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Unilever retains top spot in Fit for Purpose Index

Consumer goods company Unilever tops the list of the world's most purposeful companies in Radley Yeldar's (RY) 2016 Fit for Purpose 2016 Index for the second consecutive year, with the likes of Philips and Nestle making up the top 10.

The campaign urges consumers to become more water-conscious and purchase foods with a lower water footprint

Knorr calls on consumers to consider the 'hidden' impacts of water in food consumption

During World Water Week, food producer Knorr has launched a new behaviour change campaign to drive awareness of the "hidden" water waste impacts in food production, encouraging consumers to take action to reduce their water footprint.

Unilever has been tasked by the likes of Greenpeace to cancel contracts with suspect palm oil suppliers, photo: Greenpeace

Unilever refuses to reinstate IOI contracts until 'tangible progress' is shown

Consumer goods giant Unilever has announced that it will not reinstate the Malaysian palm oil supplier group IOI as a contractor until "tangible progress" is made evident of the groups desire to implement a new ethical sustainability action plan.

Santos revealed that by sharpening the Unilever Foundry brief over time, the consumer goods firm has been able to pull in more innovative sustainability solutions

Ignoring innovation is the biggest risk companies can take, warns Unilever

EXCLUSIVE: A failure to utilise innovation and take risks is "arguably the biggest risk a company can take" in the global transition to a low-carbon economy, the senior vice president of global marketing at Unilever has said.

A wide range of organisations will help Unilever and Hubbub develop fresh messaging on food waste and run engaging campaigns which encourage households to better understand the value of food

Unilever and Hubbub launch 'Joint Ambition for Zero Food Waste Britain'

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has teamed up with social enterprise charity Hubbub to launch a collaborative, social media-driven project aimed at eliminating food waste.

Unilever Foundry is a platform for innovation through collaboration which provides an entry point for startups and scaleups to connect with 400 brands

Unilever unveils sustainable start-up finalists for Foundry 50 competition

Consumer goods giant Unilever's innovation platform has included businesses that incorporate emerging sustainable business models as finalists of the Foundry 50 competition which searches for the world's top 50 marketing technology start-ups.

Shooting for a ‘fully traceable' supply chain goal for 2020, there is a case for suppliers and retailers to accelerate efforts to develop a fully transparent palm oil sector. Photo: Greenpeace

Could this new mapping toolkit solve the palm oil transparency challenge?

With rising transparency issues leading to supplier contracts being scrapped and green groups piling on the pressure to tackle the situation, a new World Resources Institute (WRI)-backed initiative could finally allow companies to gauge deforestation risks by evaluating satellite surveillance of global palm oil mills.

Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan serves to highlight that sustainability is no longer viewed as a “niche” issue for the business

Unilever's Sustainable Living brands delivering 'superior performance'

Unilever is continuing to reap the benefits of green business, with the consumer goods firm's 'Sustainable Living' brands contributing to half of its growth last year, and developing 30% faster than the rest of the business.

The new mapping system could provide researchers with an effective platform to differentiate between forest destruction caused by climate change and deforestation

UN and Google forge 'eye-in-the-sky' forest mapping partnership

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has turned to tech giant Google to implement a high-resolution satellite-based data mapping system which could usher in an "unprecedented level of environmental literacy" for the forestry sector.

In response to the suspension, IOI has denied all wrongdoing and is in the process of appealing the decision

Unilever cancels palm oil sourcing contracts over deforestation concerns

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has cancelled its contracts with a Malaysian-based palm oil producer and trader which has been suspended over deforestation and community conflict issues.

British-born pilot and adventurer Jeremy Rowsell climbs on board the 'On Wings of Waste' plane to raise awareness of plastic pollution

On wings of waste: Plane fuelled by recycled plastic wins Attenborough's approval

A plan to fly across America in a plane powered by recycled plastic has been welcomed by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a "sign of hope in a very depressing world".

The best ideas from the new platform will be launched as crowdfunded sustainability schemes through the Indiegogo website

Unilever forges new crowdsourcing partnership to deliver 'consumer-championed products'

Consumer goods giant Unilever has becomes one of the first global corporations to tap into the potential of crowdfunding for sustainability projects after it established a new partnership to accelerate green innovation and create 'consumer-championed products'.

