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Mike Hower

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Apple Cuts Ties to 18 Suppliers After Sustainability Code Violations
Apple Cuts Ties to 18 Suppliers After Sustainability Code Violations

Supply Chain / Apple has terminated its relationships with 18 suppliers to date due to sustainability code violations, according to a new report from the technology company. - 5 years ago

Danone, Unilever Among 6 Major Companies With Comprehensive Deforestation Policies
Danone, Unilever Among 6 Major Companies With Comprehensive Deforestation Policies

Supply Chain / Only six major companies and one investor — Danone, Unilever, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Kao Corp., Reckitt Benckiser Group, and financial services giant HSBC — have comprehensive policies in place to protect tropical forests, according to a new ranking by Global Canopy Programme (GCP). - 5 years ago

Industry Partners Publish First Sustainability Standard for Household Cooking Appliances
Industry Partners Publish First Sustainability Standard for Household Cooking Appliances

New Metrics / Whirlpool has announced that nine of its cooking appliances are among the industry’s first certified under the Association for Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) Sustainability Standard for Cooking Products — the first voluntary sustainability standard for household cooking products, developed by AHAM, UL Environment and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group. - 5 years ago

CVS Health Hits Record Sales After Knocking Out Tobacco
CVS Health Hits Record Sales After Knocking Out Tobacco

Leadership / CVS Health achieved record sales in 2014 — increasing net revenues by 9.9 percent to $139.4 billion — even after a major rebrand and the removal of lucrative tobacco products from its stores’ shelves. - 5 years ago

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Report: Reduction, Recycling and Recovery Key to Resolving Water-Energy Crisis
Report: Reduction, Recycling and Recovery Key to Resolving Water-Energy Crisis

Waste Not / The most effective technologies for addressing growing global water and energy interdependence — known as the water-energy nexus — are based on reduce, recycle, and recovery and zero-water/zero-energy, according to new research from analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.The report, Technology Convergence Resolving Water-Energy Challenges, identifies six types of technology that contribute to solving the water-energy challenge: renewables-based desalination, wastewater treatment and recovery, hydraulic fracturing, thermal power, water efficiency and energy efficiency. - 5 years ago

California Utilities to Offer Clean Energy Options to Residents and Businesses
California Utilities to Offer Clean Energy Options to Residents and Businesses

Cleantech / The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the "Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program," a measure that will give millions of California residents and businesses the chance to participate in a utility clean energy program for the first time.The decision, which benefits the majority of the state's businesses and over 38 million residents, directs the three largest investor-owned utilities—Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company and San Diego Gas and Electric Company, which together cover nearly 80 percent of the state—to offer a Green-e Energy certified 100 percent renewable energy option to their customers. - 5 years ago

Global Thermostat Turning Carbon Pollution Into Cash
Global Thermostat Turning Carbon Pollution Into Cash

Cleantech / Carbon-capture technology holds much promise for helping the world to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and mitigate the effects of global warming. It works by trapping the carbon dioxide at its emission source, transporting it to a storage location — often deep underground — and isolating it. However, most carbon-capture techniques developed to date are uneconomic because they consume too much energy to sequester the carbon. - 5 years ago

As Stocks of MSC-Certified Fish Rise, Some UK Retailers Falling Behind
As Stocks of MSC-Certified Fish Rise, Some UK Retailers Falling Behind

Supply Chain / The availability of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish is better than ever with a million tons of MSC certified cod caught last year, but there is a growing gap between supermarkets that offer their customers ecolabelled sustainable seafood choices and protecting ocean environments, according to new figures released by MSC.Since 2010, Sainsbury’s has led the pack in terms of numbers of products stocked, with 163 MSC-certified seafood products for the last financial year, MSC says. The retailer’s product numbers are almost twice its closest competitor, Waitrose, which is in second place with 79 certified seafood products and more than three times the number of products stocked by M&S. - 5 years ago

AT&T, GE Developing Next-Gen Smart Energy Solutions for ‘Internet of Things”
AT&T, GE Developing Next-Gen Smart Energy Solutions for ‘Internet of Things”

Cleantech / AT&T and GE have announced a collaboration to create the next generation of smart energy solutions for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), helping to improve the way the energy industry works.The companies say they are jointly working on proof of concepts at the AT&T IoT Foundry in Plano, Texas. - 5 years ago

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Study: Businesses Strengthening Sustainability Through Collaborations
Study: Businesses Strengthening Sustainability Through Collaborations

Collaboration / A growing number of companies are turning to collaborations — with suppliers, NGOs, industry alliances, governments and even competitors — to become more sustainable, according to new research by MIT Sloan Management Review, The Boston Consulting Group and the UN Global Compact.The study, Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability, found that, as sustainability issues become increasingly complex, global in nature and pivotal to success, companies are realizing that they can’t make the necessary impact acting alone. - 5 years ago

80 Organizations with $100 Billion in Purchasing Power to Pilot Sustainable Purchasing Program
80 Organizations with $100 Billion in Purchasing Power to Pilot Sustainable Purchasing Program

