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If business leaders want to regain our trust, they must act on climate risk

Empty rhetoric from corporates is not enough as climate change is accelerating far faster than expected.

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Interface and Levi's on what the fabric of sustainability feels like in 2030

Modular carpet manufacturer Interface and apparel company Levi Strauss & Co. long have been at the forefront of sustainable innovation. SustainAbility’s Aiste Brackley sat down with Erin Meezan, chief sustainability officer at Interface, and Michael Kobori, VP of sustainability at Levi Strauss & ...

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Guess joins retailers committing to fabrics that protect forests, locals

Fashion retailer Guess Inc. is adopting a policy to trace the sources of its wood-based fabrics, joining an array of fashion companies aiming to rid their supply chains of products from endangered forests, the company and activists said.

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Corporations key to rescuing nature, says WWF chief

A generation ago, the idea of a veteran international banker leading a global organisation charged with saving the planet's dwindling and besieged wildlife would have seemed far-fetched.

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How green is your brasserie?

I was 10 years old when the mad cow disease scandal broke and I realized for the first time that the food I ate could be dangerous.I had no idea where my food came from and no way of understanding the potential negative impact it could have on my health. This was just the first of a series of fo ...

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Bridgestone hits the brakes on deforestation

The tire company has become the third of the world’s “Big Five” to have a formal policy on deforestation, but environmentalists say they will be closely watching its implementation.

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How business can learn to navigate the Anthropocene

It’s pitch dark. There’s no moon. You can’t find your map. The ground shifts beneath your feet. You grope tentatively to detect sure footing, or the edge of a precipice.

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Corporations need nature's regenerative service

We heard the chainsaws first, like the buzz of a bee on amphetamines, interspersed with the crash of falling giants, then the toiling drone of bulldozers. We were approaching the edge of the Salvación-Boca Manu-Colorado road. Our Matsigenka guide, Feliciano, from Pankotsi Lodge in the nearby vil ...

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IKEA invests in 25,000 acres of sustainable forestry

"As a responsible forest owner, we are interested in identifying and applying sustainable management methods that will allow us to preserve and even increase the quality of the forest over time," said Krister Mattsson, Head of Financial Asset Management at the IKEA Group.

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Hershey to stop sourcing cocoa from areas with deforestation

The Hershey Company has made a commitment to no new deforestation in its global cocoa supply chain, effective immediately. It said that this pledge is aimed at stopping ongoing deforestation and protecting forests in the cocoa-growing regions where the company sources its cocoa.

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How public-private partnerships fight climate change in the cocoa supply chain

Deforestation is a growing and serious problem, and for Mondelēz International, it makes up the largest part of our carbon footprint. We are committed to addressing this global phenomenon, focusing on areas where we can make the biggest difference, such as palm oil and in our cocoa-growing commu ...

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The time is now for business to mobilize differently on water

The World Economic Forum's annual global risks report and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink's annual letter to CEOs, both published earlier this month, point to the urgent need for more private sector action and leadership when it comes to addressing the global water crisis.

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These 14 businesses are growing money on trees

Companies around the world are branching out into forest conservation, finding that restoring deforested and degraded land yields high returns for investors, entrepreneurs and the environment.

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Ecological restoration goes to Washington

Ecological restoration is the art and science of helping degraded natural areas recover to healthy condition and function. It’s also, as it turns out, a good business opportunity.

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McDonald's sets recycling goals for packaging, restaurants

McDonald’s Corp said on Tuesday it is responding to customers’ No. 1 request by setting goals for switching to environmentally friendly packaging materials and offering recycling in all of its restaurants.

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How the aviation industry is lowering its carbon footprint

Imagine how much cleaner the air would be if 3 million cars were taken off the roads in your city. A hint: Banning just half of Beijing’s 3.3 million cars before the 2008 Olympics cleared its skyline within a few days.

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Rolland: Success Involves Transparency About Your Sustainability Program

News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship — in an era when the private sector is incr ...

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Celeb Favorite Ferrari Trento Bridges the Gap Between Luxury and Sustainable Wine

What do the Emmy Awards, Ferrari Trento sparkling wine, biodiversity, bees, and sustainability have in common? Everything. This year, you couldn’t have one without the other.

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Stella McCartney calls for overhaul of "incredibly wasteful" fashion industry

Designer Stella McCartney and ex-sailor Ellen MacArthur are calling for the fashion industry to rethink textile production methods to radically reduce the amount of waste it produces.

