Going Green: Sustainability News 25th Sept

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Going Green: Mars Commits $1BN to Sustainable Change

Mars, the global confectionery and pet-food leader, has reaffirmed its commitment to ‘Going Green’ with updated net-zero targets. This marks their second pledge adjustment in less than two years. Not only that, but they have set an ambitious goal is to slash carbon emissions by 50%—equivalent to about 15 million metric tons. 

Furthermore, this is across their entire value chain by 2030, based on a 2015 baseline, as validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative.

While Mars initially aimed for a 27% reduction by 2025 from the 2015 baseline, recent reports indicate an 8% decrease, amounting to 2.6 million metric tons. This progress is noteworthy considering a 60% business growth during the same period.

To achieve these targets, the privately-owned company plans to invest $1 billion over the next three years. With that in mind, their new action plan, the Net Zero Roadmap, outlines strategies to expedite emissions reduction. Although the ultimate goal of net-zero remains set for 2050, CEO Poul Weihrauch emphasises the critical role of the next seven years in effecting meaningful change.

Going Green - Mars is doubling down on its sustainability actions
Mars is doubling down on its sustainability actions

Mars’ comprehensive net-zero approach encompasses a shift to 100% renewable energy, supply chain reconfiguration to combat deforestation, and collaboration with farmers on regenerative agriculture initiatives. This recent commitment builds on their prior emission reductions, showcasing their dedication to a sustainable future. For further inspiring updates, stay tuned. Together, we can make a profound impact on our planet’s health.

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Going Green: Patagonia Becomes Top Sustainability Leader

The 2023 Sustainability Leaders Survey sheds light on the pivotal role of ‘Going Green’ as businesses integrate sustainability into their strategies. Drawing insights from over 500 sustainability experts across 60+ countries, this year’s findings reflect the global commitment to a more eco-conscious future.

Despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical shifts like the war in Ukraine, sustainability leaders persist in their mission to create a sustainable global economy and society. Not only that, but governments, companies, and individuals alike are determined to drive change.

Among the key findings, climate change remains a top concern, closely followed by issues like deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water scarcity. Sustainability legislation, disclosure standards, and agreements like COP15 play significant roles in advancing the sustainability agenda.

Patagonia takes the lead as the top corporate sustainability leader, surpassing Unilever. 

Going Green - Patagonia has reached the peak of the sustainable business mountain
Patagonia has reached the peak of the sustainable business mountain

Explore the full report to dive deeper into these insights and join us in championing sustainability and ‘Going Green.’ Read on for your final weekly dose of inspiration for a greener world.

Going Green: Amazon Helping Sellers To Go Green

Amazon is taking strides in ‘Going Green’ by launching an initiative aimed at helping its third-party sellers. These sellers account for a substantial 60% of Amazon sales. The aim is to help them to reduce their carbon footprint and adopt eco-friendly practices. This initiative aligns with Amazon’s own sustainability goals. The newly introduced Sustainability Solutions Hub serves as a central resource. It offers a range of services to sellers, including the Climate Pledge Friendly badging system.

 As well as this, the Amazon Renewed for product refurbishment, and the Ships In Product Packaging program minimise packaging waste.

Kara Hurst, Amazon’s head of worldwide sustainability, emphasises their commitment to assisting sellers with knowledge, products, and tools to promote sustainability. The platform will become available in October to merchants in several countries, providing valuable metrics and a list of vendors for eco-certification and sustainable materials sourcing.

Amazon’s proactive approach extends to redesigning packages through the Ships In Product Packaging service, ensuring safe deliveries without additional boxes. This environmentally conscious move is expected to help reduce emissions, benefiting both sellers and Amazon.

Going Green - Amazon's new sustainability hub will help sellers go green
Amazon's new sustainability hub will help sellers go green

That’s our last news story of the week. Lots of inspirational change is happening and we hope it inspires you to join the movement of change for a better, more sustainable tomorrow.

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