A curated roundup of news impacting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- Unilever believes it has developed a growth plan that will be good for the triple bottom line: planet, people and profits. The group is gearing up for a restructure that will see its nutrition brands become a stand-alone unit separated from its ice cream operations.
- Plenty secured $400 million in its Series E funding round, which marks the largest investment to date in indoor farming. It also signed a long-term commercial agreement with Walmart, one of the round’s investors, to bring fresh produce from Plenty’s Compton farm to Walmart stores across California.
ISS Reduces Hunger, Diverts Surplus Food with New Program (23 March 2022)
- ISS A/S (ISS), a leading integrated facilities management and employee experience company, has announced the adoption of a new program that reduces community hunger by diverting excess food to local charities.
- Today, the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment (PCFWC) announced that Sodexo US and Walmart U.S. have publicly committed to support and work towards PCFWC’s goal to reduce and prevent food waste by 50% along the West Coast of the United States by 2030 as a climate change solution.
Plastic Waste/Circular Economy
War on plastic waste gets $60 million budget boost (21 March 2022)
- The government’s recycling development fund will receive a $60 million boost in the federal budget, with the national science agency to also launch a plastics recycling research program.
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New Members join the Foundation’s Network (21 March 2022)
The Foundation’s Network is pleased to welcome six new Members, including businesses, emerging innovators, and a university, to the Foundation’s Network. These organisations share an ambition to transform the way they work. The Foundation’s Network looks forward to supporting them, and facilitating collaboration opportunities with other Network organisations, as they strive to accelerate the global transition to a circular economy.
Kickstart: Who’s going to fill the circular economy’s gaps? (17 March 2022)
- While a lot of companies are talking about using more post-consumer recycled plastics in their packaging, there’s a massive shortfall between the amount of plastics collected and the amount needed to hit those goals.
- The longest experimental study on corals to date, a 22-month project that replicated current and future ocean conditions, suggests Hawaiian corals can remain resilient as climate change makes seawater warmer and more acidic.
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- A new study has revealed that as the atmosphere and oceans warm, marine cold spells are becoming less intense and less frequent. The study was published in the journal, ‘American Geophysical Union.’Today, the oceans experience just 25 per cent of the number of cold spell days they did in the 1980s, and cold spells are about 15 per cent less intense, researchers found.
- The ocean was once thought to be too vast to be changed by human activity. However, evidence shows that the burden on ocean ecosystems is growing from pollution, overfishing and climate change.
- The COVID pandemic has rightly received most of the blame for global supply chain upheavals in the last two years. But the less publicized threat to supply chains from climate change poses a far more serious threat and is already being felt, scholars and experts say.
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- “Early warnings and action save lives,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message during a ceremony marking the day, adding that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) would “spearhead new action to ensure every person on Earth is protected by early warning systems within five years.”
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- The private sector must do more to advance gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community as it continues to be impacted by a range of interconnected emergencies Sanda Ojiambo, the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact noted in her opening remarks at TARGET GENDER EQUALITY LIVE, which took place today during the 66th Commission on the Status of Women.