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Guerlain, luxury cosmetics flag-bearer for sustainable development

Spurred on by CEO Laurent Boillot, Guerlain included sustainable development to the company’s strategy as soon as 2007. Although they had remained discreet about their approach since then, the brand has just published a third report celebrating “10 years of sustainable commitment, In the Name of ...

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Ecosystem And Biodiversity Services Worth Almost $125 Trillion Per Year: Dr. Randall Glaholt, IUCN International Biodiversity Expert

Biodiversity is currently being lost at an unprecedented rate due to human activities that degrade or encroach on habitats, increase pollution load, and contribute to climate variability. This rapid declining of biodiversity is a huge problem for entire humanity and this can’t be averted unless ...

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Toyota Announces Selection of Recipients of the 2017 Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has selected 28 projects as grant recipients of the Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program. In the 18 years since its introduction in 2000, a cumulative total of 360 projects in 53 countries and regions have received this grant.

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Can this organization change the way conservation is financed?

Michelin, the tire manufacturer, is the world’s largest buyer of natural rubber. It was also the first tire maker to commit to responsible rubber sourcing. Together with the nature conservation organization World Wildlife Fund, the company has committed to achieving wildlife-friendly rubber in A ...

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Perrier goes wild with artist’s animal designs

Famous for its collaboration with artists, Perrier has launched yet another collection of specially-designed bottles - this time, with the rising painter Juan Travieso. On Oct. 26, Perrier held an opening for the limited “#PerrierXWild” edition at 10 Corso Como in Apgujeong, southern Seoul, wher ...

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Newmont Ghana named ‘mining company of the year’

Newmont Ghana has been named ‘mining company of the year’ and commended by the 2016 Africa Sustainability Report, for its operational standards and reforestation efforts in reclaiming each hectare impacted by their mining operations.

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From ‘ghost nets’ to sustainable luxury: the interface of business and the environment

It was while investigating chemical properties as an applied science student in Sydney that Clinton Squires first crystallised how nature and business must work effectively together for our collective futures.

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Microsoft Call on Researchers to Use AI to Save Earth’s Oceans

The company is awarding cloud computing and artificial intelligence resources to environmental researchers confronting the challenges faced by the world’s oceans.

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Resource firms face tougher rules if provincial action on threatened caribou deemed lacking

The federal government is warning it will impose tougher rules for resource companies working in the boreal forest unless provinces act to protect endangered caribou.

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Food and beverage giants agree to strengthen supply chain management

Companies such as Unilever, Mars and PepsiCo are part of a new collaborative partnership aiming to develop free science-based decision tools that improve farm-level sustainability reporting metrics and data collection.

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Loss of biodiversity greater threat than climate change

The threat to humanity posed by the loss of biodiversity is as great or even greater than that posed by climate change, a Mexican biologist said.

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umanity has long appreciated forests for the energy, food and medicine they provide, and as a source of wood products for construction and other purposes. But the role of forests in supporting agriculture, preserving biodiversity, protecting water supplies, creating jobs, increasing domestic GDP ...

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Prague zoo visitors can newly help save endangered animal species

Visitors to the Prague Zoo can contribute to the protection of four critically endangered animal species in the wild, or the Przewalski's horse, the western gorilla, the gharial and the Laotian rock rat via a new system as from today. The garden has helped protect these and other species right ...

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Dutch students grow their own biodegradable car

What's made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring.

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3 firms winning in Singapore’s sustainable business space

Keeping public spaces cool, harnessing the power of the sun, and designing the cities of the future. Eco-Business examines how three companies are innovating in the sustainability space in the tiny, resource-scarce tropical city-state of Singapore.

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Paying for forests has multiple benefits

Paying for forests conserves a vital world resource. But somebody must pay the locals a tangible share of the intangible global gains.

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Stiffer penalties, higher fines to deter environmental crimes

An official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) last Sunday lauded the committee on natural resources of the House of Representatives for approving the consolidated bill that seeks to expand the coverage and give more teeth to the National Integrated Protected Areas Sys ...

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Miners told: Assimilate biodiversity conservation

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu wants miners to integrate biodiversity conservation into mining operations as part of their adherence to the principle of responsible mining as espoused by the Duterte administration. “Responsible mining companies should seek not merely to minimize and mitigate ...

