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New Metrics
by Jason Burnham, September 2, 2014
I’ve always been fascinated with social behavior. Why do people react differently when confronted with a certain situation, a new idea, or information that challenges existing beliefs? Why are some...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, September 2, 2014
UK waste-management company Network Waste recently announced it has been working with the Adapt Low Carbon Group at the University of East Anglia on a groundbreaking approach to waste management that...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, September 2, 2014
Global leaders gathered in Stockholm Monday for 2014 World Water Week urged the energy and water communities to work together to provide clean drinking water and energy for a growing world...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, September 2, 2014
The U.S. Water Partnership has announced the launch of a new platform that offers the global community simple online access to a growing library of U.S.-generated water data and knowledge.H2infO was...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, September 2, 2014
Major brands that drive demand for cotton have an economic interest in reducing the industry's water use because it improves farms’ income and yields, according to a new report by social enterprise...
Collaboration
by Alisha Staggs, September 1, 2014
Deforestation can pose significant operational and reputational risks to businesses, and we at EDF are seeing companies start to take action in their supply chains. Deforestation accounts for an...
New Metrics
by Devorah West, September 1, 2014
Is the investor community of the world’s most advanced economies informed, engaged and excited enough to make significant progress on building sustainable investment portfolios? How likely is that...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, September 1, 2014
RSF Social Finance, a San Francisco-based organization that lends money to path-breaking social enterprises, is launching a campaign Sept. 2 to find the Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars (#SocentStars...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, September 1, 2014
A group of companies united in the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics today announces the publication of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, a practical tool for assessing a product...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, August 29, 2014
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has announced it is launching a modernization initiative that will improve the process and increase transparency for making Generally Recognized As Safe (...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, August 29, 2014
IBM has announced significant advances in its artificially intelligent computer system, Watson's, cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, August 29, 2014
In conjunction with the release of its 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report and hot on the heels of a new commitment to sustainable seafood, Hyatt Hotels has unveiled a set of the ever-popular...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, August 29, 2014
The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced the semi-finalists for the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Named "Socially Responsible Design’s Highest Award," the Fuller Challenge invites scientists,...
Collaboration
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 28, 2014
The travel and tourism industry needs to put sustainability at the forefront of everything it does and businesses need to lead by example — that’s the message from David Scowsill, CEO & president...
Waste Not
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 28, 2014
Bank of America has announced two new initiatives in its efforts to help address California’s severe drought conditions - a $250,000 grant to the Pacific Institute, which will go towards the...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, August 28, 2014
UTZ Certified’s Energy from Coffee Wastewater project has proven that it is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills....
Business Models
by Mike Hower, August 28, 2014
FedEx could be liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in drivers’ operating expenses and wages after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that a class of 2,300 individuals working...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, August 28, 2014
Nespresso has announced it will invest nearly $550 million USD over the next six years to implement a new sustainability strategy aimed at achieving carbon neutrality, as well as 100 percent...
Marketing and Comms
by Anna Blender, August 27, 2014
Last month my colleague, Trish Wheaton, made a case for why the Sustainability conversation needs to shift from the typical “eco-babble” — high-minded and preachy — into something more relatable and...
Collaboration
by Mike Hower, August 27, 2014
Novozymes and Monsanto say they have discovered several microbes that are demonstrating increased yield in corn and soybeans, a result of ongoing collaborative research into microbial products...
Behavior Change
by Hannah Ritchie, August 27, 2014
Getting kids to eat more fruit and vegetables has long been a challenge that, despite their best efforts, many parents struggle to win. It’s not just parents — it appears that no one, including...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, August 27, 2014
Tyson Foods is in risk of losing close to $500 million in government contracts if found guilty in and ongoing criminal investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency over the recent release of...
Marketing and Comms
by Sheila Shayon, August 27, 2014
Gaming, particularly role-playing games (RPGs), is increasingly serious business — US retail revenue from the video game industry was estimated at $887 million as of February 2014, and the global...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, August 27, 2014
invisaband is a DEET-free, mosquito-repellent microfiber bracelet currently seeking funding on Indiegogo.Creator Gogadgety, Inc. says invisaband improves upon existing repellent lotions and sprays in...
Behavior Change
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 26, 2014
The gender divide starts young in our society, with boys and girls generally encouraged to adopt a standard set of acceptable behaviors and preferences from an early age. But a number of companies...
Packaging
by Aarthi Rayapura, August 26, 2014
Plastic is the boon and bane of our times. While its uses are numerous and at times, even critical, its waste and the resultant pollution clogs up our rivers and oceans and pollutes our lands. But...
Cleantech
by Hannah Ritchie, August 26, 2014
The Macallan, one of the world’s most famous whisky distilleries, has launched a new £74m clean energy project at its facility in Speyside, Scotland, which is expected to produce enough energy to...
Leadership
by Gabi Zedlmayer, August 26, 2014
How can we create a better future for everyone, together?On Sept. 9, leaders in government, business, academia and civil society will join me and other HP colleagues in an online forum to address...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, August 26, 2014
Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies collectively devoted more than $363 million to support community health initiatives in 2013, according to a new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, August 25, 2014
Saving money is the number one reason executives cite for taking actions towards more eco-friendly business practices, according to a new report from Grant Thornton.The company’s 2014 International...

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