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Waste Not
by Hannah Furlong, June 30, 2016
Confusion around food labels and expiry dates results in millions of tons of food waste each year, estimated to cost consumers $29 billion in the United States (US) and nearly £0.6 billion in...
Supply Chain
by Alysia Steinmeyer, June 30, 2016
Supply Chain Transparency: The Challenge Enough has been said about the importance of transparent supply chains. Today, it is unacceptable for a global brand to ignore fair labor practices. Yet,...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, June 29, 2016
Today, HP Inc. announced several new commitments with the release of its latest Sustainability Report. The company met the 20 percent emissions reduction targets it set for its operations and supply...
Organizational Change
by Marianne Hughes, June 30, 2016
The success of a community programme for your employees probably has more to do with branding than you first think. How can you activate purpose in employees and keep them engaged with your community...
Leadership
by Hannah Furlong, June 29, 2016
Business and political leaders convened in London on June 28 and 29 for the second annual Business & Climate Summit, where they called for the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement without...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, June 29, 2016
In an effort to expand quality solar home system solutions to the 2.3 billion people worldwide without reliable access to power, d.light - a manufacturer and distributor of solar lighting and power...
Cleantech
by Sheila Shayon, June 29, 2016
ReGen Villages is a tech-integrated real estate development company with purpose. The Dutch holding company, in collaboration with Danish architecture firm EFFEKT, was founded by serial entrepreneur...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, June 28, 2016
Kingfisher — parent company of European home-improvement chains B&Q, Castorama, Brico Depot, Screwfix and Koçtaş — has published its Sustainability Report 2015/16, which details its progress...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, June 28, 2016
The Regenerative Business Alliance — a subsidiary of the Carol Sanford Institute (CSI) — has launched the search for its 1st annual Regenerative Business Prizewinner. This prize will recognize a...
Startups
by Hannah Furlong, June 28, 2016
New fashion brand Oliver Cabell is “seeking to disrupt the luxury fashion business” with an unmatched level of transparency around its products. Exclusively available online, each product’s page on...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, June 28, 2016
On Monday, The Dow Chemical Company released its 2015 Sustainability Report, culminating Dow’s decade-long 2015 Sustainability Goals, which centered on producing solutions to global challenges...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, June 27, 2016
For the first time, data has shown a decoupling between revenue growth and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions output among the world’s 500 largest businesses (Global 500), according to a Thompson Reuters...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, June 27, 2016
New research commissioned by Oxfam shows that rice, soy beans, corn, wheat and palm oil together lead to more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than any country’s individual footprint, with the...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, June 27, 2016
Sometimes innovation comes from unexpected places — a father-son duo in Qingdao, China has transformed a family furniture business into Sunflare, a solar energy company that produced solar “wallpaper...
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. Read parts one, two and three. A current,...
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...
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