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March 16, 2017
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Hockstad: Sustainability will remain a top priority for ACI
Sustainability will continue to be a top priority for the American Cleaning Institute, which is also preparing to release its fourth annual Sustainability Report, said CEO and President Melissa Hockstad. Hockstad said this year's report will emphasize key metrics and show how ACI and its member companies have advanced their sustainability agendas.
Chemical Today (3/2017) 
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AkzoNobel refuses $22.1B offer from PPG
AkzoNobel rejected a $22.1 billion buyout offer from PPG Industries, adding that it might spin off its specialty chemicals assets. The PPG bid was unsolicited, according to AkzoNobel.
Bloomberg (3/9),  Reuters (3/9),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/9) 
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Target, Whole Foods make changes to the supply chain
Target, Whole Foods retool supply chain strategies
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Retailers including Target and Whole Foods Market are revamping their supply chains and employing "goods-to-person," "order-to-shelf" and other strategies to help streamline inventory management and improve operations in stores, retail leaders have said. The strategies offer benefits including quicker shelf replenishment and saving space in stores' backrooms while reducing out-of-stock situations.
Supermarket News (free registration) (3/3) 
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Science and Policy
Clean your washing machine to remove pathogens, says expert
Having a clean washing machine may do more to remove pathogens from dirty clothing than using hot water, said Alexandra Sowa, an internist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. If washing machines are regularly cleaned, the heat from a low dry cycle or an iron should be sufficient, she said.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (3/13) 
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Using carbon finance to meet sustainability goals
According to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, 71% of businesses are looking for ways to address sustainable development goals. One way companies are considering achieving their goals is through carbon financing, a process in which project developers sell emissions-reducing efforts as a source of project revenue.
Eco-Business.com (3/10) 
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Why companies should target more than one SDG
Companies that try to follow the UN Sustainable Development Goals often are at a disadvantage when they focus on one specific goal at the expense of the others, according to a study from Tufts University. Businesses should choose several sustainability goals that fit with the company goals and identify key motivators to achieve them, according to the university's Bhaskar Chakravorti.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (3/14) 
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ACI News
Focus on Home and Laundry Safety During National Poison Prevention Week
With National Poison Prevention Week upon us March 19-25, it's an important moment during the year to think about home and laundry safety. ACI is continuing our educational efforts to ensure that you and your colleagues, family and friends are keeping liquid laundry packets up high and out of reach and sight of young children. You can spread awareness by sharing our engaging activity sheet, a document that visually teaches children that household cleaners are off limits at all times. For more information, contact ACI's Nancy Bock.
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ACI at Cleaning Products Europe: Sustainability Marches On
Members of the American Cleaning Institute continue to show strong commitments to sustainability reporting throughout their company operations and supply chains, according to ACI's Brian Sansoni. Speaking at the Cleaning Products Europe conference in Barcelona, Spain, Sansoni said that more companies than ever are participating in ACI's Sustainability Metrics Program, 55 member companies published sustainability reports in 2015, and 61 ACI companies are listed as members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. For highlights of Cleaning Product Europe presentations, check out the Twitter hashtag #CPEU17.
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