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UAE applauded for green initiatives

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Khaleej Times - Speakers at the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) that commenced in Dubai on Tuesday underlined the urgent need for change and to enforce and adopt low carbon policy. The two-day summit is being held under the theme ‘Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future’.
Categories: Climate Change News

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Accepts Invitation to Join the Road to Paris 2015 At World Green Economy Summit

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:14am
Source: Zawya - In the session titled "Road to Paris 2015", Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President for Strategy & Business Development for DEWA, Chairman of the Dubai Green Economy Partnership, said: "We welcome the invitation to 'Road to Paris 2015' this morning and today we start on this road
Categories: Climate Change News

Meet the pilots behind the sun-powered plane that can 'fly forever'

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:14am
Source: CNN - following 12 years of complex designs and intense training, aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are set to conquer new heights, taking up the challenge of the first solar flight around the globe.
Categories: Climate Change News

South Africa to procure still more renewable energy

UNFCC Climate Change Headlines - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:14am
Source: South Africa Info - South Africa's Department of Energy is to increase the amount of energy it will be procuring under the third window of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers, Energy Minister Ben Martins announced on Tuesday.
Categories: Climate Change News

GRI G4: One Year On - How Organizations are Creatively Applying GRI G4

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:15pm

DATE: June 19, 2014

WEBINAR TITLE: GRI G4: One Year On - How Organisations are Creatively Applying GRI G4

SYNOPSIS
The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to take stock of the progress of the GRI G4 sustainability reporting framework now that it is one clear year since it was launched. We consider how organizations have evolved their sustainability strategies and communications and consider how GRI G4 has played a role in this development of thinking. We also take this opportunity to give an overview of the GRI G4 reporting framework.

Background
This is the third event in the 2014 SGS webinar series aimed at helping organizations to succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies and to support them in every step during the implementation. Key to an integrated and effective organizational strategy is a clear sustainability story – this is central to business in 2014 and beyond.

Presenter
Dr. Colin Morgan, Global Product Manager – Social Responsibility Performance Assessments

Dr. Morgan holds a doctorate in organizational responsibility and has global responsibility for the SGS service delivery for Sustainability Communications where he has worked with globally recognized high profile organizations across the globe. He oversees the global delivery of sustainability reporting communications, particularly focusing on Sustainability Communications Assurance, where SGS have worked with over 100 companies to ensure their integrity in reporting. Dr. Morgan is also the product manager for the ISO 26000, ISO 20121 and the SGS social accountability responsible supply chain service programs.

Target Audience (Who are we after?)
This webinar will be most of interest to organizational sustainability strategists, reporting specialists, corporate communications teams, finance officers, senior leadership teams at organizations around the globe, sustainability professionals.

SCHEDULE
Program URL: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?p=49&t=m

Click to Register for Session 1:
https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=708975552

04:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)
09:00 a.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
10:00 a.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
05:30 p.m. Darwin (Australia Central Time)

Click to Register for Session 2: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=704939949
08:00 a.m. New York (Eastern Daylight Time)
01:00 p.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
02:00 p.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
08:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)

European Investment Bank promises €2bn clean energy funding boost

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

Bank confirms sale of carbon allowances under NER300 scheme has raised fresh funds for investment in clean energy


Categories: Climate Change News

Green trucks, green cars, and green canals all set for EU boost

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

European Parliament backs a raft of reforms designed to cut emissions and fuel use across the transport sector


Categories: Climate Change News

European Parliament approves green reporting rules for 6,000 firms

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

Large companies across the EU to face new non-financial reporting regulations, after long-awaited rules are passed by MEPs


Categories: Climate Change News

Reports: China poised to beef up national Environmental Protection Law

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

Reuters' reports suggest reforms to national environmental law will provide officials with sweeping new powers to tackle polluters


Categories: Climate Change News

Assertive PassivSystems plots expansion plan

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

With a £12m IPO in the pipeline the UK-based building energy management specialist is preparing to heat up the green home market


Categories: Climate Change News

James Cameron: Clean tech has to promise an alluring transformation

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

Climate Change Capital chairman argues that the exciting clean technologies offered by the automotive sector prove green products can be better than the alternatives they replace


Categories: Climate Change News

Cisco and Amsterdam's plan to make a green city smart

Business Green - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:05pm

What happens when one of the world’s greener, smarter cities meets the hyper-connected world? We’re about to find out


Categories: Climate Change News

Ethical Corporation's 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:15pm
Ethical Corporation's 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit – Global leading meeting place for responsible business leaders

Leading senior business experts from the extractives industry will gather in London in June for Ethical Corporation’s 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit, focusing on how to minimise risk, maximise shared value and assure business competitiveness.

