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2015 Global Sustainability Summit Blog Series: Natural Capital in Business – From Concept to Practice »

August 20, 2015

By: Meghan Stasz, Director, Sustainability

On stage at the FMI-GMA Global Sustainability Summit this afternoon, we have a general session on a concept called “natural capital.” This is a new term to many, but an old concept. The idea is that the natural environment- biodiversity and a stable climate-is an important resource; one that has direct value to businesses in how they operate.

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2015 Global Sustainability Summit Blog Series: Expert Insights into COP21 »

August 20, 2015

By: Meghan Stasz, Director, Sustainability

Today at the Global Sustainability Summit, we had a fascinating general session on the upcoming United Nations (UN) Climate Negotiations in Paris this December. The speakers, David Wei and Jorgette Marinez, are with BSR, a leading nonprofit research and advisory firm. They both have deep expertise in our industry and these issues; Jorgette spent several years with PepsiCo leading global supplier CSR assurance and David was a climate diplomat for the Marshall Islands.

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Food Safety Modernization Act Final Rules; The Final Countdown »

August 12, 2015

By: Samantha Cooper, Manager, Food Safety and Quality Assurance

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has been described as the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, shifting the focus from responding to safety issues to preventing them from occurring.

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From Packaged Goods to Sustainability; How the CPG Industry is Shrinking Their Footprint »

August 5, 2015

By: Meghan Stasz, Director, Sustainability

At GMA, we work with our member companies on a range of sustainability topics. Imagine the complexities that go into running food or consumer products businesses in the U.S. or globally, then you can start to imagine all the sustainability issues our member companies might face.

The good news is these businesses are on the forefront of sustainability best practices. For example, we know from the experts at CDP, a leading nonprofit reporting on sustainability metrics, that our industry has outperformed the S&P 500 on both carbon and water performance for the past several years. From packaging to energy efficiency to sustainable sourcing, our industry leads in many sustainability areas.

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Salmonella in Raw Poultry Products? –How to Protect Your Family »

August 3, 2015

By: Jennifer McEntire, PhD, Vice President, Science Operations, Lloyd Hontz, Senior Director of Science Policy, Compliance and Inspection and Melinda Hayman, PhD, Director of Microbiology

You may have heard about recent Salmonella outbreaks associated with raw chicken products. We know that this pathogen (which generally causes diarrhea and vomiting, but can also cause much more severe illness or death) is often associated with chickens. People can become infected by touching and petting chicks, or by eating contaminated food, including chicken.

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Why State Government Affairs Professionals Never Sleep »

July 30, 2015

By: Mandy N. Hagan, Esq., Vice President State Affairs and Grassroots

Threats to how a company does business in a state can pop up in some unexpected places. In state legislatures, a bill can be introduced and go all the way through the legislative process in as little as 30 days. If you aren’t staying on top of every bill, in every state, then you’re not at the table: you’re on the menu. This is especially true in times of revenue shortfalls for state budgets.

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