Refiners union prepare for possible strike
Contract negotiations continued for United States refiners and the United Steelworkers union yesterday, with the possibility of a strike giving gasoline and diesel prices a slight bump. The union has been pushing for stronger safety measures in the industry. The negotiations cover refineries comprising 6.24 million barrels a day of capacity, about a third of the national total. United Steelworkers could start striking at those facilities if an agreement for a new, three-year national contract isn’t reached.
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World Soy Foundation and Cargill to host CSR conference on child nutrition
The World Soy Foundation and Cargill announce plans for Nicaragua’s first corporate responsibility conference focused on childhood nutrition. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the most recent study in Nicaragua shows that in 1998, 12% of Nicaraguan children less than five years old were underweight and 25% were stunted. Prior to the CSR Conference in February, Cargill will deliver textured soy protein to six Nicaraguan schools.
Coca-Cola on track to become ‘water neutral’ by 2020
Drinks giant Coca-Cola has unveiled how it will continue to hit “stringent” targets to reduce water usage in its first digital Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). As part of the Reasons to Believe sustainability report, which follows GRI sustainability reporting guidelines, ‘water stewardship’ is one of four key areas focused on by Coca-Cola. The company has also projected a 20% improvement in water efficiency by the end of 2012, which it says supports a long-term goal of becoming ‘water neutral’ by 2020.
China says it curbed spill of toxic metal in river
Officials in southern China appear to have averted environmental calamity by halting the spread of a toxic metal that had threatened to foul drinking water for tens of millions of people, the state media reported Monday. Officials said they had successfully diluted the concentration of cadmium, a poisonous component of batteries, which has been coursing down the Longjiang River in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
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