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Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, February 9, 2016
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has launched the Markets Institute, a dedicated platform working with stakeholders — particularly the private sector — to increase the speed and scale of market-based...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, February 8, 2016
Many businesses have come to better understand the critical importance of nature as an input, but the question still remains as to how its value compares to other assets — not as lumber or drinking...
Brand Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, February 8, 2016
On Friday, Mars, Incorporated announced that it will remove all artificial colors from its human food products. Over the next 5 years, artificial colors will be phased out of the company's chocolate...
Business Models
by Renilde Becque, February 8, 2016
To serve people’s urban mobility needs, cities rely on anything from one dominant, mainly private owned means of transport — the personal automobile — to a complex mixture of publicly and privately...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, February 8, 2016
The prospects of linear models in Europe are slowly diminishing. European experts have concluded that the current cradle-to-grave way of life – exploiting resources, processing them, using them, and...
ICT and Big Data
by Sustainable Brands, February 8, 2016
With up to 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020, a pervasive digital transformation is reshaping the economy. Will this ‘fourth industrial revolution’ lead to an acceleration of the...
Marketing and Comms
by Jennifer Elks, February 5, 2016
The popularity of team sports in the U.S. — and the idolatry surrounding star players — makes them a perfect platform for reaching fans and encouraging behavior change on a massive scale. With 190...
Business Models
by Hannah Furlong, February 5, 2016
Could the health and environmental benefits of taxes on sugary drinks and carbon-intensive foods outweigh the out-of-pocket costs? New research from Oxford University and the University of Reading...
ICT and Big Data
by Hannah Furlong, February 5, 2016
Aerial imaging is emerging as an invaluable resource for collecting information and enforcing the law, especially when it comes to environmental protection. Satellite and drone technologies are...
Startups
by Nick Davies, February 5, 2016
Campaigners for action on food waste have had much to celebrate recently. The Rockefeller Foundation launched YieldWise, a $130 million initiative to tackle loss between farm and market and...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Yves Leclerc, February 5, 2016
Our recent research suggests that sustainability is gaining some traction in business, yet few organizations have taken meaningful steps toward developing a green supply chain. Furthermore, North...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, February 4, 2016
This week, John West Australia, WWF-Australia (WWF) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), announced that they have come together to make the single biggest brand commitment to help end...
Supply Chain
by Martin Barrow, February 4, 2016
Product carbon footprinting is not a philanthropic act undertaken by companies to save the world. It has real commercial returns. It helps businesses to understand how to optimise the design and...
Business Models
by Hannah Furlong, February 4, 2016
On Thursday, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) released a progress report on its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which involves four main corporate commitments that have regulated the company’s resource...
New Metrics
by Ralph Thurm, February 4, 2016
This is part 2 of a 6-part series about integral thinking and true materiality. It proposes a new impetus to develop reporting that is able to serve the idea of a green & inclusive economy. Part...
Cleantech
by Hannah Furlong, February 3, 2016
Global fuels giant ExxonMobil seems to be unmoved by the investigations into its climate change lies – first in New York and now in California – and the international Paris Agreement that calls for...
Behavior Change
by Nicole Rycroft, February 3, 2016
It has taken the combined and herculean efforts of countless individuals, but this week, the vision of the landmark Great Bear Rainforest Agreements has finally been realized. Local communities have...
Leadership
by Hannah Furlong, February 3, 2016
More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, and over 50,000 more arrived by boat in January 2016. While most asylum seekers are trying to escape the war in Syria, tens of...
Waste Not
by Sheila Shayon, February 3, 2016
Among the key challenges to the burgeoning recycling market are lack of infrastructure, innovation at scale and funding. But a variety of initiatives — in developed and developing areas alike — are...
Products and Design
by Marisa Vieira, February 2, 2016
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) approach is a game-changing initiative in LCA, with effects and ramifications that we are only just beginning to understand. Today in PRé’s PEF series: What...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, February 2, 2016
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the US alone generates an estimated 24 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW), which ends up in landfills each year — the...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, February 2, 2016
Labor conditions in the apparel industry are an ongoing struggle even for brands with substantial purchasing power. Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in April 2013, dozens of brands...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, February 2, 2016
A competition that began in October, the CoolCalifornia Challenge, is motivating Californians in 22 participating cities to reduce their water and energy consumption. The cities are competing for a...
Collaboration
by Nadia Kähkönen, February 2, 2016
Representatives from almost 200 countries convened in Paris in December to reach the most significant agreement on climate change since the topic initially surfaced as a political priority some...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, February 1, 2016
Following the adoption of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package and the announcement of a €24B fund to support circular economy projects and businesses, several organizations have...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, February 1, 2016
Millennials (adults ages 18 to 35 in 2015) comprise over 30 percent of the labor force in both the United States and Canada. They are doing things differently, hold different values, and have a high...
New Metrics
by Ralph Thurm, February 1, 2016
If 2015 was the year that inspired new hope in sustainability with the publication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the success of COP21, 2016 is the year the rubber needs to hit the...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, January 30, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a project to cultivate microalgae as biomass for fuels and an array of consumer products. The microscopic single-cell organisms could unlock an...
Brand Innovation
by Hannah Furlong, January 29, 2016
“It’s kind of cool to have people look different,” a young girl says, with two dolls in her hands. One is blonde and blue-eyed, the other has darker tones – and both are Barbie.In a bold move from...
New Metrics
by Cory Searcy, January 29, 2016
Corporate sustainability ratings are of growing interest to business leaders, investors, and the general public. The annual releases of popular ratings such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index...
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