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Business Case
by Vincent Hoen, August 3, 2018
To keep the global temperature increase to well below 2⁰C and meet the goals laid out in the Paris Agreement, everyone must take bold action to reduce their share of emissions as soon as possible....
Collaboration
by John Friedman, August 3, 2018
My first problem with so many people focusing on “thought leadership” is the myriad of people (and organizations) who confer the title on themselves — rather than understanding that, to be a thought...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, August 2, 2018
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) have released “A Practical Guide” to enable companies to better measure and report on their impact on the...
Finance & Investment
by Michael Laermann, August 2, 2018
Sustainable Brands recently talked to Wim Bartels, Program Lead at the Corporate Reporting Dialogue (CRD) about key issues and initiatives around the further development of corporate reporting....
Walking the Talk
by Sustainable Brands, August 1, 2018
Today, August 1, marks our earliest yet Earth Overshoot Day — the day humanity has used nature’s resource budget for the year — since its establishment in 1987. Despite increasing awareness of our...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, August 1, 2018
Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, has unveiled plans to install energy storage batteries at B&Q’s Swindon distribution center. The installations form a key part of...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, July 31, 2018
FoodBytes! — the global pitch competition/networking event by Rabobank, a premier global food and agribusiness bank, has announced the 20 food and ag startups that will get a chance to...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, July 31, 2018
In the true spirit of coopetition, 17 of New York’s top marketing, advertising and communications agencies have partnered with leading climate scientists and non-profits to harness consumer insights...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, July 31, 2018
Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today announced a new climate action strategy, which sets aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions across its owned-and-operated facilities and global...
Waste Not
by Lise Laurin, July 30, 2018
Litter. It seems like such a ‘60s word, but it’s time to dust it off and rethink it — especially in the context of plastics and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs). Start with the fact that more than 8...
Waste Not
by Tony Shumpert, July 30, 2018
It’s time to face the facts. By 2030, we will consume 102 million tons of apparel per year, an increase of 63 percent from 2017. And by 2050, the global-fashion industry will consume a quarter of the...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Hannah Furlong, July 27, 2018
What if buildings could break down pollution and act like forests? What if they could make occupants healthier? Questions such as these have been on the minds of material developers and builders for...
Collaboration
by Alison Taylor, July 27, 2018
When multiple layers of the supply chain work together, transformation is most effective. At Archer Daniels Midland Company, we have seen this firsthand, through providing financial and other support...
Collaboration
by Hannah Furlong, July 27, 2018
Sanitation is one of the most pressing social and public health challenges today. 1 in 3 people worldwide do not have access to a safe toilet — and 892 million people have no choice but to defecate...
Behavior Change
by Sustainable Brands, July 26, 2018
Coca-Cola Great Britain and Coca-Cola European Partners have partnered with Merlin Entertainments to offer 50 percent discounts at some of the UK’s best-known attractions in exchange for empty...
The Next Economy
by Vincent Manier, July 26, 2018
To understand, and report on, an organization’s carbon footprint is a complex undertaking — to say the least. First, you must determine what drives your carbon footprint. For most multi-site...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Joshua Martin, July 26, 2018
From packaging to copy paper and tissue, global paper consumption is steadily increasing. Reducing paper’s impacts on the planet is critical, but only what’s measured is managed. Previous tools to...
Marketing and Comms
by Sustainable Brands, July 25, 2018
A new film, WATERSCHOOL, takes viewers on a journey with several young female students who live along six of the world’s major rivers — the Amazon, Mississippi, Danube, Nile, Ganges and Yangtze — to...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Sustainable Brands, July 25, 2018
Amazon has launched a new challenge to reward developers of Alexa skills that have a positive impact on the environment, local communities and the world. The Alexa Skills Challenge: Tech for Good,...
Product, Service & Design Innovation
by Nithin Coca, July 25, 2018
Can market solutions and innovative technologies help the world solve its growing ocean crisis? That’s what the nonprofit Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) hopes, as it recently launched a new startup...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, July 24, 2018
A process that turns wood pulp into yarn and a vegan wool alternative made from hemp and coconut fibers have respectively earned a spot in Fashion for Good’s Scaling Programme and a prize in the 2018...
Leadership
by Sustainable Brands, July 24, 2018
Innovation in the capital goods sector is driving a low-carbon industrial revolution, according to a new report from CDP. Released today, Bridging low-carbon technologies finds that demand for...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Chris Sherwin, July 24, 2018
Packaging waste, especially plastics, is the sustainability issue of our time, driven by growing public and media attention. Yet just two years ago, we were talking about food waste and one...
Finance & Investment
by Mark McElroy, July 23, 2018
Everyone’s heard of financial performance, asset performance and sustainability performance. Now comes purpose performance, a new measure of organizational performance that assesses impacts relative...
Chemistry, Materials & Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, July 23, 2018
Amidst the anti-plastic frenzy dominating corporate sustainability news lately, adidas and Neste have announced plans to increase their efforts to utilize more waste plastic. adidas pledged to...
Supply Chain
by Steve Villanueva, July 23, 2018
When Otero Menswear first decided to create an innovative, fashion-forward line of menswear, promoting both style and confidence, we were also committed to manufacturing every article of clothing...
Cleantech
by Daniel Matthews, July 20, 2018
What will ultimately push fossil fuels back the way of the dinosaur? Purely and simply, is it our ethics and our resolve as consumers and brands that will end our dependence on dirty energy. The...
Supply Chain
by Sustainable Brands, July 20, 2018
According to a new report, one in every 800 people in the United States is working under forced labor conditions. The findings are part of the Global Slavery Index 2018, the world’s most...
Finance & Investment
by Sustainable Brands, July 19, 2018
On Wednesday, 16 banks, the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and climate risk advisory firm Acclimatise published new methodologies that will help banks understand how the physical risks...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, July 19, 2018
The Liverpool City Council is committed to becoming the first climate-positive authority in the world by the end of 2018, through a groundbreaking partnership with the nonprofit Poseidon...
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