BERLIN – Companies behind some of the best-known consumer products -- from soaps to sodas -- are beginning to factor climate change into their business equation, according to a report published Monday. The survey of 16 major corporations by non-profit group CDP found that many are working to lower their carbon emissions, prepare for the effects of global warming on their supply chain and respond to growing environmental consciousness among customers. Examples include brewer AB InBev's efforts to develop a variety of barley that needs less water and Unilever adjusting its detergent formulas so they work at the lower "eco" temperature settings on modern washing machines, the London-based group said. "We were surprised how much these companies were aligning themselves with changes in consumer preferences," said Carole Ferguson, the report's lead author. This includes chasing trends such as veganism, a small but growing factor in the market that's driven by people who shun animal products for ethical or health reasons, but also because they have larger carbon footprints.
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The new approach comes as regulators cautiously loosen the rules to let banks venture into other businesses to help offset the hit to their net interest income from the Bank of Japan's ultraloose monetary policy. For Takeshi Yoshimura, the 59-year-old president of Yamaguchi Financial Group, the effects of the BOJ's zero interest rates are compounded by other challenges his region faces, notably a dwindling population and an exodus of firms to bigger cities like Tokyo. That is why he is prodding young employees to come up with ideas to make better use of the bank's roughly 280 branch offices spread across Yamaguchi and Hiroshima, the prefectures where Yamaguchi Financial mainly operates. One idea was to rent out space to a wine bar at a branch in Yuya, a sleepy town with hot springs where such businesses aren't common. "Yuya is a nice tourist destination, but there are very few places to drink and dine," Yoshimura said.
The next time you call room service for extra towels, your order may be delivered by a robot. It might not be able to change your sheets, but Savioke's Relay hospitality robot can bring everything from toothpaste to Starbucks, and it uses Wi-Fi and 3D cameras to navigate. The robot is already being used by some hotels in the US, and with recent funding of $15 million, autonomous butlers could soon become a lot more popular. The next time you call room service for a new tube of toothpaste, your order may be delivered by a robot. It might not be able to change your sheets, but Savioke's Relay hospitality robot can bring everything from clean towels to Starbucks, and it uses Wi-Fi and 3D cameras to navigate Each of the Relay robots stands roughly three feet tall.