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Can Sugar Beets Produce Chemicals?

AkzoNobel has joined forces with SuikerUnie, Rabobank, Deloitte, Investment and Development Agency for the Northern Netherlands, Groningen Seaports, and the Province of Groningen, to produce chemicals from beet-derived sugar feedstock. The parties have asked Deloitte to perform a feasibility study to provide an independent critical review and economic assessment on … Read more »

Mondelez

Mondelez Boosts Sustainable Coffee Farming

Mondelez International, the world’s second largest coffee company with brands such as Jacobs, Carte Noire, Kenco and Tassimo, is boosting its sustainable agriculture initiatives by inviting a third-party to report on the impact of its Coffee Made Happy Program. The $200 million Coffee Made Happy program aims to improve farmers’ … Read more »

Sustainable Agriculture Hinges on ‘Holistic, Long-Term Approach’

Sustainable Agriculture Hinges on ‘Holistic, Long-Term Approach’

A holistic long-term approach may be the key to introducing sustainability into the food and agriculture equation, according to a report from Rabobank. Fundamentally, this would entail a shift in farmers’ focus away from yield maximization and toward “input optimization,” according to New Best Farming Practices that Intensify Agriculture Sustainably. Rabobank has … Read more »

Investors to Unilever, General Mills, 38 Other Companies: Adopt Sustainable Palm Oil Policies

Unilever, Kellogg, Dunkin Donuts and General Mills are among the companies facing pressure from investors to adopt policies that would ensure palm oil development does not contribute to deforestation, development on peatlands, or human rights violations. In an effort coordinated by Green Century Capital Management, a coalition of institutional investors … Read more »

Water District Dumps Fossil Fuel Investments

Water District Dumps Fossil Fuel Investments

A California water district unanimously voted earlier this week to divest in fossil fuel companies and ban future investments in any of the biggest 200 coal, oil and gas companies including Alcoa, BP, Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell. The San Jose-based Santa Clara Valley Water District provides drinking water and … Read more »

Rabobank

Rabobank, Storebrand Dump Fossil Fuel Companies

Storebrand and Rabobank have said they will divest from fossil fuel companies. Norwegian pension fund and insurer Storebrand says it has excluded an additional 19 coal and oil sands companies from its investment portfolio and Holland-based Rabobank told Dutch newspaper Trouw it will no longer lend money to companies involved … Read more »

Rabobank

Banks Consider Natural Capital Risks

The Natural Capital Declaration — signed by the Rabobank Group, Pax World Management and about three dozen other financial institutions at last summer’s Rio+20 Earth Summit — has entered a new phase during which signatories will set about implementing the commitments laid out in the NCD. Four working groups, led … Read more »

Patagonia ‘Disappointed’ not to Make Most Ethical Companies List

Patagonia — which made the World’s Most Ethical Companies list six years running before being dropped from the 2013 edition — told Environmental Leader it’s disappointed it wasn’t included and has received no response from Ethisphere about why it didn’t make the cut. When asked why Patagonia and other companies … Read more »

GE, Starbucks Make ‘Most Ethical’ List; Patagonia, Best Buy Drop Off

Patagonia and Rabobank have fallen off the World’s Most Ethical Companies list after six straight years, while General Electric, Starbucks and American Express are among the 15 organizations to make the list for seven years running. First-time recipients Visa and Sherwin-Williams also made Ethisphere’s 2013 list, which includes 138 companies, … Read more »