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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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Business leaders prepare for limited UN climate deal in Paris

Upwards of 1,000 business representatives turned up at a business summit on tackling climate change in Paris this week. Photograph: HOUPLINE RENARD/SIPA/REX/HOUPLINE RENARD/SIPA/REX

Private sector could help close the expected shortfall in emissions reductions necessary to stop 2C of global warming warming, suggests Unilever CEO Paul Polman at climate and business summit in Paris . . . → Read More: Business leaders prepare for limited UN climate deal in Paris

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Companies cannot keep shying away from setting tough climate targets

In Paris this week business leaders called on governments to lock in the right frameworks and targets to help address climate change. Photograph: © redbrickstock.com/Alamy

Only a handful of companies are setting emission reduction targets in line with what climate scientists say is necessary – that must change

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Avery Dennison grant fuels waste-to-wealth opportunity in India

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As the appetite for consumer goods rises in India, so too does the amount of packaging waste, which gives its nascent recycling industry massive scope for growth

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Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change

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Performance index released at Lima climate talks puts Denmark in the best-performing slot, followed by Sweden and Britain

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Liquid Light finds use for polluting CO2 gas

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Innovative startup headed by modern-day alchemist Emily Cole plans to convert greenhouse gas into useful plastic products

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