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Leadership
by Mike Hower, July 3, 2015
Leading investors representing $1.5 trillion in assets under management released a statement of support on Thursday for a strong federal standard to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Matt Polsky, July 3, 2015
In Parts I and II of this Series, we gave evidence to support the unlikely hypothesis of an emerging conscience amongst some mainstream companies. For example, while the recent tipping-point-on-...
ICT and Big Data
by Maxine Perella, July 3, 2015
The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) space represents one of the most disruptive, yet  lucrative, forces in the business world today. Research by McKinsey & Co estimates that IoT technology...
Startups
by Sophia Witte, July 3, 2015
Though Liberia has begun recovering from the Ebola crisis, the consequences of the epidemic continue to shock the country. Since March of 2014, Ebola claimed 4,500 Liberian lives, left 50 percent of...
Organizational Change
by Chris Oestereich, July 3, 2015
Are you excited about your work? Is it a fulfilling endeavor that you’re proud to take part in and which you enjoy doing? Or is it more of a grind?A recent Gallup survey found that only 30 percent of...
ICT and Big Data
by Brynn McNally, July 2, 2015
This week, startup Measurabl, a provider of sustainability data management and analytics software, announced a partnership with Optoro, a technology company focused on supply chain sustainability for...
Collaboration
by Brynn McNally, July 2, 2015
Regional and state governments around the world are committing to ambitious emissions-reduction targets in the lead-up to December’s COP 21 meeting.Today, the Climate Group’s Compact of States and...
Waste Not
by Brynn McNally, July 2, 2015
Arizona State University (ASU) athletics and ESPN recently continued bold efforts to reduce waste and carbon emissions at their high-profile sporting events.ASU’s Sun Devil Athletics was recognized...
Marketing and Comms
by Matthew Yeomans, July 2, 2015
"It's all in our Sustainability Report."That's a phrase guaranteed to strike fear in the hearts of even the hardiest sustainability wonks.The fact is, companies keep packaging their diligent,...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, July 2, 2015
Revenues from company-defined portfolios of sustainable products and services grew by 91 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to a new report by The Conference Board, a public interest research...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, July 1, 2015
Deliver Change, a UK-based non-profit focused on sustainable technology projects, launched a campaign this week called “Let’s make air pollution visible,” which aims to bring together businesses,...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Mike Hower, July 1, 2015
To assist corporate responsibility practitioners as they help international employees give back to their communities, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) has produced a report offering...
Marketing and Comms
by Suzanne Shelton, July 1, 2015
One of the a-has from our soon-to-be-released 2015 Eco Pulse study is that, indeed, a company’s sustainability or social responsibility commitment is a reason to love the brand. In fact,...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, July 1, 2015
Welcome the latest innovation that might up the ante for “smart” in-home electronics: The Aspirational Lamp is a solar-powered desk lamp that, in addition to shining light, aims to generate its own...
Startups
by Brynn McNally, July 1, 2015
As we discuss all too often here at SB, food waste around the world is one of our most pressing issues; nearly a third of all food produced — over 1.3 billion tons per year — is wasted, ...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, July 1, 2015
This week at the United Nations headquarters, adidas celebrated its new partnership with Parley for the Oceans by showcasing the first innovative footwear concept born from the collaboration.Parley...
Collaboration
by Brynn McNally, June 30, 2015
Unilever unveiled a new initiative at the Cannes Lions festival on Friday that aims to put fresh momentum behind its Sustainable Living Plan with public input. The Foundry IDEAS platform will...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Brynn McNally, June 30, 2015
Today, think tank SustainAbility released its view of the key sustainability developments during 2015 in a webinar, “Mid-Year ‘State of Play’ Sustainability Trends.” Its latest research...
Cleantech
by Chris Oestereich, June 30, 2015
If changing the world for the better was easy, we'd all be doing it. But thinking that you can make a difference is audacious. It takes a sort of beneficent arrogance to set out to push humanity in a...
ICT and Big Data
by David Evans, July 1, 2015
Today we can access vast quantities of information from countless sources to help us make better decisions quickly.My cell phone can help me find a restaurant with the type of food I like, at a price...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, June 30, 2015
AT&T, Verizon, and Cisco are among the dozens of internet service providers, equipment suppliers and retail equipment manufacturers to join the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, June 29, 2015
Last week, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) — whose membership includes hundreds of consumer brands from a range of industries around the world, including food giants Campbell Soup, Clif Bar,...
Leadership
by Joe Brewer, June 29, 2015
Last year, Andrew Winston stood on the main stage at SB ’14 San Diego and called for the business world to make a “Big Pivot” — away from ecologically harmful practices and toward a sustainable...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, June 29, 2015
General Mills cereals has committed to removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from the rest of its cereals in response to consumers’ changing preferences. The company says...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, June 29, 2015
More than 60 percent of large buildings qualify as “green,” compared to less than 5 percent of small buildings, according to a new study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University.The 2015 Green...
New Metrics
by Soledad Contreras, June 26, 2015
Back in 2013, PRé and seven frontrunner companies developed a vision to create a standardised and trusted methodology to assess the social impacts of products. Creating such a methodology together...
Behavior Change
by Brynn McNally, June 26, 2015
Growing public health and consumer safety concerns about the overuse of antibiotics in food has sparked a wave of resistance, with both Subway and Kroger facing pressure this week to curb their...
Supply Chain
by Bart King, June 26, 2015
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty...
Business Models
by Brynn McNally, June 26, 2015
This week, SABMiller released its annual Sustainable Development Report, announcing progress to reduce water use and carbon emissions and achievement of significant financials savings associated with...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, June 26, 2015
Private impact investment funds — specifically private equity and venture capital funds — that pursue social impact objectives have recorded financial returns in line with a comparative universe of...

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