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Products and Design
by Mike Hower, September 12, 2014
Shell and Brazilian soccer player Pelé this week showcased a first-of-its-kind soccer field capable of capturing kinetic energy created by players' movement and combining it with nearby solar power...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, September 12, 2014
Hershey has announced a new three-year program expanding its cocoa farmer training and community initiatives in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producing country.In partnership with cocoa...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Joss Tantram, September 12, 2014
“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”PlatoJust because we want one thing, must we want all that comes with it?It is a peculiar fact of...
Blog
by Dimitar Vlahov, September 12, 2014
As we get closer to my personal favorite among the growing list of Sustainable Brands events — New Metrics, this year in collaboration with the MIT Sloan School of Management — I am finding it hard...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, September 11, 2014
A provocative new documentary called PUMP, produced by Submarine Deluxe, in association with Fuel Freedom Foundation and iDeal Film Partners, is opening in limited release next week.Directed by...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, September 11, 2014
Dairy farmer Chris Wagner, owner of the Green Dream Farm in Enosburg Falls, Vermont, has a new setup that provides him with low-cost bedding for his herd and reduces the greenhouse gas produced by...
Collaboration
by Hannah Ritchie, September 11, 2014
H&M has teamed up with Swedfund, a Swedish company that offers expertise and financial support to emerging markets within Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, in a rare collaboration...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, September 11, 2014
IKEA, Tetra Pak and Kingfisher are partnering​ to promote the benefits of legal, responsibly sourced, sustainable timber and clarify the role of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in the...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, September 11, 2014
Institutional investors representing over half a trillion dollars in assets under management are calling on four major palm oil producers to adopt an immediate moratorium on deforestation and join...
The Next Economy
by Gina Angiolillo, September 11, 2014
In 2013, legislation quietly passed within the UK that would require companies listed on the London Stock Exchange to disclose global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) within their publically available...
New Metrics
by João Fontes, September 11, 2014
Recent significant advances in both sustainability assessment and societal awareness have resulted in businesses placing growing importance on full product value chain transparency. This relates to...
The Next Economy
by Sheila Shayon, September 11, 2014
In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (due in stores September 16), author and social activist Naomi Klein espouses that capitalism, rather than carbon, is the core...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, September 10, 2014
In order to better help its customers align environmental and societal considerations with business success, BASF has developed a new process for steering its portfolio based on sustainability...
Leadership
by André Veneman, September 10, 2014
On Thursday, the annual rankings of the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) will be publicly announced. Based on research by the Swiss-based investment group RobecoSAM, the Index assesses the...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Ritchie, September 10, 2014
Last week, Perdue Foods announced that it has discontinued the use of antibiotics at all of its chicken hatcheries, another step in setting a standard that defines the responsible use of antibiotics...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, September 10, 2014
University of California, Santa Barbara and Presidio Graduate School topped the environmental sustainability and social impact categories, respectfully, of a recent ranking of more than 100 U.S....
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, September 10, 2014
Unilever and Solidaridad have announced a new partnership to improve the lives of one million people in Unilever’s extended supply chains.As part of this new partnership agreement, both parties will...
Startups
by Aarthi Rayapura, September 10, 2014
Cura Coffee Co, a San Diego-based startup, sells a direct-trade, premium organic coffee that directly connects coffee lovers with the farmers who produce it. Along with other recent business models...
The Next Economy
by Tamay Kiper, September 10, 2014
Novelis, a global leader in rolled aluminum products, is in the process of shifting its entire business model from a traditional linear model to a closed-loop or circular model. The company is...
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, September 9, 2014
General Mills announced Monday that it will acquire Annie’s, Inc, a leading U.S. producer of branded organic and natural food products with net sales of $204 million in its latest fiscal year (...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, September 9, 2014
Offsetting one ton of carbon dioxide brings an additional $664 in benefits to the communities where carbon reduction projects are based, according to new research by Imperial College London and the...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, September 9, 2014
Last week at the Stockholm International Water Institute’s annual World Water Week, PepsiCo unveiled a new data management and modeling tool that estimates the availability of freshwater use in water...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, September 9, 2014
Sustainable chemical technology company Genomatica has published the results of a major survey of sustainability issues in the mainstream chemical industry that shows the topic is now considered a...
Business Models
by Ross Brooks, September 9, 2014
Controlling the size of your portions is a great way to save money, food and unnecessary health problems caused by obesity. Eating out, on the other hand, takes that control away from you — unless...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, September 9, 2014
Tetra Pak‘s just-released 2014 Sustainability Update highlights the processing and packaging giant's 2013 progress in a variety of areas."The Tetra Pak brand is founded on a promise: PROTECT WHAT'S...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, September 8, 2014
Ford’s Oakville Assembly plant now sends no operational waste-to-landfill, an achievement that gives Ford Motor Company the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities...
Collaboration
by Mike Hower, September 8, 2014
Airbnb has partnered with Nest to provide selected hosts in the US with free Nest Learning Thermostats as part of an effort to help Airbnb's community of hosts and guests to conserve energy.The Nest...
Packaging
by Alexis Raymond, September 8, 2014
The growing amount of solid waste being added to landfills from product packaging is an environmental concern to Cisco. To address this, we strive to design packages that protect against shipping...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, September 5, 2014
Unilever and the World Resources Institute (WRI) this week announced a new partnership that will increase transparency in agricultural commodity supply chains with the goal of ending...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, September 5, 2014
Datacoup, “The World’s First Personal Data Marketplace,” launched Thursday, providing a platform for individuals to aggregate, analyze and sell their own personal data. After a successful beta period...

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