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SNAP Answers: How Can Protecting Nature Help Ensure Food, Energy, Water Security for Nine Billion People?
SNAP Answers: How Can Protecting Nature Help Ensure Food, Energy, Water Security for Nine Billion People?

Collaboration / The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) today announced the launch of SNAP (Science for Nature and People), a collaboration aimed at solving the world’s most pressing conservation and human development challenges. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.SNAP is designed to find practical, knowledge-based ways in which the conservation of nature can help provide food, water, energy and security to Earth's fast-growing population. SNAP will tackle high-profile problems where the solution has a clear pathway to implementation. - 10 years ago

Microsoft, Diageo Among Latest Companies Urging Policymakers to Address Climate Change
Microsoft, Diageo Among Latest Companies Urging Policymakers to Address Climate Change

Collaboration / Business calls for strong climate change action are getting louder. A half-dozen more leading global companies including Microsoft, Owens Corning, Diageo, Thornton Tomasetti, and Acer America Corporation last week joined hundreds of other U.S. businesses in signing the Climate Declaration, which calls on federal policymakers to seize the economic opportunity of addressing climate change, according to CERES. - 10 years ago

Investors Ask General Mills to Step Up Packaging Responsibility
Investors Ask General Mills to Step Up Packaging Responsibility

Waste Not / This week, investors are asking General Mills to take responsibility for recycling its post-consumer packaging waste. - 10 years ago

New Animated Video Asks: 'How Much Is (Your Mother) Earth Worth?'
New Animated Video Asks: 'How Much Is (Your Mother) Earth Worth?'

New Metrics / Joss Tantram, partner at UK sustainability strategy firm Terrafiniti, LLP, has conceived and written a short animation on the challenges of pricing nature — comparing it to getting a good price for selling your mother. “How Much is Your Mother Earth Worth?” takes a fresh look at one of the most complex issues of our time.“The idea of pricing the value we get from ecosystems, literally pricing the Earth, has been with us for a couple of decades,” said Tantram. - 10 years ago

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M&S the First of Few Companies That Come to UK Consumers’ Minds as Being Environmentally Responsible
M&S the First of Few Companies That Come to UK Consumers’ Minds as Being Environmentally Responsible

Marketing and Comms / New research released this week by the Carbon Trust reveals that, while consumers see business as the key to economic recovery, they do not yet see it as key to fixing our environmental problems, with over two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents unable to name a company taking the issue of environmental sustainability seriously.Respondents who could name companies they thought were walking the sustainability talk were quick to mention retailer Marks & Spencer (the most popular answer), followed in order by the Co-operative Group, Tesco, BP and Sainsbury’s. - 10 years ago

NGOs Challenge Asia Pulp and Paper to Prove It Has Turned Over a New Leaf
NGOs Challenge Asia Pulp and Paper to Prove It Has Turned Over a New Leaf

Supply Chain / Global environmental organisation WWF is urging Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) — the largest paper company in Indonesia and one of the largest in the world — to agree to a list of performance targets in order to improve its current status as one of the world’s most notorious deforesters and back up its commitment to become an environmentally and socially responsible company, the NGO announced today. The performance targets, released by the European and North American Environmental Paper Network today, provide guidance for the assessment of APP’s implementation of its 2020 Sustainability Roadmap and Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). - 10 years ago

Clariant Releases Paraben-Free Alternative to Cosmetics Preservatives
Clariant Releases Paraben-Free Alternative to Cosmetics Preservatives

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Swiss chemical giant Clariant today announced the launch of Nipaguard® Zero — a powerful line of optimized preservative blends for cosmetics that contain no parabens, yet deliver a comparable performance.Clariant offers a broad portfolio of single actives and optimized blends under the brand names Phenonip®, Nipagin® and Nipaguard. Due to growing end-user demand for alternatives to parabens, the company has developed four Nipaguard Zero blends for use in rinse-off and leave-on applications, wet wipes and difficult-to-preserve formulations, including an Ecocert®-approved option. - 10 years ago

USDA and Coca-Cola Partner to Replenish One Billion Liters of Water to Nature
USDA and Coca-Cola Partner to Replenish One Billion Liters of Water to Nature

Collaboration / The USDA and Coca-Cola Americas have announced a public-private partnership to restore and protect damaged watersheds on national lands. The goal is to return more than a billion liters of water to the National Forest System, which provides drinking water to more than 60 million Americans. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and CCA president Steve Cahillane made the announcement last week at Midewin Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois. - 10 years ago

M&S Establishing Link to Workers Throughout Its South Asian Supply Chain
M&S Establishing Link to Workers Throughout Its South Asian Supply Chain

Marketing and Comms / Marks & Spencer (M&S) has signed a one-year deal to work with social enterprise technology provider Good World Solutions to facilitate direct communications with workers in its clothing supply chain via mobile technology.M&S will use Labor Link, technology that returns anonymous, quantitative survey results to M&S direct from supply chain workers. Workers listen to questions on their mobile phones in Hindi, Sinhalese, or another local language, and respond using their touch-tone keypad. - 10 years ago

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Sustainia Announces Its Top 10 Sustainability Innovations for 2013
Sustainia Announces Its Top 10 Sustainability Innovations for 2013

Marketing and Comms / Intelligent streetlights that turn off when streets are empty; an electric city bus with a 250 km range; and a piece of paper that reduces food waste. International innovation platform Sustainia has launched its list of the top 10 best sustainability innovations for 2013, featuring projects and technologies from Europe, Israel, Zambia, USA, China and the Philippines.The selected projects will compete for the Sustainia Award, presented by the Sustainia 100, a committee headed by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN’s panel on climate change (IPCC). - 10 years ago

