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Will Multinationals’ Sustainable Brand Buying Spree Continue?

Unilever’s purchase of Seventh Generation is the latest “green” or sustainable brand acquisitions, a trend that analysts expect to continue as multinationals look to increase their sustainable product offerings and meet their own internal environmental goals.

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Food, Beverage Execs to GOP: Climate Change Is Hurting Our Supply Chains

Climate change poses “inherent risk to the food supply system,” according to food and beverage industry execs who took this message to Capitol Hill, meeting with US House lawmakers and urging federal action on climate change.

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Food Companies, Retailers Urge Stricter Big Rig Emissions Rules

The EPA and US Department of Transportation’s proposed rules to cut carbon pollution from heavy-duty trucks should be stricter, according to a dozen major food and retail companies. In a letter to the agencies about the standards, executives from General Mills, Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia Stonyfield Farms and nine other … Read more »

Will Multi-Capital Corporate Reporting Take Off in 2016?

Will Multi-Capital Corporate Reporting Take Off in 2016?

Companies are increasingly looking for better ways to report on sustainability performance, driven by customer and investor demands. Last month’s COP 21 climate talks in Paris saw more than 100 companies including Ikea, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Walmart, Kellogg and Dell commit to set and report on “science-based emissions targets,” in line … Read more »

How Unilever, GE, Ikea Turn a Profit from Sustainability

How Unilever, GE, Ikea Turn a Profit from Sustainability

At least nine companies globally generate a billion dollars or more in revenue annually from sustainable products or services — those that focus on sustainable living and/or are produced sustainably, according to The Guardian. The nine companies are: Unilever, General Electric, Ikea, Tesla, Chipotle, Nike, Toyota, Brazilian beauty company Natura … Read more »

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Road to COP21 Climate Talks: US Feds Pledge Emissions Cuts, CEOs Unite on Climate Deal

The COP21 climate talks are less than a week away and we’re seeing a flurry of low-carbon commitments from governments and industry as both groups gear up for Paris. US federal agencies will cut emissions to 41.8 percent below 2008 levels by 2025. The White House made the commitment on … Read more »

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Food Giants Urge Climate Change Action

Global food companies have pledged to accelerate business action on climate change and urged governments to do the same by forging an international agreement this December at the Paris climate negotiations. CEOs of Mars, General Mills, Unilever, Kellogg, Nestle USA, New Belgium Brewing, Ben & Jerry’s, Clif Bar, Stonyfield Farm … Read more »

Green Mountain Power

First Utility Receives B Corp Certification

Green Mountain Power, a Vermont-based energy company, has become the first utility in the world to become a certified B Corp. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. There are 1165 B Corporations in 37 countries, including … Read more »

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Ben & Jerry’s Partnership Decreases GHGs, Increases Farm Profits

Green Dream Farm in Enosburg Falls, Vt., expects to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 12,900 metric tons over the next 10 years and save $30,000 annually as the result of a partnership with ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s and NativeEnergy, a carbon offset and project development company. The … Read more »

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Shareholders Ask Safeway to Label GMOs

Safeway shareholders will urge the company to label store brand products that contain genetically modified organisms. Green Century Capital Management filed a shareholder proposal with Safeway, citing public demand for GMO labeling as a reason for Safeway to voluntarily provide this information. At Safeway’s annual meeting today consumer advocacy group … Read more »

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Food Brands, Organic Farmers Urge Federal GMO Labeling Law

Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Farms, Annie’s and some 200 other food companies, organic farming and environmental groups have signed a letter to President Obama urging mandatory labeling laws for genetically engineered foods. “While we will continue to support state-level labeling efforts, we believe there should be a mandatory national labeling system. … Read more »

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Why B Corp Certification Matters

Companies can attract younger workers by seeking — or touting — B Corp status, the Wall Street Journal reports. Since 2007, B Lab, the nonprofit that awards companies with a B Corp logo based on their environmental and social business practices, says 859 companies — including Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, … Read more »