TSC 2014 Key Highlights


2014 has been a great year for The Sustainability Consortium and our mission to help drive consumer product sustainability.


Our bench strength was enhanced with the addition of Sheila Bonini, who joined as CEO in September, and Susan Arnot Heaney, who will be helping spotlight the sustainability stories and impact of our Members, including the nearly 20 that joined this year. 


In January TSC will welcome newly elected Board members:

  • Ben Packard, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jonathan Atwood, Unilever
  • Pete He, Henkel Consumer Goods Inc.
  • Tim Carey, PepsiCo.  

We extend our thanks to the Board of Directors who have completed their term of office: Charlene Wall-Warren, BASF; Karen Hamilton, Unilever; Kim Marotta, MillerCoors; and Marcela Hahn, CARE International.


A key 2014 achievement was building a robust Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System, including 110 Product Sustainability Toolkits across 8 sectors, with more to come in 2015. We also created Seafood Sustainability Program principles, Animal Welfare Programs Map and Used Electronics Management Program Principles and grew Commodity Mapping project. We've already sold 1,650 toolkit licenses through the
SAP Product Stewardship Network.


TSC launched a new, user-friendly Member Portal with rich content for our Members,
and held our first-ever Member Summit in Europe.


Looking ahead to 2015 and beyond, TSC is focused on the next generation of tools
to drive product sustainability; implementation services to support our Members; a
nd new innovative projects. In February TSC is proud to be a Premier Partner of 
GreenBiz Forum, including a number of sessions led by our sustainability experts and one half day session that is open to all TSC Members as well as GreenBiz "All Access" registrants. Later in the Spring we will hold our next Member Summit, back
in the US after our first European Summit this past fall.


Best wishes to all for a wonderful new year.

TSC in the News

the rising tide that lifts all boats?


December 5, 2014

By Tim Greiner, Sustainable Brands


A whopping 97 percent of environmental impacts in the retail sector come from the product itself - from raw materials, transportation and product manufacturing. With impacts so heavily weighted in the supply chain, retailers are increasingly and creatively wading upstream to partner with their suppliers on their greatest impacts. The key to success lies in selecting the appropriate supplier engagement method and then using that approach as a vehicle to deeper collaboration. But can successful retailer approaches truly motivate meaningful supply chain improvements? Read More

LESS MEANS MORE: Companies throughout the
household and personal 
care industry continue to
make their products and 
practices more sustainable.

December 4, 2014

By Christine Esposito, HAPPI


Happi interviewed Sarah E. Lewis, Ph.D., managing director, research and integration
at The Sustainability Consortium, which has more than 90 members including respected players in household and personal care, such as Church & Dwight, Colgate-Palmolive, L'Or´┐Żal, SealedAir, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, The Clorox Company, Johnson & Johnson and Earth Friendly Products. Happi asked Dr. Lewis about strides made in the household
and personal care industry, where US consumers stand in terms of their actions and understanding of this complex issue, and more. Read More

TWO STEPS FORWARD: Sheila Bonini and the
future of The Sustainability Consortium.

December 1, 2014

By Joel Makower, GreenBiz


Two months ago, Sheila Bonini became the third chief executive of The Sustainability Consortium, a 5-year-old membership group comprising consumer packaged goods companies, their suppliers and a few retailers, notably Walmart, one of the organization's original conveners. Read More

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