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  Rio + 20: It’s Necessary To Go Beyond Intentions
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will take place in Rio de Janeiro this coming June, drawing attention to the idea that building a Sustainable Economy is possible. Business leaders must play a key role in these discussions and be called upon to take action.
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  Unilever’s Head of Sustainability Talks Progress, Difficulties and Competition
Unilever reported on the progress it’s making towards meeting an ambitious commitment to take responsibility for the impacts of sourcing raw materials all the way through to the consumer’s use of its products to cook, clean and wash. Unilever’s Senior Vice President of Sustainability Gavin Neath told SustainableBrands the company’s progress over the first 18 months of implementation has exceeded his expectations, embedding the plan much further into day-to-day activities than he could have hoped.
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  M&S Urges Customers to ‘Shwop’ Unwanted Clothing
UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) launched a new initiative to recycle as many items of clothing as it sells - 350 million a year. The company says unwanted clothes should be put to good use, not just thrown out, and it’s asking customers to “shwop” – give an unwanted piece of clothing every time they buy a new one. All M&S clothing stores will now accept unwanted clothing of any brand, all year round. The free service is aimed at creating a new ‘buy one, give one' culture, the company said. Through Oxfam, the clothes will be resold, reused or recycled and the money raised will go to help people living in poverty
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  Coke Studies Personal Carbon Allowances With The Carbon Trust
The Personal Carbon Allowances White Paper - jointly published by Coca-Cola and The Carbon Trust - explores how a personal carbon allowance might work in practice, and compares the concept to that of a daily nutritional allowance, which has already been successfully introduced to communicate the value of food and drink products. The paper includes lessons from a four-week consumer trial in Great Britain, which set a personal carbon allowance of 20Kg CO2 per day.
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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Creates Platform for Environmental and Social Investing
Initially the Investing with Impact platform will offer access to opportunities spanning public and private market products only through the firm's financial advisors. However Morgan Stanley Smith Barney said it will expand offerings on the platform over time.
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