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Hilton’s Global Activation on Sustainability Has Saved It $550M Since 2009

Four years after launching its corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose, Hilton Worldwide says its investments in global partnerships and sustainability programs is not only driving positive social impact, but also supporting long-term business success. Travel with Purpose was designed to examine global issues where Hilton can make an impact while simultaneously contributing to its future success:…

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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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Key points of the COP21 pact

The Paris climate summit ended with a milestone agreement, hailed as “historic, durable and ambitious”. Here are the key points of the deal: Long-term goal The long-term objective of the agreement is to make sure global warming stays “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and to “pursue efforts” to limit the temperature rise…

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Companies have to rise the bar on sustainability reporting to meet ecological challenges globally

Companies are failing to accurately reflect the scale and extent of their environmental impacts, a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found. In the case of greenhouse gas emissions, only 9 out of 108 (8 per cent) surveyed companies have established reduction targets in accordance with the science-based target of limiting…

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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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LVMH sets up an internal carbon fund to offset its emissions

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Some companies have launched initiatives to reduce their environmental impact: Stella McCartney operates an animal product-free supply chain; Inditex has pledged to eliminate toxic chemicals from its supply chain by 2020; and H&M has launched a global clothing recycling programme. LVMH put forward an unusual approach to the…

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Consumers across six international markets are seeking to reconcile their desire for shopping with responsibility to the environment

A new study by BBMG, GlobeScan and SustainAbility finds that a majority of consumers across six international markets are seeking to reconcile their desire for shopping and style with responsibility to the environment and society through their purchases. According to the report, Rethinking Consumption: Consumers and the Future of Sustainability, nearly two-thirds of consumers globally equate…

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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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