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The Story of Timberland EarthKeepers

THIS IS PART OF THE COLLECTION: TOP SB TALKS 2008-2013
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2008
1] Clorox - Leveraging Environmental Sustainability to Drive Growth with Bill Morrissey

2] Engaging Your Workforce to Build Your Brand - Jeffrey Hollender, Seventh Generation

3] A Global Look Into the Future of Sustainability - Mark Lee

4] World of Good & Ebay - Leveraging the Power of Partnership to Create a Global Brand

5] GAP Inc Environmental Sustainability and Building a Credible Brand

2009
6] The Evolutionary Benefits of Altruism - Dacher Keltner, UC Berkeley

7] SunChip's Sustainable Brand Journey: Thinking Outside (And About) the Bag!

8] Insights into New Consumer Segments: Moms and Millennials - Diane MacEachern

9] The 4th R: Reinvention and Your Sustainable Brand - California Academy of Sciences

10] Empathy in Business & Brands Yields Strong Affinity - Dev Patnaik

2010
11] The Story of Timberland EarthKeepers

12] The Psychometrics of Sustainability - John Marshall Roberts

13] From Corporate Responsibility to Responsible Profit - Jason Saul

14] Culture Shifts and Brands - Tom LaForge, Coca Cola

15] Life Box: Plantable Packaging Assisted by Fungi - Paul Stamets

2011
16] Nike Better World

17] Innovating Philanthropy: Panera's Pay What You Can Stores

18] The Business Value of Fun

19] Building in Happiness: How Values and Culture Matter

20] Leveraging Innovation: Lessons in Bringing Sustainable Packaging to Market

21] Rethinking the Game: Defining a New Purpose for Business

22] "Glocalization": How Starbucks is Leveraging Local with Its Global Brand

2012
23] Go Further: Behind Ford's No Logo Campaign

24] Revolutionizing Our Global Economic Systems

25] A Revolution in Product Design

26] Engaging the Whole for Transformative Change

27] A Creative Brand Approach to an Unrecognized Problem

2013
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For many years, Timberland has been a firm with social responsibility embedded within its culture, having employee volunteerism programs to plant trees as one example. They just didn't talk about it though. As a response to a steady sales decline in the 2000s, Timberland made many changes - one of which was to reposition itself as the authentic, sustainable, outdoor brand. In this SB'11 plenary presentation, Mike Harrison, Timberland's Chief Brand Officer describe the company's history with tree-planting, and the story behind the transformation of the original Earthkeepers boot and the campaign behind it, into a full-line of merchandise AND an advocacy platform for nature conservation. Additionally, stay tuned to the lessons they've learned in championing their causes (hint: don't be too earnest!), along with some pragmatic advice for brand marketers who incorporate sustainability & values into their communications.

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