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#104955
2015-08-21

UPS halts shark fin shipments

Sandy Springs-based UPS has stopped accepting shipments of shark fins, following criticism of the practice.

News Headlines
#104897
2015-08-19

Paris and the climate talks: business’ shortest route to success

WBCSD's Peter Bakker says a growing number of businesses are stepping up to tackle climate change

News Headlines
#104758
2015-08-04

How sustainable and ethical is your seafood? New report ranks U.S. supermarkets

Year-round, supermarket refrigerators, freezers, and shelves are stocked with bountiful supplies of affordable fish, but at what price to the environment and human wellbeing?

News Headlines
#104735
2015-08-03

Companies Pledge $140 Billion Toward Resolving Climate Change

The White House has organized an initiative to demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to combating climate change. The result: a total of $140 billion in new funds from more than a dozen leading U.S. companies. The effort was the latest in a series of actions taken by the White House on cli ...

News Headlines
#104718
2015-07-31

Enhancing resilience to climate change in southeast Asia

Leading Japanese insurance company Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to enhance the resilience of 30,000 small-scale farmers in southeast Asia by 2025 through its weather index insurance.

News Headlines
#104700
2015-07-30

Tropical protection

After years of talk, the palm-oil industry is looking into adopting environmental standards. Such rules must be strong, and need to be implemented.

News Headlines
#104677
2015-07-28

Companies To Invest $140 Billion To Fight Climate Change

More than a dozen leading U.S. companies have committed to investing a total of $140 billion in new funds to combat climate change in a White House-organized effort meant to demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to the issue, the White House announced Monday.

News Headlines
#104569
2015-07-16

Zero deforestation in the supply chain - new approaches

A recent series of zero deforestation promises by palm oil and consumer giants is great news for the campaigners who have worked tirelessly to push towards explicit policies – but now the real work of cleaning up the supply chain begins.

News Headlines
#104557
2015-07-15

Business innovation: the leaders committed to sustainable development

Seven initiatives from private enterprise for sustainable development that are genuinely inspiring. There are so many companies making sustainable business promises that it’s hard to keep up and harder still to know which ones are really make a difference.

News Headlines
#104520
2015-07-09

Selfridges bans plastic water bottles in oceans conservation initiative

Move will affect 400,000 single-use bottles a year in food halls and restaurants, in effort to cut plastic waste and raise awareness of threat it poses to oceans Selfridges is to rid its stores of all single-use plastic water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce pollution of the oceans.

News Headlines
#104487
2015-07-06

IBM's big-data army mobilizes to guard our freshwater

If you just spent the long weekend lazing near a lake or river, pause for a moment and let this statistic wash over: These sources account for barely 0.3 percent of the earth’s fresh water. The rest is trapped in glaciers or underground. It isn’t just the oceans that require a whole lot more hum ...

News Headlines
#104437
2015-06-30

'Sea change' in clothing industry means more protections for forests

Sateri has become the latest major viscose producer to adopt a new wood- and pulp-sourcing policy aimed at removing deforestation from its supply chain.

News Headlines
#104419
2015-06-26

'Business can be a global force for good,' Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact

The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN ...

News Headlines
#104335
2015-06-18

Top canned tuna brands rank worst in destructive fishing practices

Starkist, Bumblebee, and the kitchily named Chicken of the Sea are among the most familiar brands of canned tuna on grocery store shelves.

News Headlines
#104337
2015-06-18

France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal apologizes for Nutella boycott claim

France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal has apologized for telling people not to eat the Italian Nutella chocolate and nut spread. She had claimed it contributed to deforestation and climate change.

News Headlines
#104233
2015-06-10

British companies call on David Cameron to take stronger climate action

Eighty British companies, including two of the big six energy companies and high street names including John Lewis and Tesco, have called on David Cameron to take stronger action on climate change both at home and abroad.

News Headlines
#104240
2015-06-10

Business and Biodiversity

Recent reports have highlighted the fact that researchers have identified 139 new species in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region, including 90 plants, 23 reptiles, 16 amphibians, 9 fish and one mammal.

News Headlines
#104175
2015-06-04

Unlikely 'champion' in battle for Indonesia's forests

The firm, April, controls a million hectares of forests in Indonesia, and has now said it will allocate nearly half of it for conservation. The environmental group Greenpeace, which has previously been a fierce critic of the company, now called it a "champion" and vowed to closely monitor the im ...

News Headlines
#104159
2015-06-03

One of world's largest paper companies ends forest destruction in Indonesia

Jakarta: One of the world's largest manufacturers of pulp and paper in Indonesia has announced it will immediately stop logging in all natural forests.

