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Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, February 20, 2017
Just days after WWF and ISEAL released a new report highlighting the importance of aligning sustainability standards with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), tea brand Twinings announced a...
Business Models
by Libby MacCarthy, February 20, 2017
Changing consumer attitudes and the reality of climate change have shifted the conversation about the business case for sustainability. For more and more companies, embedding sustainable business...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, February 20, 2017
Last week, during the inaugural Healthy10 Awards, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honored 10 partnerships for their efforts to connect businesses and...
Leadership
by Sandja Brügmann, February 20, 2017
Change is one of the most challenging elements of life within an organization. To sustain a change agenda moving away from behaviors and decisions that are life-destroying to becoming life-enhancing...
Cleantech
by Tom Idle, February 17, 2017
Beatrice Akyoo doesn’t need to spend as much money lighting her home, and her children have more time for homework without inhaling the nasty fumes from kerosene lamps. She also earns extra income by...
Organizational Change
by Libby MacCarthy, February 17, 2017
The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) has launched a new Future Scenarios Toolkit in an effort to provide informed future planning guidance. The toolkit offers companies a clear and...
Organizational Change
by Coro Strandberg, February 17, 2017
Wild fires, flooding, distracted driving and emotional wellness concerns cost Canadians billions of dollars in 2016. For insurance group The Co-operators, those numbers represent a threat to the...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, February 16, 2017
While recycling most certainly plays an important role in the shift to the development of a more circular, sustainable economy, it largely focuses on a product or material’s end of life. But recent...
ICT and Big Data
by Sustainable Brands, February 16, 2017
The ways we consume energy and produce commodities are changing. A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute finds that this transformation could benefit the global economy to the tune of $1...
Leadership
by Libby MacCarthy, February 16, 2017
In response to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s resolution urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, Patagonia announced that it would be opting out of this year’s...
Organizational Change
by Matt Polsky, February 16, 2017
The third of a three-part proposal for using sustainability to recharge America's problem-solving. Read parts one and two. Andy Revkin’s article in Pro Publica: “Will Trump’s Climate Team...
New Metrics
by Richard Howitt, February 15, 2017
This post is a response to a challenge posed earlier this year to new IIRC Chief Executive Richard Howitt by Dr. Mark W. McElroy and Martin P. Thomas, co-authors of The Multicapital Scorecard (2016...
Startups
by Libby MacCarthy, February 15, 2017
People have been sharing goods and services with one another since the beginning of time, but it was not until recently that this age-old practice revealed itself a force of transformation for the...
New Metrics
by Tara Gallagher, February 15, 2017
What better time to benchmark your sustainability program than the start of the year? Evaluating whether your program is following best practices can spur improvement and provide justification for...
Organizational Change
by Libby MacCarthy, February 15, 2017
Back in 2006, Danish energy company DONG Energy was one of the most coal-intensive utilities in Europe, with only 15 percent of its heat and power coming from renewables. In just one decade, the...
Leadership
by Libby MacCarthy, February 14, 2017
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has released its first edition of the Youth Solutions Report, which identifies 50 youth-led projects that aim to solve the world’s toughest...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, February 14, 2017
While the fashion, food, auto and energy industries are held to high sustainability standards, television tends to fly under the radar. But environmental sustainability is an important issue to...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, February 14, 2017
Pittsburgh, Pa.-based startup Thread - a Certified B Corporation on a mission to end poverty by creating dignified jobs and responsibly sourced and manufactured, high-performance fabric – has just...
Waste Not
by Tom Idle, February 14, 2017
From 10kg of blueberries to 10-litre tubs of mayonnaise and handmade farmhouse cheese, surplus food is now up for grabs eBay-style, thanks to a new UK-based platform. Using the principles of the...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, February 13, 2017
Even more brands are making moves towards a more circular economy through textile innovation and consumer engagement. Recently, H&M debuted its new “Bring It” garment recycling campaign, as well...
Chemistry and Materials
by Libby MacCarthy, February 13, 2017
Solid and e-waste generation are growing at alarming rates as income and demand for new gadgets, appliances and automobiles rise across the globe. The dangers of rampant e-waste for...
Marketing and Comms
by Thomas Kolster, February 13, 2017
The political unrest seems to be good for advertising with a conscience, as this year’s Super Bowl saw the highest number of Goodvertising campaigns ever. In an uncertain time for America, how good...
Supply Chain
by Libby MacCarthy, February 13, 2017
The Social and Labor Convergence Project (SLCP) — an initiative led by the world’s leading manufacturers, brands, retailers, industry groups, intergovernmental organizations, service providers and...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, February 10, 2017
President Donald Trump issued two executive orders last week geared at scaling back or replacing financial regulations that he deems a burden to commerce and growth. The move signals a big win for...
The Next Economy
by Sheila Shayon, February 10, 2017
By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will live in urban centers and that number will have increased by about 3 billion people in the interim – a big challenge and opportunity to...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, February 10, 2017
With growing demand for business leaders to embrace progressive business practices that respect both people and planet showing no sign of slowing down, it is now more important than ever to empower...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, February 9, 2017
Food waste and plastic packaging pose significant sustainability challenges for the food industry, but two new labeling initiatives in the US and abroad endeavor to change that. “Best by” and “sell...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, February 9, 2017
In moves that will spur new energy vehicle demand, two new auto industry partnerships provide a look at a low-carbon economy of the future. First, Honda Motor Co Ltd and General Motors Co (GM) have...
Behavior Change
by Maxine Perella, February 9, 2017
Installing more efficient equipment is often at the forefront of an energy manager’s mind when it comes to driving down carbon emissions, but even the most energy-efficient kit still requires human...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, February 8, 2017
In an effort to further reduce its carbon footprint, Southern Water is turning to sewage to boost renewables generation. At present, the water and sewage company generates 17 percent of its...
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