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".
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".
Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) founder and executive chairperson Andrew Forrest has attracted the attention of global companies including Google, Microsoft, Virgin and Vodafone through "Walk Free", which is the title of his nascent international campaign to end modern slavery. Mr Forrest's campaign reportedly calls on global businesses firstly to commit to refusing any forced or slave labour throughout their supply chains, and then to verify their pledge by investigating all their operations, including their suppliers.
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.
Oxfam International (Oxfam) has made available 166 Oxfam Briefing Paper: Behind the Brands - Food justice and the 'Big 10' food and beverage companies (26 February 2013), which ranks "[t]he social and environmental policies of the world's ten biggest food and beverage giants". Oxfam executive director Jeremy Hobbs stated that the paper finds that despite commendable commitments made to sustainability, the corporations continue to uphold "a 100-year legacy of relying on cheap land and labor to make mass products at huge profits, with unacceptably high social and environmental costs".
The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Singapore-based shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL) has been sentenced to pay US$2.2 million in criminal penalties for cover-ups and falsified statements relating to further pollution offences dated in 2012 in the South Pacific.
The DoJ stated that PIL "previously pleaded guilty to three felony charges that it made false statements to the US Coast Guard and violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by concealing illegal waste water operations and discharges in a falsified oil record book ... and operating a vessel in waters of the [US] without a functioning oil water separator (a required pollution control device)".
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