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Organizational Change
by Libby MacCarthy, March 17, 2017
Tackling food waste continues to be a top priority for the food industry and local governments, and two new initiatives in the UK and Canada present important opportunities to reduce environmental...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, March 17, 2017
Textile dyeing accounts for one fifth of all industrial wastewater pollution generated worldwide and much of it, particularly in developing countries in Asia, goes untreated. Now, China is employing...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, March 17, 2017
Twelve of the world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies have agreed to collectively work towards ending deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial...
Leadership
by John Marshall R..., March 17, 2017
Some leaders make change look easy. While most people strive to drive change through persuasion, they stoke our imaginations and inspire us to embrace daring new visions of what could be. How do they...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, March 16, 2017
A wave of efforts to increase transparency and ethics in complex global supply chains in recent years has not only unearthed grave ongoing issues, but a groundswell of private sector commitments to...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, March 16, 2017
Renewables continue to gain traction both with businesses and governments, offering solutions to reduce impacts and address issues of energy security. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is the latest to embrace...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, March 16, 2017
Nest, a New York-based nonprofit focused on creating a better life for workers in the cottage industry, has announced the formation of the Nest Artisan Advancement Steering Committee, a coalition of...
The Next Economy
by Libby MacCarthy, March 16, 2017
More and more, circular economic models are providing ways for governments and businesses to increase efficiency, reduce waste and create new jobs. Two new initiatives in the UK reinforce that...
Marketing and Comms
by Daniel Vennard, March 16, 2017
As Georgetown University linguistics professor Deborah Tannen says, “We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has.” We rarely realize it, but language is the lens...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, March 15, 2017
Today, powerful female leaders from both the private and public sector gathered in New York City to discuss their growing global power to tackle climate change and deliver on the ambitions of the...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, March 15, 2017
In an effort to help companies optimize their packaging systems, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) have teamed up to...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Greg Hemmings, March 15, 2017
A little over a year ago, I was having a conversation about ‘brain drain’ with three change-makers in my community. We were debating what could reverse the brain drain of young people from smaller...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, March 15, 2017
Sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions leader Tarkett is the latest brand to embrace transparency with the launch of a new product catalog that could help drive the use of sustainable...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, March 14, 2017
At the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, Johnson & Johnson revealed the winners of its first Africa Innovation Challenge, an initiative designed to drive innovative and...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, March 14, 2017
New announcements from two major financial institutions could expand sustainability investment and drive it towards the mainstream S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), the world’s leading...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, March 14, 2017
Global fresh water demand is expected to grow by 2 percent yearly over the next several decades. Based on the assumption that water supply will remain relatively stable, demand growth is expected to...
Business Models
by Rosie Warin, March 14, 2017
This is one of a series of interviews that started when Rosie Warin, CEO of culture and communications agency Kin&Co, began having conversations with high–profile, values–driven leaders of the ‘...
Collaboration
by Kenneth Lander, March 14, 2017
In an industry full of certifications for product and brand sustainability, it can be difficult to navigate which ones are right for your organization. While intentions for each certification are...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, March 13, 2017
Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword these days — it’s insurance against reputational risk, the key to new market opportunities, a safeguard against climate change and a critical element for staying...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, March 13, 2017
According to environmental non-profit Basel Action Network (BAN), electronics recycling may not be quite as straightforward as consumers believe. While some electronics are safely dismantled and have...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, March 13, 2017
The first-ever public ranking of corporate human rights performance launched today, seeking to highlight the moral and commercial advantages for companies with a strong human rights record. BHP...
Waste Not
by Libby MacCarthy, March 10, 2017
While more than 42 million Americans lack access to a sufficient amount of food, a staggering 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. is uneaten, resulting in at least 62.5 million tons of wasted...
Organizational Change
by Gary Cohen, March 10, 2017
Over the last few years, we’ve seen consumer demand accelerate the push for corporate responsibility in business. Consumers today aren’t just paying lip service to good causes; more are choosing to ‘...
The Next Economy
by Daniel Matthews, March 10, 2017
As a humanist, Bill Gates has been on something of a roll. Recently, he launched Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion fund for startups working on promising sustainable energy solutions. This...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Libby MacCarthy, March 10, 2017
Over the past three decades, investor interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors has moved from niche to mainstream. Many attribute this shift to a rising demand from millennials...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, March 9, 2017
New research from sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies reveals growth in corporate spending in sustainability; more than 80 percent of surveyed companies expect a budget increase from 2016...
Products and Design
by Libby MacCarthy, March 9, 2017
Coffee cups, coffee capsules and MDF are some of the most popular and hard-to-recycle products in circulation, accounting for hundreds of thousands of tons of waste sent to landfill each year — an...
Leadership
by John Marshall R..., March 9, 2017
Some leaders make change look easy. While most people strive to drive change through persuasion, they stoke our imaginations and inspire us to embrace daring new visions of what could be. How do they...
Marketing and Comms
by Jeff MacDonald, March 9, 2017
January’s Women’s March was one of the biggest global movements of recent years. An estimated 5 million people marched in 17 different countries to show their support for basic human rights — freedom...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, March 8, 2017
Nearly half of Americans do not recycle their beauty and personal care products, accounting for a significant amount of landfill waste. Garnier and DoSomething.org are hoping to change that with...
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