Coca-Cola Co (Coca-Cola) will expand distribution of its low-calorie drinks and display more prominent nutritional energy information on its packaging in response to concerns over the purported contribution of carbonated drinks to growing obesity rates. Reportedly, Coca-Cola has also committed to not direct marketing towards children aged under 12, and to sponsor sports programs and other physical activity initiatives.
UNI Global Union has announced that over 30 clothing and retail brands that source garments from Bangladesh have agreed to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (13 May 2013) (the Accord), which now covers over 1,000 Bangladeshi garment factories for a five-year period. The Accord commits its parties to "the goal of a safe and sustainable Bangladeshi [ready-made garment] industry in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses, or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures".
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 New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) has announced that Ausgrid was convicted in the NSW Land and Environment Court for a December 2010 incident in which excavation contractors damaged an Australian Aboriginal rock engraving during works approved by Ausgrid.
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".
A United States (US) jury has found Exxon Mobil Corp (Exxon) liable to pay a sum of US$236.4 million for charges that it had been sufficiently aware of the potential of its operations to contaminate groundwater in New Hampshire during the 1970s and 1980s. Lawyer Jessica Grant reportedly said that the jury had found Exxon to have acted negligently when using the gasoline additive MTBE to combat smog during the two decades.
The United States (US) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has settled with the Goodrich Corporation (Goodrich) in relation to the contamination of groundwater and soil at the B.F. Goodrich Superfund Site in Rialto, California. The EPA stated that the contamination at the site was caused by the testing and production of solid-fuel rocket propellant by Goodrich between 1957 to 1962.
The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has made available its consent order (28 March 2013) and announced that Honeywell Resins and Chemicals LLC (Honeywell) has agreed to pay a US$3 million civil penalty for alleged Clean Air Act violations at its Virginia plant, as well as to improve the facility's air pollution control equipment and processes. Honeywell, "the world's largest single-site producer of caprolactam used in the production of nylon, and ammonium sulfate used for fertilizer", was charged with violating limits on "emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter".
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