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Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, September 16, 2016
Today the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge have publicly launched the Coffee Sustainability...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, September 16, 2016
Every day, 180,000 people move to urban areas. Urbanization is creating an urgent need for sustainable actions and solutions. At this critical time, National Geographic and United Technologies Corp....
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, September 15, 2016
Business magnate Bill Gates and energy giant Total have backed biofuels company Renmatix in a $14 million investment round. Renmatix developed a new process called Plantrose® that makes converting...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, September 15, 2016
Today, 37 leading agri-business companies have today launched the Global Agri-Business Alliance (GAA) in Singapore. Their aim is to collectively tackle the major environmental and social challenges...
Organizational Change
by Coro Strandberg, September 15, 2016
Your company’s sustainability commitments help attract the best and the brightest, reduce turnover and enhance productivity. That’s the substance of consistent and compelling research that shows the...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, September 14, 2016
As Americans count down to Election Day, more than three-quarters (78 percent) believe the winner of the presidential race should prioritize the faster adoption of renewable energy, according to the...
New Metrics
by Dimitar Vlahov, September 14, 2016
Sustainability has finally gone mainstream (or, at least, the desire to be seen as doing important work around sustainability and benefit from sustainability credentials has gone mainstream). Well,...
Behavior Change
by Asha Sharma, September 14, 2016
This week, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report — authored by myself and UCS analyst Lael Goodman — that scored 13 fast food, retail, and food manufacturing companies on their...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, September 13, 2016
A new scorecard released today examined thirteen global fast food, retail and food manufacturing companies and found that even the top-scoring of the group are failing to protect South American...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, September 13, 2016
The waste reduction experts at WRAP have brought together representatives from across the waste management sector to create an industry framework that could divert up to 11 million tonnes more...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, September 13, 2016
It’s been a good couple of years for the solar industry. In 2015, some 7.5 megawatts were added to the grid in the United States, according to the Solar Industries Association (SIA), which fueled 19...
Marketing and Comms
by Matthew Yeomans, September 13, 2016
How can a brand or a company cut through the noise of our modern media landscape and truly connect with a short-attention span public about the social and environmental issues it really cares about...
Brand Innovation
by John Elkington, September 12, 2016
Declaring intent is oh-so-easy. CEOs and other business leaders do it all the time. But delivering against declared pledges can be a very different matter. In recent years, for example, thousands of...
Leadership
by Hannah Furlong, September 12, 2016
California is about to face its biggest emissions reductions challenges yet, under new legislation signed late last week by Governor Jerry Brown. With a population of 38 million and growing, and a...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, September 12, 2016
Are traditional gender norms of “manliness” slowing the advancement of the sustainable economy? Turns out, they might, according to new research in the Journal of Consumer Research. But while prior...
Business Models
by News Deeply, September 12, 2016
News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, September 9, 2016
It’s that time of year again: S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) and Sustainability Investing specialist RobecoSAM have announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI...
Cleantech
by Lewis Blaustein, September 9, 2016
Eco-athletes — sports figures who take on environmental issues — are a rare breed as compared to athletes who get involved with social causes, such as cancer and domestic violence. There are several...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, September 9, 2016
Recycling single fibre fabrics – such as denim jeans and wool sweaters – is mechanically possible, but garments are often made from a blend of different fibres, which has historically caused a host...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, September 8, 2016
Sports company PUMA is offering its suppliers in select emerging markets with a new financing program in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group...
Startups
by Kelsey Halling, September 8, 2016
Have you heard the one about the fire extinguisher? An auditor was completing an onsite assessment of a production facility for a major apparel brand when he noticed that fire extinguishers were...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Mike Hower, September 8, 2016
“Climate change and conservation are inextricably linked,” U.S. President Barack Obama said last week at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii. “Few people understand the...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, September 7, 2016
When your smartphone receives a message or a call while you’re driving, do you answer it? For most (64 percent of) Americans, the answer is yes – but only if they’re driving alone. Interestingly,...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, September 7, 2016
Today, Sonoma County winemaker Jackson Family Wines (JFW) unveiled its first sustainability report, supported by a list of comprehensive 5-year goals. The family-owned wine company, known for its...
ICT and Big Data
by Hannah Furlong, September 7, 2016
Consumers are hungry for greater transparency - especially when it comes to fish. A recent study found that more than half of consumers are willing to pay more for certified sustainable seafood...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, September 7, 2016
William McDonough + Partners and GXN — an internal division of Danish architectural practice 3XN that works with applied architectural research in green materials and building technologies — have...
Behavior Change
by Hannah Furlong, September 6, 2016
Households in London toss an estimated 900,000 tonnes of food each year, of which 540,000 tonnes could have been eaten. Starting this month and set to run for three years, the latest initiative led...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, September 6, 2016
For the first time ever, leading food and agriculture supply chain companies and conservation organizations have formed an “end-to-end” partnership to support farmers in the improvement of soil...
Business Models
by Hannah Furlong, September 6, 2016
Businesses of all sizes can realize opportunities presented by the shift from linear ‘take, make, waste’ models and systems to circular ones. As the originator of the circular economy concept Walter...
Supply Chain
by Paige Goff, September 6, 2016
For corporations, the age of “random acts of greenness” is over. Progressive companies integrate sustainability into their everyday, core business models and throughout their value chains. It means...
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