AdAge Releasing New Report on Navigating FTC Green Guides
AdAge Releasing New Report on Navigating FTC Green Guides

Marketing and Comms / Advertising Age is releasing a report today entitled “How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims: What Marketers Need to Know about the Updated FTC Green Guides.” Co-authored by Jacquelyn Ottman of J. Ottman Consulting and David Mallen from the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau, the report comes just in time for the one-year anniversary of the most recent update of the Guides.The FTC published the first edition of the Green Guides in 1992, to help advertisers avoid deceptive or misleading environmental marketing claims. These Guides are now the go-to standards for green marketing claims and have counterparts in Canada, UK and Australia. - 10 years ago

10 Finalists in Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge Show What’s Next in Green Building
10 Finalists in Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge Show What’s Next in Green Building

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Products from ten companies have been selected as finalists for the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Product Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the Schmidt Family Foundation and the Dutch Postcode Lottery. Three winners will be selected from this group and will share a cash prize of $250,000.The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, in partnership with Make It Right, launched its first-ever Product Innovation Challenge in November 2012. By June, over 100 products had been entered for consideration. - 10 years ago

Nestlé, Volkswagen, SAP, Air France Named Industry Leaders in 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
Nestlé, Volkswagen, SAP, Air France Named Industry Leaders in 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Marketing and Comms / S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s largest providers of financial market indices, and RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused on sustainability investing, today announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. Launched in 1999, the DJSI were the first global indices to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. - 10 years ago

Project Recover Exploring Viability, Options for Eliminating Paint Waste
Project Recover Exploring Viability, Options for Eliminating Paint Waste

Waste Not / Global design and innovation firm Seymourpowell today announced a collaboration with leading global paint company AkzoNobel Decorative Paints to explore and improve the process of recycling used paint — thus closing the loop of paint production.As part of a project jointly funded by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, Seymourpowell has made an educational video highlighting the possibilities and benefits of paint recycling, and has also identified a completely new technology to help scale and speed up the paint-recycling process for greater business viability. - 10 years ago

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August Saw Record Jump in U.S. Clean Diesel, Hybrid Car Sales
August Saw Record Jump in U.S. Clean Diesel, Hybrid Car Sales

While August was a robust month for passenger vehicle sales in the U.S. — registering a 17 percent increase compared to August 2012 — there were remarkable jumps in sales of clean diesel and hybrid cars, with diesels showing a 41.8 percent increase and hybrids experiencing a 38.1 percent increase compared to this time last year, according to data compiled by Hybrid Cars.com and Baum and Associates.For clean diesels, August’s 41.8 percent increase was preceded by a 38.1 percent in July 2013 over July 2012. It was the 32nd monthly increase in diesel car sales in the past 36 months, with 27 of those months registering double-digit increases. - 10 years ago

Sustainable Equals Beautiful: DuPont-Cushnie et Ochs Collaboration Showcases Renewable Textiles
Sustainable Equals Beautiful: DuPont-Cushnie et Ochs Collaboration Showcases Renewable Textiles

Products and Design / As New York Fashion Week kicked off last week, DuPont announced a new design collaboration with women’s fashion brand Cushnie et Ochs, which showcased several of their conceptual designs made with DuPont's renewably sourced Sorona® fibers on the runway on Friday.To complement their Spring 2014 collection, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs used the versatile, easy-to-care-for and supremely wearable fabrics enhanced with Sorona to create five pieces: A sliced, one-piece swimsuit, a pale grey fitted strap jacket, a violet-purple dress, a white double-belted feather weight flare skirt and a black side-belt wide-leg pant. - 10 years ago

General Mills Launches $1.1 Million Sustainable Sourcing Program in Peru
General Mills Launches $1.1 Million Sustainable Sourcing Program in Peru

Supply Chain / As part of General Mills’ long-term sustainable sourcing program, the consumer packaged goods (CPG) giant and its Foundation on Thursday announced a four-year joint commitment with supplier partner AgroMantaro to provide $1.1 million to help smallholder artichoke farmers in Peru increase yields and improve profitability.The goals of the new program, which will reach nearly 100 small-scale artichoke farmers in Peru, are to: - 10 years ago

Apple Now Offering In-Store iPhone Recycling
Apple Now Offering In-Store iPhone Recycling

Waste Not / Apple is now making it easier for customers to recycle their old iPhones and get new ones with its new in-store iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program according to a recent announcement. The program, which began in stores across the U.S. on August 30, allows iPhone users — with a valid iPhone contract — to trade in their used phone (as long as it is in working condition) for store credit, which can be used towards the purchase of a new one. - 10 years ago

Investors, Human Rights Advocates Set Expectations for Transparency Around Conflict Minerals
Investors, Human Rights Advocates Set Expectations for Transparency Around Conflict Minerals

Marketing and Comms / As companies prepare their first required reports on conflict mineral use to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC, key investors and human rights groups have released a paper that sets expectations for the contents of the inaugural reports required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. - 10 years ago

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Consumers Now Expect Companies to Step Up During Disaster Relief Efforts
Consumers Now Expect Companies to Step Up During Disaster Relief Efforts

Marketing and Comms / As communities around the world continue to recover from natural disasters on epic scales, citizens will and are looking to companies — not just governments or aid organizations — to provide critical relief assistance. According to the 2013 Cone Communications Disaster Relief Trend Tracker, 87% of global consumers believe companies must play a role in natural disaster response — in part because the majority (69%) thinks corporations are better able to effectively respond. - 10 years ago