Business Briefs – February 26, 2019

Consumer Goods Companies Preparing for Climate Change Impact

BERLIN (AP) – The companies behind some of the best-known consumer products are beginning to factor climate change into their business equation. A report published by the non-governmental group CDP has found consumer goods firms such as AB InBev and Unilever are working to lower their carbon emissions, prepare for the effects of global warming and respond to growing environmental consciousness among customers.

High-Stakes Trial Starts in Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Claim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A jury in federal court in San Francisco will decide whether Roundup weed killer caused a California man’s cancer in a trial that plaintiffs’ attorneys say could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits. A trial over Edwin Hardeman’s lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto started Monday. The 70-year-old is the second plaintiff to go to trial of thousands around the country who claim Roundup causes cancer. Monsanto rejects that claim.

Trump Group Donates Nearly $200k to Cover Foreign Profits

NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump’s company says it donated nearly $200,000 to the U.S. Treasury to make good on its promise two years ago to hand over profits from foreign governments using its properties. The Trump Organization said a check for $191,538 sent to Treasury represents profits from embassy parties, hotel stays and other foreign government spending at its Washington hotel and other properties last year. The voluntary donation is up from $151,470 sent a year ago to cover the president’s first calendar year in office.