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Supply Chain
by Libby MacCarthy, February 13, 2017
The Social and Labor Convergence Project (SLCP) — an initiative led by the world’s leading manufacturers, brands, retailers, industry groups, intergovernmental organizations, service providers and...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, February 10, 2017
President Donald Trump issued two executive orders last week geared at scaling back or replacing financial regulations that he deems a burden to commerce and growth. The move signals a big win for...
The Next Economy
by Sheila Shayon, February 10, 2017
By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will live in urban centers and that number will have increased by about 3 billion people in the interim – a big challenge and opportunity to...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, February 10, 2017
With growing demand for business leaders to embrace progressive business practices that respect both people and planet showing no sign of slowing down, it is now more important than ever to empower...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, February 9, 2017
Food waste and plastic packaging pose significant sustainability challenges for the food industry, but two new labeling initiatives in the US and abroad endeavor to change that. “Best by” and “sell...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, February 9, 2017
In moves that will spur new energy vehicle demand, two new auto industry partnerships provide a look at a low-carbon economy of the future. First, Honda Motor Co Ltd and General Motors Co (GM) have...
Behavior Change
by Maxine Perella, February 9, 2017
Installing more efficient equipment is often at the forefront of an energy manager’s mind when it comes to driving down carbon emissions, but even the most energy-efficient kit still requires human...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, February 8, 2017
In an effort to further reduce its carbon footprint, Southern Water is turning to sewage to boost renewables generation. At present, the water and sewage company generates 17 percent of its...
Organizational Change
by Michael Contreras, February 8, 2017
Despite – and/or because of – the recent seismic shift in U.S. political leadership on sustainability, companies are looking for ways to continue embracing corporate action that makes both economic...
New Metrics
by Joss Tantram, February 8, 2017
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” - Joseph Goldstein Context is a game-changer for sustainability professionals and for the businesses that they work with. A dramatic statement...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, February 8, 2017
Communications provider Three UK is attempting tackle the ever-growing e-waste problem while connecting disadvantaged citizens to the digital world with a new recycling initiative aimed at...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, February 7, 2017
Multinational consumer goods company Unilever announced a new transparency measure today that will provide consumers with access to additional fragrance ingredient information for its personal care...
Products and Design
by Libby MacCarthy, February 7, 2017
The fashion industry shows no sign of slowing down in regards to reducing its environmental impact, with new initiatives and schemes emerging almost daily. Though the concept of fast fashion stands...
Business Models
by Coro Strandberg, February 7, 2017
More than two million people in six countries subscribe to HP’s “Instant Ink.” When a customer is running low on ink, an Internet-connected printer notifies HP and a replacement cartridge is...
Behavior Change
by Libby MacCarthy, February 6, 2017
Government-led initiatives designed to cut carbon emissions and reduce air pollution in cities, though well-intentioned, often come under fire from those who stand the most to gain from them — ...
Packaging
by Libby MacCarthy, February 6, 2017
Environmental and corporate social responsibility non-profit As You Sow has called upon four major US companies — Amazon, McDonald’s, Target and Walmart — to ditch polystyrene foam packaging from...
Organizational Change
by Matt Polsky, February 6, 2017
The second of a three-part proposal for using sustainability to recharge America's problem-solving. Read part one. As I approach the 40-year mark (no, the sustainable business field isn’t that old,...
The Next Economy
by Libby MacCarthy, February 3, 2017
Energy companies are grossly underestimating low-carbon advances with a business-as-usual approach says a new report co-authored by the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and the Carbon...
Organizational Change
by Libby MacCarthy, February 3, 2017
There’s no stopping the low carbon economy. Two major announcements from DONG Energy and Tetra Pak could set new industry standards and pave the way for others to follow suit. DONG Energy has decided...
New Metrics
by Andrew Winston, February 2, 2017
Every manager (or consultant) who has pitched an initiative under the banner of “sustainability” has faced the same question nearly every time: What’s the business case? On the surface, there’s...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, February 2, 2017
As the Trump administration threatens to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement and double up on efforts to revive a slowing fossil fuels industry, the rest of the world is pulling out of coal...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, February 2, 2017
Marine plastics pose a serious problem for both marine ecosystems and human health. In fact, with between 4.8 million and 12.7 million tons of plastic ending up in the world’s oceans every year, it...
Leadership
by Libby MacCarthy, February 1, 2017
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made history on Monday, announcing that it will begin accepting members based not on the gender listed on their birth certificates, but by the gender indicated on...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, February 1, 2017
The fashion industry is in the midst of a revolution, with more and more companies ramping up efforts to clean up their supply chains, eliminate polluting practices from manufacturing and imbed...
The Next Economy
by Libby MacCarthy, February 1, 2017
Less than a week after its release, the European Commission’s new Roadmap for the EU Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy is already coming under fire. According to the Break Free From Plastic...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, January 31, 2017
The volume of discarded electronics in East and South-East Asia jumped almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast in both total volume and per capita measures,...
Organizational Change
by Libby MacCarthy, January 31, 2017
Many CEOs want to make a difference. Convinced that companies should play a positive role in environmental stewardship and social development, they declare sustainability a top priority, launch a...
Waste Not
by Libby MacCarthy, January 31, 2017
The City of Phoenix, AZ and Recyclebank, a company that pioneered and patented an education and incentives platform to help cities encourage residents to make sustainable purchasing and disposal...
Organizational Change
by Matt Polsky, January 31, 2017
The first of a three-part proposal for using sustainability to recharge America's problem-solving. Read part two and three. A short post-election article in Huffington Post by Jenine Durland called “...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, January 30, 2017
Finding new post-consumer uses and solutions for products is critical for making the shift towards a more circular economy, but more and more companies are turning their focus to the early stages of...
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