Vol. 8 No. 4 – July/August 2017

Eliminating Food Waste: Dupont’s Tyvek a Critical Link in the Chain

p25_strawberries_preview By Thomas Schueneman I had a bowl of strawberries for breakfast this morning, which sounds unremarkable, even in the middle of February. Thanks to growers in Florida, Mexico, and South America, I can sit at my breakfast table in the middle of a California winter, munching away on strawberries. But for every strawberry delighting my palate, another is lost, wasted somewhere on the long road from farm to table. Of the 1.3 billion tons of food that is wasted every year, fruits, vegetables, and tubers have the highest loss: a staggering 50 percent. Fully one-third of all food produced globally for human consumption is wasted. In the U.S. the percentage of total food waste runs as high as one-half. Something to think about while enjoying my strawberries. Lost in transportation Food waste comes in a variety of flavors, at all stages of the value chain. Wasted food is a loss at an economic, social, and environmental level. Food waste is a serious global challenge, but the particulars of how and why it happens varies from region to region, says Steve Brabbs, Global Technology Leader for Transport Protection at DuPont Protection Solutions, who spoke with CR Magazine.

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Business Innovation Abounds in the San Diego Tijuana Border Region

p27_border_AdobeStock_1958236_preview By Carl Nettleton Stereotypes of the U.S. border abound, from the travails of immigrants to drug cartel excesses. However, another, future-looking story is emerging at the U.S. Mexico border where the cities of San Diego and Tijuana have become a hub for innovative approaches to health care, transportation, education, government, manufacturing and workforce development. San Diego and Tijuana are the two largest cities in the CaliBaja Bi-National MegaRegion which boasts morethan 6.5 million residents and includes San Diego County, Imperial County and Baja California in Mexico. Tijuana is home to more than 600 maquiladoras, factories in Mexico run by foreign companies who then export their products back to those countries. “These businesses have developed a new cross-border manufacturing co-creation model that involves binational collaboration in the engineering and design of products, of manufacturing processes, of software and other business functions. says Flavio Olivieri, the executive director of CaliBaja.

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Unpacking Corporate Responsibility at Amazon

p1cover_shutterstock_372185887_preview Thud. Another Amazon Prime package drops on the doorstep, a sound almost as common as the mailman’s steps themselves. For tens of millions of consumers, Prime is a gateway to everything from baby wipes to dinner to a quick fix for a misplaced wedding ring. Most shoppers use or have used Amazon, a fact that highlights the retailer’s power as well as its responsibility to be a good corporate citizen. At a time when trust in big business is flagging, the pioneering online retailer has an outsize presence, and any move it makes toward improving corporate responsibility promises to be a seismic shift that would influence all the industries impacted by Amazon’s meteoric growth – from food and electronics to web hosting and media. So what is the state of CR at Amazon? A CR Magazine review of its practices and strategy finds that Amazon has made significant progress in two major areas: packaging improvements and renewable energy commitments. These are both material issues for the company, a big deal from an environmental perspective, and deserve to be lauded.

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The Corporate Responsibility Association – Good for Business 2018

p8_shaking hands-AdobeStock_111736652_preview By John Howell  From medieval occupational guilds to today’s purpose-driven associations, professionals have gathered to share best practices, enhance professional development, and learn how their peers are addressing issues. And, of course, they join together to participate in the crucial network building of like-minded individuals and businesses that yields both insights and new business. The Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA) is a state-of-the-art business association for those companies and organizations that have or desire a strong focus on CR. Founded in 2007, the CRA was acquired last year by 3BL Media, the leading distribution service for news and information about corporate responsibility and sustainability. Today, the Association is stronger than ever. Members connect in a variety of ways: at the annual COMMIT!Forum conference, through the Brands Taking Stands Newsletter and the CR magazine, and in Thought Leadership Councils, monthly meetings organized around specific subject areas within CR.

