Category Archives: Sustainability

Social Responsibility is Non-Negotiable — TriplePundit.com

Consumers expect businesses to be socially responsible, which means that social compliance is now non-negotiable: “We can explain the shift in the public’s expectations of CSR programs with one word: accountability. There has been a growing trend across all sectors (government, public, and private) where sitting on the sidelines as global issues and concerns grow is no longer an accepted practice. A large driver of this change is visibility brought about by social media, and the ability of the public...

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Lack of Pollinators Poses Threat to Crops — CIPS.com

The decline in bee and monarch butterfly populations could have an impact on food supplies: “Eight blue chip companies including Asda, The Body Shop, Mars and PepsiCo, were surveyed. Many said they were unable to take action because of uncertainty around which crops and sourcing regions were vulnerable to pollinator decline. ‘Less than half the companies sampled know which of the raw materials they source depend on pollinators,’ said Gemma Cranston, director, natural capital at CISL. ‘Their supply chains could be...

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Walmart Announces 20 MMT of Supplier Emission Reductions through Project Gigaton — Walmart.com

BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 18, 2018 – Today, Walmart announced that suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative. Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030. The emissions reduction progress was shared at Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit, where expanded...

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Consumers Seek Ways to Resell, Recycle Items — Fierce Retail

Consumers are increasingly interested in finding ways to resell or recycle products that they are no longer using: “According to PA Consulting, the average U.S. home has $7,500 worth of unused items, which adds up to a wasted $875 billion that can be put back into the economy. But it seems that consumers would be interested in opportunities provided by retailers to resell, recycle and donate old items, in all categories.” P.S. A changing culture means new challenges for suppliers...

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Getting Your Sustainability Report Right — Triple Pundit

  Are you expected to put together an annual sustainability report? Here are some tips from Triple Pundit: “That’s because a sustainability report isn’t just a collection of good deeds, although those are nice. In addition to being a communications document, “A GRI report is a tool for organizational change,” Rassier noted. By following the GRI reporting methodology, a company is encouraged to talk to a few more stakeholders, benchmark, collect and analyze data and get a little deeper in every...

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Walmart Commits to Reduce Emissions by 50 Million Metric Tons in China — Walmart.com

  BEIJING, China – March 29, 2018 – Today Walmart announced a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its China value chain by 50 million metric tons (MMT) by 2030 – equivalent to the emissions associated with the average annual electricity consumption of 40 million Chinese households. To do this, the company aims to enroll all of its export and domestic suppliers in China, starting with 100 of its top suppliers, into an emissions reduction program. Walmart president and CEO...

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Walmart’s Decade-Long Sustainability Partnership — GreenBiz.com

GreenBiz.com offers a rundown on how Walmart teamed up with the Environmental Defense Fund to create a sustainable supply chain: “The national retailer enlisted a seemingly unlikely ally to help it on its path of corporate citizenship: the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  At first, the partnership was “controversial” within the EDF, said EDF Executive Director Diane Regas. “There was a whole host of questions, including what impact could we really have.” But, over their more than a decade-long partnership, she...

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Walmart Celebrates Launch of Solar Power Project — AL.com

  Walmart is celebrating a solar power energy project in Alabama: “Officials from state and local governments, Alabama Power and Walmart gathered Thursday to celebrate the successful launch of AL Solar A, a 79.2-megawatt solar energy project developed by Alabama Power to help Walmart reach its corporate renewable energy goals. Most of the energy and renewable energy certificates generated will be sold directly to Walmart through a long-term contract.” P.S. What are your sustainability goals for 2018, 2019 and beyond? Understanding Walmart’s...

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Lego Develops Sustainable Pieces — WSMV.com

Lego has developed blocks made from sustainable plastic: “The sugarcane material will be reformed as polyethylene, a durable plastic, making them identical to the conventionally produced pieces. The sugarcane itself will be sustainably and ethically sourced following guidelines set by the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) and the Bonsucro Chain of Custody.“ P.S. Lego is a legacy company that is still finding new ways to make itself relevant. Have you taken a look at your assortment lately? What could you be...

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What do Millennials Really Want? — RetailWire

Millennials may express interest in sustainability, but their shopping behavior indicates that they have other priorities: “In a comparison of five purchasing influencers, only 34 percent of Millennials reported that they are driven to make a fashion purchase because the apparel or accessory was eco-friendly and sustainably produced. That compares with 95 percent for ease of purchase, 95 percent for price/value, 92 percent for uniqueness, and 60 percent for brand name as factors in making their purchase decisions.” P.S. Millennials are...

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