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Sustainability Director Moves: Nestle, Dell

Nestlé’s North American bottled water operation has hired Michael Washburn as director of sustainability. In his new role, Washburn will lead Nestlé Waters’ efforts to increase recycling rates in the United States, innovate in energy use and building design and advocate for constructive water policies. Nestlé Waters sells 15 brands … Read more »

Palm Oil Giant Agrees to Protect Forests

The world’s second-largest palm oil company has agreed a standard for conservation of Indonesian forests and peatlands, according to non-profit The Forest Trust (TFT). TFT and Golden Agri-Resources Limited (GAR), part of the Sinar Mas group, a $2.3 billion company that is the largest palm oil producer in Indonesia, have … Read more »

Shell, Nestle Among 54 Firms Launching U.N. Sustainability Program

The United Nations today launched a program encouraging corporations to share knowledge on sustainability, and signed up the first 54 participating companies. Chief executives joined UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon at the World Economic Forum in Davos to launch Global Compact LEAD, an effort to address businesses’ role in responding to … Read more »

GHG Rule Defense a White House ‘Priority’; UK Plc Demands Mandatory Reporting

Defending new rules on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be a top administration priority this year, a U.S. Justice Department official has said. Ignacia Moreno said Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations targeting major GHG emitters are of “critical importance”, Reuters reports. “Defending against these challenges will remain one of our … Read more »

Sara Lee, Tiny Footprint Announce Sustainable Coffee Initiatives

Sara Lee will get more than a fifth of its annual coffee volume from certified sustainable sources by 2015, the company has announced. The food manufacturer has committed to more than tripling the cumulative amount of UTZ certified Good Inside coffee that it buys. Sara Lee said that in the … Read more »

PepsiCo Water Report: Water Efficiency Improves 15+%

PepsiCo Water Report: Water Efficiency Improves 15+%

PepsiCo has achieved a more than 15 percent improvement in water use efficiency as compared to the company’s 2006 baseline, according to the company’s inaugural water report . The food and beverage company also is achieving “positive water balance” in India. Through direct seeding initiatives, the company replenished nearly six billion … Read more »

Nestle to Spend $487M on Sustainable Coffee Supply Chain

Nestle will invest CHF 500 million (approximately $487 million) to address responsible farming, sourcing and consumption across its coffee supply chain. Nestle purchases around 780,000 tons of green coffee a year or 10 percent of the world’s supply. Nestle’s Nescafé Plan is a global initiative that builds on the CHF … Read more »

Packaging Reduction Can Do More Harm than Good

Packaging Reduction Can Do More Harm than Good

A new report by the Global Packaging Project (GPP) states that the environmental risks of excessive packaging reduction can be greater than excessive packaging. The report, A Global Language for Packaging and Sustainability, summarizes the work of the GPP to date, and consisted of input coming from projects taking place … Read more »

Nestle Quits Sinar Mas after Greenpeace Campaign

Nestle announced it will cease buying palm oil from suppliers linked to deforestation after a two month campaign by Greenpeace. The campaign highlighted Nestle’s relationship with the Sinar Mas Group, an Indonesian chemical and lumber products conglomerate which Greenpeace has accused of illegal deforestation practices. Last year, Greenpeace successfully lobbied … Read more »

Greenpeace Urges Nestle to Drop Palm Oil Supplier

Greenpeace International has launched a campaign against Nestle alleging that popular chocolate bars such as KitKat and Coffee Crisp use palm oil from Sinar Mas, one of the largest producers of palm oil, which is threatening the rainforest, endangering orangutans and reducing carbon dioxide sinks, reports the Vancouver Sun. Greenpeace … Read more »

World Water Day Roundup: Coke, Pepsi, Nestle, Nalco, EPA & More

Global corporations, as well as the EPA, have timed major water-related initiatives with World Water Day, March 22. Here’s a look at some of the announcements. First, the two cola giants have separate initiatives. PepsiCo is more than three-quarters toward its goal of reducing water consumption by 20 percent by … Read more »

Nestle Loses Plastic in 100% Recyclable Christmas Boxes

It may be more than four months until Christmas, but Nestle already is finding ways to reduce the expected piles of holiday gift waste. The candy maker has eliminated a plastic tray from its holiday gift boxes, making the packaging 100 percent recyclable, reports PackagingNewsUK. Instead of the plastic presentation … Read more »

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