Dow's Kalmar: Digital transformation starts at the top | Facebook responds to Unilever, affirms crackdown on objectionable content | P&G's Pritchard says his ad industry ultimatum seems to have worked
February 15, 2018
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Dow's Kalmar: Digital transformation starts at the top
Dow Chemical's shift toward digital is about more than embracing new technologies and tools -- it requires a complete change in company culture from the top down, says Chief Information Officer Melanie Kalmar, whose job also includes services support and cybersecurity. Digital transformation requires a cultural shift driven by leadership, and "it is about creating solutions and services that help drive innovation and growth across Dow and driving business outcomes," she says.
Forbes (2/12) 
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Facebook responds to Unilever, affirms crackdown on objectionable content
Facebook responded positively to Unilever's commitment to cease advertising through platforms that sow political and cultural division. Adam Mosseri, the social network's news feed chief, acknowledged Facebook's responsibilities, saying "it's on us to make sure we deliver and meet whatever expectations that they have, but we commend the [Unilever] announcement."
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/13) 
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P&G's Pritchard says his ad industry ultimatum seems to have worked
Procter & Gamble's Marc Pritchard reports that he's happy so far with the response from the digital industry to his ultimatum for more transparency and accountability and that the company won't be pulling ad spending from more major players. Pritchard spoke Sunday at the IAB's Annual Leadership Meeting, nothing that positive changes have taken place "not only in the progress but the attitude."
Ad Age (2/9) 
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Science, Policy & Health
EPA seeks comment on CBI disclosure proposal
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input on a proposal that would prevent confidential business information from being disclosed even when a unique identifier links it to non-CBI results. The proposal would cover scenarios where multiple companies disclose a substance but not all claim CBI protection.
EHS Daily Advisor (2/14) 
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Scientists use silver ions to extract metal from laundry water
Scientists have developed a new method for extracting silver from laundry wastewater that uses resin-based beads packed with silver ions. The beads are then placed inside columns that filter silver out of the water during the wash process.
Science News for Students (2/12) 
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Quality, not quantity, is key to sustainability targets
Companies should set a handful of high-quality and substantial performance-based sustainability targets that have business, environmental and social contexts, writes Trucost's Libby Bernick. "Linking sustainability goals to business outcomes is not only vital, it's also very often missing from the storyline," she writes.
GreenBiz (2/13) 
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ACI News
2018 ACI Convention: Check out the innovation highlights
Experts from seven ACI member companies highlighted technical and commercial advances within the cleaning product supply chain at the 2018 ACI Convention. Among the featured ACI member companies at the 3rd Innovation & New Technology Showcase were Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Corbion, Croda Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Itaconix, Stepan Company and Unilever. ACI member companies can access these presentations on our Members-Only Website.
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ACI members: Get exclusive updates on legislation affecting your business
ACI's BillWatch is available exclusively to ACI member companies, providing year-round, immediate updates on state and federal legislative proposals affecting the cleaning products supply chain. ACI BillWatch sorts through more than 3,000 pieces of state legislation in the course of a year and tracks the key pieces of legislation that can alter or disrupt the marketplace, such as proposed bans on chemicals, ingredient disclosure measures or onerous and costly packaging restrictions. BillWatch is available on ACI's Members-Only Website. For more information on accessing BillWatch, please contact ACI's Leonard Bellisario.
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