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New Tool Encourages Monitoring of Working Conditions in Palm Oil Plantations

New Tool Encourages Monitoring of Working Conditions in Palm Oil Plantations

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and technology company Ulula have partnered to introduce a simplified and inclusive mechanism to report potential workers’ incidents and abuses, and to monitor employee satisfaction and social investments in oil palm plantations. The tool, which has been made available free of charge through simple … Read more »

GAR-Owned Mills Trace Palm Oil to the Plantation. So Why Should You Care?

GAR-Owned Mills Trace Palm Oil to the Plantation. So Why Should You Care?

Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) says that its 44 own mills have achieved 100% traceability back to the source plantation for its palm oil supply. Why bother? Companies that fail to manage their environmental performance, including deforestation, expose themselves to business risks

Samsung Won’t Consort with Korindo; NGOs Claim Credit

Samsung Won’t Consort with Korindo; NGOs Claim Credit

Samsung IT says its subsidiary will not pursue any business with the Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo, a company linked to rainforest destruction practices. A petition, launched by SumOfUs.org and delivered by Mighty Earth directly to Samsung’s Corporate Social Responsibility team, was part of an extensive two-month campaign, calling on Samsung to drop the joint venture or any business partnership with Korindo. But Samsung IT still needs to clean up its palm oil practices, the groups say.

CVS Focuses on the Usual Suspects (Can You Guess the 3 Biggies?)

CVS Focuses on the Usual Suspects (Can You Guess the 3 Biggies?)

CVS Health, one of CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens in 2016, has joined the dozens of companies that have pledged to reduce product packaging waste by joining the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The drugstore and pharmacy company says that its expanding environmental footprint – with thousands of retail pharmacies and … Read more »

PepsiCo Now Traces 90% of Palm Oil Back to the Mill to Ensure Future Supply

PepsiCo Now Traces 90% of Palm Oil Back to the Mill to Ensure Future Supply

Making food systems more sustainable – and thus ensuring a steady supply of the products necessary to food production – is a key factor in the ongoing financial success of food manufacturers, and an issue that is proving that sustainability is an important aspect of an overall business strategy. But … Read more »

Cargill, WRI Partner to Manage Forests, Water Risk Across Supply Chains

Cargill, WRI Partner to Manage Forests, Water Risk Across Supply Chains

Cargill and the World Resources Institute (WRI) are teaming up to work across value chains to better manage deforestation and water risk. Under the 2-year partnership, Cargill will use WRI’s agricultural tools — maps, analytics and expertise — to improve its environmental management while WRI will benefit from Cargill’s global … Read more »

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Cargill Avoids 1M Metric Tons of GHG Emissions

Cargill avoided more than 1 million metric tons of fossil-fuel-based greenhouse gas emissions in 2015 by using renewable energy, according to the company’s 2015 corporate responsibility report. Renewable sources made up 14.1 percent of the company’s energy portfolio in 2015. The company reached all of its 2015 environmental performance goals, achieving … Read more »

CGF Publishes Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines for Consumer Goods, Retail Industries

The Consumer Goods Forum has published guidelines to help the consumer goods and retail industries to achieve zero net deforestation by 2020. The Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Guidelines aim to assist companies in designing their own policies for sourcing palm oil more sustainably, and were developed by CGF retailer and … Read more »

Mondelez International Smashes Waste Goal, Achieves 57% Reduction

Mondelez International Smashes Waste Goal, Achieves 57% Reduction

Mondelez International exceeded its goal to reduce manufacturing waste by 15 percent per metric ton of production by 2015, according to the company’s most recent sustainability report. Through 2014, the snacking company achieved a 57 percent reduction — four times the original goal. In its Call For Well-being 2014 Progress … Read more »

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