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This blog combines articles from ADEC ESG Solutions, as well as FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation.

Alicia Godlove

Alicia Godlove Alicia Godlove is a Project Manager on the Environmental, Social and Governance(ESG)/Sustainability Team. She has nearly 10 years’ experience in various aspects of sustainability including green auditing, carbon accounting, energy efficiency improvements, and responsible sourcing. Most recently, Alicia was a Manager, Materials Services managing a team responsible for auditing programs and conducting training to expand local auditing and sales capacity to China, India, and Europe. Alicia was the Senior Technical Associate at SCS Global Services where she was the project manager for more than 40 domestic and international clients and conducted over 30 onsite audits in the US, Europe, and China to verify environmental systems, workplace conditions, and quality management systems to standards based on ISO 9001. In addition, Alicia held a number of different roles at firms including Strategic Sustainability Consulting, DNV GL (formerly KEMA, Inc.), William J. Clinton Foundation and Spotts, Stevens & McCoy, Inc. With her Master’s Thesis Group Project on community sustainability planning in Santa Paula, CA, Alicia received her Master of Environmental Science and Management with a Specialization in Corporate Environmental Management from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara. She also received her B.A. in Biology from Pomona College.

Recent Posts

Converging Tools For Chemical Management: ZDHC Gateway and CleanChain

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Mar 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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Responsible chemical management has become a crucial part of doing business in the modern textile industry. Customers expect environmentally responsible brands, investors are paying increasing attention to sustainable investing, and regulators expect safety and compliance in manufacturing and production.

How Businesses Help Address Forced Labor and Slavery

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Aug 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Despite laws and regulations that prohibit their practice, forced labor and slavery are still widespread. According to a 2014 report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), roughly 21 million people are currently subject to forced labor. An estimated 68 percent of them are being exploited in the private economy, by individuals or enterprises, primarily in agriculture, construction, domestic work, manufacturing, mining and utilities.

Why Addressing Corruption Is a Key Component of Sustainability

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Jul 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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The term “sustainability” is popularly associated with environmental protection. What many people do not know is that eliminating corruption in all its forms is also important in achieving sustainability. Principle 10 of the UN Global Compact is, “Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.” It recognizes the fact that ethical business practices is a key component of sustainability.

Simplifying MRSL and RSL Compliance Through CleanChain, an ADEC Innovation

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Jun 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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The textile industry is the world’s second largest industrial polluter (second to oil). According to the World Bank, textile dyeing and treatment are responsible for almost 20% of global industrial water pollution. Cotton production accounts for 2.6% of the world’s water footprint, and a single cotton t-shirt requires a third of a pound of pesticides and other chemicals to produce.    

Forest-Risk Commodities: A Major Cause of Deforestation, Emissions and Climate Change

Posted by Alicia Godlove on May 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Climate change and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the new compass for businesses, says Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, in a new report called “Revenue at risk: Why addressing deforestation is critical to business success.” He says that addressing the impact of deforestation is “critical to delivering a sustainable post-2020 global economy” in a world of climate change. CDP is a prominent framework for companies and cities to disclose their environmental impacts. In addition to their Climate Change and Water programs, the CDP Forests program was established in 2013 and focuses on how companies are managing and mitigating the risk associated with the sourcing or production of the four commodities most responsible for deforestation – timber products, palm oil, soy and cattle products. According to Simpson, this is the next level of disclosure. He added that businesses and disclosure is the key to achieving climate change or emissions goals set by the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

The Commercial Viability of Carbon Capture and Storage to Mitigate Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Mar 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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CCS Background

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) involves securing carbon dioxide (CO2) at its emission source, storing, and isolating it, thus preventing it from entering the atmosphere and negating its global warming effects. CCS is not new – there are several different CCS technologies, and the CO2 can be stored underground or underwater.  One of the more recent breakthroughs is using reactive basalt, a volcanic rock found in abundance, to turn the liquefied CO2 into stable carbonate.

What Makes Skincare or Cosmetic Products Sustainable?

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Feb 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Sustainable cosmetic and skincare products are increasingly popular. The global demand for organic personal care products is expected to reach USD 13.2 billion by 2018. By 2020, this figure is predicted to rise to USD 15.98 billion. Labels such as “100% Natural,” “Organic” and “Environment-Friendly” are no longer enough to convince consumers of a beauty product’s sustainability. The growing popularity of sustainable skincare and cosmetic products, however, has prompted some beauty companies to resort to greenwashing, advertising of a product as sustainable even if it is not. Consumers must be aware of what makes a beauty product truly sustainable in order to make informed purchasing decisions. 

Case Studies in Water Sustainability

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Feb 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Water sustainability is vital. Water is essential for the production and maintenance of almost everything that people produce and consume, from food to machinery. Modern industries, though, tend to observe water-intensive production processes. For instance, producing a kilogram of cotton—the world’s primary clothing material—requires 7,000-29,000 liters of water.

Companies that Engage in Sustainable Food Production

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Jan 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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A person’s diet plays a significant role in their health; as the saying goes, “you are what you eat.”  Today’s fast-paced lifestyle has made the presence of processed foods in our diet quite pervasive. Some people may not even consider the food production processes that go into making the items that end up in their grocery bags.

What are Science Based Targets?

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Dec 6, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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One of the key goals of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to less than 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Companies are therefore working hard to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to CDP, the number of its respondent companies that have set reduction targets rose from 44 percent in 2015 to 85 percent in 2016.