Mike Hower

Managing Director, Sustainability & Social Impact
thinkPARALLAX

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GreenBlue Launches Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products
GreenBlue Launches Guidelines for Sustainable Paper Products

Supply Chain / Non-profit design and strategy group GreenBlue has released a set of guidelines aimed at protecting forests by taking a holistic approach to the life cycle management of paper products. - 6 years ago

UPS Adding 700 Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles to Global Fleet By 2014
UPS Adding 700 Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles to Global Fleet By 2014

Cleantech / UPS on Tuesday announced an expansion to its alternative vehicle fleet with plans to purchase some 700 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles and to build four refueling stations by the end of 2014.The company says an initial investment of more than $18 million to construct fueling stations will be supported by the purchase of the 700 LNG tractors and continued expansion of the natural gas fleet in the U.S.UPS already operates 112 LNG tractor trailers from fueling stations in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Beaver and Salt Lake City and has its own LNG fueling station on its property in Ontario, California. Once completed, the company’s LNG private fleet will be one of the most extensive in the U.S. - 6 years ago

Hershey Says It Will Meet or Exceed All 2015 Sustainability Targets
Hershey Says It Will Meet or Exceed All 2015 Sustainability Targets

Marketing and Comms / Hershey on Monday released its most recent CSR Scorecard, which reflects substantial progress on a range of sustainability programs and new initiatives over the past year.The company says it is on track to meet or exceed all of its 2015 sustainability targets set forth in its last full CSR Report. The latest scorecard is organized around programs and initiatives in four key areas of social responsibility: Marketplace, Environment, Workplace and Community.Some notable achievements Hershey has highlighted include: - 6 years ago

Report: Environmental Externalities Cost Global Economy $4.7 Trillion Annually
Report: Environmental Externalities Cost Global Economy $4.7 Trillion Annually

Marketing and Comms / Agriculture, coal power, steel manufacturing and several other high-impact business sectors face an economic loss when accounting for damages to natural capital, according to a study released by the TEEB for Business Coalition during the recent Business for the Environment Summit in New Delhi. - 6 years ago

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B Lab's 'Best for the World' List Highlights Companies Making Positive Impacts
B Lab's 'Best for the World' List Highlights Companies Making Positive Impacts

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Sungevity and Trillium Asset Management are among the 67 businesses recently recognized by B Lab’s annual “Best for the World” list, which honors companies across 20 countries and 25 industries for redefining success in business.Each company on the list is a certified B Corporation focused on solving social and environmental problems and met several standards for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. The firms also each earned an overall score in the top 10 percent of all certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment a company's impact on its workers, community and the environment. - 6 years ago

Sustainable Harvest Launches Disaster Relief Effort For Organic Coffee Farmers in Latin America
Sustainable Harvest Launches Disaster Relief Effort For Organic Coffee Farmers in Latin America

Supply Chain / Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers (SHCI) has embarked on a relief effort to help Latin American coffee farmers facing an outbreak of Coffee Leaf Rust Disease, known as Roya in Spanish — a parasitic fungus that is expected to destroy between 30 and 70 percent of the region’s organic coffee harvest. - 6 years ago

BASF Sponsors Seattle Mariners’ Second Annual Waste Reduction Program
BASF Sponsors Seattle Mariners’ Second Annual Waste Reduction Program

Waste Not / BASF has teamed up with the Seattle Mariners for the second season of Sustainable Saturdays at Safeco Field, which aims to divert ballpark waste from the landfill. - 6 years ago

Report: Most Mid-Sized Companies Wish To Implement or Improve CSR Programs
Report: Most Mid-Sized Companies Wish To Implement or Improve CSR Programs

Organizational Change / Two out of three mid-sized companies are looking either to enhance or establish corporate social responsibility programs, according to a recent report by non-profit Business4Better (B4B). - 6 years ago

EthicMark Awards Accepting Nominations For Best Environmental, Sustainability Campaigns
EthicMark Awards Accepting Nominations For Best Environmental, Sustainability Campaigns

Marketing and Comms / Ethical Markets, the World Business Academy (WBA) and the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business recently announced they are accepting nominations for the 9th annual EthicMark Awards for ads and media campaigns that “uplift the human spirit and society.” - 6 years ago

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Report: Sustainability Efforts at Work Strongly Influence Employees at Home
Report: Sustainability Efforts at Work Strongly Influence Employees at Home

Organizational Change / Nearly 75 percent of U.S. workers who participate in their employer’s environmental and social responsibility efforts are more likely to make sustainable choices at home, according to the Gibbs & Soell Sense & Sustainability Study, released this week. - 6 years ago

