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Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Hannah Furlong, August 16, 2016
Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer for Nestlé Waters North America, has called for ‘aggressive new leadership’ in collective action through partnerships to solve shared water challenges. At...
Packaging
by Elizabeth Schussler, August 16, 2016
How many packages have you relied on today? Responsible and innovative packaging is critical to delivering shippable, shelve-able, sellable, product value. Consumers, retailers, and brands count on...
Packaging
by Joshua Martin, August 16, 2016
The environmental impacts that can result from making forest and paper products are impossible to ignore. Millions of acres of forests are logged each year and, as a result, threatened species may be...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, August 15, 2016
More and more companies are looking for ways to adopt circular models for their products, and some of the latest examples have been provided by industry giants. Furniture company IKEA, chemical firm...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, August 15, 2016
A report released today from As Yow Sow and Corporate Knights reveals that a list of 200 clean energy companies known as the Carbon Clean 200™ (Clean200™) show a simulated annualized return of 21.82...
Brand Innovation
by Thomas Kolster, August 15, 2016
As an industry, we’re ignorant at best or utterly demagogic, one-sided and irresponsible at worst. The majority of do-good efforts from brands are little more than a cheeky pick-up line to charm...
Organizational Change
by News Deeply, August 15, 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...
ICT and Big Data
by Rob Nail, August 12, 2016
On April 22 – Earth Day 2016 – a record 175 nations agreed to keep this century’s global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius by signing the Paris Agreement, conceived at last year’s Paris...
Business Models
by Hannah Furlong, August 12, 2016
With the potential to change how businesses think about their waste, circular economy models could be an effective means of emissions reduction towards the commitments under the Paris Climate...
Collaboration
by Nicola Robins, August 12, 2016
When in hot water, take a bath. To many westerners, this Chinese saying is nonsensical. Yet it accords with a fundamental African way of thinking: when faced with something profoundly troubling, the...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, August 11, 2016
Panera Bread today issued its Kids Meal Promise to express the company’s long-held beliefs about kids’ meals and commitments relative to its Panera Kids™ menu. The promise is meant to be a challenge...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, August 11, 2016
The number of Americans with limited access to fruits and vegetables has climbed to nearly 30 million. In other words, the ‘food desert’ crisis affects roughly one in every ten people in the United...
Leadership
by Daniel Vennard, August 11, 2016
The latest food trend isn’t a particular cuisine or exotic ingredient; it’s sustainability. Nearly 75 percent of Americans think sustainability is important when deciding what food to buy. The food...
Behavior Change
by Dr. John Izzo, August 11, 2016
One of the most vexing challenges in the sustainability movement is how to get people to do the right thing. Research by organizations such as GlobeScan suggest that the majority of consumers care...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, August 10, 2016
The industry group Sustainable Apparel Coalition has opened use of its Higg Index suite of tools for measuring and evaluating supply chain impact to non-member small and medium-sized (SME) brands and...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, August 10, 2016
While Olympians are desperately competing in Rio for the fastest times and highest scores, humanity has achieved a different world record – we have used up nature’s budget for the entire year in...
Waste Not
by Kelsey Halling, August 10, 2016
In March, the governments of the East African Community, which includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, proposed a ban on imports of secondhand clothes to their regional trade bloc. The...
Cleantech
by News Deeply, August 10, 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...
New Metrics
by Hugh Jones, August 9, 2016
In this series of articles, the team at the Carbon Trust outlines the reasons for businesses to adopt science-based targets on climate change. This is the third in the series; find the other parts...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, August 9, 2016
Less than five months after the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group’s certification, that suspension has been lifted – much to the dismay of NGO...
Chemistry and Materials
by Maxine Perella, August 9, 2016
A key business driver for today’s vehicle manufacturers is to find cost-effective ways to reduce material impact, and weight, in the cars they build. Lighter vehicles result in less fuel consumption...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, August 9, 2016
Transportation accounts for around one-seventh of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And globally, greenhouse gas emissions are rising faster in...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, August 8, 2016
A water- and space-efficient gardening system has been announced as the inaugural winner of the student Living Product Prize, a new initiative of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The AquaCity...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, August 8, 2016
As cool as it is to know a jacket was made with recycled plastic bottles – or even bio-textiles made from cow dung or kombucha – changing the raw materials is only one of the ways to reduce the...
Leadership
by Christelle Marais, August 8, 2016
Not too long ago, in conversation with a former colleague, I explained SABMiller’s objective to “imbed sustainable development within African Procurement.” Following a slight pause, the response was...
Organizational Change
by Carol Sanford, August 8, 2016
This is the fifth blog in a series on the seven First Principles of regeneration, drawing from living systems sciences. Read parts one, two, three and four. It is clear to most of...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, August 5, 2016
Two products have earned unprecedented recognition from the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program, raising the bar for building materials. This week, the program awarded its first-ever...
The Next Economy
by Tom Idle, August 5, 2016
The story of fashion startup Tom Cridland is an impressive one. Established with the help of a $9,000 UK government loan just two years ago, the ethical apparel business has quickly become a $1m...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, August 5, 2016
Action on food waste continues to result in innovative new materials and delightful culinary experiences. In this week’s round-up: a chemical firm has developed new packaging solutions to reduce food...
Startups
by Sheila Shayon, August 5, 2016
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) launched the Living Progress Challenge (LPC) last year to inspire entrepreneurs across the globe to create software applications and digital services that...
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