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Hundreds of Companies Tell Trump ‘Don’t Dump Paris Climate Agreement’

Hundreds of major companies yesterday urged president-elect Donald Trump to implement the Paris climate agreement, which he has vowed to “cancel” once he’s in the White House.

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COP21: Strong Climate Policy Leads to Lower Business Costs, CEOs Say

Two new draft texts for a climate deal were released today at COP21, with additional drafts expected to follow as governments negotiate a global climate deal in Paris. Business leaders, meanwhile, continue to step up their efforts to influence climate policy. CEOs of seven apparel companies — Levi Strauss & … Read more »

Report Helps Manufacturers Calculate Products’ Land, Water Footprints

Report Helps Manufacturers Calculate Products’ Land, Water Footprints

A new report aims to help manufacturers calculate the land and water footprints of the products they sell. The Mind Your Step report, from Friends of the Earth and Trucost, estimates how much land and water brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year to produce a … Read more »

Target, H&M, Gap, Levi’s Textile Mills Save $14.7M, Cut Water Use 36%

Target, H&M, Gap, Levi’s Textile Mills Save $14.7M, Cut Water Use 36%

More than 30 Chinese textile mills, many of which create clothing for major high-volume apparel brands and retailers including Target, Gap,  Levi’s and H&M, are saving $14.7 million annually by adopting efficiency measures in their production processes, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. These improvements have … Read more »

100 Best Corporate Citizens Revealed

Bristol-Myers Squibb is the best corporate citizen of 2014, according to Corporate Responsibility Magazine, which publishes the annual list. Johnson & Johnson, Gap, Microsoft, Mattel Weyerhaeuser, Ecolab, Intel, Coca-Cola and Walt Disney round out the top 10 in this year’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List. To compile the 15th annual … Read more »

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Climate Change Costing Companies ‘Millions’

Gap, HP and Dr Pepper Snapple Group are among the S&P 500 companies facing climate change related risks and costs, according to a CDP report. The report, which reviews findings from CDP 2011-2013 disclosures, finds reported risks affect companies in all economic sectors and include damage to facilities, reduced product … Read more »

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Toxic Chemicals Found in Kids’ Clothes from Disney, Gap, 10 Other Brands

Disney, Burberry, Adidas and other major brands tested positive for hazardous chemicals in their children’s clothes and shoes, according to a Greenpeace investigation. A Little Story About the Monsters in Your Closet details chemicals found in children’s products from 12 clothing brands: Adidas, American Apparel, Burberry, C&A, Disney, GAP H&M, … Read more »

Gap Sustainability Report: Emissions Down 6% – But Gaps are Glaring

Gap Sustainability Report: Emissions Down 6% – But Gaps are Glaring

Gap’s total scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions fell 6 percent last year, according to an Environmental Leader analysis of its 2011/2012 social and environmental responsibility report. The company says its emissions last year were 516,765 – it does not say what the unit of measurement is – down from … Read more »

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SAC, Outdoor Industry Association Launch Chemical Management Tool

The Chemicals Management Working Group (CMWG) has developed a tool to help chemical suppliers and purchasers identify and choose ingredients that meet quality expectations while minimizing impacts on humans and the environment. The Chemicals Management Module (CMM), also called the Chemicals Management Framework, allows businesses to assess chemical management practices … Read more »

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Schneider Electric to Develop Web-Based Higg Index

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has selected Schneider Electric to develop a web-based version of the SAC’s sustainability assessment tool, the Higg Index 2.0, for the apparel and footwear industries. The web-based tool, which will use Schneider Electric’s sustainability and energy management software platform, StruxureWare Resource Advisor, will improve these … Read more »

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Nike, UPS, Starbucks Shareholders Demand GHG Cuts, Sustainability Reporting

Investors filed 110 shareholder resolutions this proxy season related to sustainability issues and climate change with 94 US companies, according to business nonprofit Ceres, which helped coordinate the shareholder filings. Among resolutions filed with major US manufacturers, consumer brands and service providers, many investors requested board oversight of corporate sustainability … Read more »

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Sustainable Apparel Coalition Adds Materials Web Tool

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has launched the Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) web tool as a new component to the Higg Index suite of sustainability tools for the apparel and footwear industries. The interactive platform visualizes and compares the quantitative section of the MSI scores used in the Higg Index. … Read more »