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Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, May 10, 2018
As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to...
Supply Chain
by Erb Institute, May 9, 2018
Have you ever stopped to think about how many people were involved in making the clothes you buy? Chances are you have heard about or read The Travels of a T-shirt in a Global Economy or...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, May 9, 2018
Three new goals to enhance the circular economy for plastics and reduce packaging waste have been announced by leading U.S. plastic producers including BASF, Dow, DuPont and Braskem. Together as part...
Collaboration
by Coro Strandberg, May 9, 2018
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford Environmental and social issues are increasingly affecting the viability of business —...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, May 9, 2018
Clif Bar & Company attributes its success to “not selling out” when the owners walked away from a $120 million buyout offer in 2000. Instead, they kept the company private and invented their five...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, May 8, 2018
Gen Z is bypassing the traditional political system and focusing on consumerism as a channel for change, according to new research from non-profit consultancy DoSomething Strategic. This generation...
Organizational Change
by Vigil Yu, May 8, 2018
Since 1990, Indonesia has lost half of its rainforests. What’s worse, the rate of deforestation, currently at roughly two million hectares per year, is still accelerating. Heart of the issue being...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, May 8, 2018
As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to have on...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, May 7, 2018
Starbucks Corporation and Nestlé S.A. announced on Sunday that they will form a global coffee alliance to accelerate and grow the global reach of Starbucks brands in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, May 7, 2018
It’s National Drinking Water Week, but new survey results suggest Americans may have more concerns on their minds than reasons to celebrate. Most Americans feel unknowledgeable about what is in their...
Walking the Talk
by Suzanne Shelton, May 7, 2018
It’s official. Sustainability is mainstream. You probably already knew that. What you may not know is that Americans aren’t really changing their personal behaviors. They’re changing their buying...
Cleantech
by Bill Lally, May 7, 2018
Technology has been quickly evolving into many markets such as clothing, food, health and home, and hotels are certainly no exception. As the industry is disrupted by more privatized options such as...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, May 4, 2018
Reimagining global agriculture will require numerous efforts of various size and focus, such as those in the news this week from a global agribusiness firm trying to meet targets across complex...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, May 4, 2018
By 2050 there will be over 9 billion people on the planet, and food production will have to increase by as much as 70 percent to feed everyone. We are already struggling to feed everyone today, even...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, May 4, 2018
Recent research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America revealed that one in four children are affected by anxiety disorders; putting our next generation of leaders and innovators at...
Waste Not
by Stephen Ardagh, May 4, 2018
The US food industry uses roughly 30 billion disposable gloves per year. Estimates vary but between 45-75 percent of these are vinyl (PVC) disposable gloves. There are many scientific studies...
Supply Chain
by Cheryl Baldwin, May 3, 2018
Half of the soil on our U.S. farmland is gone. Conventional agricultural practices and conversion of land to cropland caused this devastating loss. The good news is that the rate of soil erosion has...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, May 3, 2018
This week, global brewer AB InBev announced two major initiatives helping it advance toward its 2025 Sustainability Goals in different parts of the world. From spent grain to saved grain The brewing...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Hannah Furlong, May 3, 2018
“Clean meat” — products produced from culturing animal cells rather than raising and slaughtering animals — is facing its first major regulatory battle. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association petitioning...
Marketing and Comms
by Matthew Yeomans, May 3, 2018
Which brands do you really care about? Is there one you simply couldn’t do without? It’s a question that we rarely ask — so prevalent and dominant are companies and brands in our everyday lives. But...
Finance & Investment
by Ralph Pontain, May 2, 2018
It's now nearly 10 years since news broke of the Lehman Brothers collapse, which served as a precursor for this century's biggest-ever financial crisis. Underpinned by reckless borrowing and the...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, May 2, 2018
People of all ages are more aware of their impact on the planet’s limited resources and ecosystem health than ever before. Packaging is of particular concern, prompting this year’s Earth Day theme:...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, May 2, 2018
This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here. With a goal to help realize a sustainable society and management, SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. has been promoting CSR...
Waste Not
by Vigil Yu, May 1, 2018
On April 21st, at the Palace Cinema in Raffles City, Changning, Shanghai, I attended the premiere of the first of a three-part documentary series, “Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes” — a joint project by...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, May 1, 2018
Companies looking to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support startups get their solutions to market by using a new digital match-making platform, fetch. The Dutch-based...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, May 1, 2018
Though diamonds in today’s jewelry market are much more likely to be conflict free thanks to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, it can still be difficult to trace individual components back...
Walking the Talk
by Nate Hurst, May 1, 2018
Last year saw unprecedented natural disasters across the globe – from wildfires in California to record-breaking hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast, eastern seaboard, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. At...
Business Case
by Sustainable Brands, April 30, 2018
Nine in ten Canadians (92 percent) would switch brands if a different brand of a similar quality had a compelling social purpose, according to new research from Kin&Co. The firm’s new report —...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, April 30, 2018
Business strategy, technological innovation and corporate sustainability are increasingly linked in the minds of executives. 70 percent of companies are actively investing in technologies that help...
Supply Chain
by Britta Wyss Bisang, April 30, 2018
As we approach the 2020 deadline for many corporate sustainability pledges, plus the commitments made in the New York Declaration on Forests, sustainable business practices are front and center in...
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