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Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, August 9, 2017
Bottle deposit schemes just got a major boost, thanks to a new analysis issued by thinktank Green Alliance. Communicated via an infographic, the analysis suggests that introducing deposit return...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, August 9, 2017
It is becoming increasingly important for companies to disclose information about long-term climate risks as more and more investors are using this information to inform financial decisions. While a...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, August 9, 2017
Efforts to safeguard workers against human rights violations continue to grow, as demand for greater supply chain transparency tightens its grip on the global economic landscape. Following the launch...
Supply Chain
by Jenny Ahlen, August 9, 2017
More and more, we no longer eat just with our mouths and stomachs — now we also engage our hearts and minds. The food industry recognizes this: Leading businesses, including Walmart and Smithfield...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sheila Shayon, August 8, 2017
As determined stakeholders continue to innovate proposed 2019 expedition has its sights set on the coast of Papua New Guinea, where if all goes according to plan, three 200-ton machines will...
Walking the Talk
by News Deeply, August 8, 2017
News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends...
Marketing and Comms
by Tyler Wagner, August 8, 2017
We’ve done a lot of thinking, and writing, over the years about the broad topic of corporate sustainability and citizenship reporting (see here and here for examples). But for this post, I’m going to...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, August 8, 2017
Organic agriculture is likely one of the first things that come to mind when considering a sustainable food future, but emerging news would suggest that it is the laboratory — not the fields — where...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, August 7, 2017
Further establishing itself as a strong proponent of increasing the supply of sustainable cotton, denim brand Wrangler has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture as an...
Walking the Talk
by Cristian Barcan, August 7, 2017
It’s increasingly clear that becoming more sustainable is a business imperative. And it’s not enough to “go green”; companies and industries need to factor in the social and economic impacts of their...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, August 7, 2017
While millennials have largely been the focus of city leaders’ efforts to attract new talent and residential growth, a new Brookings study finds that innovation districts — areas which are highly...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, August 7, 2017
What do sulfur and urine have in common? Scientists and designers have uncovered new ways to transform the two smelly substances into smart solutions to tackle pressing environmental problems....
New Metrics
by Bill Baue, August 4, 2017
Part One of this 10-part series ended with a quick introduction of how Reporting 3.0 (R3) applies Integral Theory in our thinking. So we pick up this strand as our starting point for Part Two, which...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, August 4, 2017
Earlier this summer, British supermarket group Sainsbury’s inspired a flurry of criticism after launching its own in-house sustainability standard, ‘Fairly Traded.’ At the time of the...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, August 4, 2017
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and MBDC are making it easier than ever for manufacturers and designers to create and certify products according to the Cradle to Cradle...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, August 4, 2017
A partnership between global customs and logistics company UPS and TerraCycle has reached a major milestone — by transforming hard-to-recycle items such as toothpaste tubes and snack bags into new...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, August 3, 2017
To help reduce global economic inequality along with greenhouse gas emissions from its corporate travel, travel giant Expedia, Inc. has invested in four community-owned carbon offset projects...
Walking the Talk
by Russ Stoddard, August 3, 2017
It’s said that Peter Drucker, world-renowned business management superstar, once famously commented, “Culture beats strategy.” Or “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” While neither version has been...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, August 3, 2017
With its sights set on reducing the social and environmental impacts of its garment sector, Bangladesh has launched an initiative to map all of its apparel factories. Implemented by Dhaka’s BRAC...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, August 2, 2017
Earlier this year, Heineken released its 2016 Annual Report, marking the first time the company has combined its annual and sustainability reports into one document. To mark the launch of the...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, August 2, 2017
Sustainability and climate risk are increasingly becoming important considerations for investors, a trend that is driving the world’s largest companies to commit to reducing their impact on global...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, August 2, 2017
The Chemical Footprint Project — an initiative driving the effective management of chemicals in products and supply chains — has released its second annual report, which measures corporate chemicals...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, August 1, 2017
To mark Earth Overshoot Day (August 2nd — the earliest to date) — the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year — international research...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, August 1, 2017
Interdependent business strategies are better poised to compete in future markets than those that boast one-dimensional strategies, according to new Accenture research. The global services company...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, August 1, 2017
UK hotel group Shiva Hotels is looking to take human trafficking and modern slavery head on, launching an industry-first anti-slavery program, which it began rolling out across its hotels last week....
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, August 1, 2017
After recently announcing plans to retrofit 4,500 Chase branches across the US in partnership with Current, powered by GE, JP Morgan has pledged to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, July 31, 2017
Packaging continues to provide a significant challenge to companies looking to cut back on their environmental impacts, but new achievements in the tech and food industries indicate that progress is...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, July 31, 2017
As the environmental impact of the internal combustion engine — particularly those powered by diesel fuel – begins to rear its ugly head, governments across the globe are cracking down on automakers...
Leadership
by Jed Wolf, July 31, 2017
Corporate social and environmental responsibility has developed to a point where the world’s leading CEOs believe it is essential to their companies’ long-term business success. The movement is...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, July 31, 2017
2017 has been a busy year for global innovation platform Plug and Play. The group launched the Plug and Play — Fashion for Good Design Accelerator in collaboration with Fashion for Good and...
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