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Against the backdrop of the COP22 in Marrakesh, businesses have united for the first time to support recommendations on the forthcoming European package

Private sector pushes for better EU renewable energy legislation

After leaked documents revealing renewable energy will no longer be a top priority in the EU's new winter package, major corporations including Google, Unilever and IKEA have backed a call for improvements to the forthcoming package.

Kit Kat manufacturer Nestlé has adopted the new UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, while Milka maker Mondelez has increased the transparency of its palm oil and cocoa supply chains

Food giants show increased appetite for sustainable supply chains

Global food and beverage firms Nestlé and Mondelez International have both ramped up sustainable business efforts over the past year, with an increased commitment to supply chain transparency, according to their respective CSR reports.

The state-of-the-art Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Buxton, opened in 2013, will now source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources

Nestlé Waters UK switches to 100% renewable electricity

Bottled water producer Nestlé Waters will now source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources at its UK bottling plant in Buxton as part of the group's commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its global operations.

Brimming with 39 commitments the Nestlé in Society CSR report is as much a behemoth of sustainability pledges as it is a beacon of business best practice

No breaks for Nestlé in its relentless pursuit of global supply chain sustainability

If you're one of the thousands of people across the globe heeding Nestlé's advice to 'have a break, have a KitKat' this lunchtime, it might be worth taking an additional moment to consider exactly how the world's largest food company is working to ensure its snacks are sustainably and ethically produced.

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.

More than 1.6 billion cups of coffee are drunk every day

Green beans: 5 sustainable coffee innovations

Coffee. It got you out of bed this morning, it's an excuse to meet an old friend and it propels you through those late-night deadlines. We all love coffee - 1.6 billion cups of it are drunk every day - and supplying that demand has made it the second most traded commodity on the planet after oil.

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.

Kit Kat, which is part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, was certified was first certified by Fairtrade in the UK in 2013

Greener Kit Kats on the way as Nestlé achieves 100% sustainable cocoa

Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland has become the first major confectionary company in the hospitality and foodservice sector to source 100 certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate and biscuits.

The project will examine the 40-metre long ovens used to manufacture KitKats

Nestle forms new energy reduction partnership

The world's largest food company has announced a new partnership with Sheffield Hallam University to explore resource efficiency across a range of its operational value chain.

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.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy

Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.

The First Milk  Cumbria factory will be the first dairy processing site in Europe to deliver biogas to the grid

Construction milestone for UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant

First Milk, one of the UK's largest cheese creameries, has announced the completion of the first phase of construction of a bio-energy plant at its dairy factory in Cumbria.

Green Alliance wants to ensure short-term economic growth isn't at the expense of nature

Nestle & National Trust jump aboard Green Alliance nature crusade

Environmental think tank Green Alliance has partnered with Nestlé and the National Trust for the launch of two new projects which aim to address the UK Government's "failures" surrounding the decline of the nation's natural environment.

Since the launch of its ethical and environmental 'Plan A' in 2007, M&S has lowered its carbon emissions by 19% and has become carbon neutral across its worldwide operations.

M&S joins 100% renewable energy initiative

Marks and Spencer has reaffirmed its commitment to 100% renewable energy, announcing today that it has joined RE100.

The Fawdon factory, near Newcastle, is converting four tonnes of solid waste and 200,000 litres of liquid waste into renewable energy and clean water each day.

Nestle factory reaches zero-waste milestone

Nestle's largest UK factory has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill and cut emissions by 10%, one year after installing a giant anaerobic digester.

All of Nestlé USA's factories employ ISO 14001 certified environmental management systems to help manage their environmental impact, including waste elimination

Nestle achieves zero waste to landfill in the US

Nestle has achieved zero waste to landfill in all of its US factories as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products.

Palm-oil is  used as an ingredient in everything from soap to cookies to frying oil

Fast-food giants clogging up sustainable palm-oil progress

Nearly three-quarters of the world's biggest palm-oil users have improved their commitment to sustainable sourcing in the past year, but fast-food brands are evidently lagging behind.

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.

Nestle's commitment to sustainability has already been acknowledged by it being named best in its sector in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Series 2013

Nestle achieves key sustainability targets ahead of time

Nestlé has today released its Creating Shared Value Report 2014, revealing it to have hit several key sustainability targets two years early.

Fifteen companies are publically targeting 100% renewable energy

Solar is energy of choice for businesses going 100% renewable

Solar PV is the most popular form of renewable energy among businesses while biomass generation offers the best return on investment, according to a new report from The Carbon Group and CDP.

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 firm has made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy

Nestle steps up climate change leadership with new CSR commitments

Multinational food and beverage company Nestlé has teamed up with a number of organisations and made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy.

Recoup chief executive Stuart Foster (pictured left) and Resources Management Minister Dan Rogerson (pictured right) launch new plastics recycling campaign

Big brands team up with Recoup to launch new plastics recycling campaign

Big brands such as Coca-Cola Enterprises, Nestlé and retailer Marks & Spencer have partnered up to launch a new plastics recycling campaign called Pledge 4 Plastics.

The process of drying coffee on the Danilo Gonzalez Cooperative in San Ramón, Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Central American farmers generate energy from coffee wastewater

The 'Energy from Coffee Wastewater' project has proven that it is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.

The Positive Cup programme will create significant benefits for the business, society and the environment

The Positive Cup: Nespresso ploughs £330m into sustainable development

Nestle's coffee brand is accelerating its sustainability focus with the launch of an ambitious new programme to become 'carbon neutral' by 2020.


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