Trending: New Partnerships Grow Reforestation, Research, Offset Programs in South America

How much forest land—and what quality—is needed to ensure forests can continue to provide people, plants and animals worldwide with clean air and water, food and the goods and services they need to thrive? The question will be investigated through new collaboration between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Paper. The research will be used to help create the world’s first regional and global science-based targets for forests, as well as the first comprehensive set of guidance on actions that can be taken to sustain the world’s forests. Such ‘forest positive’ actions include investing in responsible forest management, supporting forest conservation, restoring forestland, and raising awareness

‘Blue Planet II’ Demonstrates Mainstream Media’s Role in Driving Consumer Behavior Change

Sustainability is increasingly becoming an integral part of business practice, but consumers continue to hold the key to achieving long-term change — a concept that has been widely observed by consulting firms and multinational corporations alike. New data from online search behavioral specialist Hitwise reaffirms this and demonstrates how mainstream television can be used to inspire consumers into action. The study centered around Blue Planet

Trending: US, UK Grocery Giants Solidify Commitments to Eliminate Food Waste

Food giants across the US and UK continue to forge forward on efforts to drive down food waste and end hunger, rolling out new initiatives that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goal to halve food waste by 2030. The announcements coincide with a new global resolution launched by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which

Why Water Scarcity-Adjusted Targets Are Not Context-Based Water Targets

Around this time last year, during World Water Week in Stockholm, a session was hosted which sought to explore the concept of Context-Based Water Targets (CBWTs). The event featured the first working version of the paper (subsequently released in April 2017), “Exploring the case for corporate Context-Based water targets,” jointly developed by CDP, United Nations Global Compact, The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute and WWF, which outlined a case for why company water targets should be informed by the best available science on hydro-ecological conditions at a basin

WWF Launches Research Program to Reduce Food Waste, Boost Farmers’ Bottom Lines

Food waste and agriculture contribute considerably to greenhouse gas emissions, making farm and market-level interventions imperative in order to reduce impacts. Together with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Walmart Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund has launched a new research program geared at maximizing crop utilization and edible food recovery. FFAR and the Walmart Foundation have contributed a total of $1.3 million to the program, which will see WWF work with research teams across the country — including University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and the Global Cold Chain Alliance — to identify opportunities for producers

Kimberly-Clark Tackles Deforestation, Lab Waste with New Partnerships

Putting its Sustainability 2022 strategy into action, Kimberly-Clark has ramped up its relationship with environmental NGO World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with the launch of its new “♥ YOUR PLANET” (“HEART YOUR PLANET”) campaign. Designed to encourage consumers to choose products made with fiber from responsibly managed forests, the campaign will display WWF’s logo on Kimberly-Clark paper towel, facial tissue and toilet paper products sold in North America. The WWF logo will appear on the company’s Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified products across its Kleenex, Scott, Viva and Cottonelle brands. The logo will begin integrated into packaging starting this month, starting with

Scotland Sets Wind Record, Provides Enough Electricity for 3.3 Million Homes in March

By Amanda Froelich Slowly but surely, it is becoming fact that households and entire countries can run on clean, renewable energy . Costa Rica, for instance, ran on renewable energy sources for 285 days in 2015 and achieved similarly in 2016 . Additionally, Denmark produced 160 percent of its energy needs in one day in July of 2015 via wind power. Now it has been reported that

WWF, AHLA, Rockefeller Foundation Kick Off Pilot to Curb Hotel Food Waste

Food waste is increasingly garnering attention from governments, businesses and private individuals as its impact on both environmental health, food security as well as bottom lines — companies that invest in reducing food waste can expect a 14:1 ROI — are increasingly researched and understood. Now, a new pilot project initiated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with support from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and The Rockefeller Foundation hopes to make food waste in the hotel industry a thing of the past. Food production has the largest environmental footprint of any human activity, yet one-third

Bosch and WWF Team Up to Make Sustainable Seafood Consumption Mainstream

Growing demand for seafood and a global population growing at a rate of 75 million people every year has put ocean resources under significant strain. Approximately 90 percent of global fishing grounds are now over-fished or fully-exploited. Sustainable consumption of seafood is therefore imperative, and one of the only ways to reverse the decline and collapse of fish stocks within our lifetime. Home appliance giant Bosch has teamed up with WWF to combat overfishing and encourage Singaporeans — one of the

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable Releases Toolkit for Sustainability Planning

The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has launched a new Future Scenarios Toolkit in an effort to provide informed future planning guidance. The toolkit offers companies a clear and robust framework to analyze potential future scenarios regarding impacts (social, environmental, governmental, etc.) to their business, their supply chain, and their production, as well as successfully prepare to tackle those scenarios. The Future Scenarios Toolkit aligns with BIER’s long-term goal of translating practical methodologies into decision-making support tools. With increasing pressure for companies to address political, economic, societal, technological and environmental changes, BIER recognized the need for a planning tool that would enable companies to take a proactive approach. “BIER created these future scenarios for businesses to

