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Waste Not
by Nathan Delbridge, June 20, 2016
On the final afternoon of an action-packed week at SB'16 San Diego, this panel brought together stakeholders working to address different facets of the global water crisis, both locally in California...
Organizational Change
by Hannah Furlong, June 20, 2016
Today, Dell unveiled the significant progress it has made against the 21 goals under its 2020 Legacy of Good Plan. Based on a baseline of its Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) performance, the company aims to...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, June 17, 2016
Following a competitive search for the world’s top 50 marketing technology startups, Unilever announced its 2016 Foundry 50 on June 8th. Selected from 4,500 startups Unilever has reviewed over the...
Organizational Change
by Nicole Palkovsky, June 17, 2016
“If you want to get people engaged, inspire them - don’t require them ... The most lasting changes people make are the ones they make themselves.” — Daniel Alvarez, Pixar Animation Studios Research...
Business Models
by Kathleen Talbot, June 17, 2016
Fashion is undergoing a sustainability overhaul. The release of The True Cost documentary last year was our industry’s Food Inc. and continues to be a big part of the growing...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, June 17, 2016
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) claims it has created the plastics recycling industry’s most comprehensive plastic packaging design resource. The latest iteration of its APR Design® Guide...
ICT and Big Data
by Nithin Coca, June 17, 2016
Global Forest Watch’s new PALM (Prioritizing Areas, Landscapes and Mills) Risk Tool, released by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and freely available through its open-source Global Forest...
Leadership
by David Denholm, June 16, 2016
Kashi is on a mission to increase organic acreage in the U.S. – but we can’t do it alone. Today, I’d like to invite you – food lovers, buyers, and growers - to join us on our journey. The Challenge...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, June 16, 2016
Representing 40 percent of the global public, Aspirationals are defined by their love of shopping, desire for responsible consumption, and their trust in brands to act in the best interest of society...
Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, June 16, 2016
Earlier this year, Chef-turned-waste-activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall drew attention to the huge problem of coffee cup waste. He claimed that in the U.K., less than 6 million takeaway hot...
Marketing and Comms
by Hannah Furlong, June 16, 2016
Struggling to cover basic expenses such as food, housing and education, the roughly 40 million garment workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and other parts of Asia regularly risk...
Behavior Change
by Danielle Marquis, June 16, 2016
I used to work in an office where the technical writer, a former environmental scientist, was so passionate about sustainability that she went out of her way to encourage and educate others about...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Hannah Furlong, June 15, 2016
Consumers’ perspectives on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives have received more research attention than the perspectives of manufacturers and retailers, and yet shopper expectations...
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, June 15, 2016
Ford Motor Company’s 2015-16 Sustainability Report highlights key environmental benchmarks and the ongoing work of the automaker, including its expanded focus beyond vehicle production to developing...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, June 15, 2016
More sustainable cotton has become more widely available thanks to collaborations such as the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and other programs focused on minimizing the use of highly hazardous...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, June 15, 2016
Today, more than 25 businesses and organizations announce the launch of the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, a business-led public-private partnership harnessing their collective...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, June 15, 2016
Apple seems to be embedding its renewable energy commitments into its corporate structure. The company recently created a new wholly-owned subsidiary known as Apple Energy LLC and filed an...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, June 14, 2016
Today, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute announced the winners of the third Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. The series of six global design challenges running from...
ICT and Big Data
by Hannah Furlong, June 14, 2016
A new cloud-based platform for supply chain management promises to enhance transparency and help producers transition to circular models, starting with the apparel industry. In collaboration with...
ICT and Big Data
by Sustainable Brands, June 14, 2016
The information and communication technologies (ICT) sector can play a vital role in helping achieve the objectives of the United Nation’s (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030,...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, June 14, 2016
“Facility managers are at a premium these days and are overtaxed,” said Julien Gervreau, director of Sustainability at Jackson Family Wines (JFW) during a Thursday breakout session at SB'16 San...
Brand Innovation
by Mike Hower, June 13, 2016
“I think in an organization, when you’re trying to do something different, it’s important to take up that shared risk,” said Alex Thompson, VP of Communications & Public Affairs at REI, during...
Leadership
by Dave Stangis, June 13, 2016
The food industry is in the midst of a revolution that’s reshaping the way we grow food, develop recipes, choose ingredients and even decide what materials go into the packaging of our products. For...
Cleantech
by Tom Idle, June 13, 2016
In the postcard-perfect town of Göss, a two-hour drive south of Vienna, something very interesting is brewing. This is home to the Gösser Brewery, one of more than 165 breweries owned and operated by...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, June 10, 2016
“Failure is temporary but change is real,” said Sophia Mendelsohn, head of Sustainability at JetBlue Airways, during the Wednesday evening plenary at SB'16 San Diego. While many Silicon Valley tech...
Collaboration
by Nayelli Gonzalez, June 9, 2016
Day three of SB’16 San Diego got underway with Mark Lee, Executive Director of SustainAbility, mapping the past decade since the start of Sustainable Brands — from Hurricane Katrina and General...
Business Models
by Lorne Craig, June 9, 2016
It is an achievement of the sustainability movement that standards for measuring and reducing our societal and planetary footprint have been established and are being tracked. But evolution tells us...
ICT and Big Data
by Nathan Delbridge, June 9, 2016
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we connect with each other and the world around us. While creating new opportunities for business engagement and new systems for developing data,...
Business Models
by Lauren Hare, June 9, 2016
Picture a big bowl of sustainable mac and cheese. Cheesy and delicious, made with non-GMO, organic ingredients – 100 percent real cheese and no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives...
The Next Economy
by Nicole Cruz, June 9, 2016
Evonomics co-founders Joe Brewer and Robert Kadar led an engaging presentation-turned-debate Wednesday morning that started with the question, “Is economics a science?” The discussion generated from...
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