The two day Summit will features honest discussions and practical sessions on what matters most to the extractives professionals, including:

  • Maximising Shared Value: Achieve greater collaboration with host governments to aid development and secure political stability
  • Mitigating Human Rights Impacts: Overcome the challenges to removing human rights risks from your security operations and supply chain
  • Optimising Social Risk Management: Hear the latest approaches companies are using to build trust with communities and minimise risk of social disturbance to operations
  • Eliminating Water Risk: Learn the latest strategies to manage competing interests for water across operations
  • Gaining a financial Advantage: Understand Investor, Lender and Insurer needs to make your company a low-risk venture

Companies speaking at the event include:

  • MOL GROUP
  • Statoil
  • Total
  • Hess Corporation
  • Chevron
  • IPIECA
  • Bechtel
  • Centerra Gold
  • Vedanta Resources
  • Rio Tinto
  • Institute of Human Rights and Business
  • AngloGold Ashanti
  • Anglo American
  • Barrick
  • Teck
  • J.P. Morgan
  • F&C Asset Management
  • BlackRock
  • World Gold Council
  • Chatham House
  • Aviva Investors
  • London Mining
  • BG Group

Download the summit brochure here: http://bit.ly/1gpJxxT

To have a full run down of the conference, please visit the 5th Annual Responsible Extractives Summit: http://bit.ly/1iIZqOP

For more information contact: Boris Petrovic at boris.petrovic@ethicalcorp.com or on +44 (0) 20 7375 7527.

CSRwire negotiated a special discount for all its subscribers. Quote ‘CSRW20’ when registering to get 20% off from the current rate on corporate and service provider passes, not applicable for the NGO/academic passes.

Trends In Cause Related Marketing aka How Brands Can Reach Millennials and other Conscientious Consumers

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:15pm
Cause Marketing Leaders Team Up for Interactive Webinar on Marketing to Millennials and other ‘Conscientious Consumers’

Charitable Checkout, Good Scout Group, Boloco, Musicians On Call and CSRwire explore how businesses can profitably harness the power of giving back

Millennials form the most socially conscious generation since the Baby Boomers and they will eclipse Boomers in spending by 2017. That’s why businesses are increasingly interested in finding creative and business-generating ways to reach the growing ranks of ‘conscientious consumers’; those who opt to do business with companies that give back in some way.

On March 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST, a panel of cause marketing experts will convene for an interactive webinar to explore trends in cause related marketing. Available to the public at no cost, the discussion will address the ways that businesses can align with worthy nonprofits to connect with conscientious consumers in a meaningful and profitable way.

The panelists will include Jay Ziskrout, Founder & CEO of “rewarded giving” cause marketing service Charitable Checkout; Philips McCarty, CEO of cause marketing & pro-social consultancy Good Scout Group; Allison Doyle, Director of Marketing & Strategic Projects for globally-inspired burrito purveyor Boloco; Michael Solomon, Founder of nonprofit Musicians On Call; and Joe Sibilia, CEO of digital media channel CSRwire.

The interactive webinar, hosted in partnership with Spreecast, will consist of brief panelist presentations and attendee questions. Anyone wishing to watch or participate can attend the event via: http://bit.ly/CauseTrendsConf.

“We believe that the bottom line of virtually any business can be improved by incorporating cause marketing initiatives into the prevailing marketing mix,” said Charitable Checkout’s Jay Ziskrout. “I’m excited to team up with these leaders to discuss how to craft sustainable and ongoing efforts that do good in the community while benefiting business over the long term.” The one hour webcast will begin with introductions from each of the expert panelists, which will be followed by a collaborative discussion.

Topics to be covered include motivating the public to become involved in cause marketing efforts, how businesses can effectively work with nonprofits, balancing budgets with CSR initiatives and more. Following this discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input.

"Consumers are savvy, smart, and have set the bar high with expectations from brands and nonprofits,” says McCarty. "When it comes to engaging consumers in pro-social initiatives, authenticity is the most critical factor, and they will accept nothing but effectiveness when engaging with these brands."

