Union Pacific Recognized as Top Green Provider for Fresh Food and Beverage Deliveries

Union Pacific is the first large North American railroad to be recognized as a Top Green Provider by Food Logistics. The publication’s annual list recognizes companies whose products, services or leadership enhances sustainability within the food and beverage industry.

Many foods travel by train before landing on tables across the world. Union Pacific’s expedited rail network offers fast, reliable delivery while saving fuel and reducing emissions, resulting in a more sustainable global food supply chain.

“Our team is committed to enhancing sustainability by continually seeking new ways to improve operating efficiency and investing in technology that reduces our environmental footprint,” said Jason Hess, Union Pacific’s vice president-Agricultural Products.

Union Pacific also was recognized for its dedication to investing in fuel-efficient equipment. One-hundred percent of the company’s refrigeration units meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) most stringent air emissions standards. Additionally, Union Pacific acquired 100 Tier 4 locomotives in 2015, which reduce particulate emissions from diesel locomotives by as much as 91 percent and oxides of nitrogen emissions by as much as 90 percent, compared to locomotives built prior to EPA standards.


Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America’s most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2006-2015, Union Pacific invested approximately $33 billion in its network and operations to support America’s transportation infrastructure. The railroad’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.


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3M’s 2016 Sustainability Report

As the global population marches toward 9 billion people, it is creating an even more urgent need to address sustainability challenges –from air pollution and water shortages to food safety and clean energy.

3M sees an opportunity to collectively overcome these challenges through innovation and collaboration.  As a company rooted in scientific exploration 3M partners with customers and communities to make the world cleaner, safer and stronger.  3M’s investments in sustainable technologies result in solutions such as glass bubbles that make cars lighter and more fuel efficient, films that make smartphones and buildings more energy efficient, and low global warming potential immersion fluid that cools data centers.

3M recently published its 2016 Sustainability Report. The Report provides an in-depth overview of the progress made toward applying 3M science to improve lives. Key recent achievements featured include:

  • Between 2002 and 2015, 3M voluntarily achieved a 69% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 3M’s visionary Pollution Prevention Pays program celebrated its 40th anniversary and has prevented over 2.1 million tons of pollutants and saved nearly $2 billon USD.
  • 3M reduced energy use nearly 30% from 2005 baseline (indexed to net sales.)
  • 3M announced a revised pulp and paper sourcing policy providing leading-edge expectations for suppliers to protect forests, critical habitats and forest communities worldwide; resulting in supplier collaboration with 98% of production paper purchases on sustainable paper sourcing.

Also in 2015, with an eye toward the future, 3M announced its 2025 Sustainability Goals.  These goals range from: investing in sustainable materials and energy efficiency, to water management and helping customers reach their sustainability goals through the use of 3M products, to building a diverse workforce and worker and patient safety in health care and industrial settings.

3M is committed to improving its business, the planet, and every life. Improving every life is an exciting endeavor and an ambitious one. It’s the right thing to do and at the core of who 3M is.

For more information and to join 3M on this journey, please visit www.3m.com/sustainability.

The Evolution of Smithfield’s Sustainability Program

Former Chief Sustainability Officer, Dennis Treacy, and current Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Stewart Leeth, discuss where the Smithfield sustainability program has been and what the future holds.

Source: Smithfield Foods

Sustainability 101 Case Example: P&G

Launched in 2004, the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water program is reducing illness and death caused by drinking contaminated water, particularly among children in the developing world. At the core of the program is P&G’s water purification packet – developed in collaboration with the U.S. Center for Disease Control. The packet contains a “powdered mixture that removes pathogenic microorganisms and suspended matter, making previously contaminated water clean.”

  • Proven to eliminate disease-causing microorganisms.
  • Removes more than 99.99999% of common waterborne bacteria (including those that cause cholera), 99.99% of common waterborne viruses (including those that cause hepatitis A), and 99.9% of protozoa.
  • Proven to reduce diarrheal disease incidence in the developing world by up to 90%.
  • Removes dirt and other pollutants.
  • Can be used to make clean drinking water for the entire family, including infants, and is considered an effective technology by the World Health Organization.

Global emergency relief organizations, such as AmeriCares, CARE, IFRC, PSI, Save the Children and World Vision, have provided clean drinking water using the P&G packets since 2004.

[This case example originally appeared in GEMI’s Sustainability 101 Quick Guide.]