News Headlines
#104160
2015-06-03

UN agriculture agency and IKEA join forces for sustainable forest management

3 June 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has teamed up with big-box retailer IKEA to launch a new initiative aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forest plantations and empowering forest-reliant communities in Viet Nam.

News Headlines
#104112
2015-05-29

New Ben And Jerry's Flavor Fights Climate Change

With the Paris Climate summit beginning in December, Ben & Jerry’s is launching a campaign to raise awareness for climate change and promote transitions to clean energy.

News Headlines
#103945
2015-05-22

Business leaders prepare for limited UN climate deal in Paris

Private sector could help close the expected shortfall in emissions reductions necessary to stop 2C of global warming warming, suggests Unilever CEO Paul Polman at climate and business summit in Paris

News Headlines
#103918
2015-05-21

Climate Change: Some Companies Reject ‘Business as Usual’

PARIS, May 21 2015 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, business as usual is simply “not an option”.

News Headlines
#103893
2015-05-19

Global businesses must lead the way on climate action

Green investments increasingly offer opportunites for growth and employment and businesses are well-placed to take the lead at this week’s Business and Climate summit in Paris

News Headlines
#103850
2015-05-15

Emirates Airlines Bans Hunting Trophies of Lions, Rhinos

The world’s biggest international carrier joins South African Airways in banning transport of trophies of exotic wildlife such as elephants and rhinos.

News Headlines
#103822
2015-05-14

Zero deforestation commitments bearing fruit in the Amazon

A high profile pledge by the world's largest meat company to limit deforestation for cattle production in the Amazon appears to be working, resulting in a dramatic increase in compliance with environmental registries and reduced forest clearing among supplier ranches, finds a comprehensive study ...

News Headlines
#103785
2015-05-11

Apple Working With WWF China to Manage Sustainable Forests

Apple Inc. and the World Wildlife Fund will work together to manage as many as 1 million acres of forests across China as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook arrives in Beijing to announce new environmental initiatives.

News Headlines
#103765
2015-05-08

Indian fabric giant adopts forest policy

One of the world's largest fabric makers for the fashion industry today announced a policy to exclude fiber produced at the expense of endangered forests, reports Canopy, an environmental group that helped broker the commitment.

News Headlines
#103713
2015-05-05

Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil

Six years ago, Bernice Dapaah decided to forge an unconventional path into employment. About to graduate with a business administration degree but facing a bleak job market in Ghana, she joined forces with a handful of engineering students to create an innovative product from an abundant crop: b ...

News Headlines
#103675
2015-04-30

To sustain climate adaptation, integrate it with local economies: experts

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To make development efforts more sustainable, businesses need incentives to invest in community-level climate change adaptation programs – but resistance to creating those incentives is still strong, climate change specialists said this week in Nairobi.

News Headlines
#103423
2015-04-10

Lowe's to eliminate pesticides that hurt crop pollinating honeybees

(Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following a few U.S. retailers who have taken similar steps last year.

News Headlines
#103334
2015-04-01

Archer Daniels Midland to demand suppliers stop chopping down forests

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) will establish a zero deforestation policy for its global commodity supply chains, potentially forcing its soy, palm oil, and cattle suppliers to also eliminate deforestation from their operations or face losing business with the firm.

News Headlines
#103336
2015-04-01

Subsidies to industries that cause deforestation worth 100 times more than aid to prevent it

Brazil and Indonesia paid over $40bn in subsidies to industries that drive rainforest destruction between 2009 and 2012 - compared to $346m in conservation aid they received to protect forests, according to new research

News Headlines
#103048
2015-03-06

With new policy, 3M drops controversial forestry certification label

3M has announced a new sustainability policy that will reduce the impact of its fiber-sourcing practices on forests and wildlife.

News Headlines
#102940
2015-02-26

Businesses Must Step Up to Support Biodiversity — And It’s Simple

In addition to Valentine’s Day, the month of February also commemorates the birthday of an important biology researcher of the modern era: Charles Darwin.

News Headlines
#102885
2015-02-20

Fight climate change, make money

(CNN)—Though the public rarely notices, businesses succeed because of their planning.

News Headlines
#102809
2015-02-16

Climate change looms as major threat to key B.C. industries

Forestry, fisheries, tourism and agriculture will be among the hardest hit, say B.C.-based researchers

News Headlines
#102742
2015-02-12

8 'biodiversity-friendly' products from PH forests

Who knew you could help save a threatened Philippine long-tailed macaque, a rare primate found only in the Philippines, by buying a purse? Biodiversity-friendly businesses, like the purse-selling handicraft enterprise in Palawan, are helping in the conservation of critical habitats all over the ...

