Loblaw Companies Ltd (Loblaw) has launched its digitally based rewards program PC Plus in a bid to eventually eliminate its production of print flyers. According to The Globe and Mail, Loblaw president Vicente Trius believes that "eventually all flyers are going digital" and that switching to a digital platform will reap "substantial" savings.
The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) has announced that it will partner with non-profit organisation WaterAid to "work with the local community and water utility in Burkina Faso to extend existing water pipelines and install new water points that provide residents with clean, treated drinking water".
The United Kingdom (UK) branch of coffee chain Starbucks (Starbucks UK) has announced that it has introduced low-cost reusable cups in a bid to promote environmentally conscious consumption. The Guardian reports that the cups will be sold for £1 each, and that Starbucks UK is aiming for 5% of the drinks made in its stores to be served in reusable cups worldwide by 2015.
Unilever Group (Unilever) has announced a reduction of over one million tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions from its factories and logistics operations since 2008. According to Unilever, the reduction is "equivalent to taking 250,000 cars off the road". Unilever manufacturing sustainability director John Maguire highlighted Unilever's commitment to the use of sustainable energy sources where possible, and stated that "100% of the electrical energy [Unilever] buy[s] in Europe and North America comes from renewable sources".
Verizon has announced its deployment of "a fleet of 25 buses that will pick up company technicians at central locations throughout the city and then transport them to local job sites". Verizon stated that the Mobile Area Garage Installation Center (MAGIC) vehicles "can hold up to 12 technicians" and will replace "approximately 250 Verizon trucks from the city's roads and [free] up the same number of parking spots". Verizon chief sustainability officer James Gowen stated that "two of the MAGIC buses were designed to be fueled by compressed natural gas, and also have plug-in electric systems".
The Rainforest Foundation United Kingdom (RFUK) has made available Appetite for Destruction? The Food Product Guide to Palm Oil Content (undated) (the product guide), which it says ranks chocolate producers on the basis of their use of sustainable palm oil and its derivatives. RFUK stated that the product guide is part of a new environmental campaign it has launched jointly with UK-based magazine Ethical Consumer, which "encourag[es] chocolate lovers to become check-out campaigners in their choice of [e]aster [e]ggs with the aim of halting the destruction of the world's rainforests".
General Electric (GE) has announced that the first cohort of United States (US) war veteran participants in its Get Skills to Work program (GSTW) have completed their "accelerated skills training in core manufacturing skillsets". GE stated that the veterans' completion ceremony marked "an important milestone" for GSTW, which GE runs in partnership with the Manufacturing Institute, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Alcoa Inc, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
The European Commission (EC) has announced that it is working with the global information and communications technology (ICT) sector, including the companies HP, Dell and Intel, in order to develop a common framework for measuring the "carbon footprint arising from the production, transport and sales of ICT goods, networks and services". The EC stated that the initiative aimed to reduce carbon emissions, and EC digital agenda vice-president Neelie Kroes said that "[t]ransparency in measuring the ICTs' environmental effect will empower all of us, citizens, public and private organisations, to make greener choices when we buy or use digital technologies".
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) has announced the launch of its "first-ever series of biofuel-powered intercontinental flights", to depart from John F. Kennedy Airport weekly. KLM emphasised its cooperation with Schiphol Group, Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and its partners in advancing its Corporate BioFuel Program. According to KLM, the biofuel is derived from "used cooking oil", and is "only an option if it does not have a negative impact on biodiversity, local development and/or the local food supply".
Japan-based cosmetics company Shiseido has announced that it is reducing its use of animal testing for its products. In European Union (EU) jurisdictions, Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 has imposed a ban on "the marketing of cosmetic products for which [animal] tests are used", effective 11 March 2013. According to AFP, Shiseido's policy commences in April and will apply to all the company's production sites and those of its suppliers. According to The Huffington Post, Shiseido will retain animal testing only for instances where a cosmetics ingredient has been deemed potentially unsafe.
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