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New Metrics
by Philippe Joubert, November 13, 2017
We need to make better decisions to avoid the potentially severe consequences for businesses operating in a deteriorated environment. The social and environmental megatrends will, over time, act as a...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, November 10, 2017
Wastewater that’s worth the likes of gold? What would seem like a farfetched concept is reality in Switzerland, where 95 pounds of gold find their way into Swiss sewage each year — the equivalent of...
Leadership
by Lewis Blaustein, November 10, 2017
Dr. Eban Goodstein is a contradiction of sorts. Trained in “the dismal science” — economics — Goodstein is an inveterate optimist about the prospects for business to lead the way to a sustainable...
Supply Chain
by Dr. James Barsi..., November 10, 2017
You regularly work to prepare a comprehensive supply chain assessment. Hours are spent building a robust questionnaire for your tier 1 suppliers. The goal is a 100 percent response rate so that you...
Marketing and Comms
by Juliette Barre, November 10, 2017
CDP, RobecoSAM, EcoVadis — they are all organizations that assess the sustainability performance of companies worldwide. They all have their own agenda and targets, and of course, their own...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, November 9, 2017
Corresponding with the kickoff of COP23, the World Water Council (WWC) has shed light on the current state of water infrastructure and what it means for mitigating climate change and delivering on...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, November 9, 2017
PR and communications agency Sustainability Consult has published the results of the #WhatBrandsWant survey, projecting considerable growth in the biomaterials market as consumer demand and...
Walking the Talk
by News Deeply, November 9, 2017
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 trends and...
Marketing and Comms
by Marvin Smith, November 9, 2017
Investors are stepping up their appeals for robust corporate sustainability reporting, with increased focus on climate impact and long-term performance in a carbon-constrained world. These reports...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, November 8, 2017
After recently receiving straight A’s on CDP’s A-List for its approach to climate change, water and deforestation, consumer goods giant Unilever is making moves to expand its portfolio of natural...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, November 8, 2017
The popularity of electric vehicles is on the rise, but infrastructure constraints have largely kept a widespread EV boom from becoming reality — until now. BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford and the...
The Next Economy
by Chris Oestereich, November 8, 2017
Thailand has bid the final farewell to its leader of seven decades, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. People throughout the Kingdom, and around the world, have celebrated and commemorated his life in a...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, November 8, 2017
It may seem odd to hear about thousands of brook, brown and rainbow trout living in a paper mill, but it is certainly no fish tale in the traditional sense. Located near Pennsylvania’s Allegheny...
Collaboration
by Tony Shumpert, November 8, 2017
Textile waste is a 26-billion-pound problem the world is just beginning to recognize. With us consuming more than 80 billion pieces of new clothing each year globally, there’s no question that change...
Business Case
by Christine Kehner, November 7, 2017
On October 25, panelists representing both global brands and smaller local organizations convened in San Francisco to discuss their successes and potential in incorporating climate-friendly...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, November 7, 2017
HSBC is making moves to tackle climate change, unveiling five new commitments aimed at helping drive the transition to a low-carbon economy. A major component of the financial giant’s climate push is...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, November 7, 2017
Selected from a pool of over 900 applicants, 20 promising African digital startups will participate in the XL Africa residency, the flagship initiative of the business accelerator launched by the...
New Metrics
by Mark McElroy, November 7, 2017
September marked the fifth anniversary of a public comment that I and 65 other members of the Sustainability Context Group submitted to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in the run-up to G4. G4,...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, November 6, 2017
In an unprecedented move, Clarins Fragrance Group is blazing new transparency trails, with brands MUGLER and AZZARO committing to produce perfume alcohol in a way that meets rigorous environmental...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, November 6, 2017
The Nature Conservancy has embarked on a first-of-its-kind partnership with entrepreneurial network Techstars to launch the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, which aims to identify entrepreneurs...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, November 6, 2017
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative has published a statement calling for a ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging, as evidence emerges linking the material to the...
New Metrics
by Stephanie Bertels, November 6, 2017
Our corporate partners were increasingly being asked to contextualize their sustainability goals and performance. They wanted to understand what tools were available and how to approach the issue of...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, November 3, 2017
Veolia North America and the Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) have released a report detailing the demonstrated success and future potential for public-...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, November 3, 2017
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Ad Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Save the Food national public service campaign have launched a digital portion planning calculator...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, November 3, 2017
As part of its CanopyStyle initiative, environmental NGO Canopy has released an updated and expanded edition of its Hot Button Report, a ranking of eleven viscose and rayon producers that represent...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, November 3, 2017
Renewable energy solutions are on the rise, particularly in the realm of efficiency and storage advancements, making emissions-free electricity more accessible and affordable for all. One drawback,...
The Next Economy
by Banning Garrett, November 2, 2017
At some point in the future — and in some ways, we are already seeing this — the amount of physical stuff moving around the world will peak and begin to decline. By “stuff,” I am referring to liquid...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, November 2, 2017
From empowerment, optimism and sustainability in space to a whole strategy designed to ‘Make It Better,’ SB’17 Copenhagen rounded out with a host of speakers espousing positivity as a key component...
Walking the Talk
by Libby MacCarthy, November 2, 2017
Launched during SB’17 Detroit, the Practice of Purpose Project seeks to drive the widespread adoption of social purpose by identifying the differences between traditional marketing and marketing...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, November 2, 2017
Around a third of all food that is produced is lot at some point across the food supply chain. Globally, this equates to around 1.6 gigatons (GT) of food waste, of which 1.3 GT is still edible at the...
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