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New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, September 4, 2015
The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) — a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector - has...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, September 4, 2015
As El Niño continues to intensify in the coming months, it is expected that global drought losses will surpass the current forecast $8 billion in economic damage, according to a new report by Aon...
Waste Not
by Hannah Furlong, September 4, 2015
Two Canadian non-profit groups have partnered on a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of producing 50,000 snack bags for hungry children in Edmonton, Alberta.The organizations, Fruits of Sherbrooke and...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Rob Snyder, September 4, 2015
Sustainability conversations are changing. Just look at the National Association for Environmental Management’s (NAEM’s) thorough “Planning for a Sustainable Future” report released this week: EHS...
New Metrics
by Matt Polsky, September 4, 2015
In 16 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 29 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here...
Behavior Change
by Hannah Furlong, September 3, 2015
One year after drugstore chain CVS Health stopped selling cigarettes, the company released new data that shows the decision has influenced tobacco sales across many types of retailers and announced a...
Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, September 3, 2015
Plastic bottles are some of the worst offenders in packaging waste, but sales of bottled water continue to grow: U.S. bottled water volume apparently rose 7 percent last year.Of course, some...
The Next Economy
by Hannah Furlong, September 3, 2015
There is a building sense of urgency among leading businesses, public figures, and concerned citizens as the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties (COP21) approaches.In December, over 190...
Startups
by Mike Hower, September 3, 2015
Iluméxico, a Mexican social enterprise focused on solar power, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to bring its Solar Home Systems to 50,000 off-the-grid rural homes —...
Blog
by SB Rio, September 3, 2015
Sustainable Brands Rio 2015, which took place August 25-27, saw the participation of over 500 attendees from business, civil society organizations, NGOs, universities, governments and the third...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, September 3, 2015
In Spring 2014, the Social Venture Network (SVN) began asking its conference speakers to share words of wisdom that they wished they’d heard on their road to success - and the tradition has continued...
Marketing and Comms
by Paige Goff, September 2, 2015
Corporate responsibility report season is upon us, and with that, we are constantly being inundated with important data — reductions in carbon emissions, savings in waste and changes in energy use....
Marketing and Comms
by Jonathon Hensley, September 2, 2015
With User Experience (UX), the primary objective is to remove barriers between the user and the outcome we want to create. We start by putting ourselves in the shoes of users and trying as best we...
New Metrics
by Mike Hower, September 2, 2015
Taking action to mitigate climate change by investing in a low-carbon energy mix will save more money in the long run than inaction, even before accounting for savings from avoided climate damage...
Products and Design
by Hannah Furlong, September 2, 2015
Tesla Motors is charging forward with a new partnership with home-sharing startup Airbnb and a record-breaking variant of its Model S, the P85D.The Tesla Model S P85D smashed the Consumer Reports’...
Waste Not
by Hannah Furlong, September 1, 2015
Striving toward sustainability is an ongoing trend in the fashion industry, as companies and consumers continue to find alternatives to cheap, disposable clothing and wasteful production practices....
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Sustainable Brands, September 1, 2015
On Monday, General Mills announced a commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent across its full value chain — from farm to fork to landfill — over the next 10 years. The...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, September 1, 2015
Over 35,600 people have signed a Courage Campaign pledge to boycott several popular California produce companies after news that they may be using contaminated oil industry wastewater to grow their...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, September 1, 2015
Rio de Janeiro has become the first city in the world to reach full compliance with the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG)...
Products and Design
by Brynn McNally, September 1, 2015
Today is the launch of the second annual Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, which calls upon designers to innovate products for the circular economy. Participants will be awarded up to $6,000...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, August 31, 2015
Around three-quarters of the carbon credits issued under Joint Implementation (JI) may actually have increased emissions by about 600 million metric tons, according to a new study by the Stockholm...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Brynn McNally, August 31, 2015
A new study from the University of Bonn finds that consumers are willing to pay more for products with a Fair Trade logo, and they also perceive them to taste better. Published last week in Frontiers...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, August 31, 2015
Today, PRé Sustainability, a sustainability software and consultancy firm with 25 years’ experience as leading voice in life cycle management, life cycle assessment and sustainability metrics...
New Metrics
by Mark McElroy, August 31, 2015
Way back in 1962, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman famously proclaimed, “… there is one and only one social responsibility of business — to use its resources and engage in activities...
Organizational Change
by Jason Burnham, August 31, 2015
What is your why? It is a question that you have most likely been confronted with at some point in your life. But, do you truly know what it means? And more importantly, have you been able to clearly...
Chemistry and Materials
by Brynn McNally, August 28, 2015
We know from the emerging discipline of biomimicry that natural systems can stimulate sustainable designs for human use. Two recent innovations use trees for inspiration and materials in...
Collaboration
by Dr. Gemma Cranston, August 28, 2015
The threats climate change poses to the private sector are significant and the need for international agreements on climate change to keep global warming below 2°C is ever more pressing. The...
Chemistry and Materials
by Mike Hower, August 28, 2015
Eighteen-year-old Perry Alagappan of Texas has created a renewable heavy metal filter capable of removing 99 percent of heavy metals from water that passes through it, The Guardian reports.This could...
Waste Not
by Hannah Furlong, August 28, 2015
The Rothes CoRDe, a John Dewar & Sons distillery part-owned by The Combination of Rothes Distillers, is the latest facility under the Bacardi umbrella to produce energy through a biomass boiler...
ICT and Big Data
by Brynn McNally, August 28, 2015
A new study published in the journal Theoretical and Applied Climatology examines contrarian climate science — the 3 percent of studies questioning the existence and human causes of climate change —...
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