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Sustainable Sourcing Commitments Driving ‘Major’ Market Growth

Sustainable Sourcing Commitments Driving ‘Major’ Market Growth

Private sector sourcing commitments from companies including Ikea, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot and Unilever are driving major market growth for sustainable commodities, according to the State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014. Once thought of as instruments primarily tailored for niche markets, voluntary sustainability standards such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Organic … Read more »

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Retailers Offer Green Gift Cards

Whole Foods and Starbucks are among the retailers offering more sustainable gift cards — an alternative to the plastic gift cards sold en masse over the holiday season, Los Angles Times reports. In 2012, the industry produced 33 billion cards, according to the International Card Manufacturers Association. The newspaper says … Read more »

Used Coffee Proving Fertile Grounds for Sustainability

Starbucks, Nestle and the University of Cincinnati are among the organizations turning spent coffee grounds into bioplastics, laundry detergents and biodiesel, The Guardian reports. Starbucks currently purchases around 400 million pounds of coffee a year and is working on turning the used grounds, along with its bakery waste, into laundry detergents, … Read more »

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Starbucks, M&S Test Eco-Friendly Freezer Delivery Trucks

Starbucks and Marks & Spencer are testing delivery fleets equipped with a refrigeration system that generates zero emissions compared with 63.4 kilograms per day for an equivalent diesel-mechanical unit. The six FrostCruise vehicles, developed by Linde Group division Linde Gases, will be used for daily delivery routes to Marks & … Read more »

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Starbucks, Unilever Urge White House ‘Prepare for Climate Change’

One year after Superstorm Sandy, which resulted in $70 billion in economic losses, 20 major companies including Starbucks, Unilever and Mars have called on President Obama and the White House to follow through on climate change preparedness efforts outlined in the president’s Climate Action Plan. The corporate signatories of the … Read more »

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Nike, UPS, Starbucks Shareholders Demand GHG Cuts, Sustainability Reporting

Investors filed 110 shareholder resolutions this proxy season related to sustainability issues and climate change with 94 US companies, according to business nonprofit Ceres, which helped coordinate the shareholder filings. Among resolutions filed with major US manufacturers, consumer brands and service providers, many investors requested board oversight of corporate sustainability … Read more »

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Businesses’ Blue Tape Shows Climate Change Risk

Some 90 businesses in South Carolina have put posters, decals or blue tape marking a 6-foot rise in sea level — high tide in 2100 if worst-case climate change scenarios play out — as part of a campaign to draw attention to climate risks to small businesses. The National Oceanic … Read more »

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Paper Company Opens Coffee Cup Recycling Plant

UK specialty paper company James Cropper has opened what it says is the world’s first facility that will recycle disposable coffee cups and reuse the pulp to make paper. Until now, the plastic content of cups has made them unsuitable for use in papermaking, James Cropper says. In the UK … Read more »

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, BofA Urge Climate Change Risk Commission

Philips, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Marks & Spencer are among 46 organizations to sign a statement asking the UK government to evaluate the risks of resource insecurity and climate change on economic growth. The statement, organized by the Aldersgate Group, was sent with a letter to Dr. Steven … Read more »

Dairy Industry Launches Sustainability Reporting Guide

The Innovation Center for US Dairy has published a guide to help dairy companies and farms measure and report on sustainability. The Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for US Dairy identifies indicators for assessing dairy sustainability and communicating results. The indicators are based on scientific life cycle assessment studies commissioned by … Read more »

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Climate-Change Related Weather Pounds Insurers

The US insurance industry expects climate-change related storms and weather occurrences to worsen — but isn’t doing much to combat global warming, the New York Times reports. Peter Höppe, who heads Geo Risks Research at the reinsurance giant Munich Re, cites studies that forecast a rise in future summer droughts, … Read more »

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Nike, Starbucks: Climate Change Policy is ‘Economic Opportunity’

Nike, Starbucks, Ikea and 30 other companies have signed a statement urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change by promoting clean energy, boosting efficiency and limiting carbon emissions. Climate change policy is an economic opportunity, says Anne Kelly, director of Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy … Read more »