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Metafore Newsletter: In Focus, January 21, 2007

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:03 AM This newsletter was made possible through support provided by the Global Development Alliance and the Office of Environmental and Natural Resources, Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade, U.S. Agency for International Development, and by the USDA Forest Service International Programs, under the terms of Award No. 03-DG-11132762-027. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the USDA Forest Service.
Metafore Editorial Editor's Note: The following is a commentary by Metafore President and CEO David Ford; A coalition for firm limit on emissions; Beyond the green corporation; New program launched to cut paper use; Sustainable supermarkets: An emissions trading scheme for tomatoes?; Malaysia, European Commission start talks to certify timber; Weyerhaeuser-Domtar deal gets Canadian antitrust OK; Catalyst board accepts two resignations, search for successors underway; Neenah Paper’s Recycling Program Featured on History Channel; Procter & Gamble Professional Launches Green Website; Barama’s FSC certificate suspended

 

 

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January 21, 2007

Metafore Editorial
Editor's Note: The following is a commentary by Metafore President and CEO David Ford

Catalyst CEO steps down, but his influence will be felt for years
This past week saw an end of an era at Catalyst Paper Corporation. The Catalyst Board announced that Russ Horner, president and CEO, is leaving the corporation after more than 30 years of service (see Catalyst press release within this In Focus edition). I, for one, am sad to see him go.

During his tenure as Catalyst's CEO, Russ' vision and leadership set him apart from his peers. Not a flamboyant leader by nature, his actions were louder than his words.

Read the full editorial...

News Stories
A coalition for firm limit on emissions

From The New York Times:
Ten major companies with operations across the economy — utilities, manufacturing, petroleum, chemicals and financial services — have banded together with leading environmental groups to call for a firm nationwide limit on carbon dioxide emissions that would lead to reductions of 10 to 30 percent over the next 15 years.

Introduction of this group, which includes industry giants like General Electric, DuPont and Alcoa, is aimed at adding to the recent impetus for Congressional action on emissions controls and the creation of a market in which allowances to emit carbon dioxide could be traded in a way that achieves the greatest reduction at the lowest cost.

Read the story…

Related News: GE, AES partner to offset climate emission

Beyond the green corporation
Imagine a world in which eco-friendly and socially responsible practices actually help a company's bottom line. It's closer than you think.
From Business Week: Under conventional notions of how to run a conglomerate like Unilever, CEO Patrick Cescau should wake up each morning with a laserlike focus: how to sell more soap and shampoo than Procter & Gamble Co. (PG ) But ask Cescau about the $52 billion Dutch-British giant's biggest strategic challenges for the 21st century, and the conversation roams from water-deprived villages in Africa to the planet's warming climate.

Details…

New program launched to cut paper use
From Easier Finance:
HSBC’s campaign to cut down on its use of paper has reached a major milestone, with HSBC customers turning off paper statements for one million current accounts, savings accounts and mortgages.

And this year, customers of HSBC and its subsidiary firstdirect who choose not to receive paper statements will also be helping to plant 20,000 trees in the UK as part of the HSBC Virtual Forest programme.

The full story…

Sustainable supermarkets: An emissions trading scheme for tomatoes?
From Ethical Corporation:
As the UK government starts to act on climate change, supermarkets could play a leading role in weaning the country off carbon.

Since the esteemed economist Sir Nicholas Stern called climate change “the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen”, carbon dioxide, and how to cut it, has become the hot topic in UK public policy.

Now supermarkets, along with banks, hotel chains and universities, are the subject of a proposed emissions trading scheme.

Read on…

Related News: Marks and Spencer commits to ethical trading

Malaysia, European Commission start talks to certify timber
From The Edge:
Malaysia and the European Commission (EC) have started formal talks to verify and certify tropical timber under the scheme, which would ensure the legality of Malaysian exports.

Malaysia is the first country outside the European Union to start such talks on the voluntary partnership agreement scheme on the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT).

Read on…

Weyerhaeuser-Domtar deal gets Canadian antitrust OK
From Portland Business Journal:
Weyerhaeuser Co.'s $3.3 billion deal to combine its fine paper business with Canadian paper products maker Domtar Inc. has been approved by the Canadian Competition Bureau.
The deal, announced in August, will create a company called the "new Domtar" and will be 55 percent owned by the Federal Way, Wash.-based forest products giant (NYSE: WY).

Details…

Press Releases
Catalyst board accepts two resignations, search for successors underway
Catalyst Paper Corporation's board of directors has accepted the resignations of two executives who have elected to exercise change of control agreements.

More…

Neenah Paper’s Recycling Program Featured on History Channel
Neenah Paper will appear on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels program during the “Environmental Tech” episode on January 24, which focuses on recycling. Neenah’s application of sustainable technology at it Neenah, Wis., mill will be featured during the program.

Read the release…

Procter & Gamble Professional Launches Green Website
Procter & Gamble Professional (PGP), the away-from-home division of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble, has launched a Web site outlining its approach to providing environmentally responsible cleaning products. The P&G Pro Line™ Green Guarantee Web site, found at http://www.greenguarantee.com, highlights PGP’s stringent environmental standards, as well as the holistic approach its research and development team follows for creating each product.

The full release…

Barama’s FSC certificate suspended
Barama Company Limited's (BCL) certification from the international Forest Stewardship Council has been suspended since the company failed to comply with certain conditions under the certificate, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says.

The release in full…

 

 

   
 
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