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November 1, 2010

Federal Trade Commission Proposes Revised "Green Guides"
The Federal Trade Commission recently proposed revisions to the guidance that it gives marketers to help them avoid making misleading environmental claims. The proposed changes are designed to update the Guides and make them easier for companies to understand and use.

The FTC is seeking public comments on the proposed changes until December 10, 2010, after which it will decide which changes to make final.

Read the FTC Release Statement �
Proposed Guides (PDF)
Proposal Summary (PDF) �
November 1st Launch of ISO 26000 Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility
1 November sees the launch of one of the most eagerly awaited ISO International Standards of recent years, ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on social responsibility, which provides guidance to both business and public sector organizations on social responsibility

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Greening Supply Chains in China: Practical Lessons from China-based Suppliers in Achieving Environmental Performance

This working paper highlights examples
of five companies operating in China
and illustrates the approaches they
have adopted to address environmental problems. The paper focuses on water pollution within China's challenging business landscape.

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MillerCoors Decreases Carbon Footprint
Often we think of big industries as big polluters. One of the nation's major beer manufacturers in Albany is working to change that image.

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Mars Inc. Among Keynote Speakers; Global Stakeholders to Address Cocoa Sustainability

More than 300 representatives from industry, government, development organizations, and research institutes in 32 countries around the globe are gathered in Washington today under the auspices of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) to address the most pressing issues in efforts to promote a sustainable cocoa economy.

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Dell Tops Newsweek's Greenest Companies
in America 2010

As a result of its environmental commitment and close collaboration with suppliers and customers, Dell has been named Newsweek's Greenest Company in America for 2010. The company moved to the top spot among Newsweek's Green Rankings from its No. 2 rank on the 500-company list last year.

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Electric Car Charging Stations Coming
to Best Buy

Folks looking to get eco-friendly with an
electric car-or at least put part of their carbon footprint out of sight over the hills-will soon have one more place they can drive their ultra-quiet vehicles: Ecotality has announced a deal with electronics retailer Best Buy (PDF) to install Blink EV charging stations at 12 Best Buy locations in Arizona, California, and Washington
by March 2011.

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Syngenta Donates $1000 to Maryland Food Bank on Behalf of Halex GT and Weeding
Out Hunger

DNL_SyngentaCornuring the month of September, as part of Hunger Action Month, the Maryland Food Bank received $1,000 on behalf of Weeding out Hunger™, a hunger-relief campaign based on grower purchases of Halex� GT corn herbicide.

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Henkel India Announces Eco-petition 2010
Henkel India Ltd. announced its popular national level paper presentation `Henkel Eco-petition' for students on environmental issues. The annual contest, spear-headed by Henkel India since 2005 has received wide acclaim and has become a regular event on the school calendar. This year "Henkel Eco-petition" will address ways
of reducing and reusing resources, which
is the need of the hour.

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Seventh Generation Gets Top Grade Again
The new edition of the Better World Shopping Guide has just been released, and in it (we once again note with no small amount of well-earned pride!) Seventh Generation has been named the very best company on Earth.

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Disney Friends for Change Funds Child Rescue Mission Campaigns
Child Rescue Mission Sierra Leone (CRM-SL) a community based organization operating in the Eastern Region of Sierra Leone last Saturday the 2nd of October, 2010 concluded a one day sensitization campaign on the theme "Addressing the Unfriendly Environmental Measures" within Communities in post war Sierra Leone and the control of Waste Management in rural areas in Sierra Leone.

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L'Oreal's Newest Color Line Used in First Certified Green Hair Salon in the State of Maine
GreenSpaces announced today that Fringe Hair Art of Kennebunkport Maine has completed its Green Business Certification, making it the first Certified Green Hair Salon in the State of Maine.

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Colgate-Palmolive Pakistan Donates Rs 2.2 Million to Flood Survivors
Colgate-Palmolive Pakistan and their partner stores held special ceremonies in which 22 lakh rupees collected for flood relief were presented by cheques to the respective trusts involved. Colgate-Palmolive joined hands with 36 large superstores in various parts of the country to start a relief initiative for flood affectees.

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Recent Events

Fall 2010 Steering
Committee Meeting

Oct. 20-21
Fort Worth, TX

Fall 2010 Consumer
Science Meeting
Oct. 19

Fort Worth, TX

Future Events

Science Meeting
Nov. 15-16

Chicago, IL

Home & Personal
Care Meeting Webinar
Nov. 19

Food, Beverage,
& Agriculture Meeting
Jan. 12-14, 2011

Location TBD

Assurance Working
Group Meeting
Jan. 2011

Location TBD

Home & Personal
Care Meeting
Feb. 2011

Location TBD


Organizational Buyers and Merchants

Call for Participation: The Sustainability Consortium is still requesting volunteers for a study on the information requirements, organizational influences, and decision making process of organizational buyers and retail merchants with regard to sustainable purchasing.

We are looking for 3-10 buyers from each company to participate in a 1 hour semi-structured interview.

For more details, contact:

Chris Mackenzie
Kevin Dooley

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