Gap to use only sustainably sourced cotton by 2021 | Tyson Foods shares EHS goals | L'Oreal makes strides toward sustainability
April 27, 2017
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Setting the Example
Gap to use only sustainably sourced cotton by 2021
Gap to use only sustainably-sourced cotton by 2021
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Gap will work toward sustainably sourcing by 2021 all of the cotton for its primary brand. The move is one of the retailer's sustainability goals, which also include cutting down on water consumption and reducing waste. (4/27) 
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Creating Accountability
Tyson Foods shares EHS goals
Tyson Foods will implement environmental, health and safety standards to improve employee well-being and reduce waste. The plan includes conducting regular safety and health audits and increasing the number of plant trainers.
Environmental Leader (4/26) 
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L'Oreal makes strides toward sustainability
L'Oreal has made progress on its Sharing Beauty for All sustainability initiative, reducing its waste per finished product ratio by 43%, and reducing its worldwide carbon emissions by 67% compared with 2005 levels, the company reported. L'Oreal also managed to reduce its waste to landfill amount to zero last year, and now operates its US manufacturing facilities using renewable electricity and 52% less water.
Drug Store News (4/21) 
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Green Marketing
Campaign focuses on fashion supply chain
Campaign focuses on fashion supply chain
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Consumer-led campaign "Fashion Revolution Week" is bringing transparency to the supply chain by showing where materials are sourced. As part of the campaign, companies have shared photos of factory workers with #WhoMadeMyClothes. (4/24) 
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The Responsible Leader
SBEs turn to aggregated energy purchasing
Small business enterprises are using an aggregated purchasing model to make renewable energy more affordable. Ten megawatts is generally seen as the threshold for making such projects viable, says Ian Kelly of the Rocky Mountain Institute's Business Renewables Center. (4/26) 
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Tips to make an impact with company grant programs
Companies considering a grant program to make a positive impact in their community should be specific about which challenges to address. "In trying to help everyone in the community, often philanthropy will end up doing very little good for anyone," says Aaron Dorfman, CEO and president of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. (4/27) 
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Powering Tomorrow
Device uses photosynthesis to clean the air
A chemistry professor at the University of Central Florida has created a device that performs artificial photosynthesis and cleans greenhouse gases from the air. Although other scientists have achieved artificial photosynthesis, this is the first device made with a cost-effective synthetic material.
Mother Nature Network (4/27) 
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Engage. Innovate. Discuss.
Know your values before you push back on the organization
Self-leadership means doing your best to align your vision with that of the organization to support the greater good -- and knowing when differences are irreconcilable, Susan Fowler writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (4/26) 
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