News Headlines
#102743
2015-02-12

Sustainability and the bottom line: the issues most likely to pay – or cost – companies big money

In a new report, investment research firm Sustainalytics predicts the top corporate sustainability stories unfolding now When it comes to corporate sustainability, what really matters? It’s a tough question to answer, especially as the diversity and complexity of issues under the umbrella of “su ...

News Headlines
#102759
2015-02-12

President Aquino asks private sector to invest in biodiversity-friendly ventures

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III is seeking more private investments that aren't just income-generating but also use the country's natural resources in a sustainable manner.

News Headlines
#102691
2015-02-09

Would you buy a 'biodiversity-friendly' product?

The government hopes to enforce a certification scheme that will tell consumers if products conserve biodiversity and promote the welfare of indigenous peoples

News Headlines
#102569
2015-01-30

UK supermarkets failing to stock enough sustainable fish, says report

Sainsbury’s offers the most with 163 certified products, but despite rising consumer demand Tesco stocked 18, Morrisons eight and Lidl just seven sustainable seafood products

News Headlines
#102469
2015-01-21

Despite Threat, Few CEOs Say Climate Change Should Be Government Focus

Only a fraction of CEOs worldwide say governments should make combating climate change a top priority, a survey released Tuesday indicates.

News Headlines
#102398
2015-01-15

Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist

After years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell, Jonathon Porritt says he came to the conclusion it was ‘impossible’ for today’s oil and gas companies to adapt to the need to exit fossil fuels

News Headlines
#102292
2015-01-06

How to protect biodiversity for the cost of a cup of coffee

Targeting conservation efforts to safeguard biodiversity, rather than focusing on charismatic species, could make current spending on threatened birds four times more effective, a new study has shown.

News Headlines
#102263
2014-12-17

South African Brewer Tackles Climate Change

JOHANNESBURG— Governments failed to come to a breakthrough agreement at last week's climate summit in Peru. But South African mega-brewer SAB Miller sent delegates to the talks, and says it is one of many private companies taking their own steps to fight climate change.

News Headlines
#101993
2014-11-26

APP boosting timber productivity to support zero deforestation policy

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) appears to have enough plantation fiber to operate existing mills as well as supply a new mill under construction in South Sumatra without having to pulp natural forests, argues a new report that also finds the forestry giant is successfully improving yields to support it ...

News Headlines
#101936
2014-11-20

LVMH the first private company to join the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Biodiversity Research

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LVMH has joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB)) in France. This foundation for scientific cooperation aims to promote national, European and international research on biodiversit ...

News Headlines
#101860
2014-11-12

Business can save ecosystems and support economic development

Business has long been seen as a barrier to the sustainable use of natural resources but the example of Virunga National Park proves otherwise

News Headlines
#101832
2014-11-11

Kell: 'Climate change is bad for business'

One thousand companies as well as investment powerhouses such as BlackRock and BT Pension and the Rockefeller and Rothschild funds are pushing for a global carbon deal. UN Global Compact founder Georg Kell tells DW why.

News Headlines
#101846
2014-11-11

The Business Case for Ending Deforestation

About 90 percent of companies see opportunities in shifting to sustainably sourcing key forest-risk commodities, according to a CDP report that makes the business case for ridding supply chains of deforestation.

News Headlines
#101809
2014-11-07

Are changes to EU environmental legislation better for biodiversity or for business?

Policy Exchange's Katherine Drayson reveals how a little noticed change to the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment regime could deliver significant green benefits without hampering businesses

News Headlines
#101681
2014-10-29

Bunge commits to zero deforestation palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge has joined the growing ranks of companies that have established zero deforestation policies for their palm oil supply chains.

News Headlines
#101471
2014-10-16

Businesses should be 'forced' to report environmental impacts, says former UN chief

Failure to quantify economic costs of biodiversity losses are undermining efforts to protect it

Press Release
#101478
2014-10-16

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Launches Initiative on Global Biodiversity Impact Indicators for Commodity Production

Pyeongchang, 16 October 2014. Understanding that the impacts of agricultural commodity production on biodiversity are immense and that food commodity production has the largest environmental impact of any human activity, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity launched the Ini ...

Side Event
#3235
COP 12
2014-10-15

TEEB India Initiative – Implementing Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Drawing example from India, the side event will present how TEEB implementation at national and sub-national levels could support countries towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Targets. A presentation on the TEEB India Initiative (TII) and National Biodiversity Targets 2020 will be made, follow ...