Business professionals, nonprofits and others interested in learning more about how to effectively reach conscientious consumers can participate in the interactive webinar by going to http://bit.ly/CauseTrendsConf at 2 p.m. EST on March 26th, 2014.

The event hashtags are #CauseConf and #CauseMarketing.

About Charitable Checkout
Charitable Checkout’s ‘Rewarded Giving’ cause marketing platform enables companies of any size to launch highly social branded charitable giving programs that are both good for the world, and good for business. www.charitablecheckout.com

About Good Scout
Group Good Scout is a social good consultancy that helps brands take smart, impactful and sustainable leaps in simultaneously achieving two interconnected goals: building strong brands and building a better world. www.goodscoutgroup.com

About Boloco
The Boston-based family of 22 restaurants and 400 team members serves globally inspired burritos, bowls, smoothies and shakes in locations throughout New England. Boloco’s mission is to positively impact the lives and futures of its people through bold and inspired food and practices. www.boloco.com

About Musicians On Call
It’s no secret that music can help you feel better. That’s why Musicians On Call brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. www.musiciansoncall.org

About CSRwire
CSRwire is a digital media platform for the latest corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, views and research. www.csrwire.com

About Spreecast
CSpreecast connects people through video conversation. People can use Spreecast to watch live conversations from major media outlets, discuss current events, explore common interests, meet celebrities or learn something new. www.spreecast.com

Colgate-Palmolive Receives "2014 Energy Star® Partner Of The Year - Sustained Excellence" Award

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:15pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized Colgate-Palmolive with the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award. This award highlights Colgate’s continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency.

“At Colgate, we’re committed to our partnership with the EPA and its ENERGY STAR program and are proud to receive the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award,” said Mike Corbo, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Colgate-Palmolive. “We remain dedicated to increasing energy efficiency in our manufacturing and supply chain practices, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.”

Colgate’s commitment to energy efficiency is an important part of the Company’s global sustainability efforts.  Since the establishment of the Colgate Global Energy Reduction Team in 2003, Colgate has developed an effective energy management structure based on ENERGY STAR guidelines, conserving in our facilities and reducing the energy required to manufacture our products by about 26%.

“Innovative strategies in energy management are some of the most cost-effective ways to improve the bottom line in the places we live and work, said Bob Perciasepe, EPA Deputy Administrator. “Colgate’s leadership in energy management supports the well-being of American families while also helping to fight climate change.”

The 2014 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. These winners, selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program, have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches.

About Colgate-Palmolive
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate-Palmolive's global business, visit the Company's website at www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate's global oral health education program, please visit www.colgatebsbf.com.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Meeting the Requirements of The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:15pm

DATE: May 29, 2014

WEBINAR TITLE: Meeting the Requirements of The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative

SYNOPSIS
The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to provide organizations in the pharmaceutical supply chain with the understanding they need to help them prepare to meet the requirements of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI).

Background
The Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI) is an initiative of the major brands in the pharmaceutical sector. PSCI is a group of pharmaceutical companies that share a vision of improved social, economic and environmental outcome for all stakeholders of the pharmaceutical supply chain, focused particularly on acceptable working conditions, safe process and facilities, economic development and a cleaner environment for local communities. The PSCI is based on 5 key principles are based on responsible business practice and management standards in the industrial supply chain and covers ethics, labor, health, safety and environment.

In this webinar we present to suppliers in the pharmaceutical sector how they can prepare themselves to meet the standards required by outlining in further detail what is expected and how to achieve this. This webinar will be of value to any organization in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Presenter
Dr. Colin Morgan, SGS Global Program Manager – Social Responsibility

Dr. Morgan holds a doctorate in organizational responsibility and has a global responsibility for the SGS service in social systems. In this role, Dr. Morgan works with some of the largest global organizations on their supply chain programs. He also oversees the global delivery of sustainability reporting communications, particularly focusing on communications assurance, where SGS has worked with over 100 companies to ensure their integrity in reporting. SGS undertakes over 25,000 audits per annum to help companies protect their reputation and to help them understand their supply chain risks.

Target Audience (Who are we after?)
This webinar will be most of interest to Suppliers in the pharmaceutical supply chain.

