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Eyes on the $2.3 Trillion Prize: Will the Food Industry Tap into the SDG’s Business Opportunities?

Why should corporations pay attention to the Sustainable Development Goals? For two major reasons: there are financial and environmental benefits to be had by companies that align their business models with them. More than 190 world countries last year adopted the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to … Read more »

Unilever ‘Sustainable Brands’ Grew 30% Faster Than Other Brands in 2015

Unilever ‘Sustainable Brands’ Grew 30% Faster Than Other Brands in 2015

About half of Unilever’s growth last year came from its sustainable living brands, which grew 30 percent faster than the rest of the company’s business, according to the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan annual progress report. The company defines sustainable living brands as those that “integrate sustainability into both their purpose … Read more »

Davos: Nestlé, Unilever CEOs Join Food Waste Reduction Coalition

Davos: Nestlé, Unilever CEOs Join Food Waste Reduction Coalition

A coalition to reduce food waste made up of CEOs of major companies, government officials, heads of nonprofits and others formed today at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The coalition, called Champions 12.3, aims to accelerate progress toward meeting Target 12.3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals … Read more »

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COP21 Climate Deal: What’s Next for Business

The world’s 195 countries signed a historic climate agreement this weekend in Paris at COP21. And although the agreement doesn’t bind businesses to making and reporting on emissions cuts, it will require ambitious efforts by private corporations, according to COP21 attendees. “At COP 21 businesses showed they supported an ambitious … Read more »

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Major CEOs Call for Net-Zero Emissions Goal

CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies including Virgin founder Richard Branson and Unilever chief Paul Polman have called on world leaders to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 at the climate talks in Paris this December — and urged business leaders to match this … Read more »

Davos: Business Leaders Urge Climate Deal

Business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos are urging governments to reach a climate change agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place in Paris in December. “This is the year to make a big climate deal in Paris,” Feike Sijbesma, chief executive of DSM, … Read more »

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Ford Roundtable: Protecting Forests Benefit Climate, Bottom Line

The Ford Foundation, together with the Climate and Land Use Alliance, will host a meeting among major corporate, indigenous and government leaders for a conversation about what it will take to slow deforestation, reduce conflict over forests and stem global climate change. The meeting will take place on Sept. 22, … Read more »

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Industry Giants Launch ‘Plan B,’ Prioritize Planet Alongside Profit

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson (pictured) and former Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz today formed a global nonprofit to help companies develop a new way of doing business — a Plan B — that puts “people and planet alongside profit.” The founders also announced the group’s leadership team, dubbed the … Read more »