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Why Levi’s, J&J, Other Major Firms are Using Chemical Footprinting to Manage Risk

Why Levi’s, J&J, Other Major Firms are Using Chemical Footprinting to Manage Risk

Dozens of major companies including Levi Strauss & Co., Seagate Technology and Johnson & Johnson have participated in a first-of-its-kind effort to publicly benchmark corporate chemical management, the Chemical Footprint Project.

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Is Carbon Divestment Just Useless Public Shaming?

The carbon divestment trend seemed to be slowing with Microsoft founder Bill Gates labeling divestment “a false solution” and universities with major endowments including Harvard and MIT resisting pressure from activists and deciding not to divest. But then last week at COP21, 350.org and Divest-Invest, two organizations coordinating the fossil … Read more »

Staples, Marriott to Push Suppliers to Participate in Chemical Footprint Tool

Staples, Marriott, Dignity Health, Trillium Asset Management and other US businesses representing more than $50 billion in investment and purchasing power will require vendors, suppliers and builders to use a new tool that measure the use of harmful chemicals in products and production processes. The initiative will begin June 17, according to … Read more »

Facebook, Other Major Firms to Buy Furniture Without Flame Retardant Chemicals

Facebook, Autodesk and Dignity Health are among the major corporations and government purchasers that have signed a pledge to preferentially purchase furniture made without toxic flame retardant chemicals. The Center for Environmental Health organized the pledge and has also published a list of companies that sell office furniture made without … Read more »

Chemical Management Tool Launched

Target, Staples, Kaiser Permanente and the US Green Building Council are among the organizations that joined together today to launch the Chemical Footprint Project, a metric for publicly benchmarking corporate chemicals management and profiling leadership companies. The CFP will enable purchasers to preferentially select suppliers and investors to integrate chemical risk … Read more »

Tool Helps Companies Choose Safer Plastics

Tool Helps Companies Choose Safer Plastics

By switching the plastic used in its IV bags, Dignity Health care system kept 700,000 pounds of high-concern chemicals out of the environment, according to a new analysis that measures the “chemical footprint” of plastics. The Plastics Scorecard v.1.0, produced by the Business-NGO Working Group (BizNGO), a collaboration of companies and … Read more »

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Unilever, Levi’s to EPA: Finalize Power Plant Rules

Unilever, Levi Strauss, Symantec and Patagonia are among the 22 companies that have signed a letter supporting the new carbon pollution standards for power plants proposed last week by the EPA. The business group, along with some 50 investors — including the country’s largest public pension fund, CalPERS — with … Read more »

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Marks & Spencer are among 46 organizations to sign a statement asking the UK government to evaluate the risks of resource insecurity and climate change on economic growth. The statement, organized by the Aldersgate Group, was sent with a letter to Dr. Steven … Read more »

Staples, HP, Kaiser Permanente to Use Chemical Tracking Tool

Staples, Hewlett-Packard and Kaiser Permanente are among the companies that will use a new tool that tracks the safety of chemicals in products and supply chains. The Guide to Safer Chemicals is a how-to resource for implementing four BizNGO Principles for Safer Chemicals: know and disclose product chemistry, assess and … Read more »