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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...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, September 5, 2014
Anheuser-Busch has announced it is replacing its 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered tractors. This marks the beer company’s first conversion of an entire...
Cleantech
by Hannah Ritchie, September 5, 2014
Apple has topped the electronics sector in addressing its environmental footprint, according to a new report released by Greenpeace. In the same week that Berlin will gather some of the world’s...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, September 5, 2014
WegoWise, a building intelligence provider, has launched a new rating for apartment building energy efficiency performance.WegoScore is a simple numerical assessment that provides a clear snapshot of...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, September 5, 2014
The first commercial-scale biofuel plant in the United States is now open and will eventually produce more than 25 million gallons of fuel a year from corn waste.Project LIBERTY converts baled corn...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, September 5, 2014
2014 marks Recyclebank’s 10th year of inspiring and rewarding smarter, everyday choices for a more sustainable future. Founded in 2004, the company set out with a simple idea: Could education and...
New Metrics
by Ralph Thurm, September 5, 2014
This is the fourth and final installment of a series covering crucial sustainability reporting issues on materiality, sustainability context, comparability and stakeholder inclusiveness.Stakeholder...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, September 4, 2014
In 2013, governments and companies invested $9.6 billion in initiatives implementing nature-based solutions to sustain the world’s clean water supplies, according to a new report from Forest Trends’...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, September 4, 2014
An independent study released Wednesday has confirmed that Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) has sufficient plantation resources to meet the pulp requirements of its existing mills as well as its...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, September 4, 2014
The California State Legislature has passed a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California, which will now head to the governor’s desk.Last Friday, the California senate voted 22-15 to approve...
Blog
by Sustainable Brands, September 4, 2014
This is the first in a series of posts in which we will poll our global community of business leaders and practitioners — what we call the “SB Vanguard” — on a variety of issues pertinent to the...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Tamay Kiper, September 4, 2014
It is no secret that the private sector, for the most part, is failing to tackle today’s evolving social and environmental challenges, caused in large part by the nature of current standard business...
Marketing and Comms
by John Kazer, September 4, 2014
How can you persuade people to make responsible purchasing decisions? It isn’t an easy question. Vast global industries have been built up around understanding and influencing the tangled web of...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Ligia Camargo, September 4, 2014
I always see images that portray nature with different shades of green. This is totally unfair to nature, which is multicoloured. This shallow portrait of sustainability has made the subject eco-...
Marketing and Comms
by Sheila Shayon, September 3, 2014
A new documentary TV series, “Food Forward,” highlights the range of issues created and affected by our increasingly unsustainable food ecosystem, as well as the “food rebels” helping to transform it...
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, September 3, 2014
CVS Caremark today announced three potentially game-changing developments for its brand and its business. First, the pharmacy chain has changed its corporate name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health, to...
Products and Design
by Mike Hower, September 3, 2014
VELUX America has unveiled Active House USA, a custom sustainable home in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, MO that combines leading sustainability and high performance building practices from...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, September 3, 2014
Developing countries lose at least $1 trillion every year through shady deals for natural resources, the use of shell companies, money laundering and illegal tax evasion, according to a new report by...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, September 2, 2014
IKEA GreenTech, an IKEA Group venture capital company, has invested in Design LED Products Ltd, a Scottish company with a unique technology for a new generation of lighting products using energy-...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, September 3, 2014
Boeing and Russell Brands LLC have announced that they are working together to incorporate excess carbon fiber from the production of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner in Russell Athletic protective gear.The...
New Metrics
by Jason Burnham, September 2, 2014
I’ve always been fascinated with social behavior. Why do people react differently when confronted with a certain situation, a new idea, or information that challenges existing beliefs? Why are some...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, September 2, 2014
UK waste-management company Network Waste recently announced it has been working with the Adapt Low Carbon Group at the University of East Anglia on a groundbreaking approach to waste management that...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, September 2, 2014
Global leaders gathered in Stockholm Monday for 2014 World Water Week urged the energy and water communities to work together to provide clean drinking water and energy for a growing world...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, September 2, 2014
The U.S. Water Partnership has announced the launch of a new platform that offers the global community simple online access to a growing library of U.S.-generated water data and knowledge.H2infO was...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, September 2, 2014
Major brands that drive demand for cotton have an economic interest in reducing the industry's water use because it improves farms’ income and yields, according to a new report by social enterprise...
Products and Design
by Hannah Ritchie, September 1, 2014
Imagine filling the Empire State Building with used toilet roll tubes. Then fill it again. Every year, globally, we throw away 17 billion toilet roll tubes — enough to fill the Empire State Building...
Collaboration
by Alisha Staggs, September 1, 2014
Deforestation can pose significant operational and reputational risks to businesses, and we at EDF are seeing companies start to take action in their supply chains. Deforestation accounts for an...
New Metrics
by Devorah West, September 1, 2014
Is the investor community of the world’s most advanced economies informed, engaged and excited enough to make significant progress on building sustainable investment portfolios? How likely is that...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, September 1, 2014
RSF Social Finance, a San Francisco-based organization that lends money to path-breaking social enterprises, is launching a campaign Sept. 2 to find the Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars (#SocentStars...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, September 1, 2014
A group of companies united in the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics today announces the publication of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, a practical tool for assessing a product...

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