A patch of forest remains between palm oil plantations in Indonesia. Photo: Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace

Big brands 'failing' on palm oil policies, Greenpeace claims

PepsiCo, Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson are among a raft of consumer goods companies that are "letting their customers down" by failing to break the link between the use of palm oil in everyday products and deforestation, a new Greenpeace report has concluded.

Unilever estimate that eliminating waste from these 600 sites has contributed to cost-benefits of €200million

More than 600 Unilever sites reach zero waste to landfill status

Unilever has today (9 February) revealed that more than 600 of its sites across 70 countries have achieved zero waste to landfill status, after the company identified alternate routes for non-hazardous waste streams in its operations.

Both tools are designed to help change mindsets about product life cycles, material flows and processes

Unilever and Novelis collaborate to educate on circular economy

Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has launched two new online tools designed to help businesses embrace the circular economy, following partnerships with consumer goods firm Unilever and the world's biggest aluminium can recycler Novelis.

“The critical point is that change can happen,” said the report.

Businesses in the dark about climate risks in half their supply chains

Almost half of the key suppliers for global companies like Dell, Unilever and Walmart fail to respond to requests for climate information, new research from CDP has revealed.

The commission will look to capitalise on the significant economic rewards that can be gained through emerging markets and innovations

Unilever's Paul Polman launches Global Commission to accelerate sustainable business methods

Unilever CEO Paul Polman and former United Nations deputy secretary-general Mark Malloch-Brown are working to articulate and quantify the massive economic rewards that could be available to businesses who become leaders in poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Nearly 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted globally

Tesco leads new food-waste fighting coalition

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis will chair a new food waste reduction coalition, launched Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

RE100 projects that the current group of 53 signatories will reach an average of 80% renewable electricity by 2020

RE100 companies halfway to 100% renewable target

The 53 companies that have signed up to the RE100 pledge to source 100% renewable energy are on average, halfway to their goals, a new report by The Climate Group and CDP shows.

The report highlights how company CEOs such as Unilever’s Paul Polman and Apple's Tim Cook have driven the attitude change from within the private sector

Unilever and National Grid labelled 'true leaders' in post-Paris policy push

Unilever and National Grid are among the select few companies to be heralded as 'true leaders' for their support of the policies set in place in Paris last month, according to corporate analysts InfluenceMap.

Unilever's Paul Polman gives a speech at the climate summit in Paris as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon watches on

Paul Polman: Paris deal represents greatest business opportunity of the century

The chief executive of one of the world's most sustainable corporations has hailed the adoption of the historic climate change accord in Paris as "an unequivocal sign to business and financial communities" that a zero-emissions economy is now a realistic future.

Each of the nine LCTPis presents an action plan that focuses on

153 corporations unveil new low-carbon action plans

More than 150 companies have unveiled low-carbon plans which they say can collectively deliver 65% of the emissions reduction needed to limit global warming to two degrees.

The planet loses an average of 3.3 million hectares of forests each year

Unilever and M&S offer 'preferential sourcing' to countries with sustainable forestry policies

Unilever and Marks and Spencer's have announced they will try and source commodities like palm oil, beef, soy and paper from countries and regions with ambitious climate and forestry initiatives, in a joint effort to end global deforestation.

Unilever was recently named by sustainability experts as having made the biggest contribution to advancing solutions to climate change in the past five years

Unilever to be carbon positive by 2030

Global consumer goods firm Unilever has announced a new target to be carbon positive across its operations by 2030.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi will both be in Paris next week to host and participate in numerous forums

Coca-Cola and Pepsi unite on the road to Paris

With less than a week to go until COP21, global beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have thrown their weight behind a business-led push for global leaders to secure a robust international climate agreement in Paris.

86% of the sustainability experts said that the private sector will have an important role to play in the effective implementation of any post-Paris climate change framework

Unilever and Tesla identified as faces of sustainable business ahead of Paris

Consumer goods firm Unilever and Elon Musk's Tesla have been identified by global sustainability experts as having made the biggest contribution to climate solutions over the past five years.

Spending just 2% of your budget on employee engagement can generate savings of 10%

Top tips: 5 ways to create an effective behaviour change programme

Three-quarters of energy managers surveyed in a recent edie report claimed that employee engagement and behaviour change was a top priority this year. But they also listed it as one of the biggest barriers to getting their energy efficiency schemes off the ground...

Branson believes that a long term goal can transform industries and create a lasting impact

Branson's B Team calls for long-term climate goals beyond Paris

An environmental coalition of 22 business leaders including Sir Richard Branson and Unilever's Paul Polman have penned an open letter ahead of the crucial Paris talks calling for an 'actionable' global commitment of 'Net-Zero by 2050'.

