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Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, July 1, 2015
Deliver Change, a UK-based non-profit focused on sustainable technology projects, launched a campaign this week called “Let’s make air pollution visible,” which aims to bring together businesses,...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Mike Hower, July 1, 2015
To assist corporate responsibility practitioners as they help international employees give back to their communities, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) has produced a report offering...
Marketing and Comms
by Suzanne Shelton, July 1, 2015
One of the a-has from our soon-to-be-released 2015 Eco Pulse study is that, indeed, a company’s sustainability or social responsibility commitment is a reason to love the brand. In fact,...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, July 1, 2015
Welcome the latest innovation that might up the ante for “smart” in-home electronics: The Aspirational Lamp is a solar-powered desk lamp that, in addition to shining light, aims to generate its own...
Startups
by Brynn McNally, July 1, 2015
As we discuss all too often here at SB, food waste around the world is one of our most pressing issues; nearly a third of all food produced — over 1.3 billion tons per year — is wasted, ...
Products and Design
by Sustainable Brands, July 1, 2015
This week at the United Nations headquarters, adidas celebrated its new partnership with Parley for the Oceans by showcasing the first innovative footwear concept born from the collaboration.Parley...
Collaboration
by Brynn McNally, June 30, 2015
Unilever unveiled a new initiative at the Cannes Lions festival on Friday that aims to put fresh momentum behind its Sustainable Living Plan with public input. The Foundry IDEAS platform will...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Brynn McNally, June 30, 2015
Today, think tank SustainAbility released its view of the key sustainability developments during 2015 in a webinar, “Mid-Year ‘State of Play’ Sustainability Trends.” Its latest research...
Cleantech
by Chris Oestereich, June 30, 2015
If changing the world for the better was easy, we'd all be doing it. But thinking that you can make a difference is audacious. It takes a sort of beneficent arrogance to set out to push humanity in a...
ICT and Big Data
by David Evans, July 1, 2015
Today we can access vast quantities of information from countless sources to help us make better decisions quickly.My cell phone can help me find a restaurant with the type of food I like, at a price...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, June 30, 2015
AT&T, Verizon, and Cisco are among the dozens of internet service providers, equipment suppliers and retail equipment manufacturers to join the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, June 29, 2015
Last week, The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) — whose membership includes hundreds of consumer brands from a range of industries around the world, including food giants Campbell Soup, Clif Bar,...
Leadership
by Joe Brewer, June 29, 2015
Last year, Andrew Winston stood on the main stage at SB ’14 San Diego and called for the business world to make a “Big Pivot” — away from ecologically harmful practices and toward a sustainable...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, June 29, 2015
General Mills cereals has committed to removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from the rest of its cereals in response to consumers’ changing preferences. The company says...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, June 29, 2015
More than 60 percent of large buildings qualify as “green,” compared to less than 5 percent of small buildings, according to a new study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University.The 2015 Green...
New Metrics
by Soledad Contreras, June 26, 2015
Back in 2013, PRé and seven frontrunner companies developed a vision to create a standardised and trusted methodology to assess the social impacts of products. Creating such a methodology together...
Behavior Change
by Brynn McNally, June 26, 2015
Growing public health and consumer safety concerns about the overuse of antibiotics in food has sparked a wave of resistance, with both Subway and Kroger facing pressure this week to curb their...
Supply Chain
by Bart King, June 26, 2015
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty...
Business Models
by Brynn McNally, June 26, 2015
This week, SABMiller released its annual Sustainable Development Report, announcing progress to reduce water use and carbon emissions and achievement of significant financials savings associated with...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, June 26, 2015
Private impact investment funds — specifically private equity and venture capital funds — that pursue social impact objectives have recorded financial returns in line with a comparative universe of...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, June 25, 2015
The UN Global Compact (UNGC) has launched a new official website aimed at spurring corporate sustainability action.Designed to support business at all stages along the corporate sustainability...
Marketing and Comms
by Sheila Shayon, June 25, 2015
Greenpeace is arguably the founder of modern environmental activism. And as a documentary called How to Change the World, which premiered in January at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and recently...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, June 25, 2015
More and more evidence continues to emerge that points to the literal wealth of untapped potential of shifting to a circular economy. Today, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the McKinsey Center...
Waste Not
by Jennifer Elks, June 24, 2015
As awareness has grown of the reprehensible amount of food we throw away in the western world (an estimated 40 percent), efforts to combat food waste have emerged from a variety of places along the...
Business Models
by Hannah Ritchie, June 24, 2015
Last month I did a feature interview with Davis Smith, CEO of outdoor gear and apparel company Cotopaxi, and was impressed with the way the brand had managed to build sustainability and social...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, June 24, 2015
The mayors of Baltimore, MD, Little Rock, AR and West Sacramento, CA have been recognized with top honors in an awards program administered by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and funded by the...
Leadership
by Brynn McNally, June 24, 2015
On Tuesday and Wednesday in Chicago, BASF is hosting a Science Symposium, gathering academics and thought leaders from a variety of disciplines to discuss the challenge of sustaining global food...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Tom Szaky, June 24, 2015
The “green gap” is alive and well, yet many companies and marketers still don’t seem to notice. On the one hand, we continue to see a massive influx of passionate consumers telling us they are...
Products and Design
by Brynn McNally, June 23, 2015
Today, Ford announced progress on its commitment to developing autonomous vehicle technology, including innovations in wearable technology and collaborations with startups in Silicon Valley to make...
Packaging
by Brynn McNally, June 23, 2015
A new report suggests the U.S. biobased products industry has a notable impact on the nation’s economy. It is the first research effort to quantify the effect of this industry from an economics and...
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