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Making clean growth happen

Words like 'clean' and 'growth' can sometimes sound a little like they have been thrown together in a well-meaning way with little hope of them actually sticking. But at NERC we know environmental science often leads to important innovations that not only protect our natural resources and our we ...

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Alberta's Encana Among 20 Multinationals Sued Over Climate Change

In the latest of a growing number of such lawsuits around the world, Calgary-based Encana is one of 20 energy majors and their subsidiaries facing claims from three California communities. They allege the companies have deliberately sown misinformation and doubt on climate change and are at leas ...

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So, You Want To Become An Ecosystem Entrepreneur?

The European Commission has set some of the most ambitions environmental targets on the planet, but states have struggled to achieve them. How can businesses help?

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Microsoft launches AI for Earth to give $2M in services to environmental projects

Today, the company announced AI for Earth, a new program that will be dedicated to AI-based projects in the areas of agriculture, water, biodiversity and climate change, where Microsoft proposes to donate up to $2 million in Microsoft tools, services and training per project to help them get a l ...

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In the depths of the oceans, business as usual takes a toll

Imagine sinking into the deepest parts of the Central Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Mexico and Hawaii. Watch as the water turns from clear to blue to dark blue to black. And then continue on for 15,000 feet to the seafloor — roughly the distance from the peak of California’s Mount Whitney to ...

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The Body Shop allocates £2m for 'World Bio-Bridges Mission'

As part of its latest efforts to "re-wild the world", The Body Shop has today (4 July) launched a new funding platform aiming to raise more than £2m to add ten more regenerative Bio-Bridges around the globe by 2020.

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Nine of world's biggest fishing firms sign up to protect oceans

Nine of the world’s biggest fishing companies have signed up to protect the world’s oceans, pledging to help stamp out illegal activities, including the use of slave labour, and prevent overfishing.

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Top corporates debut new metric for measuring biodiversity impacts

A group of leading businesses yesterday marked World Biodiversity Day with the launch of new proposals to help corporates curb their impact on the natural environment.

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How to clean the world’s oceans, Corona x Parley tackles plastic pollution

Imagining plastic pollution on heavenly beaches may be difficult, until you see it with your own eyes. We’re not talking about Tulum’s clear blue waters, which hosted a global press conference for the launch of the Corona x Parley project, but the hundreds of beaches around the world invaded by ...

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New natural capital metric a 'powerful lever for change', says Kering

A new natural capital biodiversity metric will act as an "internal change management tool" that allows companies to define and translate what environmental footprints look like in a business context, Kering's head of sustainable sourcing innovation has claimed.

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L’Oréal, PepsiCo Strike Up New Partnerships to Push Forward Sustainability Agenda

Ushering the economy towards a more circular, sustainable model, global brands are teaming up to initiate change both at home and across the globe, proving that there is indeed strength in numbers.

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Organic Hair Care Products Market Is Expected To Reach USD 4,956.8 Million In 2022, Growing At A CAGR Of 10.0% From 2015 To 2022 – Credence Research

The global market for organic hair care market products witness growth on the back of rising health awareness among the consumer and availability of the products on various distribution channels.

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Uganda: Biodiversity Professor Tips Businesses On Conservation

Kampala — Businesses that intend to keep their profits in future will have to invest in biodiversity conservation, Prof EJ Milner-Gulland from Oxford University, has advised.

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Jurisdictional certification approach aims to strengthen protections against deforestation

Many companies that deal in commodities linked to heavy tropical deforestation, such as soy or timber, have made commitments to significantly reduce or end deforestation in their supply chains by 2020.

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India's growing demand for goods impacts forests globally

Indian industry can play a key role in curbing carbon emissions and helping protect some of the world’s most valuable forests

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Symrise Signs United Nations “Business and Biodiversity Pledge”

Symrise is one of the first signatories to the “Business and Biodiversity Pledge,” a voluntary commitment to the objectives of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

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More businesses must work with suppliers to curb climate change: study

Too few businesses are working with their suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to study that praised 29 companies including General Motors(GM.N), Sky (SKYB.L) and Sony Corp (6758.T) for taking the lead.

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Big businesses vow to tackle plastics problem

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, major corporations have signed on to an initiative to better reuse and recycle plastic packaging - to reap economic benefits, and in hopes of stemming an environmental crisis.

