Tag Archives: Unilever

How to define ‘no deforestation’

After years of debate companies have finally agreed on a standard for forest protection. Now it’s time to turn words into action, writes Deborah Lapidus. Over the past three years, thanks in large part to responsible sourcing policies adopted by leading consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, several of the world’s largest agribusinesses that once destroyed…
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‘Marmitegate’ the first skirmish in Brexit price war

The UK’s decision on Brexit was a huge event, so the recent dispute between Tesco and Unilever, where the supplier attempted to impose a 10% price increase on the retailer, is not being viewed as a surprise by anyone in the know within the nation’s food supply chain. As a country we import around 40%…
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Time for a serious rethink of sustainability standards to tackle the urgent climate challenges the world is facing

For many years I have worked with some of the world’s largest conservation bodies, businesses and other civil society organisations to develop sustainability standards for a wide range of globally traded commodities. Many of these focus on specific sustainability challenges, such as animal welfare, global trade or organic standards. These schemes have done a fantastic job…
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Climate targets: businesses a hit; government a miss

More than 150 companies have committed to set emissions reduction targets in line with the global effort to keep warming well below 2°C. Compass, Sodexo and Unilever are among the firms that have committed to setting goals through the Science Based Targets Initiative. The project, a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and WWF,…
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Food brands make “major strides” on environment commitments

Make sure you’re sitting down. Oxfam has applauded the world’s biggest food and drink firms for making “significant commitments” to improve their ethical and environmental policies. The charity’s latest “Behind the Brands” scorecard, which tracks the 10 largest food and drink companies, shows “major strides” have been made in areas such as gender inequality, protecting…
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British companies ranked best employers

RESEARCH CARRIED out by Bloomberg this week has found that Coca-Cola, Warburtons and Nestlé are ranked the UK’s top three “best employers” in the “Food, Soft Beverages, Alcohol and Tobacco” category.                             Overall, British firms came out trumps, taking the over half…
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89% of big UK firms cutting carbon

NINE IN EVERY 10 UK companies in the FTSE350 now have activities in place to lower their carbon output, compared with less than half in 2010. The percentage of businesses with absolute emissions reduction targets has also increased from 31% to 38%, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s latest figures.   CDP also found that…
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Poisonous frog

THE LITTLE green frog took a bit of a kicking in a recent episode of BBC’s File on Four. The programme visited a number of tea plantations certified by the Rainforest Alliance and found underage workers, people spraying chemicals without protective equipment and “living and working conditions are so bad, and wages so low, that tea workers…
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Big firms obstructing climate policy

FORTY-FIVE of the 100 largest global industrial companies have recently been involved in directly advocating against climate policy, whilst simultaneously pushing their own sustainability credentials.                     The figures have been published by newly-formed NGO InfluenceMap, which assessed the firms on everything from climate science transparency to…
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