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Leadership
by Mike Hower, June 25, 2015
The UN Global Compact (UNGC) has launched a new official website aimed at spurring corporate sustainability action.Designed to support business at all stages along the corporate sustainability...
Marketing and Comms
by Sheila Shayon, June 25, 2015
Greenpeace is arguably the founder of modern environmental activism. And as a documentary called How to Change the World, which premiered in January at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and recently...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, June 25, 2015
More and more evidence continues to emerge that points to the literal wealth of untapped potential of shifting to a circular economy. Today, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the McKinsey Center...
Waste Not
by Jennifer Elks, June 24, 2015
As awareness has grown of the reprehensible amount of food we throw away in the western world (an estimated 40 percent), efforts to combat food waste have emerged from a variety of places along the...
Business Models
by Hannah Ritchie, June 24, 2015
Last month I did a feature interview with Davis Smith, CEO of outdoor gear and apparel company Cotopaxi, and was impressed with the way the brand had managed to build sustainability and social...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, June 24, 2015
The mayors of Baltimore, MD, Little Rock, AR and West Sacramento, CA have been recognized with top honors in an awards program administered by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and funded by the...
Leadership
by Brynn McNally, June 24, 2015
On Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago, BASF is hosting a Science Symposium, gathering academics and thought leaders from a variety of disciplines to discuss the challenge of sustaining global food...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Tom Szaky, June 24, 2015
The “green gap” is alive and well, yet many companies and marketers still don’t seem to notice. On the one hand, we continue to see a massive influx of passionate consumers telling us they are...
Products and Design
by Brynn McNally, June 23, 2015
Today, Ford announced progress on its commitment to developing autonomous vehicle technology, including innovations in wearable technology and collaborations with startups in Silicon Valley to make...
Packaging
by Brynn McNally, June 23, 2015
A new report suggests the U.S. biobased products industry has a notable impact on the nation’s economy. It is the first research effort to quantify the effect of this industry from an economics and...
Cleantech
by Cheryl Baldwin, June 23, 2015
Few things are more disruptive to a processing facility than losing power – especially if several weeks’ worth of work is lost each time it happens. Facing this risk helped drive Sierra Nevada...
Collaboration
by Brynn McNally, June 23, 2015
The Hershey Company today announced a partnership that will support its campaign to fight malnutrition in Ghana. As part of its Energize Learning program, the company is teaming up with the Ghana...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, June 23, 2015
Recyclebank, which claims to to inspire and reward smarter, everyday choices for a more sustainable future, has named Mayor Bryan Barnett of Rochester Hills, MI “Mayor of the Year” as part of the...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, June 22, 2015
As previously functioning urban areas fall into disrepair, urban blight increasingly is afflicting cities across the United States. Characterized by high local unemployment and crime, political...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, June 22, 2015
Today Dell released an update on its headway in 2014-2015 against its 2020 Legacy of Good Plan, highlighting its first signs of progress in achieving 21 goals in the areas of environment, communities...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Matt Polsky, June 22, 2015
Years before the surprising examples of bold sustainable business actions discussed in Part 1, we had the writings of Jem Bendell, Wayne Visser, John Elkington and Jeffrey Hollender, who have long...
New Metrics
by Laura Golsteijn, June 22, 2015
In the sustainability arena, we are used to work with a diversity of common sustainability assumptions. However, some of the assumptions that we trust might not be as right as we think they are. A...
Organizational Change
by Tamay Kiper, June 22, 2015
As part of L’Oréal’s global sustainability program called Sharing Beauty With All, the company has pledged that by the year 2020, 100 percent of its products will have an environmental or social...
Business Models
by Joss Tantram, June 22, 2015
“We have statesmen and politicians who profess to guide our destinies. Whither are they guiding our destinies?”— H.G WellsValuing continuing existenceIn recent decades considerable effort has...
Marketing and Comms
by Brynn McNally, June 19, 2015
Can humor save us? Today, the Guardian launched a new multimedia series on climate change that aims to drive the public conversation, debate and action on climate change by making its readers laugh...
Business Models
by Brynn McNally, June 19, 2015
Despite bold efforts to make companies’ processes and products more sustainable, many businesses that flourish today are inherently unsustainable. Companies must fundamentally change their modus...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, June 19, 2015
For more than three years, BASF, Cargill and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH have worked together to promote sustainable coconut oil and improve the living...
Brand Innovation
by Raphael Bemporad, June 19, 2015
We marketers can be obsessed with generational trends. How many meetings have you had lately on what Millennials think of your brand? Or what Generation Z means for your digital strategy?And yet,...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, June 19, 2015
Ecolab’s efforts to help customers reduce, reuse, manage and treat water more efficiently led to a savings of 115 billion gallons of water in 2014, according to the company’s 2014 Corporate...
Startups
by Mike Hower, June 18, 2015
Social enterprise Verb has closed $2.3 million in series seed funding — one of the largest rounds ever for an Austin-based social enterprise, according to a recent announcement.The investment capital...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, June 18, 2015
This week, LEGO Group announced an investment of 1 billion Danish Kroner (~US$152 million) in the research, development and implementation of sustainable raw materials to manufacture LEGO® toys and...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, June 18, 2015
The far-reaching social impacts of the fashion industry were catapulted into the global spotlight with the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh in 2013. Since then,...
Business Models
by Brynn McNally, June 18, 2015
On Wednesday, Ford Motor Company released its 16th annual sustainability report, highlighting progress to reduce its environmental impacts and to innovate “smart mobility” models that accommodate...
Marketing and Comms
by Marc DeSousaShields, June 18, 2015
Pope Francis has been creating news in sustainability circles lately and lots of it.Why? Well, it’s not just because his message of peace, simplicity, and pursuit of the common good resonates with...
Waste Not
by Brynn McNally, June 17, 2015
Noted sustainability leader Unilever is spearheading a movement for industrial waste reduction.Last week the CPG giant hosted an event in partnership with 2Degrees, bringing together over 100...
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