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Why Walmart’s Chemicals Disclosure Is a Smart Business Move

Walmart released significant information about its progress toward reducing certain chemicals in its products this week. As Michelle Mauthe Harvey writes in an Environmental Defense Fund blog, in April Walmart published its 2016 Global Responsibility Report, highlighting a 95 percent reduction by weight in some 10 high-priority chemicals in home … Read more »

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GRI Program Aims to Boost Transparency in Sustainability Reporting

In an effort to boost transparency in sustainability reporting — and the visibility of reporting companies — the Global Reporting Initiative has launched a membership and engagement program called GRI GOLD Community. The GRI GOLD Community’s members include more than 550 companies and organizations from 69 countries that already use … Read more »

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5 Steps to Embed Sustainability into Business Models

While many companies claim to embed sustainability into their business models, very few actually do, says research from SustainAbility. Integrated sustainability is urgent because the business sector should consider environmental and social issues — resource scarcity and climate change, among them — in every business decision, according to SustainAbility. Plus, … Read more »

Can Google Open Data Initiative Build Environmentally Sustainable Buildings?

Can Google Open Data Initiative Build Environmentally Sustainable Buildings?

Google, in partnership with thinkstep, building architecture and engineering efficiency firm Flux and the Healthy Building Network have launched a free database that aims to promote environmentally sustainable buildings. The Quartz database is the result of a year-long collaboration known as the Quartz Project, whose overall mission is to promote … Read more »

UL Publishes Material-Agnostic Product Category Rule for Cladding

UL Environment has published a new material-agnostic product category rule (PCR) for cladding products. Using this PCR will allow manufacturers to cut through the clutter of the 14 different material-specific PCRs currently existing, UL says. The market demand for increased transparency and data in the building materials marketplace has been … Read more »

5 Steps to Safer Chemicals in Products

5 Steps to Safer Chemicals in Products

Consumers want safer chemicals and ingredients in their products, and they want companies to be transparent about what’s in their products. To meet this demand and achieve a competitive advantage, retailers and manufacturers including Target, Walmart and SC Johnson have taken steps to phase out hazardous chemicals in their products … Read more »

Bayer, International Apparel Federation Promote Water-Saving Polyurethane Technology

Bayer MaterialScience has teamed up with the International Apparel Federation to promote its Insqin for polyurethane (PU) coated fabrics. The waterborne PU technology enables PU coated fabrics to be manufactured without solvent and also reduces water consumption by up to 95 percent and energy consumption by up to 50 percent … Read more »

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How to Secure Sustainable Sourcing Networks

Achieving a fully sustainable and transparent supply chain depends on responsible sourcing going mainstream, writes Tetra Pak’s Elisabeth Comere in a CSRwire blog. But, she says, companies currently face major barriers to responsible sourcing like bio-based plastics because the demand isn’t on par with conventionally produced materials. In her blog, … Read more »

Climate Reporting Best Practice Roadmap Launched

Ecometrica, in collaboration with CDP, has launched a roadmap for sustainability reporting. Managing Information for Climate Reporting, a white paper, comes as companies face heightened pressure from customers, investors and regulators for greater transparency. Mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions is already a reality in several countries and the report … Read more »

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Shell to Shareholders: Support Climate Change Disclosure

Shell has recommended its shareholders support a climate change resolution. In a letter to shareholders, the company says “Shell has a commitment to transparency.” The resolution, coordinated by ClientEarth, ShareAction and the Aiming for A Coalition, asks Shell to transparently: Stress-test its business models against the requirement to limit global … Read more »