Fair Trade Certified products gain momentum in North American markets, helping shoppers make every purchase matter
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.
The maker movement is a big community of students, manufacturing enthusiasts and hobbyists using cutting edge tools and design software to find better ways to make things. In the U.S., they meet in TechShop workshops and flock to Maker Faire fairs to innovate and exchange ideas. But the results of GE’s latest manufacturing challenge show that the movement resonates far beyond America’s borders. It is an international affair.
Sustainability and innovation have long been embedded into Weyerhaeuser’s core values, processes and products. From sustainably managed land and forests, Weyerhaeuser provides an array of products based on this vast renewable resource -- trees. And although current forest products provide significant environmental benefits themselves, such as forests’ ecosystem services and naturally low-carbon wood products, the company is continually striving to do more.
Obviously, we need to make sure our operations are completely sustainable and move at speed, so as a business, we’ve decided to go 100% for renewable energy, not just buying it off the grid but we’re buying wind farms and we’ve installed 342,000 solar panels. It’s a big decision for a business. We’ve committed over $2 billion to this by 2015, and then we’ll come back and do some more. We get 70% renewable by 2015, 100% by 2020 for the factories we own and operate, for our distribution centers and for all of our stores. That’s a massive impact on our carbon emissions.
GE Appliances is the first and only manufacturer to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program to reduce emissions and materials from appliances typically sent to landfills.
With the advent of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements for “conflict minerals”—tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) whose trade often supports conflict and its attendant human rights abuses—GE’s long-standing efforts to mitigate this issue have moved into a new phase.
Sustainable infrastructure development drives local economies, improves standards of living and does so in a way that balances environmental considerations. Caterpillar supports sustainable infrastructure projects around the world with products and services that facilitate efficiency.
"Hottest" lists have been making a comeback lately, and here we are with a few of our own! Inspired by our community's intensifying surge of new business value, creativity and the resulting solutions taking us toward a more sustainable economy, we would like to turn your attention to some key developments worth following — and acting on — in the corporate sustainability space this year. We are grouping them in four lists, and will be publishing them one at a time over the course of several days.
According to new medical reforms, 850 billion yuan will be invested into the primary care market and over 750 million Chinese people will join the primary care system. Under such a policy, international medical giants such as GE Healthcare and Medtronic Inc, used to providing high-end medical devices in large cities, are planning to sink their brand channels into the second and third-tier cities, and rural areas in China with their huge populations.
Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Business sustainability minded executives are becoming increasingly aware of the valued role stakeholders play in the immediate stability and long-term success of the company. Recognizing this shift, our sustainability consulting finds many business leaders are seeking to refine their business sustainability strategies, improve internal and external communication, and bring cohesiveness to their organizations.