The United States (US) Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has overturned a punitive damages award of US$81 million in the case of Willie Evans, executor v Lorillard Tobacco Company SJC-11179, regarding a wrongful death suit brought against Lorillard Tobacco Co. (Lorillard) by the son of a deceased woman who allegedly received free cigarette samples from the defendant as a child.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has passed a resolution asking world governments to come to an agreement regarding measures to manage carbon dioxide emissions from air travel, in particular, a global market-based mechanism that would enable airlines to account for and offset greenhouse gas emissions.
Major supermarket retailer Asda has committed to redistribute surplus stock to FareShare, one of the United Kingdom's (UK) biggest food banks, rather than sending the stock back to the manufacturer. Reportedly, Asda has stated that the initiative will increase the quantity of food sent to FareShare by 41% per year, and provide 3.75 million meals per year to homeless and vulnerable people.
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".
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