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Why Now is the Time to Start Drinking Fair Trade Coffee

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Like other certifications, fair trade requires that a certain set of social and environmental standards be upheld. But fair trade farmers also earn a 20-cent social premium and an additional 30 cents per pound if their coffee is certified organic. And there's one other huge difference: Fair trade has a set minimum price, currently at $1.40 per pound, which protects farmers from falling prices.

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Like other certifications, fair trade requires that a certain set of social and environmental standards be upheld. But fair trade farmers also earn a 20-cent social premium and an additional 30 cents per pound if their coffee is certified organic. And there's one other huge difference: Fair trade has a set minimum price, currently at $1.40 per pound, which protects farmers from falling prices.

Bloomberg Leads with LEED

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At year end 2012, Bloomberg occupied 4.5 million square feet of office space. With the completion of our new London headquarters, Bloomberg Place (estimate 2017), 50% of employees will be working in LEED certified office space. To date, we have completed 14 LEED certified projects - 7 Platinum and 7 Gold and have a commitment that all new office space with more than 100+ employees will be LEED-certified GOLD or higher.

Learn more about this effort and others on the Bloomberg Sustainability Microsite.

CERTIFICATION: Materiality GRI Defining Report Content for The Financial Services Sector - 11/20 at Baruch College in NYC

Join Hideki Suzuki of Bloomberg, Marjella Alma of GRI Focal Point USA, and Herbert Blank of S-Networks (TRCRI) at Baruch College Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity For This Special One Day Course.
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November 11, 2013 /3BL Media/ - 

*NEW IN THE USA: As part of this workshop, participants will receive their Certificate of completion of the “GRI Certified Training Module on Defining Report Content” directly from the Global Reporting Initiative.

First Coffee, Now Fashion: Apparel Brands Seek Fair Trade Certification Despite Challenges

The same people who stirred a bit of morality into your morning cup of joe want to get into your overstuffed closet, too.
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Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit organization that certifies that goods made in developing countries meet certain standards related to wages and environmental impact, is several years into an effort to bring its standards to the clothing industry. The effort began quietly, but has recently started to gain momentum. Just a few weeks ago, Patagonia pledged to launch a Fair Trade certified line of yoga apparel.

SA8000 Spotlight: Interview with Princes Tuna Mauritius

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SA8000 Spotlight: Interview with Princes Tuna Mauritius

The Princes Tuna Mauritius canning facility has been SA8000 certified for ten years

2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of Prince Tuna Mauritius' certification to the SA8000 Standard. The tuna canning facility, located in Port Louis, Mauritius, employs an estimated 2,054 workers. Over the past decade, the benefits of being a socially responsible company have become readily apparent to the company.

By Small Farmers, For Small Farmers

The Next Step in the Evolution of Fair Trade
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Written by: Phyllis Robinson

Alaskan Salmon & Sodexo: A Long, Sustainable Partnership

Leader in Quality of Life Services has and continues to support Alaska's fishing industry
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The issue surrounding MSC ceritification and the purchase of Alaska Salmon by major retailers and food service leaders continues to be hotly debated. In her recently published blog to clarify Sodexo's  position, vice president of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, Deborah Hecker writes:

At Sodexo, seafood sustainability is a top priority for each one of our 125,000 employees across North America.  

Weyerhaeuser Leads North America in Sustainable Forestry

More than 20 million acres certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative® standard
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FEDERAL WAY, Wash., August 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ - With the completed acquisition of Longview Timber’s approximately 645,000 acres of forestland in Washington state and Oregon in July, Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) now owns or manages approximately 20.5 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and Canada, making the company one of North America’s—and the world’s—largest private sustainable forestry operations.

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