by Teresa Opheim, Senior VP, Iroquois Valley Farms
Iroquois Valley Farms has reached a milestone: This spring we added the 50th farm to our portfolio. Our farmland REIT — honored as a “Best for the World” company from B Labs — provides secure land tenure for 35 farm families working nearly 9,000 acres of farmland. More families will be joining the Iroquois Valley Farms fold soon.
In April, Greenpeace released video footage showing that a palm oil supplier for major food companies, the Hayel Saeed Anam Group was destroying large swaths of rainforest in Indonesia, despite concerted efforts by industry stakeholders to stop forest destruction in palm oil supply chains. The repercussions for Hayel Saeed Anam Group are still unfolding, but recent history suggests that the outcome may well involve financial consequences.
If you’ve ever wanted a bee’s-eye view of what life is like for the planet’s hardest working pollinators, then check out the new virtual reality video experience “The Extraordinary Honey Bee“ developed for Nestlé’s Häagen-Dazs brand.
Sustainability Trends and Materiality Assessments Are Considered to Shape Sustainability at UPS
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UPS is a global company with more than 454,000 employees, serving 10.5 million customers in more than 220 countries and territories. As we continue to refine our sustainability strategy, we consider macro trends, global frameworks such as the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, and stakeholder feedback, which serve as inputs to identify issues that are material to our business. The topics below have emerged as priorities for our stakeholders and our long-term business success, and shape our global sustainability strategy, commitments, and initiatives.
Dell expands its closed-loop recycling program from plastics to now include precious metals, keeping these valuable materials out of landfills and in the economy.
The world’s middle class is projected to grow from today’s population of more than 3 billion to over 5 billion by 2030. While moving families out of poverty is a boon to their health and prosperity, increased demand for consumer goods threatens to strain our world’s natural resources.
By Rosie Sharp, MBA/MS Candidate 2020 Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability
The buyer-supplier relationship is changing in more ways than you might imagine. Consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding that suppliers demonstrate their sustainability: How are buyers and suppliers collectively adapting to changes in the market, as well as labor and environmental pressures?
Through our global sustainability program Sands ECO360, Las Vegas Sands works diligently to reduce our properties’ impact on the planet. Operating a sustainable business means focusing on the areas where we have the greatest impact and where we can make meaningful improvement through investments, partnerships, and scalable solutions.
Americans have seen the power of their activism to enact change. From boycott hashtags, student protests and outspoken employees, consumers have been a driving force for progress on social and environmental issues. But they are not always equipped to start a direct dialogue with brands about complex issues. Oxfam recognized that issue and is arming consumers with facts to help facilitate a conversation with supermarkets around the world.
Dr. Jessica Green brings her TED Talk, Designing for the Microbiome, to the Keynote Stage
PITTSBURGH, June 28, 2018) Healthy Materials for Everyone is the promise of regenerative manufacturing – and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Product Expo is ground zero for manufacturers, product designers and the people who specify those products to connect and craft the future of materials.
Dell’s new virtual reality tour of our suppliers’ manufacturing facilities is one of the many ways we’re helping customers see further and deeper into our global supply chain.
Customers are increasingly concerned about the social and environmental impact of the products they buy. According to Nielsen’s 2015 Global Corporate Sustainability Report, 66 percent of customers are willing to pay more for products and services from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact.