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Cornell University joins consortium to work for sustainable business supply chains

By Eric Reinhardt


ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for Sustainability has joined the Sustainability Consortium (TSC) as the school seeks to work for “greener” consumer products, supply chains, and commercial trade.

Cornell University is working with TSC in areas that include sustainability research projects, digital agriculture, conservation finance, metrics and public policy.

Formed in 2009, TSC is jointly administered by Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas and works to help companies create more sustainable consumer products. TSC is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

With more than 100 corporate, academic and nongovernmental organization members, the consortium explores paths to address “environmental, social, and economic imperatives in business supply chains,” Cornell said in a news release. TSC’s members include Amazon (NASDAQ” AMZN), ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB), Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL), PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), Walmart (NYSE: WMT), and the World Wildlife Fund.

TSC and Cornell Atkinson will work to connect faculty, staff, and students from Cornell’s colleges and schools with ongoing TSC projects. The projects focus on sustainability research into “globally-relevant, scientifically-credible business tools that support innovation” in consumer-product sustainability.

The partnership will also spur new projects to influence decision making at corporate and policy levels; advance conservation finance to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices and investment, and help catalyze innovation.

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