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It's Time for Big Business to Go Back to School

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Nelson Mandela once remarked: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and I'm inclined to agree. In a world riddled with social ills, one common factor becomes evident, and that is the pivotal role of education in shaping our society.

Hershey and Barry Callebaut Build Primary School in Cocoa-Growing Region of Cote d'Ivoire

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  • Rural school will provide educational facilities and nutrition and health support for more than 150 children
  • Cocoa farmers to receive training to raise family incomes
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  • Rural school will provide educational facilities and nutrition and health support for more than 150 children
  • Cocoa farmers to receive training to raise family incomes

JustGreen™ Lifestyle Partners with the National Parks Conservation Association to Help Stop Global Warming

“National Parks Conservation Association is the Official Charitable Partner for JustGreen Lifestyle in the U.S.”
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HOUSTON, Texas, September 18th, 2013 /3BL Media/JustGreen Lifestyle, a Just Energy Group Inc. (NYSE/TSX: JE) brand, together with National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) are pleased to announce a joint partnership in an effort to help preserve our national parks and promote greener and cleaner lifestyles for all Americans.

Fair Trade for All

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"I am the living image of a coffee farm worker in my country, and I am very proud to represent this image. We are not only farm workers, we are also professionals, we are experts in the area, but we are poor professionals. We are professionals that haven't had a chance to earn a stamp."- Leonardo Garcia, cherry picker, La Revancha, Nicaragua

The Avocado Obstacle Course

Equal Exchange in Mexico; the people, places, and obstacles involved in their new avocado trade relationship.
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Written By: Jessica Jones-Hughes

ConAgra's Amanda Humes Talks Packaging and Sustainability

Emerging trends in food packaging, changing consumer perceptions
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September 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Amanda Humes, packaging engineer at ConAgra foods, will be presenting at Focal Point 2013: Frontiers in Packaging, on Oct. 22 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The one-day conference is hosted by the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the university.

Meet Two Co-ops Behind Our Chocolate

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Love chocolate? Want to see where it comes from and shake hands with the small-scale farmers who grow it? Then ENTER TO WIN a spot on an Equal Exchange delegation this November to visit the CONACADO cacao co-operative in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 1988, CONACADO is the oldest and largest Fair Trade and organic cacao co-operative, with 10,000 members.

 

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Love chocolate? Want to see where it comes from and shake hands with the small-scale farmers who grow it? Then ENTER TO WIN a spot on an Equal Exchange delegation this November to visit the CONACADO cacao co-operative in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 1988, CONACADO is the oldest and largest Fair Trade and organic cacao co-operative, with 10,000 members.

 

World Water Week: Water Cooperation-Building Partnerships

Creating a sustainable future for water
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For most of us, we don’t where our water comes from. Questions like, “is it safe to drink,” and, “is the resource secure” rarely, if at all, cross our minds. In America we have access to clean drinking water and a tap that appears endless. It often doesn’t occur to us that water is a precious and limited commodity. However, the fact of the matter is that water is a finite resource. Water waste occurs all of the time and for a multitude of different reasons, one of them being unsustainable agricultural practices, which accounts for nearly 70% of the freshwater consumption globally.

Alaskan Salmon & Sodexo: A Long, Sustainable Partnership

Leader in Quality of Life Services has and continues to support Alaska's fishing industry
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The issue surrounding MSC ceritification and the purchase of Alaska Salmon by major retailers and food service leaders continues to be hotly debated. In her recently published blog to clarify Sodexo's  position, vice president of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, Deborah Hecker writes:

At Sodexo, seafood sustainability is a top priority for each one of our 125,000 employees across North America.  

General Mills Launches $1.1 Million Sustainable Sourcing Program in Peru

In collaboration with supplier AgroMantaro, four-year program will help smallholder farmers increase crop yields for artichokes and improve profitability
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MINNEAPOLIS, September 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ – As part of the General Mills long term sustainable sourcing program, the company and its Foundation announced today a four-year joint commitment with supplier partner AgroMantaro to provide $1.1 million to help smallholder artichoke farmers in Peru increase yields and improve profitability.

The new program will reach nearly 100 small-scale artichoke farmers in Peru and will:

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