A statement from the Foundation said that H&M had the potential to “fundamentally shift” the extent to which the clothing sector restores and regenerates fabrics and fibres for productive use

H&M joins Ellen MacArthur Foundation to 'revolutionise' clothing fibre recycling

International fashion brand H&M has pledged to take ideas from the paper industry to improve the circularity of its clothing fibres, after becoming the latest Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The renewables plan aims to deploy 1.5 TW of additional renewable energy capacity by 2025

Global business coalition could get us two thirds of the way to 2C target

The collective action plans of more than 140 major businesses could deliver two thirds of the carbon reductions need to limit global warming to two degrees, according to new analysis from PWC.

Improved preparation for crises could be worth $378m to listed companies.

Ambitious CR strategy could boost revenue by 20%

Companies that are fully committed to sustainability and corporate responsibility (CR) could see a potential revenue boost of up to 20% - equivalent to $1.8bn for some of the largest publicly-traded firms.

The IWFC highlights that food waste occurs throughout every phase of the industry's supply chain from harvesting to consumption

Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration

Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.

Land Securities' One New Change mall at St Pauls

Land Securities commits to 100% renewables

The UK's largest commercial property company has pledged to procure 100% renewable electricity by April 2016.

It is the first time these organisations have joined forces publicly to call for action on climate change

Global food firms unite to demand climate action

The chief executives of 10 multinational food and beverage companies including Mars, Nestlé and Unilever have come together to urge political leaders to forge a robust climate deal in Paris this December.

Unilever's innovation platform aims to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration

Unilever unveils innovation competition winners

The development of modular water sanitation infrastructure; an iron-deficiency educational programme and a water-saving shower have been announced as the three winning ideas from Unilever's global innovation crowdsourcing campaign.

The UN is to formally adopt the set of 17 new Sustainable Development Goals for 2030

Sustainable Development Goals: Businesses urged to take the lead

Sir Richard Branson, Unilever's Paul Polman and Professor Stephen Hawking are among those that have thrown their support behind the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to be authorised today (25 September).

For the first time in its five year history, the report provides an overall analysis of business sectors as well as individual companies

'Game-changers': BT and M&S top FTSE100 on carbon management

Telecommunications giant BT has secured top spot in a report of the carbon reporting performance of the top 100 companies floated on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE 100).

Paul Polman, who joined Unilever in 2009, received the award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category

Unilever's Paul Polman receives UN's highest environmental accolade

Unilever's chief executive has been named as one of the winners of the United Nations' Champion of the Earth Award for his work as a 'tireless advocate' for sustainable business models.

©Oregon State University, Scientists believe that 8 million of these microbeads are emitted into aquatic habitats each day

Scientists call for outright ban on microbeads to avert 'plastic crisis'

Wildlife and resources used for human consumption need to be protected by implementing an outright ban on the use of microbeads, according to new analysis from a group of conservation scientists.

Corporate influence now extends further than a PR-social media juggernaut by using trade associations and advocacy groups as influences to deter changes to climate policies

Half of world's blue chips 'obstructing' climate policies

Ground-breaking new research has revealed that 45% of the 100 world's largest industrial companies are thwarting climate change legislation, while 95% are current members of trade associations accused of the same obstructionist behaviour.

The index analysed 1,845 companies, assessing them on a range of economic, environmental and social criteria

Dow Jones reveals worlds most sustainable companies

The 2015 edition of the influential Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has been released, with Unilever, LG, AkzoNobel and Volkswagen ranking among the industry leaders.

The majority of GHG emissions from food occur before produce leaves the gate, in the growing portion of a producers supply chain

Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP

Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.

General Mills made a commitment to sustainability, in 2013, to source its 10 priority ingredients from sustainable sources

Food giant General Mills announces 10-year plan to slash emissions by 28%

US food producer General Mills has announced that it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% across the entirety of its value chain in the next 10 years.

What I want from Paris: 21 climate leaders on COP21 - Part two

EXCLUSIVE: In the second of our two-part feature, sustainability leaders from the likes of Mars, Heineken and IKEA tell edie what they want to see from the Paris climate talks.

Green groups have contrasted the UK's approach with Obama's ambitious announcement

Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach

Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.

July has seen spending cuts and, well, more spending cuts

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015

The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.

