PepsiCo’s Chief Sustainability Officer explains how water stewardship is a strategic investment in long-term business resilience and sustainability.
Food & Agriculture
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Adding to the growing momentum at Climate Week, five global companies pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. It’s a goal they call bold but necessary if we are to limit temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.
After the FAO Livestock’s Long Shadow report was released in 2006, the dairy industry found itself at ground-zero for criticism as a major sector contributor to climate change. Less than a decade later, thanks to the efforts of the Global Dairy Agenda for Action, the sector is poised to be a leader in sustainability. How did this happen, and where are the other livestock groups?
Food waste may seem like a strange issue to tackle, but uneaten food makes up 21 percent of our landfills and accounts for much of the methane landfills release.
There is no other commodity grown on the farms of our planet that is more polluting than cotton. Major apparel and textile brands and retailers need to incorporate sustainable cotton sourcing and communicate the benefits of this to their customers in their corporate responsibility efforts to drive demand. Increased demand is the obvious path toward mainstream acceptance.
Many products command premiums due to their geographic origins and native know-how. Corporate social responsibility initiatives have a role to play in preserving and protecting them.
Call it madness or compassion, but the hard work and patience of Aitchison and her business partner, Habtamu Baye, are paying off with the success of their restaurant, Ben Abeba. The restaurant is not only a top tourist destination, but is a growing social enterprise giving economic opportunities that otherwise did not exist in Lalibela, Ethiopia.
Whole Foods stocks have declined in recent years. The company is fighting back with a new, leaner prototype of its brand, due to open this year. It’s just in time, as it’s got lots of company in the organic food business.
Pet food companies are starting to get the message that if they do not clean up their acts and show improvement in how their products are manufactured, their most vocal critics could convince politicians to tighten the regulatory screws. Whether these moves will mollify their critics, however, is another story.
McDonald’s will transition to cage-free eggs in its North American restaurants within the next 10 years, the company announced last week. As the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) put it, this is a “watershed moment for animal welfare.”
Last year, the Obama administration set its sights on preserving America’s seafood and the global supply chain by launching a task force to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Fortunately, many of the world’s tuna companies are already taking proactive steps aimed at combating IUU fishing within the industry. These companies are part of an innovative public-private partnership that has committed the world’s leading seafood companies to transparency.
Amazon has once again claimed dominion over the supply chain nuances of on-demand food delivery with the announcement of its newest business venture with Fresh Nation.
The American Egg Board has egg on its face, and it isn’t pretty. Especially when you consider the millions of U.S. consumers that stand to lose if products like Just Mayo were actually taken off the shelves.