Dannon hands down sustainability standards to farmers

In the latest example of a major food company embedding sustainability and responsible sourcing into their supply chain, yogurt giant Dannon is set to announce that farmers must adhere to “Dannon-dictated animal welfare standards and work to improve and conserve soil on their farms,” The New York Times reports. As Sustainly documents in its most recent Trend Briefing on Food and Drink, Dannon’s move can be explained by a growing need from all producers to “tap into the public’s growing concern about the source of its food,” as the NYT writes.

Google, Uber et al lobby for self-driving vehicles

Some of world’s biggest transportation companies have joined together to speed up the adoption of self-driving vehicles on America’s roads, The Verge reports. Google, Ford, Uber, Lyft and Volvo have launched a new lobbying group called the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. “It's a power move by some of the most high-profile names behind the still nascent technology, made at a time when regulators and policymakers in Washington, DC are still wrapping their heads around the concept of self-driving cars,” The Verge writes.

Self-drive trucks complete cross Europe experiment

Over on this side of the pond the self-drive revolution is also continuing apace. The Guardian reports that multiple convoys of wirelessly-connected trucks (known as truck platoons apparently) have just successfully completed self-driving trips from factories in Sweden and Germany all ending up in Rotterdam. For this experiment human drivers were on board even though the trucks drove themselves but Dutch infrastructure and environment minister, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, believes the future is clear. “Truck platooning will ensure cleaner and more efficient transport. Self-driving vehicles also contribute to road safety because most accidents are caused by human failure,” she told the Guardian.

Why your company needs a mission not a CSR program

That’s the opinion shared in a 3BL Media post as it considers what Millennials seek in a company they admire and want to work for. Writer Scott Davis from Versaic argues that while corporate social responsibility is important for attracting millennial talent they don’t want to a community or social commitment baked into the company’s mission, not parcelled out into a CSR department. All sound thinking and you don’t have to be a Millennial to share that opinion.

The Sharing Economy made simple

Finally today, still trying to get your head around sharing services rather than owning more stuff? The BBC has this boilerplate explainer of the so-called Sharing Economy that will have an estimated value of $335 billion by 2025.

 

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