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ConAgra Foods Facilities Again Achieve ENERGY STAR® Certification

Number of Plants Recognized for Supplier Energy Efficiency Increases
Press Release

OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The number of ConAgra Foods facilities achieving ENERGY STAR® certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to grow. The company’s latest class of ENERGY STAR achievers includes eight operations, one of which, the ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston/BSW facility in Warden, Wash., is receiving an ENERGY STAR for the first time.

Recycling in the Red Zone - the E-waste Ball is in Your Hands!


Guest contributor: Jack Groh, Director of the National Football League Environmental Program 

I promise not to use a lot of football terminology in this blog (until the very end, so be prepared.)

Anything You Could Want to Know About Conflict Minerals Compliance

Source Intelligence offers expansive white paper library

If you want to know anything about conflict mineral reporting, there is only one place to turn, the Source Intelligence white paper library. There you will find information from leading experts in all areas of compliance.  Included in the library are papers on product filtering, RCOI, due diligence and data assessment.  

2013 in Review: The Top CSR Trends You Need to Know


Here at Cone Communications, we spend the entire year tracking emerging CSR issues and trends. From buildings made out of 100 percent recycled materials to $150,000 fantasy gifts for a cause, companies were bold, even brazen, in their approaches to accelerating positive change in 2013.

U.S. Green Building Council Certifies 20,000th LEED Commercial Project

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Plant in Knoxville, Tenn., Secures Distinction
Press Release

Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ — The movement for healthier, high-performing buildings has reached a new milestone, as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) issued the 20,000th LEED certification for a commercial project.

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, USGBC’s Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) certified the offices and staff services space in the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) plant in Knoxville, Tenn., under LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI).

Conflict Minerals: Repercussions for Global Supply Chain


The end of the year is nearing and U.S industries are feeling the pressure of implementing Conflict Minerals law, Dodd Frank SEC 1502 to their supply chains. Halting the massive consumption of raw materials that are being mined by grave human rights abuses in Africa, means transparency in supply chains. Whether the materials are Conflict-Free or not, all publicly traded U.S. companies must comply to the federal law by May 31, 2014. Its an undertaking that’s effecting the system of international supply chains entirely. 

A Shocking Revelation: Human Forced Labor in Africa for U.S. Consumerism


Tis the season to be merry for large U.S. corporations fueling their holiday advertisements statewide and internationally. Most consumers are unaware that their shopping agendas are contributing to the internal conflict of Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo and its surrounding Eastern provinces. Chaos disrupts the regions of Africa with guerrilla warfare and grave human rights abuses as child laborers mine for the raw materials that are interwoven in many of the manufactured products we use today. 

Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics: Companies That “Contract to Manufacture” Products

Breaking down the basic terminology of conflict minerals compliance
Press Release

In this edition of “Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics,” we will cover if companies that “contract to manufacture” products are subject to Dodd-Frank 1502.

A company is considered to be “contracting to manufacture” a product if it has some actual influence over the manufacturing of that product. This determination is based on facts and circumstances, taking into account the degree of influence a company exercises over the product’s manufacturing. A company is not be deemed to have influence over the manufacturing if it merely:

UPS: Delivering on Sustainability

With more than 300 packages being shipped every second at peak times, this Christmas will be UPS's busiest – but it remains up to the challenge of delivering those packages sustainably

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Or are you scurrying around online and hoping that your deliveries will come in time? It's more than likely the latter – after all, we know now that we can be trawling the web right up to the last minute, and retailers and logistics firms will make sure that our purchases are with us before Christmas Eve.

What Gaming System Should You Buy For The Holidays? Xbox One Vs. PS4

Conflict minerals should play a role in your holiday shopping decisions

This holiday season when all the little girls and boys are filling out their lists with an upgrade to their gaming systems, there really are only two choices, the Sony Playstation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One.


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