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COMMIT!Forum 2017 – A Look Back

COMMIT!Forum emcees (L-R) Icema Gibbs, Aman Singh, and Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas This October, CSR and sustainability professionals from across the world gathered at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland for COMMIT!Forum: Brands Taking Stands. For two days, attendees networked, shared best practices and tools, engaged in healthy debate and celebrated success. Thank you to everyone who helped make COMMIT!Forum such a memorable event - the sponsors, presenters, moderators, planners, staff, attendees, media, and more. A special note of gratitude goes to the three emcees for the event (pictured above), who kept the agenda moving forward while providing keen insight throughout each day: Aman Singh, Editor in Chief & Head of Content, Futerra; Icema Gibbs, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, JetBlue; and Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Global Corporate Strategy Consultant. Whether you were unable to participate or attended and want to relive the excitement, we've compiled a selection of COMMIT!Forum coverage for CR Magazine readers.

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Congratulations to the 2017 Responsible CEO of the Year Award Winners!

commit forum_A9_02861 On October 12, CR Magazine recognized the winners of the 10th annual Responsible CEO of the Year awards. These awards are presented to CEOs that visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, sustainability, human rights, philanthropy and corporate responsibility practices. The 2017 award winners were honored at CR Magazine’s Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner, which took place at the COMMIT!Forum at MGM National Harbor, just outside Washington, D.C.. All award winners were nominated by fellow members of the CR community and selected by an independent judging panel comprised of previous winners and other industry leaders Here is a look at this year's honorees (in alphabetical order): CEO of the Year, Municipal/Nonprofit - Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation Continue reading →

CR Magazine – Fall/Winter 2017 Issue Now Available

FallWinter The latest issue of Corporate Responsibility Magazine has arrived, featuring over 40 pages of CSR success stories, best practices, commentaries, rankings, reports and more. This issue's cover story examines the 170-year history of WGL, an institution first founded to light the new Capitol in Washington, DC. Today, the company is constantly innovating its energy sources to bring affordable, sustainable energy to its customers. Additional highlights of the issue include:

Corporate Responsibility Practitioner Roundup: Whirlpool Corporation

The Zera Food Recycler from Whirlpool Corporation's innovation incubator WLabs While in Detroit for Sustainable Brands, CR Magazine spoke with Ron Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director, Whirlpool Corporation. Ron is also on the Board of Directors at the Alliance for Water Efficiency. CRMag: As a practitioner, how does telling the CR story feel different from everyday sales & marketing? Ron Voglewede: It gives us an ability to talk about the why, not just the what. It is truly a forum to bring to life our continued focus on delivering on what matters and to show our continued progress and building better lives and communities, in addition to products that deliver a better quality of life for people around the globe. CRMag: How has your understanding of CR's value proposition — both within your company or sector and as a general matter — evolved over time? RV: At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe in an authentic approach to everything we do.

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WGL Looks Ahead to Efficient, Sustainable Energy

Lighting a Washington Gas lamp, ca. 1940 By Leon Kaye Few institutions in the nation’s capital are older than WGL Holdings. Its history dates back to 1848, the same year the Washington Monument’s construction began and 15 years before the U.S. Capitol’s iconic dome was completed. In fact, one of the company’s first projects (when it was known as Washington Gas) was to build a power plant that could reliably source and deliver gas necessary to light the Capitol’s dome. In addition, one of the chartered company’s most important missions was to ensure D.C.’s streets were safely lit at night. A decade after its founding, the company boasted 30 miles of gas mains, 500 street lights and 1,700 customers. No one talked about “sustainability” or “energy efficiency” during the mid-nineteenth century, though Washington Gas had already become adept at procuring natural gas and coal at a competitive price – necessary to accommodate the rapidly-growing city and crucial when the country lurched into the Civil War.

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Apparel Companies Unite to Measure and Improve Sustainability

Donated-photo-from-adidas-shoe By Alexandra Rosas It’s hard to imagine two brands more different  than Walmart and Patagonia, yet in 2009 they aligned their unique strengths and issued a call to the industry. In an invitation to some of the world’s largest retailers, then Walmart chief merchandising officer, John Fleming, and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard proposed an industry collaboration unlike any attempted before. The idea was to join competitors together to develop an index to measure the environmental impact of their products. The benefits, if the idea was successful and didn’t implode before it even got off the ground, would not only be at the individual company level, but would transform the industry. With some very determined leaders willing to prioritize progress over risk, the first meeting of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) in 2010 included Patagonia, Walmart, Target, Gap, Kohl’s, Levi’s, Nike, JCPenney, Esquel, H&M, Hanes, Li & Fung, Marks & Spencer, The Otto Group, Continue reading →