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Startups
by Libby MacCarthy, December 9, 2016
Reducing global food waste seems to be on everyone’s mind these days, and two young health food brands — Barnana and Wonky Juice — are looking to address the issue at the source, giving...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, December 9, 2016
Circular economy fever continues to sweep through the European Union, with smaller countries north and south recognizing the advantages of setting new standards for business as usual. According to...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, December 9, 2016
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has officially become the first U.S. energy company to pilot a methane-detection device. The new technology, which PG&E developed for Environmental...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Libby MacCarthy, December 9, 2016
A new study released by the Global Impact Invest Network (GIIN) at the opening of its two-day Investor Forum 2016 in Amsterdam this week found that impact investors reported substantial growth over...
Supply Chain
by Libby MacCarthy, December 8, 2016
Growing concerns over the environmental and social impacts of the footwear and apparel industry have kickstarted efforts to create more transparent and ethical supply chains and practices, but there...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, December 8, 2016
Columbia Sportswear says its new OutDry Extreme ECO Jacket, which hit shelves last week, marks a milestone in sustainability - as the first high-performance, environmentally friendly,...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, December 8, 2016
Gifts for our loved ones that also help repurpose waste, benefit people in need, expand the next generation's horizons, and overall provide alternative to "products as usual" ... How is that not a...
Organizational Change
by Talia Rudee, December 8, 2016
Last week saw the premiere of “Incorporated,” a dystopian Syfy series produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The futuristic series, set in 2074, takes place after climate change has led to the...
Leadership
by Talia Rudee, December 7, 2016
A cross-party group of British MPs has launched the ‘Divest Parliament’ campaign, with the help of environmental group 350.org. ‘Divest Parliament’ aims for greater transparency on the Parliamentary...
Marketing and Comms
by Matthew Yeomans, December 7, 2016
If ever there was a time for the world’s leading brands to show leadership in sustainability, that time is now. Globally, the political resolve to combat climate change is being challenged by the...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Hannah Furlong, December 7, 2016
The newly-released Looking Forward with Ford report finds consumers at a crossroads. People are reassessing how they define 'the Good Life,' value material possessions, and use their time. They are...
Waste Not
by Libby MacCarthy, December 7, 2016
Cambrian Innovation, a commercial provider of distributed wastewater-treatment and resource-recovery solutions for industrial facilities, announced today that it is offering a novel water-energy...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, December 6, 2016
Siemens and New York-based startup LO3 Energy have announced that they are partnering up to make the energy-sharing economy a reality through the development of microgrids that use blockchain...
Cleantech
by Libby MacCarthy, December 6, 2016
French engineering giant Bouygues Group is making a convincing case for reinventing the wheel, rolling out four new solar road projects across four continents that could change the way we drive by...
Brand Innovation
by Talia Rudee, December 6, 2016
Coming off a string of apparent strides toward recognizing the benefits of sustainability – including ratifying a shareholder resolution that commits the company to investing in a low-carbon future,...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, December 6, 2016
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) today launches the Higg Index Design and Development Module (DDM). Along with the release last month of its updated Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI...
Waste Not
by Talia Rudee, December 5, 2016
As businesses around the world continue to innovate closed-loop solutions and other initiatives to eliminate waste throughout their operations, The Carbon Trust will now be able to audit those...
The Next Economy
by Libby MacCarthy, December 5, 2016
A new report has found that adopting circular economic principles would put India on a path to positive regenerative and value-creating development with annual benefits of US $624 billion in 2050...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, December 5, 2016
The 2016 results from the Global Canopy Programme’s (GCP’s) ‘Forest 500’ have been released, and they don't bring good news. The deforestation policy analysis of the world's most influential...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Cristina Moral, December 5, 2016
The new Sustainable Development Goals Fund report on Universality and the SDGs is compelling to the private sector for a number of reasons. Namely, it lays out the notion that the Sustainable...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, December 2, 2016
Nestlé SA has developed a process to alter the structure of sugar that makes it taste sweeter in smaller amounts, which could help the food giant respond to increasing pressures from governments,...
Waste Not
by Talia Rudee, December 2, 2016
As the ongoing effort to mitigate climate change leads many businesses and governments to create a circular economy, we still face a number of roadblocks – namely in the end of life of certain...
Collaboration
by Libby MacCarthy, December 2, 2016
Sustainable food initiatives aimed at tackling food waste and climate change are sweeping through Europe and the UK, and the latest example comes in the form of a partnership between the World...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, December 2, 2016
Sponsored byDONG Energy.     The UK, Denmark and Germany are leading the clean energy transformation in Europe. Since 1990, the UK has reduced its CO2 emissions by 25 percent, while other...
Organizational Change
by Libby MacCarthy, December 2, 2016
Yesterday, the European Commission (EC) announced it will begin phasing out coal subsidies and reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030 under a new clean energy package. The EC’s 1,000-page...
New Metrics
by Libby MacCarthy, December 1, 2016
The value of ecosystem services has, up until recently, gone largely unrecognized by governments and corporations. While nature is inherently valuable for a variety of obvious reasons, putting a...
Marketing and Comms
by Talia Rudee, December 1, 2016
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has voted unanimously to update U.S. organic standards to exclude ingredients derived from next-generation genetic engineering and gene editing. This...
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 1, 2016
When Japanese brewer Kirin launched its Creating Shared Value (CSV) Division in 2013, the link between competitive advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was a relatively new concept,...
Brand Innovation
by Jessica Day, November 30, 2016
Earlier this month at Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’16 conference, IdeaScale, Topcoder and SensisChallenges presented on the use of crowdsourcing to drive innovation and de-risk the execution...
ICT and Big Data
by Alexandra Mihai..., November 30, 2016
Transparency is the new normal, driving an unprecedented need for the integration of sustainability into all aspects of business. It took activists only a few days to plaster the Internet with...
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