The UNEP found major financial institutions have few policies in place to counter deforestation

Majority of banks fail to encourage sustainable forestry, UN finds

The majority of financial institutions do not have policies requiring clients to comply with forestry regulations, according to a study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) revealed today (29 July).

Cultivating these skills is critical to our capacity to share our fragile planet and help build a world in which we can all thrive

Linking sustainability and responsibility: participation toward social justice

Leading businesses now connect sustainability not just with being 'green', but with being a proactive force for good in a globalised economy.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi recently spoke at a Unilever zero-waste event, urging other businesses to make their own sustainability commitments

Unilever's supply chain chief: Employee engagement holds key to long-term success

EXCLUSIVE: Unilever's chief supply chain officer Pier Luigi Sigismondi believes a "lack of focus and understanding" and short-termism is holding back the global transition to a more sustainable economy.

Selfridges hopes to eliminate 400,000 waste plastic bottles per year by removing them from its stores

Selfridges stops selling plastic water bottles to save oceans

London retailer Selfridges has stopped the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in its shops as part of a campaign to reduce pollution of the oceans.

Unilever and WWF plan to fight deforestation through a new campaign to engage consumers

WWF and Unilever announce campaign to protect one million trees

WWF and Unilever have launched a one-year partnership to engage consumers in the fight against deforestation, it was announced today (7 July).

The report argues green growth can be synonymous with economic growth

New Climate Economy: 10 ways to generate low-carbon economic growth

Low-carbon economic growth can become the new normal and limit the impact of climate change, according to a new report released today (7 July).

The study found sustainable products are also growing as a share of major firms' portfolios from 17% in 2011 to 26% in 2014

Sustainable product revenue growing six times faster than alternatives

Revenues from sustainable products or services are growing up to six times faster than 'normal' equivalents, according to new research from the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi).

Unilever Foundary IDEAS will enable collaboration between innovators to solve sustainability problems

Unilever launches global crowdsourcing campaign for sustainable innovation

Unilever's innovation platform, Unilever Foundry, has launched a new global crowdsourcing community to find new ways to tackle global sustainability problems.

The Resource Revolution plan is WRAP's first as the organisation embarks on its new journey as a charity

WRAP calls for 'Resource Revolution' with new 5-year plan

The UK Government's resource efficiency body has unveiled details of its strategic plan for the next five years, with an aim to "create the step-change needed to meet the demands of future generations".

Ikea will spend €500m on wind power, and around €100m on solar by 2020

Ikea pledges €1bn for climate action

The world's largest furniture retailer has today (4 June) pledged to spend €1bn on renewable energy and tacking climate change in the next five years.

Unilever currently gets 39% of its electricity (and 28% of its energy) from renewable sources

Unilever makes 100% renewables pledge after saving a million tonnes of CO2

Unilever has revealed that its factories have saved more than a tonnes of carbon since 2008, as the consumer goods giant today (18 May) made a major commitment to switch to using 100% renewable energy.

Unilever' CEO Paul Polman gave a full review of the company's progress on sustainability at the group's London headquarters

Unilever's Sustainable Living Plan drives business growth

The business case for sustainability couldn't be clearer: Unilever's 'Sustainable Living' brands accounted for half of the company's growth in 2014 and grew at twice the rate of the rest of the business, chief executive Paul Polman has revealed.

Unilever has partnered with the Global Citizen and Live Earth: Road to Paris mass movements to achieve its Sustainable Living Plan

Unilever throws weight behind mass sustainability movements

Consumer goods giant Unilever has yet again reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability, this time going beyond its own business practice by partnering with two global sustainability campaigns.

The original target for 100% sustainable wood-packaging was 2020, but Unilever reached 87% in 2014, up significantly from 62% the previous year.

Unilever fast-tracks deforestation pledge into 2015

Consumer goods giant Unilever has pledged to sustainably source 100% of its wood-based packaging by the end of 2015 - five years ahead of schedule.

Unilever topped the list thanks to its top scores on climate and its treatment of workers and farmers

Worlds' most sustainable food and drink companies revealed by Oxfam

Unilever has finished first in Ofxam's 'Battle of the Brands' campaign which takes a look at the agricultural sourcing policies of the top 10 food and beverage companies.

The report says that as social media has grown, so has public awareness of climate change, concerns about food quality and production, and the issues of energy and waste

Social media drives era of 'soft sustainability'

This is the era of 'soft sustainability'. That's the key finding of a new report which ranks how well companies spread their sustainability message on social media.

