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Dell Empowers Youth with Technology Access, Support and Tools to Enhance Learning

PRESS RELEASE - •More than 250,000 youth with the greatest need will receive technology access and support to enhance learning in 2013 •Students from around the world to discuss issues of importance to them and ideas of how to address at Student Voice LIVE! presented by Dell

New Global Classification System Provides Clear, Consistent Information on Hazardous Chemicals

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is a new worldwide initiative for the standardized classification of hazardous chemicals and a communication system for conveying information regarding their proper use and handling.

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.

Less Than 100: How Percentages Show True Understanding of Green Trends

MARKETING AND COMMS - In early March, Cone Communications teamed up with ORC International to conduct a survey of over 1,000 adults to better understand how consumers interpret and grapple with the flood of environmental information coming their way. The survey included many questions on how consumers seek out information, usage and disposal instructions, and how well they actually understand what it is that they are being told. The results are now a part of the 2013 Green Gap Trend Tracker and boil down to a series of statistics. Usually, a list of percentages can be tedious and meaningless if taken out of context.

Communicating Sustainability: It’s Time To Get Emotional

MARKETING AND COMMS - Starting this month, Sustainable Brands will bring you a treasure trove of insight, examples and opinions on communicating sustainability, all to help you persuade, motivate, nudge and inspire people and brands to do things differently. That’s a very important goal; once impetus is established people can achieve great things.

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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.

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.

From Problem to Product: Enterprising Companies Making a Resource of Marine Plastic

WASTE NOT - Incorporating post-consumer materials into products has become common practice for numerous brands. But a growing number of companies and NGOs are going a step further, looking to upcycle harmful plastic debris from the ocean, even if it means creating a supply chain and tapping new technology. Aquafil, a company that makes nylon textile fibers, recently joined the Healthy Seas Initiative to retrieve and recycle nylon fishing nets. The company already is one of the world’s leading recyclers with an insatiable demand for plastic waste.

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.

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

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Closing the Loop: Turning Waste Into Primary Packaging

WASTE NOT - Over 125 billion rigid plastic containers are produced and consumed in the US every year, but according to the EPA only 28% are recycled, with the rest piling up in landfills and oceans. There is an undeniable packaging waste problem in today’s society, which suggests that innovation opportunities are plenty in the packaging industry.

BASF hosts its first Symposium on Sustainability Assessment in Agriculture

PRESS RELEASE - BASF hosts its first Symposium on Sustainability Assessment in Agriculture  International experts call for common approach to sustainability assessment in food supply chain  BASF invites opinion leaders to a joint discussion platform to develop general principles

BASF supports ‘Achieving Efficiency’ theme at SAE World Congress

PRESS RELEASE - BASF supports ‘Achieving Efficiency’ theme at SAE World Congress

General Motors names BASF as 2012 Supplier of the Year

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors names BASF as 2012 Supplier of the Year SOUTHFIELD, MI, March 27, 2013 -- For the ninth time in the past 11 years, BASF has received General Motors’ (GM) Supplier of the Year Award.

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.

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Bacardi Cuts Water Use in Half, Energy Consumption and GHGs by a Third

MARKETING AND COMMS - Bacardi Limited has achieved a nearly 50 percent drop in water usage and roughly 33 percent reductions in both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the last six years, according to its latest corporate responsibility report, released online Wednesday. Reductions were achieved through a combination of conservation measures that included more efficient equipment and greater use of renewable energy sources.The digital report, “Our Spirit is Clear,” embodies Bacardi’s commitment to reduce both its carbon footprint and impact on the earth’s natural resources. The company says the water saved is equivalent to providing a glass of water to every person on the planet.

An Argument for New Ideas in Storytelling, Not Just Better Stories

MARKETING AND COMMS - “The world is not made of atoms, it’s made of stories.” — Muriel Rukeyser

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.

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.

Biofuel Waste Could Offer Concrete Gains for Greener Cement

WASTE NOT - This article first appeared on edie.net on March 26, 2013.

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