Side Event
#3218
COP 12
2014-10-14

LIFE Certification - Pre-eminent Biological Methodology for Businesses

LIFE Certification is an international tool for businesses concerned with the increasing risks of global ecological thresholds and the negative impacts to Natural Capital. With reliable, transparent and independent audits, a LIFE certified business can more effectively communicate its voluntary ...

Side Event
#3247
COP 12
2014-10-14

Biodiversity and Business

Biodiversity and Business: economic value for companies

Side Event
#3125
COP 12
2014-10-13

India Business & Biodiversity Initiative: Mainstreaming Sustainable Management of Biodiversity by Indian Businesses

The event will feature the good business practices of biodiversity management by Indian companies. The key note would be addressed by Mr. Hem Pande, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. A case study report will be released covering business initi ...

Side Event
#3162
COP 12
2014-10-09

How businesses implement the Aichi Biodiversity targets: Green farm, Green development?

Presentation of Thai business and private sector’s engagement regarding the business case in support of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem service that lead to the successful implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets, wh ...

Side Event
#3190
COP 12
2014-10-08

Non-Extractive Users of Biodiversity: Generating Jobs and Income Through Conservation of Species and Habitats

Throughout the world, non-extractive uses of biodiversity such as Ecotourism, diving and the like generate billions of dollars in revenues and provide millions of direct and indirect jobs, a significant amount of which in developing countries. However, the non-extractive businesses have very rar ...

Side Event
#3284
COP 12
2014-10-06

3D views on the rice paddy fields for wild biodiversity conservation - science, policy and business

Rice paddy fields are important habitat for wild species. Three speakers from different sectors(scientific society, government organization and business) will report on practical approaches to conserve biodiversity in rice paddy fields. <p></p> Programme <br> 13:15 Greetings <br> 13:20 Presentat ...

Decision
COP 12
#13373

Decision XII/10

Business engagement

News Headlines
#101102
2014-09-26

Firms pledge commitment to forests

A coalition of NGOs criticized on Tuesday the involvement of large companies — which, according to the NGOs, are the cause of deforestation — at the UN 2014 Climate Summit in New York, saying the companies would only hinder efforts to save the forests.

News Headlines
#101089
2014-09-25

Amore Pacific beefs up research on biodiversity

Amore Pacific, Korea's biggest cosmetics maker, has provided strong support to an area that is unfamiliar to many ㅡ biodiversity.

News Headlines
#101067
2014-09-24

Cargill commits to zero deforestation across entire global supply chain: all commodities

Cargill, one of the world's largest agricultural companies, has extended its zero deforestation commitment for palm oil to all commodities it produces.

News Headlines
#101043
2014-09-23

Apple CEO Tim Cook on climate change: No trade-off between economy and environment

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in New York to discuss sustainability, climate change and what his company is doing to make the world a greener place.

Meeting Document
#100826
2014-09-09

UNEP/CBD/COP/12/24

Cooperation with Other Conventions, International Organizations and Stakeholders’ Engagement, Including Business

News Headlines
#99712
2014-06-17

How Ben & Jerry's says goodbye to GMOs

ST. ALBANS – A Ben & Jerry's factory worker feeds chunks of chocolate-covered toffee into an augur, which funnels them into a stream of coffee-flavored ice cream. The newly blended confection is then dolloped into pint containers labeled "Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch."

Recommendation
WGRI-5
#13315

Recommendation 5/4

Report on progress related to business engagement

Meeting Document
#99587
2014-06-10

UNEP/CBD/WGRI/5/INF/15

Report on Progress Related to Decision XI/7 on Business Engagement

News Headlines
#99293
2014-05-26

Oxfam: Despite zero deforestation pledges, big food companies remain weak on climate commitments

Despite several high profile pledges to phase deforestation out of their supply chains, big food and drink companies still aren't doing enough to curb their annual emissions of 264 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, argues a new report published by Oxfam.

Meeting Document
#98987
2014-05-07

UNEP/CBD/WGRI/5/11

Stakeholder Engagement

Meeting Document
#98887
2014-05-01

UNEP/CBD/WGRI/5/10

Report on Progress Related to Business Engagement

News Headlines
#98789
2014-04-29

Giant rainforest buffer zone planned to protect Indonesian wildlife

Paper company responds to criticism with 1m hectare conservation plan but green groups say it won't stop loggers

News Headlines
#98797
2014-04-29

Climate change a growing concern for companies expanding their footprint

Traditionally, the most important factors in choosing a location for a new factory or operation have always been workforce supply and economic incentives.

