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Organizational Change
by Chris Oestereich, July 11, 2014
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what we need from business leaders. And by business leaders, I mean everyone who is actively making (or influencing) business decisions. We know there are...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, July 11, 2014
The Coca-Cola Company and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Thursday released an Annual Review on the one-year anniversary of their global partnership to protect our freshwater resources. Reporting on...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Aarthi Rayapura, July 11, 2014
Members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), including Royal Caribbean International, Carnival and Disney Cruise Line, have announced they will no longer participate in the Cruise...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, July 11, 2014
Greenpeace’s viral video, “LEGO: Everything Is NOT Awesome,” released earlier this week, has apparently been suspended by YouTube due to a copyright claim from Warner Brothers. The environmental...
Brand Innovation
by Mike Hower, July 11, 2014
Dell reduced the energy intensity of its product portfolio by 23.2 percent over the last two years, and that of its server portfolio by roughly 50 percent, according to the company’s new...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, July 10, 2014
The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) announced this week its selection of two consortia to develop what will be known as the Natural Capital Protocol.The Coalition says the Protocol will be a global,...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, July 10, 2014
Timberland announced Wednesday it has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 53 percent since 2006 (achieving almost half of that [23 percent] in 2013) and it now derives 31.4 percent of its...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Tamay Kiper, July 10, 2014
As I was getting ready for my recent move from Los Angeles to San Francisco, I was looking for the best moving options available. Should I tow my belongings behind my car? Rent a truck and tow my car...
The Next Economy
by Mike Hower, July 10, 2014
More than a thousand California business leaders are urging the State to deny requests to exempt oil companies from its cap and trade program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The California...
New Metrics
by Aarthi Rayapura, July 10, 2014
SABMiller has set new 2020 targets for its sustainable development programs. The new program, called Prosper, focuses on supporting the role small businesses play in generating economic growth and...
Chemistry and Materials
by Aarthi Rayapura, July 9, 2014
In its fifth annual Corporate Citizenship Report, released this week, biotech company Biogen Idec puts forward an aggressive set of 2020 goals, including reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, July 9, 2014
Tetra Pak has launched a campaign to raise industry awareness of the importance of the front end of the packaging life cycle — the sourcing of renewable materials — and is calling on the consumer...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, July 9, 2014
Greenpeace continued its campaign against LEGO on Tuesday with the release of a dramatic video, called “Everything Is NOT Awesome,” aimed at further illustrating the reasons the toy company should...
ICT and Big Data
by Sustainable Brands, July 9, 2014
On Monday, IBM announced a 10-year initiative to support China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens. Dubbed “Green Horizon,” the project sets out to leap...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, July 9, 2014
Apple announced on Monday it has closed a deal to annex 100 acres in Claremont, NC for a new 17.5-megawatt solar farm, the construction of which is expected to cost some $55 million, according to...
Marketing and Comms
by Lillian Laurence, July 8, 2014
This post is part of a series written by MBA and MPA candidates in Presidio Graduate School’s Managerial Marketing course, examining the role of marketing in advancing sustainability across all...
The Next Economy
by Aarthi Rayapura, July 8, 2014
French long-distance ride-sharing service BlaBlaCar has raised a solid $100 million from VC funding — the largest VC funding ever for a French startup — to expand its service and network globally....
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, July 8, 2014
A dozen US home and garden retailers, including Home Depot and BJ's Wholesale Club, are working to ban or limit use of neonicotinoid, or neonic, pesticides, suspected of contributing to dramatic...
Packaging
by Mike Hower, July 8, 2014
Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer (M&S) are leading a consortium of organisations from UK packaging, retail and recycling industries to launch a market trial aimed at recycling as much as 1.3...
Supply Chain
by Andréanne Grimard, July 7, 2014
With a number of NGO campaigns demanding that companies pledge to use zero-deforestation palm oil — and industry groups such as the Consumer Goods Forum pledging zero-net deforestation by 2020 for...
Collaboration
by Aarthi Rayapura, July 7, 2014
As a company that relies heavily on water for production, Anheuser-Busch InBev is rightly investing a great deal of time, thought and money into water management. In its 2013 Global Citizenship...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, July 7, 2014
Nestlé has reduced 44 percent of its waste per ton of product since 2010 in the US, and five factory locations reached zero waste to landfill status by the end of 2013, according to the company’s new...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, July 7, 2014
Smart city technology revenue will grow from $8.8 billion annually worldwide in 2014 to $27.5 billion in 2023, as cities around the world adopt smart city technology to meet sustainability goals,...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, July 7, 2014
Solar company Siva Power has announced a new technology roadmap that projects the cost of its thin film solar modules dropping to a record low of $0.28/watt.The company says that its advanced...
Collaboration
by Aarthi Rayapura, July 4, 2014
A network of more than 120 NGOs from six continents announced a new Global Paper Vision that will bring together organizations currently challenging the paper industry to adopt more sustainable...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, July 4, 2014
Symantec, one of the world's largest security software companies, has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind program, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), to address the global...
Supply Chain
by Aarthi Rayapura, July 3, 2014
Keurig Green Mountain has announced the results of a 2013 scientific study, Thin Months Revisited.  Conducted in partnership with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the...
Brand Innovation
by Nicole Cruz, July 3, 2014
This post is part of a series written by MBA and MPA candidates in Presidio Graduate School’s Managerial Marketing course, examining the role of marketing in advancing sustainability across all...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, July 3, 2014
The public debate on palm oil centers on large corporate entities driving the industry, while ignoring smallholders that make up 40 percent of planted hectares, according to a new whitepaper by CSR...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, July 3, 2014
A new “women-owned” label on goods will appear in Walmarts nationwide this fall, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.In recent years, many brands have responded to growing customer trends to purchase...

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