, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti yesterday announced the release of 20,000 “shade balls” into the LA Reservoir. The deployment marks the final phase of a program to safeguard the 175-acre, 3.3 billion gallon reservoir by releasing 96 million of the balls onto its surface.

The UK's Modern Slavery Act – How Will It Affect Your Supply Chain?
The UK's Modern Slavery Act – How Will It Affect Your Supply Chain?

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Modern Slavery Act, passed into UK law in March, is the first of its kind in Europe, and one of the first in the world, to address slavery and human trafficking in the 21st century. It includes a Transparency in Supply Chains Clause, which as of October will require companies with a turnover of more than £36 million to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. This turnover threshold will affect over 12,000 companies and their UK and international supply chains.

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First-Ever White House Demo Day Showcases Innovative U.S. Startups
First-Ever White House Demo Day Showcases Innovative U.S. Startups

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Today, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Demo Day focused on inclusive entrepreneurship, welcoming startup founders from diverse walks of life and from across the country to showcase their innovations. The President also announced new public- and private-sector commitments that promise to provide more Americans with the opportunity to pursue their bold, game-changing ideas.

Faith-Based Investors Support National Legislation Mandating Corporate Disclosures on Trafficking, Slavery Risks
Faith-Based Investors Support National Legislation Mandating Corporate Disclosures on Trafficking, Slavery Risks

LEADERSHIP - The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a coalition of 300 investors with assets under management of over $100 billion, along with Calvert Investments and Christian Brothers Investment Services, commend Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) for this week’s introduction of The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Circular Economy, Take 2: Will Europe Fail or Fly?
The Circular Economy, Take 2: Will Europe Fail or Fly?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The European Commission is expected to unveil its revised Circular Economy Package this autumn – an occasion that will mark the first significant piece of policy intervention in this space. The Commission is under pressure to get the detail right this time, having ditched the original proposals earlier this year, deeming them not ambitious enough.

Hillary Clinton Promises Half a Billion Solar Panels by 2020
Hillary Clinton Promises Half a Billion Solar Panels by 2020

CLEANTECH - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday pledged to construct half a million new solar panels within her first four years of taking office, Reuters reports.Clinton called for a decisive national shift to renewable energy sources, setting a goal of generating enough renewable energy to power every U.S. home within a decade after she takes office. She called for more solar, advanced biofuels and energy efficiency, among others.The two goals were the first elements of what Clinton said would be a comprehensive climate-change agenda to be released over the next few months, Reuters reports.

NGOs React to Reports Revealing Modern-Day Slavery in Palm Oil, Seafood Industries
NGOs React to Reports Revealing Modern-Day Slavery in Palm Oil, Seafood Industries

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today, the US Department of State released its 2015 Global Trafficking in Persons Report, which places countries onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their efforts to comply with “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.” This year’s report maintained Thailand’s Tier 3 designation, its lowest ranking.Greenpeace, which earlier this month released the ninth edition of its Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report ranking 25 leading supermarkets on the sustainability of their seafood procurement, had this to say:

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IKEA to Raise UK Employee Pay Above National Living Wage By 2016
IKEA to Raise UK Employee Pay Above National Living Wage By 2016

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - IKEA will be the first national retailer in the United Kingdom to pay workers above the government's new National Living Wage, BBC News reports.The Swedish furniture company said it would pay all of its 9,000 UK workers at least £7.85 (US $12.22) per hour hour starting in April 2016. Employees in London will be paid £9.15 ($14.40) an hour, reflecting the higher cost of living. The wage increase will affect around half of the company’s UK employees.

20 Subnational Governments Lead Emissions-Reduction Commitments Ahead of COP21
20 Subnational Governments Lead Emissions-Reduction Commitments Ahead of COP21

COLLABORATION - Regional and state governments around the world are committing to ambitious emissions-reduction targets in the lead-up to December’s COP 21 meeting.Today, the Climate Group’s Compact of States and Regions announced record commitments to reducing GHG emissions from 20 governments representing 220 million people and $8.3 trillion in GDP. All reporting governments have a series of reduction targets across their operations, with some as ambitious as 90 percent reduction by 2050 and 100 percent reduction by 2060. 18 governments have also reported renewable energy targets.