News Headlines
#98753
2014-04-25

Kingfisher CEO: don't underestimate impact of climate change on business

Ian Cheshire urges business to sign a communique aimed at negotiators meeting in Paris next year to thrash out a new binding climate deal

News Headlines
#98624
2014-04-17

Ikea plans 'green' meatballs to help tackle climate change

Recipe for Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs could be changed in order to cut carbon emissions, retailer reveals

News Headlines
#98467
2014-04-10

Corporate lobbying on climate change: silence is not neutrality

For companies to be transparent on their position on climate change, they must be clear, consistent, and constructive

News Headlines
#98448
2014-04-09

Procter & Gamble commits to protect world's rain forests

You probably don't think much, if at all, about palm oil -- but the versatile vegetable oil can be found in more than half of all packaged products used by American consumers -- including lipsticks, soaps, shampoos and even ice cream.

News Headlines
#98450
2014-04-09

Volkswagen Biodiversity Initiative To Establish Nature Corridor in Mexico

On April 8 Volkswagen (VW), the owner-operator of the largest auto manufacturing plant in North America in Puebla, Mexico, launched an ambitious, pioneering biodiversity and ecological sustainability initiative to help establish a protected biological corridor that will assure local wildlife has ...

News Headlines
#98376
2014-04-03

H&M, Zara commit to cutting rainforest destruction out of clothing production

H&M and Zara/Inditex, two of the world's largest clothing companies, today pledged to eliminate old-growth forest destruction from their products.

News Headlines
#98330
2014-04-01

2020 Sustainable Cocoa Pledges “Tall Order”

It may be hard for chocolate makers to guarantee that their entire supply comes from a sustainable source by the 2020 target many of them have set, according to a sustainable sourcing auditing firm has told Confectionery News.

News Headlines
#98143
2014-03-26

Public eye: the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Lena Ingelstam, director of partnerships and innovations, answers some questions about Sida's approach to inclusive business

News Headlines
#97934
2014-03-11

Mars Latest to Announce “No Deforestation” Palm Oil Pledge

WASHINGTON, Mar 10 2014 (IPS) - The multinational food giant Mars, Inc. unveiled Monday a new set of guidelines aimed at ensuring that its palm oil supply lines are completely traceable and sustainable by next year.

News Headlines
#97760
2014-02-24

Sri Lanka gains biodiversity membership

Sri Lanka’s Business and Biodiversity (B&B) Platform has emerged as the first from South Asia to gain membership of the Global Partnership on Business and Biodiversity (GPBB) established under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

News Headlines
#97699
2014-02-20

APP, environmentalists talk future of Indonesia's forests

These issues were recently discussed at an event marking the one-year anniversary of APP's forest conservation policy.

News Headlines
#97620
2014-02-14

UN, European companies debate long-term business principles

The UN is preparing the publication of a set of principles to foster corporate responsibility in the agricultural sector, based on the theory that long-term food security depends on businesses taking more seriously their role in the global food system.

News Headlines
#97597
2014-02-13

Madagascar: Microsoft Buys Carbon Credits From Madagascar Rainforest

Madagascar's government has agreed to sell forest-related carbon credits to Microsoft and Zurich's zoo, which will help protect the Makira National Park, in the first sale of state-owned REDD+ credits in Africa, according to the group that manages the park.

News Headlines
#97518
2014-02-10

APP calls to collaborate to protect Indonesia’s forests

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) launched its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) Anniversary Report with a call for NGOs, Governments and businesses to work together in an effort to help tackle deforestation in Indonesia.

News Headlines
#97450
2014-02-06

Asia Pulp and Paper and L'Oreal beef up forest protection

Exactly one year since Indonesia's largest pulp and paper company switched off the bulldozers and agreed to halt deforestation, the firm has warned that its efforts could be in vain unless there are similar steps from its competitors and the country's government.

News Headlines
#97458
2014-02-06

Climate economics: Make supply chains climate-smart

Extreme weather — including massive storms such as Typhoon Haiyan and Hurricane Sandy, and severe floods and droughts — is likely to become more frequent and intense as global warming accelerates1.

News Headlines
#97403
2014-02-04

Total says it will not drill in any World Heritage Sites

One of the world's largest oil and gas companies, Total, has committed to leave the planet's UNESCO World Heritage Sites untouched, according to the United Nations.

News Headlines
#97377
2014-02-03

L’Oreal commits to zero deforestation by 2020

L’Oreal is the latest in a growing list of global companies that aims to eliminate forest destruction from all its supply chains; environmental groups welcome the move but call for deadline to be moved forward

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