Preserving and Replenishing Brazil’s New Breadbasket

By Rodrigo Medeiros, Vice President, Conservation International Brazil, and Rodrigo Santos, President, Monsanto Brazil

By turning itself from a food importer into one of the world’s leading food exporters, Brazil has made itself into one of the great agricultural success stories of the last 40 years. But if you think that’s because Brazil has plowed up the Amazon rainforest, you need to read on.

Nestlé Recognized by CDP for Deforestation, Water Leadership


The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has named Nestlé as joint lead in the consumer staples sector for its deforestation efforts.

In its 2014 report on global forests, the environmental sustainability ratings agency commended Nestlé, among 152 companies, for its comprehensive assessment of risks and for the quality of its work to build capacity in the supply chain.

Safeway Surpasses Sustainable Palm Oil Goal Early


Safeway surpassed our goal to source 1 million pounds of responsibly produced palm oil in 2014 by sourcing over 2.6 million pounds of responsible palm oil as of October 1st. We also set a new goal for 2015.

The oil squeezed out of oil palm fruit is used in many different products and it comes from oil palm plantations based in tropical countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Nigeria. Some palm oil production has been linked to deforestation, wetland destruction and human rights violations, such as child labor and human trafficking.

Frontlines of Climate Change: Deforestation

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, deforestation is a major contributor to global warming.

Ever since plants and fungi colonized the land 500 million years ago, forests have provided essential habitat for countless living creatures. For humans, forests initially represented shelter, sustenance, and protection. The moment we discovered that we could make fire, the value of forests transformed. When we learned how to clear forests to cultivate crops and feed our livestock, their value proposition changed again.

Mars is on Track to Meet its Sustainable Palm Oil Sourcing Commitments


Mars, Inc. launched a new palm oil policy six months ago and recently released an update on its progress. The food manufacturer best known for its chocolate committed to developing a palm oil supply chain that is both sustainable and traceable by the end of this year.

Discuss the Most Relevant Issues in CR at the COMMIT!Forum and Let Your Voice Be Heard.


The COMMIT!Forum Issue Tables provide a relaxed setting for attendees to share their knowledge and insights on the most relevant corporate responsibility issues. 

As an attendee, you can attend this unique, intimate setting to discuss, debate, and share knowledge on the below issues. Each table will be chaired by an issue expert who will help guide and facilitate the conversation.

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Mars Company Profile: A Taste for Sustainability

Confectionary giant Mars is making strides to ensure its vast operations are on a sustainable footing

Mars, the confectionary giant, might seem as though it is from another planet with its lofty Five Principles, which include “mutuality” and “freedom”. How does the company stack up in practice on the corporate social responsibility front?

Zero Deforestation as the New Norm: Tackling Climate Change One Sector at a Time

By Erik Wohlgemuth, COO, Future 500

Too often, our political system sets today against tomorrow, environment against economy, and prosperity against sustainability.  Yet while government has been utterly gridlocked, forward-looking corporate, NGO, foundation, and SRI leaders are achieving important breakthroughs through the advancement of powerful procurement standards and new transparency tools with potential to transform (regulate) those industries.

Mars Inc. Raises the Bar for Sustainable Palm Oil

Mars Inc. is upping the ante regarding the sustainable palm oil market.

The manufacturer of the popular chocolate candy bars Mars Bar, 3 Musketeers and Twix announced its commitment yesterday to transition to 100 percent certified sustainable palm oil in its products by the end of 2014.

Mars Commits to Fully Sustainable Palm Oil Supply Chain

Mars has committed to implementing a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain by the end of the year, and has introduced a deforestation policy.

The food manufacturer behind M&Ms, Pedigree Chum and Uncle Ben's will adhere to industry standards to develop a fully traceable pipeline back to known palm oil processing mills.

The move is supported by the launch of a deforestation policywhere Mars will focus on other raw materials that have the "greatest impact on forests" such as beef, pulp and paper, and soy.


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