Each week, the Erb Institute shares a collection of news and updates regarding business sustainability. This month, the Erb Institute blog and social media is focusing on consumer goods, leading up to our C-Suite speaker event with Campbell’s CSO, Dave Stangis, at the end of the month. Click here for more details!

Sustainable Business News – 1/6/2018 – 1/12/2018

Consumer Goods

Out at sea but not out of touch: Can technology make seafood traceable?


“Could technology that enables fishermen to stay connected while at sea bring an end to human rights and fishing violations in the seafood industry?

Fleet One, a technology that enables voice and data connectivity via satellite, was developed by British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat in 2014. It was installed in selected Thai fishing vessels in 2016 in a bid to boost the traceability of the business.”

Kuli Kuli: A superstar of superfoods


“‘Nestled in downtown Oakland, California, sustainable food and agriculture startup Kuli Kuli has roots more than 7,000 miles away.

Founder Lisa Curtis was introduced to the moringa tree while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small town in Niger. A vegetarian whose local diet consisted mainly of millet and rice, Curtis was able to curb her malnourishment, a lack of protein and key vitamins by adding moringa to her daily regime. Her health turnaround sparked an interest in introducing the benefit of the moringa plant to North American eaters.”

Newsweek names L’Oréal, Unilever, CVS 2017’s Top Corporate Sustainability Performers

Sustainable Brands

Newsweek has released the results of its 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, an annual assessment of the sustainability performance of the largest publicly-traded companies in the US and the world by revenue. This year, beauty giant L’Oréal came out on top, ranking as the top-performing global company and best performing personal products company.

Philip Morris says it’s ‘trying to give up cigarettes’ in 2018


“Tobacco giant Philip Morris International took out full-page ads in several British newspapers this week proclaiming the company’s 2018 New Year’s resolution as ‘trying to give up cigarettes.’

‘Our ambition is to stop selling cigarettes in the UK,’ the ad says, according to a screenshot from Business Insider. The message says even though it’s best for smokers to quit, many will continue to smoke.”

New calculator illustrates extent, environmental impacts of US meat consumption

Sustainable Brands

“The US consumes more meat than any other country in the world. But what does this mean for consumers on a personal level? Blitz Results has created a new calculator that shows users the impact of their dietary decisions on the environment. The tool calculates the resources required for an individual’s consumption of meat, and provides users with a glimpse at how eating vegetarian alternatives can help drive down their impact.

Dave Stangis, CSO of Campbell’s, on his new book and the future of sustainability

Erb Perspective Blog

“Dave Stangis has been in the sustainability business for over 20 years. As of last year, he quite literally wrote the book on sustainability—twice. The Campbell’s vice president of corporate responsibility and chief sustainability officer first co-authored 21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business last March, and he quickly followed up with The Executive’s Guide to 21st Century Corporate Citizenship: How Your Company Can Win the Battle for Reputation and Impact in August.

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