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Organizational Change
by Tara Gallagher, September 19, 2014
All businesses value consumer and employee loyalty and the opportunity to shape the playing field in which they operate. Mission-driven businesses such as B Corps Seventh Generation and Ben &...
Supply Chain
by Jennifer Elks, September 19, 2014
This week, three more major food companies announced new policies around the sourcing of palm oil.On Monday, Cargill — maker of everything from meat to chocolate to salad dressings, and the largest...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, September 19, 2014
PepsiCo has announced that, by 2020, all of its future point-of-sale equipment purchased in the United States will be free of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), a popular chemical coolant and considered a...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, September 19, 2014
The University of California has announced it will allocate $1 billion over five years for direct investments in solutions to climate change.In addition, as part of UC President Janet Napolitano’s...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, September 19, 2014
AkzoNobel is on a roll: In the last two months, the paint, coatings and specialty chemical company has expanded its partnership with Solazyme for the joint development of Tailored™ algal oils,...
New Metrics
by Cory Searcy, September 19, 2014
Surveys of corporate executives consistently find that sustainability is now viewed as a core business issue. Recently, McKinsey released the results of another such survey that opened: “Company...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, September 18, 2014
On Sept. 30, supply chain education will take a major step into the digital age with the start of SCx, an online educational program developed by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (...
The Next Economy
by Claire Sommer, September 18, 2014
Seven months ago, this series kicked off with CVS’ surprise announcement that it would no longer carry tobacco products in its retail stores. Fast forward, the company announced Sept. 3 that it had...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, September 18, 2014
Anheuser-Busch InBev today released the results of its first international survey on consumer attitudes toward the responsible serving and selling of alcoholic beverages — adults of legal drinking...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, September 18, 2014
Switzerland, Canada and Sweden have the best reputations in the world, according to a new report by the Reputation Institute, a global private consulting firm based in New York and Copenhagen.Finland...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, September 18, 2014
UL’s Information & Insights (I&I) division has introduced a new platform that can help companies identify conflict minerals sources and put the mandated comprehensive, audit-traceable...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, September 18, 2014
H&M announced two new initiatives this week centered on the betterment of its supply chains, one from the social perspective and one from the environmental.First, the apparel company signed a...
Business Models
by Leontine Gast, September 18, 2014
As a marketer, your goal is to win fans and keep them. You do that by making a difference. And by showing what moves you. What you stand for. But what is the best way to get to the core of your brand...
Marketing and Comms
by John Elkington, September 17, 2014
Really, what is a sustainable brand?Having visited port wine cellars in Portugal, I know the history and value of branding — symbols literally burned into casks as a guarantee of provenance and...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Matt Ellis, September 17, 2014
Suppose for a moment the dust had settled on how, what and to whom we should all be reporting our non-financial data.How: Cheap, effective technology systems permit continuous data monitoring and...
ICT and Big Data
by Gabi Zedlmayer, September 17, 2014
It’s six o’clock in the morning in San Jose, Costa Rica, and I am heading off for a day at La Selva, one of the country’s rainforests. In the lobby I meet with Dr. Jorge Ahumada from...
Startups
by Hannah Ritchie, September 17, 2014
Unilever has partnered with the ad:tech London initiative and the trade show’s Future Media and Technology Summit. With this new partnership, a range of marketing and media tech startup hopefuls will...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, September 17, 2014
Coca-Cola products in the United Kingdom will soon sport a system of traffic light coded labels and Reference Intakes (RIs) to indicate how much fat, salt and sugar an item contains.This decision...
Supply Chain
by Mike Hower, September 17, 2014
Increasing consumer demand and a greater commitment to sustainability by the fishing industry and retailers has led the number of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) labeled products to more than double...
New Metrics
by Steph Sharma, September 17, 2014
"Too much of what led up to the crisis in the old bubble days — the conspicuous consumption, the latter-day Gatsbyism — was fueled by a need to fill a huge emotional and psychological void left by...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, September 16, 2014
Rainforest Alliance has announced a new platform for its annual Follow the Frog campaign. In partnership with the Guardian, Follow the Frog 2014 will be a 10-month integrated experience...
New Metrics
by Mark McElroy, September 16, 2014
Way back in 2000 when Ben & Jerry’s (B&J) was acquired by Unilever, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield had the presence of mind to require that the acquisition agreement itself include language...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, September 16, 2014
Burlington, Vermont now acquires all of its energy from renewables sources, including wind, hydro, and biomass, after the recent purchase of 7.4 megawatt Winooski One hydroelectric project.The city...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, September 16, 2014
The Social Impact Investment Taskforce, created by the governments of the G8 in June 2013 to nurture a global market for impact investing, has released eight high-level recommendations devised by...
Leadership
by Hannah Ritchie, September 16, 2014
Demonstrating a lead in corporate sustainability has become increasingly important to both businesses and their customers in recent years, as has receiving plaudits for their efforts. This week, the...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, September 16, 2014
Parx Plastics, a Dutch-Italian bio-innovator in antibacterial plastic technology, is launching its first ready-to-use Saniconcentrates™ for manufacturers in Europe and the US to safely create self-...
Packaging
by Hannah Ritchie, September 15, 2014
Honest Tea, the US’s top-selling organic bottled tea brand, is giving its glass-bottled line a makeover in an attempt to more fully encapsulate its overall values and mission.“Our glass-bottled line...
New Metrics
by Anna Lui, September 15, 2014
PRé Sustainability has gathered industry leaders from L’Oréal, Marks & Spencer, Steelcase, BASF, BMW Group, DSM, Goodyear, Philips, AkzoNobel, Corbion, Ahold and Reckitt Benckiser for the...
Waste Not
by Hannah Ritchie, September 15, 2014
Plastic has in recent years become one of the top materials households know they should be recycling — but there’s often confusion about what’s recyclable and which material goes into which bin.Coca-...
Products and Design
by Mike Hower, September 15, 2014
Scientists at Michigan State University say they have developed a translucent solar cell which can capture energy from the invisible parts of the light spectrum, but still let in visible light.In...

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