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Products and Design
by Cheryl Baldwin, April 1, 2015
Everyday conversations about food are shifting from questions about whether to eat gluten or saturated fat to a new era in consumer food choices: sustainable diets. Some of this focus stems from...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, April 1, 2015
REI has announced its support of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 through a multi-year, multimillion-dollar partnership with the National Park Foundation,...
Brand Innovation
by Mike Hower, April 1, 2015
IKEA has announced that its line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq and Lebanon.The “Better Shelter” is a temporary...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, April 1, 2015
A lightbulb with lower energy emissions, longer lifetime and lower manufacturing costs, and made with graphene — said to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong form...
Business Models
by Sheila Shayon, April 1, 2015
If you doubt the mainstreaming of mindfulness, look no further than a key session at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, called Mindfulness Meditation.It’s a new...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, March 31, 2015
As the effects of climate change on our global ecosystems continue to reveal themselves, fears are growing that it could threaten food security, particularly a vital source of protein that has...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, March 31, 2015
Innovation often comes from those who have not yet become entrenched in the status quo — they are better-positioned to recognize effective solutions that might otherwise be overlooked or seen as too...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, March 31, 2015
Major seafood-selling brands such as Safeway, Walmart and Sysco are potentially benefiting from slave labor, a new AP investigation has unveiled.Slave-caught fish can end up in the supply chains of...
Organizational Change
by Adam Gerschel-Clarke, March 30, 2015
Can social auditing be repurposed for greater good? That was the question posed during a breakout session of the Sedex Global Responsible Sourcing Conference in London last week. Muriel Johnson, AAG...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, March 30, 2015
A common misconception regarding fiber-reinforced plastics is that the material’s performance cannot be predicted, as with steel or aluminum. But BASF says its ULTRASIM® performance-prediction...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, March 30, 2015
Volvo last year reduced the total lifetime carbon dioxide emissions of its products by 40 million tons against a 2008 baseline, besting its goal by 10 million tons, according to the company’s 2014...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Adam Gerschel-Clarke, March 30, 2015
On a crisp Wednesday morning last week, the 2015 Sedex Global Responsible Sourcing Conference kicked off in London’s Parliament Square, barely a stone’s throw from the seat of British government. The...
New Metrics
by Jackie Cook, March 30, 2015
Much of the valuable information that companies communicate to their shareholders about their ESG performance and the social and environmental risks facing the business lie not in the tagged...
Collaboration
by Joss Tantram, March 30, 2015
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”— Isaac NewtonI agree 100%How many times can we honestly say that we really agree 100 percent with someone else on an issue? Often this is...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Kevin Hagen, March 30, 2015
Almost every company I have known to start down a formal path of sustainable business strategy has had the benefit of a passionate advocate for change. Sometime it’s a visionary CEO such as Ray...
Leadership
by Jeff Gowdy, March 27, 2015
March is here, and that means one thing to me — March Madness! For all its warts and shortcomings, the NCAA knows how to host a basketball championship. This tournament is so good that the first few...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, March 27, 2015
A new report from the World Economic Forum identifies 31 proven practices to help companies achieve a triple advantage of increased revenue, a reduction in supply chain cost and added brand value....
Marketing and Comms
by Brynn McNally, March 27, 2015
2015 marks the ninth year of Earth Hour, the WWF-led global event at which people and businesses turn off the lights to illuminate climate change awareness. Businesses, communities and individuals in...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, March 27, 2015
Avaya, provider of customer and employee engagement communications technologies, has exceeded its carbon reduction goal two years early by adopting desktop and mobile videoconferencing systems,...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, March 26, 2015
Third-party certifier SCS Global Services has announced that Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation (UPFC) — which manages all aspects of forestry operations within the State of Uttar Pradesh, located in...
ICT and Big Data
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 26, 2015
A new report from the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing finds that investing in sustainability has usually met and often exceeded the performance of comparable traditional...
Marketing and Comms
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 26, 2015
As part of a continued effort to address public concerns over its treatment of captive dolphins and whales, SeaWorld Entertainment has launched a new ad campaign highlighting its 50-year commitment...
Waste Not
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 26, 2015
Iglo Group, Europe’s largest frozen food company, yesterday launched a coalition with leading waste reduction charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), with the objective of reducing food...
Marketing and Comms
by Thomas Kolster, March 26, 2015
Have you already failed your New Year’s resolution to live a healthier and happier life? We are own biggest enemy and the sooner we realize this, the sooner we can begin making real change. Everybody...
Supply Chain
by Jennifer Elks, March 25, 2015
Today the Tronie Foundation — a Washington-based non-profit organization founded by trafficking survivor Rani Hong, dedicated to driving awareness of human trafficking and slavery — announced the...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, March 25, 2015
The market for thermal coal is in structural decline in the United States, according to a new report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative.The US Coal Crash – Evidence for Structural Change (PDF) finds...
Chemistry and Materials
by Kristy-Barbara Lange, March 25, 2015
Bioplastics are not a single kind of plastic, but rather a family of materials that vary considerably from one another. There are three groups in the bioplastics family, each with its own individual...
Waste Not
by Hannah Ritchie, March 25, 2015
With two billion pounds of waste generated by the seafood industry in Alaska alone, finding creative ways to repurpose this waste represents an economic opportunity as well as an environmental...
Waste Not
by Anita Rivera, March 25, 2015
There is a worldwide concern that the ability of our environmental systems to sustain the conditions of life as we know it is being compromised. We need to act now, and we need to act fast, so today...
The Next Economy
by Tom Szaky, March 25, 2015
People are confused about recycling because they complain that the entire process – from labeling, to which bin is which, to what your municipality accepts - makes it difficult to determine a...
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