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Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, April 13, 2018
For the second year, Fast Company is celebrating businesses, policies, and nonprofits that are poised help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future with its World Changing Ideas...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, April 13, 2018
Shortages of raw materials, lower crop quality, and less secure supply are just some of the challenges companies may face due to an emerging pollination deficit – and businesses are largely unaware...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Christina Välimäki, April 13, 2018
By 2020, the market for “green” chemistry is expected to reach $100 billion globally, with North America seeing an increase from $3 billion to over $20 billion during the same period. This...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, April 12, 2018
Climate change is predicted to reduce the amount of arable land suitable for growing coffee by 50% by 2050. Climatic changes are already impacting coffee production around the world, threatening the...
Leadership
by Hannah Furlong, April 12, 2018
New research from the University of Waterloo suggests that small businesses have enormous potential to advance sustainability in Canada. 86% of SMEs surveyed think that sustainability is important,...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, April 12, 2018
Long before concepts such as future-fit and circular became buzzwords, Fuji Xerox was already busy redefining business as usual and demonstrating the opportunities to be harnessed by embracing a more...
Supply Chain
by George Oduor, April 12, 2018
Imagine that your local market stall or supermarket aisle is devoid of staple foodstuffs such as maize, apples and bananas, let alone more ‘exotic’ and luxury products such as chili peppers or...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, April 11, 2018
In their biggest contest yet, TerraCycle, Colgate and ShopRite’s annual partnership is offering students across the eastern US the chance to win a playground for their school made entirely of...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, April 11, 2018
Despite stakeholders’ increasing recognition to prevent human rights abuses in the extraction and trade of minerals, public reporting on conflict minerals by companies remains limited, and the...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, April 11, 2018
As much hype as cryptocurrencies and digital tokens are getting these days, their real-world, practical uses remain few and far between. But one Vancouver-based organization, The Plastic Bank, is...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, April 10, 2018
Is there any better platform than Instagram to turn the jealousy of wanderlust into environmental awareness? Followers scroll through the feeds of travel influencers, admiring the photos of scenic...
Behavior Change
by Hannah Furlong, April 10, 2018
The world’s first curbside recycling program started where I live. Ontario, Canada’s Blue Box program made its official debut in the City of Kitchener in 1981 and became a blueprint for recycling...
Business Case
by Sustainable Brands, April 10, 2018
Recovering gold, copper and other metals from electronic waste – a practice called “urban mining” – is not only more environmentally friendly than extracting virgin materials, but can also be more...
Finance & Investment
by Daniel Matthews, April 10, 2018
When you hear the word “cryptocurrency,” what’s the first thing that springs to mind? For many of us, it’s Bitcoin — the original, most highly valued, and most widely discussed cryptocurrency. And...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, April 9, 2018
This year has already seen some great steps forward in the uphill battle against fashion and textile waste: industry agreements and action plans have been announced; sustainable fashion startups are...
Leadership
by Lawler Kang, April 9, 2018
Larry Fink’s recent clarion call to capitalism that managing “environmental, social,and governance (ESG) matters demonstrates the leadership and good governance that is so essential to sustainable...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, April 9, 2018
Smack in the middle of the third year of its groundbreaking #OptOutside campaign, which began with a bold stand against the shopping rampage of Black Friday and has expanded into a global movement to...
Business Case
by Sustainable Brands, April 6, 2018
In a first-of-its-kind analysis for the hotel industry, food waste reduction programs were shown to be effective and financially beneficial. The research – which was conducted on behalf of Champions...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, April 6, 2018
“A lot of people want to participate in Detroit’s recovery, but unfortunately, they feel that because they’re not a billionaire, millionaire, celebrity or politician, they feel they can’t,” Kwaku...
Collaboration
by Jason Throckmorton, April 6, 2018
Tim Ferriss has scuba diving on the brain. The author, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed "human guinea pig" recently posted to his LinkedIn and Facebook asking his followers for recommendations on “...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, April 5, 2018
Amidst a wave of negative public opinion on plastics and the waste associated with it, several companies have responded with commitments to reduce single-use plastics, combat marine plastic pollution...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, April 5, 2018
The Hershey Company has announced a new comprehensive strategy for cocoa sustainability with an emphasis on addressing pressing issues facing cocoa-growing communities such as poverty, poor nutrition...
Marketing and Comms
by Jonathan Hanwit, April 5, 2018
In February, KFC in the United Kingdom had a bit of an issue — it ran out of chicken. While the irony is almost comical, fried chicken lovers in Britain were outraged, and the internal stress KFC...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, April 5, 2018
The fate of a $1 million donation from Tom's of Maine to The Nature Conservancy is in the hands of the public. Four projects that will help 'Turn the Tide' toward better protecting, preserving and...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, April 4, 2018
Companies including Apple, Google and IKEA earned top spots in a new ranking of the top 20 business leaders calling for more ambitious climate policy across the globe. To make the A-List of Climate...
Marketing and Comms
by Tim Porter, April 4, 2018
Sustainability reporting focuses on the challenges that most affect business performance and matter most to key stakeholders. From understanding consumption and cost of inefficiencies and anomalies,...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, April 4, 2018
Outdoor apparel brand Icebreaker has reinforced its commitment to the use of natural fibres and sustainable production with the launch of its inaugural Transparency Report: Made Different. Touting it...
Cleantech
by Thomas Lawson, April 4, 2018
Many corporate leaders committed to supply chain sustainability are waiting for a full range of electric vehicles to hit the market to achieve zero emissions from their heavy-duty truck fleets. But...
Waste Not
by Maxine Perella, April 3, 2018
With the public mood turning against plastic waste, British policymakers now have a new cause to rally behind. In the past few weeks, shopper protests against single-use plastics and packaging have...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Daniel Matthews, April 3, 2018
The environmentally devastating statistics on the meat industry are staggering. It seems predicated on the idea that the population needs to eat now, so the future can take care of itself. If...
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