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Ban of shark's fin cargo by Air China a big sign of change

BEIJING • Air China has become the first airline in mainland China to ban shark's fin cargo, marking a dramatic shift in attitudes towards trade in endangered wildlife there and throwing a lifeline to shark populations threatened with imminent extinction.

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Businesses and investors renew plea to Trump: don't ignore climate change

A letter released today contains signatures from 530 companies including Campbell Soup and Johnson & Johnson, urging the president-elect to take action

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Companies are underestimating the risks of deforestation in their commodities supply chains

Two new analyses show that companies reliant on agricultural commodities like beef, palm oil, pulp and paper, and soy have underestimated the risk of deforestation in their supply chains and are unlikely to achieve their current time-bound goals for severing ties with forest destruction.

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Companies need to do more to avoid deforestation, study finds

Many companies that deal in commodities such as beef, timber, palm oil and soy beans know that the production of these items can come at the cost of forests.

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Corporate growth still driving deforestation, CDP shows

Although progress is being made, up to US $906bn of company turnover is still tied to global deforestation, an assessment has concluded.

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2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum to focus on opportunities for business

2 December 2016 – Immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference, and in parallel with the High-Level Segment, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Government of Mexico are hosting the 2016 Business and Biodiversity Forum in Cancun, Mexico, from 2-3 Decemb ...

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US businesses push against Trump's attempts to dismiss climate change

Environmentally friendly groups at Companies vs Climate Change said they will work to make sure Trump won’t undo all the progress the country has made

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Irish businesses asked to 'Help Save the Bees'

Irish businesses are being called on to take action in helping to save the bees. The National Biodiversity Date Centre and Bord Bia have launched a Framework for Businesses as part of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, which identifies actions that companies can take to help protect pollinators an ...

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Adidas launches mass-produced ocean plastic trainers

Global sportswear company Adidas looks set to push around 7,000 pairs of trainers made from 95% ocean plastic into the market, alongside setting a new goal to produce one million ocean plastic pairs of trainers by 2017.

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How useful are Green Rankings?

There is an unmistakable sustainability tide sweeping across the private sector, as consumers and investors alike become more aware of the environmental impact of businesses.

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The Body Shop embarks on a project to conserve forests

We are huddled around a camera trap inside the dense Khe Nuoc Trong forest in north-central Vietnam. After having climbed down, and then up, and then somewhat down (sometimes on all fours, with our feet in leech-resistant socks) along the steep sides of the Truong Son Mountain, perspiration stre ...

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Higher incomes driving Indonesian smallholders to oil palm and rubber

An ‘agricultural boom’ in oil palm and rubber is leading to small-scale farmers to clear away rainforest for agriculture, and along with it, the ecosystem services it provides.

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GM builds vehicles and biodiversity at its facilities

General Motors is supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal to halt biodiversity loss by developing wildlife habitats at its sites around the world. From helping protect honeybees with pollinator gardens or designating no-mow zones to grow grassland habitats, GM is demonstratin ...

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Healthy Soils Could Deliver Nearly $50 Billion in Benefits Annually

The Nature Conservancy and General Mills today unveiled the Soil Health Roadmap at the annual BSR Conference.

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International Legislators Forum, in the margins of the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico

Reference: SCBD/OES/DC/MAC/86054 (2016-133)
To: CBD National Focal Points

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TripAdvisor bans ticket sales to wild animal attractions

Travel website TripAdvisor, and its booking service Viator, will no longer sell tickets to tourism experiences that allow petting or touching of wild animals, the company announced on October 12.


Invitation to disseminate the “Business and Biodiversity Pledge”

Reference: SCBD/MCO/AF/ML/KB/85997 (2016-119)
To: CBD National Focal Points and relevant organizations

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Global brands’ beef is putting South America’s tropical forests at risk: report

The beef purchasing policies of global name-brand companies are failing to protect South America’s tropical forests from destruction, according to a new report.

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How a Social Investment Fund Strives to Preserve Brazil’s Forests

Brazil’s forests have long been the foundation of the country’s culture, dating back to indigenous cultures long before the Portuguese arrived.

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US companies pledged to fight climate change, but are they, really?

Some of the largest US companies, including Verizon and Google, pledged their support for President Obama's climate policies. A recent study, however, reveals that what those companies do with their political money sends the opposite message.

