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Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Matthew Yeomans, May 19, 2016
Get ‘em while they’re young. It’s a strategy long embraced by the world of media, advertising and marketing, whether it be product placement in kids’ literature, TV shows or movies; cartoon...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, May 18, 2016
From a veg-loving hip-hop family from Atlanta, to butchers who support ‘Meatless Mondays,’ the new docu-series The Veg EffectTM features five unique, personal stories from across the United States....
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, May 18, 2016
Starbucks Corporation announced on Monday that it completed the underwriting of an initial public offering of senior notes, including its first-ever U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond. The Seattle-...
Waste Not
by Hannah Furlong, May 18, 2016
The most in-depth examination of the grocery supply chain in the United Kingdom was released yesterday by the waste reduction experts at WRAP. The organization estimates that 1.9 million tonnes of...
Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, May 18, 2016
Plastic has many benefits ranging from reducing food waste by providing packaging to cutting transport pollution due to its light weight. However, waste plastic is undervalued by the economy due to...
Behavior Change
by Tom Szaky, May 18, 2016
With hundreds of millions of individuals logging into social media accounts every day, using the medium as a platform for social change and activism is just common sense. Today, about 61 percent of...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, May 17, 2016
From waste management to construction to apparel, circular economy models are gaining attention and proving effective in numerous industries. Even those in healthcare – an industry that requires the...
Waste Not
by Sheila Shayon, May 17, 2016
On Wednesday, May 18th, a one-day food festival will offer free meals to 5,000 people at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The event is designed to educate...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, May 17, 2016
According to the USDA, consumer demand for organic foods has grown by double-digits every year since the 1990s — but organic acreage has not kept up. Today, only about one percent of US farmland is...
ICT and Big Data
by Sustainable Brands, May 17, 2016
Yesterday, the Partnership for Freedom announced the winners of Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking, a competition seeking technological solutions that help fight...
Business Models
by Carol Cone, May 17, 2016
Recently, we added a competition called the D-Prize to our Idea Accelerator. This prize, whose tagline is “Distribution equals development,” is a terrific idea that is so needed in our world today....
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, May 16, 2016
Ford Motor Company claims to be the first automaker to formulate and test new foam and plastic components using captured carbon dioxide (CO2) as feedstock. Within five years, the company expects to...
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, May 16, 2016
Unilever’s Sustainable Living brands continue to show superior performance, as the company reports on the fifth year of progress of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. Consumers expect more of...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Hannah Furlong, May 16, 2016
The trade association for the United Kingdom’s resource and waste management sector, the Environmental Services Association (ESA), recently released a report which celebrates the industry’s...
Leadership
by Carol Sanford, May 16, 2016
This is the third blog in a series on the seven First Principles of regeneration, drawing from living systems sciences. Principle #3: A regenerative business sees the world in terms of potential...
Organizational Change
by Coro Strandberg, May 16, 2016
The recent launch of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the commitment last month of over 170 countries to the Paris climate agreement illustrate global consensus regarding the sustainability...
Supply Chain
by Carla Tavares, May 13, 2016
Businesses face myriad ongoing challenges: Apart from the day-to-day fluctuations in market dynamics, entrepreneurs must deal with economies of scale, inter- and intra-market competition and...
ICT and Big Data
by Sustainable Brands, May 13, 2016
Schneider Electric has announced a new Silicon Valley Innovation program designed to scout and develop start-ups focused on applications related to the intersection of energy and the Internet of...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, May 13, 2016
The Coca-Cola Company, HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IKEA and Unilever today in London launched the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, a collaboration focused on promoting ethical...
Business Models
by Hannah Furlong, May 13, 2016
On Wednesday, leading apparel and footwear brand Nike released its latest sustainability report and was announced as the newest Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Nike has made...
Blog
by Nassy Avramidis, May 12, 2016
Purpose-driven brands know that the key to successful engagement is connecting consumers to their brand purpose and mission. The most effective ways to do that is to listen, communicate, and build...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, May 12, 2016
Since the introduction of the first ecolabels and standards for organic products in the late 1980s and '90s, sustainability standards and certifications have proliferated across myriad industries....
Startups
by Hannah Furlong, May 12, 2016
You’ve probably heard plenty of startups claim they can “revolutionize” their industry, but in the case of Bolt Threads, they may actually be right. The California-based biotechnology startup is...
Packaging
by Mathieu Senard, May 12, 2016
According to a 2013 study by PCI Films Consulting, 17 billion plastic pouches ended up in landfills throughout the U.S. that year and production is expected to reach 24 billion plastic pouches by...
Collaboration
by Hannah Furlong, May 11, 2016
Cotton is planted on 2.4 percent of the world’s crop land and yet it accounts for 24 percent and 11 percent of the global sales of insecticide and pesticides, respectively. Organic cotton represents...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Carla Tavares, May 11, 2016
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) has demonstrated the power of harnessing brand affinity and the growing awareness of ethical choice. Three recent and inspiring examples in Spain, Italy and...
Marketing and Comms
by Hannah Furlong, May 11, 2016
Roughly a year ago, KIND Snacks CEO Daniel Lubetzky received a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about his products. Among other nutrition claims, the FDA took issue with the...
Supply Chain
by Khululiwe Mabaso, May 11, 2016
A product will go through multiple points of contact in its lifecycle. From the designer to the manufacturer to transport to the consumer and end of life, each component has an impact....
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, May 10, 2016
The construction industry has been slower than most to adopt technological innovations, which has stagnated the sector’s labor productivity in the United States and elsewhere in the last 40 years. At...
Collaboration
by Mike Hower, May 10, 2016
More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities and this is expected to reach 66 percent by 2050, according to the United Nations, when 2.5 billion people will be added to urban...
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