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Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, December 11, 2017
Digital news organization NowThis is rolling out a new food-focused channel that aims to explore food as it relates to culture and the environment. NowThis Food builds on the brand’s already...
Waste Not
by Libby MacCarthy, December 11, 2017
Circular principles continue to drive a more sustainable future, as the fashion, carpet and steel industries zero in on resource efficiency and innovative raw materials. Over the last decade, Eileen...
New Metrics
by Mark McElroy, December 11, 2017
At the closing of the New Metrics ‘17 conference in Philadelphia last month, attendees were asked: “What ‘New Metric’ will you go back and implement in 2017/2018?” The overriding response tabulated...
Business Case
by Bhaarat Verma, December 11, 2017
We live in an increasingly dynamic and interconnected world. Conflicts in the Middle East are causing demographic shifts in Europe, e-waste from the West is being recycled in Africa and emissions...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 8, 2017
A low-carbon future is our best bet at mitigating climate change, but eliminating the use of fossil fuels is unlikely to happen overnight. According to the International Energy Agency, the burning of...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Libby MacCarthy, December 8, 2017
Petroleum-based plastic’s time is running out as new, more sustainable material solutions emerge. Galileo Watermark has released a new cosmetic range that uses recycled ocean plastic packaging, while...
Waste Not
by Carrie Schuster, December 8, 2017
In northwestern Vermont, an innovative closed-loop recycling program is harnessing the synergy of a paper shredder, a paper maker and a paper distributor to provide real-time environmental metrics...
Collaboration
by Elim Sritaba, December 8, 2017
Recent climate change talks in Bonn drew to a close last week without major fanfare. However, despite no landmark announcements — such as that coming out of Paris after COP21 — it was nonetheless a...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, December 8, 2017
France has once again topped the Food Sustainability Index (FSI), an annual ranking of major countries on their commitment to food sustainability created by The Economist Intelligence Unit in...
Walking the Talk
by Libby MacCarthy, December 7, 2017
Outdoor retailer Patagonia is no stranger to throwing its weight behind worthy causes, particularly those aligned with its mission to “use business to inspire and implement solutions to the...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, December 7, 2017
Uncertain times are finally starting to take their toll — according to a new report from Ford, more than 60 percent of adults globally say they feel overwhelmed by the unrest, upheaval and other...
Marketing and Comms
by Tom Tapper, December 7, 2017
If I was given a dollar for every time I saw the Sustainable Development Goals’ multi-colored icon grid in a sustainability presentation, I would be a rich man. But the SDGs are a great example...
Behavior Change
by Daniel Matthews, December 7, 2017
Since 2015, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been publishing its Chain Reaction report, produced in collaboration with Friends of the Earth, Consumers Union, Food Animal Concerns...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, December 6, 2017
On December 11, 2017, ahead of the One Planet Climate Summit, Crédit Agricole, Danone, Firmenich, Hermès, Michelin, SAP, Schneider Electric and Voyageurs du Monde will officially launch the new...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 6, 2017
While there’s plenty of discussion surrounding single-use plastics — namely straws, water bottles, food packaging, coffee stirrers, etc. — the topic of disposable needle counters doesn’t typically...
Organizational Change
by Daniel Persica, December 6, 2017
The face of the U.S.’s workforce is undergoing a vast and rapid change as an estimated 10,000 baby boomers retire each day. With nearly 4 million people calling it quits each year, this silver...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 6, 2017
Big data and IoT are back in the news, as real-time cargo tracking and monitoring service Arviem scores a Green Supply Chain 2017 Award for advancing supply chain transparency and UNEP calls for...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, December 5, 2017
Denim has rightfully earned its reputation as a dirty business, but denim brand G-Star Raw is continuing its efforts to shape a new future for the fabric with the development of the first-ever...
Finance & Investment
by Maxine Perella, December 5, 2017
A report launched at the World Forum on Natural Capital (WFNC) in Edinburgh, Scotland last week examines the vanishing wealth of the world’s nature, and the growing systemic risk that represents to...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, December 5, 2017
Despite mounting evidence for the business case for integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into brand strategy, a new report released by Corporate Citizenship shares some alarming...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, December 5, 2017
Over the past decade, Danish energy company Ørsted has effectively transformed itself into one of Europe’s leading sustainable energy companies, transitioning away from oil and coal in favor of...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, December 4, 2017
Technological advancements, circular design principles and innovative raw materials are rapidly transforming the apparel industry, but lack of transparency continues to present a significant obstacle...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, December 4, 2017
Wilmar International, the world’s largest producer of palm oil, has announced major steps forward in reducing its environmental and social impacts. The company has worked out an innovative financial...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Libby MacCarthy, December 4, 2017
While carbon emissions and water and energy efficiency are top-of-mind concerns for companies keen on reducing the environmental impacts of their products, a sustainable future can’t be achieved...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, December 4, 2017
“The most important resource a customer, coffee brand or even the roaster has in the coffee industry is the relationship with a farmer,” said Thrive Farmers’ co-founder and chief sustainability...
Waste Not
by Libby MacCarthy, December 1, 2017
Sustainable Surf, a nonprofit focused on protecting ocean health, has teamed up with Swiss designer Yves Béhar and MAFIA Bags, a Bay Area-based brand making bags and backpacks from upcycled sails, to...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, December 1, 2017
Electric vehicles and alternative fuels are key components of the auto industry’s vision for the future, but technology isn’t the only thing driving sustainable mobility. Drive Sustainability, a...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, December 1, 2017
Thermoplastics resin producer Braskem has been keeping busy, entering into a series of new partnerships to make bio-based packaging the mainstream choice for the personal care and consumer goods...
Marketing and Comms
by Andrew Winston, December 1, 2017
For the last 5 years, my firm has tracked the sustainability goals of the world’s largest companies. These thousands of targets commit multinationals to do many important things, such as slashing...
Finance & Investment
by Maxine Perella, November 30, 2017
Factoring the value of nature into governance and corporate decision-making is not an easy task, but governments and businesses are starting to recognize the importance of natural capital accounting...
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