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What Food Companies Can Do to Promote Sustainable Development

The UN Global Compact has introduced a set of global voluntary business principles for the food and agriculture sector. The Food and Agriculture Business Principles aim to help businesses realize the goal of sustainable development as described in the Rio+20 outcome document, The Future We Want. The UN Global Compact … Read more »

Kimberly-Clark Study Pinpoints Bamboo as Possible Alternative Fiber

Kimberly-Clark Study Pinpoints Bamboo as Possible Alternative Fiber

Bamboo appears to have less impact than fiber from northern softwood trees, particularly when it comes to land use because it regenerates in three years as opposed to 70 years for the trees, according to a life cycle assessment commissioned by Kimberly-Clark, the company behind Kleenex, Scott and Huggies. The … Read more »


Microsoft Achieved Carbon Neutrality, NRDC Says

Microsoft achieved its goal of becoming carbon neutral by July 1, 2013, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC review of progress against commitments that companies, countries and other bodies made at the June 2012 Rio+20 conference reports that Microsoft fully achieved its goal of … Read more »

AkzoNobel Pledges to Cut Carbon Emissions 25-30%

AkzoNobel has set new sustainability targets that include reducing carbon emissions by 25 to 30 percent per ton of product by 2020, compared to 2012 levels. The Dutch paint and specialty chemical company also says that by 2020, its downstream eco-premium products will account for 20 percent of revenue. The environmental … Read more »

Nestle Pizza Factory Cuts Water by 7.4 Million Gallons a Year

Nestle USA’s Pizza Division – whose brands include DiGiorno, Jack’s, California Pizza Kitchen and Tombstone – has reduced its water usage by 7.4 million gallons per year at its factory in Little Chute, Wis., using GE’s advanced water-treatment chemical technology. In addition to achieving greater water efficiency, the factory has … Read more »

Rio+20: Principles for Sustainable Insurance, ArcelorMittal, DuPont, Airbus and Boeing

The UN Global Compact’s Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum wrapped up with several more commitments including pledges from about 30 global insurance companies, worth more than $5 trillion in total assets, to join a UN-backed process to promote a set of Principles for Sustainable Insurance. Supporters, which include ING, Munich Re … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Rio+20, Passaic River Superfund, MATS, EPA Budget, Plastic Bags

The draft agreement put forward by United Nations envoys for the Rio+20 conference addresses cuts in fossil-fuel subsidies, provides support for renewable energy and includes measures to protect oceans; yet, environmental groups have called the text titled “The Future We Want” a watered-down “polluter’s charter” with all tangible outcomes removed … Read more »

Kimberly-Clark to Use 50% Alternative Wood Fiber by 2025

Kimberly-Clark to Use 50% Alternative Wood Fiber by 2025

  Kimberly-Clark Corp., the paper products giant that owns brands Kleenex and Huggies, has committed to cut the amount of wood fiber it uses from natural forests by 50 percent by 2025. K-C, which announced the sustainability goal in conjunction with the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil, made … Read more »

Rio+20: Pepsi, Coke, Levi Strauss to Set Water Efficiency Goals; Other Summit Business News

CEOs from The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsico, Levi Strauss & Co., Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and 40 other international companies have agreed to set targets on their own water efficiency and wastewater management in factories and operations, and have called on governments attending the Rio+20 Earth Summit to make global water … Read more »

Rio+20 Preview: KPMG Roadmap for Business, GRI Reporting in Developing Countries

The UN’s Rio+20 Earth Summit won’t likely result in any binding agreements for businesses, but it may help reinforce sustainable development, according to a report by KPMG International. Some 50,000 participants from governments, businesses, NGOs and lobby groups are expected to attend the summit, June 16-22 in Rio de Janeiro, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Rio+20, Natural Gas Lobby, NRC, Camp David Declaration

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has released a policy report directed toward the Rio+20 conference that outlines a set of policy recommendations from the business community. The report has seven categories of action including defining clear and specific goals, a public education plan, the establishment of performance standards … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Rio+20, ‘Crucifixion,’ Ozone Standards, Greywater

Corporate sustainability reporting may drop out of the main negotiating text for the upcoming UN Rio+20 meeting, according to remarks from participants at informal discussions ahead of the June conference. Other points, including one calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies, also may be dropped, Reuters said. EPA Region 6 administrator Al Armendariz … Read more »

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