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The Next Economy
by Kerry Duggan, September 26, 2016
I first witnessed Sustainable Brands descend on Detroit in April — flanked by Diego Rivera’s famous mural, Industry, at the Detroit Institute of Arts — when it announced that in 2017, the SB flagship...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, September 23, 2016
In 2011, Target set a goal for its entire fresh and frozen seafood assortment to be sustainable, traceable, or in a time-bound improvement process by the end of 2015. Through a partnership with...
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, September 23, 2016
“The activist company” Patagonia is making donations, hosting events and stressing the importance of local- and state-level voting in a $1 million push to combat apathy and ‘get out the green vote.’...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, September 23, 2016
British creative consultancy Radley Yeldar (RY) has launched the 2016 Fit for Purpose index, ranking the world’s most socially, environmentally and economically purposeful companies. The...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, September 22, 2016
On Wednesday, a federal court ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service regarding the lawsuit filed by environmental groups that sought to halt Nestlé Waters North America’s water-bottling operations...
Brand Innovation
by Maxine Perella, September 22, 2016
“Our vision is that by 2030 all our products will have circular capabilities,” says IKEA’s sustainability manager, Jonas Engberg. It’s a bold statement to make, given that consumer-facing circular...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Taco Terheijden, September 22, 2016
On 21 September, Alliance 8.7 was launched during the UN General Assembly to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour. The aim is to galvanize political support and...
Behavior Change
by Hannah Furlong, September 22, 2016
High street apparel brand Gap and garment aftercare expert Mr. Black have partnered on a new campaign that highlights the links between denim care and sustainability. The two brands have joined...
Business Models
by Sustainable Brands, September 21, 2016
A new campaign is calling on investors and money managers everywhere to make their investments part of a “tremendous force for good in effecting positive change.” Launched by the Global Impact...
Marketing and Comms
by Tom Idle, September 21, 2016
Certification, standards and labels have long provided an effective mechanism for raising awareness around a range of sustainability issues – from deforestation and overfishing, to carbon reduction...
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, September 21, 2016
Today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2016 Annual Meeting in New York City, Thread - the Pittsburgh-based B Corp that transforms plastic bottle waste from Haiti and Honduras into ‘the most...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, September 21, 2016
During Climate Week NYC 2016 this week, several companies made bold commitments through The Climate Group’s two leading corporate energy campaigns: RE100, which is focused on transitioning to 100...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, September 20, 2016
The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) and the Rainforest Alliance announced today a newly revised certification standard, which encompasses existing best practices and recent innovations in...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, September 20, 2016
The Closed Loop Foundation, in partnership with SC Johnson, today awarded two innovation grants to companies working to help solve film plastic packaging recycling: Zzyzx is a Pennsylvania-based...
Products and Design
by Hannah Furlong, September 20, 2016
It’s no mystery why an energy company might explore applications for gaseous waste emitted from its power plants, but making shoes isn’t usually on the agenda. For NRG, shoes made from carbon dioxide...
New Metrics
by Maxine Perella, September 20, 2016
“I think we have to be challenging to each other. If we look at the state of the planet, and we look at the performance of business, there’s something not working there.” Chris Davis, The Body Shop’s...
The Next Economy
by Vincent Siciliano, September 20, 2016
We’re undergoing a transition to a new economy - one where business is not only focused on returns to shareholders, but also one that understands and prioritizes the complex ecosystem between...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, September 19, 2016
A new forecast by DNV GL concludes that while progress will be made towards many of the United Nations’ (UN’s) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, or Global Goals), there is a very real risk that...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, September 19, 2016
JetBlue today announced a ten-year renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with bioenergy company SG Preston, for jet fuel made from rapidly renewable, bio-based feedstocks that do not compete with...
Startups
by Hannah Furlong, September 19, 2016
Climate change demands new ways of thinking and startups have been rising to the challenge. Among the latest, the winners of the Living Product Prize and the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge ...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, September 19, 2016
On Black Friday of 2011, Patagonia released a now-famous New York Times advertisement with a picture of a jacket and a simple plea: “Don’t buy this jacket.” The response, ironically, was a surge in...
Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, September 16, 2016
A network of 90 NGOs from around the world including big names such as Greenpeace, Oceana, the Story of Stuff Project, GAIA, 5Gyres and Clean Water Action have come together to launch a massive...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, September 16, 2016
Today, brewers, governments NGOs and retailers in 76 countries around the world partnered on the second annual Global Beer Responsibility Day in an effort to promote responsible consumption of beer....
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, September 16, 2016
Today the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge have publicly launched the Coffee Sustainability...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, September 16, 2016
Every day, 180,000 people move to urban areas. Urbanization is creating an urgent need for sustainable actions and solutions. At this critical time, National Geographic and United Technologies Corp....
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, September 15, 2016
Business magnate Bill Gates and energy giant Total have backed biofuels company Renmatix in a $14 million investment round. Renmatix developed a new process called Plantrose® that makes converting...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, September 15, 2016
Today, 37 leading agri-business companies have today launched the Global Agri-Business Alliance (GAA) in Singapore. Their aim is to collectively tackle the major environmental and social challenges...
Organizational Change
by Coro Strandberg, September 15, 2016
Your company’s sustainability commitments help attract the best and the brightest, reduce turnover and enhance productivity. That’s the substance of consistent and compelling research that shows the...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, September 14, 2016
As Americans count down to Election Day, more than three-quarters (78 percent) believe the winner of the presidential race should prioritize the faster adoption of renewable energy, according to the...
New Metrics
by Dimitar Vlahov, September 14, 2016
Sustainability has finally gone mainstream (or, at least, the desire to be seen as doing important work around sustainability and benefit from sustainability credentials has gone mainstream). Well,...
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