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Facebook hosts Levi’s, Walmart to hack sustainability growth

GreenBiz Facebook this week invited businesses like Walmart, Levi’s and Hewlett-Packard to talk sustainability at scale. by Lauren Hepler Where can you find a self-proclaimed DOUG (Dumb Old Utility Guy) from Kentucky hobnobbing with executives from the world’s trendiest Internet companies to a backdrop of neon green signage and daylight-friendly house …

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Tech, transparency and 5 ways to fix unsustainable supply chains

Shutterstock A shortage of quantitative data, early-stage technology and varied cost structures are three supply chain weaknesses that could actually contribute to future progress — if companies choose to buy in. by Lauren Hepler It’s one thing for a company to make an internal decision about sustainability, like cutting energy use …

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A cleaner shipping deal could save your company some green

Alan Jamieson2015 Some companies that rely heavily on shipping, such as ag giant Cargill, pick vessel based on efficiency ratings. by Heather Clancy Over the past five years, the energy efficiency of cargo and container ships has become the subject of far closer scrutiny. Some big companies that charter them for …

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The art and science of supply-chain transparency

by Joel Makower Let’s start with the basics: Almost everything we buy travels a long and winding road to reach us. From carpets to car parts, apples to Apples, the complexities of commerce are intricate. If you want to visualize that last statement, peruse the website Sourcemap. It offers tools to …

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7 reasons Walmart has given me hope about green marketing

Image: GreenBiz Group by Joel Makower Twenty-five years ago this month, my book The Green Consumer hit U.S. bookstores. It promised that “Every time you open your wallet, you cast a vote, for or against the environment.” That was then. Over the intervening quarter century, I became pretty cynical about the willingness …

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IBM, Honeywell, CH2M Hill join White House on emissions cuts

Shutterstock WELBURNSTUART by Barbara Grady The administration said it seeks to “encourage continued progress across the Federal supply chain” in reducing GHG emissions. The notion of confronting environmental risks embedded in complex global supply chains got a big endorsement last week; President Barack Obama made a pledge that the federal government will …

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Heineken, UNIDO Team Up to Drive Sustainability Efforts in Water-Scarce Developing Markets

by Hannah Ritchie Heineken last week announced plans to team up with The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as part of a new sustainability initiative to support environmental and social growth movements in the developing world. The core focus of the partnership will be water stewardship and conservation, especially in those …

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How Walmart’s green label aims to drive a ‘race to the top’

by Lauren Hepler What do Tide laundry detergent, a poster covered in adorable puppies wearing headphones and a baseball hat emblazoned with the cast of Duck Dynasty have in common? One, they’re all sold at Walmart. Two, the grab bag of products are all made by Walmart suppliers included in an …

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State of Green Business: Supply chain transparency ramps up

Complex global supply chains are getting a little bit easier to trace, thanks to new transparency tools. by Heather Clancy This article is part of a series of excerpts from the 2015 State of Green Business report. Corporate supply chains, long opaque, even to the companies themselves, are becoming clearer. One reason: …

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How Unilever, Facebook, HP and others lead through collaboration

What will the collaborations of the future look like? The latest Globescan/SustainAbility survey asked sustainability pros. by Tove Malmqvist Collaboration is vital for making significant progress on some of the world’s biggest challenges. In the next few years, multinational companies will be the key drivers of broad-scale collaborations to advance the …

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