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Collaboration
by John Friedman, November 30, 2016
While in the past I have written summaries that looked back on accomplishments and challenges in sustainable development over the last 12 months, this year, I’ve decided to take a different approach...
Waste Not
by Libby MacCarthy, November 29, 2016
On Friday, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme - a collaboration of 22 leading brands, including Kering, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Coop Switzerland and New Balance, along...
The Next Economy
by Libby MacCarthy, November 29, 2016
The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) - a partnership between the Mayor of London and London’s Boroughs dedicated to improving waste and resource management within the capital, with the aim of...
Supply Chain
by Talia Rudee, November 29, 2016
B2B chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has pledged to lead the charge to 100 percent cocoa and chocolate sustainability by 2025. This week, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and...
Leadership
by Talia Rudee, November 29, 2016
Despite uncertainty as to whether the U.S. will continue to play a part in global renewable energy adoption and fossil fuel reduction, business and other countries’ governments continue to ride the...
The Next Economy
by Vigil Yu, November 28, 2016
Since the signing of the Paris agreement, more and more initiatives are emerging and making waves in terms of carbon reduction. However, our planet is much more complicated than a carbon cycle, in...
Products and Design
by Maxine Perella, November 28, 2016
This week, ethical shoe brand Po-Zu will unveil its Star Wars-themed footwear at the FFANY trade show in New York as part of a major collaboration with the movie franchise. It’s a highly significant...
Organizational Change
by Sustainability ..., November 28, 2016
Modern global nutritional problems derive from food excess as well as food shortage. Traditionally a first-world problem, obesity is now spreading to developing countries. Individual countries and...
Leadership
by Dr. John Izzo, November 25, 2016
In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, the Facebook pages of most people who care about sustainability read like a grief or suicide support group. Amidst the weeping and gnashing of...
Organizational Change
by Mark Robertson, November 25, 2016
Domestic migrant workers make up a substantial percentage of the workforce in China's manufacturing industry. Latest figures estimate that there are 247 million migrant workers in the country. These...
New Metrics
by Nassy Avramidis, November 24, 2016
On the third and final day of New Metrics ’16, Paul Herman of HIP Investor gave us a to-do list: Ask ourselves if we are being extractive or innovative? Note that the Best Companies to Work For...
Behavior Change
by Talia Rudee, November 24, 2016
Alcohol and spirits giant Diageo has unveiled “Decisions,” a first-of-its-kind virtual reality (VR) experience that puts consumers of legal drinking age in the middle of a fatal drunk driving crash....
Chemistry and Materials
by Talia Rudee, November 23, 2016
Hot on the heels of its release earlier this month of the world’s first football and running performance products made from upcycled marine plastic waste, adidas continues its journey toward...
Brand Innovation
by Hannah Furlong, November 23, 2016
This Friday will be one of the biggest days in the global retail calendar (just behind Alibaba’s Singles’ Day earlier in November). Black Friday sales have begun encroaching on Thanksgiving Day in...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, November 23, 2016
A new report from CDP, analyzing a US$1.2tn3 grouping of the world’s major publicly listed international oil and gas companies, reveals an unsurprising transatlantic divide as European...
Marketing and Comms
by Sarah Andersen, November 23, 2016
There has been a millennial marketplace shift - the type of companies that this generation of consumers want to patronize - and work for - are companies that align with their personal values. How is...
Products and Design
by Libby MacCarthy, November 22, 2016
Ramblers Way, an ethically sourced, American-made sustainable clothing company announced today an extensive rebrand across the company along with the new tagline ‘Clothing for a Good Life.’ The new...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, November 22, 2016
Increasing access to clean, safe and sustainable sanitation to 10 million people by 2022 is a top priority for personal care corporation Kimberly-Clark’s Sustainability 2022 goals, and on November 19...
ICT and Big Data
by Libby MacCarthy, November 22, 2016
Tom Singh, founder of UK fashion brand New Look, has backed a London-based fashion technology company to help apparel retailers and manufacturers manage their supply chains. Founded in 2015 by...
New Metrics
by Tamay Kiper, November 22, 2016
Drawing on the work of Reporting 3.0 - in particular, its Reporting Blueprint and forthcoming Accounting Blueprint - this panel on the final afternoon of New Metrics ‘16 facilitated an animated...
Startups
by Talia Rudee, November 21, 2016
As we head into the most gluttonous week of the year here in the U.S., it’s helpful to be reminded that companies large and small continue to churn out new technologies in the ongoing war against...
Behavior Change
by Talia Rudee, November 21, 2016
As retailers and shoppers gear up for another “highly charged” Black Friday, UK anti-waste advocacy organization WRAP has provided a ‘SMART’ guide for buying electronic products. Each year the UK...
Waste Not
by Libby MacCarthy, November 21, 2016
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy have recognized 15 U.S. businesses and organizations pledging concrete steps to reduce food...
Brand Innovation
by Nassy Avramidis, November 21, 2016
On Tuesday, day 2 of New Metrics ’16, Greg Norris of the International Living Future Institute, Jane Abernethy of HumanScale, John Pflueger of Dell, Johanna Jobin of Biogen and Daniel Aronson of...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, November 18, 2016
RB, the leading consumer health and hygiene company behind brands such as Lysol, Durex, Nurofen, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Mucinex, Scholl, and Clearasil, has launched a startup programme on crowdfunding...
Packaging
by Libby MacCarthy, November 18, 2016
With private and municipal composting programs becoming more mainstream, as well as more companies turning to more sustainable packaging designs, composting is now easier than ever. The next step in...
New Metrics
by Nassy Avramidis, November 18, 2016
Day 2 of New Metrics ‘16 kicked off with a main stage presentation from Reputation Dividend director Sandra Macleod, who provided us with a broad overview of how social impact and other factors can...
Marketing and Comms
by Libby MacCarthy, November 18, 2016
Certification has, over the years, played a significant role in the development and execution of ethical supply chain programs across industries, providing frameworks within which brands can analyze...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, November 17, 2016
The packaging industry in the U.S. is being challenged this month: four non-profit conservation organizations released a “Plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List” in support of California’s...
ICT and Big Data
by Hannah Furlong, November 17, 2016
Commodity production drives two-thirds of tropical deforestation worldwide, and tracing those commodities has proven difficult. With this in mind, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the...
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