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Unilever forms behaviour change partnership to tackle 'shocking' UK recycling rates

Unilever UK is seeking to promote green behaviour beyond its own operations in the form of a new recycling incentivisation partnership.

Unilever ia now sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its global factory network

Unilever achieves zero waste to landfill across global manufacturing network

Unilever is now sending zero non-hazardous waste to landfill from its global factory network of 240 factories in 67 countries, saving more than €200m in waste costs.

The Global 100 Index was announced by Corporate Knights in Davos at the World Economic Forum

Global 100: World's most sustainable corporations revealed

Household products firm Reckitt Benckiser leads the 11 UK companies that have been named amongst the 100 most sustainable corporations in the world today (22 January).

The EU-ETS covers 11,000 factories and power stations across Europe

EU must limit carbon permits, says Corporate Leaders Group

The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) must be reformed to include a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) by 2017 at the latest, to keep the continent on track for developing a low-carbon economy.

Around 556,000 tonnes of flexible packaging ends up in landfill every year

Nestle and Unilever look to create food packaging circular economy

Unilever and Nestle are part of a collaborative project that aims to improve the recyclability of 'flexible packaging' such as sweet and crisp wrappers.

The partnership will see students and academics from Northumbria School of Design focus on areas such as developing new packaging technology for Unilever

Northumbria University to help Unilever meet sustainability targets

Northumbria University has announced a formal alliance with Unilever to help the company establish new ways of meeting its packaging, water-use and energy sustainability targets.

Unilever hope to draw attention to the 'food waste versus food poverty' paradox

Unilever promotes sustainable living to combat food waste and food poverty

Unilever UK will advertise its corporate umbrella brand on prime-time television to raise sustainability issues and highlight the paradox of food waste versus food poverty in the developed world.

More than 25 leading multinational companies are supporting the Collectively sustainability platform

Global brands unite for digital sustainability platform

Coca-Cola, Google and Nike are among a coalition of some of the world's biggest companies that are sponsoring a global digital platform which aims to drive behaviour change among millennials by making more sustainable living 'the new normal'.

One sixth of Assam's 30 million citizens live in tea-growing communities

Tesco tackles child exploitation in tea trade supply chain

Tesco is leading a partnership to support children in tea-growing communities who may be vulnerable to trafficking and abuse.

The partnership is the first of its kind between a leading international business and the UK's Department for International Development

Unilever allies with British Government to help developing nations

Unilever has joined forces with the Department for International Development (DFID) to create jobs, improve water and sanitation, and improve sustainable supply chains in developing countries.

Major corporations are outpacing governments on carbon pricing

Big business leads the way on carbon pricing

Major corporations are outpacing governments by preparing for a financial future with carbon pricing.

The hackathon forms part of Unilever's Sustainable Living platform

Unilever to run start-up sustainability 'hackathon'

Unilever is offering up to £30k of funding for an established start-up technology business with a sustainability solution it is looking to scale.

The DJSI was established in 1999

World's most sustainable businesses revealed

Unilever, Siemens and Akzo Nobel are among 24 companies that have been topped their respective industries in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review.

The campaign has engaged more than 9.7 million people worldwide in its first week

Unilever's Climate Summit campaign goes viral

A digital awareness campaign which aims to encourage global leaders to adopt a more ambitious and urgent approach to addressing climate change has surpassed expectations ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.

Unilever ultimately wants to reduce or eliminate pesticides in tea growing

Unilever eyes non-pesticide methods of tea crop protection

Unilever is initiating a major scientific study to evaluate the feasibility of applying biological methods for plant protection of tea crops in India.

Wall's new ice cream freezer is 70% more energy-efficient than the average model in 2008

Wall's develops ultra-efficient ice cream freezers

Scientists at Unilever have announced the development of a new ice cream freezer cabinet capable of a 70% energy reduction for retailers worldwide.

Ben & Jerry's is a wholly-owned autonomous subsidiary of Unilever

Ben & Jerry's turns to 'carbon insetting' to reduce emissions

Values-led ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's is stepping up its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions with a move towards 'carbon insetting' to improve supply chain resilience and resource efficiency.

Sky Ride is on of Sky's social initiatives and is designed to get people cycling

Sky debates business advantage of social value

Sky has attempted to gain a better understanding of how companies can use social value to their advantage, given business appetite to connect more meaningful with society.