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Corporates Pledge To Reduce Impacts At World Water Week, But How?

30 August 2016 | It’s been almost ten years since the Coca-Cola Company vowed to “safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equal to what we use in our finished beverages and their production,” with a deadline of 2020 for doing so.

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The secret life of a corporate responsibility director: I point businesses towards their moral compass

My full email signature reminds me that I am a corporate social responsibility director. Don’t know what it means? Me neither. But Googling various definitions of the constituent words of my job title tends to sees me through to until 09.12am each morning. I’ll work it out, eventually.

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Companies Could Make Money by Helping Consumers Go Green

Few companies provide information about the environmental impacts of different products they sell, even though many could do so quite easily. And if they did, according to a study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they might even reduce their own costs.

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Responsible drinking - Is the global wine industry really embracing sustainability?

The wine sector is severely threatened by the impacts of climate change, but is it doing enough to prevent them? Like many other agricultural crops such as coffee and cocoa, scientists have long feared the impact rising global temperatures will have on the grapes that deliver that most importan ...

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John D. Liu On Regenerative Ecology And Naturalized Economies

If we say that money comes from ecological function instead from extraction, manufacturing buying and selling, then we have a system in which all human efforts go toward restoring, protecting and preserving ecological function. That is what we need to mitigate and adapt to climate change, to ens ...

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Climate Change and Sustainable Investing: How Investors Can Make a Difference

Many proponents of sustainable investment strategies argue that traditional fossil fuel companies will be in structural decline in coming decades, challenged by governmental and consumer actions to limit the impact of oil, gas and coal on the environment.

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Amazon, eBay involved in illegal wildlife trade: Indian government

On Monday, India’s environment minister Anil Madhav Dave accused 106 e-commerce sites of selling rare animals and wildlife products online.

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New paper aims to put biodiversity at the heart of business

Nature needs to be put at the heart of natural capital – that's the conclusion from a new report published today by a partnership of leading conservation and research organisations.

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SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, and Aeromexico Work Together to Spread Information about Biodiversity in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), through the Federal Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), signed an addendum for increased cooperation through the Collaboration Agreement it signed with the ...

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Cement company may have caused extinction of 3 snail species

Snails are being blown to extinction. And cement companies are to blame.

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Drink beer, help the ocean?

Beer may have a bad rep among carb-fearing ab-chiseling fitness fans, but it could now be better for the environment than it was before. Well, at least the new kind packaged using edible six-pack rings from south Florida’s Saltwater Brewery.

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Making Sustainability Part of the Corporate DNA

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2016 (IPS) - Companies, governments and non-profit actors agree that economic growth and sustainable development have to go hand in hand to shape our increasingly globalised world in a fair way.

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Cathay Pacific bans shipments of shark fin amid pressure from conservation groups

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific, and its sister airline Dragon Air, have announced an immediate ban on the carriage of shark fin on all of their flights.

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Biodiversity firm awarded for sharing 2% benefits

RAIPUR: A biodiversity firm, with its central India headquarters at Durg district in Chhattisgarh, has won the biodiversity award 2016 in the category of access and benefit sharing for paying benefits of upto 2% of its sales to Madhya Pradesh's State Biodiversity Board.

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McDonald's fish: Row over sustainability 'cover-up'

A leaked New Zealand government memo casts serious doubts on the sustainability of fish that are widely used in McDonald's restaurants.

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Small businesses in Asia can help forests and economies grow, new report shows

Small and medium-sized Asian businesses specializing in forest and ecosystem services can play a key role in reducing deforestation in the region, according to a new study.

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Brazilian soy industry extends moratorium on deforestation indefinitely

The Brazilian soy industry has indefinitely extended a landmark moratorium on rainforest clearing for soybean production.

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UK supermarkets back call to cut yellowfin tuna catches by 20%

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, M&S, Morrisons and Co-op join major seafood brands and WWF in campaign to stop Indian Ocean fish stocks collapsing

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Biodiversity safeguards mooted in Sri Lanka building contracts

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s private sector is considering ways to introduce safeguards in construction contracts to protect the island’s rich biodiversity, which is threatened as economic growth gathers pace amid a building boom.

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Stop Spain's strawberry growers sucking key wetland dry, say supermarkets

A consortium of high-profile supermarkets and food companies is demanding urgent action to stop unsustainable water usage among Spanish strawberry growers.

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