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Archive for September, 2010

The Hershey Company Issues First CSR Report

September 29, 2010 | Comment (1)

Earlier this month, the Hershey Company released its first corporate social responsibility report, a 62-page online document that outlines the company’s CSR priorities and establishes measurable goals for future progress.

Specifically, Hershey groups the company’s priorities and programs into four areas –Marketplace, Environment, Workplace and Community –and here are a few recent highlights regarding environmental stewardship. The company has: (more…)

EDF Climate Corps Identifies More Than $350 Million in Energy Savings

September 27, 2010 | Comment (1)

Over this past summer, 51 Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps fellows fanned out across 47 leading companies to seek out energy savings.

Without a doubt, they accomplished their task.

Working at companies such as Bloomberg, eBay, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Target, Verizon and Xerox, the EDF Climate Corps fellows uncovered energy efficiency opportunities that represent net operating savings of more than $350 million and over 400,000 metric tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the EDF, energy use from commercial buildings accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, and over the past three years groups of EDF Climate Corps fellows have been tasked with finding savings that companies can benefit from and build upon year after year. For instance, the Climate Corps may identify savings that can be recovered from improving lighting, or adopting more energy efficient computer equipment and heating and cooling systems. (more…)

Sainsbury’s Faces Fine for Excessive Packaging

September 24, 2010 | No Comments →

Last week, Sainsbury’s earned a dubious distinction. It is now the UK’s first large supermarket chain to be prosecuted for using excessive packaging.

The case, being brought by trading standards at Lincolnshire County Council alleges that a beef product from a market in Lincoln does not meet the legal requirements for packaging.

According to the Telegraph: (more…)

Frito-Lay On Its Way to Largest Fleet of All-Electric Trucks In North America

September 22, 2010 | Comment (1)

By the end of 2011, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division will have the largest fleet of commercial all-electric trucks in North America.

Frito-Lay will be rolling out five new electric trucks in New York City this month. 21 more will be deployed this year. After that, an additional 150 will join the fleet next year.

The trucks, designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 miles on a single charge. Smith Electric is a leader in the development of commercial electric trucks designed to operate at peak effectiveness in urban environments, and the company produces the Newton, which is the only all-electric commercial truck on the market. (more…)

SABMiller Researches Its Water Footprint

September 20, 2010 | Comment (1)

Companies in the beverage sector are particularly vulnerable to risks associated with water scarcity, so it’s not surprising that many beverage manufacturers are turning the spotlight on water use by their facilities and supply chains.

Last week, I wrote about The Coca-Cola Company’s latest efforts to improve its water stewardship, and now SABMiller, one of the world’s largest brewers, is following suit with a new report that highlights: (more…)