SCHEDULE
Program URL: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?PRID=d68520bc5fca66bd2d7f48304802cc90

Click to Register for Session 1:
https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=149943683
04:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)
09:00 a.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
10:00 a.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
05:30 p.m. Darwin (Australia Central Time)

Click to Register for Session 2: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=140175088
01:00 p.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
02:00 p.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
08:00 a.m. New York (Eastern Daylight Time)
08:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)

Malaysia imperils forest reserves and sea turtle nesting ground for industrial site (photos)

Mongabay Rainforest News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:33am
Plans for an industrial site threaten one of Malaysia's only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals, according to local activists. Recently, the state government of Perak approved two industrial project inside Tanjung Hantu Permanent Forest Reserve. But activists say these will not only cut into the reserve, but also scare away nesting turtles from Pasir Panjang.
Categories: REDD and Rainforests

Comparing Sustainability Reporting Standards: Integrating the Best Reporting Approach for your Organization

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:15am

DATE: May 27, 2014

WEBINAR TITLE: Comparing Sustainability Reporting Standards: Integrating the Best Reporting Approach for your Organisation

SYNOPSIS
The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to reinforce the business case for organization’s to adopt leading and robust sustainability communications framework. With a range of standards moving from sustainability reporting to integrated reporting now available or in development organizations’ needs to consider and choose the best framework to maximize their sustainability message. There are global drivers, including GRI G4 and integrated reporting (IIRC) that will mean that companies need to prepare to disclose their data if they are not already, and for those that are reporting they need to focus on the robustness of their public sustainability stories by choosing the right framework. This webinar will outline and explore the reporting standards emerging or in place and discuss how organizations can references these.

Agenda

  • Why frameworks are critical for sustainability communications clarity
  • A review and comparison of current and developing standards
  • How you can integrate the optimum framework for your organization
  • How SGS can support your organization with the standards

Background
This is the second event in the 2014 SGS webinar series aimed at helping organizations to succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies. Key to an integrated and effective organizational strategy is a clear sustainability story – this is central to business in 2014. SGS is running a range of webinars aimed at supporting organizations on every step of their sustainability journeys.

Presenter
Dr. Colin Morgan, Global Product Manager – Social Responsibility Performance Assessments

Dr. Morgan holds a doctorate in organizational responsibility and has global responsibility for the SGS service delivery for Sustainability Communications where he has worked with globally recognized high profile organizations across the globe. He oversees the global delivery of sustainability reporting communications, particularly focusing on Sustainability Communications Assurance, where SGS have worked with over 100 companies to ensure their integrity in reporting. Dr. Morgan is also the product manager for the ISO 26000, ISO 20121 and the SGS social accountability responsible supply chain service programs.

Target Audience (Who are we after?)
This webinar will be most of interest to organizational sustainability strategists, reporting specialists, corporate communications teams, finance officers, senior leadership teams at organizations around the globe, sustainability professionals.

SCHEDULE
Program URL:
https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?p=49&t=m

Click to Register for Session 1: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=703302745
04:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)
09:00 a.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
10:00 a.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
05:30 p.m. Darwin (Australia Central Time)

Click to Register for Session 2: https://sgseventcenter.webex.com/sgseventcenter/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=704810498
08:00 a.m. New York (Eastern Daylight Time)
01:00 p.m. London (GMT Summer Time)
02:00 p.m. Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam (Europe Summer Time)
08:00 p.m. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Singapore Time)

Over 75% of Unilever's Factories Achieve Zero Non-hazardous Waste to Landfill

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:15am

Unilever announced today that all its factories across Europe have joined those in North America in achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill. With similar achievements in countries from Argentina to Indonesia, it means more than three-quarters of the company’s global factory network no longer sends such waste to landfill, up from 20% just three years ago.

Under the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, by 2020 total waste sent for disposal will be below 2008 levels, despite growing the business significantly. Achieving zero non-hazardous waste from factories is a key element of this target. The achievement to date has been made possible with minimal need for capital expenditure and has avoided cumulative disposal costs of more than EUR17million. On 28 April this year, the Unilever Sustainable Living Report 2013 will be published, and it will confirm that Unilever has reduced total waste sent for disposal by 66% per tonne of production since 2008.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer, said: “We have seen a rapid acceleration in converting the network to zero waste. In 2010, 52 sites were there. We have now reached 200 sites. We are on track to hit our revised target of 100% of sites by 2015, five years ahead of the original 2020 target. I am proud of the team effort which has got us to this milestone.”

