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Corporate Sustainability

The Body Shop Marks 40th Year with Pledge to Be World’s Most Ethical, Sustainable Global Company

To mark its 40th anniversary, The Body Shop has unveiled a pioneering global CSR strategy that will underpin all aspects of company operation. The new commitment will reaffirm the global cosmetics brand’s positioning as a leader in ethical business and will define its next stage of development. It is an extensive program of global activity and measurable 2020…

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Super Bowl 50 Fans Asked to Foster sustainable behaviour

Upgrading facilities to be LEED-certified, reducing carbon emissions, using recycled or compostable foodservice products, and diverting waste from landfills are common ways that sporting events are going green. However, especially with large events, much of the impact is contributed by the fans. Companies can use their advertisements to promote behavior change, or offer recyclable, zero-waste sporting goods. The San Francisco…

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Lower Zambezi is World’s First National Park to achieve a carbon neutral status

The Lower Zambezi National Park has become the world’s first national park to achieve a carbon neutral status. The reserve has now reached a point where it generates little greenhouse gas emissions from its operations, and the unavoidable emissions are offset by purchasing Verified Carbon Units (VFU) from the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project. Inspired by efforts to achieve carbon neutral…

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CaixaBank to offset carbon emissions of its network of branches

CaixaBank has launched an environmental initiative to offset  CO2 emissions of all its activities, both in headquarters and in the entire commercial network, consisting of more than 5,300 offices. This initiative, which is a pioneer in the Spanish financial sector, begins this 2015 and will gradually be extended until 2018 in order to offset the…

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Corporate engagement on forest issues is broadening

Companies are increasingly making zero-deforestation (or even zero net deforestation) commitments. A growing number of well-known companies have made such commitments, including Hershey’s, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Mars, Starbucks, Unilever and WalMart. Also, expectations and leading practices on corporate engagement with forest issues are broadening—beyond sourcing and supply chain management, to include active investment in…

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AT&T to Enable Carbon Savings 10 Times the Footprint of the company’s operations by 2025

Telecommunications company AT&T announced goals for 2025. The goals represent the company’s first long-term roadmap for its citizenship and sustainability work, and focus on three areas: networks and customers, supply chain, and communities. The three corresponding goals for 2025 are: Enable carbon savings 10 times the footprint of the company’s operations; Collaborate to transform the environmental and social impact…

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Microsoft achieves carbon neutrality across its manufacturing operations

Microsoft has, as of July 1, 2015, achieved carbon neutrality across its manufacturing operations. The software company’s data centers, software development labs, offices and business air travel have been carbon neutral since July 2012. Microsoft was able to achieve carbon neutrality across its global operations due to its internal carbon fee. The program puts a price…

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81 companies to join the White House-led American Business Act on Climate Pledge

General Mills, IKEA and Best Buy are among the 81 companies to recently join the White House-led American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which sets significant greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy sourcing goals for 2020 and beyond. The pledges focus on increasing energy efficiency, boosting low-carbon investing and making sustainability more accessible to low-income Americans. Autodesk, Bloomberg, CA Technologies,…

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Nestlé USA Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill and pledges to reduce environmental impact

Nestlé USA released its second Creating Shared Value (CSV) report, which details the company’s progress against 27 commitments set in 2013 related to nutrition, health and wellness, environmental impact and water use, social impact, and responsible sourcing. Nestlé has added a new commitment to achieve zero waste to landfill status in all factories by 2020. According to…

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