Supply Chain / Eighty organizations with more than $100 billion in purchasing power have signed up to pilot a multi-sector program designed to help organizations reduce their risks and contribute to a more sustainable future.The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s (SPLC) Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0 offers purchasers detailed advice for promoting market innovation and optimizing the environmental, social and economic performance of their supply chains. - 5 years ago

IBM, Mars Launch New Data-Driven Effort to Advance Global Food Safety
IBM, Mars Launch New Data-Driven Effort to Advance Global Food Safety

Cleantech / Scientists from IBM Research and Mars have established a new collaborative food safety platform aimed at leveraging advances in genomics to further the understanding of what makes food safe.The Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain will conduct the largest-ever metagenomics study to categorize and understand microorganisms and the factors that influence their activity in a normal, safe factory environment. IBM and Mars say this work could be extended into the larger context of the food supply chain — from farm to fork — and lead to new insights into how microorganisms interact within a factory ecology and be better-controlled by new data and science-driven practices. - 5 years ago

Walmart, Target Advance Joint Supply Chain Initiative
Walmart, Target Advance Joint Supply Chain Initiative

Supply Chain / Walmart, Target and Forum for the Future (FFTF) have established three working groups to take forward actions agreed at last year’s beauty and personal care (BPC) product sustainability summit, according to ChemicalWatch. The groups will focus on aspects of chemicals in products.Working Group 1 — Supply Chain Information Sharing - 5 years ago

Unilever, Cambridge Name Winner of Top Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize
Unilever, Cambridge Name Winner of Top Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Daniel Yu, founder of Reliefwatch — which makes software to help medical clinics in the developing world to digitize and manage inventory records for better patient outcomes — has won the Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneurs Prize.As part of the prize, Yu has been awarded €50,000 ($56,500) and will be supported with a tailored mentoring program delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Unilever experts over the course of 2015. The six runners up each will receive a cash prize of €10,000 ($11,300) in addition to mentoring and support. - 5 years ago

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IKEA Sales of Sustainable Products Exceed $1 Billion in 2014
IKEA Sales of Sustainable Products Exceed $1 Billion in 2014

Leadership / IKEA sold more than €1 billion ($1.13 billion) of sustainable products in 2014, a 58 percent increase over the previous year, according to the company’s new sustainability report.These products enable people to save or generate energy, reduce water use, cut waste and live healthier lives, the company says. - 5 years ago

UK Tool Shows Long-Term Climate Impacts on Energy, Land and Food Systems
UK Tool Shows Long-Term Climate Impacts on Energy, Land and Food Systems

Cleantech / The United Kingdom government has launched a new tool to help businesses and governments understand the environmental impacts of energy and emissions policies.The Global Calculator — produced with input from more than 150 experts worldwide — is a model of the world's energy, land and food systems that allows users to design their own version of the future up to 2050 and see the implications for the climate.Soft launched in 2010, the online tool has previously only been used exclusively by governments such as China and India. China has been using the calculator to support the development of its economic and energy strategy, and to train officials on the energy challenges it faces. - 5 years ago

These Companies Want to Make Your Smartphone Truly Smart
These Companies Want to Make Your Smartphone Truly Smart

Product, Service & Design Innovation / In this new age of mobile phones, many of us suffer from “Shiny Object” syndrome — where we always want the latest and greatest toy Apple, Samsung or one of the other multitude of manufacturers can think up. Most of the more than 1.8 billion mobile phones sold worldwide in 2013 replaced devices that were less than two years old. Nearly a billion of these devices were smartphones. - 5 years ago

WRI Guide Helps Companies Report Emissions From Low-Carbon Electricity Purchases
WRI Guide Helps Companies Report Emissions From Low-Carbon Electricity Purchases

Cleantech / The World Resources Institute (WRI) has unveiled new guidance for companies to measure emissions from purchased electricity.The first major update to the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard responds to the rapid growth of renewable energy and other major shifts in the electricity market, WRI says. The GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance provides a consistent, transparent way for companies to show how different types of electricity purchases count toward their emissions targets, and will inform corporate decisions on what kind of energy should power their business. - 5 years ago

Project MainStream Launches 3 Programs to Help Scale Circular Economy
Project MainStream Launches 3 Programs to Help Scale Circular Economy

Waste Not / Project MainStream, part of the World Economic Forum’s Circular Economy initiative, has launched three new programs focused on developing ways of scaling the circular economy through materials management, information technology and business model innovation, among others. - 5 years ago

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Dow, TNC Building Tool to Help Companies Better Understand Value of Natural Capital
Dow, TNC Building Tool to Help Companies Better Understand Value of Natural Capital

Cleantech / Dow and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have designed a new tool to help companies estimate the business value from nature on and adjacent to their sites, as well as the public value from lands on-site, according to a new progress report on Dow and TNC's six-year Collaboration. - 5 years ago

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