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World’s Biggest Retail Brands Back Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative

World’s Biggest Retail Brands Back Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative

Kellogg Company, Nestlé, and Walmart are among the companies supporting the Consumer Goods Forum’s new Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative to improve global supply chains.

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Major Companies Phase Out HFCs as Montreal Protocol Meeting Kicks Off

Man-made greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — and how to phase down their use in commercial refrigeration and other equipment — will be the topic of the Montreal Protocol meeting in Kigali, Rwanda this week. The EPA says HFCs can be up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. … Read more »

Why Leading Global Companies Are Using a New Food Waste Standard to Reduce Waste

Why Leading Global Companies Are Using a New Food Waste Standard to Reduce Waste

Food loss and waste costs businesses billions of dollars each year and it generates about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for the carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten. This means if food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter on … Read more »

Food Waste

Businesses Can Save Billions by Cutting Food Waste

Food waste is the single largest component of US municipal solid waste, it accounts for a major portion of the nation’s methane emissions — and it costs businesses billions. The US Department of Agriculture estimates the food retail industry lost almost $47 billion in 2010 (the most current figures) from … Read more »

CGF Publishes Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines for Consumer Goods, Retail Industries

The Consumer Goods Forum has published guidelines to help the consumer goods and retail industries to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. The Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines aim to assist companies in designing their own policies for sourcing palm oil more sustainably, and were developed by CGF retailer and … Read more »

Food Waste

Food, Drink Giants Pledge to Halve Food Waste

Unilever, Nestlé, Anheuser-Busch InBev and hundreds of other top food and drink companies, all members of the Consumer Goods Forum, have committed to halve food waste within their operations by 2025, compared to a 2016 baseline. Some 30 percent of food produced is wasted each year with food waste responsible … Read more »

Food Loss, Waste Protocol Under Development

Food Loss, Waste Protocol Under Development

A steering committee of global organizations is developing a protocol aimed at helping countries reduce food loss and waste, according to the World Resources Institute. Globally, about 24 percent of all the calories produced for human consumption don’t end up reaching human mouths, according to WRI analysis. As a result, … Read more »

Mars Sustainable Palm Oil 57% Traceable

Mars says 57 percent of the palm oil it sources can be traced back to a known mill in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Thailand, as of as of Aug. 31. The announcement comes as part of an initiative Mars launched in March that requires all of its suppliers … Read more »


Unilever Develops Climate-Friendly Freezer

Unilever scientists have developed emissions-reducing point-of-sale freezer technology to replace current models that already deliver energy reductions of up to 50 percent. The next-generation ice cream freezer cabinets are capable of a 70 percent energy reduction, using a 2008 baseline. Once rolled out the new model has the potential to … Read more »

Colgate-Palmolive Adds to Palm Oil Policy

Colgate-Palmolive has issued a new Policy on No Deforestation, including a pledge to achieve full traceability of its palm oil supply back to the plantation by 2015. The policy commits the company to responsibly source forest commodities of pulp and paper, palm oil, soy and beef tallow. The move follows … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Packaging Protocol, Equitable Origin, Prop. 65

Supply chain standards organization GS1 has released the Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability, developed by the Consumer Goods Forum. The protocol includes more than 40 environmental, economic and social indicators. These metrics have been added to the product information that supply chain partners can share on GS1’s Global Data Synchronisation Network. Equitable … Read more »

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