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Decade of drought: a global tour of seven recent water crises

Projections for water stress in 2020, 2030 and 2040 indicate that the global picture is likely going to get worse. Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

With a chronic overuse of resources, it only takes a few bad rainfalls or poor management decisions to plunge a region into crisis

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Turning a bad reputation round can take years of good leadership

A group of garment workers protest against Nike claiming they were laid off without compensation from a Thai factory that produced garments for the company after the factory closed down. Photograph: Reuters Photographer / Reuters/REUTERS

A bad reputation can be hard to shake off and takes concerted efforts over the long-term – just ask Nike, Nestlé and Asia Pulp and Paper

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SC Johnson releases list of fragrances in its Glade air fresheners

SC Johnson disclosed the fragrance list of its Glade product line, which includes air fresheners and room sprays. Photograph: Richard T Nowitz/Corbis

The consumer product giant is the first multinational company to disclose fragrance ingredients, which are considered trade secrets, by product

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Do corporate mega mergers inhibit social responsibility?

A demonstrator holds a poster during a World March Against Monsanto event in Lisbon in May. Photograph: Armando Franca/AP

A Monsanto-Syngenta deal proposal is on the cards, but mega mergers can often stand in opposition to sustainable corporate culture

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Unilever, Patagonia cement their positions as the world’s most sustainable brands, says new report

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Interface, Marks and Spencer, Ikea and Nestle also made the list of top ranked companies in this year’s Sustainability Leaders Report

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The good, the bad and the ugly: sustainability at Nespresso

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The single-serve coffee maker supports growers, but also creates a lot of waste. Its story illustrates the power and limitations of corporate sustainability programs

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