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Startups
by Sustainable Brands, June 24, 2016
Both the Biomimicry Institute and Net Impact launched food-focused competitions earlier this year, seeking innovative ideas for new products or services. This week, the winners of the Biomimicry...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Carol Sanford, June 24, 2016
This is the fourth blog in a series on the seven First Principles of regeneration, drawing from living systems sciences. A current, prevailing worldview is that everything and everyone can...
Leadership
by Nicole Rycroft, June 24, 2016
Remember Coles Notes? Those magical little study aids that helped bring focus and clarity to even the most mind-numbing of university courses (Hmmm, come to think of it, I wonder what they were...
New Metrics
by Nassy Avramidis, June 23, 2016
Last week Harvard’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net Positive Enterprise (SHINE) hosted its annual Net Positive Summit to showcase the latest trends in well-being and health, and how they...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, June 23, 2016
This month, countries are beginning to formally ratify commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement, and Environment Ministers from across Europe met to finalize the approval of the European...
Brand Innovation
by Hannah Furlong, June 23, 2016
This week, outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland announced a goal to double its footprint in five U.S. cities by 2020 in an unexpected, unique way. Each year for the next five years, the brand will...
ICT and Big Data
by Sustainable Brands, June 23, 2016
The information and communications technology (ICT) industry is an at-risk sector for forced labor, and while most of the world’s largest ICT companies have publicly demonstrated awareness of the...
Organizational Change
by Carol Cone, June 23, 2016
Pick up any quote book or Google ‘inspirational memes’ and “Don’t be afraid to Fail” will most likely pop up in the first few pages. The idea of failure as the key to success is not a new one and yet...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, June 22, 2016
Today at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016 in New York, Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Corporate Sustainability at biotech giant Novozymes, was announced as one of ten 2016 Local Pioneers of...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, June 22, 2016
Yesterday, Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture announced the launch of a new Science Advisory Council focused on informing the membership-based organization’s “science-based...
Products and Design
by Sheila Shayon, June 22, 2016
Those with the most toys don’t always win, as a new video game is aiming to convey: Block’hood is a video game centered around construction and city planning that is out to raise awareness and...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, June 22, 2016
Almost 40 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions come from the countries in East and Southeast Asia, and it is expected that the emissions will increase in pace with the region’s economic boom. From a...
Collaboration
by Mike Hower, June 22, 2016
When Stan Avery founded Avery Dennison in 1935, he set out to create a values-based business admired as much for its ethics and integrity as for its innovation. Eight decades later, the company still...
Business Models
by Maxine Perella, June 21, 2016
In 2014, Patagonia dissolved its sustainability department – a move that the company’s VP of public engagement, Rick Ridgeway, remains proud of to this day. Overnight, the outdoor clothing brand...
Waste Not
by Hannah Furlong, June 21, 2016
Increasing prevention of food waste could save grocery retailers and food manufacturers in the United Kingdom £300 million a year, according to a recent analysis by the waste reduction experts at...
ICT and Big Data
by Steven Cristol, June 21, 2016
Despite the hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT), its promise of enabling smart connected products, new business models, and delivering better customer experiences is undeniable. Combining...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, June 20, 2016
Two new industrial facilities that will bring the circular economy one step closer were officially opened in Europe on Friday: a carbon dioxide-based chemical plant in Germany and a nutrient recovery...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, June 20, 2016
Today, Fairphone announced it is adding conflict-free tungsten from Rwanda into its supply chain. With this achievement, Fairphone has successfully managed to transparently source all four of the...
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, June 20, 2016
‘Smart minds’ are invited to submit ideas for self-driving delivery carts or sustainable logistics concepts towards two new innovation challenges from shipping company DHL. Anyone who is at least 18...
Brand Innovation
by Alexandra Smith, June 20, 2016
It was a packed house on Wednesday afternoon at SB’16 San Diego, where attendees sat on the floor and crowded around the door to hear panelists from companies leading the way in sustainability...
Waste Not
by Nathan Delbridge, June 20, 2016
On the final afternoon of an action-packed week at SB'16 San Diego, this panel brought together stakeholders working to address different facets of the global water crisis, both locally in California...
Organizational Change
by Hannah Furlong, June 20, 2016
Today, Dell unveiled the significant progress it has made against the 21 goals under its 2020 Legacy of Good Plan. Based on a baseline of its Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) performance, the company aims to...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, June 17, 2016
Following a competitive search for the world’s top 50 marketing technology startups, Unilever announced its 2016 Foundry 50 on June 8th. Selected from 4,500 startups Unilever has reviewed over the...
Organizational Change
by Nicole Palkovsky, June 17, 2016
“If you want to get people engaged, inspire them - don’t require them ... The most lasting changes people make are the ones they make themselves.” — Daniel Alvarez, Pixar Animation Studios Research...
Business Models
by Kathleen Talbot, June 17, 2016
Fashion is undergoing a sustainability overhaul. The release of The True Cost documentary last year was our industry’s Food Inc. and continues to be a big part of the growing...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, June 17, 2016
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) claims it has created the plastics recycling industry’s most comprehensive plastic packaging design resource. The latest iteration of its APR Design® Guide...
ICT and Big Data
by Nithin Coca, June 17, 2016
Global Forest Watch’s new PALM (Prioritizing Areas, Landscapes and Mills) Risk Tool, released by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and freely available through its open-source Global Forest...
Leadership
by David Denholm, June 16, 2016
Kashi is on a mission to increase organic acreage in the U.S. – but we can’t do it alone. Today, I’d like to invite you – food lovers, buyers, and growers - to join us on our journey. The Challenge...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, June 16, 2016
Representing 40 percent of the global public, Aspirationals are defined by their love of shopping, desire for responsible consumption, and their trust in brands to act in the best interest of society...
Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, June 16, 2016
Earlier this year, Chef-turned-waste-activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall drew attention to the huge problem of coffee cup waste. He claimed that in the U.K., less than 6 million takeaway hot...

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