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McDonald’s Commits to Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil

October 31, 2011 | Comment (1)

Back in March, I wrote about McDonald’s new Sustainable Land Management Commitment (SLMC). Now, McDonald’s has extended this commitment even more by joining the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that promotes the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders.

As a result of its membership in the RSPO, McDonald’s says that by the end of this year, it will source palm oil only from RSPO member companies. By 2015, only RSPO-certified palm oil will be used in McDonald’s restaurants, pre-cooked chicken and potato products.

This new focus on palm oil comes after an analysis conducted as part of McDonald’s SLMC.  The company, in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), identified which of its raw materials have the most potential sustainability impacts. The list includes beef, poultry, coffee, fiber for packaging and palm oil –and so McDonald’s is going to center its attention on those areas. (more…)

AB InBev Partners with GE to Achieve 2012 Energy and Water Environmental Initiatives

October 28, 2011 | No Comments →

Anheuser-Busch InBev and GE have formed a strategic alliance to drive energy efficiency and water savings in existing and greenfield AB InBev facilities across China.

In 2010, AB InBev announced a set of aggressive three-year global environmental goals as part of its Better World commitment. According to a press release, the new partnership with GE will initially focus on designing and implementing several key solutions. For example, the companies will collaborate regarding: (more…)

Sprint is First US Company to Address All Scopes of GHG Emissions Through WWF’s Climate Savers Program

October 26, 2011 | No Comments →

Earlier this month, Sprint announced it is joining the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers program.

As one of only 28 companies in the Climate Savers program, Sprint joins IBM, The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson and others that have agreed to take aggressive measures to scale up climate protection efforts.

Even among these sustainability leaders, however, Sprint’s commitment is particularly noteworthy. It is now one of only two companies in the Climate Savers program to address all scopes of GHG emissions through the WWF agreement. Sprint is the only US company to do so, and it joins KPN, a Dutch telecommunications company, as the only other partner in the Climate Savers program to commit to such a multifaceted GHG emissions reduction strategy for its own operations, suppliers and consumers.

Sprint’s commitments include: (more…)

Two Tomorrows Rates Sustainability Practices of 92 Sustainability Leaders

October 24, 2011 | No Comments →

The corporate sustainability agency Two Tomorrows has released its Tomorrow’s Value Rating 2011, an analysis of the sustainability practices of 92 companies widely recognized as sustainability leaders.

These companies were selected to be in the Tomorrow’s Value Rating for 2011 based on their inclusion in three or more leading sustainability rankings. Companies in the 2011 Fortune Global 100 and listed in two of these rankings were also included.

Which companies top the list?

The highest rating, Aaa, went to: Campbell’s, Danone, General Electric, Glaxosmithkline, HP, Intel, Nestlé, Nike, Panasonic, Siemens, and Unilever.

“None of our leading companies are held back by fundamental questions about their sustainability. Where there are concerns, we can see that they have mapped out a clear path to transitioning their business into a different model,” Mark Line, executive chairman of Two Tomorrows Group, said. “The leaders are starting to go one step further than the rest of the pack, such that their machinery for delivering sustainability is becoming part of the way they do business. Their staff and management get it and they want it. These companies tend to exhibit huge brand strength – and they have wedded their sustainability approach to all of those things that made their brand strong in the first place.”

See a detailed list of results and key findings here.

Two Tomorrows’ research also revealed five emerging trends in corporate sustainability. The data shows that sustainability leaders: (more…)

Kimberly-Clark Adopts Forest Stewardship Council’s Sourcing Standards

October 21, 2011 | No Comments →

Kimberly-Clark Corporation is now the first US tissue maker to offer branded consumer tissue products that meet the sustainable sourcing requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

What is the FSC?

The FSC is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests.

FSC certification is a market-based, non-regulatory forest conservation system recognized globally for having the highest social and environmental standards in forestry. The program uses third-party experts to verify forest management practices and track materials as they leave the forest and become products downstream. As a result, any FSC labeled product can be traced back through the chain of custody to a certified source.

So now, Kimberly-Clark’s Kleenex brand facial tissue and Scott Naturals brand products sold in North America will include fiber sourced from suppliers who have been independently certified to follow the highest standards in forestry management while also protecting high conservation-value forests and habitat.

Consumers will be able to identify FSC-certified Kleenex and Scott brand products by the FSC label on every package. (more…)