Australian Social Enterprise Partners with WaterAid To Wipe Away Disease in Africa
Australian Social Enterprise Partners with WaterAid To Wipe Away Disease in Africa

Product, Service & Design Innovation / To prepare for this year's Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) competition, we're catching up with some of our favorite entrepreneurial ventures from competitions past ... The next time you visit the loo, consider yourself lucky. While many might think little about answering nature’s call, some 2.5 billion people — or roughly 40 percent of the global population — do not have access to a toilet. In areas lacking adequate facilities, human waste can contaminate drinking water, which when combined with malnutrition, often causes gastrointestinal infections such as diarrhea. - 6 years ago

P&G Achieves Zero Waste at 45 Manufacturing Sites Worldwide
P&G Achieves Zero Waste at 45 Manufacturing Sites Worldwide

Waste Not / On Tuesday, Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced that it recycles, repurposes or converts 100 percent of the waste at 45 manufacturing sites around the world and claims less than one percent of raw materials currently leave its plants as waste. - 6 years ago

Lost Confidence: Can Ratings Help Brands Rebuild Faith in Big Business?
Lost Confidence: Can Ratings Help Brands Rebuild Faith in Big Business?

Marketing and Comms / A 2012 Gallup poll reported sobering news for Corporate America — only 19 percent of the public has significant confidence in big businesses, 41 percent has some and 39 percent has little or none. The only institutions doing worse in the public’s eye are HMOs and the U.S. Congress.This comes as no surprise given the plethora of corporate controversies, CEO scandals, bailouts and environmental accidents that have dominated headlines in recent years. These types of stories often overshadow the good work being done by more conscientious brands, making it difficult for them to stand apart from less-responsible competitors. - 6 years ago

Report: Employee Engagement Key to Successful Sustainability Program
Report: Employee Engagement Key to Successful Sustainability Program

Organizational Change / A recent report released by financial services firm Jones Lang LaSalle claims companies that implement successful sustainability initiatives solicit employee participation and recommends organizing the engagement process into three phas - 6 years ago

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New Earth Launches Online Tool to Analyze Supply Chain Social Conditions
New Earth Launches Online Tool to Analyze Supply Chain Social Conditions

Supply Chain / Non-profit New Earth has released a new online portal to help supply chain stakeholders to better manage social responsibility issues and create incentives to collaborate and drive progress. - 6 years ago

Clariant Introduces Score Cards To Promote Water, Energy Conservation in Textile Manufacturing
Clariant Introduces Score Cards To Promote Water, Energy Conservation in Textile Manufacturing

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Swiss chemical company Clariant has released a series of score cards to demonstrate the percentage savings in water and energy consumption, chemical usage, time, GHG emissions and Biological/Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD/COD) ratio attainable with its technology compared to conventional methods.The company says its One Way sustainability toolbox offers textile mills, manufacturers, brands and retailers facts and measurements to help them select products and processes with both ecology and economy in mind. - 6 years ago

Rainforest Foundation Promotes Sustainable Palm Oil with UK Easter Chocolate Rankings
Rainforest Foundation Promotes Sustainable Palm Oil with UK Easter Chocolate Rankings

Supply Chain / With Easter just around the corner, The Rainforest Foundation has teamed up with Ethical Consumer magazine to release a ranking of more than 70 UK chocolate brands to encourage companies to use more sustainably sourced palm oil. - 6 years ago

Eurostar, GlaxoSmithKline Join Ecodesk Campaign To Improve Supply Chain Efficiency
Eurostar, GlaxoSmithKline Join Ecodesk Campaign To Improve Supply Chain Efficiency

Supply Chain / Ecodesk recently announced that 25 companies representing one million suppliers have joined its VIP Enterprise Innovator Program aimed at developing a clear and unambiguous business case for supply chain efficiency. - 6 years ago

H&M Disclosing Supplier List Along with Sustainability Progress
H&M Disclosing Supplier List Along with Sustainability Progress

Marketing and Comms / H&M for the first time has made its supplier factory list public alongside its annual sustainability report, released last week. - 6 years ago

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Bombay Sapphire Turns Derelict Mill into Sustainable Distillery
Bombay Sapphire Turns Derelict Mill into Sustainable Distillery

Cleantech / The Bombay Sapphire gin distillery in Hampshire, England has become the first to achieve an “Outstanding” design-stage Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) accreditation, according to a recent announcement. - 6 years ago

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