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Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, January 3, 2018
A new mapping tool created by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and China’s Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) is ushering in a new era for transparency in China. The...
Waste Not
by Maxine Perella, January 3, 2018
For decades, China has been an open door for foreign waste, importing recycled material from around the world to help feed its manufacturing boom. In 2016, the country imported 7.3 million metric...
Collaboration
by Dave Ford, January 3, 2018
It’s never been more important to bring the poaching and wildlife conservation story to life, while also bringing together local and international stakeholders to build sustainable solutions to what...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, January 2, 2018
Catalyzing the transition to a low-carbon economy will require more than just innovation — capital is required to bring meaningful solutions to scale. Banks have an important role to play, providing...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Daniel Matthews, January 2, 2018
Does the phrase “sustainable small business” refer to a small business that contributes to environmental sustainability or to a small business that will last? The answer is both. Roughly 60 percent...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, January 2, 2018
Financial security company Northwestern Mutual has launched a new brand campaign with the aim of reframing people’s idea of the #GoodLife, by helping them plan for their financial futures and feel...
Collaboration
by Lewis Blaustein, January 2, 2018
Vestas 11th Hour Racing's team director Mark Towill and skipper Charlie Enright take on challenges the way most people layer cold cuts; one on top of the other. The duo and their team are one of...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, December 29, 2017
With only a few short weeks left to go before the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee has unveiled details of the measures being taken to ensure...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, December 29, 2017
Air transport represents 2 percent to 3 percent of global man-made CO2 emissions. Sustainable aviation biofuel has been identified as one of the most promising ways to meet the ambitious targets of...
Organizational Change
by Mike Townsend, December 29, 2017
The rise of craft beer is a major success story. Yet, the industry is reaching an important crossroads. A new study highlights major risks ahead — meaning continuous growth and success cannot be...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, December 28, 2017
From #DeleteUber to sexual harassment allegations, the Greyball scandal and a recent European court ruling that declared it a transportation business and taxi service, it’s fair to say 2017 has...
Cleantech
by Devin Morrissey, December 28, 2017
In the wake of natural disasters, it can be easy to feel like there’s nothing we can do to prevent or minimize the damage they cause. However, often this is not the case. Some cities are already...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, December 28, 2017
Around 7 million tons of food go to waste each year in the UK, but local startups and organizations are dreaming up new and noteworthy ways to tackle the growing problem. Action Hunger, a charity...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, December 27, 2017
Though harmful greenhouse gases are charged with driving unprecedented — and dangerous — climate change, they’re proving to be an unlikely ally to researchers working on solutions to treat African...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Mike Schade, December 27, 2017
This New Year’s, retailers should make a resolution to get toxic chemicals out of their products and packaging. At a time when the EPA is undermining the implementation of the nation’s new chemical...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, December 27, 2017
Despite the withdrawal of the US government from the Paris Agreement, many US businesses remain unwavering in their commitment to act on climate change. 2017 was a solid year for corporate climate...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, December 26, 2017
Despite the emergence of new carbon-capture technologies and campaigns spinning fossil fuels as a saving grace, there’s no denying that coal is on a downward spiral. Companies that refuse to...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 26, 2017
The Vatican might seem an unlikely backdrop for cutting-edge climate change technology, but Stephen Forte of Fresco Capital Fund and Imagine Ventures’ Eric Harr are helping turn the Holy See into a...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, December 26, 2017
Sustainable isn’t a word often used to describe the cruise industry, which has historically received less than stellar grades for its environmental performance (although there have been signs of...
Leadership
by Aaron Pickering, December 25, 2017
Last month, when news broke that Unilever would begin the search for Paul Polman’s successor, it sent shockwaves through the business world. As the poster child for Purpose in business, what would...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, December 25, 2017
Food waste may be on the rise, but startups across the globe are developing new solutions to drive waste — and costs — down to an all-time low. With US food waste topping $200 billion a year, startup...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, December 22, 2017
Change Your Shoes, an international campaign working towards a more equitable and sustainable footwear industry, has published a new report providing an overview of best practices in the shoe...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, December 22, 2017
According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), up to 8 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into the world’s oceans annually. In 2016, The Dow Chemical Company announced a commitment...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainability ..., December 22, 2017
Pinpoint specific local issues. Promote sustainable local development. Pave the way for caring and productive corporate growth. That’s how Japan’s Otsuka group of companies seeks to shape its role as...
New Metrics
by Gil Friend, December 21, 2017
We've come a long way since the first New Metrics conference seven years ago. Back then, much of our focus was stuff — resource efficiency and the physical "metabolism" of our organizations; now, we...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, December 21, 2017
Cargill is betting on tech to future-fit the food system: the agricultural giant has partnered with Techstars and Ecolab to launch the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in an effort to accelerate...
Finance & Investment
by Martin Rich, December 21, 2017
As a reformed banker, I tend to be alert whenever I hear folks talking about investment and investors. Over the past few Sustainable Brands events, I’ve noticed, however, that the language can...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, December 21, 2017
The global apparel sector is becoming more open to a circular economy both on a technical and a business model level. The latter is of particular importance, as it implies a shift from ownership to...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, December 20, 2017
Two years after adopting the Circular Economy Package, the European Commission, Parliament and Council have reached an agreement on waste-processing legislation to pave the way for a circular...
The Next Economy
by Sustainable Brands, December 20, 2017
Decentralized sharing economy platform The Bee Token has debuted a first look at Beenest, a short-term housing marketplace that uses a sophisticated blockchain technology to address the consumer-...
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