ESG News Review 23 — 29 August 2014

1 09 2014

Nestlé appeared among the most praised companies last week as Nespresso launched its 2020 Sustainability ambition, The Positive Cup, and the Nespresso Sustainable Development Fund, a strategy based on a CHF 500 million investment aiming at improving farmer welfare and driving environmental sustainability in coffee sourcing and consumption. Verizon announced that it will invest nearly […]

ESG News Review 24 — 30 May 2014

2 06 2014

Nestlé was among the most praised companies last week as it is supporting a new strategy organized by the World Cocoa Foundation to promote sustainability in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana; the plan, named ‘CocoaAction’, will help to coordinate and align the sustainability efforts of the world’s largest suppliers and buyers […]

ESG News Review 15 — 21 March 2014

24 03 2014

First Solar was among the most praised companies last week as it signed a power purchase agreement with Shams Ma’an Power Generation for a planned 52.5 megawatt solar power plant in Jordan. PepsiCo said it is rolling out a new land policy “with zero tolerance for illegal activities in our supply chain and for land […]

Major investor coalition seeks disclosure of US corporate lobbying expenditure

20 01 2012

A group of US investment institutions have filed shareholder resolutions at 40 companies calling on them to report on their spending on direct lobbying and lobbying via trade associations. The group wants greater transparency on how companies influence regulation and law-making. Backers of the initiative include investors such as the $134bn (€104bn) New York State […]

PepsiCo to Partner with China’s Ministry of Agriculture to Promote Sustainable Farming

19 09 2011

PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China to promote sustainable agriculture projects and accelerate the development of the Chinese countryside. As part of the joint initiative, PepsiCo and the Ministry of Agriculture will build and operate demonstration […]

Food companies on quest for the next generation of healthy

21 03 2011

For decades, packaged-food companies have been reducing fat and calories in their products. More recently the industry undertook a broad-based effort to eliminate trans fats, and even high-fructose corn syrup. But today, big food is at a crossroads. The companies that introduced products such as Doritos, Miracle Whip, Butterfinger and the venti caramel Frappuccino now […]

Tropicana: Trying to Make a Greener Orange Juice

11 03 2010

How green is your orange juice? A couple of years ago, PepsiCo, which owns the orange-juice brand Tropicana, tried to size up the carbon footprint of the popular morning tonic. It found that each half-gallon carton of OJ is responsible for 3.75 lbs. of CO2. What was particularly surprising was where much of that CO2 […]

The Pepsi Refresh Project Looks For 1000 New Ideas Every Month

8 02 2010

If you don’t see any Pepsi commercials tomorrow on the Superbowl, I’m here to tell you where all that money is going instead: on making the world a better place.  That’s right.  Pepsi is set to spend more than $20 million this year to benefit causes proposed by the public in the areas of health, […]

Giants pledge emissions cut

12 12 2009

Unilever and Coca-Cola, two of the world’s biggest companies, have launched a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the $1,000bn global consumer goods industry by changing the behaviour of customers and suppliers. Other multinationals, including PepsiCo, Kimberly Clark and Alcoa, are expected to join the initiative, according to one executive involved. It reflects the […]

PepsiCo Joins Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to Help Reduce Obesity in the U.S.

5 10 2009

PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP), one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, announced that it will expand its existing efforts to help reduce obesity in the United States by joining the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) (see also Obesity). A first-of-its-kind endeavor, the HWCF involves the collaboration of more than 40 members of the food […]