Investors Urge 100 Companies to Make Good on Science-Based Targets Commitments

Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) announced today that they have sent letters to over 100 publicly held companies – including Adobe, Boeing, International Flavors & Fragrances, Keurig Green Mountain, Motorola, Tiffany & Co. and VF Corporation – encouraging them to make good on statements that they would adopt science-based GHG reduction goals within the next two years. ICCR is a coalition of faith- and values-based shareholders representing over $200 billion in invested capital who advocate for greater corporate responsibility on social and environmental concerns that also pose significant threats to business – including forced labor, water management and climate change. The letters were signed by 60 institutional investor members, who argue that the setting of science-based

WWF and Sodexo Team Up to Launch New Sustainable Meals Initiative

Sustainable food initiatives aimed at tackling food waste and climate change are sweeping through Europe and the UK, and the latest example comes in the form of a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK and global catering and facilities firm Sodexo. The two groups have launched a new range of sustainable meals with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of food production and improving public health. The meals align with the LiveWell principles and objectives set out in Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan to ensure they are nutritious, lower carbon and that the ingredients are responsibly sourced. Intensive food production is a major driver of habitat destruction and climate change, and now accounts for up

H&M, WWF Launch Kids Collection to Raise Funds for Endangered Species

H&M and WWF have joined forces on a children’s collection featuring realistic prints of iconic animals at risk. For every item sold, 10 percent of the sales price will be donated to support WWF’s work in conserving endangered species. The collection features animal prints such as the tiger, panda, snow leopard, polar bear and the finless porpoise, that are facing environmental threats including habitat loss, water pollution and the impact of climate change. The clothes are made with certified organic

A Busy Week for Palm Oil Sustainability: Indonesia Cops Out, Singapore Steps In

It was something of a ‘two steps forward, one step back’ kind of week in the ongoing quest for sustainable sourcing of palm oil — potentially the most prolific and embattled ingredient in the consumer goods industry. First, five multinationals active in Singapore — Unilever, Danone, Ayam Brand, IKEA and Wildlife Reserves Singapore — came together this week to drive an increase in the amount of sustainable palm oil sourced in the country, with the goal of delivering products that have not contributed to haze pollution or deforestation to consumers. The Singapore Alliance for

WWF’s Markets Institute Out to Advance Sustainable Food Production

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has launched the Markets Institute, a dedicated platform working with stakeholders — particularly the private sector — to increase the speed and scale of market-based approaches to help optimize global food sector sustainability.“Where and how we produce food, along with climate change, will determine whether or not we will be able to maintain our world’s biodiversity and ecosystems,” said Carter Roberts, WWF president and CEO. “Our new Markets Institute is a vital initiative in WWF’s global strategy to create measurable, swift

John West Partnering with WWF, MSC to Offer World’s Largest Range of Sustainable Tuna

This week, John West Australia, WWF-Australia (WWF) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), announced that they have come together to make the single biggest brand commitment to help end unsustainable fishing methods within the canned tuna industry in Australia.The alliance with WWF and MSC is the result of years of the entities working together to find a way to overhaul John West’s supply standards within Australia, moving towards a more sustainable future for the world’s oceans.”Our oceans are in crisis due to a history of mismanagement by humanity,” says WWF Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman. “As a result of

WWF Combines Finance With Conservation to Protect Sumatran Rainforest

Through an ambitious project model combining innovative financing approaches with traditional conservation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and The Orangutan Project (TOP) are partnering with local communities to actively manage Thirty Hills, 100,000 acres of former logging forest in Sumatra, Indonesia.The joint initiative in Thirty Hills ensures that some of the last unprotected lowland tropical forest in central Sumatra is formally zoned for restoration rather than clearing, and provides the conservation groups a 60-year license to manage the area. The project effectively expands the protected forests of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park by more than 25 percent and encompasses an essential natural habitat for elephants and orangutans.The multi-year effort to protect Thirty

Trending: NGOs Find Creative Ways to Address ‘First World Problems,’ Wasteful Products

Motivating the public to participate in a campaign can be challenging, especially when it involves changing behaviors or contemplating a social ill that’s more pleasant to forget. But lest society collapse from its ignorance, advocates press on with clarion calls for social and environmental action.Two recent advocacy campaigns continue to demonstrate the efficacy of integrating clever, eye-catching displays with light-hearted appeals for change.The first, on behalf of the Dutch AIDS Foundation, takes on something we likely all experience

Study: More Awareness of Environmental Regulations Needed to Tackle Water-Related Supply Chain Risks

A brief released Friday by Sedex Global and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) finds that the majority of environmental non-compliances in global supply chains originate from a lack of understanding of relevant laws and regulations, despite the fact that the majority of self-assessors believe they meet all relevant requirements. The brief concludes that although positive efforts are being made to manage and set targets around water risks, improved, more collaborative systems are needed to help suppliers ensure environmental legal requirements are met.Published in the run up to World Water Day (March 22), the new Sedex WWF