Lack of climate data in Smucker’s CSR report brings investor action |

Climate change will be one of the issues to be debated at tomorrow’s annual General Meeting of the Smucker’s food conglomerate. The company, which derives 40 percent of its revenue from its Folger’s coffee business, has on its proxy ballot a shareowner resolution submitted by Calvert Investments and Trillium Asset Management, which, according to a press release, calls for “detailed disclosure by the company about climate-related risks to the Folgers Coffee and other brands.”

The resolution, which was filed in March, predated the publication of company’s 38-page 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report, according to the press release, “contained only one page devoted to coffee and none to climate change.”

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Starbucks tests how coffee cups fare in NYC’s recycling stream |

[I like small coffeehouses over the chain places, but this story about Starbucks on is worth spreading around. Below are the first couple of paragraphs and a link to the rest of the story. – KM]

OAKLAND, CA — Starbucks is using New York City as a testing ground for recycling its ubiquitous coffee cups. If successful, it could mean the 3 billion cups it uses each year could go to recycling bins instead of landfills.

During a nine-week test, which started in mid-September and runs through November, 86 Starbucks locations in New York City will provide in-store recycling bins for cups and send them off to be recycled.

“We are testing the capability of the infrastructure to handle and accept our cups in the system,” said Jim Hanna, Starbucks’ director of environmental impact. Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has a self-imposed goal to only provide reusable or recyclable cups by 2015.

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Dine Out for the Gulf Coast

From June 10-12, 2010, participating restaurants throughout the United States will set aside a portion of profits to help those directly affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to support the long-term restoration of the treasured coast.

Click here to learn more.