Food & Farming CSR News

Three-Year Study Concludes that CocoaLink “Significantly Improved the Livelihoods” of Ghanaian Cocoa Farmers

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  • Hershey-sponsored program registered 45,000 Ghanaian cocoa farmers in 1,800 communities; farmers used 1.2 million free local language texts to modernize their farming practices
  • Farmers in CocoaLink communities increased their yields by 45.6% in three years
  • “I made many improvements on my farm and I am growing more cocoa today than before I started with CocoaLink,”  Ghana farmer, Central Ghana

Mars Inc. Raises the Bar for Sustainable Palm Oil

Mars Inc. is upping the ante regarding the sustainable palm oil market.

The manufacturer of the popular chocolate candy bars Mars Bar, 3 Musketeers and Twix announced its commitment yesterday to transition to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its products by the end of 2014.

Mars Commits to Fully Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain

Mars has committed to implementing a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain by the end of the year, and has introduced a deforestation policy.

The food manufacturer behind M&Ms, Pedigree Chum and Uncle Ben's will adhere to industry standards to develop a fully traceable pipeline back to known palm oil processing mills.

The move is supported by the launch of a deforestation policywhere Mars will focus on other raw materials that have the "greatest impact on forests" such as beef, pulp and paper, and soy.

Interfaith Sanctuary and Wells Fargo Green Team Plant a Garden to Uplift Community


A 2012 tour of the Interfaith Sanctuary inspired the Boise Wells Fargo Green Team to help restore the Sanctuary’s worn garden into a place of beauty.

Read more on the Wells Fargo Environmental Forum:

AECOM Releases Presentation Outlining Practical Strategies For Developing Resilient Cities

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LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ — AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in more than 150 countries around the world, announced today that it has posted a presentation that discusses how to reduce vulnerability and enhance competitiveness in order to develop resilient cities.

Food and Agriculture Sustainability Materiality Course Register Now For The GRI Business Transparency Program in Orlando, FLORIDA April 9th & 10th

Sustainability Reporting Food and Agriculture Focus LIVE Panel Discussion sponsored by Darden Restaurants and Sustainable Florida GRI G4 Certification, Six Months Coaching Sessions & Access to Comprehensive Research on Food and Agriculture Materiality
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Sustainability Reporting Food and Agriculture Focus

LIVE Panel Discussion sponsored by Darden Restaurants and Sustainable Florida

Corporate Social Responsibility at Yum! Brands: Our Responsibility

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We are passionate about serving delicious food that lives up to the trust our customers place in us and meets the highest safety and quality standards in every aspect of our business–from sourcing and procurement to our food preparation and delivery.

We will deliver on our commitment by focusing on these key areas:

Three-Quarters Of Americans Say Sustainability Is A Priority When Making Food Purchasing Decisions, According To New Cone Communications Research

Consumers willing to pay more for locally produced foods and want companies to provide more sustainable food options
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BOSTON, March 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat more consciously, according to the 2014 Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker. Although family satisfaction reigns supreme (97%), shoppers consider health and nutrition (93%) and sustainability (77%) important factors when deciding what to buy.

Celebrating the Leadership of Women in Feeding the World

By Martha Schlicher, Corporate Engagement, Monsanto

International Women’s Day was established to promote progress and equality for women in all walks of life and all fields.  Agriculture is one area where the contributions of women are widespread, critically important and rapidly growing.  Yet, these contributions also are not as well-known or appreciated as they should be.

Wave of New Fair Trade Certified™ Products Hits Store Shelves

Fair Trade Certified products gain momentum in North American markets, helping shoppers make every purchase matter
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Oakland, CA, March 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, today announces the launch of over 50 new Fair Trade Certified™ apparel and consumer packaged goods (CPG) products in the first quarter of 2014, delivering more sustainable choices to consumers. These new products add to the 300 Fair Trade Certified CPG items launched in 2013 alone. 


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