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Leadership
by Lawler Kang, April 9, 2018
Larry Fink’s recent clarion call to capitalism that managing “environmental, social,and governance (ESG) matters demonstrates the leadership and good governance that is so essential to sustainable...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, April 9, 2018
Smack in the middle of the third year of its groundbreaking #OptOutside campaign, which began with a bold stand against the shopping rampage of Black Friday and has expanded into a global movement to...
Business Case
by Sustainable Brands, April 6, 2018
In a first-of-its-kind analysis for the hotel industry, food waste reduction programs were shown to be effective and financially beneficial. The research – which was conducted on behalf of Champions...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, April 6, 2018
“A lot of people want to participate in Detroit’s recovery, but unfortunately, they feel that because they’re not a billionaire, millionaire, celebrity or politician, they feel they can’t,” Kwaku...
Collaboration
by Jason Throckmorton, April 6, 2018
Tim Ferriss has scuba diving on the brain. The author, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed "human guinea pig" recently posted to his LinkedIn and Facebook asking his followers for recommendations on “...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, April 5, 2018
Amidst a wave of negative public opinion on plastics and the waste associated with it, several companies have responded with commitments to reduce single-use plastics, combat marine plastic pollution...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, April 5, 2018
The Hershey Company has announced a new comprehensive strategy for cocoa sustainability with an emphasis on addressing pressing issues facing cocoa-growing communities such as poverty, poor nutrition...
Marketing and Comms
by Jonathan Hanwit, April 5, 2018
In February, KFC in the United Kingdom had a bit of an issue — it ran out of chicken. While the irony is almost comical, fried chicken lovers in Britain were outraged, and the internal stress KFC...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, April 5, 2018
The fate of a $1 million donation from Tom's of Maine to The Nature Conservancy is in the hands of the public. Four projects that will help 'Turn the Tide' toward better protecting, preserving and...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, April 4, 2018
Companies including Apple, Google and IKEA earned top spots in a new ranking of the top 20 business leaders calling for more ambitious climate policy across the globe. To make the A-List of Climate...
Marketing and Comms
by Tim Porter, April 4, 2018
Sustainability reporting focuses on the challenges that most affect business performance and matter most to key stakeholders. From understanding consumption and cost of inefficiencies and anomalies,...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, April 4, 2018
Outdoor apparel brand Icebreaker has reinforced its commitment to the use of natural fibres and sustainable production with the launch of its inaugural Transparency Report: Made Different. Touting it...
Cleantech
by Thomas Lawson, April 4, 2018
Many corporate leaders committed to supply chain sustainability are waiting for a full range of electric vehicles to hit the market to achieve zero emissions from their heavy-duty truck fleets. But...
Waste Not
by Maxine Perella, April 3, 2018
With the public mood turning against plastic waste, British policymakers now have a new cause to rally behind. In the past few weeks, shopper protests against single-use plastics and packaging have...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Daniel Matthews, April 3, 2018
The environmentally devastating statistics on the meat industry are staggering. It seems predicated on the idea that the population needs to eat now, so the future can take care of itself. If...
Finance & Investment
by Nithin Coca, April 3, 2018
At the World Ocean Summit held last month in Mexico, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and three impact funds – Meloy Fund, Encourage Capital and Althelia Ecosphere – announced the first-ever set...
New Metrics
by Sustainable Brands, April 3, 2018
This month, Pure Strategies celebrates 20 years of providing sustainability consulting to companies such as Stonyfield Farms, Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation and Walmart. Its team has been...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, April 2, 2018
Today, Soma and Parley for the Oceans announced their exclusive and limited-edition product for Starbucks; the world’s first reusable water bottle with a sleeve made using Parley Ocean...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, April 2, 2018
Plastics and packaging are ubiquitous and leading to major problems both for waste management and ocean pollution. While many companies are committing to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics,...
Leadership
by Russ Stoddard, April 2, 2018
Dear CEO, I know it’s lonely at the top. Each day you contend with a boiling stew of global competition, digital transformation, labor issues and challenging board members, to name a few. You walk...
Leadership
by Kristen Lang, March 30, 2018
The adage, “behind every great man, there is a great woman,” has officially — and irretrievably — been relegated to the history books. In its place comes the understanding that behind every woman is...
Cleantech
by Bill Ford, March 30, 2018
In Henry Ford’s day, there was no term for environmentalist. But he had a goal of zero waste to landfill, just as we do today, based on his belief that nothing should be wasted. Those values still...
Waste Not
by Sustainable Brands, March 30, 2018
As much as one third of the world’s food is being wasted. The United States alone wastes roughly 63 million tons, or $218 billion, of food annually. As awareness of this issue has grown over in...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, March 29, 2018
Apparel collections that are less harmful to the environment are on the horizon from G-Star RAW and H&M. Meanwhile, a small Boston-based footwear company is making it easier for customers to...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, March 29, 2018
2018 has already seen a number of environmentally conscious trends — such as a switch to electric vehicles and plant-based diets — make the headlines. But which of these trends will make the biggest...
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, March 29, 2018
McDonald’s has made strides towards sustainability this month: it’s the first restaurant company to set an approved Science-Based Target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; it’s launching a...
Organizational Change
by Dr. John Izzo, March 29, 2018
This is the seventh in a series of articles examining how business leaders and companies can transform their corporate culture in order to succeed in the midst of the impending Purpose...
Behavior Change
by Becky Willan, March 28, 2018
We’re increasingly living in a world of purpose-led brands, as growing numbers of consumers are more interested than ever in the “big world” issues related to the products they buy, and how they use...
Supply Chain
by Hannah Furlong, March 28, 2018
The week surrounding Easter has the highest consumption of chocolate in the year. For environmentalists, it can be a bitter reminder that many of the world’s primary regions for growing cocoa are...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, March 28, 2018
The team behind digital supply chain mapping platform Sourcemap has been busy. Their latest projects aim to bring a new level of transparency to two of the most notoriously difficult to track...
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