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Manufacturers Indicate Their Brands Are Their Biggest Assets

Manufacturers Indicate Their Brands Are Their Biggest Assets

With the collapse of the president’s American Manufacturing Council, manufacturers have collectively made a statement that the value of their brands is far more important that proximity to policymaking at the highest levels.

Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study

Sustainability in Supply Chains Driven by Positive Business Outcomes: 3M Study

An overwhelming percentage of manufacturing suppliers say that they undertake sustainability measures because they have tangible business value. Those positive business outcomes in supply chain sustainability, suppliers say, mean that sustainability and CSR will remain core focus areas for organizations and their suppliers in 2017, according to a study from … Read more »

Certification Helps Printing Facilities Cut Operational Expenses

Certification Helps Printing Facilities Cut Operational Expenses

Some 52 percent of Sustainable Green Printing Partnership certified facilities report reduced energy consumption, lowering operating costs and waste.

zero waste

Zero Waste: Stop Throwing Money in the Trash

Companies have a major financial incentive to achieve zero waste. “Waste = Wasted Cash,” writes Eric Lombardi, executive director of Eco-Cycle International, on Waste360.com. An example: Unilever North America, which achieved 100 percent zero-waste-to-landfill at all dedicated distribution centers in North America earlier this year, said zero waste resulted in … Read more »

Closed Loop Fund recycling

Recycling ‘Game Changer’ Gets $24M Cash Injection

A major plastics recycling plant that will recycle the #3-#7 hard–to–recycle plastics such as yogurt containers and lawn furniture is slated to come online in October, servicing much of the US East Coast, thanks to a multi-million investment by the Closed Loop Fund. The fund has amassed millions of dollars … Read more »

3M GHG Emissions Drop 64%

3M achieved a 64 percent absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2002 and 2014, according to its 2015 Sustainability Report. The report highlights 3M’s progress toward achieving its 2015 sustainability goals and introduces the company’s 2025 goals. 3M’s GHG reductions from 2002 base through 2013 resulted in a cumulative … Read more »

Toolkit Highlights Sustainability Best Practices

The Global Environmental Management Initiative has launched a toolkit designed to help corporations better address sustainability topics by communicating the value of sustainability to employees and using other internal means to achieve objectives. The GEMI Quick Guide on Cultivating Sustainability Within an Organization includes best practices and mini case studies from … Read more »

Major Firms to EU: Adopt ‘Robust’ 2030 Climate Policies

Major Firms to EU: Adopt ‘Robust’ 2030 Climate Policies

Unilever, Ikea, Royal Dutch Shell, Coca-Cola Enterprises and General Electric are among the 57 global companies, funds and associations that have signed a letter to support a “robust 2030 energy and climate policy framework and energy security strategy that is fully in line with Europe’s long-term climate objectives and that … Read more »

External Assurance for Sustainability Reports on the Rise

External Assurance for Sustainability Reports on the Rise

External assurance for sustainability reports is a growing trend in the US, and the number of US companies publishing externally assured sustainability reports rose from 10 percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2013, according to a research report by Global Reporting Initiative North America. On a global scale, the … Read more »

2014 Corporate Water Investment Up Over Second Half of 2013

2014 Corporate Water Investment Up Over Second Half of 2013

Corporate investment in water and wastewater was up by 53 percent during the first half of 2014 compared to the second half of 2013, according to the Cleantech Group. However, water and wastewater is still a relatively small portion of venture and corporate investment compared to areas such as energy … Read more »

xperion

Xperion, 3M Develop CNG Tanks

Xperion says it will develop a new line of 3M-branded compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks for use in the heavy-duty transportation industry. The tanks will integrate 3M’s Matrix Resin technology with xperion’s proprietary design technology. A new xperion facility, currently being constructed near Columbus, Ohio in the city of Heath, … Read more »

GEMI member companies

GEMI Develops Sustainable Supply Chain Tool

The Global Environmental Management Initiative is developing a tool focused on supply chain sustainability and the procurement decision-making process. The free, interactive online tool is intended to help companies prioritize supply chain processes and identify “hotspot” processes as well as opportunities for improvement, according to the green business alliance whose … Read more »