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ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, March 24, 2015
Global IT firm Hitachi Consulting has been selected to construct a first-of-its-kind Big Data platform for Denmark’s capital Copenhagen to help achieve its sustainability goals.To develop the...
ICT and Big Data
by Mike Hower, March 24, 2015
The world’s besieged forests have found friends in high places — in this case, very high. Remote-sensing satellites keep constant watch from hundreds of miles above the earth, collecting data that —...
Packaging
by Hannah Ritchie, March 24, 2015
The world today has a plastic addiction, a vice that creates major environmental issues by entering waterways and clogging up our landfills and oceans. The problem is that conventional plastics have...
Business Models
by Hannah Ritchie, March 23, 2015
International fashion brand EILEEN FISHER has announced its new Vision2020 campaign, detailing the strides it plans to take in the next five years to attain 100 percent sustainability in its...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, March 23, 2015
German software company SAP’s operating profit improves EUR35 million ($38 million) to EUR45 million ($49 million) when its employee engagement index rises one percentage point, according to the...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Kevin Hagen, March 23, 2015
OK, I hear you. The change chart is pretty busy, but there’s a lot packed into this infographic. In the first post in the series, I highlight the key curves: The blue value & profitability...
Business Models
by James Baros, March 23, 2015
Aquaculture has quickly grown from a minor, niche industry into an industrialized and modern one, and sustainability is at the center of many innovations on how to make this arena a long-term and...
Leadership
by Leon Kaye, March 23, 2015
Companies, especially publicly owned corporations, carefully manage their image and messages. But this age of social media, changes in consumer tastes and demands for increased transparency have...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, March 21, 2015
A brief released Friday by Sedex Global and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) finds that the majority of environmental non-compliances in global supply chains originate from a lack of understanding of...
Chemistry and Materials
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 20, 2015
A consortium of companies in the European process industry including biotechnology, renewable resources, chemistry, process engineering, equipment and research organizations launched project PRODIAS...
ICT and Big Data
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 20, 2015
The United States agriculture industry faces a changing climate, diminishing water supply, and a rapidly growing population. To address these issues, farmers are having to move into the 21st century...
Packaging
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 20, 2015
This week, Amerplast, one of Europe's largest flexo printers and bag converters, began a supply partnership with Braskem, a global leader in biopolymers, to market Green Polyethylene (Green PE) made...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, March 20, 2015
The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is calling on car manufacturers to ensure that using lightweight materials to achieve greenhouse gas reductions doesn't impede circular manufacturing...
Business Models
by Charlton Reynders, March 20, 2015
The financial landscape is rapidly changing thanks to new guests who have recently pulled up a seat at the investment table: Millennials.The generation has come into its own, with well-earned...
Brand Innovation
by Jamie Plotnek, March 20, 2015
Is it really possible for both businesses and the planet to thrive while providing people with the luxury goods and experiences they want?Luxury has always been a key component of international trade...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, March 19, 2015
Target plans to increase the pay of all its workers to at least $9 an hour starting next month, following similar moves by rivals Walmart and T.J. Maxx.In February, Walmart announced it would be...
Startups
by Neesha Tambe, March 19, 2015
In the lead-up to this year’s Sustainable Brands Innovation Open — our competition for startups poised to make scalable, sustainable impacts — we’re catching up with some of our favorite...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, March 19, 2015
This week, Nestlé released the summary of its 2014 Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value report, which highlights the company’s progress — and challenges — in meeting its societal commitments...
Marketing and Comms
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 18, 2015
More Than Scientists, launched this week, brings together climate scientists, advocacy organizations and the public in a campaign that offers a glimpse into the stories, views and feelings of various...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, March 18, 2015
Clif Bar has released the second installment in its Farmers Speak series. Where the first centered on organic oats; the second installment “gives voice” to organic almonds — a key ingredient in...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, March 18, 2015
Unilever North America announced on Tuesday it has achieved 100 percent zero waste to landfill (ZLF) at all dedicated distribution centers in North America.To achieve ZLF, the company has...
Collaboration
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 18, 2015
Last week, EcoVadis, operator of a collaborative, sustainable global supply chain platform, announced the launch of Railsponsible, an initiative to drive sustainability throughout the railway supply...
Startups
by Mike Hower, March 18, 2015
Taking a dip in the Hudson River typically is not something New Yorkers would advise — centuries of city sewage discharges have left the river toxic and harmful to human health. Although public...
Packaging
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 17, 2015
Selling a product in today’s world is not just about quality and price point anymore. Packaging has become a key factor in the way companies sell products, and specifically, how (if at all) they are...
Supply Chain
by Caitlin Kauffman, March 17, 2015
On top of the fact that palm oil production — the biggest driver of deforestation in Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and South America — is responsible for the rampant release of carbon emissions...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, March 17, 2015
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation ("HKSTP") is showcasing Hong Kong's sustainable innovations to the world by leading a delegation of cleantech companies at an event this week in San...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, March 17, 2015
Levi Strauss and Co. today announced it has saved one billion liters of water since 2011 through its Water<Less™ process, which reduces the water used in garment finishing by up to 96 percent...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, March 16, 2015
California builders, water & sewer agencies and homeowners are one step closer to being able to construct bona fide drought-resilient homes.Nexus eWater, maker of home water and energy recyclers...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Kevin Hagen, March 16, 2015
In his recent book, Making Sustainability Stick, Kevin Wilhelm offers a wealth of insight, experience and tools to help individuals and organizations deliver more business value by adding...
ICT and Big Data
by James Fava, March 16, 2015
The importance of sustainability has surged over the last two decades, as has the amount of information available and the demands on companies and practitioners – from regulators, customers and...
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