Wells Fargo, USCM Honor Cities for Best Neighborhood Stabilization Programs
Wells Fargo, USCM Honor Cities for Best Neighborhood Stabilization Programs

LEADERSHIP - The mayors of Baltimore, MD, Little Rock, AR and West Sacramento, CA have been recognized with top honors in an awards program administered by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.Presented Monday at USCM’s 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the 2015 CommunityWINS (Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization) Grant Program includes monetary grants to city-based non-profit organizations and recognizes mayors for exemplary leadership in developing local programs that promote long-term economic prosperity and improve the quality of life for residents in three categories: neighborhood stabilization, economic development and job creation.

First Annual Recyclebank Awards Honor Cities That Cut Waste
First Annual Recyclebank Awards Honor Cities That Cut Waste

WASTE NOT - Recyclebank, which claims to to inspire and reward smarter, everyday choices for a more sustainable future, has named Mayor Bryan Barnett of Rochester Hills, MI “Mayor of the Year” as part of the first annual Recyclebank Awards.The awards recognizes one “Mayor of the Year” and participating U.S. cities and towns that go above and beyond expectations to “slash the trash” by promoting recycling efforts and recycling education.

How to Incorporate the SDGs Into Your Business Strategy
How to Incorporate the SDGs Into Your Business Strategy

SUPPLY CHAIN - For one of the last breakout sessions of the week, Tom Smith, Acting General Manager at Sedex; Vincent Kneefel, Manager of the United Nations Global Compact; and Christina Gossmann, Marketing Manager at Digital Divide Data (DDD) sat down to discuss the business applications for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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How to Utilize Cities as Partners, Customers for New Sustainable Solutions: The City Perspective
How to Utilize Cities as Partners, Customers for New Sustainable Solutions: The City Perspective

THE NEXT ECONOMY - “Use your city as a platform,” opened moderator and CSO for the City of Palo Alto Gil Friend.While local governments have gotten the bad reputation of being slow, bureaucratic animals, the panelists, representing four major cities across the United States — including Los Angeles and New York City- presented the business case for corporations to integrate their sustainability efforts with their cities for the success of shared goals.

Ben & Jerry’s Announces Carbon Tax Covering Farm to Landfill Emissions
Ben & Jerry’s Announces Carbon Tax Covering Farm to Landfill Emissions

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Ben & Jerry’s has announced that it will institute its own internal carbon tax of $10 for every metric ton of its greenhouse gas emissions, from farm to landfill.Using a recent Lifecycle Analysis that gave the ice cream company a “cow-to-cone” picture of its carbon footprint, Ben & Jerry’s says it will be putting the funds from the tax to jumpstart sustainbility programs it’s already working on. Due to the fact that the dairy component counts for 42 percent of its overall lifecycle emissions, the company will start by working with farmers to develop and implement carbon footprint-reducing strategies.

You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure
You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure

CLEANTECH - When it comes to water usage, most industries today still pay little attention to managing their most precious raw material.

CFSI Helping Companies Comply with New EU Conflict Minerals Legislation
CFSI Helping Companies Comply with New EU Conflict Minerals Legislation

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) today announced it is available to help companies navigate compliance with the pending conflict minerals legislation recently voted on by the European Parliament.In addition, the CFSI says it is adopting a risk-based approach to its audit program to bolster audits of smelters and refiners of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold worldwide.The draft EU legislation on conflict minerals requires importers and processors of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold to self-certify via independent, third-party due diligence audits of smelters and refiners that their products do not directly or indirectly finance conflict and serious human rights abuses.

France Voting to Forbid Major Supermarkets from Throwing Away Unsold Food
France Voting to Forbid Major Supermarkets from Throwing Away Unsold Food

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In a landmark move last week, France's parliament voted to forbid major supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or to farms for animal feed, as part of a national campaign against food waste; an estimated that up to 66 pounds of food are wasted per person each year. The French government announced in 2012 that it wants to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2025.The amendment, unanimously approved Thursday by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, is part of a larger environmental bill. The overall bill will go to a vote Tuesday in the Assembly, then goes to the Senate, and is likely to pass in both houses.

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12 States, Provinces Driving Nations to Keep Temperature Rise Below 2 Degrees Celsius
12 States, Provinces Driving Nations to Keep Temperature Rise Below 2 Degrees Celsius

COLLABORATION - Last week, California governor Jerry Brown signed an international agreement with 11 other state and province leaders, collectively representing more than 100 million people, to keep the global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.Under 2 MOU is a subnational agreement designed to lead nations towards a legally binding global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December.

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