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Ford First Automaker to Test Autonomous Vehicle at Mcity

Ford is the first automaker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity, a simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. The 32-acre facility is part of the university’s Mobility Transformation Center. Ford has been testing self-driving vehicles for more than 10 years and is now expanding testing on the … Read more »

robot

Are Robots the Future of Farming Efficiency?

Bosch is using a robot to make farming more efficient and reduce its environmental impact, Farming Life reports. Deepfield Robotics, a Bosch startup, developed the robot called Bonirob, which is the size of a compact car. The agriculture robot can monitor new crop varieties’ growth, their resistance to pests and … Read more »

Unilever

Unilever ‘Sustainable Brands’ Growing Twice as Fast as its Other Brands

Unilever’s “sustainable living brands” — brands that Unilever says contribute to environmental and social sustainability — accounted for half the company’s growth in 2014 and grew at twice the rate of the rest of the business, according to CEO Paul Polman. The company says it is on track to meet … Read more »

Self-Driving Vehicles

Will Self-Driving Vehicles Take Off?

Self-driving vehicles can provide a wide range of benefits to the logistics sector including improved road safety, greater fuel efficiency and reduced environmental impact, according to a DHL report. However, as the trend report explains, autonomous technologies still have some way to go before reaching full maturity. Considerable catching up … Read more »

Tetra Pak Service Cuts Customers’ Environmental Impact, Costs

Tetra Pak Service Cuts Customers’ Environmental Impact, Costs

Tetra Pak has launched an Environmental Benchmarking Service to help food and beverage companies assess the environmental performance of their production operations, and to identify opportunities for improvement. The service provides an audit of the entire plant, including both the processing and packaging lines, assessing performance in areas such as … Read more »

environmentally responsible CEO

Employees Want to Work for Environmentally Responsible CEOs

Almost three-quarters of Americans — 71 percent — want to work for a company whose CEO is actively involved in corporate responsibility and/or environmental issues, according to Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s annual corporate reputation survey. The results of the survey, which polled more than 1,000 employed and unemployed Americans and … Read more »

OIA SWG

Supply Chain Management Tools Launched

Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group (OIA SWG) has launched two supply chain tools to help companies manage their supply chain and sourcing practices. Rapid Design Module for Equipment Integrated as part of the existing Higg Index Rapid Design Module Prototype for Footwear and Apparel, the RDM for Equipment now … Read more »

ISO Publishes Water Footprint Standard

The International Organization for Standardization has published a water footprint standard to help businesses and other organizations measure their potential environmental impact of water use and pollution. ISO 14046, Environmental management – Water footprint – Principles, requirements and guidelines, is based on a life cycle assessment and can assist in: … Read more »

Smurfit Kappa Increases CO2 Reduction Goal

Paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa has increased its target to reduce CO2 emissions per metric ton of paper produced by 25 percent by 2020, compared to a 2005 baseline, having achieved its original 2020 target of a 20 percent reduction in 2013. By achieving a 21 percent reduction in its … Read more »

Plastic Disclosure Project

UNEP to Companies: Report Plastic Use

The total natural capital cost of plastic in the consumer goods industry is more than $75 billion per year, according to research released today by the Plastic Disclosure Project, the UN Environment Programme and natural capital analysts Trucost. The cost comes from a range of environmental impacts including the harm … Read more »

Respak

Sustainable Alternative to Polycoated Cardboard

Cascades has launched a recyclable and compostable packaging product for the food and food service industries. The company says Respak, made from 50 percent recycled fibers, is a sustainable packaging alternative to nonrecyclable polycoated cardboard and it doesn’t compromise on the performance and durability characteristic of traditional polycoated packaging. Respak … Read more »

Employees Prioritize Firms’ Environmental Practices

Employees Prioritize Firms’ Environmental Practices

Some 36 percent of employees consider a company’s environmental practices when seeking employment, and about one-quarter of respondents said they would refuse a job if they disagreed with the organization’s sustainable impact, according to TD Bank’s Environmental Attitudes Survey. Millennials in particular (age 18-34) were significantly more likely to evaluate … Read more »