Polman said that there was tendency for marketers to be blinkered by consumption-based business models

Unilever calls for business 'mindfulness' on consumption

Unilever CEO Paul Polman has questioned whether businesses are in denial over the growing trend for mindful consumption, as he called for companies to widen their understanding on the issue.

Unilever wants to arrest any decline in tea crop diversity

Unilever looks to secure sustainable future for tea

Multinational consumer goods firm Unilever has once again put sustainability at the heart of its research and development programme with the launch of a new project to develop natural tea varieties and secure international tea supply for the future.

Oxfam singled out Kellogg and General Mills as two of the worst on climate change policies

Emissions from 10 food and drinks companies 'higher than Scandinavia'

Cereal and softdrinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report for not doing enough on climate change.

Shell is keen to alert policymakers and business leaders to the 'stress nexus' (photo credit: Shell International Ltd)

Shell points to 'resource resilience' for future cities

Shell has called for more co-operation and collaboration within cities to build resilience to growing pressures on global energy, food and water systems.

Earthshine's Michael Townsend says businesses need to prepare to take on the 'de-growth' challenge

Growth - the real elephant in the room?

EXCLUSIVE Is the pursuit of continuous growth the single biggest issue for our businesses and our economies? Will the circular economy provide the silver bullet, or do we need to go further? Michael Townsend investigates.

Walmart chief executive Doug McMillon

Walmart joins forces with multinational companies to develop recycling fund

US retail giant Walmart has brought together members of its supply chain with the aim of developing a $100m 'Closed Loop Fund' to improve the US' recycling record.

Lux soap is present in over 100 countries, reaching 600 million women daily

Unilever creates first soap bar using sustainable oil

Global consumer goods brand Unilever has announced the introduction of sustainable Algal Oils for one of its biggest soap brands, Lux.

Unilever uses new packaging technology in Europe across its Dove Body Wash range

Dove Body Wash bottle to contain 15% less plastic

Unilever has announced that its Dove Body Wash bottles will contain at least 15% less plastic as a result of a newly developed packaging technology.

Unilever: 200 sites now achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill

More than three-quarters of Unilever's global factory network no longer sends non-hazardous waste to landfill, up from 20% three years ago.

EXCLUSIVE: Awareness growing around environmental benefits of cross-sector collaboration

There is a growing awareness of how cross-sector partnerships are providing environmental benefits to business, particularly in the automotive industry, says Toyota's Steve Hope.

The Global Forest Watch system uses the latest satellite technology to provide access to

New monitoring platform to 'fundamentally change' how businesses manage forests

A new online monitoring and alert system that encourages better forest management will help tackle deforestation - an issue that poses a "material risk to businesses".

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Unilever halves size of male deodorant cans to cut carbon footprint

Unilever has announced that it is halving the size of its male deodorant brands to minimise its impact on the environment.

Unilever becomes latest global partner to Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has announced Unilever as its latest Global Partner, joining a group of key industry players working to pilot and test circular economy practices at scale.

The futuristic shower that recycles water 'while you wash'

A prototype shower system has been developed that claims to offer massive water and energy savings by recycling water while you wash.

Beauty brands commiting to microbead phase out as environmental threat grows

Growing evidence around the environmental impact plastic microbeads in beauty products are having on oceans is seeing some of the industry's major brands committing to phasing them out.

Microbeads pollution - a drop in the ocean for the beauty industry

The threat plastic pollution poses to marine wildlife is now a recognised issue amongst consumers, businesses and governments, but is the damage from microplastics, found in many beauty products, a problem literally being washed down the drain? Leigh Stringer investigates

Major palm oil firm Wilmar vows to end supply chain deforestation

Major agri-business group Wilmar International has vowed to end its part in deforestation by driving its new policy to advance a responsible palm oil industry, the largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia.

Global brands back recycling network to combat waste in Chile

Nestlé, Walmart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Unilever have joined forces to improve waste management in Chile by supporting a new recycling network.

Unilever targets parents as 'unlockers' of behaviour change

Unilever is following up its Sustainable Living Plan with the launch of Project Sunlight, an initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.

Investors are concerned by companies exposure to deforestation risks through their use of commodities responsible for deforestation

Business community 'largely unaware' of deforestation risks

Businesses are threatening shareholder value because they remain largely unaware of the deforestation risks in their own supply chains, according to a new report.

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