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Study: Leading CSR Rankings Lack Consistency, Transparency

Study: Leading CSR Rankings Lack Consistency, Transparency

Although it may sound impressive, getting included in a well-known list of the most sustainable corporations in the world might not actually mean that much. An analysis in the current issue of The CPA Journal asks whether sustainability rankings are consistent across three leading publications that rank them. According to … Read more »

Cargill to Develop Beef Sustainability Assessment

Cargill Cattle Feeders, the cattle supply arm of the company’s US beef business, has entered into an agreement with Wichita-based consultancy Kennedy and Coe to create a verified beef supply chain sustainability assessment program for Cargill feed yards. Based on the successful development of benchmarking and measurement criteria, this type … Read more »

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McDonald’s, Beef Industry Slammed for ‘Greenwashing’

McDonald’s and the rest of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef are “greenwashing” beef production with their principles and criteria for global sustainable beef, according to consumer, worker and environmental groups. In a letter to the Roundtable’s Executive Committee, 23 groups — including Friends of the Earth, Animal Welfare Approved, … Read more »

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Sonoma County Pledges ‘100% Sustainable Wine Region’

California’s Sonoma County has committed to becoming the nation’s first 100 percent sustainable wine region through a three-phased program to be completed within the next five years, the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, also known as Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW), say. The first phase will focus on helping winegrowers assess their … Read more »

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Coke Defends PlantBottle Green Claims

Coca-Cola is denying greenwashing accusations after a Danish consumer ombudsman released a report criticizing how the company markets its environmentally friendly PlantBottle, partially made from plant materials, Daily Finance reports. Henrik Saugmandsgaard Oe, the Danish ombudsman, gave the International Business Times a translated copy of the report, which says the … Read more »

Naked Juices

Pepsi Pays $9M, Removes ‘All Natural’ Naked Juices Label

PepsiCo has agreed to remove the “all natural” label from its Naked juices and pay $9 million to settle a lawsuit that argued some of the ingredients in the fruit and veggie drinks aren’t “natural,” the Associated Press reports. In an email to the AP, Pepsi said some of the … Read more »

Manufacturers Hide Environmental Success

Manufacturers and retailers may be holding back on communicating their sustainability successes to customers, new research suggests. More than three-quarters of industry executives from brand manufacturing and retail have concerns about “greenwashing” backlash and half mentioned a lack of consistency in sustainability measurements. These companies are struggling to find the … Read more »

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Cosmetics Industry Targets Consumer Behavior

Cosmetics companies need to address the environmental consequences of consumption if they are to significantly reduce their ecological footprints, Sustainable Cosmetics Summit organizers say. Measures including “green” makeup formulations, resource efficiency and packaging to reduce environmental impacts have little effect on the overall environmental footprint of cosmetic products, according to … Read more »

Coke ‘Greenwashing, Profiting off Parks’

A watchdog group that wants to make national parks bottled-water free has accused Coca-Cola of “greenwashing” and using its influence to block efforts to phase out bottled water on public lands. By selling bottled water in the parks, and using the National Park Service logo in its marketing material, Coke … Read more »

Google is Greenwashing, Paper Industry Claims

A paper industry-led campaign has accused Google of greenwashing and federal trade violations, and urged it to reconsider a campaign urging businesses to “go paperless.” Two Sides sent an open letter to Google chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt warning that by promoting its Go Paperless in 2013 campaign, Google is trying … Read more »

UN Global Compact to Shake Out More Free Riders from Membership Ranks

More than 750 businesses, including major European and American corporations, are expected to be ejected from the United Nations Global Compact in the next six months, and a few hundred more after that, as the group evaluates whether its members are upholding its principles, the Guardian said. Global Compact says … Read more »