Sigismondi added that a focus on eliminating waste from manufacturing processes in North America, Europe, the majority of Latin America and a number of other countries has brought the final goal firmly in sight, adding that two key factors could be identified for this success:

1. Reducing waste at source was identified early on as a game changer when the campaign began in 2010.

100% Zero Non-Hazardous Waste to Landfill has been achieved at all European sites through the application of the "three Rs" principle: reduce, reuse and recycle. Where solid waste cannot be eliminated, reused or recycled, it is sent for energy recovery instead of to a landfill. Some examples include:

  • St Dizier, France – ice cream waste separated from packaging via a screw compressor, and passed on to create biogas. This resulted in a saving of €50, 000 per annum.
  • Leeds, UK – upgraded the Effluent Treatment Plant so that they could send over 1,000 tonnes of effluent to be used as a fertiliser for professional football pitch turf, saving over £35, 000 per annum.
2. Creating a mindset for change across the entire network.

Unilever’s Tortuguitas site in Argentina was the second largest waste generating site in the company, yet the factory leadership team remained convinced they could achieve their target of sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill in 2013.

Working with managers across the site, the Factory Director helped create a zero mindset which spread across the entire factory encouraging them to reach their goal. They formed “Green Teams” – groups of employees given specific responsibility for generating eco-efficiency ideas and creating projects to eliminate and reduce waste generation.

The zero mindset rapidly spread across Tortuguitas to encompass the way the site works with local suppliers. Supported by the unique Global CapEx fund “Small Action Big Difference” for sustainability projects, the Argentinean team developed product recovery equipment on their production lines This project alone has resulted in 88 tonnes per year of recovered product and €35,000 costs avoided, all within a one year payback period.

The intention now is to spread this knowledge across the remaining factories. The Environmental Coordinator from the Africa cluster has recently visited Tortuguitas to learn about the best practices. This knowledge will then be used to help make the necessary changes in helping all African factories achieve zero non-hazardous waste to landfill.

About Unilever
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. We work with 173,000 colleagues around the world and generated annual sales of over €50 billion in 2012. Over half of our company’s footprint is in the faster growing developing and emerging markets (55% in 2012). Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Our portfolio includes some of the world’s best known brands such as Knorr, Persil / Omo, Dove, Sunsilk, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Rexona / Sure, Wall’s, Lux, Rama, Pond’s and Axe, 14 of which now generate a turnover of €1 billion or more.

Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmental and economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at www.unilever.com/sustainable-living.

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. We are included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and attained a top environmental score of 5, leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index. In 2012 Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard for the second year running and the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan /Sustainability latest annual survey - for the third year running. The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development. Unilever consistently achieves strong recognition in this area by independent bodies and was voted best company in Europe for leadership in the 2013 Hay Group study.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.

Aaron’s Inc. (AAN) Recommended for Deletion from the Calvert Social Index

CSRwire - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:15am

Calvert’s Sustainability Research Department has submitted the following recommendation regarding action within the Calvert Social Index®. If approved, the recommendation will be effective when the Calvert Social Index Committee convenes its quarterly meeting in June.

ADDITIONS:

None.

DELETIONS:

Aaron’s Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a company in the Calvert Social Index, has recently been reviewed and no longer meets the Index’s standards for governance and ethics.  If approved, the deletion will take place in June 2014.

What is the Calvert Social Index?

Calvert, a leader in sustainable and responsible investing, has created the Calvert Social Index, a broad-based, rigorously constructed benchmark for measuring the performance of US-based sustainable and responsible companies.

How is the Calvert Social Index constructed?

Calvert starts by taking the 1,000 largest companies in the US, based on total market capitalization, included in the Dow Jones Total Market Index (the “Dow Jones TMI”).  The Dow Jones TMI represents the top 95% of U.S. companies based on float-adjusted market capitalization, excluding the very smallest and least-liquid stocks.  Calvert's Sustainability Research Department then analyzes each company. A sustainability audit is conducted in the following areas: governance and ethics; environment; workplace; product safety and impact; community relations; international operations and human rights; and indigenous peoples’ rights. The stocks that meet all of the Index’s sustainable and responsible criteria make up the Calvert Social Index.

Effective April 30, 2014, all corporate actions and changes within the Calvert Social Index will be made public only at Calvert.comwww.calvert.com/sri-index.html

Calvert Investment Management, Inc., 4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 1000N, Bethesda, MD 20814 (4/14) #13926

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