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The United States (US) Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its first five enforcement actions alleging misleading biodegradable plastic claims.

International development agency Oxfam Australia has called for socially responsible action from retailers sourcing their products from the Aswad Composite Mills factory in Bangladesh that was the site of a fatal conflagration in October 2013. According to Oxfam Australia, the factory produced fabric for Target Australia and possibly Woolworths also.

Canada-based Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (Four Seasons), coffee firm La Colombe Torrefaction and charitable corporations the Clinton Foundation and the Leslois Shaw Foundation have announced that Four Seasons will begin serving Haitian coffee at two of its major hotel sites in 2013 "[i]n support of Haiti's redeveloping coffee culture".

The United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has announced that UN human rights experts including six special rapporteurs, one independent expert and the chair of a working group on human rights and transnational corporations have called on Republic of Korea-based multinational steel corporation Posco to immediately halt its project to construct "a mega-steel plant" in Odisha, India.

Germany-based automaker Daimler has announced that the "H2 Mobility" initiative partners comprising Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and Total have established an "action plan for the construction of a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network for fuel cell powered electric vehicles".

Unilever Signs Up for Renewable Oil from Algae

26 Sep 2013
Written by World Watch

Renewable oil and bioproducts company Solazyme Inc (Solazyme) has announced that it has executed a commercial supply agreement with global consumer goods company Unilever for Solazyme's renewable oil product Tailored Algal Oil.

The Carbon Trust has announced that it has collaborated with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) to develop and launch the ABPI blister pack carbon footprint tool "to enable [United Kingdom] companies to estimate the carbon footprint of tablet medicines in blister packs".

The New Zealand (NZ) Commerce Commission has announced that the Auckland District Court has fined Pacrite Industries Ltd (Pacrite) NZ$30,000 after the plastic rubbish bag manufacturer pleaded guilty to ten charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act 1986 (NZ) through its claims about the oxo-biodegradability and environmental friendliness of its "Greensac" plastic rubbish bag product, also known as "The Green One".

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has made available its Sustainability Reporting 2013 (undated) (the report), which "[m]easur[es] and communicat[es] [CBA's] progress across all sustainability-related areas". The report chapter titled Responsible financial services indicates that the total number of customer complaints received by CBA in 2013 was 446,224, representing a 66% increase from the figure for 2012, which in turn was more than seven times the figure for 2011.

The government of Canadian province British Columbia (BC) has announced that Powerex has agreed to pay a number of parties, including the Attorney General and utility companies of the United States (US) state of California (CA), US$273 million as part of a settlement to resolve claims related to the 2000-01 CA energy crisis "that resulted in rolling blackouts and record-high electricity prices".

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